Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Eataly, LA's Italian Market Place Inaugurated w/Pasta-Ribbon Cutting

Photos by Karen Ostlund   

The Los Angeles Eataly, located in the northeast corner of the Westfield Century City mall, opened on Nov. 3 with pasta-ribbon cutting by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Mayor Eric Garcetti cuts the “Pasta Ribbon” with Eataly’s partners
Eataly  has locations in New York City, Chicago, Boston, Italy, and now Los Angeles, Century City.
The Italian company was brought to the Americas in 2010 with the help of Mario Batali, Lidia and Joe Bastianich and Adam and Alex Saper.
Eataly is not a chain, it's a family, and each location is distinct and highlights the city and people who reside there.
  The large-scale Italian marketplaces, which include restaurants, cafes and markets, are like Disneyland for Italian food lovers. Imagine giant rooms full of fresh pasta, bubbly pizzas, rounds and rounds of cheese, baskets full of fresh bread and walls lined with bottles of wine stacked to the ceiling.
Salumi and Formaggi
Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti said he’s been thinking about an L.A. location since opening the first Eataly in Turin, Italy, in 2007. Lidia Bastianich and her son Joe, as well as chef Mario Batali (Joe and Batali are partners in the L.A. Mozza restaurants along with Nancy Silverton), are all partners and collaborators.
There are now 13 locations in Italy, four U.S. Eatalys, and multiple iterations around the world for a total of 39. The next U.S. location will be in Las Vegas.
Italian desserts
Eataly has also announced plans to open its first Canadian location in early 2019 as an anchor tenant of the newly renovated Manulife Centre in the heart of Yorkville. Eataly, a vibrant Italian food marketplace including a mix of food markets, restaurants, and eateries will span three stories for a total space of 50,000 square feet.
Pasta making
Italian cheese
pasta tasting

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Bow Wow Beverly Hills Presented ‘Say Sparky Sent ‘Ya’ for Halloween 2017

Photos & story by Karen Ostlund

 Bow Wow Beverly Hills Presented ‘Say Sparky Sent ‘Ya’ Halloween Party to
benefit The Amanda Foundation last Sunday, October 29th, at
The Via Rodeo at 2 Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
The 3 winners of Doggie Costumes Contest 2017 with Amanda Foundation founder Teri Austin

Semi Final of Doggie Costume Contest

Tito's Vodka Martinis and Nectar of the Dogs Wine
Bow Wow Halloween 2017 theme was:
Step back in time to the Roaring ’20’s when a quick knock at the right unmarked door in Tin Pan Alley opened to a bevy of “It” girls and swanky Swells puttin’ on the Ritz enjoying some forbidden Hooch! You’ll be the cat’s pajamas in your flapper finery while you sip our special Halloween cocktail, the “Prohibition Inhibition Martini”.
1920's style dancers at Bow Wow Halloween at Via Rodeo in Beverly Hills

The Amanda Foundation's yearly Halloween event help raise the funds  to rescue our furry pals from the shelters, spay and neuter thousands of pets, and educate the public on how to be the best buddy to our best buddies.
Tina Sinatra with Teri Austin

Tina Sinatra (daughter of Frank Sinatra and Nancy Barbato) returned this year to talk about her long time support of The Amanda Foundation's mission to rescue homeless dogs and cats. She is an actress and producer, known for The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Perlico - Perlaco (1971) and Dream Girl of '67 (1966).
Tina confessed she was once allergic to dogs but overcame it with help from the Amanda Foundation, and she has been a dog-owner ever since.
Collie in a hot dog costume

The night's highlights included the doogie Halloween Costume contest, a silent and live auction, Casino Night (roulette, craps and blackjack), delicious vegetarian cuisine by 208 Rodeo restaurant, and special Halloween cocktails from Tito's vodka and a launch of a new vineyard Nectar Of The Dogs Wine.
Craps at Bow Wow Halloween
Bow Wow veggie platter and silent auction

Chihuahuas in sailor costumes
More contestants
The Amanda Foundation established 1976 has rescued and placed thousands of dogs and cats into loving homes and is the ONLY non-profit animal charity in the city of Beverly Hills and the only one in Los Angeles to own and operate a full-service veterinary

