Saturday, April 19, 2014

No Tie Dinner

After the wine trail last Saturday, we moved right into the annual No Tie Dinner & Dessert event.  Each year hosts hold dinner parties in their home for their friends. After dinner, everyone makes their way to the Frontiers of Flight Museum for dessert with the hosts and guest of all the dinner parties in town. The event raises funds for AIDS Services of Dallas and it is an event we support each year.  It is close to our heart because a dear friend of ours worked for ASD for many years prior to her untimely demise of cancer a few years back.  She was an amazing friend and even helped Mr. Fantastic choose my engagement ring.  We miss her so much, but we try to keep an eye on her husband and her beautiful daughter who co-hosts the dinner with her dad. My husband loves that he doesn't have to wear a tie.
Dress: LA Made (identical to my navy one seen here)
Earrings: c/o Shop Jami Ezra; Necklace: Gorjana
Bracelet: Fossil (old); Handbag: Sam Edelman (old)
Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita (current); Polish: It's All Greek To Me c/o OPI
Each year, we buy tickets and make a donation to the No Tie Dinner event, but for one reason or another, we'd only been able to make the dinner.  This year we were determined to make the dessert event as well and we were so glad we did! The desserts were delicious and the venue was transformed from any other event we had ever attended at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.  I didn't ask our friends for permission to show their photos, so I am only adding one of my husband and me at the museum and some dessert, of course!
Our oldest had dental surgery yesterday so we are taking it easy tomorrow for Easter.  I hope each of you has a wonderful holiday!
Happy Easter!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

On The (Wine) Trail

We had a very packed weekend! It started with a long meeting at our kid's school on Friday, after which we were both in need of a drink.  Fortunately, we had already bought tickets to the annual Blessing of the Vines in Grapevine.  It is one of my favorite events and the weather cooperated beautifully and then promptly tried to freeze us out Tuesday. Humph.
Dress: BCBGMaxAzria; Sunglasses: Balenciaga
Bracelets: Blue Nile (old); c/o Ariel Gordon Jewelry (2013)
Crossbody: Rebecca Minkoff MAC (current)
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Pruneta (old)
Since we have to carry our wine glasses and drink cards from one winery to the other, I prefer a crossbody bag to keep my hands free for the important things - wine.  They have a shuttle for the two outlying wineries, but the rest are within walking distance of each other, so flats are a must.
Halfway thru the tasting, happy but not quite giddy.
If the photo quality is sub-par it is because we forgot our camera at home and had to make do with my iPhone. :)

Do you know of other wine events? Share them!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lunar Eclipse and Spring Freeze

A friend and I were recently commenting that every time we push our winter clothes to the back of our closet, we just have to reach back in again a few days later because we can't seem to shake winter's grip! After a fabulous weekend with awesome-if a tad windy-weather, we plunged back into the 30's early this morning.  One of the boys had a dental appointment to prep him for his upcoming oral surgery later this week, so I had an early morning call.
Jacket: Nils; Sweater: J Crew Factory; Paloma Leather Leggings: c/o Paige (faux version)
Boots: Stuart Weitzman (old)
In order to face the 37 degree temperatures, I pulled my favorite leather leggings and my new down filled ski jacket from our recent ski trip.  It really did the trick and I was able to shed the coat by the afternoon when temperatures went up into the high 50's, low 60's again.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that temperatures stay over 60 degrees from here on out and I would prefer over 75, but below 90. :)
Lunar Eclipse Image by Mike Mez Photography
I was surprised to see this photo circling the internet about last night's Lunar Eclipse.  The photographer is the son of a former co-worker and it is a gorgeous, gorgeous time-lapse of the eclipse over a bluebonnet field not far from Dallas.
The Modern Austen
I am also linking up with Marissa and Heidi again for today's Pantone Challenge since I am appropriately, if accidentally, wearing my Paloma leggings in the right color: Paloma Grey.  I wore dazzling blue in my last LuckyFABB post, so I won't be joining up tomorrow, but I will see if I can join later in the week.

Were any of you able to get photos of the eclipse?

