Fashion Advice from Melissa Magsaysay:
Summer Style


The events synonymous with summer are some of the most exciting and adventurous, though dressing for them is often not the easiest.

Also, when the weather is warm and the sun is beaming, standing in front of your closet contemplating an outfit is the last place you want to be spending the gorgeous daylight hours.

Dodge the struggle altogether by following these foolproof tips to looking effortlessly chic at all of summer’s main events.


CA_blog_fourthofjuly_v1aFashion Dilemma:
Dressing festive without looking like the American flag.

Style Solution
Sure, the Fourth of July is a prime opportunity for sporting stars, stripes, red, white and blue. But try not to wear all of them at once. Instead, opt for pops of patriotic color paired with denim or a neutral khaki. Also, earrings, sneakers or a tote bag are perfect places to showcase a star motif when heading to a long-weekend barbecue.

Break up an all-white outfit with a raffia bag, straw-boater hat and a hit of navy in a crewneck sweater, which is a useful layering piece come sundown.



CA_blog_weddings_v1aFashion Dilemma:
Finding the right dress and shoes for wedding season.

Style Solution
Floral prints, especially on a long dress, feel right for weddings held in a garden or other outdoor settings. Consider Calvin Klein’s moody florals or the prairie-style blooms festooned across the dresses in Coach’s spring/summer collection. Both versions feel romantic and summery but will also transition easily into fall.

Also, resist the urge to wear sky-high strappy or lace-up sandals if the ceremony or reception is being held on grass. Spiky heels will sink if the ground is even the slightest bit damp and make for a precarious walking situation. Wedges or flats could be the best option and are certainly less painful for dancing through the night.


CA_blog_travel_v1aFashion Dilemma:
Feeling comfortable yet looking chic.

Styling Solution
The number one rule for summer travel is to dress in layers. Try a foundation of charcoal-colored, slightly slouchy, cropped sweatpants and a black or white linen T-shirt or button-down. Leather Vans slip-on sneakers or cool leather mules from Vince make those security checks move faster, plus look really good. Bring a Madewell denim jacket and drapey scarf along and it’s luxe-looking, first-class comfort all the way.

Find Out What LA’s Most Stylish Tastemakers Are Packing For Their Summer Travels


As summer rolls around, wanderlust tends to grow in all of us. And really, between school being out and the temperatures being favorable around most of the world, there’s no better time to pack a suitcase and escape somewhere to unwind and enjoy the local food, culture and landscape.

In addition to the dreamy nature of the destination, there is plenty of glamour in what one packs to wear and enjoy while there. Personally, I look forward to packing because it’s like putting together a highly edited selection of the best pieces of your wardrobe.

For your summer adventures, I recommend starting with a piece or two of Tumi luggage for its durability and timeless design. A smaller must-have is Caudalie’s travel-sized Beauty Elixir, which is a refreshing and moisturizing mist that keeps skin glowing in the air and on-the-ground. And finally, Beats headphones and an iPad stocked with movies, magazines and TV shows are essential for making the flight more fun.

For other travel picks, we’ve tapped Los Angeles’ most stylish tastemakers from the fashion, lifestyle and beauty industries to share where they’re headed this summer and what their in-flight and on-the-ground fashion, beauty and wellness essentials are for ensuring a chic and healthy stay.




Nicole Chavez Nicole Chavez
Celebrity Stylist
Destination: Oahu, Hawaii

“My husband and I were married in Hawaii, so it holds a special place in our hearts. Now we’re returning with the whole family for some much-needed R&R. We love spending time on the beach with the kids, snorkeling and taking long walks. Hawaii forces you to slow down and enjoy all the little moments.”




Gregory Arlt Gregory Arlt
M-A-C Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry
Destination: Kauai, Hawaii

“I have been there about three times previously and I adore it. One of the things I love most about Kauai is how remote and rural it is and feels. I can really check out and hang my mental ‘do not disturb’ sign on my soul and being. There are a few remote, tourist-free beaches I love going to and will definitely be making appearances at. As well, I love The Dolphin Restaurant and Bar Acuda in Hanalei and will for sure be having a meal (or seven) there. If nerves permit, I’ll also go ziplining for the first time when I go!”




Hayden Slater Hayden Slater
Co-founder and CEO of Pressed Juicery
Destination: Rome, Florence & Capri

“I have one of my oldest friend’s weddings in Florence and decided to extend [the trip] a little bit and also visit Rome and Capri—two of my favorite places. I am most looking forward to eating and relaxing a lot.”




