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.

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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.

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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;
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How L.A. Tastemakers and Their Kids Get into the Holiday Spirit

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No matter which part of the country you hail from, the winter holidays are among the most nostalgic of them all. That is why creating new traditions and lasting memories this time of year can be so important for families.

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While you would be hard pressed to find snow-covered branches and roasting chestnuts on every L.A. street corner, the spirit of the season is still alive and well thanks to the myriad holiday events and attractions happening at joyful destinations such as The Grove and The Americana at Brand.

Take, for example, the twice-nightly snowfall, magically falling against Southern California’s beautiful backdrop of palm trees. Or the popular Santa Brunch at The Grove’s American Girl Place, where little ones can mingle with St. Nick while dining with their dolls. Ryan Patterson, an L.A.-based television producer from South Carolina, is one mom who has been taking her family to The Grove during the holidays for several years. Patterson explains that Christmas time at The Grove is the closest thing to what she remembers from her childhood on the opposite coast. Similar to many guests seeking a winter wonderland experience, the Pattersons visit the Santa House every year and have created a special tradition the entire family looks forward to each December. “We love that throughout all these years,” says Ryan, “It’s been the same Santa, and that both our girls believe he is the one true Santa Claus.”

It’s the snowfall at The Grove that Penny Lovell and her daughter love to experience together. “We do it every year,” says the celebrity stylist, who counts Anne Hathaway and Rose Byrne as longtime clients. “We have pizza outdoors at La Piazza, then we go out into the snow when it starts to fall.”

Whether it’s a trip to Santa’s House or shopping under the falling snow, there’s plenty of holiday magic happening at both The Grove and The Americana at Brand for every family to enjoy:

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SANTA’S HOUSE

Open Now through December 24
Santa is here and taking appointments! Visit Santa and his elves for a magical experience, complete with a professional holiday photo for your family to treasure for seasons to come. Plus, enjoy a festive holiday atmosphere all month long, with twice-nightly snowfall, strolling entertainment, holiday characters and more. Visit AmericanaAtBrand.com for details on hours and photo packages.

SANTA’S WORKSHOP

December 6,  9 to 11 am
Join us for a morning of holiday crafts, Sprinkles cupcake decorating, story time with Mrs. Claus, and fun with Santa. Tickets are $40 per child and include a photo package, goodie bag and tons of activities. Visit AmericanaAtBrand.com for more details.

SANTA BRUNCH AT TRATTORIA AMICI

December 10 & 17 at 9:30 am
Experience a festive atmosphere at Trattoria Amici, featuring a visit from Santa and his friends, plus a selection of Italian classic cuisine and bottomless mimosas. Tickers are $34 per adult; $15 per child (11 years and younger), and include a complimentary Santa photo and goodie bag for kids. Visit AmericanaAtBrand.com for more details.

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SANTA HOUSE

Open Now through December 24
Visit Santa Claus at The Grove for an unforgettable experience, complete with a professional holiday photo. 5% of Santa House proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Visit TheGroveLA.com for details on hours and photo packages.

HOLIDAY STORY TIME WITH CHRIS PAUL
December 8
Help spread cheer to kids in need at a very special Feed the Children charity event in The Park. Enjoy holiday treats, entertainment, crafting and story time with NBA all-star player, Chris Paul, and a surprise guest from the North Pole. Plus, donate packaged personal care products to Feed the Children to receive complimentary valet parking.

LA KIDS FASHION FAIR HOLIDAY EDITION
December 10
The Grove will host its seasonal Kids Fashion Fair on December 10 with LA-based mommy group, Fashion Mamas LA. Guests can shop the latest and most coveted baby and kids brands, plus enjoy  crafts, face painting, a fashion show and more.

7 Ways to Sparkle This Holiday Season

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From tinsel garlands to twinkling lights, sparkle is ubiquitous during the holiday season. The same goes for matters of the sartorial kind, when party-ready sequined sleeves and gold lurex threads become the norm rather than the exception. However, shimmering during the holiday season isn’t just about piling on the rhinestones, appliqué and jeweled embellishments; it takes some strategy and a bit of restraint in order to get a balance that reads “tastefully festive.” Here are seven ways to shine right and bright so your look is stylishly reflective of the spirit and beauty of the holidays.

