Catalina Dreamin'…

Catalina Dreamin’…

There is at least one place in Los Angeles County where cars are scarce, the pace is slow and wild buffalo, rather than paparazzi, roam free. It is about 22 miles off the coast of Southern California and accessible primarily by boat or ferry but it is indeed part and...
In Pictures: Bueno Buenos Aires...

In Pictures: Bueno Buenos Aires…

  I had the great fortune of spending the better part of the last week in and around Buenos Aires where I was privileged to participate in the 7th Annual GNetwork360 conference, while simultaneously taking in the sights, sounds and flavors of Argentina’s capital city. Given that I had not visited...
25 Fabulous Reasons to Visit Rancho Valencia

25 Fabulous Reasons to Visit Rancho Valencia

Generously swathed  in the attributes for which Southern California is legendary, Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa is, not surprisingly, no stranger to accolades. However, as this year marks the much lauded resort’s 25th anniversary, I thought I would add to the accolades by highlighting 25 fabulous reasons to visit the lush...
Looking Forward: Best of Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collections

Looking Forward: Best of Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collections

For Spring/ Summer 2015, skinny and fitted is no longer the only message for men as voluminous ensembles, long, layered shirts and loose (even pleated) pants return to favor, at least to some degree. Monochromatic dressing is also back in fashion accompanied by a splash of color this time around. Meanwhile as...
Gilded Newport: Monuments to America's Fortunes

Gilded Newport: Monuments to America’s Fortunes

“Newport, Rhode Island, that breeding place–that stud farm, so to speak–of aristocracy; aristocracy of the American type.” – Mark Twain Newport. More than a few movies and books have been written about it. Just as more than a few American presidents have made it their ‘summer White House’ and socialites like...
Inform Fitness: The Once-a-Week Workout That Works

Inform Fitness: The Once-a-Week Workout That Works

  Disclaimer: I am by no means an exercise aficionado. In fact, I have only exercised with what can best be described as practiced irregularity for the better part of the last decade and a half. In other words, like so many people I know, I have tried every new...
Element Lifestyle: Concierge to the A-List

Element Lifestyle: Concierge to the A-List

Dream maker, dream maker, make me a dream. Ever wondered how the celebrated glitterati of our time manage the fantastically dreamy lives that are, on a weekly basis, splashed across the covers of those glossy periodicals and sensational tabloids that paper newsstands at grocery store checkout? How do they book...
Marc Marmel: The Biggest Name in Luxury You’ve Probably Never Heard of…

Marc Marmel: The Biggest Name in Luxury You’ve Probably Never Heard of…

I was first introduced to work of Marc Marmel by Gay L. Harwin, who is in addition to being one of the most influential attorneys in Los Angeles, also one of the chicest women I know. Over lunch one day, I took a particular liking to her luxuriously worn Herman...
Me and Mademoiselle C

Me and Mademoiselle C

If you, like me, have an unabashed fervor for all things fashion, then it is highly unlikely that you’ve not on some level become enamored of Carine Roitfeld. If not for the singularity of the vision she brought to French Vogue for a decade, then perhaps for the fact that...
Making Mondays Matter...

Making Mondays Matter…

Every Monday Matters is a California-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit whose mission is to create a movement of individuals, companies, schools, and non-profits committed to understanding how much they matter and to changing the world… one Monday at a time. This week, they asked me  to talk about seeing the world and...
The Victorian Magic of Madrona Manor

The Victorian Magic of Madrona Manor

Tucked minutes away from the heart of urbane downtown Healdsburg lies Madrona Manor, the enchantingly romantic and historic inn that might as well be a world apart from its nearest neighbors given the charm with which it evokes a bygone era. Set on eight wooded acres overlooking Sonoma County’s Dry...
20 Fabulous Venues To Host Your Dream Wedding

20 Fabulous Venues To Host Your Dream Wedding

Life is filled with “moments” but few carry the significance of the day on which two lives are joined in love, which is all the more reason to mark the occasion with a celebration worthy of being deemed “fabulous”. From Des Moines to Laguna Beach and from the great state...
London: By Royal Appointment

London: By Royal Appointment

Who says you need a tiara to live like a royal? Sure…royalty may be to London, as Wall Street is to New York or as Hollywood is to Los Angeles but it does not necessarily follow that one needs either a crown or a royal bloodline in order to live...
More | London: By Royal Appointment

More | London: By Royal Appointment

Once safely (and royally) ensconced in my accommodations at The Goring, I set off to explore a few more of the more interesting names on my roster of Royal Warrant Holders, that grand coalition of people and companies whose products and services buttress the royal patina “By Appointment”.   At the...
Romance in Sonoma: A Perfect Proposition

Romance in Sonoma: A Perfect Proposition

So you’re thinking of getting engaged? After years of first dates, torrid affairs, one-night stands, false romantic starts and broken hearts, you’ve finally found the guy who makes you want sing at the top of your lungs, drop down on one knee and beg the question, ‘Will you marry me?’....
The Contemporary Style of Berlin

The Contemporary Style of Berlin

Selbstverständlich. It may seem a difficult word on its face but its translation couldn’t be simpler. It is a German word meaning “natural” or “self-evident” and it perfectly captures the zeitgeist of contemporary Berlin style. Spend any time in Berlin and you’ll immediately note that Berliners have a dress code...
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Looking Forward: Best of Accessories Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collections

Looking Forward: Best of Accessories Spring/Summer 2015 Menswear Collections

To accessorize or not to accessorize…can there even be such a question? Scarves, bags, briefcases, chaussures…here are my picks for the best accessories that came down the runway during the Spring/Summer 2015 menswear collections. Though there were few revelations, there was a fair amount of fabulous. (Scroll over photo to see designer)
Showtime Debuts ‘Kidnapped for Christ’