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Art-Hearts-Fashion LA Spring Swim 2018

Photos & story by Karen Ostlund

Vichi Swim, ES Collection Spain, Mister Triple X Resort, Honey Bee Swim, Gyv Me Body and Alina Petra were the six swim wear lines presented October 7th and 8th at Art-Hearts-Fashion runway shows at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Over 35 local and international designers from around the world came together to present the latest of Spring fashion 2018 at Beverly Hilton Hotel, from October 4th to 8th  The event was produced by Art Hearts Fashion team and presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation and has become a fashion platform on the west coast and has established itself as a world-class event.
Vichi Swim Spring 2018
Swimwear designer Monique Deptula is based in Los Angeles and she is inspired by California beaches and palm trees. VICHI swim was previously  know as Versa Swimwear.VICHI Swim has quickly become a new favorite swim brand creating waves in the swim world with their existing styles and create completely original designs. All bikinis are handmade in the USA using  hand-picked materials from sources all over the world.
VICHI Swim is well known for their transformable and reversible swimsuits, sexy cuts, and ability to accentuate all body types.
ES Collection Spain Spring 2018 for men
ES Collection was founded in 2006 in Barcelona, dedicating itself to the design, manufacturing and sale of men’s swimwear. ES Collection Spring 2018 are various models of underwear and swimwear, such as the wonder-slip, wonder-boxer, wonderolie and wonder swim - and they are now expanding to other countries in 2017.
Mr Triple X Resort 2018

Mr Triple X
Designer Erik Rosete's collection Resort 2018 is for both men and women. The style is still avant-garde to his fashion and prints. Rosete uses unique prints with mixed tropical flowers with butterflies, skulls and black and white lines butterflies on men's boxer and women’s bikinis. The Spring 2018 collection features bikinis, one-piece suits, and boxer swimwear.

Honey Bee Swim Spring 2018
Honey Bee Swim is an American made luxury swimwear line with unique designs, solid colors and unexpected cut outs, which guarantee that you will stand out poolside or at the beach.
Gyv Me Body Swim 2018

Gyv Me Body Swim Spring 2018
Gyv Me Body swimwear line Spring 2018 are made for women in all shapes, shades and stages of beauty.
The suits & covers can be worn on the beach, poolside, on cruises, at resorts and outside of water or even in the bedroom. Gyv Me Body Cover-Ups are designed to  show style, with flattering fits, fabrication and styling. Most styles are offered in sizes S – 4X. Many swimsuit styles have built-in girdles and support straps and optional padding . The fabrication is a mixture of high multi Chiffon and nylon/spandex, which offers four-way stretch and control.
Alina Petra is an American lifestyle brand that embodies the personal style and perception of today’s fashion trends of its CEO and Designer Alina Petra. She launched in October of 2016, and the Spring 2018 collection includes swimwear, resort, active wear, and handbags. This line is perfect for those who want to stand out hitting the pool or the beach.
Los Angeles Fashion Week was presented by AHF and partnered with Official Hair Sponsor Style The Runway & Hair Dreams Extensions powered by Woody Michleb Salons. Official makeup sponsor Moira Cosmetics was powered by April Love Pro Team featuring Bdellium Tools.
Other sponsors included: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Monster Energy, Savvy Travelers, Shibue Couture, Selfie Cookie, Thats IT, and La Foglia. Art Gallery presented by Six Summit Gallery.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Los Angeles' WestEdge Design Fair Returns Oct.19-22, 2017

By Karen Ostlund
Stroll down for full schedule, October 19-22

(October 17, 2017) WestEdge Design Fair, the West Coast’s premier contemporary design fair, featuring a highly-curated selection of domestic and international manufacturers and independent designers and makers, will return to Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, October 19-22nd 2017.
Opening Night Party on Thursday, October 19 from 7-10 PM will be held with sponsorship in part by: Citi, Resource Furniture, Pacific Sales Kitchen & Home, Samsonite and Samsung - to benefit Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House.
WestEdge Design Fair Floor 2016

In partnership with Samsonite, the worldwide leader in travel luggage and accessories, 24 street artists working across the country from Los Angeles to New York will create one-of-a-kind, custom luggage pieces highlighting ‘The Art of Travel’. A. Moret, Founder of Installation Magazine, the digital contemporary art publication, has curated this unique and imaginative exhibit. 

