If you are one of the more than 12.5 million people who have the social networking app Bumble on your phone — and you just so happen to be in the Melrose Place area on Valentine’s Day — stop by the Hive, Bumble’s Los Angeles headquarters, for some pampering and beauty gifting.
In collaboration with beauty-box subscription brand Birchbox, Bumble is inviting its members to the Hive to curate their own beauty boxes from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. You choose five products spanning hair, makeup, skin, body and fragrance — at no charge.
Options include top Birchbox picks such as Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara; Murad Oil-Control Mattifier; Level Naturals Lemon + Coconut Bath Bomb; Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil; and Clean Reserve Amber Saffron. Products will be available in trial and full sizes. There will also be a sign-up for those hoping to squeeze in a hair or makeup touch-up with an on-site stylist before heading out for the Valentine’s Day night.
Bumble x Birchbox at Bumble’s the Hive Los Angeles, 8441 Melrose Place Los Angeles, www.bumble.com
RSVP Gallery’s pop-up gift shop
The new RSVP Gallery’s pop-up gift shop is out to challenge the conventional hotel gift shop setup. After all, the 500-square-foot pop-up was created by Don Crawley, a.k.a. Don C, founder of premium streetwear brands Just Don and RSVP Gallery, along with Virgil Abloh, who’s behind the Milan-based label Off-White. The temporary shop, which is open through March 29 at the Dream Hollywood hotel in Los Angeles, has lined its neon-lit shelves with limited-edition souvenirs.
It’s a microcosm of RSVP Gallery’s permanent stores in Chicago and downtown L.A. Guests and shoppers can find products including pajamas and robes ($100 and $90, respectively) as well as hoodies for $175.
The Johnny Was boutique in Palm Desert that opened more than a year ago has proved to be so successful that a second boutique in neighboring Palm Springs was more than justified, Johnny Was Chief Executive Robert Trauber said recently.
“It’s a casual, optimistic and colorful brand that is very much in sync with Palm Springs, Palm Beach and Southern California,” said Trauber about the new 1,500-square-foot boutique, which opened in early February at 175 N. Palm Canyon Drive.
The brand, which has 28 stores nationwide, including ones in Santa Monica and Canoga Park, is also sold at Neiman Marcus. Johnny Was is known for its bohemian dresses, embroidered fabrics and floaty tunics such as its bestselling Talum tunic.
On Feb. 20, Johnny Was will launch Luxe +, a plus-size line of 20 styles of tops, bottoms and dresses that Trauber said would allow for “casual and effortless dressing” for those sizes 1X to 3X. A second collection from the Luxe line will follow in June. Prices range from $135 to $358 for Luxe + and the original Johnny Was collection.
Angelenos can never have too many sunglasses, and newly launched are 15 styles and color-ways from Australian fashion and accessories brand Ksubi. The new lineup of shades “is inspired by vintage frames, particularly those with a cat eye or Rat Pack styling,” said Apples Ryan, Ksubi’s brand manager.
Standouts include the rose-colored cat eye shades and the bold black frames with sky blue lens. The collection is priced from $229.95 to $249.95.
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