For me, self-care means doing the things that make me happy. The two major happiness generators in my life are 1) fitness and 2) style. Here is how I stay happy, healthy, and on top of my game.
Why stay on a stationary bike when you can see your city from a whole new perspective? One of my great joys in life is getting on my Bianchi road bike and hitting the road. I have a core group of friends who share my combined loves of fitness, Los Angeles and style - and we blend those elements by riding together most weekends. After throwing on my vintage merino wool jersey, I'll meet the crew at Maru coffee bar in Los Feliz early on a Sunday morning for espressos before starting the climb to the top of Griffth Park. There are protected roads leading to the top, so it's a quiet, private ride. It's definitely a physical challenge but when you finally reach the top, you're greeted by my favorite building in Los Angeles; The Griffth Observatory. After enjoying the unmatched view from the classic art deco structure, we'll return to the bottom...and then do it all over again! 3 hours and 25 miles later, we'll regroup for lunch at Little Dom's in Los Feliz, which has the best-fried potatoes and ricotta blueberry pancakes. By that point, we have a lot of calories to make up!
Work That Core!
Spoiler alert: when you get on in age, your back starts to hurt more. The good news is that pilates is one of the greatest things you can do for your body (both inside and out). I'm a late adopter of reformer pilates, but I love it. Yes, some of the stretches feel a little...girly. But once you smarten up, you realize that this is one of the most grueling exercises you can do. Do an early morning class at Studio Metamorphosis, then follow it up with cheesy eggs at All-Time which is the best breakfast-lunch-dinner spot on the east side.
Lace 'Em Up!
In addition to being a great physical release, basketball is also a great Hollywood networking game. Whether it's nighttime pick-up at Hollywood High on Highland, or weekend games at the Silverlake Reservoir, this has been one of the most rewarding parts of my LA experience.
Get a Spin Shine
You know what self-care is good for? Your shoes. When I want a little pick-me-up, I take my good leather shoes to Willy's Shoe Service on Western at Beverly and get them cleaned, shined or re-soled. Raul Ojeda took over the business from his father a few years back and he's continued the legacy. It's a really important thing to do and it makes you feel good to have shoes that shine.
Put a Lid on It
You know what else makes me feel good? Wearing a perfectly-fitted, one-of-a-kind hat. Yes, I recognize I'm stuck in another era - but damnit I love donning a good hat. I get my hats made at Baron Hats in Downtown Los Angeles and it's an amazing experience. Even if you don't order one, it's worth visiting the studio. To access it, you'll need to take an old fashioned freight elevator (complete with an old fashioned operator) on South Los Angeles St to the upper level, where you can tour the showroom and meet Mark, the owner, who has made hats for every major movie studio. And a few local dandies.