Marina, My Milanese Friend
Marina, Missoni…must be housecalls in Milan! Stan says ciao to all our friends…
Song of the Week - Florence + The Machine
Tune into our song of the week here.
Quik Pro Warm Up: Irene Vs. Tumblr
This pic is thanks to one of our favorite tumblrs, It’s Disposable. Check out the other surf inspired tumblrs that we love here.
Graphic of the Day: Kiss Your Fav Beatle
If we had to give a prize for the most obsessive groupies in history, we’d have to overlook Justin Bieber and Menudo, and go straight to the Beatles fans. Today’s graphic is an eerie reminder of creepy fans. Ladies and gentlemen, here’s the “lips poster” to further assist in your fantasy make-outs.
Full Name: Alexander Lindao Exact Title: Bellman / Front Desk Agent / Concierge Sun Sign: Pisces The Standard: First off, tell us a bit about your background, and what you do at the Standard? Alexander: I’m from the beautiful Caribbean coastal city of Santa Marta in Colombia. Fluent in 4 languages (Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian). I have an Associate degree in Tourism and Hotel...
StndAIR + FIAT = Stan's Package
FIATs waiting for you at Sunset Beach Summer is almost over, and I just can’t bear the thought. I really can’t. But lucky for me, I’ve been all over the place taking advantage of the warm weather. Los Angeles on Monday & Tuesdays. Miami on Thursday and Fridays. My beach house on the weekends. Don’t forget all the trips back and forth to Sunset Beach via my...
Modernica's Pets on Furniture
(ACK.. bunnies and kitties kissing! Via Modernica’s blog) For fans of sleek modern design, Modernica has for ages been a beautifully curated one-stop shop. We love them not only for their ethos but because we’re neighbors in downtown LA and share similar sensibilities. Just when we thought this affinity could not get any stronger, we came upon Modernica’s new weekly contest...
The Life of Gainsbourg
Take a look at this photo. It appears Brigitte Bardot is seducing Serge Gainsbourg in a game of footsie, eh? Look again and you’ll see Brigitte is being played by Laetitia Casta in the biopic of Serge Gainsbourg. Comic book artist Joann Sfar interprets the life of ’60s pop star Serge Gainsbourg (née Lucien Ginsburg to Russian- Jewish parents),1921–1991, beginning with his childhood years...
The Best Dickheads
We couldn’t help but zero in on yet another list compiled by the men at GQ. This one is “13 Biggest Movie Dicks”. Hey, you can’t have a proper hero without beating a big jerk on the path to glory. Here they are…you know them, you love them! (Just Let Your Souuuuuuuullll Glooooooo) Eriq La Salle as Darryl Jenks Coming to America (1988). As the heir to the...
Graphic of the Day: History Question
Today’s graphic is the innocence of a child’s handwriting and good nature found at Utne Reader. Above we see a history question posed to a kid. We hope the teacher counted this answer as correct.
Stan D'istraction: Revamped Street Signs
We are not ones to condone graffiti, but we are definitely ones to support and nurture the creative arts. I came across this website called Happy Place via a good friend of mine who I like to call CD. It showcases people’s artistic interpretations of what public signage should be. Click the link and let hilarity ensue. Another favorite of mine…
Pickle this Pickle that
Lately there has been quite a buzz about Executive Chef Mark Zeitouni’s Spicy Pickles. They’re quite addicting with just the right amount of kick. The New Times Blog, Short Order recently came by to interview Chef Mark and to learn about his pickling techniques. They also got him to give up his amazing Spicy Dill Pickles Recipe, served exclusively at The Lido Restaurant and Bayside Grill at The...
New Banksy in London
Todays graphic is the new Banksy piece in London. We find it quite unusual for 3 reasons… (1) The new Banksy piece is referencing serial ‘tagger’ Tox, so it’s sort of a second generation reference to another graffiti writer. (2) They added a CCTV to watch over the new Banksy piece. (3) The piece was entirely plexi-glassed for preservation. We’re still waiting for the...
Mark Licari's 6th Street Mural
60 Seconds on Sixth Street from dick thompson on Vimeo. Changing out the work on the 6th Street Mural at The Standard, Downtown LA, is always a bit of an emotional roller coaster. It’s sad to see the previous work go but painting over it to create a fresh new canvas gives us a sense of excitement about what’s coming next. (Mark’s work in progress) Last week we had a mean...
Drew Barrymore's Cute New Video
(Actresses Miranda Cosgrove and Chloe Moretz) Our hearts broke when we saw this gorgeous new video for artist Bethany Cosentino, a.k.a. Best Coast directed by Drew Barrymore. The theme is a throwback 50’s vibe, with a wink to West Side Story which is really an epic wink to Romeo & Juliet — the feuding families with 2 star crossed lovers stuck in the middle. The video also...
