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Following a successful debut this past November, Restaurateur and Chef John Fraser will expand menu offerings this spring with a new weekend brunch menu served at Ardor in The West Hollywood EDITION. Continuing to bring the best of California cuisine to West Hollywood, Ardor’s brunch menu will include highlighted vegetable forward offerings such as cauliflower tandoor, soft scrambled tacos with sweet potatoes and whole wheat skillet pancakes. For the egg-lover at heart, the new brunch menu features eggs of all varieties, from the lobster scramble, or the forest mushroom omelet, to the classic benedict or egg sandwich.


Celebrating the abundance of local produce in California, Ardor’s new weekend brunch features dishes made with ingredients available at the nearby farmer’s markets. A California native and Michelin starred chef, Chef John Fraser is recognized as a culinary trailblazer, best known for redefining the role of vegetables in American cuisine from imaginative fine dining restaurants, such as Ardor, to nostalgic neighborhood brasseries.

Nestled in a green oasis, brunch at the Ardor at The West Hollywood EDITION transports guests from the hustle and bustle of Sunset Blvd to a luxe plant-filled oasis of culinary delight. For the new weekend brunch, Chef John Fraser’s approach to the finest of ingredients is also mirrored in the brunch cocktail offerings – a staple and must-have offering to compliment a successful brunch. Brunch will include popularrosé options, as well as cocktails on the spectrum of colors and emphasizing mezcals and tequilas. Additional brunch favorites will also be incorporated into the brunch cocktail menu, such as bloody mary’s, bellini’s and mimosas.

Commenting on the new weekend brunch menu at Ardor, Chef John Fraser said, “I wanted to be able to play it both ways. We’ve applied Ardor’s vegetable-forward philosophy to brunch, so there are plenty of colorful, flavorful and healthful dishes, but I also love to make brunch an occasion for casual indulgence. Our brunch cocktail line up is full of good reasons to make an afternoon out of it.”

From Sofrito potatoes, to avocado toast, to sunflower fried chicken, Ardor’s new brunch menu at The West Hollywood EDITION will include favorites for the utmost discerning palate.

Menu items range from $7 for specialty muffins, to $35 for the Greek Orata. Weekend brunch runs from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Reservations: +1 424 310 1572 |


Born & raised in Los Angeles, John Fraser still draws inspiration from the nostalgia of
neighborhood bars and comfort food he grew up around in California. He refined his fine dining
expertise under the mentorship of Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in the Napa Valley,
before moving abroad to Paris to work at the revered fine dining restaurants Taillevent and
Maison Blanche. After moving to New York City, he delved into his Greek heritage while working
at Snack Taverna in West Village, before becoming Executive Chef at Compass which was
awarded two Michelin stars.

Today Chef John Fraser is the proprietor of JF Restaurants, which operates Michelin-starred Nix,
and four distinct dining establishments at hotelier Ian Schrager’s The Times Square EDITION.
The latter includes 701West, a fine-dining destination that recently earned three stars from the
New York Times. Since establishing himself as a New York-based chef in 2003 and launching
the restaurant group in 2016, Chef John has expanded significantly with new projects, including
The West Hollywood EDITION and its signature restaurant, Ardor serving modern California
Cuisine. @ChefJFraser


The West Hollywood EDITION is located on the corner of West Sunset Boulevard and North
Doheny Drive, where West Hollywood meets Beverly Hills. Featuring 140 guest rooms and 48
suites with 2 penthouses. The hotel also features 20 luxury residences and over 6,500 square
feet of meeting and event space. The hotel boasts inspiring and sophisticated outlets which
include a signature restaurant, lobby lounge, basement club, expansive rooftop pool and a 6-
treatment room spa.


