Real Estate Spotlight
A stunning Pacific Palisades estate is the ultimate California dream home.
August 25, 2011
Address: 14209 W. Evans Road
City: Pacific Palisades (90272)
Price: $23.5 million
This equestrian compound adjacent to Will Rogers State Historic Park sits on approximately 2.5 mostly level acres. The fully remodeled, seven-bedroom estate has a grand master suite, gracious entertainment rooms and a guest house. Other amenities include a championship tennis court, pool and spa, duck pond, multiple animal corrals, a natural year-round stream and a huge lawn perfect for horse jumps or soccer. Completely private and secluded, this home represents the ultimate California lifestyle.
Agent: Rick Hilton and Rodrigo Iglesias (310-699-3435)
OC so Chic!
In-the-know style mavens head to Orange County for top-notch shopping and elusive designer finds.
August 24, 2011
|South Coast Plaza|
Orange County may have a questionable style reputation thanks to its scantily clad and oft-bedazzled “housewives,” but when you know where to go, LA’s southern neighbor offers extraordinary shopping experiences. Boosted by the shopping juggernauts South Coast Plaza, which houses pristine boutiques for luxe labels including Balenciaga and Chanel, and Fashion Island, where Jonathan Adler and Juicy Couture have outposts, OC is the perfect destination for the fashionista in search of a fresh designer hunting ground.
To begin the ultimate haute day, start at SCP’s Jewel Court, where Fendi, MaxMara, Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren intersect. Directly upstairs are Prada, Cartier, Harry Winston and a recently reopened Tod’s, featuring a fresh interior look for the label designed by Derek Lam. If you’re the type of person who likes to stand out from the crowd, this Tod’s boutique is the only one to carry a special-edition D-Styling Bauletto bag in eye-popping canary yellow. Other dazzling top designers lurk at every turn: Miu Miu’s jewel box of a shop offers one-of-a-kind frocks; Dior flaunts a new redesign and Parisian-chic cutaway gowns, and exotic skins and Swarovskis abound at the crimson- carpeted Christian Louboutin, located in the shopping center’s penthouse wing. Additionally, Longchamp—the brand for which Kate Moss has a line—opened its first SoCal store this summer.
For expert help scouring the center’s designer duds, make a night of it with an ocean-view room at Huntington Beach’s Shorebreak Hotel and its “Styled Like A Star” package. After a consultation with celebrity stylist Robin Saperstein, hop in a Town Car and head to SCP for a full day of ultrapersonalized shopping at some of her favorite stores (Intermix, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tory Burch), along with lunch and cocktails in SCP’s elite VIP Access Suite.
Farther south, Fashion Island in Newport Beach typifies SoCal style with its open-air array of luxury shops (American Rag Cie, Michael Nusskern, Lola Rouge) that curate chic, rare designers including Isabel Marant, Barbara Bui and Comme des Garçons, along with dedicated single-label stores such as Dita Legends, Betsey Johnson and the only Elie Tahari locale on the West Coast. The recently opened Jack Spade and Quiksilver Waterman Collection outposts offer great diversions for men.
But a shopping spree in OC is never complete without stops at a few extra-special boutiques, starting with the preeminent Newport Beach shopping mecca, A’maree’s. Owned by a trio of well-connected sisters with impeccable taste, the pristine shop—reopened last fall in a light-filled, gallerylike waterfront building—boasts hard-to-find labels and sumptuous collections by Azzedine Alaïa, Pierre Hardy, Junya Watanabe, Lanvin, Golden Goose and The Row. The store also attracts designers such as Donna Karan and George Esquivel for intimate in-store soirees.
Travel down the coast to Westerly (949- 313-7111), a lively Corona del Mar shop with a selection of on-trend picks including vintage-print tunics by Novella Royale, silk pants by Alexander Wang and Mikoh Swimwear bikinis. And in Laguna Beach, don’t miss the oceanside 11th Moon, a luxe and insider-y momand- daughter boutique full of rare Australia- and New Zealand-based designers, as well as Rachel Comey, VPL and Organic by John Patrick. Add in leather jackets by Italian brand Nero Ebano (this is the only place they are available in the US), handwoven scarves from around the world and one-of-a-kind statement necklaces, and any style savant is guaranteed to return home with an utterly unique fashion stash.
There’s no doubt Orange County has found its own sophisticated sense of style, and with just a short drive, it can revolutionize yours as well.
Real Estate Spotlight
Take a look at a gorgeous property on Mulholland Drive that can't be missed.
August 15, 2011
Address: 7691 Mulholland Drive
City: Los Angeles
Price: $6.75 million
Contact: Josh Altman (Hilton & Hyland Real Estate, 323-610-0231) or Matt Altman (Hilton & Hyland Real Estate, 323-791-9398)
Lauren Bush and Judith Leiber collaborate for charity.
July 15, 2011
Lauren Bush’s FEED Projects are growing exponentially thanks to her collaboration with Judith Leiber. The result of the partnership is a stunning metallic- coated linen clutch with a beaded panel ($495), with funds from each bag sold going to feed 1,000 hungry people. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa; judithleiber.com
The Colors of Summer
Tote along Longchamp's stylish caryalls.
July 01, 2011
Longchamp’s Tie & Dye totes in electric brights are all you need for a vivid pop of color in the sand or on the street this summer. Find these and other classic carryalls at the French label’s brand-new South Coast Plaza boutique. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa
Copper Willow stationery has a sense of humor and an eco-friendly approach.
May 06, 2011
Culver City-based Copper Willow paper studio is an eco-luxury stationery company run by two moms who use soy-based inks and recycled or treefree paper. Choose a silhouette from a personal photo, a monogram or say exactly what you’re thinking with note cards inscribed with “OMG” or “WTF.” 8530B Washington Blvd., Culver City
Jimmy Choo: Travel in Style
The Choo 24:7 Bags pack just right.
April 22, 2011
Thanks to Jimmy Choo’s new collection, Choo 24:7 Bags, packing for a trip has never felt so fabulous. Our travel must? The Terence Trolley in white stamped mock croc ($3,595). 240 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills
Throw In the (Fresco) Towel
Wrap yourself in a perfect towel by Fresco.
April 08, 2011
You won’t mind getting out of a hot shower when a bath towel by Fresco Towels ($69 each) is waiting. Made from 100 percent longstaple Turkish cotton, each one has a design that will turn your bathroom into a gallery. 9403 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills
PHOTOGRAPH BY SHAYNA LIU
Furniture Piece: The Katherine
A stunning vanity charms us.
April 01, 2011
Presented in a whitewashed walnut and ash with polished stainless steel, she is known to her friends in The Collection as The Katherine ($6,900). Within her exquisite lines and stately manner, she has a jewelry box filled with priceless heirlooms and rare baubles—as soon as you buy this piece and put those items in there, of course. The Katherine is enchantingly modern but with a vibe that says Grace Kelly would have stored a tiara in here. 8454 Melrose Pl., LA; meierferrer.com
The Rug Company features a stunning collection by the late Alexander McQueen.
March 18, 2011
In the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen’s collection for The Rug Company, abstract hawk feathers pattern a Turkish-knot cashmere carpet; a flat-weave silk-and-cashmere rug is aflutter with iridescent hummingbirds (pictured); and his signature skull print gets the needlepoint treatment on contrasting tapestry cushions. 8202 Melrose Ave., LA; therugcompany.info
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.