Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Los Angeles' WestEdge Design Fair Returns Oct.19-22, 2017

By Karen Ostlund
Stroll down for full schedule, October 19-22

(October 17, 2017) WestEdge Design Fair, the West Coast’s premier contemporary design fair, featuring a highly-curated selection of domestic and international manufacturers and independent designers and makers, will return to Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, October 19-22nd 2017.
Opening Night Party on Thursday, October 19 from 7-10 PM will be held with sponsorship in part by: Citi, Resource Furniture, Pacific Sales Kitchen & Home, Samsonite and Samsung - to benefit Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House.
WestEdge Design Fair Floor 2016

In partnership with Samsonite, the worldwide leader in travel luggage and accessories, 24 street artists working across the country from Los Angeles to New York will create one-of-a-kind, custom luggage pieces highlighting ‘The Art of Travel’. A. Moret, Founder of Installation Magazine, the digital contemporary art publication, has curated this unique and imaginative exhibit. 

“We are honored to partner with Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House for the second year,” said Megan Reilly, co-founder of WestEdge Design Fair. “One of the best ways to experience LA’s diverse and vibrant art landscape is by driving around the city and viewing its extraordinary urban artwork. We’re pleased to be able to celebrate these street-artists and their work at WestEdge 2017.” 
Megan Reilly and Troy Hansen at WestEdge Opening 2016

‘When WestEdge approached us with the idea of using our luggage as a blank canvas for artists, we jumped at the chance to participate,” said Stephanie Goldman, Sr. Direction Brand Communications, Samsonite. “We’re excited to see what the artists produce and are proud to partner with such a great organization.” 

Melissa Malone, Director of Development for Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House. “We are
excited to work with these street artists whose creativity is beyond amazing and we are thankful for their willingness to donate their time and talent.”
In addition to bidding on the custom luggage art pieces, attendees will have the opportunity to preview and shop from hundreds of premium design and home furnishings brands in advance of the opening on Friday, October 20.
“The Opening Night Party is a must-attend event for anyone who is interested in the art and design community in Los Angeles,” said Troy Hanson, co-founder of the WestEdge Design Fair. “Not only can you get a sneak-peek of the weekend’s events, but you get to meet top architects, designers and design and art tastemakers in one of the best venues in Los Angeles.” 
West Hollywood Design District Chair booth at WestEdge 2016
 Following the Opening Night Party, all luggage pieces will remain on public display throughout the remainder of the WestEdge Design Fair (October 20 22). Participating artists include:
Adam Dare (Los Angeles) Andre Miripolsky (Los Angeles) Bisco Smith (Brooklyn) Brayden Bugazzi (Los Angeles) Charlie Edmiston (Los Angeles) Chase Lock (Los Angeles) Collin Salazar (Los Angeles) Hektad (Los Angeles)
Jimmy Pierce (Los Angeles) Josh Webb (Los Angeles)
Jules Muck (Los Angeles) Karen Bystedt (Los Angeles)
Made of Hagop (Los Angeles)

 Matthew Laurence Knott (Laguna Beach, CA) Max Neutra (Santa Fe, NM)
Miki Yokoyama (Los Angeles)
Morley (Los Angeles)
Ricky Watts (San Francisco)
Ruben Rojas (Los Angeles)
Ser@LA (Los Angeles)
The Producer BDB (Los Angeles)
Thomas Schoos (Los Angeles)
Tonia Calderon (Los Angeles)
Yelena York (Los Angeles) 
WestEdge Design Fair Panels
 For the full schedule of programming events, see below:
California Home + Design’s Editorial Director, Lindsey Shook, will explore a range of topics with leaders of the LA design community including:
2:00-3:00 PM: The Art of Investing in your Real Estate
o Featuring: Barclay Butera of Barclay Butera Interiors and Steven Cooper of Cooper Pacific
3:15-4:15 PM: The Healthy Home
o Featuring: Leslie Delli-Venneri, WELL Certified, ASID Sustainability Committee Member,
Victoria + Albert Baths, Barry Cik, Technical Director, Founder & CEO of Naturepedic Organic
Mattress Gallery and Moty Ginsberg, CEO at Treeium Eco-Remodeling 4:30-5:30 PM: Made Local: Los Angeles
o Featuring: Alex Segal and Riley Rea of Croft House, Jamie Davis of Portola Paints. Meyghan Hill of Whorehaus Studio, Uri Davillier of Neptune Glassworks
5:30-7:00 PM: Rose Reception 

