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Los Angeles Guide: Hollywood

LA GUIDE: HOLLYWOOD
First Stop: Hollywood
HollyWoodLand
Erected in 1923, the famous Hollywood Sign originally read “Hollywoodland” to advertise a new housing development in the hills above town. In the beginning the sign was lit up at night by thousands of light bulbs that were maintained by a man who lived in a cabin behind one of the L’s. The development didn’t survive the Great Depression with the “H” falling off due to neglect. In 1949 the city of Los Angeles bought the sign, repaired it and removed the “land” to represent the movie industry and it has become an international landmark ever since…
Back Of Hollywood 1977
It’s rare when an artist can own a word or an image from popular culture so thoroughly. Andy Warhol may have shown his first Campbell’s Soup cans here in Los Angeles, but for me, much more powerful is the sway Ed Ruscha’s paintings hold over the Hollywood sign. “Hollywood”—a word, a picture, a fact of our city… It’s rare when an artist can own a word or an image from popular culture so thoroughly. Andy Warhol may have shown his first Campbell’s Soup cans here in Los Angeles, but for me, much more powerful is the sway Ed Ruscha’s paintings hold over the Hollywood sign. “Hollywood”—a word, a picture, a fact of our city… Ed Ruscha: “Back Of Hollywood” 1977
Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield
Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield at the 1957 Golden Globes.
Peg Entwistle “Mysteries & Scandals”
“Mysteries & Scandals”, here’s the story of Peg Entwistle. An aspiring and discouraged actress who committed suicide by jumping off the Hollywood Sign in 1932
Sunset Strip
The Sunset Strip stretches 1.6 miles through the heart of the City of West Hollywood from Doheny Road to Crescent Heights – but it is more than just a mile-plus stretch of road. It is an iconic locale where fashion, music, architecture, and a unique history combine. It is also known for its trademark array of huge, colorful billboards. This one was taken by photographer, Larry Jandro in 1974.
Wood and Vine Hollywood
Located on Wood and Vine (Who would’ve guessed), this restaurant/bar is a gem. I went there for some after hour drinks (A pink champange concotion) and was pleasantly surprised by their after hours menu. The patrons at the restaurant still present raved about the dinner menu. I will definitly be going back for dinner and drinks next time. Full report to come.
Amoeba Hollywood
Amoeba is the world’s largest independent record store and the location in Hollywood is my favorite. Not only is it such a great time scouring through the rows and rows of records, but great performers hit the stage for low-key free performances all the time, such as Amos Lee and Local Natives.
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Sound Check…Hollywood Bowl…Aug,1967
The Drais Hollywood
The Drais Hollywood is a club in the W Hotel on the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Vine. The Drais has a nightclub, upstairs pool area (overlooking the heart of Hollywood) and a restaurant. I have been to the Drias nightclub for a birthday party and for a fashion show at the pool area. Although drinks are rather pricey, both nights didn’t fail to impress. I haven’t experienced the W Hotel myself, but I hear it is a great spot for a little R & R after a night on the town.
Joanie Labine, the first female DJ at the Whiskey
The Sunset Strip Whisky was founded by Elmer Valentine, Mario Maglieri, Phil Tanzini, Shelly Davis, and attorney Theodore Flier. Though the club was billed as a discothèque, suggesting that it offered only recorded music, the Whisky a Go Go opened with a live band led by Johnny Rivers and a short-skirted Joanie spinning records between sets from a suspended cage at the right of the stage. When, in July 1965, the DJ danced during Rivers’ set, the audience thought it was part of the act and the concept of go-go dancers dancing in cages was born.
SUNSET BLVD, MELODY ROOM 1960
Melody Room is Now the Viper Room
The Pantages Theatre
The Pantages Theatre is by far my favorite place to catch a show in Los Angeles. My favorite aspect of this theater is the art deco decor, since the building was founded in the 1930s. It really represents old Hollywood to me. I have caught many critcially acclaimed shows from Wicked to The Producers to the Lion King there. Catching these off broadway productions at the Pantages is always a thrill and a break from the normally night out in Hollywood.
Lumineers and the Henry Fonda Theatre
I recently went to the Lumineers Concert this fall at the Fonda Theatre. It was very similar to all of the old theatres in Hollywood with a slight goth twist (Art deco fixtures with vampires murals painted throughout). There really wasn’t a bad seat in the house and a fews bars throughout, including an adorable rooftop terrace overlooking Hollywood.
Unami Burger Hollywood
I love Umami Burger, particularly their manly burger with a side of sweet potato fries. Although there are quite a few locations, this one is my favorite. It is a little hard to spot, since it’s tucked between an Urban Outfitters and Free People (Hello Dinner and a shopping trip), but I have never had to wait at this location (something Umami locations are notorious for).  Plus it is a cheaper and delicious alternative to a fancy dinner before the night activities Hollywood has to offer. Be sure to try one of their mixed cocktail creations if you’re craving a spirit on the side.
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/Looking for a good day party? The DO OVER at Lure (Located behind Ameoba Records) has everything a summer party needs: good music, a killer taco trunk, sangria, and good vibes. Last time I went I enjoyed tunes spun by Jazzy Jeff (yes, the guy from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and had a grand Sunday. Although it is supposed to be a summer party, they seem to throw year round events and put on a weekend bash (the Sleep-Over) at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.
Mumford and Sons at the Hollywood Bowl
The Hollywood Bowl is one of my favorite venues to see a show. I normally hate big stadiums, but the sound at the Hollywood Bowl is amazing. I recently saw Mumford and Sons at the bowl and although I was far (see picture) I received a front row experience because of the brillant sound. Also the bowl is one of the only L.A. venues that allows you to bring food and drinks (booze too) into it. Just make sure it isn’t a contract event beforehand.
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Story Of African Wax Prints

