Fred Segal Salon Reveals New Blow Dry Lounge
Salon now offers blowouts by its experienced stylists.
June 20, 2012
Santa Monica’s Fred Segal Salon has expanded to include a Blow Dry Lounge. Partnering with PHYTO to use the haircare line’s eco-conscious, botanical products exclusively, five styling and two updo options as well as reparative hair and scalp treatments are on offer.
The four-station zen-like space is a more relaxing counterpart to the always-bustling main salon area. To bring a touch of elegance, Fred Segal Salon owner Matthew Preece also added a gorgeous chandelier and well-placed pops of color to complement the cream décor. 420 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA; 310-907-4022
The Ultimate Bag: Max Mara's 'Hollywood'
Scoop up this versatile bag, coming to Max Mara stores soon.
June 19, 2012
Max Mara’s new “Hollywood Bag” is on its way to becoming a celebrity in its own right. Hitting select stores soon, the handbag ($2,390) is already catching buzz for its practical design, luxe calf-skin detailing, and presence on the arm of It-girl Chloe Grace Moretz.
Twenty percent of the chic carryall’s sales will benefit longtime Max Mara-supported non-profit organization, Women In Film, which works to preserve the legacy of females in entertainment. Moretz, the 2012 recipient of Women In Film’s prestigious Max Mara Face of the Future award (a title previously bestowed upon Katie Holmes, Emily Blunt, and Ginnifer Goodwin), has been spotted carrying the nude version of the bag, which also comes in black. 451 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-385-9343
For more Max Mara, see our story on director of retail for Max Mara USA, Maria Giulia Maramotti>
Papilles Pairs Rare Wines with Fresh, Natural Fare
The French bistro offers market-fresh food alongside hard-to-find Italian wines.
June 19, 2012
Centered around the hard-to-find wines of Belgian-bred Frank Cornelissen, Papilles’ wine dinner on June 27 will be accompanied by a four-course prix-fixe of natural dishes prepared by chef Tim Carey. Cornelissen, who creates his biodynamic vintages from a tiny winery in Mt. Etna—one of Italy’s finest areas for wine—is presenting the wines via California importer, Amy Atwood. Cornelissen’s 2011 Susucaru Rosato, Contadino Rosso No. 8, Munjebel Bianco No. 7, and an undisclosed dessert wine are set to pair with foie gras and peaches; smoked Tasmanian sea trout; crispy pork belly and Manilla clams; and kirsch ice cream topped with cherry crumble, respectively.
Known for its French-inspired bistronomy style of dining, the resto will host this special night as the second installment in its dinner series honoring natural wines. If you’re booked on June 27, visit Papilles another time to sample its authentic, ever-changing menu. The atmosphere may be low-key and the décor delightfully quirky, but the fabulous French fare and wine will impress even the most refined palettes. $69 per person, reservations highly recommended. 6221 Franklin Ave., LA, 323-871-2026
Revisit the Classics at Arcana: Books on the Arts
Legendary rare bookstore begins a new chapter in Culver City’s Helms Bakery District.
June 18, 2012
After over 20 years as a fixture on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, iconic bookstore Arcana relocates to the historic Helms Bakery District in Culver City. What started as a mom-and-pop shop founded by husband and wife Lee and Whitney Kaplan, is now an expansive sanctuary for more than 100,000 rare and out-of-print publications.
Reminiscent of an art gallery, the store displays tomes related to art, architecture, design, and photography with care. The modern, industrial-style space comes courtesy of LA-based Johnston Marklee architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, and includes an open, sunny space with rows of wood and metal bookshelves. 8675 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310-458-1499
Photograph courtesy of Johnston Marklee
New Boutique: Ruti Opens in Santa Monica
Store stocked with rare Israeli labels is a must-shop.
June 18, 2012
Boutique owner/stylist Ruti Zisser brings the luxury shopping of Tel Aviv to a new store on Santa Monica’s upscale Montana Ave. With established locations in San Francisco and Palo Alto, Ruti has been providing coastal Californians with chic, hard-to-find Israeli designers since 2010.
Acquired from Zisser’s frequent travels to Tel Aviv, the latest flagship offers a well-edited selection of statement-piece accessories, soft leather handbags, and modern-cut clothing. 1406 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 424-272-9232
2013 BMW 7 Series Coming Soon to Showrooms
Newly spruced up 2013 BMW 7 Series adds more performance, luxury, efficiency, and safety.
June 15, 2012
The newly spruced up 2013 BMW 7 Series adds a touch more performance, luxury, efficiency, and safety to its already significant packaging.
Technically speaking, the V8 engine for the 2013 model has been given a boost—receiving a 45 horsepower jump and a torque increase of 30. Specifically, the 740i and 750i will feature BMW’s eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, xDrive all-wheel drive, Auto Start Stop, and a freshly enhanced powertrain. The ActiveHybrid has adopted the 6 cylinder to replace the previous V8.
The subtly revised exterior boasts new technologies, including LED headlights (LED fog lights are included on models without the M Sport Package) and a sleeker 9-slat kidney grille—opposed to the BMW classic 12-slat. But the internal changes are more of note, with the upgraded interface and redesigned iDrive (dubbed “iDrive 4.X”), which promises a crisper display, faster start-up, and a more functional navigation with the ability to learn your driving route. And for a little something extra, the Bang & Olufsen high-end Surround Sound system is also an available option.
