My Malibu Joyride

For the past couple of days I've been battling both post-Eurotrip jet lag and a really awful case of the stomach flu which means I've been relegated to being indoors and in bed. My temporary immobility has triggered daydreams of joyously cruising down the PCH free from the tortuous grasps of my pangs. Of course, I'd need a fashion forward car for my fantasy joyride like the all-new 2013 Chevy Malibu. It's sleek and stylish new designs has hit the fashion world by storm as designer has named it his muse for his new Malibu collection.

The 2013 Chevy Malibu was my muse for my latest pinterest board, a showcase of sleek and chic style images and outfits that are worthy of a joyride to Malibu in a Malibu.

Smart technology, impressive styling, a luxurious interior and confident handling all come together in the all-new 2013 @Chevrolet #Malibu to take your drive to the next level. Discover #MalibuStyle!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Chevy Malibu via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Chevy Malibu.

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What I Wore to Milan Fashion Week

Without exaggeration, attending Milan Fashion Week has been the ultimate highlight of my blogging career. And to be perfectly honest, I never dared to think I'd ever get there. After all, Milan is the creme de la creme of fashion weeks and I'm just a fashion lawyer/blogger from LA. But life is full of possibilities and in the past year I've come to live by the motto: dream, believe, achieve. 

My day at the Milan Fashion Week Day One shows passed in a blur as I was ushered from show to show while trying my best to navigate the busy streets of the fashion capital of the world. On my previous trip to Milan, I was a tourist leisurely strolling through the Duomo Cathedral. This time around, I was on a fashion mission hopping through town while trying to take in every single fashion moment. It was an incredible day that will stay with me forever. 

Surprisingly, it didn't take me very long to decide on my MFW outfit. I wanted to bring LA style to Milan so my outfit is all about combining prints with interesting colors. I worked with Ann Taylor and picked out pieces from their fall collection in black, white and hot pink. I love that the colors pop in an unexpected monochromatic way. 

Hanging out on the runway after the Simonetta Ravizza SS '13 show

 Posing for street photographers outside the Gucci show. What an incredibly surreal fashion moment!

 People watching while waiting for the John Richmond SS '13 show to start

Top: c/o Ann Taylor
Pants: c/o Ann Taylor
Shoes: Calvin Klein
Purse: c/o Ann Taylor
Necklace: Ann Taylor
Belt: vintage

London Travel Diary-A Royal Afternoon Tea at The Goring Hotel

With only four days left on my tour de Europe, I'm reluctant to come home for two very good reasons. One, I'm on a travel high and have no desire to come down from it. Reality is just not as fabulous! Two, I'm eating way too well and way too much and am dreading the painful process of post trip detox. But oh how I've enjoyed the process of indulging.

Before even stepping foot on UK soil, I had already heard so many great things about The Goring, a regal and luxe five star hotel that famously serves afternoon tea steeped in grandeur, tradition, and beauty. The 102 year-old family owned hotel has long been a favorite of the Royal Family as its pastries frequently make appearances at Buckingham Palace and just last year Kate Middleton stayed at the hotel on her last night as a commoner. I've enjoyed afternoon tea at some of the most ritzy hotels and restaurants in the world but none trumps The Goring in authenticity as I felt just a tiny bit more royal and British while dining there.

Upon arriving at the hotel, a charming butler ushered us to our table in the center of the outdoor terrace which overlooks the private garden and croquet court. Tea service extends from the terrace to the ornate lobby that's decorated in opulent hues of yellow and gold accented with classical portraits of England's royal past. The tea service was immaculate as our server was both attentive and meticulous. The three tiers of traditional tea time delights were immensely devourable. As for the tea, I particularly enjoyed The Goring Afternoon blend, a mix of Assam and Darjeeling that's smooth and rich in flavor. The hotel's "tea master" tastes each of the fine teas on a weekly basis to control the quality and taste. Impeccable!

I'm usually a person of hasty efficiency when it comes to dining but on this occasion I took my time sipping on tea, enjoying the nibbles, and taking in each and every moment of my three hour tea time at The Goring Hotel. It was an experience of royal proportions.

The lobster gelatin aperitif was pleasantly refreshing

Jams in tiny jars always taste divine

top tier favs: the blueberry chocolate macaron and lemon raspberry swirl cake
middle tier: scones with clotted cream were the best I've ever had
bottom tier favs: the chicken sandwich was savory and sweet while the traditional egg sandwich made for a great contrast

London Travel Diary-Personal Style in Notting Hill

During my London trip, I mainly stayed in the city epicenter as there's simply too much to see and not enough time. However, I did manage to make it out to Notting Hill to check out Portobello Market, an expansive outdoor marketplace devoted to showcasing charming one of a kind EVERYTHING. The market is located right in the heart of the quaint residential area that's as pretty as it looks in the movies.

