Sunday, April 20, 2014

Life's Pleasures

above photos by Linda Xiao

Some of you might remember that a few months ago, Keiko and I rented a "creative space." I have to say, it's really so great to have a place to work out of; a place to get the creative juices flowing (and a place that also serves as a photo studio). Keith and I love to go there in the evenings, put on some jazz music, pour ourselves a glass of wine and just hangout and brainstorm. The other great thing about our space is having the ability to have parties, both large and small. I love entertaining, especially when it's for no reason, except to be around the people I love. Isn't that what life is about?  We don't need a special occasion and sometimes it can be easy to forget that.  In honor of simply celebrating life and upgrading the everyday, I've partnered with one of my favorite wine companies, Ecco Domani, to throw a little party. Earlier in the week, I invited a few of my close girlfriends over to the space and began the planning. 

The Party Prep 
 1. First things first, I wanted to get some bright accents to liven up the area. I picked up some bright vases for the flowers,brightly colored pillows and lastly, some beautiful coffee table books. We're currently using a vintage trunk (which belongs to Keiko's boyfriend, Bobby) as the coffee table, so the juxtaposition between the trunk and the other touches is quite nice.

2. I made a pit stop at my favorite cheese shop and picked up the essentials: a variety of cheeses, nuts, crackers, grapes, olives and fig jam. Obviously the perfect compliment to the wines.

3. I served the Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio and Merlot, so there's something for both the white and red wine drinkers. The Merlot has been mine and Keith's favorite and lets just say, it hasn't lasted long in our house.
The Outfit
I will use any excuse to dress up because really, it makes life so much more fun, no? Itching to wear something springy, I went with this bright yellow dress. I purchased it last year for a wedding and have gotten so much use out of it! Topped off with a bright red lip, red nails, lots of gold ringsa leather jacket and my trusty black pumps
After everyone arrived, I was excited to sit back, relax, enjoy some wine and just laugh and be silly with my friends. It's those type of moments that I treasure so much. The biggest thanks to Ecco Domani for being part of our night.

The Best Giveaway!
Last, but certainly not least, I'm hosting the best giveaway I've ever hosted. Seriously...
 Ecco Domani asked me to curate some of my favorite things and I put together a luxury travel package which includes an iPad Mini, a Louis Vuitton Passport Cover, a Tumi Carry-On, Frends Headphones and more!! I want to enter my own giveaway.

 To enter, head on over to their Facebook page. Good luck!

Rest of the photos by Keith Hodne

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Thursday, April 17, 2014


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Blazer: Zara (similar) | Striped Tee: Rag & Bone | Jeans: Rich & Skinny  | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Handbag: Balenciaga Papier 

When in doubt, a pair of jeans, a striped tee and a slightly oversized blazer always does the trick! I find this combination to be a foolproof look that can be worn with your favorite flats, booties and of course, heels. Whatever floats your boat! Oh, and today is the last day of the Shopbop 25% off sale. It's possible I have checked out with more than one shopping cart (oops!) I stocked up on some summer essentials, like this fun clutch and tee.

PS: Wishing my dad a very happy birthday today! I know he doesn't go a day without reading my blog,  which is the sweetest. Love you, papa! '

Photos by Keith Hodne

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mod Moment

Jacket: Zara | Top: Equipment (on sale!)  | Jeans: Current/Elliott Stiletto (Shopbop 25% off sale going on now) | Shoes: J Crew (old) | Watch: Caravelle New York | Sunglasses: Coach via Sunglass Hut | Lipstick: MAC Pink Nouveau | Handbag: Chanel

Hi guys! A cheery pink and blue combo that I wore over the weekend.

PS: Shopbop is having their huge 25% off sale with the code INTHEFAMILY14. I just picked up this and this. Happy shopping!

Photos by Keith Hodne

Monday, April 14, 2014

Rest in the West

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I'm definitely not an LA expert by any means, but I've traveled there enough to have some favorites and places I'd definitely recommend to any friends!

West Hollywood/Hollywood
BLD: I've been here several times for brunch and it never disappoints! I highly recommend the french press coffee, the ricotta blueberry pancakes and the egg sandwich.

