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Cocktails and Clothes at the home of BCBG’s Max and Lubov Azria

"Welcome to mi casa!" exclaimed Lubov Azria, gesturing around the lush backyard of “Maison Du Soleil," the L.A. home she shares with husband Max Azria. "But please excuse my terrible Spanish," she laughed. 

The occasion, which coincides with the firms 25th birthday, was a cocktail fete and fashion show of the BCBG Max Azria and Herve Leger 2015 Resort collections, and to beat the summer heat, attendees were given fans that read: “Be Chic Be Gorgeous.”

While guests (like Keke Palmer, Jamie Chung, and Bellamy Young) sipped signature cocktails and munched on fish tacos, Lubov gave a lively running commentary as models pranced around the pool in Tunisian-inspired caftans, cropped embroidered jackets, floaty handkerchief dresses and harem pants.

"Max has always just wanted to make women feel beautiful," nodded Lubov toward her husband, who watched appreciatively with their daughter Agnes (who later sang two original songs for the crowd).

As guests parted into the sunset, they were fittingly gifted with mirrored aviator shades and hats, as well as pastel shades of Zoya nail polish and an Herve Leger fragrance.  

— Glynis Costin, West Coast Bureau Chief

Currently on Marianne Mychaskiw’s (InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor) desk—a delightful hoard of beauty products ranging from vibrant nail lacquers to shimmery shadows.
Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Currently on Marianne Mychaskiw’s (InStyle.com Assistant Beauty Editor) desk—a delightful hoard of beauty products ranging from vibrant nail lacquers to shimmery shadows.

Photo credit: Sarah Balch for InStyle.com

Around the Office: Bevel Sunglass Fitting
A few weeks ago, I lost my sunglasses. It wouldn’t have been so tragic if it weren’t for the fact that a) the pair fit me to a T and b) the style was last season and thus sold out. Finding that specific frame that complements your face shape can be a near impossible feat. Often when I visit stores, I’m overwhelmed by the myriad of options and lack of assistance and end up walking out, defeated.
So when Richard Mewha, co-founder and president of Bevel dropped by our office to demonstrate a proper sunglass fitting, I was craving his advice. Founded in 1999, Bevel began with the fashion-centric ethos of turning eyewear into an accessory. Their aesthetic can best be described as sleek, modern, and minimalist. But most of all, the fit is extremely precise. 
"Fitting is best done by an expert," U.K.-born Mewha told me in his proper British accent, which will instinctively make you feel like he knows more than you (and he does—at least about optometry). Doubling as somewhat of an eyeglass wizard, he strongly believes that fitting should be a one-on-one experience, and therefore offers a fit service in every store where Bevel is sold. 
What I learned from Mewha is there’s a lot more to sunglass shopping than simply choosing a frame you like. There are various factors to consider whilst selecting your pair, such as width, ear size, ear proportions, and, most importantly, color. In fact, the first thing Mewha does when he sits down to design a new collection is create a color palette, ensuring there’s a soft hue inside the frame that works well with a range of skin tones and balances the outside color. 
The secret to finding the perfect frame? “Treat color combinations within the frame much like how you treat make up,” he said. And he was right: When Christina Shanahan (InStyle Associate Editor, pictured above, left), who favors neutral-colored cosmetics, tried on the Silvia in Burlywood (a citrus wood-colored style), the fit was flawless. 
— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

Around the Office: Bevel Sunglass Fitting

A few weeks ago, I lost my sunglasses. It wouldn’t have been so tragic if it weren’t for the fact that a) the pair fit me to a T and b) the style was last season and thus sold out. Finding that specific frame that complements your face shape can be a near impossible feat. Often when I visit stores, I’m overwhelmed by the myriad of options and lack of assistance and end up walking out, defeated.

So when Richard Mewha, co-founder and president of Bevel dropped by our office to demonstrate a proper sunglass fitting, I was craving his advice. Founded in 1999, Bevel began with the fashion-centric ethos of turning eyewear into an accessory. Their aesthetic can best be described as sleek, modern, and minimalist. But most of all, the fit is extremely precise. 

"Fitting is best done by an expert," U.K.-born Mewha told me in his proper British accent, which will instinctively make you feel like he knows more than you (and he does—at least about optometry). Doubling as somewhat of an eyeglass wizard, he strongly believes that fitting should be a one-on-one experience, and therefore offers a fit service in every store where Bevel is sold. 

