THE BEST TIME FOR A BIG UPDATE (& Shameless Self-Promotion)

By Nora Zelevansky / October 24th, 2011

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Well, the rumors are true.  Oh.  Wait.  You haven't heard buzz in the press about my move to NYC?  (And by "press" I mean on my Facebook page.)

The Drewser & I are headed back to the east coast, where an NYC apartment already awaits.

In the meantime, it's been fashion and beauty central online for me, hitting events and launches all over the place.

Also, I'm not sure if I've even mentioned this on PL before, but I have a novel coming out in the spring!  It's a very big deal for me, so I can't even pretend to be cool about it.  The book is called "SEMI-CHARMED LIFE" and I'm sure you'll be hearing more about that from me in the coming months.

That's monopolized a lot of fun time too (in a great way), along with my good old "Fit Like Us" blog (which, considering my lack of exercise lately, should really be called "Fit Like Anyone Else").

Anyway — a few highlights from the last few eons for your reading pleasure (one hopes):

Geren Ford's new multi-purpose space with boutique The Annex, showroom and event area opened this weekend (pictured above).

Warren Tricomi Salon's west coast partner Kaz Amor just launched a new haircare line (mostly au natural) called VoCe.  It's all about the Surf Mist.

Beckley Boutique (on LA's Melrose) owner Melissa Akkaway launches her inaugural clothing line, Beckley By

Veuve Clicquot & Rachel Zoe got together for some polo and some charity fundraising at Will Rogers State Park in the Pacific Palisades.

Dior Launches Scented Nail Polish (like roses!) and a whole new "Garden Party" cosmetic color palette during a luncheon at The Chateau.

Beauty happenings in LA: Natura Bisse teamed up with The Beverly Wilshire for a spa dinner fit for The Hunger Games' Capital; The Nail Bar opens at The Beverly Wilshire & Rossano Ferretti opens in Beverly Hills.

Vosges Chocolate lands in Beverly Hills with some exotic takes on chocolate from curried versions to vegan. Daily Candy

Whetherly t-shirt company launches with an ideal cut and color from a sports wear expert.  Daily Candy

That's all for now.

xo – N.



By Nora Zelevansky / October 5th, 2010

I know, I've just been the worst blogger lately.  And by that I mean, that I haven't written word one while away in NYC.

Sorry chickadees.  But I've been shoved back into the game from my position of repose by a story today on, written by moi, about Sonya Dakar's new Nutrasphere line, which employs bio-engineered Human Growth Hormone and Apple Stem Cells.

I haven't tried the products yet, but, as I mentioned before, I am a fan of her new green sunblock.

So, read on, dear LINTERS.  And forgive me my sins.  Just think of how hard it's been to motivate.  How can I not be depressed now that they've cancelled Huge?  I'm emotionally eating just thinking about it.

xo – N.


By Nora Zelevansky / March 5th, 2009


(Platinum Boa and Gold Python Aviators By Sama)

I have an unusually small face.  Yup.  It's true.  Sometimes I can still pull off larger sunglasses, when there's a sort of a Jackie O. thang going on.  But aviators have always pretty much eluded me, as they give me a kind of droopy stroke vibe (straight to hell, Nor, straight to hell). Until now:

Recently, I headed over to Sama's Beverly Hills shop to preview next season's collection and some of the line's standards. They welcomed me (as they do real clients) with Teuscher chocolates from down the street, so we started off on the right foot.  As you guys know, the way to my heart is through my stomach (and through unabashed compliments–lots of them).


Sama, a super high-end celeb-beloved sunglass line, was founded by designer Sheila Vance and benefits a foundation she created in her son Sam Vance's name, after his drug-related death.  The larger umbrella includes Sama eyewear, Badgley Mischka eyewear and Loree Rodkin Eye Couture.  For my particular taste, Loree Rodkin can get a bit heavy-handed: LA, gothic, rocker stuff embellished with crystals. But I have often coveted many of the other collections' goods.

The above aviators with snakeskin detailing (apparently a Brad & Angie pick too–oh well) definitely preoccupied me during this visit, though my snake-a-phobe hubby Andrew believes that one should never wear snakeskin, as any bad karma towards the feared reptiles could lead to a gruesome end. "They know.  They just know!"  Well, he may believe in bad snake karma, but I believe in cool sunglasses, so . . . hopefully he's wrong.

Anyway, I also played dress-up with some of their more vintage-style stuff.  Circles are huge this coming season, so I thought I'd try some on for size—maybe my oddly tiny face will work with these?

(Never Mind My Bad Hair Day–Just Look At My Fave Cardigan–The Lynne Hiriak Brand–Sweater)

Alas, not the best looks for Miss Mini-Head, but pretty cool all the same . . .  While the aviators are on the 'spensive tip, not everything Sama is outlandish (plus a percentage of proceeds goes to a good cause and actually sometimes all proceeds are donated, like in the case of some of the yellow shades–Sam's favorite color–sad). Anyway, it's good to have something to covet, no? Or like fifty things, if you're me.

Dare to dream.

xo – N.