EDITION Hotels is an unexpected and refreshing collection of individualized, customized, one-of-
a-kind hotels which redefines the codes of traditional luxury. Displaying the best of dining and

entertainment, services and amenities “all under one roof’, each EDITION property is completely
unique, reflecting the best of the cultural and social milieu of its location and of the time.
Conceived by Ian Schrager in a partnership with Marriott International, EDITION combines the
personal, intimate, individualized experience that Ian Schrager is known for, with the global reach,
operational expertise and scale of Marriott. The authenticity and originality that Ian Schrager
brings to this brand coupled with the global reach of Marriott International results in a truly distinct
product sets itself apart from anything else currently in the marketplace.
Each hotel with its rare individuality, authenticity, originality, and unique ethos reflects the best of
the cultural and social milieu of its location and of the time. Although all the hotels look completely
different from each other, the brand’s unifying aesthetic is in its approach and attitude to the
modern lifestyle rather than its appearance. EDITION is about an attitude and the way it makes
you feel rather than the way it looks. Sophisticated public spaces, finishes, design and details
serve the experience, not drive it.
For an underserved market of affluent, culturally savvy and service-savvy guests, the EDITION
experience and lifestyle explores the unprecedented intersection and the perfect balance between
taste-making design and innovation and consistent, excellent service on a global scale. EDITION
currently operates nine hotels in New York, London, Miami Beach, Barcelona, Shanghai, Sanya,
China, Abu Dhabi and Bodrum, Turkey. Following the launch of its 10th property in West
Hollywood in Fall 2019, EDITION Hotels look forward to opening in Tokyo, Reykjavik, Rome and
Dubai in 2020.


Qatar Couture: A Tale of 100 Years in Fashion

This upcoming March 20th, the Qatar-America Institute will be hosting its inaugural fashion show: Qatar Couture: A tale of 100 Years in Fashion: an immersive journey, live experience and first look into contemporary and modest fashions by artists from Qatar. The fashion show, which will be held on sea in Los Angeles’ Marina Del Rey port is being sponsored by The Qatar-America Institute: a nonprofit research institute that highlights information on the U.S.- Qatari strategic relationship. Its goal is to educate and enhance the vital partnership between both nation’s capitals, as well as the enduring friendship among the Qatari and American people. Qatar, a country that has a historical association with the sea will be celebrating its country’s fashions embarked on a yacht on the Pacific Coast unifying their historic association with traditional and contemporary Modern fashions from their young talent.

Guests will be entertained by composer Dana Al Fardan and view fashions created by internationally renowned known fashion designer Elham Al Ansari amongst others. Dana Al Fardan is a worldwide known Qatari composer who holds the nations’ record as its only female contemporary composer and founder of the country’s first record label. Elham Al Ansari who is set to show her collections has demonstrated her intelligent sense of fashion style, representative of Qatari culture and values.

In recent years, the Qatar-America Institute has made strides in connecting the American audience with the Qatari community. Just this month, the institute hosted its’ “Expressions Artist Talk” in Houston, Texas with internationally renowned Arabian horse breeder Michael Byatt.

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The Qatar-America Institute provides information on the U.S.- Qatari strategic relationship to enhance the vital partnership between both nation’s capitals Washington, D.C., and Doha, as well as the enduring friendship among the Qatari and American people.


Ciara Glows in EM Cosmetics at Vanity Fair Oscars Party

Ciara glowed at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party in a radiant look created by celebrity makeup artist Yolonda Frederick using EM Cosmetics. Key products she used from beauty pioneer Michelle Phan’s eponymous cosmetics line included:
Micro-Fluff Sculpting Brow Cream in Soft Ebony, $19
Fine Liner Brow Pencil in Ebony, $18
  • EYES
Divine Skies Eyeshadow Palette, WAIT LIST
  • FACE
Color Drops Serum Blush in Soft Amethyst, $25
  • LIPS
Infinite Lip Cloud Long-Wearing Lip Crème in Morning Mocha, $20
Volumizing Lip Gloss in Secret Blush, $20

MAGIC HOUR Volumizing Lip Gloss

A volumizing lip gloss. True Gloss brings you brilliant shine and ultimate comfort in the most vivid shades, ranging from soft nudes to deep jewel tones. Our formula subtly plumps the lips, has a luminous finish and stays vibrant throughout the day. The result is unprecedented hydration, high-intensity color, and long-lasting shine.


