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JULY 27TH, 2010

ZOE SCHAEFFER, A LOS ANGELES IT MOM

Zoe fills us in on a few of her favorite things

There’s always one in the crowd, you know her. She’s THAT mom. Always pulled together, her kids are dressed perfectly without being too uptight and you wonder, how does she do it? What keeps her going? To get to the bottom of it, we chatted with Zoe Schaeffer, mom of two and current LA resident about a few of her local favorite things. And, if you love her picks as much as we do, continue reading about her daily obsessions on her uber plugged in blog, Macaroon Original.

Brunch Spot:
I always bring friends visiting from New York to The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotelbecause it’s so vintage LA. The McCarthy Chopped Salad and a glass of white wine by the pool on a hot day is the best. It’s the perfect grown-up lunch spot.

Park or playground:
We love the playground at the Malibu Country Mart because there is a huge, shaded sandbox that keeps the kids busy for hours. Afterward we shop for accessories at the nearby Crew Cuts and then eat the most delicious turkey burgers from Malibu Kitchen.

Guilty pleasure:
Terri Lawton facials are indulgent but worth it. She’s Demi Moore’s skin-fixer, need I say more?

Activity with your kids:
We just discovered Blueberry picking at Underwood Farms. I make sure to go with other East Coasters who also grew up picking fruit in fields! And the kids love the fun tractor rides.

Shop:
OK on Third Street is really well-curated. They have the sickest book selection I’ve ever seen, hundreds of Comme des Garcons wallets and old-school toys like legos and comics. It’s quirky but super tasteful.

Kids clothing store:
Lately I’ve been hooked on Eggy, which just opened near my house. In the land of trendy, this shop carries really sophisticated brands like Kico and Maragnes that could be confused for Marni. And I stock up on the one-of-a-kind kimono hair clips.

Cold/Rainy weather activity:
I grab a friend and we shuttle them to Treehouse Social, a spacious indoor playroom on Robertson. It breaks my heart that they are closing because then it’s going to be about Elmo. All day. Until the rain stops.

Warm weather activity:
The Huntington Gardens in Pasadena is so special. The Children’s Garden has water bells and marble jets that captivate little ones. And the property as a whole is so perfectly manicured, you feel as if you are in a fairytale.

Dinner spot w kids:
Cheebo in Hollywood is the best. There are crayons, board games and everything is organic-even the Toddler Menu. But the music is amazing and the crowd’s super artsy so you never feel as if you are settling for a random kid-friendly spot.

Drinks w friends:
The patio at The Little Door Next Door is my go-to when I want to relax with a friend over a glass of wine. It’s an off-shoot of the beloved Little Door but is more of a lovely French cafe that belongs in New York. It makes me feel right at home in my fabulous adopted city.

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