Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Shoe Showdown

True or false: I may have gone overboard on the shoe shopping this weekend.

If you guessed true, you are correct! Your prize is... nothing, since all of my money has gone to footwear in the past few days. And when I say a few days, I mean a few days - I bought five pairs of shoes in the past week!

In my defense, I got great deals on all of them and they're all shoes I see myself wearing all spring and summer long. So really it's like I did myself a favor! Second true or false: I can talk myself into anything :)

Here are the pups that made their way home with me. Welcome to my closet, new friends!



ONE:
Every year I like to invest in a well-made statement sandal that I can wear all summer. Ordinarily I wouldn't spend this much on a shoe but I make an exception for summer sandals because I need something that's super well-made to hold up to long days and nights full of beaches, barbecues, vacations, etc. Over the weekend, Bloomingdales had their Friends & Family sale and I scored these babies for 25% off, plus I had a giftcard! I love the color of the caramel leather and the shiny gold studs. 

TWO:
Last year, I missed out on Mara Hoffman's shoe collaboration with Soludos because of stupid NO SHOPPING MAY and I was quite upset. I wasn't gonna miss out again so when I got an email announcing their new collab with Havianas I was super pumped! I seriously love all four colors/patterns and had a hard time deciding, but in the end I went with navy. I have some fun trips coming up - Vegas, Scottsdale, Tucson, OH AND OUR HONEYMOON - I can't wait to wear them!

THREE & FOUR:
I have always, always, ALWAYS said that when you find something you really love, to buy it in multiple colors. After I couldn't stop thinking about these Jeffrey Campbell espadrilles after blogging about them a few weeks ago, I bit the bullet and bought them - and no joke, have not taken them off my feet since! They are so comfortable it's ridiculous - they add a little edge and sass to all my girly outfits and I just had to have another pair. Enter the leopard ones - aren't they sassy? I am OBSESSED. If you are in the market for a classic, cool pair of espadrilles, THESE are the ones!

FIVE:
Behold, what will be my fancy summer go-to shoe. A classic beige suede Tory Burch platform with a twist - the wedge is more flat than angled, making them INCREDIBLY comfortable. Here's a fun fact that will come as a surprise to absolutely no one: my mother bought them too in the exact same color. Look for us strolling around LA in our matching ensembles this summer :) #thankyoubloomiesfriendsandfamily

What do you think? Ya like? Which ones would you wear? Should I post pictures once I actually take them out for a spin? 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Time For A Jewelry Box Update

A friend told me recently that she missed me blogging regularly. Specifically, "the posts you used to do where you showed us all the things you wanted to buy."

Well... I aim to please :)

Lately I have been kind of bored with my accessories. I have tons of earrings and necklaces that I wear when I want to add a fun little extra sparkle to my outfit, but I find myself reaching for the same ones over and over again. I am in need of a jewelry box update! So obviously I hit the internet to see what was out there... and found myself swooning over some gorgeous delicate gold pieces, light and bright colorful earrings, and beautiful beaded necklaces.

Here are some of my favorite picks - many very reasonably priced!


ONE:
How on earth is this necklace only $38?! The beading is so intricate. It also comes in black, but for spring, I'm really feeling the cream... would be so pretty with a pastel-colored sundress!

TWO:
The most interesting, go-with-anything- sparkly little cuff. J.Crew, I love you so.

THREE:
This three-tiered necklace is STUNNING. I love the lavender stones mixed with the crystal pave - such a unique piece. 

FOUR:
I cannot even describe to you how much I want these necklaces. I love every single thing about them - the gorgeous, pastel beads mixed with sparkly gold balls, the leather tassel, the oversized druzy pendant... if I owned one, I'd never take it off.

FIVE: 
I am really into these Oscar De La Renta earrings - I love the pretty purple shade and the fun swingy shape. I have been admiring them for a few months now!

SIX:
What a fun ring! I can't resist gold studs. This pretty is less than $50! 

SEVEN:
I love the look of a simple little cuff in spring or summer on a tan arm with some fabulous pink nail polish. This one is so delicate and pretty.

EIGHT:
Another fun, bright pair of earrings. These yellow babies are showstoppers - wear them with a neutral outfit and let them be the star!

NINE:
I have a pair of earrings just like these by Dannijo - the shape is perfect. And considering I love anything and everything turquoise, I'm thinking these might need to come home with me...