Showtime Debuts ‘Kidnapped for Christ’

Imagine if during those troublesome teen years that we have all experienced to varying degrees, you found yourself awakened in your own home by complete strangers, told to pack and then carted off to a strange school in a foreign country, where you were summarily physically and emotionally demeaned while your every move and correspondence was...
PBS Gets 'Vicious' | Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi Shine

PBS Gets ‘Vicious’ | Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi Shine

  Despite savage reviews by British television critics, something tells me that American fans of British comedies may well find a new favorite in PBS’s new six-part sitcom, Vicious starring acclaimed actors Sir Ian McKellen and Derek Jacob. Why?  Because, after previewing the first five episodes of season 1, I  most certainly found a lot...
Messhall: Comfort in Silverlake

Messhall: Comfort in Silverlake

Immortalized in Vince Vaughn’s Swingers, the space formerly known as The Brown Derby, is today the epitome of Silverlake hipster chic. Messhall, as it is now known, has settled comfortably into its epic environs with an updated menu of comfort food that has afflicted locals and foodies from all over Los Angeles alike with brief...
Crazy about Chowder: A Tale of Spud Point and Addiction on Bodega Bay

Crazy about Chowder: A Tale of Spud Point and Addiction on Bodega Bay

I can’t even remember the first time I heard about the amazing goodness of the signature menu item at Bodega Bay’s always buzzing Spud Point Crab Company, but, suffice it to say, it was a very long time ago. On every visit to Sonoma over the last several years, I found myself trapped in a...
LivingWells: Fork in the Road Interview

LivingWells: Fork in the Road Interview

I recently sat down to chat about traveling luxuriously on a limited budget for the popular weekly travel podcast  A Fork on the Road  hosted by comedian Mark DeCarlo and the Traveling Diva Yeni Alverez.  Each week Mark and Yeni embark on a quest for  great food, amazing travel experiences and, of course, fun.  This week I got to be...
DVF 40: Celebrating the Dress that Caused a Revolution

DVF 40: Celebrating the Dress that Caused a Revolution

  “I was 26 when I created the wrap dress. Its success allowed me to become the woman I wanted to be.” — Diane Von Furstenberg Two years after arriving in the United States with a suitcase full of jersey dresses, Diane Von Furstenberg debuted the wrap dress, revolutionized women’s fashion, became a fixture at...
A Rose is Anything but a Rose…

A Rose is Anything but a Rose…

Jason Vorse and AOO Floral Re-imagine Floral Design   Even before entering a single rose bud vase arrangement into competition at a State Fair in Castle Rock, Washington at the tender young age of eight years-old, Jason Vorse, the Los Angeles-based, internationally recognized Lead Floral Designer of AOO Floral, had already developed a passion for flowers that...
Chatting Up Stephen Collins: Palm Springs’ Man About Modernism

Chatting Up Stephen Collins: Palm Springs’ Man About Modernism

You probably know Stephen Collins as the irrepressibly dashing and undeniably urbane host of Bravo’s Property Envy, the panel talk show he presided over alongside property expert Jeff Lewis, interior designer Mary McDonald, and Chicago-based real estate guru Brandie Malay.  However, I first met the Renaissance man in his pre-television days back in London when...
Bob Sinclar: The Pied Piper of Paris Nightlife

Bob Sinclar: The Pied Piper of Paris Nightlife

I’ve spent more nights than I can count (and certainly more than I can remember) dancing the night away in any number of those dim, uniquely Parisian bars that are short on light and long on the kind of fun that goes on past dawn. And more often than not, the rhythmic hooks of Bob...
London Chronicles: The Criterion Restaurant

London Chronicles: The Criterion Restaurant

Standing proudly in the thriving heart of lively Piccadilly Circus since 1874, The Criterion Restaurant in London hasn’t simply stood the test of time, it has aced it.   In an age where so many restaurants are hot today and forgotten tomorrow, The Criterion Restaurant has earned the designation ‘timeless’ not only because it has survived...
Look the Age You Feel | The New Fountain of Youth?

Look the Age You Feel | The New Fountain of Youth?

  Is your age in spiritual years at odds with the one on that pesky ol’ birth certificate of yours? Well Look the Age You Feel, a new book on grooming for men by author Henrik Vejlgaard, aims to help men avoid what he calls high “age elasticity”, which is the difference between our biological age and our self-perceived age. To that...
MANicure on Melrose

MANicure on Melrose

Picture this… An ultra-cool man cave on Melrose Avenue decorated with oversized leather chairs, the front-end of a classic Chevy pickup truck and a 1940’s leather punching bag and gloves that also offers custom-designed hand and foot treatments paired with personal flat-screen TVs, headphones and complimentary beverages. If that sounds like your version of pampered...
Tres: Tres Chic

Tres: Tres Chic

In Los Angeles, mention the name of José Andrés and you’ll likely hear shrill, near orgasmic moans about the James Beard award-winning chef’s celebrated The Bazaar restaurant at the SLS, to which foodies, local and otherwise, make regular pilgrimages. That the Philippe Starck-designed Bazaar has reached the apex of the ever-changing list of Los Angeles...
TokyoMilk: Soap Stars

TokyoMilk: Soap Stars

If you believe that all soaps are created relatively equal, then you’ve probably never tried the luxuriant creations from TokyoMilk by Margot Elena. As these fragrant, triple-milled soaps are made from a pure vegetable base and enriched with Shea Butter, they guarantee a bathing experience unlike most I’ve encountered if only because they are genuinely...