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Locals Only: L.A. Edition

Christina Han of Violet Greythe carefully curated beauty website founded in 2013shows us around the brand’s flagship store in West Hollywood (yes, the site has a store) and shares how she traded pizza for burritos, freezing cold for perennial sun and dresses and boots for jeans and sandals.

The editorial director of Violet Grey’s digital magazine, The Violet Files, wears her own J.Crew women’s tuxedo blazer from 2009. “I feel like I’ve had it forever. It’s the most versatile piece of clothing I own, and I wear it as much as my favorite pair of jeans.”

ON THE BEAUTY BRAND THAT BROUGHT HER TO LA

“I met with founder Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey for coffee in New York a few years ago. She explained her vision for Violet Grey: to curate the best beauty products and celebrate leading experts in the industry. It was the idea of bringing the makeup artists and hair stylists to the forefront that brought me here. And Los Angeles’s life-changing burritos, 72-degree weather and lunch with producer Robert Evans.”

ON HER FAVORITE SO-CAL ACTIVITY

“I’ll most likely never pick up surfing, but I’m trying to master longboard skateboarding. The goal is to cruise the beach path from Malibu to Venice without incident… Not quite there yet though.”

“As much as I adore LA now (the sun, the work-life balance, having a car), I never really envisioned myself leaving New York. I lived there for 12 years; it’s where I met my husband. The city will always have my heart—and the best pizza in the world.”
Christina wears her own jeans and our leather high-heel sandals, available April 19th.


“I almost never wear crazy-high heels in LA (it’s actually kind of tricky and unsafe to drive with a four-inch heel). I also wear jeans a lot more than I ever did in NYC—and the jeans now have holes.”
“I’m constantly learning new secrets from the artists in Hollywood—like how to wear the same product in different ways. I use Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette to sculpt my cheekbones and contour my eyes (no eyeshadow necessary).”
Inside the Violet Grey store on Melrose Place in West Hollywood.


ON HER LATEST MUST-HAVE BEAUTY DISCOVERIES

“Chanel has a new lipstick-balm hybrid, the Rouge Coco Stylo, that I currently won’t leave the house without. My favorite color is #212, because I gravitate toward plummy hues—also because the numbers are New York City’s area code. I’m also obsessed with Tatcha indigo hand cream and Serge Lutens mascara, which gives my eyes a wide-awake look.” 

ON THE CLASSIC CLOTHES SHE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT

“J.Crew has always been a mainstay in my wardrobe because I love timeless basics like white slubby tees and crisp, tailored shirts. I remember shopping directly from the catalog as a teen and phoning in my orders.”



AND NOW, CHRISTINA ANSWERS THE J.CREW Q’S…

VICE YOU’LL NEVER GIVE UP?
Picking at my cuticles.

WHAT’S ALWAYS IN YOUR FRIDGE?
Coca-Cola Classic. 

HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR COFFEE?
Medium roast, black. 

YOUR STYLE IN FIVE WORDS…
Comfortable. Classic. Monochromatic. Easy. Borrowed (as in, on a long-term loan from my husband, brother or friend). 

BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
“Be sharp.”  —my mom 

YOUR PERSONAL STYLE ICON IS…
Tonne Goodman 

YOUR SPIRIT EMOJI IS…




CHRISTINA’S LA FAVORITES

TO EAT & DRINK

Alchemy Health Food

638 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood
“Everyone makes avocado toast in this town, but Alchemy has the avo-equation just right. Avocado + chopped jalapeño + black Himalayan salt + mayo + delicious homemade bread = something I’ll pay $6 for.”

Pinches

8200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
“My fondest memory of starting at Violet Grey includes ordering Pinches’s burritos for in-office meetings.” 

The Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel

8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
“This bar reminds me that elegance is still a thing, thanks to the debossed cocktail napkins and waiters in white jackets.”

Salt & Straw

240 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles
“I don’t even love ice cream that much, but I dream about the roasted strawberry and white chocolate blend that this parlor makes. All of its inventive flavors are pretty delightful.”

R+D Kitchen

1323 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
“It has this thing called the Dip Duo, which is one platter with two different dips: guacamole and an original pimento cheese dip. I order the dip, but I ask for double-cheese, no guac.”

Myung Dong Kyoja

3630 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
“Rice cake soup is a Korean New Year’s Day tradition. I always crave it on chillier nights (it does get cold here!).”

FOR A BEAUTY FIX

Olive & June

430 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills
“My favorite spot for a manicure. The founder, Sarah Gibson Tuttle, was one of my first new friends after moving to LA.”

Vanessa Hernandez Skincare

9675 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills
“Vanessa customizes your facial to your specific needs and is clued in on the latest light and laser technology. She’s also one of the kindest people I know here.” 

Tomoko Spa

141 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
“This Japanese-inspired spa is the most tranquil place in Los Angeles, hands down. Plus, it serves little mochi delights post-treatment (I swear this isn’t the only reason why I love it).”

STRIIIKE

9278 Civic Center Dr., Beverly Hills
“For the best brow touch-up, haircut and makeup slash gossip session.”

Jeune Skin Care Clinic

4220 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles
“The aestheticians here specialize in no-nonsense, no-frills facial massage. It leaves my skin looking lifted and radiant.”



Special thanks to Violet Grey

Photographs by Clément Pascal. Makeup by Pati Dubroff and hair by Ashley Streicher, both for Forward Artists. Styling assistance by Sarah Coggins. 

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