Juices are still big news in health conscious LA, with the best being served at Pressed Juicery (8714 Santa Monica Blvd, enq: 310 854-4407; pressedjuicery.com) and Lily Allen's favourite Moon Juice in Venice Beach (507 Rose Ave, enq: 310-399-2929; moonjuiceshop.com) - both of which use a hydraulic press in order to retain maximum nutrients. With many Angelenos happy to fork out $10 for a bottle of liquidised spinach, juiceries are popping up all over the place. Soon to open on Melrose is Glow by Kimberly Snyder (7434 Melrose Ave; glowbykimberlysnyder.com): a new venture by the nutritionist behind the radiant complexions of Dita Von Teese and, erm, Fergie.
Speaking of Dita Von Teese her recent food diary on Grub Street Los Angeles revealed that she maintains those famous curves by eating a mostly vegan, mostly organic diet. Her lunch delivery of choice? An I Am Fortified bowl with brown rice, tahini and kale from the all-organic Café Gratitude (639 N Larchmont Blvd, enq: 323 580-6383; cafegratitude.com) - which is delicious if you can stomach the cringeworthy menu names - followed later in the day by a persimmon cocktail at perennial LA favourite, The Hungry Cat (1535 Vine Street, Enq: 323 462-2155; thehungrycat.com).
As in London and NYC, nail art has become a must-have accessory for every style-conscious LA resident, many of whom flock to one of Marie Nails (various locations; mariesnails.com) three salons for glittery gels and stiletto sharp acrylics. For the really well-connected, celebrity nail artist and all round cool girl Madeline Poole - aka MP Nails (mpnails.com) - works on a one-on-one basis with clients such as Ke$ha and Kelly Osbourne to create the individually-personalised designs that nail art dreams are made of.
When the food coma kicks in, stumble back to your room at the recently opened Omni (doubles from around £170), 251 S Olive St, enq: 213 617-3300; omnihotels.com) in Little Tokyo or Moroccan-themed haven the Figueroa (doubles from £90, 939 S Figueroa St, enq: 213 627 8971; figueroahotel.com): two well-located resting spots that offer a real LA experience without a Beverly Hills price tag.
With December temperatures hovering in the low twenties it can be hard to feel Christmassy, but some of the most cosiest cocktail lounges can be found in downtown LA. Beat the LA chill (ahem) with seasonal concoctions such as the hot buttered rum 'Soul of Mayahuel' at Drago Centro (525 S Flower St, enq: 213) 228-8998; dragocentro.com), the warming Irish Coffee at Seven Grand (515 West 7th Street #2, enq: 213 614-0737; sevengrandbars.com) or a hot toddy at laidback jazz lounge The Varnish (118 East 6th Street, enq: 213 622 9999; 213nightlife.com/thevarnish). Now's the time to indulge in a calorific cocktail before the detox begins in earnest January is almost here, which can only mean one thing: Awards Season.