Holiday Gifting Ideas: Ready-to-Bake Sugar Cookies in a Jar

Sugar Cookies in a JarNeed a good gifting idea for the holidays?  This week, Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel’s Executive Chef Olivier Rousselle shares his concept of creating sugar cookies in a jar, which is a cost-efficient, yet creative gift idea for the holidays and also a fun project for children.

Chef Olivier gives us a quick tutorial on how to compile the ingredients for sugar cookies in a mason jar in his video below.

Sugar Cookies in a Jar

Prep time: 30 minutes / Bake time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1 tsp. of cinammon
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

Baking Instructions

  • Begin with a large mason jar and fill it with the dry ingredients of the sugar cookie recipe in layers.
  • Spoon in the flour, white and brown sugar, cinnamon and a little bit of baking powder. Make sure to add the brown sugar and cinnamon at the sides of the jar so that the change in color can be seen from the outside. Different colored sugars can also be used, which adds a fun twist to the look of the end product.
  • After the jar is filled with all of the dry ingredients, close the jar and decorate with a ribbon and label for ingredients and instructions for baking.
  • To bake, mix the dry ingredients with butter, eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Place a scoop of dough on a sheet pan and bake at 350⁰F for about 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel Honored by Beverly Hills for Its Community Support

This year the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce awarded the famed Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel with the prestigious Golden Palm Award for community support. Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel was one of 800 Beverly Hills businesses nominated for the award and was chosen as the recipient after receiving nearly 1,000 votes from the public online.

The annual award ceremony, which was celebrated with a black-tie gala at the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, was attended by many of the city’s elite, including Mayor John Mirisch and Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Alexander Stettinski, who generously congratulated the hotel on its win and applauded its efforts serving the community.

Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel’s staff and leadership were honored to be recognized for their hard work and their commitment to service. It is this dedication to service that stands as a foundational pillar for the hotel, spearheaded by the vision of Luxe Hotels Founder and Chairman Efrem Harkham. Harkham’s vision drives the hotel’s success and provides a guidepost for all its activities in the community, such as the Beverly Hills Education Foundation dinners Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel hosted for Apple Ball honorees in 2012 and 2013, honoring community members, teachers and leaders in education and the events the hotel will host this year to honor the city’s centennial celebration.

The Golden Palm Awards’ revelry included live musical performances by talented violinists and tenors and was enjoyed by all. The famous jazz singer Mel Torme‘s daughter, Daisy, announced the hotel as the winner in the small business community support category and outlined her personal long-standing relationship with the hotel and the property’s strong standing in the community and on Rodeo Drive.

During his acceptance speech, Harkham reiterated that as the hotel’s address is 360 N. Rodeo Drive, he is committed to serving the community 365 days per year in a 360-degree circle around the property. This commitment is just another step as the hotel continues to serve its community from the center of one of the world’s most renowned shopping streets. This award has inspired Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel and its staff to work harder and better than ever before. The Golden Palm Awards ceremony was a memorable evening, and it revealed once again how integral Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel is to its surrounding community.

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Pictured (from left to right): General Manager of Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel Marcus Mueller, Mayor of Beverly Hills John A. Mirisch and Founder and Owner of Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel Efrem Harkham.

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Rodeo Drive Celebrates the Art of Watchmaking with the Festival of Watches

RolexMontblanc, Breitling, Panerai- all of these brands bring to mind exquisite, classic timepieces that are crucial additions to any high-fashion outfit.

The watch has become an essential feature of men and women’s fashion. In an effort to celebrate this timeless accessory, the City of Beverly Hills and the Rodeo Drive Committee are presenting the first Rodeo Drive Festival of Watches on Thursday, October 10, and it will be taking place through Sunday, October 13, at participating stores along Rodeo Drive and Brighton Way.

The Festival of Watches will introduce the public to many new luxury watch lines and products and showcase watches from the most famous watchmakers around the world. The festival kicks off with an open house at 20 participating watch retailers from 7 to 9 p.m. on October 10, that will feature product launches, watchmaker appearances, exhibition debuts and much more.