For a casual but put together look, maxi dresses are always my first choice. I'm wearing a tie dye maxi dress from c/o LAMade for my market stroll along with a bevy of gold jewelry to complete my sun-kissed look. Maxi dresses must be more of a beach side style because I have not spotted the look on anyone in Europe. Or perhaps people here have tucked their maxis away as it is fall already and my LA brain just can't comprehend the notion of having four climate distinct seasons in a year.

After Notting Hill I headed to Harrod's, London's shopping mecca and a must stop destination for any fashionista. The department store is astondingly massive and carries a great selection of contemporary and high-end UK and US brands. I was particularly intrigued by its food hall which is a quite a misnomer because it's a super fancy and ornate dining floor dedicated to purveying the finest food. There are no Sbarros or Hot Dog on a Stick here. Only in London can one delight on caviar while trying on Alexander McQueen plaid frocks!

 Harrods, London's shopping beast

the obligatory tourist shot in front of a telephone booth

Dress: c/o LAMade
Handbag: Hermes
Necklace: c/o Flirt Catalog
Watch: c/o Guess
Bracelets: ASOS | Express

High Fashion Meets High Tech

My Europe trip has been absolutely amazing so far. The sights, the food, and the people take my breathe away as I look forward to the beauty each new day brings. In words and in pictures, I will continue to share my journey with you!

It feels a bit surreal to be typing this but tomorrow, I will be in Milan for fashion week! The day will be packed with shows, presentations, and clusters of shopping time here and there. With such a crazy schedule, i'm so glad fashion week is now fully tech savvy and integrated. PDF invitations sent over emails and the use of programs like Fashion GPS to pull up seat assignments and confirmation numbers means I don't have to carry around bulky paper invitations that can cramp my style. After all, when it comes to fashion, isn't less always more?

With technology influencing and simplifying fashion in the arena of fashion shows, fashion, in turn, is permeating into the world of high tech. High fashion style aesthetics are making its presence in the world of high tech and many major brands are fully embracing the convergence. HP is running an amazing design contest where they are challenging people to design a stylish and sleek laptop bag perfect for the small size of their Ultrabook. The winning design will be chosen by Jill of, the writers at Core 77, as well as Mondo from Project Runway Season 8 and will receive $10,000! Visit the contest site for more details and to vote for your favorite design!

This post is sponsored by the sleek, stylish, lightweight HP Spectre XT Ultrabook™, inspired by Intel. Vote for your favorite bag design!

London Travel Diary-The Botanist Toasts to London Fashion Week

I was bummed my London travel itinerary didn't sync up with fashion week as some of my favorite designers come from the UK. Luckily I was able to get a taste of London Fashion Week at The Botanist, a restaurant/gastropub situated in the heart of Sloane Square that embodies the definition of posh as it exudes both an understated glamour and a sense of refined sophistication. The beautiful restaurant also serves equally beautifully delicious food and drinks.

In celebration of London Fashion Week, The Botanist chief mixologist, Paulo Brammer is showcasing three refreshingly addictive cocktails named after some of Britain’s most celebrated fashion designers. I'm a weakling when it comes to drinking but in the name of fashion, I powered up and opted to try all three drinks. I'm glad I did because I enjoyed every single one-made even more enjoyable by the delectable gastro accompaniment.

The elegant "Victoria Beckham" combines Hendrick’s gin, Lillet Blanc, St. Germain liqueur topped with slim-line tonic, poured fittingly into a flute and garnished with slice of cucumber. The cucumber infusion keeps the drink light and refreshing. I can see Victoria Beckham drinking this on daily basis as it's light enough to be incorporated into her svelte diet.

The "Stella McCartney" was bursting with flavors! The drink is made from Beefeater 24 gin together with a rose bud syrup, fresh pomegranate and pink grapefruit all perfectly tailored to a martini glass and topped with a white rose petal. The drink was fruity fresh and not overpowering in its sweetness. I love the incorporation of fresh pomegranate as it added a hint of tartness to the drink. I love that the color red and the single rosebud reflects the chic and dramatic designs of Stella McCartney.

My last drink was the "Vivienne Westwood". This sweet yet sour aperitif blends together Sipsmith vodka, passion fruit, fresh lime and a dash of Chambord. Served in a crystal glass, this striking ruby concoction is complemented by a green mint and bright red cherry garnish. This was the perfect drink to end the trio as it tasted like a powerful and complex liquid dessert. I love the colorful and fun presentation as it looks like something Vivienne Westwood would make into a hat for the runway.

The oysters were so fresh and an instant hit at my table

The steak tartare was one of my favorite dishes. It was buttery, savory, and completely decandent

I needed a salad to balance out my gorging

I'm not heavy into red meat but this piece of bone-in steak was juicy, tender, and savory. I actually had more than my usual one bite taste!

The sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream ice cream was insanely yummy! I'm glad my introduction to this  British dessert was absolutely wonderful

A very stuffed and drunk Jenny is a happy Jenny!

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