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Miles from HYATT house®: 13.8
“All the products in this small makeup shop have been selected and vetted by the industry’s top makeup artists. It’s like being able to peek inside their bags to see the foundation they’re using for all their runway shows or which lipstick they love for the season. I feel like it’s a reaction to Sephora — and, in typical L.A. fashion, it’s the most glamorous reaction you can imagine.”
Violet Grey, 8452 Melrose Place, West Hollywood; 323-782-9700.
Miles from HYATT house®: 17.6
“Book Soup is rad. It’s been around since the '70s, and they have a cool, old L.A. look. In addition to readings and signings, they have a great selection of international magazines and a whole table of books about L.A., including really neat history and design books. I love looking at the staff-picks table up front or getting lost in the maze of shelves for hours. This is my go-to spot for holiday shopping.”
Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood; 310-659-3110.
Milo & Olive
Miles from HYATT house®: 15.1
“Milo & Olive is one of my favorite places to eat on the West Side. Zoe Nathan Loeb, the chef, also has a bakery called Huckleberry, and her love of bread comes across in the puffy, perfectly chewy crusts on his wood-fired pizzas. The garlic knots are an absolute do-not-miss: About the size of a baseball, they’re a full head of garlic wrapped in dough and baked to perfection. They take about 25 minutes to come out of the oven, though, so order as soon as you sit down!”
Milo & Olive, 2723 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica; 310-453-6776.
The General Store
Miles from HYATT house®: 9.3
“This is just one of the best gift shops in Los Angeles. There are tons of vintage and artisan goods from local designers. And, it's in Venice, so you can make a whole day of it with food and shopping around. It’s the perfect place to pick up something chic and awesome.”
The General Store, 1801 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice; 310-751-6393.
Miles from HYATT house®: 12.1
“Becky and Holly, the women who run Hollyflora, are really more artists than florists — they even do collaborations with local museums like LACMA and MOCA. Their brand-new boutique is a plant- and garden-focused gift store. I go there to pick up arrangements or just get inspired by their beautiful designs. Hollyflora is my favorite florist in Los Angeles.” [Ed. note: That’s a high compliment coming from the proprietress of L.A. in Bloom!]
Hollyflora, 5046 West Pico Boulevard, Mid-City; 323-591-1120.