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Met Gala Faves

Last night was the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala aka The Oscars of fashion. This year’s theme, “China: Through the Looking Glass” brought out gorgeous color and a vast array of interpretive looks. Here were some of my faves:

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This dress is a show stopper and I thought Solange Knowles has never looked better!  Giles dress; Cartier jewelry

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These faux tattoos are an awesome accessory! Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartney black silk duchess embroidered all in one, perforated gunmetal clutch, and black chain link sandals.

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I love that Sarah Jessica Parker wore H&M to the Met Gala. The hat is AMAZING! She looks super fabulous!  Philip Tracey hat; H&M dress; Cindy Chao brooches; Fred Leighton jewelry.

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How can you go wrong with a dress with a hood? Love, love, love! Anne Hathaway in Ralph Lauren dress; Benedetta Bruzziches clutch; Repossi jewelry.

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This dress is so sculptural. A real piece of art. FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson in Christopher Kane dress.

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This red dress looks fabulous on Amal.  Her and George look gorgeous.  John Galliano for Maison Margiela gown.

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This whole look is just fun! The headband really ties it all together. Love. Zendaya in Fausto Puglisi gown with a plunging black velvet bodice and crimson silk duchesse asymmetric skirt hand-embroidered with crystal and velvet sun motifs; Lydia Courteille ring; Jack Vartanian black diamond studs; Pasquale Bruni snake diamond ring; Casa Reale diamond stackable rings.

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Ok, this is a first. I am not a Katy Perry fan but she looks beautiful and I love the Moschino gown, gloves, and bag. Well done KP!

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Lily Aldridge looks soft and lovely in this Carolina Herrera gown. I especially love the fish clutch!

Who were your faves?

 

The D Train LA Premiere

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 27:  (L-R) Actors James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, and Jack Black attend the Los Angeles premiere of IFC Films' "THE D TRAIN" presented by Banana Boat at ArcLight Hollywood on April 27, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 27: (L-R) Actors James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, and Jack Black attend the Los Angeles premiere of IFC Films’ “THE D TRAIN” presented by Banana Boat at ArcLight Hollywood on April 27, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
The after party was at a cozy little bar called Saint Felix.
The after party at Saint Felix.

Last night was one of those amazing LA adventures that feels like a dream. Wade and I attended the premiere of the hilarious movie The D Train at the intimate ArcLight Theater in Hollywood. I love a good comedy and this movie did not disappoint. It was funny and raunchy in a Hot Tub Time Machine and The Hangover kind of way. Jack Black did an amazing job with his character making us uncomfortable pretty much the entire time. It was such a fun experience to watch the premiere of a movie along with all of the actors and people involved. I really felt like I was in their world with them sharing their excitement and feeling their passion for their craft and the project. For once I didn’t cringe when everyone clapped when the movie ended because the actors were there to hear it. Afterwards everyone walked a few blocks down the street to Saint Felix for the after party hosted by Banana Boat who played a major part in the movie. It was super fun to be at a party with so many familiar faces from TV and movies. When they say the camera adds 10lbs they aren’t kidding. Everyone looked so tiny in person…especially Jack Black.

 

Donate to Your Favorite Cause with Union & Fifth

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Union & Fifth rooftop party at the gorgeous London Hotel in West Hollywood. The night couldn’t of been more perfect. It was extremely warm for a March evening even as the sunset AND I bumped into Cindy Crawford and her daughter in the bathroom. She looked exactly the same (flawless) as she did 20 years ago when I used to do her workout in high school.The night was for a good cause, promoting Union & Fifth and their #justonepiece campaign. Everyone brought a designer item to donate to the charity of their choice. Union & Fifth sells the items on their website and then donates the money for you. It couldn’t be easier! You can shop their collection of amazing designer pieces and donate something yourself. Check it out!

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Food! Food! Food!

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Curtis Stone’s fingers sprinkled this Foie Gras with asparagus dust at last weekend’s food fest in LA!

Everyone knows what a foodie I am! I love to eat and explore new restaurants and LA is quickly earning its place on the food map! There are new restaurants popping up every week and events like last weekends food tasting called The Essentials with over 50 of LA’s hottest restaurants offering bites of their best fare. Our first stop was at the Maude booth where Curtis Stone himself was serving up a delicious and beautiful Foie Gras. It was so much fun! Here are a bunch of food trends, new restaurants and good eats for 2015!

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Chef Trends of 2015 from CPK Chef Brian Sullivan

Do me a flavor and flavor my salt Infused with anything from pinot noir to fresh herbs, chile, citrus, Sriracha, Jack Daniels, dried mushrooms, coffee and muchmore. Garnish a piece of meat, add a surprising salt rim to your cocktail or make a few jars to give to mom for Christmas.

Eggs on eggs on eggs Fried eggs might be the new bacon next year in the sense that they will be on everything. Pizza, burgers, ramen, salads, French fries…2015 will be the year of the chicken.

 Ancient grains, growing up without growing old Ancient grains have been around for as long as it sounds, but they can be used in so many different ways that they can be continually reinvented. From farro to quinoa, these super grains add an abundance of nutrients and variety to a meal.

