20141024

Saturday 10/25 Edition: Hang Your Hat - Lady Gaga's Insane New Malibu Mansion Complete With 'Batcave'

Lady Gaga has reportedly dropped $23 million on a Malibu, California, mansion with a Batcave (yep, you read that right), according to Curbed.
The Batcave, which is accessible by a secret door, contains a wine cellar, home theater, and bowling alley.
The home was sold by Dan Romanelli, the founder of the consumer-products division at Warner Bros.,who listed it for $24.95 million in May 2014.
Romanelli built the superhero-inspired home in 2006. “Batman was something that really helped build my division,” Romanelli, who worked on toys linked to the series, told The Wall Street Journal when the home went on sale.
The nearly 10,270-square-foot mansion also has five bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, an elevator, gym, and pool.
Here’s what you see when you drive up to Lady Gaga’s new digs.
Here's what you see when you drive up to Lady Gaga's new digs.
If you head around back, the view gets even more impressive.
If you head around back, the view gets even more impressive.
Let’s jump right to the underground “Batcave.” It contains arcade games and a collection of vintage toys.
Let's jump right to the underground "Batcave." It contains arcade games and a collection of vintage toys.
It also has two bowling lanes that were actually taken from a bowling alley. They even have the original scoreboard.
It also has two bowling lanes that were actually taken from a bowling alley. They even have the original scoreboard.
There’s also a screening room.
There's also a screening room.
And a wine cellar. Hey, Batman has rough days, too.
And a wine cellar. Hey, Batman has rough days, too.
The entire “Batcave” is accessible via an underground passageway.
The entire "Batcave" is accessible via an underground passageway.
But that’s not the only fun thing about this house. It has a beautiful saltwater pool and hot tub.
But that's not the only fun thing about this house. It has a beautiful saltwater pool and hot tub.
And views of both the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains.
And views of both the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains.
Popular Zuma Beach sits right across the street.
Popular Zuma Beach sits right across the street.
There’s a bocce court.
There's a bocce court.
And a horse stable.
And a horse stable.
There’s a paddock too, of course.
There's a paddock too, of course.
Let’s go inside. Once you enter the home, there is the open dining room and living room.
Let's go inside. Once you enter the home, there is the open dining room and living room.
Here is a better view of the dining area. We’re going to call the decor Southwestern-chic.
Here is a better view of the dining area. We're going to call the decor Southwestern-chic.
Notice the wood-paneled ceilings and wrought iron chandelier in the living room.
Notice the wood-paneled ceilings and wrought iron chandelier in the living room.
The kitchen also has plenty of space for seating, with a six-person table and stools at the counter.
The kitchen also has plenty of space for seating, with a six-person table and stools at the counter.
Upstairs, you’ll find the ethereal master suite with a canopied bed.
Upstairs, you'll find the ethereal master suite with a canopied bed.
The French doors lead to an outside balcony with pretty impressive views.
The French doors lead to an outside balcony with pretty impressive views.
And the bathroom has glass-paneled doors to the toilet and shower.
And the bathroom has glass-paneled doors to the toilet and shower.
This looks like a guest bedroom downstairs.
This looks like a guest bedroom downstairs.
This bedroom has a private patio.
This bedroom has a private patio.
The home office has doors leading to another balcony.
The home office has doors leading to another balcony.
Here’s the gym, in case Gaga gets sick of running on her 6 acres.
Here's the gym, in case Gaga gets sick of running on her 6 acres.
There are plenty of places from which to enjoy a Malibu sunset.
There are plenty of places from which to enjoy a Malibu sunset.
Via BI | All images: The Agency/Unlimited Style Photography

20141023

Friday 10/24 Edition: Bundle Up With The 5 Types Of Jackets Guys Should Wear This Winter

As soon as temperatures dip below 50 degrees, it’s officially time for a jacket.
This season, forget about digging out old faithful from the back of the closet and check out these fashionable favorites.
Shearling Jackets
shearling jackets coats
(LEFT: Belstaff, $2,495; CENTER: MR PORTER, $595; RIGHT: Bloomingdale’s, $556)
A popular style for this season is shearling-lined coats that look like classic bombardier jackets that were worn by pilots during WWII. 
The look is rugged and manly, but also best relegated to your weekend wear or worn on a chilly weekend getaway. Usually made with leather, these will be a nice transitional coat for the season and are also great for date nights when worn with jeans and boots.
Double-Breasted Coats
double breasted jackets coats
(LEFT: Bloomingdale’s $698; CENTER: MR PORTER, $1,670; RIGHT: Norstrom, $170)
Men’s fashion has brought back the double-button jacket in recent years, whether its a trench, peacoat, or a simple jacket.
These might seem a bit more fashion-forward than the average cookie-cutter button down, but they’re actually quite flattering. Just make sure to have the coat tailored to accentuate your waist and choose a style with a peak lapel to show off your shoulders.
Coats With Toggles
toggle jackets coats
(LEFT: Brooks Brothers, $698; CENTER: Bloomingdale’s, $895; RIGHT: Macy’s, $230)
Nautical toggle coats will be everywhere this fall if the spring runway shows were any indication. The so-called Paddington or Duffel Coats have big pockets, toggles, and are usually knee or hip length.
These were another war coat worn by the British Royal Navy in WWI and WWII (the toggles allowed them to be fastened and unfastened while wearing thick gloves). Though a bit more casual than a classic overcoat, duffel coats can be worn in casual settings or at the office.
The Classic Top Coat
simple overcoat jackets coats
(LEFT: Bloomingdale’s, $795; CENTER: MR PORTER, $3,875; RIGHT: J.Crew, $450)
Every man should own a classic, simple top coat. It’s the perfect jacket to wear over a nice suit, or with a sweater and a pair of jeans to dress up your casual outfit.
Look for simple lines and a fit that skims your body rather than hugs it. When done correctly, the top coat will be cut to fit cleanly over your favorite suit.
Down-Filled Jackets
puffy jackets coats
(LEFT: MR PORTER, $3,925; CENTER: Bloomingdale’s, $1,520; RIGHT: Nordstrom, $845)
Puffy, quilted coats will officially be back in style this winter. Try and choose a jacket that is as streamlined as possible so you don’t look like a marshmallow (or time traveler from the early aughts), and pair it with slim-fitting jeans and sneakers.
Because it’s a sporty look, avoid wearing this style of jacket with suits or fancier attire.
Via BI

20141022

Wear It Like: Jack Dorsey - Thursday 10/23 Edition


1. Burberry Ribbed Sweater @ Mr Porter
2. Frame Denim Vinoodh Denim Jeans @ Mr Porter
3. Valentino Garavani Rockstud Ankle Boots @ farfetch
4. Karma Mantra Knox Luna Bracelet @ InforMANt 
5. Truzzi Granada Flannel Shirt @ Matches
Sounds: The Distance by Cake @ Amazon


20141021

Wear It Like: Jack Dorsey - Wednesday 10/22 Edition


1. Braun Prestige BN00095 Stainless Steel Wristwatch @ InforMANt
2. Avallone Reversible Executive Belt @ InforMANt
3. Hackett Mayfair Shirt @ Mr Porter
4. James Narrow Tie @ Lumina
5. White Oak Taper Trenton Jean @ Lumina
6. Armani Fitted Blazer @ farfetch
7. Valentine Goods Black Crocodile Case @ InforMANt
Sounds: Nee to Feel Loved by Reflekt @ Amazon
Need to Feel Loved

20141020

Wear It Like: Jack Dorsey - Tuesday 10/21 Edition


1. St Laurent Slim Fit Washed Denim @ Mr Porter
2. Junya Wantanabe Commes Des Garcons Contrast Shirt @ farfetch
3. Canali Degrade EffectBuckle Belt @ farfetch
4. Avallone Antique Leather Front Pocket Wallet @ InforMANt
5. Parry Gargano Stranger Ring @ InforMANt
6. Maison martin Margiela Trunk Boot @ farfetch
Sounds: Rinzler by Kaskade @ Amazon

20141019

Wear It Like: Jack Dorsey - Monday 10/20 Edition


1. Heath Two Button Wool Suit @ Reiss
2. Wooyoungmi Panel Collar Shirt @ Matches
3. Turnbull & Asser Ribbed Silk Tie @ Mr Porter
4. Lanvin Silk Pocket Square @ Mr Porter
5. Blake Green Nautilus Cufflinks @ InforMANt
6. Christophe Lemaire Minimal Loafers @ farfetch
7. Paul Smith Skull Metal Tie Clip @ Mr Porter
Sounds: Criminal by Fiona Apple @ Amazon

Sunday 10/19 Edition: THE 10 BEST SECRET RESTAURANTS IN AMERICA

The rise of the modern speakeasy has given you plenty of options when you want a secretive drink, but what if you want a bite to eat somewhere sly? Not to be outdone by the underground libation outlets, the secret restaurant is alive and well in America. Here are 10 of the best we recommend checking out … if you can find their doors.
CHEF VOLA’S (ATLANTIC CITY, NJ)
To get into Chef Vola’s you have to be connected. Maybe know a guy who knows a guy. There are only 12 tables in the Italian joint located in the basement of a house in A.C., and procuring one is more than tricky. If you do happen to snag a reservation at the unmarked establishment, you’ll be met with photos of celebs on the walls and tremendous, classic Italian food on your plate. If you want more info, the password-protected website will be of little help.
SAFE HOUSE (MILWAUKEE, WI)
Before it was cool to make your establishment secretive, there was Safe House in Milwaukee. For the last 40+ years, it’s been the secret restaurant. The entire experience is inspired by spy films and mysterious history. Even after you’ve found the unmarked door, you still need to know the password to get in. Luckily, if you don’t know the password, you can still complete a mission to gain access. Once inside, you’ll be met with a cell door from an actual KGB prison, a booth that hides you and your guests, and the option to have the Unique Martini which is shaken not stirred by traveling through a tube around the restaurant.
FRED’S BREAKFAST (NEW HOPE, PA)
Chris and Ellen Bollenbacher are the owners of The Landing Restaurant, a restaurant in New Hope, PA with a fantastic view right on the water and a load of fans. Some of those fans know about their other venture, Fred’s Breakfast. The members only breakfast spot has just 31 seats and you’ll need a special key to get in. Named after their dog, Fred, Fred’s Breakfast serves up tasty baked goods you can down with cup after cup of coffee … if you’re lucky enough to have a key.
TOTORAKU (LOS ANGELES, CA)