“We are honored to partner with Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House for the second year,” said Megan Reilly, co-founder of WestEdge Design Fair. “One of the best ways to experience LA’s diverse and vibrant art landscape is by driving around the city and viewing its extraordinary urban artwork. We’re pleased to be able to celebrate these street-artists and their work at WestEdge 2017.” 
Megan Reilly and Troy Hansen at WestEdge Opening 2016

‘When WestEdge approached us with the idea of using our luggage as a blank canvas for artists, we jumped at the chance to participate,” said Stephanie Goldman, Sr. Direction Brand Communications, Samsonite. “We’re excited to see what the artists produce and are proud to partner with such a great organization.” 

Melissa Malone, Director of Development for Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House. “We are
excited to work with these street artists whose creativity is beyond amazing and we are thankful for their willingness to donate their time and talent.”
In addition to bidding on the custom luggage art pieces, attendees will have the opportunity to preview and shop from hundreds of premium design and home furnishings brands in advance of the opening on Friday, October 20.
“The Opening Night Party is a must-attend event for anyone who is interested in the art and design community in Los Angeles,” said Troy Hanson, co-founder of the WestEdge Design Fair. “Not only can you get a sneak-peek of the weekend’s events, but you get to meet top architects, designers and design and art tastemakers in one of the best venues in Los Angeles.” 
West Hollywood Design District Chair booth at WestEdge 2016
 Following the Opening Night Party, all luggage pieces will remain on public display throughout the remainder of the WestEdge Design Fair (October 20 22). Participating artists include:
Adam Dare (Los Angeles) Andre Miripolsky (Los Angeles) Bisco Smith (Brooklyn) Brayden Bugazzi (Los Angeles) Charlie Edmiston (Los Angeles) Chase Lock (Los Angeles) Collin Salazar (Los Angeles) Hektad (Los Angeles)
Jimmy Pierce (Los Angeles) Josh Webb (Los Angeles)
Jules Muck (Los Angeles) Karen Bystedt (Los Angeles)
Made of Hagop (Los Angeles)

 Matthew Laurence Knott (Laguna Beach, CA) Max Neutra (Santa Fe, NM)
Miki Yokoyama (Los Angeles)
Morley (Los Angeles)
Ricky Watts (San Francisco)
Ruben Rojas (Los Angeles)
Ser@LA (Los Angeles)
The Producer BDB (Los Angeles)
Thomas Schoos (Los Angeles)
Tonia Calderon (Los Angeles)
Yelena York (Los Angeles) 
WestEdge Design Fair Panels
 For the full schedule of programming events, see below:
California Home + Design’s Editorial Director, Lindsey Shook, will explore a range of topics with leaders of the LA design community including:
2:00-3:00 PM: The Art of Investing in your Real Estate
o Featuring: Barclay Butera of Barclay Butera Interiors and Steven Cooper of Cooper Pacific
3:15-4:15 PM: The Healthy Home
o Featuring: Leslie Delli-Venneri, WELL Certified, ASID Sustainability Committee Member,
Victoria + Albert Baths, Barry Cik, Technical Director, Founder & CEO of Naturepedic Organic
Mattress Gallery and Moty Ginsberg, CEO at Treeium Eco-Remodeling 4:30-5:30 PM: Made Local: Los Angeles
o Featuring: Alex Segal and Riley Rea of Croft House, Jamie Davis of Portola Paints. Meyghan Hill of Whorehaus Studio, Uri Davillier of Neptune Glassworks
5:30-7:00 PM: Rose Reception 

