Get Your Love a Gift Perfectly Suited to Your Relationship

 

Stumped on what to get your valentine? Consider this: The duration of time you have been together has a lot to do with how personal and possibly sizeable the gift is.

This Valentine’s Day, show the person you love that you really get him/her by selecting a thoughtful present that speaks to your relationship and what really makes it special.

 

THE SITUATION:
You have only just started dating and want to give your valentine a token of affection without coming on too strong.

THE SOLUTION:
Heart-Shaped Macarons Filled with Ginger Cream from Ladurée Boutique and Restaurant ($28): This Valentine’s Day, Ladurée celebrates love, friendship and hearts that look good enough to eat. Send your sweetheart a Love Letters Gift Box, eight assorted macarons each decorated with a heart, in a box that lets you record your own personal love letter.

Candle from Piece by Paz ($30): A welcome addition to any home, this long-lasting, beautifully scented candle will remind your valentine how loved he/she is every time it is lit. Available during The Grove’s Artisanal LA Valentine’s Day Fair on February 11.

 

THE SITUATION:
The honeymoon phase has been said to last between 6 months to 2 years. At this point, you know the person well and you’re not afraid to show it.

THE SOLUTION:
Coach Women’s Icon Moto Jacket ($1,250): Versatile and built to last, this must-have only gets better with love.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rose ($65): A seductive, floral blend that you will both love each time she wears. 

 

THE SITUATION:
Your love has stood the test of time (three, 13 or 30 years, perhaps?) and there is a beautiful level of comfort in knowing each other so well.

THE SOLUTION:
Baccarat Crystal Glasses from Lucy Zahran & Co. (Call for pricing at 323.933.3166): For beautiful gatherings at home and heirlooms to pass down to kids and grandkids.

Shinola Elongated Signet Ring ($1,900): A sturdy and colorful symbol of your love that she will never want to take off.

No matter what you decide to get your valentine, don’t forget the most important gift of all: time well spent together! For that, The Grove is now offering the perfect 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. To purchase, call 323.900.8080 or visit TheGroveLA.com.

 

Awards Season is Upon Us: Here’s How to Plan an Epic Viewing Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you live in the heart of Los Angeles or elsewhere in the country, chances are you will catch one, if not several, of the exciting and glamorous entertainment awards shows.

Between the Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 29, Grammys on February 12 and Oscars on February 26, there’s no shortage of star power and amazing style fueling each show. Each red carpet in and of itself will be an epic event, studded with such megawatt stars as Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman and Meryl Streep. And the events are made even brighter when watching with good friends and great food.

To pull together a memorable viewing party, start with a mouthwatering food spread. Sushi
and appetizers from Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill make the perfect finger foods for guests to munch on while watching. To add a touch of award-winning style to the spread, serve the sushi on a shiny, hammered metal tray, like those currently found at Crate & Barrel.

For even heartier fare, tap Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill, and The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge for everything from filet mignon skewers and artisan cheese platters, to very shareable flatbreads.

And, of course, nothing mirrors the opulence of such an event quite like the Parisian confections from Ladurée, especially when served up on metallic-lace dinnerware, like that currently offered at Anthropologie.

For added glitz and glamour, the Star Cluster glassware, also from Anthropologie, is festooned with a smattering of metallic stars to mirror the other metallic elements in your décor. Use the Star Cluster coupes to serve champagne, and the flutes and stemless wine glasses for cocktails and wine. For those extra-special touches, opt for gilded serving utensils, such as the horn inlay serving set and oxidized brass coaster set, both from Anthropologie.

Gather a few loose yet lovely bunches of all-white peonies, then place them in the Goldshine vase from Anthropologie. The gold and silver touches will shine through the evening, while your party goes down as one of the most festive and effortlessly glamorous awards show parties in recent memory.

 

 

A Taste of What’s New: Illesteva

Southern California residents are no strangers to sunglasses. After all, we tend to have multiple pairs to swap out daily depending on our mood, outfit and, of course, the ever-so-slightly fluctuating weather.

In the past several years, one brand in particular has skyrocketed to become the leader in the cult-cool eyewear space because of its made-in-Italy quality and fashion-forward design. That brand is New York-based Illesteva, which very appropriately is pronounced illest eva.

Known for its endless celebrity fans and perennially popular frames, the eyewear line is currently sold alongside Shinola and Elizabeth and James at A Taste of What’s New, the limited-time designer showcase now open at The Grove.

