Elizabeth Banks: Actress + Producer + Blogger

Elizabeth Banks: Actress + Producer + Blogger

"People Like Us" Star, Elizabeth Banks, Reveals Her Essentails For Living An LA-Inspired Lifestyle

ELAINE SAYS: It's safe to say that I'm a fan of Elizabeth Banks, and if you saw her wickedly cheerful and visually stunning performance in "The Hunger Games," you likely are too. But if being a white-hot actress and producer isn't enough, Elizabeth has also recently added mom and blogger to her resume [check her out at ElizabethBanks.com]. Point being...this is a busy lady. in fact, she travels so much and moves so fast that she rarely gets to just, well....chill. My guess is that all working people can relate....it's hard to find time to browse that boutique you used to love, rummage through that vintage shop where you always found the best conversation piece, or even just enjoy the view. Ironically, it was actually work, her last movie, "People Like Us," that shot in Los Angeles and unexpectedly anchored her in the very city she calls home. This fortuitous opportunity reminded her of how much she truly loves SoCal living. As you'll see in her A-List, this experience in time brought Elizabeth right back to the things she's always loved most about Los Angeles. She reconnected with with old memories, created some new ones and ultimately, was inspired to create a list of essentials to share with us, for living an LA-inspired life. Perfect for all curious readers, no matter where you call home.

A Note From Elizabeth: 

"Although I live in Los Angeles, I almost never work here. So when I got to shoot my last film, "People Like Us," [in theaters now] in my own backyard, it was pretty exciting. Herewith, a list I made after being inspired by making an actual movie in actual Hollywood. Some tips for living life to the fullest in Los Angeles...or  living the LA life wherever you call home!"  Elizabeth Banks
 
  1. Find A Bar With A View And Great Bartenders standard hotel los angelesDISCOVER | LOCATION: Rooftop Bar at The Standard Hotel 550 South Flower Street, Los Angeles [Downtown]In "PEOPLE LIKE US" Chris Pine and I have a great scene at this bar where he promises to never hit on me. Whether you’re flirting with the bartenders or not, who doesn’t love a good view? The Standard Hotel in Downtown LA has a rooftop bar that puts you in the middle of the LA Skyline. Check out the 360 view on their website.
  2. Drink Up...Gotta Have A Great Summer Cocktail! moscow muleMAKEThe Moscow Mule...Vodka, Gingerbeer and Lime?! Oh My. Deliciously refreshing and good for you too [Ginger is great for digestion, or so I tell myself]. 
  3. Dress The Part...It's All About Vintage From Leathers To Feathers! vintage collarSHOPVintage leather jackets are never not awesome.  A classic piece for any closet.  But LA has tons of great vintage finds, whether it's leather, disco pants or 1940's Enormous Amazing Feather Collar like the one I found at one of my favorite online vintage resources, Shrimpton Couture.
  4. The West Coast Way...Relaaax Your Wardrobe frye bootsSHOPLet the New Yorkers have the stilettos. Here on the west coast, foot comfort is king. For me that means boots and my favorites are Frye Boots.
  5. An LA Shopping Story...Hit The Anti-Mall malibu country martDISCOVER | LOCATION: The Malibu Country Mart 3835 Cross Creek Road, MalibuIf you are in LA and you’re looking for a beautiful atmosphere, unique boutiques and wonderful food, The Malibu Country Mart gives you all of that plus the sound of crashing waves. And bring the kids! They have great gardens, sculptures, art, a playground and wireless Internet. Everybody wins.
  6. LA=Music So Keep Your Soundtrack Fresh rhino recordsSHOP | LOCATION: Rhino Records 235 Yale Avenue, Claremont CaliforniaSupport your local record stores! Sure, iTunes is great, but if you’re a serious music aficionado, then chances are you’ve got a vinyl collection.
  7. Snack Like An Angeleno...Mexican Food Madness henry's tacosDISCOVER | LOCATION: Henry's Tacos 11401 Moorpark Street, North HollywoodThis is a little hole in the wall with some of the best tacos around. It’s been around since 1961 and become an LA staple, practically a historical landmark.
  8. Protect Those Baby Blues with Persols steve mcqueen in persolSHOPFeel like a movie star sporting these Italian classics which you will definitely need if you're also….
  9.  Drive In Style! convertibleDISCOVERDriving anywhere in the open air, even if it's just down the street, feels like you're on vacation. Here, you can mosey up the coast in style. So next time you rent a car or visit LA, treat yourself. But remember to wear your shades as well as some SPF!
  10. Picture It...Los Angeles: Delux los angeles deluxSHOPDon't live in LA? No problem, this book will satisfy anyone with an interest in LA architecture, design, and iconic photography. A perfect coffee table book! Not to mention Diane Keaton gives a killer introduction.
 

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