Tomorrow night Gen Art is hosting the Los Angeles Sassy City Chick’s Fashion Bash & Sample Sale at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The theme is Labels & Liquer … which we at LA Shopping Reviews can all closely relate to. Though, more often than not, a little bubbly in a boutique amounts to an enormous credit card bill a month later. However, this should be a different story tomorrow night with top designer selling at unbelievable prices. Labels such as Dior, Prada, D&G, D.V.F, Gucci and Norma Kamali, just to name a few, will be 30-80% off. The invite reads, “event attendees will receive goodie bags, sip on complimentary PAMA cocktails, enjoy complimentary spa services, an opportunity to experience the Chevy Lounge and Chevy “Ride & Drive”! Who cares about cars, we just wanna shop our little hearts out. Happy shopping ladies!
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Valentine’s Day got away from us (we were having too much fun in the bedroom and completely forgot it was a workday … teehee) and here’s the post that was supposed to go up Friday. Enjoy!
Let’s be honest, the rarity of finding a heterosexual male that enjoys shopping is the Holy Grail for all women. Yes, he can fake it till he makes it, but true enthusiasm when scouring the racks item by item is as hard to come by as those elusive black-patent-Mary-Jane Manolo Blahnik’s. The exception to this rule is the second week in February, when the mission at hand is lingerie. We’ve learned through trial and error that if you treat shopping like a covert operation involving a plan of attack and an ultimate prize, sometimes a man will mistake it for a video game, and violà, all hands are on deck— and potentially on you at the end of the night.
Los Angeles has a plethora of lingerie stores with a diversity that perfectly reflects the scope of inhabitants under these perpetually blue skies. For the tongue in cheek couples, there is the ever-so-famous and ever-so-amusing Trashy Lingerie. Because they believe in Halloween year round, you can always find that ‘Sailor Jerry’ outfit with the built in push up bra and missing mid-section. Disclaimer: do not attempt to wear when actually sailing, keep this in the bedroom, and throw on those topsiders when hoisting the sail and shouting starboard. Cupid has thrown up on this store, as they are cashing in on Valentine’s Day, but who can blame them, with outfits that are both simultaneously fun and funny, that remind us of the pleasure of laughter in the bedroom.
If Dita von Teese is your style icon, than Agent Provocateur is your heaven. Although steep on price, it is a worthy indulgence, for both you and your man, as your sexual self-confidence immediately skyrockets when donning this opulent yet undeniably sexy apparel. The corset wearing sales staff makes shopping a breeze without a hint of blushing as you recline on the ox-blood red velvet couches. Agent Provocateur has helped changed the perception of a burlesque show from a lowbrow form of entertainment, into something that could actually pass as a date night. Seriously, study the movements of those performers; this clearly isn’t their first rodeo.
If you scoff at the notion of buying a ridiculously expensive piece of lace, with the intention of it being stripped off of you, then Only Hearts is your Valentine’s Day headquarters. Relaxed sexy seems to be their motto, as their Valentine’s selections consist of the softest boy-cut underwear with dainty hearts, and matching tanks. When they do venture into lace, it is done effortlessly, allowing you to wear it year round. While we all love the idea of a day dedicated to love and sex, but sometimes the sexiest moments consist of an element of surprise, and these wearable red lace bras allow you to do just that— buy it now, catch him off guard later.
Kiki De Montparnasse is, well, Kiki De Montparnasse. Lingerie is the foreplay for this sexual emporium. Their lingerie is divided amongst three lines according to personality of the piece and person wearing it– boudoir, muse, and ingénue. Honestly, who doesn’t want to be somebody’s muse? The bedroom is clearly a sanctuary in their eyes and they treat it as such, with offerings such as silk bed linens to five hundred dollar vibrators. He will never complain about seeing you come home with a shopping bag from this store despite the dent it leaves in your wallet.
Which store do we prefer? Well, only Mr. Pillow-Talk needs to know that.
written by Veronica McCarthy
American Rag on La Brea is the epitome of a too-cool-for-school, one-stop-shop destination. The merchandise seems to be so cutting edge that it is hard to tell if the buyers have their fingers firmly on the pulse of Los Angeles, or if they are creating the pulse themselves. An entire rainy afternoon can be spent blissfully getting lost amongst the racks of sequined vintage, designer denim, and delightfully obscure high-end retail—we know from experience, as we stayed dry in this shopper’s haven when the rain came a-knocking this past week. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!
The scope and breadth of the store’s merchandise is simultaneously stimulating and intimidating. Upon entry you are greeted with blasts of color and funky art, displayed against warm wood, all situated within a cool urban loft expose. The u-shaped shoe display is the central focus of the main store, with the women and men’s retail flanking the display, and their vintage collection bringing up the rear. If that was not enough to make one’s heart skip-a-beat, to the right is their “World Famous Denim Bar,” although no Irish coffee was found, the denim selection was a sight to behold in and of itself.
Mark Werts, the owner and founder of American Rag, claims the buyers are what separate his stores from the masses, and the denim bar clearly showcases their talent. Ranging from classic 501 Levi’s to J-Brand’s newest invention, “jeggings” (they look a lot better than they sound), your desire for all things denim can be fulfilled here, and then some. We were thrilled to see that our favorite skinny jeans from EVER made an appearance amongst other up and coming contemporary brands such as CORPUS, Kill City, and PRPS, all perfectly mixed in with the big hitters, such as Helmut Lang, Diesel, and Citizens of Humanity.
