Zen Moment: Monique Lhuillier

The dress designer to Hollywood’s finest celebrates her eponymous label’s 25th anniversary



Where do you live?
Los Angeles.

Where do you feel most zen?
I feel most zen in my bathtub with relaxing music, lighting and GOOP bath salts.

Favorite park/hike?
Westridge Trailhead — it’s a challenging hike with spectacular views. I feel like I can get a great workout and I love being outdoors.

Favorite beach?
Broad Beach in Malibu is a further-out, remote beach. I like to take long walks and take in the views. It is one of my favorite spots. The sunsets are spectacular!

Favorite relaxing getaway?
I love going up to Montecito. It’s such a cozy town, with amazing dining, antique shops and beaches. You can feel time slowing down.

Favorite health-food fix?
I just finished the Kroma Reset 5-day program. I felt great after and never felt deprived.

Do you follow a diet?
I don’t follow a specific diet but I stay away from dairy, desserts, processed foods and sugar. I make sure to drink a lot of water throughout the day, and intermittently fast.

Favorite hotel?
The Beverly Hills Hotel is iconic. It’s in the heart of Beverly Hills with fantastic service, a great pool and the legendary Polo Lounge.

Favorite gym/class?
I like to work out with Gregg Miele at Heart & Hustle.

Favorite spa? Treatment?
Carasoin Day Spa and Skin Clinic for the most incredible facials by Lena Bratschi and lymphatic drainage from Detox by Rebecca Faria.

Where do you take visiting friends?
The San Vicente Bungalows — a cool, cozy private club in the heart of West Hollywood. It gives you the quintessential L.A. feeling.

What’s in your bathroom cabinet?
The Cream by Augustinus Bader, Active Botanical Serum by Vintner’s Daughter, Hyaluronic Serum by Dr. Barbara Sturm, body scrub by C & The Moon, Magic Myst by In Common and Dry Texturizing Spray by Oribe.

What do you wear to relax?
I love to wear a tank top and cutoffs with a cardigan and comfy slides.

What do you wear to work out?
I love Alo Yoga gear and my Adidas sneakers.

Favorite crystal?
Quartz crystal — I have a collection in my home.

What’s your mantra?
My positive thoughts guide me to new heights.

Favorite home items?
My new Lily of the Valley glassware from my home collection with Pottery Barn. I also love Our Place cookware.

Favorite podcast?
We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle. It’s fun and real. moniquelhuillier.com.


This story originally appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of C Magazine.

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