Southern California possesses many charms, not the least of which is its amazing weather. For homeowners who want to take advantage of the nearly constant sunshine, a home that caters to the region's climate is a definite asset. Whipple Russell Architects designed this Hollywood Hills home with features including an infinity pool, outdoor kitchen, easy indoor-outdoor access, and relaxing patio spaces to allow its residents to take best advantage of the region's beautiful weather. Keep clicking to take the full tour.
One of my favorite long-term Hollywood couples, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, have traded their old digs for a new, gorgeous home in Los Angeles's Los Feliz neighborhood. The two-bedroom, three-bath midcentury-modern home is an ample 2,760 square feet in size and features gorgeous views and a beautiful outdoor space and pool. The couple officially closed on the house just before the new year. You can read more details about the property on Trulia's blog, or just keep clicking to take a peek at the property.
Prince William and Kate Middleton touched down in LA yesterday, the beginning of a whirlwind US trip that marks Kate's first visit to the US. What did she wear for the event? She emerged from the plane in a soft gray dress by London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic, but for a reception later at the British consul's home in Hancock Park, Kate changed into a green silk Diane von Furstenburg dress. Score one for the American designer! As for Prince William, he stuck to his navy blue suit. Here's a first glance at Kate's outfits, and to see the breathtaking number of outfit changes thus far, check out their North American tour lookbook.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are headed to California, and while their trip itinerary is set with a polo match, charity function and BAFTA events, we'd like to pretend they are secretly interested in sneaking away from the limelight to discover Los Angeles's most geek chic destinations. Whether or not the royal couple heeds our suggestions, check out our picks for LA's geekiest Summer spots.
The City of Angels is also the city of sex. Trojan's annual sex census has found that people living in LA have the most sex in the US; they get laid an average of 135 times a year. But residents in the So Cal city are not the most satisfied. That prize goes to Philadelphia, where the sexual satisfaction rate is at 82 percent. Ironically, Philly also ranked number one as the city that has the least sex. People in the City of Brotherly Love only have sex 99 times a year on average. That discrepancy could be explained by another finding: married people report much higher rates of sexual satisfaction, while single people reported higher sexual frequency. The less sex you have, the more satisfied you are. Once again, quality trumps quantity.
To find out which cities made the top five for sexual frequency and sexual satisfaction, keep reading.
French designer Christian Audigier has put his somewhat eccentric house on the market, and the new owner will get the Rolls Royce Phantom 5 thrown in as an added bonus. This large (nearly 8300 sq. ft.) Hancock Park house in LA has an asking price of over eight million dollars (or five million of those British pounds). This tropical oasis also comes with a guesthouse, resort-like pool, 20-ft bar and one-acre grounds.
How could one not like the ornate ceiling of the living room, the hot fuchsia in the royal insignia and other accessories, the fur throws, and the fabulous lacquered floors? Daring, sometimes a bit weird, but fun décor. A bit like Christina Aguilera at times . . .
Surprisingly, the kitchen looks like a modern country kitchen, but what's with the floor? Is it some sort of custom concrete mix that looks like someone dropped a bag of flour on it? This designer certainly has style (or should I say a mix of styles?). My humble little verdict: I still like this house very much!
Last weekend, thousands of people and two hundred competitors gathered in downtown Los Angeles for the 2nd 8th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational. The event has four categories and both amateurs and professionals, like our friends at the Grilled Cheese Truck, can compete to make the best grilled cheese sandwich ever.
The amateur winner of the American-style category is Ryan Bentz. Ryan created the winning sandwich with the help of his "excellently skilled" mom. Their sandwich, dubbed America, The Sandwich, had to feature classic grilled cheese ingredients: bread, orange cheese, and butter.
To find out what Bentz had to say about the experience and his win, keep reading.
The Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver, is back for season two of his hit reality show, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. Unlike last season, where he took on the unhealthy Huntington, WV, this time around you'll find Jamie challenging the entire city of Los Angeles's school system to offer healthier food options for its students. Our own YumSugar team recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Jamie, and here's what he said about why he chose LA as the hub for his second installment:
We went to LA for two reasons: one, I didn't want to go back to the next unhealthiest town in America, 'cause I didn't want it to be seen as a format; two, there's enough good sh*t going on in California, genuinely, amongst a lot of bad stuff. From a blatantly strategic point of view, if we can make any form of change in California . . . if anything happens in law . . . anything we achieve there will go across the whole of America.
It's sure to be another drama-filled, entertaining season. Food Revolution airs tomorrow at 8/7c on ABC.
Although he received no support from the Los Angeles School District, British chef Jamie Oliver was able to shoot the entire second season of his documentary-like reality show, Food Revolution, in LA. The program will debut on April 12, and here we have the first preview. With scenes that show a teenage boy declaring honey comes from a bear and a family's living room full of the junk food they eat in a year, it's clear our nation is in need of this sort of wake-up call. Check out a sneak peek of the Revolution below and tell me what you think in the comments. Will you tune in?
Charlie Sheen may or may not be off his rocker, but there's one facet of his high-profile life where I do believe he is #winning. Sheen just scooped up a 9,020-square-foot, six-bedroom, eight-bath manse in the prestigious gated community of Mulholland Estates in Sherman Oaks, CA for $7.5 million, and it is a beauty.
Save for the Mediterranean-style exterior, which is I think too played-out in Los Angeles, the house is stunning. The estate has sophisticated hardwood floors throughout; a fresh, white traditional kitchen with fancy new Bosch appliances; French doors; an open floor plan with a two-story entry and sweeping staircase; a mirrored entry bar; and views of the city, mountains, and canyons. Step outside for an outdoor bar/kitchen with Viking barbeque, two terraces, lawns, and large gas-heated veranda a pool.
Tell me what you think of Sheen's new purchase when you take the full tour!