The price tag on American Rag’s selection of vintage ranges dramatically from thirty-dollar funk-a-dellic flannels to two hundred dollar army coats, steeped in history. Although you wont find those vintage Chanel ballet flats you’ve been searching for, as there is little label vintage, you will find reasonably priced thermals, sweatshirts, t-shirts, and some awesome neon-plaid bell-bottoms, if those happen to light your fire. If the neon-plaid bell-bottoms intimidate you, and perhaps rightfully so, American Rag’s retail is paces away and offers you classic options, updated to today’s urban cool-vibe that simply exudes from the store. The men’s selection is a must, as it proves there should be so much more to a man’s wardrobe than just sneakers and jeans.
The menswear buyer, James Hammonds, sums up the success of store with, “You come in to accentuate your own look, not buy into ours.” It seems like American Rag simply wants to makes the masses look cool, the coolest part being, they don’t want to dictate your wardrobe, but just re-vamp your already existing look.
We surprisingly worked up a sweat scouring the racks, but didn’t even need to open our umbrella to find some lemonade. Café Midi is tucked away in the back of American Rag’s home décor store, Maison-Midi, which is easily accessible from the main retail section. We happily obliged when we saw banana bread on the menu— as we all know, it is our quintessential comfort food that tastes so much better when the weather is damp and dreary. Alas, they keep their recipe under lock and key.
If a leather jacket is able to elicit drool from ones mouth, there is a good chance the brand behind aforementioned salivation is worth researching. These were our sentiments when we were browsing Barney’s CO-OP last fall and accidentally crossed paths with a perfectly distressed, hooded, grey leather jacket from Los Angeles based clothing brand, EVER. Since then our love for this brand has exponentially grown when we found they have a store on Melrose Avenue, with oh-so-many-more-to-die-for leather jackets, complimented by rich cashmere sweaters, easy-to-wear raw silk blouses, buttercup soft hoodies and tees, and the most comfortable skinny jeans this side of the Mississippi—all done in a beautifully muted color palate that reminds you of an overcast beach morning.
The creative philosophy behind EVER stems from its creative director’s love of traveling with grace and comfort. The modern cuts of the pieces are paired with luxurious fabrics to create an urban street elegance that can take you anywhere. Our favorite thing about the collection is its ease and thoroughness; an entire travel wardrobe could be created from effortlessly mixing and matching the clothes at hand.
As if it couldn’t get any better, upon entering the store on Melrose, the most pleasant sales staff greeted us. Not a drop of pretentious attitude was found in the two brunettes who happily explained the promotional sale on the hoodies and tees and begged us to try on their favorite pair of skinny jeans—and for good reason, as the lived-in-soft, distressed black, booty hugging jeans walked out with us from the store in one of EVER’s eco-friendly cotton bags, along with a perfectly draped raw silk blouse. We were relieved to find the extreme-low cut that is only flattering on pre-teens and models is absent in EVER’S denim as the higher cut of jeans allowed them to pass the “bend over and no crack is showing” rule. Paired together, the perfect outfit was created for a low-key weekend spent meeting the boyfriend’s family in Northern California. Yes, we really were able test drive the brand’s motto, and it passed with flying colors. With our newly acquired items neatly packed, it was relief to not stress about our wardrobe, instead directing our attention on gaining the family’s approval (the home-baked banana bread might have helped in that department). Did we mention both items were on sale?
The Melrose store features items from both the women’s and the men’s line, with an emphasis on their denim, leather, and trademark hoodies. We were definitely caught eyeing some of the men’s flannels to wear over our new favorite skinny jeans. A limited amount of accessories are scattered throughout the store, most enviably, men’s classic work boots in a delicious pebble cream. Alas, no women’s shoes as of yet, but we think EVER could produce a killer pair of everyday boots. Jack Spade (of Kate Spade fame) has also recently combined forces with EVER to produce a tote and duffle bag to perfectly accent the brand’s spirit of traveling. The sale at their Melrose location is continuing for the next few weeks, until their spring line comes in. The spring line is supposedly accented with cute rompers for the women and done in an over-all lighter color palate.
On all of EVER’s items you find a small pin with the brand’s icon, a graphic tree which symbolizes the Asian proverb, “Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.” EVER’s clothes may spur us to travel onward and upward, but we will be repeatedly coming back for more.
If all else fails when embarking on “meeting the parents” try this: It’s a proven success!Grandma Jea’s Banana Bread Recipe ¾ cup margarine
1 ½ cup of sugar
1 ½ cup of ripe mashed bananas
2 well beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of buttermilk
Mix all ingredients, creaming margarine and sugar first. Bake for 60 minuets at 350º.
EVER Los Angeles 8251 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Mon- Sat: 11-7
Leather Jackets: $700-900
written by Veronica McCarthy
YOU ARE INVITED TO… SHOP, DROP & CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY IN STYLE!
Anthony Kedis, Sherri Rogers & Niki Shadrow
Cambodian Children’s Fund & Children Of The Night
Guests will drop off product/presents for Children Of The Night Charity Shelter, at the party.
All the products donated for Children Of The Night will be delivered to the shelter for Christmas.
Here is a wish list from Children Of The night:
Come enjoy a fashionably philanthropic holiday party with LA tastemakers.
Shop For A Cause Pop Up Boutique
8816 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood 90069
Monday, December 21,2009
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM