Kristina and I are in the midst of a few shooting trips to L.A. I've been to the city so many times over the years, but lately it's feeling especially excellent. Perhaps it's the escape from Vancouver drizzle to the warm California sun or maybe it's those Governor Schwarzenegger commercials promoting California that always make me want to pack my bags. Who cares really, all I know is I'm loving L.A.
On our last trip we stayed at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills
. At first blush it really isn’t my style. I’m more of an old world hotel go-er; my favourites being the St. Regis
in New York or Brown’s
in London. I like plush beds, space and excess in my luxury hotel.
I’d put SLS
into the groovy category. Design is quintessential Philippe Starck – modern and funky, with lots of sliding doors and mirrors in the lobby, hallways and rooms. While it’s funky, I often find this look leaves me feeling cold. But not this time. My only complaint is the lighting in the rooms is dark.
With Lawrence Zarian
The bar is where all the cool kids hang at night. And in spite of my frustration with trying to put on my makeup in the dim light every morning, I will return to this hotel. The service was exceptional, friendly and efficient. And the food at Tres by chef José Andrés is, well, let me just say I had a dinner that is now in the top 5 culinary experiences of my life. Trust me on this one. The next time you’re in the area, book a table and let the chef plan your meal.
And of course, K and I never go anywhere without planning a little time for shopping. We know the LA neighbourhoods well. These days both Madison
and Lisa Kline
(both on and off Robertson) are where it’s at for my duds. I got the most excellent Halston (the cheaper line) dress for summer at Madison. And it turns out it’s the one Sarah Jessica Parker wore in the upcoming Sex And the City movie sequel.
With Janice Dickinson
We worked with a couple of great fashion types for our show Beauty Call, including Lawrence Zarian
and Nick Verreos
. Next week we’re heading back to be judged by none other than Perez Hilton
himself. That one could be tough.
Though we both have our favourite LA haunts, we also like to explore new places. Please share your favourite LA hot spots!
With Nick Verreos