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Ask an Angeleno: Natalie Alcala

Ask an Angeleno: Natalie Alcala

Where’s your ‘hood?
West Hollywood

Day Job?
Racked LA‘s associate editor, BlackBook‘s daily fashion columnist and Birchbox‘s contributing beauty editor. I also run my own fashion/beauty/travel blog called Natalie’s Menagerie.

How long have you lived in LA?
Born and raised, baby!

Best dive bar?
Darkroom (7302 Melrose Ave): Cheap drinks, chill vibe.

Fave quick eats?
M Cafe de Chaya
 (7119 Melrose Ave): One hijiki inari with a side of beet quinoa salad and I’m good to go.

It’s date night:where are you headed?
Picca
 (9575 W Pico Blvd): Amazing drinks, enchanting atmosphere, creative fare.

You want to get dressed up. where are you going?
Girl’s night at this adorable Parisian-themed bar called Pour Vous (5574 Melrose Ave).

Your secret shopping destination?
Maya Hollywood (7360 Melrose Ave) is my go-to for unique ear cuffs and global body jewelry.

Describe your style in three words.
Minimalist. Sassy. Evolving.

Why do you love L.A?
The weather, the food, the beach and the easy-breezy lifestyle.

You have 24 hours left in L.A – GO!
The day would begin with an early bird hike at Griffith Park. Next, I’d stop at Liquid Juice Bar (8180 Melrose Ave) for one of their addictive acai bowls, followed by shopping sprees at Reformation (8253 Melrose Ave) and TenOverSix(8425 Melrose Ave). I’d then head to Venice for some good beach-reading and people-watching, with a stop at Cafe Gratitude (512 Rose Ave) for lunch. After leisurely walking around Abbot Kinney for a bit (where I’d likely splurge on the metallic Maison Martin Margiela kicks that I’ve been eyeing at Mona Moore for months), I’d meet my fiancé and friends for some happy hour sake action at Yatai (8535 W Sunset Blvd), where we’d talk about the night’s game plan. The evening would feature a weird/awesome art opening at OHWOW Gallery (937 N La Cienega Blvd), a group dinner at Picca (9575 W Pico Blvd) and a marathon dance session with all of my best friends on the rooftop of The Standard Downtown (550 S Flower St), where I’d spin (apparently I know how to DJ in this dream sequence) back-to-back ’90s classics.