Sunday, November 23, 2014


By Karen Ostlund
Quest nutrition guru Mike Osborn w family at launch

Quest’s CheatClean Cookbook featuring 50  innovative and healthy dishes that swap sugar and flour for protein and clean ingredients and is free online at

"Quest Protein Powders offer an unparalleled nutrition profile for elite athletes and are hand-crafted to deliver the best cooking experience for health-conscious foodies and at-home chefs."

Creators of the #1 selling Quest Bar and Quest Protein Chips, Quest Nutrition are redefining what it means to eat healthy with the all-new Quest Protein Powders and CheatClean Cookbook.The new products were launched November 9th at Smogshoppe restaurant in Los Angeles.
Quest Protein Shake
Quest Protein Powders are  traditional on-the-go protein shake but they can be used to create everything from cookies, cupcakes and muffins to coconut shrimp, French fries and crispy chicken, all loaded with protein and are completely junk-free. Quest’s high-quality protein blend is their latest innovation that makes healthy eating fun by marrying amazing taste with incredible nutrition.

Quest pancakes


Quest Protein Powder has 21-23 grams of protein per serving. It’s made from a proprietary blend of high-quality proteins including whey isolate, mi-cellar casein and milk-protein.
It’s gluten-free, with two grams of sugar or less, and has one of the highest protein-to-calorie ratios of any protein powder on the market.and comes in five delicious flavors – Vanilla Milkshake, Chocolate Milkshake, Strawberries & Cream, Peanut Butter and the cooking-inspired Multi Purpose Mix.

“Quest Protein Powders are a game-changing advancement in clean eating that gives people complete control of their nutrition while unleashing their creativity” said President and Co-founder Tom Bilyeu. “People eat as much for pleasure as for sustenance. Our mission is to free people who are serious about health and performance from the bland and boring.
Quest’s delicious line of products, ingredients, and recipes are nutritionally sound and fun to eat. We're excited to see all the creative ways people will use Quest Protein Powders.”
Quest desserts from the cookbook

Crowd at Quest Launch Party at Smogshoppe

Monday, November 17, 2014

US Largest Exhibit of Authentic Memorabilia honors Tyrone Power's life

The Nation’s Largest Exhibit Of Authentic Memorabilia Honors Tyrone Power.

The exhibit is on display now through January 11, 2015, at The Hollywood Museum in the Historic  Max Factor Building.
By Karen Ostlund
Photos by J.Barsky
Tyron Power Jr was acting in Cocoon,1985 - present at opening
The Hollywood Museum new exhibit “Tyrone Power: Man, Myth & Movie Idol,” is celebrating Tyrone Power, sexy stage and screen idol of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, and his centennial birthday year with an intimate retrospective curated in collaboration with his son, Tyrone Power, Jr. – who was present at the opening.
This special exhibition  takes an ‘inside’ look at the life, passions and career of the handsome star of more than 50 films, best known for his swashbuckler roles, romantic leads and striking good looks. 
 Power was one of the top male sex symbols of Hollywood’s golden era, from 1936 to 1958. He became an overnight sensation at just 22 years old and made more than 50 films during his career. Six months after his breakout role inLloyd’s of London (1936), his hand and footprints were memorialized in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Power was nicknamed “King of the Movies” by his fans and was also recognized as “King of the Fox Lot” (20th Century Fox Studios).
Power appeared in a wide variety of film genres, from musicals to comedies, from westerns and swashbucklers, to dramas, showing a remarkable acting range. 

Before he made it in Hollywood, Power began his career on Broadway, mentored by stage actress Katharine Cornell. Scouts spotted him in a play and he was signed by 20th Century-Fox, becoming their top leading man for many years. He worked with most of the famous actors and directors of his time, including directors such as King Vidor, and actors Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Jeanne Crain, Alice Faye, Al Jolson, Cesar Romero, George Sanders, Loretta Young and Lana Turner, with whom he had a well-publicized romance in 1946. He also had liaisons with Judy Garland and Mai Zetterling.
Power took time out of his career to serve his country as a U.S. Marine Corps pilot in World War II, flying wounded soldiers out of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. His father, actor Tyrone Power, Sr., died in the arms of his son while on a film set.
Power Jr.’s own life was cut short at the age of 44 when he had a heart attack on the movie set of Solomon and Sheba (1959). Actor Yul Brynner replaced him in the film. During his career, Power turned down a number of powerful roles including Burt Lancaster’s role in From Here to Eternity (1953) and Richard Burton’s lead role in The Robe (1953).
George Chakiris from,West Side Story, 1981 w Tyron Power Jr
“We are delighted to spotlight one of Hollywood’s greatest legends and heartthrobs whose star talents transcended motion pictures, radio, live theater and television,” said Donelle Dadigan, Founder and President of The Hollywood Museum.
The “Tyrone Power: Man, Myth & Movie Idol” exhibition explores Power’s personal life including many illustrious romances, three marriages and three children. The comprehensive collection includes never before displayed items gathered from family, friends, private collectors and The Hollywood Museum archives.

