Monkey Do, Monkey Hear, Monkey See — Los Angeles

Rock N Roll Flea Market

Who says you can’t experience an amazing, entertaining evening/day on the cheap in Los Angeles. These three events are open to the public now and very soon (March, 2105). Prices range from free to $12.00.

The Rock ‘n Roll Flea Market brings together a collection of impressive hand picked vendors including vintage collections and antiquities dealers, vintage clothing, jewelry makers, music memorabilia, vinyl, local food vendors, craftsmen and much more. Sip bottomless Mimosas’s ($11) while looking for hard to find vinyl. You can stick around and check out the Art District downtown. Its a great way to spend a Sunday.

The Regent Theater, DTLA
448 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA, 90013

The first Sunday of every month. $2 cover.

Kate Tempest

10 years ago when Kate Tempest was 16, she was rapping at strangers on night busses and “pestering mc’s to let her on the mic at raves”. Now, she is a published playwright, novelist, poet and respected recording artist. It takes just one listen to understand her success. She is 2x slam winner at the prestigious Nu-Yorican poetry cafe in New York and has played all the major UK and European music festivals either solo or with Sound of Rum. She’s headlined Latitude Festival and has been featured on the BBC’s Glastonbury highlights, as well as the Charlie Rose Show in the US.

Her work includes Balance, her first album with band Sound of Rum; Everything Speaks in its Own Way her first collection of poems, the critically acclaimed plays Wasted, Glasshouse and Hopelessly Devoted. Brand New Ancients, her self-performed epic poem to a live score, won the Ted Hughes prize 2013 and the Herald Angel at Edinburgh Fringe. Her second collection of poetry, Hold Your Own, was published by Picador in October 2014. Her debut novel, The Bricks That Built The Houses, sold in a highly competitive auction to Bloomsbury and will be published Spring 2015. In a groundbreaking cross-genre experience each track on her new record correlates with a chapter in the novel.

Don’t miss Kate Tempest on Saturday, March 14 @ The Echo. Tickets are $10.00 – $12.00.

The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026

Frances Anderton A Sea Of Change

Sink or Swim explores the human story of resilience, from adaptation for survival to ambitious infrastructure planning, in some of the richest and poorest of the world’s coastal communities. Rather than showing pristine architectural photography, the photographs present viewers with various human responses to changes in their landscapes that could be intensified by sea level rise. Sink or Swim aims to foster critical dialogue through the provocative juxtaposition of diverse responses to a challenge shared by millions worldwide.

Now through May, 3 2015 at the Annenberg Space For Photography. Wed – Sun: 11:00 – 6:00 pm. Free.

Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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My Favorite Oscars Dresses & Fun Facts About Them

Lupita Nyong'o In Calvin Klein CollectionMargot Robbie In Saint Laurent

Rosamund Pike In GivenchyJulianne Moore in Chanel

Marion Cotillard In Christian Dior CoutureZoe Saldana Atelier Versace

Cate Blanchett In Margiela  By John GallianoJenna Dewan-Tatum In Zuhair Murad

Karolina Kurkova In MarchesaMeryl Streep In Lanvin

Another Oscars, another extremely low-cut Jennifer Lopez dress, another long show (over 240 minutes) with very few surprises. Neil Patrick Harris, who did a fantastic job at hosting, was entertaining and funny from beginning to end. How about his Oscar predictions. Pretty magical!! Check out the 5 top moments from tonight’s Oscars here. (I loved Patricia Arquettes’s women equality speech.)

Onward to the fashion. White and neutral tones continued to dominate the final red carpet of the season with red and black gowns peppered in the mix. Some fun facts: Lupita Nyong’o’s custom Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection gown featured cascading strands of 6,000 pearls; Juliane Moore’s, another custom gown created for her by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, took 927 hours to make; Margot Robbie, looking stunning in a simple yet sexy Saint Laurent dress, wore a $1.5 million Van Cleef and Arpel Zipper necklace created for the  Duchess of Windsor. Van Cleef and Arpels reveal the piece took 800 hours to painstakingly craft at their Paris atelier after the Duchess of Windsor, formerly Mrs Wallis Simpson, commissioned them in 1938.

Best risk of the evening was Cate Blanchett in one of John Galliano’s first designs for Maison Margiela paired with a with a statement Tiffany & Co. turquoise necklace. FYI, last year she wore the most expensive dress (couture gold embellished Prive Armani gown), and jewelry combo ever worn to the Oscars — $18.1 million dollars!!!

Let me know what you think of my best dressed Oscar dresses. Did I miss your favorite gown?

Lupita Nyong’o In Calvin Klein Collection // Margot Robbie In Saint Laurent // Julianne Moore in Chanel // Zoe Saldana Atelier Versace // Jenna Dewan-Tatum In Zuhair Murad // Karolina Kurkova In Marchesa // Meryl Streep In Lanvin // Cate Blanchett In Margiela  By John Galliano // Marion Cotillard In Christian Dior Couture // Rosamund Pike In Givenchy

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NYFW Fall 2016 Marc Jacobs & More

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Marc Jacobs has always delivered. Whether it has been for his namesake collection, Louis Vuitton, or his secondary line — Marc by Marc Jacobs, one could expect uniqueness, excellent craftsmanship and a knack for setting trends.

But there was (is) something extra special about this collection that made my heart gasp, my jaw drop, and the utterance of OMG spill forth from my lips with every exit. From one of the first looks of a tartan plaid sheath with four bands of bugle beads falling below the waist, I knew I was about to witness an exceptional collection. It continued to build on the beauty of those first exits, touching on metallic brocades and leopard print, chevroned mink, grommeted leather, nailhead studded silk, and forties tailored jackets with harlequin beadwork that created a hand painted effect paired with pleated vinyl/leather skirts. And, those thick-heeled black vinyl boots worn tight as hose, and leather gloves in all lengths. I’ll need one of both please!

Could this be the result of a slimmed down schedule? A desire to pour all his passion into his name sake collection, to create his legacy there? What ever has Jacob’s creative mind working at its maximum output I hope it stays around a long, long time.

Below are more of my favorite looks to wrap up our coverage of NYFW. Many from old-time favorites (Derek Lam, Calvin Klein Collection and Victoria Beckham), and some from exciting newish designers about to forge great paths in their fashion careers (Zimmermann, Hellessy and Rosie Assuolin).

 

ZimmermannDerek Lam

Proenza Schouler Marchesa

Rosie AssuolinHellesy

Marissa WebbPrabal Gurung

Victoria BeckhamNarcisco Rodriguez

RodarteCalvin Klein Collection

Zimmermann // Derek Lam //Marchesa // Hellessy // Prabal Gurung // Narcisco Rodriguez // Calvin Klein Collection  //  Rodarte // Victoria Beckham // Marissa Webb // Rosie Assuolin //Proenza Schouler //

Photos courtesy of Style.com

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New York Street Style — NYFW

Gigi Hadid Tommy TonRamya Giangola Phil Oh

Sarah Ruston Tommy Ton

Street Style Phil OhKate Davidson Hudson Tommy Ton

Olivia Palermo Phil OhZanita Whittington Phil Oh

As we move on to London Fashion Week I like to do my wrap up of New York Street Style. Creative, unique looks in winter are usually sparser than in warmer weather. In spring weather you don’t have the hindrance of keeping warm, making choices innumerable with less worry about the elements of nature.

But New Yorker’s are a resilient bunch, and a little thing like weather doesn’t keep them from revealing their A-Game street style. Gotta love those New Yorkers! These are my jewels among the array of  looks captured by Tommy Ton and Phil Oh.

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Patty Lu & Megan Bowman

Gigi Hadid Tommy Ton // Ramya Giangola Phil Oh // Sarah Ruston Tommy Ton // Kate Davidson Hudson Tommy Ton // Zanita Whittington Phil Oh // Olivia Palermo Phil Oh // Street Style Phil Oh

Street Style Phil Oh // Street Style Phil Oh // Street Style Tommy Ton // Patty Lu & Megan Bowman // Giovanna Battaglia Phil Oh // Tamu McPherson Tommy Ton //

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50 Shades Of QuestionsBeauty Backstage @NYFWBest Nails @ NYFW 2015

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What’s New At Fall Fashion Week 2015

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Fall fashion week is off to a roaring start with the first few days behind us. Trends have already started to form (the continuation of 70’s swing), street fashion is on steroids with creative unique looks at every turn. Editors, bloggers and celebrities have taken their seats in the front row dressed to the hilt!

Derek Lam 10 Crosby’s (secondary line from Mr. Crosby) love affair with mixing of textures and prints continues from the Pre-Fall 2015 collection. They haven’t done away with there minimal aesthetic, just added a luxe feel consisting of a mixture of velvet, bouclé, shearling, double-face wool, and brocade.

Standouts include a 3/4 length teal cardigan dress with rust trim worn with must have crushed velvet over the knee boots, all topped off with a fringed bandanna. Another is a fuzzy olive knit top paired with a pinstriped skirt/pant hybrid, and that same fringed scarf that dips into a Derek Lam main line scarf from a few seasons back.

