Adventures in Asia

I'm off to Korea and Taiwan for a fun-filled and much needed vacation! This will be my first time in both countries so I'm looking forward to exploring each place's culture, nightlife, food and SHOPPING scene!

I'm especially excited to shop in Seoul, as there are buildings and buildings of shops (also known as Seoul's "shopping city") open practically 24 hours a day, selling anything and everything under the sun.

I can't wait to share the details of my Asia adventure with you! Stay tuned...

An Afternoon of Pampering, Santa Monica Style!

A few weeks ago, I was invited by the lovely Kristen to attend a fabulous beauty and shopping event at The Doves Studio, a posh salon located in the heart of Santa Monica. I noshed on flatbreads and sweet treats, browsed the cute jewelry from Catlin Nicole and Ryggrad's fall collection, got a blowout from Christopher Dove, one of the most talented hair stylists in the world, and got my first ever gel manicure from Orly. It was such a relaxing and fabulous way to both unwind on a Saturday afternoon and prep for a Saturday night party.

The amazing Doves Studio team! Can't ask for a friendlier and more talented group of stylists. Christopher literally gave me full, wavy hair in less than 10 minutes!

Orly gel nails are a godsend. Two weeks later and my manicure STILL looks good. 

Music and cookies = winning combination

Cutting Out the Fat

Lately, I've been trying to edit my life. Cut out the unnecessary and focus solely on the essentials. Over the past few years, the clutter in my life has been expanding exponentially along both horizontal and vertical chains. I pack my social calendar to the brim, as I find it hard to say "no" and sincerely strive to make it to as many events as humanely possible. This results in a lot of "appearances" being made, and a lot of "I'm sorry, but I have to go..." as I'm prioritizing quantity over quality. The same behavior applies to my shopping habits. It's hard for me to stay focused and resist temptation so I end up purchasing a lot of frou frou items that only make sole appearances outside my closet. Wasteful!

I've come to realize that my current lifestyle is simply unacceptable. I refuse to live this way any longer! So, I'm now making a conscious effort to de-clutter my life at every level. For me, my first goal to living a more well-edited and meaningful life is to acquire no more than two new nail polishes this season. This goal has been easily accomplished with Coat Azure and A French Affair by Essie. These two polishes are bright, feminine and infused with Parisian style-they're instant classics!

Here's hoping everything else in my life can be this simple to edit!

Ferragamo-Back in the Game

Salvatore Ferragamo is this summer's knight in shining handbag armor. The 2011 spring collection is understated but trendy and brazenly combines statement-strong silhouettes with feminine springtime hues. S.F. is definitely back in!

See the full collection here!

Living Dream-Milin Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

The entire Spring 2011 Milin collection takes me to a dream. A dream where each piece of clothing is deserving of the word perfection. A dream where artful tailoring and meticulous color curation unite to draw maximum adoration from a captive audience. The Thai designer/genius has truly outdone herself.

If I could, I would hop on the next flight to Hong Kong just to admire the collection in person.


Please don't wake me up.

MAXImum Indecision

Although this dress is a bit impractical and I really can't think of where I would wear it to, I'm strangely drawn to the Kenny maxi dress in forest green. It's on sale at Bad Joan for $51. The price is definitely right, but is it the wrong dress? Does it embody vintage elegance with a hint of grandma chic or will I just look like a grandma in it?

Good, bad or fab? Buy or Bye?

Summer Love

I seriously feel like I can wear this 3.1 Phillip Lim jumpsuit every single day this summer. In fact, I can't think of any occasion NOT to wear it. The romantic lace fabric and the flirtatious sheer-like obaque screen works so well with the fun jumpsuit silhouette. I'm certain it will be a permanent fixture in my summer wardrobe.

I hope I find it at Neiman's this weekend! Please cross your fingers for me....

New York, The Fifth Chapter

This weekend, my love affair with the city of Manhattan will be revisited. For the fifth time. Although I'm completely enamored with the city's energy, people, food, shopping and culture, I think what ultimately draws me back time and time again is the tantalizing idea that a 22.7 square miles of concrete can produce infinite possibilities.

Here's a glimpse of what awaits...

The Hudson Hotel


Levain Bakery

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic 

Ippudo Ramen

Running along the reservoir in Central Park

Pixie Market

The Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met

Rankin Exhibit at Milk Gallery

...and more. After all, the possibilities are infinite.

If The Shoe Fits-Velvet Angels Shoes Giveaway!

I'm going to make up for my lack of posts by giving away two pairs of super cute Velvet Angels flats to TWO lucky readers! 

Velvet Angels is a line of luxury-attainable footwear for the sexy woman that has a strong sense of self and is continuously seeking to update her fashion-forward style. Velvet Angels is creating a sensation with high-end, luxury boutiques, department stores, and with some of the most style conscious celebrities including Fergie, Paris Hilton, Lauren Conrad, Katie Cassidy, Ashley Greene, Kristen Bell, Keri Hilson, Rihanna, and Ashlee Simpson.  Close attention to detail and design, with an element of sophistication, makes the Velvet Angels brand synonymous with wearable luxury.

Velvet Angels Lightbox Size 39, Retail $145

Velvet Angels Heaven Size 38.5 Retail $165

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