3.30.2012

{ Zara }
Spring Lookbook

{ Bright & Color-blocked ankle strap statement shoes }
Ahhh, Zara, how we love thee?  Let us count the ways... no, seriously.  From sleek lines, architectural cuts to feminine prints and colors, Zara is always on point with the season.  Each trend on the horizon, becomes Zara's focal selling point.  No matter what the trend, Zara will bring it to cost-conscious crowd while maintaining its edge on high-fashion.  It allows fashionistas to be stylish without spending their entire pay check on one item. Let's take a look at the April lookbook, and see what trends we all need in our wardrobes for the warmer months:

{ Color-blocked envelope clutches }
{ High-Low maxi's & Peplum skirts }
{ Minty fresh & Neon skinnys }
{ Printed Trousers & Floral printed pants }
{ Light knits & White all around }
{ Feminine studded ... everything }
{ Sleek trenches }
What are some of your current favorites at Zara?


3.28.2012

{ Wine Wednesday }
Ménage à Trois

Last week, while grazing the aisles of Trader Joe's, I remembered that this particular store has a small wine tasting section in the back. {If your T.J. doesn't have a wine section, I'd highly suggest finding one that does--it makes grocery shopping so much more exciting and appetizing}.  I stepped through the wooden gate and into a small yet quaint wine tasting bar.  They were serving a few different types of wine, including this week's feature, Menage a Trois, a blend of fruity Zinfandel, rich Merlot, and firm tannins of Cabernet.  Together the trio created quite an impressive combination which is light enough to sip with dinner, yet packed with enough flavor to excite the entire pallet.  Along with the wine tasting there was a small sampler of some Spanish Manchego Cheese {in love} and Marcona almonds.  If you are not familiar, Manchego cheese is a delicious Spanish hard cheese made from sheep's milk and is exclusively made in the La Mancha region of Spain.  It is absolutely melt-in-your-mouth amazing-ness.  Next to the Manchego cubes was a case of Marcona almonds seasoned with rosemary and olive oil. I paired the cube of cheese with a Marcona almond, followed by a sip of wine and voila... grocery shopping completely forgotten!  Needless to say I went home with a bottle of Menage a Trois, Manchego cheese, and a case of rosemary/olive oil Marcona almonds....I guess the marketing worked.


"Ménage à Trois examines what happens when you put three attractive, single, young grapes in one exquisite bottle. It's fun; it's exciting; it's legal in most states" 



3.23.2012

Los Feliz Today

With a boho-chic vibe, art-deco inspirations, and a creative yet diverse community,  Loz Feliz Village is increasingly becoming one of the hippest and trendiest parts of LA.  Located just east of Hollywood and south of the beautiful Griffith Observatory and Greek theater, the city is nestled between 2 major streets, Vermont and Hillhurst Avenue and lined with adorable Euro-bohemian style cafes and boutiques. Indie celebs, creative masterminds, and local artistic junkies frequent the area with yoga mats in hand. Los Feliz is also close to its neighboring city called Silverlake; a hipster village with a similar vibe. Los Feliz Village truly is California's own East Village of NYC. Some of our favorite restaurants include: Little Dom's, Home, Saito Sushi, Alcove Cafe and Blair's.  Last July, the city also featured it's first ever Los Feliz Fashion Festival which plays tribute to local fashion designers who partner with fashion bloggers to style and model their designs. For more information check out Los Feliz Today for all your inquiries from open real estate to trendy restaurants and lounges!

3.20.2012

Face on. Face off.

One thing my mother taught me from a young age is how critical facial skincare is and that you're really never too young for anti-aging creams and serums.  She's in her early 60's with absolutely flawless skin {better than some 40 year olds out there}.   With my combination skin, I have found that many... okay, most facial cleaners seem to dry out my skin and strip them of all moisture.  When I found Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser, it was quite the opposite.  It removed makeup and dirt from my skin without leaving it dry and flaky.  After cleansing, I spray my face with Epicuren's Protein Mist; a gentle toner that smells divine.  Moisturizing is a must for everyone {men, its time to listen up}.  Be sure to moisturize morning and night and even in between on a dry winter day.  I also use Derma E's Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Wrinkle Treatment Creme, which I swear by.  It's inexpensive, completely moisturizing and smells like a dream.  Make sure you apply generously to your neck and décolleté...you can always tell a woman's age by her neck so take extra good care of that area ladies! And lastly, is Lift Fusion, a firming and wrinkle eye serum that I use for smoothing smile lines and crows feet.  Yes, I smile that much!



3.19.2012

Style Profile:
Olivia Palermo

We first saw her on The City as the oh-so-stylish arch-nemesis of Whitney Port.  But after the shows finale in 2010, the socialite has kept to herself, frequenting fashion shows around the world and premier fashion designers' parties.  Known for her blunt personality, she caught a lot of heat for being brash and opinionated; yet those were some of the qualities we loved about her and not to mention her effortlessly chic and stylish wardrobe. She has a talent for mixing prints, making the best dressed list even in flats,  always wearing a fabulous pair of shoes, and  carrying around some gigantic designer tote, or envelope clutch. This girl has some serious style.











