Photography by Trevor Smith

Marlien Rentmeester

Blogger, Le Catch

| Pacific Palisades

We all have that girlfriend for whom dressing seems to come implausibly naturally— the one whose outfit, no matter the occasion, seems to command the room. Of course, you can’t help but ask just where she found such a patchwork fur coat or marabou heel, only to be greeted with the inevitable kicker, “Oh this? It’s just Zara,” time and time again. Well, we’re willing to bet said friend is familiar with a little digital gem called, Le Catch— or, at the very least, has a lot in common with its founder, Marlien Rentmeester. Once a fashion editor for Lucky, the New York native found her fashion friends— be they Phillip Lim, Meredith Melling or Gwyneth Paltrow mind you— frequently fawning over her own high-to-low wardrobe, if not begging her to “bargain hunt” for them, too. Soon, Rentmeester dreamt of a website that would curate the internet’s best fashion sites for the most coveted, albeit affordable pieces and she set out to launch Le Catch. Five years later and thanks to her inimitable eye, she’s one of the most highly-followed bloggers out there. Extracurricularly, you can find Rentmeester kicking it with her twin sister, fashion photographer Coliena Rentmeester, or gal pals like Molly Sims, Minnie Mortimer and Reese Witherspoon… on those evenings, we don’t dare speak of “best dressed.” Here, she sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on LA.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Little Beach House in Malibu (MAP IT, x)— the vibe makes me feel like I’m on vacation (it’s chic, beachy and low-key) and I always run into someone I know. I love the tuna poke bowl and the spicy margaritas.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee from Alfred (MAP IT, x); it’s next level good.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: I love Nobu in Malibu (MAP IT, x) for its seaside setting and melt-in-your-mouth sushi. I also love the artichoke truffle salad which is exclusive to the Malibu location.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A margarita from the Bel Air Bay Club (MAP IT, x) because it’s not too sweet and it’s served on the beach!

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: Bel Air Bay Club.

LADIES LUNCH/DINNER: My go-to girls’ lunch spots are Farmshop in Brentwood (MAP IT, x), Gjelina in Venice (MAP IT, BOOK ITx), Ivy at the Shore in Santa Monica (MAP IT, BOOK ITx), SoHo House in West Hollywood (MAP IT, x) and Little Beach House in Malibu. For dinner, I love neighborhood spots like Giorgio Baldi (MAP IT, x) and Cassia in Santa Monica (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— I loathe having to cross the 405 at rush hour!

WHERE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS: Little Beach House or Bel Air Bay Club.

MUSIC PICK: The Hollywood Bowl (MAP IT, x) is a magical music venue— especially when you have box seats and can eat a yummy dinner and drink wine while you sing along!

BEST BRUNCH: Little Beach House serves up a truly decadent feast with everything from homemade scones to the best smoked salmon. And the sunshine and sea breeze are the perfect sides!

HEALTHY STAPLE: Kye’s (MAP IT, x) for the Macro-Kyerito bowl (seared wild salmon, avocado and veggies wrapped in nori).

GUILTY PLEASURE: Sweet Rose Creamery (MAP IT, x) for salted caramel or mint chocolate chip ice cream.

LA’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: Paradise Cove trailer park. We own a two-bedroom trailer that sits atop a bluff, overlooking the Pacific. We love taking our kids there to surf, swim, skateboard and explore the tidal pools.

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: The sun.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Date nights are typically impromptu and mostly occur at Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) because we can grab seats the bar if all the tables are full (which they usually are); the food is just so divine.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY PICK: We go to our beach club at least once a week throughout the year. We often go down on the weekends around 3 pm in the afternoon, play football or frisbee on the beach, then join friends for a cocktail and meal. I still pinch myself sometimes when I am eating dinner on the beach in January!

GO-TO GETAWAY: For sun and fun, we head to Mexico— either Cabo San Lucas or Punta Mita; for snow, we go to Aspen. There’s an 8AM non-stop flight from LAX that will get you into Aspen on time for afternoon skiing at Highlands.

CLOSET STAPLE: My wardrobe is a mix of high and low, rooted in classic staples, but updated with something of-the-moment. I do almost all of my shopping online (including my groceries), though I do always hit the big sales at Neiman Marcus (MAP IT) and Barneys (MAP IT, x). Occasionally, I will trek downtown to Shareen Vintage (MAP IT, x) to source some inexpensive, fun vintage pieces or hit the vintage fairs when they come to town.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: Our home can be described as a modern beach house. We just painted all the floors white so it’s really bright and clean… now, I hope it stays that way!

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Farmshop always pulls through for me— it has everything from amazing, but hard-to-find wine to chocolates to Heath ceramics.

FOR HIM: I was super successful over the holidays at Sid Mashburn (MAP IT, x) at the Brentwood Country Mart (MAP IT, x). It has a tightly edited selection of shirts, socks and more which expedites the decision-making process.

FOR THE KIDS: Diesel Books (MAP IT, x) has a thoughtfully-curated selection of books; Poppy (MAP IT, x) is the best and most stylish kids clothing store, hands-down.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: I barely have time these days to get a haircut— much less a facial— but regular pedicures are a must so I head to Rosie’s Nails in Pacific Palisades (MAP IT, x). The service is quick, friendly and meticulously spot-on, and I can get a simultaneous head and neck massage that’s spa-caliber good.

FIT PICK: I work out five to six times a week and I try to do something different every day. My mix consists of hiking, running outside, Body By Simone (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) and Burn 60 classes (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). I’m trying to squeeze in more yoga and would love to start meditating, but it’s hard for me to sit still!

ULTIMATE LA MOMENT: One late October morning, I was working in my home office when my husband walked in and asked me if I wanted to go to Malibu and swim in the ocean. Even though I had loads of work to do, I popped up out of my chair and said, “Let’s go!” So, off we went, first walking a mile on the beach near Point Dume with no one in sight, then dipping our toes in to acclimate to the cold ocean water. Finally, we jumped in and saw some dolphins afar. It was a magical moment, and yet, at the same time, it’s one I could repeat every day if I wanted to— that is the luxury of living in LA. CP

Marlien’s LA

From L to R: Snack at SoHo House WeHo; Pastry from Farmshop; Nobu; Alfred Coffee. Second Row: Heath Ceramics; View from Little Beach House; Edible flowers at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar; Sweet Rose Creamery ice cream.

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