Curated by Frances Anderton and Mallery Roberts Morgan, and presented in partnership with Architectural Digest, LALA Magazine and the West Hollywood Design District, this symposium explores the theme ‘Everything is Disrupted’. Retail is being automated; political leadership is chaotic; and the Los Angeles skyline is transforming before our eyes. Every which way, we are in a state of massive change. Today’s thought leaders discuss the challenges and the opportunities. Topics include:
  •   10:30-11:30 AM - Shaky Ground: The Shifting Cityscape of Los Angeles o Moderatedby:FrancesAnderton,KCRW;Featuring:MichaelMaltzan
  •   11:45-12:45 AM - The Great Retail Revolution
    o Moderatedby:MalleryRobertsMorgan,ADFranceandLALAMagazine
    Featuring: Rose Apodaca, A+R; David Fishbein and Joseph Miller, Runyon Group; and Anna
    Brockway, Chairish and DECASO
  •   1:45 -2:45 PM - The Green Rush: Is High Design Taking The Edge Off Marijuana?
    o Moderatedby:MayerRus,ArchitecturalDigest
    Featuring: Alex Halperin,
    Weedweek and L.A. Weekly; and Megan Stone, The High Road Design Studio
  •   3:00-4:00 PM - Hot Wheels: The Transportation Revolution o Moderatedby:FrancesAnderton,KCRW
    Featuring: Ashley Z. Hand, LA CoMotion; Francie Stefan, City of Santa Monica; and Daniel
    Sturges, College for Creative Studies (Detroit Michigan)
  •   4:15-5:00 PM - Riding the Wave Tools For Managing Disruption
    o Moderatedby:MalleryRobertsMorgan,ADFranceandLALAMagazine Featuring: Suze Yalof Schwartz, Unplug Meditation
  •   5:00-6:00 PM - DIEM Closing Champagne Reception SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21
10:30-11:30 AM - Let There Be Light: How Lighting Accentuates Design
o Moderated by: Laura Eckstein Jones, Modern Luxury Interiors California and Angeleno
Featuring: Barclay Butera, Barclay Butera Interiors; Kelli Ellis, Kelli Ellis Interior Design; Stefanie
Stroud, Ferguson Enterprises and Erin Valencich, Erinn V. Design Group 12:30-1:30 PM - Art in Design
o Moderated by: Erika Heet, Interiors magazine
Featuring: Maria Cicione of
Graye; architect and designer Gulla Jonsdottir; artist Nicole Landau and art consultant and gallery owner Wendy Posner
2:00-3:00 PM - Behind The Design The Art of Silent Story-telling: a Set Decorator’s Collaboration
o Moderated by: Juan Morales, Emmy Magazine
Featuring: Beverly Hadley; Jason Howard; Jan Pascal; Ken Sharp; and Ann Shea
3:30-4:30 PM - Maximizing Your Outdoor Living Space o Moderated by: Melissa Goldstein, Sunset
Featuring: Regan Baker, Regan Baker Design; and Leslie L. Hunt; Leslie L. Hunt Interior Design 5:00-6:00 PM The Future of Home Entertainment
o Moderated by: Shawn Barrett, Founder, Image People and Creator of Kinetic Lounge Featuring: Tony Christopher, CEO & Founder, Landmark Entertainment Group; Harry Evry, Head of Education, VR/AR Association; Justin Massion, Founder, JAM Studios/Virtuos3D; Thomas Schoos, Schoos Design; and Jeff Tillis, CEO/President, NeurAlive 

10:30-11:30 AM - From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Ten Do’s and Don’ts for a Remarkable Renovation
o Moderated by Josh Cooperman, Convo by Design
Featuring: Brian Biglin, President, Biglin Architectural Group; Mike Grosswendt, President, All Coast Construction; James Magni, Principal, Magni Kalman Design; Bart Mendel, President, Stonemark Construction Management; and Laurie Haefele, Owner/Principal, Haefele Design
12:30-1:30 PM - Green Design: Smart Tools to Live Well and Wisely sponsored by Nest
o Featuring: Robert Fortunato, Green Idea House; Nerin Kadribegovic, Lehrer Architects LA; and Mike Soucie, Nest
2:30-3:30 PM - How To Foster Your Future: From Basquiat To Barcaloungers, Where Should Millennials Invest?
o Featuring:CesarGiraldo,CesarGiraldoDesign;RyanSaghian,RyanSaghian
; Joseph Spierer, Joseph Spierer Architects, Inc.; and Hilary Stevens, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury 