While strolling along Rodeo and Brighton Way and marveling at magnificent timepieces, be sure to stop by Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, which will offer refreshing, enjoyable watch-themed mocktails for passersby.

For $5, watch enthusiasts can sip Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel’s delicious Gold Band mocktail —a mixture of sparkling apple cider with orange juice and muddled ginger, or the Slow Time—a mixture of lemonade, grenadine and muddled mint. Some fitting refreshments for an amazing event!

The 20 retailers participating in the open house kickoff event this year include: Bulgari, Hublot, Officine Panerai, Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC Schaffhausen, Patek Philippe, Rolex, David Yurman, Vacheron Constantin, Ermenegildo Zegna, Tourbillon, Montblanc, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels, Breguet, Louis Vuitton, Westime, Porsche Design, Richard Mille, and Jason Beverly Hills.

To learn more about Festival of Watches and its activities, visit: http://www.rodeodrive-bh.com/festivalofwatches/index.php

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Gold Band

Slow Time

Slow Time

 

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French market discoveries inspire Chef Rousselle’s culinary delights at Luxe Hotels

A trip to France often evokes images of the Eiffel Tower, dining at local cafés, French wine tasting and checking out the latest fashions along the Champs Elysées, but nothing exudes French culture more than a morning spent perusing the local markets.

Markets remain a large part of French tradition that is no longer seen in many other parts of the world. French markets range from small, local affairs in towns to large offerings with hundreds of vendors in bustling cities, and they take place anywhere from once a week to as often as every two days or daily.

A mix between a farmer’s market and trading post, French markets offer guests a wide variety of items ranging from locally grown produce, artisan cheeses, savory cured meats and beautiful French bread to specialty items brought to the markets from across the world.

Luxe Hotels Executive Chef Olivier Rousselle spent two weeks this summer in France exploring his native country’s specialty goods and culinary delicacies, scouring French markets for new ingredients to incorporate into the hotels’ menus as he prepares for the fall season. During his journey to local markets, including Rungis in Paris, Melun, and St-Tropez, Chef Rousselle was delighted to discover upon many fresh, local ingredients.

Inspired by his finds at the local French markets, Chef Rousselle has renewed his commitment to incorporating fresh, organic, locally grown produce from nearby markets into specials at Luxe Hotels that are based around seasonal food items.

Take a look at the pictures below Chef Rousselle captured while exploring the markets.

Chef Rousselle purusing the local artisan butcher counter at the Melun market.  Great meals start with good meat and knowing its origins.

Chef Rousselle perusing the local artisan butcher counter at the Melun market. Great meals start with good meat and knowing its origins.

A wide variety of pâté and terrines selections.

A wide variety of pâté and terrines selections.

A fresh selection of Bay boat scallops from Brittany, France.

A fresh selection of Bay boat scallops from Brittany, France.

Prosciutto and Jamón ibérico. Jamón ibérico is a cured ham that is produced mostly in Spain.  

Prosciutto and Jamón ibérico. Jamón ibérico is a cured ham that is produced mostly in Spain.

Chef Rousselle tasting several of the brie selections with the local cheese aficionado.

Chef Rousselle tasting several of the brie selections with the local cheese aficionado.

Chef Rousselle checking out the heirloom tomatoes at the market.  Heirloom tomato season is well on its way.

Chef Rousselle checking out the heirloom tomatoes at the market. Heirloom tomato season is well on its way.

Catch of the day at the Rungis market.

Catch of the day at the Rungis market.

Beautiful live rock crabs

Beautiful live rock crabs.

The Mediterranean fish of the day.

The Mediterranean fish of the day.

Artisan sausage and charcuterie.

Artisan sausage and charcuterie.

Goat cheese selection at a market cheese store.

Goat cheese selection at a market cheese store.

