Review: Calendar Watch by What?

Finding the balance between your professional schedule and down time can be tough. What? Watch’s new Calendar Watch gives busy professionals an easy way to keep their schedule on track, without sacrificing their style integrity.

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Calendar Watch, available at www.whatwatch.com, was successfully launched and funded on Kickstarter in March and comes in three color options, including Polar White, Aqua Blue and Verdant Green, for $299— and a special edition Gunmetal Black for $329. The chic unisex watch is perfect for men and women who love the idea of a smartwatch, but don’t want to wear a clunky digital gadget.

With Scandinavian design and Swiss engineering, Calendar Watch transfers your digital calendar to your wrist, displaying blocked-out periods of time in pie-chart form. When paired with the app, available on both Google Play and the App Store, the analogue will show the next 12 hours or a pre-defined amount of time for your calendar at-a-glance.

Calendar Watch has a two-month battery life and only takes three hours to charge back up to full power. Additional features include two work modes, automatic time zone changing, tapping functionality, 48 hours of received data and a vibration function.

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Review of Tani Silk Cut Slim Button Boxers

In the world of undergarments, there are some people who don’t give them much thought, even though they are the foundation to your look.  For example, a pair of briefs or boxers that are too tight or too loose will be uncomfortable and throw off the look of the outfit.  When a person gets dressed, they want to be comfortable from head to toe, so it is essential that comfort begins with your choice in undergarments.

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Tani USA is a company that wants to change the way that men view undergarments by setting a new standard in luxury that uses fabrics that are innovative, has designs that are streamlined and modern, and products that are able to hold up to everyday living.  As an example, the Tani Silk Cut Slim Button Boxers are fabricated in 94% Micro Modal AIR and 6% Elastane.  The Modal is a rayon fabric that is made from the fibers of beech trees, which not only add a silk-like softness, but are actually biodegradable!  This thin material, however, is no lightweight when it comes to durability and the 6% Elastane adds to the comfort factor with a better fit and increase in mobility.tani-silk-underwear2

When it comes to men’sboxers, fit is also a very important factor to consider.  The modern boxer is moving away from more billowing fabrics like silk and cotton blends, towards fabric combinations that are more fitted.  This design not only is a smoother look under trousers or shorts, but it also lends more overall support.  The trick is that the fabric needs to breathe and Tani has that covered in their modal slim button boxers.

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At Tani USA men’s collection, this classic, above mid-thigh luxury boxer comes in white, black, and pewter.  You may think that $45 sounds like a lot of money for underwear, but if it really is the best that you have ever owned, then it is money well spent.

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Review of Egyptian Angles Rings from 7 Charming Sisters

Recently, we had the pleasure of receiving some fine items from a very cute and growing jewelry shop called 7 Charming Sisters.

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Apparently formed by seven enterprising ladies, the company aspires to sell amazing (yet afforadable) jewelry designed for women from all classes, creeds, and affects who “aren’t afraid to showcase their style”. Today, we focus on the Egyptian Angles Rings, which consists of a set of 3 stackable golden rings and a wonderful buy for the price.

egyptian-ring-2 Here are the basic facts: Each ring of the Egyptian Angles Rings is made of 10k gold plated metal alloy and hit at ¾” diameter for a size 7. No closure on these and the retail price for the set is $16.99. Now, on to the fashion and fit: I really liked these three-in-one rings! They’re definitely trendy what with accessorization still being hot to trot, and these are especially fun to mix and match. Each ring is the same size, so they are best worn on the ring and middle fingers. The fit runs on the slightly larger side of nearly true to size, which is makes it easy to mix and match.

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Now, about the looks: The gold color is as displayed and works beautifully with a casual weekend outfit or dressed up. The bar ring is the outlier- the two triangles nest perfectly together in true stackable fashion, and work equally as well individually. The bar is fine worn individually but all three rings together MIGHT be a bit much. Your mileage may vary though!

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Inside Los Angeles Catering & LA Event Planning – Interview with Ani Keshishian of L.A. Banquets & Anoush Catering

We at cefashion.net had the pleasure of interviewing Ani Keshishian, the Director of Human Resources at one of the top catering services in Tinseltown,  L.A. Banquets. At L.A. Banquets, Ani has assembled a close-knit team that keeps everything running smoothly in the often high stress business of Los Angeles catering. In addition to her success with planning and hosting events in Los Angeles, she places high value on each employee and has established an environment that fosters personal growth – not the easiest accomplishment at a catering service. Ani embraces her personal motto, “the best attitude is gratitude” when working with several charities and actively participates in the SAK Foundation.