Highlights of the exhibition :
•Costumes worn by Power include the iconic matador “suit of lights” from Blood and Sand (1941); embroidered pants from The Mark of Zorro (1940); black tailcoat with silver buttons from Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake(1942); black hat with red feathers from Captain from Castile (1947); navy suit from The Luck of the Irish (1948) and much more.
•Costumes worn by Power’s co-stars include a black gown worn by Maureen O’Hara in The Long Gray Line (1955), a pink brocade gown worn by Wanda Hendrix in Prince ofFoxes (1949), a crème silk with fur trim jacket and gown worn by Gene Tierney in That Wonderful Urge (1948), a red sequin costume worn by Coleen Gray in Nightmare Alley(1947), a chartreuse ball gown from Marie Antoinette (1938) starring Norma Shearer; a vest worn by Don Ameche in In Old Chicago (1937) among many others.
•Behind the Scenes in Hollywood include Power’s silk brocade dressing gown; personal mementos and photos provide a private look at Power’s many romances, three marriages, cars, friends and family.
•Hollywood History – Power kept a copy of scripts from all of his movies. The exhibit includes scripts from The Razor’s Edge (1946), Blood and Sand (1941) and three 1937 films:Thin Ice, Love Is News and In Old Chicago. This collection also includes lobby cards, posters, press kits, press books and sheet music from songs in his many films.
Collectors include Tyrone Power, Jr., Taryn Power, Romina Power, Maria Ciaccia, Debbie Beno, Cindra Reaume Webber and The Hollywood Museum Archives.
Power took time out of his career to serve his country as a U.S. Marine Corps pilot in World War II, flying wounded soldiers out of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. His father, actor Tyrone Power, Sr., died in the arms of his son while on a film set. Power Jr.’s own life was cut short at the age of 44 when he had a heart attack on the movie set of Solomon and Sheba (1959). Actor Yul Brynner replaced him in the film. During his career, Power turned down a number of powerful roles including Burt Lancaster’s role in From Here to Eternity (1953) and Richard Burton’s lead role in The Robe (1953).
Carolyn Hennesey from General Hospital came to opening.

The Hollywood Museum is located at 1660 N. Highland Avenue in Hollywood, 90028
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday  10am ­- 5pm.  General admission $15, Students & seniors $12 and $5 for children 5 and under.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Best of Hollywood Costume Design on display through March 2nd, 2015

By Karen Ostlund
Photos by Richard Harbaugh
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are right now showcasing  the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building.
  It is on view through March 2, 2015  and the location is the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles.
The show is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), and sponsored by Swarovski, this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.

The exhibition takes visitors on a non-chronological, four-gallery journey that tells the story of costume design from early Charlie Chaplin (The Tramp, 1912) to Man of Steel (James Acheson and Michael Wilkinson, 2013). Hollywood Costume includes montages, animation, film clips, and projections, supported by a specially commissioned score written by British composer Julian Scott. The clothes are exhibited alongside quotes and interviews with costume designers, directors, and actors discussing the role that costume plays in creating the characters on screen.
Costumes fromThe Great Gatsby
The exhibition includes more than 145 costumes from over 60 lenders, including Jared Leto’s costume from Dallas Buyers Club (Kurt and Burt, 2013) – a recent acquisition to the Academy’s collection – as well as costumes from such recent releases as The Hunger Games (Trish Summerville, 2013), Django Unchained (Sharen Davis, 2012), Lee Daniels’ The Butler (RuthE. Carter, 2013), American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson, 2013) and The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, 2013).
 In addition, Hollywood Costume also showcase the Academy’s pair of the most famous shoes in the world – the original ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (Adrian, 1939) shown with Dorothy’s blue and white gingham pinafore dress.

“We are thrilled to bring this innovative exhibition to Los Angeles,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President. “Hollywood Costume invites visitors to see some of the most well-known costumes from their favorite movies and to explore the impact designers have in creating our most beloved characters.”
Upending the conventions of what is considered “costume,” Hollywood Costume reveals what is hidden in plain sight: that films are about people, and the art of the costume designer helps create their characters.

The exhibition brings together iconic costumes from Hollywood’s Golden Age, including costumes for Marlene Dietrich from Morocco (1930) and Angel (1937) designed by Travis Banton, and from modern classics such as Mary Poppins (Tony Walton, 1964), Raiders of the Lost Ark (Deborah Nadoolman, 1981) and Titanic (Deborah L. Scott, 1997).

   Hollywood Costume is curated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Academy Award®-nominated costume designer and founding director of UCLA’s David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design, whose credits include National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Coming to America (1988) and the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (1983); with Sir Christopher Frayling (Professor Emeritus of Cultural History, Royal College of Art), and set and costume designer and V&A Assistant Curator Keith Lodwick.

