Thursday, April 28, 2011

sss: small space solutions

lets face it: not everyone can execute sss like gary chang. when i first walked into my then empty would be studio i scratched my head at what i can possibly fit into the diminutive place without it looking cluttered and constantly messy. with the help of several sites, such as apartment therapy, it proved that there are a myriad of creative possibilities especially when you have the least amount of square footage to work with. you truly learn the meaning of maximizing every inch and adore all products with built in storage. from the compilation of interiorspiration clippings, here are the ones that stuck out the most for sss that fused creativity and functionality...

{ladder accessible top to bottom shelves with a curtain}
{ample shelf space adorned with frames and decor to keep it aesthetically pleasing} {tucked in seating when not in use + storage ottoman}
{walk in closet converted into a bed, storage on top + below}
{glimpses of my sss attempt...}

Monday, April 25, 2011

indulge, indeed

some make lists for essentially everything and i would classify myself as one of these individuals. lately the list i have opted for are all things i currently care to indulge in. whether it is an adorable take on a popular dessert or a simple picnic in the park, these things are hopefully bound to come to fruition by the end of the summer...along with the angeleno adventure list still in affect as well!

{longing for warm LA weather and at least one bike ride along the beach}
{concert & fireworks at the hollywood bowl...which will surprisingly be a first time visit}
{picnic in the park- or even backyard - with some good food, good company, and good book} {an apparent east coast classic that is making its way to LA}

Monday, April 11, 2011

LA spots: they just blow

they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. with that in mind, it wasnt long before the surge of salons that just blow{dry}, a la drybar, were popping up on every corner. after at least one visit to many variations around the city, here are some of the top picks:

drybar - various cities: the salon that sparked the trend (in LA that is), remains at the top and based on how fast they are expanding, they are bound to be blowing to a city near you. flawless execution and impeccable branding.

bubble blow - brentwood: $50/month membership which equates to $25/blowdry. inside the spacious location, they also offer 'make-up and go' concept as well as an adorable boutique called jane where nothing is over $100. for a night on the town or a special evening, this can be your one stop shop.

yoshi's haute air
- 'some like it haute' at this blow bar where where the standard prices far exceed the moderately priced blowout options for $35 not to mention the most refreshing cucumber water in town!

have yet to try: style bar - beverly hills: newly opened and ultra chic with a simple concept. 3 services at $33 each all performed in less than an hour. make up, mani/pedi, blowdry.

go ahead, get blown away.

{bubble blow / makeup & go}

Friday, April 8, 2011

weekend wonder words

{something that puts a smile on a face: receiving balloons for no particular occasion}

last night i attended a gala honoring my former boss where memorable quotes and wise tid bits were overflowing. among the favorites was from a fellow award recipient, stacia robataille who founded the charitable organization, echoes of hope:

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

Sunday, April 3, 2011

midnight snack

every midnight from now till may 10, enjoy a martini inside the luxe beverly wilshire for a not so luxe price tag of a mere fifty cents in celebration of their fifty year anniversary residing in the 90210. dont arrive at 12:21 because this midnight snack will be over after 19 minutes and 61 seconds after the clock strikes 12.

Friday, April 1, 2011

natural highs

it has been nearly a year since the initial quest for nude shoes was carved out but there has been a pair i recently discovered that may have finally put a halt on the never-ending search. rounded at the toe with a hidden wedge and a tassel with stitching along the back, these super soft suede soles by dolce vita are surprisingly as comfortable as can be. that doesnt mean other 'natural high's' cant be scoped out, such as some of these nude picks...

1. DV by Dolce Vita 'Toni'
2. Stuart Weitzman 'Alex'
3. Giuseppe Zanotti Strap Wedge
4. Dolce Vita for TARGET
5. DVF 'Opal'
6. Aldo 'Longtin'
7. Corso Como 'Decoy'
8. Lanvin Nude Single Strap
9. L.A.M.B 'Kapono'
10. Dolce Vita 'Jade'