I've been itching to travel abroad since the new year began. Dreaming of going back to the motherland this Fall (up and down the entire Vietnam countryside) with all my besties, but in the meantime allowing my thoughts to randomly drift off to destinations I've already visited and those I've yet to see.
Equal parts hip, downtown LA eatery, equal parts celebrity sightings hotspot...love it when Laker game nights call for early dinners of Portobello mushroom fries (MY ABSOLUTE FAVE), gourmet wood-fired pizzas (try the Burrata!), and a smorgasbord of delectable house-made desserts to finish it all off.
So late last year (December 1st to be exact), Refinery 29 and luxe liquor brand Hpnotiq hosted this contest to see whose street style would win them a party in their hometown just in time for New Year's Eve. I literally scoured my archives for the best group shot of my Skittles sisters in our boldest and brightest party frocks, uploaded that sartorial sucker to R29, begged and pleaded to all my FB family/ friends/ community/ strangers for their votes, waited week after week to see our numbers skyrocket through the roof et Voilà...Here we are, one month later, lucky (and persistent) enough to be awarded the biggest, baddest Chinese New Year's bash in the City of Sin and basking in the glory of what can be accomplished when a group of party-savvy women put their minds to it.
Soooo bummed I missed out on yet another showcase at Greystone Manor in Bev Hills this year. Every winter I make it a point to put it on my schedule, but as holiday season rolls around I'm bombarded with event after event and never seem to make it out...boooooo bad, bad designer.
Does Angelina Jolie ever have an "off" day? I don't think so dude. She single-handedly put the glamour back in the Globes and for that, I seriously bow down and salute the siren who not only KILLED the red carpet, but showed that a pop of color is all any starlet really needs. Well, that and a gorgeous man on her hands. My top picks...and the design trends that are perfectly in sync this spring's offerings...
With Lunar New Year looming just around the bend, I always make it a point to rearrange the corners of my home (and subsequently my mind) to mix things up a bit. It's totally a superstitious Asian thing (one I buy into every January it seems) to clean up the mess left behind by another bad year gone by. Yes 2011, I'm talkin' to YOU...
Nothing like a bold, brash burst of this orangey-reddish hue to get my Monday started off right. This year's pick for Pantone color of the year has been seen on everything from runways to interiors, to home goods and bloggers alike. I'm already on board as scarlet's sassier little sis takes center stage this spring. Can't believe I'm saying this (still a bit sick, I think it's the meds talking), but can winter be over already???
Still so bummed missing out on the first few months of Chef Amar's opening of Broadway in Laguna Beach. I hear he was slicing pork carpaccio by the pound and serving up a storm! Can you imagine, raw smoked pork dipped in whatever savory concoction he's offered?? Oman, I sure do crave what I can't have. However, here's what we dined on instead (part 2 of this post below):
Currently comatose and drugged up on meds nursing yet another crazy cold-cough-flu combo. Not the most fabulous way to start off 2012 but at least I get another go 'round at it come Chinese New Year's at the end of the month. Hoping to be back in tip-top shape by next week so we can get this dragon ball rollin' y'all. In the meantime, spent an evening out in Laguna Beach last week dining and dishing with some of my favorite peeps.