I had the pleasure of staying at Sofitel in Chicago, as they have partnered up with Dîner en Blanc International this year, which is an invite-only picnic that occurs in more than 80 cities around the world. Having loved attending the last three Diner en Blanc in LA, I was excited to be experiencing this event in a different city.Read More
KSOLE and I attended the 32nd Annual Wine Festival in Ojai on a beautiful Sunday afternoon on June 10th. While the festival was just four hours, it was enough to get you in the best mood for the remainder of your evening, and my tummy was quite happy by the end of it all.Read More
30 years later and I finally get the birthday party I've always wanted! Growing up, my birthday celebrations were small and only included family members - all 5 of them. I never got a sweet 16, nothing to celebrate me being an adult at 18, and I don't even remember what I did for my 21st. Wait, was it Dave & Busters?Read More
"Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. explores how the artist, a vanguard of the Pop Art movement buoyed by a renaissance in printmaking, made fine art accessible to the American public in ways that had not been achieved before. The exhibition features prints from Lichtenstein’s Bull Profile and Surrealist series, as well as the iconic Sunrise and Shipboard Girl. Additional works on display range from political subject matter to paper plates, clothing, and shopping bags."
When it comes to pop art, or what I like to call fun art, due to the creativity of combinations of lines, dots, and color, Roy Lichtenstein is one that is not only well-known but well respected. His work drew from everyday inspirations, from advertisements to comic books. His masterpieces spark conversation and provokes thoughts, evokes creativity, and definitely is wonderful to look at.
I had the pleasure of visiting his LA exhibit, Pop for the People, at the Skirball Cultural Center on its opening night. Alongside fellow influencers, Courtney and Tommy, we had a great time looking over each art piece presented. I definitely enjoyed the fact that we were able to touch the Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles piece, even sit on it! Nothing better than getting to play with art right?
The exhibit will be live and available to visit from now until March 12, 2017. It is included with general museum admission and is great for all ages, so bring the kids!
This year's LA Food and Wine Festival included several dishes of ceviche, creative desserts that incorporated booze and of course, talented chefs that we all know and love including Jet Tila and Robert Irvine.
The 4-day event kicked off on Thursday in Downtown LA with Emeril Lagasse. Friday evening was hosted by Jet Tila and Brian Malarkey, while Saturday's special music performance was De La Soul. It was my 3rd time attending LAFW and with each annual visit, there is always something new that I try and end up loving. This year's favorite were mini cupcakes that had alcohol in them. How can you not like that concept right? Can I please have a cake with this same theme?
Despite attending in previous years, I have yet to find the trick to consuming all the delicious food there. I believe we got 3/4th of the way before tapping out on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
I had a great time at the festival and ran into several familiar faces. Food is always the best conversation starter and the greatest way to bring people together. Thank you LA Food and Wine for having me!
From the beach to the runway, Miami Swim Week this year has certainly made a splash!
Pau and I jetted off to Miami on the redeye, arriving early Friday morning and prepared for a long weekend ahead of us. It was certainly a last minute trip that we do not regret one bit. While we just got back a few days ago, I'm already missing Miami so much and am itching to go back soon.
So what did we do and how was it? Miami Swim Week is first off, way more relaxed than NYFW, which is refreshing. Many shows did hit capacity and if you didn't have a guaranteed seat, good luck! Pau and I went to see a handful of brands but our favorites were KYBOE, Frankie's Bikinis, Hot as Hell, and VIX swimwear.
We also stopped by Yandy's brunch to view their latest swimwear collection, which looks amazing!
Each show was unique in it's very own way; KYBOE displayed their watches on a conveyer belt and had a wide diversity of models. Frankie's Bikinis spread the message of love and peace with a 70's theme and the show just so happened right as the rain started. Talk about perfect timing. Hot as Hell started off their show with a musical performance before introducing their maternity and children's swimwear line. It was certainly a packed house. Lastly, VIX had fun with their models as they strutted, danced, and did their thing down the runway.
We had a great time overall and can't wait for next year. Big thanks to KYBOE's team for having us and for one of the best weekends!
Getting around the city shouldn't be agonizing or stressful, especially in a city as gorgeous as LA. We're always thinking about our next destination, worrying about traffic and we never really get a chance to truly enjoy the drive. Metro is about to change the way you think about transportation with their Bike Share program launching July 7th.
Tommy and I had the pleasure of attending their event last week, which included a great fashion show featuring OTIS student designs. I was also able to try out a Metro bike and between us, I wanted to take one home.
The Metro bikes all have an adjustable and secure basket in front, gear options, lights, reflectors and chain guards over the wheels so none of your clothes will get caught in the tires. Also, seats are adjustable so everyone can ride them! Not to mention that they're chic and totally match my aesthetics.
With the Metro Bike Share, all you need is a pass to get a bike but don't forget your helmet. Enjoy your ride to and from work, to the market, or to grab a bite to eat. Not only is bike riding great for getting around traffic, it is also a fun way to work out so you can stick to your New Years resolution ;) Improve your fitness and health while saving money on those gas prices. You know that they'll be surging up soon so get a head start.