Do you crave mouth-watering beef and are up for a challenge? Totoraku is your spot. Known as the “secret beef restaurant,” Totoraku offers up raw and cooked beef unlike any you’ve had before. Unfortunately, they don’t have a website or Facebook page, and you need to know someone to get in. You could walk up to the door (it’s underneath a sign reading “The Teriyaki House Pico”), but you’ll probably be greated with a quick, “We’re full tonight.” It’s a hot spot for local chefs and celebs, and if you’re lucky enough to get a business card with the handwritten phone number, you might be able to snag a seat yourself.
LUKSUS (BROOKLYN, NY)
Tucked away in one of our favorite beer bars in the country, Tørst, is a tiny eatery called Luksus. There are only 26 seats and it’s a simple tasting menu, but hot damn is it good. Daniel Burns, formerly of Noma and The Fat Duck, serves up snacks and bites with a strong Nordic lean that will go nicely with a glass of something from Evil Twin.
VERNON’S HIDDEN VALLEY STEAKHOUSE (LOS RANCHOS, NM)
Should you find yourself in New Mexico with a hankering for some seriously good steak, Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse is your spot … assuming you can find it and you know the password which changes on a weekly basis. There’s no sign outside and when you knock (3 times) someone slides open a little window just like in the movies. Once you do get inside, however, you’re in steak heaven. It’s not cheap, but all-natural 21-day wet-aged beef shouldn’t be.
CLUB 33 (ANAHEIM, CA)
So you’re spending a few days at Disney and you’ve had your fair share of waiting in line and greasy food, where do you go? Club 33. Well, Club 33 if you happen to be able to get in. (Hint: You probably can’t.) The private club is located in the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland and is open to only 500 members. Want to become one of those members? Sure, you just have get lucky and spend 10+ years on a wait list. But, hey, you can get booze in there.
EL CARAJO (MIAMI, FL)
While many restaurants on this list are located behind an unmarked door, El Carajo has basically donned a fake mustache and put on a total disguise. You can find the tapas and wine spot at the BP gas station on 17th Ave and US 1. Inside the “Food Store & Deli,” you’ll be treated to 2,000 wines from all over the world and all the chorizo and ceviche you can handle.
KILLER POBOYS (NEW ORLEANS, LA)
If you want a po’ boy in New Orleans, you’ve got a lot of options. If you want a tasty one shrouded in mystery, get one at Killer Poboys. Located in the back of the Erin Rose Bar, Killer Poboys serves up unique po’ boys like a glazed pork belly version or a meatloaf one. Grab a drink at Erin Rose Bar and then soak up the booze with something from the back.
BOHEMIAN (NEW YORK, NY)
There’s an unassuming butcher shop on Great Jones Street in a building that used to be owned by Andy Warhol where you’ll find a true hidden gem. Bohemian is a Japanese-inspired restaurant and bar that serves up tremendous cocktails, steak, and more in a zen-like atmosphere. Despite being highly rated, there’s no phone number and to get a reservation you have to email and basically plead your case. If you do get in, you can enjoy a $55, six-course tasting menu highlighted by some Washugyu beef sliders and a bunch of other specialties.
Via Cool Material