Excuse me sir, there’s an avocado in my cocktail Culinary cocktails will continue to be big and we’ve only tapped the tip of the ice bin with ingredients like avocado puree, candied ginger, cucumber, fresh berries and herbs and beyond. Also, keep an eye out for more hand-crafted, non-alcoholic beverages. No alcohol, no problem.

You get more bees with infused honey Infusions are the perfect example of how creative you can get with different but complimentary flavors in unexpected ways. From the bold, balanced spiciness of Chipotle or Serrano honeys to the delicate sweetness of lavender honey, the options here are sure to be sweet.

Where is my food coming from? Local sourcing will continue its rise of relevance and importance, because the demand for real, fresh and healthful food as never been higher. Another important factor in sourcing is sustainability – for example, sourcing fish from areas that are not overfished or growing your own herbs.

 Produce, Produce, Produce The more unexpected and rare, the better. Heirloom carrots of purple, yellow and pale white add a unique twist to an old favorite. Peppery red watercress or bitter greens totally amp up the flavor in a salad. And speaking of salad, baby kale has unseated its leafy big sister as the new organic star.

Veggies roasting in an open hearth (Jack Frost nipping at your nose)How you cook something can be just as exciting as what you are cooking. Roasting veggies in an open hearth produces a wonderful caramelized texture and flavor. And it’s not just veggies. Roasting fish and meat in a hearth, as opposed to grilling or searing, is a great way to achieve slow-building, intense flavor, without over-drying.

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From unique dishes to spacious outdoor patios, here are the top 5 dog-friendly restaurants in Los Angeles from CareBooker.com founder Jennifer Fernandes:

1.Alcove Café & Bakery: Cozy up in the Alcove café located in two historic bungalows serving updated versions of American classics, hand-crafted cocktails and artisan baked goods. Also, enjoy some smooth alcove-original chocolate while your dog enjoys the surrounding garden patios.

2.The Oinkster: Classic fast food favorites with high quality flavors from The Oinkster in a relaxed and modern atmosphere and has been featured on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Known for their juicy burgers, crispy Belgium fries and other American classics, The Oinkster is a pet friendly favorite for local dog owners.

3.The Waffle: A stylishly modern eatery in the center of Hollywood, The Waffle serves innovative and exciting dishes in a “comforts of home” environment. They specialize in waffles for you and “woofles” for your pet to enjoy on the giant breezy patio.

4.BLD: BLD Stands for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is a true neighborhood spot for locals and visitors. BLD serves simple and delicious comfort food throughout the day with friendly service and welcoming outdoor seating for pets.

5.Eveleigh: Featuring a seasonal farm-to-table approach, Eveleigh is a neighborhood restaurant and bar with artisan cocktails offered by the pitcher. They offer a special weekend brunch and pet friendly patio for families to gather on Sunset Blvd. and enjoy the city.

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For serious foodies mapping out their next Michelin-rated dining experience, Michelin has created a new series of premium maps to quickly find the top-rated restaurants listed in the latest editions of the U.S. MICHELIN Guides Right now they have one for New York, Chicago and San Francisco. $9.95

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As the world’s leading luxury food magazine, FOUR has revealed the Top Ten Restaurant list as a reflection of the essence of fine dining. FOUR’s acclaimed list includes dining venues that are located across the continents. Featuring restaurants in North America, Europe and Asia:

#1 | Eleven Madison Park | Daniel Humm
#2 | André | André Chiang
#3 | Hof Van Cleve Restaurant | Peter Goossens
#4 | Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare | César Ramirez
#5 | Il Mosaico | Nino di Costanzo
#6 | Fäviken | Magnus Nilsson
#7 | La Vie Restaurant | Thomas Bühner
#8 | Sushi Shikon | Yoshiharu Kakinuma
#9 | Steirereck Restaurant | Heinz Reitbauer
#10 | Per Se | Thomas Keller

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Last but not least…airport food! For a long time LAX has been seriously behind the times when it came to good, interesting food that was a reflection of the great city. Now, they have finally updated some of the terminals like the Tom Bradley International Terminal where you can find Petrossian, a Champagne and Caviar bar. Terminal 4 has a Kogi BBQ food truck and Terminal 5 has a Loteria Grill. My favorite smaller airport, The Long Beach Airport, recently got a makeover and has a wide variety of local food to choose from including a wine bar. I would highly recommend flying through there any chance you can!

 

Eau De Gaga

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I have been a longtime Lady Gaga fan and after her amazing performance Sunday night at The Oscars, I’m sure she has gained a few more fans. I have also been a huge fan of unisex fragrances ever since CK One made its debut in 1994. So, I was thrilled when Lady Gaga came out with her own signature unisex fragrance, Eau De Gaga. It is warm, dark, musky and I love it! Perfect for day or night, male or female, this opulent fragrance is enigmatic and alluring. With notes of citrus, leather, wood, powder and flowers it has quickly become my new favorite fragrance!

 

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