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April 14, 2014

We still want our MTV: the Secret Room celebrates the great outdoors

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A decade ago, the MTV Movie Awards was Young Hollywood’s kick-off party to summer. In more recent years, it became the unofficial Oscar season “after-party” with its strategic move to April. That said, the pre-MTV Movie Awards festivities planned by Rita Branch and Amy Boatright of the Secret Room (which made the SLS Hotel’s Garden Terrace a ‘Secret Garden’, for all intents and purposes) ended up being a great summertime kick-off anyway, thanks to a myriad of fantastic, healthy and environmentally friendly must-have products for the forthcoming summer months.

   It is also fitting that their cause célèbre this time around was California Wildlife Center (above), a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife. The Center fulfils this environmental operative by providing expert medical and rehabilitative care, community outreach and education, habitat protection for animals running the gamut from bobcats and mountain lions to birds and reptiles. Since 1998, CWC has experienced a steady increase in animal patients, caring for more than 32,000 wild animals, and in the process, educating communities, homeowners, teachers, students and businesses about protecting California’s environment.
   While requisite awards’ show glamour was provided by Terani Couture and coloured diamond jewellery from Leibish & Co., and 2Xist was back with its wildly popular upscale watch collection and colourful summer socks, there were also many stylish and sensible products for wardrobe and home sure to keep celebrities, trend-setters and even their pets cool throughout the summer—figuratively and literally.
   With sunglasses and the perfect summertime bag being on the top of everybody’s shopping list, it was impossible to miss the vibrant bags from Lola Blue, beautifully crafted from upholstery fabric in colour combinations that ran the gamut from neutrals with pops of colour, to more daring bags that captured a variety of moods, from a southwestern colour palette to eye-catching pastel hues. Which one to pick? That’s a tough one, but I opted for the Shea, a hobo style just big enough for an Ipad, camera and wallet. Long Beach-based Kahoy, created by Ralph P. Santos, offers a small but stunning collection of sunglasses and prescription frames hand-made from bamboo, textured wood and tasteful plastics. It was challenging to select among the line’s 12 retro-chic styles. While I went with the aviator-inspired Boracay with in tortoise, I wavered between those and the prescription Makati frame.
   Baylee Nasco offered pet beds and blankets that would probably have dogs and cats in a similar quandary, with their soft fabrics and beautiful colours. And while foodies would agree the Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker is an attractive accessory for summertime home entertaining, picking a flavour of tea is another thing, or six to be exact (Classic Black, Tropical Black, Fresh Green, Green Mint, Hibiscus Pomegranate and Coconut Lime Rooibos).
   So much to choose from. However, Rita and Amy also made sure they featured plenty of great products that stood on their own. These included Aviva Hair revitalizing supplements, tank tops from the new LATS clothing line launching May 9 in Los Angeles, SteelSeries Professional Gaming Gear (after all, there were boys in the room!), Shame on Jane jewellery by Kimberly Pauly, Coquette Lingerie and Herbalosophy Shampoo.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor











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April 5, 2014

Hairstylist George González gives blow-out tips for Cindy Crawford’s look on Oprah’s Lifeclass

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Hairstylist George González, of George the Salon, worked on supermodel Cindy Crawford’s hair for her guest appearance on Oprah’s Lifeclass on April 2.
   Says González, ‘I made sure to round brush starting at the bottom to build weight. Then, I finished the blowout by styling the sections at the top to minimize volume. The result is soft and natural.’
   His tips for blowout include:

  • • hot tools are often the number-one culprit for frizz, especially if a heat protectant is never used while styling;
  • • for a blowout, women often put the drier directly against the hair because they think that’s the way to get it straight. This why there is damage and frizz, especially when paired with a metal brush;
  • • the worst thing we can do is use old blow-driers or not cleaning out their air vents. Due to lint or hair build-up, air cannot flow through; therefore, the pressure goes down and too much heat is used to style;
  • • if one part does not look good, spray it with water and redo it. Never keep going over it dry. This will make it worse. Not re-wetting hair could be the reason most women have bad hair days, because they try too hard and then over-dry their hair;
  • • a dusting of dry shampoo at your roots will really kick-start the staying power of your blowout;
  • • to further preserve your style, sweep tresses up and use large bobby pins to create loosely sculpted pin curls before you go to bed. Four to six large sections will do the trick. When you release and shake out in the morning, you feel like you just left your stylist’s chair.

