Haute Author

  • NAME E. C. Gladstone
  • BIO E.C. Gladstone is a seasoned journalist, having covered luxury, travel, food and wine, spas, entertainment, and other beats from coast to coast. A former contributing editor for Niche Media (Vegas Magazine, Ocean Drive), where he produced a record number of cover stories, and staff writer at US Weekly, he’s interviewed celebrities, chefs, musicians and moguls from Eva Longoria and Mary J Blige to Wolfgang Puck and Steven Spielberg. He worked closely with Robin Leach to launch the original wildly successful Luxe Life Vegas blog and has also experienced luxury travel throughout the U.S., Europe and many tropical destinations. At other times, he has been a professional musician and DJ, and a principal investor and creative partner in one of Silver Lake’s most beloved restaurants. He joins the Haute Living team as our dedicated Los Angeles contributor, and he will be covering the luxury lifestyle in Los Angeles and Malibu on a daily basis.

Articles By E. C. Gladstone

Conceptually Haute: John Baldessari’s Pure Beauty

In the ranks of major Los Angeles artists, few can deny the primacy of John Baldessari. Since the 1960s, the California native has captivated the art world with an ever-evolving ouvre beginning with some of the first conceptual artworks, and moving into found and appropriated images and juxtapositions that evoke every emotion imaginable. Classicists have mocked, but collectors such as Eli Broad and Stuart and Judy Spence have shown their approval with their checkbooks. Read More

It Gets No Hauter: Petrossian Caviar For All Occasions

Being a Haute Living blogger has its privileges. Well, you probably knew that already. But I’m feeling that sentiment more than ever as I dive into the third course of a demurely decadent caviar tasting meal at Petrossian, the restaurant connected to the Robertson Boulevard boutique of the famous fish egg family. Read More

Santa Monica Place: A Blessed Re-Opening

Let’s be frank: these days, malls are not necessarily where the most exciting shopping is found. So it’s unusual to get excited about one reopening. Especially Santa Monica Place, which is hard to remember ever being haute. But the relic at the south end of Third Street Promenade has been radically reimagined as a new, multi-level modchic shopping and social experience, open air and open-minded. Still a manageable size, this is still not a category-killer retail behomoth, but now provides an intriguing selection of mainstream stores and less common boutiques, as well as what may be it’s most appealing aspect, the rooftop Dining Deck Read More

Star Power: The Haute 5 Celebrity Hangouts in Los Angeles

This is Hollywood. When it comes to celebrites, the fact is, they’re simply part of the fabric of our city. I remember my very first day living here, stopping at a traffic light and looking over to see Fabio in the convertible next to me (true!)—and just a few weeks ago, dining at Delphine and seeing Nicholas Cage in the next booth. But the fact is, celebs can be very much like you or me. Though it often surprises people—I’m not sure why—they do all kinds of everyday things, and you’re just as likely to run into Zoe Deschanel at Amoeba Records as you would Marla Sokoloff at Kate Somerville’s day spa. Even the Encino post office has a huge wall of personally inscribed headshots. Then there’s the Coffee Bean. They are always at the Coffee Bean (the one at Sunset and Fairfax). Bottom line, some celebs are obsessed with the latest hot spot, others creatures of habit. Name a Haute 5? Here you go: Read More

Sweet Sensations: The Haute 5 Ice Cream Shops in Los Angeles

No doubt about, we are all screaming. Ice cream, Fro Yo and all kinds of frozen treats have exploded in Los Angeles in recent months. And while some may miss the era of Farrells (did you know, they’ve recreated them in Santa Clarita and Mission Viejo?), now the options are so much more lavish and decadent. I’ve already mentioned two favorites in recent weeks, the CoolHaus truck and Gail Silverton’s two Gelato Bars. Now here are five more Haute Creameries: Read More

Haute Ticket: Rent Hits Hollywood Bowl With A-List Cast

Admit it, fellow Angelenos, sometimes we get envious of other cities. When so many of our top Television and Film entertainers decide to do some live theater, giving audiences a chance to see them up close and in the flesh, they almost inevitably go to New York’s Broadway. Now, we can’t really make a fuss—it is the Great White Way. But after all, most of these entertainers call Los Angeles home. Which is what makes this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl so special. On Friday, August 6, under the direction of Neil Patrick Harris, the Bowl will present a very, very special three-night-only run of Rent, with a cast that is sure to make it the live event of the season. Read More

Hidden Haute: Westwood’s Glendon Is A Spot Worth Seeking

If you live in Brentwood or Westwood, you know the dilemma: so many choices…and such little selection. For all the restaurants in the area, there seem to be precious few simple, reliable places that are neither too fancy, too trendy or too casual. That’s why The Glendon Bar & Kitchen is such a pleasant discovery. Read More

Haute Arrival: Vanessa Bruno’s First American Boutique

It doesn’t happen often, so when an International designer skips over New York and decides to put her first boutique in the Americas right here in LA, it’s extra reason to celebrate. French darling Vanessa Bruno—born into the fashion world to a father who founded fashion house Emmanuelle Khan and mother who was a ‘60s Danish supermodel, and designing since age 24—does seem like a good fit for Angelenos. Read More