VERSACE ON THE FLOOR

I’ve been really into nostalgic prints and patterns lately. So in honor of the Emmy win for one of my favorite shows this season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, I want to take a look at one of the iconic designer’s trademark prints! I recently shared my adoration for all things Toile de Jouy,  and now I’m gushing over Greek key, or meander/meandros as it’s sometimes referred. The iconic symbol has been used throughout fashion and home design for decades; but, long before it appeared on dresses and dressers, the decorative border constructed from a continuous line, shaped into a repeated geometric motif, was an emblem found on sculptures, tombs, carvings and buildings from early civilizations.

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In today’s style scene, Versace is the (Greek) keyholder of this timeless print, a trademark iconography for the Italian fashion house. The legacy brand’s Spring 2018 Tribute collection was stunning and immediately caught my attention. The collection honored Donatella’s late brother, Gianni, and pulled from the house’s archives, blending bold, colorful plaids and wild animal prints with classic Versace touches like gilded embellishment and, of course, the meander motif.

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It’s clear the classic symbol has transcended time, cultures, and geography. In fashion, particularly as it relates to Versace’s recent collection, Greek key is one of the most versatile prints out there, working well in every color, as an accent and alongside other patterns.

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In home design, Greek key is also an important aesthetic, adding subtle, yet impactful architectural interest. A rug can create dimension, a dresser may introduce a global sensibility and a lampshade might bring a much-needed pop of color.

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CRAZY RICH ASIANS

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OK, so I know we've all been inundated with the “Crazy Rich Asians” commentary, but I wanted to share a thoughtful analysis with you guys.  As an Asian-American, this film really resonated with me on so many levels (beyond swooning over Henry Golding and style crushing on Gemma Chan). Growing up, there were few, if any, movies where I thought, “wow, she’s beautiful, fabulous and successful, and she looks like me.”  It was a lot of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan action films and Margaret Cho comedies, all off which spoof Asian culture rather than celebrate, or at least accurately reflect it. Even today, we see shows like “Fresh Off the Boat” depicting Asian immigrants, which inaccurately illustrates the culture, and doesn’t holistically represent the values and realities of Asian-American communities.

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So, in “Crazy Rich Asians,” to witness Asians portrayed as part of the fabric of our society -- funny, beautiful, human -- was refreshing. Seeing my existence acknowledged and earnestly represented was really poignant for me. And, to see Asians drive the narrative and hold lead roles -- two elements that have not previously existed in American cinema -- was powerful and inspiring. While the film did spotlight wealthy Asians, I appreciated how the film crystalized a lot of misconceptions and thoughtfully represented the values that Asian families, particularly those with resources, instill, like being respectful and humble.

The film also serves to underscore the significant spending power of Asians and their impact on high-end design. In fact, a recent Nielsen report found that in “2017, the group's buying power hit $986 billion, about 6.8 percent of the U.S. total. That number is expected to grow to $1.3 trillion by 2022.” Those stats are just a sliver of their global spending power.  

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And, of course the fashion wasn’t bad (hello, Giambattista Valli, Dior, Prabal Gurung, Missoni and Marchesa!).  Asian influence has a long-history of propelling style and luxury, and their dollars often drive the designs we see coming from pervasive brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, etc. These dominant brands often draw on cultural influences and collaborate with world-renowned designers/architects to create experiential shopping experiences that attract Asian buyers. In this way, we have “crazy rich Asians” to thank for a lot of the colors, patterns, and shapes we see on the runway, and, subsequently in retail spaces, interior design, and eventually, the closet!

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Speaking of the closet, I’ve had the privilege of working with incredible Asian clients, including a client who hails from Hong Kong, but moved to LA to attend UCLA (get it, girl!). Her stunning closet and collection of handbags leave little to be desired!

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See the full space here!

I sincerely hope this film continues to initiate an important dialogue and help break down barriers, combat stigmas and stereotypes, and encourage inclusion.

SECRET STORAGE WEAPONS

Closets (conveniently) hold clothes. That we know. But over the years, I’ve worked with clients to turn dressing rooms into so much more than a spot to stockpile garments. From storage to safes to stripper poles, the sky’s the limit when it comes to the fun things you can conceal in a closet.

Let’s start with some of the more obvious items:

  Hampers   -- We’ve come a long way from the days of plastic floor hampers. Today, hampers come in all shapes and sizes. And, with functional design, they can easily be concealed in a pull-out cabinet, retracting as if it's not even there. Don’t let dirty duds compromise your dressing room’s mojo!

Hampers -- We’ve come a long way from the days of plastic floor hampers. Today, hampers come in all shapes and sizes. And, with functional design, they can easily be concealed in a pull-out cabinet, retracting as if it's not even there. Don’t let dirty duds compromise your dressing room’s mojo!

  PULL-OUT CABINETS   -- IT MAY SEEM LIKE A SIMPLE SOLUTION, BUT A PULL-OUT CABINET CAN BE A CREATIVE WAY TO STORE ANY COLLECTION WITHOUT EATING UP VALUABLE REAL ESTATE IN THE CLOSET!

PULL-OUT CABINETS -- IT MAY SEEM LIKE A SIMPLE SOLUTION, BUT A PULL-OUT CABINET CAN BE A CREATIVE WAY TO STORE ANY COLLECTION WITHOUT EATING UP VALUABLE REAL ESTATE IN THE CLOSET!

