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Lancer Dermatology

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Dr. Harold Lancer, M.D

The man behind the legendary Lancer Glow is Dr. Harold Lancer, the son of Austrian immigrants who grew up in a farmhouse located in a rural town in Connecticut. At the age of 7, he suffered severe burns over 10% of his body after falling into a vat of near boiling water. While the recovery process was painful and tedious, this experience greatly influenced his clear belief in restoration instead of alteration as the most effective way to obtain beautiful skin.


Dr. Lancer’s work ethic, integrity, approach, and results make him one of the most sought-out dermatology professionals in the world. He and his tireless staff provide individualized treatment to as many as 50 to 60 patients every day—including the most beautiful and glamorous celebrities in the world.

Dr. Lancer is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and is affiliated with Cedars- Sinai Medical Center—Los Angeles and UCLA Medical Center. He is a graduate of Brandeis and earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. He finished his dermatology residency at Harvard Medical School and completed a plastic surgery program at the Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv, followed by clinics in London at St. John’s Institute of Dermatology. He holds board certification in dermatology and has been in private practice in Beverly Hills for more than 30 years


The pillar of Dr. Lancer’s distinguished practice is his belief: that beautiful skin is a 2-way street. Illuminated, radiant skin is as contingent upon the patient’s dedication to a regimen as it is on in-office procedures. The outcome of his conviction is The Lancer Method, the unrivaled anti- aging regimen that fuses potent formulations with opulent textures to reveal a more youthful, beautiful appearance. The full Lancer Skincare line, once only available to patients, is now carried in prestige retailers around the globe and online.



Lancer Dermatology
440 N. Rodeo Drive Suite 3F
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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Blond- it’s Favorite Children’s Boutique

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English Rabbit
All your favorite local children’s boutique labels and designer European brands are under one roof in  their new retail shop. Along with bespoke gifting and at-home personal styling services. With  everything from casual trousers to festive frocks, there’s always room to grow at English Rabbit.
Personal stylist available
9412 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Los Angeles for Chocoholics

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Los Angeles for Chocoholics
By Elizabeth Sobieski

While Belgium and Switzerland are worthy of their reputations as superb centers for chocolatiers (and I do love my Teuscher champagne truffles), I truly believe that  Los Angeles has replaced Europe as the hand-hewn chocolate capital of the world.
Three small confiseries command attention with their confections being made on-site. These chocolates are fresh, fresh, fresh and natural. And shipping is readily available, if you are not able to personally visit these intimate and fragrant shops, always a treat. The John Kelly factory and store just off Sunset in West Hollywood, and its newer sister store in Santa Monica, showcase fudgy dark chocolates (and milk chocolates)
coated in various sea salts and containing all matter of nuts, caramels and dried fruit. I will admit Kelly is a favorite hang-out of mine….there are always samples to be swiped from the front counter. And while I was recovering from eye surgery, around ten boxes of the substance arrived at my door. Friends from as far away as Chicago and Miami knew how to aid my rehabilitation. Most of the chocolates are square-shaped, but there are also butterflies and frogs filled with vanilla butter, sea salt, and almonds You can watch the production through a glass window, and while all the employees are helpful, my favorite is Richard, a talented English jazz musician.


Back in the early 1980’s, I would stride the Upper East Side of Manhattan, beelining towards Kron’s hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries on Madison Avenue. Kron’s was the height of choco- desirability, and a then rare incursion into the world of dark chocolate, a world of terre rather than milk. Kron disappeared from New York…and then reemerged in Beverly Hills in 2000, (with a newer shop in Malibu)
as Diane Kron Chocolatier or simply ‘K’. The chocolate covered fruits are still a standout, and the liquor filled cordials are exceptional (I’m a major fan of the tequila). Diane’s husband Tom is the great grandson of the chocolate-maker to Emperor Franz Josef of Austria and some of his secret recipes are still in use. And Diane Kron is quick to emphasize the health benefits of chocolate. The Food Network has called Kron the “Rolls Royce of Chocolates” and their packaging is as stunning as the formulations it contains. They also sell a lovely “drinking chokolate.”


