Riding the Skyslide, Los Angeles

OUE Skyspace LA

I’ve always been a sucker for a good slippery dip (or slide, depending on your terminology).

Going on the giant yellow slide at school fetes was something I could never pass up; always feeling a little bit giddy when it would sway in the breeze as I marched up the stairs, hessian bag in hand.

And even now I still remember the old metal slides at Beenleigh BMX park that would heat up in the summer sunshine and burn the back of your legs, causing you to try to slide while lifting your legs in the air (I mean, seriously, a hot metal slide for children, whose great idea was that?)

Anyway, I digress.

As you can imagine, I was pretty darn excited when I discovered that LA’s newest thrill ride–Skyslide–would be open in time for my visit earlier this month.

Built on the side of a really bloody tall skyscraper (72 stories), there’s no denying that Skyslide at OUE Skyspace LA is taking thrill seekers to new heights–a height of almost 1000 feet, or 300 metres, to be exact.

Since 1989, the U.S. Bank Tower in Downtown LA has held the title of tallest skyscraper west of Chicago but it’s the new feature–the one-of-a-kind glass enclosed Skyslide–which has everyone talking (and one lady already suing).

The 45-foot-long slide is approximately 4 feet wide and made entirely with 1-1/4 inches thick glass–so you can really take in the view.

Forget glass slippers, I want a glass slide to take me from my apartment straight to Sixes and Sevens on James Street!

If you’re scared of heights, this isn’t the attraction for you, but if you’re just a little unsure, take a deep breath and give it a go because it really is over in just seconds and no one I saw regretted giving it a go–even those who took a few extra minutes to push off.

If the slide is not for you, OUE Skyspace LA is still worth a visit–on a clear day–because it offers breathtaking, 360-degree views of Los Angeles.

There’s also a Digital Interactive Level with a panoramic Digital Topography Wall of Los Angeles which has information on landmarks, neighbourhoods, and other points of interest; an infinity mirror that creates reflections upon reflections and a silhouette wall which uses pixels to create reflective images based on body movement.

But the view wins hands down.

It was a little foggy the day I was there but I could still make out the Hollywood sign in the distance and it was amazing to get a bird’s-eye view over the city of Angels.

My $33 US ($44 AUD) included access to all four levels of Skyspace LA including the two observation decks on the 70th and 69th floors and one ride on the Skyslide.

Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to film my slide (or my epic dismount) so here’s the next best thing:

Unlike the giant slide of school fetes, I probably wouldn’t race up to do Skyslide again, but I’m glad to say I’ve ticked it off my bucket list!

What I Wore This Week 

What Brooke Wore 23 July 2 The highlight of this week was a ‘Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses’ themed beachside picnic to celebrate the first birthday of gorgeous Estelle. Brisbane turned up the heat, giving us a summer-like day to enjoy and giving me the perfect excuse to show off my US tan.

Here’s what I wore this week:

Monday 
Ruby & Lilli Tidal tee | Witchery jeans | Gregory Ladner scarf | Seed Heritage shoes | Klasse 14 watch | Ray-Ban sunglasses (worn with an oversized Witchery cardigan)

Tuesday 
Zara jumper | Witchery jeans | Circus by Sam Edelman espadrilles | Klasse14 watch

Wednesday 
Billabong pants | Flower denim jacket | Witchery singlet | Nixon Bullet watch | Tony Bianco shoes

Thursday
Ivy Park tee | Country Road jeans | J.Crew jumper | Seed Heritage necklace | Witchery shoes

Friday
H&M dress | Nixon watch | Seed Heritage dress | Witchery shoes

What Brooke Wore 23 JulySaturday
H&M top | Zara jeans | Seed Heritage necklace | Witchery shoes

What Brooke Wore 24 JulySunday
Boden breton dress | Kate Spade New York bag | Seed Heritage necklace | Circus by Sam Edelman shoes

Searching for street art in Los Angeles 

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Time for a pit stop at Angel City Brewery, 216 South Alameda St in the Los Angeles Arts District.

