Sprinkles Ice Cream Opens in Beverly Hills
California-based cupcake company treats its cult-like following to homemade ice cream and cookies.
May 30, 2012
Sprinkles Ice Cream has opened next door to its Beverly Hills Sprinkles cupcake flagship, featuring a mouth-watering flavor list inspired by its signature confections. Decorated in a pristine white with pops of vibrant color, the shop offers homemade scoops of malted milk chocolate, peanut butter cup, cherry vanilla, and red velvet. All flavors are made with slow-churned organic California dairy, and can be ordered in a cone or cup with a variety of delicious toppings. Inventively gooey cookies like peanut butter pretzel chip, and salted oatmeal cornflake round out the sweet options.
The ice cream shop is the latest development from the California-based cupcake boutique. In fact, Sprinkles’ Beverly Hills following is so enamored of the treats that the brand recently installed a 24-hour cupcake ATM machine outside its store. We can only hope that the future holds even more sweet surprises. 9631 S. Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, 310-274-7890
Photographs Courtesy Sprinkles
Sweet Shades: Karen Walker’s Candy Bar Pop-Up
Now making a stop in LA on its worldwide tour, the mini-shop delivers summer/spring and limited-edition shades.
May 30, 2012
For those in need of hot summer eye candy, dig into Karen Walker’s Candy Bar, a traveling pop-up shop carrying the designer’s must-have quirky-cool shades. In LA at TenOverSix boutique until June 22, the sweet station carries Walker’s complete spring/summer collection as well as sugary-inspired styles designed exclusively for the shop.
Named for colorful confections like milky caramel, the limited-edition line of shades ranges from $220-$325. After LA, the pop-up shop continues its tour to New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Shanghai. 8425 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-300-9355
Napa Valley Grille Introduces Kale Cocktail
Toast to your health with a kale-filled Jolly Green Machine cocktail.
May 30, 2012
Get healthy the happy way with Napa Valley Grille’s new Jolly Green Machine cocktail. Introduced for May’s national salad month, the Westwood Village restaurant serves up a mix of kale, lemonade, organic gin, St. Germain, and club soda, alongside a sweet hint of agave. Mix up the antioxidant-rich drink at home or head to Napa Valley Grille. 1100 Glendon Ave., Westwood Village, 310-824-3322
Napa Valley Grille’s Jolly Green Machine
2 parts fresh kale juice (blend fresh baby kale with a little water in a blender)
3 parts fresh lemonade
1 part Farmer’s Organic Gin
½ part St. Germain
2 parts club soda
½ part agave syrup (optional)
Shake vigorously with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain and serve up in a martini glass.
Photographs Courtesy Napa Valley Grille
Fitness Find: Equinox deep EXtreme
Get ready for swimsuit season with innovative total-body exercise.
May 29, 2012
Keep in shape this summer with Equinox’s deep EXtreme classes. This yoga-meets-cardio program will be offered at the upscale club's Southern California locations starting in June. Based on dancer, choreographer, and movement therapist Robert Steinbacher’s bodyArt technique, deep EXtreme is an energy-boosting, strengthening, and calming series developed for the entire body.
An innovative mix of cardio training, flexibility, and toning exercises, mixed with yoga-inspired flowing movements against a rhythmic beat soundtrack, the class is perfect for those who want a challenging yet soothing routine. For a deep EXtreme class schedule in your area, visit equinox.com. 8590 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-289-1900
Photographs Courtesy Equinox
Coach Hosts Children’s Defense Fund Benefit
Stars gather for rooftop party at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Production Headquarters.
May 25, 2012
Hollywood A-listers came together for a fashionable charity event hosted by Coach in support of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) on Wednesday night in Santa Monica. The intimate gathering was held on the rooftop of mega producer J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot company.
Longtime CDF supporters, Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath, along with friends like Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Mindy Kaling, Ellen Pompeo, Josh Duhamel, Maria Bello, Timothy Olyphant, David Katzenberg, and Mena Suvari toasted CDF’s success. The program provides advocacy for underserved children, specifically in the education and healthcare sectors.
In between sipping blackberry cocktails, guests also had the opportunity to shop Coach’s special edition duffle sac handbag, made to fully benefit the charity.
First Out of Office Friday Happy Hour at Asia de Cuba
Celebrate the start of summer weekends today with happy hour at The Mondrian Hotel.
May 25, 2012
Today, The Mondrian Hotel’s continuously trendy restaurant, Asia de Cuba, brings back its popular Out of Office Fridays afternoon happy hour. Debuting on the perfect day to skip out of work early, the restaurant will offer light bites every Friday from 1-4 PM all summer long.
Offerings include a smoked salmon pancake, wild salmon ceviche, tuna pica, and black bean croquettes for just $5. For a truly stress-reducing drink, we suggest enjoying the signature mojjitos and caipirinhas on the breezy patio at the same reduced price. Even The Mondrian’s usually hefty valet tag will be lowered in the carefree spirit of summer. 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-848-6000
Photographs Courtesy Asia de Cuba
California Collaboration: Chandon & Alice + Olivia Team Up
Limited-edition sparkling wine and romper get you set for a chic summer.
May 24, 2012
Alice + Olivia's Stacey Bendet and the Chandon Limited Edition American Summer Bottle.
Chandon and Alice + Olivia invite you to celebrate summer with a new outfit and a bottle of bubbly. The Napa Valley winemakers and LA-dwelling Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet have teamed up to simultaneously launch a sparkling wine and a summer romper.