Desert Nights- Aug 24
This Wednesday, on August 24th is another loyal installment of our weekly party, Desert Nights, held in the Cactus Lounge at The Standard Hollywood. The evening is a gathering of 3 musicians who opt to unplug and provide a special acoustic set for our lucky hotel guests and friends. Here’s the lineup this week. (Half the Brother-Sister Duo of Lincoln and Cory Madley. ) Cory &...
Vince Aletti Presents Stuff
Vince Aletti is a man with incredible taste. He reviews photography exhibitions for the New Yorker’s Goings on About Town section and writes a regular column about photo books for Photograph. He is a contributing editor at Aperture and writes for Artforum and V. His writing contributions are too many to list in terms of awards and prestigious museum curations, but suffice it to say, the...
Behold a cute summer goodie — the whistle necklace made by one of our guest bloggers, Anna Sheffield of Bing Bang. We stole this photo from her Instagram today with a note that reads: ”Good for summer and cat calling boys at the beach”. We thought we’d share it with our readers since there’s only a few left. The necklace costs $128 but is now on sale for $96. Get...
Spa Month with Mina
(Mud Lounge at The Standard Miami) Ahhh Spa Month at The Standard Miami… the perfect chance to indulge in all of your favorite rituals. Sadly, it is almost over, but there are still a few more days to take advantage (ends August 30). We caught up with Mina Gough, Spa Director at The Standard Spa Miami Beach, to get her tips on Spa Month. The Standard: Which Spa Month Treatment is the most...
Graphic of the Day: Clinging
Today’s graphic is a reminder that clinging isn’t sexy, even when furry little koala’s do it.
In the Grace of The Rapture
Tonight, we join forces with Justine D. to celebrate a New York miracle: the return of The Rapture. Released September 6th on DFA Records, their new album sounds as magic and uplifting and beautiful as their first single “How Deep is your Love”. Enjoy the exclusive Standard Q&A and see you later tonight at the DFA & Throne of Blood Dance Party! (The Rapture. Photo by Ruvan...
The Rainbow Project
(Aska Matsumiya’s Rainbow Project Launches at The Standards in LA now) For LA-based artist and musician Aska Matsumiya, rainbows are magical - no matter where in the world we may be, the beautiful phenoms bring us joy. To share this joy was partially the motivation behind the Rainbow Project, a new charitable endeavor that at once provides a forum for sharing images of rainbows from...
Song of the Week: Video Games
We bring you a new song of the week from our music aficionado staffer, otherwise known as “The Starman”. The tune is called “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey. “Lana Del Rey. You might not have heard of this name yet but save it in your memory somewhere between Nancy Sinatra and Florence and the Machine. New York singer-songwriter Lizzy Grant known as Lana will be...
Return of the Drawing Salon
Back in June The Standard, Hollywood hosted a Drawing Salon with artist Ryan McGinness. We had such a blast that we decided to make it a regular thing. Next Thursday, August 25th, will mark the return of the Drawing Salon! We’re partnering with New Image Art Gallery for the event and have lined up some breathtaking models to get those creative juices flowing. This month’s models...
Hit Snooze. Save the World.
Snooze is a beautiful invention… an endless reminder of our procrastination. A new iOS app is turning those fumbling morning minutes into the chance to donate to charity. Snooze is an alarm clock app for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad that pledges $0.25 of your own money to charity every time you hit the snooze button. The app was built by LetGive, a company that combines mobile...
Yes, we said "360 Drum Roller Coaster"
Tonight marks the first official day of The Sunset Strip Music Festival! There will be awesome concerts happening tonight and tomorrow at all the music venues located along the strip with the main festival and street closure (featuring headliners Mötley Crüe, Bush, and Public Enemy) happening on Saturday. And…. if that wasn’t exciting enough, it’s just been announced that...
The Rapture Returns!
This Friday, Le Bain is joining forces with Justine D, Throne of Blood and DFA Records to celebrate the release of the new album by The Rapture. In The Grace of Your Love will be released September 6th, but you probably already heard the fantastic first single “How Deep is Your Love”. You can download the remix by Populette here: The party at Le Bain will feature DJ sets by...
Tara Stiles, Miami loves you!
You know how it is when you’re so hyped up about someone or something that you question how great they really could be? Well you better believe the hype when it comes to the lovely Tara Stiles. The Standard, Miami fell in love with Tara and it was clear why she has such a devout fan club. Tara’s classes were full of her Strala devotees and Miami locals - some fans even drove...
