Elle Magazine’s Insiders Guide to L.A.

I love to travel. I cannot get enough good travel guides and tips.  If I were not an interior designer I would love a career in travel. I try to get to L.A. at least once a year for work or pleasure. It is one of my favorite places. I happened upon this great article and I had to share.  It looks like the common denominator is Soho House. I am honored to have visited the hippest spot in town last Winter when I was in town for the Design Bloggers Conference.



We tapped Brad Goreski, Rachel Roy, Jaime King, Emily Dougherty, Joe Zee, and more for their fave places in L.A.



We first fell for Brad as Rachel Zoe’s colorful assistant onThe Rachel Zoe Project, but over the years, this stylist has managed to stand tall in his own right. A resident of L.A. by way of Canada, Goreski has helped clients Jessica Alba, Demi Moore, and Rashida Jones garner A-grade red carpet looks, scored his own TV show (It’s a Brad Brad World) as well as a gig as Kate Spade’s brand stylist. Here, he takes us through his favorite West Coast spots.


Restaurant: Craig's. It has a great atmosphere and the best gluten free spaghetti Bolognese in town! I eat here about once a week.


Beauty Recommendation: I love going to Byron at Byron Williams Salon in Beverly Hills. He’s responsible for my sky high hair. I also go to Vanessa Hernandez Skin Care for facials. Her products are amazing too!


Shopping Spot: The Rosebowl Flea Market.  You can find really good vintage clothing here for great prices.  You just have to dig a little.


Sightseeing Spot: Pacific Coast Highway. I never get tired of the drive to Malibu. It’s so breathtaking.


Nightlife Destination: Rasputin on Thursday or Saturday night (Thursday night is dedicated to hip-hop and Saturday is all about dance/top 40/R&B). I also love the Soho House for pre-game cocktails.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brad Goreski


When she's not testing anti-aging wrinkle creams at Cape Canaveral or going undercover as a makeup artist at NYC fashion week, ELLE's beauty and fitness director Emily Dougherty heads to L.A. for her favorite green juice and the world's best facial. Follow her adventures at ELLE.com orweibo.com/elleusaemily.


Juice Spot: Beat jet-lag with ginger shot at Beverly Hills Juice and grab a few Green Genies for the rest of the day: your skin will thank you.


Beauty Destination: Starlets are no longer afraid of high-def cameras thanks to the IS Fire and Ice facial at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. The high-tech peel erases pigmentation and tightens pores for instant close-up-ready perfection.


Restaurant: Power sunsets have replaced the power lunch thanks to the stunning, cliff-side Nobu Malibu. Bring sunglasses so that you can celeb-gawk without shame.


Shopping Spot: From my favorite niche products like Rodin face oil to iconic faves like La Mer, Barney's NY beauty floor is a beauty director's home away from home. And for a quick old-school NYC snack (smoked salmon, pastrami), hit the patio of the in-store outpost of old-school NYC restaurant, Barney Greengrass.


Fashion Fix: Clothes that look like pajamas and pajamas that look like regular clothes: my fashion dreams come true thanks to the amazing eye of Jade Lai, owner of Creatures of Comfort.


Sightseeing Spot: ATMs and cupcakes are two wonderful inventions.Sprinkles brings them together to fulfill your sugar cravings, 24-7.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Emily Dougherty


Fresh off releasing his book DECADES: A Century of Fashion, style expert (and owner of renowned vintage boutique Decades) Cameron Silver has shown no signs of slowing down, continuing with an intense book tour that’s taken him all over the globe. His tome is an in-depth look at fashion over the last century, and while he may be spending many a night inside hotel rooms, when he’s back home in L.A., these are the spots he frequents the most.


Restaurant: Café Gratitude for the most delicious vegan food and a celebrity favorite.


Beauty Recommendation: Jay Diola at Goodform is the only man who touches my hair in L.A. and he has the Midas touch when doing hair for Lana Del Rey, Chloe Sevigny, and Jaime King.


Shopping Spot: I have an agenda so partial to Decades. But I also like Just One Eye for the most interesting mix of current and alternative designer clothing.


Sightseeing Spot: Runyon Canyon has the best people watching and the best view—plus you can exercise.


Nightlife Destination: Go to the Soho House but you need to be a member or friend a member. I am a member!

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Decades


Jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth was born and raised in Los Angeles and began toying with gemstones in college simply as a hobby. Fast forward to 2000, and Neuwirth’s passion project turned into a career when her debut capsule collection was picked up by Barneys New York. Twelve years later, her relationship with the retail giant still stands strong, and here, the former horseback riding teacher shows us the key to her favorite spots in L.A.


Restaurant: The Old Place. It’s all the way up Mulholland and is well worth the trip. They used to serve just steak and clams and are open only three nights a week. It is literally the most delicious restaurant and always feels like an adventure.


