Best of LA: Shop
The pants-meet-skirt hybrid is notoriously difficult to pull off: Too often it can appear wide and bulky. Not so at COS, where the cuts are right (flattering) and the fabrics seasonally appropriate (cotton, denim, leather, wool). The styles range from tailored office-ready to laid-back pull-ons
Indigo Jewelry from Cave Collective, handmade leather moccasins by Beatrice Valenzuela, tie-dyed scarves, blankets, children’s clothing from Lookout & Wonderland: These are but a few of the standouts at this tribal-chic outpost
At Gregory’s Fred Segal Melrose, 90 percent of the footwear requires Italian passports.
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
Put a couple of extra quarters in the meter; you’ll need time to sift through the jam-packed racks of barely worn clothing and accessories for newborns to teens at Grow Kid Grow
Neighborhood: Silver Lake
Daisy Mae Duke would have hit this tiny cottage for Levi’s cutoffs and lace-trimmed Coors tank tops if she shopped Topanga
For unique finery and a voyage to match, point your prow toward buried booty and don’t forget your compass.
Hiromi Paper has a wide selection, including Nepalese paper made from the lokta plant, naturally dyed varieties from Bhutan, Japanese mulberry and a hemp style from Thailand.
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
The pint-size Hot Cactus in Echo Park encompasses just 350 square feet, but it’s crammed with about 150 sculptural specimens of water-thrifty plants
Neighborhood: Echo Park
Does your dwelling have enormous windows and cathedral ceilings? Then it can handle the oversize furniture at Shlomi Haziza’s H Studio
The name means “house,” but Huset showcases contemporary Danish, Swedish, and Finnish objects that are just as appropriate for the office as for the home
A set of falsies from Integrity Lash is more expensive and the process takes longer than at many other salons but they’re worth the money and the time
Unlike many fine-jewelry boutiques, there’s nothing stuffy or intimidating about Irene Neuwirth on Melrose Place
Neighborhood: Beverly Grove
Sea anemones gleam with health at Jim’s Exotic Fish, where the saltwater offerings are impeccable and the array of freshwater fish is vast.
Neighborhood: El Segundo
From jeggings to bathing suits, Justice has the styles your not-so-little girl wants—and you won’t veto.
Neighborhood: West Los Angeles
When A-listers need a head-turning do, they land in Karmen Aghazarian’s chair for keratin-bonded tresses or one-night-only clip-ins
“The lighter the ukulele, the better the sound” is the sort of nugget you’ll hear from George Kaye of Kaye’s Music Scene
From storage bunks to princess dressers to racecar beds, most of them built by local carpenters using nontoxic materials
The organized shop carries sweet tutus in a half-dozen colors for dancers as young as two