LOS ANGELES Shop like a celebrity

DRIFT Travel magazine - - Inside This Issue - BY: KARA LATTA

They’re just like us—those people we see on the sil­ver screen and on our home screens—win­ning awards or land­ing in the gos­sip pages and TMZ. Some shop at the same gro­cery stores, malls and bou­tiques, eat in the same restau­rants, and even get their pre­scrip­tions filled at Cvs—just like us. But they also spend time shop­ping at stores that may just be above our pay­checks. So in trib­ute to the more glam­orous side of things—here are some shop­ping dis­tricts where you may see some of them— the celebri­ties while in Los Angeles.


With its $800 mil­lion dol­lar makeover, Westfield Cen­tury City is the shop­ping des­ti­na­tion to watch. While the cen­ter is cur­rently open with lim­ited shops, din­ing, and the AMC 15, the ren­o­va­tion is ex­pected to be com­plete in sum­mer 2017. The re­sult will be a glam­orous shop­ping mecca span­ning 1.3 mil­lion square feet, in­clud­ing 200 shops, a new three-story Nord­strom, a com­pletely ren­o­vated three-story Bloom­ing­dale’s, a new two-story Macy’s, a new state-ofthe-art Equinox fit­ness club and spa—and the West Coast’s first Eataly, an ex­pan­sion of the gi­ant food mar­ket­place from New York. Celebrity de­signer Kelly Wearstler (who has her own store on Mel­rose) is cre­at­ing a new en­vi­ron­ment with mid-cen­tury mod­ern de­sign, open space, shaded trel­lises and canopies of trees. Celebri­ties are sure to flock to new stores like Bono­bos, Cur­rent El­liott, Equipment, Joie, Maje, San­dro, and Zadig & Voltaire, as well as Oprah’s fa­vorite Com­partes Cho­co­lates and Su­gar­fina, cov­eted by Jes­sica Alba and Sharon Os­bourne. And then of course, there’s Cal­i­for­nia Pizza Kitchen’s part­ner­ship with Casami­gos Te­quila—owned by Ge­orge Clooney and Rande Ger­ber, so there’s a lit­tle bit of ‘celebrity’ in your cock­tail.

THE GROVE Lo­cated ad­ja­cent to The Orig­i­nal Farm­ers Mar­ket at Third and Fair­fax, The Grove evokes a lit­tle walk­ing vil­lage that is both his­toric and mod­ern. It is prac­ti­cally an everyday oc­cur­rence to see celebri­ties stroll the street. Nord­strom is a big draw here, as is Dy­lan’s Candy Bar, a celebrity fa­vorite. Justin Bieber took his lit­tle sis­ter shop­ping at Amer­i­can Girl; Niall Ho­ran from One Direc­tion was spot­ted at Crate and Bar­rel; Ju­lianne Hough and Brooks Laich picked up some ca­sual clothes at J Crew; Selma Blair bought Nikes; Sarah Paul­son and Hol­land Tay­lor take breaks from their sched­ules with shop­ping and lunch; Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have been seen strolling the grounds and hop­ping on a trol­ley with their young son. LARCHMONT VIL­LAGE There’s a low-key vibe to this small town street ad­ja­cent to Wind­sor Square and Han­cock Park. Part of the celebrity at­trac­tion is that many live in the area, but the street is also around the cor­ner from Paramount Stu­dios and a good place to take a break from film­ing. Café Grat­i­tude is the “it” spot for plant-based eat­ing and counts Mandy Moore, Jonathan Jack­son, Me­gan Fox, Diane Ar­gon, Ari­ana Grande, and Emma Roberts among its cus­tomers. Trina Turk and Mr. Turk just moved from its West Third Street lo­ca­tion - Mindy Kal­ing, Tay­lor Swift, Vi­ola Davis, and Lisa Rinna are among its fans. Christina Ricci, Emma Roberts and Lucy Hale have been known to pick up prod­ucts from the Larchmont Beauty Cen­ter. And Go Get ‘Em Tiger is known as one of the best stops for cof­fee and a pas­try - Joe Jonas seems to like it. Dress like a celebrity with finds from Am­per­sand, a con­sign­ment/re­sale store that could carry one of your fa­vorite celeb’s gen­tly worn Prada, Chris­tian Louboutin or Chanel.

“THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE” - BEVERLY HILLS The world-fa­mous shop­ping dis­trict in Beverly Hills known lo­cally as “The Golden Triangle” at­tracts a mix of tourists, An­ge­lenos, and of course celebri­ties. Chrissy Teigen and John Leg­end were re­cently seen shop­ping with daugh­ter, Luna at Louis Vuit­ton. Sofia Ver­gara picked up shoes at Saks Fifth Av­enue. Bar­neys New York is a fa­vorite of Jen­nifer Anis­ton and Justin Th­er­oux, as well as Bruce Spring­steen and Patti Scialfa when they are in town. Dakota John­son has been seen look­ing through the racks at Ralph Lau­ren. Emily Blunt and Michael Bu­ble shop Harry Har­ris Shoes for their tyke. Jill Roberts’ bou­tique at­tracts Reese Wither­spoon, Jen­nifer Garner, Jor­dana Brew­ster, and Lena Heady. And for a quick snack while shop­ping, Go Greek Yogur­te­ria is of­ten a ‘go-to’ for Kylie and Ken­dall Jen­ner, Whit­ney Port, Ellen Pom­peo, Harry Styles, Mila Ku­nis and Ash­ton Kutcher. STU­DIO CITY The Sun­day Stu­dio City Farm­ers Mar­ket is a big draw with the likes of Julie Bowen, Ludo Le­febrve, Lisa Rinna and Harry Ham­lin, Gwen Ste­fani, J.K. Sim­mons, and Dave Grohl—most of­ten with kids in tow. Justin Hart­ley re­cently pur­chased an en­gage­ment ring at Matthew’s Jewel­ers de­signed by Michael B. on Ven­tura Boule­vard for his now wife, Chrishell Strause. Sasha Far­ber pro­posed to Emma Slater dur­ing “Danc­ing With The Stars” with a cus­tom de­sign from Matthew’s. And just down the street, Hi­lary Duff picks up pup treats at Maxwell Dog. Justin Tim­ber­lake and Jes­sica Biel fa­vor shop­ping at Whole Foods, while An­gelina Jolie has been seen shop­ping at Gel­son’s with - and with­out - Brad Pitt. For a on­estop-shop for men’s fash­ion, Sy Devore fa­mously dressed the Rat Pack (Frank Si­na­tra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr.,), Elvis Pres­ley, Nat King Cole, and Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy. Mod­ern stars are also cus­tomers, in­clud­ing Ge­orge Clooney, Bryan Cranston, Matt Da­mon, and Andy Gar­cia.

SANTA MONICA PLACE & MORE This sleek open-air mall is lo­cated at the west­ern end of the Metro Expo Line, just a few blocks from the beach, and is an­chored by Bloom­ing­dale’s, Nord­strom, Bar­neys, and a 14-screen Ar­clight Theater. There is a mix of bou­tiques, but Louis Vuit­ton, Tif­fany & Co, All Saints, The Kooples, Hugo Boss, and DVF are among those that claim the star power and are the places most likely to spot a celeb. Take it to the rooftop din­ing deck to The Cu­ri­ous Palate or Sonoma Wine Garden to see if any­one fa­mous is tak­ing a shop­ping break—or take a walk to the newly re­done Michael’s Restau­rant where Gwyneth Pal­trow is known to hold court.

Lo­cated south of Santa Monica, Ab­bot Kin­ney in Venice is also a hot spot, par­tic­u­larly Gjelina and nearby shops where Leonardo Di­caprio, Lana Del Rey, Jes­sica Alba, and Zoe Sal­dana have been seen pe­rus­ing wares. MALIBU The main shop­ping at­trac­tions in this beach side com­mu­nity are the Malibu Coun­try Mart and the ad­ja­cent Malibu Lum­ber Yard. Hot tip for celeb sight­ings: hang around stores like John Var­vatos, Madi­son, Oliver Peo­ples, Planet Blue, Ron Her­man, Paige Denim, James Perse, Alice + Olivia, or take a class at Five Point Yoga. Eat at Tra Di Noi, Mr. Chow, Malibu Kitchen, Tav­erna Tony, Howdy’s, or the Cindy Craw­ford-rande Ger­ber owned, Café Ha­bana, and you’re sure to see a celebrity. It’s a fa­vorite stomp­ing ground of Mi­randa Kerr, Ja­son Statham, Tori Spelling, Si­mon Cow­ell, Pink, Justin Bieber, Leann Rimes, the Os­bournes, Adam San­dler, the Beck­hams, Suzanne Somers, Jane Sey­mour, Pierce Bros­nan, Reese Wither­spoon, Ray Liotta—and that’s just a start.

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