Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Kate Spade Gets Caned

I really like this English Cane China pattern by Kate Spade. It's a nice new look for her China collection and definitely fun yet sophisticated. Photo from Elle Decor.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Hot Mess Monday

Have a sheep, I mean seat.

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Feast of San Gennaro

This weekend marks one of my favorite annual (8 years now to be exact) holidays in Los Angeles, the Precious Cheese Feast of San Gennaro hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla. The event kicked off last night and runs through Sunday evening at 1651 N. Highland Avenue. Saint Gennaro is the patron saint of Napoli and he was martyred in 305 A.D. His blood is still worshiped in NYC to this day.

Come join me for some Perroni and Zeppole, we never miss this street fair. It gives me the slightest bit of East Coast nostalgia that I miss terribly. There is tons of delicious food priced extremely low, so instead of going out to eat this weekend stop by the Feast. There are usually rides for children, carnival games and a petting zoo as well.

The entertainment never stops and this year the line up includes Nick D'Egidio & the Dry Martini Orchestra, Cleto & the Cletones from Jimmy Kimmel Live, cooking demonstrations by several Italian chefs among many, many other great live acts.

For more information, visit their website at Feast of L.A. Hope to see you all there!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Burger Boutique to Flip For

Flip Burger Boutique in Atlanta, GA was featured in last month's Contract Magazine for their sleek and clean interior layout. The casual hot spot is a series of upholstered booths and communal tables and the menu features salads, burgers and shakes, nothing ground shaking, right? But do you know who their head chef is?

It's none other than Richard Blais! Remember him from Top Chef? He was one of my favorites, and it's good to see him having such success after the Bravo fanfare. Blais teamed up with restaurateur Barry Mills to open the space and entrusted Dave Heimbuch from ai3 for the design. Photo by Spark St. Jude.

Although I am pretty partial to The Counter, I would like to try one of Blais's burgers. Has anyone out there had the opportunity to dine at this fine establishment? Nene? Kim? Anyone?

A Must See

Coco Before Chanel was great! I definitely recommend it, although it is very sad, I felt like I could burst into tears up to an hour after the movie was over. Her life was so interesting. Treat yourself this weekend and go see it!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Coco Before Chanel

I am catching a sneak peek screening of Coco Before Chanel this evening so I will fill everyone in tomorrow on what I have heard is an amazing film. I cannot wait! Coco Before Chanel is the story of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, who began her life as an orphan, and through an extraordinary journey became the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success, freedom and style. The film portrays the formative years of Chanel’s life, the years of Chanel spent discovering and inventing herself.

JaDIE! Thanks to Alex for scoring us the tickets! Coco Before Chanel opens Friday, September 25th.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Rayya's & Aaron's Wedding

Wedding # 3 of 2009 came in the form of my Palestinian gal pal Rayya and her now hubby Aaron and their beach-beautiful bash this weekend in La Jolla, CA. The couple are friends of mine from VA Tech and they are really a great pair, living first as roommates and becoming friends. Friends became lovers, lovers became partners; these two do everything together and I couldn't be happier for them. They chose a sunset ceremony at Scripps Seaside Forum (built by none other than my firm) and it was nothing short of lovely. Before the ceremony, we enjoyed some cocktails and had our Polaroid taken for their guest book, a really nice idea.

The weather could not have been more perfect and the very relaxed ceremony was most enjoyable. I had a good seat but unfortunately all my ceremony photos turned out with the tops of other people's heads in them! I guess that's why you pay the big bucks for a professional photographer.

I wore a Nanette Lepore long dress, a gift from hubby on my last birthday. It is so beautiful, I have been dieing for a chance to wear it, thanks Rayya!

Hubby looked handsome in a Ben Sherman seersucker suit.

Aaron's grandmother's husband took a couple of shots of us before the ceremony. He was so cute! People came from all over to be there that day, from Virginia to the mid-west to Ireland.

My only good photo from the ceremony itself.

They used the program fan idea and put fun characitures of the wedding party on the front. They came in handy!

Rayya has never looked more pretty. She was glowing with happiness in a vintage dress.

The groom and groomsmen wore peacock feathers in lieu of a boutonniere and the ladies carried orchids. It was very classic and clean.

I must admit, I spent several moments throughout the night thinking of ways I could abduct the ring bearer. Could he be any cuter? There is nothing more adorable than a teeny tiny mohawked munchkin in an itty bitty linen suit.

The wedding party!

Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Cooke!

Fendi Fabulous

Helllllo Luva!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Hot Mess Monday

The Butterfly Desk by Gio Ponti and Piero Fornasetti. This is some Silence of the Lambs shit right here. No likey. And for $19,500, I'm guessing the only freak who'll be buying this is Mariah Carey.

