Interview Series: Josh Keyes
BY Vivianne Lapointe 16 Nov 2011 @ 7:03 pm | Categorized: Interview Series, Live_Art>
We were thrilled to get a chance to chat with one of our favorite painters, Josh Keyes, and discuss his creative process, his style and his artistic interpretation of the current world crisis in this interview. You’ve only got a few more weeks to go check out his work in person at Jonathan LeVine gallery in New York – do it – and if you can’t afford to commission an original, invest in a print edition. In the meantime, enjoy the real talk! You’ll discover that Keyes’ work is touching way beyond the aesthetics.
Q&A With Hotel Shangrila Owner Tamie Adaya
BY Vivianne Lapointe 15 Nov 2011 @ 2:32 pm | Categorized: Hot Spot, Live_Travel>
A few months ago, our friend & contributor Aban Sonia relocated from Miami to L.A. and landed in Santa Monica at the Hotel Shangrila. Tamie Adaya, whose late father purchased the hotel in the early 1980′s, re-imagined and single handedly redesigned this historical Los Angeles landmark “for young-minded sophisticates of any age, who wear many different hats in their life and who – because they manage a variety of demands in their life – value a place that effortlessly allows them to reconcile their lifestyles.” Adaya is an avid traveler, art curator, writer and muse and we are thrilled to feature her as part of our interview series.
Tokyo: Trend Watch – Cat Cafés
BY Vivianne Lapointe 11 Nov 2011 @ 11:01 am | Categorized: Hot Spot, Live_Travel>
MEOW! Cat Cafes have become all the trend in Japan, where you can play house with a slew of fancy felines. The cat cafe concept originated in Taiwan in 1998, but became so popular among Japanese tourists that the culture adopted this idea as their own, and now Tokyo hosts over 39 cat cafes. Despite the name, most cafes don’t openly serve food or drink, though many have vending machines where you can grab a snack or a coffee. The concept is purrrrrely for one-on-one kitty time (you do have to wash your hands with a special sanitizer and wear foot booties), and there are usually at least ten cats “working” the floor to do your every bidding! Crazy cat ladies take note!
Old-School Instagram Filters
BY Vivianne Lapointe 11 Nov 2011 @ 12:54 am | Categorized: Art Crush, Live_Art>
Let’s start off this weekend on the right foot with lil old school Instagram lesson:
More cool links on our radar:
LOVE these t-shirt designs.
Truly obsessed with these illustrations.
Comic book cool meets avant-garde chic.
Have you downloaded the official Art Basel app yet?
Linda Lee is one to follow during the Miami Art Fairs.
Now you better start listening to classical music!
Art Crush: Schwarm
BY Vivianne Lapointe 10 Nov 2011 @ 12:54 am | Categorized: Art Crush, Live_Art>
Commissioned by design publisher Thomas Eyck, German artists Beate Reinheimer and Ulrike Rehm created “schwarm,” a collection of limited edition glazed porcelain vases shaped like all sorts of funky bugs and beetles.
Lookbook Lust: LUV AJ Heavy Metal Lover
BY Vivianne Lapointe 10 Nov 2011 @ 12:11 am | Categorized: Live_Fashion>, Lookbook Lust
Amanda Thomas is one of the coolest, smartest babes in Hollywood. It doesn’t hurt that she can create badass jewelry either, and we’re definitely obsessed with her jewelry line Luv Aj. We had a chance to sit down with the busy designer to discuss the launch of her latest collection, and here’s what she had to say:
Los Angeles: Sexy Cocktail Named After Mae West
BY Vivianne Lapointe 10 Nov 2011 @ 12:10 am | Categorized: Food & Drinks, Live_Travel>
I’ve recently decided to embark on a sexy cocktail tasting journey to keep myself (and my lover) warm & fuzzy during the long, cold nights of winter. First stop: Library Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel, where mixologist Matt Biancaniello created a tasty aphrodisiac cocktail especially for me using Spiced Saint Germain, Hendricks gin and heirloom tomato juice. It’s sophisticated, yet packs a punch – immediately I thought we should name it after sex symbol Mae West, and he liked the idea!
Lookbook Lust: Jeffrey Campbell Shoes Resort 2012
BY Vivianne Lapointe 07 Nov 2011 @ 10:30 am | Categorized: Live_Fashion>, Lookbook Lust
Jeffrey Campbell shows off an unconditional love affair with Los Angeles in this Resort 2012 lookbook, a fashionable tour of the City of Angels which will takes you from Venice to DTLA to the sound of Sublime. It also brought me right back to 1995… and I loved it!