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Cheers! Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel Hosting Multiple Wine Events

Los Angeles wine aficionados have something wonderful to look forward to…

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel is hosting unique wine events that will surely fit the exquisitely developed palates of any wine connoisseur.

On Wednesday, August 28, LA Wine Tasting’s Spanish mingling soirée will be an evening of tasting sensuous and smooth wines. The evening will also offer guests a sense of being transported to the southern Spanish region of Rioja, the “Napa of Spain,” with a night of flamenco dancing by critically acclaimed La Tigresa, an art exhibit from the Spanish artist Eva Armisen and a Clever Vintage Clothing fashion show, featuring the colors and textures of Spain. The lively entertainment for the evening will be paired with delicious Spanish tapas from Luxe Hotels Executive Chef Olivier Rousselle and savory, Rioja-region wines. It’s a wonderful event to put some pep in one’s step and beat the midweek blues.

However, if lively flamenco dancing and tapas are too vivacious, there is also the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel’s elegant Piper-Heidsieck winemaker tasting event set for Thursday, August 29. This sophisticated event will give guests the chance to sample three of Wine Spectator’s top rated Piper-Heidsieck champagnes with Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Ambassador John King, as well as a selected cognac from Piper-Heidsieck. Each of the champagnes will be paired with delectable small plates from Luxe Hotels Executive Chef Olivier Rousselle.

And if a laid-back, intimate event with friends is all that’s needed, the Luxe Lounge’s daily happy hour offers guests the chance to travel the world through wines — one taste at a time. For $6, guests can choose three 2 oz. pours from either red, white, new world, old world, grape or style wines and snack on tasty treats from the bar bites menu, like the mouth-watering soy glazed baby back riblets, or the fresh heirloom tomato crostinis with shaved parmesan. What a great way unwind from a long day at the office!

The LA Wine Tasting event is on Wednesday, August 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The cost for an advance reserved ticket is $25 and can also be purchased for $30 at the door. Tickets can be bought at: http://lawinetasting.com/mingling-soirees.html

The Piper-Heidsieck Winemaker event is on Thursday, August 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and costs $65. Seating is limited. Please call 310- 691-7584 to make a reservation. For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.luxehotels.com/sunset/onsunset

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel’s happy hour wine flights and bar bites are available weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Luxe Lounge. For more details about happy hour, see the full menu here: http://d2s6y5sbbje24h.cloudfront.net/cms/pressroom/11_luxeloungehappyhour.pdf

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We Ask Rodeo Drive: Q&A with Pomellato Boutique Manager, Peri Ellen Berne

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Rodeo Drive is known for a luxurious lifestyle, beautiful people and world class shopping. What is not as widely known is that Beverly Hills residents, who call this sophisticated and cosmopolitan area “home,” are a tight-knit community that take pride in maintaining and preserving the image that Rodeo Drive enjoys worldwide. Peri Ellen Berne, the boutique manager of the Pomellato store on Rodeo Drive, is a Beverly Hills resident and is a committed member in both the business and residential communities.

Berne has lived in Beverly Hills for nearly 15 years and has worked on Rodeo Drive for nearly 20 years. She has been a Rodeo Drive Committee member for 18 years and served a term as the committee’s president before she stepped down to spearhead and chair the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style, which she continues to lead. Berne now manages the Pomellato store on Rodeo Drive, which offers beautiful Italian jewelry, handmade by artisans in Milan, Italy. The Pomellato brand is known for the use of colorful gemstones, and their collections are chic and wearable.

We sat down with Berne to talk about the unique relationship between Rodeo Drive and its community and to get all the details on the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style, from its inception to present day.

What makes Rodeo Drive different from other high-profile shopping destinations around the world?

Rodeo Drive is home to some of the most beautiful stores in the world and boasts flagship stores for the most stylish global companies, from ready to wear to jewelry and watches – all in the span of two and a half blocks. Rodeo Drive finds itself located in a region that enjoys fabulous weather year round, and it offers a kind of glamor unlike any other shopping destination.

