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Have Your Mind Blown by Louis Vuitton in LA

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Yesterday my friend Mary took me to see this super fun Louis Vuitton Exhibit in LA and my mind was blown! No matter what your relationship is with the brand, if you love fashion, photography, technology, craftsmanship, and or art, this show is for you! This is just a little taste of what you will see. There is a lot of video interaction that you just have to experience for yourself. The show is in a huge space on Highland Ave. in LA and its FREE!!! They even give you a little something on the way out. It is only going on thru Feb. 22nd so make plans to get over there soon. You can checkout all of the info here. If you go I would love to here your thoughts!

 

Friday Faves

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Happy Weekend! Friday is here and I have cleared my calendar to spend the day celebrating (one of my besties) Keri’s 40th birthday! She has a lot to celebrate and is one of the strongest women I know. She is currently battling her 3rd round with cancer and is determined to kick its ass. You can see her story here. Happy Birthday Keri! I love you! What is everyone else up to? I’m sure I will tune into the Super Bowl at some point on Sunday. I always look forward to betting, sipping Champagne, hot dogs, the halftime show, and the commercials. This year I’m bummed that Katy Perry is the performer. She bores me. Who knows though, maybe this will be her day? I will keep an open mind. Whatever you do be grateful, be inspired and feel the love! Here are some of my favorite things this week…

* My new favorite hand cream is from The Soap & Paper Factory. It smells like Jasmine and is in the prettiest little tube that looks great on my nightstand. I love to use it on my hands at night before bed!

* I just got this book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day and it has totally inspired me! Matt Kepnes has some fantastic tips for traveling cheaper, smarter and longer!

* I love a good exfoliator and now I am hooked on the Peter Lamas Exfoliating Pumpkin Facial Scrub. It smells good enough to eat and is safe for use on all skin types. Although the granules may seem large they are smooth, natural and work very gently to polish away dead skin cells. I have even used it on my body! At night I like to follow it up with the Peter Lamas Nourishing Buriti Oil Moisturizer for amazingly soft, hydrated skin in the morning. These products are made with high quality ingredients and won’t break the bank!

* Here are 15 seniors with outrageous style that you should be following on Instagram right now!

* Eat, drink and be merry while supporting Planned Parenthood LA at Food Fare 2015! From its prestigious beginnings as a cooking demonstration with Julia Child in 1979, Food Fare has become one of the oldest and most recognized food events in Los Angeles. Food Fare will celebrate its 36th anniversary on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and will once again feature well over 100 of LA’s best restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries, libations and vendors!

*Yes, I admit I am a bit of a product junkie but this Basil Lemon Body Butter from Korres rocks my world. The scent is so light and fresh that you can still use a fragrance over it and it is super smoothing and hydrating. The perfect winter pick me up. Treat yo self!

* I have always wanted to see The Northern Lights and this tour in March looks amazing!

* I am a sucker for a silly play on words and thats why I love these rock themed desserts from Monterey Meringues. With names like Oreo Speedwagon, Miley Citrus, Nuts N Roses, ZZ Toppers and many more. They are as wild looking as their names! You’ve gotta see them!

* This new website BeautyTV has so many great tips and video tutorials all in one place! They have a lot of great tutorials for nails. I recently found KBShimmer polish. It is another high quality brand that won’t break the bank and they have a ton of fun colors, glitters and shimmers!

* I just tried Blue Apron for the first time and LOVE it! You get all the ingredients to make 3 meals for 2 people for just $60 delivered to your door. The recipes are really good, things I would never think of making, and delicious. And, there is no waste. They give you the exact amount of everything you need and all of their packaging is recyclable. I also love free cooking apps like Make A Meal that let you type in what you have in your kitchen and then it gives you recipes based on what you already have. It would be perfect if you are snowed in but still have internet!

* Get a free card from Watertree Health to help cover the cost of prescription meds and help the Make-A-Wish foundation.

 

L’ Amande Cafe and Bakery

I haven’t felt this close to France since I was engaged there in 2005. The L’Amande Cafe and Bakery is legit and delicious. Everything they make is fresh to order with only the best ingredients. The atmosphere is chic, cozy and comfortable. It’s the kind of place that makes you want to stay awhile. Sip on a decadent cup of hot chocolate and read a book or meet a friend for a bite to eat. They have 2 locations, one in the heart of Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Blvd. and one in a little strip mall in Torrance on PCH. Both are charming. Bon Appetit!

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The Escargot Aux Fruits

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The Hot Chocolate

Photos by Wade Hammond

 

Swim or Sink

Hi! I hope you had an awesome weekend! Yesterday we spent the day in LA sampling and photographing some delicious food and drink at the most adorable little French Cafe L’Amande and then took in the latest exhibit at The Annenberg Space for Photography. That is one of my favorite places in LA. They always have really amazing, thought provoking shows. This one is called Swim or Sink and explores climate change and architecture. It was fantastic and I highly recommend it if you are in or will be in the LA area between now and May 3rd!

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NYE: What I Wore

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I hope everyone had a fabulous NYE! We hung out with friends and went to dinner downtown at one of our favorite old school spots 555 East. It was perfect. I found this vintage dress several months ago at a great little resale shop called Tattered for only $35 and couldn’t wait to wear it on NYE! What did you do and what did you wear? Cheers to an awesome 2015!

Photos by Wade Hammond

 

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