We are heading towards a glorious summer in California. I always search for unique and individual local vendors – the quintessential store. I have found it in the heavenly store of Madame Chocolat on Canon Drive in downtown Beverly Hills.
When you enter Madame Chocolat, you have the sense of being somewhere really special. The décor is cool greens with touches of antique gold and cream. There is an immense crystal chandelier dripping from the ceiling. Owner, Hasty Torres, is a gorgeous woman who makes you feel very welcome. Chocolate is her life, and she wants to share it with you.
For the holidays this year, Hasty designed a three-foot chocolate rabbit that is a feast for the eyes. The attention to detail was astonishing. Ms. Torres beautiful adorned the sweet bunny with springtime-sugared flowers and oodles of ribbons – a big hit at the Easter Brunch.
For my special occasion Madam Chocolat is custom-making a pink pair of Louboutin stilettos shoes in solid chocolate with “Love Pinky” inscribed in frosting. Ms. Torres always has a selection of life-sized shoes. The stunning (and sweet) stilettos are one of the most impressive hostess gifts you could ever choose.
I first discovered Madame Chocolat when I received a heart-shaped Mahogany box of chocolates as a thank-you gift. This pretty box doubled as a jewelry case after savoring the dark chocolates it encased. Do yourself a favor and visit Madam Chocolat, the premiere chocolatier for Beverly Hills.
Full Service Valet
Another goodie recently discovered while lunching at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel is getting your car detailed for $200 or hand-washed for $30. And in the time it takes to refresh your car you can treat yourself to a two-hour spa treatment followed by a lovely lunch with a friend.
After living in France for many years with a lingerie boutique on almost every corner (the French just do that so well), I was disappointed on a recent search for beautiful undies in local department stores. There’s just not much happening.
The big stores on Wilshire Boulevard were full of beige prosthetic bras that my husband detests. There was little selection of elegant lingerie, but then I discovered Luxe Lingerie on Camden Drive.
Luxe has an overwhelming array of gorgeous European underwear. It’s hard to say no. I wanted one of everything. They feature an abundance of bra and panty sets, bridal gifts, and naughty little numbers that I have not seen anywhere else. Luxe’s prices are reasonable, and I left this wonderful boutique blushing with a powder puff pink bra and matching knickers.