Saved By The Pendulum…

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On this particular evening I pivoted like a pendulum, swinging from Luxury Marketing Council launch of it’s newest project to an art opening at Ace Gallery. That’s right, me and my Brian Atwood’s – doing big things baby! Schmoozing with decision makers from Los Angeles Luxury brands and services for an exclusive event made for a totally impressive evening in the Royal Suite at the historic Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Luxury Marketing Council’s newest collaboration with Zack Bates, CEO of Private Club Marketing oozed class and style. Frankly it was hard to concentrate on socializing knowing Dolce & Gabanna, Etro and Gucci were a stone’s throw away on Rodeo Drive. My name was on the guest list but my camera wasn’t. I smuggled my Canon spy gear inside proceeding to capture the highlights (much to Zack’s delight). Like-minded guests indulged as delicious appetizers and bubbly were served by sophisticated wait staff and business cards exchanged from the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Christie’s, Bugatti, The Four Seasons, Louis Vuitton and Bentley to name a few.

As the event came to a close I found myself not wanting the evening to end. Before I could say “Let’s get crazy”, the Bellman directed me to The Ace Gallery – Beverly Hills a few doors down where a large crowd gathered. (Damn, I dressed conservatively for the business function and forgot to put my feather boa and leather boots in the trunk. I hate when that happens). Those Brian Atwood heels weren’t meant for walking but carried me just far enough to crash the The British Fashion Council LONDON Show ROOMS LA Spring/Summer 2014 event.  An event in which fashion and art collide? Count me in!

Stunned I was not on the Press list, I convinced the door person I was there to document the event. I gained access. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to admit once inside I was taken aback. I looked at the cool vibe guests and asked myself, “what the…?!”, then proceeded to work the room, fully consumed with photography. I shouted, “Don’t move, strike a pose, I’ll dance around you”! And dance is what I did honey. The event kicked off the return of the British Fashion Council’s International showcasing initiative, highlighting some of London’s brightest design stars. It felt more like Brooklyn’s hipster planet of Bushwick as the gallery celebrated with a free booze cocktail party.

The Wilshire Tower, ACE Gallery founded in 1961 by it’s current director Douglas Chrismas, has been a prominent figure in the contemporary art world. With a history of installing museum quality exhibitions, Ace is one of the largest art collections, if not the largest in LA. With high-ceilinged white walls and concrete flooring the space is very austere and simplistic. It’s immense in both scale and space. They have live installations usually populated by a hip crowd. Seriously, the gallery does a great job in bringing talented artists to the forefront allowing the public to get up close and personal to the art.  Bernar Venet’s current exhibition of GRIBS is on display with the newly added Bugatti art car. Lang’s exhibit resembles huge painted bull’s-eyes made attractive by using a variety of paints in flourescent, metallic with multiple layers creating a 3D optical illusion. Beautiful people, did I mention free booze…and art in one fell swoop. Ah yes, one must know the Ace.

Like any art form, fashion has a life of it’s own. Models with their come hither eyes and mile long legs showcased knitware, cropped tops and shredded lemon chiffon dresses. Flanked by edgy women in short clad black dresses, left hand on hip (as in Robert Palmer’s eostrogen passage video Addicted to Love) everything from gauzy burlap to black leather worked the room. Rocking hats in ways their grandmothers never imagined guests twisted and tucked, scrunched and flopped all kinds of millinery styles. Lady Gaga’s presence was certainly felt. Embracing all things British are for me, a face-first log flume of wonder and gawk.

After kick-ass thumping music, wicked libations and getting my eyes full of inspiring frocks and art, this party goer needed to exit. (Lordy, why do I insist on over indulging like a rock-star only to find myself curled up in fetal position on my office couch, thinking to myself: what. the. fack.)

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, making mistakes, and having fun. So dress up, let loose and find the bar as quickly as you can for a martini. Slip off those sexy heels and sling one back girlie-style, with art and attitude. Is there any better way?

The age in which we live, this non-stop distraction, is making it more impossible for the young generation to ever have the curiosity or discipline…because you need to be alone to find out anything”. Vivienne Westwood

Personality begins where comparison ends” – Karl Lagerfeld

* Photography: Beverly Wilshire building images by Rebecca Dever.  All others by Sandie Ward.





With an Italian background, she cites her Mother and grandmother ( Mamie ) as the major influence of her love for food.  Yes, homemade pasta hung from the clothesline in the kitchen and rolling 100 meat balls for a holiday dinner was the norm.  Raised in Pennsylvania. she spent time in Atlanta, Georgia and ultimately settled along the stunning coast of Laguna Beach, Ca. Self taught in everything, she learned to appreciate the amazing flavors, scents and uses for exotic herbs and spices and applies her knowledge to cooking today. Despite enjoying other creative endeavors like painting, photography and clothing design, she realized she would never love another career the way she loves all the stories surrounding food.  And it's capturing those stories that has not only become her greatest passion but a culinary drug worth passing around!  After all, food is a shared experience and no one better to share it with than the entire world. And thus the Food Stalker was born, utilizing all that passion and her fearlessness to capture even the most impossible stories. It's one thing to write about food, but far more exciting to actually capture it and all those stories that make every scent come to life.  And once she sets out, there's no stopping her, because no one follows that scent better than her---and no telling where she'll end up next.  

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