   González’s salon prides itself on the idea of balance, and as part of its social responsibility efforts, helps victims of domestic violence.

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March 7, 2014

The Body Shop plays with colour

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The Body Shop has become bolder with its the Colour Up collection for 2014. Now there is make-up—or should I say chalk—for your hair. The limited-edition Hair Chalk (NZ$25) is available in two shades, Tickle Me Pink and Falling for Blue. You can play with your hair colour by simply chalking with the colour pad, sealing with hairspray to finish and easily wash everything off with shampoo when you’re done. Sounds like fun? Sounds like a bright way to dress up for the weekend, without having to commit to the colour permanently.
   The new collection also launches sheer colour lip gloss (NZ$23) and Shimmer Cubes (NZ$42·50) to mix and match colours. Available in store from March 10. For details, check out www.thebodyshop.com.—Christine Min

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March 2, 2014

Wounded Warrior Project Style & Beauty Suite: a true-blue salute

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Karen Ray

In a way, it was fitting that the turnout for the Wounded Warrior Project Style & Beauty Suite at the historic Avalon Hollywood on February 28 was most impressive, even with biblical flooding and other karmic payback for the too-nice weather southern California enjoyed. However, by the looks of things, it would take a little more than a little rain to hold back hearty, deserving people who have weathered bigger storms in the Middle East and their return to the homefront.
   Boy band IM5, Amy Jean Davis, Angelique Cabral, Carlos Bernard, Elliott Yamin, Gloria Loring, Griffin Gluck, Jake Pavelka, James Kyson, Jen Lilley, Jenifer Lewis, The Voice’s Katrina Parker, Kate Flannery, Kate Linder, Kenny Lattimore, Marisa Coughlan, Nestor Serrano, Sabrina Bryan, Vincent M. Ward, and Wendy Davis were among celebrities attending the Wounded Warrior Project Style & Beauty Suite, organized by (the aptly named) True Heart Events founder Amy Malin. However, in this forum, the celebrities were there as much to give as to receive. It was truly wonderful to witness veterans and their families getting the royal treatment from salons, spas, clothing designers and representatives from companies producing fantastic household products as well as get to tell some of their stories and how Wounded Warrior Project helped them move forward.
   Servicemen and women, along with their spouses and children, were outfitted with chic clothing from IIJin, gorgeous and eco-friendly designs from Ali’s Collection out of Chicago (featuring sparkling druzy stones, crystals and agates) and Mujus (refined Peruvian palm tree seed jewellery in yummy, mouthwatering colours). Oscar Blandi, whose fantastic products are sold at Sephora boutiques, offered hair touch-ups and samples of their latest hair-thickening products. PackIt’s beautifully made and affordable lunch bags were not only stylish, but can be frozen so food stays fresh for extended hours out in the field. Accessorizing those bags were BKR San Francisco’s silicon-coated glass bottles, which are currently the rage among yoga fans and sold in the US at Anthropologie stores.
   The pampering was also a focal point. Facials and massages from Spa del Rey were top issue, as was a men’s grooming station using products from SheaMoisture, Zumer Sport’s carryalls (also featured at Matthew and Mark Harris’s fantastic WOW Creations’ Oscar Suite), made from recycled baseballs, basketballs and other sports equipment, was a lovely way to wrap the day up for families in attendance. US Vietnam veteran Allan O’Donovan, owner of Burbank’s Ciao!Cristina, meanwhile, fed the troops and boosted morale with his traditional, homestyle Italian cooking, served by young, enthusiastic Iraq War veterans.
   Commented Malin, ‘We think it was really special that we had an older veteran helping to honour the next generation of veterans. We are so excited to be working once again with the amazing team at Wounded Warrior Project on another meaningful event. The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honour and empower Wounded Warriors.’
   Mission accomplished? Yes, sir!—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor

To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.