TEN:
Is it an oxymoron for something to be a "delicate statement necklace?" Cuz this is it! And for less than $55, the price is right!
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There you have it! I hope this list pleases my friend. Note: she also requested "a post where you show us all the things you have purchased lately." Since I have not exactly been shying away from the ol' credit card lately, I promise that post is forthcoming as well :)

Happy Wednesday ya'll!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Delicious Spring Salad

GUYS. I am so sorry for disappearing. Are spring colds a thing? Cuz I have had the worst one for the past week - so has Ram - we have been coughing like it's going out of style. I'm talking go-to-CVS-for-a-second-bottle-of-Robitussin bad. I'm coughing up a lung as I type this. Not fun.

Anyway - I wanted to share a recipe for this delicious salad I whipped up the other day. I posted a picture of it on Instagram when I made it and promised I'd blog about it ASAP... and then the coughs took over and I forgot. Oops. You all know I am SOOO not a salad lover but this was amazing and the vinaigrette was SO FREAKING GOOD.



I came across this recipe when I was googling around for something to pair with a bag of shaved brussels sprouts that I had picked up on a whim at Trader Joe's. I wanted something citrusy and fresh and tangy and as soon as I read the ingredients for this, I knew I had found just the thing! I did end up tweaking the recipe - among other changes, I also added in some delicious spring peas.

Here's my version!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup diced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups shaved brussels sprouts leaves
2 cups fresh peas, washed


DIRECTIONS:
In a small bowl, lightly whisk together lemon juice, honey, one tablespoon of olive oil, dijon, salt, and pepper. Adjust seasonings to taste and set aside.

In a medium-sized saucepan, sauce the diced onion and minced garlic with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add the peas and brussels sprouts leaves to the pan and stir to mix all ingredients together.

After two minutes, remove pan from heat and pour dressing over the vegetables. Stir to coat the entire pan and pour into a serving bowl to serve immediately. Enjoy while it's warm!
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I served it with grilled chicken apple sausage and sauteed onions and it was phenom... I may have already made it several more times. I highly recommend and hope you try it soon! Let me know how you like it!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Espadrille, Baby, Drill

It all started with a shoe. 

This one, to be exact. 


I saw it online and fell in love. I had to make it mine. Luckily this was right after I returned home from the Britney-in-Vegas extravaganza where I spent the few precious minutes I was NOT singing "Hit Me Baby One More Time" sitting at a slot machine. It paid off. The shoes are now coming to live with me.

And now I'm kinda obsessed with espadrilles. They're the new thing, apparently - cuz they're everywhere, in every store, in all colors and patterns and materials. And I want every single one of them. As a lifelong lover of ballet flats, this new trend is right up my alley and I can't wait to add some more pairs to my closet - they're the perfect shoe to wear with some skinny jeans or black pants and a silk blouse, or even a pretty sundress. 

While making this snazzy little collage I swear I looked at a billion pairs and loved them all. Gonna get shopping ASAP!




ONE: Two-toned pink. INTO IT.
TWO: Wait. I freaking love these. Basic black leather... I would LIVE in these.  
THREE: How do I not own these? Black and white animal print goes with everything!
FOUR: So weird they're cool. I seriously might buy these. I love stripes and polka dots so freakin much.
FIVE: An adorable - and more affordable! - version of the ones I bought.
SIX: Hot. Pink. Calf hair. Enough said.
SEVEN: Mullet espadrilles! Business AND party shoes at the same time. 
EIGHT: I am fully obsessed with the neon yellow lace. Could also see myself buying these for real.
NINE: You cannot go wrong with black and white stripes. 

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So to recap... I am seriously considering purchasing five of the nine above pairs. 
#thefirststepisadmittingyouhaveaproblem 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Our Engagement Picture Photo Shoot

Yesterday I showed you some of our engagement pictures. To say I am obsessed is an understatement - we had so much fun taking those pictures and now we get to remember what an amazing day it was every time we look at those beautiful images!

I always love looking at my friends' engagement pictures. I feel like engagement pictures offer a real glimpse into who the engaged couple really is - you can tell their style, they usually get to do an outfit change, they're more relaxed since it's not their actual wedding day... and when it came time for us to do ours, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

On any given night, Rami and I are at the movies. We go during the week, we go to early afternoon matinees, we go for date nights on weekends, we do double headers... we love the movies. So it was a total no-brainer to see if we could try and take some of our engagement photos in an actual movie theater. I wasn't 100% confident it was going to happen... but then I called The Landmark Theater, which is our favorite theater, and after some explaining and mentioning that one of our first dates was at their theater and how we are probably solely responsible for half of their salaries due to spending all of our money on movie tickets, they so very kindly granted us access one early Monday morning before the theater officially opened and VOILA! We were in.



