Fashion

The Need For Tweed

Tweed is a classic fabric that exudes class and refinement. Coco Chanel comes to mind when I see tweed. The knobby material intricately woven in jackets, skirts, and shorts matched with pearls is the definition of a classy outfit.

Tweed is a rough, unfinished woollen fabric of a soft, open, flexible texture.  It is made in either plain or twill weave and may have a check or herringbone pattern. The multi color effects are obtained by twisting together differently coloured woollen strands into a two- or three-ply yarn.

I wear my tweed jackets with denim and skirts and love a tweed short with tights and a blouse. I often toss on a strand of pearls to perfectly compliment the look or edge it up a bit with an ear jacket and stacked bracelets. Which ever combination you choose, a tweed item is sure to fancify any outfit you choose.

Vintage Chanel tweed jacket retails for $2500 and can be purchased at http://www.nastygal.com

Romeo + Juliet tweed jacket is on sale for $95 and can ber purchased at http://www.6pm.com

Milly tweed jacket retails for $495 can can be purchased at http://www.revolveclothing.com

Rachel Zoe tweed jacket retails for $250 and can be purchased at http://www.revolveclothing.com

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Fashion

I Die For Tie Dye

Tie Dyed clothes have been around forever. Remember making them with your mom with buckets filled with colored dye, rubber bands and white clothing? The messy, easy way to get creative with clothing is cycling around again.

Living in Southern California, I also think of hippies and the Venice Boardwalk when I think of tie dye. But tie dye can be pretty and lovely if done correctly. Several brands do this well and my favorites are listed below.

Planet Blue’s in house brand, Blue Life has great options. Gypsy 05 has easy breezy dresses and Raquel Allegra makes the best gauzy tees and dresses.

Leave the dye alone and purchase your items from the sites below.

Planet Blue http://www.shopplanetblue.com

Raquel Allegra http://www.raquelallegra.com

Gypsy 05 http://www.gypsy05.com

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Fashion

Metallic Jean Must Have

Paige denim released their new metallic jeans campaign and I am in need of the bright blue pair.

The flash of metallic is just the rocker touch that my basic black tanks and tees need for a night out on the town. I love the sheen of the fabric and the rips in this particular pair. Colored denim is always a good choice, but metallic colored denim is beyond.

You must pair this look with basics as to not look like you are trying too hard or dressed for a throw back costume party. The look should be relaxed and dressy all at the same time. The shiny glow radiating off your jeans as you dance the night away will only add to your appeal and fun factor.

I will be adding this glistening pair of denim into my wardrobe soon.

The Verdugo jean by Paige in Blue Galaxy retails for $249 and can be purchased at

http://www.paige.com/verdugo-blue-galaxy-coating/d/400002647

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All Things Foodie

Stone Fruits

I have been obsessed with stone fruits lately. The fruits that are part of the stone fruit family are peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, and cherries. They commonly are referred to as “stone fruits” because the seed is very large and hard.

Stone fruits have many benefits. They contain Vitamin C which helps the body form collagen—the main protein in connective tissue—in bones, cartilage, muscle and blood vessels. It also helps to increase iron absorption. They have lots of potassium, which is key for proper nerve and muscle function. They help to strenghten your bones due to the vitamin K they contain. All stone fruits contain lots of fiber in their skin to help keep you regular and fight bloat.

I really enjoy the sweetness of the fruit and often cut them up and have them for breakfast or a snack. I also use them as toppings on yogurt, cottage cheese, cereal, and on pancakes. They are also a good on-the-go snack as they just need to be rinsed and are ready to eat.

The colors of these fruits are so beautiful and are sure to brighten your day!

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Beauty

Orlando Pita’s Japanese “Sumo Knot”

I came across the images from Carolina Herrara’s S/S 2015 NYFW show and was inspired by the hairstyle I saw.

Famed hairstylist, Orlando Pita created a Japanese “Sumo Knot” for the models for the show. The result was this sleek, beautifully crafted top knot, with half the ponytail left out and flatted and sprayed in place. It was like a work of art on top of each model’s head. I am in love with it and can’t wait to have one of my hairstylists recreate it on me.

