Trending… Animal Print

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There is something über glamorous about animal print ~ maybe it’s  because its “exotic”,…. soft…. supple, yet bold. And somehow when you wear it – you  feel you should be Sophia Loren laying on Chaise smoking a long cigarette, drinking a dirty martini …
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Maybe you don’t feel like this at all…. and this is just MY imaginary story for who I am when I wear it –  But regardless if you are going to attempt this trend, you will need to channel your inner glamazon to pull it off… animal print is not for the light-hearted….

Having said that they are many non-intimadating, very accessible ways to wear it.
Here are my best guidelines to follow:

1. If you are a little bit afraid… just do accessories. Scarf, Shoes, Bag, etc. Wear as a “statement” accessory and it will literally make your outfit..  Wear neutral colors for the rest and keep it simple. i.e. A leopard scarf with blue jeans and a white t-shirt or a snake-skin clutch with a black dress.

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Christian Louboutin Leopard Pumps $825.00 

2. A bit more daring…? Do one item of clothing – i.e. Pants. Keep your top very simple and cut appropriately for your frame – so you don’t look like you are wearing a costume.

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7 For All Mankind Snake Skin Jeans

7 For All Mankind Snake Skin Jeans ON SALE $129.00 

3. If you want to be bold – go for a dress or jacket. Keep accessories to a minimum and try to make everything else in your look subdued ie. Hair neat, no colored or big flashy jewels or shoes.

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Jamie Chung in a Leopard Dress

Trends Fall/Winter 2013

Fashion week has come and gone and before it gets to be time for the next season’s collections to come out – I better get to recapping and sending you into winter with the best trends to sport for the rest of 2013 and early 2014.

Today I will point out the best and brightest trends that were seen on the runways, following that will be how to make it your own, incorporating it into your wardrobe in a very accessible yet “Trendy girl-at-school” kind of way.

Here is the rundown for Fall/Winter Trends pulled directly off the runways….

1. Animal Print.
If you ask me (or my mom – who clearly remembers my bedroom and wardrobe as a pre-teen) Leopard is always in…. But this season’s runway also agreed   (and that many other animal prints are very cool as well). 

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Animal Print

2. Bomber Jacket
Bring on the letter jackets and reminiscing of GREASE… Bomber Jackets are what the cool kids are wearing. 

Bomber Jackets

Bomber Jackets

3. Purple.
Again… I feel like this season is so reminiscent of my childhood! I love purple. Purple is the new black this season. Don’t roll your eyes.. it basically looks good on everyone. Rock it. 

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Purple

4. Over the Knee Boots.
Who knew Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman would have started a movement for the mainstream. Warm on cold days and Sexy as hell… Tall boots are all over. 

Over the Knee Boots

Over the Knee Boots

5. The Sweatshirt
Yes that is right the sweatshirt… don’t get too excited .. sweat pants are NOT a trend. But a sweatshirt done right – can be a casual, slightly eclectic look.

The Sweatshirt

The Sweatshirt

Stay tuned for how to wear all….

Dining in Vancouver

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Vancouver may not  be the sunniest, cheapest, most fashionable, or cultured city.. but one thing Vancouver is, is one of the best dining cities you will ever visit. It may not be obvious I know… but take it from me (who lived there in the miserable rain for 3 years ) it has a great dining scene!

The hospitality industry is the “industry ” there. Forgot actors, directors, writers, and producers.. if you are a server, a host, a bartender, or a chef – you are in the “Industry.” This is the reason the food scene is of such a high quality. The restaurant industry is full of passionate people who are looking to make a career out of your dining experience.

I hadn’t visited Vancouver for the past few years, so I was very out of the loop when it came to knowing where the newest and greatest places to try were. I got a handful of suggestions and did my best customer research to pick out the dining itinerary for the trip.

Here are the highlights:

Medina Cafe ~ Have a waffle and a Lavender Latte’
556 Beaty St. www.medinacafe.com

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Cafe’ Medina 

Waffles at Cafe Medina

Waffles at Cafe Medina

Lavender Latte

Lavender Latte

Sushi Maro ~ Flamingo Roll is my favorite (anything is good!)
220 Davie St. www.sushimaro.com

Sushi Maro

Sushi Maro

The Reef ~ Johnny Cakes and Ackee and Salt Fish
1018 Commercial Drive www.thereefrestaurant.com

The Reef

The Reef

Ackee and Saltfish

Ackee and Saltfish and a Johnny Cake 

Rodney’s Oyster House ~ Have… Oysters (obviously) and champagne! (you can’t have one and not the other)
1228 Hamilton St. www.rohvan.com

Rodney's Oyster Bar - Condiments for your Oysters

Rodney’s Oyster Bar – Condiments for your Oysters

Oyster Platter

Oyster Platter

Hawksworth – Have everything… everything is good and beautiful… their menu changes all the time. My favorite new spot!
801 Georgia St. www.hawksworthrestautant.com

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Hawksworth – Georgia Hotel 

Summer Salad at Hawksworth

Summer Salad at Hawksworth

Chambar ~ Lavender/Blue Cheese Martini and Le Nico Fume’ (Chocolate scotch cake, bacon caramel, and burnt milk ice cream)
562 Beatty St. www.chambar.com

Blue Cheese Martini at Chambar

Blue Cheese Martini at Chambar

Le Nico Fume'

Le Nico Fume’

Thanks Vancity ~ its been a slice

Thanks Vancity ~ its been a slice.

NYC Fashion Week SS 2014

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In the words of Carrie Bradshaw ” Every year the women of New York leave their past behind and look forward to the future… this is known as Fashion Week.”

Its that time of year again… (tragic to come to the realization that summer is over)  thank-goodness we have Fashion Week to distract ourselves from reality!

It’s not over yet, but with the the style overwhelm that goes on at Fashion Week – I thought we might as well start going over the highlights thus far….

Trends seem to be carrying over from the past seasons….
We are continuing to see:

  • Leather
  • Crops
  • Sportwear
  • Florals
  • Maxis
  • One Pieces

All I adore, so I am in good sprits! Here is a brief rundown of some of the looks thus far.

Sportswear at Rag and Bone

Sportswear at Rag and Bone

Leather and Crops at Jill Stuart

Leather and Crops at Jill Stuart

Maxis at DVF

Maxis at DVF

Florals at Rebecca Minkoff

Florals at Rebecca Minkoff

Sportswear at Carmen Marc

Sportswear at Carmen Marc

Sportswear at Jason Wu

One Pieces at Jason Wu

One Pieces at DVF

One Pieces at DVF

Naomi Campbell closing the show at DVF

Naomi Campbell closing the show at DVF

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Hot Child in the City’ – Around NYC in 7 Plates.

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Ok well that was a slight fib – The post should be named “Around NYC in 5 Plates and 2 Drinks,” but that didn’t sound as good…. and the “Hot Child in the City” refers to how hot and humid it was when I was there! ….(and is a title of a  Sex and The City episode…which anytime I can reference anything to do with SATC I take the liberty to do so).

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Onto the food (and drinks) – here are my highlights over a 5 day trip of trying new, hot places to drink and dine.
Let the photos do the speaking for themselves.

IMO a perfect culinary day would look like this:

AM – Rise and Shine – If you are in NYC you have to get your morning coffee at Dean and Deluca, no question.

Dean & Deluca

Dean & Deluca

Early Afternoon – Because let’s be real you woke up in the last moments of the morning (you are in NYC after all) and it is now 1pm, so breakfast is out of the question. Therefore, head to Balthazar for your first meal of the day brunch..lunch.. call it what you would like and have The Nicoise Salad.

Balthazar

Balthazar

Tuna Nicoise at Balthazar

Tuna Nicoise at Balthazar

Mid Afternoon Refresher - Because the heat and shopping can be taxing..
So stop by the Mercer Hotel and have their Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail.

Strawberry Rhubarb @The Mercer

Strawberry Rhubarb @The Mercer

Early Evening - Having the amazingly delicious, but simple Ricotta Crostini at Locanda Verde.

