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Dinner at Melisse with Table 8

Paul Vitagliano from Table 8 and Melisse Chef Josiah Citrin

Paul Vitagliano from Table 8 and Melisse Chef Josiah Citrin

We recently ventured past the 405 to hit Melisse in Santa Monica with our friends from Table 8, the new restaurant reservation app that’s changing everything (and of which Melisse is one of a collection of carefully selected restaurants where you can buy last minutes reservations). Melisse’ two-star Michelin chef Josiah Citrine, who is born to French parents although he is from Santa Monica (went to SaMo) and is an avid surfer, came out to join us. The food at Melisse is offered as a fixed menu and you can decide between the amount of courses you want – you can also add truffles, more caviar or sub in vegetarian. If given enough time, Chef Josiah also told us he will do all sorts of options, substitutions, dietary restrictions, preferences, etc. While we were at Melisse, there was a pre-party going on in the private dinning room for Thomas Keller’s “Ment’or Young Chef” challenge to be held the next night at his restaurant Bouchon in Beverly Hills.

How Many Ultra Rich Individuals Are Living In Los Angeles?

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According to a new report from Wealth-X, the world’s leading ultra high net worth intelligence firm, there are 5,135 individuals living in LA with assets in the $30 million plus range. SF beats us out with 5,460 — but this together makes California the state with the highest number of ultra wealthy individuals in the US — before New York which has 9,530 and the entire UK which has 11,510.

Here are some fun facts from the report:

Ace Hotel x “Inherent Vice” Film Partnership

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Um … major / genius collaboration announcement! Warner Bros. and the Ace Hotel are teaming up to bring you early screenings of Paul Thomas Anderson new film “Inherent Vice” in LA, NY and London! Small catch: you have to actually be staying at the hotels in order to get tickets but what’s a hotel room or two between friends? Here’s where you can book a room. One can also win tickets through give-aways on the “Inherent Vice” official site (we’re getting more information on exactly how). The Ace Hotel DTLA is having their screening on Monday, December 1st with director Paul Thomas Anderson in attendance along with actor Jena Malone and musician Joanna Newsom who are in the film. “Inherent Vice” also stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston (“Boardwalk Empire”), Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone (“The Hunger Games” series) and musician Joanna Newsom. “Inherent Vice” will be in theaters nationwide December 12th. Gallery exhibitions of the film will be in each hotel in LA, NY and London starting in January. For hotel guests, there will also be custom vinyls of the film score by Jonny Greenwood. Two screening tickets per room.

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“Inherent Vice,” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.

Plot: When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon.

Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood,” “The Master”) directed “Inherent Vice” from a screenplay he wrote based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Anderson also produced the film, together with Oscar-nominated producers JoAnne Sellar and Daniel Lupi (“There Will Be Blood”). Scott Rudin and Adam Somner served as executive producers.

alice + olivia Opening on Melrose

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Welcome to the block a+o! Last night alice + olivia opened their new store in the old Madison with an elite dinner for friends and teamed up with Art of Elysium to have some of Los Angeles’ most inspiring artists to create one-of-a-kind designs on custom alice + olivia dresses and skirts that were displayed above the dinner tables and will be auctioned off on GavelandGrand.com through December 11th. Throughout the evening, guests were encouraged to create their own art on the canvas tablecloths at their tables. Spotted: alice + olivia’s Stacey Bendet Eisner, Eric Eisner, Jenna Dewan, Michelle Trachtenberg, Cara Santana, Kelly Osbourne and Eva Amurri.

#BarbieLovesWildfox Party

Life size Barbies. #barbieloveswildfox  – Via @wildfox

Come on Barbie let’s go party!

Confession: I love Barbie, and have I have since I was 2.

I remember meeting Ruth Handler, the creator of Barbie/Mattel, as a child.  She was a member of my parents country club, Hillcrest, and somehow they became friends.  Ruth made what we now know as Barbie for her daughter Barbara to play with. Being an 8 year old girl, meeting the creator of Barbie, and the actual Barbara “Barbie”, was a life changing moment.