• Advanced gel base maintains the wet-like shine while adding moisture and preventing TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss).

• A lip-plumping peptide complex helps stimulate collagen production while giving the appearance of smoother, fuller lips.

• Vitamin C helps with dry, chapped lips.

• Essential fatty acids helps to hydrate and replenish.

• Vitamin E and emollients keep lips feeling soft, conditioned, and comfortable.

• Cruelty-free.

• Available shades: Ash Rose, Aurora Pink, Blood Moon, Caramel Glaze, Faded Clementine, Lotus Blossom, Magenta Magic, Magic Hour, Mochi Mochi, Moroccan Sunset, Red Jasper, Ruby Wine, Secret Blush, Scarlett Knight, and Tender Rose.

DIVINE SKIES Eyeshadow Palette

Inspired by the golden glow of magic hour– an elegant range of harmonious shades of warm browns and peachy-pinks with matte to shimmery finishes. Formulated with velvety pigments to mix, layer, and blend seamlessly for beautiful and lasting color payoff. This palette will be your new modern essential.


  • Ethereal spectrum of harmonious shades ranging from neutral and soft pink to brown hues
  • Luxurious, velvety pigments that mix and blend seamlessly
  • Limited-edition Magic Hour compact with mirror
  • Gluten-free and cruelty-free

Palette Includes:

Terra: Milk Chocolate Matte
Phoenix: Warm Clay Matte
Sunset: Soft Peach Matte
Radiant: Bleached Copper Shimmer
Magic Hour: Duochrome Nectar Shimmer
Heavenly: White Gold Shimmer


  • Combination/oily skins: prep eyelids by applying primer to maximize staying power
  • For max coverage, apply using fingertips by tapping directly onto the lids
  • For a soft diffused look, use a fluffy brush in a “windshield wiper” motion throughout the crease of the eye
  • The shade heavenly can also double as a subtle highlighter


Esteemed beauty pioneer, Michelle Phan, founded EM Cosmetics in 2017 – a brand destined to create an elevated beauty experience from end to end. With an intentionally curated collection of modern essentials, the brand’s philosophy is to distill beauty in what is enduring with truly luxurious yet accessible products.


6 Sweet Gifts for an Awesome Entrepreneur

While it’s easy to think of entrepreneurs as people who have no time for the pleasures and delights of life, the truth is that they simply love great innovation–in any context. Thus, they will appreciate any gestures or presents that take them by surprise in design or functionality. 

This article highlights six excellent gifts that will surely impress every entrepreneur, especially if they are the trendy type. Go through these suggestions to discover what to wrap up in a gift box for your entrepreneurial friend, relative, or colleague.

A Productivity Planner

Although entrepreneurs are driven by passion for their businesses, they can still find it challenging to stay on track. Not every entrepreneur is super organized–although it certainly helps if they are! In fact, being a touch disorganized or lacking focus can be why some new ventures fail; coming up with entrepreneurial ideas is not enough on its own.

The entrepreneur has a lot on their plate, so they have to create plans, remain accountable to their commitments, and look out for issues that come up out of the blue. 

And before you say that these responsibilities come with the job, entrepreneurs also grapple with tons of distractions that could easily steer them off course. However, an excellent Productivity Planner sporting useful efficiency hacks can give insights to keep them on the straight and narrow. To cite one example, the so-called Pomodoro Approach helps the entrepreneur to get more from their precious working hours, as detailed here

Apart from that, a Productivity Planner will prove handy when it comes to taking note of weekly or daily objectives. Things can even be stepped up further with productivity ratings to help quantify accomplishments. Furthermore, users can document their wins and utilize in-built strategies for monitoring time tracking. 