We had a whole theater to ourselves for nearly two hours and we made the most of it. The theater manager turned on a roll of previews and we watched those and posed and smiled and kissed and ate some popcorn (until I dropped the whole bag... oops) and it was just freaking awesome. On our way out, we even stopped by the concession stand and took a couple pictures there! It was everything I had imagined it - it felt unique and so very "us" and just a really cool thing I'll always, always remember.

Next we headed to Temescal Gateway Park in the Palisades! You all know R and I are not exactly outdoorsy so we left this location up to Amy and Stuart :) they shoot there often and recommended it to us and boy were they on the money! It was gorgeous and breezy and not crowded and a little girl stopped to compliment me on my sparkly dress :)




Speaking of dresses, I thought long and hard about these ensemble choices! I wanted our outfits to look like a real reflection of us and I wanted them to compliment each other. For the movie theater pictures, I wore my favorite jeans, a long silk black tunic, black suede Pour La Victoire wedges, and a fun H&M polka dot cardigan (similar here). Rami wore his favorite Seven jeans (and by that I mean MY favorite), an adorable grey tweed blazer with elbow patches, Converse sneakers, and the pink shirt he wore when he proposed :)

 I HAD to get our Anthro mugs in there. I love using them!



Our next outfit change was what I like to call our "patriotic" look :) - I found this gorgeous red lace dress (similar one here) at Nordstrom and paired it with my favorite gold Moroccan earrings and the same PLV wedges in nude. I bought Rami a new navy J.Crew gingham shirt to go with his new navy suede lace-ups... so coordinated! And finally, I knew I had to get some glitter in there somewhere.... the navy ASOS sequined dress was perfect. I wore a new J.Crew rhinestoned necklace and sparkly high heels (similar here), and R wore a crisp white shirt and a navy blazer. I loved all three outfit choices!

We are so grateful to our wedding photographers, Amy and Stuart, for taking these pictures. Unlike most wedding photographers, an engagement portrait session isn't included in their package... but since everyone says that you spend the entire day of your wedding with your photographers, Rami and I thought it was important that we do this little photo-shoot before the actual wedding so we could get to know them better and get a better sense of their shooting style. We didn't expect that we would spend the entire day laughing and joking around with them, and leave after four hours feeling like they were our new best friends! Our wedding has not even happened yet and we already feel so confident and comfortable with them... they are true artists and couldn't be kinder. LA residents... call them!

Haven't had enough yet? :) There's more where that came from... Click here for the full album! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Three Years...

Three years ago tonight, I fixed my hair, put on some lipgloss, slipped into my favorite pair of leopard shoes, and headed out to my last first date... ever. 

You all know how that turned out :) Today R and I are celebrating our three year anniversary - our first and only anniversary as fiances! And what perfect timing... yesterday, our wedding photographer sent us the pictures from our engagement photo-shoot. I am OBSESSED with these pictures and had to post about them immediately!














All images by the amazing, extraordinarily talented Amy & Stuart Photography

Tomorrow I will be back to tell you all the details behind the photo-shoot... I hope you enjoy seeing the pictures as much as we did taking them! But most importantly... 

Happy anniversary to my goose. I love you more than anything and I cannot WAIT to be your wife!!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

THIS IS MY SUPERBOWL (The 2014 Oscar Red Carpet!)

Did you guys like the Oscars? I did. I thought Ellen did a good job! She's no Tina & Amy, but the pizza part made me laugh hysterically and of course, the selfie. 

I was pretty pleased with the winners, too... "12 Years A Slave" was my favorite movie of 2013 so I was very happy they won for Best Picture, and I was rooting for Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey to win in their categories from the moment I walked out of "Dallas Buyers Club" - two phenomenal performances in a phenomenal movie.

But let's face it... the red carpet had most of my attention. I was plonked on my sofa, tweeting and shouting at the TV, for hours before the show even started... 

Here are my best dressed of the night!


I always find it fitting when the winner of the Best Actress award wears something magnificent - it's her night and she deserves to look amazing! I just want to touch Cate Blanchett's Armani gown... I can't imagine the hundreds of hours that must have gone into creating something this intricate and beautiful. My favorite part of this dress is actually the bottom - the wide tulle pleats make the bottom of the gown flare out so beautifully. She looks incredible. 