The look was sponsored by CHI/BioSilk and the breakdown of how to get the look is below.

1. Apply a generous amount of BioSilk Firm Hold Hairspray to a brush and the hair and use it to sculpt the hair into a sleek ponytail with a large CHI Turbo Nylon Brush that is placed 2 inches below the crown area. Secure the ponytail with a band.

Orlando Pita: “If the model’s hair had texture or curl, I blow dried it straight first with the CHI TOUCH Touchscreen Blow Dryer.”

2. Run the CHI G2 Ceramic & Titanium Digital Hairstyling Iron through the length of the ponytail so it is sleek and smooth.

3. Spray a generous amount of BioSilk Firm Hold Hairspray onto the length of the ponytail and while damp take a tail comb and the CHI G2 Ceramic & Titanium Digital Hairstyling Iron to gently fold the ponytail in half to form an off-center looped bun shape while bringing the remaining hair down the center to form a tail and secure with an elastic band.

Orlando Pita Tip: “The tail comb and BioSilk Firm Hold Hairspray are essential to shape, mold and bend the hair into a loop. This is the most intricate part of the style. The ideal component of the BioSilk Firm Hold Hairspray is that it gives hold while still letting the hair to remain flexible.”

4. To create the ultra-sleek tail and add length to it, use an extension sprayed with BioSilk Firm Hold Hairspray and straightened with the CHI G2 Ceramic & Titanium Digital Hairstyling Iron. Cut the ends on a sharp angle and attach under the loop blending it over the existing tail and secure with pins.

5. Take a separate piece of extension about 2-3” in width spray it with BioSilk Firm Hold Hairspray and straighten with the CHI G2 Ceramic & Titanium Digital Hairstyling Iron to form a ribbon-like piece. Wrap around the elastic band to hide it.

6. Apply BioSilk Shine On Spray to complete the look.

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All Things Foodie

Two Ingredient “Pancakes”

One of my favorite healthy breakfasts to make only takes two ingredients. Two eggs and a ripe banana. These make up thin, crepe like pancakes that are light and delicious.

Peel one ripe banana and put into a bowl. Blend well with a hand mixer to create a fluffy banana base. Crack two eggs into the banana puree and whip until frothy. Take a 1/4 measuring cup and measure out this amount of batter and pour onto a greased, preheated pan. The pan must be heated just below medium heat because these pancakes cook quickly and tend to burn fast. I use coconut oil spray to grease the pan. Use a metal spatula a flip the pancakes once the top is covered in bubbles and the bottom is a beautiful golden brown color. They will only need about 30 seconds to finish cooking on this side.

Once they are all ready, put on a plate and you can top with fresh fruit, greek yogurt, agave or all three!

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Fashion

Knee High Socks

Fall is fast approaching and knee high socks are the perfect transition piece to add into your wardrobe. These fuzzy finds will keep you cozy and warm as the leaves fall and the weather dips.

I love how they add a school girl touch or bohemian vibe to any outfit and can be worn dressy or casual. There are so many versions with prints, colors, and various thickness. I love the look of a thicker sock and a sweater for lounging around at home or at the cabin. Curl up with a good book, fashion magazine, or movie and add hot cocoa with marshmallows for the perfect Saturday in. Pair a thiner sock with a skirt or dress and tuck them into a boot for a night out on the town.

This look is one of my favs and I can’t wait to break them out of my dresser now that it is fall.

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All Things Foodie

Blue Plate Oysterette

I was recently invited to dinner at Blue Plate Oysterette. It was a lovely night, the Southern California weather was perfectly temperate with a slight breeze. We decided to enjoy it and walk the few blocks through the neighborhood to dinner.

The restaurant is so cute, with an outdoor seating area and indoor accommodations as well. The vibe is laid back, inviting, and instantly comforting. There is a chalkboard with specials of the day, a light up wooden arrow with the word “Oysters” on it pointing toward the oyster bar, and maps on the tables that inspire talks of travel destinations and places with great seafood. The menu selection is mostly seafood based, but there are options for those of you who are more burger and fries types. There is something on the menu that is sure to strike your fancy.

