At the nexus of this week’s whirlwind is the grand opening of our new outpost of A+R. A storefront twice the size of our Abbot Kinney location, this one is located at 171 S. […]
Saturday, October 6 marks the return of one of my favorite vintage resources, A Current Affair.
Organizers Richard Wainwright (of NEW/FOUND) and Joey Grana (of Scout) have collected some 30 vendors from around the state to tempt me and visitors at the one-day only event at downtown L.A.’s Cooper Building. […]
Resistance appears to be futile. I’ve tried keeping at bay a wee longer the inevitable Elmo invasion that happens to every parent of a toddler.
It has not been easy. There was the gift of an Elmo-emblazoned sippy cup from the nanny. […]
Some films have to be experienced by an over-sized silver screen, and certainly an over-sized personality such as Diana Vreeland requires a sprawling canvas. Thankfully, the co-director and producer behind the new documentary, “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel,” managed to summon the verve and individuality of this legend in a visually lavish and inspiring 86 minutes that one could imagine would make its subject grin one of those signature Cheshire slashes of red lipstick. […]
Yep, you can join us TONIGHT from 6-10 as we celebrate this thing called Fashion Night Out.
Oh wait, is Vogue going to charge me $250 for writing this phrase? […]
There have been some pretty special evenings breaking bread with friends during these last red-hot weeks of summer, but none more as sui generis than the Dîner en Blanc, the pop-up dinner picnic that finally launched in Los Angeles Saturday before last and has spread over 5 continents to some 15 cities worldwide. […]
The passing of Anna Piaggi on August 7 stunned lovers of fashion, beauty and art. The Italian icon was 81, so the public mourning on social media and in social circles was not so much about her untimely departure. […]
Helen Gurley Brown died today at the ripe age of 90. While I didn’t always agree with everything that came out of her mouth or her mind—particularly in her later years where her judgement crossed the line at times—I appreciated her penchant for living her life her way, boldly, unapologetically and, clad in fishnets until the end of her days, with joie de vivre. […]
Today, our daughter Nina turns two.
It might come as a surprise that I’m posting this.
I’ve been remiss in posting anything of late as we’ve been juggling several exciting new turns, including a second store on La Brea Avenue opening this month. […]
With cities increasingly brimming with wonderful boutiques, it’s always valuable to get an inside tip. I’ve long enjoyed RackedLA‘s “Shopping Confidential” column because of this.
When RackedLA contributor Yale Breslin contacted me with an invitation to submit my secret shopping spot, it was my pleasure to be able to share a place I’ve written about in LVER before and can never get tired of recommending, since I never grow tired of this designer’s wonderful work. […]
It could have been one of those fantasy dinner parties with icons conjured over an ordinary dinner with friends, a wish guest list of individuals so part of the pop cultural fabric yet so disparate in their raison d’etre that there is no way they could end up around one table. […]
As the concrete dries on our new A+R location and we look forward to hanging our “open” sign later next month, reporters are getting hot and heavy about the revival along La Brea Avenue with the September issues in mind. […]
Much has been made about the perfect red lipstick because much can be made with it. A red lipstick can swipe away the blues, to riff on something Pauline Trigere famously said. […]
It’s Monday. And out there, about two hours from where I write, is a pool sparkling under a fireball that is nuking the concrete surrounding the cool pool to 104 degrees, or something that feels much hotter. […]
Crowd-sourcing financing for creative pursuits has exploded like so many Fourth of July fireworks this year, reflecting a real shift in the course of entrepreneurial enterprise as well as the public’s embrace of that spirit. […]
It’s an expansion of sorts.
As you Dear LVER Reader know all too well from reading this site, Andy and I enjoy life to the max. With that in mind, we are expanding our offerings on the retail level by becoming one of the 150 “curators” on OpenSky, a curator-driven marketplace allowing users to select from a tightly selected group of experts in the fields of lifestyle, food, kids, beauty, health, home and other categories.[…]
My sister Blanca and I lost our dad, David Apodaca, in 1991. But he is still with us.
In my case, he’s with me every time…
I speak to an audience—my dad was an accomplished member of Toastmasters International and even took me to a few meetings when I was still in elementary school. […]
Before movies, television was my entree to glamour. That is, the transformative powers of a gown on a woman who fits it like a glove. The right dress with the best accessory—a personality that fits it—is gold. […]
Was nothing sacred? Had Banksy slipped into a Fjellse bed with Ikea? As we stood at the entrance of the Ventura Lambrate subway station during the recent Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, I interrupted my eye roll at the rough black-and-white pasted figures on the granite walls with the realization this was probably just another mainstreaming of street art. […]