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  • Monique Lhuillier Creates New Dress Line Available at Saks

    Red carpet and bridal favorite Monique Lhuillier has moved into the slightly more affordable range with a new evening wear collection, ML Monique Lhuillier. It is currently available at Saks stores and can be pre-ordered at

    For those who have pined for Lhuillier's feminine ruffled and lace concoctions but balked at spending four or five figures, the new line offers full-length gowns and cocktail dresses from $398 to $798. So far, Saks is showing 12 dresses in jewel tones and fabrics such as taffeta, lace and tulle.

    In a press release Lhuillier called the line, "an important milestone for me - to bring my design sensibility to a larger demographic of women who seek glamorous, modern evening wear."

    Lhuillier's line was established in 1996 and she is now one of the top bridal and ready-to-wear designers gaining a long list of celebrity clients. Vanessa Minillo recently wore
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  • How to Host the Perfect Dinner Party

    Dinner parties can be stressful for both the host and the guest. Although what to wear can be quite the conundrum, there are other things to consider when you're the host of a dinner party. Jimmy McIntyre, Executive Chef of New Zealand's Otahuna Lodge has offered some tips for making your next dinner party stress-free.

    Prepare in advance
    Complete as much as possible before your party-goers arrive. This helps to eliminate last minute mistakes and allows the host to spend more time with guests.

    Always offer hors d'oeuvres
    Upon the guests' arrival, make sure to offer canapés, as well as a drink. This helps to keep them from becoming irritable and hungry.

    Keep it simple!
    A simple dish done well is always impressive, less stressful and less likely to fail. A soup course is fast and easy. If there won't be more than four courses, serve bread.

    Make it fun
    "Pot Luck" dinners are the least stressful. Every couple is asked to bring a course and the host normally prepares the main dish.

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  • Summer Fashion Watch: Gold Rush

    When people think about monochromatic dressing (which I am a huge fan of), they may not think of gold as the common denominator. Well it's one of my favorite colors for the summer and it adds an instant warmth to any outfit (also great for showing off a tan). Pair with ivory accessories and you've got an instantly polished outfit.

    Dress & Belt: Shipley & Halmos

    Bag: Coach Chelsea Leather Flap

    Necklace & Ring: Tiffany's

    Shoes: Christian Louboutin

    By: Carolyn Hsu, The Hsu Closet

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  • Alfresco August | Outdoor Dining in Los Angeles

    It's August...which means a whole month of perfect outdoor dining opportunities in the city of angels. Just because most of summer has already flown by doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the best weather of the season and some of the city's best food in some of its most amazing alfresco restaurant spaces. Here are a few recent openings (and reopenings) that will have you longing for fresh air and open skies long after summer has gone.

    Deck 33 at the Custom Hotel
    8639 Lincoln Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90045
    (310) 645-0400

    There's nothing like a summertime supper poolside, so when we're hankering for some spontaneous outdoor dining, we head to the westside's newly-renovated Custom Hotel (it's looking quite hot these days with a makeover reminiscent of the glam days of air travel) to get some sun and fun at Deck 33. Chef Katsuo Nagasawa (friends call him Naga) has taken over the stoves, and is serving up signature Pacific Rim dishes like "shellfish cigars" filled with shrimp, scallops,

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  • Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Miami: High Fashion Swimwear Hits the Catwalk

    There is a little less heat in Miami, Florida since the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week packed up and left, leaving behind our longing to acquire all the latest trends in swimwear. The buzzwords during this week echoing throughout the shows were "luxurious," "glamorous" and "jetsetter." Here is a recap of the final few faves from the final few days during a week I like to embrace with the theory that less is more! Try not to drool.

    Stunning, breathtaking and innovative are the words I would use to describe the new collection from Delores Cortés. Her use of such vibrant colors screamed out loud, demanding my attention. I was equally impressed with the unique designs of the swimsuits. With 50 years of experience behind this designer, Cortés has sustainability in the industry because she obviously knows what she is doing and what a girl wants. The runway show itself was like watching the bright colors of sea life swimming by. Bravo Cortés, encore!

