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.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14:  Host Seth MacFarlane performs onstage during The Grove Christmas with Seth MacFarlane, presented by Citi. at The Grove on November 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Caruso Affiliated)

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.

AAB ChristmasSanta makes his official entrance at the Santa House on November 18, along with other holiday highlights including a festive brass band, drummer boys, stilt walkers, gingerbread men and toy soldiers, roasting chestnuts and hot cocoa carts, a cappella singers and more.

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.

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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

The New Day-to-Night Beauty Look to Master This Holiday Season

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The holiday lights won’t be the only things glowing this season thanks to a new take on day-to-night beauty that plays up features to shine in the best way possible.

Sure, a bold red lipstick always makes for a strong switch-up, but according to Gregory Arlt, M∙A∙C Cosmetics’ director of makeup artistry, it’s also about illuminating skin to really stand out.

Here, Arlt explains the most modern way to take makeup from day to night, thanks to some simple techniques and no-fail beauty products.

What is the most effective way to take makeup from day to night?
Strobing is a great way to illuminate the skin and make it pop in darker environments such as a restaurant, club, or bar. I love to put a bit of M∙A∙C Cream Colour Base in Pearl onto the ring finger and tap it onto the upper cheekbones, chin and bridge of the nose to bring the features out in a hyper-real way. Those with darker skin tones might like M∙A∙C Cream Colour Base in Bronze done in the same way. On the note of illumination, think gloss for lips. I recommend swiping one over your existing lip color (or on its own). The shinier, the better! Try M∙A∙C Dazzleglass in Steppin’ Out.

What is the best way for someone to freshen up her skin without piling on more or looking too cakey?
The secret weapon? M∙A∙C Prep + Prime Fix+! This is my desert island product. It’s a mineral spray that you can use before your moisturizer to set makeup after you apply it, and/or to freshen up after a long day. A few spritzes is all you need at the end of the day to rehydrate and refresh. If you’re looking a little cakey around the eyes, spray Fix+ onto a 252 Large Shader Brush and tap over the problem areas.

What are key products for a standout look for someone who is going from work to a holiday party and wants a statement feature?

Concentrate on your two areas of mobility: your eyes and lips. Keep a black waterproof pencil in your bag, and line around the lash line. I love M∙A∙C Pro Longwear Eye Liner in Definedly Black for its lasting power. Also, think lips! Of course, a matte red lip is the “little black dress” of makeup, so grab M∙A∙C Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Fashion Legacy for a true matte red. If red is a little intimidating, go for a lighter gloss. M∙A∙C Viva Glam Ariana Lipglass is my favorite for its sheerness and major bling!

All of Arlt’s makeup must-haves are now available at M∙A∙C Cosmetics at The Grove.

All of Arlt’s makeup must-haves are available now at M∙A∙C Cosmetics. Be sure to check out M∙A∙C Cosmetics’ eccentric Nutcracker ballet at The Grove on November 4th through 6th, showcasing more show-stopping looks from its Nutcracker Sweet collection!

Fall Into the Season With a New Fragrance Wardrobe

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Temperatures in Southern California may not dip drastically this time of year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a few minor measures to make it feel more autumnal.

A great place to start is by switching up your fragrances. In the coming months, nudge those bottles of light, fruity and floral scents to the back of your vanity and opt for musky, Oriental, spicy, warm-vanilla notes instead. These fall-friendly aromas instantly transport you to a cozier place where a plaid wool coat, cashmere sweater and suede stack-heel boots make sense.

The new Nirvana fragrances from Elizabeth and James pretty much sum up the spicy, full-bodied scents synonymous with the season. Recently launched, Nirvana Bourbon has distinct notes of vanilla bourbon, oakwood and tuberose. This is a sexy, seductive vanilla go-to for those who love a hint of sweetness, but in a more mature version that works both day and night.

Another new addition to the Elizabeth and James fragrance family is Nirvana Rose, which is anything but your grandma’s rose perfume. With notes of geranium, vetiver and rose de mai, there is a depth to this blend that cuts the sometimes powdery and cloying characteristics of rose.

Another fall favorite is Jo Malone’s newest blend, Basil & Neroli, which fills the air with spice and flirty neroli. With notes of basil and white musk, it is perfect for the person who typically loves bright scents for summer, but wants a slightly bolder alternative in the cooler months.

And for anyone seeking seductive sophistication, Charlotte Tilbury’s recently launched fragrance, Scent of a Dream, is definitely worth a spritz or two. Bottom notes of patchouli, musk, amber and precious woods anchor flirty top notes of lemon, peach and mandarin. Middle notes are unabashedly feminine and floral, and include tuberose, jasmine and violet.

Whether floral or woodsy, musky or spicy, each of these scents is a decidedly decadent accessory for the velvet and shearling patiently waiting to be worn in the coming months.