Just in time for spring, Illesteva offers a wide selection of mostly unisex styles, ranging from the super-cool Leonard Mask (a mirrored, almost 3D-looking pair) to classic Leonards and metal-framed Jeffersons that are perfect for wearing to upcoming music festivals.*

Also available is the line’s chic selection of timeless leather bags and accessories, including wallets, cardholders, pouches and backpacks.

With a rapidly increasing line and pretty much every spring accessory essential you will need, it also is worth stopping by The Grove’s recently opened Illesteva store, located in the Grand Lobby, to see the full array of amazing glasses and other accessories, including the most genius umbrellas you ever will encounter.

*Fun fact: It’s only $35 to change out lenses on these super-cool sunglasses.

This Month: A Spectacular Lunar New Year Celebration at The Grove

 

The festive nature of the holidays continues at The Grove with Lunar New Year and all of the vibrant and meaningful celebrations surrounding this special time of year.

Customs tend to vary, but the Lunar New Year is generally a time for families to come together, share meals, and cleanse and decorate the home in order to make room for good luck in the coming year.

January 28 officially kicks off the year of the rooster, which signifies a dawn and awakening. If you are a “rooster” (meaning born this year or in a year of the rooster), it is said you are hardworking, resourceful, courageous and confident.

The storied meaning, tradition and symbolism behind Lunar New Year are all apparent in the dazzling décor and fun-filled activities taking place on Sunday, January 29 at The Grove and Original Farmers Market.

From 2 to 5 pm, guests will be immersed in the colorful and festive ambiance, complete with giant lanterns, moso bamboo poles and intricate Foo Dog statues. At the celebration, a first of its kind for The Grove, you will see the holiday honored with extravagant lion and dragon dances, family-friendly crafts and activities, and so much more. Then, hop over to Original Farmers Market to experience more dancing, cultural performances and food-related activities.

Lucky red envelopes will be passed out by Concierge Services and on the trolley on behalf of the God of Prosperity, containing cash and special offers from your favorite retailers, including Illesteva, Nike The Grove and TOPSHOP TOPMAN.

A Taste of What’s New: Elizabeth and James

 

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have created a veritable fashion empire and the cornerstone of their contemporary fashion business is the undoubtedly cool Elizabeth and James.

Known for capturing the bohemian edge and vintage vibe the sisters are famous for, Elizabeth and James truly offers something for every aspect of a girl’s wardrobe.

From jewelry and perfume, to handbags and oversized sunglasses, the line rounds out those essential pieces that are endlessly fun to put on each morning.

Case in point: They mix vintage robes and kimonos, perfectly worn-in vintage Levi’s, beautifully tailored blazers, and the most seductive floral-musky perfume, all under one roof at The Grove.

To get a taste of just how amazing the brand is, step into A Taste of What’s New  located near the fountain to peruse pieces from the current collection. There you will find kimonos, jeans and sunglasses, plus a wide range of delicate gold jewelry you’ll never want to take off.

The full range of the brand’s scents also are showcased, including Nirvana Black (violet, sensual sandalwood and rich vanilla), Nirvana White (delicate peony, chic muguet and tender musk), and
the newest perfumes, Nirvana Bourbon (vanilla bourbon, oakwood and a hint of tuberose) and Nirvana Rose (dark rose with notes of rose de mai, geranium and vetiver).

The sensual qualities found in all of the scents reflect the feeling found in the line as a whole: earthy, confident and wonderfully effortless.

Be sure to check out The Grove’s just-opened A Taste of What’s New, now through January 24, for a chance to shop an array of covetable items from Elizabeth and James, Shinola and Illesteva that are destined to become instant classics.

A Taste of What’s New: Shinola

 

Shinola, the Detroit-based company leading the conversation around quality goods, elevates typical design and production by implementing meticulous, American-made manufacturing into everything it does.

So, it is no surprise that Daniel Caudill, Shinola’s creative director, knows plenty about well-crafted and timeless pieces perfect for kicking off the new year.

The brand’s outpost at The Grove is the ideal showcase for all of the amazing items Shinola has to offer. Plus, the brand is now displaying its latest and greatest in The Grove’s A Taste of What’s New, which is now open near the fountain.

In it is Shinola’s recently released women’s jewelry line, a collection of gold pieces that perfectly straddle the intersection of timeless and contemporary, including the brand’s popular Gomelsky watch, which is a mixed-metal women’s style with a mother-of-pearl face.

