Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Lifestyle Bloggers National Conference - #LBNC15

The best things at The Lifestyle Bloggers National Conference - #LBNC15... according to me.

Elfie Weiss of Hot Cakes Bakes was one of our keynote speakers. She was very uplifting and she has quite a quirkiness about her that I love. Pretty much a barrel of laughs! You might remember her from her victory on The Food Network's Cupcake Wars...She surprised the conference with a huge red velvet cake. yum. 


Note - I was a volunteer at this conference! So I was actually running back and forth between workshops doing my volunteer duties... which had it's advantage since I was able to peek in on all of them. heehee! But these two were my favorites...

Food Photography
We had a photography workshop...mostly focused on styling/lighthing for food photography. It was amazing. Great tips from The Food Concierge...they're an incredible team.

Lifestyle Styling

(oh, em-geee. EJH candles were in the props pile...of course I had to use them...giving props to my props!)
Katie Allison's Lifestyle Styling workshop was held in The Atelier at Maker City...such a stellar space - so open and the lighting was perfect for what we were doing. She gave us fabulous tips about styling with old and new props, mixing textures and prints. Absolutely adored this workshop! (bonus points for giving us handy printout!)

Craft Cocktails

Craft cocktails were a delightful touch to the foodie experience. Two nights in a row we were spoiled with Selva Rey Rum cocktails and on closing night we had Ilegal Mezcal cocktails. All drinks were prepared by the handsome and knowledgeable Anepalco's Cafe bartenders. My craft-cocktail loving heart was more than pleased with exquisiteness. 


We had wonderful opportunities to meet one on one with brands...and while sometimes business cards don't arrive on time...you have to "make it work" a-la Tim Gunn. DIY business cards it was...I knew my glitter paper and school glue would come in handy. :) 

Making New Friends and Seeing Old Friends.

Although so much went on and I enjoyed at #LNBC15...those were my favorite happenings. ;) 

oh - and for those of you that weren't able to attend...
I have a special giveaway for you...thanks to our lovely sponsors of course!

Enter for a chance to win:
(2) full size bottles of Nerium AD Night Cream
(2) greeting cards from Studio Artology
(1) Cha Cha Covers Frida Kahlo nail wraps sample
(1) gift certificate for a personal pizza at Fresh Brothers
(2) Ilaments necklaces
(1) gift certificate for one Hooked Up Shapewear 
(1) $50 gift certificate to Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center (towards a $100 purchase)
(2) OPI nail polishes
(1) Free 3-day pass to Maker City LA
(1) Rave BPA-Free Leakproof Water Bottle 
and some extra surprises. ;) 

just click on the rafflecopter and follow the instructions to enter! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Secrets - Nordstrom The Grove LA

Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Secrets - Save The Date!

Charlotte Tilbury will be sharing her makeup secrets and skincare tips with us on February 24th at Nordstrom, The Grove location here in Los Angeles. So if you've been following her career - She is an extremely talented makeup artist...um, she is a favorite among several huge A-listers like Jennifer Lopez, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Penelope Cruz...and that's just to name a few. And if you didn't know about or haven't checked out her makeup line, it's available at Nordstrom.
Her line includes over 100 problem-solving products...not the gimmicky kind either. I'm a huge fan of her Full Fat Lashes mascara.

Anywho! If you're in the area...
Here are the details:

Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Secrets
Nordstrom The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tuesday, February 24th 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
ay, February 24th 2015
6:00pm – 8:00p
Tickets for the Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Secrets event are $50 and are redeemable toward your Charlotte Tilbury purchase that day. :) Purchase tickets at the  Nordstrom The Grove Charlotte Tilbury counter either in-person or over the phone (323)900-1418.

Hope to see you there! If you can't make it...be sure to follow me on twitter and instagram to get the scoop! but  can I see a show of hands? who is plans on making it out to The Grove?


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Savannah Bee - Goodness All Over

Savannah Bee - Goodness All Over.

Savannah Bee recently sent me their Savannah Bee Goodness All Over gift set in honor of Valentine's Day. Thrilled to test out this line for the first time and share with you some facts and my experience...

What's are the products made of?
Savannah Bee's main ingredients are sunlight, nectar, work, and love. How cute is that?! So basically it's healthy food for your skin.

What's up with all the bee love?
The Savannah Bee Company simply adores honeybees. They are actively educating children and adults about the important role bees play as pollinators in many healthy foods. 
You can find soooo much information (and cute pictures!) about the process on their website...

What other products does Savannah Bee make other than lotions and creams?
So many...Initially, I thought all they made was creams and lotions, which is fine...But there are several other categories in their health and beauty section: bodycare, handcare, lip care, and even haircare. This includes shampoos, soaps, pet care!, bodywash, lipgloss, and more...

