All Things Foodie

Momofuku Milk Bar

I was introduced to Momofuku Milk Bar when I attended a friend’s wedding in NYC and their wedding cake was the Birthday Cake flavor. I was salivating for more after bite one and knew I needed to visit the bakery while in town.

I was staying at the Mondrian Soho so the closest location was the one in the East Village. Upon arrival at the bakery I was not impressed. It is small and very unassuming, with very little products on the counter. I even doubted that this is where the wedding cake was from until I tried the birthday cake truffles. These little balls were a party in my mouth! They managed to be slightly creamy and cake like and were melt in your mouth “confetti cake on crack” goodness. I became a believer and spread the word like wildfire. I bought some to bring home to friends and family in LA so they could share in my birthday cake truffle bliss. They too were hooked.

Lucky for you, Momofuku Milk Bar items can be ordered online, so no rush to fly to New York. But if you find yourself in the city, run there, don’t walk.

Birthday Cake Truffles are $16 for a box of 12 and can be purchased at http://www.shopmilkbar.com

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Fashion

The Perfect White Tee

The quest for the perfect white t-shirt can be quite tricky. There are two ways to go when searching for white which are sheer or opaque. I prefer a sheer white shirt that you can pair with a pretty lacy black bra, or if you are truly daring, no bra at all. The fit must be drapey, worn in and can be slightly tattered. The look you are trying to achieve is “I just threw on my boyfriend’s favorite  broken in white shirt as I left this morning.”

If you choose opaque, I would suggest the fit to be either fitted and preppy, country club chic or classic with a touch of bohemian. There is just something so appealing about a fresh, bright white shirt.

My favorite brands of sheer white tees are Blue Life from Planet Blue, in particular the Best Bum Tee and the Tissue V Neck Tee by Monrow. The best bet for opaque tees are from James Perse, especially the Relaxed V Neck and the Casual Tee.

Best Bum Tee retails for $77 and can be purchased at http://www.shopplanetblue.com

Tissue V Neck Tee retails for $55 and can be purchased at http://www.monrowattire.com

James Perse tees retail for $50 and can be purchased at http://www.jamesperse.com

After you have purchased the perfect white tee, it will become your uniform of choice for every outing, whether it be a date or running errands. Pair your sheer shirt with black jeans, leather shorts, or heavily distressed denim,  black bra and stacked bracelets for a rocker inspired look. The opaque shirt goes best with bright colored or crisp, slightly distressed blue jeans or cotton skirt.

 

 

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Travel

First Time to France

It is only fitting that my first post about travel be about the first time I went to France. The reason why it is so fitting is that a beauty brand, Rene Furterer, took me! I was managing the Andy Lecompte Salon in Los Angeles and we were one of the salons across the United States that had been great ambassadors for the brand, so I was lucky enough to go to France, where the headquarters for Pierre Fabre (the parent company of Rene Furterer) is located.

I boarded my Air France double decker A380 and was off to Paris to learn all about the brand, eat my weight in croissants, crepes, and macaroons, and see the Eiffel Tower. I was greeted in France by hairstylists, salon owners and executives from the french hair care line. We stayed at a  boutique hotel called Astor St Honore and embarked on a dinner cruise along the Seine River touring the city.  It was this first night that I saw one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen, the Eiffel Tower glittering against the evening sky. “All that glitters is gold” never meant so much to me.

We travelled along twisted, tree lined roads into the French countryside and dined on the finest meats, cheeses, baguettes and wines. We stayed at the Grand Hotel a Castres. We toured the botanical gardens and private estate and winery of Pierre Fabre and were treated like royalty. The landscape of the country was so vibrant, green, and enchanting. It was the best introduction to France a girl could ask for.

http://www.Renefurtererusa.com

http://www.Andylecomptesalon.com

http://www.laudree.com/fr_fr    there is also a Laudree store in New York  in Soho 🙂

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Beauty

Best Mascaras

The two best mascaras I have used are the Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara and the Diorshow Mascara (the original, not waterproof).