Expect the new BMW 7 series: 740i, 740Li, 740Li xDrive, 750i, 750i xDrive, 750Li, 750Li xDrive, and the 760Li in showrooms late this summer with pricing starting at $74,195.
Sweet Treats for Father's Day
Indulge dad’s sweet tooth with a tasty treat from top LA spots.
June 15, 2012
Take dad out for a traditional sundae at Sweet Rose Creamery.
Cheers to dad in a sweet way with a pint of gourmet alcohol-infused ice cream from LA Creamery. The latest flavor from the LA-based artisan ice cream-makers is father-friendly—Tennessee Whiskey is spiked with Jack Daniel’s, resulting in a deliciously salty and smooth treat. Available at lacreamery.com and gourmet shop Joan’s on Third. 8350 W. 3rd St., LA, 323-655-2285
Sweet Rose Creamery
For a traditional sundae or good old-fashioned float, stop by this Brentwood Country Mart creamery. Featuring ice cream made from scratch with organic milk and homemade sauces and cones, any sweet tooth is sure to be satisfied. Sample Sweet Rose’s fresh June flavors like peaches and cream, roasted apricot buttermilk sherbet, or candied orange peel with vanilla wafer. 225 26th St., Ste. 51, Santa Monica, 310-260-2663
Signature vanilla and chocolate buttercream cupcakes get adorned with edible sport, tie, or tool toppers in honor of dad. If cupcakes aren’t his thing, Dad’s Toolbox features a homemade brownie and blondie. 8389 W. 3rd St., LA, 323-951-0636
Ultimate Menswear: Prada Kiltie Golf Shoe
Gift dad these punchy Prada golf shoes for Father’s Day, or purchase them for yourself.
June 15, 2012
If you’re shopping for an anniversary, birthday, or last-minute Father’s Day present, Prada’s kiltie golf shoe ($890) is our pick. With their splashy 1950s-inspired style, dad will bring on-trend color-blocking to the links. Other attention-grabbing features such as sleek leather, a fringed yellow tongue, and wingtip-perforated detailing round out these chic kicks.
The shoe is available at Prada Beverly Hills and part of Prada’s spring/summer collection, which dips greatly into golf-themed accessories. 343 N. Rodeo Dr., 310-278-8661
Weekend Recommender: June 15-17
Attend a legendary celebration, get groomed for summer, and take dad out to brunch.
June 14, 2012
This weekend, celebrate 100 years of the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Beverly Hills Hotel Turns 100
Friday, June 15–Sunday, June 17
The legendary Beverly Hills Hotel opens its pink doors for a weekend’s worth of exclusive, celebrity-packed celebrations in honor of its 100th anniversary. Events will include: an evening of poolside jazz and comedy with Bill Cosby, a Brett Ratner-hosted dinner party, a live Mary J. Blige performance, and a finale farewell brunch in the Polo Lounge hosted by Warren Beatty and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Full weekend packages and a la carte tickets are now available at beverlyhillshotel.com. All event proceeds will benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund. 9641 W. Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-276-2251
Jack Spade and Rudy’s Barbershop Partner Up for Summer Sale
Saturday, June 16, 12-5 PM
Jack Spade is making it easier for guys to get groomed for summer. The Abbot Kinney men’s store teams up with Rudy’s Barbershop for a one-stop-shop event offering free haircuts, exclusive discounts, and refreshments. Snack on pistachios and ginger beer while browsing Jack Spade’s cool collection of apparel, tech accessories, messenger bags, and sunglasses. All summer goods will be 20% off—perfect for last-minute Father Day gifts. 1132 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-396-3781
Father’s Day Brunch at Scarpetta
Sunday, June 17, 11 AM-3 PM
Treat dad to one of the most sought-after brunch spots in the city on his big day. Scarpetta at The Montage Beverly Hills is hosting a special Father’s Day Italian feast, complete with hearty dishes like prosciutto-topped eggs Benedict with truffle fonduta and a carving station full of ribs, lamb loin, and prime rib. Bottomless bloody Marys, mimosas, and bellinis also make a great way to cheers to the occasion. Price set at $88/adults, $35/children. 225 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-860-7970
Photograph courtesy of The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows - The First 100 Years by Robert S. Anderson, available at thebeverlyhillscollection.com
Thompson Hotel’s Rooftop Offers Summer Menu
All-new food and drink menu comes to Thompson Hotel Beverly Hills' rooftop.
June 14, 2012
As a celebration of summer, the Thompson Hotel’s rooftop is offering up brand-new food and drink options. Available day and night, highlights include seasonal seafood, refreshing salads, wild salmon ceviche, crispy tuna tacos, and freshly squeezed cocktails.
For drinks, the pineapple mojitos, watermelon margaritas, and spiked tequila sorbets earn our approval. But whatever your order, we suggest enjoying it poolside or at the outdoor bar while taking in the rooftop’s renowned views of downtown Beverly Hills.
Continue the party at home and try this recipe for the watermelon margarita, easily altered to serve large parties. 9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-273-1400
2 ounces silver tequila
¾ ounces agave simple syrup
¾ ounces fresh lime juice
1 ounce watermelon juice
Add all ingredients to beer glass. Fill with ice and shake. Garnish with lime wedge.
Photographs Courtesy Thompson Hotel Beverly Hills
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.