I actually didn't see Penelope Cruz walk the red carpet... not sure why I wasn't paying attention, but when she walked out onstage to present, I was floored. I love this Giambattista Valli gown - the draping is absolutely magnificent and I love the contrast of the pale pink fabric with the little black velvet bow. I also love the jewelry she paired with it - the diamonds really add to the elegant look. Stunning!


Longtime Queen of LA readers will remember that last year, I chose Charlize as one of my best dressed. She's on this year's last as well, for her stunning Dior gown - I love the interesting shapes at the top and the peekaboo mesh (?) towards the bottom. This woman is just one of the most beautiful people on earth - I look forward to watching her on the red carpet at every single event! 


Okay, don't laugh - Guiliana Rancic KILLED IT last night. She was the first person I saw when I turned on the television and I couldn't get her Paolo Sebastian dress out of my head! I love the juxtaposition of the sparkly, glittery, beaded top and the gunmetal-greyish tulle skirt. If I hadn't already bought my wedding gown, you better believe I'd be showing this to a dressmaker STAT! 


True story: in my childhood bedroom, I have a legit six-foot collage of magazine photos of Julia Roberts taped to the walls. My mom likes to say if she is god forbid ever found dead, I will be one of the first suspects #stalkerstatus. I LOVE Julia Roberts - she is a genuine old-fashioned movie star and I think she radiates elegance and class. Her black Givenchy was absolutely striking - I loved the peekaboo lace neckline and the lace peplum. A gorgeous, gorgeous dress.


I saved the best for last :) I won't forget Lupita Nyong'o's outfit for a very long time. Her custom Prada dress was FLAWLESS - gorgeous color, perfectly fitted, a hit of sparkle... it was a 10 across the board. I will admit to LIKING, but not LOVING that headband, but I appreciated the quirky aesthetic it added to her look. She was by far the best dressed on the red carpet and I cannot wait to keep watching her style evolve for years to come because that girl is a STAR and she is going to be around for a LONG TIME!


Honorable mentions also go to Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta (amazing fringe), Jennifer Lawrence in Dior (still loving the peplum), Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein, and that gorgeous red sequined number Pink wore to sing during the show... 

On the other side of the fence, shockingly, there weren't THAT many misses for me this year, which I guess is a good thing, but I will say that every single man on that red carpet needs to go easier on the spray tan next time, Margot Robbie has NO BUSINESS being a brunette, and overall I am just really bored with this beige/nude/cream sparkly column dresses. I know, me bored of sparkle?! But for the love of god, give me some jewel-toned fluffy ballgowns already. You're all movie stars! 


I leave you with this photo of our snack table... I kinda outdid myself on the cheese platter, if I do say so myself :) So sad award season is over... now I have to wait a full year for the next show! 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Ready for The Red Carpet!

Pals, sorry for the light posting lately. Lots of things going on over here. I promise to try and be better in the future! 

Today is gloriously, finally Friday and I couldn't be more excited... my dear friend Stacy is coming into town today for the weekend! She lives in Denver and has been freezing her butt off the past few months - every time we talk on the phone, I brag about the gorgeous weather here in LA, so she finally booked a ticket. Great, right? Yup - except the biggest rainstorm in years will be hitting LA this weekend. Poor Stace. We'll still manage to have fun, even if it has to be indoors!

I'm also super excited because THIS WEEKEND IS MY SUPERBOWL!!!! Yes friends, Sunday is the Academy Awards and I am SO excited! You all know Ramz and I are huge movie fans and this is our favorite night of the year. A few friends are coming over, I have grand plans to make a cheese platter, and I cannot wait to live-tweet the red carpet. I guarantee you won't want to miss my snarky commentary on whatever god-awful ensemble Anne Hathaway shows up in...


Speaking of the red carpet, I'm leaving you with this little graphic I thought was awesome - a hand-drawn history of every dress worn by each year's Best Actress Winner! So cool. I cannot wait to see what everyone is wearing this year!!!

Hope you all have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: A Visit to A Wedding Fair!

In honor of "Wedding Wednesday" I thought it might be fun to show you all some pictures from a wedding fair my mom and I went to over the weekend!

Truth be told, this was not our first fair. We actually found out about one a couple of weeks after I got engaged and were so excited, we bought tickets to that one without researching it at all. BIG MISTAKE. It was, to be honest, completely awful. Full of tacky vendors and horrible cheesy ideas... I was horrified. 

Since then I've been a little leery of wedding fairs... but surprise surprise, I entered a contest on the wedding blog 100 Layer Cake and actually won! My prize was two tickets to the Wedding Love Tour in Manhattan Beach, and my mom and I spent a few hours there on Sunday and had a very nice time. 