Yes Please

I am loving this double horsey rug from Gypsy/Maturin. Photo from Elle Decor.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Vintage Vice

"What's better: fighting to the death for the land God gave you thousands of years ago OR that part of the night where the MDMA is just kicking in and the beats keep building and building until it breaks into a "bkkkkkkkkkkkksheeaw" and everyone is cheering?"

Your Apartment Is A Wonderland

I was never one of those girls who goes bananas for John Mayer but he has slowly won over my cold black heart. First, he went and made a video for "Waiting on the World to Change" and included graffiti greats like Futura, Tats Cru and Daze which gave him major cool points as far as I was concerned. Second, he sat in front of me at our friend Adam's memorial and he was very humble, very respectful and only talked to the two little boys that sat on either side of him, no celeb bullshit. Now, he went and let us take a peek at his Armani/Casa decorated New York City apartment and at this point, I have to give him an official pass. This bachelor pad is stylish and chic yet still simplistic. Photographs by Simon Upton for Elle Decor.

The color scheme in here is very serene, I bet he can really relax on this comfy couch after a long tour.

Mr. Mayer struck up a beautiful friendship with Armani after having a couple of suits made that in turn made him feel like a million bucks. He wanted his apartment to give him the same confidence and ease he got from his Armani wardrobe. And Mayer is never without company at dinner as he has photos of Jazz greats like Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk framed around the table.

Armani stools in the kitchen accent the Alison Berger for Holly Hunt pendent lamp.

Benjamin Moore walls and Andy Warhol art compliment the Armani/Casa linens and bed. The airline guitar case and lace up boots in the corner add that manly touch.

Thanks for letting us into your home, John!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My Big Win

I was a lucky ducky on the Townhouse Lady's blog not too long ago and I won the Lipstick Queen products shown above. I have been using them for a couple of weeks and they are really kick ass, especially the lippys because they last SOOO much longer than anything else I have tried. Thanks again to the Townhouse Lady!

Satanic? Yes or No?

Swarovski studded antlers from Suzan Fellman via Angeleno Interiors.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Goodbye Johnny!

We lost Patrick Swayze to pancreatic cancer yesterday, so very sad. I felt a certain connection to Johnny as I spent all my college summers working at Kellerman's Resort, aka Mountain Lake, where they filmed Dirty Dancing. The staff did not have the same types of parties as the dancing instructors in the film but it was special all the same. He will be missed.

Melika's & Rick's Wedding

This past Saturday, my friends Melika & Rick got married in Century City. The courtyard at the Intercontinental was so romantic, I tried to get a few shots before the daylight was totally gone.

There were cocktails and hors d'oeuvres before the ceremony, including some delicious sushi.

The up-doo I had planned wasn't happening, so in a last minute frenzy I just left me hair down and parted it in the middle. It wound up being a good thing because the twilight air got cool and it helped keep me warm in my open backed Matthew Williamson dress.

A full shot of the dress. It was really gorgeous and I loved wearing it.

My friend Jennifer did a great job as the Maid of Honor. Her and Melika have been friends since childhood. She is so tall and beautiful, I always feel like a little munchkin next to her. She was kind enough to slouch a little as to get my head in the frame.

And hubby kept it dapper with a martini. Do you love the watch? I bought it for him on our first anniversary.

The bridal party had a blast. The groom's grandmother started things off by coming down the aisle to some Persian music. Everyone was clapping and cheering and she could not have been more precious. The bride's grandfather was next and he opted for some Rat Pack tunes. Everyone walked or danced down the aisle to a different song, it was really fun.

And some danced from start to finish...

The groom not only looked handsome, he looked happy. He should be, he found a great girl! I wish my picture of his parents turned out better, his mother looked like a Persian movie star.

And I have never seen my friend Melika look more stunning. She was a vision! Her mother walked her down the aisle.

The ceremony was short and sweet and here's one of the first phtots of the Mr. & Mrs.!

The reception moved inside to the Grand Ballroom and more cocktails and tables full of food awaited us. Instead of placecards, they opted for a large photo from their engagement session framed with everyone's name listed alphabetically with their table assignment next to their name. I loved it! And what a beautiful photo!

Persian weddings never seem to end! Dancing went on into the wee hours of the night. I was exhausted just being a guest, I can't even imagine how wiped Melika must have been by the end. It was a whole lot of fun though.

The band was fantastic. The singer played ethnic music and some contemporary songs too. The dj slipped in some current radio play to give them a break now and then so it really kept things moving.

A better look at the beautiful Ballroom. And of course the flowers were fab as well.

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Rafael.