OCCUPATION: Designer, stylist, author
MY STYLE: Whether it’s a luxury brand or a vintage find, I enjoy mixing it up. I’m a tad bohemian. I like bold prints, big decadent jewels, vintage tones with splashes of color, comfy fabrics, and pulling it all together in a simple way. My home is the same—eclectic bold prints, textures, and statement pieces. I love a great chandelier like I love a fab chunky necklace. And last but certainly not least, I try to throw in a little something unexpected.
I LOVE LA BECAUSE: You can’t beat the weather in Los Angeles. My husband and I both grew up here and can’t imagine raising our children anywhere else. There is nothing better than being able to count on the beauty of the outdoors/nature for your family. From green grass and flowers to pools or the beach, the sunshine is always there for you. And where we live in the hills, it’s city living with a country vibe. L.A. is the best of both worlds.
This children’s boutique has everything a stylish tot could ever need, from tiny chairs from Eames to clothes from Little Paul & Joe. While you’re at it, chek out the Little Nest modern furniture line, which specializes in products that are durable enough for kids to play on, but nice enough to display in your living room.
Many are happy to ogle the colorful, tiled facade of this restaurant from the street, but we recommend stepping inside for a bite! A citywide favorite for more than two decades, the West Hollywood location offers a round-the-clock bustling scene and delicious health-minded food. Dishes to try: Albacore tuna salad, sprout sandwich with Jarlsberg Swiss, Urth tamales with sweet corn and tomatilla.
Golden Bridge Yoga
This supportive, community-minded studio offers classes in kundalini, flow, and hatha, as well as a range of family and kids classes, which cleverly incorporate stories and games. After finishing your flow, the in-house café staff is well versed in Yogi Cleanses, a nine-day program that helps jump-start a healthier eating regimine.
Among L.A.’s most famous rooms, the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel has been a watering hole for industry bigwigs for decades. We love cozying into a banquette to indulge in a vintage cocktail (gin martini, anyone?) before dinner. And despite the bar’s masculine interiors, the sunny outdoor patio is also perfect for ladylike Sunday brunch!
Byron & Tracey Salon
The simple white décor, complete with splashes of yellow, always lifts our mood. Byron & Tracey’s master colorists, stylists, and makeup artists keep us looking our best, not unlike their celebrity clients (Kate Bosworth, Megan Fox, and Anna Paquin among them).
This infamous three-block strip, made famous by one of the most classic soap operas of all time, is also home to some of the city’s best shopping. Once you’ve paid your dues to Marc Jacobs, Theory, APC, Marni, Oscar de la Renta, and Alexander McQueen, be sure to make a stop at Comme Ca for classic French food courtesy of chef David Myers.
The largest art museum in the western United States recently expanded, creating the Broad Contemporary Art Museum to house (some of) Eli Broad’s famous collection, and to host exhilarating traveling exhibitions. LACMA’s Arts for the NexGen project is the only free youth membership program of its kind in the U.S. and features art classes and camps for kids of all ages. In addition, during museum hours, kids can visit the Boone Gallery to learn about brush painting and Korean art.
Kind Kreme Vegan Ice Cream
Ethical eating with flavor included. Each scoop of this vegan ice cream is made with organic, local, and sustainable ingredients. Shana Muldoon Zappa can’t get enough of the homemade caramel with sea salt, though other popular concoctions include the kombucha float (talk about healthy!) and waffle sundaes with maple syrup and fruit.
Laurel Canyon Dog Park
What many visitors don’t realize is that L.A.’s famed car culture is second only to its dog park culture. What makes this one special enough to brave the Canyon traffic is its spectacular size and stunning city and valley views.
Malibu Beach Inn
Located on exclusive Carbon Beach, also known as Billionaire’s Beach, this 60-room inn feels more like a private getaway than an ocean-side resort. Every detail has been thoughtfully considered, from in-room yoga instruction to the hand-selected California wines in your mini-fridge.
For decades, Taverna Tony has impeccably combined traditional Greek cuisine (arguably the best in Los Angeles) with a relaxed California atmosphere. Tucked insite the Malibu County Mart, this eatery is undoubteldy a local favorite. Dishes to try: Lamb kleftiko, spanakopita, tiropita, tavern sala.