One of the things I noticed most during my visit to the US was the prolific amount of street art. I’m not talking a random tag or something dodgy; these were beautiful works of art on the sides of buildings in Miami, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Los Angeles.

In each city I visited, I set aside time to see which pieces I could find, intentionally and unintentionally. It was like my own urban treasure hunt and, when I was in LA, the Wings by artist Colette Miller were my holy grail.

Now scattered throughout LA and in cities around the world, Miller’s Wings are a perfect reminder of the angelic within us all–especially in the city of Angels.

They were designed for people to stand in front of them for photos; one set even had a plastic milk crate left under they for those of us who are vertically challenged!

I made it my mission to find at least one set of Miller’s wings while I was in Los Angeles; I did some Googling, found one location and headed in that direction only to find the roller door they’re on (at the Regent Theatre, 448 S Main St) had been put up for the day.

With the help of Google maps, I then made my way to the Arts District on foot.

It’s about a 30 minute walk from where I was staying at The Standard Downtown LA and I did pass through some very shady areas which had been cursing Google because I thought I’d be mugged, but then I popped out in an area filled with cool cafes, shops and even a brewery!

Here are some of my favourite street art pieces from Los Angeles:

Credit for this shot goes to my awesome Uber driver Courtney for looping the block to take this photo for me!

If you’d like to see more photos from my trip, including more street art pieces, pop over to my Instagram account, @brookefalvey and keep an eye out for my upcoming post on how to spend 48 hours in Downtown LA.

What I Wore This Week

What Brooke Wore 15 July 2016 2

After flying back in from the US on Tuesday morning, a kidney infection had me lying low and embracing #comfywomfy for most of the week until I pulled my best Cinderella act on Friday night to celebrate Katy Potaty’s birthday and go to a gala and for Regional Flavours at South Bank on Sunday.

What I Wore This Week: 
What Brooke Wore 10 July 2016Monday (because Sunday/Monday were the same day for me)
Gap t-shirt | Bohemian Traders sequin pants (now on sale!)| Flower denim jacket | Circus by Sam Edelman shoes

What Brooke Wore 12 July 2016Tuesday/Wednesday
Bonds jumper | Cotton On track pants and scarf | Circus by Sam Edelman shoes

Thursday
Cotton on jumper | Trenery scarf | Peter Alexander pyjama pants

Friday
Cotton on jumper | Trenery scarf | Peter Alexander pyjama pants

Friday night 
Veronika Maine dress | Mimco heels | Witchery clutch | Hair by Togninis | Make up by Lizzie at The Body Shop Toombul

Saturday
Marcs coat | Lorna Jane jumper | Witchery jeans | Frankie4 shoes (gifted)

Sunday
Witchery jumper, jeans and cardigan | Zara scarf | Seed Heritage shoes | Kate Spade New York bag

Lavender Collins 

Bottoms up, ladies. Enjoying the Lavender Collins made with fresh lavender from Holmwood Produce in Lockyer Valley.

Bottoms up, ladies. Enjoying the Lavender Collins made with fresh lavender from Holmwood Produce in Lockyer Valley.

Here’s another recipe from my Regional Flavours preview staycation.

While chef Alastair McLeod was hard at work in the kitchen of Branell Homestead, his wife Ashleigh showed off her mixology skills whipping up a batch of “Lockyer Valley Lavender Collins” using flowers picked from Holmwood Lavender Farm and fresh lemons from Forrest Hill Farm Stall.

Lavender Collins 

Ingredients:
60ml gin
30ml lemon juice
30ml lavender syrup
37.5ml parfait amour
Soda water

Method:
To make lavender syrup:
Simmer 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water & 2 tablespoons of dried lavender.
Once all sugar is dissolved, let steep overnight and strain lavender buds from syrup.

To make cocktail:
Shake gin, lemon juice, lavender syrup & parfait amour.
Pour into a glass half filled with ice & top with soda water to taste.
Serve with a sprig of lavender.

If you want to find out more about what to expect from this weekend’s Regional Flavours, read my South Bank wrap up here or my Lockyer Valley one here.

See you there!

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