Scoop NYC Sets Up Brentwood Shop
Upscale clothing and accessories retailer launches first-ever LA-based boutique.
April 27, 2012
Just steps from the Brentwood Country Mart—which recently welcomed New York’s Intermix—Scoop NYC has found its first LA home. The latest in the line of NY-based shops opening in Brentwood, Scoop’s new store marks the high-end unisex retailer’s 16th location (other outposts include Boston, Miami, Chicago, East Hampton, and Las Vegas).
Scoop NYC’s signature modern aesthetic is reflected in the 2,700-square-foot space, but a light, airy California vibe keeps it from feeling too New York. A trendy mix of established and emerging design labels like Kimberly Ovitz, Zac Posen, Rag & Bone, John Varvatos, Chloé, and Rebecca Taylor fill the boutique. It's also the only California spot selling one-of-a-kind Italian jewelry line, Amedeo. 216 26th St., Brentwood, 424-238-5499
Updated Japanese Garden Re-Opens at The Huntington
New teahouse, garden, and renovations mark the nine-acre estate’s centennial anniversary.
April 27, 2012
Picturesque scenery and a storied past have made The Japanese Garden at The Huntington one of LA’s most treasured spots. The nine-acre property has re-opened after a $6.8 million renovation completed earlier this month, adding new elements to the century-old grounds.
A cascading waterfall, ceremonial teahouse, and a tea garden, as well as a revamped Japanese House are among the changes. Named Seifu-an (meaning the Arbor of Pure Breeze), the recently restored Kyoto teahouse—a donation from a Pasadena Buddhist Temple—will be used only on occasion for traditional ceremonies and demonstrations. The remainder of The Japanese Garden will be open to the public. 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, 626-405-2100
Join "The Breakfast Club" at Cecconi’s West Hollywood
Italian-inspired eatery introduces weekday menu for early risers.
April 26, 2012
Although many Angelenos don’t abide by the typical 9-5 work day, the power breakfast is not lost among the city’s office elite. Cecconi’s West Hollywood, the Italian hotspot known for creative cocktails and deliciously inventive tapas, has launched a special “Breakfast Club” menu available Monday-Friday (8-11:30 AM). Morning classics like a ham and cheese croissant and homemade granola with yogurt and berries can be ordered with coffee and orange or grapefruit juice. An assortment of eggs any style is also available, and poached eggs with either avocado or wilted spinach and basil pesto are sure to be standouts. All menu items, $10. 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310-432-2000
Weekend Recommender: April 27-29
Shop a beloved celeb brand, support a good cause, and sample wine and gourmet bites.
April 26, 2012
Black Halo offers specials on their versatile dresses and more this weekend.
Black Halo Warehouse Sale Event
Friday-Saturday, April 27-28, 12-5 PM & 9 AM-3 PM
Stock up on Black Halo styles at their two-day warehouse shopping event. A favorite of Katherine Heigl, Tyra Banks, and Fergie, the contemporary women’s line offers meticulously tailored skirts and dresses. 648 S. Mateo St., LA, 213-893-7600; blackhalo.com
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gala Honors Man & Woman of the Year
Saturday, April 28, 6:30 PM
Find out who will be crowned Man and Woman of the Year at this annual gala. Winners of a 10-week fundraising competition will be announced at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Rey, with proceeds benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Greater Los Angeles. The evening will include a cocktail reception, dinner, and a silent and live auction before the recipients are revealed. Tickets are $150 and available at mwoy.org. 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310-823-1700
The 24th Annual Vintage Bouquet Food and Wine Extravaganza
Sunday, April 29, 12-4 PM
Enjoy an idyllic afternoon of food and wine on the gorgeous grounds of the famed Greystone Manor. This annual event is hosted by The Barristers of Beverly Hills Bar Association alongside the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, and showcases samples from top California vineyards and gourmet bites from restaurants like The Palm, Napa Valley Grille, Taberna Mexicana, and Bagatelle Los Angeles. Live entertainment, a photo booth, and an auction round out the experience. General tickets are now available for $125 and $150 at the door; VIP tickets are $175. All tickets on bhbaweb.com/vb/. 905 Loma Vista Dr., Beverly Hills, 818-610-0300
45 Three Modern Vintage Home Estate Sale
Home décor boutique features carefully curated selection of mid-century modern pieces.
April 25, 2012
45 Three Modern Vintage Home will hold an exclusive estate sale on May 5th (through May 10; 10 AM-6 PM) with a focus on mid-century modern furniture of the 1940’s-1970’s. The event, entitled “Liberacion de Vintage,” will feature pieces acquired from three private estates by 45 Three Modern Vintage Home owner and vintage aficionado Staci Cain. If necessary, Cain and her team of LA-based artisans have reworked the furniture (all high-end originals) to exude a more contemporary feel but still keep the original design intact.
Cain is also preparing for expansion as she is set to open a new store come July. The shop will offer her signature vintage finds, upholstery services, refinishing, lacquering, custom shades, custom draperies, and interior design consultation. 1051 ½ South Fairfax Ave., LA, 323-932-0832
LA-Based Jewelry Brand With Bali Inspirations
Elizabeth Rosselle fuses foreign influences from Bali with her California roots in new line.
