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Sofitel Wine Days

The Sofitel in Los Angeles is more then just a hotel. It is an international gathering place with beautiful decor, top notch dining at Estérel, and a fabulous lounge, Riviera 31. Right now for Sofitel Wine Days (through October 31st) order a French wine flight during happy hour and graze their vast spread of the most amazing cheese, olives, honey and snacks all for just $15! What a deal! I recently stopped by and experienced it all…happy hour, dinner and a fantastic jazz show!

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The Sofitel Wine Days event takes place during the traditional wine harvest season in France, and offers an opportunity to discover French wines in hotels around the world.

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I could of made a meal out of this delicious spread!

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I absolutely love this outdoor seating area!

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After dinner we walked back into a packed lounge and this amazing jazz band. There are different jazz musicians every Monday night and the doorman told me that Stevie Wonder showed up and played earlier in the year. It was a really fun vibe!

I just want to note our dinner at Estérel. It was to dark to take any good pics but we had a really wonderful meal. To start off the waitress recommended the Strawberry Basil Martini that was sooo refreshing and flavorful but not too sweet, just the way I like a cocktail! Then came a really lovely bread basket full of all different types of deliciousness. We had lamb meatballs as an appetizer which I could of had as an entree because they were so good. They were done Moroccan style with couscous and dates which came as a surprise as I was expecting them to be Italian style in a red sauce. It was a good surprise as they turned out to be my favorite thing! We had a very nice lobster for dinner and really enjoyed the romantic, relaxed vibe of the outdoor dining area. It was a beautiful evening under the stars!

The Sofitel is located at 8555 Beverly Blvd right across the street from the Beverly Center.

Photos by Wade Hammond

 

Sugar Lips With Sara Happ X Sugarfina

I am completely obsessed with Sara Happ lip products! Something so simple as a lip scrub almost seems unnecessary until you try it. Yes, it is one more thing to add to your nightly routine but it is so worth it! I use the Sara Happ Lip Scrub in Brown Sugar and if it happens to get in my mouth it tastes like a chocolate Peep! I slather it on dry lips then wipe it off with a tissue and rinse my lips off with water. Then I apply the Sara Happ Lip Balm and wake up with the softest, most kissable lips! Her One Luxe Lip Gloss is amazing too. She makes the perfect nudes. Checkout her fun event at Sugarfina in Beverly Hills!

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Blogger babe Rossana, Sara Happ and me at Sugarfina in Beverly Hills.

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Friday Faves

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It’s Friday! Yay! I just love all of the fashion illustrations by Megan Hess. They just feel fabulous! I am super excited for the weekend as I have quite a few things going on. I am checking out the new Beauty Collection store in Manhattan Beach which is hosting their grand opening celebration tomorrow, going to explore the new Broad Museum and visiting The Long Beach Museum of Art to see the current show before its gone! What fun things are on your agenda? This week I have so many Friday Faves to share that I had to break it down into categories! Enjoy!

* Shopping CMC Sample Sales Friday Sept. 25th and Oct. 30th. The CMC Saturday Sale Oct. 17th.

* Checkout The Citadel Outlet’s 10th Annual Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, October 3, 2015! It’s going to be huge! Shopping, lunch, wine tasting and it benefits the charity of your choice! It’s a win win!

*It may not feel like fall in Los Angeles yet but the Artisanal LA Fall Show will get you ready to break out the pumpkin spice on Saturday and Sunday, October 10th and 11th at downtown’s The Reef. Get your tix now!

* I love this curated collection of clothes and accessories by Man Repeller X Bloglovin’ titled Dali on the Spanish Riviera!

* Checkout my friend Farron’s weavings as well as other vendors at the Pop Up Shop at Sherman Gallery this Saturday from 12-5!

* Do you love unique, high end, jewelry? (I am thinking of you Laura Arthur) Checkout Gemz.com even if it’s just to look! I saw some very unusual pieces.