1. Jewelry

Screen Shot 2016-11-22 at 5.17.32 PM Tip: Always a festive touch, bold gold jewelry brings just the right amount of drama. Shinola recently launched a new women’s jewelry line that focuses on classic shapes with just the right amount of eye-catching embellishment. Wear these items every day and layer up for the evening.

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Tory Burch, Barneys New York, Diane von Furstenberg, J.Crew and Tiffany & Co. all have a wide variety of statement pieces that make sense for the holiday season and beyond. To bring your gold items into more festive territory, layer in jewel-tone rings and earrings that feature emeralds, rubies and sapphires.

(As shown, clockwise from top left: Shinola Medium Buckle Ring with Diamonds at Shinola at The Grove, $850; Shinola Coin Edge Signet Ring at Shinola at The Grove, $1500; Shinola Lug Ring with Diamonds at Shinola at The Grove, $1500; Nordstrom Jewel Drop Earrings at Nordstrom at The Grove and The Americana at Brand, $39)

 

2. Black Eyeliner with a Hint of Glitter

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Tip: Up your holiday makeup game with sparkle placed strategically toward the inner corners of your eyes. It’s a subtle move that will bump up basic daytime makeup to a party-ready face. Sephora Collection makes a black shadow eyeliner that has a fun glitter finish and a texture that’s soft enough to smudge for a smoky eye. For additional shine, M·A·C Cosmetics makes a practically 3D glitter that would pop from the inner corners of the eyes. Happy new year 2017

(As shown: Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Glitter Black at Sephora at The Grove and The Americana at Brand, $12; MAC Cosmetics 3D Silver Glitter at MAC Cosmetics at The Grove and The Americana at Brand, $22)

 

3. Jeweled Sunglasses

Tip: From Dolce & Gabbana to Prada, bejeweled sunnies are an easy way to sparkle in Southern California this winter. Try Nordstrom, Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Barneys New York, and Elizabeth and James for the most dazzling array of jeweled and stylish sunglasses.

 

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Tip: Choose a traditionally sparkly textile in a deep, romantic shade in order to shine with a rich intensity. Elizabeth and James’ current collection is packed with sumptuous velvet tops and dresses, plus satin details on blazers for a truly luxe finish. Nordstrom, Anthropologie and J.Crew also are all carrying holiday-ready velvet items, plus plenty of highly textural lace.

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If you would rather let your shoes do all the sparkling, Chiara Ferragni (now open near the fountain at The Grove), TOMS and UGG® Australia have embellished footwear, ranging from glitter designs to lace and rhinestone details, respectively.

(As shown from top: Elizabeth and James Ambrose Jacket at Elizabeth and James at The Grove, $425; Chiara Ferragni Flirting Metallic Sequin Point-Toe Flats at Chiara Ferragni Pop Up Shop at The Grove, $465)

 

 

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Tip: Wear a festive fabric or texture (such as sequins or lace) with a similar or matching shade so that the effect is subtle yet shiny. For example, a black sequin T-shirt or lace blouse looks gorgeous with a classic black skirt or cropped trouser. Punctuate the ensemble with an unexpected glitter flat from Chiara Ferragni’s highly coveted shoe line.

(Shown right: Elizabeth and James Wesley Dress at Elizabeth and James at The Grove, $475)

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Tip: Brooches, pins and ornamental hair décor are a festive and unique way to draw attention to the face and mane. Try Barneys New York, Nordstrom and J.Crew for ornate brooches and hair accessories that can be fastened to the side of a chignon or into the back of a half-up, half-down do.

(Shown above: Nordstrom Cara Rhinestone Bow Barrette at Nordstrom at The Grove and The Americana at Brand, $36)

 

7. The 3:1 Rule

For every three items worn, one should be sparkly and the other two more understated in order to keep you from resembling a Christmas ornament. As mentioned, Chiara Ferragni’s shoes and accessories are a stellar style statement and don’t need a ton of heavy jewelry to steal the spotlight. If your outfit is already plenty festive, temper with understated classic jewelry from Tiffany and Co. or David Yurman and with practical, neutral footwear.