April 25, 2012
Jewelry designer Elizabeth Rosselle of Rosselle Designs gives LA a taste of Bali with a travel-inspired collection now available exclusively at Fred Segal Rocks & Silk. Motivated by her numerous trips to Bali (where she recently spent six months gathering materials for her latest collection), the California native designed pieces to reflect the country’s deep Hindu history. “I’ve been traveling to Bali for many years now and have always been enamored by the rich culture and spirituality on the island,” said Rosselle. “It was important for me to incorporate these influences thoughout my designs.”
Handcrafted by skilled local artisans in Bali, the predominantly unisex accessories include delicate beaded (non-denominational and multi-faith) rosaries in turquoise and lava rock, black suede Namaste wrap bracelets, and skull necklaces made with buffalo horn. Also prevalent in the line are ancient Balinese offering coins. Selected by Rosselle in the finest quality, the coins represent “Panca Datu,” the five gods of Bali thought to bring success and power. In keeping with Balinese tradition, Rosselle also had the entire line blessed by a Bali priest, which is believed to be a symbol of good luck and good karma.
Although her design aesthetic centers around the Far East, Rosselle didn’t forget to include her California roots. “My pieces have a very rock-and-roll vibe with lots of leather, funky stars and shapes, and oxidized silver,” she said. “These influences definitely grew out of LA-based trends—I’ll always be a California girl at heart.”
To further show her passion for the Indonesian island, proceeds from Rosselle’s sales will benefit the Yakeba Foundation, an organization that supports those affected by AIDS/HIV, alcohol, and drugs. 500 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310-394-8186; (collection retails from $200-$300)
Red Reigns as Vera Wang Collection Comes to LA
Red hues rule the designer's bridal line, which is set for display at her WeHo shop this week.
April 24, 2012
Red, long thought of as the color of love but not a big color for bridal dresses in the US, was the inspiration behind Vera Wang’s Spring 2013 Bridal Collection. Wang debuted her lovely "Mei Meng" (Chinese for “beautiful dreams”) line last week in New York and is now bringing the entire collection to the West coast. From Thursday through Saturday, gowns in varying shades of cherry, scarlet, crimson, and burgundy will be on display at the Vera Wang Bridal House in West Hollywood. If you’re still set on staying traditional, the dresses can be ordered in whites or ivories. For appointments, call 323-602-0174. 8445 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Tradition Lives on with Pop-Up at Brasserie Pascal
Chef Pascal Olhats pays homage to his legendary Tradition bistro with a pop-up in its name.
April 24, 2012
Chef Pascal Olhats is keeping Tradition—his legendary French bistro, that is—alive with a new pop-up restaurant in its honor at Brasserie Pascal. After 24 years, Olhats closed Tradition in February, but is bringing its spirit back at Brasserie’s bar lounge with "The Tradition Room," starting today. A prix-fixe menu of two to four courses (priced at $45, $55, and $65, respectively; five-course price, TBD) features Traditional-inspired eats including chilled champagne poached oysters, thyme-crusted sea bass, and Dijon-crusted rack of lamb. Wine pairings are available for an additional $10 per course price, and guests will drink and dine amongst fine art renderings of Olhats himself.
Closed off from the rest of the restaurant, the exclusive area will seat just 25 and doesn’t accept parties larger than six. Open Tuesday-Thursday from 5pm-closing, the space may also be rented out for private parties. For inquires and reservations, call 949-640-2700. Brasserie Pascal at Fashion Island, 327 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach
Vintage Remix Illustrates Mix & Match Décor
LA designer's 224-page home tome offers unique decorating tips for every style.
April 23, 2012
Vintage Remix ($35) by Kishani Perera is a picture-rich, gorgeously executed guide for mixing vintage and modern pieces in the home. Perera, a prominent LA-based interior designer who runs her own design firm, Kishani Perera Inc., and home store, Rummage on Beverly Blvd., offers tips on melding various styles (vintage and modern, retail and custom) to create a home environment reflective of each individual. The artful tome features 200 pages of inspirational photographs, and showcases the eclectic and sophisticated design style that has helped Perera garner celebrity clients like Gary Oldman and Molly Sims. Available on Rummagehome.com and in store. 7374 Beverly Blvd., LA, 323-935-5483
Sud De Sur Bags Inspired by California Landscape
Line from fashion vet and photographer delivers designs we can’t wait to wear.
April 23, 2012
New accessories line, Sud De Sur, by fashion vet Barrett Prendergast and photographer André Vippolis, pays homage to California’s beautiful landscape. As the name implies, the brand was inspired by a road trip the engaged couple took to Big Sur. Created to fit a modern bohemian lifestyle, the line includes mini crossbody bags made from soft Italian leather, and sleek clutches in a nature-infused color palette of cognac, light gray, and mustard. A sun and sand collection of hand-dyed fabric clutches in desert and marine tones round out the offerings. Crafted by local LA artisans and sourced from the highest-quality materials in the most eco-friendly way possible, Sud De Sur is the epitome of California cool. Available online at suddesur.com.