A (super) short history of wax prints in Africa

“Wax print fabrics actually originated in Indonesia and were exported to the Gold Coast and then spread over West Africa into Central Africa. They became extremely popular and over time the Africans customized and personalized their own designs. Today, African wax print fabrics are primarily made in Ghana or Mali, and they have a strong cultural, social and economic importance.”

African Women in everyday cloths

These prints may seem dramatic to Europeon & American eyes, but the vibrant colors and patterns are everyday fair for many people in West African countries. For the women picture here, all in a day’s work!

SPRING 2012 READY-TO-WEAR Burberry Prorsum | African Prints

The trend toward wax prints on the runway has been brewing for several seasons, with designers of all backgrounds using the vibrant prints in their collections. Still, it was the Burberry S/S 2012 collection that gave the trend the office “industry” stamp of approval.

Juanjo Oliva S/S 2010

Spanish designer Juanjo Oliva was ahead of the curve for the wax print trend. He studied design at IADE in Madrid and got his professional start as an illustrator for companies like Zara. Oliva launched his first collection in 2004 and has since shown every season at Madrid fashion week.

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Me wearing layered wax print clothes worn as floor length skirt.

I’ve used my styling perspective to glam this look up a bit, but these cloths inparticular are actually the humble variety that women and men  in the south of Nigeria wear as an equivalent to loungewear. You won’t see it much in the city, but those that live in provincial areas often wear a an unsewn square of wax cloth with a casual top (like a t-shirt) around town.

My mother used to carry me in a wax print wrap like this

This woman appears to be using her wax print cloth primarily for style, as it’s layered over what looks like a jersey fabric wrap. In my family the women traditionally carried their babies in cloth wraps, but the babies were situated on their backs, not in the front. Believe it or not, I have memories of being on my mom’s back while she’s standing on the stove cooking for the family.

Leila Adu. Photo by Leon Dale

Leila grew up in New Zealand, but has Ghanaian lineage via her father. During our shoot we chatted about how this was her first foray into exploring that side of her heritage through style

Political statements in wax print

Modern wax prints have more than just abstract designs. Like the one show here, they might have political or social statements embeded in them. Some even have photos included in the design.

FAIR+TRUE Fair Trade African Print Bustier Dress

Wax print products are prime subjects for companies that peddle “fair trade” wares. The idea is that the people who make the items, in developing countries, are paid well – rather than exploiting the vast differences in economic power between the producers and consumers of the item.