“Cinematic icons are born when the audience falls deeply in love with the people in the story. And that’s what movies and costume design are all about,” notes Landis.
The exhibition is the culmination of a five-year effort to source, identify and secure objects from all over the world. The collectors who have loaned to the exhibition include major motion picture studios, costume houses, actors, public museums and archives, and private individuals.
Hollywood Costume is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Swarovski is the presenting sponsor of Hollywood Costume. The crystal house has provided the all-important sparkle to Hollywood’s wardrobes since the 1930s, when Swarovski crystals began to light up the silver screen in classic films like Gone with the Wind, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In recent years, Swarovski has worked closely with talents in costume and set design on blockbusters including Black Swan, Skyfall and The Great Gatsby, and its crystals have been the key creative ingredient in the dazzling set design for the Academy Awards since 2007.
"Swarovski’s history of working with costume, jewelry and set designers on some of Hollywood’s most iconic productions goes back 75 years to when Dorothy first tapped her Swarovski-encrusted ruby slippers," said Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski Executive Board, "so we’re thrilled to support this landmark exhibition at its new home in Los Angeles.” Additional support was provided by Pirelli.

Costumes from Pretty Woman

Monday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Wednesday  Closed
Thursday  11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Exhibition-related programs including screenings and lectures visit for details.

Admission: $20 Adults ǀ $15 Seniors (62+) ǀ $10 for students with ID and children under 13.

Wilshire May Company building, 6067 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Contact: 310-247-3049;

Parking is $12 and available in the Pritzker Parking Garage on Sixth Street, just east of Fairfax Avenue, and on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard at Spaulding Avenue. Additional parking is available in the Petersen Automotive Museum parking lot located on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, the Museum Square parking lot on Curson Avenue, and at meters located on 6th Street.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Style Fashion Preview for Spring 2015 : Sue Wong, Alexis Monsanto, Skintone, Quynh Paris & Dar Sara

STYLE FASHION WEEK’s 9th season showcases presented Spring Fashion 2015:
Sue Wong, Alexis Monsanto, Skintone, Quynh Paris and Dar Sara among many.

Photos & story by Karen Ostlund
Photos of Sue Wong by Joycel Chow
Left, Dave Navarro w/Sue Wong
 STYLE FASHION WEEK opened its doors to host their 9th season October 15-19,to present the upcoming fashion for Spring 2015.
The event was presented by luxury online-retailer Le Jolie, and took place at the new downtown space at The Reef, 1933 s Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90007.

LA FASHION WEEK – STYLE FASHION WEEK shows began with a bang as California’s own Sue Wong graced the runway on Wednesday night, October 15th.
Before the show, musician Dave Navarro and actor Vincent de Paul  presented Sue with a Tiffany’s Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence  in Womenswear design.. Models also made their way down the catwalk to music produced by Dave Navarro
The 30 minutes spectacle show included over 75 looks down the runway.           
Headpieces at Sue Wong's "Fairies and Sirens"

Sue Wong’s “Fairies and Sirens” collection consisted of exquisitely embellished embroidered silks, lavish bead work on organza dresses, long v neck gowns,and short dresses w/jeweled front details.
Capes matched with beautifully crafted floral headpieces by Lisa Maranucci, Kicka Custom Designs, Miss G Designs and Fiori Couture. 
Alexis Monsanto bridal gown Spring 2015

 The last day of Style Fashion Week,Sunday the 19th, featured four designers:
 Alexis Monsanto returned to the runway to show – releasing models in a ‘Game of Thrones’ inspired collection doing dramatic poses in striking colors and designs.
Alexis Monsanto Spring 2015

Skintone Clothing Spring 2015
Quynh Paris Gothic Couture
Amanda Brown Artist Management curated the art throughout the tent with her amazing artist Just Trew.
On-site furnishings were provided by LuxLounge EFR, adding to the current clothing collections for the upcoming seasons by creating a one of a kind visually pleasing fashion experience.
Hair sponsor Prive transformed models for the show behind-the-scenes alongside designers, stylists and She’s So make-up artists. 
Monster energy drinks and Diabolo provided beverages to keep everyone hydrated and on top of their game from the front of the house to the back.
DHL provided shipping to and throughout the five-day event.
Women's clothing lines FoxBait and Voyage had a running viewing party throughout the week in the brand marketplace and candle sponsor EJH was on site selling beautifully-scented hand-poured candles. La Privy,Apparel News, WWD, LA Times, The Los Angeles Fashion Magazine, and Fashion One, were there throughout the week to speak with designers about their collections.
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Skintone clothing showcased their unic resort-wear line. Designer, Karen Mcbride showcased a raw, hand-woven,eco-friendly, ready-to wear designs. 

Quynh Paris’ east-meets-west esthetic in her newest collection, and is a mix of her exotic Vietnamese heritage with a futuristic and modern twist.

Dar Sara Spring 2015
Dar Sara Spring 2015

                             Dar Sara closed out the week with ‘Ballerinas by way of Bollywood’ sending ballerinas down the runway followed by youthful silhouettes in jumpsuits, leotards and mini-dresses in elegant creams and golds.

After the shows,attendees headed over to kick off the official STYLE Fashion week after-party at PROJECT in Hollywood.