The List : AUTUMN ’16

Steppin’ out this Fall!



It’s been nearly seven years since Tom Ford’s critically acclaimed film A Single Man hit theaters and we are eagerly awaiting the release of his much talked about new thriller Nocturnal Animals this November. By now, you must know that Tom can do no wrong in our eyes and his latest venture promises to be laced with his slick, sexy style. Tom wrote the screenplay and directed the film as well. Amy Adams stars as the gallery owner haunted by the novel, fittingly named Nocturnal Animals, written by her ex-husband  (Jake Gyllenhaal) about their relationship. Although the film has been described as a violent thriller, we have no doubt that Tom works his magic on this psychological thriller making it look as sleek as his runway shows.




The long-anticipated Manuela is finally opening its doors this October in L.A.’s Arts District. Set in the huge courtyard at museum-like international gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Manuela will start things off with brunch beginning October 1st and then expand to lunch and dinner later in the month. With an on-site vegetable garden, along with a chicken coop for fresh eggs, lots of outdoor seating and chef Wes Whitsell’s Southern-style meets California cooking, it’s no wonder that Manuela has been on everyone’s mind since Hauser Wirth & Schimmel first opened this past Spring.



This year, over 50,000 adults in the United States will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and of those diagnosed over 40,000 will die. By the year 2020, national expenditures for cancer care could reach 156 billion. Help is needed pronto. On October 9, come join London-born journalist Ivor Davis, author of  the award-winning gold-medal memoir “The Beatles and Me on Tour” at his spectacular charity event “John Lennon Working Class Hero” at the Crest Theater in Westwood in an effort to raise funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The cause has been near and dear to Ivor’s heart since Sally, his wife of 45 years, lost her battle with the disease. Ivor will team up with Beatles expert, radio personality and author Brooke Halpin to do a live Beatles extravaganza not to be missed. As the sole British journalist on the Beatles tour in 1964, Ivor not only watched the Beatles make history, but in between backstage concerts and flying with the band on their private jet, Ivor was ghost-writing for George Harrison. The stories of Ivor’s personal experiences with one of the greatest bands of all time are endless. Ivor will share his stories and Brooke will play their music, followed by a screening of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Beatles lovers will not only be fascinated but will be doing their part to help wipe out pancreatic cancer. Every action, big or small, counts. Even just helping to spread the word. 🙂



Without a doubt, velvet is the fabric of the season. Even with warm summer temps still holding strong, velvet is making its presence well known. Model Hailey Baldwin (above) brilliantly makes the summer to fall transition in a green velvet slip dress despite NYC heat and humidity. But women aren’t the only ones hip to the velvet scene. While the eternally groovy Mick Jagger has been rocking velvet for decades,  Joe Jonas and Jason Statham were spotted recently getting in on the velvet action and looking suave in their velvet Dior and Tom Ford jackets. Not quite ready to go too far past the velvet rope? You can still get in on the trend with a pair of velvet sneakers or boots. We love the burgundy velvet sneaks by Zara for just $39.90 and on the more luxe end of the velvet spectrum, we love the booties from Gianvito Rossi. With designers from Chloe to Zara all doing their own velvet interpretations there is a velvet out there to match everyone’s budget. 😉 From the runway to the street, velvet is everywhere and we love it!


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Inspired by the bistros of Paris and the comfort of California, Chez Tex just opened its doors on Main Street in Venice. We like to grab a seat at the cement bar and sample their wines by the glass or bottle. And, we can’t help but love that their aim is to “under-promise and over-deliver.” So, our next plan is to order up some accompaniments for our glasses of wine from their small but select menu. We’ll be sure to report back on our findings as soon as we do!

From top: WATCH: Nocturnal Animals written and directed by Tom Ford EAT: Manuela 907 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013, photo: Joshua Targownik EaterLA GIVE: “John Lennon Working Class Hero” benefit for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at the Crest Theater 1262 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90024 WEAR: Anything and Everything Velvet!  SIP: Chez Tex 218 Main Street, Venice, CA 90291, 310-314-1314, walk-ins only, photo: UrbanDaddy COVER IMAGE: Velvet booties by Gianvito Rossi.

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This entry was written by sparklebungalow and published on September 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm. It’s filed under Art, Lifestyle and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “The List : AUTUMN ’16

  1. Anonymous on said:

    Ooh la la love the velvet💜


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