Coolhaus Sets Up Shop at Shutters on the Beach
Beachside hotel and local ice cream shop team up.
June 26, 2012
With June gloom on its way out, temperatures have spiked by the beach, making it the perfect time for a refreshing frozen treat. Shutters on the Beach, the quintessential oceanfront retreat, has teamed up with LA-based ice creamery Coolhaus to set up shop right alongside the sand.
All summer long from Friday–Sunday (12-6 PM), the gourmet cart will offer Coolhaus’ signature ice cream flavors and classic ice cream sandwiches. Known for its inventive combinations, expect organic treats like brown butter and candied bacon ice cream, and vegan ginger molasses ice cream sandwiches. 1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-458-0030
Sneak Peek: David Lynch for Dom Perignon
The acclaimed filmmaker fêtes his soon-to-be-released bottle designs with star-studded party.
June 26, 2012
Limited-edition Dom Pérignon bottles designed by filmmaker David Lynch debuted last week with a celebration fit for a summer blockbuster. Over 1,000 guests including Thomas Jane, Jessica Szohr, Werner Herzog, Kelly Osborne, Liz Goldwyn, and Fran Drescher came to view Lynch’s re-creation of the Dom Pérignon 2003 and Dom Pérignon Rose 2000 bottles, transformations first seen in its December 2011 advertising campaign.
As with his films, the Mulholland Drive director immersed himself in the creative process, spending hours in a California studio-turned-darkroom to create silhouettes that depict his signature dark, mysterious, and sensual style. Marbled with touches of granite and glittering flecks of mica, the bottles’ metallic shield comes in two different patinas—bronze for Dom Pérignon and purple for Dom Pérignon rose.
The party’s Milk Studios location also hinted to Lynch’s dark side. Transformed into a labyrinth lair, the warehouse space provided the ideal backdrop to house the 10-foot-tall paintings of the Lynch-designed bottles, laser light display, misty, fog-filled air, and a stage where rock band, The Kills, performed a live show. Packed in two gift boxes, Dom Perignon by David Lynch will be available at fine wine shops in October.
Call to Cause: Actress Maria Bello for We Advance
The actress and activist hosted an intimate gathering to benefit We Advance.
June 25, 2012
Furthering her tireless support of the women of Haiti, actress Maria Bello (Prime Suspect) hosted an intimate fundraiser, raising over $70,000 for her charity We Advance. Founded as a women’s movement to better the lives of impoverished Haitian women, We Advance is a passion project of co-founder Bello, who continues to make frequent trips to the devastated region.
Over 150 supporters including Brooke Burns, Camille Grammar, Kyle Richards, Mauricio Umanksy, and We Advance co-founders Barbara Guillaume and Aleda Frishman, gathered at a sprawling Malibu estate for the recent event. While taking in gorgeous ocean views, guests traded stories and listened to special guest speaker, Danny Moder, who shared his experience and personal photos from his recent trip to Haiti.
A dedicated and vocal advocate of the cause, Bello has helped create programs and clinics designed to improve the health, safety, and overall wellbeing of the women of Haiti. Through We Advance, Bello hopes to eventually leave these flourishing programs in the hands of Haitian women.
New Beauty Spot: Luna D’Oro
Beverly Hills ups the ante for hand and nail care, with other services to boot.
June 25, 2012
Luna D’oro Beauty House offers a fresh spin on traditional full-service salons. More akin to a chic living room, the new Beverly Hills spot’s décor features comfy chairs and sofas, sparkling crystal chandelier, cool artwork, shelves of vintage books, plush oriental rugs, and a wet bar.
Specializing in hand and nail care, Luna D’oro is the first LA-area location to carry products from world-renowned Australian manicurist Christina Fitzgerald. Using Fitzgerald’s indulgent exfoliating and anti-aging botanical skin creams, Luna D’oro’s technicians provide a variety of waterless nail treatments designed to leave hands and feet healthy and silky smooth. Simlarly, Fitzgerald’s polishes provide a beautiful finish to manicures and pedicures with a color palette of both delicate and vibrant hues.