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January 25, 2014

Christine Margossian forecasts spring minimalism and platinum locks for L’Oréal Professionnel

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Eric Ouaknine

Above, from top Christine Margossian’s ‘Mutine’, ‘Re-belle’ and ‘It-side’ looks.

L’Oréal Professionnel has shown its new hairstyles for spring–summer 2014, as conceived by its ambassador Christine Margossian. Margossian was named the Meilleure ouvrier de France (MOF) when she was 24 in the early 1990s, with her medal awarded to her by President Mitterand. The psychology-trained hairstylist has had a decades-long partnership with L’Oréal Professionnel, and has been coming up with new trends each season.
   Her new “it” look for the season is named Touch of Pink, summarized with the keywords of optimism, freshness and natu­ral.
   Margossian forecasts a minimalist style, and says that platinum-blonde hair with pastel-pink touches are in. One can choose to have the hair down, letting it ‘fly with the wind,’ keeping it up using twists, or a headband.
   The styles are based around a layered bob, featuring very light blonde highlights using L’Oréal Professionnel’s Lightening Paste Platinum. Splashlights will remain on trend for spring, with pink diluted hair chalk. They also employ the brand’s Volume Architect Tec-Ni Art, SOS Volumetry, Infinium and Crystal Gloss hair sprays.
   The first look, ‘Mutine’, features few pastel pink twists to show off one’s platinum locks.
   The second look, ‘Re-belle’, sees an extra-large chignon with plenty of volume, held up with a headband. Here is where Margossian sees pink pearls and the smoking jacket to complement the look.
   The third, ‘It-Side’, has fine twists on the side, and works for both day and night wear.

Credits
Hair by Christine Margossian for L’Oréal Professionnel

Photographed by Eric Ouaknine
Make-up by Stéphane Dussart
Art-directed and styled by Laure Delvigo
Video by Miguel Cyrille
Special thanks to Max Chaoul Couture, and Lise & Serge
Graphic design by Yvan Babillon

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January 24, 2014

Lucire’s Instagram round-up, January 24

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Kicking off this week’s most interesting and stylish Instagrams is Australian blogger Sara Donaldson of Harper & Harley, photographed by Ana Suntay-Tañedo. Finding the ideal outfit for summer work and socializing is a toughie, especially with the longer days—so to solve this, Donaldson has chosen an ensemble of a Zimmermann dress, Windsor Smith sandles and a Givenchy bag, encapsulating the season’s look well.
   But it’s not summer everywhere. Kristina Bazan of Swiss blog Kayture headed to Paris to shoot a fine jewellery video for Love Gold, and she is snapped outside Chanel at the Place de la Vendôme. The look’s spot on, with the Chanel umbrella, but it’s the pairing of a black coat with stonewashed skinny jeans that’s particularly chic for the cool, zero-degree temperatures in the French capital. (You can see more of the Love Gold shoot on Bazan’s blog.)
   On the subject of black coats, our own Instagram shows the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s principal guest artist Gillian Murphy trying on a Tamsin Cooper coat, especially designed for her. Murphy liked the elegance and practicality of the coat and picked it over two others that Cooper had brought up. Cut at knee length, it’s ideal for this winter.
   The black-and-white trend is really emerging this week. Judged the most influential blogger of the year, Kenza Zouiten has shown off her outfit for the Elle-galan (the Swedish edition of Elle had a gala earlier this month). You can see Zouiten’s own photos in a larger format—she wears a stunning dress by Ida Sjöstedt with a clutch by Malene Birger, and pulls the look off immaculately.
   And coming back to summer, our own fashion editor Sopheak Seng successfully styles with black and white stripes for the races, as he dressed models for the Wellington Cup’s barrier announcement on Wednesday. Taken behind the scenes is one of his models, from Kirsty Bunny Management, wearing Deryn Schmidt, available at Kirkcaldie & Stains.
   While our own Anna Deans is away today, we thought we’d cheekily check in to her ’Gram to see her latest hairstyle, which she posted during the week. It’s inspired by Brigitte Bardot—and she means the youthful French icon rather than the right-wing activist. Australian model Miranda Kerr, meanwhile, has shown off her make-up by Lisa Storey and hair by David Keough, both of Los Angeles, with bright lips and the apples of her cheeks highlighted—skilfully. Both these images, and some of the others that are coming through from cosmetics’ companies, are indicative of a more purposeful make-up look in the Zeitgeist over the natural face.
   Doutzen Kroes, meanwhile, has gone on her Instagram to promote the Victoria’s Secret Sport line, which she also promoted in person last week in Florida. It’s a bit of fitspo this week to get you pumped for the weekend!

