Father’s Day Gifts by Personality: One-of-a-Kind Gifts for the One-of-a-Kind Dad

When it comes to dads, no two of them are the exact same, yet all of them are impossible to shop for, especially on Father’s Day when the pressure is really on.

While there may not exist a one-size-fits-all Father’s Day gift solution, The Grove has something special for every type of father, no matter how unique (or picky) he may be.

Show pops he’s number one with these second-to-none gift ideas, now trending a​t The Grove.

When ties and golf balls won’t do the trick, look to the cool new tech toys on the block to turn dad’s smile up a few megawatts.

Snapchat Spectacles
Snatch up a pair of Snapchat Spectacles, now dispensing at the Snapbot. Each pair features a built-in HD camera that lets you record video in a 115-degree field of view (much wider than your average phone) and upload it to Snapchat. Dad will look cool wearing them and feel even cooler sharing his Snaps. Available at the Snapbot vending machine, located near the fountain ($130).

Raden Luggage
A favorite among celebrities, Raden makes travel a more seamless and enjoyable experience with sleek, cutting-edge luggage equipped with charge capabilities and built-in scale and location awareness features. As for what to get dad? “The matching A50 Set is the way to go,” says Thomas Isen, Director of Communications and Development at Raden. “You get the A22 [Carry] and the A28 [Check] for $95 off what you would spend individually.” In terms of color, Isen recommends the navy matte or hunter matte. Available at the Raden pop-up, now through June 28 ($595).

Got a dad who secretly enjoys shopping for himself? Show him good taste runs in the family by gifting these cool-dad essentials. 

Illesteva Wynwood II Sunnies
Illesteva’s handmade-in-Italy, fiery-hot Wynwood II round-frame sunglasses turn the fashion dial up a few notches with their red mirrored lenses, sleek frame and sculptural brow bar. Added bonus for mom: they’re unisex and ultra-flattering on all face shapes. Available at Illesteva ($175).


Le Labo Made-to-Order Scents
Forgo the conventional bottle of over-powering, chemical-laden cologne in favor of a “soulful” scent made fresh for dad, right at the time of purchase. Crafted from the highest-quality ingredients and formulated by men who understand firsthand how guys actually want to smell, each fragrance is destined to become a new signature scent. When shopping for dad, consider top-sellers like Santal 33, Vetiver 46 and Bergamote 22. For a personalized touch, Le Labo will customize your label with dad’s name. Available at Le Labo ($78+). 

PAIGE Becker Shirt
Father’s Day is a great time to start introducing easy-breezy separates into dad’s summer wardrobe. For shirts, The Becker from PAIGE is your guy. Available in a couple of equally versatile prints (our favorite is the preppy-retro Blue Sail Pace), The Becker features a cuffed sleeve and single pocket, and can be paired with almost anything for an effortlessly cool and classic summer look. Available at PAIGE, $169.


If dad’s idea of the perfect Father’s Day kicks off with a five-mile run and a few hundred burpees (all before breakfast), these picks will really get his heart racing.

Save dad from the tangled mess of wired headphones during his workouts with Apple’s game-changing AirPods. Just pop them in, tap and enjoy five hours of talking and listening on a single charge. AirPods pair seamlessly with all Apple products including your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad or Mac. Available at Apple, ($159).

Shinola + St. Pierre Bocce Ball Set
The perfect Father’s Day activity and gift rolled into one, this tournament-grade bocce set features solid, one-piece construction balls crafted of thermoset resin for precision roundness and balance. Available at Shinola, $250.

Halcyon Days Enamels from Great Britain Golf Box
Got a dad who eats, sleeps and breathes golf? You’ll hit a hole in one with this beautiful, leather-lined keepsake from Halcyon Days. Available at Lucy Zahran & Co. ($545). 

For the dad who’s saved every handmade piece of art you’ve created for him since the day you could hold a crayon, you can’t go wrong with these priceless and thoughtful gestures. 

Outdoor Picnic at The Grove
Treat dad to a relaxing and memorable picnic in The Park coordinated by Parkside Concierge. Swing by to reserve your chairs and order a delicious meal from a handful of your favorite Grove restaurants including Ladurée, The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill, and Bar Verde (along with additional treats like s’mores and fondue!). Parkside Concierge will deliver your food, provide you with an iPad to stream movies and shows from Netflix, and help you arrange games and activities like cornhole, life-size Jenga and more. Visit Parkside Concierge, located next to Pressed Juicery, to make arrangements.