About WestEdge Design Fair
WestEdge is a three-day event that offers the best in modern design, all in an environment designed to engage, entertain and inspire. The fair offers the opportunity to shop from premium home furnishings brands many new to the West Coast and meet the designers behind thousands of inspiring products. In addition, attendees gain insight from leading names in the design industry with a full series of educational programs and special events. For more information visit,
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Friday, October 6, 2017

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS returns to Hollywood Forever October 28th 2017

Photos & story by Karen Ostlund
Aterciopelados Colombian rock group headliner Oct.28 (Photo:VEVO)
                      For the 18th year in a row,  DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS  returns to Hollywood Forever October 28th 2017.     This year’s headlining acts include alternative rock pioneers  Aterciopelados, Mexican  singer songwriter indie  Ximena Xariñana , dream pop super hero  Coco and local juggernaut  La Chamba.

(Left) Tyler Cassity

             Hollywood Forever Cemetery will celebrate the  18th anniversary of Hollywood Forever’s Day Of The Dead homaging Jose Guadalupe Posada’s artistic legacy, the author of "La Calavera Garbancera", which would later be called "La Catrina" by Diego Rivera), one of Mexico’s most important visionary artists and politically acute activists.

"We are very excited to celebrate our 18th anniversary, 
with such unique talent and pay homage to one of Mexico’s most important artists visionaries and activists."  said 
-Tyler Cassity

Performances by
Pasion de Mi Tierra, Folklorico dance company has been delighting audiences all over California. Their Pasion’s mission is to maintain, expose, and share the rich cultural traditions of Mexican folk dance.

Making a stop in their current “Reluciente, Rechinante y Aterciopelado”
tour across Europe and Latin America, politically provocative surf rockers   Aterciopelados  will celebrate over 20 years of hits, including “Florecita Rockera”, “Baracunatana”, "Bolero Falaz”, “Caribe Atómico” and “El Estuche"; as well as the release of their latest live DVD.

Everyone's favorite heartthrob CUCO ,  will showcase many of his dreamy melodies, such a his anthemic song ”Lo Que Siento”.  
 Ximena Sariñana  will bring her girl power to this celebration, promising to deliver a glimpse from her upcoming album, as well as unforgettable songs like “ Parar a Tiempo”,“Mediocre” and “No Todo Lo Puedes Dar”. 

  L.A.’s own  La Chamba  will bring their unique sound, fusing psychedelic electric guitars and organs with heavy Afro-Latin rhythms (such as cumbia, salsa and rumba) that are sure to get your feet moving!
DJ performances by LA's own vinyl spinning all-female collective
Chulita Vinyl Club.
The Tamale Shoppe
Ilegal Mezcal drinks and PEZ Cantina dishes

 Historical roots of El Dia de Los Muertos celebration go back to the pre-Hispanic cultures of Meso-America of the indigenous people, especially the Nahua, and others native to Mexico more than 3000 years.
Indigenous people believed that the souls did not die, that they continued to live in Mictlan (Place of death) a special place for them to finally rest.
On the Day of the Dead, tradition holds that the dead return to earth to visit their living relatives. It is also believed that even if these relatives can’t see them, they can feel them.
It’s a way to come to terms with our mortality and become aware of the cycle of life and death.

Romega Taqueria
Esterella Jalisco beer
DropDeadGorgeous artists makeup team

A vibrant traditional procession in the home of Hollywood’s Immortals 
with traditional Aztec blessings and Regional Musical-Dance group dedications.
Musical performances by Grammy Award winning recording artists.
100+ Altars created by members of the community to their ancestors and loved ones.
Hundreds of Aztec Ritual Dancers in full costume.
Four stages featuring music and theatrical performances.
An Art Exhibition in the Cathedral Mausoleum.
A costume contest for the best dressed Calaca (skeleton).
A children’s arts project area.
Arts and Crafts vendors.
Food vendors from around Los Angeles.
- Presentation of Altar winners - 
The judges will select the best altar of each of the following categories: 
Theme of Event, Traditional Altar and Contemporary Altar 
– The best of each category wins $3,000!
The 18th Edition of the Country's 
Will Take Place in Los Angeles
on Saturday October 28th, starting noon to midnight.
6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA
 Tickets, parking and full schedule of performers: