Sunday, December 21, 2014

Men's Insider Guide


Los Angeles gets crazy this time of the year. Which is why we've teamed up with Nordstrom to help you do it right. Here's the inside tip on LA's hottest holiday activities, paired up with the latest style picks from Nordstrom Men's Shop, so you can put together the perfect look for all your holiday plans.

Have A Ball: New Year's Eve at Greystone Manor

This glamorous NYE celebration is the closest you'll get to time traveling back to Hollywood's golden age.

Drink up: A basic ticket includes premium hosted bar and passed apps. Sorry. Hors d'oeuvres.

Nordstrom's Men's Shop makes it easy: Pull off your best Cary Grant in a slim-fitting tux topped off with a classic bow tie and silk pocket square. Here's looking at you, kid. Get it here.

Dec 31 9p. 643 La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood (310-652-2012). From $150 here.

Nearby: Comme Ca; STK; The Belmont

Scrooge Does Satire: Second City's Twist Your Dickens

The legendary comedy troupe performs its satirical take on A Christmas Carol.

Surprise guests: It'll be interesting to see how Scrooge deals with a surprise visit from Henry Rollins or George Takei (oh my!).

Nordstrom's Men's Store makes it easy: We can't think of a better place to rock the ironic bow tie. Keep the look smart with a blazer and jeans, and call it an homage to Second City alum (and bow tie aficionado) Stephen Colbert. Get it here.

Thru Dec 30. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City (213-628-2772). From $30 here.

Nearby: City Tavern; Bottlerock; Ford's Filling Station

Surfer Santa: Newport Beach Boat Parade

This OC tradition is worth the drive. If not for the lights themselves than to marvel at what some people are willing to do to their yachts.

Fireworks: Sunday, December 23 is the best day to visit as the town launches a spectacular fireworks display off Balboa Pier at 9p.

Nordstrom's Men's Store makes it easy: Channel your inner Seth Cohen (Christmakah was always his favorite) with this Zachary Brell plaid sport shirt. Accessorize with a contrasting tie from Gitman Brothers and Brooks Brothers argyle vest to give it some edge. Get it here.

Wed-Sun Dec 19-23. Viewing info here.

Nearby: Basilic; Cabo Cantina; Newport Landing

Los Angelice: Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square
Start your Downtown date night with a festive spin on the frozen stuff. Because who says LA doesn’t have seasons?
Skate rental: No, you are not allowed to skate in your Nikes. So be prepared to shell out two bucks for a pair of blades.

Nordstrom Men's Shop makes it easy:  Pair this not-your-Dad's-Christmas sweater from Nudie with a Pendleton plaid shirt and J Brand jeans to stay warm and toasty while you're on the ice. Get it here.
Thru Jan 21. 532 South Olive St., Downtown (213-847-4970). Nearby: Bottega Louie; Mas Malo; Seven Grand

Desert Snow: A Giant Christmas Tree and Nightly Snow at The Grove
Holiday crowds suddenly become civil when the white stuff falls from the sky, as it does every night at the Grove. If only the weather at Mammoth were this predictable.
Mini-date: Take her to check out the shopping center’s new Sprinkles location, then enjoy your sweets beneath the snow. Awwwww….

Nordstrom Men's Shop makes it easy: Keep it casual in easy layers from Ted Baker London an twill pants from Earnest Sewn. Get it here.
Nightly at 7 & 8p. 189 The Grove Dr., West Hollywood/Fairfax. (323-900-8080). Nearby: Buddha’s Belly; Mint; Animal

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