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Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

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Greetings from Oregon! I have been in Portland for the last couple of days and I am so excited to be experiencing fall. As my plane was landing I was captivated by the beauty of the trees. Rich golds, reds and pinks dotted the landscape and it got me thinking about my Thanksgiving table. We are hosting this year and decorating is my favorite part. I have been collecting colorful leaves everywhere we go to scatter on the table. Here are some pics that are inspiring me right now. I am really into the gold accents and natural elements. What is inspiring you?

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Photo: Sarah Sherman Samuel

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Photo: Griffanie

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Photo: Apartment 34

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Photo: Homey Oh My!

 

Down The Rabbit Hole

When I moved to California in 1999 my cousin Bonnie was pursuing her acting career and attending all of the wild parties at The Playboy Mansion. I was fascinated by her tales of the glitz and glamour, celebrities and over-the-top themed costumes. As intrigued as I was I never tried to tag along because I felt my hair was too short, my boobs were too small and frankly, at the time, I felt I was just “too punk rock” for that scene. I was content living vicariously through Bonnie.

When The Girls Next Door first aired it became my guilty pleasure. At the time I lived in a ground level apartment and we had a TV that projected onto a giant wall in our living room. There was a huge window that looked onto the street as well as one behind the couch that faced my neighbors. I would always make sure my blinds and curtains were closed so no one could see what I was watching.

When Holly came into the picture on The Girls Next Door I became an instant fan. I felt like I could really relate to her in some strange way. I was thrilled when Down The Rabbit Hole came out and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I actually listened to the audio version which is read by Holly herself. It was a fascinating look into what life was really like behind the mansion doors. It starts out with Holly describing attending her first Playboy party and the excitement she felt as the bus drove her up the long driveway. She described it exactly as my cousin did 15 years ago.

If you are a Holly Madison fan or just curious about the life of a former “girlfriend” I would highly recommend this book. Along with revealing the mystery behind the gates its a story of strength, courage and fight.

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Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny

Description
The shocking, never-before-told story of the bizarre world inside the legendary Playboy Mansion—and, finally, the secret truth about the man who holds the key—from one of the few people who truly knows: Hef’s former #1 girlfriend and star of The Girls Next Door

A spontaneous decision at age twenty-one transformed small-town Oregon girl Holly Sue Cullen into Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner’s #1 girlfriend. But like Alice’s journey into Wonderland, after Holly plunged down the rabbit hole, what seemed like a fairytale life inside the Playboy Mansion—including A-list celebrity parties and her own #1-rated television show for four years—quickly devolved into an oppressive routine of strict rules, manipulation, and battles with ambitious, backstabbing bunnies. Life inside the notorious Mansion wasn’t a dream at all—and quickly became her nightmare. After losing her identity, her sense of self-worth, and her hope for the future, Holly found herself sitting alone in a bathtub contemplating suicide.

But instead of ending her life, Holly chose to take charge of it.

In this shockingly candid and surprisingly moving memoir, this thoughtful and introspective woman opens up about life inside the Mansion, the drugs, the sex, the abuse, the infamous parties, and her real behind-the-scenes life with Bridget, Kendra, and, of course, Mr. Playboy himself.

With great courage, Holly shares the details of her subsequent troubled relationship, landing her own successful television series, and the hard work of healing, including her turn on Dancing with the Stars. A cautionary tale and a celebration of personal empowerment, Down the Rabbit Hole reminds us of the importance of fighting for our dreams—and finding the life we deserve.

 

Easy Halloween Makeup Looks

Halloween is only a few more days away, which means for those who haven’t come up with a costume yet…now is the time! Effortlessly pull off Halloween with no real costumes required using these tried and true Halloween makeup looks by Beauty Collection Specialist Ruby Bonilla. No complicated makeup tricks here, just treats!

Quick How-Tos from Southern California’s Beauty Collection

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Each carefully-curated product can be found in-store or online at Beauty Collection or you can improvise with things in your own makeup bag! Don’t feel like creating a look yourself? Beauty Collection’s talented makeup artists will consult with you and create a look that is sure to get you noticed. Makeup starts at $40 and up and is based on the desired look.

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Art Hearts Fashion Show

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a night of fashion at the beautiful Taglyan Complex in LA. It was an Art Hearts Fashion event produced by the smart, savvy Whitaker sisters Erin and Sarah. What a night!

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How gorgeous is this space? It was the perfect place for a fashion show. This was swimwear by Courtney Allegra.

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The Courtney Allegra models after the show.

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The art part of the night included a little indoor gallery as well as an outdoor space. I loved this painting by Molly Gruninger.

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There was a beautiful outdoor space around a fountain that had all of these fun pop culture/fashion paintings by Sham Ibrahim tucked around in the trees/bushes. I loved it!

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The show closed with the fabulous designs of Amato Couture! It was wild and over-the-top and I loved every minute of it!

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Amato Couture really knows how to put on a show! This red moon backdrop with the red hair, fog and gorgeous dress was magical!

 

Simply Glamorous

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Simply Glamorous by makeup artist extraordinaire Gary Cockerill just came out today and is the new makeup bible! Tigger approves. How glamorous does he look?

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This book really is the new makeup bible. Gary is an amazing makeup guru with tons of knowledge to share. I love Simply Glamorous because it covers EVERYTHING you need to know about skin and makeup and he uses all ages and races. It is perfect for anyone and everyone who is even remotely interested in their face, but trust me, once you crack it open you won’t be able to put it down and you WILL want to read it cover to cover. Not only is it full of easy to understand information but the photography is beautiful as well.

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This is one of my favorite things…he breaks down the different types of mascara wands and explains what each one does for your lashes. Brilliant! He also answers a ton of other beauty questions!

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The inside cover is a wallpaper of of those faces that makeup artists use to show you what they used on your face. I worked for Estee Lauder for several years while I was in Beauty School and this reminds me of those days. I fell in love with makeup then and have been hooked on beauty ever since!

With the holidays right around the corner Simply Glamorous is the perfect gift for yourself or anyone you know who is interested in makeup and skincare!

 

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