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May 21, 2015

Enter Shikari – Torn Apart


UK electronicore rockers Enter Shikari just released the video for “Torn Apart” off their chart topping album Mind Sweep (Hopeless Records). The band was recently nominated for Best British Band and Best Single (Anaesthetist) in this year’s Kerrang! Magazine Awards. Check out the video and see what all the buzz is about. – NIN

May 19, 2015

Sue Wong Launches Online Boutique


Celebrity fashion designer Sue Wong is proud to announce the launch of her official online boutique. The best of Sue Wong gowns are now available for immediate purchase under four diverse categories: New Arrivals, Cocktail, Evening, and Wedding. 

The launch also celebrates the debut of Sue Wong Beauty products: Sue Wong Shower Cream, Body Cream, and Eau de Parfum (which will be exclusively available for the first six months through the official online boutique in both 50ml and 100 ml bottles).  The fragrance took a year to develop and was designed to honor the true goddess within. The first 300 purchases will receive a free Eau de Parfum sample and ground shipping is free within all 50 states.  Click here to purchase.– NIN

May 18, 2015

The Gates Salon and Spa 50th Anniversary Soiree

The Gates Salon and Spa in San Marino celebrated its 50th anniversary. The fabulous event was hosted by Elle Magazine and Wella Professionals. It was a great way for owners Michel and Mayren Gurule to thank their current clientele and welcome new clients.  

Michel and his stylish mom.


Arielle: Hair Designer

Rose Hall: Colorist


Attendees enjoyed complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres in addition to make-up (Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics) and color consultations, skin analysis (SkinCeuticals), and cool tunes spun by DJ Tessa.



As an added bonus guests were treated to a fashion show featuring clothing from local San Marino boutiques.






The models hairstyles reflected the freshest trends of spring and the fashions showcased were from:



Anie Guluzian (Owner of Posh Boutique) is super sweet.

The evening ended with a presentation of achievement/recognition award to The Gates Salon for its 50 years of business and to Michel and Mayren for their support of the business community of San Marino.



Gests received a gift bag containing the current issue of Elle, a sample of Wella’s Luxe Oil, SkinCeuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair, Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream, a tea infuser mug from AdnArt, and discounts to The Gates and local vendors.

The Gates Salon is located at: 2545 Mission St. San Marino, CA 626-441-1188
Narrative and photos by Nikki Neil

May 8, 2015

Hook N Sling: Break Yourself



I can’t get enough of Hook N Sling’s “Break Yourself” (ft. Far East Movement). This infectious G-House track by Australian DJ/Producer Hook N Sling seamlessly blends hip-hop with electronic beats, tantalizing grooves, and smooth rapped versus (courtesy of electro-rap lords Far East Movement). Check out the video and see if you can refrain from hitting repeat. – NIN  

May 1, 2015

Adolfo Sanchez Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection


On Sunday, April 26th, high-end fashion designer Adolfo Sanchez unveiled his Creatures of the Night Collection at the Continental Club in Downtown, Los Angeles. The club's unique layout provided an alternative outlet to the traditional catwalk. Models strutted around the intimate venue; thus, allowing all in attendance to examine the exquisite detail of the bold, sexy looks presented.

Apr 30, 2015

New Styles and 15% Off At ICJUK

There’s more to ICJUK than just killer rock ‘n’ roll tees. Designer Claire Jane also creates custom bridal and wedding attire that will make your event even more spectacular. Not just for brides to be, her handmade wearable art (unique fascinators and cruelty free feathered handbags) will transform an ordinary occasion into something extra special.


Apr 29, 2015

Jackalope Art And Craft Fair


This past weekend the Jackalope Art Fair took place in Central Park, Old Pasadena. The free two day shopping event featured over 200 local artisans, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts as well as workshops and food trucks.



There were lots of unique, interesting finds but, most of all, I was happy to support my dear friend Jennifer Jesse and her company Mod’s Best Friend/Five Travelling Monkeys.

