MY OCCUPATION: Publisher of MomAngeles
MY STYLE: My clothing tends to run from traditional to romantic. Being from the South, I am a little more conservative, and I love romantic looking clothes with body-defining cuts. Living in LA has definitely influenced my style. I am a really comfortable in skinny jeans, flowy sweaters, and sandals these days. My closet is full of different weights of hoodies, too. When you live near the ocean, the weather changes all day and all year long. Our home is a beach-y bungalow that’s filled with a mix of European antiques and modern furniture. We love the contrast of gray, sand, and blue against our white walls. Our home definitely reflects our beachside living.
I LOVE [L.A.] BECAUSE: Los Angeles is a city full of discovery. It is so vast and so multi-cultural that there is always something new to explore, discover, or do.
Los Angeles mom and publisher, Laura Gerson calls Joss her “all-time favorite Chinese restaurant.” The sophisticated concept was born from a nutritionist-restaurateur who keeps health when recreating favorite Chinese dishes with fresh and creative ingredients. Laura Gerson says, “My favorites are their Chili Pepper Rice Noodles and Chiu Chau Chicken with walnuts.” The rest of the menu, which features noodles, Dim Sum, meats, and an expansive tea list, is what Gourmet Magazine calls “the best of its kind” and The Los Angeles Times, “an eye opener.” The best part? For all the refinement on these plates and in the ambiance, you’d never guess it from the prices.READ MORE
A walk through the Getty is a lesson in art history: numerous European and American artists from the Middle Ages to present day hold placards in the museum. Elizabeth Stewart calls the museum a park as well—after she and her family take in the exhibitions, her children (literally) roll down the hill outside. Other family activities include the Getty’s numerous workshops, as well as a series of kid-centric concerts that takes place in the garden.READ MORE
Railroad and real estate Henry E. Huntington was an avid art collector, historian, and horticulturist. His estate in San Marino houses his collection and impressive gardens. Among the best is the 9-acre Japanese garden, complete with a 19th-century Japanese house, and the 100-year-old Desert Garden, which features more than 5,000 species of succulent plants. One of the Huntington's more recent projects has been the completeion of the Chinese Garden, Liu Fang Yuan, complete with a peaceful manmade lake, fragrant flower trees, and a tea house. Last year, the Huntington launched another new project, Huntington Ranch, to research sustainable urban gardening. While it remains a closed research facility, the Ranch offers public talks and programs, as well as a great entertainment blog.READ MORE
Would you pay five dollars to eliminate loud audiences, poor screen views, and uncomfortable seating that are sadly the too-standard movie theater expectations? Given that the already steep price of movies comes with no guarantee of a good time, it sounds like a reasonable proposition. The movie theater at its best welcomes audiences with a classy lobby, a top-notch concessions stand, and full bar. Once indoors, the movie-going experience is optimized with assigned seating, plush chairs, and a warning that chit chatters will be expelled.READ MORE