3.16.2012

< DIY > Rhinestone Belt

After my wedding, I had so many extra Swarovski embellishments that I was eager to get crafty and add some extra sparkle on pillows, blouses, and of course, belts. A few weeks ago, determined and in search for the perfect rhinestone embellished belt to glam up this LBD Alice & Olivia Tory Peplum dress, I headed out in search of exactly what I had in mind. I checked online, I checked in stores, and of course... nothing.  So, I decided to get a bit crafty and create my own:

What you will need:
  1. An old belt or sturdy ribbon {If ribbon: be ready to add clasps or hooks to finish the product}
  2. Few strips of swarovski crystal embellishments, available at your local bead store.
  3. Super glue/Fabric glue.
  4. Fabulous dress or skirt to add it too {Probably some hot shoes to go with it}
Step 1:
{Supplies}
Step 2:
{Test your placement of the rhinestones before gluing}
Step 3:
{After gluing, secure with clips till morning}
And voila! It is so simple and easy and it really adds the extra umph to your outfit that you may have needed without adding mounds of accessories. 


3.14.2012

{ Wine Wednesday }
Flutes & Tulips

When it comes to the proper wine glass, things can get a bit confusing.  Wine specialists have developed different shapes of glasses for the different wine varieties and regions.  But at the end of the day, there are really just two shapes to remember:  flutes and tulips.  Flutes will be for the sparkling wines, while tulip-shaped glasses for still wines.  Typically, a smaller tulip glass will be used for white still wine, while a larger tulip glass is used for the red still wines.  As your taste in wine develops and your vino budget expands, you can venture off into different shapes and sizes of stemware.  But no matter what, always choose thin, clear glass... the thinner the better.  And with that, may we suggest Riedel.
Here are some basics in wine glasses:


{A few of our wine glasses}

3.12.2012

Brights Besos



I am probably one of the laziest people when it comes to putting on makeup. Don’t get me wrong I love dressing up at night and getting all glammed up, but for some reason I loathe wearing a full face of makeup every day.  At the same time, I hate that I don’t look “put together” no matter how cute of an outfit I’m wearing. . . Enter bright lipstick! This little trick has become my go-to on days where I don’t want to wear a full face of makeup but looking for a little glam factor.  All I do is put on some tinted moisturizer, dab some concealer under my eyes, finish the look with a coat of mascara and my newest obsession….orange lipstick! I used to shy away from color lipsticks because many formulas were dry and when they would wear, off my lips would be left with uneven color. I recently expressed my concerns to the salesperson at Sephora and he pointed me in the direction of YSL’s new lip stain and their notorious lipsticks {which we already loved}. Usually lip stains are very matte and dry, but not this one. It has a glossy finish and was surprisingly moisturizing.   I started with the glossy stain in #8 Orange De Chine and then topped it off with their Pure Color Satiny Radiance in #13 Le Orange {it also has SPF 15…double score}. The color lasts for hours and my lips never felt dry or cracked.  On top of it all, it's perfect for Spring.  

P.S.- Another favorite orange lipstick on a budget is Revlon's Orange Flip! 
What are your favorite bright lipsticks?


  

3.09.2012

Simple { Elegance }

All images via Harper's Bazaar & TheSartorialist
On all my European travels, there has been one thing that has always stood out to me:  Simplicity in European women's style.  They have a little something ... that savoir faire, that us Americans are so drawn to.  What is it about the disheveled hair? The not-so-combed through eyebrows? The unmatched but yet so perfectly put-together look; the minimal accessories? Their true beauty and sophisticated style always shines through even if it may be a risky or colorful look.  With Paris Fashion week in conclusion, we couldn't help but recap and draw on some inspiration from these ever classic muses:






















“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” 

-- Coco Chanel 








3.06.2012

Cliff's Edge



Last week, I found out that my friend who happens to be a brilliant young French Chef recently started a new gig at Cliff's Edge in Silver Lake. We met Chef Ben Bailly when he was the chef at Petrossian in West Hollywood. We then loyally followed him to his new venture at Fraiche, in Culver City where he brought his creative talents to his customer's taste buds once again.  Last Wednesday, he invited us to check out his new venture at Cliff's Edge, where he created these delicious masterpieces below:
From left to right (clockwise): Whipped Ricotta with lavender, honey and olive oil {delectable!}; Eggplant Caviar with cumin, pine nuts and cilantro; Seared Scallops with lebne, cauliflower, vadouvan & salsa verde {might have been my favorite};  Roasted Brussels Sprouts with anchovy, capers and parmesan ...we really could not get enough. 

From left to right (clockwise):   Chickpea Fritters with rosemary and lemon aioli {so different I had never had anything like this before}; Flat Iron Steak with Potatoes, horseradish, spinach & red wine au jus. We also had the Albacore Ceviche (not pictured) with lime, red onion, green apple and cilantro...{we love cilantro}! For dessert Ben sent us a Chocolate Torta and Lemon Tart both of which were outstanding.


{ Chef Ben and I }
We were SO full by the end of our dinner but full tummies = happy girls! We sat on the heated patio and the ambiance was so charming. I definitely cannot wait to go back and try many more of Chef Ben's brilliant creations!