Stella Jean wax prints collection 2012

Growing up in a Nigerian-American household I always had access to plenty of wax print cloth and sewn outfits, but I generally reserved these for special occasion where other West African families were gathered. As I got older and started developing my personal style, however, I began experiementing with combining the fabrics with jeans, tees, and other run-of-the-mill American fashions.

I love how Stella Jean puts the clothes in context for customers without watering down the style.

wax-resist-dyed on cotton cloth

“Wax prints were produced across Europe and exported to Africa, with African Customers driving the trade. Since the 1960s factories have been established in Ghana and other African countries from Senegal to the Congo. Today, all of the European factories have closed down, except Vlisco in the Netherlands. The Manchester-based factory ABC (Arthur Brunnschweiler and Company) transferred its UK production recently to a sister company in Ghana. However ABC designers in Manchester continue to create patterns for the African wax print factories and visit local markets to gain inspiration and market feedback.”

via britishmuseum.org

Gold print fabric

“When a design in metallic ink is rolled over the top of a printed or solid colored fabric a GOLD PRINT is the result. Sometimes the gold design is tied in with the images or design on the cloth, sometimes not.”

via africanfabriclady.com

Vogue China

Here we see a wax-like print layered with two other prints. The trend arose during a more general trend toward heavy use of graphic prints and other “ethnic” textiles.

women in Central African Republic

Not all of the prints show here are wax prints, but they demonstrate well the variety of color and pattern that’s common to the aesthetic in this part of the world.

Selfridges Nigerian Fashion Christmas Window

“Selfridges just launched a pop-up store that presents some of the top Nigerian designers. The pop-up store is organized by Ndani, a Nigerian Fashion Project to showcase the best of Lagos Fashion and Design Week.

5 top designers are presenting their clothes and accessories: Jewel by Lisa, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Eki Orleans, Odio Mimonet and Tiffany Amber.”

via africanprintinfashion.com

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New York City during the holidays is my absolute favorite. There’s something about walking down fifth avenue in December that is just so cliche but also equally magical. This month, I will definitely be doing the must-see’s, like the NYC Ballet’s Nutcracker and the holiday shops at Columbus Circle. On top of that I’ll be hitting up my favorite LES resto and staying in to watch a few indie flicks during the cold city nights. Read on for more and don’t forget to check out my local’s guide to NYC on Oh That’s You.

December Guide: NYC
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kmullinsSHOP: The shops at Columbus Circle are great for finding unique gifts.
kmullinsWEAR: I’m obsessed with this emerald bracelet that I ordered from JewelMint. It’s the perfect statement piece for the holidays.
kmullinsEAT: Sauce in the LES is a delicious Italian restaurant for holiday dinners.
kmullinsPARTAKE: The NYC Ballet’s Nutcracker is a must-see in December. You can score $30 tickets if you order early enough…
kmullinsINSPIRED: Just watched the indie movie Electrick Children the other day. A refreshing, youthful storyline for a cold night in!

This month is an exciting time to be in Kuala Lumpur and I’m so happy to be home this year for the holidays. On Dec 8, I’ll be heading to Heineken Thirst 2012 held at Sepang International Circuit (yes, that’s where Formula 1 races are held too!) to witness headlining acts Avicii and Above & Beyond. Since it’s also my first tropical Christmas in three years, I’ll be taking in all the Christmas decoration this city has to offer. For the festivities as well as my birthday, I’ll be shopping at Zalora.com for their amazing holiday sales, so I can bring on the bling with various sequined dresses. Finally, apart from the usual Christmas-themed food, I’ll be tucking into my favorite meal of all time: soft shell crab pasta cooked with butter and a hint of curry. Nothing like a yummy fusion meal to kick-start the holidays! For more, keep up with my “When Fashion and Food Collide” collection on OTY.

December Local Guide
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lilianchan89PARTAKE – Head on over to Heineken Thirst 2012 on Dec 8 where headliner Avicii will be playing live in Sepang Circuit.
lilianchan89SHOP – Grab Christmas gifts for all your friends at the year- end sale at Zalora.com. Sale items range from women’s clothes to beauty and swimwear. Don’t miss out!
lilianchan89INSPIRED – Take in all the beautiful Christmas decor scattered all over KL city. It may not be a white Christmas, but this tropical Christmas’ tree surely doesn’t disappoint.
lilianchan89WEAR – The holiday season calls for sparkle, sparkle and more sparkle. Bring on the bling by wearing an unconventional sequined dress like the six dresses shown here.
lilianchan89TASTE – Satisfy your taste buds with this fusion dish. Soft shell crab pasta cooked with butter and a hint of curry, this dish is one of the best seller’s in the popular Plan B outlets.