And then there is the grandfather of all the LA small-batch chocolates. Dating back to 1942 , Edelweiss on Canon Drive in Beverly Hills is a California tradition. I stopped by at Halloween for candy corn embedded bars and chocolate covered Oreos laid out in cardboard coffins. Like John Kelly and Kron, Edelweiss also excel at chocolate coated fruit, theirs created from luscious candied fruit imported from
Australia. Do try the orange. And their chocolate pretzels are addictive. And yes, they do have a small factory on premise. Long a favorite of legendary stars, Lucille Ball was inspired by Edelweiss when she and Vivian Vance created the famous “Job Switching” episode of “I Love Lucy” (although it was actually filmed at See’s factory-see below). For a period of five years, Edelweiss was even owned by musical star Shirley Jones, the beloved and adorable Mrs. Partridge from “The Partridge Family”.


Although it is a large company with thousands of employees, owned by Berkshire Hathaway, no talk about Los Angeles chocolate is possible without a mention of See’s. We all know that See’s candies are omnipresent in airports and there are hundreds of See’s shops, even in Asia, but the quality has never diminished since it’s Los Angeles founding in 1921. The company is now based in San Francisco, but the
original factory, the one that always catches my eye when traversing La Cienega en route to LAX, is still up and running and this is where Lucy and Ethel fought the production line conveyer belt, mostly by stuffing the chocolates into their mouths, in 1952. I am especially fond of See’s chocolate and nut Victoria toffee, and their lollipops in flavors chocolate, vanilla, coffee and butterscotch; the lollies last a long
time and are not at all that caloric. (However I did break a tooth on one recently.
Reminder: they are to be sucked rather than bitten. Even after a pricey visit to my talented dentist, Dr. Eric Fugier, I still blame myself, and not See’s.) Berkshire Hathaway’s “Oracle of Omaha”, Warren Buffett, says that See’s is “the prototype of a dream business.” And it’s also delicious.

Los Angeles Artist Kimberly Brooks

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By Elizabeth Sobieski
When I grow up, I want to be like the multi-hyphenate artist Kimberly Brooks.  (Only I
sort of grew up before she did, so this particular ambition would be difficult to realize.)
 Kimberly is just concluding a retrospective focused on her fifteen year career as a
painter of magical and mysterious, and often jewel and metal-toned canvases, evoking
both history and timelessness, somehow equally as haunted as inviting.  Her stunning
exhibition, “Fever Dreams”, is on display at the Mt. San Antonio College of Art Gallery,
in the LA suburb of Walnut, featuring 32 paintings and 20 works on paper.  Her oil-on-
linen paintings of varying sizes combine elements of abstraction with figuration.  They
are luminous dreamscapes, as opulent as they are spiritual. 
 I have been assiduously following the Venice-based artist’s career over the last eight or
nine years.  In 2010, along with being a deeply committed painter, she founded the Arts
& Sciences section of the “Huffington Post”(to which I have contributed on a regular
 Her vivid artwork then focused on women of great style (which Kimberly also is), but
most particularly on influential professional stylists like Grace
Coddington and Elizabeth Stewart, with an emphasis on pattern, fabric and the
female form. Her paintings now are even more masterful, and often have an Orientalist
quality, depicting lavish dream-inducing interiors and phantom-like exteriors.
 Along with being a supremely talented artist, esteemed editor, award-winning teacher,
and striking blonde beauty, she also has given a much watched TEDx talk on the
subject of creativity. 
 A native of San Francisco and a graduate of Berkeley, the now Angeleno artist is the
mother of two college-age children and the wife of the equally extraordinary Albert
Brooks.  Yes, that Albert Brooks.  Incredibles attract.  She is also he daughter of the
late Dr. Leonard Shlain, author of “Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time and
 Kimberly Brooks and her work have been written about in numerous publications
including “Vanity Fair.”  The commentary for the Mt. San Antonio show depicts some of
her most recent paintings:  “In the large triptych “Through the Looking Glass” Brooks
features an inception-like image of a landscape within another painting of a landscape.
In “Jerusalem”, a vibrant mosaic on silver dances next to and on top of a loose
underpainting and geometric floor.  In the diptych, “Bel Air”, a vase-strewn ledge
overlooks an ancient forest as if peering from a balcony within a tapestry.”

This exhibition was just selected “Artillery” magazine’s “Pick of the Week”.  Kimberly
Brooks is also the author of the upcoming book: “The Essential Guide: Oil Painting Safe
Practices & Supplies.”
To learn more about the artist, please take a look at:

Fawn, 2018

Russian Room

Blue Drawing Room