Check Out My Top Ten Favourite Places in LA:
1. Malibu Country Mart/Lumber Yard
I could spend hours wandering around this outdoor shopping center. My favorite spots include J Crew at the beach and Tory Burch for beachy essentials and Cafe Habana for their authentic Cuban mojitos.
2. Runyon Canyon
Runyon Canyon is a great workout culminating in expansive city views. I love to take visiting friends and family on this hike.
3. Casa Del Mar
Case del Mar is a large, glamorous hotel right on the beach in Santa Monica. The lobby lounge offers great drinks, and often has live music, while Catch restaurant features fresh seafood and sushi. Wherever you choose to sit you will be treated to gorgeous views of the Pacific.
4. Los Angeles Equestrian Center
I have been taking lessons at Traditional Equitation school, and I just love coming out here. The LA Equestrian Center is in Burbank but feels years away from the freeways and craziness of LA. I love taking a lesson and spending time browsing the equestrian shops, watching other riders and checking out shows,
5. Paradise Cove
Paradise Cove in Malibu is a beachfront restaurant with fresh seafood and tropical drinks set on a private beach cove. I love to get food or drinks to go and wander down the beach away from the restaurant where it's a little more quiet and relaxing.
6. Biking on the boardwalk in Santa Monica/Venice
To me there is nothing better than riding along the beach on a cruiser, people watching and checking out the little shops and cafes dotting the boardwalk.
7. Manhattan Beach
I adore Manhattan Beach in general. Everything about this quaint seaside community is so perfect; they have busy, yummy restaurants (I love Simmzy's and Rock'n Fish), fun nightlife (Shade Hotel and Shellbacks) and a wide, gorgeous beach. If you can, attend the Manhattan Beach 6 Man Tournament in the summer, and expect amazing beach volleyball played in wacky outfits ( past costumes have been Santa, traditional Amish outfits and clowns).
8. Brentwood Country Mart
I have been obsessed with the Brentwood Country Mart since the first time my sister took me there a few years back. This old fashioned looking mart features well known brands such as James Perse and Calypso as well as great local stores such as stationery story Sugar Paper and children's boutique Poppy Store. Farm Shop recently opened in the country mart and is quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants.
9. Haute Seconds Designer Consignment
I love scouring for vintage goods and Haute Seconds is consitently good. They have a well edited selection of clothes, shoes and accessories, both high end and lower end. Expect loads of Louboutins, Chanel, Tory Burch and Missoni.
10. Burn 60
Burn 60 has been my absolute favorite workout in LA (or anywhere) for the last few years. I have tried other places but always return because it's just that good. The trainers are the very best and you will leave tired and happy!