Imagine yourself in a seaside bungalow, with its perfect lighting and its patio where you can relax ... This is exactly what you will find at Côte, the manicure salon created by Mary Lennon and Leah Yari. This experience is especially as genuine as the treatments are only carried out with a range of eponymous products formulated without the main toxins and allergens that are often associated with nail polishes: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, Camphor, formaldehyde resin, TPHP, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and parabens.

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Côte - Brentwood - City Guide Los Angeles - The LA Bliss

More than 100 shades of nail polish are available and four different treatments are proposed for a moment of absolute relaxation, the must treatment being the feet massage with hot stones and argan oil. Here the technicians are “aux petits soins” and the seaside-inspired decoration makes one’s mind travel to the ocean: wooden furniture, hammocks and reed sand ... Nothing has been forgotten, and it is between friends that it is even more pleasant to take advantage of the salon. At the entrance a mini shop also offers a wide selection of jewelry, books, toys and home decoration to satisfy our cravings for shopping.

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Côte - Brentwood - City Guide Los Angeles - The LA Bliss

Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm - Sunday from 10am to 6pm - 11714 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Local Farmers' Markets

No matter the neighborhood, Farmers Markets are major parts of the Los Angeles lifestyle that Angelenos wouldn’t miss for the world. High in color, rich in smells and flavors, each week they gather the producers of the region who come to sell their products in a very friendly atmosphere. All different and with their particularities, here is a selection of my favorite markets:

Santa Monica Downtown Farmers Market

The pioneer in Los Angeles since 1981 is also the favorite of the city's renowned chefs who stock up on fresh produce for their restaurants. A very wide choice of fruits and vegetables of the highest quality are available here. Wednesday & Saturday 08:30am to 1:30pm - 155-199 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica

Brentwood Farmers Market

It is not uncommon to meet celebrities here since it is located in the heart of one of the most high-end neighborhoods of Los Angeles. In addition to the food stalls, many local designers have stands at the market. Everyone knows each other and the atmosphere is very warm. Sunday from 9am to 2pm - 799 S Gretna Green Way, Los Angeles

Hollywood Farmers Market

The largest of the city with its hundreds of stands of all kinds, it is also the most diverse and the most frequented. There is absolutely everything, and you can spend hours wandering between its stands. Sunday from 8am to 1pm - Ivar Avenue & Selma Avenue, Los Angeles 

South Pasadena Farmers Market

It is held at the end of the day, so it is very pleasant to walk there during the summer evenings. After buying your produce, you can order your meal in the food stands and sit on the tables to enjoy the musicians. Thursday from 4pm to 8pm - Meridian Avenue and El Centro, South Pasadena

Larchmont Village Farmers Market

It is not very big but it is the cutest of all the markets. With the Hollywood Sign in the distance, this is a good opportunity to discover the Larchmont district. Sunday from 9am to 2pm - 209 N. Larchmont Blvd, Windsor Square 

Santa Monica Main Street Farmers Market

With its small square where the bands play every week and entertainment for children, it is the perfect market to go to with family on Sunday morning. Here one can find stands of local producers, caterers and designers. Sunday from 8:30am to 1:30pm - 2640 Main St, Santa Monica

Mar Vista Farmers Market

There is a wide choice of products at this popular neighborhood market: fruits and vegetables, plants, honey, organic yogurts … And also some tables where one can sit. Sunday from 9am to 2pm - 12210 Venice Blvd, Mar Vista

The Original Farmers Market

This is actually a covered hall like those found in Europe. Open every day, it is famous for its world cuisine (Brazilian, Malaysian, Italian, ...) and some stand-owners have been settled there for several decades. It welcomes many tourists throughout the year and the atmosphere is truly incredible. Monday to Saturday from 9am to 8pm, Sunday from 10am to 7pm - 6333 W.3rd St, Los Angeles

Jessica Alexander - Photographer

Today I'm introducing you to Jessica, a British lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles and contributor to The LA Bliss website and blog.

I wanted to know more about her life in LA... Enjoy ;)

Hi Jess! How long have you lived in LA and where exactly? I moved from London to Venice beach 2 years ago. 

How does LA influence your work? I love working with natural light when possible, so shooting in Los Angeles using the amazing light here is a dream! 

How would you describe your relationship with the city? I find Los Angeles very inspiring. We are surrounded by so much beauty, from the ocean and mountains to the desert. It's also an exciting place to be right now, the creative communities are thriving as a result of many artists and entrepreneurs migrating here.

