Fashion

Gorgeous Girls on the Golden Globes Red Carpet

The Golden Globes took place in Beverly Hills tonight at the Beverly HIlton hotel. Living in LA is always fun during award season because you get to see the event planners setting up the venues for the official after parties and feel like you are part of the action, even if you just end up watching at home.

My favorite part of the awards show is the red carpet. I love seeing all the actresses and actors in their gowns and suits. Working in the industry, I also love to see the looks my friends (the glam squad) have created to help the stars work the carpet as the best version of themselves. The trend on the carpet this year seemed to be plunging necklines, white, and metallic silver. Some of my favorite looks were Emma Stone, Kate Beckinsale, Kate Hudson, Allison Williams, Katherine Heigl, Anna Kendrick, Sienna Miller and Jessica Chastain. Emma wore a Lanvin jumpsuit with a crystal encrusted bodice and a large black bow in the back, and Mara Roszak did her hair. Kate Beckinsale wore a plunging Elie Saab dress with oversized dangling earrings that I am obsessed with. Kate Hudson stood out in a white Versace number that featured a deep V neckline with cutout sides with ladder like crystal beading that fit her like a glove. Jessica Chastain rocked metallic Versace dress and oozed sex appeal with her side swept hairstyle. Allison Wiliams wore a red embellished gown by Armani Prive and did anything but blend into the carpet. Katherine Heigl owned the simple silhouette created by Zac Posen in navy blue. Anna Kendrick looked lovely in her Monique Lhuillier dress with red beading, reminding me of a fairytale princess, which was fitting since she starred in “Into the Woods,” Sienna Miller stayed true to her bohemian chic signature look in her Miu Miu gown with a plunging neckline, sheer embellished back and beaded trim. These stars for me were the best dressed and true to the trend of the red carpet.

I can’t wait to watch E! News to see who made their list and find out if I am on point with the experts. I also have to give a shout out to Kevin Spacey for his win for “House of Cards” because I am newly obsessed with the show. Back to reality for all of hollywood tomorrow, but only for a short time because the Oscars are around the corner and there are many other awards shows in between.

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All Things Foodie

Hyde

SBE has done it again. The company has turned the old XIV by Michael Mina into the new location for the revamped Hyde. Hyde was the first nightclub I went to when I moved to LA. It was much smaller and very celebrity studded. I was invited by a friend, had a table with bottle service and mingled will the A-List crowd. At the end of the night, the valet brought my car around and as he opened the door, a drunk driver hit my door and ripped it off! Welcome to LA.

Well it has been 7 years since that incident and I was invited to dinner at Hyde on Sunset. The new spot reminds me of half cozy cabin in Aspen mixed with lounge/nightclub. During dinner, the lounge side of the space is partitioned off with black screens. The vibe was totally laid back and the food was yummy. We got the fried chicken sliders, the heirloom tomato salad, fingerling potato chips, and the local black cod. I liked the black cod dish the best.

It is definitely a hot spot and as we were leaving dinner, the hip crowd was rolling in for drinks. We ran into several people we knew on our way out. Dress to impress since this is the new place to be seen.

Hyde is located at 8117 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046. 323-525-2444

 
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Travel

Hiking The Hollywood Sign

My friends were visiting from Phoenix, Arizona and wanted to go on a hike. My friends convinced me to hike the Hollywood Sign and to the Wisdom Tree. I reluctantly agreed and gave up my precious beauty sleep to get up at 7:30 am on a Saturday morning and drive to Griffith Park to begin the hike. 

It was an above average hot day for Southern California, but we thought it was early enough for us to beat the heat. We were wrong. The heat seemed to be permeating off the dirt and rocks and really hit us hard. We made it up to the Wisdom Tree, which is aptly named such due to being the sole surviving tree of the 2009 wildfires. It is a beautiful sight and great spot to catch some shade and take a break while taking in the beautiful view. 

Then we continued on to the Hollywood sign. The trek over there is not easy. The paths are slim, filled with loose rocks and void of shade. The hike takes about two and a half hours, so be prepared and pack lots of water to stay hydrated. I made the mistake of wearing newer tennis shoes and they were packed with dirt after, so remember to wear older ones. 

I won’t be making this a regular hike, but it was nice to do something different and share the experience with friends. The views were beautiful and the pictures speak for themselves. 

 

 

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Fashion, Uncategorized

BCBG Max Azria Celebrates 25 Years

I was lucky enough to experience the perfectly curated retrospective exhibit of BCBG Max Azria’s past collections. It features red carpet looks donned by Hollywood’s elite and a look back at the collections to view the evolution of the brands from year to year. 

Upon entering the exhibit, I was greeted with lovely dresses and a timeline depicting the progression of the brand. Then there was a table with mannequins that showed the design progress of one look beginning with the inspiration of a men’s shirt to the transformation into a dress. There was a wall full of iPads showcasing the runway shows, with special recognition of the photographers such as Mario Testino and Patrick Demarchelier in conjunction with the models they photographed. The next area displayed favorite dresses over the years and guided me into the red carpet portion, which highlighted the dresses worn by celebrities for award shows. One notable dress was the green flowy dress worn by Angelina Jolie. 

It was on to the Herve Leger display which featured the signature bandage dresses. Some were embellished with fringe and jewels, while others were encased by leather harness belts.  The BCBGeneration room was fun, bright, and youthful and even had a special selfie nook.  The exhibit ended in a room with silver cutout flowers lining the ceiling and the walls plastered with photos from guests of events that have used the hashtag #bcbgmoments in their social media posts. The wall also enclosed several televisions that play the runway shows on a loop and a quote etched on the wall stating, “What is important in a DRESS is the WOMAN who is wearing it.” The exit of the exhibit lead to the glass doors of the Runway Archive Pop-Up shop where visitors can get deeply discounted items from past collections. 

Their design philosophy is “We design for a dynamic woman with a discriminating sense of style. It begins with a vision inspired by the evolving landscape of art and culture. That vision translates into colors, prints, silhouettes and finishes. With steadfast attention to fabrication, construction and fit, each collection comes together as a complete narative that inspires the wearer.”  The designs are meant to inspire “Living the Bon Chic Life.”

I have included pictures below that walk you through the exhibit and also feature my favorite parts of the retrosective. I have always loved these brands and it was such a treat to have a personal tour and see these dresses up close and out of the fashion vault. Many thanks to the BCBG team! You are all dolls. 

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