Practicing Escapism at The Huntington Library

We all have that place—that one place we go to that makes us feel like we’re somewhere else entirely. It could be an LA joint that reminds us of a café terrace we frequented in Paris, or an ice cream parlor, or a wall of paperback books. You get the gist. Up until August of…

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Ushering in 2020 in an 80's-Style Black Dress

“I’ve been drawn to black dresses ever since my mom gave me free rein on my closet. (First things to go? Jellies and t-shirts with puffy graphics). Obviously, there’s so much beauty in a nicely tailored black dress, but there’s a practical aspect, too. “

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Celebrating Christmas at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles

The sky has already darkened. The wind pounces on us from between the gaps in buildings like a well-timed jump scare. This is typical in Los Angeles, of course. As soon as the sun leaves our sight, nature gives us the cold shoulder. But we—my friend Kristin and I—press on, greatly motivated by the fact…

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A Unique Gift Guide for That Fashion-Forward Person in Your Life

Happy Holidays, everyone! Tis’ the season of shopping, shopping, shopping… for other people. And I love that. There’s nothing better than having your special someone open your gift and actually, truly, really be surprised and excited. So here’s the thing about Christmas shopping—I’m morbidly scared of accidentally giving someone a blah gift. Generally speaking, I’m…

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Exploring Rome: A List of My Favorite, Must-Do-Again Memories

A shadow shawls the playground of ruins like a protective parent. Everything is pallid, dark—except for a temple. The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, which sits in Forum Romanum, was built back in 141 A.D. and later converted into a Roman Catholic church in the seventh century. It’s basking in a rusty, age-old golden sunlight…

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A Sparkly Evening at The Iconic Sheats Goldstein Residence With Swarovski

Close-to 17 years later, I think of those earrings when I arrive at an open house and cocktail party thrown by Swarovski. The occasion? Previewing the luxury crystal maker’s fall/winter 2020/21 innovations and trends with the theme: Love All.

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Inside FIDM’s 13th Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition

In downtown Los Angeles, at the 13th Art of Television Costume Design exhibition—where, every year, the FIDM Museum puts some of television’s finest costumes under a literal and metaphorical spotlight—there’s a dress that can’t be overlooked. I don’t have a thing for supernatural sprites, but as we pause in front of this floor-length winged gown,…

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Exploring Santa Monica Proper, The City’s New Luxury Lifestyle Hotel

The bartender gracefully slides a crisp menu under my nose. I scan the cocktails, most of which tout ingredients that make my head loll slightly to one side. Dimmi? Dolin Dry? Lillet? Linie? I feel a little uninformed and ill-prepared to order a drink, but I try to act cool because that’s what you do…

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Where To Find The Best Parisian Bistros In LA County

It only started happening recently, but every single time I make brunch plans with a friend, I catch myself googling, “best French bistros in LA.” Then I stop myself. Wait. Why does it have to be French? In the past month, I’ve schlepped across town for baguettes and cheeses, and sat on more woven rattan…

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How To Dress For The LA Opera (And What To Expect)

A little over a month ago, I had the pleasure of spending an evening at the Los Angeles Opera. It was the closing night of a Verdi classic—La Traviata. Still slightly buzzed from a pink gin cocktail I sipped on earlier, I was feeling everything a little extra that evening. (I had the drink at…

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