* Beauty The new Mani Match App lets you try on a rainbow of over 200 Sally Hansen nail polish shades in real time, on your nails, before you buy. A simple scan of the your hand from any smartphone enables the user to instantly consider and curate your own color choices. There’s no uploading, picture-taking or manual data entry, as the app works in real time. It also generates personalized-for-your-skin-tone color suggestions on demand!

* Love Carmex as much as I do? Checkout their “Straight From Your Lips” campaign to leave product reviews and win prizes!

*Starting September 21st, the global beauty brand Revlon is kicking off the next phase of the LOVE IS ON philanthropic initiative with the LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge . Checkout this message from their Global Brand Ambassador, Olivia Wilde to find out how you can participate!

* Mark your calendar now to tune into HSN on October 29th where Christie Brinkley will be back to share the details behind her skincare collection – Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare! I absolutely love everything I have tried from this line!

* Give your lips a burst of hydrating color with LIP LURE HYDRATING LIP LACQUER from PÜR MINERALS. It’s not non-transferrable like I usually wear but it is rich and creamy which I love! It comes in 5 awesome shades too.

* Now through 9/27 checkout Belli Skincare’s amazing fall event, the annual Belli Birthday Bash! This includes 30% off storewide, buy one get one free options and surprise daily discounts up to 50%.

* Lately I have been using Topganic Shampoo and Conditioner with With Baobab Oil From Africa For Inflated & Split Ends (which describes my hair perfectly) and I love how it maintains the moisture balance in my hair. It lathers nicely and has a light, fresh fragrance!

* Travel I love the idea of going to Mexico to celebrate Día de los Muertos at 5 star resort Grand Velas Riviera Maya! This package looks awesome and starts from $5,600 based on two people sharing and includes: Seven nights’ accommodation in a Zen grand suite all inclusive, 1 Cooking Class led by executive chef of Frida restaurant (Mexican cuisine), 1 Tequila Tasting, 1 Private dinner at room terrace, 50$ Spa Credit, Park entrance to Xcaret on November 2nd for The Festival of Life and Death Traditions Xcaret, and roundtrip transportation Airport-Hotel-Airport.

* The Little River Inn, a family-owned and operated resort located on the Mendocino Coast, is hosting a number of culinary-inspired events and promotions to celebrate this magical time of year. The Annual BEER, WINE & Mushroom Festival looks amazing! In honor of Mendocino’s favorite funghi, the Little River Inn will be offering “MUSHROOM MANIA,” a lodging special for overnight stays booked Sunday – Thursday, November 1 -12, 2015.

* Need a great travel agent to take the stress out of planning? My brother Derek is fantastic and can get you the best deals on all your travel needs like airfare, accommodations, cruises and more!

* Food/Bev To launch a five-year partnership with Water for People, one of the leading water organizations in the world, Absolut Elyx has partnered with a cadre of A-List celebrities to create a short film with purpose. Directed by SNL alum and Portlandia creator Fred Armisen and produced by Orange is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne, the video features actors: Miles Teller, Chloe Sevigny, Tracee Ellis Ross, Taylor Kitsch, comedian George Wallace and musician Aimee Mann among others to highlight the importance of the campaign. Check it out here!

* Fun My momis a huge Pink Floyd fan and insisted I not leave out the upcoming event this Tuesday at movie theaters across the country. See the recent Wall tour on the big screen for one night only at 8pm! Find a theater near you here!

 

Friday Faves Beauty Edition

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Illustration by Natalie Egbowon

Happy Friday! Today I have an awesome round up of some cool products I have been testing out. Masks, eyeliner, fragrance and more! Have you tried anything new that you love lately? If so I would love to hear all about it!

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1. Palladio Fifty-Fifty duel ended eyeliner ($15): An ultra-soft Kajal crayon on one end and a super-precise fiber-tip liner on the other. This is my favorite eyeliner ever! The soft side is perfect for daytime and goes on super smooth. The liquid is perfect over the crayon to create a great wing or cat eye! I love, love, love this!

