Summer Obsessions

Frederick’s of Hollywood Bridget Stretch Cotton Thong: I am totally obsessed with these new stretch lace thongs from FOH…they’re like, seriously the most comfortable thongs ever and come in fun, summerish colors.

Maya Brenner Bi-Coastal necklace: A melding of my two favorite US states (New York and California), this necklace makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Fake Bake spray tans: Today, for the first time in about five years, I got a for real, butt naked in front of a stranger, spray tan…and guys, I’m back to being obsessed.  I used to go to Mystic Tan every week during my sophomore year of college but eventually just stopped going because it became annoying.  Sure, I love my DIY self tanner but nothing beats the results that you get after getting a customized spray…again, while you’re butt naked in front of a total stranger.  Not for the shy, obviously.

Kate Spade Changing Spots Hinged Bangle: We all know I love my leopard print but the white/gold colors make this bangle a little more subtle, plus I like the “changing spots” mantra engraved on the inside.

LATHER Sea Kelp & Ginseng All-Over Mask: I’m all about the MOISTURE this summer.  Moisture everywhere.  This is basically an amazing all-in-one mask that can be used on your body, face and even your hair to draw out toxins while restoring, yes, lost moisture.  The mask contains sea algae oil, which is great for antiaging as well as aloe vera and St. John’s Wort, which act as anti-inflammatory ingredients to ease red, irritated skin. The perfect summer product, if you ask me.

A Good Strapless Bra? A MUST.

I was Maid of Honor in my best friend’s wedding back in August and as anyone who’s ever visited New York in August knows, August is hot, humid and disgusting.  In the midst of spraying my hair down with Elnett and making sure my eyeliner wasn’t running down my face, I realized that the strapless bra I was wearing was completely worn down and stretched out.  Gross.  I realized, yes, it was time to investigate…what brand actually makes the best strapless bra?  Well, right now I’m loving two:

Frederick’s of Hollywood Exxtreme Cleavage Strapless Bra: I’ve raved about this bra to all of my friends because not only does it give you some lift but it totally stays in place – like does not move.

Jezebel Lace Attraction Strapless Bra: This version is for someone who doesn’t need or want the extreme cleavage boost, which is sometimes not so appropriate.  It’s light, supports the chest and converts in seven different ways.

photo: me and the rest of Dawn’s bridal party – August 13th in Chappaqua, NY

Bachelorette 101: Bachelorette Party Gifts For the Bride

As I mentioned back in January, my best friend is getting married this August and I’m the Maid of Honor!  I admit, I’m a wedding rookie but since I consider myself a creative person with above average internet research skills, I felt pretty confident that I’d be able to throw a killer bachelorette party and do all my other MOH duties.  Oh yeah, I’m even getting down with the “MOH” abbreviations!  Anyway, the bride-to-be, like myself, isn’t into the whole cheesy put a penis on everything theme (thank god) but I still want to give her a traditional bach party…so what’s a MOH to do?  Well here’s what I’ll be gifting the bride…make sure to check back for pics from the actual bachelorette party in Atlantic City (weekend of July 8th!) and the actual wedding in Westchester County, NY (weekend of August 12th!).

Frederick’s Perfect Present Bra: All the “bride” rhinestone-encrusted tank tops kinda make me sick so when I saw this super cute, yet still totally sexy “perfect present” bra and panty set, I knew my girl D had to have it.  Plus, it’s got blue so the whole “something old, something new” thing is covered.

White Trash Sex Coupons: I think it’s super important to one, give something funny and personal to the bride and two, keep the personal gift within your sense of humor(s).  D and I have been sharing laughs for the last 13 years and we’ve had many inside jokes within the white trash rhealm.  If you don’t get it, that’s ok…but I know D will die when she sees this.

