If you want to put your finger on the pulse of Los Angeles, nay, Hollywood (there’s a difference) style, then I suggest going to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on any given Saturday during the summer. Get there early, about 6:15, so you can sit on the grass to wait… and drink. While you’re doing the drinking (or not, we at least like to wait until we’re actually inside) take a look around. It’s almost intimidating how effortlessly chic some of these people look (women and men both), others try too hard (heels/high wedges or full-on suits) and then there are just sort of normally dressed people. But oh those chic ones, with their perfect amounts of accessories and fabulous casual-chic get-ups, and slouchy tanks (oh the slouchy tanks!), it’s all kind of inspiring.
When our friends wound up not being able to make it, this jaunt turned into a spontaneous date night and as a couple that’s been dating for a bit and lives together, we obviously were like, Well what the hell are we going to talk about? In the end we people watched and laughed at the ones in ridiculous suits, were impressed with the audacity of the ones that blatantly smelled of weed and stood in awe of the complexity of the pro-movie-goers and their intricate picnic set-ups.
Overall, this is really one of my favorite things to do in the city and it wound up being really nice having a spontaneous date night. During the couple hours we had to wait for the movie (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), James and I googled first date questions (ahh, the power of the iphone) and it was pretty hilarious to ask each other all those getting-to-know-you questions that are apparently oh-so-important according to matchmaking sites (uhh, they aren’t that important, by the way).
Also, I mean, 1970s DONALD SUTHERLAND! (James would want me to point out “sexy” Leonard Nimoy too, but c’mon 1970s Donald Sutherland, your argument is invalid!)