Glamming It Up In Los Angeles

A Mother-Daughter Weekend, Hollywood Style

L.A. is Ground Zero for tweens with big dreams.

Spare yourselves the teenybopping scene at the city’s “hip hotels” and revel instead in the rich history and glorious Hollywood overtones of the Sunset Tower Hotel (from $395 a night for a Superior Queen). Dramatically perched on the Sunset Strip, the Art Deco gem counts Marilyn Monroe, Truman Capote, Clark Gable, and Frank Sinatra among its former residents—and currently caters to the biggest names in town.

You may not see other kids, but the staff is warm and wonderfully accommodating; rooms are chic yet cozy (request one with a view of the city). To do your girly weekend right, get side-by-side blowouts in the lower level salon, add “breakfast by the pool” to your itinerary, and book a table in the Tower Bar on the later side of Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night—if your little one wants to “see someone famous.” Order yourself the Chicken Pot Pie and a Tower Smash. And while you’re there, help her put things in perspective by pointing out that all of the photos on the restaurant’s walls are head shots of aspiring actors who never quite “made it.”

She’s Gonna Want To See The Hollywood Sign.

Take a drive up the twisty road to the Griffith Observatory, where you can get great Insta shots of the sign—not to mention expansive views of the city. Or, swing by the Hollywood & Highland strip mall; there’s a great view of the sign from the fourth floor viewing platform. It’s an easy stop to bundle in with a stroll along the Walk of Fame, a glimpse of the sidewalk impressions at the TCL Chinese Theatre, and a tour of the Dolby Theatre (cue the red carpet photo ops).

There’s More To Buy Than T-Shirts.

But that said, some of the best LA-based tees for girly girls are at Wildfox, a short walk from Sunset Tower. Rodeo Drive is pretty spectacular, but if you’re actually planning to buy her something, stroll Robertson Boulevard (book an outdoor table for lunch at The Ivy and try the Corn Chowder). You can also hit Brentwood Country Mart, Malibu Country Mart, and the Grove. The Converse store in Santa Monica is super-cool, too, as you can design your own kicks.

And If There’s Still Time . . . .

Have brunch at Shutters on the Beach overlooking the Santa Monica Pier; pick up beautifully packaged macarons at Bottega Louie; book the VIP tour at Universal Studios; and spend the day on the beach in Malibu.



Tara Mandy

Tara Mandy served as the travel editor of New York magazine for 10 years and is currently the founder and publisher of Family Jaunts, StrollerTraffic, and the Cribsie Awards. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.