Nightlife/Weekend Life - Brigade and Bottega: Boutiquing and Eating

With Carrie founder DTLA Rendezvous and guest

Who wouldn’t want to spend the night shopping the night away and drinking mimosas (bottomless) in a trendy boutique in the middle of one of the most talked about cities in the country?  Last night I stopped in on a swanky event, Soiree et Style hosted by DTLA Rendezvous and The Fashionista’s BlackBook. If you remember I attended their first event at Pale Violet where I won that gorgeous orange and gold purse in their raffle. 

Last night’s event was held at Brigade LA which many would consider to be the gorilla of boutiques in DTLA because of its prestigious location right in the heart of the 7th Street corridor - and yes just doors down from Bottega Louie!   Brigade LA carries a mix of recognizable brands and boutique designers. It is a fully stocked boutique carrying everything from street wear, swimwear, men’s wear, shoes, handbags, accessories and even lingerie. They may even stock men’s underwear but I forgot to ask. Although this sounds like a lot, it is actually just enough of everything which makes it fun to browse, pick and play with a variety of pieces.  
Jessica from Fashionistas Blackbook and Rolland Ryan from

Earring I won in the Raffle for Downtown Women's Center

The Soiree et Style event benefited the Downtown Women’s Center by raffling off high-end door prizes such as a Pussy & Pooch Gift Bag, a Dapper Diction’s Clutch Bag, Lawry’s 75th Anniversary Chardonnay and two items of jewelry - a necklace and a pair of earring (which I won)! 

The evening also featured a hosted juice bar by Press Brothers Juicery and the alcohol was courtesy of the Los Angeles Brewing Company. I started off healthy but ended the night leering over the mimosas. So much so it almost made me uncomfortable - just kidding! 

After it was all  said and done, we took a leisurely stroll (which I love in 5 inch heels) a few doors down to Bottega Louie to balance out the boutiquing and mimosas. I have been wanting to feature this salad on my blog for quite some time but hadn’t found the right moment but now is a good as ever. The Modena Salad is my favorite salad from Bottega Louie. It has candied walnuts, goat cheese and shallots on a bed of butter lettuce. The salad is topped with a balsamic vinaigrette which is a bit more creamy than a traditional balsamic vinaigrette.  Their is a wonderful 4 way balance between the sweetness of the candied walnuts and the tartness of the balsamic vinaigrette matched with the firm crunch and the softness of the goat cheese. 

Sooo, he thought my stockings reminded him of San Francisco!

Modena Salad at Bottega Louie (I left out the Lobster Nage)

I also had their Lobster Nage soup. This was honestly my first time having Lobster soup at Bottega. I have been seated with my dining guests whom have ordered the soup but I had previously always opted for a number of varying alternatives. I have got to admit the soup is pretty tasty. In the true definition of “nave”, the soup is almost light enough to be served a sauce atop something else so I kind of felt like something was missing. I recall one of my past dining companions remarking that their wasn’t enough “soup” in the bowl. However, that is traditionally how this type of soups is served - almost tradition anyway. Nonetheless, it was tasty and I won’t banter on any longer about it. I would just say that on a frosty, lonely night  in the future, I will order the Tomato Soup from the menu. By the way, have you seen the new Bottega Louie website?

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