“Strapping on a watch is the easiest way to pull together an outfit,” says Caudill. “Adding a dressier watch to your outfit, such as our Canfield with a white dial and black American alligator strap, immediately sharpens your look. You also can offset your suit or sports jacket with
a more casual watch, such as our classic Runwell watch, adding an unexpected dash of cool.”

In addition to the brand’s newest offerings, Caudill cites The Runwell Turntable, The Shinola Power Supply Cords and Shinola Guardian Watch as notable pieces that are as practical as they are stylish for elevating the everyday.

 

Be sure to check out The Grove’s just-opened A Taste of What’s New for a chance to shop an array of covetable items from Shinola, Illesteva, and Elizabeth and James that are destined to become instant classics. For the full collection of men’s and women’s items, visit Shinola’s store at The Grove.

Gomeslky, The Shirley Fromer Watch, Shinola, $950; Wide Buckle Bracelet, Shinola, $1,200 – $8,000.

 

How to Wear and Celebrate Pantone’s Fresh New Color of the Year

Touted as “nature’s neutral,” Pantone’s Color of the Year is one that evokes optimism, rebirth and revitalization.

 “Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

The yellow-green hue, which embodies both warm and cool tones, complements most skin tones when done right and adds the perfect punctuation to any look. Case in point: Greenery was all over Gucci’s sought-after spring 2017 runway, and even interior designers are incorporating bright pops of the color in wallpaper, décor and furniture.

Crate & Barrel has green-tinged items ranging from cozy throws to glazed serving bowls, which all look striking when set against white or charcoal-grey furniture. The finish is clean and modern but with a distinct and deliberate pop of color that is unique yet timeless.

 When wearing the shade, it truly can be treated as a neutral. If paired with other neutrals, such as camel, white, black or grey, it feels minimal and modern. If worn in a more traditionally spring-like fashion, for example when paired with pastels or white, the color takes a much more feminine turn that is fit for a springtime celebration.

Surprisingly, the shade also translates into beauty. Nail polish is a no-brainer and OPI has the perfect rendition called “I’m Sooo Swamped!” A swipe of Greenery-inspired eyeliner also can be an unexpected addition to a beauty look and a nice departure from your more ho-hum black and brown. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Freak is a gorgeous green that will provide contrast to dark eyes and enhance the color in lighter eyes. As for your lids, dust M·A·C Cosmetics’ Bowlarama eye shadow (from its limited-edition It’s a Strike Collection) in the inner corners of your eyes or along your lash lines for a vibrant wash of color that seems to make all eye colors sparkle. 

And for spring and summer weddings, Greenery feels like a natural fit for bridesmaid dresses and even as the over-arching color of the event. After all, its optimistic and positive appeal seems spot-on for the sentiment of the celebration.

Products shown, from top: Lima Alpaca Olive Green Throw Blanket, Crate & Barrel, $179.00; Jars Tourron Green Serving Bowl, Crate & Barrel, $99.95; Caprice Green 8″ Melamine Bowl, Crate & Barrel, $6.95; OPI New Orleans Collection in I’m Sooo Swamped!, Sephora, $10; Bowlarama Eye ShadowM·A·C COSMETICS, $9.60

Amenities and Stellar Concierge to Make Your Holiday Shopping Easy and Enjoyable


Holiday shopping can be a daunting task for anyone, unless there are exceptional services in place to ensure the process is not only bearable, but enjoyable.

It’s a concept that Anthony Henry, director of guest services at Caruso, not only understands, but celebrates every day. Henry works tirelessly to ensure that every guest’s experience is spectacular. He and his team of concierge specialists at The Americana at Brand and The Grove think and execute above and beyond to make sure everything from shopping and dining, to entertainment and Santa House visits, are seamless and uniquely special.

A Very Special Birthday

Case in point: Henry recently planned a birthday experience at The Grove for a little girl named Maddie. From hot chocolate on the trolley, to photos with Santa and a “Happy Birthday” serenade by musicians in The Park, he spared no detail in order to create a memorable celebration for the second grader and her 30 guests.

“For me, nothing is more rewarding than making our littlest guests smile,” says Henry. “Maddie’s mom is a very busy single parent and all she wanted was to give her daughter a spectacular birthday experience.”

After the surprise celebration, Maddie’s mom, Katherine, was in tears and eternally grateful for the time and effort that went into making the day so wonderful. “Having the ability to create precious moments for others is what I live for,” says Henry.

