Have you been hearing the call of the Outlander Costumes like we have? Well, when Terry Dresbach’s Outlander costumes became available for viewing at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, once again and without hesitation, we dropped everything and answer that call. Here’s our our adventure.
Sass3 eagerly prepares to head north for the two hour drive to Los Angeles. Our husbands and families surrendering, as always, to our Outlandish obsession and ready themselves for another day of our absence. As we hit the road, we look to them with appreciation for tolerating our love of the books. We give them one last wave good-bye and drive off!
The traffic to LA usually takes us 2 to 2 1/2 hours, but we hit unexpected pockets of gridlock. The Waze traffic app was our savior as we listen to Simon’s British accent direct us to our destinations.We make the most of the day and head to the Griffith Observatory before the 12 o’clock opening of Paley Center. The Observatory has nice views of the city and the infamous “Hollywood” sign. Like the rest of the tourist, we make the trek uphill to get that perfect snap-shot with the billboard.
The Los Angeles haze blankets the sky, but we can still see that iconic Hollywood symbol. On a nice clear day, great panoramic views of the city can be seen. Today we are out of luck!
View from Griffith Observatory
Our stomachs growl to signal lunch so we drive to La Conversation, a French café and bakery, for a quick meal.
This cute café, located in West Hollywood, serves salads, wraps, and pastries. If you are a sushi lover, we highly suggest ordering the sushi wrap. It’s a hefty size with tons of ahi (raw tuna) – a refreshing meal for a warm afternoon. Or try the turkey with brie and caramelized onions panini with cucumber water, another light, but filling dish.
Next, we head to the Paley Center for Media to view the long-awaited costumes. The Artistry of Outlander, an exhibit of the costumes and set design, for Outlander Season 2 is scheduled to last until August 14.
We park at a structure that offers free 2 hour parking which is located just one block from the center. We discover there is another one right across the street as well. For Trekie fans, the Paley Center is also featuring an exhibit for you, Transported: 50 Years of Star Trek.
The admission to the center is free, but we each give a $10 donation.
After giving our donations, we are greeted by this! For a moment, we pretend to be the strong-willed Claire Fraser and imagine elegantly wearing THE red dress.
We, of course, take NUMEROUS photos just to get the perfect picture! To other on-lookers we must seem a bit fanatic, but this was OUR day to escape into the world of Outlander. So we take our sweet time to savor it all!
We climb the stairs to the 2nd floor which is dedicated to the costumes and set designs. Our excitement gets the best of us as we each go our separate ways. We survey the room and examine closely, without touching, each costume. The detail of every outfit is exquisite – down to the hand painted patterns and embroidery.
Let’s take a look!
Some models of the set. Along the wall are images of set designs and plans. Models are also on display in glass cases.
A station with videos of behind-the-scenes and set designs available
We take one last look before departing.
*Note: Most of the costume descriptions are from Paley Center for Media displays.
We continue to make the most of day and drive to Whimsic Alley. It offers some Outlander items and gifts from other shows/books like Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Downtown Abbey and more. Themed parties and events are also hosted in their party room located at the back of the store.
On display, a Jamie Fraser t-shirt which can be purchased inside.
We end our day with some treats from Milk Jar Cookies next door.
This place is really quaint!
They offer many types of baked cookies – what should we choose?
They look decadent!
We order coffee, 1 white chocolate raspberry cookie, 1 chocolate pecan caramel cookie, and 1 cinnamon sugar cookie.
Jamie and Claire had to get their fill too!
And half a dozen order for our loved ones!
We end our fabulous day and bid farewell to Los Angeles. We’ll be back, for sure, when Outlander comes a-callin’!
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