Apr 27, 2015

Coal Chamber – Rivals

(Napalm Records)

After a nasty breakup on stage in 2002 Coal Chamber is back with a vengeance. Rivals, the group’s 4th release (out on May 22nd), finds the L.A. based quartet taking its dark, nü-metal sound further – displaying a maturity and growth while maintaining Coal Chamber’s core sound.

The re-formed band consists of vocalist Dez Fafara, guitarist Meegs Rascon, bassit Nadja Peulen, and drummer Mikey Cox. This groove ‘n’ gouge unit doesn’t hold back as the tracks that make up this disc are more ominous and aggressive than days past. Right from the get-go the group comes at you hard with the fist clenching rage of “I.O.U. Nothing.” From there it is maximum mayhem where bludgeoning riffs collide with textural atmospheres, heavy beats, and menacing vocals. Standouts include: “Suffer in Silence (featuring Ministry’s Al Jourgensen), “Another Nail in the Coffin,” Over My Head,” and “Fade Away (Karma Never Forgets).”

Without a doubt, Rivals is Coal Chamber’s best release to date. It’s a solid album from beginning to end that will undoubtedly influence the next generation of nü-metal. – NIN

Apr 1, 2015

Hollywood Undead - War Child


Hollywood Undead have many reasons to celebrate. The band has reached its 10 year mark. They have a new label, Interscope, and they just released their fourth studio album – Day of the Dead. In honor of all that check out the group’s single “War Child.” It’s a kick ass party track that will make you want to download their new release immediately! – NIN

Mar 23, 2015

Mila Hermanovski: Fashion Week Los Angeles FW15 Presentation






It was a nice treat to have the opportunity to attend Mila Hermanovski’s runway show during LAFC’s Fashion Week Los Angeles’ showcase at Maker City LA. Mila may not have been crowned champion of Project Runway or Project Runway Allstars but she definitely is a winner in my book. Not only does Mila have a true passion for fashion, she works hard for her art, and is incredibly nice as well. I have nothing but respect for this gal.



For her FW15 collection, titled “Frequency,” Mila kept it comfortable and chic. The minimalist-cool presentation gave off a modernist meets ath-leisure vibe. The looks featured Mila’s signature style, which factors on heavy doses of proportion play, asymmetrical hemlines, cut-out details, and innovative silhouettes. 

Narrative and photos by Nikki Neil  

Mar 20, 2015

Stella Proseyn: Fashion Week Los Angeles FW15 Presentation


For Fashion Week LA’s FW15 presentation, Debbie Talanian showcased her Stella Proseyn collection of classic looks, which featured tailored clean cuts and flattering silhouettes in neutral colors and comfortable, textured fabrics. Attainable beauty and everyday luxury was the focus for this season and Debbie demonstrated that by creating relevant pieces that every woman can add as a staple to her wardrobe. The runway show featured a number of items that I’d love to add to my collection. One being the snakeskin crew-neck and pencil skirt combo, which was a crowd favorite.



Narrative and photos by Nikki Neil

Mar 17, 2015

Sue Wong FW15 Collection

Back for another season and growing stronger, Art Hearts Fashion held their LAFW Kickoff Party at Station (W Hollywood). The event gave fashion aficionados an opportunity to mingle and chat with the designers.



Betty’s fabulous hair piece caught my attention. She informed me that she creates couture hair designs for What A Betty and they would be worn by the model’s in Isabella Couture’s kidswear showcase.


Feb 26, 2015

Pearl Thompson exhibit at Mr Musichead Gallery

On Thursday March 5th, musician Pearl (aka Porl) Thompson (best known for his work with The Cure) will display his original works of art at the Mr Musichead Gallery in Hollywood, CA. This visual collection of work was inspired by Pearl’s journeys through the canyons of Malibu and the surrounding desert and the energy and deep underlying spirit that flows through the rock formations and cactus found in the landscape.  

Feb 23, 2015

Ritual – Imaginative, Powerful Looks For The Fearless Individual

Hailing from Los Angeles, designers Cassidy Haley and Jillian Ann create fantasy-inspired pieces, featuring gowns, harnesses, corsets, and knitwear with references to mythology, magic, and superheroes under the moniker RITUAL. Their designs are consistently edgy, sexy, and dangerous while remaining chic and comfortable. 


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