The Fairest Of The Seasons
HAPPY MARCH, EVERYONE! Can I get a “Wha?” I mean, seriously. These are unprecedented times. I never know what to expect when I turn on my computer in the morning…. Who’s fighting whom? Exactly how deep in the hole is our economy? What is Amy Winehouse doing and why do I care? Sometimes I look at my dogs and get jealous of their sweet, simple lives…. The most stressful part of their day is containing themselves as I pour out their food. When they eat my checkbook or pee on my bed, the rage I express only registers for a couple of minutes max, and they’re back to tackling each other and wagging their big, ridiculous tongues. It must be nice.
But hey, who am I kidding? I love complication. Quandaries come with the territory when you’re a human… highs and lows, memories and expectations, ebbs and flows. The key to a happier life, I’m coming to suspect, is paying close attention to the small details without getting caught up in them, learning not to blow things out of proportion, and keeping the crap from getting in the way of your dreams. And, of course: people. Keep the good ones close and tell the jokers to roll on.
To move your dreams to the forefront of your noggin, take inspiration from the big dreamers who grace this special issue of Los Angeles Confidential. First things first, hello Miss Beyoncé! Hats off to that beautiful woman, who can sing rings around the competition, master really difficult choreography, star in big-screen thrillers, and still manage to keep her family close and her private life functioning. From there we go to the terrifically talented Tim Roth, marketing maven Lynda Resnick, fantasy football expert Matthew Berry, and tailor to the stars Domenico Vacca—all of whom set their sights on an exceptional life and didn’t stop until they got it. Beauties Eliza Coupe, Lucy Kate Hale, Sarah Chalke, and Krysten Ritter quicken our pulse and keep us utterly entertained all the while. Leading man Bradley Cooper dresses and undresses for us. Jesse McCartney sings us a few love songs. And The Blvd’s top chef, Brian Moyers, rustles us up some sensational grub.
This is a dream issue, for a dream city. Keep your heads up, your optimism alive, and your goals in sight. And when things get a little too hectic, take inspiration from your dogs… just eat, sleep, and enjoy the experience of being alive.
Take care, LA! It’s been a blast.
ANDREW CREIGHTON STONE
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.