$62.50 Goodness All Over - Valentine's Day Gift Set

Ok...but what does Savannah Bee smell like? Is it sticky? 
When I first opened my package it smelled so pleasant that I was trying to figure out which container it was coming from. mmm. I finally figured out it had to be the Blackberry Lotion, smells delicious! but don't eat it! haha! I wanted to, because blackerries are my favorite. :) this one is made up of coconut oil, honey, and aloe vera. I like this for everyday use.  
Beeswax hand cream is pretty thick, so a little goes a long way. Softening pecan and peach kernel oils, and blueberry extract work their magic. fragrance is subtle.
The little jar actually holds a generous amount. So I know it will last me a long time. perfect for bedtime application. 
Royal Jelly Body Butter - rich, creamy, and yet it glides on easily. subtle sweet fragrance of vanilla, wildberries, rose, and gardenia. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants. :) (there's also a sensitive skin formula.)
I almost forgot - the Adam Turoni Dark Chocolate Honey Hazelnut Truffles. whoever decided it was a good idea to include these in the Goodness All Over gift set, deserves a promotion. No joke. Pretty much indescribable, but they are the best truffles I have ever had in my entire life. Such a wonderful treat, so please make sure you share with someone special!

♥ ♥ ♥
Obviously I am really enjoying trying out this line. Have you tried them yet?
Well, if you haven't - ya should. Go to savannahbee.com....but what if you want to pick them up? not to worry. several retailers carry Savannah Bee now-a-days. 

These are just some of the hundreds and hundreds of locations:

♥ Los Angeles
Cheese Store of Silverlake 
Erewhon Natural Foods on Beverly Blvd.
Erewhon Natural Foods in Calabasas

♥ Bay Area
The Pasta Shop - Oakland
Farm Fresh To You - San Francisco

♥ Chicago
Macys on North State Street
Paper Source
New York City
Dean & Deluca
Flik International

♥ Honolulu, Hawaii
Teva Naturals

have fun my little busy bees. :) hope you treat yourself or someone special to these wonderful lotions and creams. 
♥ ♥ ♥

And if you are celebrating Valentine's Day, I hope it's everything you hoped for. 


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Last Minute Gifts For Your Sweetheart

Last minute gifts for your sweetheart

So you're looking pressed for time now...because Valentine's Day is just around the corner. And you're like "What do I get my sweetheart?!"
I hope my fun little last minute gifts list helps you out a bit. ;) and this list is super girly-girl femme, I know! 
well, except for number six.

Here we go!


For the makeup junkie / makeup obsessed, OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) just released the MAD LOVE lip tar and stained gloss set. Matte, Metallic, and stained gloss. You can wear them alone or play with the colors and mix them up.  
Colors - Jealous Stained Gloss (red-orange shellac), Psycho Lip Tar (Matte true blood red), Role Play Lip Tar (Matte deep maroon with red pearl)...and a #010 Precision lip brush!

Available exclusively at occmakeup.com $39.50 (you can also shop similar sets and colors at Sephora)


c/o Rituals

 For a little pampering. Hey, pamper yourself or gift this to someone who definitely loves a good spa treatment. I love love love this Good Luck Scrub from Rituals' Laughing Buddha Collection. Scatter some happiness with this goody. It is sure to awaken your senses and create positive energy....all while leaving your skin super soft from the organic sugar, softening oils, and sweet orange...I'm all for that? Aren't you? 

Order it at barneys.com or pick it up at Barney's for $25


Beautiful Sacred Heart earrings from Ilaments. Look at these cute little lovebirds. Perfect for a grandma, teenager, yourself...I think pretty much anyone who is spiritual, into the Latino culture, Day of the Dead, or hey, maybe you just appreciate handmade jewelry. 
By the way...these are made to order...so sure, they might arrive after Valentine's Day, but trust me, they are worth the wait.

$245 ilaments.net


Natori has some great options for several body types and tastes in style. The bras and panties are sexy, but I know you'll also love the playful rompers, and insanely gorgeous couture caftans you can double as dresses! 

Available at Natori.com, Macys, Bloomindales, and Nordstrom

c/o Stuart Weitzman

Art & Sole. Talk about shoe eyecandy. This is the ideal gift for shoe lovers and fashionistas. Art & Sole is a book brought to you by Jane Gershon Weitzman (wife of shoe designer Stuart Weitzman!) The book features approximately 150 shoes of unique materials like feathers, metal, ceramic, playing cards, frosting, flowers, and more. And what's more special about these shoes is that they served a purpose - they were just a few of over 1,000 shoes that Jane commissioned and displayed in the first Stuart Weitzman retail shop in the '90s...
And you can totally judge this book by its cover - super soft red cloth with crystal details and satin ribbon. As someone once said..."Hello, lover."

