Sunday, I had the pleasure of seeing IL TEATRO alla MODA (Theater in Fashion) in Beverly Hills and was given the privilege of photographing it. The dresses were absolutely incredible! I felt like I had died and gone to fashion heaven. The exhibition showcased Italy’s famous haute couture designers and their impact on the stages of opera, dance and theater. The event is celebrates the transformation of The Italian Renaissance Beverly Hills Post Office into the Annenberg Center for The Performing Arts. It was an amazing and unforgettable afternoon. These are some of the most fabulous!
Versace- the grand finale!
The exhibit runs through March 18th before heading off to The Villa Manin in Venice, Italy July 20th-Nov 4th 2012. It is a must see for any lover of fashion and the performing arts!
Yamashiro, which means “mountain palace” in Japanese, has been a Hollywood landmark since the 1920’s. Nestled in the Hollywood Hills above The Magic Castle, Yamashiro is more then just a restaurant, it’s an experience. It has been on our radar as a place to check out for quite sometime now and my birthday seemed like the perfect occasion!
I’m so happy we arrived just before sunset because the views were spectacular. The poolside pagoda was imported from Japan and is 600 years old. It is one of the oldest structures in California.
The west facing view is amazing: you can catch a truly spectacular view of the sun setting into the Pacific. During the Great Depression you could visit the gardens and admire the view for 25 cents. Ironically, now, the valet alone, costs $7.50!
I loved the ambiance of the beautiful Garden Room, but the hostess recommended that we sit in the Sunset Room since it was our first time there. I`m so glad we took her advice. Not only did we have an amazing view of LA but we also had a view of the valet which made for great people/car watching!
The Kurobuta Pork Carnitas appetizer was the most amazing thing we ate all night. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! The bottom is a scallion-risotto cake topped with carnitas in a hoisin reduction with a honey mustard drizzle. A-MA-ZING! We will definitely be back for this! They also have a great lounge where one could come casually for a cocktail and an app and enjoy the view! Wether you live in LA or are just passing through you need to put Yamashiro on your list of things to do!
Wade and I spent my birthday eating and shopping our way through Unique LA. It all started in 2008 when Sonja Rasula wanted to bring Made-In-America design to the masses. She wanted to “help designers and small businesses grow and become sustainable, to support the local economy, and to teach shoppers the value of conscious consumerism.” And so it was born…
I was impressed with the creative displays and quality/craftsmanship of the products. This group took the craft fair concept to a whole new level!
Some of my favorite vendors were the guys at All Spice Cafe who kept feeding me chips smothered in their different sauces and tapenade, yum! London Manori’s colorful table full of dipped leaf necklaces were fabulous.I got a piece of silver kale. How cool is that? Michael McKeon at The Queen Bee’s Hive makes the most amazing scented eco-friendly candles (I got the gardenia) and refreshing Hydroscents that he insisted I spray on my face! The white truffle salt from HEPP’S Salt Barrel was so good that I licked it right out of my hand, no food required! The quirky dolls and ornaments at Paper Moon Gallery were AWESOME!! I’ll definitely be stalking their Etsy shop!
I had so much fun talking to all of the artisans, learning about their craft and seeing the passion they have for what they do!
I can`t wait until the next Unique event. I hear they will be popping up in NY and San Francisco this year too, so be on the lookout! You won’t want to miss it!
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