Photo gallery: Lucent L’amour love fest in downtown L.A.


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The Do Lab does it again (and again and again): This Valentine’s weekend, the Shrine Expo Hall was playground to more than 100 carousing artists and legions of curious interlopers checking out a frenzied scene.
Music, art and a general explosion of Lucent L’Amour creativity made for a crazy all-night affair.
Photographer Watchara Phomicinda was there Saturday to catch the blessed insanity. Feel free to live (or re-live) vicariously through these images.

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Deeper state of play: Pasadena Hoop Group

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Hooping is a lot of things. It’s a tool for exercise and meditation. It’s a skill that looks harder than it actually is. (Translate: You can really pick this up without too much practice.) And it’s a socially acceptable way for adults to play with fun toys.
For Stacey Wang’s story, above, on hooping in the February issue of Rose Magazine, we had a photo shoot with Pasadena Hoop Group founder Sharleen Liu.
The shoot was at the Sierra Madre Community Nursery School, which is a beautiful, organic learning environment for children and the parents who keep it running.

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Shoes light up Rodarte runway, plus more behind-the-scenes images

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Let’s talk about those shoes.
They lit up the Rodarte runway like fireflies in an unearthly darkness, and managed somehow to be ever-so-much cooler than the effect of white confetti under black lights.
SHOWstudio, which earlier today carried the impressive live stream of Rodarte’s fall/winter 2010 collection, had this to say, of the shoes, on its blog:
“These strapped and sliced Nicholas Kirkwood shoes — with their cut-out sportswear-inspired fronts contradicted by illuminated fairytale melting wax heels — were just the cherry on the cake of a captivating collection that is undoubtedly one of the finest of the week so far. You can keep the heels, girls — we’re walking on air!”


You can, and should, catch the whole runway show, on-demand, at SHOWstudio.

Some close-ups, with variety:

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Scenes from the LA Street Food Fest in downtown


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Photographer Watchara Phomicinda captured these scrumptious images from the LA Street Food Fest this weekend.
Were you among the thousands that swooped in upon downtown L.A. on Saturday for a morsel of food-truck goodness?
The lines were outrageously, crushingly long. But if you previously had trouble tracking down the individual trucks as they cavort about town, it was a way to kill about 30 birds with one stone — provided you had good company for the queuing.

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Photo gallery: Rodarte Fall 2010 collection


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Pasadena’s own denizens Laura and Kate Mulleavy came out strong at New York Fashion Week this morning in Rodarte‘s fall 2010 collection, worthy of an ethereal ghost bride with a penchant for neutrals, lace and a touch of pearls.
Still present were their bold textures and patchwork layering, but the muted color palette put a dreamlike haze over the affair. Where before their designs were almost tribal, that quality was overtaken by a spectral, romantic glow.
The Mulleavys have said they were inspired, among other things, by the notion of sleepwalking.

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UPDATED: Live tweeting Rodarte at New York Fashion Week

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UPDATE: Below, what people are saying about Rodarte, now that the show’s over, on Twitter.
The Rodarte show starts in less than 10 minutes, and we’ll be watching, via live feed, at ShowStudio.com
See our live tweets @RoseMagazine


Shop the Block: Savor the Flavor, 11 Kersting Court


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Gourmet specialty food store Savor the Flavor is the kind of shop run by people — a mother and daughter team — who know and love food. The kind of food that brings people together, for parties, holidays and even a simple dinner shared by family. New items are constantly being brought into the shop, and they’ll gladly seek out special requests for hard-to-find items. For gift-giving, Savor the Flavor is a sure bet if you know someone who eats — which is to say, for anybody.
11 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 626-355-5153, savortheflavor.net

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Shop the Block: B.la, 24 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.


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This is the smallest but most precious gift shop in which you’ll ever set foot. Owner Deb Doumitt packs a spatially-restrained but powerful punch in her eclectic mix of goodies. Her stock of stationery and fine paper goods is always plentiful and far more meaningful than those you’ll find in traditional card stores. Each is a small and colorful objet d’art.
24 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Suite B, Sierra Madre, 626-355-2906

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Shop the Block: Attitude!, 90 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.


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A bit like an upscale Melrose shop, Attitude! is a gem in the crown of Sierra Madre’s boutique shopping scene. The owners create many of their own designs and execute them in craftsman-like detail. Handbags, in particular, are a specialty here, from the offbeat to the glamorous to the everyday. Expect to pay a bit more for the high-quality of each piece, but know it’s an investment worthy of your hard-earned moolah.

90 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, 626-355-3929

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Shop the Block: La Bella Rouge, 34 N. Baldwin Ave.


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French provincial touches meet the Montmarte-ian in La Bella Rouge, a women’s clothing and accessories boutique. Notebooks and knick-knacks put a hint of Anthropologie in this roadside shop, but without the sky-high prices and with a little more love. La Bella Rouge caters to women of all ages, making it a best-bet when your shopping buddy is an older or younger gal than you are.

34 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre, 626-355-1427

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