What I learned from Mewha is there’s a lot more to sunglass shopping than simply choosing a frame you like. There are various factors to consider whilst selecting your pair, such as width, ear size, ear proportions, and, most importantly, color. In fact, the first thing Mewha does when he sits down to design a new collection is create a color palette, ensuring there’s a soft hue inside the frame that works well with a range of skin tones and balances the outside color. 

The secret to finding the perfect frame? “Treat color combinations within the frame much like how you treat make up,” he said. And he was right: When Christina Shanahan (InStyle Associate Editor, pictured above, left), who favors neutral-colored cosmetics, tried on the Silvia in Burlywood (a citrus wood-colored style), the fit was flawless. 

— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

InStyle's 20th Anniversary: Looking Back With Karen Levy
In honor of our 20th birthday, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with the help of longtime staffers. Karen Levy is the senior entertainment editor in the West Coast office, and she works with the LA team on all entertainment-related projects, from film to TV to charities. Plus, she’s the one who books talent and events for InStyle features. 
She’s been at the publication for fifteen years. We interviewed her to find out her favorite InStyle memory, how she landed her position, and what she’s excited for in 2014:
What year did you start?1999
How did you land the job?I started off as an intern at InStyle’s West Coast office and, after six months, was given the newly created second editorial assistant position. At the time, the magazine was very young and new (at five years old), so I was able to contribute in all areas of the brand—editorial, events, and marketing. I found amazing mentors in my first bosses—Cyd Wilson, Honor Brodie, Lisa Simpson, and Glynis Costin who gave me the chance to try my hand at everything I was interested in. I jumped at every opportunity to cover the red carpet, report at events, and transcribe every one of my senior editors’ interviews.
How has your position changed since you started?My position, like the InStyle brand, has greatly evolved. I’ve been fortunate enough to grow with the magazine—first as an assistant, then an associate, and now as a senior editor. The main consistency is that I’ve always been on the parties and events coverage team. I’ve been a part of the launch and re-launch of InStyle.com, the creation of InStyle’s Golden Globes event, among hundreds of other branded parties. The other thing that hasn’t changed since I started 15 years ago, is that I never, ever have the same day-to-day schedule. My job has always consisted of wearing many hats—there is never a dull moment!
What was your most InStyle moment?I’ve had the privilege of meeting, interviewing, and hosting some of the finest actors and influencers. But it’s even more exciting when your kids get to meet their idols. Most recently, I brought my 11-year-old daughter Emma to the Divergent premiere, and she got to meet and chat with the film’s star, Shailene Woodley. It’s so cool when the people we feature in the magazine live up to be real-life role models.
What is your favorite InStyle memory?There are so many amazing memories! I remember the first time I went to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), I booked Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck to come into our portrait studio for their film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. I was nervous that they would cancel the appointment (because that happens a lot with actors). The minute they walked into our studio, I was on cloud nine because I knew our portfolio was going to be a success. Plus, Brad was so comfortable in our studio lounge that he stayed for another hour after the photo shoot just to hang out and chill. There was something magical about the artistic synergy in that room that day.
The photo above was taken at our portrait studio at TIFF in September 2012. Argo was starting its festival circuit and awards campaign, and Warner Bros. brought in the principal cast to our studio to take a portrait. We interviewed every lead actor int the cast; John Goodman, especially, was a major highlight. He is such a brilliant actor. The movie went on to win the 2013 Academy Award for Best Picture! It is always exciting when you see a movie go from showing at a film festival to winning an Oscar.
What do you love most about working at InStyle?The people at InStyle are some of the best in the business. I have and continue to work with the most talented, caring, artistic, brainy, creative people in publishing and entertainment. My colleagues are my mentors and my friends. I have so much respect and admiration for many of my former editors as well as for the current ones. Working at InStyle is not just a job, it is a place that stays with you no matter where you go and what you do. We are like a family with A LOT of relatives.
What has changed the most since you’ve started at InStyle? What has remained a constant?The media landscape has changed so much in the last 15 years that we’ve had to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to how we reach our audience. Readers are now also viewers, tweeters, ‘grammers, and bloggers. It’s exciting to be a part of this changing world of media, but it’s also scary because there is some fear of the unknown. What has remained a constant at InStyle is that content is and will always be king.
 What are you most looking forward to this year at InStyle?We have some amazing covers and features coming up through the end of the year! There are some really cool digital collaborations in the works and the @InStyleLA Instagram account is growing with more and more followers.
For more on our 20th anniversary, head on over to 20th.instyle.com to celebrate with us!

