Swan Dive!

Photography by John Dole

Swan Dive!

by Seth Combs | Modern Luxury San Diego magazine | August 24, 2011

Most nightlife entrepreneurs would look at a space like O’Connells and think it’s a lost cause. The notorious dive bar in Linda Vista isn’t exactly a hipster mecca and is probably best known for grizzled regulars who’ve been parked at the bar since morning. Still, Chris Martin and Joe Gleason saw unlimited potential.

“We saw gold,” says Martin, who proved his nightlife mettle as the GM for Bar West in Pacific Beach.

Shore Thing

Photography by Robert Benson

Shore Thing

by Nora Zelevansky | Modern Luxury San Diego magazine | August 24, 2011

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there. Just ask Sin City born-and-bred Melissa Akkaway, who opened her first Beckley boutique—now starlet central!—a ways away on L.A.’s swanky Melrose stretch. This fall, she’s launching her inaugural line, Beckley by Melissa. Still, Akkaway is not only an L.A.

Hayley’s Cometh

Mann pairs bold colors and eye-catching patterns with neutral backgrounds.

Hayley’s Cometh

by Carrie Storke Williams | Modern Luxury Orange County magazine | August 24, 2011

As a 40-something writer and a lover of all things printed—magazines, newspapers, books, even photos—I have a love-hate relationship with the digital era. J’adore my laptop and the Internet for allowing me to work from anywhere, and for satisfying my constant craving for news and communication. But I have not yet “Liked” (virtually or otherwise, pardon the Facebook pun) reading articles on my laptop or iPad—especially when it comes to the topic of interior design.

La Femme Artista

Brooke Shaden’s “The Art of Wondering” will be on exhibit at the Pacific Club.

La Femme Artista

by Daniella Walsh | Modern Luxury Orange County magazine | August 24, 2011

They are five women who express their unique, feminine perspectives through art that is compelling and bold. Cecilia Paredes uses her body as a canvas and then places herself against a background—wallpaper or chintz, maybe even a landscape—to create an image that is sensual and evocative. Brooke Shaden, a photographer, shoots conventional photographs and then alters them digitally to convey a message or mood: “I make images that are beautiful but that some might also find disturbing.

Different Strokes

Photography by Ben Garrett

Different Strokes

by Steve Carter | Modern Luxury Dallas magazine | August 24, 2011

Last June when word of the “split” between Talley Dunn and Lisa Brown reached the local art community, the speculation began. What? Why? But this month, with the grand reopening of Talley Dunn Gallery, all the seditious rumor-mongering is past tense. “I really wouldn’t use the word ‘split,’” Dallas native Dunn explained recently at her eponymous gallery, still at 5020 Tracy St., the site formerly known as the revered Dunn and Brown Contemporary. “Lisa and I are going in different directions, following what our passions and our strengths are.

Launching Tiffany

Photography by Kelsey Foster

Launching Tiffany

by Rebecca Sherman | Modern Luxury Dallas magazine | August 24, 2011

Tiffany Lonsdale-Hands has Salma Hayek’s exotic beauty and a soft British accent worthy of Keira Knightley. She’s a head-turner, yes, but it’s Lonsdale-Hands’ rising film career that’s garnering attention of late. After taking up acting only three years ago, the 20-something landed a leading role in I Become Gilgamesh, which is making rounds on the indie circuit, including the USA Film Festival’s Tex Fest, and has won honors at Park City and Tupelo festivals.

Steadfast at Tiffany’s

Photography By Stefano Negri

Steadfast at Tiffany’s

by Luis R. Rigual | Miami magazine | August 24, 2011

Doodling on the floor of her legendary father’s studio while he created God knows which masterpiece and playing with her mother’s jewels as a child (“Like a little baby Lolita,” as she once put it) would influence Paloma Picasso for a lifetime. Later associations with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent would only solidify her penchant for creativity, which ultimately manifested itself through jewelry.

Rocking The House

Photography By Dove Shore

Rocking The House

by Luis R. Rigual | Miami magazine | August 24, 2011

Lenny Kravitz never holds back. Not on stage. Not when it comes to style. Certainly not in his personal life. His latest project surely qualifies in that regard. Through Kravitz Design, the firm he formed in 2003, the rock god is heading up the “lobby to penthouse” décor of Paramount Bay, a 47-story residential tower in Downtown (set for early 2012) that will be Kravitz’s largest design job yet—and his future Miami pad.

Royally Gorgeous!

SHE’S GOT THE LOOK Jaime King gives good face.

Royally Gorgeous!

by Erin Magner | Angeleno magazine | August 24, 2011

Anyone who’s been in front of as many cameras as Jaime King is sure to have learned a thing or two about beauty. This fall, the former face of Revlon not only appears as a Southern debutante on the new CW dramedy Hart of Dixie, but also takes on a role as lifestyle columnist for The Huffington Post.

The Belle of Bel-Air

The Terrace

The Belle of Bel-Air

by Andrew Myers | Angeleno magazine | August 24, 2011

Facelifts and augmentations are perilous propositions—never more than when a visage and corpus are as beloved as the Hotel Bel-Air, which reopens Oct. 14 following two years of major work. How do its famous gardens now grow? And what of its signature Spanish Colonial architecture, grounded in the lobby building (once the real estate sales offices of Alphonzo Bell, who developed the 600-plus acres he dubbed “Bel-Air” in 1922)?

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