4 Experts, 1 Perfect Holiday Table: Heather Taylor, Caroline Styne, Suzanne Goin and Maire Byrne Share Their Tips

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Aside from the beloved company gathered around your dining table, it’s the seamless combination of ambience, décor and food that really captures the style and spirit of this treasured time of year.

Every detail, from table linens and lighting, to serving platters and centerpieces, is key to creating a stunning tablescape that will add warmth to your home and set a cheerful mood at your table.

Here, four of the most sought-after entertaining experts share their valuable tips for creating a truly magnificent and unforgettable holiday celebration.

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Heather Taylor, Founder of Heather Taylor Home

During the fall I like exposed wood tables that are not covered in a heavy cloth. Use runners, or nothing at all, to allow the natural beauty of the wood to show through, and add a bold napkin. It’s a less-fussy look that feels less “done,” yet is still seasonally appropriate and sophisticated. Don’t be afraid to use color, but think beyond the typical fall palette. Fir green, plum and marigold are all rich, autumnal hues that keep your table from looking like a Thanksgiving window display.

I always have a focal point in the center of my table, but I look beyond flowers, especially in the fall. A gorgeous bowl filled with pomegranates, squash or grapes is a bit unexpected, and it evokes the harvest in a very subtle way. Avoid the urge to spread red, yellow and orange maple leaves across your table. I also like to put some striking birch branches in a beautiful vase or a bay leaf wreath as a centerpiece. It still gives that autumn feeling without being so obvious.

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I love using mini fruits or vegetables, such as pears, persimmons and winter squash, to hold place cards. It’s fun and less precious than the usual options. I try to mix old and new, for instance my grandmother’s china with some of my table linens, for a mix of formal and modern so that the table looks fresh and not too traditional or stuffy.

I turn off all the lights and just use candles. It’s perfect for this time of year and avoids brightness which can really put a damper on a gathering.

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Caroline Styne and Suzanne Goin, The Larder at Burton Way

Caroline: The food that surrounds the holiday season delights the sights and senses, undeniably bringing people together. In particular, sweet potato dishes create an amazing and autumnal aroma and flavor that is immediately engrained in people’s memories. Add in the gorgeous color, and it’s a dish that everyone always looks forward to enjoying.

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This sweet-and-savory sweet potato recipe makes a great side dish. I always say that if I stopped bringing this to my mother’s Thanksgiving dinner, I might never be invited back! For those who don’t have the time, these sweet potatoes can always be ordered from our Thanksgiving Take-Away Menu at The Larder at Burton Way.

Sweet Potatoes with Bacon, Romesco and Spinach

4 pounds sweet potatoes

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 cup sherry, reduced to 1/2 cup

8 ounces (2 stocks) unsalted butter

2 tablespoon sliced sage leaves

2 teaspoons picked thyme leaves

3/4 pound slab bacon, cut into ½-inch lardons

1/2 pound young spinach, cleaned

1 recipe romesco

Kosher salt and black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Peel the potatoes, then cut them into 1 ½-inch cubes. Place them in a large bowl and toss with the sugar and reduced sherry.

In a medium sauté pan, cook the butter over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes, until it’s brown and smells nutty. Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes. Add the sage and thyme to the butter, then pour it over the sweet potatoes, scraping the pan with a rubber spatula to get all the brown bits. Toss with a large spoon, being careful of the hot butter. Season with 1 tablespoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Transfer the sweet potatoes to a large roasting pan, then bake in the oven for 50 minutes to one hour until they are caramelized tender. Stir with a metal spatula every so often to coat evenly.

While the potatoes are cooking, slice the bacon lengthwise into 1 3/8-inch thick slices. Stack them in two piles, then cut the strips crosswise into 3/8-inch thick, even-sided rectangles or lardons. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat for 1 minute, add the bacon and cook for about 5 minutes, until it’s tender and lightly crisped. Using a slotted spoon, transfer it to a plate.

When the potatoes are cooked, remove the pan from the oven, then toss in the bacon and spinach. Taste for seasoning and arrange in a shallow bowl or large platter. Spoon the romesco over and around the sweet potatoes.