What do you think defines the spirit of Rodeo Drive?

I think over the years Rodeo Drive has become the ultimate shopping destination; it’s featured in movies and television shows, and as you walk down Rodeo Drive, you too feel like a star. People that work here are proud to represent the companies they work for, and to feel like a part of a vibrant community.

I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work on this street for as long as I have. I feel honored to be in this community as a merchant and as a resident.

How has your personal style been influenced by having a store on Rodeo Drive? How has managing a store on Rodeo Drive influenced you personally?

I’ve been lucky in my career to represent beautiful brands and to work with some of the most coveted jewelers and fashion houses. I’ve always been humbled to be a part of such an extraordinary lifestyle. As far as my own fashion sense, I have gained a greater appreciation for fine quality merchandise. My style has certainly been influenced by the brands I have represented; I love bright colors, classic fitted styles and a touch of sparkle. Having worked here has given me an enhanced understanding of how fashion and beauty intersect with the entertainment world.

What is Rodeo Drive Walk of Style?

The Rodeo Drive Walk of Style was a program we proposed in 2002, and it was adopted as an official program in 2003. When we first started the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style, we wanted to involve key members in the community. We invited hoteliers, business owners and Rodeo Drive merchants, as well as city council members in order to come up with a cohesive program and vision. Once the program was outlined, the Rodeo Drive Committee took on the leadership to develop and implement the program.

Originally, the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style was intended to honor fashion designers. However, we decided it was important to expand the program to honor fashion legends, including famous fashion photographers, costume designers, fashion icons, fashion media, etc.

To keep the program relevant over the years, we have continued to put a new spin on it, but we’ve always stayed true to the original vision of honoring fashion legends whose careers and life’s work merged with entertainment.

Rodeo Drive is the ultimate intersection between fashion and entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Walk of Style was the perfect opportunity to marry the two concepts; that’s why the program works.

Who have been some of your favorite Rodeo Drive Walk of Style honorees?

It’s difficult to choose any one in particular—each and every one is distinctive and special in its own right. Our first honoree was Giorgio Armani, and that was extraordinary because we didn’t know how big the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style would become. Having him as our first honoree set the tone for the program. Honoring him really set the bar for the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style and put it on an international stage. We have been able to honor some extraordinary fashion legends over the years because he was the first. He was one of the first, if not THE first to put fashion and entertainment together. Armani set the tone for designers showcasing their fashion collections in movies and helped to create a new business of fashion stylists, changing the fashion industry.

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Peri Ellen poses with Prince Albert II of Monaco (left) and Giorgio Armani (right) at Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Events.

Another honoree that was very special to me was Grace Kelly, really a fashion icon. What a stunning woman; she was always so elegant and truly regal. Actually, it was a ‘Cinderella moment’ for me to present her son, Prince Albert of Monaco, with her award because I would never have believed that in my lifetime I would interact with royalty. It was such an honor. I was so charmed and moved by him as he spoke about his mother, it was so clear how much he loved and adored her. Before the award presentation, Prince Albert’s assistant asked me to accompany him on the red carpet. Never have I experienced the flashing lights of the paparazzi like that, nor will I again. That evening was magical for me.

What is the story behind the iconic Rodeo Drive Walk of Style statue, and why did you choose it?

At the first meeting about the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style, we were discussing that the award given to honorees needs to be extraordinarily beautiful, as do the plaques embedded in the street. We asked ourselves ‘What can we do to make it distinctive to Beverly Hills, distinctive to California, but also have a global appeal?’

We went to acclaimed artist Robert Graham, who was based in Venice, California. His sculpture style was so intimate that we felt it would enhance the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style and make it more special. Since Beverly Hills is such a small community, we wanted the award to have global appeal. We also wanted the award to be a work of art someone would want to display in his or her home and really treasure and love. We wanted recipients to have this beautiful piece of artwork as a remembrance. When Graham first presented ‘Torso’ to us, we were awe-struck and thought it was provocative, stunning and the perfect fit to represent the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style. We fell in love with it immediately.