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Locanda Verde

Ricotta Crostini

Ricotta Crostini

Dinner First Course – Check out ACME – a bustling, happening spot with an eclectic menu. Try out their Burrata salad with pickled raw vegetables.

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Burrata Salad

Burrata Salad

Dinner Entree - A culinary experience explains what CORTON is and was. A 7 course tasting menu is what you are in for when you dine here. I favored the pork course. Pork 3 different ways, with a side of pork rind.. yes pork rind.

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CORTON – Pork Course

CORTON - Fancy Take on a Pork Rind!

CORTON – Fancy Take on a Pork Rind!

Late Night.. Best Part of the Day –  DessertThe first time I went here was 7 years ago… but this cake is engrained in my brain as my favorite dessert ever… I swear it will be my wedding cake.
Banana Cake at Billy’s Bakery. Amazeballs.

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Banana Cake

Billy's Bakery

Billy’s Bakery

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Summer Love

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Summer Love

Coachella passed, Memorial day flew by, and here it is the first week of June and I have yet to post on either. Call it a FAIL, laziness, or pure distraction, use whatever term you would like to describe it best, but here is my best attempt to salvage parts of what would have been in each post to describe my suggestions for the best BBQuing summer outfits….
Offside:> Lets be real anyways… for Coachella you wore the most random things from your “costume” pile at your house, combined with a shirt you found at the $1 Jet Rag Sunday sale, and a $9.99 Navaho printed something-or-other from Forever 21… all which will be :
1. Disposed off – (because you didn’t shower all weekend ) OR
2. You will not wear again until Coachella 2014 (OR if you decide to be LA Hipster for Halloween).
And as for Memorial Day.. .You spent 80% of the day in your bikini…

So really we didn’t lose out on much for the non-communication during that time.

Therefore for what really matters during the next few months – which is going be laid out loud in a crystal-like matter. (Please see below.)

>My thoughts of late are, enough about being super causal and dressing like some 14 year old punk-rocker boy (did anyone say Coachella..?….) this summer dress like a girl! and dress like you have style and taste.
4 Very Simple things are needed to round this look out.

1. A Dress – Summer, flirty and short. If you must… do the Lazy man’s version and wear a romper, both are great. Deciding Factor – Wear a romper to please yourself, a dress to please a boy.

Dresses on 2013 S/S Runways

Dresses on 2013 S/S Runways

The Romper - i.e. Tomboy Dress

The Romper - i.e Tomboy version of a dress

The Romper – i.e Tomboy version of a dress

H&M Dresses

H&M Dress $34.99

Bebe Romper

Bebe Romper $109

2. A Hat – A large Fedora (See My Tory Burch Obsession below) or try a floppy style. Channel your inner glamazon – (take inspiration below) while being practical in saving yourself wrinkles ; )

Look Inspiration

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Tory Burch Walking Fedora

Tory Burch Walking Fedora – ON SALE $87.50

3. Wedges – They give you height (as we all know Girls carry themselves differently when they have a few inches below their heels) and they are more comfortable than heels and not as cumbersome (See my favorite pair of Cynthia Vincent wedges below).

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House of Harlow Wedge

House of Harlow 1960 Veronika Wedge $240 

My favorite Cynthia Vincent Marlow Wedges

My favorite Cynthia Vincent Marlow Wedges $179

4. A Cuff – As Jewelry isn’t over practical when it is hot out and you mix in the element of water. A Cuff lends itself to be a big enough item that gives your outfit some accessory but is still practical. Stack Bangles to make a cuff or just wear one, either works.

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Runway Inspiration

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Palm Greens Lovin’

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So I have been meaning to make this post for a while as I have eaten here PLENTY of enough times to give a well-rounded post. Really every time I walk into Palm Greens  a sense of guilt washes over me that I haven’t taken the time to put a post up in the last year and half since I have been a regular… (and by regular I mean that I might have a button in their computer labeled” Randi” with my regular dish along with my modifications under it… ) Once again – so bad of me that it has taken this long to write something!!

