My City: Samantha Shorter

As I'm sure you know, Samantha Shorter is one of our favourite New Zealand models and is true a RUBY girl at heart!

Samantha Shorter

Image by Rebekkah Farrell

Along with Rose McIvor, Samantha has recently relocated to Los Angeles and has been exploring all of the amazing sights in her new home. We spoke to her about her favourite places Los Angeles and what she loves most about the City Of Angels!

I only moved to Los Angeles seven weeks ago but I am already in love with this city. It’s taken a bit of getting used to because it’s so spread out and there’s a lot to take in – everything is still very new and I have a lot of exploring to do! My favourite thing about LA is that there’s always something fun to do so it’s impossible to be bored. That and it’s ALWAYS sunny.

  1. Runyon Canyon

    The perfect morning for me in L.A is getting up early and doing the Runyon Canyon hike (you can see across the whole city from the top – everything from Downtown to Beverly Hills, with the iconic Hollywood sign behind you) and then doing a free yoga class in the park at the bottom. I’m pretty lucky that this is just at the top of my street.

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  2. Laurel Hardware 7984

    This is my favourite bar in L.A, that I've been to. It has a great vibe plus 90 percent of the people are good looking. Win! I also discovered my all-time favourite cocktail there; my roommate and I are obsessed. It’s called a Skinneas Fog and is made with red beet infused plum vodka, lillet rose, plum bitters and lemon. It’s so ridiculously delicious and it has beetroot in it so it’s got to be healthy right?

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  3. The Laugh Factory

    The Laugh Factory is a famous stand-up comedy club on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Pretty much every comedian has cut their teeth on this stage and they often have special guests perform. I went on a Friday night and was lucky enough to see Dane Cook. Be prepared to laugh so hard your stomach will hurt.

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  4. Chateau Marmont & Bar Marmont

    There’s something so wonderful about Chateau Marmont and all of its old world charm that you kind of have to experience it for your self. Lunching on the terrace with a cocktail in hand, you feel worlds away from the busy Sunset Strip in a setting that oozes old Hollywood glamour. Make sure to also check out Bar Marmont just down the road. It’s perfectly hidden away, but once you go through the door it’s all about low key European elegance, and you might see a celebrity or two.

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  5. Coffee + Food

    As a self confessed coffee snob from down under I was pretty anxious about coming to the land of Starbucks and filter coffee. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered this little gem on Melrose Ave called Coffee + Food. Surprise, surprise it’s owned and run by Aussies and their coffee is good, so damn good it tastes just like home. Not to mention they also a. serve flat whites and b. serve them in normal sized takeaway cups (not the so called American ‘small’ which is the equivalent to our NZ/Aus large). Oh and I even spotted a tin of Milo on the counter. Hallelujah!

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  6. Opening Ceremony

    They had me at Alexander Wang shop-in-shop … All of my favourite designers under one roof. Enough said.

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  7. Joan's on Third

    This West Hollywood café and deli is one of my favourite spots. Open for breakfast and lunch, the savoury fare is delicious and the sweet treats even better. Get a table outside and enjoy the people watching.

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  8. Altitude Rooftop pool at the SLS Hotel

    The pool at the boutique SLS hotel is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon in the sun. Picture cocktails, cabanas and a dip in the water. Yes it’s a hard life.

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  9. Yamashiro Farmers Markets

    Every Thursday night in summer from 6pm-8pm Yamashiro (a Japanese restaurant) holds a Farmers market. With a view across the city it’s the perfect place to watch the sun set while enjoying some good cheap food (I’m talking $6 for a taco and pita chips with hummus) and live music.

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  10. Melrose Avenue

    I love wandering down Melrose Ave in West Hollywood. There’s something for everyone starting with the vintage shops before Fairfax Ave and moving into the higher end designers as you get closer to La Cienega. I’m pretty much obsessed with Bookmarc (the Marc Jacobs book store) and the Rag & Bone store. And if you’re not in the mood for shopping, get your nails done or your palm read or simply stop for a bite to eat in one of the cafés.

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One way ticket to Los Angeles anyone? These places sound amazing!

My City: Rose Mciver

This is the first in a series of posts where we will chat to our RUBY friends who are doing awesome things overseas about their ten favourite things to do in their new home.

First up, we had the pleasure of speaking to the lovely and super talented New Zealand actress Rose McIver about ten of her favourite things to do in Los Angeles!

Rose’s acting career started out at the age of three, after appearing in The Piano. Since then, Rose has featured in numerous television and feature films, including The Lovely Bones and Maddigan's Quest.

My name is Rose McIver and I am an actress, born in Auckland, and currently living in Los Angeles. I have spent the past few years here establishing a career in film and television and have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by great people both from home and abroad to enjoy the experience with.

What I have really grown to love about Los Angeles is that you can find whatever you are looking for within a couple of hours from home. Whether its the hiking trails in Malibu, the snow atop Big Bear mountain, grungy flea markets out at The Rose Bowl Stadium or the speakeasy bars in Koreatown, it's all a short drive away.

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  1. Coffee + Food

    A super cute little cafe on Melrose Ave with Australian baristas. Easily the best coffee I've found in LA and great service to boot.

  2. Knott's Berry Farm

    The dodgiest old theme park I've ever been to with a handful of great rides which I'm addicted to. The hosts and hostesses are dressed in this traditional American Settler's garb and it's often so quiet it's like one big ghost town. Benjamin Hoeksema took this great picture.

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  3. Griffith Park

    This is a reserve that you can hike in, leading up to the observatory on top of the hill. It's beautiful, serene, only minutes from Hollywood and has a great woodsy cafe called The Trails where you can enjoy a well-earned lemonade after your walk.

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  4. The Laemmle Theatre, Pasadena

    A classic old movie theatre that screens films with smaller releases and is just down the road from a couple of very quaint tea houses.

  5. Goodwill Thrift Stores

    These are well priced op shops that you can spend hours sifting through. They aren't overpriced and I have found many treasures here!

  6. Sycamore Cove

    A beautiful bay north of Malibu where I went camping with some friends. It is a dream to get back on the coastline, where it feels more like home and this particular spot has the added bonus of dolphins and seals as inhabitants, that you can swim right up next to.

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  7. Silverlake

    This is a suburb East of Hollywood where I sublet an apartment for sometime last year. It is the home of a lot of artists and musicians and it very much has the vibe of Wellington to me, where I used to live. There is one particular graffiti artist called 'ManBeast' who's sentimental hits became a bit of an obsession of mine for a while.

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  8. The Dodgers Stadium

    It was tight between this and the Staples Center, both of which are sporting venues where I saw amazing games played. There is such a festive spirit at these events and the dodgers stadium is an enormous arena where I watched my first baseball game and whole-heartedly participated in a rendition of 'Take Me Back to the Ball Game.'

  9. Dimples Karaoke Bar

    A hilarious old dive bar in 'The Valley,' which is a place loaded with stigma for most unfair reasons. It has some of the greatest locals and the host, who is about 75, calls himself Mr Dimples and sprays a foam machine most generously on the unsuspecting new victims who get up to sing.

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  10. Our Lounge

    I am fortunate enough to live with one of my best friends, Fleur Saville, in a rambling old Hollywood home built in the 1930's. Over the years it has had various tacky renovations but it has so much heart and personality and has housed some great dinner parties.

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We asked Rose what her favourite pieces are from the RUBY & Liam autumn/winter 2013 collections...

It's hard to choose only three, but my favorite items would have to be the RUBY Pretty Thing Sweater and the RUBY Round Midnight Dress.