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What do you see in the future for the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style?

I think the future is exciting; the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style continues to evolve and we want to continue to push the envelope and make it interesting for the community and visitors and have relevance to the global fashion world. We will continue to adapt the program over the years but are committed to staying true to the initial vision – that of honoring people intimately involved in fashion and entertainment and who have put the two together in a beautiful way.

The Rodeo Drive Walk of Style is clearly near and dear to your heart, and we appreciate all of your work on the program. The Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel is certainly special to us. What is something you love about the hotel?

One thing that has been consistent about the hotel is that it has become a fixture in the community. It’s a place that is proud to be a part of the community from every standpoint. From the people who frequent it for gatherings, events or just simply lunch or dinner or those who stay here while visiting Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel is central to Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills. Personally for me, it is like my ‘Cheers’ from the famous television show. When I come to the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, everyone knows my name and it feels like I belong. I think the whole Beverly Hills community feels the same way. It’s ‘their’ place.

The friendliness of the place never ceases to amaze me. It’s the little things that count…. When I drive by in the morning, I get a wave hello from the valets. When I just stop by, inevitably I see familiar faces from our community or the staff. I chat with the waiter who has worked there for 15 years, exchange greetings with the charming General Manager Marcus Mueller or sometimes I visit with the owner, Efrem Harkham. It is a lovely ambiance, very welcoming.

What has been one of the most memorable experiences you’ve had on Rodeo Drive?

Besides my work on the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style, my first experience on Rodeo Drive was very memorable for me. I was 10, and my parents brought me for the day to Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive. My mom and dad took me into Giorgio of Beverly Hills. They said to me, ‘This is a store that if you walk inside, there is a bar and you can order a coke.’ I thought it was unbelievable. I went into Giorgio, and in the middle of so many colorful and elegant clothes, I walked up to the counter and asked a saleslady for a coke. I thought it was extraordinary that I was in the middle of one of the most glamorous stores of the time, and I was being served a coke.

My first experience on Rodeo Drive was being served and now for the past 20 years, I’ve been serving people. I think that Rodeo Drive is about providing a lovely, elegant setting with knowledgeable, friendly salespeople, selling the best brands available in the world.

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Parmesan-Filled Rolled Cookies: The Perfect Savory Sweet

For those of you who like a little savory in their sweets, your search for the perfect dessert ends here. Rolled cookies with parmesan cheese filling are simple and delicious treats that are sure to win you over.

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel’s Executive Chef Olivier Rousselle has shared with us how to make parmesan cheese filling for rolled cookies. These cookies are quick and easy to make with just five simple ingredients: puff pastry, jam, egg yolk, cream cheese, and parmesan cheese.

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Since the puff pastry can be bought at the store, this saves you a lot of time in preparation. Semi-homemade recipes are a great solution if you are looking for faster recipes that still have the charm of being made from scratch.

Chef Olivier starts by mixing the egg yolk with the cream cheese, and then adds the parmesan cheese to this mixture. He then spreads it evenly onto the sheet of puff pastry, making sure not to spread it on too thick so that the cookies can be rolled afterwards.

Chef Olivier also adds fig jam to his filling, but you can really make this recipe your own by using any jam of your liking. This jam adds color and the perfect amount of sweetness to this cookie recipe.

Now that the filling is made and spread onto the sheet of puff pastry, it is time to roll the cookie. The puff pastry sheet is folded in quarters. The top quarter is folded down, and the bottom quarter is folded up. The whole pastry sheet is then folded in half.

Once the puff pastry sheet has been folded, individual cookies are cut and placed onto the sheet pan. The cookies will bake in the oven at 375⁰F for approximately 12 minutes. These cookies will spread out while cooking and the finished product will have a heart shape, making them perfect to bake for your loved ones.

This savory-sweet treat can go with your morning coffee, afternoon tea, or after dinner dessert.

