Spent the weekend celebrating what seems to be a superfluous amount of birthdays.
Wore this graphic Free Peeps number with the most groovy diamond pattern bordering on what some may refer to as Aztec meets Austin Powers. The key to wearing all-over pattern is keeping the silhouette simple and accessories free. For you petite gals out there, A-line minis are THE trick of the trade! Well, that and surrounding yourself with similar-sized beauties can’t hurt either. ;P
The scene: Trendy. The cuisine: Tapas. The verdict: Eh.
We dined at Vintage Enoteca right before catching the Book of Mormon at Pantages Theater in Hollywood. I always like to map out dining destinations according to proximity and yelp reviews…duh. As an “elite” Yelper myself (oh yeah, class of 2012 baby) I rely heavily on what my community thinks of the joint before even daring to venture myself.
Most peeps don’t realize that Orange County’s got the BEST mix of Asian food all within a 15 mile radius. Starting in central Vietnam (aka 'Bolsa' to locals) you’ve got Vietnamese with Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Korean cuisine fanning out from there. Within a few blocks from Westminster you can find yourself smack dab in the midst of K-Town where Korean BBQ’s litter every block of Garden Grove Blvd. from Brookhurst to Beach and back. The little hidden gems are what I’m always on the lookout for and Jang Toh K-bar’s been one of those mainstays that I dine at time and time again.
I have a serious shopping problem y’all.
When design’s your first love and fashion’s a VERY close second, you’re constantly on the lookout for new and notable items for clients, friends, family, and then yourself. The problem is that I see great value in purchasable items every.doggone.day. Makes “window shopping” seem a lot less virtual and far more realistic when my wallet’s on the receiving end. Oh le sigh. 'Tis the life of a designer.
|Making Your Own Invitations|
If you don’t know by now, 365Hangers asked yours truly to break down my 7 best tips for throwing a holiday party for less. It’s been plastered all over my FACEBOOK here and 365Hanger’s blog here. Those whom liked/ commented/ shared the posts were automatically entered to win a $25 gift card to shop designer looks for less on 365Hangers.
A total mom-and-pop shop in the corner of a busy Costa Mesa marketplace, Bella Cuba looks like just another franchise popular with corporate lunchers who flock to this area for their afternoon break. Upon entering this bright bazaar, you’re instantly greeted with heart happy Holas! and service with gleaming white smiles. It seriously goes uphill from there with some of the best house-made sangrias this side of the Atlantic.
Join me all week on 365Hangers and Haute Khuuture’s FACEBOOK page as I detail my 7 BEST tips for throwing a holiday party on a budget! I’ve got you covered on everything DIY from making your own invitations, to decking your walls, and even down to setting the menu and music! Like, comment, or share the posts and you can win one of two $25 gift cards to shop your heart out on 365Hangers! Read all about my week as a guest editor HERE on The 365Blog!
Day 1: Making your own holiday invitations!
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Ask me what my favorite type of cuisine is and I will almost always exclaim FRENCH!!!
I love the aromas, I DIE for butter, and don’t even get me started on the plethora of stinky cheeses humminaaaa huminaaaaa. So when Traditions by Pascal closed earlier this year to make way for another dining establishment, my heart leaped out of my chest, plummeted on a nearby butcher block, and was bludgeoned to death by rusty cleavers knowing full well that yet another one bit the dust. Mind you, I don’t even think Traditions was that spectacular, but when 1 out of maybe 4 good French eats closes down around town, I scream bloody murder and weep until someone answers my call.
I gotta admit guys, this was one CHALLENGING week for me. Where personal issues have me clearly preoccupied and business ventures have me swerving every which way but straight, the blog’s been relegated to a space that I would never desire to corner her in again: the backburner.
Trying to figure out what to eat for a quickie Friday meal? How’s about some quickie curbside pizza courtesy of none other than Mozza 2 Go!?! Sometimes you simply crave gourmet ingredients without all the fancy-schmancy hoopla like silverware and china. I mean, its only pizza y’all. I’ll sacrifice the spectacle of in-house dining for takeout any day, granted none of the flavors are lost in transport.
Sometimes a gal just wants to dress up in frills and thrills without obvious feminine traces of ruffles and lace. But sometimes the combination slaps you in the face with such haute-worthy design elements; you can’t help but melt at the sight of a gorgeously crafted garment that was really MADE for your petite body type.