  Safes   -- Safes in closets aren’t new; but they’ve really evolved in terms OF design and technology (hello, biometric entry). Now, you can store your pricey pieces in stylish, state-of-the-art safes that blend seamlessly into your dressing room.

Safes -- Safes in closets aren’t new; but they’ve really evolved in terms OF design and technology (hello, biometric entry). Now, you can store your pricey pieces in stylish, state-of-the-art safes that blend seamlessly into your dressing room.

  Ironing boards   -- Ironing boards are bulky (and, not the most attractive piece of equipment). But, if you have the space, a pull-out ironing board that tucks away is a great option to keep your closet looking  crisp . Besides, where better to iron your garments than in your closet?

Ironing boards -- Ironing boards are bulky (and, not the most attractive piece of equipment). But, if you have the space, a pull-out ironing board that tucks away is a great option to keep your closet looking crisp. Besides, where better to iron your garments than in your closet?


A few of the more innovative items:

  Jewelry cabinets   -- I love helping clients finds ways to store jewelry in their closet. Whether a pullout drawer with custom inserts or a standing cabinet with hooks, there are a multitude of creative ways to store and conceal bling beyond the typical box.

Jewelry cabinets -- I love helping clients finds ways to store jewelry in their closet. Whether a pullout drawer with custom inserts or a standing cabinet with hooks, there are a multitude of creative ways to store and conceal bling beyond the typical box.

  Washer/dryer   -- Washer/dryer hookups aren’t typically installed in a dressing room, but for those designing a home or closet from the ground up, this can be a great way to keep the space streamlined and the flow of the home   clean.

Washer/dryer -- Washer/dryer hookups aren’t typically installed in a dressing room, but for those designing a home or closet from the ground up, this can be a great way to keep the space streamlined and the flow of the home clean.


Lastly, some of the most inventive:

  Stripper pole   -- Yes, you read that correctly. For clients who want to make their closet a little more risqué -- whether a stripper pole or wet bar -- we’ve made it happen. Whatever your fancy (or fantasy!) nothing’s impossible.

Stripper pole -- Yes, you read that correctly. For clients who want to make their closet a little more risqué -- whether a stripper pole or wet bar -- we’ve made it happen. Whatever your fancy (or fantasy!) nothing’s impossible.

  Safe room / panic room   -- Whether dodging a tornado, robber or zombie (eeek!), some of today’s most advanced closets offer secret safe rooms. This    Pacific Palisades pad    has a safe room that can double as a seasonal closet. Obsessed!

Safe room / panic room -- Whether dodging a tornado, robber or zombie (eeek!), some of today’s most advanced closets offer secret safe rooms. This Pacific Palisades pad has a safe room that can double as a seasonal closet. Obsessed!

 

                                   

LAST-MINUTE LABOR DAY GETAWAYS

Long, sunny days and warm, clear nights may be coming to an end, but a last minute Labor Day weekend getaway sounds like the perfect way savor the last days of summer. Here are a few of my endless summer escape picks:

Blackberry Farm -- Tucked into the Tennessee countryside, this dreamy hideaway has always beguiled me. Between the intimate rustic-chic accommodations, the on-site bakery and the world-renowned spa, this place is heaven on Earth! 

Essential packing item: Carrie Forbes Marisa Raffia Tote -- whether heading out for a picnic on the 42,000-acre property or trotting from a fitness class to the spa to lunch,  this versatile tote is the ultimate upscale farm accessory.            

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Hotel Joaquin -- This Robert McKinley-designed hotel just opened and I can’t wait to visit. The aesthetic is elegant, while still capturing Laguna’s laid-back energy. Between the private beach, in-room Vinyl record players, Le Labo products and snacks curated by Farm to People, I’m guessing this is going to be a consistent go-to getaway (like, every weekend!).

Essential packing item: Spell and the Gypsy Collective Nightingale Reversible Maxi Kimono -- who doesn’t love a twofer when traveling?...this reversible kimono works as a bathing suit coverup by day and open jacket by night.

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La Serena Villas -- A relatively new addition to the Palm Springs boutique hotel scene, this modern Moroccan-inspired escape is super IG-worthy. Originally built in 1933, the charming property offers vintage desert vibes, while still providing all the modern comforts. 

Essential packing item: Dita Nightbird-One Sunglasses -- filter that strong Cali sunshine with sunnies that make a real style statement!

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Montage Los Cabos  -- The Montage brand never disappoints and neither does Cabo, so this must be a muy bien Mexico long-weekend escape. Every room has ocean views and an outdoor shower, the spa has a shaman who performs mezcal massages and the stones-throw beach is swimmable. What more could you ask for? 

Essential packing item: Loren Stewart Infinity 14-karat Gold Hoop Earrings -- these timeless hoops go from the beach to the bar to brunch, meaning you won’t need to worry about frequent jewelry changes!

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Post Ranch Inn -- One of California’s most iconic luxury hotels, this stunning coastal, cliffside sanctuary is set in the most seductive setting and seamlessly blends with the environment around it. Multiple pools, a spa, an award-winning restaurant and photographic views means truly unwinding, even if just for a few days.  

Essential packing item: Reformation’s Costa Bra & Nadja Hotpant -- part of the eco-friendly brand’s new lingerie offering, these pretty underpinnings are perfect for making the most of a romantic retreat.

