June 2008 Blog Posts (141)

A little SF in Santa Monica - Cafe Luxxe on Montana

My love/hate relationship with Starbucks mostly just leaves me feeling empty inside. I want different and modern. I want a place with really good coffee but a really cool environment.



Apparently, I wanted Cafe Luxxe on Montana.



The girls and I strolled into Cafe Luxxe for our last pit stop, just some juice. Didn't have the baked goods or… Continue

Added by alice on June 30, 2008 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Hole-in-the-Walls Rule - Wirin, Thai Restaurant in Venice

So my dad and his wife took us to this hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant, called Wirin, last night and all I can say is that THIS IS A TRUE FIND! Thai food is usually cheap but it's rarely this good. The place is kind of a dump - I mean, you can eat there, but it ain't no Katsu-Ya. I'd probably get take-out from now on but probably wouldn't mind eating here… Continue

Added by alice on June 30, 2008 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

David Beckham for Emporio Armani underwear collection



The ad campaign was shot in Los Angeles last month with fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

These pictures are enough to turn me GAY!



Who knew thanksgiving would come twice this year - I got dibs on the leftover turkey stuffing!…



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Added by PANDA JU on June 30, 2008 at 9:46pm — 2 Comments

Playa Vista's Concert in the Park: An Enjoyable Afternoon

A part of our Sunday afternoon was spent at Playa Vista's 2008 Summer Concert Series. Basically, once a month from June to Sept, Playa Vista gives the community a free concert in their Concert Park. My sister had told me about these but I was reluctant to go...you know...I pictured lots of dogs,… Continue

Added by alice on June 30, 2008 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

ideeli - hardcore shoppers out there - let me know who you are

I guess the benefit of having these sites is that sometimes you can get an inside pass into private websites. If there is one thing I am not, it is a fashionista, I am proud to admit that my sister dresses me. :)



I got this email for an invite-only shopping community called ideeli. Upon further investigation, here is what I found out on… Continue

Added by alice on June 30, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Walking With Dinosaurs: The Live Experience - Honda Center 8/20-8/24, Staples Center 9/25-9/28



My first thought: Wow, these dinosaurs look real!



"Walking With Dinosaurs - the Live Experience" is a 90-minute arena spectacular! Inspired by the popular BBC television series, the live show will be presented August 20-24 at the Honda Center in Orange County, and September 25-28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.



With a budget of 20 million dollars, fifteen roaring, snarling "live" dinosaurs, which include the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Utahraptor,… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 30, 2008 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

The Dark Knight crew remember Heath Ledger

Just from watching the trailer of the new Batman movie, Heath Ledger's electrifying performance as "The Joker" gives me chills. In this clip, Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier sits down with Christian Bale, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart and Gary Oldman as they remember their late co-star.



Watch the… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 30, 2008 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Artist Tsai-Fi









Tsai-Fi art is is all about the creation of unique and innovative characters that have super cutie-pie qualities mixed with an unexpected twist. Check out the Boutique, all the goods are laced with sweet tsai-fi style.



The driving force behind tsai-fi has extensive experience designing products for the toy and gift industries. She specializes in vector artwork, super cool tees, totally different… Continue

Added by Kara on June 30, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Koralie

French artist Koralie - I likie.



Her current exhibition, titled Après la Pluie ("After the Rain"), can be seen at NYC's Joshua Liner Gallery.



In Après la Pluie, Koralie lets loose a torrent of colorful geishas, depicted in rainbow wall paintings, hanging… Continue

Added by PANDA JU on June 30, 2008 at 11:57am — 5 Comments

Urban HOTspot - Father's Office: Santa Monica & LA

Founded 50 years ago, Father's Office is famous for their signature burgers, sweet potato fries, and an eclectic variety of beer from all over the world. Never has a burger, fries, and beer paired up so well. The establishment is so confident that you'll savor every last bit of your burger, that they won't allow any substitution or customize to it. (no ketchup available) The original F.O, located in Santa Monica, has a max capacity of 76 people, while… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 30, 2008 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Happy Birthday, iPhone!