Set up as a hybrid makeshift service space/relaxing lounge, the salon also offers makeup application and blowouts from two oversized chairs, plus personal iPads, sweet treats, tea service, and Champagne cocktails. A complete list of waxing options is also available from a private room. 9669 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-717-0971
Photography by Nadia Pandolfo
Celsius X VI II Releases Another Luxe Cell Phone
Company prepares for the debut of their second mobile device, designed to last a lifetime.
June 24, 2012
French company Celsius X VI II, which specializes in luxury mobile devices that combine 21st-century technology with centuries-old Swiss timekeeping, has recently released a limited-edition phone for $312,000.
Designed to last a lifetime, the company’s first model, LeDIX Origine, is already on the verge of selling out. Luckily, their latest creation, the LeDIX Furtif, will be available at the end of June for those looking to give their mobile device a luxury upgrade.
The first mobile phone with a carbon fiber structure, the highlight of the LeDIX Furtif is still the tourbillon timepiece. Using 330 of the phone’s 700 mechanical parts, the LeDIX Furtif features the world’s most off-centered flying tourbillon. Framed with six golden wings and protected by shock absorbers, the tourbillon engine is showcased through a sapphire crystal breastplate.
Celsius X VI II has eliminated any magnetic effects on the LeDIX Furtif for the highest possible accuracy. They have also developed the Remontage Papillon, a patented system engulfed in the hinge of the phone. The Remontage Papillon supplies the watch movement with an added three hours of power reserve each time the phone is opened.
Co-founder and co-CEO of Celsius X VI II, Edouard Maylan, cites the company’s goal as designing a technically superior phone with eternal value. Formed in 2006, the company started “with the dream of creating a completely micro-mechanical mobile phone, where every function of the mobile would operate mechanically through the sole human energy.” Maylan describes each device as “a piece of art taking six months [and] 35 craftsmen, watchmakers, and engineers to produce.”
The Furtif comes in three eight-piece limited editions, offered in a choice of pink gold, platinum, or black inserts. With the Furtif retailing for $315,000, Celsius is on their way to redefining the luxury phone market.
Ultimate Accessory: Katy Rodriguez Ring
Handmade piece by LA jewelry designer makes a stunning statement.
June 22, 2012
With exquisitely designed 14-karat gold detailing, and a dazzling 13.68-karat peridot gemstone, the Katy Rodriguez by Crystalarium peridot ring ($1,800) is a must-buy bauble. Although the classic cut renders it very versatile, the luminous light green center seems especially appropriate for the summer season.
LA-based Rodriguez is renowned for her talent with precious gems—this ring is part of a one-of-a-kind collection with Crystalarium. Sold exclusively at retro shopping spot Resurrection, the pieces range from $1,200-$3,800. 8006 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-651-5516
Mr. C Hotel Launches Yacht Club Brunch Bash
Join the outdoor party every Sunday at the boutique hotel.
June 22, 2012
Mr. C Hotel starts the party early on June 24 (11:30 AM-7 PM) with a new poolside brunch bash to commemorate its first anniversary. Entitled Mr. C’s Yacht Club, the cocktail brunch series will take place every Sunday of summer on the hotel’s 4,500-square-foot teak pool deck.
Owned by the famed Cipriani family, Mr. C teamed up with nightlife aficionado Darren Dzienciol to present a chic party environment featuring private cabanas, day beds, a poolside bar, and an interactive PhotoBoxi photo booth. Adding to the nautical experience is a wait staff clad in exclusively designed polo shirts and shorts from luxury fashion label, Façonnable, and come July, a 27-foot Riva Iseo boat docked outside of Mr. C.
For food, signature Italian Cipriani noshes like pizza, pasta, and off-the-grill items can be washed down with Belvedere vodka cocktails and Bellinis. Cabana reservations can be booked through firstname.lastname@example.org. 1224 Beverwil Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-277-2800
Photograph Courtesy Mr. C
Summer Detox: Paleta Pressed Juices
LA-based chef develops customizable cleanse program with tasty juices.