I’m sure by now y’all have had a chance to peruse Zara’s home store that recently launched in the U.S. I can’t quite tell what the quality is like judging from the images, but a previous 2010 trip to visit their Barcelona shops proved to be so compelling I almost purchased over $1000 worth of merchandise to carry on home. I eventually convinced myself that Zara would be shipping to the states in no time so I left the goods behind and have been mourning the loss ever since then.
As much as I count Nicole Richie as one of my fashion icons, I’ll admit I have NEVER seen an episode of Fashion Star. But after having acquired this gorgeous little frock for the church portion of Panda’s wedding, I’m now a TOTAL fan of the show.
I used to dream of living by the bay. The weather, the scene, the culture, the cuisine, there’s something so mysterious about a city constantly blanketed in fog. It’s a new experience every time I visit and this trip proved to reveal all the ten thousand and one reasons why I left my heart in San Francisco. Well, my heart and my appetite y’all…same ish, different beat, right?
The beauty of Cali truly is the topography.
Where on any given hour-long plane ride you can relax on a tropical beach, heli-ski down a treacherous mountain, sip vino on a hillside vineyard, or simply take in all a city’s culinary adventures only stopping for snacks in between meals. Yes, traveling with my BOL beauties is like escaping from the bottommost pit of your stomach and the only way out is to eat your way to the top.
I am by no means a burger and fries kinda gal. But slap some aged truffle, stinky bleu cheese, and caramelized onions on that baby and all of a sudden I’m writhing atop a Phantom Rolls Royce, bikini-clad with ketchup dripping from my chin doing my very best Paris Hilton impersonation. Oh yes honey, that’s exactly how I felt with my first bite into the juicy goodness that is their namesake Umami Burger. We were able to sample at least half the menu with our large party but somehow only the Umami one stuck. Here’s why:
This entire past month has been all about the bride. Bachelorette parties, get-togethers, showers and soirées, one fun-filled fête after another…and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
All you Cali peeps know what I’m talkin’ about, but for those who don’t, Palace Station’s Oyster Bar is one of those MUST.HIT.EATS with every visit to Las Vegas.
Vegas is to SoCal what Miami is to NYC…TOTAL stomping grounds for everything pools, parties, and of course the obligatory drinking and debauchery. Couple that with 25 of the hottest hunnies straight from OC and you’ve got yourself one helluva celebration y’all! BIG CONGRATS to my little lovebug Linda ‘Panda’ who’s tying the knot in approximately 3 weeks! Dundundun….Here’s how it ALL went down! (Well, the PG version, at least ;) hehe)..
Happy Monday hunnies! Just got back from a CRAZY fun-filled bachelorette bash in Vegas so while I’m still recovering…here’s some snippets from high tea at the oh-so-sophisticated Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Coast.
TGIF y’all!!! I’m off to Vegas today to host my darling Panda’s last bash before the crash a.k.a. her Bachelorette Party! Sooooo dang excited can’t even begin to tell ya how I’m DYING for mini-vacay not to mention some QT with my cuties! Which brings me to one of the cutest brunch spots in Las Vegas: Mon Ami Gabi located at Paris hotel and casino. You know the one that sits directly at the base of Paris’ Eiffel Tower? Super cozy and quaint French bistro with the BOMBEST blueberry French toast I’ve ever had! I’m not much for fruity compotes with my carbs, but when it’s smeared with house-made fluffy white whip, OMAN I’d sacrifice the diet any dang day!
It’s finally cooling down in SoCal this week…whooooohoooooo!!!! The PERFECT weather for shorts and a blousy top. I’m one of those West Coast girls who are ALWAYS cold. Our Indian summer’s allowing nocturnal outings sans coat so I’m more than thrilled to be showing off some sexy back cutouts and a bit more leg before fall begs me to layer already.
I’m really hanging onto the last few weeks of summer with feathery light dresses in a mix of bold fuchsias and buttery yellows. It’s funny how I don’t rock sundresses the entire season but seeing as how it’s quickly coming to an end, I’m ransacking the wardrobe for frills and thrills in punchy party patterns and fun little florals. Evidently that’s how I roll y’all…gotta go out with a bit of a bang!
As another summer sets, I’m reminded of all the good times we shared this season. Alfresco dinner parties with a bevy of my party peeps, backyard bbq’s grubbing on some greasy meaty faves, daily poolside dips to preserve my season’s tan….Ahhhhh summer, I sure dis you when you’re here but yearn when you’ve departed. That’s it! I’m making a concerted effort to start throwing fall and winter dinner parties…oh yes, OUTDOORS! Isn’t that the very reason we pay the big bucks to live in SoCal? Endless summer y’all!