SPRING TREND TO TRY The Graphic Print Dress

I’ve got a photo shoot next week at a “very L.A.” hotel, and have been looking for a graphic print dress to complete the look. Enter Clover Canyon‘s Spring 2014 collection. Inspired by the architecture and landscape of Southern California, the pieces celebrate mid-century modernists like Lautner and Eames, as well as contemporists like Frank

SUPERMODEL HOME Karlie Kloss’ NYC Townhome

Nate Berkus is everywhere…and I don’t mind. Absolutely love what his team created for fashion model Karlie Kloss and her new West Village townhome — it’s sophisticated, fun, and cheery all in one, just as I assume she would be. If you look closely, you’ll see they integrated pops of color and pattern on top

SPRING READY Closet Refresh

It could be the time change — or the fact that we had 80F weather here this weekend — but my brain has suddenly bloomed into spring mode. Here are some of the pieces I’ve got my eye on that will certainly give my closet a much-needed refresh for the season…

GIVEAWAY! Fashion Illustration by Anum Tariq

Happy TGIF! I’m so honored to offer a giveaway for a fashion illustration by up-and-coming talent Anum Tariq! She graciously offered me a print to add to my own gallery wall, and I’d love to give you one of your very own! You could win one of these beauts…

NEON SIGN TYPE & the Queen, Tracey Emin

EM Design Interiors I’ve always had a soft spot for a little creative neon sign typography, so it’s no wonder that I’m still kicking myself that I did not make it to Tracey Emin’s first U.S. show at MOCA North Miami during Art Basel…ugh! You may recognize Emin’s work as the neon handwritten type signs…they’re

5TH BIRTHDAY Afternoon Sweets Party

Today I get to share a few snaps from my daughter’s birthday party this past weekend! She had so much fun at the party, and of course I had a blast putting the party scheme together in pink, navy and red floral, gingham, stripes and polka dot patterns. Using an “Afternoon Sweets” theme, I enlisted

5TH BIRTHDAY Party Scheme

Happy Friday! I’m throwing my little girl a birthday party on Sunday afternoon, so I’d thought I’d share sneak peek at the scheme I’ve put together for it in navy, pink and red! Since her only requests were a bounce house and a chocolate cake (for herself…LOL!), I decided to go with an “afternoon sweets/cookies

PROFILED on The Everygirl!

In case you missed it, yesterday I had the amazing honor of being profiled on The Everygirl! They did a tremendous job with the feature and I could not be more pleased. Head over there to read how I got my start, how I juggle mom/work/social/volunteer duties, and how I try to push myself forward. The

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Boutique Opening Event

I’ve been so busy the past few weeks that I have not had the chance to share this fantastic event I recently attended! You may remember I had the unique experience of attending a private gallery tour and dinner at the Bowers Museum to view the A Quest for Beauty: The Art of Van Cleef & Arpels

NURSERY THEMES Styling for Million Dollar Baby

“Manor” themed room for Million Dollar Baby Happy Monday! I am so excited to share a recent 2-day photo shoot I got to work on for client Million Dollar Baby (the company behind Kim Kardashian and Rachel Zoe’s cribs) who asked me to style nine different baby furniture sets — think, you get to “design” nine completely

ART IN 5 Julius Shulman

For my third “Art in 5″ installment on La Dolce Vita, I’m showcasing famed architectural photographer Julius Shulman. I had the amazing opportunity to visit with him at his home in Hollywood Hills a few years before his death, and it was an afternoon I’ll never forget. One of my favorite parts of the day

BLACK + WHITE Kitchen + Breakfast Nook

Yesterday I posted a few dining room photos from my friend’s home that I’ve been helping to remodel (remember the “Neutral Texture” board from last year?). We pretty much stripped the place of its old honey-colored wood, cottage cheese ceilings and ivory tiling (ick), replacing it all with dark espresso floors, black trim and doors,

DINNER PARTY TABLE Black, White, Pink & Gold

Happy Monday! Back to work for me, but I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day celebrations! As I mentioned Friday, I got to dress up a friend’s table for a couples’ dinner party. I went with my usual black/white/gold theme and added in a touch of pale pink. A simple gold confetti “runner” and Kelly

SWEET ENDINGS Valentine’s Day Fondue

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you’re doing something fun today, with fun people! A friend of mine is hosting a dinner party, and I’m in charge of table decor and dessert. For the latter, I thought I’d make two chocolate fondue recipes and bring lots of yummy dippers (I definitely want to try bacon!)…

CRAZY. SEXY. COOL. Rosie HW on The Coveteur

I haven’t had the pleasure of perusing The Coveteur in some time, so I was especially blown away by model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s glamorous digs. We all know that girl’s got mad street style skills, but I guess I didn’t realize just how super self-aware she is of her look, at a young 26. It’s a

MY FIVE SCENTS Day & Night

This weekend I picked up Elizabeth & James’ first scent (LOVE!) and it got me thinking: I rotate between only a few signature scents. Depending on the time of year I may throw in a seasonal scent, but really, I have my go-to ol’ reliables that work it for me, day or night…

GIVEAWAY! Five $50 Luxe Link Gift Cards

Love your handbag this Valentine’s Day by treating it well — take that bag off the floor! Don’t you hate when you arrive at a restaurant or a meeting and find that there is nowhere to hang your beloved bag…and you’re forced to put it on the ground (gasp!). Not only is it bad luck

MAISON MODERN Paris I’m in Love

Well…this is still not out of my system. Thanks to blog bud Desiré I will not get over any time soon the Parisian interior with traditional architectural details mixed with contemporary art and furnishings. And once again, let’s not forget the wood herringbone floors, because I needed to feel faint too, really. Simple, elegant, soft,

VALENTINE’S DAY BEAUTY Two Looks, One Palette

This Valentine’s Day, I decided I’d try to spice it up a little, push myself out of my comfort zone, and experiment with two bold-for-me makeup looks. Hourglass Cosmetics and I have been wanting to collaborate together, and after receiving an amazing care package from them I thought, let’s see what fun we can have with this.

SPRING TREND TO TRY The White Shirtdress

Despite the current “cool down” here in So Cal, I’m already looking ahead to Spring essentials. And what better item for the crisp Spring air than a crisp white shirtdress? Dress it up with a blazer, or down with chunky sandals — any way you play it, it’s shaping up to be a must-have for

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS at the Bowers Museum

Last week I had the honor of attending a private gallery tour and dinner at the Bowers Museum here in Orange County to view A Quest for Beauty: The Art of Van Cleef & Arpels. The exhibit details the rich history of the brand over a span of 100 years, as well as the innovation and

VOGUE CAFÉ at Printemps Haussman Paris

Vogue Paris’ pop-up Hugo & Victor patisserie at retailer Printemps Hausmann steals the Fashion Week pre-show with its pretty in pink paneled walls, 1970′s brass and chrome pieces, and Vogue cover prints from the past. It’s a fun little maison-away-from-maison for the foodie fashion lover…

THE E LIST Pre-Spring Edition

I know it’s only January, but I’ve got spring on the mind. My palette is feeling a little 70′s Parisian, with black and blush, lace and leather, Diptyque, Guerlain, florals, fur and feminine touches…

LIVABLE LUXURY European Re-Classic

Let’s just call this Wanderlust Wednesday, because this Madrid remodel by designer Luis Puerta definitely has me lusting for a European staycay. It’s that classic example of a traditional space inserted with a mix of antiques and contemporary pieces (you know my passion for mixing in modern art!). Despite the downright luxurious materials — velvets,