Insiders know there is free parking in the back of this chic boutique. The driveway is on Robertson, just south of the shop. Owned by the same team that brings you Vionnet (lingerie next door), this is a great place for finding flouncy feminine wear.
One of my favorite LA places to shop, Curve feels a little like a hip club or art gallery. The wood floors and glass ceiling are a bit trendy, but the garments on the racks are strictly classics.
I shop here for the unique items by local designers. Celebs stop and shop here because the pixie aesthetic fits in well with celebs slim physiques. I've seen Jennifer Aniston here browsing through the selection of dresses by Argentine designer Trosman Churba.
Bottomline: If your body is lacking curves pick some up at Curve.
Lauren Lubin is the kindest kids doc I've ever had. She comes into the room and greets the kids FIRST, which always wins points with them and with me.
She is competent, efficient, and book smart without talking down to you as a parent. Her office staff are professional and courteous. They are also really warm and always ready to give a hug or a kleenex to a tired or cranky tot.
What a wonderful thing to find a pediatrician who actually likes kids!
Bottomline: Stop looking. She's a keeper!
Went in to this place to get an eyebrow wax. Was able to make an appointment as a walk in which I thought was a great thing.
The staff was courteous and the place looks very clean and tidy (important when dealing with personal areas).
Prices are reasonable and the whole procedure was fairly painless. I'd recommend this place as a good start for someone who has never had waxing before because the beautician explained the whole process to me before she started which I thought was a nice touch.
Eyebrows looked well groomed at the end. Not the best I've ever been to, but considering the price, I can't complain.
This place looks cute and inviting from the outside. The cheery yellow paint instantly puts kids (and nervous adults) at ease. The free yellow balloons for each customer are a nice touch.
Inside, it's a noisy and entertaining place for kids to have a hair cut. Took my son there on a weekend and it took quite a while to wait for his turn, but he was entertained the whole time. Looking at books and chatting happily with the stylists. He's five and makes friends fast!
The haircut itself was great, but a bit on the pricey side. I don't think I'd go back unless I hit the lottery. It was a fun place, but not really worth the price, in my opinion. Much better idea to take your kid to a cheaper salon for a haircut, and then out to ice cream for the same price.
Bottomline: Save your money, get ice cream instead.
This place is more for schmoozing and faux golf than anything a real duffer would enjoy. A short par 3 course, it's cheap and... well, it's cheap!
Tidy and well maintained, the course is perfect for people who can't get away to a more challenging course. Since it's located near Hollywood, B or C list celebrity sitings are de rigeur for this place, especially at the snack bar or on the driving range.
This is a great starter course for the beginning golfer who might be nervous about trying 18 holes, and since you can usually walk on it's a good place to unwind with a lunch game if you've had a stressful morning.
It's also a cute place to take kids to learn since the holes are not difficult and won't have them leaving in tears.
The nutshell: Take the kids and the camera, leave your driver at home.
What's better than falling into a beanbag chair and listening to a good story? Storyopolis knows that the way to get kids to love books is to make reading fun.
Inside, everything is bright and colorful. Lots of toys and fun items to look at besides a great selection of books. All the books are easy to access and inviting.
For nursing moms, there are lots of comfy chairs so that's a big plus. Many bookstores have taken out seating to put in more shelves. A big mistake in this Mom's opinion.
Most of my favorite books were found by reading them first in the store and then taking them home with me. Now that the chain stores have discouraged in-store reading, it's nice to find a place like Storyopolis where they actually encourage you to stay for a while.
Bottomline: A great place for energetic kids and tired Moms, encourages reading the old fashioned way.
Attended an event here on Father's Day and it was a wonderful affair. The buffets were well stocked and the food was fresh and attractively displayed.
Only had one problem with the orange juice fountain which was foamy and kind of scary looking. Like some sort of undersea monster that was disintegrating. That aside, the mountains of fresh shrimp more than made up for it.
The lovely ponds are stocked with enormous koi and some cute swans swim around near the bridges. It's a cheesy, retro, and romantic getaway that makes you feel a bit like you are visiting Frontierland you-know-where.
Bottomline: Be prepared to have fun and don't be surprised if you run into a famous country singer or two... this place is a famous stop on country tours.
My sister dragged me into this shop. Once inside I discovered a wacky collection of books about, and paraphernalia from, every religion I had ever heard of, plus a few I had not heard of.
A big plus is the on-site psychics who will give you readings at the shop. My sister's reading was very helpful to her. As an actress, she was pleased to hear that she would soon land a role on a Soap and would be famous. As a skeptic, my reading was less so. They told me that I am entering a period of relaxed confusion. Hmmm...
There are statues of various deities to satisfy any budding altar builder. There are also tarot cards for the budding psychic.
Bottomline: A fun place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.
This place is sexy. The staff and the clothes! Owner Irene is an outright doll who really cares about helping customers find what they are looking for.
Yes, she's one of the old fashioned kind of business owners who really wants to make sure you are happy when you leave the shop... and that you keep coming back. And guess what? Her attention to detail and knowledge of the business works.
They carry all the latest looks by such celeb faves as Diesel and Juicy Couture. But, instead of just relying on what is "in style" they also carry a heavy dose unique items which are not seen on every fashionista in Hollywood. They also have cool art on the wall by local artists.
Bottomline: Get your buzz from Adrenaline!
I used to live at the beach and whenever I need a fix of surf culture, I head out to Val Surf. Located in North Hollywood, it's kind of a funny location for a surf shop, but I'm glad I found it.
This place has a great selection of boards and a knowledgeable staff that will help pro or novice find a good fit. If you are not a real surf Betty, but you just want to look the part they also stock lots of Zoo York and other beach-related gear to help you pose at the Pier.
You'll also find that since their overhead is lower in the valley, the prices here are significantly lower than other beachside surf shops.
Bottomline: Get your shorts and boards here, then head to Santa Monica for the surf.