I used to accompany my dad on business trips to LA when I was in high school and now I produce all of Cover in LA – the city holds a very special place in my heart. I love the Beverly Hills Hotel. The nostalgia, the pool, the Polo Lounge and the little tiny coffee shop are hard to beat.
2022 update: On my latest trip, I stayed in Culver City, because I wanted to be central to several neighborhoods and LAX for a super quick trip. The little boutique hotel, Palihotel, was perfect. They also have a location on Melrose.
I recently had dinner with my friend, Donald, at The Sunset Tower Hotel. I ordered the chicken pot pie which was amazing. I love Gracias Madre, a little vegan Mexican food place. The SoHo House is also a favorite in LA, but I’ve only been there twice with members Jaime King and another industry friend that's a member. There were tons of local vendors at the Goop conference that I attended, so I will be looking to Goop for those healthy lunch spots next time.
See & Do:
If you haven’t been to Venice Beach, it is worth a trip. I love the local shops and restaurants. Gjelina is a great place to stop for a bite. I really love Venice Plants. I have a slight problem buying cacti everywhere I see cool ones. If I lived here, I would be in trouble. I call this store to send plants to my friends though. Royal Heritage is the best piercing (and tattoo) shop with very knowledgeable and careful staff members. Made in Earth is a great rock and jewelry shop across the street.
2022 update: We caught a show at the Laugh Factory which was really fun. Most shows are 18+ but some are 21+.
My friend, Amy, loves a store called Permanent Vacation Shop. I love to walk around the shops on Melrose and also the shops around The Ivy on N. Robertson Blvd. Next time I am in LA, I want to go by the new Palisades Center and see Jen Meyer’s store.
2022 update: I recently took my teenagers vintage shopping on La Brea and Melrose. We loved American Rag Cie, Wasteland, Jet Rag and Golyester. My friend, Stephanie of Libertine, loves Recess. It has lots of sparkles and great finds for fair prices. We also love Chrome Hearts (make an appointment in advance) and The Elder Statesman on N. Robertson.