Sex Links: 11/07/11
BY Vivianne Lapointe 07 Nov 2011 @ 12:18 am | Categorized: Fun Fun Fun!, Live_Sex>
16 tricks for hotter monogamy.
This chick gives a whole new meaning to food porn.
Best of pulp: Margaret Brundage.
The most kissed face.
Do you pack your vibrator in your carry-on?
Molly Stone’s Blue Moon: Abby Brothers
BY Vivianne Lapointe 04 Nov 2011 @ 9:55 am | Categorized: Exclusive, Live_Fashion>
This week’s Rising Star – Molly Stone – blew us away with her portfolio & interview, and she’s just as bold delivering this brand new, INSANE exclusive editorial titled “Blue Moon,” shot in film in L.A. and featuring ever so sexy model Abby Brothers in vintage digs. How can you not crush hard on this girl?!
Los Angeles: High Tea With Susan Hancock
BY Vivianne Lapointe 04 Nov 2011 @ 9:40 am | Categorized: Hot Spot, Live_Travel>
Culver City conceptual space Royal/T is a million things at once; surely a reflection of the dynamism & extravagance of its founder, Susan Hancock. Merging contemporary pop art gallery, cafe and shop, it features a luxurious canopy tea pot bed in its bay window and an iPod Porta-Party in the back entrance. You can rent the 10,000 square foot space for anything from a birthday party to a public piano recital, and if you haven’t fell in love with Japanese anime yet, promise you’ll do it there. It’s just a really cool venue, and so are the people who gravitate towards it. I’ve had a chance to sip on high tea and talk about life, work and collecting art with Susan, and here’s what she had to say:
Travel Links 11/04/11
BY Vivianne Lapointe 04 Nov 2011 @ 6:42 am | Categorized: Live_Travel>, Scrapbook
Oh show me the way to the next whiskey bar…
Top signs that a snake is poisonous.
Bali, je t’aime.
Stylish at the airport.
Road trip with Lara Stone.
Exploring the pyramids connection.
10 useful secrets the major airlines don’t want you to know
Interview Series: Molly Stone
BY Vivianne Lapointe 03 Nov 2011 @ 10:55 am | Categorized: Live_Art>, Photography
L.A. photographer Molly Stone‘s dreamy fashion portraits, depicting quiet, reflective & intimate moments amidst the earth’s elements, creatively fit the bill for both the fine art and commercial sides of photography. Her inclination toward softer light and the intense emotional stillness she gets from her subjects reel the viewer in. So strong, so free.
Fashion Links: 11/03/11
BY Vivianne Lapointe 03 Nov 2011 @ 10:47 am | Categorized: Exclusive, Live_Fashion>
We’ve barely come out of our Halloween hangover and it’s already almost Friday! Here are some great fashion links from around the Web.
Dots on dots in Milan.
Eyewear e-tailer Spexclub is now LOOKMATIC.
Need new eye cream? Don’t look any further.
Petites Gouttes De Soleil by photographer Akiss Paraskevopoulos.
The new science behind your spending addiction.
Outstanding holiday party looks by Topshop.
Art Crush: Debra Baxter’s Outstanding Stone Carving
BY Vivianne Lapointe 02 Nov 2011 @ 6:38 pm | Categorized: Art Crush, Live_Art>
New York / Seattle jeweler Debra Baxter got her first big break back in 2009 when she released her now famous Crystal Brass Knuckles, aptly named I’m going to realign your chakras motherf***, yet I just discovered her outstanding stone carving work. When asked about her inspiration, the artist states: “There is a very obvious Eva Hess and Louise Bourgeois influence. But others are Bas Jan Ader and Tracey Emin, artists that wear their hearts on their sleeves and make work about longing and failure. I’m interested in the power that comes from being vulnerable and giving up.” If you fall in love with the sculptures below, you’ll covet everything from her DB/CB Crystal Bomb jewelry collection, a (somewhat) affordable line featuring semi-precious stones. Crystal lovers rejoice!
Lingerie Guide: Nichole de Carle
BY Vivianne Lapointe 01 Nov 2011 @ 4:47 pm | Categorized: Lingerie Guide, Live_Sex>
Our beloved “boudoir consultant” Sarah Jones turned me on to London luxury label Nichole de Carle and I am smitten. Shortly after graduating from the prestigious “Contour” course at DeMontfort University in England, the talented young designer went on to work with Alexander McQueen in London and Donna Karan in New York – both experiences which led her to launch her own bespoke lingerie company in 2008. Her unique designs are inspired by literature, history and architecture; they’re resolutely modern and incredibly sexy. Peek at our fave picks from the Onyx and Opal collections below: