Favorite LA Find: Joan’s on Third

Los Angeles is such a beautiful, bizarre, overwhelming place. It is so sprawling and varied that sometimes it can take forever to get from one part of the city to another. But if you find yourself on Third Street, you have to check out Joan’s on Third.

cheeseYou may have possibly heard of this eatery. I’ve been countless times and have seen everyone from Selma Blair and Jason Bateman, to droves of in-the-know tourists, and best friends brunching. It is spacious and has a little mix of everything–making it feel like a deli, a cafe, your favorite specialty store, and an awesome bakery all rolled into one. Stand in line by the glass cases of delicious cold salads and entrees and order your favorite off the big chalk boards and then share a communal table as you nosh away. After, grab a cupcake from the bakery and some fantastic cheese to-go. Their cheese case is my heaven, and it always loaded with new and exciting morsels. I’ve been for brunch, lunch, and even dinner before concerts or after work and each time is amazing. Joan (yes, THE Joan), is almost always there rushing around and making sure things are perfect in her namesake eatery. And they are always perfect, despite the weekend crowds and the completely frustrating parking situation.

fried chicken sandwhichEverything on the menu is amazing (and comes with addictive homemade pickles), but as far as sandwiches go, their fried chicken one can’t be beat. A perfectly fried breast of chicken sits on a ciabatta, with a delicious aioli, and fresh lettuce and tomato. It is absolutely a guilty pleasure, but one I cannot resist.

joans on thirdMake sure to always save room for sides. Their mac n cheese is sinful, but if you want a lighter option, try their garden pasta salad with fresh peas, asparagus, and peppers. Roasted fingerling potatoes with mushrooms are a great choice as well.

For some awesome people watching paired with delicious food, Joan’s on Third can’t be beat. Sometimes it is so crowded that you have to ask to borrow a chair from Nicky Hilton (true story), but stay unashamed because pretty soon you will be in gourmet deli heaven.

The 80’s Called…

Tatty Devine is one of the biggest taste-makers in jewelry right now, and the word on acrylic jewelry, prompting dozens of knock-off attempts that just can’t get it right.

A huge fan myself, I own a few Tatty pieces, some of which I bought in their Seven Dials shop in London when I was there. Their brick and mortar stores are just as fanciful and fun as one would expect, and I always receive compliments when I wear their unexpected pieces.

Needless to say, I am always eagerly awaiting their new collections. Their Tudor collection sent my little heart pitter-pattering, and their new Autumn/Winter 2015 collection, which is so totally 80’s, has me coveting every single piece.

tatty devine phone cord necklaceThis ‘Eighties Phone Cord Necklace’ (roughly $117) is equal parts tongue-in-cheek and classic. Wear with a fun romper or a little white dress to really make the cut-outs pop. Tatty pieces can be styled to be the centerpiece of an outfit, or can be a bit more subtle (as I think this necklace works beautifully as an organic shape first, and then a reference second).

Subtle is perfect for the office, but every wardrobe needs a statement piece per season and it hands down comes in the form of the ‘Still Life Necklace’, ($350.80), which is both limited edition and a work of art.

tatty devine still life necklaceIt is a busy tabletop snapshot that lets you have to best of the AW 15 collection in one stellar necklace. The iron motif as well as the potted plant still life are available in separate necklaces and brooches, but to slay the fashion game this fall…hurry and get one of the fifty of these floating around!

My final pick from the collection is a bit more understated, but not in the least bit boring! Brooches are back in a big way, but Tatty has known this forever (most of the collections have multiple brooch options). Pin them to your blazer, your hat, your handbag, or even over the top button on a collared shirt.

tatty devine eighties cigarette broochThe ‘Eighties Cigarette Brooch’ ($70) is bright, minimalist, and funky. Smoking is horrible for you, but this brooch will never be detrimental to your health or street your style.

Shop the AW 15 Collection HERE and don’t blame me if you can’t resist buying everything. The 80’s called and definitely wished they had all of these pieces back then!

How to do the Guggenheim in 37 Minutes

This post should/could also be titled ‘My Mad Dash Past Art’, but all things considered, I hope you find this helpful.

guggenheimIf you find yourself in New York and have never seen the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum, this is something you need to read. Manhattan is a crazy city. There are hundreds of things to do and sometimes you are only afforded a few days, or even a few hours in which to do them. Between trying out new restaurants, business meetings, seeing friends, and public transportation, it may mean being picky about your culture. For first-timers and natives of NYC alike, the Guggenheim is a must.

guggenheimThe good news is that you can do the whole museum in 37 minutes or less if you need to and still get a great experience. In order to do this, try and plan your schedule so that you have this block of time on Saturday night between 5:45 and 7:45pm. This time period allows you to pay what you wish, instead of the pricey $25 (I am the biggest advocate for funding for the arts, but you don’t need to spend that if you are going to dash through the museum). For pay what you wish, I suggest $10 for this block of time.

Do not be alarmed by the massive line of people outside trying to take advantage of pay what you wish. Build in about 15 minutes for wait time outside of the 37+ inside. The line moves quickly and it is really encouraging to see all ages come out to enjoy art at a cheaper price. Once you get inside, have your donation ready as well as your camera. You are only allowed pictures on the first floor. Take five minutes to snap a few selfies with your friends and enjoy the amazing Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.

Now you have 32 minutes. That’s okay. Head up the circular sloping ramp to the Thannhauser Collection. You have a choice here: if you love Impressionist/Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde art, plan to stay the next 20 minutes here. If you don’t, please breeze through for 5 minutes to see at least the Van Gogh’s and then head to the next few floors to see contemporary art, such as the current exhibition by Paul Chan called Nonprojections for New Lovers, which is the winner of the 2014 Hugo Boss prize (honors contemporary artists who have made a visionary contribution to their field). Vice versa, if you stayed in the Thannhauser galleries, breeze through some of the contemporary ones for five minutes to get a feel for the space.

7 minutes. You can do this! For the rest of your time at the Guggenheim, walk up the ramp to the top of the building as you take in the On Kawara ‘Silence’ exhibition, which disappears in a few days! In my opinion, this exhibit is cool but not something you need to pour over. The main events are the huge black canvases printed with white dates. The random rows of washed out braille and meaningless postcards can be skipped, trust me. The date driven art is at the heart of the exhibition and should be pondered for a few moments or longer if you can spare the time.

Now, head down the ramp and out the door to your dinner plans or anything else you have planned for the night. Sometimes marathoning museums is productive to the brain, especially when the current roster at the Guggenheim is very minimalistic. Save your plans for art fatigue at the Met, where they are much more warranted.

You’ve just done the Guggenheim in under an hour total and believe me, the experience will stick with you. If you have more time to spend, please do! Try to go early in the day to avoid crowds and take your time! And remember, if you are in a rush like I was, tailor your experience to your interests and always check out the exhibitions beforehand to know what is in store. Most of the ones I mentioned will be gone by mid-May, so hurry if you are interested!

God Save The Queen

If you aren’t watching E’s trashy and addicting drama about ‘the royal family’, aptly named The Royals, on Sunday nights at 10pm, then you need to grab yourself some tea and just trust me on this one.

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I am hard-pressed these days to find someone that isn’t obsessed with royal culture, or at least Kate Middleton. Having lived in London, there is truly nothing more exciting than the thought of seeing a Royal out and about, but with perfectly charming Henry and Will, gorgeous Kate, and the majestic Queen…there isn’t a lot of drama or scandalous headlines coming from the palace.

The Royals fixes this, giving us characters that echo the current monarchy (Liam stands in for playboy Harry and Ophelia has the girl-next-door charm of Kate Middleton), not to mention Princesses Maribel and Penelope are shockingly harsh doppelgangers for Fergie’s girls.

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If you haven’t seen it yet, let me give you the run-down sans spoilers. Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) is flawless, but cruel to both her remaining children (her oldest has died at the beginning of the first episode) and her husband the King (Vincent Regan), especially since the King is thinking about disbanding the monarchy since it has led to his son’s death. Queenie just can’t have that.

Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Park) is a hard partying, goth glam chic rebel child who steals every scene she is in and is trying to find her place in a world without her oldest brother and with an exceedingly sketchy bodyguard.

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Prince Liam (William Moseley) has two sides—sweet and utterly annoying. Just when Ophelia comes into his life (played by Merritt Patterson who you may recognize from PLL spin-off Ravenswood), he is fickle and falls back with his ex (totally reminiscent of Chelsy Davy anyone?). This will be the love triangle to watch, and I know who I am rooting for.

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On top of this, the King’s brother is going on a bender every other day and there is plenty of scandal, intrigue, and they said what?! moments to keep you entertained. The best part of The Royals is that they have created a social media scheme to coincide with the show. Follow De-Throned on Insta/Twitter/Facebook for real time ‘tabloid’ pictures of the cast. If they keep this up, we may be all saying, Royal baby who?

Yes, I Know Guac is Extra

I’ve become fairly obsessed with groundscoreNYC by Snash and Leroy and I have to share.

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Never make the burrito makers at Chipotle have to guess if you want a side of guac. Of course you want a side of guac.

The rings come in both white and gold brass, all the sizes you’d ever need, and start at $60.

They come in so many styles that you can declare your love for sweatpants on your right hand, and brunch on your left.

Want it? Get it here.

From Russia, With Love

I stumbled upon the DVD of Series 1 of ‘A Young Doctor’s Notebook’ and bought it purely because of Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm’s faces on the cover. I’m easy like that…but I never expected to find a real gem.

‘A Young Doctor’s Notebook’ is set in 1917 in a very small, rural village in Russia where the Doctor (played in his younger years by Daniel Radcliffe and in his older years by Jon Hamm) is sent to work straight out of University. It is a BBC production and is currently angling for a series 3, so keep your eyes peeled! (Note: Up until recently, I did not know that Brits call their seasons ‘series’).  playhouse-presents-a-young-doctors-notebookpunnery.wordpress.com

Series 1 only has 4 episodes that run about 26 minutes a pop, making the whole thing about the length of a feature film. So if you hate it…you haven’t wasted much time. But if you love it like I did…you will be instantly craving more. Bear in mind this is a very dark show and is not at all meant for children. There is gruesome humor, lots and lots of blood, and very real medical dilemmas, but the splendor of it comes from Radcliffe and Hamm, who often share the screen, almost living in parallel universes, with the Older Doctor giving advice to his younger counterpart.


