last night was the long anticipated (for moi, at least) west coast launch party for domino: the book of decorating, held on the grounds of kelly wearstler's glamorous estate. no peeking inside the house (quel bummer), but the lovely pool area, bordered by tall hedges and a chic 1930's beverly hills regency poolhouse was treat to see. m21's pictures are not a treat to see- just too darn dark. sorry, you'll just have to take our word for it!
the crowd was fashionable, of course, led by our hostess, ms. wearstler in a short, short skirt and long, long legs. she is absolutely stunning in person, and her handsome husband was herding one of their adorable little boys around at one point. some people really do seem to have it all... (total gossipy side note- speaking of someone who seems to have it all: gwen stefani is much prettier (and taller) in person than maison21 expected. gorgeous).
but alas, the evening was about 90 degrees and humid- a rarity for l.a.- and that made m21 uber-cranky, uber-quickly (ok, the *!#@! back didn't help). so after a brief twirl to soak it all in, maison21 and his glamorous date, the bachelorette, made a hasty exit- heading down the hill to the delightfully dark and air-conditioned environs of dan tana's (old school hollywood rat-pack italian, at it's best). and yes, m21 admits he is an old & jaded angeleno, perfectly willing to trade the "photo-op" atmosphere of a crowded and glamorous party for an icy martini and a veal chop in a dark restaurant, catching up with a good friend.
last, sadly, there were lots of copies of "domino: the book of decorating" scattered around the party when we arrived, but none left on our exit, so we're just going to have to order our copy on amazon in order to check it out, right along with everybody else! you snooze, you lose!