A Portable Hydro Flask

If the entrepreneur you want to impress loves carrying home-made beverages to work–such as fruit smoothies to aid their concentration–then a hydro flask will undoubtedly be an excellent gift. These items work incredibly well when it comes to keeping cold drinks cold and hot beverages hot, but they can also be super stylish and well-sized for a small case or carry-on bag.

The beauty of one of these is that they come in many innovative finishes, colors and styles, to suit the individual’s creative flair. Moreover, they come with a well-functioning lock, and are set to ensure zero spillage and go just about anywhere with someone who never stays still.  

Some such flasks–unlike the ancient Thermos flask everyone’s grandpa has in the back of the cupboard–even hold a small cage-like filter in the center, allowing fresh fruits, supplements, greens, rock salt or whatever you like to ‘feed’ the drink. These flasks come in a variety of high-tech materials from modern polycarbs to powder-coated metals, marrying form and function perfectly. 

Stylish, Super-Cool Socks

When we say super-cool, we mean on-trend. 

An entrepreneur needs to look classy, feel comfortable, and stay warm throughout their workday, but how can they when it begins at the crack of dawn and ends really late, with the in-between time filled with dashing from this meeting to that?

Many entrepreneurs are used to carrying spare shirts with them so that they can change–but the worst feeling of all is to have clammy, sweaty or simply tired-out, overheated feet when you’re stuck at the office.

So much focus is given to suits, shirts and shoes while giving little thought to something very important: socks. But what else provides class, comfort, and warmth at the same time?

Extremely important in any entrepreneur’s sock choice is that unusual mix of style and functionality, and that’s why supplying your entrepreneur with some extremely well-made socks is a great idea. We recommend something along the lines of a fine pinstriped pair of socks (or several pairs) in which the old-school, traditional pattern of fine alternating stripes meets up with cool cotton fabric, and vibrant, on-trend colors. This is a marriage of three things any discerning entrepreneur loves: prestige–style–and functionality. 

Here, these finely woven socks sport a familiar design yet an on-point color scheme, and they will keep the feet dry and warm without being clammy–allowing the feet to breathe. An especially daring trendy entrepreneur could also mix-and-match the colors–one orange, one purple! 

These entrepreneurs just love to live on the edge…

Tile Mate

Have you ever forgotten where you have put your keys and searched hours for them? Well, of course you have. And if you’re a trendy entrepreneur with a mountain of things to remember, you’re more likely than anyone to lose your car keys. Tiredness and brain fatigue are likely culprits.

In fact, many business owners admit to working more hours after they started their own businesses than when they were employed. According to Business Matters Magazine, SME owners work about 17 days of overtime on average every year. Actually, that does not sound like a lot… we’re sure that most entrepreneurs put in way more time. 

Anyway, what was I talking about…?  Oh, yes! Forgetfulness, and losing things. Well, there is a very handy solution to losing car keys and small items, and it’s called Tile Mate. This nifty, flat, tiny metal plate that’s a handy size for a keyring or wallet incorporates a tracker device–and it’s so small, it fits anywhere. This is the ultimate solution for tracking lost things and an excellent gift for a business person (unless they lose it before setting it up…). 

Tile Mate attaches to personal items like keys, phone, wallet, etc. When you cannot find an item to which you have attached Tile Mate, simply wake up the app on your phone to track it. The app uses Bluetooth to find lost things and activates a noise to help you locate it. Therefore, it is not ‘live’ all the time but activates when required. These devices are a great talking point for a trendy tech lover.  

A Virtual Laser Keyboard

Most entrepreneurs, whether they are in the office or not, are constantly working to ensure that their business is running successfully. That’s why getting them a laser keyboard is a genius idea. 

So, what exactly does this keyboard offer? 

It allows a user to type regardless of where they are. One doesn’t have to be in the office to write a report, since this clever portable device creates a trendy keyboard on almost any surface, be it on a bench in the park or a table in a local coffee shop. 