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January 16, 2014

Golden Globe suites: another great GBK “signature” event

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Cole Zimmerman, courtesy GBK

Behind every Golden Globe-nominated performance or directorial effort, there’s a great writer. However, it is not just the screenwriters who make the Hollywood world go around. The public relations’ reps and the payroll departments (who sign the cheques) deserve some credit, too. That’s why it is only fitting that Pilot Pens’ new affordable luxury line of fountain pens as well as their chic disposable models made for one of the best presentations among the sponsors. Behold, the GBK and Pilot Pen Luxury Gift Lounge made its mark on the 2014 award season while getting the point across for Lambda Legal (providing legal defense on behalf of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV across the nation for 40 years) and Guard-A-Heart.
   The other stand-out sponsor was Airweave, which showcased its innovative line of mattress toppers from Japan fashioned from resin strings similar to what’s used in their fishing industry. The mattress is made by three-dimensionally entwining and heat-bonding thin polyethylene strings. The resulted structure gives the mattress superior air permeability.
   While there were some familiar faces and product lines, like Sabra and Yoplait Greek Yogurt, there were some new fashion and beauty essentials in the mix worth writing home about. SAAS Hot Sauce rolled out bottles of its two flavours of savoury, authentic, all-purpose, and spicy sauce winning over foodies nationwide. Rolf Bleu by Caryn Sterling has expanded her line of Iphone and cross-body Ipad covers to jewellery and whimsical message beanies, costume jewellery and other goodies.
   Tweezerman had some clever new grooming instruments, including a spring-y facial hair remover, cuticle cutter and adorable minis designed by Isaac Mizrahi and for the Art of Elysium, a non-profit organization, founded in 1997 by Jennifer Howell, encouraging actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions. Spanx was back with a new laser line that should remedy the problem of waistband roll-down that can undo the desired effect of shapewear.
   Self-proclaimed ‘heart-ist’ and art glass jewellery designer Hillel Rzepka has teamed up with sponsoring charity Guard-a-Heart to drive home the importance of regular check-ups, common-sense health practices and preventative medicine to protect one’s coronary health. The suite also provided a nice platform for GWEN (Global Women’s Empowerment Network) which offers women in need a variety of services.
   I was completely enthusiastic about Fluxmob, an ingenious little company that just plugged in to the scene with its Bolt, the world’s smallest battery pack and wall charger combination charger.
   Though not plugged in or wired, some of the beauty essentials were also quite interesting. These included Sleep-in Rollers (comfy hair rollers that are designed to flatten like a sponge) Minerva Research Labs’ Pure Gold Collagen (a liquid food supplement with hydrolyzed collagen and active ingredients essential for the production of collagen and skin hydration), Embellash Eyelash Conditioner and Hands-Free Skin Brightener from the Crave Collection, and Burke Williams Spa, offering their newest products along with massages.
   Pink Diamond Jewelry by Fiamma dazzled, not only because of the gems’ radiance against filigree designs in white and yellow gold, but its continued efforts to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Representative Tigerlily Skye not only wore those sparklers well but also reminded guests of how the purchase of the line’s pieces would benefit people beyond the wearer. Made By Survivors, an international non-profit gifting silver and brass hand-made jewellery made by survivors of human trafficking, made a similar impact with its modern, rustic designs.
   The Artisan Group was back, and GBK would not be the same without their grab-bags of creativity. My bag featured beautiful stationery from Angsana Seeds Photography and GeekGirly Photography, plus accessories from Jems by JB & Company, Jewelry by Andrea, Alison Lundahl Jewelry, Ruby White Tips nail enamel (in blingy bottles) and Maureen Connor of Meant 2B Cherished.
   One cool feature of the event was the way L’Ermitage Hotel’s new V Wine Room was introduced to all the tastemakers in attendance. V Wine Room is the only dedicated tasting room in Los Angeles, proudly pouring limited-production boutique California wines exclusively on their premises. This fabulousness is set against a backdrop of a 1930s-inspired library–speakeasy hybrid.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor











Cole Zimmerman, courtesy GBK






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January 15, 2014

Go luxe or go home

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Elyse Glickman

Top Cassie Scerbo enjoys her Colgate Optic White treatment. Above Wholesome food thanks to the discerning judgement of Nathalie Dubois and DPA.

