April 27th, 2014
On My Mind

Westward Ho

Brentwood Country Mart

My daughter has accepted a college in California. After a seemingly never-ending winter in Andover, Massachusetts, she wants a break from New England. I think she also wants a break from what she has always known-  East Coast private schools. When I tell friends where she has decided to go, I get one of two reactions– “I’m jealous, always wanted to live in California” or “that’s so far away”. I’m in the second camp, it is far away, and that makes me sad.

However, I have a ton of friends in Los Angeles. While out there last weekend, we hit The Brentwood Country Mart with Agnes Baddoo. Such a great spot– we popped into Kendall Conrad’s shop, found a prom dress at Calypso, and ate a delicious lunch at Farmshop. Then, the agent and t.v. producer, Michael Flutie, took us to dinner at Salt Air on Abbot Kinney in Venice and pitched an interesting project.

A project that I assume will take me to L.A. often.

Proof that it’s a small world– Michael Flutie was Kendall Conrad’s agent when she was a model, I booked Kendall for a Helmut Newton shoot for Vogue through Michael…



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  • The food court at the Brentwood market is so yummy and chic!! I guess you cannot really call it a food court….

    LisaApril 27th, 2014  9:57 AM

  • I remember how excited, scared and proud I was when my daughters moved away for university (did I mention scared?). It definitely helped (me) that there was family/friends in the city so you may take comfort in that.
    Your potential “project” sounds exciting as well, good luck!
    P.s thanks for reminding me about Kendall Conrad.

    SueMApril 27th, 2014  11:31 AM

  • Sounds exciting – both your daughter’s move and the project!

    That's Not My AgeApril 27th, 2014  11:37 AM

  • I came to California, from far away, to go to college. It was a great adventure — not only for me but for my parents too. They spent more time traveling the West and coming to know it a bit differently than just as an end destination like LA or San Francisco. Prepare to enjoy and congratulations both to you and to your daughter!!

    KathyApril 27th, 2014  11:54 AM

  • I’ve always wanted to visit there!

    SophiaApril 27th, 2014  12:17 PM

  • Congratulations! Great news for your daughter! And you will love being bi coastal!

    PaulaApril 27th, 2014  1:41 PM

  • I live a few blocks from the Brentwood Country Mart, and it’s truly our home away from home. Farmshop has also become our “go-to” restaurant, because of both the food, and the incredibly friendly attitude towards babies. Congratulations to your daughter, and to you.

    KathyApril 27th, 2014  2:11 PM

  • My son is in UCLA. He loves California.
    Best wishes for your daugther.

    VictoriaApril 27th, 2014  3:35 PM

  • I don’t live in the USA and I am looking for a nice summner camp for my 14 year old son… any suggestion.

    ValerieApril 27th, 2014  7:18 PM

  • A big welcome to California to your daughter and congratulations to you both on exciting times in the future!

    A Note On StyleApril 27th, 2014  7:55 PM

  • I live close to the Brentwood Country Mart, and I love it!! Love The Farms, and Salt Air is suberp. Next time you have to try The Tasting Kitchen, also on Abbott Kinney. It’s so delicious. One of my favorites.

    Congratulations to your daughter.


    Kristin BungartApril 27th, 2014  9:37 PM

  • I live in Southern California and my daughter chose to attend college in DC. It was exhilarating to visit her. She made the right decision for her as I’m sure your daughter has done. With FaceTime and Skype the distance is doable.
    By the way, two other of my children are graduates of USC. They loved every minute of it and are among those annoying rabid supporters of the school!


    BarbaraApril 27th, 2014  10:59 PM

  • We live in Southern California and my daughter opted to go to New York City for college for entirely opposite reasons your daughter did. She wanted to experience four seasons (she was tired of sunny weather! Can you believe??) and live in an urban setting. She loved it so much she now lives there. I was excited for her as it meant I get an excuse to go see her. I visit NYC every year and love it! Congratulations to your daughter. I think she will enjoy the California sunshine and laid back lifestyle.

    HedyApril 28th, 2014  10:09 AM


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