Summer Soiree with Refine Mixers

Last night I attended Refine Mixers‘ Summer Soiree at their insanely awesome house in Venice (right off the famous Abbot Kinney), hosted by the gorgeous Ashlan Gorse.  I’m sure at this point you know about my obsession with Refine…I mean their mixers are ZERO calories and all natural, so what’s not to like?

Refine also teamed up with Joico Hair Care and Gjelina in Venice, which, I am also now obsessed with and, side note, my friend just told me it takes 3 weeks to get a reservation there…naturally, this only makes me want to go there even more.  Back to the event: guests were shuttled down from Los Angeles to Venice beach and enjoyed Refine cocktails and treats awaiting them as they entered the shuttle.  Editors and tastemakers alike came together for a special intimate dinner where they learned how to pair special mixed drinks (five, to be exact) with healthy food. At dinner guests were educated on the history of Refine Mixers, by CEO Patrick Castles, and learned and how to muttle and shake several different cocktails with the Refine Mixer flavors. Joico had a fun braid bar downstairs, where women were able to get their hair braided OR get fun, beachy wavy by the amazing celebrity colorist, George Papanikolas.


My favorite cocktail of the night: The Venice Peach Bellini (which always makes me think of studying abroard in Venice, ITALY)

  • Muddle a peach slice
  • One part Prosecco
  • A splash of Refine’s Mojito Mix
  • Garnish with a peach slice and serve


Gift Idea: Clarins Gold Attraction Eye Quartet and Liner Palette

So when I saw Clarins limited edition Gold Attraction Eye Quartet and Liner Palette, I was instantly in love.  First off, the seasonal palette is inspired by Venice (only my favorite city in the whole world) and, as quoted by Clarins, “the light and sumptuous radiance of Venice: its beautiful golden palaces, their facades with subtle colours and patinas and the unique architecture that allows light to seep through the fine stonework.”  Um, couldn’t have said it better myself.

The gorgeous silvery pink can be used for eye base and the natural beige can be used for lids when a subtle look is desired.  OR, apply the pearly yellow gold with the deep golden brown shades and combine the dark chocolate eyeliner to intensify and illuminate your eyes.  Ah, I’m having flashbacks to Ponte Rialto as we speak.  And, since this particular palette is a limited edition, it makes a perfect gift for your old BFF from study abroad.

CHANEL and Venice, Italy join forces?!

So two of my favorite passions just so happened to cross paths a few days ago – CHANEL and Venice, Italy. Yes, you are correct, CHANEL hosted their 2010 Cruise Collection runway show on the gorgeous Lido Beach in Venice and I’m practically melting while checking out the images. As Rachel Zoe would say, “I die.” I would also die for some of my favorite Venetian gelato. See my favorite looks below and take note of the last photo where the model holds CHANEL sunglasses as if it were a Venetian ask…L-O-V-E.