Laura Wasser, the high-profile divorce attorney who has handled split-ups for the likes of Angelina Jolie, Nick Lachey and Kiefer Sutherland, now has a drink named in her honor.
Wasser celebrated the launch of the Izze Wasser on March 13 at the Sunset Tower Hotel, where the drink is being served. It includes Wasser's favorite liquor tequila along with Izze blackberry juice, blueberries, raspberries, lime juice and Chambord. The drink was created by mixologist Michael Rubenstone.
"I was very honored and flattered," said Wasser, who threw back "seven or eight" at the launch event. "In a way it is a little bit humbling, because why all the fuss?"
The idea for the drink came from Matti Leshem, whose company Protagonist handles branding for beverage company Izze. Leshem said the drink captures Wasser's spirit.
"She is energetic, delightful and better with tequila in her," said Leshem, a friend of Wasser's.
And at $17 a pop, the drink is pricey enough to reflect Wasser's attorney fees. Well, actually not.
Los Angeles-based inventor Suzanne Jaffe Stillman created FiberWater a few years back the result of the experience of raising her son Jason, who was born with a rare genetic liver disorder, which affects his ability to create glucose. Jason, who is now 37 years old, has to get much of his nourishment from beverages.
Stillman's efforts with doctors to create healthful drinks for Jason gave her the idea for FiberWater, which includes soluble fiber in water. A bottle of the beverage, which the inventor patented in 2001, contains 25 percent of one's daily fiber needs.
"In my save-the-world days, I said, 'One day, fiber will be in water,' " Jaffe Stillman said. "It is enormously gratifying to do anything that can help people."
Architect William H. Fain Jr., a partner at local architecture firm Johnson Fain, spent six months in Italy in 2002 on a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome and documented the trip in a sketchbook.
The handsome sketchbook, which he purchased in Naples, includes drawings of rivers, bridges and churches he visited. Last year, the worn sketchbook was turned into a book, called "Italian Cities and Landscapes."
"I found this sketchbook with nice paper and said, 'God this is nice.' It was three weeks after I arrived," said Fain, who added that his favorite sketches from the book are of gritty Naples. "I started drawing in it and one thing led to another and I got interested in recording all my visits."
Selections from the sketchbook are being displayed through March 28 at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles. The original sketchbook is on display, too.
Fain said that the fellowship was a great opportunity to spend some time away from the office. "It was great to have the time to yourself and concentrate on things other than dealing with the demands of running an office with 110 architects."
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