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DRESS UP YOUR DECOR

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You know and love her for her fiercely feminine fashion designs, but Monique Lhuillier continues to evolve her brand, and for the second year has partnered with Pottery Barn for a chic home collection. As an LA Closet Design client (tour her closet!), I’ve gotten to know Monique's work over the years and she truly has impeccable style, so it’s no surprise her new collection, which includes bedding, bath, tabletop, gifts and decor is equally as glamorous.

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Though florals are often reserved for spring, I love how Monique worked them into this collection, along with rich jewel tones contrasted with crisp white, making pieces transitional and timeless.

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"My love of flowers and color is at the heart of all my collections. For Fall 2018, I was inspired by the rich purple and vibrant yellow blooms of the tiger orchid and how this sophisticated color combination could be used to create a new elegant look for the changing season," she said.

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PRINTS ON THE PROWL

GRRREAT ANIMAL PRINT FINDS FOR FALL

Are you seeing spots? Don’t worry, it’s not just you! Fall fashion is all about walking on the wild side. Whether leopard, cheetah or zebra, animal prints are the purrrfect way to spice up your wardrobe and home this season. See below for five of my favorite looks for the season, interior design inspo, and a few of my favorite animal-printed pieces!


 Skirt: Stella Mccartney | Bodysuit: Cushnie et ochs | Hair: Nicolas Flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew Evans

Skirt: Stella Mccartney | Bodysuit: Cushnie et ochs | Hair: Nicolas Flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew Evans

 Skirt: Stella Mccartney | shoes: Aquazzura | Photo: Drew Evans

Skirt: Stella Mccartney | shoes: Aquazzura | Photo: Drew Evans

 Skirt: Stella Mccartney | Bodysuit: Cushnie et ochs | Shoes: Aquazzura | Hair: Nicolas Flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew Evans

Skirt: Stella Mccartney | Bodysuit: Cushnie et ochs | Shoes: Aquazzura | Hair: Nicolas Flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew Evans


 Jeans: frame | blouse: chloe | bag: gucci | Pumps: prada | sunglasses: cartier | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

Jeans: frame | blouse: chloe | bag: gucci | Pumps: prada | sunglasses: cartier | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

 Jeans: frame | blouse: chloe | bag: gucci | Pumps: prada | sunglasses: cartier | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

Jeans: frame | blouse: chloe | bag: gucci | Pumps: prada | sunglasses: cartier | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

 Jeans: frame | blouse: chloe | bag: gucci | Pumps: prada | sunglasses: cartier | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

Jeans: frame | blouse: chloe | bag: gucci | Pumps: prada | sunglasses: cartier | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans


 skirt + top: Stella mccartney | boots: Gianvito rossi | python bag: fendi | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

skirt + top: Stella mccartney | boots: Gianvito rossi | python bag: fendi | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

 skirt + top: Stella mccartney | boots: Gianvito rossi | python bag: fendi | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

skirt + top: Stella mccartney | boots: Gianvito rossi | python bag: fendi | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

 skirt + top: Stella mccartney | boots: Gianvito rossi | python bag: fendi | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans

skirt + top: Stella mccartney | boots: Gianvito rossi | python bag: fendi | Hair: nicolas flores | Make-up: Blushington | Photo: Drew evans


 dress: rag & bone | booties: gianvito rossi | sunglasses: miu miu | hair: Nicolas flores | make-up: blushington | photo: drew evans

dress: rag & bone | booties: gianvito rossi | sunglasses: miu miu | hair: Nicolas flores | make-up: blushington | photo: drew evans

 dress: rag & bone | booties: gianvito rossi | sunglasses: miu miu | hair: Nicolas flores | make-up: blushington | photo: drew evans

dress: rag & bone | booties: gianvito rossi | sunglasses: miu miu | hair: Nicolas flores | make-up: blushington | photo: drew evans

 dress: rag & bone | booties: gianvito rossi | sunglasses: miu miu | hair: Nicolas flores | make-up: blushington | photo: drew evans

dress: rag & bone | booties: gianvito rossi | sunglasses: miu miu | hair: Nicolas flores | make-up: blushington | photo: drew evans


 leopard and tiger print throw pillows bring an otherwise traditional living space to life!

leopard and tiger print throw pillows bring an otherwise traditional living space to life!

 a textured leather wall-covering adds texture and sophistication, while remaining simple and neutral.

a textured leather wall-covering adds texture and sophistication, while remaining simple and neutral.

 incorporating a print from one of our feline jungle friends brings bold and biting style to any space, while still soft and feminine.

incorporating a print from one of our feline jungle friends brings bold and biting style to any space, while still soft and feminine.

Here are a few of my favorite ferocious pieces at the moment:    

  Saint Laurent Sunset Small Calf Hair Crossbody Bag  -- There’s nothing tame about this leopard print calf hair crossbody! Whether styling with jeans and heels or an LBD, it definitely calls for a wild girls night out.

Saint Laurent Sunset Small Calf Hair Crossbody Bag -- There’s nothing tame about this leopard print calf hair crossbody! Whether styling with jeans and heels or an LBD, it definitely calls for a wild girls night out.

  Ganni Bijou Leopard-Print Cotton-Poplin Wrap Dress  -- Ganni continues to be a go-to brand for in-the-know trendsetters and I adore this take on their classic wrap dress. The ruffles and puff sleeves create just the right amount of drama to complement the feminine silhouette.

