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Random Review: The City Bakery LA

I’m in LA for the long weekend, and I finally made it over to The City Bakery in Brentwood.  Since I’m here, and I have my laptop and cellular Internet, I thought that I would share:

The City Bakery LA verdict?  Good, but incomplete.

The Good:

  • Actual food foods (as in not dessert): nice selection, including salmon, their classic Mac & Cheese, and even a fruit bar (scary to me).
  • The Classic City Bakery Hot Chocolate.  Rich, viscous, and oh-so-good. 
  • Decor: Nice, airy, clean atmosphere…and they have laminated cork tables.   I heart cork.
  • The Melted Chocolate Chip cookies.  Pricey at $3, but excellent.

Needs Improvement:

  • No Cold Hot Chocolate on the menu.  But then again, it’s not rocket science to make.  Ask for a cup of ice with your Hot Chocolate, and mix.  Tastes the same.
  • No Chocolate Tarts: They’re my favorite…and it looks like I’ll have to trek over to NY to get these, at least for now.  

The City Bakery

Brentwood Country Mart

225 26th Street at San Vicente Boulevard, Santa Monica


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Lola Lola Blouse

Lola Lola Blouse at Anthropologie

Thanks to the latest black fad, clothing stores are carrying chic dark items again.  You no longer just need bright colors to reflect your vibrant personality! Sport this short-sleeve button-down top at the office or happy hour.

$78 at Anthropologie

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Project Runway Season 2: The Calm Before the Storm

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Fans of the fashionista reality show can rest a little bit easier now that the final three have been announced: Daniel V., Santino and Chloe.  This past Wednesday, the final four designers (the three, plus Kara) had to design an evening gown suitable for Iman, the majestic supermodel/diva/wife-of-David Bowie.  With such a daunting challenge before the honorable opportunity to show at fashion week, you’d think the designers would pull out all the stops – but think again.

I have to agree with the judges when they said they were “underwhelmed.”  The pieces they showed were flat out boring.  Take a look:

Chloe’s Dress:  Yawn…

 Santino’s Dress:  Didn’t they already do the figure skating costume challenge?

 Kara’s Dress:  Double yawn.  I understand why she was eliminated.

Daniel V’s Dress:  I guess it’s a "winner."

Out of all of them, Santino (although it was a bit horrendous) had the most interesting gown.  Everyone else had pretty designs, but as Santino said, they were “safe.”  They were as exciting as watching curling on the Olympics.  It’s as though the designers thought too inside of the box, and they put all their focus on the schematics of tailoring rather than vehicular creativity.  

Nonetheless, there HAD to be a winner. Daniel V. took the golden pin cushion on this challenge.  After seeing the Project Runway collections at fashion week, I am sure a lot of people are going to be a little bit disappointed.  We shouldn’t compare them to those of last season, but after seeing ingenious collections by Jay McCarroll and Kara Saun, it’s kind of hard not to.

The outcome will certainly be interesting.  Daniel, Santino and Chloe’s collections shown last week all managed to stay in the same vein.  But if I had to choose a winner, I am going to go with Daniel…or Chloe…or maybe Santino.  I have no idea.  Stay tuned for the winner!

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Friday Fashion Hotlist | 2.17.06

Issue XXVIII of the Friday Fashion Hotlist: a weekly compilation of the
cutest and coolest stuff Style Intelligence Report saw out there this

FFH is back after Omiru’s massive Fashion Week coverage, and this
week, we’re going gaga over printed tees, with two styles (one cute, one adorably nerdy) available for both men and women.

Actualize Artefacture Tee

Artefacture "Actualize" Tee| $28 at Artefacture

We like birds (well, minus Dino).  But we all like shirts.

Think Geek Geek Love Poem Tee
Geek Love Poem Tee | $14.99-$16.99 at Think Geek

Awesome.  Just…awesome.

Want a more comprehensive look at What’s in and What’s Out?  Susannah’s got you covered.

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