Saturday, May 16, 2009
The smell of fresh waffles and champagne wafted onto Robertson Boulevard in L.A. last night, as Moods of Norway opened shop in America. Tradition was on full display as Scandinavian gods and goddess dressed in their best Moods creations (very bold, colorful patterns and lots of plaid) circulated around the room, speaking in their native tongue, sipping bubbly and sampling waffles pressed by a Norwegian Grandmother in the courtyard out back. As I made my rounds, I bumped into Perez Hilton, sporting a red and gold Moods of Norway track jacket, who couldn’t get enough of the goods. He recounted to me that he had worn Moods to the MTV Video Music Awards last year and the year before that. He had his eye on one particular design, a suit jacket with a floral print that he wanted to wear on “a special occasion.” Be on the lookout!
After a quick bite at Spanish Kitchen, a Michael Buble spotting with a new blond gal pal in tow, and a margarita (or 2! Don’t worry, I was not driving), it was off to the opening of Jane’s House, a new Hollywood hot spot. Housed in the old Memphis restaurant space on Hollywood Boulevard, the Moet & Chandon champagne flowed and the music bellowed as celebrities like Jaime Pressly from “My Name is Earl” and Bridget Marquardt, host of “Bridget’s Beaches,” ensconced on the patio of the Victorian style house and chatted with friends, enjoying the balmy evening. Jane’s House exudes a very comfortable and inviting feel, sure to be a hit on those warm summer nights. Owners Kimoon Kim and Katie Matthews devised the concept for the bar based on their infamous weekend barbecues at their Hancock Park home. Really it was the same group of friends, just different location. And less clean up.