Ganni Bijou Leopard-Print Cotton-Poplin Wrap Dress -- Ganni continues to be a go-to brand for in-the-know trendsetters and I adore this take on their classic wrap dress. The ruffles and puff sleeves create just the right amount of drama to complement the feminine silhouette.

  aquazzura alma pony-hair boots  -- What better way for Aquazzura to express its more-is-more approach than with animal print? Ticking off a major Fall '18 trend, these 'Alma' boots have been made in Italy from smooth pony hair that's boldly patterned with tiger stripes and leopard spots. 

aquazzura alma pony-hair boots -- What better way for Aquazzura to express its more-is-more approach than with animal print? Ticking off a major Fall '18 trend, these 'Alma' boots have been made in Italy from smooth pony hair that's boldly patterned with tiger stripes and leopard spots. 

  Horchow Leonardo Animal Pattern Rug  -- This gorgeous rug delivers just a subtle dose of leopard, while still making a big style statement!

Horchow Leonardo Animal Pattern Rug -- This gorgeous rug delivers just a subtle dose of leopard, while still making a big style statement!

  L’objet Leopard-Design Candleholder & Scented Candle  -- What better way to have your decor say “hear me roar” than with a seductive scented candle that can serve as a standout accent in a living area, bathroom or closet?

L’objet Leopard-Design Candleholder & Scented Candle -- What better way to have your decor say “hear me roar” than with a seductive scented candle that can serve as a standout accent in a living area, bathroom or closet?

  gianni zebra-print wrap skirt  -- Amanda Norgaard wore GANNI's 'Blakely' skirt to Copenhagen Fashion Week and playfully captioned her Instagram post with "a lioness disguised as a zebra." Made from stretchy brown and white silk-satin, it's cut in the brand's signature wrap shape and has a swishy asymmetric hem. Keep your accessories and makeup to a minimum when wearing the print from head-to-toe.

gianni zebra-print wrap skirt -- Amanda Norgaard wore GANNI's 'Blakely' skirt to Copenhagen Fashion Week and playfully captioned her Instagram post with "a lioness disguised as a zebra." Made from stretchy brown and white silk-satin, it's cut in the brand's signature wrap shape and has a swishy asymmetric hem. Keep your accessories and makeup to a minimum when wearing the print from head-to-toe.

  Massoud Camlo Leopard Bench  -- I love how this bench’s rich leopard print is juxtaposed with light lucite legs. What a great piece to add dimension and texture to a hallway, entrance way or a dressing room.

Massoud Camlo Leopard Bench -- I love how this bench’s rich leopard print is juxtaposed with light lucite legs. What a great piece to add dimension and texture to a hallway, entrance way or a dressing room.

  aquazzura forever marlyn pumps  -- Named after Marilyn Monroe, how could Aquazzura's pumps be anything but glamorous? This calf hair pair is set on high stiletto heels and has pointy toes to make your legs look longer.

aquazzura forever marlyn pumps -- Named after Marilyn Monroe, how could Aquazzura's pumps be anything but glamorous? This calf hair pair is set on high stiletto heels and has pointy toes to make your legs look longer.

  isabel marant beeka leather shoulder bag  -- The 'Beeka' bag is one of Isabel Marant's favorite shapes because it's practical yet original. This season it's updated in vibrant yellow snake-effect leather with contrasting smooth black trims and teal tassels. The interior has enough room for your cell phone, cardholder and keys.

isabel marant beeka leather shoulder bag -- The 'Beeka' bag is one of Isabel Marant's favorite shapes because it's practical yet original. This season it's updated in vibrant yellow snake-effect leather with contrasting smooth black trims and teal tassels. The interior has enough room for your cell phone, cardholder and keys.

STYLE AT SEA

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We all know how much I love a well-designed dressing space - where clothes and shoes have room to breathe and boutique backlit displays showcase all the finest accessories! BUT, have you ever wondered what the ultra-rich do with all their wearables at sea?! Strap on your life vests for some summer travel inspo, because we're looking at the pinnacle of luxury leisure - superyacht closets! 

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That's right - these billionaire boats ensure all the comforts of home, dream closets included. Representing the ultimate level of craftsmanship and efficiency, nothing goes to waste. Closets on land can take note of the highly-functional designs, executed in exquisite detail. High-gloss woods, metal inlays, and leather details bring all the style and sophistication of a luxury home to sea, and the process of getting dressed is meant to be both effortless and elegant.

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Often I take notes from boutique stores and high end hotels to enrich my clients' closets, but if any space truly brings leisure to the luxury dressing experience, it has to be aboard one of these beautiful boats.

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In case you thought 2-story closets were reserved for the mega-mansions of the world, think again! The 77m, 10-bedroom Smeralda super yacht even features a 2-story dressing space and spa. Vacation goals achieved!

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HAUTE HOTEL CLOSETS

Hotel closets are the ultimate amenity for traveling in style!

When it comes to travel, little beats a great hotel in my book.  As much as I enjoy soaking up a city’s culture, I’m not opposed to hibernating in my hotel and taking in all the design details. And, of course, I can’t resist a chic hotel closet. As some new reports show, travelers are willing to forego a dressing room for other amenities. But, naturally, I still appreciate a stylish space to hang my wardrobe and have a place to primp.