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TrademarkPookie and Louisa Burch, having just turned one has entered the toddler stage of their brand, and the clothes reflects the maturity. Being known for clothes that have artistry for a great price, this collection not only continues with its standards but ups the ante as well.

The inspiration was a mid-century aesthetic, with the Garry Winogrand retrospective at MoMA last year as another point of reference. As Style.com reported, ” Something about his photographs of mid-century New York and the way people dressed back then—their offhand formality—proved compelling to them.”

Stand out pieces were a ribbed turtleneck body suit paired with a high-waisted black and white cheetah print a line skirt, and stirrup pants with tasselled suede loafers. They presented dashing coats, case in point a must have faux fur piece!

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Maybe it’s Gary Graham’s choice of models, Jamie Bochert, or maybe it’s the rock n’ roll edge fused with ethnic vibes, inspired by his collaboration with composer-performer Meredith Monk — an installation at Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum, that has Graham’s Fall collection reading as a modern-day Patty Smith wardrobe. Most likely it is a bit of both.

Graham delivers a rich extravagant collection that highlights his craftsmanship, and an evocative selection of prints and fabrics. His embroidered peacock coat is a prime example. He is quickly becoming one of my new favorites, and I have a feeling I’m not alone!

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A Special Wish List

This Week's Wish List

Happy Valentine’s Day!! I must admit this day had me feeling a little blue about being single. But then I put together a special Wish List, one where I didn’t let price cross my mind. I’m not listing them today, so you can simply bask in the beauty of each item!

It’s all about suede, one of my favorite fabrics. The feel is heavenly, and I love the drape of it. The perfect way to forge our way into Spring dressing. It is a special textile for a special Wish List for my most awesome readers!!

It’s hard to choose a favorite but I can’t help wondering what I wouldn’t do for that Gucci suede coat! It would heighten any look to ultra chic. The Isabel Marant embroidered top is for Mimi (love you girl).

1. Saint Laurent Medium Trois Clous Fringed Tote Bag in Black // 2. Gucci Suede Duster  // 3. Theory Navy Suede Classic Lilita Dress // 4. Jimmy Choo Lyssa Navy Suede and Patent Flats $795.00 // 5. Isabel Marant Martin Oversized Embroidered Suede Top // 6. Repetto Suede Cendrillion Ballet Flats // 7. Derek Lam Suede Elephante Skirt // 8. Gianvito Rossi  Suede Sandals $795.00

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Date NightA Tantra MeditationOK Cupid Messages

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When Will I Have My Last First

Top Shop Colorblock Geometric Cape $60.00Top Shop Moto Vintage Rinse Leigh Jeans $65.00

Top Shop Moto Bleach Boxy Shirt $58.00Top Shop Metal Bar Handle Tote $70.00

Top Shop High Crown Fedora Hat $60.00Top Shop Aroma Suede Ankle Boot $150.00

I love the movies!! To me, going to the cinema is an institution unto itself. Luckily, I live in Los Angeles where movies are our biggest and best export. The Oscars are the city’s biggest to do, where celebrities (dressed to the nines) from all over flock to the city (February 22). It has become a custom for me to see all the movies nominated in the best picture category (my opinion is then well-informed) before the big event.

I have one film left to see — American Sniper, and from what I’ve heard Bradley Cooper is amazing and the film itself is tense and exciting. I’ve always loved movies based on true stories of remarkable people.

Since date night and movie nights are often one in the same, I’ve curated a casual yet fantastic look perfect for a movie date night. I went shopping at Top Shop for today’s ensemble, and it was way too easy to find the entire outfit there. (I added a sneaker for an even more comfortable option.) The whole look, all 8 pieces, goes for $378 to $493 depending on your shoe option. Not bad!!

 

Top Shop Charlotte Flatform Trainers $95.00Top Shop Tassle Drop Bangle $12.00Top Shop Chain Drape Studs $18.00

Colorblock Geometric Cape $60.00 // Moto Vintage Rinse Leigh Jeans $65.00 // Metal Bar Handle Tote $70.00 //  Aroma Suede Ankle Boot $150.00 // High Crown Fedora Hat $60.00 // Moto Bleach Boxy Shirt $58.00

Charlotte Flatform Trainers $35.00 //  Tassle Drop Bangle $12.00 // Chain Drape Studs $18.00.

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Lauren Conrad And Anna Bond Pop-Up Shop

Lauren Conrad and Anna Bond are opening a Valentine’s Day weekend pop-up shop at Los Angeles’s Grove today from 10am to 10pm, Saturday from 10am to 9pm, and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Filled with every colorful piece from the clothing, stationery, and accessories collab ($128 to $298 for apparel; $4.50 to $40 for paper goods and iPhone cases), the pretty Parisian-inspired pop-up also offers items from both brand’s regular collections, plus finds from Conrad’s globally conscious Little Market. The Parisian inspired shop will also house a floral shop, live calligraphy, and a chance to meet both designers.

