The Perfect Day: Designer Ashleigh Dempster’s artful tour of Los Angeles

Ashleigh Dempster is a designer, entrepreneur and mom to two beautiful boys. She recently launched AKID, a unisex children’s line of handcrafted footwear that she designs with her husband. Think L.A. street style for kids. An avid traveller, Ashleigh has a discerning eye for the good life. Here’s how she recommends spending a day in Los Angeles, from Melrose to the beach

Wake up and work out “Rise early and grab a morning coffee at Alfred’s on Melrose Place, then hit Runyon Canyon for a quick hike. In addition to a stunning view of the city, you will be welcomed by the most adorable little horse farm at the top. If you’re feeling ambitious, stick to the far left of the trail for a more intense workout when walking up for the intermediate trail.”

Breakfast, quick or slow “If you can, make friends with a local who is a member at Soho House, and go for breakfast in West Hollywood. Excellent. Or for some something lighter, grab a juice or shake at Juice Served Here. Try the house-made coconut milk and a dark chocolate quinoa bar.”

Look at art (and into the future) “See the stars! Get a tarot card reading in Angie Banicke’s Laurel canyon teepee. She has been known to predict major movie roles for some of Hollywood’s elite. Maybe she’ll predict how you’ll spend the rest of your trip? Then check out a few galleries and stroll around some stores. I recommend hitting Oh Wow, LACMA and RTH (they have the most beautiful ceramics made in-house) for art therapy and shopping at Curve, Maxfields and Nickey Keyhoe.”

If you’re feeling like something indulgent, book a steam and massage at Voda Spa, a 15,000-square-foot space modelled after a traditional Russian bathhouse

Lunch by the beach “Once suitably shopped, head to the beach for the afternoon. If sitting on the sand isn’t your thing, grab a bike and tour around the boardwalk. You’ll stumble across everything from an amazing skate park to hip hop dancers, street performers and more. Head to Venice for a late lunch at Gjelina’s — amazing Italian. Or if you feel like splurging, go to Nobu in Malibu and sit on the patio.”

Nature vs. nurture “Spend the afternoon at the amazing biodynamic farm One Gun Ranch. Call ahead to find out what’s going on for the day, but there is always something special happening. If you’re feeling like something indulgent, book a steam and massage at Voda Spa, a 15,000-square-foot space modelled after a traditional Russian bathhouse. I prefer hitting the three saunas, then following that up with a body scrub. Heaven.”

Fried chicken for dinner Ease into the evening with a table in the garden at Chateau Marmont. This classic Old Hollywood hotel is a beauty. Harry Cohn, founder of Columbia Pictures said in 1939, ‘If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont.’ Its garden is absolutely idyllic and if you are there on a Sunday night (our favourite), order the special: buttermilk fried chicken.”

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