Let’s move on and get to the point. Palm Greens Cafe is a place that you if you lived in Palm Springs you might drive by a multitude of times and never noticed it  as it is tucked away in a strip mall on Palm Canyon Drive. I had originally discovered it from reading an article a couple of years ago in Palm Springs Life that was highlighting all the Vegetarian restaurants in the desert. I made a point and put it on my To-Do list to try out.

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With an interior that is super casual and leans to the bohemian side, you may walk in assuming that all you are going to get feed are wheatgrass shots and tofu, but that is far from reality of the situation. With a hugely diverse menu they have choices that appeal to everyone’s tastes and dietary preferences i.e. vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy free, organic. Meat options are plenty as are vegetarian. They have a wide selection of smoothies, juices, and baked goods as well.

My first day I tried a garden wrap and since have literally had the same exact dish 100 times. The Garden wrap I order, is  rice paper stuffed with a garden of raw vegetables and avocado. All their wraps come with a option of tortilla or gluten free rice paper and their sides for all their sandwiches and wraps  come with options such as potato salad, coleslaw, fruit, salad, and chips. I am also super partial to the Greek Wrap which is the same idea as the Garden Wrap but take out the avocado – replace it with feta cheese and add in a spinach nut burger… delicious!

The Infamous Garden Wrap

The Infamous Garden Wrap

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An Action Shot

My other favorites include the Salad Sampler which is baby greens, seasonal veggies with scoops of roast yam salad, seen n’ nut salad, eggless tofu salad, hummus, potato salad, seaweed salad, raw pasta pesto, quinoa tabouli and your choice of dressing. – This is super filling and can easily be shared!

The Salad Sampler

The Salad Sampler

Salad Sampler

The New Falafel Salad

My friend Liz Blue about to eat the Salad Sampler

My friend Liz Blue about to eat The New Falafel Salad

If we are going to talk breakfast.. (as we have to.. it can’t be over looked). The Breakfast Tacos are amazing. Corn or flour tortillas, eggs with beans or potatoes, avocado, onions and Chile verde. My friend swears by the Vegan Blueberry Pancakes (which I need to try- pictured below, as well as the vegan french toast) and I also just discovered the Breakfast of Champions last week, which is going to be my new favorite breakfast item. It is Black beans, brown rice, avocado, salsa, feta cheese and tortilla.

Vegan Blueberry Pancakes on a Breakfast Platter

Vegan Blueberry Pancakes on a Breakfast Platter

Cinnamon French toast

Cinnamon French toast

And last but certainly not least… my guilty pleasure… The Vegan Love Bite. Small version of some of their very healthy portioned cookies, it is gluten and dairy free, made with banana and chocolate chips OR oats and raisins. Really just eat any of their baked goods… you cannot go wrong.

Vegan Energy Bars

Vegan Energy Bars

Raw Apple Pie

Raw Apple Pie

I have to give a shout out to their amazing staff, so friendly and accommodating, not to mention hustlers! I am going to end now as I could keep rambling, but hopefully you have gotten my point. Just Go.

611 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264.

Phone. (760) 864-9900

El Paseo Fashion Week 2013


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El Paseo Fashion Week brought on madness and excitement once again this year to Palm Desert. It was 9 Days of Fashion, Beauty, Cocktails, and Buzz.

Every year Palm Springs Life and Integrated Wealth Management strive to make the current year better than the last, which they succeeded at this year..

Highlights for me included – The Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show opening night (which never disappoints), Style and Beauty Bash (which my salon R&B Studios participated in) and last but certainly not least The El Paseo Runway show in which the pre-event “Wine, Chocolate, and Shoes” party was hosted by The Girlfriend Factor.

A great thank-you to everyone that attended and supported all events! Looking forward to next year!

