Tip Number One: For my dear readers who are facing the winter doldrums, cheer yourself up with a Provencal table cloth and a lavender-stuffed pillow from the Lavender Blue, Catherine Giraud’s online store. There are a zillion gorgeous patterns–from summery sunflowers to autumnal pomegranates–that will make your home a little bit happier. And for my friends out here in sunny LA, you’ve just got to visit her tiny bricks-and-mortar shop in Pacific Palisades! You have to know it’s there, tucked in as it is next to Maison Giraud, her husband’s popular French bistro. Lavender Blue is also chock-a-block with unusual French gifts, perfect for the upcoming holidays.
Address: 1032 Swarthmore Avenue. Telephone number: 310-459-9423.
Tip Two: Make sure to plan your visit around a meal and stop in at Maison Giraud. His croissants are perhaps the best in town–super buttery and flaky. People also drive from afar for his duck confit and chocolate soufflés. Take a seat on the terrace.