Feist is Back with New Music
Feist is back in the game… this time she’s teamed up with longtime collaborators, Chilly Gonzalez and Mocky in Toronto. She then headed to Big Sur to finish her new record, Metals, with percussionist Dean Stone, keyboardist Brian LeBarton, and Valgeir Siggurdsson, who’s produced albums by Björk and Kate Nash. The record is out October 4th. In the meantime, check out the latest...
Meet Daniel Riordan Wood of StndAIR
Full Name: Daniel Riordan Wood Exact Title: Air Concierge for StndAIR Sun Sign: Virgo First off, tell us a bit about your background, and what you do at The Standard? Outside of StndAIR I’m a writer and actor, creating and performing work for theaters in downtown NYC. At The Standard I’m a red plane’s mother ☺ What’s your favorite secret spot in NYC? Valentino Park in Red Hook. Best...
Tour de Stan
You’ll remember last week I told you about the new bikes we have at The Standard, New York, right? Well, the other I day, I took one of the bikes out for a gorgeous summer ride around the hotel and the neighborhood. It was so amazing, I decided to create an Instagram tour of all my favorite spots. With this, I present to you, Stan D’arde’s Bike Tour: Meatpacking. The...
New York Surf Festival
While you’re deciding which Standard Boardshort is your favorite, you can gear up for the 4th Annual NYSFF slated for September 15-17, 2011! The New York Surf Film Festival is the premier showcase for international independent surf film. The mission of the New York Surf Film Festival is to provide filmmakers who are exploring the diversity of surfing an opportunity to present their work to...
Some Love from the Big Boys
Ok. So we realize this song was released online on August 11th, but it’s still on heavy rotation here at The Standard office…. note: 5 and 1 /2 million hits on YouTube already? Damn! Watch The Throne is out now and here’s the first single “Otis”. Download the track on iTunes. Our favorite part? Hova’s “Live from The Mercer” shout-out referring...
New York Wine & Food Festival Is Coming
It’s a little bit early to bring this to the table (pun TOTALLY intended), but I couldn’t hold in my excitement! The New York Wine & Food Festival is slowly descending upon us, and once again, The Standard, New York is the official hotel partner for all the culinary festivities. The Feast will be doing their talks series in the Plaza, and the annual Oyster Bash will take...
Hannah Cohen's First Single is Out
Ladies and gentlemen, take a look at this angel of a singer names Hannah Cohen. Her voice is heartbreaking, curious, and emotional. ”My music is for unicorns” she tells Nowness when asked what her musical genre was. “It is in the sad unicorn genre.” Vogue photographer Matthu Placek created this arresting musical vignette for her first single, “Child Bride.” To read more...
Gelato...Just What I Need
There are times when I just want to kill our Executive Pastry Chef Frederick Aquino! I’ve made it through the summer avoiding his irresistible ice cream cart at the Standard, New York while running away from Chef Mark’s chick pea fries at The Standard, Miami. I haven’t gained a pound (but I haven’t lost one either!) Now, in another mastermind maneuver, Chef Aquino has...
Graphic of the Day: Mattress
Today’s graphic was found on a Tumblr aptly called This isn’t Happiness. We’re very enamored when a simple dumpster can turn into an art installation. It sorta makes you want to run up to the mattress and give it a reassuring hug… that is, until the stench kicks in.
The latest musician on everyone’s lips is The Weeknd. Recently, there was an insider show in Los Angeles showcasing the “downlo” artist. Needless to say, the much hyped show garnered a ton of iPhone cell footage with oceans of arms up in the air shooting him perform that night. Enter OMGICU. Founder Alexander Lasky, a “Founder & Creative Junkie”, along with...
Shoes From Namibia to Lower East Side
(Hand Made Goods, Schier Shoes, to be sold at Hester Street Market, NYC) One of New York’s Summer treats is a flea market called Hester Street Fair. Located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan on the corner of Hester & Essex Streets (F East Broadway, F, J, M, Z Delancey). The market is an explosion of vintage jewelry, clothes, ethnic foods, and more. It takes place every Saturday...
Madonna Is Old(er)
On this hallowed day, August 16, the world was given Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone to teach us how to love ourselves (usually with one hand), how to express ourselves to the masses (using video cameras in the privacy of our own homes) and how to remain timelessly youthful (via Photoshop and other technological marvels). So with this we wish you, Lady M, a very Happy Birthday. xoxo Stan
NY Power Couples
(Power Couple Jesse Angelo & Rebecca Dana) We love lists! The New York Observer just released their new roundup up media types that are married, engaged, or simply just dating. In any case, if you see any of these cute couple bopping around New York arm in arm, here’s a cheat-sheet. (Note: Chances are they work at New York Magazine, Gawker, The New Yorker, GQ, Details, Vogue, blah...