In a few short seasons, Karina Smirnoff has emerged as a star in her own right on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," which begins its fall campaign Monday night. This time around, the Ukraine-born beauty has been matched up with teen pop star Aaron Carter.
"I've been so busy that some days I just come home and pass out," said Smirnoff, who lives in Studio City. "But think it's going to be a good season. No one knew what to expect when the show started, whether America was going to go for ballroom dancing. But now I don't think there's a person in the country who doesn't know what a samba, cha-cha and waltz are. It's been amazing."
Speaking of amazing, here's her weekend.
Posh Friday night
On a Friday night, I might go to the restaurant and lounge called XIV, over on Sunset. It's very posh, like something out of "L.A. Confidential." They have an outdoor patio if you're not a big fan of air conditioning and don't mind a lot of secondhand smoke. But the place is very nice, the food is delicious and the drinks are superb.
Up on the hill
I grew up in New York, and I'm still in love with the climate here in L.A., and a great place to enjoy the good weather is up at the Getty Museum. The views are just sensational, and the gardens are so romantic.