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Maire Byrne, Owner of Thyme CateringThyme Cafe & MarketLocal Kitchen & Wine Bar, and Quinnie & B in Santa Monica

I like to have everything ready and out so that I don’t have to spend too much time in the kitchen. I love to set up food around the house so as people move throughout, they are excited by new tasty treats.

On the kitchen island I like to set up a panini and soup station.  Everyone loves a delicious winter soup served in a mug, and we have a server there pressing paninis to order.

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In the dining room we set up a comfort-food station with sliced turkey, cranberry compote, beef filet with spicy horseradish, creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, crispy onions and our thyme-kale salad.

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I set up dessert on our breakfast table, covering it with bite-sized treats such as mini red-velvet cupcakes, mini cranberry-apple crisp with vanilla ice cream in small glasses, and hot chocolate and apple cider, which are sure to make the house smell amazing!

For the kids, we have donut decorating. We set up a table with all sorts of cute bowls filled with toppings that kids can use to decorate donuts for them to take home.

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From Thyme and Available at The Gourmet To-Go Section at Thyme

Serves 12-15

12 yams

1/2 pound butter

Zest of 3 limes and juice of 5

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Salt to taste

Cover yams with water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Boil until tender, about 1 1/2 hours. When cool enough to handle, peel yams, being sure to remove any threads and tough portions. Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan, then bring to a simmer. Cook until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved; remove from heat. In batches, purée yams and butter mixture until smooth. Taste for seasoning.

 

Fig and Whiskey Cocktail

 

Fig & Thyme Cocktail

From Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

2 1/2 ounces vodka

1 1/2 ounces fig syrup

1 ounce Earl Grey tea (double concentrate)

1 ounce tangerine juice (pulp removed)

2 thyme sprigs, plus extra for garnish

1 large egg white

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker and stir until combined. Add egg white, and fill shaker to the top with ice. Shake vigorously for 90 seconds, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with sliced fig on thyme skewer.

The Most Festive Places in and Around L.A. to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

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Whether it’s the delicious pumpkin spice filling the air or the vibrant poinsettias adorning lampposts across the city, early seasonal touches have us counting down the days until its official arrival and all the exciting festivities that come along with it.

For a city blessed with consistently mild weather (and not a drop of real snow since 1962), Los Angeles really knows how to ring in the holidays. Neighborhoods from the beach to the hills are decked with strings of colorful lights, while popular destinations go all out to ensure visitors from near and far get a heaping dose of holiday cheer.

Topping the list of L.A. winter wonderlands are The Grove and The Americana at Brand, where snow magically falls twice nightly, holiday music fills the air and two of the West Coast’s tallest trees each twinkle with 25,000 lights and ornaments.

If you’re staying local this November and December, check out these can’t-miss seasonal attractions at The Grove and The Americana at Brand, plus other destinations worth visiting to see the holidays done right.

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On November 13, witness the lighting of the 100-foot Christmas tree and a 60-minute live spectacular hosted by Seth MacFarlane. Beginning at 7 pm, the evening will feature entertainment for the whole family, including special performances by Lea Michele and Rachel Platten, the season’s first snowfall, a fireworks show and the arrival of Santa Claus.

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Starting November 14, visit Santa Claus daily at the Santa House for a magical holiday experience and professional holiday photos. Other seasonal hallmarks include live outdoor performances by The Top Hats, stirring sounds played by Toy Soldiers and Belle Air Brass, character visits from Frosty the Snowman and the Gingerbread Man, roasting chestnuts and hot cocoa in The Park, and lots more.

Visit TheGroveLa.com for more details on Santa House hours, reservations and photo packages.

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The annual tree lighting takes place on November 17 at 7 pm, ushering in the holidays with music from around the worldthe season’s first snowfall, the arrival of Santa Claus and a grand fireworks finale.

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Visit AmericanaAtBrand.com for more details on hours, Santa House reservations and photo packages.

Both The Grove and The Americana at Brand offer top-notch concierge and valet services, several new stores and restaurants, extended shopping hours and Caruso Rewards Double Points, from November 13 – December 31.

