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Center of Attraction

BY Laura Eckstein Jones and Meg McGuire | April 23, 2018 | Feature Features National

For these Angelenos, looking and feeling good is a top priority. Here's a peek at the beauty and fitness essentials that keep them in tiptop shape—both mentally and physically.

Dr. Jonathan Leary
Passion and profession collide for this concierge wellness doctor.

“A focus on health and wellness is not only my passion, but it’s also my job,” says Dr. Jonathan Leary, who works closely with his patients to design personalized wellness plans that will improve upon, and ultimately maintain, their overall health through diet, exercise, chiropractic work and more. “As a doctor, it’s important for me to lead by example,” he says. “I teach my patients every day how to be healthy, how to take care of themselves and the actions they must take to be preventative. If I’m not willing to do it, why would I expect them to?” Here, the holistic doc—who partakes in everything from Pilates to boot camps to indoor cycling—reveals the go-to goods that help maintain his dapper appearance.

1 “WHOOP’s device is the best thing on the market right now. It analyzes the strain I put on my body and the amount of recovery I need, and it monitors my sleeping patterns.” WHOOP Strap 2.0, $500

2 “This organic oil has made my face look more hydrated and firm.” Antioxidant + facial oil: borago, rosehip & buckthorn berry, $55, by Grown Alchemist at The Apartment by The Line, L.A.

3 “Lululemon shirts fit amazingly and are also supersleek-looking.” Metal Vent Tech short-sleeve, $68, Lululemon, West Hollywood

4 “This natural sleep aid gives me exactly what I need to fall asleep.” Sleep Well, $26.95, Saje, Westfield Century City

5 “I spend a lot of time rolling out every day, and this foam roller does the trick and then some!” Vyper 2.0, $199, by Hyperice at

Home by Elizabeth Law Design | Portrait by Becca Teal Batista

Natasha Baradaran
Flamenco dancing and luxe skincare keep this designer at the top of her game.

“My definition of beauty is something that is timeless and doesn’t feel like too much effort has been put in—a combination of something natural, effortless, and sophisticated,” says interior designer Natasha Baradaran, who recently launched her new furniture collection, ANDRO, during Milan Design Week. Upon turning 40, the Beverly Hills resident began flamenco dance lessons with a private instructor. “I think I was a Spanish gypsy in a past life,” she jokes. “After two hours of dancing, I feel invigorated and wiped out at the same time. It’s an amazing workout filled with passion!” Yoga at her home studio, Body by Simone classes and hiking with her husband in Franklin Canyon round out her exercise regime, while baths sprinkled with Santa Maria Novella’s rose water-infused Acqua di Maggio help restore. “[They take] me back to my Persian roots,” she explains. Here, Baradaran shares her beauty and wellness go-tos.

1 “I received an Astier de Villatte candle from Kelly Wearstler as a gift and burn the Grand Chalet scent at home and at my studio. It’s the perfect combination of freshness and femininity.” Grand Chalet scented candle $120, lid $86

2 “I love how these leggings make my bum look when I’m doing a dance cardio class.” Zero Gravity leggings, $135, Sweaty Betty,West Hollywood

3 “This hand and foot cream works miracles on cracked heels.” Pommade Concrète balm, $50, by Buly 1803 at

4 “I use a couple drops of this on my face when I am flying or right before my makeup application in the morning.” Active Botanical Serum, $185, by Vintner’s Daughter at Violet Grey, L.A.

5 “I’ve been using a combination of Dr. Lancer’s products and have seen a major difference in my skin.” The Method: Body Nourish, $65, by Lancer Skincare at Sephora, Beverly Hills

Portrait by Vijat Mohindra

Jason Bentley
When it comes to wellness, KCRW’s music director likes to go with the flow.

Jason Bentley wasn’t always into working out. “I kind of went from the night club to the health club,” jokes the Venice-based deejay, who serves as KCRW music director and the long-running host of Morning Becomes Eclectic and Metropolis. After experiencing lower-back pain in his early 30s, Bentley started going to the gym, and before long, he was a regular. Now, the newly engaged 47-year old is a full-on endorphin addict who balances Pilates and weight training at his local Equinox with neighborhood runs. When it comes to his workout playlist, Bentley listens to his own programs—“I’m really particular about my show so want to hear the breaks and the flow of certain segues,” he notes—along with Spotify’s Release Radar and Discovery Weekly podcasts. “Electronic and dance music is perfect for working out. The flow and nuance is all there,” he shares. “If you’re running and have the right music on, you can definitely go to that next level.”

1 “I prefer using body oil over spray cologne. It’s more of a sensual experience and reacts with body chemistry differently.” Thé Noir 29 perfume oil, $147, Le Labo, locations vary

2 “This Paris perfumery is a mark of quality, especially for the bright, fragrant candles. Their Roses scent in particular is an absolute pleasure.” Roses candle, $65, Diptyque, locations vary

3 “Intended as a spot moisturizer, I use this as an everyday face cream because you only live once.” Advanced renewal cream, $120, Malin+Goetz, Larchmont

4 “Ergonomic in-ear design and solid audio quality make these Bluetooth headphones my first choice for a workout.” SoundSport wireless headphones, $149, Bose, Westfield Century City

5 “I’ve practiced Pilates for several years as a way to build core strength and flexibility. I find it’s the best comprehensive workout around.” $105 per session, Equinox, locations vary

Portrait by Kimberly Genevieve

Julie Jaffe
This sartorialist, altruist and mother of two is the ultimate beauty and fitness junkie.

“As I get older, I have truly come to believe that beauty shines from the inside out. When you’re happy, it shows,” says Julie Jaffe, who’s often seen fluttering from one gala to the next in the latest designer dresses, with effortlessly coiffed hair and glamorous makeup. “If you live an authentic life and are kind to others—that’s beauty,” she says. Jaffe then quips: “That being said, I am the go-to among my friends when it comes to giving beauty, wellness and fitness advice. They’re always asking me about my favorite face oils, serums, yoga classes and workout brands. I am a product junkie and the ultimate consumer. I try everything, so I know what works.” Here, the L.A.-native’s portfolio of products that she can’t live without.

1 “Alo Yoga’s workout gear is my favorite—I love their fitted bomber jackets.” Off-Duty bomber jacket 2, $178, Alo Yoga, Beverly Hills

2 “Shiva Rose’s face oil has an amazing rose scent and is, oh, so wonderful.” Rose face oil, $105, by Shiva Rose at Mohawk General Store, Venice

3 “Hydration is my No. 1 concern, so I’m always using Chantecaille’s pure rosewater.” Pure rosewater, 3.4 fl. oz for $74, by Chantecaille at Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills

4 “I was wearing UltraBoosts before my kids knew they were cool! Now half of them are in my son’s closet, so I’m on the lookout for the next hot tennis shoe.” UltraBoost, $180, Adidas, L.A.

5 “R+Co’s dry shampoo is the best for my unruly hair.” Death Valley dry shampoo, $30, by R+Co at Bluemercury

Portrait by Bradley Meinz

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