Last weekend I fought the heavy traffic over to do some shopping at both The Grove and the Beverly Center. It was fun, but I’d definitely recommend going during a less rushed period of the year. Parking was awful, as was the general traffic in both areas.
Their stuff (especially the jewelry) is generally much better looking in person than on camera / online. Beautifully crafted and very, very shiny. I’ve noticed they tend to do really great sales online though (in store is generally full-price, bleh). As a tip, they have free return shipping on all orders.
Also stopped by Sephora and Forever 21. Lame thing about the Beverly Center is they have non-validation parking, meaning you’ll always get charged. It’s $1/hour for the first three hours.
In contrast, The Grove gives you one free hour of parking, though if you stay from 1-3 hours it goes to a flat $3.
It was so crowded that I ended up having to park at the top level (8), which sucks in terms of having to wind up the lot multiple times, but was great from a view perspective. You can see sweeping scenes of not just the Grove itself, but also the Hollywood sign and Downtown LA.
There was a random little section labeled “The Hobbit”, which I suppose was an outdoor exhibition of some sort. Not terribly exciting though, as it mainly just contained light-up posters of the cast and some cheap props (seriously, the staff was labeled “Made in China” on the bottom)
I’d recommend coming to see the lights in wintertime, but try not to cut it too close to Christmas, or you’ll find yourself fighting the crowds.
Hope everyone has finished their shopping and is ready for Christmas!