How to Master Date-Night Style from Head to Toe

 

After tossing ideas back and forth all week, the two of you have finally agreed on the perfect Saturday night date: a delicious sushi dinner followed by an award-nominated movie (after all, there are only a few days left until Oscar night). Cue the next dilemma: figuring out what to wear.

Landing on something that’s not too sexy yet still flattering and a little unexpected can be tricky to accomplish especially if date-night butterflies are getting the best of you.

Start with something that is true to your personal style, then amp it up slightly. Sleek (and super comfortable) jeans from Madewell are a great foundation for any look. Plus, with the wide array of fits for every body type, you can easily go from boot cut to cropped skinny, setting the tone for the rest of the outfit.

A chic button-down blouse isn’t bulky or too revealing and the neckline leaves room for some great accessories. Try something versatile like the essential sheer-cotton and silk shirt from Equipment for a rich and beautiful print in a slightly sexy and revealing fabric.

On top, a motorcycle-style topper is always classic and keeps you warm without looking bulky. The structure and clean lines of the jacket also make an entire look feel pulled together and polished, but with the right amount of edge.

As for accessories, don’t be afraid to have a little fun. Try a statement ankle bootie in order to punctuate your timeless look with something a little trendy, as well as a cool studded leather messenger that exudes self-confidence and personality.

The end result is classic, edgy but feminine. Plus, you can always punch it up with pops of color and extra accessories to better suit your personal style. Because, after all, no one wants to be uncomfortable during date night, so focus on fashion that really makes your personality shine.

For the ultimate date night, The Grove is now offering its “For Your Consideration” Date Night package, complete with a three-course dinner at your favorite dining destinations like Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill and Ladurée Boutique and Restaurant, an award-nominated movie for two and valet parking. Packages must be sold in pairs. To purchase, call 323.900.8080 or visit TheGroveLA.com.

High-Rise Skinny Jeans Button-Through Edition, Madewell, $135; Equipment Signature Slim in Lighting Bolt, Nordstrom, $214; Suede Biker Jacket in Rust, TOPSHOP TOPMAN, $360; Billie Boot, Madewell, $228; Midnighter Large Messenger, Rebecca Minkoff Pop-Up Shop, $345.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style at The Grove

Love is in the air at The Grove! Whether you’re dining with your valentine or shopping with your galentines, The Grove has something for everyone to love.

Here are the can’t-miss events and offers to fall for this Valentine’s Day.

 

American Girl Place: Hearts and Hugs Date with Dad
Dads, have an extra-sweet outing with your little valentine! On February 10, you and your little valentine can savor a delicious meal at the American Girl Café and make new memories both of you will cherish. Your together-time will fly by with a fun dice game, a make-your-own “memory board” craft, and lots of conversation. Plus, you’ll get a spiral book to record the best moments of your daddy/daughter outing, as well as a picture frame. $36 per person (Please note, prepaid event reservations are non-exchangeable and non-refundable), Reservations required, For girls ages 8 and up. Please call 877-247-5223 for reservations.

The Art of Finding Love: Michel Kalish Installation
Snap a selfie of you and your valentine near “The Art of Finding Love” interactive exhibit from renowned artist and designer Michael Kalish. The 20’ interactive sculpture will be in The Park, from February 8 through February 14, before embarking on a nationwide tour of public venues throughout the year.

Artisanal LA Valentine’s Day Fair
On February 11, Artisanal LA comes to The Grove! Head over to The Park to shop hard-to-find, locally made goods for you and your valentine, including handmade soy-wax and beeswax candles from Piece by Paz, gorgeous jewels from Katie Dean, skincare from Bonblissity, industrial and vintage-inspired home goods from Lincoln + Hobbs, and more.
Date Night at The Grove
Enjoy an award-nominated film and a romantic three-course dinner at a handful of fine dining destinations at The Grove for just $30, now through February 26. Complimentary valet parking is also included. And here’s the best part: The Grove’s Concierge Services is here to help plan the perfect evening, so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy your evening. To purchase, call 323.900.8080 or visit TheGroveLA.com.

 

Some of your favorite restaurants at The Grove are serving up special Valentine’s Day menus for a romantic meal the two of you won’t soon forget:

Bar Verde at Nordstrom: See special Valentine’s Day menu here.

