Considering the sheer volume of
research that went into building Tinseltown
, many R29 staffers now feel qualified to moonlight as professional gift givers. But, when we crossed paths with L.A.'s top personal shopper Simone LeBlanc
, we knew we were about to experience some next-level stuff. It's one thing to have guests ooh and ahh over your festive finds
, but it's quite another to leave 'em wondering, "Why didn't I think of that?"
The latter is why we enlisted LeBlanc to take us on a tour of her secret gift-finding spots. From Silver Lake to Venice and everywhere in between, here's the scoop on local joints you need to hit, stat!
Whether it's a Secret Santa situation or a baby shower, it's time to say sayonara to the snoozy standbys (another gift card, really
?), and hello to personal presents that pack a serious punch.
Photographed by Lani Trock