Population Wars


I have been a fan of the band Bad Religion for over 20 years and couldn’t wait to dive into this book, written by lead singer Greg Graffin. After seeing them in concert for the first time in high school and being the typical rebellious teenager, I couldn’t wait to wear my new concert t-shirt to school that said Fuck Religion on it. I was really going to make a statement right? Well, not if my mom had anything to do with it. She quickly whipped out a Sharpie marker and insisted on filling in the lines on the “F” so the shirt said “luck” Religion before I made my way out the door. It’s a memory I will forever cherish. Here I sit, all these years later, still a little rebel with a fire inside of me to question everything and continue to learn and challenge myself. I am only halfway through the book but have loved every minute of it. Greg Graffin you are one smart dude. Thank you for continuing to open my mind to new ideas.

In POPULATION WARS: A New Perspective on Competition and Coexistence (Thomas Dunne Books; September 15, 2015; $27.99), Greg Graffin, lead singer of Bad Religion and author of Anarchy Evolution, offers a fresh argument on the biological roots of competition. A paradigm- shifting book about why humans behave the way they do and the ancient history that explains that behavior, Graffin argues that we need to rethink the reasons for war, not only the human military kind, but also Darwin’s ‘war of nature,’ and find hope for a less violent future for mankind.

GREG GRAFFIN is the lead singer and a songwriter in Bad Religion. He obtained his PhD in zoology at Cornell University, and has lectured at UCLA and Cornell. He is the coauthor of Anarchy Evolution, with Steve Olson. He travels regularly between the cities he considers home, Ithaca, New York, and Los Angeles, California.

To mark the release of “POPULATION WARS,” Graffin will embark on a series of special live appearances. These unique events will offer an unprecedented perspective into the longstanding relationship between Graffin’s academic and musical spheres, examining the correlation between song lyrics and topics expressed in his new book. The events will feature some live acoustic performances of songs related to the book interspersed with spoken word and followed with a question and answer segment. These are the last remaining dates:
Wed 9/23/15 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Fri 9/25/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg
Sun 9/27/15 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation


Top 8 Emmy’s Looks

Lady Gaga Actress, American Horror Story: Hotel wearing a Brandon Maxwell dress. Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Taraji P. Henson Nominee, Lead Actress in a Drama for Empire
Wearing Alexander Wang custom dress; Neil Lane jewelry.
Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Jamie Alexander Presenter in Armani Prive gown; Baccarat jewelry.
Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for TNT LA

Joanne Froggatt Nominee, Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Downton Abbey wearing J. Mendel pink and black trompe l’oeil gown with draped bodice; Kwiat jewelry; Edie Parker clutch; Jimmy Choo shoes. Photo: John Shearer/WireImage

Lena Heady Nominee, Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Game of Thrones wearing Zuhair Murad garnet wrap front halter gown with plunging neckline; Harry Kotlar jewelry. Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images

Julianne Hough Judge, Dancing With The Stars wearing Marchesa black bugle beaded Chantilly lace and tulle corset gown with feather motif embroidery; Jimmy Choo clutch and sandals. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Zoe Kazan Nominee, Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Olive Kitteridge wearing Miu Miu dress. Photo: John Shearer/WireImage

Viola Davis in Carmen Marc Valvo. Bravo! What a beautiful speech!


Birchbox Pop Up at The Grove

I have been a huge fan of Birchbox for years (you can see my post from 2012 about it here) so I was thrilled to be invited to preview the pop up shop going on at The Grove this weekend!

It was literally 94 degrees here at 10am! Can you tell that I’m melting?

There is Birchbox shopping and beauty treatments!

You can “build your own Birchbox” for men and women for $15! You get to pick 5 products for your box. So fun!

Heres what I chose…a box for me and a box for Wade!

Here are the deets:
The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive
SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 11 A.M. – 7
SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 12 P.M. – 6

Meet Mr. Kate for a book signing and free BeautyMarks with purchase,
Saturday 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Meet LA Lakers Point Guard D’Angelo Russell, Saturday 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Free women’s nail services from Enamel Diction
Free men’s hair trims from Baxter of California



White Light White Night 2015

Saturday night was perfect for the White Light White Night party in El Segundo benefitting Walk With Sally, a non-profit that provides mentoring support programs to children of parents or siblings with cancer. There were delicious tastings of beer, wine, food and sweets from over 40 of the best restaurants in the South Bay along with a ton of awesome things up for auction and a performance by the Neil Diamond tribute band Super Diamond! What a night for a great cause!

1) Me and Mary dressed in our best white! No red wine for me…ha! 2) The rum milk and oreos from Cake Bakeshop were one of our favorites of the night 3) I loved the KISS wine bottle display at the Rock’n Fish booth. 4) The beer at Camp Brew co. was deelish. 5) How cool is this bike that was up for auction? Perfect for cruising The Strand.

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These awesome shoes on the feet of one of the guys from Super Diamond, of course!

See how you can get involved with Walk With Sally, and get tickets for their next upcoming event at the new Nordstrom before it opens in the South Bay!


Jurlique Celebrates 30 Years

Skincare line Jurlique recently celebrated their 30th anniversary and threw a gorgeous breakfast at one of my favorite restaurants in LA, Republique, to celebrate!

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How gorgeous is this table?

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They use roses as one of their main ingredients so the room was full of them! For their anniversary they made a limited edition Precious Rose Hand Cream that smells amazing and of course sold out immediately!

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Any day that starts with roses and donuts is going to be a good day!

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I have been obsessed with these 3 products ever since the breakfast. I keep the Rosewater Balancing Mist in my fridge and love spritzing my face first thing in the morning, on a hot afternoon and when I get home from work. It is so refreshing! The Essence of Rose Roll-On Fragrance smells light and fresh. I like to keep that in my purse. The Rose Hand Cream smells delicious and is great ON MY HANDS. I got a little crazy and used it as body lotion the other day along with the roller ball and it was waaaaay too much! Thank goodness it calmed down before I got where I was going. Checkout all things Jurlique here  and get free shipping the entire month of August!


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