Plans for an LA guide are underway, so until then, please enjoy a Glimpse of Los Angeles by Hillary Janneck, former Director of Leasing at the Pacific Design Center, and mom to Henry, three, and Georgina, 8 months.
Upscale restaurant? I love going to Giorgio Baldi or Vincenti with my husband or Forma in Santa Monica with my girlfriends. All three are Italian, incredibly delicious, but very different. Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood is a another favorite. It has a fun, old-school vibe and the most insane ice cream sundaes.
Casual restaurant? La Scala for their famous chopped salads, Cholada in Malibu for thai, Huckleberry for grab & go, Farmshop for weekend brunch, Caffe Luxxe for coffee and Larchmont Wine & Cheese for the best sandwiches in the city.
Restaurant with kids? Eating out with a two year old can be daunting, so we often head to the Brentwood Country Mart for chicken and french fry baskets from Reddi Chick. Henry loves to chase pigeons around the fire pit and go on the toddler rides before/during/after lunch.
Bakery/desserts? Sweet Rose Creamery for ice cream or Sweet Lady Jane for their triple berry cake.
Clothing boutique for yourself? Everything in LA is very spread out, so shopping can really be an all-day endeavor … because of that, I tend to buy most of my things online, but if I’m in need of something last minute, I’ll run over to Elyse Walker, which is just two blocks from my home and has a great selection.
Clothing boutique for kids? Poppy in Brentwood, Bonpoint and Petit Bateau in Beverly Hills, but I get much of their clothing online too. I am loving the new website Maisonette, which I’ve recently gone crazy on for our baby girl. Now that Henry is older, I buy most of his things from J Crew (along with my husband, they often seem to be matching because of it..) Zara.com has a “mini” section on their website for little ones, with the most wonderful & affordable knit and cashmere pieces.
Home decor store? When I worked for the Pacific Design Center, my job was to source new design showrooms, so I was lucky enough to spend most of my time in and out of the most beautiful home decor showrooms I could find. Some of my favorites include Nicky Rising, Raoul Textiles, Rose Tarlow, Jean de Merry, Harbinger, Hollywood at Home and Jasper. If I am in need of a gift or something small for our home, I’ll go to Turpan in Brentwood. Isarose in the Pacific Palisades is a florist and home store with some really fun, eclectic items. I just bought these amazing vintage whiskey glasses there for a girlfriend. They also carry a wonderful collection of coffee table books and Santa Maria Novella products as well. Another favorite is Rolling Greens in Culver City. It’s really an experience and more than a nursery, and has a fantastic selection of large and small potted plants mixed in with home accessories.
Jewelry store? I keep my jewelry very paired down with my wedding band, my fathers signet ring and a gold diamond necklace from my grandparents. But when I do buy jewelry, I head to Jenni Kayne, as she has a very curated collection of simple pieces that mix well with my every day jewelry.
Skincare store? This one is hard! I am a skincare junkie. I love Number One Beauty Supply & Sepi Spa on Montana Avenue for the essentials. I have become a big fan of Vintner’s Daughter, which I buy at my eyebrow salon, Striiike in Beverly Hills. Violet Grey on Melrose Place is also amazing. It’s tiny, but I could easily spend hours in there.
Paper store? Sugar Paper in Brentwood, Soolip in West Hollywood or Mr. Boddington’s Studio (online) for wrapping paper & gift cards, but my stationary is from Olivier de Sercey in Paris.
With kids? Rustic Canyon park is our go-to. It’s beautiful, filled with sycamore trees and never too crowded. We also love to spend the morning together at Will Rogers. Nic & Henry will play catch or golf on the lawn, we’ll pack a picnic and visit the horses. Malibu Country Mart is a very toddler-friendly spot as well. There’s a sweet little playground surrounded by some great restaurants. It’s fairly contained, so kids are able to run around while parents can grab a coffee or juice and relax.
With your husband? We both are true homebodies, so our favorite time to spend together really is at home after we put Henry to sleep. We’ll start a fire, open a bottle of wine, cook a big dinner and play backgammon all night.
With friends? One of my favorite things to do with my girlfriends is go to a wine & cheese tasting at the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. They host them monthly and each one is themed by region. We make it dinner and learn a little something along the way.
With visiting friends? I have a couple close girlfriends who visit from New York each year, and we love to go to Shutters-on-the-beach for a lazy brunch or dinner. Sometimes we’ll get a room and have a little staycation. It’s our special place.
For a romantic weekend? San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito
For your parents/in-laws? Both of our families are in Los Angeles, but I would recommend anywhere closest to your home, because LA traffic can be a bit of a nightmare!
For visiting single friends? Beverly Hills Hotel, Bel Air Hotel
For visiting families? It’s an hour and a half away from LA, but I am always so impressed with how child and family-friendly the Biltmore in Montecito is.
Neighborhood? Pacific Palisades or Santa Monica
Park? Rustic Canyon Park, Will Rogers Park or Holmby Park
Museum? The Getty Villa in Malibu. Henry loves running through the herb and vegetable gardens and playing in the water fountains.
Spa? Tomoko Japanese Spa in Beverly Hills for massages and Mars the Salon in West Hollywood for nails
General travel favorites…
Destination with kids? We love Sun Valley, Idaho. My husband’s family had a home there growing up & I fell in love quickly after our first trip. It’s such a magical place for children with plenty of activities to do year-round. It’s rustic, authentic and also fairly difficult to get to, which keeps the crowds away.
Destination with spouse? Montecito. It’s where we were married, so it is very special to us. We love the hotels, restaurants, charming shops and village-feel. It always feels a world away, but it’s just an easy (and scenic) drive up the coast and we’re there!
Stroller? We used the Bugaboo Chameleon for two seconds. Throughout the infant phase, wearing Henry in a Solly wrap made us both the happiest (and also gave me two free hands!) now that he’s older, we hold hands pretty much everywhere we go, or I push him in his little red car for long walks around our neighborhood.
Kids travel bag? Roberta Roller Rabbit makes the sweetest mini toddler suitcases, Henry loves knowing he’s in charge of his own bag when we travel.
Your handbag? Now that it’s officially fall, I’ve retired the straw bag I was using all summer, for my brown (indestructible) Givenchy tote. I never went the diaper bag route, but found the tote bags I already had and loved worked just perfectly.
Airplane activity for kids? On travel days, all of our rules pretty much go out the window. We give Henry the i-pad with a million episodes of Daniel the Tiger downloaded and he’s happy as can be.
Airplane activity for yourself? Catching up on magazines or the book I’m reading and if I’m lucky enough, closing my eyes for a second!
Must-have for your child’s carry on? Tons and tons of different snacks, his blanket, i-pad and Paw Patrol headphones.
Must-have for your carry-on? Moisturizer, hand wipes, an eye mask and a big bottle of water.
Tips? When it comes to traveling with a toddler, I’ve discovered it really is a germy, messy, free-for-all, no matter how hard you try. So I’ve learned to stay calm and let go a bit. We normally all arrive in one piece!