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill: See special Valentine’s Day menu here.

Ladurée Boutique and Restaurant: See special Valentine’s Day menu here.

La Piazza: See special Valentine’s Day menu here.

The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge: See special Valentine’s Day menu here.

 

Fresh
On February 11 and 12, you’re invited to enjoy a pampering skincare treatment with a Fresh Alchemist and receive a deluxe sample tailored to your needs. Plus, for pre-booed RSVPs, enjoy light fare and champagne.

J.Crew
Through February 12: Enjoy 30% off when you spend $150+, or 25% off your purchase.

Ladurée Boutique and Restaurant
This Valentine’s Day, Ladurée celebrates love, friendship and hearts that look good enough to eat. On February 14, send your sweetheart a Love Letters Gift Box ($28), eight assorted macarons each decorated with a heart, in a box that lets you record your own personal love letter.

Lucy Zahran & Co.
Surprise your valentine with an enduring keepsake that he or she will treasure for decades to come. In addition to timeless and beautiful crystal from Baccarat and Lalique, Lucy Zahran & Co. is now offering Halcyon Days’ 2017 St. Valentine’s Day Box, the 43rd edition in its series of handcrafted enamel boxes, all of which celebrate this romantic holiday.

Pressed Juicery
This Valentine’s Day season, share the health by sending a complimentary mini 2 oz. juice gram to your BFF, your crush or anyone you care about. Simply visit here and have a juice gram ready for pick up at Pressed Juicery at The Grove. Spoiler alert: when you send one, you’ll receive one, too! Choose your favorite: Red (Roots 3) for love, Yellow (Citrus 2) for friendship or Pink (our new Strawberry Almond) for joy. Offer valid now through February 14, 2017.

See’s Candies
Limited time only! Print this coupon or show us the barcode from your mobile device to redeem. *Valid only at See’s Candies shops. Not valid online. Requires a minimum purchase of $30. One coupon per purchase. Product price, excluding tax, used to calculate eligibility. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Cannot be used to purchase See’s gift cards. No cash value. All rights reserved. Valid 1/29/17-2/14/17.

Sprinkles
Design your own message on a dozen cupcakes or select from adorable preset options like BE MINE, I LOVE YOU, I AM SORRY and MARRY ME. Also, enjoy a chocolate chip-studded Belgian dark chocolate cake topped with luscious raspberry frosting and adorned with a pink heart.

Swarovski
Receive an exclusive pair of Crystalized Heart Shaped Earbuds with any purchase of $200+. Restrictions apply. Please see store for details.

7 Things You Need to Know Before The Grove Christmas With Seth MacFarlane

Here are 7 things you need to know before heading to The Grove Christmas with Seth MacFarlane:

1) Arrive early to beat the crowds.
If you plan on attending, arrive a few hours early. Many guests start arriving as early as 4:30 pm.

2) Ridesharing is the way to go.
Parking will fill up very quickly. Consider carpooling or taking an Uber to and from the event.​

3) Stores will close at 4pm.
Many stores and Pacific Theatres will close at 4pm on Sunday. Our restaurants will remain open throughout the night and Pacific Theatres will reopen at 10pm.

4 ) Follow The Grove on Snapchat.
Our Snapchat will go behind the scenes all night long to give you an exclusive peek backstage and on the red carpet. Follow us on Snapchat @thegrovela.

5) You can watch anywhere on property.
If you can’t get close to the stage, don’t worry: large viewing monitors will be set up across the property, including near Nordstrom, Nike and our Santa House, showing a live stream of the event.

6) Come for a late lunch; stay for the show.
To secure the best spot on property, get to The Grove as early as possible and enjoy a bite at one of our many dining destinations. Reservations are required.

7) Unable to make it to The Grove?
Visit The Americana at Brand on November 17 for its annual tree lighting ceremony,  featuring joyous music from around the world, the arrival of Santa, and a grand fireworks finale. Or you can join us the following night at The Promenade at Westlake for another magical celebration complete with a 65-foot Christmas tree adorned with 5,000 sparkling lights, as well as music, entertainment, fireworks and a visit from Santa.

 

Nordstrom at The Grove Debuts SPACE, Featuring Over 30 Fashion, Accessory and Beauty Brands

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Nordstrom continues to redefine the look and feel of a traditional department store by collaborating with cutting-edge and under-the-radar brands, bringing an even more dynamic and modern shopping experience to customers.

Launching galaxy s8 today at The Grove, SPACE is a boutique for emerging and advanced designers, all curated by the department store’s Vice President of Special Projects, Olivia Kim.

A creative mastermind in the fashion/retail industry, Kim worked with the Nordstrom design team to create a framework that feels open and airy. Pops of color distinguish the shop from the rest of the retail floor (think pink mannequins, mixed materials and eclectic objets d’art). SPACE at Nordstrom at The Grove will also house art and décor from George J. Sowden, Masanori Umeda, Javier Mariscal and Ettore Sottsass.

“We want SPACE to serve as a platform to introduce our customers to the incredible brands that have been established for some time but can be found only in a few places in the world in boutique businesses,” says Kim, who selected over 30 brands from the fashion, accessory and fragrance categories to showcase.

“I’m so excited that we will be offering a handful of amazing brands that will be new to the L.A. market,” adds Kim, highlighting names such as Colovos, Koché, Paskal, and Sarah & Sebastian as a few of the labels heading our way.

With so much new and exciting product, Kim can’t pick just one piece she’s ready to start wearing for fall, but a few items definitely come to mind. “There is a leather wrap dress from Colovos that I’m dying for!” she says. “I also love Comme des Garçons, Ellery (which launches its denim collection this season) and Undercover. I can’t wait to see how our customers will mix these brands into their own style.”

SPACE at Nordstrom at The Grove will feature the following designers:

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ACNE STUDIOS
ANTHONY VACCARELLO
ASHLEY WILLIAMS
COLOVOS
ELLERY
ETIENNE DEROEUX
FAUSTINE STEINMETZ
JULIEN DAVID
KOCHÉ
LEA PECKRE
MARQUES’ALMEIDA
MIRA MIKATI
PASKAL
ROKSANDA
SHRIMPS
SIMON MILLER
SOFIE D’HOORE
TU ES MON TRESOR
TOGA
UNDERCOVER

Jewelry
CHARLOTTE CHESNAIS
LARA MELCHIOR
MOCIUN
PIECE A CONVICTION
PIPPA SMALL
WWAKE

Bags
KARA HANDBAGS
CREATURES OF COMFORT

Accessories and Shoes
BROTHER VELLIES
MAISON MICHEL
MARIA LA ROSA

Fragrances and Candles
COMME DES GARÇONS

Win Tickets To A Private Screening Of Hands Of Stone!

hands-of-stone-posterWe’re giving five (5) lucky fans the chance to win two (2) tickets to a private screening of Hands of Stone on August 15, 2016. Enter to win by following @thegrovela on Twitter and tagging your name on our Twitter post.

*No purchase necessary to enter or win. Contest begins August 11, 2016 at 3pm and closes August 12, 2016 at 5pm. Five winners will be selected from eligible entries daily during the period of the contest. Winners will be notified via Twitter on August 12, 2016 at 6pm. Winner must be able to claim prize in person at The Grove (189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036) by August 14, 2016. If an entrant is found to be ineligible or cannot claim prize in person by set claim date and time, alternate winners may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. Void where prohibited by law. Other restrictions may apply. Subject to change without notice.

 

Contributing Editor and Lifestyle Expert for The Grove and The Americana at Brand

Spring has officially sprung and with the new season brings exciting change. One we’re especially excited about is the addition of Melissa Magsaysay, multi-media journalist, stylist and author, who has joined us as contributing editor and lifestyle expert for The Grove and The Americana at Brand.

Melissa is a regular contributor to Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Glamour, C Magazine, WWD and Harpers Bazaar. She is also a regular on-air style expert to Access Hollywood, KTLA Morning News and has appeared on national morning shows as well. Check out her broadcast reel here. Her best-selling book, “City of Style: Exploring Los Angeles Fashion Bohemian to Rock,” was released in May 2012.

Covering everything from red carpets to runways, starting April 19th, Melissa will utilize her celebrated sense of style to share weekly tips, tricks and insights about fashion, beauty, dining and entertaining with you via email. Her articles also will live on The Grove and The Americana at Brand websites.