June 21, 2012
Jumpstart your summer slim-down with Paleta Pressed, a new juice detox system created by chef Kelly Boyer. Designed as part of Boyer’s Paleta farm-to-table meal delivery service, the cold-pressed juices are chock-full of organic, vitamin-rich ingredients, and customized to each individual’s taste. And, unlike many cleanses, Paleta’s concoctions are actually tasty thanks to consultations from a team of Le Cordon Bleu-trained chefs.
Fourteen raw flavors such as coco colada (coconut, pineapple, and lime), kale kooler (kale, pineapple, jicama, lime, serrano, and cilantro), and the ultra-creamy magic milkshake (cashew, almond, coconut, date, vanilla bean, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt) come with specific health benefits to reset and rejuvenate the system. Choose from a variety of detox packages or design your own for one, two, or three day cleanses.
Weekend Recommender: June 22-June 24
Get redesign ideas for your home, see art made from car parts, and more.
June 21, 2012
Dwell on Design offers a well-rounded experience for redecorating your space.
Dwell on Design
Friday, June 22-Sunday, June 24
Learn the latest in modern design concepts at Dwell on Design’s annual three-day interactive expo. Whether building a new home, remodeling your current space, or simply looking to redecorate, the event provides useful ideas, tips, and products. Features include expert lecturers, home tours, and demonstrations. For tickets visit, dod.dwell.com. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa St., Downtown LA, 800-448-7775
Opening Night Exhibitions at Edward Cella Art + Architecture
Starts Saturday, June 23
Car buffs will love the two exhibitions, "Donnie Molls: Disposable Culture" and "Scott McMillin: New Works" debuting today at this Miracle Mile gallery. The LA-based artists each use recycled automobile parts as the building blocks for breathtaking artworks. Both exhibitions run through August 25 at Edward Cella Art + Architecture. 6018 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 323-525-0053
3rd Annual Taste at The Grove
Saturday, June 23; 10 AM-6 PM
LA-based super chef, Susan Feniger (Border Grill, STREET) hosts a special culinary event boasting gourmet bites, cooking demonstrations, and a speaking panel of top LA chefs at The Grove. Feniger will also be on hand to sign copies of her new cookbook Street Food at Barnes & Noble from 6-7 PM. 189 The Grove Dr., LA, 323-900-8080
'Diana: Legacy of a Princess' Comes to the Queen Mary
A rare look into the British monarchy debuts on The Queen Mary.
June 20, 2012
A Catherine Walker silk taffeta gown worn by Diana.
“Diana: Legacy of a Princess” offers a rare look into the lives of Princess Diana and British royal family members who sailed the storied Queen Mary ship, now stationed in Long Beach. More than 2,000 pieces of personal and iconic memorabilia encompass the exhibit aboard the Queen Mary, and the contents captivate as only the royal family can.
Famous clothing worn by Princess Di, including the floral-print silk taffeta gown she donned in 1988 for Australian’s bicentennial celebration and also for a Crocodile Dundee premiere, is featured alongside frocks from her daughter-in-law Kate Middleton. For younger Windsor enthusiasts, Middleton’s notorious see-through runway dress said to have first sparked Prince William's interest, and the blue Issa dress worn for her engagement announcement, are must-sees.
The inventory, which took almost 30 years to compile, also focuses on priceless artifacts and family mementos such as handwritten letters from major royals, a boxed piece of Prince William’s christening cake, and menus from exquisite palace dinners. A newly minted tea room and a gift boutique complete the British cultural experience.
Slated to run indefinitely, the exhibition comes courtesy of non-profit breast cancer awareness organization, Pink Ribbons Crusade, who in partnership with The Queen Mary, acquired many of the showcased items from private collectors. In keeping with the Princess' philanthropic priorities, a portion of ticket sales will go to benefit cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS research through City of Hope. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach 877-342-0738
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.