Beauty Recommendation: Negin at Sally Hershberger is my secret weapon for hair and Cristina Radu for facials.


Shopping Spot: Of course I spend a lot of time at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills with my jewelry but Abbot Kinney is a great street for food and shopping. I love Heist, Kendall Conrad, and A + R.


Sightseeing Spot: I love El Matador beach in Malibu. It’s the quintessential California spot.


Nightlife Destination: That would be the patio of my house, with friends, wine and my dog Teddy.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Romy Suskin


Actress Jaime King is currently staring in the second season of her hit TV seriesHeart of Dixie (along with Rachel Bilson), and just wrapped filming Robert Rodriguez’s highly anticipated Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For. She’s also directing her first film—Polar Seasons—a thriller that she co-wrote. A resident of L.A. (by way of Nebraska), King shows us her favorite West Coast spots that help make the city of angels her home.


Restaurant: Pizzeria Mozza has the best pizza I have ever had! It is my favorite place to eat not only in L.A. but the U.S.  It is absolutely amazing food and has a great ambience. They have a great sister restaurant Osteria Mozza for a broader menu.


Beauty Recommendation: I love Jay Diola at Goodform Salon. I have been seeing him for years.  The space has beautiful decor with a slightly retro feel, filled with amazing photography and art and plays great music but is totally unpretentious. A lot of tattooed, fun, and highly skilled artists work there for color, cuts and styling. Jay creates all of my looks for each new character I play.


Shopping Spot: I love TENOVERSIX for clothes and gifts.  My friend Brady owns it and they have an incredible and well thought out collection of up and coming designers, unique and chic gifts, great children's clothing, and toys. The TENOVERSIX collection is also beautiful.


Sightseeing Spot: I love putting on a great playlist and driving across Mulholland Drive at night. It is the most poignant and sexy way to view LA and the Valley. I find it very healing and a great way to clear my head.  Most artists I know love this inspiring drive. I like to take it to Bel Air and enjoy the beautiful homes and landscape.


Nightlife Destination: I adore The Soho House because it is very private, it overlooks the entire city and is very fun and relaxing. I like it because I always run into people I haven't seen in a while and every night they have a creative event going on from private movie screenings to live shows. The drinks are perfect and the whole place feels like you have stepped into your own glamorous oasis.  If you are not a member, find a friend that is one.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jaime King


ELLE’s Creative Director Joe Zee splits his time between New York and L.A., thanks to his show All on the Line with Joe Zee(airing on Sundance). If his resume isn’t busy enough, Joe is also a stylist, book author, new dog owner, and aspiring back up dancer. He dished on his top West Coast locations.


Restaurant: For lunch, I love M Café. The kale salad and macro meal (salmon and brown rice) is my go-to order. For dinner with friends, I go to Izakaya on 3rd street. I practically know our order—which always includes crispy rice with spicy tuna and baked crab hand roll—by heart.


Shopping: I always make time to shop at Barneys in Beverly Hills—it’s research, right? I also swing by RVCA and Supreme on Fairfax for flannels and Stussy on La Brea for hoodies. And for fresh, organic food I love shopping Sunday mornings at the Farmer’s Market in Hollywood on Ivar.


Workout: I always take time out to go to my friend’s (Ben Allen) Hip-hop dance class at Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood or his all-levels, live DJ dance class, Groov3.


Nightlife Destination: I love to see movies at ArcLight Cinemas, my favorite theater in L.A. Or I’ll go for a nightcap at the Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tom Munro


Jonathan Adler is known for his camp-meets-chic home décor. He recently came out with a new book—100 Ways To Happy Chic Your Life—and is supplying the “official” Soul Cycle thanks to his Grapefruit candle. Next month, the West Coast is going to be seeing more of Mr. Adler (in scent form) when his candles will be burning at Soul Cycle’s newest Santa Monica location. Here, he tells his favorite spots in and around L.A.


Restaurant: Lucques is delicious, homey and gorgeous. The proprietress is one of my oldest friends, Suzanne Goin, who is a genius.


Beauty Recommendation: I never say no to a massage at the L'Ermitage, my favorite place to stay when I am  in L.A.


Shopping Spot: Melrose Avenue is my favorite shopping destination in L.A.—Paul Smith, Fred Segal, and of course Jonathan Alder. It's a great area for lunch and stroll. And, make sure to stop at Sweet Lady Jane for a slice of pie when you're exhausted from shopping.


Sightseeing Spot: Lunch at The Ivy. You are sure to spot one A-list celeb, one B-list celeb, and two or three C-list celebs, at the very minimum.


Nightlife Destination: The Chateau Marmont is a great place to grab a drink and check out sybaritic young Hollywood.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Josh McHugh