There aren’t really many brands that I would drive almost two hours to see (and also on my birthday), but I do love me some BEBE. Ok, so the event was actually only six miles from my house, but since my birthday/the event also happened to be on the same morning as the LA Marathon, I ended up getting lost in the Hollywood Hills trying to find a way to get south of Sunset Blvd…these are #LAProblems, OK? Regardless, BEBE dressed me in this Strapless Tribal Mini Dressthat made me feel like post-baby Kim Kardashian, but here’s the thing…I was completely hungover from my birthday party the night before. I questioned whether or not to reveal exactly WHY I’m not sharing any full body shots with you guys but, truth be told, I look GOD AWFUL in them so #SorryImNotSorry I’m not posting them. You can see part of me in the photo above, very strategically hiding behind Rachael and An, I might add…this ain’t my first rodeo.
I digress. Hangover and insane heat aside, I love a good BEBE Spring Fling, hosted by Sydne Summer; we dined, we laughed, we chatted and, of course, we/I drank champagne to help cure the aftermath of my birthday party.
Also make sure to check out last year’s event HERE.
Jennifer Lawrence, in Dior, at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Premiere in Los Angeles
I’m not ashamed to admit the fact that I love (seriously LOVE) both of The Hunger Games movies. Sure, I know everyone raves about the books but I’d rather be surprised while watching each movie, as they come out. Sorry I’m not sorry…and luckily for me, COVERGIRL is the official beauty sponsor of Catching Fire, the second Hunger Games movie in the series. COVERGIRL invited me and a few LA bloggers and web editors to a fun prep suite at The Standard Downtown, followed by the official Los Angeles premiere of the movie and guys…it was just SO GOOD. My mouth literally DROPPED at the end, but don’t worry…I won’t give away any spoilers! You NEED to see this movie when it opens (this Friday) and also make sure to check out the COVERGIRl Capital Collection– a fun assortment of Hunger Games-inspired makeup, all of which is awesome. The Flamed Up Mega Curl Mascara is my favorite not only because it’s a great mascara but also because every time I use it, I start singing Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire”…love. “This girl is on fiiiiiiiiiire; she’s walking on fiiiiiiiire.” Must-see, must-sing.
I don’t usually do posts that are so local, but if you live in Los Angeles, it’s pretty much guaranteed that, at some point, you will find yourself near or around a celebrity or two…or six. But while working out? Sure…IF you know where to go. Celebrity bodies are always a topic of conversation, which is exactly why you need to know where some of Hollywood’s most gorgeous get (and stay) toned and trim. Secrets, no more. After four years here, I felt an obligation to share how some of the best bodies stay fit. Enjoy.
Celeb Regulars: Katie Holmes, Sophia Bush, Edward Norton
This small, hot yoga studio is basically a hidden gem on La Brea, which is perfect for high-profile celebrities like Katie Holmes. Celeb-approved classes include:
Moksha Original- A unique series of 40 postures. The postures combine the precision of therapeutic yoga, and the foundations of traditional yoga, all in a tiny, heated room. The Moksha series is a cardiovascular workout that loosens, strengthens and tones the muscles, while calming the mind and reducing stress. The heat allows for deep, safe stretching and promotes detoxification of the skin, blood and muscles through sweat.
Moksha Flow- This fun class takes the regular Moksha series and connects the postures with more fluid movement. However, the studio recommends that you take at least five Moksha Original classes before trying “the Flow.”
Celeb Regulars: Vanessa Hudgens, Allison Williams (Girls)
We’ve been told that you need to prepare to sweat, if you do decide to take this class. Core Fusion uses a combination of weights, bands, balls and your very own body weight for resistance…it’s a heart-pumping workout that focuses heavily on core strength and relaxation of the mind.
Celeb Regulars: Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Charlize Theron, Gerard Butler
Sure, cycling studios are pretty popular these days, but Cycle House has managed to stay under the radar…until now. What we love about Cycle House (aside from the A-List clientele) is that the studio donates two meals to feed the homeless for every class that is purchased. Now if that’s not motivation to work out, we don’t know what is.
POUND combines easy cardio moves with strength training and, get this, drumming. This combo works the entire body, raises the heart rate, and forces each move to be as precise as a basic beat – hence, the weighted drumsticks. The instructor plays a 45-minute “Poundtrack” (yes, that’s really its name) that is carefully planned out to get you through 15,000 reps, which are performed over 30 extended interval peaks with more than 70 techniques…and we can’t imagine this not being fun.
Celeb Regulars: Selma Blair, Leslie Bibb, Mario Lopez, Hilary Duff
Described by most members as a “hole in the wall,” this tiny gym is just about big enough to fit one boxing ring…but, that doesn’t stop the celeb masses from flocking in. The trainers are known to be some of the best around, and the classes are cheap to boot. According to clients, the celebrities are known to join in on group classes, in addition to one-on-one private training.
Beth Behrs, of “2 Broke Girls” fame, is described by the studio as a “die-hard fan” and Beth even claims that Fitmix’s Endurace Pilates and interval running has totally changed her body. The 55 minute group class uses customized pilates reformers for 30 minutes, after doing 25 minutes of cardio on the treadmill. The concept is designed to raise your heart rate, which will, in turn, burn calories and promote long, lean muscle.
“YAS,” which stands for “Yoga and Spinning,” is the first studio dedicated to the super powerful workout combination. The space itself is large and offers fun music, easy-to-learn routines and, of course, the chance to watch two of Hollywood’s most gorgeous women work out. It’s a win-win, really.
It’s very rare that I fall instantly in love with anything, let alone jewelry, but guys…Haute Betts is IT (and affordable at $29-$200 a piece). The line’s creative, flirty, and edgy designs will make any outfit, whether elegant or casual, come to life. With materials including crystals, pyrite, Czech glass beads, precious gemstones, mixed metals, and charms, Haute Betts pieces are ideal for adding an unexpected style statement to any outfit. Naturally, the line has garnered credible celebrity fan-fair, including Mary-Kate Olsen, Lauren Conrad, Vanessa Hudgens and Olivia Munn. Here are some photos from their latest party: Haute Betts Pre ‘Chella Soiree, to view the Spring/Summer Collection, hosted by Fashion Blogger, Sydne Summer; TV Personality, Diana Madison; Fashion Blogger, An Dyer; Celebrity Stylist; Joey Tierney, Madison Guest and Elshane.