Daddy/Daughter Celebration at American Girl Place
What could be a better Father’s Day treat than a special outing with your girl? Together, you’ll savor a delicious meal in the café and make new memories both of you will cherish. Your together-time will fly by with a fun dice game and a make-your-own “memory board” craft. Plus, you’ll receive a spiral book to record the best moments of your daddy/daughter outing, as well as a picture frame. $36 per person (gratuity not included); reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up. Please note, prepaid event reservations are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. Call 877.247.5223 to make reservations. 

If the way to your dad’s heart is through his stomach, these culinary treats are sure to hit the bullseye.

Wherever Dual Fuel Grill
Keep dad grill-happy 365 days a year with the Wherever Dual Fuel Grill from Crate & Barrel. A combination charcoal and electric grill, it’s the first portable fuel grill of its kind, and works perfectly for backyard cookouts, picnics and sporting events alike. Plus, don’t be fooled by its compact size: It features 176 square inches of cooking space to cook up some serious flavor. Available at Crate & Barrel ($79.95).

Sushi Sundae Sunday
Father’s Day is also Sushi Sundae Sunday at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill!  In between shopping and catching a movie, treat dad to fresh sushi with a summer twist: a handroll “cone” with your favorite fish and toppings, each for $8. Available from 2 – 5 pm, outside of Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill. 


Sprinkles DAD Box
A sweet gift that’s guaranteed to earn you brownie points? The Sprinkles DAD box, filled with a dozen vanilla milk chocolate, red velvet, black and white, and salty caramel cupcakes. Available at Sprinkles Cupcakes ($45+).

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.


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.



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.


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.


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

5 Ways to Edit Your Closet for Fall


In Southern California, where the weather can remain scorching well into September, it may be hard to get excited about cooler weather and the chic wardrobe that comes along with it.

But, rest assured, jacket weather will be here before we know it. Soon, knit sweaters will move to the front of the wardrobe rotation and ankle boots will begin replacing the tasseled sandals that saw us through summer.

To prep and edit your closet effectively, consider these five tips and tricks for creating an efficient working wardrobe this fall.


A daily uniform is not as monotonous as it sounds. It simply means recognizing your go-to styles for work, weekends and going out. Once those basic silhouettes and pieces are identified, you will have an easier time getting dressed day to day, especially during a harried morning.

Whether it’s a suit, jeans and a nice blouse, or a more fashion-forward ensemble, establish what is going to be appropriate for your daily environment throughout the changing season. Make tops such as long-sleeved button-downs, lightweight sweaters and wool suiting the focus of your closet so that such essentials are visible and easily accessible.


Many of the heavier items you rely on for fall and winter may have gotten a bit musty over the last few months. Whether they have pilled fabric or a distinguishable mothball scent, heavy sweaters, coats, scarves and hats may need to take a trip to the dry cleaner. That way, they’ll be ready to go as soon as the temperatures start to dip.


Identify the pieces that make sense splurging on this season. If you rely on a functional yet chic workbag to tote around daily, consider making this an investment piece. The same goes for your clothing. Make the timeless pieces teeter toward the higher end, while purchasing trendy items (namely a bomber jacket, a cape jacket, body suits or metallic items) at favorite street-style stops like TOPSHOP TOPMAN and XXI Forever, where trends are rampant and the quality still holds up.


Making room for heavier pieces may require boxing and shelving those lightweight rompers, denim shorts, off-the-shoulder blouses and mini dresses. Consider buying a few airtight containers to store hot-weather gear. Just be sure to label the boxes’ contents so that if you travel somewhere warm or L.A. has an all-too-common heat wave, you can easily grab those sandals and dresses.


Ankle boots (both heeled and flat) are the perfect transitional footwear. Wear them with kicky dresses while the weather is still warm; then, throw them on with jeans, a sweater and coat once fall really settles in. Stack heels are still really on trend with all footwear, but particularly with boots. Lace-up boots also feel very current and add a slightly casual touch to your look, making them more versatile for work and play.​

Fashion Advice From Melissa Magsaysay: Lesson 1


Going back to school means early mornings, carpool and, of course, homework. It also means shopping for functional accessories that allow kids to express their personalities and budding senses of style.

A backpack is perhaps the most important item for heading back to school. It’s clearly an essential, but it’s also an opportunity for students to let the world know a little bit about them, even from across the schoolyard.

Whether it’s for sports lovers, sci-fi fans or little style-setters, there’s a backpack for every student’s interests in Best digital piano, style and personality.








