August 28 2014

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The Fashion Friendly Guide to Los AngelesCarole Sabas’ in-the-know guides to such cities as Miami, Paris, and New York are joined this week by The Fashion Friendly Guide to Los Angeles. The Paris Vogue contributor interviewed nearly forty fashion insiders to get their tips on everything from the perfect wood-fired pizza to painless facial extractions. Johnny Depp’s tattoo parlor of choice? Shamrock Social Club. The Rodarte sisters’ favorite cult movie houses? You’ll have to pick up the book.

Both Sabas and those she consulted for the guide (among them Angela Lindvall, Kate Bosworth, and Rachel Zoe) are quick to dispel misconceptions of a city often filtered through the lens of TMZ. “The most open city [I've written about] is definitely Los Angeles,” Sabas told “I was amazed at how generous the people are! They like when people love the city and try to understand more than the celebrity culture.”

The tome’s cover features art from Sabas’ regular collaborator Caroline Andrieu. The illustrator created an ethereal portrait of quintessential L.A. It girl (and Mark “The Cobrasnake” Hunter’s girlfriend), model Diane Rosser. “I just love having her on the cover. To me she really represents this West Coast lifestyle,” Sabas says. “[Los Angeles] is very wild and very inspirational. It’s about freedom. You can be whatever you want.”

Below, Sabas consults her new release to map out a perfect L.A. day, exclusively for

The Fashion Friendly Guide to Los Angeles is now available online and in-store at McNally Jackson, and later this week at Colette.

Carole Sabas’ Day in L.A.:

“Start the day with a hike in Griffith Park or Runyon Canyon [The Cobrasnake's favorite; he goes every day]. You could also surf at Zuma Beach, or, if you’re lucky enough to have friends who live there, Paradise Cove—the private Malibu beach.”

Morning Facial:
“Go to one of the many, many celebrity facialists in town. The ones everybody seem to love are Terri Lawton, and Lena at Carasoin.”

Poolside Lunch:
“Dine at Sunset Tower [a favorite of Rachel Zoe's, among many others]. Ask Abigail to find you a table outdoors by the pool and enjoy the view.”

Gallery Visit:
“Contemporary-art specialist Dorothee Perret from Paris, LA magazine recommends heading to the new Kayne, Griffin, Corcoran gallery. There, you’ll find artists like James Turrell and David Lynch.”

Shopping Trip:
“The choice is impossible! There are so many cool, independent boutiques. Try Opening Ceremony and Tenoversix in West Hollywood, Mameg in Beverly Hills, the spectacular Just One Eye in Mid-City, Dream Collective in Silver Lake, and Otherwild in Echo Park.”

Juice Break:
“You can choose between the guys on street corners, who will make you a drink with fresh fruit, chili, and lemon juice. Or go for the posh cold-pressed, bottled star brands, like Pressed Juicery.”

Meditation at Sundown:
“Attend one of the Kundalini yoga classes recommended by Angela Lindvall. The most famous place is Golden Bridge.”

“Everyone loves a little old-school Hollywood ambiance. The Elder Statesman and Paula Thomas from Thomas Wylde both love Madeo, where everyone from Al Pacino to Hollywood teenagers mix.”

“Jumbo’s Clown Room is a fun, rock ‘n’ roll bikini striptease club, where hipsters don’t hesitate to hang out. The dancer Juliet is incredible. If a speakeasy is more your style, try the Varnish downtown.”

Illustration: Caroline Andrieu

Dept. of Culture