InStyle's 20th Anniversary: Looking Back With Karen Levy

In honor of our 20th birthday, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with the help of longtime staffers. Karen Levy is the senior entertainment editor in the West Coast office, and she works with the LA team on all entertainment-related projects, from film to TV to charities. Plus, she’s the one who books talent and events for InStyle features. 

She’s been at the publication for fifteen years. We interviewed her to find out her favorite InStyle memory, how she landed her position, and what she’s excited for in 2014:

What year did you start?
1999

How did you land the job?
I started off as an intern at InStyle’s West Coast office and, after six months, was given the newly created second editorial assistant position. At the time, the magazine was very young and new (at five years old), so I was able to contribute in all areas of the brand—editorial, events, and marketing. I found amazing mentors in my first bosses—Cyd Wilson, Honor Brodie, Lisa Simpson, and Glynis Costin who gave me the chance to try my hand at everything I was interested in. I jumped at every opportunity to cover the red carpet, report at events, and transcribe every one of my senior editors’ interviews.

How has your position changed since you started?
My position, like the InStyle brand, has greatly evolved. I’ve been fortunate enough to grow with the magazine—first as an assistant, then an associate, and now as a senior editor. The main consistency is that I’ve always been on the parties and events coverage team. I’ve been a part of the launch and re-launch of InStyle.com, the creation of InStyle’s Golden Globes event, among hundreds of other branded parties. The other thing that hasn’t changed since I started 15 years ago, is that I never, ever have the same day-to-day schedule. My job has always consisted of wearing many hats—there is never a dull moment!

What was your most InStyle moment?
I’ve had the privilege of meeting, interviewing, and hosting some of the finest actors and influencers. But it’s even more exciting when your kids get to meet their idols. Most recently, I brought my 11-year-old daughter Emma to the Divergent premiere, and she got to meet and chat with the film’s star, Shailene Woodley. It’s so cool when the people we feature in the magazine live up to be real-life role models.

What is your favorite InStyle memory?
There are so many amazing memories! I remember the first time I went to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), I booked Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck to come into our portrait studio for their film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. I was nervous that they would cancel the appointment (because that happens a lot with actors). The minute they walked into our studio, I was on cloud nine because I knew our portfolio was going to be a success. Plus, Brad was so comfortable in our studio lounge that he stayed for another hour after the photo shoot just to hang out and chill. There was something magical about the artistic synergy in that room that day.

The photo above was taken at our portrait studio at TIFF in September 2012. Argo was starting its festival circuit and awards campaign, and Warner Bros. brought in the principal cast to our studio to take a portrait. We interviewed every lead actor int the cast; John Goodman, especially, was a major highlight. He is such a brilliant actor. The movie went on to win the 2013 Academy Award for Best Picture! It is always exciting when you see a movie go from showing at a film festival to winning an Oscar.

What do you love most about working at InStyle?
The people at InStyle are some of the best in the business. I have and continue to work with the most talented, caring, artistic, brainy, creative people in publishing and entertainment. My colleagues are my mentors and my friends. I have so much respect and admiration for many of my former editors as well as for the current ones. Working at InStyle is not just a job, it is a place that stays with you no matter where you go and what you do. We are like a family with A LOT of relatives.

What has changed the most since you’ve started at InStyle? What has remained a constant?
The media landscape has changed so much in the last 15 years that we’ve had to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to how we reach our audience. Readers are now also viewers, tweeters, ‘grammers, and bloggers. It’s exciting to be a part of this changing world of media, but it’s also scary because there is some fear of the unknown. What has remained a constant at InStyle is that content is and will always be king.

What are you most looking forward to this year at InStyle?
We have some amazing covers and features coming up through the end of the year! There are some really cool digital collaborations in the works and the @InStyleLA Instagram account is growing with more and more followers.

For more on our 20th anniversary, head on over to 20th.instyle.com to celebrate with us!

