We had the good fortune of connecting with Leah Harper Cohen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leah Harper, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I was in my 20s, I had the mentality that burning out and doing it all meant that I was working hard. As I stepped into my 30s, I learned the importance of sleep and self-care. Finding the balance between the two has been a struggle, but once I put my mental health first I began to work smarter.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Through a lot of trial and error, I have finally found myself doing what I’ve always wanted to do in the midst of a pandemic — starting a lifestyle website. (www.lifestylebyleah.com) Life is funny – I have been a Fred Segal stylist, lifestyle manager to luxury eco-designer Linda Loudermilk, writer for several local magazines, co-owner of three yoga and Pilates studios and a community fitness organizer plus many unpaid internships and volunteer work. With every role, I have learned something new about the industry, people and myself. My new website is combining four things that I love: sustainability- small businesses -beauty/fashion + healthy lifestyle. I hope to start writing and add more conscious brands + art from LA with vintage pieces from the desert to the shop. As a creative entrepreneur, I have had many, many project setbacks or cancellations, but I never perceive my failures as a bad thing; they are lessons, not losses! Always follow the fun, do what makes you happy and you won’t be disappointed in taking the risk.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For a weeklong trip, we will spend most of it by the ocean during the day! Lunches at Malibu Farm, Zinque and Hama Sushi in Venice, Urth Cafe and Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills, Bottega Louie if we end up Downtown LA. Workout at Studio B in West Hollywood with Amanda Kloots, boxing at Gloveworx Santa Monica, an Equinox guest pass for yoga and Pilates at Studio Elevate in Culver City. We’d definitely take advantage of the beautiful Califonia weather to go to hiking at Temescal Canyon for the ocean views, Runyon Canyon for people watching and Tree People off Muholland Blvd because it is my all time favorite. Shop Melrose to check out Violet Grey and Abbot Kinney Blvd to grab coffee at Intelligentsia or a juice at Erewhon. Pick up some OWL Venice bone broth for ultimate health. Shop Busto and Sun custom hats in Topanga Canyon. Museums have to happen because we have some of the best – Getty Center and MoMa, The Broad if we have time. Galleries on Melrose and Robertson, too. Dinner at Dan Tanas and Pace in West Hollywood, Tasting Kitchen in Venice, Taverna Tony’s and Mr Chow/ NOBU in Malibu and my favorite Lebanese, Open Sesame. Drinks at Chateau Marmont & warm cookies at Sunset Tower Hotel are always a good time.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Thank you to my husband, Aaron Cohen, who has never given up on me and encourages me to find my truth every day. Your support and love mean the world to me.
Photographer: Adrienne Isom