    Speaking of innovative design, Aqua Di Lara

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  • Chef Mavro's Cumin Seared Ahi with Waimea Vegetable Seviche, Anchovy Purée

    Ingredients for the Ahi (4 servings)

    • 3 blocks Ahi, sashimi grade (1 inch square 2.5 inch length)
    • 1 tablespoon Cumin, grounded
    • 1 teaspoon Garlic purée
    • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
    Ingredients for the Ceviche
    • 4 pieces Baby carrots
    • 4 pieces Baby beets
    • 1 piece Red bell pepper
    • ½ piece Maui, onion
    • 1 piece Jalapeño
    • 2 tablespoons Molokai ogo, (seaweed) sliced
    • ½ piece Lime, juice
    • ½ piece Lemon, juice
    • 4 sprigs Cilantro, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
    Ingredients for the Anchovy Purée
    • 12 cloves Garlic, peeled, stem removed
    • 8 pieces Anchovy
    • ½ cup Milk
    • 2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
    • Sea salt and white pepper to taste
    Blanch 5 times the garlic in boiling water, (to remove the aggressive taste). Simmer the blanched garlic in milk for 8 minutes. Blend the garlic, milk, olive oil and anchovies until smooth purée, season with white pepper from the pepper mill. Season the ahi blocks with the Read More »from Chef Mavro's Cumin Seared Ahi with Waimea Vegetable Seviche, Anchovy Purée
  • Sexy Shoes for Fall/Winter 2011

    Extreme and exotic. Intoxicating and impressive. This is how many luxury designer brands of footwear for the Fall/Winter 2011 season should be described. Now at Neiman Marcus you can find some of the most spectacularly designed footwear of the season.

    The "Pazza" Tie-Up Sandal by Brian Atwood $1,450
    Leopard-print dyed calf hair (Italy)
    Black dyed ostrich feathers (South Africa)
    Grosgrain ribbon lace-up front; tie closure
    Convenient back zip
    5" thin metal heel
    Approx. 9"H overall

    The Fur-Ankle T-Strap Sandal by Diego Dolcini $1,095
    Satin and suede T-strap sandal with gray dyed arctic fox (China) pieces wrapped around ankle
    Peep-toe rests on contoured platform
    Modern back zip
    5 1/10" metal heel
    Made in Italy

    The Multicolored-Striped Pump by Giuseppe Zanotti $695
    Multicolor-striped silky satin
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  • Christian Louboutin's 8-Inch Ballet Shoes

    Christian Louboutin 8 inch ballet heelsChristian Louboutin's designer shoes have always defied gravity. He is known for making statements such as: "A skyscraper pump gives you a new attitude instantly" and "I don't believe suffering makes you beautiful. But comfort is not part of my creative process."

    Featured on Good Morning America, the Christian Louboutin eight-inch spiked ballet heels are beyond comprehension, even for this "master of the high heel." Covered in Swarovski crystals, with the trademark Louboutin red sole of course, the Christian Louboutin eight-inch ballet heels are as meticulously designed as a haute couture gown. They are his highest heel to date.

    "Designed with the ballerinas in mind, the super thin spike heel is one that only the most professional dancers would be able to wear with ease," LDN Fashion explains. Louboutin's inspiration came from his recent visit to the ballet. These history-making shoes were auctioned off to charity last week which benefited The English National Ballet.

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  • Wine Pairing: Rules Are Meant to be Broken

    wine pairingIt has been said that when pairing wine with food that red wine goes well with red meat and that white wine pairs well with fish and poultry. However, this rule fails to acknowledge the complexity of ingredients that make up a dish, as well as the wide range of wines available. There are some basic guidelines that can be taken into consideration when selecting a good food/wine pairing. Generally, the chosen wine should complement the dish.

    Acidic Wines
    Acidic wines, such as the Thornton NV Brut and 2001 Sauvignon Blanc are exceptional with sour, acidic, or salty food. Thornton sparkling wines generally pair with salty foods because the acidity cuts the saltiness.

    Sweet Wines
    Sweet wines, such as the 2002 Muscat Canelli and Cuvée de Frontignan, go well with sweet foods. The sweetness of the wine and the sweetness of the food will cancel each other out. However, be careful not to pair a wine with food that is sweeter than the wine.

    Dry Wines
    Dry wines, such as the Thornton 2000

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  • Lady Gaga and Fashion Photographer Terry Richardson to Release Book

    Lady Gaga: The Book

    Little monsters rejoice, we have item number one for this year's Christmas list. On November 22, pop icon Lady Gaga will release a self-titled photography book in which she is likely to be the one and only subject, performing for her fans, traveling the world, and recording the Billboard and iTunes chart-topping album "Born This Way."

    The colossal coffee-table companion will weigh in with more than 350 pictures of the singer, taken during a ten-month span in which Lady Gaga was her usual busy self. The book is the result of a collaboration between her and infamous fashion photographer Terry Richardson.

    Richardson was given unprecedented access to the star, and during his time as her shadowing shutterbug, Gaga was rocking Lollapalooza and headlining the Monster's Ball Tour. Richardson is known for being a little on the risqué side, so combine his rep with her unrivaled sense of fashion and this tome is practically guaranteed to tantalize.

    Richardson is responsible for the topless

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