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Please tell us a little about yourself: what’s your job exactly, how long you’ve been at it, can you give a few details about your family life, what’re your favorite foods/ dishes to see at large catering gigs, what made you decide to focus on Los Angeles events for your career anyway?

I am USC alumni and I also have a BS in Psychology and MBA. As the wife of Vrej Sarkissian, CEO of L.A Banquets and Anoush Catering – the latter being one of the top event venues Los Angeles centered – I wanted to put my efforts into our personal business rather than the corporate world and develop a team that would really excel.

How did you become an expert in throwing parties/ celebrations in the first place? Any advice for wannabes at event planning in Los Angeles?

I love entertaining! From a younger age I would help my family throw our celebrations and got involved with each of our events, from birthday parties to weddings and more. I come from a deep culture that loves to enjoy life’s moments and that throws extravagant events for every special occasionl, so I grew up with people that became some of the greatest event professionals due to shared passion.

The biggest mistake for wannabes is that they overthink it. They overthink the event and they over leverage themselves. Really creating an environment with experts and letting them lead and do what they do best will get them to their final destination.

How many people does it take to make a successful LA events and catering service, one that runs smoothly and efficiently? What are the roles involved?

There isn’t really a magic number. The magic is in the attention to detail and the passion for what they do. At Anoush specifically, it is our mission is to bring people together over an amazing meal and create memories that last a lifetime. With that passion a few people can do so much more.

What’s something about event catering or working in the catering business that most people take for granted, or don’t realize is very time consuming or intensive?

How hard we work behind the scenes. After 30 years in the business we have worked on making things easy for our clients. The simplest of advice may have taken 10 years to not only learn exactly what to say but also be able to execute it on our side. Our chefs work tirelessly each day and our team makes everything seamless so that you can feel like a guest at your own event.

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What are your general rules for event planning with your service? What do you expect from your staff every time?

Commitment to the guest experience and to keep a smile on your face. Every event is different and every guest has their own needs. Treating everyone with respect and with a smile is the key to success.

What’s the gamut of events you serve for? How long has Anoush been in the catering business?

For the past 30 years Anoush has hosted events of all kinds. From social events to corporate parties to fundraisers and more.

What’s the biggest event Anoush’s done so far?

We have a 3,500 person catering event for the Students Run LA Association upcoming on February 14th.

What was the most fun?

Every event is fun!

What’s the weirdest?

One thing that we have learned is that no event is really weird other than out of the ordinary. Everyone has a reason to host what they think is their ideal event. Part of the magic is becoming a part of their vision and making it a reality.

What advice do you have for people when comparing different catering services?

Do your research before you go anywhere. Ask around. Explore your options. And make a list, specifically a list of what you think is most important and ask them how they are going to get you there.

Tell us a little bit more about the sister company, LA Banquets. How long has it been around? Its target customer?

L.A. Banquets has existed since 2010. We have always had the venues that comprise L.A. Banquets. They were called the Anoush Banquet Halls which is also the name for the catering company. We realized that for each to grow and expand on their own they needed to be distinct companies. We have been able to expand Anoush and make it even better than before and do the same with the venues as well.

Tell us about the different local event venues available through LA Banquets, and which work best for what types of events. What makes these spaces special compared to, say, a conference hall at a local hotel?

The L.A. Banquets venues are fit for every type of event and we have hosted every type of event in each. The Brandview Ballroom is an historical landmark that was built in the 1920’s. When you want to go big, go with the Brandview Ballroom in Glendale. It’s one of the most opulent L0s Angeles wedding venues, offering 13,000 ornately designed square feet of event space for your wedding reception, anniversary party, family reunion, corporate event, or quinceañera. It is also the largest banquet hall & wedding venue in Glendale, CA.

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Le Foyer Ballroom in North Hollywood offers eye-popping elegance for up to 550 guests. It’s more than just a venue for your wedding reception, bar or bat mitzvah, or other milestone event: Le Foyer is an experience that your guests will never forget. We have customized the venue, and offer affordable options to make your special day even more special. When you look at the Glenoaks Ballroom, several different words or phrases will come to mind: Classy, spacious, elegant, attention to detail. gleaming, imported marble and handcrafted woodwork lend stylish, classic, and historical elegance to every inch of the venue. The marble captures every glimmer of light from the luminous chandeliers, creating a radiant, breathtaking atmosphere.