Curated by Frances Anderton and Mallery Roberts Morgan, and presented in partnership with Architectural Digest, LALA Magazine and the West Hollywood Design District, this symposium explores the theme ‘Everything is Disrupted’. Retail is being automated; political leadership is chaotic; and the Los Angeles skyline is transforming before our eyes. Every which way, we are in a state of massive change. Today’s thought leaders discuss the challenges and the opportunities. Topics include:
  •   10:30-11:30 AM - Shaky Ground: The Shifting Cityscape of Los Angeles o Moderatedby:FrancesAnderton,KCRW;Featuring:MichaelMaltzan
  •   11:45-12:45 AM - The Great Retail Revolution
    o Moderatedby:MalleryRobertsMorgan,ADFranceandLALAMagazine
    Featuring: Rose Apodaca, A+R; David Fishbein and Joseph Miller, Runyon Group; and Anna
    Brockway, Chairish and DECASO
  •   1:45 -2:45 PM - The Green Rush: Is High Design Taking The Edge Off Marijuana?
    o Moderatedby:MayerRus,ArchitecturalDigest
    Featuring: Alex Halperin,
    Weedweek and L.A. Weekly; and Megan Stone, The High Road Design Studio
  •   3:00-4:00 PM - Hot Wheels: The Transportation Revolution o Moderatedby:FrancesAnderton,KCRW
    Featuring: Ashley Z. Hand, LA CoMotion; Francie Stefan, City of Santa Monica; and Daniel
    Sturges, College for Creative Studies (Detroit Michigan)
  •   4:15-5:00 PM - Riding the Wave Tools For Managing Disruption
    o Moderatedby:MalleryRobertsMorgan,ADFranceandLALAMagazine Featuring: Suze Yalof Schwartz, Unplug Meditation
  •   5:00-6:00 PM - DIEM Closing Champagne Reception SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21
10:30-11:30 AM - Let There Be Light: How Lighting Accentuates Design
o Moderated by: Laura Eckstein Jones, Modern Luxury Interiors California and Angeleno
Featuring: Barclay Butera, Barclay Butera Interiors; Kelli Ellis, Kelli Ellis Interior Design; Stefanie
Stroud, Ferguson Enterprises and Erin Valencich, Erinn V. Design Group 12:30-1:30 PM - Art in Design
o Moderated by: Erika Heet, Interiors magazine
Featuring: Maria Cicione of
Graye; architect and designer Gulla Jonsdottir; artist Nicole Landau and art consultant and gallery owner Wendy Posner
2:00-3:00 PM - Behind The Design The Art of Silent Story-telling: a Set Decorator’s Collaboration
o Moderated by: Juan Morales, Emmy Magazine
Featuring: Beverly Hadley; Jason Howard; Jan Pascal; Ken Sharp; and Ann Shea
3:30-4:30 PM - Maximizing Your Outdoor Living Space o Moderated by: Melissa Goldstein, Sunset
Featuring: Regan Baker, Regan Baker Design; and Leslie L. Hunt; Leslie L. Hunt Interior Design 5:00-6:00 PM The Future of Home Entertainment
o Moderated by: Shawn Barrett, Founder, Image People and Creator of Kinetic Lounge Featuring: Tony Christopher, CEO & Founder, Landmark Entertainment Group; Harry Evry, Head of Education, VR/AR Association; Justin Massion, Founder, JAM Studios/Virtuos3D; Thomas Schoos, Schoos Design; and Jeff Tillis, CEO/President, NeurAlive 

10:30-11:30 AM - From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Ten Do’s and Don’ts for a Remarkable Renovation
o Moderated by Josh Cooperman, Convo by Design
Featuring: Brian Biglin, President, Biglin Architectural Group; Mike Grosswendt, President, All Coast Construction; James Magni, Principal, Magni Kalman Design; Bart Mendel, President, Stonemark Construction Management; and Laurie Haefele, Owner/Principal, Haefele Design
12:30-1:30 PM - Green Design: Smart Tools to Live Well and Wisely sponsored by Nest
o Featuring: Robert Fortunato, Green Idea House; Nerin Kadribegovic, Lehrer Architects LA; and Mike Soucie, Nest
2:30-3:30 PM - How To Foster Your Future: From Basquiat To Barcaloungers, Where Should Millennials Invest?
o Featuring:CesarGiraldo,CesarGiraldoDesign;RyanSaghian,RyanSaghian
; Joseph Spierer, Joseph Spierer Architects, Inc.; and Hilary Stevens, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury 