Booty Parlor Don’t Stop Massage Candle: You know I had to incorporate some beauty into my gifts.  This candle isn’t just any ordinary candle…it’s also massage lotion, once the candle has melted the wax down a bit.  It smells of exotic sandalwood vanilla (love) and the wax actually has good-for-you ingredients like shea butter, jojoba and vitamins A and E.

The second annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

So last year I created the very first Anti-Valentine’s Day Gift Guide and boooooy was it a hit.  My friends emailed it around like it was a Lindsay Lohan crotch shot and so, with crotch mentioned, I present to you the second annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.

An amazing blowout

Blow dry blars are popping up all over…but in LA, nothing beats Drybar.  I recently visited their new West Hollywood location, which is much closer to my apartment, and I continue my adoration for this salon.  When you’re having a bad day nothing, I repeat nothing, beats an amazing blow out.

LUSH It’s Raining Men Honey Rich Shower Gel

I’m a self-proclaimed shower gel junkie and for as much as I like this product’s name, I equally like the smell.  It’s Raining Men is made with lotus flowers and a dash of honey to soothe dry skin while cleansing.

Kate Somerville Clinic

I had one of the best facials of my life at Kate Somerville’s Clinic in West Hollywood so when I was recently invited to a press event at the Clinic, I was pretty excited.  There’s something insanely relaxing and zen-like about the decor; it’s super girly and chic and just sitting in the waiting room puts me in a better mood, which is exactly why a facial or massage at the Clinic would make for an ideal Anti-Valentine’s Day gift.

Frederick’s of Hollywood Feather Fantasy

How very Black Swan, no? I’m not one for wild and crazy lingerie but with my recent feather obsession, I’m way into this bra and panty set.  Wear it for yourself and feel sexy doing it.


Baked By Melissa Valentine’s Day mini cupcakes

These cupcakes are my most favorite in the whole wide world and I can’t think of a better day this year to eat a few (or a small box) of these.  The Valentine’s Day version comes in a special Valentine’s Day box so you can also gift these to your mom, sister, single girlfriends, etc.  LOVE.

New fall lingerie from Frederick’s of Hollywood

So in the last year or so I’ve been really into fun bras.  Up until that point, I wore the very basic plain black, tan or sometimes hot pink bra that, let’s face it, isn’t very exciting.  They’re not terrible but there’s something secretly sexy about wearing a crazy bra underneath your regular clothing at work, no?  Well when I was invited to the Frederick’s of Hollywood fall press preview, I got super excited to check out their latest line.

We sipped champagne as I was taken around the store and, gotta tell you, it was my first time actually inside a Frederick’s of Hollywood.  I was really into all the leopard print and made a note that I must choose the most fun bras for my fall bra wardrobe.  No more boring bras for me!

After chatting with Jene’ Luciani, author of The Bra Book, it was time to try on some fun bras.  Every bra I tried on fit like a glove, which is fabulous.  I love when you can just know your size in a store so you don’t have to try on 30 of the same thing.  I’m now fully stocked for fall so if you see me, just know that I might be wearing a sparkly purple bra under my black dress.  😉

Inspired by Vegas poolside

So I’ve had Vegas on the brain lately and once my friend, Nadine Jolie, revealed that she wants to spend her upcoming 30th birthday poolside sipping Vegas cocktails, I’ve been on the prowl for the ultimate Vegas bikini and pool attire.  When it comes to Las Vegas, I believe in the phrase “go hard or go home” so why not go all out and play up the bling?

Frederick’s of Hollywood Limited Edition Rhinestone Rings bikini set – I actually have a similar bikini that doesn’t quite have the same”bling factor.”  This a good cut on me (and most women) and I love the circle details that make it a little different.

Tory Burch Oversized Round Sunglasses with Buckle Details – Very Jackie O.  They’re big to block out the Vegas sun and also hide the bags that will form under my eyes as a result of not sleeping for days at a time.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Cedar Springs wedge – These wedges are fab because they’ll take you from day to night plus they match literally eveything in your closet.