Wander around UCSD for an afternoon and you’ll encounter the most unexpected surprises. Metal trees talking to passersby. A V-shaped, blue chain-link fence built at branch-height in a eucalyptus grove. A teddy bear made of eight giant boulders with a knit scarf in school colors occasionally draped around its neck. Installations such as these, done by boldface international artists, dot the 1,200-acre campus.
Black diamonds and black jade on black rhodium-plated gold? Yes, please. At least that’s what some of Hollywood’s hottest celebs are saying about La Jollan Lauren Russell’s new company, Lyon Fine Jewelry (lyonfinejewelry.com). “I wanted something I would actually wear, and there wasn’t anything edgy on the market,” says Russell, whose daily uniform includes Alexander McQueen pumps, fitted black jeans and a black vest by Alexander Wang. It’s not exactly something that would work with a Tiffany pendant.
From Italy, with love: White truffle season nears its climax in L.A.’s top dining rooms.
by Lesley Balla | Angeleno magazine | October 20, 2011
Italian white truffles are one of the most intoxicating delicacies during the fall, and chefs and gourmands absolutely adore them. The best and most prized are those from Alba, a city in the northern Piedmont region of Italy, but they are neither easy to come by nor cheap: The season is only about two to three months long—if that—and the largest nuggets have fetched more than $300,000 apiece. But on plates across L.A., you’ll be charged anywhere from $30 to $90 per portion, depending on the market prices that year.
Range Rover blazes a new trail with its futuristic 2012 Evoque.
by Nate Chapnick | Angeleno magazine | October 20, 2011
Whether traversing a rocky mountain path, tall sand dunes or a flooded mall parking lot, there’s little stopping a Range Rover from reaching its intended destination—and the brand’s latest launch, the Evoque, proves it. No stranger to uncharted territory, Range Rover’s new, innovative and radically designed SUV blends urban luxury and styling with legendary capability.