$30 available at stuartweitzman.com and Amazon 

Last but not least...LOVE. give the gift of love. Remember not to freak out if you aren't able to buy someone a present for whatever reason...same applies if you don't receive a present. Showing someone you love by calling them, holding their hand, writing a letter, saying "I love you" or thanking them for just being in your life speaks volumes.  
Everything else is just a plus in life. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Feminine Fragrances for your sweetheart

Feminine Fragrances for your sweetheart

just in case you might be looking for new scents for yourself, your sweetheart, your sister, mommy, or your B.F.F.,  
I put together this list of my top feminine fragrances for the month of February...
 ♥ ♥ ♥

Chateau Krigler 12

The Chateau Krigler 12 is a unique artisanal fragrance handcrafted and expertly blended with the finest ingredients from around the world. 
In the 1950s, Chateau Krigler 12 reached new fame after capturing the heart of Hollywood starlet Grace Kelly. She is known to have worn the iconic scent on the day she received an Academy Award. 

Chateau Krigler 12 is an elegant and exquisite scent of delicate florals: Lily of the Valley, Mimosa, White Musk, and Rose. 

Chateau Krigler 12 - sent me a sample and I can see why starlets are over the moon for this scent. :)

Royal. Sophistacated. Floral.
Price: $205 (1.7 oz.); $305 (3.4 oz.)
Where to Purchase: The Plaza Hotel, One West 58th Street at The Plaza Hotel’s Concourse Level 212.371.1122;  www.krigler.com

Lady Gaga Fame
c/o Lady Gaga Fame

A unique fragrance that mirrors Lady Gaga herself - Fame is dark, sensual and light and hits some sweet notes. Rich and luxurious, a fusion of honey, saffron and apricot nectar. A rich floral layer of crushed Tiger Orchid and Jasmine Sambac as the final touch.

An exotic and sweet fragrance that smells soft enough for everyday wear.
I love it so much that I even bought a rollerball fragrance to throw in my purse. :)

 $55 at most department stores and some drugstores.  
(I often see it at Walgreen's!)

Beyonce Rise

c/o Rise Beyonce

BeyoncĂ© latest fragrance, Rise was created for women to express their individuality, strength, and beauty.  Elevated and empowering attitudes are honored.
RISE is a luminous floral with beautiful top notes of Italian Bergamot, Golden Apricot and Iced Basil Sorbet. Luscious middle notes of Gold Symphony Orchid, Freesia Blossom and Natural Jasmine Sambac embody the heart, as sensual bottom notes include Autumn Woods Accord, Cashmere Musk and Vetiver Extract. 
if you love a classic, soft, and sophisticated scent - this is a great pick.
$44 at select department stores and mass retailers

Pink Sugar
Pink Sugar is a playful, romantic, and sweet fragrance that makes you think of a cotton candy. Sweet. Fruity...yet grown up.

Bergamot, Sicilian Orange, Raspberry, Fig Leaves, Lily of the Valley, Licorice, Strawberry, Red Fruit, Cotton Candy, Vanilla, Caramel, Musk, Wood, Powder.

LOVE. I will never grow tired of this perfume. ever.
Sephora. $60

Decades of Fragrance: 1920 by Besame Cosmetics
c/o Besame Cosmetics

From a collection that was five years in the making, Besame Cosmetics introduces Decades of Fragrance 1920 

If you're looking for authentic vintage perfume in today's modern world.... 
this is Hollywood, rumours and scandals, 1920s Floral, Ambery, Musky in a bottle.
Top Notes: mandarin, juniper berry, galbanum
Heart notes: jasmine, violet, muguet, suede
Base notes: cocoa, myrrh, amber, musks

I found myself loving this one...more than I thought I would. Who would love this? Dita Von Teese, no doubt about it.
30 ml glass bottle, with black velvet drawstring pouch.
$42 besamecosmetics.com and Besame Cosmetics Flagship Boutique

Well these are currently my fragrance picks for this month. Most of them I would personally wear (and do!) and the rest I knew others would love! Some are sweet and girly and others are sophisticated and sensual.
Do you wear any of these fragrances? What are your current favorites? Are you like me, in that you are always on the hunt for fragrances?...I swear I end up walking out of Sephora or Macy's smelling like the entire perfume counter sometimes... :)true story.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Style & Beauty at The GRAMMYs and Official Grammys Gift Lounge

 The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Let's start with style and beauty!

