Last week, after getting my taxes done, I went over to my friend Dayna’s awesome boutique Prism to celebrate. I immediately fell in love with this versatile kimono by Tigerlily and have pretty much worn it one way or another, everyday, ever since. The fringe was definitely out of my comfort zone at first, but this piece is so easy to wear that I got comfortable real fast. I can already tell this will be my go to garment all summer long!
For those of you who know me, the last place you would expect to find me would be a candy store. However, Sugarfina is exceptional, and once I heard they had Champagne flavored gummy bears and other cocktail flavored candies from around the world, I was in! Nestled in “sweets row” (as I like to call it) on Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills, their shop truly is unique. When I arrived I was immediately in love with the packaging and gorgeous decor. Simple, beautiful and lovely. I felt like I was in a little candy wonderland.
Store owners, Rosie (above) and Josh are the cutest couple and they “created Sugarfina because the candy store of our dreams didn’t exist”.
The night of the candy tasting I sampled so many delicious things I was pretty much in a sugar coma by the end of the night. Each precious little piece of candy was so full of rich flavor and tasted exactly like it’s name. My favorite was the #1seller Champagne Bears. (they are the only candy that are actually made with alcohol) Some other faves were the peach bellini, Champagne Bubbles, Fuji apple caramels, apple pie and martini olive almonds.
Sugarfina is located at 9495 S Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills, CA. If you are in the area and love unique candy I would highly recommend stopping in. You won’t be disappointed! You can also order from their online shop and they currently have a pop up candy boutique at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Everyone looked gorgeous at this years Oscars. I didn’t hate any of the dresses. They were all beautiful. What I loved most though was Ellen as a host. She really brought a sense of humanity and reality to Hollywood which, I think went along with the theme of the movies that were nominated. Even though everyone was dressed formally she made the show feel so comfortable, like you were hanging out with old friends. Taking selfies with the celebs, Tweeting, and ordering pizza was just what the Oscars needed. I also loved Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto’s heartfelt speeches. Bravo. Here are a few of my favorite looks of the night, some that maybe you didn’t see.
Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs was absolutely gorgeous.
Jennifer Lawrence looking stunning in red.
Alfonso Cuarón, director of Gravity, and his gorgeous wife Sheherezade Goldsmith.
Lady Gaga looking statuesque like an Erté illustration.
Kate Hudson was rocking the old Hollywood glamour and I loved it!
My favorite types of books to read are memoirs and autobiographies. I love taking an up close and personal peek into the lives of others. I just finished this book and it was fascinating on so many levels. I couldn’t put it down which turned it into a quick read. Although I was never a stripper or in a harem I felt I could totally relate to the Author Jillian Lauren as we were both teenagers in the 90′s. I loved that the voice in her head would always ask “What would Patti Smith do?” Check out this great interview with Jillian Lauren as well as a blog post of hers about her book being banned in at least 2 countries. Scandalous…
“A jaw-dropping story of how a girl from the suburbs ends up in a prince’s harem, and emerges from the secret Xanadu both richer and wiser. At eighteen, Jillian Lauren was an NYU theater school dropout with a tip about an upcoming audition. The “casting director” told her that a rich businessman in Singapore would pay pretty American girls $20,000 if they stayed for two weeks to spice up his parties. Soon, Jillian was on a plane to Borneo, where she would spend the next eighteen months in the harem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, youngest brother of the Sultan of Brunei, leaving behind her gritty East Village apartment for a palace with rugs laced with gold and trading her band of artist friends for a coterie of backstabbing beauties. More than just a sexy read set in an exotic land, Some Girls is also the story of how a rebellious teen found herself-and the courage to meet her birth mother and eventually adopt a baby boy.”-Penguin.com
Sometimes a girls just got to get her makeup done. Let someone else take control of your face and see what they come up with. I love makeup and have done it professionally for many years but I still find myself in a cosmetics rut. I have several boxes full of products and still only use the same 5 on most days. Sound familiar? I was completely inspired last December when I attended the Angles & Arches event and watched those talented ladies create stunning looks. So, I asked my awesome friend/makeup artist/coworker Annie at Salon Del Mar to create a look for me and add some fake lashes. What she did was truly magical. I came home and had Wade take some photos then we went to dinner with friends. It was a Wednesday night and I was dressed for Friday but didn’t care. I felt fabulous. When it came time for me to wash my face and remove my lashes I was so sad. I wanted to sleep sitting up and try to get another day out of my beautiful makeup but it had to come off. It was fun while it lasted and it inspired me to get creative with my own face again and to consider letting someone else work their magic on me more often. Thank you Annie for making me feel like a rock star for a night!