Foodstirs’ Sarah Michelle Gellar on Her Favorite Fall Flavors and the Joy of Cooking With Kids

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Actress, mother and entrepreneur, Sarah Michelle Gellar, has brought a new level of happiness (and healthfulness) to cooking with kids through the organic, non-GMO and stress-free baking kits created by her company, Foodstirs.

Each kit is designed to bring kids and adults together through a love of baking and, in turn, create deeper connections, new skills and smarter eating habits.

Here, Sarah Michelle shares her passion for cooking and the positive aspects of baking with children.

What is your favorite part about cooking with kids? What are the biggest benefits to the adult and child?
My favorite part of being in the kitchen is the experience of it all. I’ve realized now that it’s not even about the final product but the connections that are made when spending time in the kitchen. When it tastes great at the end, that’s the bonus!

We are so busy today that the moments when you are offline and really spending quality time together are crucial. For kids, being in the kitchen builds fine and gross motor skills, as well as math, science and language skills; it also lowers the rates of obesity and depression. As adults, it’s all about using the creative side of our brains, the side that leads to all great inventions. And for all ages, it’s about those quality memories that last a lifetime.

When it comes to baking, what are your favorite flavors for fall?
Fall baking is definitely one of my favorite times. Pumpkin and cinnamon are not only two of my favorite tastes and smells, but they instantly remind me of my East Coast childhood.

Are there any new recipes/kits Foodstirs is especially excited about this season?
Every time we come out with a new kit, mix or recipe, that one suddenly becomes my lucky patcher favorite. What I love about our mixes is their versatility. What starts as a great-tasting, vegan, organic, dye-free mix can become anything your imagination dreams up. Each week, we give recipes to transform our mixes, or you can do our kits for a guaranteed Pinterest success story.

Which key ingredients can parents try and always have on-hand to be ready for a fun, impromptu baking session?
With Foodstirs kits, we try and provide everything you need other than the staples most parents always have on hand (eggs, butter and yogurt). All of our kits are dye-free, non-GMO and include our organic mix.

If a parent is just starting to cook with his or her child, what is a simple recipe/kit that is good for beginners?
The most important thing when baking with young kids is to remember to embrace the mess. Not only is that part of the fun, it’s part of the learning process. You will be surprised how capable young children are in the kitchen, especially when there is a delicious treat at the end.

Join Sarah Michelle Gellar and Foodstirs at The Grove on October 2 for a special dessert edition of Kids in the Kitchen, where guests can enjoy dessert decorating, crafts, prizes and more! Learn more here.

5 Trends to Invest in This Fall

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From classic gold accessories and opulent fabrics to deep shades of wine, fall fashion is looking bold and beautiful.

Whatever your style plans are this season, consider these five trends to revamp your look and add a little luxe to your life.

HOOP DREAMS
Gold hoops are a timeless accessory that always comes back around. This season, hoops of all shapes and sizes are adding cool punctuation to any ensemble, be it casual or formal.

IT’S PERSONAL
Celebrities and fashion girls are all sporting personalized pieces. The denim jacket is an ideal closet workhorse that you can customize with your name or initials. Get crafty and add vintage pins and patches to really make it your own.

TRUE ROMANCE
Brocade, metallic and velvet are all major trends that give even a simple look a luxe, romantic touch. We’re seeing these fabrics worn both on and off the runway, from bed-coat jackets and slip dresses, to stack-heel boots and ballerina flats.

MAKE IT MERLOT
Rich, dark shades are the color palette for fall, and this deep-wine hue is showing up in sweaters, denim, shoes and coats.

SHEAR GENIUS
Cozy feeling and edgy-cool looking, shearling is a classic style that will be lining plenty of denim and leather jackets now through winter.

DIY Denim: The Fall Trend That’s Already Sitting in Your Closet

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From celebrity street style to designer runways, personalized denim jackets are fall’s most ubiquitous yet individualized trend.

Madewell recently emblazoned its classic denim jacket with actresses’ initials, while Gucci created embroidered toppers with floral motifs and entire names and phrases written out for the likes of Rihanna and Dakota Johnson.

But you don’t have to be famous to get your hands on one of your own. Just dig out that old denim jacket (the more vintage, the better) and bring it to a tailor or specialty embroidery shop to personalize with your initials or nickname à la the Pink Ladies from Grease.

Patches and pins placed on the front also make for chic customization. If you want to get really intricate, take a page out of Gucci’s playbook and sew floral appliqué along the back, sleeve and shoulder areas.

It’s an easy DIY denim project with items that are most likely already lying around your house. Plus, sifting through those old concert pins or vintage patches also promises a sentimental walk down memory lane while you’re crafting something fresh and modern.

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