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Ana in LA

Hello boys and girls! I am returning to do my travel blog for the lovely Retail Jeweller and this time, jewellery or bijoux as I like to call it takes me back to LA.

Designer to the stars Ana de Costa

Designer to the stars Ana de Costa

As many of you who know me are aware, this is my second home and I love this town – for all its madness, outrageousness but also its spirit of achievement and celebration of success, everyone is dreaming and doing something to further themselves.

I have been having a great few months back in London prior to this trip and really enjoyed catching up with everyone at IJL where I launched with Simon Ogilvie- Harris our foray into the ethical world with Peruvian inspired brand Chavin. I have also been enjoying spending time with the utterly divine and professional Elizabeth Galton with whom I am featured on her new inspiring jewellery site, EG Studio. Right, enough shameless self-promo now onto the fun stuff in LA.

Since I arrived I have had pretty bad jet-lag but am now on my toes again and have scheduled many appointments with press, stylists and celeb dressers – basically all my mates! I always find LA is an amazing place to network as its such a beauty/luxury-goods driven town. On Monday, it was pretty surreal as I hooked up with a dear old friend of mine and we hit a place called Urth Cafe which is in West Hollywood- its our fave hangout, but its notoriously always full of celebs because its pretty low key – we bumped into Jack Osbourne there which was pretty mad. There was me thinking all those paps with big lenses were pointing them at me – one day!

Luxury dominates in LA

Luxury dominates in LA

Yesterday was another pretty mad day for me as I met up with my agents and was told that Lindsay Lohan who is a client of mine considered me as a contact! ok exact words were when we were showing her some pieces, ‘I know the designer, she’s a friend of mine’!!! quote unquote Lindsay Lohan! After this lovely experience I thought I would go and treat myself to a spot of afternoon sunbathing, so I went to what I thought was my local park. Now all the local parks in LA seem to have some big looking stately home/mansion in the grounds so I didnt really think anything of it when I pitched up in this one particular one near my house. So, I get there all hot and bothered and pitch up in bikini and strip off on the lawn, little did I relise that I was sunbathing on someone’s lawn!! It was a private Beverly Hills mansion, as I was told by the less than impressed gardener- he was probably thinking who’s this lunatic!!

Something to aim for!

Something to aim for!

Anyway, off out to an appointment with a new PR agency to work on some strategies for LA and the USA so will keep you posted of all my adventures! I hope you all enjoy reading this blog and a big thankyou to RJ and everyone who has shown an interest and supported me throughout the years- you know who you are!!

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