I never thought that I’d ever say “29 is the new 22,” and especially not in a good way. For the first time since I turned 22, I had a bit of a quarter life crisis freak out about getting older and yeah, you might consider it a bit of a meltdown. Thankfully my BFF since 4th grade (and, ironically the friend that talked me off the ledge on my 22nd birthday), managed to calm me down with her words of wisdom. Essentially, she reminded me that 29 is, in fact, not old and I have to learn to accept my life for what it is and not what I thought it would be as a teenager.
With that said, I am so insanely lucky to have found such amazing friends in Los Angeles…sometimes I honestly have to take a minute to soak it all in, which I did at my birthday sushi dinner last Friday night where sixteen of my closest friends celebrated my 29th birthday with me. It felt good to be surrounded by all of the positive people in my LA life, and, I had brand new George Papanikolas highlights to boot! As anyone knows, fresh highlights can really give your self esteem the super boost that it needs when you’re in the middle of a quarter(ish) life crisis and George knows exactly how to get the blonde that I covet (hello, he does Sarah Michelle Gellar and Nicole Richie).
I can’t say enough about George (you might remember my post from last January) where I raved about George’s balayage skills and, of course, Joico– one of my favorite hair brands. Right now I’m obsessed with the Joico Smooth Cure line and especially the Smooth Cure Thermal Styling Protectant. The line reduces frizz by 79% (yeah, that’s a lot) and even though I don’t really worry too much about frizz/humid hair here in LA, I do worry about protecting my hair from heat styling tools, and the Thermal Protectant spray is a-mazing for that.
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…
So I was lucky enough to attend the launch party for House of Harlow by Nicole Richie for bebe last week at bebe’s Rodeo Drive store in Beverly Hills. The event was fab and the jewelry, even better than expected. The best part about the collection is that Nicole and bebe have created a one-of-a-kind keepsake bracelet that is sold in bebe stores and bebe.com throughout December with 25% of sales donated to the Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation. Sadly, Nicole was too sick to attend the launch event but I did manage to spot Nick Verreos, of Project Runwayfame and Lou Diamond Phillips, who I most recently watched on my guilty pleasure, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. What did I purchase? The Aztec Necklace in black. Such a statement piece.
So if I have one major celebrity fashion crush, it’s Nicole Richie. Even though our bodies couldn’t be ANY more different, I just loooove her style…so naturally, I was thrilled when I read that she will now be designing shoes in addition to her jewelry! Plus, I love the name “House of Harlow 1960” for a fashion line…
What do you think of her jewelry collection that’s sold at Kitson? Hit or miss?
So it’s no secret that I heart Nicole Richie and when I saw this photo I immediately thought “hey, this is totally an outfit I wear ALL the time” only minus the hat. I walk by street vendors every day that sell these sweatery berets in every color (and even sequins a la Erin @ Tenjune on “The City”) and I have to admit that I’m tempted to try one out. I think the main reason I’m holding back is because they have the rep of being sort of “hipster” and therefore, everything I am against in life. However, Nicole pulls it off in a very trendy yet classic sort of style with a red pea coat, black skinny jeans and, of course, a great pair of Loubs.