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Bookshelf: Labor Day Weekend Reads

August 30th, 2013 · reading list




Marisha Pessl is the author behind my second favorite book, ever. She wrote Special Topics in Calamity Physics, an intelligent and delightful read several years ago. Her second novel, Night Film, was released late this month and I can’t wait to dive right into it. I’m so glad its release was close to Labor Day weekend.

Lately I’ve used my Kindle, but this book, it must be read on paper. There are inserts in this book with images, I love when fiction writers use tools other than copy to help tell a story. It’s something I probably something I picked up and can’t let go from childhood. I also got A Visit from the Goon Squad, another book I’ve been advised that is best read on paper.

I made it a point to buy these books from an independent bookstore— seems only right when savoring a book the good ol’ fashioned way.

Chevalier’s Books fit the bill. It’s in Larchmont Village, possibly my favorite area in L.A., it is the perfect stretch of street plucked out of small town U.S.A. There are dozens of small shops and eateries. It’s a step back to a time where shopping and going out was an event, when there was a store for everything, but not everything in a store, ahem like Target.

Chevalier’s Books, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Monday – Saturday 10 – 6, Sunday 10 – 5.


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Happy Hour at Dominick’s

August 29th, 2013 · food & drink


The Five O’Clock Meeting menu at West Hollywood’s Dominick’s is just too good.

It all started with a text from D. We were long overdue for a catch up sans our men.

D: “Maybe we can catch the tail-end of happy hour.”

Me: “Yessssss. Where can I eat oysters???”

And thus I was introduced to Dominick’s happy hour menu, cleverly called “The Five O’Clock Meeting.” She always knows where to look.

You have to understand that D is the one who has encouraged my love for raw oysters. She is one of the few who I can indulge with when it comes to them. Like many people, it wasn’t too long ago I avoided them. It all seemed too risky, but after some encouragement and well-prepared oysters, I overcame this fear.

At Dominick’s, the raw oysters on the happy hour menu are just $1.50 a piece, a great value and of good quality too.

I had just read an article about a traveler who took a foraging class in Seattle. For the best oysters, the expert forager recommended looking for the shells with depth. Those oysters are meatier. Makes sense, but I had never made the connection til coming across the piece.

Turns out these oysters were on that level. Probably the meatiest I have around town, though I admit, I must investigate this claim further.


We also ordered several plates. The seasonal bruschetta was one of my favorites. Toasted sourdough bread with a cream cheese spread, lox and topped with capers. The artichoke was served halved and grilled with some olive oil and lemon. Loved flavors in these dishes.

To drink, I went for the moscow mule. It had a hint of rosemary. I love when there’s a bit of herb in these citrusy drinks. It feels clean and crisp, and I let myself think I went with a healthier option. D, who is a penicillin connoisseur, insists Dominick’s makes the best and that says something.

Tip: If the bar is full or for an open-air option, ask if you can sit on the patio. We set up in front of the fireplace and it was the perfect setting for a long session of catch-up.

The Five O’Clock Meeting menu is available Monday-Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Dominick’s Restaurant, 8715 Beverly Blvd.


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August 23rd, 2013 · Uncategorized

Lately I’ve been on a make up kick and on the hunt for the best cheap thrills. I can’t commit to investing in a high end product unless I’m in love with a color.

Just got this stash from e.l.f. after noting some recs from YouTube. Can’t wait to try them out and share my findings!


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Target: Lavada Sandals

March 18th, 2013 · shopping

Kind of obsessed with spring sandal shopping and so pumped I was able to locate these at Target. I may have bought an extra pair for my stock pile stash. I first heard of these while shopping online for a Target similar style called the Lakita flip flop. Someone in the comments section mentioned they came in gold and I was so they were not available any more. Turns out the gold glitter style goes by a different name.


{Target – Lavada Slide Sandal}

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Diane Von Furstenburg: Opal

February 13th, 2013 · shopping

These wedges may be on the pricier side of what I’m comfortable spending on shoes, but I was willing to invest. DV by Dolce Vita stopped making the Pali leather wedge, which was my favorite. I was so bummed to the point where I actually wrote customer service to revive this shoe. It was nude, sky high, but very walkable. The most comfortable wedges I’ve had. These DVF wedges are my solution to fill the need in my closet. They’re light, better quality and just as flattering. Love!


{Diane Von Furstenberg – Opal}

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Fabulous Hair By Nico

February 12th, 2013 · Uncategorized


I’m a big proponent of shopping and doing business locally. On the surface, it may seem expensive, but if you think about it, you’re really investing in your community. In my Hollywood neighborhood, it doesn’t get more local than hairstylist Nico Colon. He’s all about the neighborhood without the stand-offish “Hollywood attitude.” I love that he has re-worked a loft near Hollywood & Vine into a private salon that he calls Hair by Nico. He’s friendly and of course, quite the hair expert. The last visit, he recommended an amazing keratin shampoo and conditioner that has made my hair soft and silky.  I’m pretty picky about my hair, but know that I’m in good hands when he’s then one working the scissors. His blow outs last for days and his cuts grow out in a non-annoying way. Thanks, Nico!

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Weekend Snaps: Funny Face & A Wiggle Worm

February 11th, 2013 · weekend snapshots



{Saturday Morning TV: “Funny Face”}


{Emu, My Cuddle Buddy}


{Wiggle Worm Wrangler}


{Sunday Brunch at The Sycamore Kitchen}


{Man Who Stares at Me On La Brea}

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Paper Nerd

February 11th, 2013 · shopping




{Rifle Paper Co. & Paper Source Notepads}

I cannot believe how many life events have transpired in the last couple months. The support and love of those around me —even the kindness of strangers— have been boundless. Not to mention all the wedding-related communication. It has been about time for me to pick out some stationery. Lots of people to thank and I couldn’t think of a better way than heart-felt notes. With Paper Source envelopes stocked in colors like blush and sunshine, I couldn’t resist! I’m such a paper nerd.

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Target Hearts

February 8th, 2013 · home




Target has the cutest stuff in their seasonal section for Valentine’s Day! Strings of heart garland have been hanging in my doorway since mid January. It made the apartment feel warm and inviting once we took the Christmas decorations down. Nothing feels lonelier than an empty space after the holidays.

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Beauty Picks

February 7th, 2013 · beauty


{Mario Badescu Facial Spray}

{Marvis Toothpaste, Classic Strong Mint}

{Sephora Lip Liner, Lovely Lilac}

{Sephora Lip Liner, Cool Coral}

{Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer, Sand}

Testing out some new products after a trip to Sephora and the Larchmont Beauty Center. The latter is my favorite independent beauty store in town. It’s nestled in Larchmont Village, a quaint little pocket of L.A. with restaurants, shops and great people watching. Browsing the shop feels a bit like a treasure hunt because there are many little-known brands from around the world. I came across the Mario Badescu spray and remembered an article about the benefits of rose water. So far I am loving it! The Marvis toothpaste is great. It doesn’t feel overloaded with chemicals yet it has a strong minty taste.

As for Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer, it is perfect for the dry skin months of winter. It’s hydrating and light. If you’ve ever wanted to give it a try, head to Bloomingdales.  A couple weeks ago I was searching for what I learned was a discontinued tinted moisturizer (Kiehl’s) when the neighboring Laura Mercier sales associate gave me a five-day trial container. What a wonderful way to test-drive the product!

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