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This Woodland Hills neighborhood has been coming together since 1952 in an effort to create the most dazzling display of Christmas lights this side of the North Pole. Those who visit the spectacle understand why the stretch of eight blocks near the intersection of Oxnard Street and Lubao Avenue has been dubbed “Candy Cane Lane,” with décor that rivals only a Hollywood movie set. The lights go up on the second Saturday of December, and remain there until the end of the year. Visit woodlandhillscc.net/candy_cane_lane for more details.

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The famed LA Zoo really comes alive around the holidays! From November 18 –  January 8, the two-year-old tradition of festooning the zoo with an impressive display of lights and holiday-themed décor continues. Visit lazoolights.org for more details.

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A quintessentially Southern Californian stretch of land, the Venice Canals may be just steps from the beach, but they feel reminiscent of a small European town. Add the Christmas lights that are wrapped around the wooden bridges sparkling against the water, and you’re left with a romantic and uniquely offbeat holiday experience.

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Start the festivities with a pre-concert party offering free hot chocolate and coffee, then head into the sing-along, where classic holiday tunes will be sung. Accompanied by a choir, pipe organ and jazz ensemble, this lively event is the most musical way to welcome the holiday season. Visit laphil.com for more 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.

 

Chrissy Teigen’s Makeup Artist Shares How to Achieve Glowing Winter Skin and Glamorous Holiday Looks

CA_Editorial_AllThatGlitters_HeaderOptions -06Now that November’s under way, it’s time to get excited about vamping up your beauty look to suit this festive time of year and the changing weather that comes with it.

From glittering gold to bursts of vibrant red, dramatic hues are always fun to play with when dressing up for holiday parties or even just getting into the spirit of the season on a daily basis.

For achieving that striking once-a-year glow, celebrity makeup artist, Allan Avendaño, who counts Sarah Hyland, Zendaya and Chrissy Teigen as longtime clients, says it’s all about hydrated skin, bold lips and sparkly lids. Read on to discover which products you’ll need to brave the chill and bring on the glam.

How do you recommend combating dry skin this winter?
Cold weather has the ability to mess with our skin. Number one suggestion is to always stay hydrated internally and externally. Drink lots of water year round, and during the cold months, use richer moisturizers—whether it’s for the entire face and body, or just certain spots that need a little extra love.

But, first things first: If you’re starting to get dry patches and see your skin looking dull, use a good exfoliating cleanser such as Dr. Brandt’s Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator. After cleansing, I always use a toner to get the face ready for moisture. I love the one-step simplicity of a spray toner such as Murad’s Hydrating Toner.

For the face, I love Kate Somerville’s Quench Hydrating Face Serum for year-round use. You can use this alone as a moisturizer. But in the winter, it provides a layer that attracts and retains hydration before using a richer moisturizer, such as Kate Somerville’s Deep Tissue Repair Cream Peptide K8.

For the body, I’m a loyal Kiehl’s Creme De Corps user. It’s a rich body lotion that lasts all day, and there’s no need to ever reapply.

For that statement-making holiday look, what is your favorite way to go?
Bronze and gold eye shadows; dewy, golden skin; and a rich, bold, matte red or berry lip is my favorite look.

For the eyes, I am obsessed with The Estée Edit Metallishadow Crème. Use Solar Blast and Scarlet Eclipse to bring extra flare to your look. It comes as a cream shadow that you can use as eye shadow, liner, etc., and it makes a killer base for the metallic eye shadow.

For the skin, you have to bring on the glow with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in opal, which looks wonderful on most skin tones. If this one isn’t right for your skin tone, play around with the other shades.

For the lips, Charlotte Tilbury’s matte lipsticks in Red Carpet Red or Glastonberry are two of my absolute favorites!

If someone is running from the office to a holiday event, and has time to amp up just one feature, what should she try and focus on, and what product is best for doing that?
The lip is the easiest. Throw on a red lip to add a festive and sophisticated touch to your look. It’s literally the 10-second game changer. Use Charlotte Tilbury’s matte lipsticks or Sephora Collection’s cream lip stain in Always Red or Blackberry Sorbet for a long-lasting yet lightweight, silky lip. You also can pop on lashes from the Sephora Collection that range from subtle and flirty individuals, to bold and dramatic strips.

