ICYMI—we brought back OUAI full-size fragrances for good which means Melrose Place and North Bondi Eau de Parfums are yours for the taking. To celebrate, we're exploring the city that inspired our velvety rich rose scent Melrose Place—Los Angeles. Ahead, Leather To Lunch founder and fashion blogger Samira Radmehr spills the tea on shopping the fashionable little nook that is Melrose Place without breaking the bank.
Leave it to OUAI to not only have the best hair products, but also launch the coolest fragrances. When I think of my favorite spots in LA, Melrose Place is definitely at the top of my list. Melrose Place is iconic. Whether you’ve heard about it on TV, movies, social media, or through OUAI — Melrose Place is an LA hot spot that I love for so many reasons.
Melrose Place is in the heart of West Hollywood. Here you can find everything from good food, cute boutiques, entertainment, designer stores, some the best coffee shops, and tons of photo-worthy spots.
Whenever I’m in the area, my day typically consists of a good pick-me-up, shopping, and yummy food! I ALWAYS start with coffee or tea. Depending on what I’m craving, I’ll either head to Alfred’s and grab a cold brew or Alfred Tea Room to indulge in the rose black tea with boba, or the seasonal favorite, Chaga Chip. I love Alfred’s because everything on the menu is just SO good. It’s also a great place to get some work done or go on a coffee or tea date. Both spots are located in the cutest area on Melrose and also offer photo-worthy moments. If you’re not into coffee or tea, I recommend stopping by Joe & The Juice. Another trendy spot on Melrose, but they have some amazing healthy juices. One of my favs there is Pick Me Up.
After my coffee/tea/juice run, I always love to spend time doing a little shopping. Melrose Place has a combination of high end designer stores, as well as budget-friendly boutiques. There are SO many places to shop with options for everyone. If you're shopping Melrose Place on a budget, check out House of CB; they have some super cute and trendy pieces, as well as cute going out looks. I also love the Urban Outfitters on Melrose because they have some unique pieces I haven’t seen at other Urban locations. If you’re looking for vintage, Melrose has some of the BEST vintage stores. My favorite is Wasteland because they always offer the coolest pieces IMO. They also mix in designer selects such as bags and shoes and they’re always very reasonable and in great condition.
If you’re looking for higher end boutiques, some of my favorites are Chloe, Isabel Marant, Mansur Gavriel, All Saints, and Reformation. Also, if you’re a beauty lover, you must check out Glossier. It is literally aesthetic goals and you can grab all your favorite products while taking in all the cool vibes of the insta-worthy shop. I love how Melrose offers a nice mix of boutiques, it’s a place where you can find your favorite well-known brands as well as small independent boutiques.
When it comes to dining at Melrose Place, the options are endless. A popular hot spot is Urth Caffe, a forever favorite spot of mine because it’s simply the perfect lunch spot. The menu offers a great selection of food, as well as yummy drinks and pastries. My favorite dishes are The Tostada and Grilled Cilantro Chicken Breast with Pesto. If you’re going for breakfast, the Mexican Omelette is beyond delish. If you’re looking for a great vegan spot, I recommend Gracias Madre. The food is always 10/10 and the ambiance is so nice. They also offer a great happy hour.
Lastly, I really recommend visiting the area on a Sunday if you love a good Farmers Market. The Melrose Farmers Market is one of my favorites in LA and it’s always a great way to end the weekend. Stop by to pick up fresh produce, good food, pretty flowers, and even your favorite OUAI fragrance. Yep, that’s right, OUAI will be popping up at a few LA Farmers Markets, including the Melrose Place one, to sell their fragrances to the public. SO exciting!
I’m so happy OUAI is relaunching their Melrose Place Fragrance because this velvety rich rose fragrance is everything and more and I am so excited to wear it all summer long. xx, Samira.