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

Keeping Summer Alive: A “Natural” Tan Without the Sun

One of the hazards of living in (or near) Hollywood is trying to separate the so-called “secrets of the stars” which are secrets only because the stars have never heard of them, and the real secrets that stars call on to keep them looking, feeling, and living great. Spray di Sole is one of the latter. Read More

Wakey, Wakey: The Haute 5 Places to Eat Breakfast in Los Angeles

A simple way to start the day? Not on your life! Breakfast may be the most hotly debated meal in this early-rising city. I could weigh-in on who’s got the best omelettes, pancakes, chicken-and-waffles, coffee, but much of that is a matter of taste. Instead let me offer a Haute 5 of fine places to have a morning meet. Read More

Hautels: The Haute 5 Hotels in Los Angeles

The hotel scene in Los Angeles was relatively stagnant for a number of years. But recently, there's been a healthy explosion of boutiques and brands alike, offering an unprecedented number of selections. Pick a Haute 5? Well, if I absolutely must... Read More

Competitive Canvases: Thomas Eakins’ Sporting Lives

The opportunity to reassess a major artist doesn’t come along very often, which is why Manly Pursuits: The Sporting Images of Thomas Eakins excites. For those who don’t know the name, Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) is considered one of the greatest American painters in our relatively short history. Eakins was somewhat unique in his ability to take classical motifs and approaches and make them remarkably contemporary—so much so that his canvases still scream with life, 100+ years later. Read More

Haute horses: Del Mar Debuts

If you are a player of the ponies, you know what the end of July means. It is the opening of the season at the Del Mar Race Track, one of the prettiest places to enjoy horseracing, with some of the biggest stakes in the Southern California circuit. Races will be held five days a week through labor day, with particular highlights including the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes on August 7 (in which unbeated Zenyatta is confirmed to race), the $1 million Pacific Classic on August 19, and the Del Mar Futurity. Read More

Sumptuous Lazy Sundays: The SLS Hotel Brunch

Beverly Hills’ uniquely stylish Phillipe Starck-designed boutique hotel SLS is well known for its dinner service—when world famous Jose Andres is your Executive Chef, you can count on that. But alongside The Bazaar, the hotel also offers a more casual—but equally chic--lobby restaurant Tres, with a weekend brunch that’s a notable alternative both to Bazaar dining and standard brunches. Read More

Haute Voice: Kelli Scarr at Hollywood’s Hotel Café

There aren’t many young singers these days that make a strong impression, and certainly few I’d want to endorse without reservation. But one new voice emerging from the indie world seems like she has the goods to break big. With different moods that recall anyone from Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval to Loretta Lynn, Bjork, or Sheryl Crow, Kelli Scarr has a seductive sound that draws you in and won’t let you go. Read More

Shoe Ins: The Haute Five Shoe Stores in Los Angeles

LA doesn’t lack for soles. Of course, we have Louboutin and Choo boutiques,and certainly Beverly Hills’ Barneys and Saks shoe departments are well stocked with all the big names. But you didn’t need me to tell you that. Here are the Haute 5 shoe boutiques that offer something more uncommon. Read More

Haute Couture: The Haute 5 Fashion Boutiques in Los Angeles

There’s no denying star-studded Los Angeles is one of the biggest style capitals of the world. Until the last few years, however, fashion here revolved mostly around the star names of New York and Europe. But recently L.A. has definitely come into its own as a breeding ground of serious designers, reigniting a huge new wave of boutiques. Read More

Decorative Haute: The Furniture of Charles Rohlfs

In researching yesterday’s Haute 5 Home Décor shops, I came across another kind of décor installation worthwhile either for those seeking furnishing inspiration, or merely art appreciation. Artistic furniture designer Charles Rohlfs (1853-1936) was considered part of the American Arts & Crafts movement, but his work really stands out on its own. Read More