Though I have yet to experience all the gorgeous hotel closets around the globe, here are five that are worth the trek:

Armani Hotel Dubai -- Dubai hotels are known for over-the-top luxury, so it’s no surprise that in addition to two bedrooms, a dining room, a study and a private gym, the Armani Dubai Suite boasts a killer wood-paneled walk-in closet with multiple hanging rods and ample storage lining both sides.

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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah -- This sailboat-shaped hotel off the coast of Dubai embraces true Middle Eastern decadence. The opulent Two-Bedroom Deluxe Suite comes with 24k-gold iPads, a private butler, and a colorful closet featuring wood accents and a vanity. Bonus: the hotel offers professional wardrobe packing, unpacking and shoe shine services.

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Hotel Principe Di Savoia -- One of Milan’s most historic hotels (it opened in the 1920s), this divine Dorchester Collection destination is big on design and decor.  The Imperial Suite, designed by architect Celeste Dell’Anna, boasts impeccable details, including two marble bathrooms, a turkish bath and a chromotherapy system. But the best feature is the spacious walk-in closet that can comfortably house all those Prada and Dolce & Gabbana purchases.

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Lotte Hotel Moscow -- Truly fit for a queen, this hotel has the largest Royal Suite in Russia. Beyond the massie living room, separate study and library, and whirlpool and sauna, the roomy walk-in wardrobe is equipped with stone countertops, vanity and oversized full-length mirror. Let’s just say there’s plenty of space to store unlimited ushankas.

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Peninsula Hotel, Paris -- When you combine the chicest city in the world and the best hotel brand, you’re bound to get dreamy design details. The Peninsula Suite is the pinnacle of Parisian luxury.  Beyond the high ceilings, traditional moldings, a fireplace and a grand piano is the pièce de résistance -- an elegant, neutral-colored walk-in dressing room and vanity with pristine lighting and plenty of room to hang and fold designer duds (there’s even a spacious shelf to line up all the Chanel bags you collect on your trip).  

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LA DOLCE VITA

 

Living La Dolce Vita in Pretty Prints

 

The past few weeks my IG feed has been filled with friends and peers living la dolce vita  in the Italian Riviera and Amalfi Coast (jealous!), among other exotic locales. As much as I’m beguiled by the breathtaking backdrop, I’m swooning over their bright and bold warm weather looks. I’m especially loving the charming and nostalgic prints, like the Toile de Jouy pattern play à la Reformation and Marianna Senchina, and Dolce & Gabbana’s spring/summer ‘18 signature Maiolica tile print, which is an homage to Italian tin-glazed pottery dating from the Renaissance. Brilliant blues, sunny yellows and vibrant reds contrasted with crisp white just scream summer on the Mediterranean.

I may not need to add these enchanting ensembles to my wardrobe at the moment, but if I did, I found a few eye-catching options, along with some pretty pieces perfect for bringing these prints into the home.

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D&G PRINTED DRESS | D&G PRINTED CLUTCH | TILE THROW PILLOWS | D&G TILE LUGGAGE

Summer is no time to shy away from color! Whether your plans include a Mediterranean destination or a beachside brunch, there are so many ways to bring these traditional architectural patterns into your wardrobe. D&G's 2018 collection pulls royal blues and vibrant yellows from the Italian coast for a fun and fashionable pattern play. With wearables and accessories including shoes, bags, and luggage, your summertime travel wardrobe can fully embrace la dolce vita!

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D&G SLINGBACK SHOE | LINEN THROW | PATTERNED VASE

If you're looking to introduce the hand-painted scrollwork and pops of pattern into your space, there are plenty of ways to create a  Mediterranean moment without having to leave your house! Style a shelf with a hand-painted vase or a dyed blanked. And for those looking for a more permanent project, a patterned tile in contrasting colors is a bold statement that you can enjoy well beyond the lazy days of summer!

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Maybe the idea of re-working a traditional pattern into your lifestyle is appealing, but you aren't totally on board with the bold and colorful, D&G also blends traditional toile fabrics into their collection seamlessly! Alone, this print is an iconic element of French and British design, but can be equally playful and romantic when given new life as a pair of trousers or an upholstery upgrade.   

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DESIGNER'S DREAM

Some thought the day would never come! I recently began the process of designing my own dream dressing room in my Los Angeles home. When you start designing a space for yourself, the endless options and various design directions are so overwhelming! I wanted the space to be perfect - a little experimental (since I can play with the design in ways my clients might not always allow), while still embodying my own personal style! Minimal, curated, but still comfortable and highly functional.

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SIMPLE, CHIC, FEMININE

My goal was to create a space that blends seamlessly with my own personal style, and reflects the items in my wardrobe! While I often incorporate colorful accessories and edgy pieces in my wardrobe, at the end of the day I'm always drawn to the modern, flirty, feminine cuts and color palettes.

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CREATING THE PERFECT COLOR

I'm searching for something special! While the classic white closet can never go out of style, I'm hoping to warm up the room with a new color - one I'm working to create with Portola Paints!

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MIXING METALS

Just like in assembling a look, I'm not afraid to mix metals, and I think it's a modern way to bring a touch of glam into an already polished space!

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HIGH CONTRAST: HARD LINES AND SOFT HUES

Designing a boutique space is all about balance! I want to blend minimal geometric forms with fun and fashionable materials to really soften up the look.

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DREAMY DETAILS

We all know no good detail goes unnoticed in the closet! My dressing room design calls for all kinds of luxe details - both functional and fashionable!