We ordered oysters with champagne to start and had lots of fun deciding which ones were our favorites and powering through the larger ones. The undressed lobster roll with french fries was amazing dipped in melted butter and reminded me of the Hamptons. The bouillabaisse was so full of flavor and delicious.

Being a sweets lover, I ordered the strawberry shortcake for dessert, which was two generous portions of buttery pound cake with layers of fresh strawberries and vanilla bean whipped cream. The table behind us asked what it was, so I offered them a bite and they loved it so much, they ordered one too.

All the fellow diners at the surrounding tables on the patio were super friendly, which made the atmosphere of the restaurant unpretentious and perfect for a Sunday dinner. The service was wonderful and no one gave us any grief when we were the last table to leave.

The restaurant is a great addition to the neighborhood. The excellent food and laid back feel with keep me coming back for more.

Blue Plate Oysterette is located at 8048 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 323-656-5474

http://www.blueplatesantamonica.com

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Beauty

Going Incognito

I am always on the hunt for the perfect shade of nail polish for everyday. The answer to my neutral nail dreams is Dior nail lacquer in Incognito.

Dior Vernis gel shine and nail lacquer in this shade is the perfect fit for a lovely daily color. It is a pale, nudey pink that gives your nails just enough of a hint of color to compliment any outfit. This polish is super glossy and wears really well for a week! It only slightly chips on the tips, which is a huge feat in my book because my nail polish always chips easily.

Dior Vernis nail polish sets itself apart from other brands because it is sold as a “gel-coat” which has a special techno-polymer on the formula that keeps the polish intensly shiny. It is also is composed of organic silicon, which enhances the long wear ability of the polish. The brush is longer, with a rounded tip for flawless, easy application. The color is so rich, that it easily covers the nail with two coats. You can feel good about using this polish because Dior Vernis is formulated without toluene, formaldehyde, phthalates or camphor.

I am in love with this color and have adopted it as my new staple.

The polish retails for $25 and can be purchased at http://www.dior.com and http://www.sephora.com

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All Things Foodie

The Nice Guy- Where The Cool Kids Hang

There are always new places popping up in LA and some last the test of time, while others fail quickly. It is hard to say why some fail and some succeed, but if I had to place a bet, I would say The Nice Guy is here to stay.

The Nice Guy is a restaurant/lounge owned by the h.wood group, the same owners as Bootsy Bellows, Hooray Henry’s, Shore Bar and Blind Dragon. It opened it’s doors on August 22 of this year and I finally got around to giving it a try.

Upon entering this local haunt, I was surprised at how small the venue actually is, but the intimate setting really lends itself for interaction among guests. The throw-back, mafia inspired, neighborhood joint is like entering a time warp into the good ole days. There is a bar, with top notch mixologists pouring eclectic drinks, one of which is even served in a flask. You can order food at the countertop and enjoy one of the delicious dishes while grabbing a cocktail, or wait for your reservation at one of the banquettes. There are also two tables in the middle of the room with more lounge like seating to hold a small gathering of friends for a party or fun night out.

There is an area in the corner kept for singers and bands, which progresses into a DJ as the night matures, enticing customers to dance the rest of the night away and endulge in some good old fashion fun. The vibe is cool, young, hip, fresh, and inviting, unlike many of the venues in Hollywood. The cool kids hang here, and I want to be one of them.

The menu features items like meatballs with burratta, pizza, scallops, kale chips, and truffle fries. The food is comforting and gourmet all at the same time. The service is on point and there is never any pressure to quickly flip the table, which is refreshing for a change.

I will for sure be back and bring my friends, but make sure to always call ahead because it is reservation only. Don’t miss the photo booth in the back, so you can accurately capture the fact that you were there.

The Nice Guy is located at 401 N La Cienega Blvd 310-360-9500. http://www.theniceguyla.com

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