Monday, April 14, 2014

A FABB Sendoff

Day two of Lucky FABB consisted only of a networking brunch on the terrace of the SLS on Saturday morning.  We got to eat a delicious spread put on by the hotel (I am obsessed with their yogurt) and gab with our new and old friends and then they gave us the ridiculous and now infamous, LuckyFABB gift bag.  I also got a chance to spend some time chatting with Lucky's new editor-in-chief and LuckyFABB hostess, Eva Chen.  She was warm, friendly, and so engaged in the conference.  It was lots of fun!
After the brunch, my husband and I went up to the pool because I had checked it out earlier and he wanted to see it, too.  We had a quick drink, and ran into Coco Rocha again, but didn't ask her for photos again because I already had one and I'm sure that she was dreading it. It must be hard to never be able to enjoy the environment because everyone wants your attention. We just said hello and moved on to our own chairs and had our drink.
Top: Ellen Tracy; Pants: Market Find in Mazatlan; Sweater: H Trend; Necklace: Swarovski
 Hermes H Bangle; Bracelets: Blue Nile, c/o Ariel Gordon Jewelry (2013), Fossil
Clutch: c/o BCBGMaxAzria (2012); Shoes: BCBGMaxAzria
Afterwards, I dumped out all the goodies from the Kate Spade Saturday gift bag and used it as a tote to head to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the La Brea Tar Pits, and the surrounding area. One thing I didn't count on was that because my pants were basically rayon, the canvas bag kept rubbing against one area on my leg and ruined them.  While I hadn't featured them in my blog before, this was a pair of pants that I bought in a Mazatlan market for $10 over the New Year break and I'd worn them for New Year's Eve in Mazatlan, for Mr. Fantastic's birthday and to a happy hour already.  While I was sad to toss them, I have to admit that I've gotten my money's worth from them.
Sunglasses: Balenciaga; Tote: c/o Kate Spade Saturday
Ring: c/o Ariel Gordon Jewelry (2012); iPhone Cover: c/o Miss Me Jeans
I was really happy to see that the Diane Von Furstenberg exhibit, Journey of a Dress, was still open at LACMA. A DvF wrap dress is definitely an item that I want hanging in my closet and just because I haven't found the perfect one, doesn't mean that I can't dream.  I loved the way the exhibit was set up and it made me realize just how timeless her wrap dresses really are.  My favorite one was a black sequined, full length, wrap gown pictured below.
Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of A Dress exhibit at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Any other cool designer exhibits to check out?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

FABB Dinner Out in The Grove

Although we heard rumors of the "big bloggers" being invited to dinner and after parties by various affiliate marketers and blog agencies, I was not invited to any of those.  It isn't much of a surprise considering I don't really promote this blog, but it was a bit of a dis', ya know?  In any case, my husband came in on Friday and hung out with some mutual friends during the conference.  Then we met up with some bloggers and their friends and significant others for drinks at The Bazaar by Jose Andres there at the SLS.  You can see the Magic Mojito I drank here.  We had a great time discovering all the connections to Kansas (Brenda and I both married KU guys, Jennifer is from Kansas, etc.) and how Christina's fiancee and my husband are both engineers. It was a great time.
Christina, Me, Brenda, Veronica, & Jennifer having fun after a couple of drinks at the SLS.
Dress: Miss Me Couture; Cardigan: Trina Turk; Necklace: Gorjana; Earrings: BaubleBar
Bracelet: Ralph Lauren; Clutch: c/o BCBGMaxAzria (2012); Polish: Not So Bora-Boraing c/o OPI
Flats: Renvy via Gilt (similar option by Jessica Simpson)
After drinks, Mr. Fantastic and I headed to the Grove to search for dinner.  We ended up at the Original Farmers Market and had the best meal of our trip there.  We picked up some curry at Singapore Banana Leaf and grabbed a pitcher of Sangria from Little Spain and sat down at a table to enjoy our night out in Beverly Hills.
How gorgeous is Coco Rocha?!?!? Simply beautiful!!
The highlight of the evening was when we ran into Coco Rocha at the SLS when we came back from dinner.  She was in the company of her husband and her make-up artist and she was just so sweet and down to earth. From her panel earlier during LuckyFABB, I knew that she isn't a fan of selfies, so my husband had to take one for the team and take our pic! Isn't she stunning?

