DVF Exhibit - Wrap Dresses Everywhere!

DVF: Journey of a Dress - Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the DVF Wrap Dress

If you're in L.A., the DVF wrap dress exhibit adjacent to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) has just been extended until May 1! I went with my friend Adrienne and we both loved it. One dress really did change the way women dress, work and feel about themselves starting in the 1970's.

DVF dressesIt's free to enter, as it's separate from LACMA (though if you park in the LACMA lot, which is easiest, it's $10, and you'll pay at the ticket counter). It won't take you more than 30 minutes to go through as the exhibit is basically one big, bright, graphic room with all of her dresses on display.

Colorful DVF dressesFeel like a woman - wear a dress! DVF EntranceAfter, don't miss LACMA's famous "Urban Light" outside the entrance - if you're a 15-year-old girl like I am, you may recognize them from No Strings Attached - I loved that Ashton Kutcher/Natalie Portman vehicle.

Urban Light

The Dreamiest Paris Museum

In two beautiful mansions in the Marais is the Carnavalet Museum, a dreamy, transportive place to spend a couple of hours on an afternoon in Paris (two hours is my museum limit before I start searching out a cafe cappuccino and the shop).

Staircase in the CarnavaletI wanted to jump into the paintings of the Belle Epoque, of 19th-century Paris, where parties, lunches, divine dresses, big hats, cigars, theater performances, glasses of wine, and horse-drawn carriages ruled the social scene. But there are 140 rooms, tracing the entire history of Paris - in fact, it has been open since 1880, before the height of the Belle Epoque. So whether it's the Medieval or Renaissance periods, the French Revolution, or like me, the Belle Epoque, that strikes your fancy, you will find something to love and learn at the Carnavalet. The interiors alone are worth a visit, forgetting the artwork. 

Belle Epoque is translated as the "Golden Age" or the "Beautiful Age" - how heartbreakingly perfect is that kind of era?

A visit to the Carnavalet is also a great time to experience Paris' most famous falafel stand - L'As du Fallafel, a five-minute walk away. Hop in line and be ready to give cash to the person taking your order in line. Take the paper they give you, hand it to the person at the window, and receive your falafel (I loved the spicy one - it's not that hot). Find somewhere to sit - the most beautiful park, Place des Vosges is less than 10 minutes away if you can make it that far without chomping down. Get extra napkins and enjoy!

L'As du FallafelSpicy falafelL'As du Fallafel - 34 rue des Rosiers, Marais (closed on Saturdays for the Jewish sabbath)

Carnavalet Museum - 23 Rue de Sévigné, Marais

A Secret Brunch Spot in Manhattan

I just discovered a new "secret" brunch spot and it's at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Did everyone just roll their eyes and laugh? The Met is most definitely NOT a New York secret. Everyone visits when they come to New York, to see the legendary art collection and the rooftop installation in the summer.

I've always loved the Petrie Court Cafe & Wine Bar - you are surrounded by the beautiful European Sculpture Court and they have a great afternoon tea. But recently, my cousin, a member of The Met, asked me to join her and her daughter for Sunday brunch at the Members Dining Room on the Fourth Floor. You have to be a member to make a reservation here, at any one of the 15 levels of membership. The three-course prix-fixe brunch menu was fantastic and looking out over the trees of Central Park is a perfect New York moment. It's another good reason to join The Met and I plan on taking visitors here.

It's also great for lunch and open for dinner on Fridays & Saturdays, though then you have a view of darkness as opposed to Central Park.

A View from The Met's rooftop

Alexander McQueen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Last week, I got to experience the most stunning art exhibit I've ever seen: the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, entitled "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty."  Sure, his name was in the press when his house designed Kate Middleton's wedding dress and before that, when he committed suicide in early 2010.  But I had absoutely no idea what a genius he was.  His talent escaped the bounds of fashion tradition to create works of art that will last forever.  He said he wanted to design clothes so people were in fear of the woman wearing them.  Wow.

"You've got to know the rules to break them"The exhibit has broken all previous Met attendance records.  I went at 8:30 on a Sunday morning with a museum member so we got in early for member's hours.  It unfortunately closed yesterday but I hope they find some way of making it permanent, perhaps in McQueen's beloved Scotland. As the New York Times wrote, "Clothes become costumes, with sensuous, sumptuous lives of their own."