Native of Southern California, citizen of the world, Camille Newbern calls herself “the ultimate LA cliché”. A girl of many slashes, the actress, blogger, Pilates instructor and artist is doing a little of everything and seeing a little of everywhere. Her blog, The L.A. Survival Guide, is a rulebook for dividing and conquering all things Los Angeles.
Become an L.A. expert with the help of Camille!
Favorite brunch spot: I could eat at Sqirl 7 days a week. Everything on the menu is thoughtful and delicious. I am partial to the Sorrel Rice Bowl and the toasts.
Best Instagram-ready plates: It’s been around for ages, but no one puts on a show like Providence. It is definitely a special date night or wait-until-your-parents-come-to-town type of place. It is a dining event that you must experience at least once.
Favorite juice bar: I spend way too much time and money at Beaming. Even though we have a juice bar on every corner, Beaming sets itself apart by keeping everything organic and selling food, as well. My go to’s are the Vitality smoothie (no banana, add protein and cayenne) and the Electrolyte Elixer.
Favorite fitness studio: Prevail Los Angeles, for sure. This is not a gym, it’s a community. There is no better workout in town than their boxing class. And it doesn’t hurt that the clientele and staff are pretty easy on the eyes.
Best shoes/accessories store: The Office of Angela Scott makes the coolest kicks around. You are guaranteed to get stopped every time you wear them out. The boutique is gorgeous and the designer and staff are terribly kind, to boot.
Favorite local brand: Far and away, Vivian Chan. Not only are Vivian and her girls the sweetest in the biz (like handwritten thank you notes with every purchase sweet), her clothing strikes a perfect balance between feminine and chic. You can find me wearing one of Vivian’s pieces at least 3 or 4 days a week.
Must-sees: L.A. has so much to offer, depending on what you want. To see the city’s diversity, I would recommend renting a car and driving down Sunset Boulevard. You can catch an awesome cross-section of Los Angeles on that one street. Start Downtown, drive through recently gentrified Echo Park and hipper than thou Silver Lake. Then it’s on to Hollywood and the famous Sunset Strip. You’ll pass all the old rock ‘n’ roll haunts like the Roxy, the Whisky A Go Go and the Viper Room. Cruise through posh Beverly Hills, then wind through Westwood and past Bel Air. Do a bit of the Westside before ending up at the beach. It’s L.A. in a nutshell without making a single turn.
Larchmont Wine and Cheese
Best museum: I went to The Broad for the first time a few months ago and I was blown away. I am a big fan of contemporary art and the Broad houses a phenomenal collection.
Favorite music event: I love catching shows at The Greek. You get the same outdoor experience as you do at the Hollywood Bowl, but it’s less of an ordeal.
The Art’s District reminds me of Brooklyn with an LA twist.
Just pure magic.