We had the good fortune of connecting with Olivia Lane and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Olivia, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
As a yogi, I think of balance often and in all aspects of life. As an over achiever and Ennegram 2, prone to burning the candle at both ends, I have to ACTIVELY make it a priority. I make it the TOP priority in my business because my clients deserve me at my best… and my best is directly achieved via balance. My soul is satiated by one very specific ingredient. SALT. I add a pinch of salt to my life in 3 ways: sweat, margaritas, and the ocean! Sweating through yoga, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, mosh pit thrashing, and festival dance partying keeps me connected to my body in a way that is fun and productive vs critical, like a traditional gym work out. A salted-rim margarita represents filling my soul with food from around the world and spirits that evoke those deep conversations we find ourselves in on a rooftop with friends or on a train with a stranger. And the ocean, that is my Church. When I sink my feet in the lapping waves, I’m completely overtaken by the sheer magnitude of Mother Nature. The ocean depicts the vast bounty nature provides, which I personally worship. I have spent a considerable amount of time traveling throughout Eastern and Western Europe, the U.S., the U.K., Thailand, Japan, Central America, and South America. And when time and responsibility have other plans for my schedule, I find solace in exploring my own backyard – and my lilac Jacaranda lined West Hollywood street. Maintaining a balance between my personal and professional lives is blurry, as I invite my clients to SHARE in my travels, environmental advocacy, LGBT+ support, and BLM/Civil Rights involvement. I do; however, make sure I leave room in my schedule for ample vacation! Not only does it fill my love tank with the energy for Hairapy, it creates a Studio 54 vibe and urges my clients to pre-book their appointments!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
One of my favorite things about being a hair stylist in such a metropolis, is my proximity to FRESH MEAT! I love nothing more than having a new-to-LA client in my chair who asks “what should I do in LA?” – it’s as scintillating as “do whatever you want with my hair” and “money is no object.” I have friends from all over the world come visit as well, and I always break down the trip into Burroughs. Ugh, I know that’s New York’s thiiiiing but WE have distinct neighborhoods too! West Hollywood Day = Start with brunch on the rooftop of Catch LA (Instagram worthy!) then stroll the open air market for vintage goods and eclectic LA characters at The Melrose Trading Post (flea market). Quick lunch at The Golden State on Fairfax to enjoy all local and organic California grown food and drinks (craft beer ice cream floats!) and then visit the La Brea Tar Pits for some evolution and history (and amazing old photos of prehistoric Los Angeles!). While inside the museum, take a few minutes to enjoy the archaeologists inside the fish bowl (glass viewing area of current excavations)! Vegan dinner at Crossroads or a travel-inspired dining experience at Hinoki and the Bird… then catch the late show for stand-up at The World Famous Hollywood Improv (for the newest faces in comedy mixed in with infamous regulars). Cap off the night with triple pours, go-go’s, and the best dance floor remixes at one of the planet’s biggest LGBT+ night clubs, The Abbey! DTLA DAY = Yoga/Morning Mediation at Angel City Brewery with a local craft beer included, walk to a vegan and life-appreciating lunch at Cafe Gratitude, then a stroll through Hauser and Wirth for a renowned photography exhibit! Next up, sunset cocktails for happy hour at the Broken Shaker (rooftop bar at the Freehand LA hotel) then dinner at Broken Spanish (yes, I LOVE a theme, get used to it!). End the night with either a movie at the Alamo Draft-house Cinema or old school arcade games and a nightcap at Eighty Two. DTLA Day Version 2 = Hop on the Red line (LA actually DOES have public transport and it’s better than you think!) to LA Live and pop into the Grammy Museum (their featured exhibits are a must for any music aficionado) then early dinner at Faith and Flower before beers at Staples Center for LA’s beloved (and champion!) Lakers or Kings! Celebrate the win, with a nightcap at 7th Grand for ANY whisky your heart desires or a spot of Absinthe delivered by a real life fairy in the basement of The Higgins Building, LA’s first private power plant, The Edison. East Side/Griffith Day = Mega carb-load at The Griddle on Sunset before hiking the Bronson Caves and Hollywood Sign. Keep the outdoor vibe flowing with late lunch at Atrium (lush trees inside and open air seating) then hike to the Griffith Observatory for sunset – check out the calendar and hope you’re there for the monthly Star Party… and not of the typical Hollywood variety. Allow the volunteers at the Los Angeles Astronomical Society to show you the celestial sights with professional and amateur telescopes – free “admission” to the great outdoors! Then have dinner in the Los Feliz/Silverlake area at The Rockwell Table and Stage while catching a show (everything from musical parodies of our favorite films and guilty pleasure TV shows to sing-a-longs with Broadway actors) OR a dinner of LA’s famous street tacos at Tacos Arabes (a combination of traditional Mexican cuisine from Puebla and the influence of the 19th-century Arab immigrants’ kebabs and shawarma) and live