“Baking cookies is comforting, and cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort. They are very bite-sized and personal.” –Sandra Lee from Food Network’s Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee

Parmesan Cheese filling for rolled cookies
4oz. Cream cheese
1 Egg yolk
3 oz. Grated parmesan
1 Sheet of puff pastry
Fig jam

Time to prepare: 15 minutes

Time to cook: 12 minutes

 

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We Ask Rodeo Drive: Q&A with Gearys owner, Tom Blumenthal

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Rodeo Drive is one of the premier shopping districts in the world. The stores located on Rodeo Drive represent some of the top names in the fashion industry, making it a shopping experience locals, jetsetters and Hollywood socialites, alike, must enjoy.

Two of the hallmarks of world-renown Rodeo Drive are the Gearys-owned Patek Philippe and Rolex stores. The Gearys Patek Phillipe storefront was the first standalone boutique for the brand, and the Gearys Rolex location boasts one of the largest selections of the brand’s timepieces in the U.S., making both stores pillars among the Beverly Hills fashion community. Not to mention the Gearys brand has been a staple in Beverly Hills since the 1930s and essentially grew up with Rodeo Drive.

Just like his stores, Gearys President & CEO Tom Blumenthal, has become a prominent figure of the Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive community. Blumenthal serves on the board of the Rodeo Drive Committee and has served as the past as president of the committee. We sat down with Blumenthal to get the scoop on what it’s like owning a shop at the epicenter of luxury fashion.

What is it about Rodeo Drive that attracted you to open locations on the street?

Rodeo Drive is certainly the most prominent street west of New York City. As far as shopping locations go, there is no better street on the West Coast than Rodeo Drive.

Rodeo Drive is world renown as a premiere luxury shopping destination, how does the street keep that reputation?

The Rodeo Drive Committee works really hard to maintain its influence as a premiere shopping destination. The Committee is constantly creating marketing opportunities, planning events, designing promotions and implementing PR activities – all the things that are important to keeping the street front and center locally, regionally and globally.

Rodeo Drive is home to many brands’ West Coast flagship stores, but the Gearys stores are privately owned. How does that change the way you view Rodeo Drive, and how do you think this changes the way the community views your stores?

The Gearys-owned stores are two of the few privately owned stores on Rodeo Drive. It makes a difference in the way a store is run, and private storeowners can contribute to the street differently than the branded stores; they have more flexibility than the corporate stores.

Your two wristwatch storefronts on Rodeo Drive beg the question, what makes shopping for watches on Rodeo Drive unique from other high-profile shopping locations?

Rodeo Drive has become watch central. Watch brands like Patek Phillipe, Rolex, Breguet, David Yurman, Cartier and Jaeger Lecoultre all have flagship locations on Rodeo Drive.

If you’re looking for a watch and you want to see all the brands, the best place to go is Rodeo Drive because watch stores elsewhere have modified brand selections.

Who are some of your favorite personalities that have visited the Rodeo Drive stores?

We cater to many different types of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 executives and royalty to celebrities and athletes. They all have special and unique needs, and we treat them with the same respect.

We offer private viewing rooms for our clients who prefer more privacy in our stores, and we cater to every client’s needs when they come into our store.

What is the most outrageous thing that has ever happened in the Rodeo Drive stores?

We have to respect the privacy of our clients, so we sneak some of our higher-profile clients through the back to avoid paparazzi. The paparazzi wait out front to get photos and don’t even realize the client has already come and gone!

How have you been influenced by your career and what impact have the Rodeo Drive stores had on you?

By nature, I have a very low-profile personality, but having a store on Rodeo Drive has changed that. Gearys’ presence on Rodeo Drive requires me to put myself out there more than I usually would, but it’s exciting.

Where is your favorite place to shop on Rodeo Drive?

My favorite places to shop on Rodeo Drive are Tom Ford, Prada, and also Brooks Brothers, which I wear casually.

Where is your favorite place to get drinks on Rodeo Drive?

The Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel’s On Rodeo restaurant is my favorite place to get drinks and food, especially for lunch. I usually eat there two to three times per week.

What do you like best about the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel?

The staff at the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel is SO gracious! I work very close to On Rodeo, and they bring my lunch to my office if I can’t get away from work for a bite. From the valet guys to the restaurant staff to the hotel management, they’re all really wonderful.

Many of the staff members have been at the hotel for a while; they’re like family to me. I know all about their spouses and kids—I’ve known them practically my whole life!

What do you love about Rodeo Drive? If people were traveling to Los Angeles for the first time, what would you tell them to convince them to visit Rodeo Drive?

Rodeo Drive is what Hollywood is all about—glamour, fashion, celebrities, luxury… You don’t have to be rich to enjoy what Rodeo Drive offers. It’s a great street to walk, a great place to people watch and it exudes what everyone aspires to be. It’s the best of the best.

Only half a dozen streets in the world have the kind of reputation Rodeo Drive does: thein Paris, Bond Street in London, 5th Avenue in New York City, but there are more celebrities on Rodeo Drive than any of the other streets. It’s one of the most spectacular streets in the world.

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American Idol’s Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young say “I Do” at Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel

On Saturday June 1, Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young finally became “Forever Young,” the couple’s tagline for their wedding.

Surrounded by their closest friends and family members, American Idols first couple said “I do” during their dream wedding at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, located in the secluded Brentwood neighborhood, near the famous Getty Museum and close to UCLA‘s campus.

It was a magnificent night they’ll always remember, planned specifically for them by elite bridal stylist, Renee Strauss.  With their wedding featured in People Magazine and filmed for an exclusive E! News week-long special, the event had a sizzling ambiance full of love and joy for the former American Idol contestants. Diana walked down the aisle to the sound of a harpist playing the Wedding March and met Ace underneath an arch of sunflowers to exchange their vows.

After their first kiss as husband and wife, Ace and Diana were whisked off to the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel’s picturesque pool to take photos, while their guests proceeded to the ballroom to enjoy refreshing cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres, like succulent Kobe beef sliders with a zesty Chipotle Aioli sauce or juicy ale battered shrimp with a Ponzu sauce.

The ballroom was a sight to be seen. Set in hews of yellow and purple and lit with the couple’s tagline “Forever Young,” the ballroom teemed with excitement as the couple’s 250 guests anxiously awaited the new couple’s arrival.

As Ace and Diana entered the reception, “We are Young” by Fun. resounded throughout the room and the guests cheered on the newly married couple. After congratulating the new couple, guests were served dinner with menu choices such as crab cakes on a bed of greens with spicy Remoulade and a zesty lemon dressing on the side, roasted Jidori chicken breast in an orange tarragon sauce or delicious pumpkin ravioli with a rich sage butter sauce.

After dinner a photo booth, margarita bar and candy station suddenly appeared… and then the party began!  The bride and groom danced the night away with their guests while the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel staff set up one more surprise for the newlyweds: the Luxe Suite.  Decorated with flower petals leading from the door into the room and a heart made out of petals on the bed, the Luxe Suite had special treats like champagne, strawberries and more wedding cake waiting for the couple to enjoy after they retired from their guests.

The happy couple and their guests will remember this night as one of the best of their lives, and they thank the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel for helping to make the night so special. However, it doesn’t take a celebrity to receive this kind of treatment; the Luxe Sunset Boulevard offers a variety of wedding packages and planning options for couples looking to say “I do.” Check out the full details of Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel’s wedding packages at their website: http://www.luxesunset.com/weddings/wedding_packages.php

Below are custom options for a special wedding event at Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel. Contact 310-476-6571 to start planning today!

