#JKID Project | Avec Nightclub

This time last year, I celebrated the first of many milestones that was in store for JKID in 2010.
My baby, Avec Nightclub was born out of the solemn ashes that would remain after having been laid off from my dream job and feeling completely deflated, but not undetermined to reach the first of many lifetime goals before the impending 30-year mark. As an aspiring, ambitious, and often delusional design student at the Art Institute of CA, I swore that one day I would conceptualize and create a dance club space that would rival any of the ones that I grew up around, having partied in Orange County since '94 (ogeez I'm old) and feeling like none were up to particular par. 

Set Design | Gossip Girl

Since I've got the reno on the mind and barely a buck to get this puppy started, what better way than to start in lala land and get my inspirational fix from Gossip Girl on hiatus? Trying to channel my inner upper-east-sider and fix the pad up with modern art against muted walls and saturated jewel tones to anchor every vignette. Hmmm...from double-story studio to posh penthouse status? Might as well seduce a single Penn Badgley while we're at it no?...*sighs*...a girl can only dream....

You Fancy Huh

You know how sometimes you get all gussied up, nail done, hair done, everything done done...then all of a sudden the night shifts into overdrive, you're dancing up a storm, having a blast, completely forgetting to document with party pix and then the clock strikes midnight (4am in Las Vegas time) signaling you to stumble home before you turn into a country bumpkin again?

Food Porn Friday | Fleur | Las Vegas

The bf and I are MAJOR "Top Chef" fanatics having been religious viewers since Season 1 when Harry rightfully took home the crown and kicked snarky Tiffany to the first loser camp (currently rooting for Viet-loving chef Angelo this season)! So much to our delight, Paul's Vegas birthday dinner would be held at Fleur restaurant in Mandalay Bay, Hubert Keller's (Top Chef Master-du-jour) most recent epicurean establishment specializing in modern global tapas with a hint of traditional French flair. Keller's more formal Fleur de Lys temporarily closed this past September to make way for his first attempt at more innovative casual group dining, thus Fleur was born to accommodate the general public (and their accompanying savory palette it seems).

Blaze of Glory

Ohhhhhh Vegas...I often take you for granted since I see you all the time.
Much like the toxic codependency of relationships past, I miss you when you're away, yet the minute we've rekindled I'm convinced I'm not missing out at all.

Rihanna for Interview Magazine

So. Ready. To. Party.

Been working crazy hours like I'm back on the show again. I swear sometimes I get psychosomatic flashbacks of running around like a chicken with my head cut off, covered in feathers to only fall back in line and realize it's just reality. Nothing like my "real" life at all ;D

Scenes from a Red and Black Glam Christmas

Take 14 little ladies, 2 bottles of homemade pear vodka, bottomless Hershey's brigade, and what do you get? A Secret Santa whodunnit guessing game that goes from 0-60 in less time than it takes to call Shots...shots...shots...shots...shots...shots...shots...shots...shots...shots....EVERYBODY!!!!...

Trend Spotting | Black Swan

What comes first: The runway or the reel way? If silver starlets are any indication of the hottest trends in fashion and design, you can look straight to current blockbuster hit (and surefire Oscar contender) Black Swan to represent the best in ballerina noir.

Setting with Style

Since great design never goes out of style, I love nothing more than to flip through all my archived H&G mags to find inspiration that once seemingly old, is of course now "new" again. Who wants a table full of traditional (and tacky!) red and green when you can set the holiday tone with a fresh and funky color story or one that's based on an ethnic theme?! 

Trend Spotting | Coco Chanel Christmas

What's more fabulous than receiving a glossy black, red-ribbon wrapped Chanel box on Christmas morning? Why, waking up to holiday decor that's filled with gilded camellias, golden domes, glittering Eiffel Towers, and double CC's, of course! Aiming to make all my holidays look this haute...if I can't afford what's in the box, best if I decorate by thinking outside of it!

Haute Shop | H.D. Buttercup | Part II

I wonder if I was living in LA, would I run on down to OC every chance I get just to do some purchasing for clients? 'Cuz it sure seems like my LA jaunts are becoming quite normal as I pack for the day and spend an 8-hr shift driving to and fro West Hollywood. I swear all the best shops are on Melrose...and Venice of course. Here's the latest from H.D.Buttercup...enjoy loves!

Trend Spotting | Industrial Heaven

Stuck in stucco should be SoCal's resident theme song as we (as in "I") yearn for the day when one can one day, call a Brick House (or Brownstone, I'm not picky) our own. No one tells you this, but where the East Coast builds homes clad in bricks and the Colonial States in sticks and stones, Orange County is home to the suburban stucco capital of the world! (Ok, more likely just of the U.S., but that's still pretty compelling evidence in my eyes). 

Scenes from Le BF's 30th Birthday

Don't you just love this time of year when glitz and glam can easily translate from Sunday's best into an evening out with the girls? Aiming to put the sparkle back into casual daywear so that when Friday Night Lights hit, I'm going {disco} BALLS OUT baby . 

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