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02.02.2016 | LA Icon Smashbox Studios Has A New Look We Love: All-White and Mid-Century Modern
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 26859
VENUE:
Smashbox Studios
LOCATION:
Culver City , California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Studio
Artistically Transformative
Contemporary Creative Cave
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy
LA Icon Smashbox Studios Has A New Look We Love:  All-White and Mid-Century Modern
LA Icon Smashbox Studios Has A New Look We Love:  All-White and Mid-Century Modern
LA Icon Smashbox Studios Has A New Look We Love:  All-White and Mid-Century Modern

The Report

In the City of Angels, there awaits a pristine white space where anything’s possible. It’s been home to stylish weddings, modern art exhibits, grandiose parties, red-carpet events, fashion shows, innovator showcases, and pretty much any kind of magazine, ad, or creative photoshoot you can imagine. It’s blessed in its space and generous with its abilities.

We’re of course talking about Smashbox Studios.

Hailed as a west coast gem—an impressive feat in a big state’s big city known for its populace of artists and those aiming to be—Smashbox Studios is the real deal. Taking 25 years of experience in pioneering photo, video, and studio technology and putting it to grand use, the partnership behind this iconic next-level space has rightfully led to a well-earned reputation as the premier creative destination and event location in the greater Los Angeles area.

Whether you’re going for a stunningly decorated picture-perfect special day or a radiant night of legendary fun and chic furnishings, this is the place to be.

Photos by Vitae Weddings | Styled by Jason Rhee of Rheefined Company | Hair & Make Up: MakeUp Therapy | Gown: JLM Couture | Tux: Friar Tux | Catering: Made by Meg | Florist: Fiore Designs | Rentals: Choura Event Rentals | Lighting: Lighten Up Inc.

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01.31.2016 | Sunday Brunch Bucket List: Meet Us At 27 Restaurant, A Mid-Century Miami Historic Brunch Beach House
Katie David
REPORT
No. 26866
VENUE:
27 RESTAURANT & BAR
LOCATION:
Miami Beach, Florida
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Brunch Bucket List
Mid-Century Miami Brunch Beach House
Tropical Historic Beach House
REPORTER: Katie David

What if Everything Started on Sunday?

What if we all measured our weeks by starting, instead of ending, on Sunday? Wandering into our week at a pace in line with our pulse, beholden to no job or timetable. Is there anything more luxurious than rubbing the sleep from your eyes whenever you want? We think not. Then from bed to brunch: hand-crafted heirloom tomato, salty-rimmed bloody mary’s with extra olives, leisurely paced conversation and cute outfits with no dress code. It would make Mondays feel like second-class citizens… which is where they belong with all their self-importance.

So if we’re talking about starting our week off on a wondrous note, our #SundayBrunchBucketList of the week goes to the most beautifully restored beach house, 27 Restaurant + Bar, adjacent to purveyor of ‘posh’tel cool, the Freehand Miami. So round up your mains and head here, located in the courtyard of one of the most fabulously designed hostels in the country and have an “easy like Sunday morning” brunch in this beautiful gathering space that blurs the lines between ‘posh’ hostel and hotel that feels like home.  

 

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01.27.2016 | A Group of Stylists Went On An Adventure In The Sweeping Hills of Val d'Orcia, Tuscany
Katie David
REPORT
No. 26828
VENUE:
La Bandita
LOCATION:
Pienza, SI
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Gorgeous and Glamorous
Italian Countryside
REPORTER: Katie David

The beauty of Tuscany is almost jarring. It’s at once expected –  it’s sweeping valleys of olive groves, cypress trees, vineyards and perfectly undone architectural & historical marvels have been depicted in such epic cinematic classics as “The English Patient,” “Gladiator” and “Under the Tuscan Sun” - while also being the birthplace of both the Italian Renaissance and one of the most superb wine regions in the world.

We’re used to seeing this type of beauty on the big screen. Yet, everything we think we know falls away amid a Tuscan olive grove, sipping, slowly savoring wine your palette has only dreamed exists. The unexpected is found in the deep-rooted connection you'll feel in your bones as your well-heeled boots hit the hallowed, historical ground in a place you’ve never been… that feels like home. Could anything feel more romantic and dreamy for destination I-do’s we ask you?

 

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01.24.2016 | Birthday Bucket List of The Week: Throw a Storm Watching Party
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 26853
VENUE:
Wickaninnish Inn
LOCATION:
Tofino, British Columbia
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Beach / Lake / Waterfront Location
Birthday Bucket List: Stormy Sea Watching Party
Windswept Waves and Jagged Coastline
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

There’s a serene lightness to watching a bad storm. It reminds you how good you have it, to be able to keep shelter and watch the world tremble. Here in the northwestern wilderness, though, this isn’t just some cloudy day or rainy night that talks you out of running errands or meeting up with friends. It’s well beyond that, instead a fantastical barrage of tempestuous water thrashing the rocky coast of Canada.

An onslaught of gale force winds, giant swells, and lashing waves relentlessly barge and blitz the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island—and then, thanks to the Wickaninnish Inn, there’s you, bundled up and beholding the fierce nature of...well, nature.

 

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01.17.2016 | Brunch Bucket List of the Week: Native Tongues Taqueria
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 26852
VENUE:
Brunch Bucket LIst: Native Tongues Taqueria
LOCATION:
Calgary, Canada
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Restaurant
Rustic Cantina Cibes
Cantina in Calgary
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner

One of our personal FLAVORite cuisines is Mexican. Being San Diego natives and so very close to the border, you could say that we are corn tortilla aficionados and spicy salsa lovers from way back. But the heart of the matter is that we’re just spoiled. Crispy rolled tacos, bountiful smoked meat burritos, fresh and spicy guacamole and homemade chips… all day, errrrrryday if we want. And we do. As we’ve been raised on veritable mother’s masa, we really aren’t quite sure who wouldn't want to munch on superb Mexican flavors any time of the day. But if you live in snowy Canada, maybe said tacos aren’t as readily available. until now.

This week’s #BrunchBucketList goes to a corn-tortilla-making cantina so good it’ll make you cry in Calgary, Canada where every day is Taco Tuesday. Ole!  

 

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