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Jessica Alexander - Photographer - Your LA Bliss - The LA Bliss

What is your favourite neighbourhood and why? Venice Beach. When I first visited Los Angeles with my husband we both fell in love with Venice. The ocean, wide sandy beaches, friendly locals and easy going attitude.  

What is your best memory in LA so far? I will never forget the first time I walked down Venice pier. It was a beautiful clear January morning and I had an ear to ear smile. Actually it still makes me smile every time! Being on Venice pier watching the waves crash below is hard to beat. 

Describe your perfect day in LA (places, activities...)? Well it would have to be a Sunday and I would spend the whole day in Venice. I love to start the day off right with a early yoga class at Yoga Nest followed by a Green Juice -in true LA style! Then I head home and make some lunch for my husband and I, play with the dog in the garden and Skype family and friends back home in England. In the afternoon our favourite thing to do is walk down to the boardwalk and take in all the activity. I especially love the roller disco! We also have a Sunday evening ritual of watching the sunset south of Venice pier. It's the perfect start to a new week! 

Thank you Jessica! If you want to learn more about her work check her website ;)

Jessica Alexander - Photographer - Your LA Bliss - The LA Bliss
Jessica Alexander - Photographer - Your LA Bliss - The LA Bliss
Jessica Alexander - Photographer - Your LA Bliss - The LA Bliss

Santa Monica

Open onto the Pacific, Santa Monica is the chic and relaxed seaside town "par excellence." From Venice to Malibu and between the mountains and the ocean, its landscapes are breathtaking, and it will only takes a few hours for you to be amazed by its beauty ...

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Its vast beach which stretches for several kilometers is a family- and friend-favorite rendez-vous spot to meet up and relax. Early in the morning you can enjoy its tranquility and admire the surfers, and later in the day you can watch the beautiful sunsets. It’s also a paradise for sport enthusiasts with its beach volleyball courts and its cycling path that runs alongside the ocean. If you don’t have a bike, you will find one at the designated stations or at Perry's, a bike store.

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Another must see of the coast is Santa Monica Pier and its wooden pontoon from which you can admire the waves washing up on the shore. As the sign indicates, here lies the end of the famous Route 66 that crosses the United States from east to west. It is also made very popular by the Pacific Park theme park and its big wheel, which, in my opinion, is most captivating at night with all the neon lights.

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On Wednesday and Saturday mornings, the Downtown Farmers Market is the place to be. It is the most renowned in Los Angeles for its high-quality fresh products and is a very rich source of inspiration for the chefs of the city's top restaurants. Its choice is exceptional and if the walk amongst the stalls opens your appetite then I recommend eating lunch at Flower Child next door or walking a little and going to the locals’ favorite spot: Huckleberry.

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If you love a good walk, the small paths of Palisades Park overlooking the cliffs are very pleasant. There, you can take the time to admire the breathtaking view of the ocean; however, if you’re more attracted to shopping, Santa Monica is also the place to go with the luxury boutiques of Santa Monica Place on one side and the more accessible shops of 3rd Street Promenade on the other. But if you are really looking for to experience Santa Monica like the locals, then you have to go to Montana Avenue — a shopping street with small designer boutiques and upscale restaurants where you can easily spend the afternoon.

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Another area of Santa Monica that I’m very fond of is Ocean Park Blvd. It’s very residential and much less touristy than the other areas with its small family park, library that has not changed since its construction in the 50s and small neighborhood shops. For lunch or brunch, Thyme Cafe & Market is the best address.

Thyme Cafe & Market

A charming neighborhood address that offers a wide range of tasty salads, gourmet sandwiches and seasonal dishes, as well as delicious pastries in a warm and friendly environment ... In a few years, Thyme Cafe & Market has quickly become an unmissable destination where families and friends meet up for lunch or brunch.

Thyme Cafe & Market - Santa Monica - City Guide Los Angeles - The LA Bliss
Thyme Cafe & Market - Santa Monica - City Guide Los Angeles - The LA Bliss

It was by cooking alongside her mother in the family home that Maire Byrne learned to love and celebrate homemade food, and ultimately began as a caterer and then opened her first restaurant a few years later driven by her success. Her passion for travel has led her to live and work in Europe, but also in New York and San Francisco, and each of these experiences has been a great source of inspiration.

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Inside the café, a large room decorated in an industrial bistro style with metal chairs, a large clock and white-tiled walls. The boutique space offers a selection of wines, products and take-outs as well as small gifts for the home or children. From the back of the café, you reach the very pleasant small terrace if you want to eat outside and settle at one of the few tables with umbrellas in the middle of the walls covered with ivy...

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Thyme Cafe & Market - Monday to Saturday from 7am to 8:30pm, Sunday from 8am to 3pm - 1630 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405