Lemon, quinoa, avocado, cilantro chickpea salad: As of late, I’ve been really into quinoa so it was pretty clear that I would love this salad that also happens to consist of several other ingredients that I love: avocado, cilantro and chick peas. Granted, I know a LOT of people hate cilantro so I’m sure you could take that out of the recipe and be just fine.
Jouer Pochette: I was in Portland for New Year’s Eve this year and my friends and I were all gawking and ahhing over Nadine’s little pink pochette from Jouer Cosmetics! It’s the perfect size for going out since you can fit your cash, ID, credit cards AND iPhone inside. Of course, I immediately got one in brown.
Plum & Bow Metallic Cat Pillow: I find this metallic cat pillow to be both ironic and awesome, especially since, if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently adopted two new cats of my own. The best part about this pillow is that it totally looks like a real cat when styled amongst other throw pillows on the bed. If I didn’t already have two real cats of my own, I’d totally get this.
My first reaction when I saw Lauren Conrad wearing this outfit at The Grove in LA? Holy ugly sweater party…but then it kind of grew on me and I started to think that she actually looks super chic. I’m loving the look of mixing the ugly sweater with sleek leather pants, pointy pumps and an edgy bag. And I mean, to top it off, she has her hair styled in a deep side part with cranberry lips, to match the “Ho! Ho! Ho!” lettering. The only downside? Her sweater costs $325 and is actually no longer even available. Really? I complained about spending $50 on my ugly Christmas sweater from T.J. Maxx about three years ago. Hmmm.
I found a few cheaper options, that are just as cute, at Urban Outfitters and ASOS and I’m actually really digging the “Mistletoe” version from ASOS since it’s simple (and also, you might get a make out session out of the whole deal).
House of Harlow 1960 Rachel sunglasses; $100 Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick in Cranberry Cream; $20 Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Hobo; $498 Dex Vegan Leather pants; $59 Nine West Flax black pumps; $75
Spiked Oreo Milkshake: I recently went to Go Burger for the first time with my friend John and he convinved me (ok, it didn’t take much convincing) to try their AMAZING spiked Oreo milkshake. What can I say besides OMG? It’s just brilliant. I adapted the regular Oreo milkshake recipe with THIS recipe, which includes the booze.
There’s one thing that I’ll never turn down, and that’s a free blow out. L’OREAL is one of those amazing beauty brands that’s basically involved with anything major and cool so when they invited me to their pre-Emmys beauty suite at The Four Season Beverly Hills and then to the Entertainment Weekly party, I was stoked. I had my hair done in my go-to “loose waves, high volume” style, a fresh pedi and, of course, had my makeup done.
This is the makeup village it takes to get me ready, apparently. And a big thanks to April, L’OREAL’s amazing makeup artist (and my neighbor!)
Obsessed with their new Nail Lingerie and this amazing shade of red (for my toes) called “Red Tote”
My favorite new House of Harlow 1960 double finger (you know I love those) snake ring, c/o L’OREAL. Manicure by ESSIE and you can see more images from ESSIE’s pre-Emmy suite (and me making crazy faces) HERE.
A friend and I are heading out to the desert tomorrow morning at, gasp, 9AM. There are very few things that could actually get me to wake up before 11 on a Saturday but hey, Memorial Day in Palm Springs is calling me.
J. Crew bikinitopandbottom: I love a red bikini or, really, a red anything. This one is simple and the strings make this particular style look good on almost every body type.
Dorothy Perkins Black Aztec Crossover Dress: First off, I love the pattern. Second, this dress is the perfect minimalist vacay dress (and can also serve as a cover up!) that can take you right from daytime to night.
Forever21 Classic Straw Fedora: A hat is a MUST when I’m outside in the sun for a long period of time. Not only does it keep me cool but it also prevents sun damage on my face and scalp.
Redken Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12: Blonde hair can fade and oxidize fast when in the sun for too long so it’s VIP that I apply a spray with SPF protection and, as a bonus, the SPF also protects your scalp.
Kate Somerville SPF 55 Serum Tinted Sunscreen: It’s very inaprop to wear a full face of foundation at the pool or beach but yeah, with my rosacea and hyperpigmentation, I never go full on bare faced. This face serum is the perfect solution to my problem since it not only has SPF 55 but it’s a serum (e.g. lightweight) and it’s tinted so it actually hides most of my imperfections.
Pier 1 Felt Roses Pillow: I’ve been trying to add more red into my living room for awhile but I haven’t been able to find the right red pieces…until now. I’m obsessed with this rose pillow (I bought two!) and they look fab on my bright blue couches.
Rainbow Cookies: With Thanksgiving coming up this week I’ve been feeling a little homesick for New York. In fact, my Dad even sent me an email listing out all of the Italian-style Thanksgiving food that I’ll be missing (I know, right?) including some of my favorites – spinach lasagna, manicotti and, of course, rainbow cookies for dessert. Sigh. This recipe is pretty bomb though…if only I knew how to really bake.
House of Harlow 1960 Orlina Python Clutch: I went to an event this past Saturday at Fred Segal West Hollywood to celebrate Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 Holiday Collection and I fell in LOVE with this python clutch. I didn’t actually purchase it (yet) but I’m seriously contemplating…