Here, Melissa gives us a bit more insight into her world, in her own words.

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DID YOU ALWAYS KNOW YOU WANTED TO WRITE ABOUT FASHION? HOW DID YOU START YOUR CAREER?
I have always wanted to be involved in fashion. I had subscriptions to Vogue, W and Sassy magazines starting at 12 years old. I would flip through all of them (often two or three times) and trace the models’ clothes and tear photos out and tape them all over my walls. I loved the colors, the patterns, the models and seeing the nuances of different looks and trends. I was hooked. As I got older, I volunteered to be involved in any and all fashion-related activities such as coordinating the high school fashion show event by Showbox, designing costumes for my high school play and joining the Nordstrom Fashion Board. I studied English and writing in college. After graduation, I quickly got to work interning at magazines and assisting stylists in New York City.

Now, I love that I get to combine my love of visuals, fashion and writing across a few platforms, namely print, digital, books and television.

WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO PIECES FOR CREATING THE PERFECT LOOK?
To me, perfect means clothes that make you feel confident and effortless. If I spend the day noticing my clothes, then it’s a sign it’s too much or that my outfit might be wearing me rather than the other way around.

My go-to look is usually a tailored button down shirt tucked into high waist, cropped jeans. Either vintage-style loafers (current favorites are my classic black Gucci slip-ons with gold horse-bit detail or perfectly worn-in brown leather loafers I picked up in Buenos Aires and of which I wish I had bought 10 pairs!) I rarely change out my gold jewelry and generally have a pair of Celine, Prada or Garrett Leight sunglasses with or on me.

CarusoAffiliated_MelissaMagsaysay_Intro_BarneysI love uniform dressing, but not to the degree that it takes the fun or imagination out of fashion. Having a general template of pieces in a silhouette that suits your body, attitude and environment, and playing within that realm, is a great start to creating your own “perfect” look.

WHERE ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT AND SHOP AT THE GROVE AND THE AMERICANA AT BRAND?
How much time do we have?! No, really though, I think like many people who visit each property, every experience is different and that’s especially fun if you have young kids like I do. My son loves the trolley but is always pointing out and discovering new things each time. I personally love shopping at Madewell for everyday essentials; Barneys New York for, well, everything; J. Crew for the family and me; Under Armour and Nike for working out; Apple for office must-haves and Nordstrom (particularly the revamped beauty counters) to satiate my inner beauty junkie.

CarusoAffiliated_MelissaMagsaysay_Intro_SushiAs for restaurants, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill is a current favorite, not just at The Grove, but in all of Los Angeles. It not only has mouth-watering sushi, but the fried chicken with wasabi honey is up there with my other vice, chocolate. The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge is perfect for a girls’ night or post-movie glass of wine. It’s such a great spot. And, over at The Americana at Brand, Bourbon Steak is my go-to for lunch. It has a fantastic menu and the setting is beautiful. And, of course, there’s Din Tai Fung. The best dumplings on the planet! What could be better than shopping followed by its dumplings? Yum.

Love Starts Here: The Grove 2016 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Find all the gifts guaranteed to get their hearts racing. This Happy Valentine’s Day, all signs point to stylish, thoughtful and swoon worthy items that make a day about love that much sweeter.

 

Prices and availability subject to change.

The Grove 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s the most festive time of the  new year 2017 when holiday parties abound as well as the anxiety of finding the perfect gift. We’ve compiled a range of chic clothing and accessories and must-have beauty products for you or your best girl. We’ve got Chloe’s Hudson Mini Shoulder Bag which is the perfect statement piece to transition to spring. Honest Beauty’s Truly Kissable Lip Crayon, which works well for day and night – perfect for the post-work holiday party. Below, these ideas plus 10 more to give (and receive) this holiday season.

 


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What do you get for the stylish man in your life who has everything? The classic Gucci Damo Driving Loafer is the perfect luxe gift. A Chemex the budding barista in your family or Tovolo® Ice Molds for the whiskey lover. Check out our other picks below.

 


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The holidays are here, and that means the California air gets a little crisper. Keep those kiddies warm with stylish gifts like the adorable Happy Face Pom-Pom Beanie and the Janie and Jack Sweater Slipper. For the creative kids, Seedling and Pottery Barn have great viva video build-your-own toys!