As the holiday parties pile up, taking off makeup becomes even more of a chore. Do you have a favorite cleansing product or wipe that easily takes it all off?
Clinique’s Take the Day Off is my favorite to use on clients. It literally takes the day off!

For more magical holiday looks, head over to The Grove, November 4 – 6, for the M·A·C Cosmetics Nutcracker Sweet ballet, showcasing the brand’s collection of eccentric new shades from gilded pink to peachy gold. Performances take place Friday (3:30-10 pm), Saturday (2:30-9:30 pm) and Sunday (2-9 pm). To book a VIP appointment for you and a guest, please call M·A·C The Grove at 323.938.6294. The Nutcracker Sweet collection is available at both M·A·C at The Grove and The Americana at Brand.

Bundle Up in the 5 Most Stylish Coat Trends of the Season

Coats are arguably one of the easiest ways to make an immediate sartorial statement. The fall staple, if chosen wisely, can pull together any look, cloaking all beneath it and adding inflated or angular proportions to even the simplest ensemble.

This season’s most popular coat trends are especially exciting to wear because they are bold, fun and classic enough to feel plenty relevant throughout fall and beyond.

Here are five of the most stylish ways to top off an outfit once the temps finally start to dip.

She’s With the Band
Marching band details on navy jackets are an integral part of fall’s chic uniform.

Dust It Off
Long, lithe and cinched just right, a duster-style coat keeps the silhouette lean with just the right amount of slouch.

Puffer Power
New versions of the sporty puffer were all over the fall runways, and look versatile enough to wear out at night or even over gym clothes.

Go for the Bold
Forget boring black; vivid cobalt blue can be worn as an anything-but-bland neutral alternative.

Animal Instinct
Leopard-print coats are inescapable this season and provide a refreshing break from a bomber or moto jacket, while still keeping the edge factor high.

Swing by The Grove to shop the latest crop of editor-approved autumn coats at Nordstrom, Barneys New York, Elizabeth and James, TOPSHOP TOPMAN, Vince, and more. This article is Updated from 192.168.0.1 Ip

Mix It Up This Season With These Five Delicious Cocktails

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Like clockwork, the air turns cool and crisp, and suddenly it feels like apples, cinnamon, pumpkin and cloves should be included in just about everything, from candles and fragrances, to pies and macchiatos.

Seasonal libations are an especially easy and fun way to make fall sing (and let your inner mixologist shine). When hosting your next get-together, think less pumpkin spice latte, and more spiked pumpkin scotchie, by stirring up these five seasonal spirits.

Honey Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail
10 oz. apple cider
4 oz. bourbon
1 lady apple, cut in thick slices
2 teaspoons organic, raw honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Place cider, apple slices, honey and cinnamon in a saucepot. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes to release the flavors. Strain the mixture (saving the apple slices for garnishing) and add bourbon. Pour into serving glasses. Sip warm.

Kahlúa Pumpkin Scotchie
1 1/2 parts Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
1 1/2 parts butterscotch Schnapps
1/2 part heavy cream

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously to mix. Pour into martini glasses and serve.

Autumn Bellini
For the Mulled Cider Syrup (makes 1/2 cup)
1 cup apple cider
4 whole cloves
2 pods green cardamom
2 whole star anise
2 sticks cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

Bring apple cider to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring occasionally until cider is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add spices and remove from heat. Allow to cool, then strain. Chill.

For the Bellini
2 1⁄2 oz. mulled cider syrup
1 oz. Figenza (Mediterranean fig vodka)
12 oz. chilled prosecco

Combine syrup and vodka in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into two champagne glasses; top with prosecco.

Mulled Wine
4 cups apple cider
1 (750-ml.) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
1/4 cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
3 whole star anise
4 oranges, peeled (for garnish)

Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs; add an orange peel to each and serve.

The Harvest
1 1/2 oz. cognac
1/2 oz. cinnamon syrup
1 large spoonful of apple butter or apple syrup

Shake ingredients before pouring into a coupe glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

If you would like to skip the mixing and get straight to the sipping, stop by The Grove to savor enticing fall flavors at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, and Bar Verde at Nordstrom. We got an extra Tips now you can tinder without Facebook easily