Sarah Gibson Tuttle Sarah Gibson Tuttle
CEO of Olive & June
Destination: Mill Valley, CA

“We rented a cozy, rustic cabin in the Muir Woods (located in Mill Valley, CA) with our families. We’ve all traveled to Mill Valley before, but it will be our first time staying in Muir Woods,” says Gibson Tuttle of their getaway.


Barrett Prendergast Barrett Prendergast
Founder of Valleybrink Road
Destination: Mill Valley, CA

On what she, Sarah and their families plan to do while there: “I love cooking on vacation,” says Prendergast. “I am looking forward to making yummy breakfasts, going on day hikes, and relaxing in the evening with some rosé.”




Joyce Lee Joyce Lee
Creative Director of Madewell
Destination: Sedona, Arizona

“This is my first time to Sedona. I plan on having a holiday to relax by the pool in the desert, surrounded by the red rocks. I’m looking forward to lounging by the pool, checking out the Red Rock State Park and having a picnic with my family.”

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Chef Michael Mina’s Favorite Father’s Day Activities Plus the Summertime Cocktail He Recommends Making Dad


To say that Chef Michael Mina is prolific would be an understatement. The San Francisco-based chef is owner of over 20 restaurants across the country, including the celebrated Bourbon Steak Los Angeles at The Americana at Brand. He is a James Beard Award-winning chef and the recipient of multiple prestigious Michelin stars. He’s also famous for ‘Cook Taste Eat,’ an online destination for all things food- and recipe-related.

His focus on balance of flavors and brightness of taste and ingredients are signature components of his cooking and an aspect that keeps fans of his food always coming back for more.

For Father’s Day, Chef Mina, who has two sons of his own, is opting for casual fare in the form of grilled corn and steak, plus a couple of cocktails to sip on throughout the afternoon.

Here, the successful chef and entrepreneur shares what he loves to do most on Father’s Day, as well as the cocktail recipe he suggests whipping up to toast Dad.

What are your favorite Father’s Day traditions both growing up and now with your own children?

Quality time together and being outdoors in the warm summer weather cannot be beat–unless there’s an NBA finals game on! The finals usually line up with Father’s Day; if there is a game on, you can bet we’ll be watching it.

What are a few of your favorite brunch recipes for someone who might want to create an at-home Father’s Day menu?

When I think of Father’s Day, I think of roasted corn on the cob, a perfectly grilled steak and a great tomato salad. For earlier in the day, my go-to is always bagels and lox with a Bloody Mary (my wife Diane makes the best!) to start the day.

Is there a decadent dish at Bourbon Steak LA that feels right for treating Dad on Father’s Day?

There is never a wrong time for a lobster pot pie!  Chef Kyle Johnson also has a beautiful bone-in rib eye that’s also perfect.

What would you suggest as the perfect cocktail for Dad to enjoy while grilling or dining on Father’s Day?

Pisco Sour is a favorite! It has a nice smokiness and bright flavors.


What You’ll Need:

2 parts Pisco (a white Brandy made in Peru from muscat grapes)
1 part lime juice
1 part simple syrup
1 egg white
3 parts ice
Angostura bitters

How to Make It:

Blend together Pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white with ice. Strain mixture into old-fashioned glasses. Top with a few drops of Angostura bitters.


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Fashion Advice from Melissa Magsaysay:
Kendall + Kylie Swimwear


It’s no secret what an immense effect Kendall and Kylie Jenner have on the fashion world. Now, with their first-ever swimwear line landing at Topshop, there’s a whole new category of style to be discovered.

Unsurprisingly, the 37-piece collection of one-piece suits, bikinis and cover-ups is reflective of the sisters’ coveted style. There are daring body-con items that seem suited to Kylie, and sexy-sleek suits that seem right out of Kendall’s closet.

There’s truly something for every aesthetic, but I’m partial to the flirty Bardot two-piece suit with its off-the-shoulder neckline and bold palm-leaf print. The cut of the suit is unexpected and it’s a fun balance between trendy and athletic.

Same thing goes for the cobalt-blue one-piece that Kendall is sporting in the campaign images. The color is vivid and gorgeous, and the cut is generous yet still sexy.

And the retro-style black Plait bikini is another favorite thanks to its adorable high-waist bottoms and very ’40s-inspired halter neck. It’s a classic cut in a versatile color and will look great beach- or pool-side all summer long.

