Earth Day Ultimate: Eco-Friendly Fleabags Tote
Set sail this summer and show your earth appreciation with the original Fleabags tote.
April 13, 2012
With Earth Day arriving soon, snapping up Fleabags’ earth-friendly Original Flea: Sailor Stripe ($440) is the perfect way to pay homage and snag a summer bag while you’re at it. The nautically inspired design is the latest to join the eco-friendly line’s signature collection for spring/summer 2012.
Classic yet distinct, the organic cotton/hemp canvas tote features marine blue striping, midnight water-based silkscreens, and a hand-written edition number on each bag. Vegetable-tanned lamb leather straps also make it comfortable to throw over your shoulder. Designed by owners and self-proclaimed “flea market addicts” Shira Entis and Alex Bell to be multifunctional, the tote works for everything from weekend bag to market shopping.
Planet Dailies & Mixology101 Open with Star-Studded Bash
Planet Hollywood's Robert Earl brings lounge and restaurant to LA's Original Farmers Market.
April 12, 2012
Planet Hollywood founder Robert Earl has brought his latest market restaurant and cocktail lounge concept to LA. Located on the second floor of The Original Farmers Market, the new Planet Dailies restaurant and Mixology101 lounge are separated by a roomy outdoor patio with stunning views overlooking the famed Grove shopping center. Décor is a sleek, minimalist interior with light wood accents, and the restaurant boasts fresh American food with a California twist, from classic appetizers (Caprese sliders, and crab and lobster cakes) to hearty entrees (pizzas like ham and fig, and roasted eggplant and spinach).
While the food alone is reason enough to stop by, it’s Mixology101’s elaborate cocktail menu that really draws attention. Salvatore Calabrese, better known as “The Maestro,” brings his famous creations to LA courtesy of his London-based Playboy Club. Signature drinks like the Breakfast Martini, crafted with Bombay Sapphire, Cointreau, fresh lemon juice, and orange marmalade, and the Spicy Fifty, comprised of Stolichnaya Vanilla vodka, elderflower cordial, fresh lime juice, honey syrup, and chili pepper, will be served up on-site by LA-based bartender Joseph Brooks.
Jennifer Lopez and boyfriend Casper Smart, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Piers Morgan, and Tommy Hilfiger were among the celebrities joining Earl for the grand-opening celebration. While sipping cocktails and sampling signature dishes, guests enjoyed another special treat—a preview of Lopez’s new music video for “Dance Again.” 6333 W. 3rd St., Ste. O20, LA, 323-370-6560
IOMA Body Range Skincare at Saks
“Beauty by Evidence” brand introduces six-product body collection right before summer.
April 11, 2012
IOMA’s new line of beautifying body products comes to Saks Fifth Avenue just in time for swimsuit season. Like its original products for face, IOMA’s six-product Body Range collection ($60-$115) is backed by endless amounts of scientific research used to target and treat specific skin issues. Look for standouts including a trio of ultra-hydrating creams to benefit hands, body, and rough spots like knees and elbows, plus a purifying body scrub that exfoliates using a gentle mix of coconut shell, cranberry seeds, and orange peel. A cellulite-reducing slimming and contour gel is sure to be a summer favorite for women, but the collection is fragrance-free to suit both sexes.
Designed by Dr. Jean Michel Karam as a customizable treatment program that yields measurable results, IOMA famously uses a biometric skin analysis system to visibly track the skin’s progress as it’s being treated. The Paris-based brand made its way to the US in late 2011, launching exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills and Manhattan. IOMA is also set to be available online soon (saksfifthavenue.com, April 30; ioma-paris.com, May). Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-4211
Festival Fashion for Coachella
Get concert-chic with style picks perfect for the California-based music festival.
April 11, 2012
The heavily anticipated Coachella Music and Arts Festival starts this weekend, so it’s time to start planning your outfit. To keep you looking concert-chic in the dry heat and hot sun, here are some key style pieces to stock up on before swaying to the music.
STREET Unveils Revamped Menu
Hollywood hotspot gives menu makeover to include emphasis on vegan and vegetarian options.
April 10, 2012
STREET, Susan Feniger’s globally inspired Hollywood restaurant, recently unveiled a new menu focused on healthy eating. Although the spot will continue to offer favorites like the STREET burger with yuzu kasha mayonnaise and Vermont cheddar, the restaurant added scores of vegan and vegetarian dishes prepared by chef and co-owner Kajsa Alger.
Menu offerings organized into seven categories—Izakaya + Asian Pub Food, Pizza of the Day, Meatballs + Fritters, Veggie Sides, Korean BBQ, Salads, and Classic STREET—reinforce the restaurant’s communal dining theme. And, although the restaurant emphasizes the vegan/vegetarian options like coal-roasted Greek artichoke with wild oregano sauce and a veggie burger with pea shoots, smashed avocado, tomato, and toasted sourdough, there are plates for every palette. Asian-inspired fare like a brown rice sushi roll with umeboshi, apple, and burdock is sure to please, and the chicken + waffle croquettes with spicy maple sauce are perfect for meat lovers. Five different kinds of meatballs and wood-fired pizzas that change daily (vegan options available for both) are also big draws. 742 N. Highland Ave., 323-203-0500
Women’s Guild Luncheon Honors & Inspires
Women’s Guild awards Sarah Brown and raises funds to support women-centric cause.
April 10, 2012
Sarah Brown will receive "Woman of the 21st Century" award at Women's Guild luncheon this year.