CLOSETPHILE Q+A: KKW Beauty with Jessi Malay

In case you missed it, LA's newest picture-friendly pop-up shop is the KKW Beauty space at Westfield Century City! I decided to follow up with one of my favorite clients and beauty experts, Jessi Malay, to pick her brain about what makes the perfect glam space. The conversation between clothing display and interior design is a big part of the inspiration behind our luxury closets, and I'm curious to hear what inspiration can be had from a boutique beauty space!

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KKW Beauty. In 3 Words. Go.

1. Luxe (Everything from the packaging to the color palette...)

2. Inclusive (They make shades for all colors and races!)

3. Sexy (Between the perfume bottles of Kim’s nude body, and the see-through or nude casing, this is one sexy brand.)

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As a beauty blogger, what are the essentials of a beauty space?

1. A true mirror is a must! 

2. Excellent lighting (points if you have lighting options to mimic day or night so you can prepare appropriately)...

3. Music! Being able to listen to music while getting ready can be so inspiring both in fashion and beauty. 

4. 2 Types of Storage Space: one for your go-to daily products you want to have on hand in a flash (the floating vanity you created with the glass top is ideal for this). And the second storage space for more special-occasion products that you won’t be using everyday, but will want to have for more variety. 

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What’s your favorite feature of the new KKW Pop-Up?

The color scheme is just so signature and consistent with Kim and the whole KKW brand. Also, the oversized Mario palette and concealer tubes are a smart way to familiarize everyone stopping in with her products! 

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How does the KKW space showcase the products?

All the products are displayed in clear acrylic trays, lit from within, to make each product feel like a piece of art. The entire installation is very gallery-inspired.

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As a beauty blogger, why is it essential to have a beautiful and functional vanity space?

It’s essential to have a beautiful vanity space to feel inspired every day, and to remember that makeup is fun! To be able to play and create glam looks as a career is a blessing. 

A functional vanity is essential because with an ever-changing, endless amount of products to use and try, organization is key in order to create cohesive, innovative looks. 

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What is your favorite KKW product and why? 💋💋💋

My favorite KKW products are the KKWxArgenis Creme Color Sticks! I love how you can create really bold, unapologetic, modern eye looks, and once the cremes are set, they won’t move all day. 👌🏼

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SUMMER STARTER KIT

With the Summer travel season upon us, I'm looking for ways to pack smarter! Warmer temps mean packing lighter, but you can still be prepared for any occasion if you're strategic about the items you bring along. I'm in Bailey Island, Maine for the holiday weekend, and my LA Move Mobile Closet is packed with some of my favorite summer staples!

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Staging with Separates

I start by staging a few of my favorite summer separates! When packing for a short trip, I always try to choose pieces I can wear multiple ways! With patterned separates, I can mix and play with different looks, without the fuss of an overstuffed bag.

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Protect your Precious Cargo

Travel can be hard for your fashionable accessories, and it's important to take the extra steps to protect these pieces and avoid unnecessary wear! Stuff your handbags with smaller clothing items (socks, etc) to keep them from getting crushed in your carry-on -- this is also a clever way to maximize space in your suitcase. Don't forget the dust bags! Shoes, leather goods, and sunnies should all be protected before a long flight. There's nothing worse than arriving on vacation with a broken/scratched pair of sunnies!

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Packing like a Pro

The perfect bag can make packing a breeze! For short trips, nothing beats my LA Move! It does a lot of the work for me, making it easier to pack smaller accessories without fear of causing damage in transit, and keeps everything neatly organized for an easy arrival at my destination. I don't even have to unpack - simply hang up the bag and head for the beach!

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STARS + STRIPES

We're in the midst of the Summer season, and the July 4th holiday is fast approaching! I'm already seeing stars (and stripes), and can't get enough of these playful patriotic patterns! Fashion houses have always adopted these prints, but for the past couple of summer seasons, the collections seem to really be embracing this trend. Whether it's with an understated striped tee (a summer classic), a trademark reimagined in patriotic colors (I'm looking at you Gucci!), or a boldly patterned shoe, you're sure to find something you love. 

As we all know, these patterns and colors inevitably bleed their way into our homes! Stars and stripes are bold choices for a wallpaper, flooring, or tile, but when paired with simple sophisticated furnishings, can become a favorite focal point for any room.

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Never one to shy away from a statement, Gucci brings together all the elements in a single bomber (which alone carries an air of Americana). YSL also plays up the pattern with a classic sneaker embellished in gold, which is sure to have you walking on stars all Summer!

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The stripe, while seemingly more classic and understated, can be equally bold! An exaggerated sole in high contrast black and white ensures you won't miss the trend. If you're looking to bring the bold color blocking into your home, an all-over paint job or classic couch upholstery are both confident and creative ways!

 

Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th!

SUMMER SOLE-STICE

Sandal Season Has Arrived

Well, hello, summer! Today is officially the longest day of the year and I, for one, am ready for some fun in the sun. To celebrate summer solstice and start the season on the right foot,  I’m rounding up some of my favorite warm weather “soles.” Living in LA, one can’t have enough sandals -- sleek slides, embellished thongs, ankle strap heels all have a place in my wardrobe. Here’s a selection from Net-a-Porter that caught my eye this year:

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Alaia Bombe Studded Satin Sandals

Totally splurge-worthy and in the season’s hottest hue, these luxe yellow satin ankle strap flats scream summer.

