Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt’s California Musts

The author shares what makes life so sweet in The Golden State

As told to MARIE LOOK


While Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt was writing her latest book, The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories From Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable (Pamela Dorman Books, $20), out now, she says she took breaks by going on walks around her neighborhood in Los Angeles. Here, the author reveals more of her favorite pastimes and other places close to home.



Where do you live?
Santa Monica. I grew up in this area, so it’s definitely home, and it’s also very close to all of my family.

Favorite hike?
When I was little, we used to live on a street below Will Rogers [State Historic Park], so we would hike there all the time. It’s a special place for me and always brings back great memories.

Favorite getaway?
Montecito and Santa Barbara. I love the new Rosewood Miramar Beach hotel, which is beautiful, but when we go, we usually stay with our friends and tend to just be low-key, going on walks, bike rides and hikes.

Favorite coffee shop?
Sweet Laurel in the Pacific Palisades — not only for coffee but also incredible baked goods. They’re made well, healthy and really pretty. My friend Laurel [Gallucci] runs it.

Favorite farmers market?
The one on San Vicente [Boulevard] in Brentwood for flowers; my brother Patrick, usually gets food; and my sister, Christina, usually gets sweet treats.

Where do you work out?
Physical Artistry in Santa Monica.

What’s your daily uniform?
The majority of the time I wake up in my Roberta Roller Rabbit pajama set that I’m obsessed with. I get a lot of my workout clothes from Aerie. During the day, I tend to wear Dôen dresses, which I love for summer.

What do you wear in the evening?
A lot of Anine Bing. Hers is, right now, my favorite boutique in L.A.

Favorite beauty products?
All my cosmetics are in well-labeled and color-coordinated Stoney Clover Lane bags because I have an obsession with that company. I use a lot of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Saie, a natural line. The mascara is incredible.

Favorite skincare products?
I use Ayur Medic Enrichment Cream at night with some Shiva Rose oil. In the morning, I use SkinCeuticals hyaluronic acid, and then I always put on sunscreen.

Favorite facialist?
Vanessa Hernandez [in Brentwood].

Favorite sunglasses?
I like Quay Australia, and Le Specs has a really great cat-eye.

Favorite musicians?
Kacey Musgraves and Maggie Rogers.

Something you use every day?
This old-school Polaroid camera my husband [Chris Pratt] got me for Christmas.

What’s your writing ritual?
I like to work first thing in the morning; if I get writer’s block, I go outside or take a walk. And it’s really important to me to set a schedule.


Feature image: The lobby of ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH hotel in Montecito.


This story originally appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of C Magazine.

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