music/dancing amongst the twinkle lights on the patio at Tenants of the Trees. Hollywood Day = Brunch at Saddle Ranch on Sunset Blvd (what says SoCal better than giant cotton candy, hot Australians on Holiday, bottomless mimosas and bloody maria’s, and mechanical bull rides?!). Weather dependent, head West on Sunset to Will Rogers State Beach – free street parking (score!), clean bathrooms and snack stand, and best yet, no tourists! Or perhaps, a quick class at The Blending Lab to make you own wine varietal and custom label… unless feline friends and coffee are more your speed, then visit the rescue cats at Crumbs and Whiskers! Catch a show under the pristine sky at The Hollywood Bowl (everything from Marilyn Manson to The Little Mermaid Sing-A-Long) and then stroll over for dinner with a traditional Hollywood glamour vibe (that you’ve seen in all the movies) at Musso and Franks. Finish your night off with a rooftop cocktail at Mama Shelter then sing your heart out at LA’s version of NYC’s Marie’s Crisis at Tramp Stamp Grannies (dive bar with themed music ranging from Disney to early aughts pop punk) or a 70’s theme speak easy with boozy Sno-Cones, Good Time’s at Davey Wayne’s! Malibu Day= Take the canyon over for a draw dropping view of the Pacific as you round the bend right after the tunnels on Kanan. Stop for a hike in Malibu Creek State Park (off Crags Road) and if your parents/grandparents are visiting, take them to see the old set of M*A*S*H – it’s a moderate hike through yellow flower fields to the old medic jeeps and unmistakable scenery. Enjoy lunch with a view at Malibu Farm Cafe on the pier and then a stroll along the sand, at Malibu Lagoon State Beach (also featuring wetlands, flower gardens, tide pools, and world class surfers). Bring a picnic to Malibu Wines and enjoy wine tasting with outdoor live music on a grassy knoll overlooking the ocean. Finish the day with a casual dinner at Duke’s (owner and fare hailing from the Hawaiian Islands) or a more upscale evening at Nobu or Mastro’s Ocean Club. South Bay Day = After brunch at MB Post, then bike ride along the strand from Manhattan Beach to Hermosa Pier, eat at The Hook and Plow (no corkage fee Monday’s and GIANT elote!) and stroll all the bars at Hermosa Pier or enjoy the sand and surf before you ride back to MB! In the Spring/Fall, check the news to see if the bio- luminescent plankton rooftop abound our majestic Pacific…if so, grab a roadie and enjoy a bonfire at Dockweiler beach. If you’re visiting in the Winter, make sure to stay for the MB Holiday fireworks (plus FREE meter parking the while month of December anywhere you see a little Santa hat covering the meter!)… and enjoy the culinary meeting of East and West at Little Sister for Vietnamese food while Biggie blares over the bare brick walls. Santa Monica/Venice Day = Stay over at The Kinney for the hidden patio and outdoor bar, borrow the hotel’s beach cruisers to ride along the Venice canals (dug by Abbot Kinney himself) and then hit the beach side day party (read: Vegas style bottle service and dancing while the Pacific envelops all your senses) at The Bungalow. Enjoy sunset cocktails atop The Hotel Erwin or The Huntley Hotel (rooftop bars!), then breakfast for dinner at Nighthawk (spiked cereal!), followed by the Basement Tavern for live music and night caps…. orrrrrr dinner at Scopa Italian Roots and then sneak into the speakeasy out back for Mad Men vibes at a true liquor-lover’s bar. Other favorites that I won’t add to an entire day for brevity’s sake: The Huntington Library (botanical gardens) The Comedy Store The Broad The Getty/Getty Villa The California Science Center El Matador State Beach The Greek Temescal Canyon The Swing at the End of The World (Elysian Park) Dodger’s Game Los Liones Trail Bridge to Nowhere Paradise Falls And don’t even get me STARTED on quick getaways from LA: Glen Ivy (mud bath, outdoor spa, in Temeclua, near wineries) Solvang (Dutch community, vineyards) General Sherman Tree (base of Sequoia and King’s Canyon) Palm Springs (Coachella, Stage Coach, White Party etc!) Joshua Tree Big Sur/Carmel-By-The-Sea Santa Barbara Antelope Canyon
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would be remiss if I didn’t dedicate my ENTIRE ability to achieve work/life balance to my friends and family. My husband’s bartending schedule lines up perfectly with our innate desire to flee for weekly explorations. My friends provide me with ample fodder for the hilarious antics I use to entertain the clients in my chair. Travel buddies, activists, and life aficionados, friends are my salvation from the overwhelming stress I often feel as a business owner. In particular, my yogi master, Jenni Stardust Giampietro, fills my heart with peace and my Spotify with killer playlists! You can enjoy her online yoga classes anywhere in the World – @therelatableyogi. My siblings also deserve a shout-out, for inspiring me daily with their positive contributions to the World as a whole. My sister’s poetry opens my mind and reminds me we are a community of inquisitive and supremely interesting individuals (ww.averylanewrites.wordpress.com). And my brother constantly astounds me with innovative ways to capture the true essence and power of the beauty Nature provides. As a Park Ranger at Grand Canyon National Park, he is a dark-sky advocate and a heads the Division of Interpretation and Resource Education. He also finds a way to CREATE – visual masterpieces that breathe life into the unknown (www.filmfreeway.com/RaderLane).
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