20141016

Friday 10/17 Edition: Life at 1,396 feet: $90 Million Penthouse in the Tallest Condo Building in the Western Hemisphere

Life at 1,396 feet: $90 Million Penthouse in the Tallest Condo Building in the Western Hemisphere
Standing at a staggering 1,396 feet, it offers breathtaking views of New York, including Central Park, lower Manhattan and the Atlantic Ocean.
This spectacular building is 432 Park Avenue, in midtown Manhattan, which today became the tallest residential site in the Western Hemisphere.
Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, the 96-story condo offers 104 units, ranging in price from $16.95million to a whopping $95million penthouse suite.
Astonishingly, it towers over the Empire State Building (1,250ft), the Chrysler Building (1,046ft) and One World Trade Center without its spire (1,368ft). 
Stunning: This marble bathroom at 432 Park Avenue - which stands at a staggering 1,396 feet - offers a breathtaking view of New York
Stunning: This marble bathroom at 432 Park Avenue – which stands at a staggering 1,396 feet – offers a breathtaking view of New York
Sprawling: The building in midtown Manhattan today became the tallest residential site in the Western Hemisphere. Above, is a living room in the skyscraper 
Sprawling: The building in midtown Manhattan today became the tallest residential site in the Western Hemisphere. Above, is a living room in the skyscraper
A view to wake up to: Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, the 96-story condo offers 104 units, ranging from $16.95million to $95million
A view to wake up to: Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, the 96-story condo offers 104 units, ranging from $16.95million to $95million
Tall: 432 Park Avenue (center) towers over the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and One World Trade Center without its spire
Tall: 432 Park Avenue (center) towers over the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and One World Trade Center without its spiral.
This morning CIM Group and Macklowe Properties announced the topping out of the building, which will welcome its first residents next year.
For those lucky few who can afford to purchase a unit, they will be able to observe the stunning views from sprawling 10-foot-by-10-foot windows.
The units, all built over 365 feet and designed by Deborah Berke, also feature 12.5-foot ceilings, solid oak flooring and Italian marble countertops.
And the rest of the building is just as impressive – with climate-controlled wine cellars, an outdoor terrace, a spa, a ‘massage therapy room’ and a pool.
Beautifully furnished: The building will welcome its first residents next year. Above, this unit features a telescope to look out over New York
Beautifully furnished: The building will welcome its first residents next year. Above, this unit features a telescope to look out over New York
Breathtaking: For those lucky few who can afford to purchase a unit, they will be able to observe the views from  10-foot-by-10-foot windows
Breathtaking: For those lucky few who can afford to purchase a unit, they will be able to observe the views from 10-foot-by-10-foot windows
An immaculate kitchen: The units, all built over 365 feet and designed by Deborah Berke, also feature 12.5-foot ceilings and solid oak floors
An immaculate kitchen: The units, all built over 365 feet and designed by Deborah Berke, also feature 12.5-foot ceilings and solid oak floors
Skyline: And the rest of the building is just as impressive - with climate-controlled wine cellars, an outdoor terrace, a spa, a 'massage therapy room' and a pool. Above, this view of the Manhattan skyline shows 432 Park View (right). The crane on top will soon be removed from the site
Skyline: And the rest of the building is just as impressive – with climate-controlled wine cellars, an outdoor terrace, a spa, a ‘massage therapy room’ and a pool. Above, this view of the Manhattan skyline shows 432 Park View (right). The crane on top will soon be removed from the site
Residents can also frequent a billiards room, dine in a restaurant underneath a crystal chandelier, socialise in a lounge and keep fit in a private gym.
The building, which sits between 56th and 57th Streets, first underwent excavation work on September 26, 2011, followed by three years of construction.
Today, the final concrete was poured on its highest floor, taking it to its full height of 1,396 feet, ABC reported. It can now be seen from the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and even as far away as Monmouth County in New Jersey.
Avi Shemesh, the principal and co-founder of CIM Group, said she was delighted the topping of 432 was achieved today, weeks ahead of schedule.
Penthouse: Residents can also frequent a billiards room, socialise in a residents' lounge and keep fit in a private gym. Above, a living room
Penthouse: Residents can also frequent a billiards room, socialise in a residents’ lounge and keep fit in a private gym. Above, a living room
Fine dining: The building, which sits between 56th and 57th Streets, first underwent excavation work on September 26, 2011, followed by three years of construction. Today, the final concrete was poured on its highest floor, taking it to its full height of 1,396 feet
Fine dining: The building, which sits between 56th and 57th Streets, first underwent excavation work on September 26, 2011, followed by three years of construction. Today, the final concrete was poured on its highest floor, taking it to its full height of 1,396 feet
A good morning: Harry Macklowe, chairman of Macklowe Properties, said: 'We are proud to have created a New York City landmark that can be seen throughout all five boroughs, and which will enhance our city’s iconic skyline.' Above, another view of New York from the property
A good morning: Harry Macklowe, chairman of Macklowe Properties, said: ‘We are proud to have created a New York City landmark that can be seen throughout all five boroughs, and which will enhance our city’s iconic skyline.’ Above, another view of New York from the property
Harry Macklowe, chairman of Macklowe Properties, added: ‘We are proud to have created a New York City landmark that can be seen throughout all five boroughs, and which will enhance our city’s iconic skyline.
‘At 1,396 feet, 432 Park Avenue is the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, and represents an extraordinary accomplishment of architecture, design, engineering and craftsmanship.

‘In this second decade of the 21st century, we are privileged to have been part of creating something that will join the pantheon of legendary 20th century structures like the Chrysler, the Empire State and the Woolworth Buildings.’
Via DailyMail