The device then uses Bluetooth to pair with your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Since it is a portable gadget, entrepreneurs can get work done wherever they are and enjoy the smooth and seamless experience of simple technology that just gets the job done–always a plus for every entrepreneur.

Noise-Canceling Headphones

Sometimes, it’s impossible to control the environment, and that’s an irritation for the dedicated entrepreneur who finds himself on a noisy train carriage but who needs to finish writing a debrief. 

There is no better solution to this problem than a high-quality pair of noise reduction/cancellation headphones. Until you’ve owned a pair, you cannot really imagine how effective they are. These can be real lifesavers–or face-savers, anyway, as the entrepreneur will not have to show up somewhere with a partially completed presentation. 

These headphones are useful even at work, since entrepreneurs in the early stages of their businesses don’t usually have the luxury of dedicated offices. And then there’s the growing trend of working from home and open-plan offices or coworking spaces. 

A pair of noise-reducing headphones can help improve concentration and productivity, especially when paired with focus boosting music, as recommended by Inc

Buy this gift for a versatile entrepreneur who always has top trends in mind. 


These were just a few ideas of things to buy for a trendy entrepreneur; getting the perfect gift for a business owner is not an easy task, but we hoped our insights helped.

In future, just draw on the key attributes of gifts that will appeal to trendy entrepreneurs:  uniqueness; innovation; style; functionality; longevity; simplicity. These are core features loved by entrepreneurs the world over. Some of the best products fit most or all of these criteria.


Lulu Did A Big Mural For Famous Joe’s Pizza at University of Michigan Ann Arbor

If you have ever lived in New York City, you would definitely know or even have tried from this world famous pizza store – Joe’s Pizza. The first time Joe’s Pizza’s name comes out to the world is from the movie of Spiderman. After a late delivery, Parker is sacked from his job delivering pizzas for Joe’s Pizza, 233 Bleecker Street at Carmine Street in the West Village, New York. Now Joe’s Pizza has five locations in New York, 2 locations in Shanghai and the latest one in Ann Arbor Michigan.

Established in 1975 by Joe Pozzuoli, who is originally from Naples, Italy, the birthplace of pizza, Joe’s Pizza is a “Greenwich Village institution” offering the classic New York slice for over 37 years.  First,  we served our customers from our corner location at Bleecker and Carmine Street and now three doors down at 7 Carmine Street.  At 75 years of age, Joe Pozzuoli still owns and operates the restaurant.

Joe’s Pizza is a perennial top 10 listing in restaurant guides and publications such as Time Out New York and New York Magazine. NEW YORK MAGAZINE named JOE’S PIZZA “Best of New York” and in subsequent reviews referred to us as “the quintessential New York slice.” In 2009 GQ Magazine listed Joe’s Pizza as one the “Best 25 Pizzas on Earth.”

Throughout the years Joe’s Pizza in Greenwich Village has become just as popular with visitors and tourists as it is with native New Yorkers who know where to come for an authentic New York street slice.

After commissioned five times to draw all their New York locations by Joe’s Pizza, Lulu was invited to fly to Ann Arbor to do a whole wall mural for this latest opened store. She is so happy and honored to do this amazing commission. The photo above was a photo taken by Lulu – she is holding a slice of Caprise Pizza facing to the celebrity photo wall with her four custom Joe’s Pizza illustrations.

The mural is 16”x11” on a smooth dry wall on the hallway of the store. She used quick dry acrylic paints.

The mural tells a storyline of Joe’s Pizza, from their first location at Bleecker Street to the second, which is Carmine Street, then 14th Street, Williamsburg to Broadway, Times Square and then the latest location at Ann Arbor. All the locations are arrowed by the name and the visual of Joe’s Pizza’s signature pizzas. It took four and half full days with 14 hours per day. Lulu says she loves Joe’s Pizza, it has been a great experience working with Joe’s Pizza. She feels warm and happy, Joe’s Pizza is more like a close friend or family than just a client to her. So she wants to do it good, try the best she can. And it turns out great, she is very happy about the finish work.