*Prices and availability subject to change.

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Join Melissa Magsaysay for How To Work It: The Art of Being a Mom and a Businesswoman

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Guest blogger: Melissa Magsaysay

On Tuesday evening at Barneys New York at The Grove, a panel of truly amazing and wonderfully accomplished women will join me in conversation about babies, starting a business and of course, all things style and beauty.

Since becoming a mother and conversing about life, work, family and that ever present juggle that women handle (with grace) on a daily basis, it became apparent to me that in today’s world we are pulled in so many directions (plus, always plugged in) to the extent where it can make us a bit frazzled, never mind trying to remain present for our kids, be a boss at work and look on point for our love of style and fashion.

No longer is “mom” a descriptor for dowdy or non-stylish…it’s quite the opposite actually. Modern women are so multi-faceted and seamlessly blend their pre-baby lives with their post, while retaining their love of doing and creating everything that makes them feel great.

Join me November 3 from 7-9 pm at Barneys New York at The Grove to listen to a candid panel discussion between some great women who have started their families and a business within the fashion, tech and lifestyle space, pretty much at all the same time.

They will open up about their successes, challenges, wins and losses and ultimately provide an inspiring perspective for all women (those with AND without kids!) about being a female entrepreneur and starting or growing a business while also balancing your personal life, in today’s world.

Click here for more details on How to Work It: The Art of Being a Mom and a Businesswoman.

Melissa Magsaysay Shares Her Seven Fall Style Essentials

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For the modern woman, multi-tasking is basically like a second language. So many of us tend to take on a ton (whether by necessity or choice), with opportunities literally at our fingertips (at the touch of a smart phone), and others requiring lengthier and more time consuming commitment.

Regardless of how hectic your schedule may be, having a streamlined wardrobe full of pieces that make getting ready each morning effortless and inspired, is key to keeping a busy, exciting and on-the-go life chic and stress-free.

This fall, think about these seven key items as the perfect start to creating a wardrobe of workhorse items that mix, match and pair back with existing pieces, plus incorporate a few standout trends for a smart, efficient and above all, stylish, closet.

1.) The Statement LoaferFlats are still the favorite of fashionable (and sensible) women everywhere and this fall they’re being done in an array of pointed toe, embellished and truly interesting styles. Check out Miu Miu and Saint Laurent for statement loafers that work with a dress, skirt or cropped jeans and immediately dress up even the most basic ensemble.

2.) The Mod lookPerky and somewhat quirky 60’s inspired looks were all over the fall runways and sartorial themes taken from the decade make for polished and versatile pieces. Think about a sleek A-Line black dress or skirt, a body hugging turtleneck for layering under a structured summer dress making it cold weather-ready, and gorgeous faux fur coats that immediately add style to whatever you’ve managed to pull together underneath.

3.) Luxe Knits: Sumptuous sweaters done in drapey and cozy silhouettes are perfectly practical for fall weather. Stock up on a few neutral shades and one bolder color for when you want to punch things up a bit. Pair this easy piece with cropped skinny jeans or edgy leather pants for a timeless, luxuriously lived in look.

4.) Romantic Victorian Ruffle neck blouseThere is a definite romantic vibe in fashion this fall and a Victorian inspired blouse will immediately bring those basic blazers hanging in your closet right up to speed with the current season.

5.) The Chelsea Boot: 60’s inspired and perfectly practical, the pointed toe Chelsea boot works with jeans and a sweater or a long dress and leather jacket. The chunky heel gives you enough height to feel pulled together, but it’s not so treacherous that you can’t run through your day accomplishing all the items on your To-Do list.

6.) Patterned HosieryThis play on traditional fishnets and graphic patterned tights puts a new twist on heavy fall pieces. Designers used pattered tights to style their fall runway shows and the hosiery works just as well for everyday life. Pair them with understated, neutral items like a grey or black skirt and black oxfords or closed-toe heels or ankle boots.

7.) Flare Jean or Trouser: The 70s influence that has been a strong theme in fashion since last spring, is still going strong. Think about wider leg pants and jeans to pair with a blazer or blouse as a way to make your silhouette more up to date.