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Father’s Day at The Grove


Considering the love, support and countless pep talks fathers bestow upon their children, one day of robust celebration seems the least we can do for the hardworking dads in our lives.

Fathers tend to teach us the tenets for living a good life, full of honesty, integrity and hard work. They also teach us the most essential outdoor grilling and car maintenance skills, and instill in us a deep appreciation for all things sports-related.

Gift ideas are truly plentiful as you think about items that support his favorite hobbies and interests as well as areas where he could use a little help. For instance, one category where Dad may not generally treat himself is with top-of-the-line grooming gadgets and skin-saving products.

For that, Kiehl’s has a vast array of face wash, shaving creams and serums that are perfect for every day. From daily maintenance to anti-aging formulas and shaving essentials, Dad will appreciate an effective regimen that makes him look and feel pampered.

Mark the occasion with these and other thoughtful tokens that show how much we appreciate Dad’s devotion. Whether it’s the best in grilling accessories, tools for making the perfect cocktail, gadgets for staying fit or pieces that add even more style to his wardrobe, consider these gift ideas as a way to say “Thank You” this Father’s Day.

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Fashion on Film


A lineup of exciting movies starting to play in theaters signals summer’s arrival. And although a thrilling plotline, hilarious ensemble cast or epic special effects are all undoubtedly attractive elements of a great film, it’s often the costumes and fashion involved that can be as eye-catching as anything else happening on screen.

This month, The Grove is combining two of the best aspects of summer: timeless movies and the gorgeous outdoor park space centrally located near the iconic fountain. The film series, in partnership with Who What Wear, includes stylish flicks such as Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing, Pretty in Pink, 10 Things I Hate About You and She’s All That. Plus, each film is inspiring for its style. It’s easy to get in the spirit with clothing and accessories that are as classic as each of the Showbox movies themselves. And you can take advantage of Barneys 40% off designer sale going on now to purchase iconic pieces inspired by these memorable leading women.


For instance, remember those perfectly cropped and worn-in denim shorts Baby sported in Dirty Dancing? They make a go-to summer staple to wear with just about anything. So does Baby’s light and airy white blouse, which can be dressed up or down all year long.

Pretty Woman style is just about as cool as it comes, and the ‘90s vibe is ubiquitous throughout fashion today. Try an off-the-shoulder dress in a similar polka-dot pattern or a sleek, embroidered lace cocktail number.

With films that include fashion and costumes that inspire, it seemed natural to learn more about what makes for memorable movie style, right from the source.

Stylist and costume designer Leesa Evans is responsible for the amazing wardrobes in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man, Bridesmaids, Neighbors and Neighbors 2, as well as the hilariously outlandish and very fashion-packed Zoolander 2.


When she’s not traveling the world to her next location (this summer, she begins a movie in Hawaii—a forthcoming comedy starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer, whom Evans also styles for the red carpet), the costume designer is combing magazines and runway show images to get inspiration for her current cast of characters. Here, Evans discusses how fashion enhances film, as well as the movie that endlessly inspires the style throughout much of her work.

Melissa Magsaysay: Have you always been a big fan of film?

Leesa Evans: Absolutely. I’ll see any movie any time, anywhere. I could watch two or three movies a day if I had the time. I find it’s the perfect escapism, a single focus for a little while. I will see romantic comedies, sci-fi and animation. You name it. I am so utterly entertained by film. You can watch the film on showbox app for free.

MM: How do you stay inspired creatively?

LE: I look at runway shows all the time. I love fashion as an art form and get inspired by it all the time. I’m also often inspired by things you wouldn’t think, like a rug, which will make me think of a shirt from when I was a child, and then that inspires a character. I just have this visual memory of clothes, and [movie] characters all need a backstory in order to understand why they wear the clothes they do.

With my job, I just felt like I wanted to be inspired by what I was seeing in films and felt there was also an opportunity to fuse contemporary fashion and film.

MM: What makes for a good fashion film?

LE: A good fashion film is when the fashion is evident but not overpowering, so that the character is enhanced by the fashion he or she is wearing. Sometimes you remember the outfit and not the character. If you look at Kristen [Wiig’s] character in Bridesmaids, her fashion is a little bit off, and you want more for her and root for her. You really fall in love with her. And Rose Byrne’s character is all about fashion and you see her as this person who is almost perfect, and you’re rooting for her to show her vulnerability and then for the characters to meet in the middle.