Proposals, Parties, Trips and More

Whether it’s gestures big or small, stellar service like this can be found at The Grove and The Americana at Brand at all times of the day, especially during the holidays. To help make the season extra memorable, Concierge Services will even help arrange marriage proposals, one-of-a-kind celebrations, as well as tickets and reservations to any event, concert, restaurant or travel destination.

Hands-Free Shopping

A smaller yet equally appreciated service available is hands-free shopping, which is especially useful when getting through that seemingly never-ending gift list (and clutching on to that complimentary hot cocoa and roasted chestnuts available to guests). Both The Grove and The Americana at Brand also have bellman service and package check, plus they’ll help mail or messenger items wherever they need to go.

Curbside Services

Shopping favorites such as Nordstrom, Sprinkles Cupcakes and See’s Candies have curbside service so you can avoid parking and simply pick up your goodies and go. And Shinola goes one step further by delivering items directly to your house upon ordering.

Styling 101

And, for exceptional styling services, stores such as Nordstrom and TOPSHOP TOPMAN offer personal shopping to help get everyone crossed off your list with ease and style.

Catering and Gift Cards

Additionally, plenty of restaurants at both properties offer catering services, and Concierge is available to arrange American Express gift cards.

Holiday Style for Every Occasion: From Office Parties to New Year’s Eve Soirées

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As merry as the holiday season is, there also is the inevitable stress that comes along with all of the social events surrounding it. The dress code for such occasions should, of course, come second to the joy of the gatherings themselves, but planning what to wear to so many festivities can be overwhelming.

Fashion and beauty inspiration is exactly what the Season of Style event at Nordstrom covered last Tuesday evening at The Americana at Brand. A panel of style experts, including myself, weighed in on which looks to wear to every event, ranging from office parties to cozy weekend getaways.

If you were not able to attend the event, below is cheat sheet to help you look festive and flawless throughout the season.

OFFICE HOLIDAY PARTY

An event that always seems to stump people sartorially is the office holiday party. It’s one of the few times when we can break away from our corporate uniforms and bring more personality into the way we look.

Skip the jeans and go for something a little more formal and a lot more festive. A little black dress with an unexpected flourish can easily be worn to work under a blazer, and later be dressed up for the party with a pair of strappy metallic sandals and an equally dazzling clutch.

Unknown-2Alice + Olivia’s “Bria” fit-and-flare dress, now available at Nordstrom, is ideal for such an occasion, offering the right amount of flounce in the skirt, with a structured bodice that flatters.

Gianvito Rossi, available at Barneys New York, makes sexy-yet-totally-wearable heels that work well beyond the holiday season.

 

COZY WEEKEND GETAWAY

On the other side of the spectrum is getting dressed for a cozy weekend getaway. Even though this is more casual than a soirée, you want to be sure you’re prepared for various activities, ranging from dinner out to drinks by the fire. Break out your favorite and most comfortable jeans, and layer in a wooly wrap coat, such as a Rag & Bone version available at Nordstrom. You’ll be warm on the plane or car ride when getting to your destination, plus it’s a great piece to comfortably take you through the weekend.

TS26H18KPNK_Zoom_F_1Bodysuits and turtlenecks are a huge trend right now and pair well as a second skin layer under a wooly topper.

If you’ve got stylish cropped jeans, show some sock. Choose a bright red or festive stripe that will peek out between the hem of the jeans and a lace-up boot.

For guys, focus on comfort and great fabrics. A cashmere zip-up sweater is a great way to layer. Top it off with equally soft accessories such as a beanie and scarf, and you’re ready to get cozy by the fire or set out for an afternoon hike.

HOLIDAY RECOVERY

The comfy factor also goes for what to wear during holiday recovery time. This means the stylish-yet-lived-in look you’ll no doubt be lounging around in after the holidays. It’s a bumped-up version of your gym clothes, but it definitely can be worn for a power nap or, better yet, some power shopping.

Nordstrom’s in-house activewear line, Zella, is full of colorful and practical pieces that really perform. Wear a drapey cardigan from Free People to look more pulled together should you stop for lunch or coffee with a friend.

UnknownFinally, carry all of the pieces you need for a busy day off in the versatile Transport Tote from Madewell. It’s beautiful and durable, and the leather looks even better with age.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE

New Year’s Eve is the one occasion where everyone might immediately turn to sparkle, and with good reason. The evening begs for something festive and fun to ring in the New Year in the brightest way possible. Remember to keep the glitter and sparkle to a moderate level or you’ll end up looking like a holiday ornament.

UnknownTry a subtly metallic skirt such as this version from Trouve at Nordstrom, then tuck a black halter bodysuit underneath.

