When I started KrisJoy I had a vision to connect my love of style with my love of Los Angeles. You may have noticed my “About Me” tagline: “Los Angeles inspires me like NY did Carrie,” and that is the truth! My city often gets a bad wrap; it’s said that LA isn’t a real city, the people are fake, and the style is manufactured. I completely disagree! This post is the first in the La La Land series where I’ll share with you guys my favorite areas of the city, why these areas inspire me, and how they impact my style. I hope you enjoy and follow along!
First Up: Hancock Park
I first discovered Hancock Park about 10 years ago when I was in college. My roomates and I decided we wanted to stay in and watch a movie, so I volunteered to go to Blockbuster (I know, I’m REALLY dating myself!). The mapquest instructions I printed out (lol!) directed me to turn down a small street north of Wilshire Boulevard, and I was instantly amazed by what I saw. The street was lined with huge, gorgeous houses. As a girl who grew up in a modest house and was never really exposed to wealth, these houses were such a huge departure from my reality. I’ve never told anyone this, but every time I visited the area from that point on I would pick a house and pretend it was mine! I have not yet been able to relocate to one of these amazing homes but a girl can still dream 🙂
What’s the Story?
According to the LA Times, Hancock Park was developed in the early 1900s. Prior to the creation of the residential neighborhood, the area was filled with oil derricks owned by the Hancock family. Once the oil ran out, G. Allan Hancock reinvented the land into prime real estate with the help of legendary architects such as Lloyd Wright. The neighborhood is pretty small, about 1.5 square miles (if you aren’t looking for it you might miss it!) and is surrounded by Hollywood to the north, Koreatown to the east, the mid-Wilshire area to the south, and Fairfax to the west. Huge efforts have been made to preserve the area; the metro line doesn’t run through Hancock Park because Congress passed a ban in the 1980’s that forbid any tunneling through the region. Its beauty and charm has also made Hancock Park the perfect backdrop for movies such as American Beauty, Fight Club, Never Been Kissed, and Cheaper by the Dozen just to name a few!
Inspiration Inside and Out!
It’s the trees that really get me. The trees in Hancock park are towering, majestic, and life giving. I’m not a huge walker (just being honest), but if I lived in Hancock Park I would take a walk every day. My life is crazy busy and sometimes I struggle with turning my brain off, but there’s something so tranquil about the trees here; they’re hypnotizing! These sentiments inspired my olive green romper choice. I love the earth tone combined with the satin fabric and the unexpected kimono-style buttons. The romper has a natural and simple yet sophisticated vibe, just like Hancock Park 🙂
Drop me a comment below and tell me about your favorite neighborhoods in your city and/or other areas of LA you’d like me to write about! Thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget to subscribe!