The Kevyn Aucoin Mascara is my new obsession. It has a slightly curved brush that aids in curling and lengthening the lashes. This mascara made my eyelashes look super long and the black color is nice and rich. It didn’t flake off or need another coat. It retails for $32 and can be purchased at

http://www.barneys.com

The Diorshow Mascara in 090 has been my go to for years. I have strayed many times, but always come back to this tried and true formulation. The brush is filled with thick bristles ready to inject your lashes with unparalleled volume. It is the fake lash effect without the mess of the glue. The only downfall I have with this is sometimes it flakes off a bit under my eyes, but I am willing to deal with it in exchange for the benefits. It retails for $25 and can be purchased at

http://www.nordstrom.com

Diorshow 2 Kevyn Aucoin

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All Things Foodie

RPM Italian Chicago

I recently planned part of my best friend from high school, Elisa’s, Bacherlorette Party in Chicago. I was in charge of Friday night and thought it was the perfect excuse to make reservations at a restaurant I have been dying to try, RPM Italian.

RPM Italian is an Italian restaurant in Chicago housed directly across the historic fire station in River North. The restaurant is owned by Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Lettuce Entertain You siblings JR, Jerrod and Molly Melman, and  chef Doug Psaltis. Thus the namesake RPM Italian.

The restaurant was bustling for our 8:30pm reservation with a great bar scene and perfect summer weather for our short fifteen minute wait for our table. The rich dark brown wooden floors and candle lit tables were just the chic touch we needed to set the tone for the Bachelorette Weekend. Our waiter promptly took our drink orders and brought water to our table, while suggesting some of his favorite dishes on the menu.

We ordered the Truffled Garlic Bread, Watermelon and Tomato Salad, Prime Beef Meatballs, Cremini Mushroom Pizzette, Shreaded Brussel Sprout Salad, Sweet Corn Agnolotti, Mama DePandi’s Bucatini, Spicy King Crab, Sugar Snap Pea Rissotto, Carbonara, Ravioli a la RPM, and Affogato for dessert. The server surprised us with little gelato ice cream cones as a gift to the bachelorette!

It was five star service without the fuss, which was flawless and the food was so satisfying and crave worthy. My favorite dish was Mama DePandi’s Bucatini and the affogato for dessert. The homemade Bucatini was done to perfection and had the slightest kick to it in regard to spice, that gave it the perfect balance. The affogato was composed of La Colombe cold pressed coffee and generous scoops of vanilla bean gelato. I am not usually a coffee drinker, but this cold pressed coffee was so smooth and paired so well with the richness of the gelato.

I have been telling everyone in LA to book a flight to Chicago immediately to dine at RPM Italian. I have included the menu and photos below. Craving carbs until next time!

http://rpmitalian.com/menu/

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Fashion

BCBG MAX AZRIA AND HERVE LEGER RESORT 2015 PREVIEW

Lubov Azria hosted a beautiful evening at her home, La Maison Du Soleil in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 22.  VIP guests were invited to preview the BCBG Max Azria and Herve Leger Resort Collections in a special presentation around the pool. The collection was inspired by Hammamet Tunisia, which is where Max Azria hails from. The prints were Lubov’s twist on the traditional tunics worn in Tunisia. 

Colored streamers and majestic lanterns were strung from the trees, creating a whimsical backdrop for the models to showcase the clothes. Cool summer blood orange cocktails were served and fans inscribed with “Be Chic Be Gorgeous, Attitude is Everything, Living the Bon Chic Life. Be Chic Be Gorgeous, Timeless” were given out to help beat the heat of the warm California sunshine.

Opus Beauty hairstylists Jennifer Blanchard and Paul Desmarre keyed the hair department. They bent the models hair into effortless, beachy waves for the BCBG Max Azria and Runway collections and sleek ponytails for the  Herve Leger collection using Rene Furterer products.  Temptu makeup artists airbrushed the models into fresh-faced, dewy, fruit stained lipped beauties. Zoya manicurists gave the shiny, pale pink, finishing touch to the models runway look.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the collections when they hit stores in November. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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