A Hip Way to Learn to Cook

Although I love to eat, I just don't have the time or energy to do much cooking as my time is split between working, blogging, shopping and playing. Knowing that I definitely should cook more, I made it a new year's resolution to experience the joy of cooking. 

I jump started completing my goal by taking a cooking class at HipCooks a few weekends ago. Since it was my first cooking class, I didn't really know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I had and how much information was given and (hopefully) retained. We made pomegranate bellinis, chevre-stuffed grapes with pistachio, smoked salmon potato pancakes with lemon crème fraiche, poached egg cups wrapped in ham with mushrooms, hollandaise and hazelnut, and lemon and ricotta cake. Although the menu sounds a bit daunting for a cooking virgin, the instructor was super articulate and her instructions were easy to follow. The class made me realize that cooking does not have to be time-consuming at all...you just have to know what you're doing!

The class was super hands-on, with all ten students taking turns chopping up pistachios, melting butter, and breaking apart pomegranates. Of course, the most hands-on part was the eating!  

Classes are $55 per person and fill up super fast. A friendlier-on-your-wallet alternative is to take cooking demonstrations at your nearby Williams Sonoma. They offer free cooking demonstrations on Sundays AND you get to eat what's been demonstrated!

Gucci 2011 Pre-Fall Collection Bids Adieu to Recessionistas

The Gucci 2011 Pre-Fall look book is absolutely fantastic. It's a no holds barred flaunt of disposable wealthy and classic opulence. From the fur trimmed coats to the python leather handbags, Gucci is making a not so subtle statement that luxury is back IN.

This is Gucci at its quintessential.

Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) Opening Night Reception

Last night I attended ALAC's red carpet reception to kick off this weekend's Art Los Angeles Contemporary fair. Held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, purveyors and curators of art congregated to view the amazing showcase of local contemporary art pieces from dozens of galleries. Although I'm not super knowledgeable about art, I definitely appreciate and admire the sense of beauty and self-expression that is derived from the creation of art, regardless of the art form.

Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka, members of ALAC.

Jane Seymour. She looked amazing and definitely "GILF" status. Yup, I'm pretty sure she's a grandmother

cableknit sweater: ADAM
lace skirt: Forever 21
Clogs: Steve Madden
Bib Necklace: Ann Taylor
Purse: Chanel

my red carpet action shot

receptions and open bars go together like vodka and ice

The talented Rachel Griffiths. In a sea of grey and black, she stood out in her stunning yellow sheath dress. She told me she felt like a giant lemon ball. 

art comes alive

He's got a stick up his ass. Literally.

My favorite piece. I see a beautiful girl who seemingly has it all look so sad and alone

My clog among men.

You should definitely check out the fair this weekend. It was a very well-curated exhibit and I had a lovely time! Visit Art Los Angeles for more information. 

Coral Beauty

Beautiful color. Beautiful structure. Beautiful stitching. Beautiful price.

Kate Spade Essex Scout Bag
Small: $295
Large: $395

Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair

January is Arts Month LA, which means there are a ton of enriching and fabulous arts-related events taking place all over the city. The Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) is an international contemporary art fair that will take place from January 27-30 at the Santa Monica Barker Hangar. The fair presents 70 top international blue chip and emerging galleries from around the world, with a strong focus on Los
Angeles galleries. Participants showcase some of the most dynamic recent works from their roster of represented artists, offering an informed cross section of what is happening now in contemporary art making. It also provides a sophisticated yet accessible environment for art collectors, curators, and patrons of the arts alike to enjoy.

Here are some of the beautiful artwork that were displayed at last year's ALAC fair

When: January 28 and Saturday, January 29, 11am – 7pm; Sunday, January 30, 11am –6pm
Where: Barker Hanger at the Santa Monica Airport 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Rising from the East

An all-Asian model presence made up the roster at the Givenchy Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2011 presentation in Paris. This is kind of major and signifies a resounding nod from high fashion to the ever-growing Asian buying power. I'm loving Riccardo Tisci right now.

Quality over Quantity. Always.

These street styles showcase minimalism at its finest. They're striking proof that you don't need to look like VOGUE'S March issue had just thrown up all over you to look absolutely fabulous.

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