Komodo Truck: We came here for lunch one day and I'm still thinking about their truffle fries. SO GOOD. While all the tacos we tried were delicious, the fish n' grapes was my fav!

Izaka-ya: One of my favorite sushi spots in LA.  The yellowtail with jalapeno, spicy tuna on crispy rice,  and the albacore tuna with crispy are my favorites. Mmmm! Whether you're coming in for lunch or dinner, I recommend making reservations as this place is always fairly busy.

Juice Served Here: We have some pretty good juice bar places in NYC, but nothing like this. After spending about a week being in and out of the car, which meant eating a lot of bad things, my body was craving something healthy. For starters, the Cream Party (coconut water + mature coconut meat) is one of the best things I've ever tasted. I drank it and felt instantly hydrated. The Pipe Cleaner and Green Milk were my other favorites, but the best part? You can sample anything before you buy, which is nice considering the juices are not cheap ($8-$12)

Downtown LA
Bottega Louie: You've probably seen their famous macarons in about 38945794 photos on instagram, and while they're good (and so pretty to look at!) the rest of their french dessert section is mind blowing. The space is absolutely beautiful and I love coming here at least once for an afternoon lunch or dessert. 

LA Chapter/Ace Hotel Downtown: We stayed here for a night to break up the trip and although the rooms were tiny, the vibe was cool (great pool and bar atmosphere) and an overall great way to spend some time Downtown. We concluded our visit there with breakfast at their restaurant and it was so good. I love avocado toast more than anything and theirs was seriously on point.

Santa Barbara
Also wanted to include our two favorites on our side trip to Santa Barbara. We used Sam's Guide and it did not steer us wrong. Our personal favorite was The Jane. Probably the best meal we've had during our entire week in California. The mussels and the coconut cake are not to be missed. Trust me! And for one of the best almond croissants ever, Renaud's is a must.

Outfit Details
Outfit #1: Jeans: Current/Elliott Stiletto | Hat: Flea Market find | Sandals: Pedro Garcia | Shirt: H&M | Watch: Caravelle New York 
Outfit #2: Jeans: 7FAM Slim Illusion | Blazer: Theory | Shoes: Celine | Handbag; Givenchy | Lipstick: MAC Red
Louis Vuitton Travel Case via LXR & Co | Blush Shoulder Bag: Valentino

Friday, April 11, 2014

Outfits via Instagram

Trench: Top Shop (similar) | Pants: J Brand | Shoes: Proenza Schouler | Striped Tee: T by Alexander Wang | Bag: Saint Laurentphoto-5
Shirt: Madewell | Pants: Rag & Bone | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Handbag: Givenchy | Cuff: Hermesphoto-7
Shirt: Equipment | Jeans: Paige | Shoes: Louboutin | Handbag: Saint Laurent

TGIF! Just wanted to share the details on a few of the outfits I've posted on instagram (via my iphone) in the last few months, but never got a chance to properly shoot and share, on here. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Feminine Floral

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Sweater: T by Alexander Wang (also love this one) | Skirt: ASOS (old but this years version) | Handbag: Valentino | Shoes: Louboutin | Lipgloss: Urban Decay Love Child 

Hi! I wore this bright little number out to dinner in LA on our last night. What a change from my last outfit, right?

Photos by Keith Hodne

Monday, April 7, 2014

Less is More

Trench: ASOS | Leather Pants: J Brand | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (less expensive version) | Handbag: Givenchy (also here) | Lipstick: MAC Red | Sunglasses: Celine

We all have those mornings, where we stand in front of our closets thinking "what the hell am I going to wear today?" I was having one of those mornings when I got dressed and as always, on those days, opted for some closet staples. I already own several tan colored trenches, but recently added this black one into the mix. I topped off my outfit with my latest investment bag, which ties the entire look together.

PS: I get so many questions and emails about how I walk in heels all day. The truth is, if I'm commuting on the train or doing a lot of walking, I'll either opt for a comfortable bootie or change right before (or at) my destination. If we're in our car, I'll wear my heels. Trust me, I'm not taking the train and walking the streets of NYC in my 5" Louboutins... I have great heel tolerance, but not that great.

Photos by Keith Hodne