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Chanel Meets Mr. Pitt

17 Oct

Have you seen the new Chanel N. 5 campaign?

I dig it. Hard not to.

Check it out: Chanel N.5

 

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Dad’s Day in L.A.

11 Jun

Hey y’all, Father’s Day is this weekend.

In case you’ve got the plans but not the gift, here are a few outside-the-tie-box ideas.

If you wanna encourage dad to get his workout on, Equinox is opening a brand spanking new 27,000 square foot location right in the heart of The Valley—at Ventura & Balboa. The club isn’t scheduled to officially open ‘til late summer/fall but you can take advantage of some great (or at least better) rates now.

The gym will boast all the usual accoutrements of their other clubs—full spa, cardio machines, free weights galore, yoga, cycling, Pilates, juice bar (woop woop!)—and then some!

Or, opt to indulge dad in a massage or facial at their Spa. Check out the Men’s Facial or the Rejuvenating Watermelon Facial – their newest signature facial to even skin tone, reduce inflammation, and revive the complexion.

Get info for the new Encino location online or at (818) 922-0799.

If Dad is a super sports fan, you’ll definitely find him something at Fanatics.com. It’s one of the world’s largest e-stores for officially licensed sports stuff for pro teams and leagues.

It’s not just baseball caps and jerseys either. They’ve got hilariously practical gifts like logo-branded toasters. So if your dad’s a Kings fan (whoop!), he can even represent with his morning toast and coffee!

But if Dad’s a Lakers fan, maybe go with something else. He already got toasted this year.

[sigh.]

Just looking for some good L.A. eats? Make a Father’s Day reservation at one of these dad-faves:

 

Valentine’s Day in Gloss Angeles

8 Feb

Regardless of how you really feel about the holiday, Valentine’s Day arrives in all its splendid pink and red glory every February 14th. However you acknowledge it, here’s a sampling of ways to express your love, or current liaison, in the City of Angels…  

Surprise your special other with a local-ish getaway just 20 miles north of Santa Barbara. Book the Romance Retreat package, enjoy a gorgeous drive up the coast together, then settle in for some camping El Capitan Canyon-style. Guaranteed to satisfy both your outdoorsy and amorous spirits, relax for two nights in one of the signature creekside cabins – complete with king size bed, roomy two-person soak tub and cozy fireplace. 

Available through March 31st, this El Capitan package also includes champagne flutes, French truffles, keepsake blanket and other romantic treats to sweeten your escape.  

To check availability, call 866-352-2729 or go to http://elcapitancanyon.com.   

Kick off the touchy-feely holiday with a Couples Massage Course at The Sports Club/LA on Sunday, February 13th at 4:00 PM.  Acclaimed expert in the art of bodywork, Nami Ishimori will teach her student couples how to explore the intimacies of massage in a private event environment. Bonus: Each couple graduates with a gift of massage oil.

To make a reservation, call Matt Lee at 310-473-1447 x109. The Sports Club/LA |1835 South Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles

Not looking for a getaway just yet, but want to up the ante with an exceptional dinner? 

You can never go wrong with a reservation at Koi, but on Monday the restaurant will be honoring St. Valentine by offering a special tasting menu with dishes like The Lovers: Surf & Turf and Cupid: Tuna Tataki. Or share a signature Koi Kiss nightcap (vodka, strawberry puree, lemon, and splash of champagne) by candlelight at the bar. 

Koi Restaurant Los Angeles | 730 N. La Cienega Blvd | 310-659-9449

Already armed with a perfect plan, but still looking for some rich chocolaty finishing touches?

No one knows dessert like Sweet Lady Jane and she never disappoints when it comes to chocolate. Put in a call now and order a few Chocolate Raspberry Tarts – delectable pastries filled with whipped ganache, fresh raspberries and chocolate cylinder curls.

Or stop by the shop and share a slice of show-stopping Old Fashioned Chocolate cake. Irresistible to even the most luke warm-dessert lover, layers of dark chocolate cake are flawlessly filled with French chocolate buttercream, then frosted with Belgian chocolate ganache and mounds of imported chocolate curls.

Sweet Lady Jane | 1631 Montana Ave, Santa Monica | 310-254-9499  

Just looking to grab a drink or two?

Stop by Bar NINETEEN12 at the Beverly Hills Hotel for some posh fireside ambience and heart-shaped jelly shot cocktails, featuring floral ingredients from violets, elderflowers, hibiscus and roses.

 For a more beachy-cas environment, cruise over to the Malibu Lumber Yard patio and cozy up with one of the various hot chocolates at ChocolateBox Café.

On a tight budget… Not-so-much looking to wine and dine, but still want to pay homage to cupid?

Sure you can stop by Fred Segal Santa Monica or Satine on West 3rd, but if you want to save 40% (for a limited time) on a Samantha House bauble, make it a point to visit her website and type in LOVE at checkout. If she adores wearing cocktail rings and you aren’t quite ready to buy the ring, check out the Asteroid Rings – sexy, edgy, and fun. Just like her!

And if you’re planning a simple dinner under the stars or just kickin’ it homestyle, spice things up with some satin sheets from Anna’s Linens. Swap out your ordinary picnic blanket for a sexy red satin sheet, or surprise him with a bed made in sultry chocolate satin. Whatever shade(s) you choose, you’re sure to stay well within the love budget.   

However humble or grandiose you decide to do Valentine’s Day, may you spread the love in style …

xo

LAKERS WIN!

18 Jun

Los Angeles Lakers Derek Fisher and MVP Kobe Bryant

Like a perfect Hollywood script, the Los Angeles Lakers fought to pull it out in the fourth tonight. Our LAKERS are the NBA Champions once again! And by default, we are champions, too.

We are the fans. We don’t even make contact with the ball and yet somehow we feel we’ve got some influence over the game. Their wins are ours to celebrate; their losses are ours to mourn.  

And to anyone who says Los Angeles’ fans are fair-weather, you clearly were not at tonight’s game. 

(It’s fair to say that L.A. effs up every celebration with idiotic violence & vandalism though. Honestly, what is wrong with us???)

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L.A. Dad’s Day Gift Guide

16 Jun

Why is Dad always such a question mark when it comes to gift giving? Either he insists he doesn’t want a thing, already has everything or is just impossibly picky. This year, make it easy on both of you and go the practical route…

Golf at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Give Dad the gift of golf. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is offering some specially-priced packages for Father’s Day this year. Get him a one-hour golf lesson with a PGA Golf Pro, a round of golf for two in 2010, or the Ojai Ultimate Father’s Day Package – including five rounds of golf, an hour lesson with a PGA pro, club fitting session and product-filled resort gift bag.

The gorgeous 18-hole course plays 6,292 yards with a par 70, rating of 71.0 and a slope of 132.

PERSONAL NOTE: This writer would rather watch paint dry than play a round of golf, but this course is so stunning that I’ve been tempted to pick up a club on more than one visit. (Of course, I resisted temptation and continued on my way to find bliss at the resort’s spa…but that’s not the point.)

 Ojai Valley Inn & Spa golf shop

805.646.2420 / http://www.ojairesort.com/golf.php

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