Somehow through the miracles of praying to the travel gods and every other deity we could think of (including the mini Ganesh by the entry), DineGirl has been lucky enough to partake in some fabulous Grand Prix action in Monte Carlo!! Shamelessly and unapologetically we are going to attempt to blend in with the air-kissing posers and escape the hustle and bustle of New York. The key to any jet-set weekend is eliminating anything practical. While a normal beach weekend would consist of a ‘Montauk’ sweatshirt and a ponytail, in Monte Carlo it’s high heels, bright colors and piled on jewelry for breakfast, and make up on the yacht at all times. Who’s racing? Is anyone really paying attention? Not sure, but this is the ultimate in ultimate people watching…
Here’s our ab-fab, racing inspired MCGP weekend packing essentials:
The amazing Charlotte Tilbury’s make up line is finally, FINALLY making its pilgrimage to America!! There’s gotta be some irony in an English girl being the ambassador of beach bronze glamour, but she did actually grow up in Ibiza, so the story all ties together. Maybe it’s just a universal need for all gals to want a little kiss from the Ibiza sun, real or otherwise, but we couldn’t be more giddy to finally get our paws on some of these beautifully packaged goodies..
It’s common knowledge that New Yorkers hate LA, and Los Angeliens (aliens? just kidding) hate New Yorkers. We don’t really despise each other, we’re just pre-wired to think that way. In reality we’re constantly boomeranging ourselves back and forth between the two coasts, and many of us have actually migrated to each other’s cities. It’s just the way we seem to live our lives. I think the key to loving each city is simple acceptance. LA will never be NY, and NY will never be LA, they just are what they are. No need for a huge debate here. I actually love LA! The people are happy and the girls always have nice hair, and they don’t have to deal with the crazies on the subway or lug around 3 pairs of shoes every day. LA is especially great after the holidays when the charm of winter wears off here in New York, and you get sick of wearing thick tights and sludging through muddy snow in about 10 minutes of daylight.
So as another polar vortex drenches New York, it’s the perfect time to put on a happy face, ditch the all-black attire, and head out west for some fun events.
Packing for LA requires a little thought. And being DineGirl, this means outfits must also revolve around some aspect of food. For daytime, outfits that are dressy enough for a sophisticated lunch at Goldie’s or Eveleigh (same owners), yet casual for potential poolside dining (anywhere) are a must. A good rule to follow is similar to the career advice of “Dress for Success”!! Our own rule of “Dress for Your Meal” (trademark pending) means that if you’re always in heels, you’ll never get stuck eating from a truck or drinking from plastic. Hopefully.
In the land of make believe, a little sparkle is always a must. For night, great dresses paired with a little vintage clutch add just the right amount of glamour. Perfect for an old school Hollywood dinner at Dan Tana’s, or late night drinks (well, up until 2am) at new Hollywood classic Soho House or the always fabulous Chateau Marmont.