Archive for the ‘Tastemakeher Places’ Category

OK! Magazine, Ciroc and Godiva Grammy’s Gifting Suite
February 14, 2011

We didn't make the cut on Wire Image, but we didn't care...'cause we got swag!

Over the weekend, Simone and Kailey checked out the OK! Magazine and Ciroc Grammy Gifting Suite at the Redbury Hotel in Hollywood. They discovered so many great new brands and got tons of free goods!

Who knew candles could smell tasty? Eco-and-nose-friendly candles from Ecoya

You know how there’s that black line of soot around your candles after they’ve burned? Well it doesn’t have to be like that. Ecoya is an all natural line of home and beauty products from Australia, a favorite brand of the Kardashians, Olivia Munn and Lauren Conrad. Ecoya’s sweet smelling candles are also sweet for your health because they don’t emit carbon dioxide when they burn. We picked up a couple of their Love Candles for V-Day…so good you have to smell it to believe it.

Simone and her friend Alex(Fingerprint PR) eying those Sweet E's!

Def hovered around the Sweet E’s table for a minute…those mini cupcakes are addicting! No, but seriously. Some of the best cupcakes in LA, and they’re kosher!

New obsession: Forrest & Bob clothing...super soft tees, V-necks and dresses

We discovered the simple beauty of Forrest & Bob clothing, with their soft tees in fun solid colors. By the end of the day we came away with some fab additions to our wardrobes! Check out their website for the full line.

Forrest & Bob neon tee

Ok so we introduced DryBar here on The Tastemakehers, but we unearthed the brilliant Braid Bar concept at the gifting suite over the weekend. Located at Nine Zero One Zero salon in West Hollywood, Braid Bar brings your wildest dreams of elegant plaits to life for only $25. (A shampoo and braid is $40) They’ve braided everyone from Jessica Alba to Ashley Olsen and can create French braids, fishtails or whatever you can think of.

Kailey gettin' her hair did at the Braid Bar

We also got some products from Keratin Complex, including their much talked about Smoothing Therapy. Can’t wait to try it out!

Chinese Laundry was there providing complimentary shoe swag for all the guests. We loved those sparkly ones, and the ones with the ruffles, and well all of ’em!

Sexy stilettoes from Chinese Laundry

There were two beautiful jewelry lines showcased at the suite: Seki and Yasmin and Jazmin. Seki uses lot’s of unique elements like feathers and rustic beads for a bold boho look. They have earrings, necklaces and cuffs in all price ranges so you must check out their whole collection online.

Boho-chic accessories from Seki NY

Yasmin and Jazmin is another incredible line of jewelry, featuring an intricate interweaving of sterling silver, 18K Gold and jewels. Their bangles, rings and earrings are so versatile and double as bling for day or night. Remember that crazy dominatrix picture of red-haired Khloe Kardashian from a couple weeks back? She’s wearing Yasmin and Jazmin.

Gorg pieces from Yasmin and Jazmin made of sterling silver & 18K Gold

Needless to say we walked away with some sick swag by the bag full. What a great Saturday! Thanks to Taryn  and everyone at Fingerprint PR for a fab afternoon at the Redbury 🙂

K thanks bye! lol



55 Degree Wine is Atwater’s sexy sipping spot
February 3, 2011

Get 20% off your tasting when you mention "The TastemakeHERS" at 55 Degree Wine (until the end of February)

55 Degree Wine is a one stop shop with a stocked-to-the-brim storeroom of international wine and beer, and cozy cellar downstairs for tastings and tapas.

90% of their wine comes from Italy


The cellar holds up to 100 people, and is a perfect space for private tastings. 55 Degree Wine offers wine and beer tastings, as well as a menu of tapas and cheese pairings.

Still Spark performing at 55 Degree Wine

Located in Atwater Village, 55 Degree Wine is a sweet place to catch live music too. You’ll feel like a European as you snuggle up to your Syrah and watch the band play against the backdrop of old world wine cases.

They’ve always got some cool tasting or event going on, and coming up for Valentine’s day is a brownie and wine pairing…yum! And don’t forget to mention our blog and get 20% off of your tasting!

Japanese Craft Beer Tasting and Tapas—Thursday, February 10th 7-10 PM

Beer Flight $15

Bento Box $10

Tapas $3-$5

Chilled Sake available by the bottle

Cash Only!

