The last couple of months have felt like an absolute whirlwind, the Louis Vuitton luggage has barely enjoyed the comfort of its dustbags and my Dolce has had more outings than a harness at the Black and Blue ball !!
You know it’s going to be a rockstar trip when you arrive at Air New Zealand check in and are greeted with ‘Hello Mr Ashton we have been expecting you’ and are then whisked through security by personal escort to the 1st class lounge only to bump into Victoria Beckham as you’re looking over the sandwich selection.
Landing in LA and jumping into a shiny black Lexus out to Malibu where I would spend 10 days with a wonderful friend and client ADELE who was recording her sophomore album with the legendary producer Rick Ruben, exciting times for an exceptional talent. In between applying lashes and liner I found time to pop off and visit my favourite LA haunts and discover some altogether new ones.
Always on the top of my hit list is ‘The Abby” in West Hollywood for the rather picturesque scenery, that being LA’s finest corn fed and well bred boys. The Abby is somewhat of an institution amongst most boys who live or have spent time in LA offering up somewhere a little more refined and clothed after you have had your fill of go-go dancers, further down the road at Mickey’s.
But my latest must see would have to be the recently opened Soho House, West Hollywood. With its chic yet understated décor the mix of Hollywood A-List and LA Hipsters all washed down with fantastic cocktails and decadent food that would make most of Hollywood run quick smart to their personal trainers. You can have hours of fun in the photo booth situated down the long corridor leading towards the secret garden restaurant and post your ‘close up’ on the wall alongside the likes of Beyonce and Jay-Z!
If you have the time make sure to pop into the Sky Bar at the Modrian Hotel, take champagne breakfast at the Beverley Hills Hotel and for a little bit of an adventure do head out to Malibu to go horse riding in the canyons followed by lunch at Geoffrey’s on the cliff top, for breathtaking views as you drive back to the city.