A velvet motorcycle jacket from TOPSHOP TOPMAN or Nordstrom is a perfect topper for party hopping.

For the gal who wants a little more of a bumped-up look for the big night, Anthropologie has gorgeous velvet and embroidered lace dresses in rich jewel tones. Pair them with sparkly accents and a glass of champagne. Cheers!

 

 

Alice + Olivia Bria Fit & Flare Dress, Nordstrom, $330; PETITE Cocoon Horizontal Knitted Jumper, $68; Mens’ Scarves, TOPSHOP TOPMAN, $14-$68; The Transport Tote, Madewell, $168; Trouve Shine Pleat Midi Skirt, Nordstrom, $79.

Three Easy Ways for Men to Look Seasonally Stylish

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This may come as a surprise, but dressing up for the holidays is not a concept relegated to just the ladies. But have no fear, fellas: seasonal doesn’t have to mean sparkly and over the top.

Instead, guys can just as easily embrace the style and spirit of the season by making subtle tweaks to their existing wardrobe. For a look that’s festive for everything from cocktails to countdowns, consider these three fail-proof tips and tricks for getting men in the sartorial swing of things.

GIFTED GENTS

For the guy who needs a little help in the fashion department, the holidays are the perfect opportunity for loved ones to gift him the items he needs to flaunt his seasonal style.

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Shinola and J.Crew Mens Shop carry the coolest modern gear that’s steeped in timeless design. From socks and journals to an always-practical watch, both stores offer covetable items at every price.

Nike and Under Armour Brand House also have the perfect array of gift options for men. Whether for their off-duty look or for actually hitting the gym, performance apparel is a must in every guy’s wardrobe.

1100945_22_Kiehls_DMI_AgeDefender_Dopp_srgb_loresFor stocking stuffers and smaller gifts for office mates and friends, grooming sets from Kiehl’s Since 1851 are well-received gifts that many men love but often would not get for themselves.

HOLIDAY HUES

For the guy who has his wardrobe under control yet is looking to inject a stronger holiday vibe, consider introducing a little color in the form of muted tones and subtle patterns to button-down shirts, pocket squares and neck ties. Try not to do all three at once, of course, but choose an area or two to focus on, then mix plaid, tartan, stripes and Fair Isle in with solid basics.

 

Also, consider introducing a pine-green palette in the form of a neck tie, a merlot hue on a pocket square, or even a gray-green shade on a quilted vest. Punched-up earthy tones still pair well with the grey, black and brown staples, while also adding a festive touch.

JCrewPlaidMid-weight flannel shirts with a red-and-green plaid motif are another no-brainer this time of year. J.Crew Mens Shop has a variety of colors and fabrics that pair perfectly with dark jeans or broken-in chinos. It’s a look that moves seamlessly from holiday lunch to late-night cocktails.

The elevated basics at Vince also provide the perfect foundation for a family gathering or an office party. Simply throw on a suede bomber jacket for an instantly pulled-together look. Schott NYC also makes tried-and-true leather jackets that any guy would be thrilled to receive and wear year round.

WELL SUITED

When it comes to holiday suiting, think cozy, textured and tailored. A gorgeous wool suit always works this time of year, especially when paired with a cable-knit cardigan instead of the matching blazer. Opt for deep blue, charcoal grey and warm brown tones, and pair with a sweater vest in a brighter color underneath as well as some crisp sneakers to soften the look.

TOPSHOP TOPMAN does fashion-forward and tailored like no one else, plus its suits feature surprise flourishes that are perfect for this time of year.

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Throw on a pair of Cole Haan oxfords for a more traditional touch, and it’s a holiday look that is sure to turn heads.

For a slightly more casual suit look, a tailored blazer from Barneys New York or TOPSHOP TOPMAN, plus a pair of dark denim jeans from PAIGE or Vince is a more relaxed way of approaching a holiday party or outing.

Finish off the look with shades from Illesteva for the final punctuation on a truly Southern Californian holiday ensemble.

As shown:

Medium Hard Linen Journal, Shinola, $19.99; The Guardian Watch, Shinola, $675; Age Defender Collection, Kiehl’s Since 1851, $88; Wallace & Barnes Heavyweight Flannel Shirts, J.Crew Mens Shop, $98, photo credit: @jcrewmens; Jagger Wingtip Oxford, Cole Haan, $139.95, photo credit: @colehaan;
Mykonos II, Illesteva, $177, photo credit: @illesteva