ask Erin about
cocktail bars • vegetarian • mexican food • vegan • hidden bars • music venues • bowling alley
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a Fashion Valuation Manager for a resell Luxury company called The RealReal. My job is to procure amazing designer pieces from many different brands. Cartier, Celine, Chanel, Gucci, Hermes, and Van Cleef are just a handful of designers we sell purchase and sell. I got into the business of handbags eight years ago and began to develop a passion for it. Beyond the beautiful luxury side of things I really enjoy the economics of the business and love seeing how goods attain their value.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Might as well put all of Banks songs on here but i'll just put a few. Banks - Under The Table, Banks - Goddess, Banks - Drowning, Banks - To The Hilt, Banks - Someone New, James Blake - Choose Me, SZA - Supermodel, Beyonce - Sorry, Paramore - The Only Exception, Purity Ring - Bodyache, Iron & Wine - Flightless Bird, American Mouth, Damien Rice - The Blower's Daughter
What are the best TV shows of all time?
The Office, Weeds, Game of Thrones, True Detective, The Night Of, Grey's Anatomy, True Blood, The Knick, Insecure, Stranger Things, Handmade's Tale
Name some spots in Los Angeles that are good for a Tinder date.
EP & LP - early evening weekdays, Black Market, The Village, Salazar, Jones
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Free People, Top Shop, Urban Outfitters
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Los Angeles that you particularly like?
Good Housekeeping - great vibes, great tunes, and awesome cocktails. Best atmosphere for good conversation.
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Los Angeles? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
Mastro's Steakhouse Beverly Hills would probably be amongst the most expensive meals i've had in LA. Our total bill was about $600 for four people not including any alcohol. We got a massive tomahawk steak, two wagyu steaks, and a filet mignon. Along with the lobster mashed potatoes and few different veggies for side dishes.
What restaurant in Los Angeles looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Welcome to most Mexican restaurants in LA. If it doesn't look like crap it probably taste like crap. I would say most amazing authentic Mexican restaurants in LA aren't the prettiest, but food is bomb.com. El Atacor, Casita Taco Al Carbon, Restaurante Tierra Caliente, El Tepeyac Cafe, and El Huarachito just to name a few.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Los Angeles? Which one do you like?
ETA - Penicillin, Good Housekeeping - Magic City, Cafe Birdie - California Gold, The Grill on the Alley - Beverly Hills Oasis, Block Party - Mi-che-guevara
Where would you take your partner in Los Angeles if you wanted to really pamper them?
Ojai Valley Inn and Spa - It's about a hour and a half outside of the city. Pretty pricey but so worth it as a little getaway. The grounds are spectacular and the rooms are so luxe. So many activities to do, an amazing spa with endless services, and cocktails by the pool are a must during the time. A great place for ultimate relaxation.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Los Angeles?
Pinks Hot Dogs
What are the Los Angeles spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
If you're here during summer you have to plan a night for Cinespia at the Hollywood Cemetery. Salazar for brunch/dinner and you can go right next door to Zebulon for cocktails and dancing. The Bungalow in Santa Monica for a cool day vibe. Highland Park Bowl. The Getty Villa. The Last Book Store. Franklin Canyon Park for a nice and easy hike with several trails. Has gorgeous views and also great for a picnic. If you can catch a show at the Hollywood Bowl and can score a box you're in for a treat. Even without a box get to the show early picnic before hand and bring your own beer/wine.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Favorite vacation city will have to be Sydney. The city has so much to offer with so much to discover and the food culture is insane. Great bars, restaurants, beaches, and lovely people. Almost feel like its becoming my second home that I whisk away to once a year. Most definitely a city that I could see myself living in.