I absolutely love to bake, and I’m a sucker for a beautifully shot cake recipe that looks like a challenge. So last summer (before I started working at InStyle!), I was thumbing through the July 2013 issue and came across this star-spangled ombre cake.
I had been looking for the perfect red, white and blue dessert to make for the weekend, so this was a no-brainer. I was celebrating the Fourth at my parents’ lake house in Wisconsin and was also hosting a birthday party for one of my dearest friends. I followed the basics from the recipe and added my own twist. I started with blue on the bottom and worked my way up to white, pink, and finally, bright red at the top for a total of nine layers (yes, nine—the cake was more than a foot and a half tall!).
I topped it off with my own homemade frosting (a recipe I first discovered from Magnolia bakery, and one I have used consistently ever since), and dressed it up with multicolored sprinkles and a message to the birthday girl. It was one of the most beautiful cakes I have ever made, and it was definitely a crowd favorite.
Head over to InStyle.com for the original ombre cake recipe.
—Kim Peiffer, InStyle.com Senior Fashion News Editor

I absolutely love to bake, and I’m a sucker for a beautifully shot cake recipe that looks like a challenge. So last summer (before I started working at InStyle!), I was thumbing through the July 2013 issue and came across this star-spangled ombre cake.

I had been looking for the perfect red, white and blue dessert to make for the weekend, so this was a no-brainer. I was celebrating the Fourth at my parents’ lake house in Wisconsin and was also hosting a birthday party for one of my dearest friends. I followed the basics from the recipe and added my own twist. I started with blue on the bottom and worked my way up to white, pink, and finally, bright red at the top for a total of nine layers (yes, nine—the cake was more than a foot and a half tall!).

I topped it off with my own homemade frosting (a recipe I first discovered from Magnolia bakery, and one I have used consistently ever since), and dressed it up with multicolored sprinkles and a message to the birthday girl. It was one of the most beautiful cakes I have ever made, and it was definitely a crowd favorite.

Head over to InStyle.com for the original ombre cake recipe.

—Kim Peiffer, InStyle.com Senior Fashion News Editor

Look Who We Met: Jackie Cruz and Diane Guerrero from Orange Is the New Black
The main problem with Netflix’s original series is after you’ve shamelessly binge-watched a new season, you’re forced to wait idly until the next one drops. Thirteen episodes deep into Orange Is the New Black and yearning for some answers, I was lost in a hopeless fangirl state in which I read every review and think-piece that existed on the Internet. I longed for the nights where I’d come home and a brand-new episode would be waiting for me in my queue. 
So it goes without saying that I was reeling with excitement when Jackie Cruz and Diane Guerrero, a.k.a. Flaca and Maritza, swung by the InStyle office for a chat. When I got wind of their visit, I knew I had to present them with a pizza, as a not-so-subtle nod to Guerrero’s token line in her campaign to run for Women’s Advisory Council (WAC) in season one: “If you want more pizza, vote for Maritza.” And even though Cruz’s character ran against her in the episode, both of them dug into their own slices, carbs be damned.
When asked about Maritza’s potential backstory reveal in season three, Guerrero, like most of her OITNB co-stars, remained tightlipped: “I think Maritza has some stuff going on—I have no idea what it is, but I hope it’s something fun. I don’t think she robbed a bank like Rosa [Barbara Rosenblat] did.” How about a pizza place? “I’m going to tell Jenji that!” If that one gets written in, we’re demanding royalties!
— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant

Look Who We Met: Jackie Cruz and Diane Guerrero from Orange Is the New Black

The main problem with Netflix’s original series is after you’ve shamelessly binge-watched a new season, you’re forced to wait idly until the next one drops. Thirteen episodes deep into Orange Is the New Black and yearning for some answers, I was lost in a hopeless fangirl state in which I read every review and think-piece that existed on the Internet. I longed for the nights where I’d come home and a brand-new episode would be waiting for me in my queue. 

So it goes without saying that I was reeling with excitement when Jackie Cruz and Diane Guerrero, a.k.a. Flaca and Maritza, swung by the InStyle office for a chat. When I got wind of their visit, I knew I had to present them with a pizza, as a not-so-subtle nod to Guerrero’s token line in her campaign to run for Women’s Advisory Council (WAC) in season one: “If you want more pizza, vote for Maritza.” And even though Cruz’s character ran against her in the episode, both of them dug into their own slices, carbs be damned.

When asked about Maritza’s potential backstory reveal in season three, Guerrero, like most of her OITNB co-stars, remained tightlipped: “I think Maritza has some stuff going on—I have no idea what it is, but I hope it’s something fun. I don’t think she robbed a bank like Rosa [Barbara Rosenblat] did.” How about a pizza place? “I’m going to tell Jenji that!” If that one gets written in, we’re demanding royalties!

— Claire Stern, InStyle Editorial Assistant