It's the most wonderful time of the year! OK, I know...wrong holiday. But Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite day of the year; the turkey, the stuffing, those cranberries. I mean, what's better than a giant feast with a bunch of food you never really eat the rest of the year? Oh right, and there's also the whole bit about getting together with family and friends, blah blah blah. Kidding! And while your friends are in town, why not show them just how fancy and important you are by having a lovely, sophisticated happy hour at Petrossian. Though the West Hollywood caviar specialist is hardly the new kid on the block, I recently visited the go-to fine dining spot for the first time for a little rosé and roe tasting, and it did not disappoint.Read More
It's almost Thanksgiving, and you know what that means! Comfy sweats and stretchy clothes! And as much as I love my leggings and "athleisure" (aka wearing leggings outside the house), before I go full Thanksgiving, sometimes I like to actually dress like a real adult person. Lately, my favorite "adult" outfit has been this matching leopard suit from Banana Republic. I know..."leopard suit" doesn't exactly bring to mind real adults with real adult jobs, but instead evokes images of The Real Housewives on their way to "business" meetings surrounding the drop of their new single. This version from Banana Republic, however, manages to seamlessly blend business and party, allowing me to feel a bit like an adult without losing all of my child-like whimsy. Also the rich navy hue is a nice, mature departure from your typical leopard print. This is how I #suitup.Read More
Sponsored by Rogaine
Are you tired of hearing me talk about my skin yet? Yeah, me too. But today, instead of telling you how a product helped/did not help my skin, I'm giving you the full story by partnering with my friends at Rogaine, a brand dedicated to acting as a proactive means for treating conditions like hair loss or thinning hair, which are not only a hereditary condition, but a DNA-driven reality that all men and women will inevitably encounter with age.
I've been battling acne since I was a teen. I can't say I remember the first time a zit popped up on my face, but I do remember feeling plagued by mild breakouts throughout my teen years. I distinctly remember my mom taking me to get intensely painful acne facials, where (I'm convinced) the aesthetician's goal was slow torture by means of dousing my face in the strongest acids one could legally use on skin. I saw countless dermatologists, and used a multitude of salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxides, acne washes, oil-free moisturizes, and retinols that never seemed to make any difference. I went on rounds and rounds of different oral antibiotics, spironolactone, and yes, even accutane. I listened as friends (close friends, best friends) said things to me like "well I never wash my face and I've never had a pimple, so why do you get them?" I listened as everyone from random strangers to beauty store employees to skincare specialists (I literally had one of these experiences two days ago) take it upon themselves to, without solicitation, tell me what I was doing wrong and how their expertise would finally fix my skin. It was usually the same advice: "you have acne, therefore you must have oily skin, try exfoliating, never use anything moisturizing, and try x ingredient." None of it ever worked, and all the "advice" started to wear on me.
And after trying everything (I really do mean EVERYTHING), I realized that it wasn't fair for all of these people to make me feel at fault for a medical issue. I realized that it was my DNA; just as my DNA gave me blue eyes and a petite stature. While some people's DNA plagues them with thinning hair, mine gave me acne. Thanks, DNA.Read More
To my (and other Valley dwellers/Westsiders') surprise, Downtown has quite the thriving nightlife scene. From the perpetually packed Perch to the quirky scene at Clifton's Republic, there are plenty of night-out-on-the-town worthy spots to get your drink on. But one of the newer additions is also one of the more subtle locales, doubling as an upscale cocktail bar and chill neighborhood hangout. The venue from 213 Hospitality is casual but boasts an impressive menu of craft cocktails (ranging from an affordable $11-$13) as well as small bites like cheese and charcuterie.Read More
Hallelujah! The temperature has finally dropped and Fall at least now feels like it's in full swing! I've already retired my sandals, shorts, and sundresses, and now have the perfect excuse to wear all black from head-to-toe as the fashion gods intended. To not go full monochromatic, though, I may add in a pattern as needed, like this moody floral silk culotte from Hark & Hammer, which adds just a bit of interest. I'm also rejoicing in the start of blazer season, where I can sharpen any look with a leather sleeve blazer and call it a day. And finally, the black ruffle blouse and block heel slingback are pretty much seasonal necessities, and go with just about everything.Read More