About WestEdge Design Fair
WestEdge is a three-day event that offers the best in modern design, all in an environment designed to engage, entertain and inspire. The fair offers the opportunity to shop from premium home furnishings brands many new to the West Coast and meet the designers behind thousands of inspiring products. In addition, attendees gain insight from leading names in the design industry with a full series of educational programs and special events. For more information visit,
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Friday, October 6, 2017

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS returns to Hollywood Forever October 28th 2017

Photos & story by Karen Ostlund
Aterciopelados Colombian rock group headliner Oct.28 (Photo:VEVO)
                      For the 18th year in a row,  DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS  returns to Hollywood Forever October 28th 2017.     This year’s headlining acts include alternative rock pioneers  Aterciopelados, Mexican  singer songwriter indie  Ximena Xariñana , dream pop super hero  Coco and local juggernaut  La Chamba.

(Left) Tyler Cassity

             Hollywood Forever Cemetery will celebrate the  18th anniversary of Hollywood Forever’s Day Of The Dead homaging Jose Guadalupe Posada’s artistic legacy, the author of "La Calavera Garbancera", which would later be called "La Catrina" by Diego Rivera), one of Mexico’s most important visionary artists and politically acute activists.

"We are very excited to celebrate our 18th anniversary, 
with such unique talent and pay homage to one of Mexico’s most important artists visionaries and activists."  said 
-Tyler Cassity

Performances by
Pasion de Mi Tierra, Folklorico dance company has been delighting audiences all over California. Their Pasion’s mission is to maintain, expose, and share the rich cultural traditions of Mexican folk dance.

Making a stop in their current “Reluciente, Rechinante y Aterciopelado”
tour across Europe and Latin America, politically provocative surf rockers   Aterciopelados  will celebrate over 20 years of hits, including “Florecita Rockera”, “Baracunatana”, "Bolero Falaz”, “Caribe Atómico” and “El Estuche"; as well as the release of their latest live DVD.

Everyone's favorite heartthrob CUCO ,  will showcase many of his dreamy melodies, such a his anthemic song ”Lo Que Siento”.  
 Ximena Sariñana  will bring her girl power to this celebration, promising to deliver a glimpse from her upcoming album, as well as unforgettable songs like “ Parar a Tiempo”,“Mediocre” and “No Todo Lo Puedes Dar”. 

  L.A.’s own  La Chamba  will bring their unique sound, fusing psychedelic electric guitars and organs with heavy Afro-Latin rhythms (such as cumbia, salsa and rumba) that are sure to get your feet moving!
DJ performances by LA's own vinyl spinning all-female collective
Chulita Vinyl Club.
The Tamale Shoppe
Ilegal Mezcal drinks and PEZ Cantina dishes

 Historical roots of El Dia de Los Muertos celebration go back to the pre-Hispanic cultures of Meso-America of the indigenous people, especially the Nahua, and others native to Mexico more than 3000 years.
Indigenous people believed that the souls did not die, that they continued to live in Mictlan (Place of death) a special place for them to finally rest.
On the Day of the Dead, tradition holds that the dead return to earth to visit their living relatives. It is also believed that even if these relatives can’t see them, they can feel them.
It’s a way to come to terms with our mortality and become aware of the cycle of life and death.

Romega Taqueria
Esterella Jalisco beer
DropDeadGorgeous artists makeup team

A vibrant traditional procession in the home of Hollywood’s Immortals 
with traditional Aztec blessings and Regional Musical-Dance group dedications.
Musical performances by Grammy Award winning recording artists.
100+ Altars created by members of the community to their ancestors and loved ones.
Hundreds of Aztec Ritual Dancers in full costume.
Four stages featuring music and theatrical performances.
An Art Exhibition in the Cathedral Mausoleum.
A costume contest for the best dressed Calaca (skeleton).
A children’s arts project area.
Arts and Crafts vendors.
Food vendors from around Los Angeles.
- Presentation of Altar winners - 
The judges will select the best altar of each of the following categories: 
Theme of Event, Traditional Altar and Contemporary Altar 
– The best of each category wins $3,000!
The 18th Edition of the Country's 
Will Take Place in Los Angeles
on Saturday October 28th, starting noon to midnight.
6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA
 Tickets, parking and full schedule of performers:

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Celebrity Connected EMMYS Suite 2017: From Skincare to Sextoys

By Karen Ostlund
 The Celebrity Connected Emmy Awards Gifting Lounge 2017 was located at Millenium Biltmore Hotel, September 16- one day prior to the Emmy Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theatre, September 17. The Lounge focused on products from skincare, beauty, accessories, beverages to sex-toys. WHAT IS A BIO-CELLULOSE MASK? The 3 masks promoted for Emmys 2017 were Skin Revitalization for Dry/Sensitive skin, All Day Oil Control Mask for Normal/Combination skin and All Day Moisturizing for all skin type.
Bio-cellulose is the finest material currently being used in the skincare industry with origins that go back to its use in the medical field. A strong water-loving, skin-like material was developed to treat severe burns by acting like a “second skin” to heal wounds from the inside-out. Bio-cellulose is able to hold up to 100 times its dry weight in moisture, while keeping a tight fit to open pores and allow for maximum absorption.
The bio-cellulose masks are cultured with all natural, plant-based ingredients for at least 10 days before packaging. During their creation process, the masks are kept completely sterile and pure to ensure their medical grade and quality.

