Posted December 21, 2018

How To Do Awards Season Like a Celebrity in LA

Destinations

Every January, Los Angeles turns into a sea of red carpet and A-list celebrity sightings as awards season shines. Below are the best places to spot your favorite stars and follow in their footsteps (ahem, without the paparazzi)!

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See what the fuss is about at the boutiques and eateries of celebrity haven Rodeo Drive. Image Credit: @JPrinsen via Twenty20.

Where To Eat and Sip Like a Star

  • The Ivy: Since it opened in 1983, this charming, star-studded cottage is known for its photographer’s flashbulbs and lines of black-tinted SUVs. Grab your oversized sunglasses and score a table at brunch or dine on the front porch where you might spot a star as you sip some bubbly.
  • Bootsy Bellows: Young reality TV stars and celebrities frequent this swanky, red-hued nightclub, owned by actor David Arquette. The sultry interiors, with large-scale covers of retro magazines, pink couches and a grand piano, triples as a venue to sip cocktails, enjoy shows with burlesque dancers and watch sultry puppet performances.
  • No Vacancy: This dimly-lit speakeasy with an old Hollywood vibe and fireplace serves Prohibition-era themed drinks with edible flowers and a boozy punch served in a silver bowl with sliced citrus.
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Find a private corner at the sophisticated No Vacancy bar and revel in the bygone days of Hollywood. Image Credit: No Vacancy.

Where To Spot the Stars: From Shopping Malls to Old Hotels

  • The iconic Sunset Strip is home to boutiques, clubs and restaurants. Start outside the fabled Chateau Marmont, long a celebrity nook to the likes of Howard Hughes, Bob Dylan and James Dean and currently a hideaway for the best names in the business. Nearby, the Hollywood Roosevelt (est. 1927), where Marilyn Monroe once lived for two years, is well-known for its celebrity roster.
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Venture to the great castle on the hill, where scandalous fun and celebrity misbehavior have been par for the course for more than 80 years. Image Credit: Chateau Marmont.

  • For shopping near Melrose, Opening Ceremony sells edgy, upscale duds with a list of trendy designers and fun collaborations with Adidas and Birkenstock.
  • Later, get dolled up at the pink-hued Glossier, a skincare and makeup storefront promising to keep you camera ready.
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With a well-deserved cult following and an Instagram-worthy interior, Glossier Los Angeles is a must-visit. Image Credit: Glossier.

  • Nearby, Chris McMillan Salon (the stylist behind Jennifer Aniston’s famous ‘do) books a steady roster of A-list stars.
  • Celebrities love their retail therapy and often frequent The Grove, an outdoor shopping mall lined with 50+ places to shop for your red-carpet look.
  • Afterward, hop the double-decker trolley to the next door Original Farmers Market, where stalls are lined with green juices, tacos and sweet treats.
  • Later, drop by Fred Segal. Known as a mecca of one-stop shopping, the trend-obsessed stock up on the glitzy necessities from sunglasses to beauty products.
  • Meanwhile, TCL Chinese Theatre is still packed with red carpet, star-studded movie premieres.

Where To Rest Your Head

Along Wilshire Boulevard, the newly-reimagined Kimpton Hotel Palomar LA Beverly Hills melds a mod mix of steel, warm woods and leather, while guest rooms are filled with black and white murals. The buzzy, Hollywood back-lot inspired eatery, Double Take, serves elevated comfort fare. A fully-stocked game room complete with skee-ball, shuffleboard, pool and darts and lobby bar are perfect for sipping signature cocktails and craft brews. At the day’s end, take a refreshing dip in the pool and order poolside champagne. You know, like a true star.

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Nothing says VIP quite like ending your day in the posh surroundings of the Kimpton Hotel Palomar LA Beverly Hills. Image Credit: David Phelps.

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