Los Angeles (Irene Legaspi)

Irene is a pint-sized creative powerhouse. You want her to cut your hair; she never disappoints! She's also an LA local with an eye for great design. Her eyes light up when she tells you about a favorite spot of hers that you've never heard of - check out her favorites here!

TheLocals LocalTourist

Hi! Real quick, what pays the bills, and what are you passionate about?

I feel lucky enough to say that one of my passions pays the bills. The craft and art of doing hair - making people look and feel good! My other passions are traveling, fashion, and creating anything with my hands. Being able to create something from nothing, having a vision and being able to make it come to life is something I'm really passionate about.

Tell us what neighborhood and city you call home. 

Downtown / Los Angeles, California

If you had to summarize your city in a couple sentences to someone who has never been there, what would you say? 

Downtown is a very eclectic, bustling, and fun place to live. I think it's the only place in LA right now that you can really walk to everything. The area is booming right now and it's a great place to be with tons of new businesses from restaurants, shopping, nightlife, hotels, condos and high-rises.

Can you name some of your favorite places to eat? Describe as little or as much as you want. 

My favorite restaurants:

Bottega Louie - always bustling, loud, amazing desserts

Kazu Nori - go for the hand rolls

The Must - good brunch

Baco Mercat - always a good go-to, spanish asian tapas style

Cicada - 1920's restaurant, italian food. Try and go on their special nights when they have a live band!

Colori Kitchen - family owned italian, cozy, good food

Wood Spoon - brazilian food, cozy, good food

Grand Central Market - always a must, great food. Breakfast, lunch or dinner

Badmaash - indian gastropub syle

Faith&Flower - pricey, ambiance, good food

Urth Caffe - good breakfast

The Factory Kitchen - yummy italian

The Daily Dose - good breakfast and lunch!

Bestia - My favorite Italian restaurant! Make sure to get the cavatelli pasta!

Honda Ya - Little tokyo area. Good yakatori

Pitchoun- French pastries are bomb! (especially their almond crossaints)

What about places you hang out in / meet friends / kill time? (Like bars, coffee shops, parks, museums, you know...)

Verve- great coffee and some of the best juices!

Blue Bottle coffee- One of the best!

MOCA

Grand Park

Library

Spring St Bar

Rooftop at the Ace Hotel

Cole's

Beelman"s Pub

6th Street Tavern

Downtown Los Angeles, CA / USA

What do locals do on the weekends? What would you never be caught dead doing?

On the weekends Downtown Locals like to go to brunch, the farmer's market, and pool parties if it's the season, but we like to get out of town too! Because I live and work in downtown it becomes a very small community so with that said, I can never be caught looking like a slob cause you never know who you'll run into! LOL

Is there anything shamefully tourist that you have done, and would secretly recommend? 

I can't say that I've done any shameful touristy things!

Where should we go for the good shopping? Tiny stores, cool boutiques? Vintage?

Sample sales in the fashion district. You have to go online to look up date and times. Also:

I Love Fashion boutique

A.P.C

ACNE

Urban Outfitters

Poketo

The Well

Virgo

Oak

Zara

No Season

Raggedy Threads (vintage)

Shareen (vintage)

Tanner Goods

Okay, so you call Los Angeles home - day in and day out. Living here makes you crave what kind of getaway / escape?

Living down here makes me want to escape to nature. The beach, mountains, desert another country!