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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.

 

New Faves From Jeffrey Campbell

Lets face it, I love shoes! What girl doesn’t?  I have them stashed everywhere…in my closet, above my washer/dryer, and under the bed. I am always super excited to find a new pair that is fun, fits well and is comfortable. I love Jeffrey Campbell because his shoes are always on point and can be all over the shoe map from practical to totally wild! Remember these “Lady Gaga” shoes I got myself for Xmas a few years ago? Well, here are some of my new faves from his latest collection!

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Atrium Sandals

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Harvell Ankle Boots (also come in black…I love them both)

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Tornado Suede Sandals

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Lawford Open Shoes

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Tenda Sandal

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Threes High Sandal

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Hough Grey Suede Sandal

My favorite place to shop for Jeffrey Campbell shoes is the West LA Boutique!

 

Friday Faves

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Good morning from Mexico!!! I am exploring the beautiful Villa del Palmar resort in the quaint little town of Loreto and I can’t wait to tell you all about when I return!! In the meantime, November is here which means the holiday season is about to be in full swing! There are a ton of fun things to do starting today so don’t get left behind! Have a magical weekend!

See
* Lifetime’s Project Runway Junior starts Thursday Nov. 12th and one of the contestants is 17 year old Matt Sarafa from Manhattan Beach, CA! Watch a sneak preview here.

* Fashionista Superhero Comics? Yes please! Checkout Chapters 1-5 here!

* On Nov 7th at 10pm at The Ace Hotel LA  catch Ira Glass doing Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host. It looks quirky and amazing. Just what you would expect from Ira.

* You can spend An Evening with David Spade at The Bootleg on Sunday Nov.8th. I have always loved him and find him hilarious.

* There is a tribute to George Carlin going on at The Grammy Museum until March 31st 2016. That place is so much fun! I highly recommend it.

Shop
* CMC Sample Sale every Friday from Nov. 6th-Dec. 18th (except Nov. 27th). Get your shop on!

* Each year, dreams are made and soon-to-be-international-pop-stars are discovered on the Citadel Outlets stage during the center’s Annual Tree Lighting Concert. The free family-friendly event runs from 4PM-7PM on Saturday, Nov. 7, leading up to the grand finale lighting of the World’s Tallest Live-Cut Tree. This year’s concert will be co-headlined by Sabrina Carpenter and Laura Marano, joined by opening act Madison Beer.

* Freshly Picked is having a warehouse sale Sat. Nov. 7th from 10-12pm in Lake Forest. Definitely worth The drive!

Eat
* The Big Sur Foragers Festival is going on January 15th-17th 2016 and looks awesome!

Try
* L’Anza Combing Cream is the perfect blowout cream for thick, frizzy hair. This cream leaves the hair shiny, smooth and frizz free!

* Miracle Skin Transformer Night Treatment is a really wonderful night cream that almost acts like an overnight mask. It hydrates, resurfaces, and smoothes with minimal fragrance and is under $100. I have loved everything I have tried from this brand.

* RxQ Vitamins were developed in San Pedro, CA which is near me in Long Beach and has highly polluted air due to it being the home of the LA port. I can’t see any effects from taking these but I feel good thinking that they could be helping to reduce the effects of ozone pollution on my lungs and body health.

* Colon Cleanse Tea by Teami purifies the body from the inside out, cleansing the organs and clearing the digestive track of toxins. Teami is a Florida based company and their teas taste amazing and are free of gluten, dairy,sugar and GMO’s!

 

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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Top 35 Sushi Restaurants in America

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The Daily Meal just put out their list of the top 35 sushi restaurants in America and I have been to 2 of them! #18 Matsuhisa in LA is where I discovered my love for sashimi. My friend Mary and I had the Yellowtail Jalapeño and the Tuna Tataki with cilantro dressing and both were melt-in-your-mouth delicious! We also loved the Lobster Ceviche, King Crab Tempura, and the Fish N Chips Matsihisa Style. #34 Sansei has several locations in Hawaii and I just had the pleasure of eating at one last month. The Fresh Hawaiian Ahi Carpacciov Garnished with cilantro & chopped peanuts in a Thai chili vinaigrette blew my mind along with the Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth with cilantro, Thai basil and mild jalapeños. Several Nobu’s made the list but not the Malibu location which is the only one I have been to. Wade and I went there for our 7 year wedding anniversary and did the Chef’s Tasting Menu and shared a bottle of Champagne. It was an amazing meal in a beautiful location right on the water. My local, go-to sushi spot in Long Beach is Sushi Kinoya. I could just eat the cilantro hand rolls all night long! Have you been to any of these spots and what do you love?

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