What are your fave dinner places in LA?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pre-FABB Festivities

I arrived in California early Thursday, the day before LuckyFABB was to start. During the registration process, we were asked if we would be in town the day before and since Mr. Fantastic and I have friends and family in the Los Angeles area, I always try to come in early and stay through the weekend.  As a result, I was available for the pre-conference events that were planned.  The first was a blow-out at Blow Me Away Bar that was sponsored by Wendy's and their new salad collection.  I have to say that I loved the new Asian Cashew Salad and have had it twice since I've been home.
I met up with Veronica of The Cid Style File at the Blow Me Away Dry Bar during our blow-outs and we decided to walk around the corner to find some fonuts which are baked donuts instead of fried. On the way back to her car, we found the holy grail of fashion blogger photos: the brick wall. I decided to take advantage and take my outfit photos here. LOL.
Top: H Trend; Denim: J Brand Jeans; Scarf: Converse (old)
Earrings and Necklace: Baublebar (old)
Clutch: Reed Krakoff; Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Bracelet & Ring: BaubleBar (old)
Rose Gold Sandals: Prada (current by Givenchy or See by Chloe)
After getting our fonut fix and taking outfit photos we headed to Duplex on Third where Lucky was hosting another pre-FABB event with Sexy Hair.  Since we arrived early, we sat at the bar and had some drinks to chat. It wasn't until everyone arrived that we realized that all events had been overbooked and Veronica hadn't been placed on the RSVP list.  I went upstairs to the event and discovered it was another styling event and while we found it odd that they had two hair events back to back, we were happy that we had already had our hair done and stayed below in the bar eating appetizers and giggling over drinks.
Thank you, Lucky for an awesome start to FABB!
**Photos by Veronica of Cid Style File, except for last one, which was a selfie**

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Lucky One

It's no secret that my favorite blogging event is LuckyFABB West. I first attended Lucky FABB in Santa Monica two years ago and was hooked.  Last year, the event was moved to the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills and I have to admit that I really liked the change in venue because the shopping in the Beverly Hills area was much more varied and hits all price points.  In addition, there are tons more places to eat and wander around.  So it was a pleasant surprise to discover that it was being held at the SLS once more and even more when Mr. Fantastic said I should just book a room there and avoid the hassle of getting to the hotel like last year.  There were pre-events and I have a post of those coming up soon.  They changed the format this year and the entire conference was done in one day so it was a tad of running around.  Here is my experience:
Hanging out with Veronica and Elle while we charged our phones.
My favorite thing is always getting to meet new bloggers and catching up with my long-time blog friends.  Veronica of The CidStyle File is probably one of my best blog buddies and even though we only see each other at LuckyFABB (where we met two years ago) it always feels like we pick up right where we left off.  Elle of Survive Wedding Season is another one of our blog friends that we love catching up with.  In this photo we should have been in the break-out session about the New Look of Digital, however, when attendees dicovered that January Jones was in the panel, people swarmed the room and security was unable to verify who was supposed to be there or not and we decided that it wasn't worth it to stand in a cramped room while we could relax on the couches outside, charge our phones and catch up with each other.
Getting my eyeliner done by Kirin Bhatty, who is awesome and a true funny girl!
Since we missed our first panel we were able to stand in line early for the second panel, InstaBeautyIRL, where P&G treated us to a make-up lesson by make-up artist to the stars, Kirin Bhatty, who taught us how to use our make-up and styling tools by CoverGirl, Olay, and Pantene to get the effects that our favorite Instagram filters provide so that we look as great in person as we do online. Then we got to take all our goodies home to continue to practice!
The speakers this year were such a delight to listen to during the general conference panels.  Sophia Amoruso was there to promote her new book Nasty Gal and she was so candid about how hard it was to recognize the need to grow her business and her obstacles; Nicole Richie cracked us up when she talked about using a fanny pack to garden (hers is vintage Chanel, of course) and wanting to launch a restaurant with nothing but fresh ingredients from her garden that she would name Nikki Fresh, duh; and my favorite speaker, who was a complete revelation, was Coco Rocha because while I think she is a beautiful model, I never expected her passion for her industry or her hilarious take on selfies and trends. In between panels, we were treated to the brand gifting suites and those of us that had all-access passes were allowed into the Sponsor gifting suites that included Miss Me Jeans, Joules, Susu Handbags, France Luxe, and L'Occitane.  The generosity of the sponsors never fails to humble me.
Dress: Victoria's Secret (old); Cardigan: Trina Turk Gemma;
Here is what I wore for day one.  From previous years, I know that I cannot handle heels for the entire day and this itinerary looked positively packed so I opted for flat shoes and comfortable clothes.  The only thing I didn't catch until it was too late is that I spilled my coffee in the morning and I didn't realize that washing it off still left a stain. I don't know if it was the flash that picked it up, or simply that everyone was too kind to let me know, but again, that is just how FABB the Lucky bloggers are.
Earrings: c/o BaubleBar (2012); Necklace: Gorjana c/o Y&I (2012) (current)
Flats: Renvy via Gilt (similar by Jessica Simpson)
Are you coming next year?