Listen, I love gold glitter more than anything, but even I know the flatware does not need it... that being said, it sure is pretty!


Enormous balloons. I'm obsessed. These are SO fun. 


Look at these gorgeous florals! I absolutely love anemones and thought these bouquets were amazing.



Obviously our favorite part of the fair... sampling treats...


... the funfetti cupcakes were OUT OF THIS WORLD.


Haha mama. Such a little cutie pie.


Of course, we finished our afternoon with a little jaunt inside the photo booth. How could we not?!


There were videographers, registry experts, dress designers, planners & coordinators, calligraphers, you name it. It was a MUCH better experience than the first fair we went to and we actually really enjoyed ourselves.

And speaking of wedding fairs... I'm MOST excited for one that's coming up in a few weeks, put on by none other than my own wedding planners! Bash, Please hosts The Cream every year, and by all accounts it is the wedding fair of all wedding fairs. I cannot wait... I promise to give you all a full report!!! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

THE BRITNEY RECAP

It's been ten days since we returned from the epicness that was Britney Spears live in Las Vegas. TEN DAYS! How have you all existed without hearing about our queen Britney Jean!?

Let me just get this out of the way up front - the show was awesome and yes, she lipsynced through the entire thing. Didn't open her mouth and sing a single note once. BUTTT her body was BANGIN and she was super smiley and her dancing was on point and she was having fun and NOT going cray and smacking paparazzi with umbrellas while she shaved her head so I was a happy camper. More on this later.

We got to Vegas on Friday night and checked into our hotel - we stayed at MGM this time cuz my gambling has reached the point where I have my own casino host who hooked me up with a super cheap room. I did it! Yayyy. We met our pals for dinner at Shibuya (delish sushi, suuuuuper pricey) and then gambled and drank and hung out all night. 


The next morning, Ram and I headed over to Caesars for some more gambling, followed by a delicious lunch at Spago - smoked salmon pizza for the win, since I wasn't exactly winning at the slot machines.



By Saturday afternoon all of our friends had arrived so we all met up in Aria for some drinks and cake and - you guessed it - gambling. I'm smiling in this picture but I'm mad because I just blew $40 bucks in about twelve seconds on the Sex & The City slot machine. Boo!


I was SO EXCITED for the show on Saturday night I literally was bouncing around. We had a big group dinner at Jaleo in Cosmopolitan and I swear I could not even sit in my seat I was so excited! Here we are before the show and at dinner :)






After we ate, the boys walked us across the street to Planet Hollywood for the show and bid us farewell. We walked into the theater and two things happened immediately... #1 - we spied the ACTUAL RED LATEX ENSEMBLE WORN BY MS. SPEARS IN THE "OOPS I DID IT AGAIN" VIDEO. I let out a shriek of joy and insisted we take a group photo.


#2 important thing that happened: I walked by the "Britney Swag Table" and out of the corner of my eye, spied this here hat. FOUR SECONDS AND WAY TOO MANY DOLLAR$ LATER (seriously don't ask) that puppy was on my head, where it remained for the rest of the evening after we all took turns posing in it. Yes, I'm an adult woman who is engaged to be married.


ON TO THE SHOW!!!! I know I joked about Britney above but honestly, the show was great. I kept looking around at everyone in the audience and thinking about how her fan demographic had changed over the years - I've been to every single one of her tours (with the exception of the Onyx Hotel Tour - the one where she hurt her knee and met K.Fed and it all went downhill and no I don't think that's a coincidence I'M SORRY I WASN'T THERE FOR YOU BRITNEY) and it was nice to see that the whole theater was filled with women (and gays) my age... people who grew up listening to Britney and are still rooting for her, all these years later!


The theater was much smaller and more intimate than I was expecting - we had good seats and were about 100 feet from the stage, which was awesome. We also were sitting in the last row of our section, which proved very helpful as we had a FULL ON DANCE PARTY throughout the concert and at one point, left our chairs entirely and literally danced in the aisle. I have video if you are so inclined :)




OKAY ONE MORE THING I SHOULD MENTION: Britney was BRUNETTE. I don't know about you but this was the one thing that disappointed me. Britney is a blond and I wanted to see her tossing her yellow waves all over the place :(

I have a MILLION more pictures and videos but I don't want to spoil it for anyone who is reading who is planning on seeing the show! If you are on the fence... just do it. She's a legend. Come on, you know it's gonna be a good time. 


I already have my tickets to see her again - not kidding, we're going again in May! It's Britney bitch, how could I not?!?!