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How to Experience LA Like the A-List

By Kathryn Romeyn | July 9, 2018 | Lifestyle

Welcome to Billion $$$ LA, where over-the-top is never enough. From VVVIP experiences to must-have toys and the poshest of pads, this is how the .000001% live in the city we like to call Shangri-La La Land.

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MÉNAGE À MONTAGE
When you’re a member of the three-comma club, none of life’s little—or big— pleasures is out of reach, from lipstick coated with 300 Swarovski crystals to a $77.5 million crash pad in Beverly Hills’ “Billionaires’ Row.” Need to get out of the castle anyway? Drop $50,000 for a three-night staycay at the Montage Beverly Hills, celebrating its first decade (and the brand’s 15th birthday). The downright deluxe Memories to Remember package includes dinner for four at Georgie, overnights in the primo California Suite, and a two-hour celebrity hair and makeup consultation plus one-hour photo session with star shooter John Russo, resulting in a 20-inch-by 24-inch signed and framed portrait—retouched, of course. There are always cute selfies by the pool too— sexy views of Hollywood in the distance included. 225 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, montagehotels.com

OPUS ONE
“Billionaires’ Row” in Trousdale is anxiously awaiting its newest resident—ideally with an “O” name. With its massive specially commissioned golden “O” sculpture, visible from much of the glass-enclosed structure, the $77.5 million Paul McClean–designed spec home, Opus (pictured above), would be perfect for... you guessed it: Oprah Winfrey! Twelve-foot ceilings, vanishing glass walls, a pristine infinity pool, Roberto Cavalli flooring, a 20-foot glass waterfall, suede and embossed leather Longhi doors and a deluxe wellness center are all impressive, but the ultimate booty is the stocked 170-bottle Cristal Champagne vault. Don’t worry, 944 bottles of ordinary vino can hang in their own dedicated vault. 1175 Hillcrest Road, Beverly Hills, theagencyre.com

SPEC-TACULAR
Angelenos go nowhere without sunglasses, so make a statement, please. LA-born SAMA Eyewear’s made-to-order diamond-studded shades and glasses are jewelry for the face that puts your money where your peepers are. Executed with customized jewels, handtooled frames and gilded lenses by designer Sheila Vance for members of several royal families, the glasses require a dozen weeks to handcraft. Pyramid of Diamonds from $50,000, Lumiere from $75,000, 9530 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, samaeyewearshop.com

LA VIE EN ROSES
Besties Gwen Stefani, Demi Moore, Maria Shriver and Tobey Maguire supported WeHo florist-to-the-stars Eric Buterbaugh’s launch of his crystal-bottled fragrances, which reach $595 per bloom-drenched scent. But that’s not the most decadent of the flower power guy’s offerings. Two hundred roses come in the Luxe AF version of his Gwen arrangement for $1,250. Flower freaks can opt for the 1,000 off-menu Latina roses—delivered by three people with more than 300 pounds of water—for $5,000. 7001 Melrose Ave., LA, ericbuterbaugh.com

GAME ON!
What does Diddy gift Ellen DeGeneres for her 60th birthday? A supersleek 11 Ravens Theseus table, complete with her face on pingpong paddles, naturally. The brand’s fully customizable tables are a go-to for pro athletes, TV stars and Carbon Beach billionaires, whose $20 million homes would be incomplete without an American-made futuristic gaming centerpiece. Tables $14,000-$30,000, 11ravens.com

SIPPING PRETTY
A well-stocked bar cart is old-school cool. This showpiece acrylic and metallic mobile bar is as essential as the imported marble in the bathroom, ready to impress mere millionaires with its prized collection of rare bottles. Clockwise from left: Royal Salute 62 Gun Salute, $4,300, chivas.com; Richard Hennessy, $4,200, hennessy.com; Partida Elegante Extra Añejo, $375, partidatequila.com; The Macallan M Decanter-1824 Masters Series, $5,000, themacallan.com; Yamazaki 18, $250, whisky.suntory.com; Papá Andrés Alegria Edition 2015, $1,500, brugal-rum.com; Beverly bar cart, $1,940, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com

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GO FOR THE GOLD
BMX, a two-wheeled sport bike typically associated with dirt, goes ultraglam via Dior Homme’s fab collab with French specialist Bogarde on 100 numbered limited-series gold and calfskin bikes. As for that ashy finish, it’s durable thanks to a luxurious technique called physical vapor deposition (PVD), so ride on. Helmet not included. $4,700, dior.com

BOTOXICATING
Imagine a NASCAR pit stop but for your face. GoodSkin’s Concierge Private Services tuneups ($12,000 to $30,000) are a must-have for the McLaren crowd. Owner Lisa Goodman and her team of nurses close the office and tackle a client’s face, hair, decollete, hands and body in one shot via laser, injectables and threads while the client is on a vitamin infusion IV drip. Think Botox brow-lift and AquaGold Infusion Botox for crow’s feet—plus PRP and red-light therapy to speed healing so everyone looks simply refreshed, not “done.” 11980 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. 621, goodskinlosangeles.com

CUISINE ART
LA is home to several restaurants where blowing $450 a head is nothing, but not one tasting menu disrupts the fine-dining genre like Vespertine’s. Chef Jordan Kahn personally greets each guest before they dig into his beautiful dishes on austere ceramics. It’s this otherworldly and carefully crafted approach that elite diners pay well in advance to experience and savor. 3599 Hayden Ave., Culver City, vespertine.la

BLING IT ON
What’s a world-class car without a coordinating watch crafted by world-class artisans in painstaking, customizable detail (down to the shade of the crocodile leather strap and platinum or gold case)? Bentley owners won’t be able to resist Breitling’s Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon, a hyperexclusive timepiece—just a couple are made per year—specially devised for car bus and true collectors of complicated, handwound chronographs. $262,000, Westime, 8569 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, westime.com

HANG THREE!
Nothing says you’ve made it in La La Land quite like owning a gilded-snakeskin or powdered-quartz and Kyoto gold-leaf surfboard to hang in your Malibu manse. Alas, the Japanese-American artist Tomoyuki Iwanami’s small, handmade collection of one-of-a-kind boards for Parisian furniture shop Leclaireur is un-surfable—but oh-so-pretty anyway, with supremely luxe materials and layers of glistening resin. Kintsugi, $13,200; Dappi, $11,000; Sansui, $9,900; 450 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, leclaireur.com

HAUTE WHEELS 
The real way to induce whiplash is by cruising in Aston Martin’s completely handcrafted DB11 Volante (base price, $216,495). If the innite made-to-measure color and trim options aren’t enough, add a four-piece luggage set to match the interior ($5,380) and solid gold AM wings badges, and have the family crest and/or monogram embroidered on the headrests ($1,595). Select models are also available by request for guests of the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. 9022 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, astonmartin.com

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THE SMELL OF $$!
For the OC or BH housewife who has everything, wow her with the world’s most blinged-out beauty products, by House of Sillage. Haute couture fragrances, made in France and Italy, come in bejeweled cupcakelike vessels, dreamed up in Newport Beach and reaching $500,000 (for the Dignified Privée line). The pocket-size version is the brand’s new limited-edition lipsticks, which feature bow-shaped enamel cases encrusted with 300-plus brilliant-cut Swarovski crystals ($198 each). Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, neimanmarcus.com; houseofsillage.com



Photography by: OPUS PHOTO BY SIMON BERLYN; BAR CART SHOT ON LOCATION BY LARA KASTNER AT MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS CHICAGO; ASTON MARTIN PHOTO COURTESY OF ASTON MARTIN