I’ve been extremely fortunate to have my high school besties by my side since…well, high school :D Back then we were quite the over-achievers having bonded since ASB, Girl’s League, honor society, AP classes, sports leagues, and after-school shenanigans filled our precious pre-adulthood time with plenty of laughs and stories to last our lifetime. (Which, mind you, we constantly re-tell again and again to our mildy amused other halves, anyone else guilty of that? hahah).
While every type of cuisine has its fair share of bar food, I’d say the Vietnamese have got the market cornered on some of the tastiest exotic dishes when I feel like downing beers with my gal pals all night long. Enter Quan Gio Bar and Grill, part restaurant, part bar, and part "can't take the Saigon outta the girl" live music karaoke lounge.
Happy Friday dahlings!!!
Hope everyone’s stuffing their face full of Thanksgiving fixin’s all weekend long!
I had planned on dedicating a holiday post from yesterday’s feast; however upon seeing my entire FB wall filled to the brim with turkey, stuffing, sides, and mo’ I’m foregoing the obvious and bringing to you instead one of the hottest new restaurants trending in OC today: Little Sparrow in downtown Santa Ana.
Happy November my loves!!!
Thank you all for tuning in while I’ve been on hiatus for most of October. As you all know I’ve spent the last 4 months renovating all 1900+sf of my Mom’s old dilapidated 60’s style ranch house into the contemporary stunna you’ll be seeing on the blog for the rest of the month.
Special occasions call for something out of the norm, something that you wouldn’t ordinarily select especially when a heaping bowl of Special K cereal would simply suffice. Enter Anaheim White House, a local historic landmark hidden by Disneyland’s infamous theme park and nestled in the midst of what was once an enormous orange grove in the early 20th century.
I know my life may seem like an endless flurry of brunches, luncheons, and social gatherings galore, but I swear I really DO run a full-time design business when I’m not in the midst of Bolsa’s high societies. We spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the St. Regis Hotel and Resort in Monarch Beach celebrating October birthdays for my darling BOL beauties.
Flu season in full effect y’all! Been fighting this nasty cough/cold/congestion combo with nary an appetite to sustain my abating energy…booooo. Thus I’ve been completely lacking in the posting department; apologies are an order my loves!!! But what I’m come to realize is that nothing satiates a weak and wilted tummy like a boiling hot pot of super spicy soup filled with LOADS of protein, veggies, and noodles to last for days.
As Fall is fast approaching, I’m reminded of the bountiful inspiration that surrounds me. Cloaking myself with sumptuous layers of scarves and sweaters…romanticizing the boudoir with fur and fancy bits…All the while soaking in the stillness of it all after one of the MOST hectic summers I’m endured to date.
I’m always eager and excited to discover fresh new artists via instagram so when I stumbled upon Murad Osmann’s “Follow Me To” series I knew I HAD to share it with you as part of his growing 400K+ fan club.
Gosh what can I write about Sushi Murasaki, one of the most highly overrated sushi joints in OC that y’all don’t already know? Well, for starters, they’re friggin’ expen$ive!
Ending another gorgeously feminine spring 2014 season with my go-to’s from the bunch: The New Romantics! With Delpozo as the newbie (to me) and Zac Posen’s show as my HANDS-DOWN favorite of yet another showstopping fashion week, the runways were flowing with fresh and focused designs of color and patterns and textures, oh my!
Through the eyes of everyone's FAVE resident street style photographer Tommy Ton…
Le bf was so jealous of my Chicago food frenzy with the girls that I just had to oblige to his incessant whining with a Chef’s tasting experience of our very own. We even postponed our anniversary dinner to celebrate in Portland hoping to hunt down New American cuisine indicative of what the Pacific Northwest is trending towards nowadays. Enter Castagna, a modern and minimalist local gem featuring an edited array of fresh organic ingredients appealing both to our sophisticated palate while showcasing an indisputable sense of place.
I met my darling Trammy-Poo in Portland the summer of 2001.
Fast forward some 12 years later and what started out as a slow, gradual friendship quickly cultivated into a sisterly bond that’s surprised us both throughout the years. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve argued, we’ve agreed, we’ve partied ‘til the wee hours of the morn, and we’ve grown to accept that we really can’t party like that now in our *gasp* old age. We’ve seen one another through highs and lows, through failed relationships and growing pains. Writing this now I’m elated to announce that we’ve come full circle to celebrate my besty’s wedding as she’s finally found the ONE!
Now open at South Coast Collection (SOCO/ OC Mart Mix). Perfect quickie meal while sourcing local design shops on a sunny SoCal summer day.
It’s not often I track down 2-Michelin star restaurants when dining on vacay so this super short trip to Chicago last week was made that much sweeter by the visit to Elliot’s namesake establishment in the heart of Chi-town. I’m sure many of you recognize his moniker from MasterChef, Top Chef Masters, Iron Chef, and multiple James Beard Foundation nominations, but what you probably don’t know is that Elliot garnered so much attention this year with an extra Michelin star (added to his previous 1 star in 2011 and 2012) that the restaurant even hosted an intimate birthday dinner for President Obama himself. Oh yeaaaaaah, sounds like the swanky kind of joint I’m totally into!
I’ve been living in a hotel for over 5 weeks now since THIS happened causing the entire contents of my home (family included) to be evacuated. I’m really trying my hardest to stay positive amidst all the chaos, but it’s been crazy TOUGH with a slew of clients requiring my time, loved ones clawing for attention, and a social calendar that demands my presence day-by-day.
Currently enjoying a beautiful gloomy August day in what is typically reserved for super-duper sun-on-sun summer in SoCal. Seems everyone everywhere is missing just a bit of our fair weather season so in the meantime, check out BDBA’s summer catalog that’s making waves around every haute fashionista’s heart.
Girl and the Goat has been HIGH on my foodie hitlist since Stephanie Izard beat out Richard Blaise to earn the title of Top Chef Season 4. I knew this wunderkind woman would be a force to be reckoned with once she returned to Chicago, Illinois to conceptualize what any local or tourist alike would call bomb.com comfort food.
They’d say exactly what you’d need to hear for the day…
Summer in SoCal signals the time when errbody and their mamas are on the beach body/pool party/ social shindigs special diet. Upping workouts from thrice weekly to at least 5 times per is the typical average we push ourselves to seasonally. This also translates to sashimi at least once a week with le bf who’s on such a sushi kick you’d swear he’s a fisherman by trade with all the fresh catch that we consume. A bit burdening on the wallet, but completely slimming on the waistline…eh, I’m not complaining one bit! Thanks bf, you’re the BEST!
The mood: Pretty in Pink
The look: Girly Glam
Time to take on another CRAZY week of moving and mayhem, from OC to LA and everywhere in between…But first things first: A few snippets from my month-long birthday celebration with my ride-or-DIE chicks, my sistas from another mista, my Skittle-wittles! Here’s what went down in the heart of Ktown y’all!
Couldn't have asked for a better Ktown spot to celebrate my birthday with my besties and inhale sake shots like it was my last dying breaths. All the better when happy hour starts after 4pm and EVERYTHING (liquor, appetizers, plates, bottles) I mean everything is 50% off the menu price. 20 mouths, 40 dishes, and $30 a pop later, birthday girl was down for the count. I'd say that was a pretty successful meal, don't cha think? ;D