2. Masker Aide face mask in I Don’t Wanna Grow Up ($7): This mask made my fave feel super soft and smooth. It provides deep hydration and delivers a healthy dose of age-defying ingredients including natural Ylang-Ylang Oil, Argan Oil, Vitamin E, Hydrolyzed Collagen and Elastin to help diminish fine lines and bring out your youthful glow. Other cutely named masks include All Nighter, Detox Dive, Pre Party Prep and more!

3. Spadaro Fragrance:
I sampled Doux Amour meaning “Sweet Love,” Doux Amour was developed while on a journey to Morocco. A perfume poem, sweet and gentle, yet sensual… redolent of warm Moroccan nights, and Solé Nero which is sunny Italian Grapefruit imbued with a precious spice accord of White Pepper and Cumin. Enveloped by tender Musk and comforting notes of Sandalwood, Almond and Vanilla, Solé Nero evokes fond memories of loved ones near and far. Both fragrances were delicious and I could tell they were made from the highest quality oils. A little goes a long way with the good stuff. They are $95 for the fragrance and they also have sample packs for $20 which is perfect to “try before you commit”. They also have body wash and candles that I am sure smell amazing!

4. Stemulation Products: I was very impressed with the before and after pictures of crows feet on the website. I only had the the chance to try sample packets so I can’t say anything about long term effects on myself. My experience with the facial serum, eye cream, and boost cream were that they made my face feel warm. I know they are highly concentrated with active antioxidants and the warmth made me think they were doing something. The science behind the products is quite interesting and worth checking out.

5. Masque Bar Face Masks (3 for $10): I tried the Honey which smelled more floral but was very hydrating and refreshing and the Lemon which was very moisturizing and soothing. I liked how thick they both were and how they really stayed put and dried up almost completely on my face. It made me feel like all the good stuff was absorbed into my skin. I was also sent a recipe for a cocktail to go along with the masks involving Sauv Blanc, my favorite white wine! Perfect for a girls night in!
1 bottle dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
2 to 4 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
Lemon, for garnish

6. Hum Runway Ready Vitamins ($35): I am a sucker for cute packaging and these stole my heart. I love the colors and the way the box opening forms lips. So cute! I have been using these skin, hair and nails vitamins for a couple of weeks and already see a difference. Great product and great packaging = win win!

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Pure Gold Collagen (10 days for $50): I am a huge fan of promoting great skin from the inside out so when I was asked to sample Pure Collagen I was more then happy to. It tasted great, like juice. I only sampled 2 bottles so I can’t say I saw the effects but I love the idea of it if it works. Hey, anything is worth a try right? Skip that latte for 10 days and give this a try!

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Key West Aloe Products: I was born and raised in Florida and love Key West. These products feel great and smell amazing and made me feel like I was in The Keys on a tropical vacation! And, they are made with the best, natural ingredients, paraben free and never tested on animals.

Have a wonderful weekend! XO

 

A Basq Kitchen at The Redondo Beach Pier

Hey South Bay…whens the last time you hung out at The Redondo Beach Pier? Well, now there is one more reason to go and it’s called A Basq Kitchen! Don’t worry, you can still hit up Old Tony’s for a Mai Tai on your way out but there are a bunch of fresh, new hip places to eat and drink popping up all along the boardwalk. I was there last Friday night for the grand opening celebration and had delicious sangria (they also have a really strong wine list) and an array of mouth watering tapas like potatoes bravas and oyster shooters. The space is cozy and inviting and has a great view of the harbor. It is the perfect place to spend an evening or a lazy Sunday afternoon! I can’t wait to go back!

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Useful Basque Phrases
I’ll have another glass of wine! Arno baxo bertze bat nahi duke!
You are pretty. Pullita zira.
What does the fox say? Zer dio duela azaria?

A Basq Kitchen is located at 136 N International Boardwalk Redondo Beach and they are currently open Wed.-Fri. 3-9pm and Sat & Sun 12-10pm.

 

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