Valentine’s Day Brownie and Wine Pairing Flight ($20)–Monday, February 14th, 6-10 PM

Store Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Tasting Hours

Saturday: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sunday: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Monday: Cellar Closed
Tuesday-Friday: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

All images courtesy of Scottie Images, thanks Scott! Visit the 55 Degree Wine website for party reservations and other events!

Danielle is bartending for Breast Cancer!
February 2, 2011

They mean business: Jeff Decker (Owner of The Yard), Danielle and Jonathan

Danielle and the fabulous Jonathan Nelson will be guest bartending for charity on February 12th at The Yard in Santa Monica. Noted as one of the tastiest gastropubs in Santa Monica, The Yard is a foodie favorite with a completely original menu created by Chef CJ of Top Chef Season 2

The Yard Burger

Danielle will be serving three special drinks all night long for $5, but any other cocktails are also available. 100% percent of their tips will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation benefitting breast cancer research. The TastemakeHERS will also be raffling off two gift cards to The Yard once it get’s crackin’.  

"The most interesting man in the world" (Dos Equis) at The Yard

The party starts at 9:30, so please come out for some strong drinks and show your support for breast cancer!


Ice Skating in LA
January 31, 2011

Find a little piece of winter in sunny So Cal with year round ice skating. The Culver Ice Arena has been in business since 1961!

For us Westsiders, the Culver Ice Arena is a good sized rink for year round skating. Admission and skate rental  is $13 for adults, or attend the Moonlight Skating session on Saturday nights for only $9 including rental. Culver Ice Arena also offers lessons for all ages: a great outlet and diversion from the grind! There’s also the Pasadena Ice Skating Center and outdoor skating downtown in Pershing Square through January 17th.

If you’re reading this, get 10% off at Wynn Nail Spa now!
January 27, 2011

The wonderful ladies at Wynn Nail Spa have granted our readers a special discount on all services! We love our gel manicures we got at Wynn. To redeem 10% off your visit, and a cup of coffee or latte before noon, go to this link and print out your coupon. Thanks Holly!!


Simone & Danielle

Enter EDEN, Hollywood’s new escape
January 12, 2011

Hey there taste-lovers…last night the Tastemakehers got a sneak peak of Hollywood’s brand spankin’ new spot, EDEN, formerly OPERA.  Same owner, hot new name with an even hotter facelift!  Think Hollywood meets Vail with its stained wood accents, super comfy banquettes, and woodsman inspired light fixtures. And it is smack in the middle of Hollywood, so there’s sure to be some celeb sightings.

Every 20 something in LA is going to scrambling for a night of high class entertainment at EDEN. It’s guestlist only, so if you want to book a private party or VIP/Bottle service, send us an email at

We’ll be back on Friday, see you there!


D & S

If Tony Montana were still alive, this would be his favorite bar
January 11, 2011

We are reluctantly promoting La Descarga in this post, not because it doesn’t epitomize Cuban cool, but because it does. In fact, it is so cool we don’t want it to be ruined by the masses. But alas, as Tastemakehers it is our duty to share with you the things that keep our tastebuds kickin’.

La Descarga is a true modern day speakeasy. Sandwiched between a taco shack and a slew of rundown storefronts on Western avenue, from the outside it looks like an abandoned studio, like really abandoned. You would never know such a  gem lies behind that rusty gate.

We don’t want to give too much away because that’s no fun, but just prepare for a Narnia-esque experience. You have to climb one flight of stairs until you’re in the foyer, and by the looks of it there doesn’t appear to be an entrance to a bar or lounge anywhere in sight…but just wait. A young woman crosses your name off the list (its reservations only), walks you towards a door, opens it very gracefully and then…

Before you know it you are transported to a dimly lit Cuban lounge that smells like samba and sounds like coconut. The drinks are fantastic, and the hands that make them true artisans. Kick it like Scarface with a mojito in a cozy corner, and let the live sounds of Havana allow you to forget about Hollywood. Did we mention the sequin clad Cha-Cha dancer twirling around the spiral staircase? There’s also a cigar lounge in the back.

Even the website is mysterious. A PERFECT spot for a first date, or cuddling up with close friends…this is a place you need to see for yourself. But make your reservation first!