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What I particularly enjoyed is that Radcliffe is moving away from his ‘Harry Potter’ roots by taking on such a different role in a long line of many bold choices, but he doesn’t lose that likeability he became famous for. You really feel for him as he stumbles around the freezing cold, middle-of- nowhere clinic with his imposing nurses and under the shadow of his predecessor, Leopold Leopoldivic. He’s green behind the ears when it comes to being a doctor and is always running back to his room to try and consult his books anytime a patient comes in.

In this way, the series starts off on a comical note, as the Doctor gets into a routine, but the meat of this show comes through the ‘flash-forwards’ to the Doctor in his older years who is a very serious morphine addict. There is a very chilling moment when the older Doctor convinces his younger self to start the habit which changes his life forever.

Watch it for the peak into Russian history. Watch it if you like dark comedies or are bored of traditional medical shows. Watch it for the two amazing leading men. But just watch ‘The Young Doctor’s Notebook’. And if you do, tell me about it!


Baby, Baby, Baby

A few weeks ago, Rosemary’s Baby debuted in NBC as a two part miniseries. Now that the dust has settled from social media first impressions and purist reviewers, it is time to decide what was good, bad, and deliriously demonic about this modern day remake.

The Story

Gory and blunt, this was a good attempt at a horror movie that peaked at a half a dozen parts along the way, but fell flat for the remaining 4 hours. It should have been half the length to avoid confusion, since Rosemary’s feelings about the Castevet’s change suddenly between the two segments and then revert to how they once were. This miniseries, based off of the original film starring Mia Farrow, follows Rosemary Woodhouse (Zoe Saldana) to Paris where her husband Guy (Patrick Adams) has acquired a teaching job with the help of her best friend Julie (Christina Cole–you’ll recognize her from What a Girl Wants if you grew up in the 90’s). Rosemary gets her purse stolen and chases after the criminal, finally getting back what was rightfully hers as well as a wallet belonging to Margaux Castevet (Carole Bouquet). As a reward, Margaux invites Rosemary and her husband to a party at her swanky apartment, where they are both introduced to Margaux’s husband, Roman (Jason Isaacs) and are given a black cat as a parting gift. From there, the Castevet’s deeply involve themselves within the Woodhouse’s lives. It is truly a modern day Faustian bargain, as Guy promises his first child to the devil in return for fame and fortune. This element was the most fascinating about the entire miniseries and I believe anyone with an appreciate with a good ‘Devil Made Me Do It’ story will find an odd pleasure in watching this.

The Cast

Patrick Adams was perfectly hateable as Guy, but the part was very one-dimensional and he did as much as he could with it. Unfortunately, even with four hours of screen time, there was hardly an explanation of the thirst Guy had for this type of fame (not to mention why he slept with Rosemary’s best friend so long ago or how the met and got married). A role like this shows that Adams can tap into a quiet evil, which will open up opportunities for him in the near future.

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Guy and Rosemary arguing over their unborn child.

Carole Bouquet was perfectly creepy as Margaux Castevet; she represented every stereotype of French upper-crust society in a way that was not overdone. From the kisses she bestows on both Guy and Rosemary, to pushing homespun remedies on Rosemary to get her through the pregnancy, her paranoia and obsessive nature is apparent throughout the film. As mentioned with Guy, her character was also a bit underdeveloped. Her intimate relationship with her husband was unclear, as were her feelings about Rosemary’s baby.

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Roman and Margaux

Jason Isaacs, on the other hand, was perfectly cast as Roman Castevet. My opinion on this has nothing to do with the fact that I already adore him as an actor, but he took a part that could have given itself away with the first half hour, and changed it into something complex. Granted, the writing of Roman’s character gave Isaacs more freedom to do this, but he nailed every scene he was in with a quiet, believable aloofness.

Likewise, Zoe Saldana completely stole the entire four hours and pushed her acting chops to the limit. Her performance was what made this miniseries something more than a dreary Lifetime movie knockoff. She managed to spend the entire four hours in a state of intense emotional pain that was entirely believable to the audience and not over-act it. You unravelled and fought with her and she was simply stunning.

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The Film

There was clearly thought put into this film and the settings and lighting were well done. Agneizka Holland has a great command of what she wanted to portray and there are so many messages interwoven within the film that come as afterthoughts when the credits roll instead of slapping you in the face during an important scene. This type of nuanced filmography is hard to do, but Holland does it well. There were a few scenes that did not seem to match with the pacing of the rest of the movie and stand out as poorly edited compilations, which was disappointing since so much of the movie is very grounded and quiet.

Overall, Rosemary’s Baby is unexpected, oddly delightful, and unnerving. Judge for yourself by watching the entire miniseries here.