OCCUPATION: Host and correspondent for “The Trend” on Zappos Couture and “Inside Edition”
MY STYLE: I would describe my personal style as feminine, fun, and flirty with a touch of trendy. I admire and appreciate bright and bold high-end designers like Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino, Dolce and Gabbana and Missoni. At home, I gravitate toward very traditional furnishings that are formal yet comfy. Ralph Lauren features prominently in my house.
I LOVE LA BECAUSE: There are so many things that make LA great for kids. The year-round great weather is just the beginning. My daughter and I love exploring new parks and playgrounds throughout the area and simply taking walks throughout our neighborhood.
Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market
Open every Sunday (weather permitting), the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market is an easy place to go to get fresh, seasonal California foods. “I just grab my tote and go,” says Kimora Lee Simmons. If you’re not trying to do a quick grocery trip, bring your kids to the Kid Zone where the Cookin’ Kids program offers free classes on nutrition and cooking every second Sunday. Attendees can even meet the farmers who produce the market’s featured item of the month and taste their crops. Kids can also ride ponies and play at the petting zoo every second and fourth Sunday. And don’t miss the annual pie baking competition and chili cook-off!
The Grove is an outdoor shopping complex with a movie theater and a variety of shops and restaurants, plus a farmer’s market, which is a short free trolley ride away. Walkways lined with babbling fountains that erupt into water and light shows make a spectacle out of this outdoor mall. Between live performances and the ding of the trolley, kids and adults describe a magical fairy-tale feeling at The Grove.
After two years of renovations, Hotel Bel-Air came out swinging with completely restored guestrooms, 12 new bungalows, several acres full of plants and flowers, and new dining concepts from Wolfgang Puck. The iconic Bel-Air swans have even been outfitted with new water pumps! As for the children’s amenities, kid-size bathrobes and signature coloring books are available upon request.
Contemporary Japanese in a chic setting, Zuma is a favorite with the fashion crowd for its exquisite small bites and organic cuisine. The restaurant boasts one of London’s finest sake lists, as well as a killer wine list with hard-to-find bottles of Bordeaux. But be sure to plan ahead – with just a handful of tables, a reservation at Zuma is hard to come by.
A walk through the Getty is a lesson in art history. Numerous European and American artists from the Middle Ages to present day hold placards in the museum. Elizabeth Stewart calls the museum a park as well—after she and her family take in the exhibitions, her children (literally) roll down the hill outside. Other family activities include the Getty’s numerous workshops, as well as a series of kid-centric concerts that takes place in the garden.