We’ve partnered with blogger Olivia Lopez for our charitable holiday campaign, in which the Barneys New York Foundation gives the Children’s Defense Fund $5 for every post that features the hashtag #HaasRules. Lopez was drawn to the Haas for the Holidays message of diversity and inclusion, plus—just like the Haas Brothers themselves—she’s an L.A. local with a passion for art and design.
Olivia Lopez started her blog Lust For Life when she was just 14 years old. Over the last decade, she’s amassed a loyal following that loves tracking her chic adventures,which marry Olivia’s passion for culture and travel with her love of fashion. With her interest piqued by quality of design, Lopez’s feed proves a value in things that transcend time. While this can include beautifully made clothing and amazing cuisine, lately she’s also been gravitating toward stimulating architecture, especially when planning her busy travel schedule.
“I’ve always been sensitive to my surroundings, and as a result, I’ve became drawn to the influence of architecture,” she explains. “Living in Los Angeles has further fueled this obsession.” When Lopez was 19, she became fascinated by the Case Study Houses and spent a summer uncovering all of the iconic mid-century houses dotted along Southern California. “I remember visiting the Stahl House and was completely transformed by the experience. It changed the way I viewed living in Los Angeles.”
Naturally, her passion also takes her beyond L.A.’s city limits to cities around the globe. “I call myself an architectural tourist. Many times, reading about a certain artist or architect will inform the next place I travel to, but often I’ll book a trip abroad and discover the design scene upon exploring new neighborhoods,” she explains. “Having a love for design makes travel even more enriching, because every country has its own unique spaces and structures that capture the ideas of a time or artistic movement.”
When it comes to packing for these trips, Lopez has a less-is-more philosophy. “I start packing a week before and add and edit items out of my suitcase before jetting off. It ensures I have enough time to think about what I need to bring, and it helps avoid overpacking.” Below, Olivia shares photos she’s taken on trips to four of her favorite design-savvy cities and the key pieces she recommends packing along for the voyage.
1. PORTO, PORTUGAL
“Porto is a coastal town that has beautiful Baroque carvings everywhere you look.”
2. VENICE, ITALY
“Venice is the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited, and there’s no other city like it. It’s a unique island with structures that span over centuries, and you can really feel the layers of history.”
3. BARCELONA, SPAIN
“Barcelona is a vibrant city and has a rich history of architects and artists, from Antoni Gaudí to Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró.”
4. MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
“Mexico City is a massive city bursting with life and color. I love the colorful houses and the infamous pink of Luis Barragan’s stables and studio.”