Let's backtrack a bit to New Year's Eve where I got to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016 with my best friends.
NYE's was spent in San Diego at The Lafayette. If you actually read my posts, I stayed here previously in December and fell in love with the history of this place. This year, they had a New Orleans theme and the entire place was decorated to fit the vibe. It was absolutely stunning and everyone came dressed up!
There were about an estimate of over 1,000 people that attended and tickets sold out quickly. With 3 main areas with live band/DJ playing and a photo booth, acrobats, and plenty to drink, there was always something to do throughout the night.
The countdown included a champagne toast and the rest of the night became a blur. I was so happy that we stayed overnight at The Lafayette, allowing us to fully enjoy ourselves without worry!
Big thanks to The Lafayette's staff for taking great care of us and we cannot wait to go back.
Imagine a pop-up dinner with 2,500+ people dressed in all white, from head to toe, and enjoying an evening totally disconnected from reality. I attended my very first Diner en Blanc event last week and was in awe the entire time. The location was kept a secret up until we arrived at the meeting location. I was lucky enough to be a guest of Celebrity Cruises and was taken care of in regards to dinner arrangements. Typically, you would have to bring your own chairs and food to participate.
While I had a hard time finding an outfit for the evening, I was in amazement at the creative looks that were put together by others. The joy and enthusiasm felt that night is incomparable to any other event I've been to. No one was complaining a thing and everyone was extremely nice. It was like I was in a whole different world for 3 hours!
My dinner included steak, lobster, cheese, crackers, and wine. A DJ spun tunes all night and photo opportunities were endless. KSOLE and I had such a great time that we cannot wait for the next event! Oh and our centerpiece was a conversation starter for sure, as we brought KSOLE's Starwars coin bank (hah).
These photos really don't do the event justice so make sure to look at the videos from previous events including in Paris! It happens all over the world so check it out.
Thank you to Relevance PR and Celebrity Cruises for this opportunity!
Round two of the LAFW was considered the grand event with a performance by Common. If you saw my last post, you have already seen a clip of it. If not, check out the video recap below"
We made sure to go to each stand and tried as much as we can, however it was difficult as the portion sizes were pretty large for samples. I got full pretty quickly but will have to say that my favorite was the BBQ beef (seen in the video clip above).
For this event, I decided to wear my Mad Glam Boutique maxi as I was lazy to do my hair which made it a perfect opportunity to show off the crochet back detailing of this dress.
Paired with Child of Royals's body chain and Daniel Wellington watch, I was ready to stuff my face yet again with delicious samples :)
[Details] Mad Glam maxi dress, Child of Royals body chain, Daniel Wellington watch and Coordinates Collection bracelet.
*All items were gifted by their respective brands.
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The LA Food and Wine Festival was held in Downtown LA last weekend with an impressive list of chefs, restaurants and foodies such as myself and KSOLE. We were excited to participate, trying new food and drinks while having the honor of meeting Chef Morimoto. I'm a Food Network fan and enjoy watching the Iron Chef so it was a must on my to-do list that night to snap a photo with the famous chef :)
KSOLE and I did not know what to expect upon arriving and were overwhelmed by the variety of selections. We started with a few wine tastings before diving into the food. Lines weren't too bad with the exception of EggSlut, which was serving ramen. We skipped that line but totally regretted it later on once we saw the Instagram photos of the dish! However, I will have to say that we did try some fantastic Asian infused items and KSOLE was brave enough to venture a little further than me with escargot and sea urchin.
It was a great event to bring food lovers together and everyone was well-dressed, friendly and just as enthusiastic as we were! Had a chance to try Nellcote wines, which I adored. One of my favorite dishes from that night was by Nobu, in which they created baby corn elotes. It was the cutest dish and I'm a huge fan of elote so this was a default favorite. For creativity, I bow down to the chef that created a roasted pig out of cake. Freaking amazing! The only comment I have about eating the slice was that the cake was heavy and the slices should have been smaller. I couldn't finish mine at all and felt terrible wasting it.
For an event like this, I wore my Roperito Boutique maxi dress. I love the two slits and the color! I got a ton of compliments about the dress and felt famous for 5 minutes as a wine company and Stella Artois asked me to pose with their drinks ;) I kept the jewelry simple with this adorable kitty necklace from Gypsy Rock Jewelry. Gypsy Rock is actually owned by my gorgeous friend Kasey, and yes she makes all these items herself! So make sure you check her out!
Of course I had my Daniel Wellington watch on me and my Gigi New York wristlet. It is the perfect wallet and holds my iPhone! By the way, isn't my case cute? Arm The Animals is a charitable clothing company and I'll be going into them more in the next few posts but for now, read about them here.
I have a couple more posts about the LAFW as we attended all 3 days (Friday to Sunday) so stay tuned!
[Details] Roperito Boutique dress, Daniel Wellington watch, Coordinates Collection bracelet, Gypsy Rock Jewelry, Gigi New York wristlet and Arm The Animals iPhone case
*All items were gifted by their respective brands