This time of year everything seems to be sprinkled with at least a touch of holiday magic. Whether you’re celebrating a religious festival or just enjoying some time off from work, ’tis the season to do those special things you don’t make time or space for during the rest of the year. Thingss like wearing red lame to the symphony!

Whether you’re an Atlanta resident or just passing through, here are a few tips on how to enjoy December in ATL. And don’t worry – not everything here is laden with jingle bells.

December Guide: Atlanta
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eightyjaneINSPIRED: Get into the holiday spirit with an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Christmas performance.
eightyjaneWEAR: Christmas cocktails and holiday shindigs abound in December. Time to get out the red and sparkles! Top them off with winter white to keep ensembles fresh and festive.
eightyjaneSHOP: After 15 years of playing a leading role in Atlanta’s emerging art scene, Young Blood gallery is closing it’s doors. The final show, up through December, is comprised of prints from Instagram photos tagged #weloveatl. Take advantage of the boutique to do some holiday shopping before they close up shop for good.
eightyjaneTASTE: CamiCakes makes some of Atlanta’s best cupcakes. Their classic red velvet is delicious and adorable – a perfect contribution for holiday entertaining.
eightyjanePARTAKE: The Carlos museaum at Emory University is hosting an exhibit featuring ancient pottery and artifacts that depict shamanic traditions in pre-history cultures. It’s not your average holiday season outing, but an interesting one, nonetheless. You can always stop by the bookstore, too, to get a gift for history & archeology-lovers.

This month there are many things to love about Westchester, a county just outside of NYC. Whether you’re after unique gifts, fun flicks or an intimate music hall, the Hudson Valley offers something for everyone. This December, I’m looking forward to seeing Ingrid Michaelson at a nearby venue after enjoying some delicious local eats. Check out my full December collection for more details on the best of Westchester, NY.

December: Westchester Guide
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EmilyBeeSHOP: This month I’m all about grabbing gifts from The Glass Onion. Stocked with one-of-a-kind jewelry and pottery, this little boutique is perfect for picking up hostess gifts.
EmilyBeeWEAR: Stackable rings are all over my December radar. Cute shop Catbird in NYC is chock full of tiny gold bands that are great for layering in all sorts of combinations.
EmilyBeeTASTE: Sweet Grass Grill is fresh, locally sourced food right in the center of Terrytown, New York. Their menu is crafted from farms all over the area, making it a great option for a healthy dinner out.
EmilyBeePARTAKE: I can’t wait to see Ingrid Michaelson at Terrytown Music Hall this December. The venue has been alive and well for 125 years, making it a cozy spot to catch an astounding number of impressive acts.
EmilyBeeINSPIRED: Jacob Burns Film Lab is my favorite place to see movies that don’t make it to the big(ger) screen. This December their doing a rundown of all the flicks they missed out on throughout the year, including Moonrise Kingdom & Holy Motors.

So now that the election is over (whew), I’m back with all of the in’s and out’s of living in the nation’s capital. Whether it’s the latest fashion trend or a hole-in-the-wall restaurant I’m bringing to light, best believe I’ll find it. Continue on to see what I’m discovering in our last month of 2012, and if that excites you (or you just want to catch more of my quirky style thoughts) check out my ever-growing collection of the fast-paced D.C. in my collection on Oh That’s You.

December Guide To The Capital
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Style_Jay93Partake? Now that the weather is cold, head down to Pentagon Row to enjoy some ice skating.
Style_Jay93Inspiration? Rihanna this month has been everywhere, and we are LOVING her new album.
Style_Jay93Wear? Time to get out the party holiday outfits people. It’s time to party right, the D.C. way.
Style_Jay93Taste? Try the best pizza in the city. It’ll have you asking when’s the next time you come visit the capital? :)
Style_Jay93Shop? There’s an amazing place called “It’s Vintage Darling” founded right here in D.C. that has amazing vintage finds at a fraction of what you’d pay at a retail store.