The space is open by appointment (a limited number of walk-up slots are available); save your spot by calling Concierge Services at (323) 900-8080 or by booking online here.

The Grove 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036  (323) 900-8080

 

 

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Give Me A Moment To Slip Into Something More Comfortable

Eberjey Joey Bralet $56.00Addiction Nouvelle Full Cup Bra $66.00

Eberjay Joey Thong $46.00Addiction Nouvelle Tanga $38.00

Kiki De Montparnasse Le Reve Lace & Silk Chiffon Bra $264.00L'Agent By Agent Provocateur Idalia Lace & Stretch Tulle Bra $92.00

Kiki De Montparnasse Le Reve Lace-Trimmed Silk-Chiffon Briefs $195.00L'Agent By Agent Provocateur Idalia Lace & Stretch Tulle Thong $44.00

Valentine’s day, such a romantic loving holiday. A time to profess how much you adore your love one; to express how unique and special they are, and that you can’t imagine life without them. Yet, it’s also a sexy one and there isn’t a better way to express love than sex that I know of.

This Valentine’s Day go out and splurge on a beautiful and sexy bra and panty set to seduce your man this Saturday. Not only will you love it, there is nothing like the feeling of wearing fine lace and silk lingerie, but he’ll get a rise (pun intended) out of it too!

Eberjey Joey Bralet $56.00 & Thong $46.00 // Addiction Nouvelle Full Cup Bra $66.00 & Tanga $38.00 // L’Agent By Agent Provocateur Idalia Lace & Stretch Tulle Bra $92.00 & Thong $44.00 // Kiki De Montparnasse Le Reve Lace & Silk Chiffon Bra $264.00 & Lace-Trimmed Silk-Chiffon Briefs $195.00

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Kayne West For AdidasCOSMade @ NYFW

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I’ll Take One, Please

Saint Laurent Babies Lace Up Boot

When I saw these suede block heel lace up boots by Saint Laurent, I flipped! The only problem is they are not sold in the United States. What a gross injustice. I guess won’t be seeing them in person, or trying them on any time soon. Still, I can’t stop envisioning them. Could it be a case of wanting even more what you know is next to impossible of obtaining?

They are available at a few Saint Laurent stores in Europe, and also Selfridges in London. I’ve had a hankering to visit London for some time now, maybe this is the time to go. What do you think, are these boots worth a plane ticket to London?

Saint Laurent Babies 70 Lace Up Boots In Tan. $810.00 Selfridges & Co.

 

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See, Hear and Do No Evil

Sir

“The way men are seen in photography, in fashion, and the way that men look at pictures of themselves has changed in recent years. It is a subject that has come into focus: The masculine image, a man’s personal style, changing attitudes to the male face and body.”
— Mario Testino

From Rio to London, Cusco to Seville, Mario Testino is renowned for his free-spirited chronicles of dress and demeanor. In SIR, his largest book to-date, the influential photographer presents over 300 photographs in his search to define the allure of men.

Hozier

I have been relistening to Hozier’s self titled debut album, and I can easily say it has grows on me more with every listen. If you haven’t heard his album yet his deep soulful voice, and hauntingly poetic lyrics make this record definitely worth purchasing.

Another artist that has been on high rotation on my music playlist of late is Shakey Graves’s (Alejandro Rose-Garcia) sophomore effort, And The War Came. Not as well know as Hozier, but his foot-stomping folk, bluesy rock, and quiet, personal singer songwriter styles are infectious. As are his melodies and harmonies with Esmé Patterson, formerly of Paper Bird fame.

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Louis Vuitton Series 2

As of yet I haven’t made it to Louis Vuitton Series 2 – Past, Present, Future exhibition. Though that will be rectified this week. Of special interest to me our the Talking Faces room with the infinite mirrors and holograms of models from Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer 2015 collection, as well as the Savoir-Faire room which holds the secrets of Louis Vuitton’s painstakingly flawless craftsmanship. That should be interesting.

Other rooms that have piqued my enthusiasm are Infinite Show room which offers a 360-degree projection of the spring/summer 2015 runway presentation, showcasing a continual loop of all 48 looks. And, the Backstage Room where you will feel as if you won the fashion jackpot — back stage at one of the most coveted tickets at Paris fashion week.

The exhibition will run from Feb. 6 to 22 at 1135 North Highland Avenue and will be open to the public daily.

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Fresh Off The BoatInterview With Vera WangRainbow Sequin Boots

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