L.A. Confidential

The Webster’s Founder and President, Laure Heriard Dubreuil, is heading west! What’s new, what’s hot, and what’s a must-do when you’ve only got 24-hours in the city of angels? Load up the car and let LHD, lead the way!

Illustration of Los Angeles, California by McKenzie Zalopany.

Ah, the Golden State! L.A. is where New Yorkers come to catch that Cali state-of-mind and golden glow. Only in L.A. is it perpetually 70 degrees. Only in L.A. can you squeeze-in a pilates class and a juice (moon juice is one of my faves) with friends during your lunch break. Only in L.A. does your workday begin at 10 A.M., after a morning surf lesson, and get to clock out before the sun goes down, just in time for a rooftop cocktail at West Hollywood’s E.P. & L.P. Then there’s the question of what to wear. Another perk of this west coast wonderland! Fashion, as we know it (i.e., trends come and go quicker than traffic on the 405 freeway), exists in a constant state of style particular to Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Silver Lake residents. For a failsafe Hollywood getaway look, pack a pair of leather pants, ankle boots, and a slightly sheer and distressed tee, preferably by Alexnder Wang or Amiri. And, if you want to live local, make sure to pack a baseball hat conveniently in your carry-on because the moment you hit LAX, every purebred passenger will promptly pop a cap on. As for what to do during a brief stint in tinsel town, if you’re not staying at The Beverly Hills Hotel, be sure to visit their famous poolside restaurant, the Polo Lounge for breakfast. Everyone should experience a night at Chateau Marmont and Sunset Towers. I’ve always wanted to go to an L.A. Lakers game, so if I don’t make it this time around, catch them courtside for me? The vintage shopping along Brea Avenue is a bohemian dream. And, Mexican food, especially from The Gardens of Taxco, is even dreamier. So, rent a sweet ride, pop the convertible top, and get ready because we’re heading to the hills, the Hollywood Hills that is.

Start the day in true L.A fashion. A hike up Runyon Canyon Park!
What to have: a cool pair of Nike sneakers, a cute cellphone case (for all those selfies!), and
since cameras are passé, a great camera bag, like Saint Laurent’s Lou camera bag is perfect for storing
sunscreen and all of your beauty essentials (for those quick on the go touch-ups).

 Venice Beach, Ocean Front Walk, Los Angeles, Venice, California.

While I am most at home strolling Rodeo Drive, a stroll along the Venice Beach boardwalk is an adventurous experience unto itself. Once a Southern California outpost for avid surfers and free-spirited bohemians, this canal-meets-Pacific Coast neighborhood is more recently populated by Palo Alto techies. The boardwalk’s scenic street performers and muscle beach bodybuilders is still a fresh scene worth checking out!


The shopping along Rodeo Drive is the best of the best. All the usual suspects from Dior and Valentino to Christofle and Frette. Window shopping or ready to throw down an American Express black card, be sure to dress the part. Go for a quintessential Los Angeles vibe: a simple sheath dress by Marni, Chelsea boots by Pierre Hardy, and a Who can forget Julia Roberts’ iconic scene in Pretty Woman!


The Beverly Hills Hotel 641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Iconic! The Beverly Hills Hotel is a beacon of old Hollywood charm—beginning with the exceptional service and A-list people watching, right on down to the baby pink and palm leaf green stripes—and a landmark luxury stay. Pack a pair of crisp For Restless Sleepers pajamas or pick up a pair of pink palace palm pajamas while you’re there.


Hit the expected tourist attractions—the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre, Hollywood historical Forever Cemetery—on your next visit because you’ve only got 24-hours this go-around. Make it count with a breathe-life-spirit session with self-care practitioner Ashley Neese and a visit to the downtown gallery Hauser and Wirth before the Mike Kelley exhibition ends.

Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Highway,
Malibu, CA 90265.

It’s the great debate, which is better, the fresh sushi or the oceanfront views at Nobu Malibu. Either way, a sunset reservation is well worth it. Other worthwhile eateries include Tenants of the Trees when on the east side, brunch at Botanica, Go Get Em Tiger, or Sqirl, but beware, there’s always a line. For a super late night spot, hit up The Nice Guy. If you’re more the type to chill with the crew in a cozy banquette or even try your hand at spinning tracks, then Doheny Room is your L.A. mecca. The David Rockwell–designed space features two bars stocked with classic cocktails, a photo booth, and a menu from Danny Elmaleh, who created the food at Miami’s Cleo to rave reviews.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Los Angeles County Museum of Art is always an enriching stop-off. Everyone loves the contemporary artist Chris Burden’s Urban Light installation, which features 202 restored cast iron antique street lamps. I’m excited to return in the Spring for David Hockney’s 82 Portraits and 1Stl-Life.


In-N-Out Burger, my last stop before heading back to NYC!

That’s all for now, see you soon