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Slides

Bottega’s signature butter-soft leather woven technique makes its way to these pretty peach slides that are perfect for going to a girl’s brunch or a family BBQ.

Chloe Qassie Leather Sandals

Block heels are great for summer; they’re comfortable enough to shuffle between meetings and yet still dressy. I love this pair with a cool hammered heel. Not to mention, they’re on sale!

Gianvito Rossi Portofino 105 Leather Sandals

I’m a sucker for strappy blush tone sandals, and these ankle strap stunners from one of my favorite footwear designers work with jeans and a blazer as well as they do with a floral midi dress.

Gucci Embellished Grosgrain-Trimmed Leather Sandals

There’s no better way to “kick off” summer than with these Gucci beauties! The ultimate sandal eye candy, I like how these feel modern, yet are adorned with the label's iconic webbing and signature grosgrain bow for a touch of vintage.  

Rene Caovilla Crystal-Embellished Leather Sandals

Thongs get a chic upgrade with this pretty pearl pair that’s inspired by Venice and the city's architecture. Get ready for the constant compliments in these!

Saint Laurent Woven Leather Slides

I’m currently living in these stylish slides. Versatile and comfy they are the ultimate summer staple.

Valentino Garavani Moonwalk Studded Leather and PVC Sandals

Rockstuds are officially a fixture in fashion and I’m liking this casual take on the studded staple. Bonus: they’re on sale!

Pro tip:

Storing your shoes -- whether archiving winter shoes or organizing the sandals in your regular summer rotation -- is critical to keeping them looking good and extending their life. I recommend boot trees to help your winter warriors stay upright and shoe inserts for pumps, sneakers and sandals.










 

SUITED UP

With Father’s Day just a few days away, I’ve got the guys on my mind. Many of my male clients inspire me with their inventive (and sometimes over-the-top) closet ideas, so I wanted to dedicate this post to dads and guys, alike.

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Beyond working with warmer and richer masculine materials like mahogany and leather, I’ve had a lot of fun designing dressing rooms for dudes over the years. One of my favorite Dad’s Day-worthy closets is Matt Rutler’s, whose space I designed a few years ago. Christina Aguilera’s husband wanted a place to house his sneaker collection and music memorabilia, and also wanted a fridge to stock beers to enjoy when his buds came over. In the end, we gave “man cave” a whole new meaning!

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In another one of my male client’s closets we designed a dressing room around his multiple collections — from a sneaker showcase to display his impressive shoes to stands for his motorcycle masks and gear to a glass display for his gadgets, car keys and pocket knives.

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In what I like to call a “50 Shades” closet, we pulled inspiration from Christian Grey’s dressing room, incorporating a custom pant rack for men’s slacks, sleek, uniform hangers to properly display, store and preserve suits, and a custom drawer for his watch winders.

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I’ve also found ways to add fun elements for the fellas based on their hobbies and interests, like locker room inspired storage to hold everything from sports tees to trophies, a shelf and charging station for drones, a cocktail bar and a putting green.

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You may not be able to get Dad a closet makeover for Father’s Day, so here are a few of my favorite “of the moment” gift ideas:

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da Vinci mini Wireless 3D Printer -- For fathers who are early adopters, this 3D printer will keep him ahead of the tech curve…and instantly up his “cool factor” among his friends.  

Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 Shepard Fairey Limited Edition Watch -- Even if your dad tends to be tardy, he’ll still arrive in style with this original timepiece that’s the ultimate conversation starter.

Freestanding Watch Winder -- What's better than an accessory for your accessories?! Any man with a meaningful watch collection needs a portable winder to keep everything in working order. Don't waste a second resetting your watch!

LA Closet Design Hangers — Give Dad a subtle hint to tidy up his wardrobe with these stylish hangers — he’s sure to appreciate keeping his polos and ties (and “Dad jeans”!) in order.

LAMove Mobile Closet -- Sometimes Pops need a little help packing. The ultimate roller bag where everything has its place, this suitcase’s multiple organizational compartments and hanging system will ensure he feels perfectly put together when he hits the road.   

TechLoom Ascend Shoe -- This is my favorite brand of workout shoes and I think they are great for guys, too. Whether your father is a fitness fanatic or sneakerhead (or both!), these will ensure he puts his best fitness foot forward.









 

LACD X TSHome

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Here’s Sneak peek of how I’m creating a moody, multi-functional closet for Tania Sarin!

I’m so excited about a recent project that I had to give you guys a sneak peek before it’s even complete! I’ve been in the process of designing a dressing room for my good friend, style maven and influencer, Tania Sarin, and it’s been such a fun project. Tania’s space is different than other closets I’ve created in that she wanted it to be convertible to a second bedroom, and she wanted the aesthetic to be dark, moody, cool and contemporary -- no soft neutrals or overly feminine elements. I wanted to keep the space true to her style, which she describes as edgy, modern, and classic with a twist of masculine undertones (check out her Instagram for endless wardrobe inspiration). With that in mind, I focused on a predominantly gray and black color palette with touches of brass and art deco accents to capture her cool, contemporary sensibility.

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THE AESTHETIC: CONTEMPORARY COOL


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A few weeks ago we hit the streets of LA for some inspiration, scouting at stores like Stella McCartney and Consort and assessing how pieces could work in her space. From there, I mocked up renderings in which I included a sleeper sofa (how fun for her houseguests to sleep amongst her chic clothes!), a modern end table, and brass accessories.  