At the end of the day, fashion is absolutely imperative in contemporary film because we live in a totally connected, global world. A character of a mom in the Midwest could be just as fashionable as a mom in New York or LA. With social media and the internet, everyone has the ability to see what’s happening anywhere. The stakes are higher now and fashion is imperative to film. Otherwise, these characters aren’t believable.

MM: What film serves as your biggest fashion inspiration?

LE:  It is always and forever, Love Story. The fashion in that movie is stuck in my head forever. My vision for the costumes in I Love You, Man was as a modern-day Love Story.

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Fashion Advice from Melissa Magsaysay: Grad Gifts


Graduation time is upon us, and a new class of talented, confident and optimistic young adults is moving onto the next level of life. Be that grad school bound or setting out into the working world and a first apartment, the lessons they’ve learned at a desk or through internship experiences are only heightened and made greater by some life “essentials” that you can supply them with for this exciting journey ahead.

Getting dressed for a first job can be downright daunting. Giving your grad a chic work-ready bag that fits a laptop, lets him or her tote around everything needed for the workday and commuting in a presentable style.

A pair of versatile black heels for a lady or black wingtips for a guy are bound to get plenty of use in an office environment. For casual Fridays or for the grad school student, sensible and stylish flats or suede lace-up boots will become a definite wardrobe staple.

Keeping them organized is just as important as how they’re dressed. A timeless sterling silver business card holder with their initials engraved still holds a practical, if not sentimental, place among the tech-savvy set, and a money clip also can be engraved with a graduation date as a token to be displayed if not used daily.

Graduation is also the right occasion for giving meaningful jewelry. Think about classic stones, such as diamonds or pearls, and pieces they can wear daily to remember their recent accomplishment or perhaps even stir up fond memories of home.

From the practical to the precious, this occasion marks the start of many amazing adventures to come. Commemorate it and celebrate your grad with gifts that show you care.


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Fashion Advice from Melissa Magsaysay:
Summer Style


Summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy all of the amazing perks that Southern California has to offer.

From sun soaked hikes to long days spent at the beach, the outdoors are calling and the right active wardrobe and accessories, that are as stylish as they are practical, can help kick off the season with a bang.

When it comes to athleisure and a workout-ready wardrobe, Beyonce’s new Ivy Park line works whether doing some outdoor shopping or going on a neighborhood stroll. It has the same edgy, street aesthetic that the pop icon is known for and raises the bar on what’s possible with comfortable, casual clothing.

For brightening up those basic black leggings and tank tops, Nike and The Gap have a vast array of colorful, graphic print options that make switching out or mixing up basic staples easy and inspired for summer activities. Try mixing up your florals and patterns with your fitness clothes. It’s a bold move, but just like in fashion, playing with prints can be fun, plus make for an outfit that moves beyond your workout.

Sneakers are also an easy way to inject some summer-ready vibes into your outdoor wardrobe. There are endless options of bold brights, floral or animal print styles that transition seamlessly from the studio to the street, plus liven up a post-workout look of jeans and a T-shirt.

And while outdoors working out or simply enjoying the season, sun protection that’s sweat proof and effective is easy to come by when it’s packaged as a portable stick with a sport-ready formula.

While sun block helps beat the heat from the outside, try keeping cool from the inside as well, with a chilled concoction from Pressed Juicery. The delicious juices are as refreshing as they are delicious and make summer snacking lighter and healthier.

From brightening up an active summer wardrobe to finding the right sun protection and cool, edgy sneakers, kicking off summer has never been easier or more stylish.

Inspired to get in shape? Join us for We Run the Grove on June 12. Register here.


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Fashion Advice from Melissa Magsaysay: ’70s Style


The decade that brought us disco always delivers as a constant style inspiration for designers. This spring, it’s feeling fresher than ever.

Fashion is full of tropes that can easily feel tired. Take the 1970s, for example. We’ve seen it plenty of times in seasons past and, in fact, in Southern California, it could be considered a perennial look.

For spring and summer, designers are still mining the decade, but this time in a manner that’s more modern, effortless and laid back than ever before. Consider a Jane-Birkin-on-summer-holiday-in-St-Tropez sort of aesthetic rather than the contrived maxi dress and wedge sandal ensemble.