The two limited-edition pieces make a patriotic pair. Decorated in red, white, and blue stripes, the Chandon American Summer Bottle will be the perfect Fourth of July hostess present or just a refreshing treat by the pool. As a complement, Bendet’s blue-, white-, and yellow-striped romper is the ultimate summer staple for pool or party. Available June 1 to September 1, the Chandon Limited Edition American Summer Bottle ($22) is set to be sold on chandon.com and at select retailers, and The Alice + Olivia for Chandon Limited Edition Romper ($352) will be available for purchase on aliceandolivia.com and in LA at select boutiques. 134 S. Robertson Blvd., 310-247-0120
Photographs Courtesy Chandon
Weekend Recommender: May 25-May 28
Make the most of Memorial Day weekend with patriotic picks at Decades, book and beer pairings, and a yacht party.
May 24, 2012
Decades will be offering a specially curated red, white, and blue selection for Memorial Day.
Decades Memorial Day Specials
Friday, May 25- Monday, May 28; Friday & Saturday, 11 AM-6 PM; Sunday & Monday 12 PM-5 PM
Famed vintage boutique Decades is celebrating Memorial Day with in-store and online exclusive discounts. A curated red, white, and blue selection is also available to help you find the perfect patriotic piece. 8214 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-655-1960
Books and Brews Event at Tony's Dart’s Away
Sunday, May 2; 6 PM-9 PM
Chef Randal St. Clair introduces his premier monthly Books and Brews program today, an event that opens Tony's Dart's Away's kitchen to a local cookbook author and pairs their dishes with California craft beer. Sunday welcomes Randy Clemens, who will be on hand to discuss his The Sriracha Cookbook and whip up vegan and non-vegan dishes from the book, including pulled pork sliders, potato salad, and deviled eggs alongside the aforementioned pairings.1710 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, 818-253-1710
9th Annual Memorial Day Yacht Party Mini-Cruise and BBQ
Monday, May 28, 3PM-8PM; check in begins at 2 PM
What better way to spend Memorial Day than on a yacht? On this mini-cruise, relax in a cabana on the sun deck with bottle service; play ping pong, karaoke, foosball, and more on the game floor; and dance to house DJs. General tickets $45 on mdwparties.com; cabana and table reservations: 310-821-5371. FantaSea Yachts & Yacht Club, 4215 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey
Photograph Courtesy Decades
California Heritage Museum Presents 'Gotta Dance!'
Eighty-five-piece series highlights dance movie posters and the iconic performers they feature.
May 23, 2012
Al Hirschfeld’s caricature of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland for the rare American 40x60 version of Strike Up the Band (1940).
With a culture so deeply rooted in the motion picture industry, it’s only appropriate that the California Heritage Museum pays tribute in its newly opened Gotta Dance! The Art of the Dance Movie Poster. The exhibit comprises a retrospective of the golden age of movie poster design (1930-1950), an era when black-and-white dancing films were brought to life by colorful, eye-catching advertisements.
Taken from poster art collector Mike Kaplan’s personal arsenal, the 85-piece collection features nostalgic standouts like Al Hirschfeld’s caricature of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in the rare American 40x60 version of Strike Up the Band (1940); a formerly Gene Kelly-owned French release original of An American in Paris (1951); and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing for Carefree (1938). Runs through September 23; $5, general admission; $3, seniors & students; children under 12, free. Opening gala Thursday, May 24, 7–9:30 PM. 2612 Main St., Santa Monica, 310-392-8537
All Posters Courtesy of Mike Kaplan
Jennifer Lopez on New Scent & Business Success
America’s multi-talented sweetheart talks her career and love for fragrance at preview for Coty scent.
May 23, 2012
Jennifer Lopez and Catherine Walsh of Coty celebrate 10 years of working together.
In the wake of her current number-one ranking on Forbes’s Celebrity 100 list, Jennifer Lopez is now considered entertainment’s most powerful star. She is also among the busiest. At 42, Lopez—better known as J-Lo—is at the top of her game, having amassed a fortune in earnings and a social media following in the millions. In addition to earning praise for her singing, dancing, and acting prowess, Lopez’s cornucopia career also currently includes judge on American Idol, clothing designer for a Kohl’s line, and a successful 10-year fragrance campaign with Coty.
Although there is buzz about Lopez lightening her workload—namely leaving American Idol—her commitment with Coty is still going strong. Lopez recently held a press preview of her latest fragrance, Glowing by JLo ($39-65) at The Hotel-Bel Air, where she opened up about her busy life.
Of her extreme involvement in creating each perfume, Lopez told moderator and senior vice president of American licenses for Coty Prestige, Catherine Walsh, “I really do love creating, it’s just part of my DNA. This is something I’ve actually really enjoyed over the years because I love fragrance, because smells I feel are such a part of our lives, part of our memories. For me, growing up smelled the way my mom smelled, the way a blanket smelled, the way the house at Christmas smelled. Different things like that bring back so many memories for me. I really enjoy the process of trying to create that.”
But, most importantly, what is the biggest thing Lopez has learned as a businesswoman? “It’s great to know what you want as an artist, to have a vision, and I feel blessed to have those types of instincts,” Lopez said. “I’ve also learned to listen to all the people around me who know so much more than me. To surround yourself with people who are smarter than you and know more than you and will help you to grow is the biggest thing I’ve learned in all of my businesses.”
Photography by Christopher Polk/GettyImages
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.