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I can’t wait to share the finished closet. But, in the meantime, enjoy these renderings and a few of the pieces I plan to use to bring her closet to life!

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OLIVIA CULPO

LACD x Olivia Culpo


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Olivia's LA loft gets a high-fashion closet facelift, giving new meaning to Hollywood glam! With pull-out shelves for shoes, and floating open shelving throughout for displaying bags and accessories, the closet allows Olivia to showcase her favorite pieces and merchandise the space for any given occasion. 

Since the loft is so open, it is important that the closet can remain tidy at all times. To achieve this, all of the hanging is kept behind full-height mirror doors, which not only glam up the design, but also bring additional light into the previously dark corner of the home.  


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Previously, Olivia's loft was severely lacking in storage space, which didn't work for her busy lifestyle. Having a space for everything, and an organized system in place will make packing and putting together looks so much easier for her. The closet incorporates white marble countertops for folding and laying out items.


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Possibly my favorite detail in the new dressing room, the crystal knobs add a sparkly touch of old Hollywood sophistication to the otherwise simple and modern design! 


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See the full transformation, and get a look at the 'before' on YouTube!

Exclusive first look at the space in Architectural Digest


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FIT FOR ROYALTY

Meghan Markle’s royal wardrobe is sure to be what princess dreams are made of!

 

As we prepare for the biggest event of the year (the Royal wedding, of course), I’m starting to fantasize about what the future heir to the thrown’s closet will be like, as she transitions from American actress to British aristocracy. How much room will Meghan have for all her fabulous designer duds from brands like Altuzarra, Emilia Wickstead, Smythe, Stella McCartney, Self Portrait? How many Manolos will she be able to house? Will she have a dedicated display for her tiaras? The possibilities are endless!

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Over the years, I’ve had an opportunity to create some pretty over-the-top features and amenities within closets. And, while they weren’t for royalty, many would certainly be fit for a queen. From biometric locks to a temperature-controlled fur cabinet to a cosmetic refrigerator to a glass display for an Hermes Himalayan handbag, I’ve helped clients display their own crown jewels.

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Meghan found the prince of her dreams and I hope she gets the dressing room of her dreams, too!

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Buckingham House, The Green Closet

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INSTA INSPIRATION

“These are the 10 Instagram accounts I’m obsessed with right now”

If you’re like me, Instagram is a routine part of your life, aggregating everything from current events to trends and allowing you to connect with people and brands that matter to you. But, above all, Instagram is teeming with inspiration. Here are a few accounts that are giving me major #goals right now:

 

@ashleystark -- With a penchant for beautiful interiors, this account offers thoughtful curation of endless design inspiration.

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@carodaur -- This international influencer not only has stellar style, but also provides tons of jet-setting envy.  

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@happilygrey -- Mary’s wardrobe is what dreams are made of and she provides great high-low styling ideas. She’s also major fitness goals!

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@homepolish -- All you need to know is that all the pretty things live here.

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@jaceyduprie -- This girl keeps it real, her style is effortless and her sense of humor makes her seem like she’s your long-lost best friend. Plus, her pup, Polly, who makes frequent appearances, is pawsitively adorable!

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@jennikayne -- I wish whenever I liked a photo on this account, it landed in my house. From the chic pointy-toe slides to the beautiful bags to the cool California home goods, this account constantly has me swooning.

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@kaylaitsines -- The social media sensation serves up serious fitness motivation that never fails to get me in gear!

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@MyDomaine -- Interiors, travel and food, this account makes you want to double tap on the daily.  

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@prettycitylondon -- A visual collage of London’s prettiest places (think high tea, historic architecture and beautiful blooms), this account will have you dreaming about a hop across the pond asap!

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@thehomeedit -- Organization (er, OCD) enthusiasts will love all the tips and tricks on this account that makes tidying up look super-chic.

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HOW TO SPEND MOTHER'S DAY IN LA

Spring in LA is in full swing, and Mother's Day is just around the corner!

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When I'm not drowning in dressing room madness and helping my clients get their closets in order, I am on full-time Mom duty! While fashion and furniture might get me fired up, nothing fulfills me like spending time with my son. Whether it's a weekend away or a casual afternoon around town, I love any opportunity to see the world through the Kai's eyes. He keeps me young, and keeps me laughing!

In anticipation of Mother's Day, these are a few of my all-time favorite ways to wind down as a family! Wether you're looking for a foodie outing or a fun-filled sports day, these are the little moments that make being a mother so special.


GAME DAY:

Nothing says quality time to me like a high-energy game of basketball, cheering on Kai at one of his games (He's been playing since he was 6!), or sharing a spot in the stands with him at the Staples Center to watch the Clippers or Lakers!

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MUSEUM DAY:

If you're in the mood for a more mellow Moms' day, you can't beat a nice brunch and a day at the Broad. Soak up some culture at LA's newest modern art museum, then head next door for some Californian cuisine at Otium!

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LAZY LA DAY:

Family time doesn't have to mean leaving the neighborhood. With Mother's Day falling on a Sunday this year, it's the perfect opportunity to stroll through the Studio City Farmer's Market! Mama Musubi's rice balls are always a hit, and who doesn't to snack while they shop on a Spring day in LA?!

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