Nathalie Dubois and DPA continue their annual tradition of showcasing some of the most interesting luxury products and services coming to the fore. While her evergreen support for Tahiti Tourisme and and its lavish properties brought a lovely tropical flair to her nest at the Luxe Hotel, as did unseasonably warm temperatures, the way she organized the event provided a nice respite from the usual experience a journalist covers when meeting vendors at a pre-awards suite. A courteous guide takes journalists through the well-organized maze of vendors, allowing to have quality one-on-one time to speak with the artisans and representatives of the products.
   Galina Sobolev showcased very simple designs from her Single dress line that provided lovely canvases for the fine and fashion jewellery inside the penthouse used for the event. Alice’s Chic Boutique by Alice Nemeti made such an impact, in fact, that a staff member at the nearby Crescent Hotel where Nemeti stayed literally bought the necklace off of her (with the help of her online store). Lots of people are doing natural stone stackable bracelets, but those from Sisco Berluti are so beautifully made that it is no wonder they made Oprah’s ‘Favorite Things’ list.

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Elyse Glickman

   One of my favourite things was the denim scarf at Hzurdadi Jeans. These thick, resilient scarves are made with premium denim and a lining of fleece, animal print fabric or flannel, and while they may be a bit heavy for southern California’s climate, they are a great invention for stylish celebrities flying back to New York, Chicago or Boston, given the tundra-like conditions in the eastern US. The vibrating ZaaZ Studios machine, meanwhile, offered celebrities a try of an invention that is essentially a self-contained spa, as it massages, tightens and tones depending on who uses it and how it is used.
   In addition to the regularly featured properties from Tahiti, select celebrities received stays in spots that could be “paradise” in different ways. Cape Breton Island, off the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia, is a golfer’s paradise, as well as a haven for seafood during the summer and winter months. Jill’s Chocolates, made in Nova Scotia, reflects the fact that the Canadian Maritimes have arrived as a gastronomic destination that can compete with Montréal, Vancouver and Toronto. The newly opened eco-luxury resort Copa de Arbol in Costa Rica is an environmentally conscious labour of love that features such natural geological attributes.
   The foods and beverages served were also heavenly, running the gamut from Foxy’s Premium Frozen Yoghurt (from Australia, down to the slang and irreverence of the packaging) to vegan snacks, vitamin supplements, healing skin care and supplements from South Africa, the Yes Bar (tailored for those adopting the Paleo diet in the new year). Herzog Wine Cellars, based in Oxnard, Calif., uncorked Bartenura, a positively delightful moscato from Provincia di Pavia, Italy and a 2010 cabernet sauvignon from Sonoma County produced for its own label.
   Balancing the event out as well as the state of mind of the guests was psychic Lisa Greenfield, who made some very uncanny observations and dispensed sound advice and easy meditations.
   In West Hollywood, a few miles away from the hustle and bustle of Golden Globes weekend Beverly Hills, the Privé Salon and Ona Spa provided a lovely safe haven for Colgate’s Optic White Beauty Bar, where celebrities and press could primp in a serene setting away from maddening crowds and throngs of paparazzi. This little gem not only offered guests a nice selection of Optic White products, but also some fantastic new products from Sexy Hair and Joico (demonstrated through blow-dries by Privé’s expert staff), a braid bar, Lifeway frozen kefir, manicures and makeup touch-ups.
   Celebrities on site getting prepped and primped included Jessica Szohr, Chloe Bridges, Crystal Reed, Cassie Scerbo, and Keke Palmer.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor




Just Jared/Privé Salon


Elyse Glickman

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