Dekke Hud masks for men
 September 16, 2017, one day before the Emmy Awards  show, invited celebrities visited the lounge. They were each provided with their own personal guide to escort them from booth to booth.  
As each celebrity comes by, they are given gifts to try, and clients can take photos/videos with them for endorsement purposes of a new products. Media were also invited to provide more exposure.
 "In our makeup line, we focus on coverage, color and the compatibility between skin care and makeup”, said STARE lead makeup artist Adriana Flores.
"The inspiration behind STARE Cosmetics comes from specializing in corrective skin issues for over 25 years". "We strive to keep out of many unnecessary fillers, harmful chemicals and dyes”.

STARE cosmetics colors

STARE Cosmetics makeup artist Adriana Flores and Joshua Lee Young are a chef-inspired, alcohol infused Italian-style sorbet. 15% top shelf liquors are offered in a ready-to-serve push-pop that makes for a guilt-free indulgence.           Vegan, Gluten and fat-free, under 100 calories.

Aussie Tea  #fodmapfriends

Susan Sarander gets Aussie Tea

Food and Wellness Coach from Australia named Carolyn Lindrea has developed a line of teas that are suitable for someone who is following the low-FODMAP diet. She has created beautiful blends of tea, each containing fresh, IBS-friendly herbs, hand-chosen to be soothing to your digestive system. Ms. Lindrea offers the following tea blends Aussie Jem: contains "organic lemon myrtle, Australian green tea":

GI Jane: contains "organic acai, hibiscus, organic cacao, haw, organic cinnamon, rose"
Grace: contains "ginseng flowers, lemon myrtle, lemongrass, peppermint"
Ginger Ninja: contains "ginger, lemongrass, hibiscus"
Slim Jim: contains "lemongrass, lemon balm, lemon verbena"
Max Out: contains "rose, lime blossom, lavender, jasmine, orange, lemon balm, passionflower. was created in West Hollywood two years ago, with the purpose to connect families with the memory of their fallen soldiers. is face jewels design line by Sophie Hannah Richardson. The inspiration comes from mermaids.
Infused Cannabis topical penetrate deeper than regular lotions, creams and lip balms. They are known more effective to reduce pain, inflammation, and seal in moisture to the skin.
High Gorgeous "Nice Buns Cellulite Cream" was popular this summer with:100 mg THC/THCa
Warm cinnamon roll scent
Firms skin and seals in moisture with properties of espresso, witch hazel, cinnamon oil, shea butter
Contains essential oils
*Paraben-free, Vegan-friendly
"Then the idea came to me,when I wanted a necklace with a container that could carry my lipstick, but it had to be stylish and fashionable” said Founder Christine Abdoo.
A patent pending design, each Cosmetic Hideaways design will fit the top selling brands of lipstick on the market today empowering you to have your lipstick accessible to you all day.  The first collection  released will fit the size of travel lipstick and lip balm. is invented by Bill Massey, a member of TimeAway LLC. He wanted to create a new kind of paper napkin kit in your purse, for people on the go. The kit consists of: one oversized toilet paper seat, 1 Yard of toilet paper and two moist towelettes for hands and tush. recovery blend and - the new idea of beer-drops to flavor your beer. One bottle flavors 18 beers. The Six Mad Hops flavors are Pale Ale, Irish Porter, Mexican Lime, Wild Blueberry, Cherry Wheat and Apple Amber. showcased a wide variety of vibrators for Fall 2017 and gifted Emmy guests
“ADONIS” - A Ribbed Warming Vibrator with:
Ribbed design for better stimulation
● Heating function
● Brand new clitoris massager design
● Ergonomic button position
● Powerful and long lasting vibration
● Waterproof
● SVAKOM Intelligent Mode
● SVAKOM Logo at Both Side,Luxury Design
● 36+ different frequency experiences
● Made from environment friendly material
● Whisper Quiet and
● Rechargeable    

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