Now the trend is understated and even minimal, which means sleek off-the-shoulder tops and dresses (and necklines in general), wide leg pants, lace-up leather sandals and a solid, neutral color palette that reflects the most ideal notions of summer: the ocean, the sand and a cool and stylish get-a-way.

“Channeling the ease and femininity that the ‘70s represents, while looking modern and refined, was the starting point for our off-the-shoulder tunics for spring,” says Amy Smilovic, founder and creative director of Tibi, the brand that has arguably propelled the off-the-shoulder trend forward.

Getting the look is as effortless as it appears.

Here are the key items for this updated ‘70s redux, plus how to wear and where to get them.



Why We Love It: The block or stack heel is all the rage right now – and on top, it’s all about the lace-up leather tie. The details are reminiscent of the late ‘60s/early ‘70s and provide an instant update to even a t-shirt and high-waist jeans.

How to Wear It: Let the lace-up sandals be the statement accessory. The crisscross detail can get busy, so it’s best to keep everything up top sleek and minimal. The sandals tend to look the most summery in a brown suede, but try a bold color for maximum impact.



Why We Love It: Why not celebrate the shoulder? It’s a sexy area on just about everyone and feels easy and on point for warmer weather.

How to Wear It: Just like you would any other blouse or top. The neckline on anything from a top to a dress is the main trend and injects a breezy ‘70s vibe into any look.



Why We Love it: So long skinny! Cropped, wide leg, flare and boot cut are back, and the play on proportion is what we’ve been longing for as a welcome wardrobe update.

How to Wear It: Since the bottom is more voluminous, keep tops tighter in fit and tucked into the waist if possible. With all the cool cropped pant styles, it’s also time to let shoes stand out.



Why We Love It: They’re a continuation of the celebration of the shoulder area as they elongate the neck and punctuate spring’s neckline perfectly.

How to Wear It: Basically just replace all those long swingy necklaces and layered chains with a closer-to-the-skin choker. Try a leather cord with charm pendant for a more laid back look or a chic gold version for something more dressed up.”


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Fashion Advice from Melissa Magsaysay: Scarves

Neck scarves are nothing new to fashion, but after decades of serving both a stylish and practical purpose, the delicate and often colorful accessory is having a bigger moment than ever.

The ubiquity of the scarf has mostly to do with fashion’s continuing celebration of the shoulder and neck area – just think about all of the off-the-shoulder blouses and choker necklaces that emphasize the specific region of the body. Plus, the easygoing 1970s vibe of clothing this spring is perfectly punctuated with the polished look of silk neck scarf tied close to the skin.

But prim and proper isn’t the only way to wear a neck scarf. The trend ranges from casual and practical to sexy rock and roll. And styles from florals to plaids and even bold geometrics can add a playful accent to any ensemble.

“There are a million ways to style and tie a neck scarf,” says celebrity stylist Anita Patrickson on cinema box app. “My favorite way to wear it is to twist a really old-school traditional red bandana and do a lower tie in the front pairing it with a white button up or tee and a blazer or leather jacket.”

Consider how many ways we’re seeing the neck scarf worn. Saint Laurent did them long and loose last spring, seen as a skinny strip of fabric that could have been confused for a creative take on a necktie. For fall, Tory Burch tied them in a preppy manner to embellish her equestrian-themed collection. Scarves also were peppered all over the Chloe fall runway, seen as a more literal ‘70s style accessory to pair with the floaty, luxe boho look of the clothes.

When deciding how to wear your neck scarf this cinemabox season, plus when showing mom how to wear the new one you might be getting her for Mother’s Day, the process doesn’t need to be daunting. The accessory is best pulled off with confidence and also taking into consideration the look and attitude you’re trying to pull off.


This style works with both long and short rectangular scarves. Shorter scarves can be loosely wrapped around the neck just once and tied slightly to the side. Longer scarves can go around the neck twice for a bit more drama, with tails that hang lower and a knot that’s a little looser. It’s a subtle but effective accessory and works with anything from a t-shirt and jeans to a structured day dress.

Call it the look that Saint Laurent started. The non-chalantly draped skinny scarf evokes a ‘70s rocker vibe and looks best with a button-down shirt or any blouse with a V- or wrap-neck as it emphasizes the plunging line.

Not just for the Wild West, the bandana style tie is also a great way to mix up prints and patterns. Simply take a square scarf and fold it diagonally into a triangle. Tie each end around the back of the neck and let the front cover most of the collarbone area.


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