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Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue

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Blo Dry Bar @R&B Studios

Blo Dry Bar @R&B Studios

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Debra Granilo Braiding Expert – from Blo-Dry @ R&B Studios braiding my hair

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Spray-Tanning at R&B Studios

Spray-Tanning at R&B Studios

Micheal Costello

Micheal Costello

Sue Wong

Sue Wong

Wine Chocolate and Shoes

Wine Chocolate and Shoes hosted by The Girlfriend Factor
Christy McCabe with Hyatt Indian Wells and I

Are you Naughty? or Nice? Wine, Chocolate, and Shoes 2013

Are you Naughty? or Nice? Wine, Chocolate, and Shoes 2013

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Paulina Larson with Palm Springs Life and I

2013 Glitz and Glamour

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Darlings… I do apologize for my absence in posting, it seems like life has distracted me. Although there is so much to discuss I can’t bare to relive the past as we are on the first day of a new year. Therefore, I would like to pay homage to a fabulous 2012, the holiday season, and NYE last night…. while keeping on theme with what should be the best year yet.. 2013!

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We all have plenty of Glitz and Glamour during the holiday season and certainly for NYE, but why does it have to stop? To prevent you from having the January Blues I want you to carry on these “Glitzy and Glamorous” trends into the new year. Here is to being fabulous in January (without looking like you haven’t changed out of your NYE outfit).

The Sequin Blazer

I loovvveee Sequins. Sequins, glitter, sequins, and more sequins – I love it all! Sequins have to be done right though. They are tasteful in one statement piece otherwise you may end up looking like you stepped off the original set of Dynasty. So although you may be super sad that you have to hang up your sequin NYE dress until you go to Vegas next… this will surely hold you over.  Pair with Basic Neutral separates and you surely will be good to go!

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Asos Blazer ON Sale $87.95

Asos Blazer ON Sale $87.95

Oversized Watch

I haven’t worn a watch in probably 10 years. I was pretty consistent up until that point… It progressed from Roxy watch, to new Roxy watch, another new Roxy Watch, to a NIKE watch (… yes a Nike watch…)….. It was clear at this point I need to reassess my personal style. In doing so, I took a break for watch-wearing up until my most recent birthday when I received a Micheal Kors watch that I am now OBSESSED with. I wear it everyday and although yes it does tell time… I think we all know that since our phones are attached to us that we really are wearing watches as a fashion statement. In my opinion the flashy and bigger the better! Also, layer, layer, and layer with bracelets of all sorts to give your arm more of a cuff feel.

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Leather Pants

Leather Pants have been in for a while now and personally I think they should stay in. They are on point with the Rock n’Roll trends that keep reappearing on the catwalks every three seasons and I think they are a great, sexy, yet classy way to dress up any outfit. They are slimming and basically go with anything! If I were you I would wrap my head around in investing in a pair.

Leather Pants

JBrand Aggy Leather Pants

JBrand Aggy Leather Pants

Sara Berman Leather Pants on SALE at the Outnet for $44.80

Sara Berman Leather Pants on SALE at the Outnet for $44.80

The Statement Necklace

The Statement Necklace is great in the fact that you can be wearing a white t-shirt and jeans and if you throw it on, you now have an outfit. The Chunky, Bigger, more Sparkly the better. Again, your outfit can be pretty simple… use the necklace as the focal point.

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Fall/Winter Runway 2012

Fall/Winter Runway 2012

Fall/Winter 2012 Dior

Fall/Winter 2012 Dior

And there you have it! Continue the Glitz and Glam into 2013!!

Until Next time – Kisses xx

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Los Angeles Fashion Council Presentations SS 2013

I was lucky enough to attend Los Angeles’s Fashion Coucil SS2013 Presentations over the past two days.  The Showcase took place at historic Carondelet House near downtown Los Angeles. It  featured runway shows, presentaions and on site pop-up shops from local designers for both apparel and accessories.

Here are my highlights…

The Runway

#WGSN Presentation Day #2

AGAIN SS2013

Luciana Salmone SS 2013

Lovely Lunch Catered by Porto’s Bakery

Gilda Grey Jewelry

Necklaces By Gilda Grey

Bracelets by Gilda Grey

My top two highlights were the presentation by Sally Lohan from WGSN, who previewed SS 2013 Macro Trends (which I will do a later post on) and meeting the girls from Gilda Grey – they have great pieces and are both lovely!

Check the facebook page for outfits of Day #1 and #2.

A Big thanks to Kelsi Smith and The Los Angeles Fashion Council for a great event!