by Gabrielle Messineo and Jessica Comingore
Here we are with another inspiring guest! Jessica Comingore, founder of The Elysian Edit, is a designer, lifestyle writer, and photographer with endless talent. She is an Angeleno through and through, so I wanted to hear all about her early LA experiences in addition to her recent travels. Her site and Instagram are full of beauty, and I'm proud to hold a little bit of that beauty here now. Answers and images below courtesy of Jessica Comingore.
1. Being that you grew up in LA, what are some early memories of exploring the area?
I grew up in the north part of the valley, so it wasn’t until I was much older that I ventured “over the hill” and discovered the true LA. As a kid we mostly spent our time outdoors in the neighborhood, but once my friends and I got our drivers licenses in high school, we would go to concerts, try new restaurants, explore a lot of Hollywood and Downtown. One memory that sticks out is heading to the Melrose Trading Post every Sunday and scouring for vintage clothes with my friend Audrey. Funnily enough, our habits haven’t changed much — we’re still best friends and still spend Sunday’s flea market shopping.
2. What’s a place you wish you had discovered earlier?
I’m not sure I would have had the palette for it earlier, but Middle Eastern food has grown to be my cuisine of choice, and there’s the most incredible restaurant on the border of Glendale and Burbank called Adana. Their kabobs, dolmas, and avocado salad will blow your mind. Don’t forget to order a cup of mint tea, too.
3. What place are you excited to share with out-of-town guests?
I tend to bring everyone to Griffith Park when they’re in town because it’s the perfect way to catch up while enjoying the outdoors. Though I personally prefer a route near the Greek Theater, I’ll usually take out-of-towners to Fern Dell and hike up to the Observatory since the views and light are so spectacular. Then we’ll end with a slice of quiche and a cup of coffee at The Trails. It’s the ideal way to start your day.
4. Where do you find yourself going back to time and time again?
I’m such a creature of habit that this one is hard to narrow down. New High Mart is my favorite store in LA, and every time I’m there I feel such a sense of happiness and peace. The store is curated so impeccably, and the fact that you can’t use your cell phone inside somehow makes you feel more present. Often I’ll pop by when I have a free afternoon to peruse their shelves and pick up a little treat for my home.
5. What’s your favorite road trip destination from LA?
Big Sur. Though frankly, anywhere on the central coast will do. Whenever I feel a hankering to jump in the car and get out of town, I always tend to head north. There is something about the combination of scenery, smell and solitude that makes me feel more at ease than any other place I’ve visited in California. I’m not sure it will ever get old for me.
6. What do you like to listen to on road trips?
I’m a big mixtape-maker, so it’s usually a combination of playing those back-to-back until I get tired of tunes. I’ll usually take a break a few hours in and turn on stand-up comedy or a podcast. Some of my recent favorites are Tom Segura and Alec Baldwin’s Here’s the Thing.
7. Considering your minimalist approach, does that apply to packing as well?
I try to! I’m not the best when it comes to packing — I either take too much or not enough. Recently it’s been the latter. I usually procrastinate until the last minute and then throw whatever comes to mind into my weekender until it’s full. I’ve definitely been guilty of traveling without a toothbrush a time or two. But when I’m thinking ahead, I’ll make a list to cover all of my bases and bring one good jacket, one pair of pants, one pair of shoes, and a few tops I can swap out.
8. What are some essentials you can’t travel without?
I always make sure to pack a good book (I try to unplug as much as possible when I’m traveling), a scarf because you never know when the weather will turn, a lightweight camera, and a few packets of Acute Defense. There’s nothing worse than getting sick when you’re away from home.