The countdown to Christmas has begun, and with so many festive things to do, why not stop by a quirky gift shop and pick up a few stocking fillers, or take a stroll around Winter Wonderlan? Read on to find out more, and don’t forget to check out my collection for more things to do during the festive season in the Midlands.

The Midlands, December Guide
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rebeccalouiseSHOP – The Tokenhouse is a gift shop in Nottingham City Center. It sells everything from gift wrap to jewellery and toys to table wear. It’s full of quirky pieces that would make the perfect stocking fillers. Let the Christmas shopping begin!
rebeccalouisePARTAKE – Head down to Nottingham’s Old Market Square and take a stroll around the magical wonderland. Divulge in some festive food and drink, browse the traditional market, sing along with the snowmen, get an adrenaline rush from the 60ft Starflyer, etc.
rebeccalouiseINSPIRED – Read John Grisham’s latest novel The Racketeer. The master of legal thriller has done it again, and this is a book you won’t want to put down.
rebeccalouiseWEAR – Keep warm and comfy in a loose fit jumper, pair it with some print trousers for an instantly chic look! A pair of loafers and a simple tote will finish of the look perfectly.
rebeccalouiseTASTE – Stop by Carluccio’s, and tickle your taste buds. If you’re out with friends for lunch I can highly recommend one of their Antipasto’s to share, alternatively if your stopping for dinner their Veal with a side of spinach is to die for.

December has arrived! This month I’m focusing on my hometown, Long Beach, California and all of the wonders it has to offer. Located in Los Angeles County, Long Beach has grown over the years into a town full of adorable boutiques, seriously delicious restaurants and local markets filled with fresh produce. During December the town lights up from store front holiday displays to lit up christmas trees floating in the Alamitos Bay. All more the reason why I am happy to be home for the holidays this year!

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CalliperezSHOP: Francesca’s in Long Beach is one of my favorite boutiques in the area. Albeit a tiny shop, there are a plethora of jewelry, accessories and must have clothes packed in there. It is my go-to when I am looking to give any look that extra something.
CalliperezPARTAKE: The farmer’s market in Long Beach at Marine Stadium is every Sunday. I can walk there from my house, so I love to get some exercise and some fresh produce and treats each week’s end. It is always great to support local vendors.
CalliperezINSPIRED: Maybe it was my winter white nails this past week, but I have been playing the Beatles White album a lot lately, and will most likely carry the trend through all of December.
CalliperezThe White Album is definitely one of my all time favorite albums and deserves another listen or two this holiday month.
CalliperezWEAR: I put together this outfit for a holiday party. I love this idea of the modern LBD with killer accessories like a turban and burnt mustard colored shoes and jewels. Of course, a soft smoky eye and red nails to make the outfit POP.
CalliperezTASTE: Le Creperie is hands down my favorite restaurant in Long Beach. From their balsamic dressed salads to their garlic fries and french onion soup (with cheese overflowing the rim), to their savory crepes (French Riveria is my favorite)
Calliperezto their dessert crepes (nutella, berries, cream, oh my) and finally their decadent cappuccinos, Le Creperie never misses a beat.

It’s only fitting that Oh That’s You founder, Azita, knows her way around The Bay Area (one of the places in the country to be for those of us into the whole tech startup scene). This November, she plans on lunching at a few of the area’s most exciting spots, getting in touch with nature and perfecting her business skills with a good read or two – all while staying geek chic with her style. For more, keep up with Azita’s “Bay Area Guide” on OTY.

Bay Area November Guide To South Bay
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azitaPartake-visit the Monarch Butterflies during their winter stay in Pacific Grove
azitaInspired-read Founders At Work on the plane. Visit the HP Garage–the birthplace of Silicon Valley
azitaShop at Stanford Shopping Center where you can also fit in a visit to the Rodin Garden on Stanford Campus

To experience the excitement of being part of a startup, have breakfast at Buck’s in Woodside, and lunch at the Village Pub or Coupa Cafe

Ridge Vineyards has world class Cabernet. Parker has rated it as one of the world’s greatest wine estates

Wear comfortable & casual clothes. Style is outdoorsy & geek chic.

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