On April 12, join a group of extraordinary women for the annual Women’s Guild luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. A respected non-profit in the LA community for over 50 years, the Women's Guild raises funds to provide premium patient care, medical programs, equipment, research, and education at Cedars-Sinai. Since lung cancer is currently the leading cause of cancer deaths for women, this event will donate proceeds to the Women’s Guild Lung Institute at Cedars-Sinai for progressive research and current patient care.
This year, the organization honors Sarah Brown, author and wife of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, as “Woman of the 21st Century.” Brown is being recognized for her dedication to women’s health and global education at the luncheon, which is being moderated by journalist Willow Bay of The Huffington Post. Tickets are $200 with all profits going toward the cause. Call 310-423-3667 to reserve your spot and get more information.
Photography by Brian Aris/Ebury Publishing
Street Art Takes Spotlight at Maximillian Gallery
New exhibit complemented by Maximillian Gallery at the Sunset Marquis’ first pop-up as part of the Downtown LA Art Walk.
April 09, 2012
Zoot Cat by DD$. Acrylic and oil on canvas.
Maximillian Gallery at Sunset Marquis has opened New Urban Voices, an exhibition exploring the raw, emerging urban art talent that’s at the center of the street art movement. The collection features everything from works by the first French street artist who influenced Banksy to innovative new LA artists like DD$ (artwork featured above). Showing by appointment only (1-8 PM). 1200 Alta Loma Rd., West Hollywood, 310-881-6025
To complement New Urban Voices, Maximillian Gallery will introduce their first pop-up exhibition as part of the Downtown LA Art Walk on Thursday, April 12 (6-10 PM) The one-day-only event will mark the first foray of LA-based street artist, Free Humanity, into solo shows. Grab a self-guided map and see all the exhibits of your choosing. Art Walk Lounge, 634 S. Spring St., 213-617-4929
Photo Courtesy of Maximillian Gallery
MALIN + GOETZ Opens LA Outpost
New York-native beauty brand opens shop in Hancock Park.
April 09, 2012
Less-is-more beauty brand MALIN + GOETZ makes its mark on the West Coast with a recently opened shop in the Hancock Park neighborhood. Until last month, the luxury line had only been available at two apothecary-style shops in New York City or select high-end stores nationwide.
Like its natural, fuss-free products for hair, body, and face, the company’s LA store is cleanly designed with the complete product line displayed in neat rows of built-in wall space. Get to the shop this week and stock up on best-selling staples like the grapefruit face cleanser, peppermint shampoo, vitamin B5 body moisturizer, and dark rum candle to spring clean your beauty routine. 238 N. Larchmont Blvd., 323-391-1884
MAC Collection Inspired By Movies
New MAC Cosmetics Reel Sexy line takes cues from film.
April 06, 2012
MAC Cosmetics premiered its Reel Sexy line of movie-inspired makeup yesterday. The collection includes eyeshadow duos, lipsticks, cremesheen glass, eye kohls, blushes, and nail lacquer, in statement-making neons and saturated shades perfect for a flashier weekend night out. Like any hot Hollywood film, Reel Sexy also has its own trailer. Shot by fashion photographer Miles Aldridge, it features iconic model Kristen McMenamy decked out in the collection’s oranges, purples, and pinks. The line is limited edition and has already received rave reviews, so snap it up now. 55 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626-535-0154
Best Spots for Easter Brunch
Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, tuck into an exquisite Easter brunch this Sunday.
April 06, 2012
Commuter sandwiches take center stage at M Street Kitchen.
10 AM-3 PM (alcohol served after 11)
Specialty waffles are the main event at Comme Ca with three topping choices—fresh berries, Chantilly cream and berry jus, or bacon lardon and spicy maple syrup—on offer. Other Easter draws include a lamb steak and a veal shortrib hash. Regular brunch favorites like the crème brulee French toast and a Gruyere and shallot quiche will still be available. 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323-782-1104
Café Del Rey
Enjoy a beautiful seaside setting with an Easter meal by the marina. Café Del Rey’s three-course prix-fixe menu offers fare such as poached salmon salad, marinated lamb kebobs, brioche French toast, and eggs Florentine. Drink choices of sparkling wine, mimosas (bottomless), or sparkling cider are included as well. $38/adult, $20/child. 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310-823-6395
M Street Kitchen
Brunch meets bakery at this casual neighborhood eatery. A variety of M Street Kitchen's morning staples such as commuter sandwiches, breakfast tacos, and homemade English muffins are offered alongside baked goods like homemade muffins, market berry French toast, and lemon skinny pancakes. Everything is a la carte and children will leave with a basket full of sweet treats. 2000 Main St., Santa Monica, 310-396-9145
Whist Restaurant at Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica
Executive Chef Tony DiSalvo and Chef De Cuisine Chris Crary (a la this season’s Top Chef) serve up a lavish brunch fit for the entire family at Whist. Buffet-style options include fresh shellfish, farmer’s market salads, and a carving station with traditional Easter ham and prime rib, plus a pancake and French toast station. For the little ones, a mini buffet with classics like chicken fingers and mac n cheese is sure to please. Kids can hunt for Easter eggs placed around the resto, while parents kick up their heels with $10 bottomless Grey Goose Bloody Marys and mimosas. $55/adult, $25/child. 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310-260-7511
Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
The notoriously celeb-packed hotel offers a decadent brunch buffet full of different cuisines at Four Seasons Los Angeles. Choose from omelets made to order, lobster eggs Benedict, roasted prime rib with Yorkshire pudding, house-made sushi, farmer’s market salads, and Mexican-style ceviche. Sweet tooths are sure to enjoy a "Candy Factory" featuring a donut machine, chocolate eggs, cotton candy, and a chocolate fountain with fruits for dipping. Children’s buffet also available. $95/adult, $47/child 5-12, free for children under 4. 300 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-860-4000