TV Host, E!| Hancock Park
E! News correspondent and anchor Catt Sadler has come a long way from her humble beginnings as an Indiana youngster obsessed with interviewing friends and family (real life comparison: our childhood idol: Britney Spears; Sadler’s: Barbara Walters). Though looking back it seems Sadler’s fate was written in the stars, it wasn’t until college that making a career out of her favorite pastime (reporting) dawned on her—and oh, what a career she has made. First working as an anchor at a local news channel near home, she covered entertainment and lifestyle segments— topics few others at the station at first took seriously— but alas, Sadler’s passion and determination meant she’d be laughing last. She wrote her own stories, conducted her own interviews, learned how to edit and handle various behind-the-scenes jobs (including ones not in her job description) and who’d be the one to take notice? Oh, just a little network named E! with an offer for Sadler’s dream gig (#Major). Fast forward a few years and today, she’s interviewing mega-celebrities as a near permanent fixture on Hollywood’s red carpets, plus a full-time host of E! News (for which she’s garnered herself an Emmy, but nbd). On her personal website, Sadler spotlights regular features on fashion and health tips too—think everything from closet pieces she’s currently coveting to her nightly beauty routine. Here, she sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on LA.
NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Our favorite neighborhood restaurant is Le Petit Greek (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). It’s walking distance from our house in Larchmont Village and so my kiddos and I and our dog make the short trek quite often. We can sit outside and take in the charm of the area while munching on halloumi cheese and taramasalata. The food is fresh, unbelievably tasty, and the service is impeccable. When we eat here, I’m as comfortable as if I’m eating at home.
COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee from Go Get Em Tiger (MAP IT, x). Although it takes longer than anywhere in the city to prepare my java, there’s no better cup in LA. My 2016 cup of choice is an almond milk latte.
COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: Picante de la Casa at Soho House (MAP IT, x)– it’s their spicy margarita. Aside from that particular drink at that particular spot, I love the cocktails at Umbrella on Melrose Avenue (MAP IT, x). It’s a small joint with interesting, relaxed décor and an inventive cocktail menu.
AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: Strangely a lot of spots in LA don’t open until the dinner hour. The Four Seasons Beverly Hills (MAP IT, x) is close to the E! studios so often we’ll go to the outdoor patio there for after-work drinks after we wrap the show in the late afternoon; it’s great people watching and the bubbly just flows and flows.
MUSIC PICK: I love music in general. Everything from Beyoncé, Drake and Adele to Sia and Sam Smith. I gravitate to old school jams from Hall & Oats and anything Motown as well. Truth is, I don’t get out as often as I’d like to hear live music, but I saw Coldplay live at the Belasco downtown (MAP IT, x) recently and it was unreal– a gorgeous old theatre with loads of character and a breathtaking interior.
BEST BRUNCH: We like Cafe Stella in Silver Lake (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). It’s an indoor/outdoor spot where a lot of families are walking and shopping. We people watch, drink healthy juices AND down truffle fries, then walk to Silverlake Cheese Store (MAP IT, x) afterwards to pick up some wine and cheese.
BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: Venice Beach.
HEALTHY STAPLE: Joan’s on Third (MAP IT, x) for a caprese salad or, when I’m being especially healthy, I’ll order Sakara Life (x) for a week at a time. (If only I could afford to eat like this every day.)
GUILTY PLEASURE: I’m a sucker for chips and guacamole. I’ll always go back to my old haunt, El Compadre (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) when I want to really grub (and you can’t escape without a flaming margarita, either.) Believe it or not, there’s often some unexpected stargazing in here. I’ve seen everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to Justin Timberlake.
LA’S BEST KEPT SECRET: Did you know there’s a whisky bar at The Montage Beverly Hills called Ten Pound (MAP IT, x)? I don’t believe it’s advertised and I hope I don’t get into trouble sharing. It’s tucked away on the second level with an elaborate drink menu. Complimentary snacks include bacon and cheddar cheese… is this real life?
FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The sunshine that bounces through the windows and off the walls of my home.
REGULAR AT: I love going to Modo Yoga on La Brea (MAP IT, x). It’s hot yoga in a gorgeous studio with fantastic, knowledgeable teachers. The energy here is powerful. I try to squeeze in a class whenever I can because I always feel more centered, focused and relaxed than I did when I arrived. Insider tip: book and arrive early. If you arrive within 15 minutes of the class but haven’t booked an appointment, you won’t get a spot. It is crowded, but that’s just a testament to how good it is; people flock here. Oh, and another brilliant spot off the map: BLISS Karaoke in Koreatown (MAP IT, x); I frequent this place more often than I should admit.
DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Vernetti on Larchmont Boulevard (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). It’s absolutely delicious, quaint and has the most perfect dim, warm lighting. The interior design is simple and sleek, yet very stylish. It’s not fussy at all, but somehow so romantic!
KID-FRIENDLY STAPLE: We like a place called Stella Barra in Hollywood (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). It has healthy food for the adults, amazing pizza for the kids and a comfortable atmosphere (with even a few TVs to catch the games that the boys want to see). It’s chill and close to the Arclight (MAP IT, x). We often grab food there, then head to the movies.
TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: Koreatown. I frequent a number of their spas and BBQ joints. When I’m here, I feel a world away from LA; it’s honestly our second home.
CLOSET CHECK: My style is minimal, chic and relaxed. I like Curve (MAP IT, x), Barneys (MAP IT, x), Zimmermann (MAP IT, x), Library (MAP IT, x), Isabel Marant (MAP IT, x). The Ruby LA (MAP IT, x) is another absolute killer place to rent beautiful designer clothes. If I have events or special occasions to prepare for, I’ll race to Ruby. My stylist, Becca Jefferson turned me on to this!
BEST HOME DÉCOR: My home is mid-century-meets-classic-California. We live in a ranch built in the early 1960’s. There have been plenty of updates to the home, but I like to accentuate some of the more vintage elements where I can– think The Parker Palms Springs (but on a budget, lol). I vintage shop when time permits at places like Danish Modern L.A. (MAP IT, x) and other spots in Silver Lake like Lawson-Fenning (MAP IT, x). I like The Apartment by The Line (MAP IT, x), and I just discovered Garde (MAP IT, x) which I am obsessed with and want everything inside– in the meantime, I guess I’ll just buy gifts for others there: glassware, an array of art and photography, books, etc.
BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Mèche Salon (MAP IT, x). Anything you’d ever need: color, cut, extensions under one roof. Ask for the Brown sisters and tell them I sent you. Also, treat yourself to the Natura Spa in Koreatown (MAP IT, x)– the best body scrubs in Los Angeles, various dipping pools and massages; it’s not for the modest.
FIT PICK: Mostly, I run the palm-lined streets in my neighborhood. The historic homes in Windsor Square are endless eye candy. Otherwise, I am at Modo Yoga for Joe’s or Emily B’s classes. I’ve run two half marathons in the last few years. Until I have another one on the calendar, my training has fallen off a tad so less miles are being logged. My goal is to continue the hot yoga at least twice a week and mix in some running when I can get motivated!
ULTIMATE LA MOMENT: As a matter of fact, sitting at the Weinstein/Netflix party at the Golden Globes last year was about as LA as it gets: Jonah Hill and Ricky Gervais to my right, Brad Pitt and Selena Gomez to my left… I mean, so Hollywood. Only in Hollywood. CP