Barcelona on the Go

This time next week I'll be sashaying down Las Ramblas sippin' vino on the streets and marveling at Gaudi's masterpieces front row and center. Where I've got Paris mapped out to a T, our first stop in Barcelona will be the actual "vacay" of the trip, with neither a plan or program in sight. 

Gothic Splendor | Spirito-Martini Nightclub & Lounge

I'm such a p*ssy when it comes to Halloween. And no, not of the black cat crossing your path furry feline type of All Hallows. The superstitions I can deal with, it's more of the ghosts and goblins and spirits that psyche me out. I can't even sit through a Paranormal Activity trailer without getting all scurred and perturbed that some partially wet, raven-haired poltergeist is skulking right behind me. And I really don't care how Disneyland dresses up their Haunted Mansion during the holidays, it's even more disturbing when scary Santa's beckoning you from the graveyard, in lieu of swirling overhead sheets. OooOooh I'm getting chills just thinking about it.

Vintage Style | Queen Mary Birthday Brunch

All-you-can-eat anything is usually a straight-up invitation to an overdose of sodium, butter, and loads of detrimental carbs. All-you-can-eat plus all-you-can-drink?...Right up my alley peeps :D Who needs food when you've got champagne on ice and everything niiiiiice. 

Styling Your Vanity

In an effort to feng-shui my workspace, I spent the latter half of yesterday evening cleaning out my double-stacked bookshelf which included all of my old design school artwork and tons of back-copied House and Garden Mags...aww tear. Even though everyone and their mamas yearns for the Domino of yesteryear like it's their discontinued signature scent, I don't quite share the same sentiment. You can literally find scores of suspended Domino images all over the web, but H&G? A little more elusive, a lot more valuable in my eyes.

Trend Spotting | The Dome Chair

I have been ogling these chairs for the past 5 years now after discovering them plastered all over Kelly Wearstler's former studio on Kings Road. Every day upon arriving for my internship, I'd waltz right past her private office (swoon!), past the oh-so-glam kitchenette (bling!), and right upstairs to the all-white conference room where rows upon rows of current mood boards hid wall-to-wall shelving and mountains of sumptuous fabric swatches. Symmetrically positioned on opposite sides of the room were the inspirational images behind Viceroy Anguilla and the Tides South Beach, both gleaming with glamorous possibilities and the Queen Midas' golden touch. 

Trend Spotting | Runway Style

Which comes first? The chicken or the egg?...Or in this case, runway or reality? Where do fashion and interior designers draw their inspiration from? Is it nature? History? Other designers? We all know there's really no such thing as an "original idea" since most designers borrow some facet of their latest creations from earlier concepts; So really no one can solely be credited for originality. It's all about ingenuity folks. 

Trend Spotting | Baroque Glamour

They say your interior style changes approximately every 7 years. 7 years to earn enough to switch it up, 7 years to save enough to hire a professional to stretch that dollar. As the professional in question, we designers pretty much change it up with each new acquisition. Shopping for a living immediately adjusts my own personal taste with every purchase, during every project. 

Home Tour | Coco Rocha

Do you sometimes wonder if the Fashionably Fabulous live equally as fashionable? Some people have no problem translating the latest trends into stylish home furnishings, but how many people really live like they look? That's where design professionals come in y'all. They (as in "I") are trained to whip up tailored interiors to reflect any client's personality and needs, naturally prioritizing form and function in a space that's aimed to suit them to a T. Case in point- Coco Rocha's Manhattan apartment, fashioned by the supermodel, fine-tuned by her interior designer buddy (turned new husband) James Conran.

Trend Spotting | Decadent Glamour

Growing up in the 80's, I can totally remember the time when EVERYONE was reeling over "Dynasty" and Joan Collins was the ultimate poster girl for fashion and luxury. Still in diapers and running around sporting Mama's pumps, even then I knew fabulous meant over-the-top opulence and nary a care in the world. Having just been over the 70's financial slump and economic crises, women were now a common fixture in the workplace and "power dressing" meant ditching the polyester for shoulder pads and piling on the bling.

Haute Hats and Hair Pieces

Now that I'm seeing vintage veils and haute hair pieces on every bridal blog (not to mention forever immortalized on Carrie Bradshaw), I must say, it's getting pretty played out. Sure they're super gorgeous and fabulously untraditional for your average wedding, but when EVERYONE {and their mama} is doing it, it takes the novelty right out of the unconventional and shoots it straight into the ordinary catalogue. 

Home Tour | Lori Goldstein

You may not have heard of Lori Goldstein, SUPER-DUPER stylist to the stars, but I'm sure you've seen her work plastered all over your monthly Vogue, W, and Vanity Fair with ads for Bally, Versace, Vera Wang, BCBG, TSE...the list goes on and on. Having been the most sought-after stylist commissioned to work with such notable greats as Annie Leibovitz and Steven Meisel, Goldstein's contributions are pretty epic in her 20+ years in the fashion industry, even boasting such uber-celebrity clients as Demi Moore and Anne Hathaway, before Rachel Zoe got to them.

Trend Spotting | Think Pink

Since October is officially National Breast Cancer Awareness month, I'm dedicating today's post to empowering women through thinking PINK and feeling proud. Raising awareness means getting yourself (and all your peeps) to your local physician for an annual checkup and educating others with insight and support. For more information on NBCAM, please visit their website HERE. Knowledge is power!!!

Autumn Wishlist

Now that it's borderline freeeeezing outside I'm able to devote countless guilt-free hours to my (second) favorite pastime: Online shopping!! What better excuse to hole up indoors, mouse in one hand, green tea in the other than dropping temperatures, wet pavement, and Ebay's fashion vault pre-season sales.

Trend Spotting | Greige

If greige is the new beige then OC's abundance of track homes is in dire need of a major upgrade. I have never met one SoCal abode that wasn't completely saturated in every tint of tan and tone of taupe. It's time to *live a little* peeps and what better way to channel Fall's minimalism-chic than to outfit yourself {and your interiors} in a creamy, calming grey-on-grey-on-grey.

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