Monday, July 16, 2012
One can only use the word gorgeous when you look at the photos of the guests at the beautiful birthday party given for Danielle by Alexandra Dwek at her home in Bel Air. Guests gathered in the poolhouse of the Georgian French manor to sip luscious cocktails and (frankly) check out what everyone was wearing. There was no way to pick a winner, but I must say that the summer Valentino pants/blouse ensemble worn by our hostess was jaw-dropping. I mistook Danielle for Brigitte Bardot in her prime---she was that stunning.
After cocktails we traveled across the lawn (only thing missing was croquet or badminton, but the summer is young) to the beautiful table set up on the outdoor veranda. After dinner and many, many unprintable toasts, we adjourned to Alexandra's office where she shared her magnificent doll house with us. Every room, every miniature detail in that house should be photographed by AD or T&C. I am grateful the "house" remained intact after our antics. What a great party!
|Irena Medavoy, Danielle Del, Linda Thompson|
|Dagny Dubelko, Irena, Danielle, Linda, Donna Antebi|
|Alexandra Dwek in Valentino|
|Alexandra and Dagny|
|Wendy Burch and Julie Araskog|
|THE ENTIRE GORGEOUS GANG|
Monday, July 9, 2012
|The Las Palmas theatre today.|
|Standing where the stage used to be. The seats were behind me.|
|The gaping hole where all the seats were|
Sunday, July 8, 2012
|Lynn Roth and Ellen Weston|
|We demolished this|
|Bonnie Bruckheimer and Renee Taylor|
|Connie Stevens and Lainie|
|Sunta Izzicupo and Beverly Piontak|
|Lainie and Sunta|
Two nights ago I was very excited to finally try SHORT ORDER, the "avant garde" hamburger place at the Farmer's Market by Nancy Silverton. I was so excited that I completely forgot that my opinion of Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza was that they were very overrated.
Short Order is a terrific, funky/chic place with wonderful service. But paying almost $60.00 for two burgers (yes, there was one beer and one wine) is insane. One burger sounded amazing--a combo of short ribs, beef, and something else freshly ground, with fried onions and a sauce. The second burger was their recommended Turkey Burger with sauteed leeks and celery, mayo/mustard and sage derby cheese. The buns were homemade and were terrific. What was inside, in the case of BOTH burgers, was primarily tasteless and dry. It was shocking. The best thing on the menu was a side order of dill pickle chips. Short Order has seen the last of me. I'll just keep eating at Loteria inside, thank you.
|Fried Dill Pickle Chips. Yum!|
|The beef- short-rib burger. Looks good--no taste|
|Turkey Burger--not a winner|
Friday, July 6, 2012
|Why are these lemons significant to Lucie and me? And what do they have to do with Barbara Sinatra?|
|Lucie and Tony-winner David Zippel at David Lee's|
|Architect and designer Michael Johnston and David Zippel with a really cute guy on the left|
|Michele Lee, Stanely Freilich, Lucie|
|Lucie, Freda Payne, Ron Abel, Ann Hampton Callaway|
|Riviera Lobby where we all stayed. They are trying to bring it back, but word is..it's failing|
|How much singing talent is this? Two geniuses--Ann and Marilyn|