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel ballroom decorated for the big day. Photo credit: Brian Leahy http://www.brianleahyphoto.com

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel ballroom decorated for the big day.
Photo credit: Brian Leahy http://www.brianleahyphoto.com

Dancing the night away in the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel ballroom. Photo credit: Brian Leahy http://www.brianleahyphoto.com

Dancing the night away in the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel ballroom.
Photo credit: Brian Leahy http://www.brianleahyphoto.com

Photo credit: Brian Leahy http://www.brianleahyphoto.com

Ace and Diana’s rings–symbols of their love.
Photo credit: Brian Leahy http://www.brianleahyphoto.com

From start to finish, their day was perfect at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel.  The bridal party getting ready for the big day. Photo credit: Brian Leahy http://www.brianleahyphoto.com

From start to finish, their day was perfect at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel. The bridal party gets ready for the ceremony.
Photo credit: Brian Leahy http://www.brianleahyphoto.com

Diana being walked down the aisle by her brother, who returned back from Afghanistan for her special day. Photo credit: Brian Leahy http://www.brianleahyphoto.com

Diana walking down the aisle with her brother, who returned back from Afghanistan for her special day.
Photo credit: Brian Leahy http://www.brianleahyphoto.com

Amongst their closest friends and family, Diana and Ace exchange their vows. Photo credit: Brian Leahy http://www.brianleahyphoto.com

Amongst their closest friends and family, Diana and Ace exchange their vows.
Photo credit: Brian Leahy http://www.brianleahyphoto.com

Diana and Ace share a kiss as newly weds. Photo credit: Brian Leahy http://www.brianleahyphoto.com

Diana and Ace share a kiss as newly weds.
Photo credit: Brian Leahy http://www.brianleahyphoto.com

Ace and Diana pose with Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel's Director of Special Events, Judith Feldman. Photo credit: Brian Leahy http://www.brianleahyphoto.com

Ace and Diana pose with Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel’s Director of Special Events, Judith Feldman.
Photo credit: Brian Leahy http://www.brianleahyphoto.com

 

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Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel Opens Rooftop Brunch For The Summer

The pristine street of a world-famous shopping district, the famed Rodeo Drive, evokes images of glamour… as the rich and famous peruse posh designer shops, stroll through the palm tree lined street and frequent the sidewalk cafes.

Rodeo Drive exudes the Beverly Hills lifestyle, making it one of the best places for people watching and a must-see on any Los Angles trip.

In the heart of it all, sits the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, offering an ultimate indulgent experience for guests. And in addition to its everyday exquisite service, the hotel has opened its Penthouse Suite and Terrace this summer for a Sunday Champagne Brunch.  It offers a perfect brunch dining experience on the only rooftop open to the public in one of the world’s epicenter of haute couture fashion.

With ultimate views of Beverly Hills, the rooftop also hosts majestic views of the winding Hollywood Hills, a picturesque shot of the Los Angeles landscapes and architecture.  You even get anonymous sneak peeks at who is promenading on the “street” and with whom…

The Sunday Champagne Brunch has a lavish buffet with bottomless mimosas for those 21 and over. You can dine on selections like a rich eggs benedict with spinach and crab cake on the side…or the fresh sushi and assorted salad… or partake in the “sinful” Belgian Waffle station complete with assorted toppings, like seasonal berries, whipped cream, maple syrup, or powdered sugar.

With the delightful food and the glamorous ambiance, you will get a sense of what’s it like to live the Beverly Hills life.  The Sunday Champagne Brunch also features live music from celebrity guest DJ Matter.

So if it’s brunch time in Beverly Hills, the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel’s Sunday Champagne Brunch is the perfect way to take it all in.

Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel’s Sunday Brunch is open 10:30am to 2:00 pm every Sunday throughout the summer.  Prices are $55.95 for Adults, and $29.95 for kids under 12.

Reservations are required.  Please call 310-691-7619, email brunchreservation@luxerodeo.com, or log on to http://www.opentable.com/.

For more details, visit the Luxe Sunday Brunch webpage: http://www.luxerodeo.com/cms/pressroom/checkstuffer_rd_sundaybrunch_may13_web2.pdf

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A beautiful view from the Penthouse Suite and Terrace overlooking Los Angeles

 

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