My favorite red carpet looks from The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani's makeup was subtle on the red carpet...though still managed to make a statement with her signature eyeliner. Also loved the nude-pinkish lip on her. 
Her jumpsuit reminded me of music notes or sheet music. I wonder if that was the idea...I bet it was. :) 


Maybe it's because I'm a lover of styles that are reminiscent of Old Hollywood...but I honestly loved Rihanna's Giambattista Valli gown. The empire waist, textures, and silhouette were all very sixties, It's something Elizabeth Taylor would have worn in her day or even Megan on Mad Men. Either way, I'm happy that Rihanna is a risk taker. :) Also loved her makeup.

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian attended the Grammy's in a very noteworthy Jean Paul Gaultier gown. I think it was my favorite of all the dresses on the red carpet because of the Art-deco and Old Hollywood inspiration.
She stayed true to her makeup style and went with a nude lip and smokey eyes.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry wore a Zuhair Murad dress (very snazzy), kept makeup soft yet glamorous, and let her purple hair make the biggest statement.

I'd love to hear what your favorite looks were...even if they aren't the ones mentioned above. :) 

♥ ♥ ♥

Guess what? I was invited back to the GRAMMYs Gift Lounge this year! So exciting...and the sweet thank you gifts they send me are just the icing on the cake. I am so grateful!
But here is what you really want to read about!...what the artists and celebrities are being gifted.


(photo Alison Buck/WireImage)
(photo by Alison Buck/WireImage)

You know those powerful #truth commercials? Well, their most recent campaign is called Finish It. Finish It empowers youth to use their creativity and end tobacco use.
And to complement the Finish It campaign and music video they collaborated with a partner to design these custom skate decks and backpacks. ($150 value) 
Carlos Vives Chilli of TLC loved the backpack. ♥
side note - you should check out the music video for this campaign! It just launched a few days ago.

Candy Vixen

Candy Vixen custom candy and dessert styling...I am still thinking about the gummy bears. best I ever had!
They provided gift certificates for custom candy buffets and dessert bars.
($800 value)

(photo Vivien Killilea/WireImage)

SIS by Simone I. Smith jewelry remains a popular gift with the attendees of the Grammy Gift Lounge. While I was there, Jermaine Dupri was picking out a piece.
($300 value)

New Era

New Era created this limited edition GRAMMYs baseball cap in a snapback style.
They had quite the selection in mens hats, but also had these cute feminine fedoras from their Liberty London collection.
($24.99 - $45.99 value)

Premier shaving systems for men and women. 
Dorco premiered the first 7 blade razor at the Grammy Gift Lounge. How's that for getting red-carpet ready? ;)
($274 value)

Gifts from Wellness 360 founder Dr. Jane Cases to GRAMMYs performers and presenters included Healing Saint Luminosity Skin Serum, Healing Saint Hair Follicle Stimulant, The Wellness 360 Complete Protein Pack, The Wellness 360 Pack (vitamins)
($1,200 value)

(photo - Lily Lawrence/WireImage)

Japan's leading beauty company MTG returns with its groundbreaking beauty solutions.
This year talent received the INBEAUTE Fingerhead Spa. It promotes scalp health and hair growth with a unique vibration. Perfect for at home spa treatments.
Pictured above is LL Cool J testing one out. ;)
($100 value)

(photo Vivien Killilea/WireImage)
Threads by Sean John.
Signature Sean John black velour tracksuit in a updated slimmer silhouette, Sky Is The Limit pullover. Black and White Colorblock hookup - jacket and pants.
Nylon duffle bag and Dream Big t-shirt.
($500 value)

Rocky Mountaineer

(photo - Alison Buck/WireImage)
Talent will enjoy a luxury rail journey through The Canadian Rockies.
($14,854 value)
Bow-Wow looks ready to go on board. 

These little figurines have hair that dances to the beat of any music playing. How cute! 
($19.99 value)

(photo Vivien Killilea/WireImage)
(photo Vivien Killilea/WireImage)

Gibson guitars. 
Beautiful works of art...and they recently released the Les Paul 100th anniversary guitar.
($1,140 value)

Many more sponsors contributed to the gifting. To mention a few Marchon (designer eyewear), Tisanoreica (Italian comfort food), JNL Clothing, Stickerwallet, MOO, CARR Winery, Coal & Canary, LALO Fitness, Halo Natural Pet Food, Faucet Face, Naked Undies...and the list goes on.

So many sponsors...I wish I could have featured them all! perhaps some of them will get stories of their own in future blog posts. ;)
Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think the coolest gift was! ♥