She said she could tell how popular this pizza store is in this campus neighborhood. From the store opens at 11am to 12am it closes, there is always a long line. Even in a cold windy snowy day, people still love to come here to grab a warm and crispy pizza – nothing is better than eating something warm and delicious in a freezing day. Lulu ate pizzas for 5 days during the working process, she never feels bored of that. She even said she would miss this delicious pizza when she left back to California. Ok, here comes a question to her. When Joe’s Pizza can bring the authentic Italian influenced New York pizza to Socal?


CANCELLED – Experience California’s Finest Vintages At Oceanfront Festivals Throughout SoCal

Due to COVID-19 concerns,
CA Wine Festival – Carlsbad has been CANCELLED.
All purchasers will be refunded automatically.

California Wine Festival, Southern California’s premier wine festival event producer, is thrilled to announce its 2020 event schedule featuring four signature oceanfront wine festivals and a craft beer and barbeque event.  

California Wine Festival celebrates the vast wine offerings of the state, offering guests a unique opportunity to taste wines from every winemaking region in California all from a stunning outdoor venue with ocean views, live music, and delicious food. The event shines a light on rare and reserve vintages as well as fan-favorite pours from vineyards based in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Temecula and more. The two-day festival also highlights culinary education and exploration through one-on-one conversations with world-class professional chefs from leading local restaurants serving complimentary appetizers. Guests can also pair wine with samples of artisan cheeses, fresh-cut fruits, bread, olive oil, chocolate and more while listening to live music and enjoying the coastal California landscape. 

In addition to its signature wine-focused events, California Wine Festival also produces CA Brew & BBQ, an all-day celebration of beers and barbeque in Santa Barbara overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Guests will enjoy unlimited tastes from over 50 breweries, cideries and wineries while sampling tri-tip from Santa Barbara’s best restaurants competing for the title of Best BBQ. Soulful reggae band One2Tree and Santa Barbara’s own alt-rock band Neighbourhood Thieves will be performing live.    



CA Wine Festival Dana Point — April 17-18

April 17: Sunset Rare and Reserve Tasting, Laguna CliffsMarriott 

April 18: Beachside Wine Festival, Lantern Bay Park
Tickets available now.  

CA Wine Festival Carlsbad — May 29-30 

May 29: Sunset Rare and Reserve Tasting, Park Hyatt Aviara Palm Courtyard

Mary 30: Beachside Wine Festival, Park Hyatt Aviara Tennis Lawn

Tickets available starting February 15. 


CA Wine Festival Santa Barbara — July 17-18

July 17: Sunset Rare and Reserve Tasting, Chase Palm Park Carousel House

July 18: Beachside Wine Festival, Chase Palm Park Oceanside 

Tickets available starting April 1. 


CA Brew & BBQ — September 26 

Beachside Wine Festival, Chase Palm Park Oceanside 

Tickets available starting July 1. 


CA Wine Festival Huntington Beach at Paséa Hotel — November 6-7 

November 6: Sunset Rare and Reserve Tasting, Paséa Hotel & Spa 

November 7: Beachside Wine Festival, Paséa Hotel & Spa 

Tickets available starting July 1. 


California Wine Festival is a 21+ event. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit


California Wine Festival celebrates the fine wines and culinary offerings of California. A nationally recognized event series, California Wine Festival aims to bring attention to the beautiful wines, foods, and landscapes of California. Founded in 2004 in Santa Barbara, California Wine Festival is proud to be one of the largest outdoor wine festivals in the state and strives to be a green event producer. In 2019, 90% of the waste from the festivals was diverted from the landfill. A for-profit organization whose mission includes giving back, California Wine Festival has helped raise awareness and funds for local California charities including the Foodbank of Santa Barbara, Surfrider Foundation, and more.