Want a different look? L.A. Banquets can bring in alternate materials for the dance floor, drape the walls in your choice of fabric and color, and customize the venue to match your personal style. As our most affordable venue the Galleria Ballroom is still one of our crown jewels and you will never feel as though we have spared our quality for cheap and inexpensive options. If Jane Austen and Downton Abbey are your guilty pleasures, then you’ll feel right at home in the Galleria Ballroom. When the wooden doors open, your guests will step into a room worthy of the Darcys and the Crawleys. This classic masterpiece has a Victorian design, high ceilings, marbled foyer and a capacity of 250. Open seven days a week we invite you to take a trip back in time on a tour of the ballroom today.

Similar to previous question: What’s something about venue-operating and renting that most people take for granted or don’t realize is very time consuming or intensive?

The attention to detail that has already been put into the venue. Placement of dance floors, head tables, the design… a successful venue has flexibility and has been planned and executed well.

Do you have any specials, with either company, coming up that you would like to alert people in LA about?

Yes, we are celebrating our 30th anniversary and are offering promotional pricing for all new bookings. [Editor’s Note: Check out the LA Banquets promotions page for the special!]

I’ve always wondered: Who cleans up after BIG venue parties anyway? Does LA Banquets have its own rub and scrub crew?

We do! We take great pride in our venues and want to make sure that we are in the finest of shape not only for your event but also for the tours that we give seven days a week.

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Review of Hex Tie Black

With the necktie being one of men’s most-worn accessories, it is not hard to believe that its origin dates back to the Croatian Vallerists during the 30 Year War.  The decorative cloths worn around their necks made it easy to distinguish the officers, who wore silk wraps around their necks and the, while the regular soldiers wore less luxurious materials.  The necktie actually waxed and waned in fashion throughout history and came back into the spotlight with the popularity of The Beatles in the 1960’s.

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For today’s man, there are many different choices in the world of neckties, but there are four main types:  The bowtie; the 4-in-hand necktie; the clip-on, and the 7 fold tie.  Each has its own characteristics and can be made out of materials like silk, cashmere wool, polyester, and cotton.  However, at Hex Tie, the necktie has been transformed into a space-age accessory for the modern man.

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For-going the conventional fabrics for necktie manufacturing, Enrique Alejandro Peral decided to create a necktie that was totally different.  Hence, the Hex Tie was born.  Enrique constructed a necktie that was made out of acrylic shapes that laid flat against the body and had an intrinsic flexibility with the adjoining fabric.  Every tie is assembled by hand to give each customer a unique item and one that is definitely a conversation piece.  The Hex Tie comes in different designs, according to the shapes that make up the construction.  There are ties that are made out of acrylic slices of rectangles, which resemble a version of their striped counterparts, honeycomb pieces, and even triangle ones.  The prices range from $99 in the black acrylic to $1898 for the golden chrome edition.  The entire collection of Hex Ties can be found at their online tie store.

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The concept of using a polymer to create a necktie may be an unusual idea for some traditional men, but they may be intrigued by the contemporary look of the Hex Tie and the lack of need to visit the dry cleaners.  The Hex Tie has the ability to be wiped clean without ever having to see the laundry room, which is a much easier to care for than most of the items in your closet.

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Review of Rustic Dime Denim Jeans

In 2009, the Rustic Dime Denim Co. launched their made in LA brand of denim-wear that was inspired by the street-style and skateboarder scenes. Since LA remains one of the fashion forefronts, it was a great place for The Rustic Dime Co. to bring their young men inspired line of clothing that provided a modern fit, quality denim fabrics, and a price tag that that would not break the bank.

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One example of their stylish jeans is the Charcoal Skinny Fit Denims. They are constructed of raw denim that is not prewashed, which gives them a little more substance, but the trousers have the perfect mix of 98% cotton denim and 2% spandex that will allow the jeans to move with you and keep you comfortable no matter what you are doing. The charcoal color is right on trend with what is happening in fashion this Fall and it is also a color that has more versatility for dressing it up, as opposed to the lighter blue denims. The price tag of $42, instead of the hundreds of dollars that stylish denims can cost is a huge plus for the consumer.

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If you are not into a skinny fit jean, but still want to be on-trend, then at rusticdime.com you will find the Rustic Indigo Slim Fit denims. These trousers are not as fitted to the body as the skinny fit ones, giving you a little more room for movement and come in a color denim that is not as dark as the usual indigo, but still has a deep enough hue to wear it with a button-down shirt and a sports coat if you choose. These trousers can also be purchased for $42.

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The Rustic Dime Co. not only specializes in denim jeans, but they have a selection of joggers, sweatpants, chinos, shorts, and denim tops that you can add to your wardrobe. Some of the items have have the same mix of cotton and spandex fabric, while others use 100% cotton or a poly mix.

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