One year ago, yesterday (June 29, 2007), the Apple iPhone was introduced to the US, making it one of the most hyped and coveted pieces of technology quite possibly in our lifetime. It was touted as being revolutionary, a smart phone that was multi-touch, an advanced voicemail system, a beautiful interface. And it was.



I was one of those suckers (I like to say "early adopters" but let's get real, I was a sucker) that had to get it the first… Continue

Added by alice on June 30, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Street-level billboards from Inwindow Outdoor

I am trying to decide if the guy who's brining "storescapes" to us is actually really smart or if he should be burned at the stake. As if we didn't have enough places to look at for advertising, Steve Birnhak, from Inwindow Outdoor, has started to dress up store windows with advertising! Think of it as billboards at eye-level.



At first, I was a bit peeved - seriously,… Continue

Added by alice on June 30, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

Public Blog is Debuting - www.modernmet.com

So here it is. As promised. The public blog! This was made so that you all can now show your friends what My Modern Metropolis is all about. As you can tell, it was made with the same look as 'My'.



As trusted members, you still hold the key to letting any of your friends get into the 'My' site. That means, that a new member needs to either receive an invitation from you or… Continue

Added by alice on June 30, 2008 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

A Stroll Down Montana Part 3 of 3: Shabby Chic

Third part of our trip led us to Shabby Chic. I know this place is overpriced for mostly just white furniture but I wanted to see what else was inside. The chandelier they are selling (in the pic) is CRAZY EXPENSIVE at $3,650 but it is easily one of the most beautiful chandeliers I have ever seen.



Just wanted to share a few things...like this beautiful white… Continue

Added by alice on June 29, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

A Stroll Down Montana Part 2 of 3: Peek...Aren't You Curious, Cutest Kids Clothes

Right down the street from Jenny Bec's, on Montana, is one of the cutest kid's clothes store ever, Peek...Aren't You Curious. I've been seeing my sister dress her daughter, Berry, in the sweetest outfits (like the dress in the pic), and I had always wondered where she bought most of Berry's clothes. While at Americana, about a month ago, we went into a store called… Continue

Added by alice on June 29, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Microfinance, Development and Cambodia

I've been living in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, now for about three weeks now. Working in microfinance has afforded me the rare opportunity as a Westerner to get a peek into the personal lives of urban and rural Cambodians. I landed this sweet gig as a fellowship with Kiva.org.



Kiva is an online community which enables you to loan to poor entrepreneurs in developing countries so that they can achieve their financial dreams, and thereby get closer to achieving their… Continue

Added by Omeed Selbe on June 29, 2008 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

A Stroll Down Montana Part 1 of 3: Jenny Bec's, A Fun and Whimsical Children's Store

The girls went out for a few hours this afternoon to check out Montana. Grace and I had lived there before, years ago, before our Berry was born, before Pink Berry came in. We'd stroll to Starbucks on a Sunday morning, taking in the sunshine, enjoying the neighborhood.



Once Grace knew that Berry was coming we would stroll into this unique boutique children's store called… Continue

Added by alice on June 29, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Urban NOTspot - Beauty Bar: Hollywood

Beauty Bar might be a good place to go for a girls-night out. After all, you can get a manicure or a henna tattoo all while sipping on a cocktail. The crowd mainly consists of young hipsters and the music varies between oldies, 80's, and rock. As for me, I'll probably never go back nor invite my friends to go. The dive bar vibe really doesn't justify the $11 drinks and my biggest complaint is that this place tries to be real swanky, but ends up being… Continue

Added by Eugene on June 29, 2008 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

One of the best patios: Beechwood in Venice

Sis and I headed to Beechwood last night to just hang out and have some sweet potato fries. We had a few other dishes but they aren't really worth mentioning. You don't go here for the food, you go here for the atmosphere - having a nice drink, looking around at some older eye candy (and when I mean older I mean more 30 yr olds than 20 yr olds). Hard to find spot on… Continue

Added by alice on June 29, 2008 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

This Sunday Morning...

Snapped this shot while getting my morning coffee. Too funny.

Added by alice on June 29, 2008 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

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