Despite everything we know about the sun’s harmful effects, it’s nearly impossible to resist the urge to soak up some rays once summer has set into full swing.

Though not as serious as sun damage, there’s also the annoyance of makeup melting with heat-induced sweat and mascara smudging once you plunge into the water. For that, having the right protection for both your face and hair is key, whether lying out, splashing in the ocean or just hanging outdoors. So, consider these celebrity hair stylist- and makeup artist-approved ways to beat the heat while still looking gorgeous.

By using the right products to protect your skin and hair, plus waterproof items that keep your makeup set all day, warm-weather beauty can be as easy as it is effective. Makeup artist Kirin Bhatty, who counts Rosario Dawson and Freida Pinto as clients, and hair stylist Derek Yuen, who styles the hair of Bryce Dallas Howard and Nicola Peltz, share the summer-beauty secrets they count on in order to keep their star clients looking and feeling great, no matter how hot it gets out there.


Celeb2_224x335Derek Yuen
Celebrity Hair Stylist

What are your biggest beauty rules when it comes to protecting hair from summer weather?

When it comes to summertime weather, the two concerns I have are the drying effects of the sun and color fading. Sun exposure can affect the protein structure of hair, which can deplete moisture and lead to a rougher cuticle, resulting in frizz. It also can fade color-treated hair and change the color all together with the salt or chlorine of a pool. To prep and protect, try to limit sun exposure by covering up with a hat or using hydrating hair products with UV protection.

What is your recommended type of sun protection?

Rene Furterer Solaire Protective Summer Fluid. It has UV filters to protect hair and scalp from sun damage, as well as a lightweight oil to hydrate while protecting. It can be misted over dry or damp hair before heading out into the sun.

What are the best treatments for hair that’s exposed to sun, salt water or chlorine?

For hair that has already been exposed to sun, salt water or chlorine, I like to do a two-step process. First, I like to use Kenra Clarifying Shampoo. It will help remove any salt, minerals or buildup in the hair, leaving the hair with a brighter luster. It is also safe to use on color-treated hair to remove chlorine. After clarifying, I always recommend Kérastase Masque UV Defense Active. It helps replenish moisture to the hair, strengthen the cuticles and protect with UV filters. Use two quarter-sized amounts on damp, towel-dried hair, from roots to ends. Then, comb through and wrap in a warm towel for 10 minutes and rinse out. Repeat this once or twice a week.

What are your recommended hair styles for hair that’s getting too oily or frizzy in summer heat and humidity?

My favorite hairstyle right now is a simple rope braid. It’s easy to do. It gets hair up and out of the way and can even be twisted up into a chic bun to beat the heat. If hair is too oily, spray some Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray, which contains zeolite, a microporous mineral that soaks up some of the oil. Or if hair is too frizzy, mist Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Primer to add moisture and take the frizz down a notch. Once hair is pulled into the rope braid/bun, don’t forget to use sunscreen on face, ears and all around the front and back hairline. Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist is SPF 50 and will dry and stay matte.


Celeb_224x335Kirin Bhatty
Celebrity Makeup Artist

What are your biggest beauty rules when it comes to protecting your skin from summer heat?

Sun care is essential—especially in California where we spend a lot of time outside. I always wear face sunscreen and make sure I pay attention to my chest, neck and hands, too.

What is your recommended type of sun protection?

I love La Prairie SPF 50 face moisturizer and Kate Sommerville Body Glow Sunscreen for body.

Should women switch their foundation to a different shade for summer?

I think going one-half to a full shade up for summer is good so there isn’t a stark difference between your face and body. If having two foundations is not your thing, you always can add a few drops of liquid bronzer to your current foundation to warm up the color a bit. Try Laguna Liquid Bronzer from NARS.

How do you advise keeping makeup waterproof?

I think a setting spray is helpful like Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray. Also, opting for waterproof versions of your favorite shades is always good, too. Makeup Forever, Smashbox and Dior all have waterproof products that will get you through a hot summer day.

How can people deal with makeup that drips off with sweat during the day?

Primer is a great place to start. It provides a barrier between your makeup and your skin so it lasts longer. I love and swear by Smashbox’s primer.

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.




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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
@nicolechavezstyle“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
@gregoryarlt“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
@haydenslater“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
@gibsontuttle“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
@valleybrinkroadOn 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
@joycejjoyce_“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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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.


*If you are interested in any of these items for purchase, please contact our concierge at 323.900.8080.

All items are subject to availability.