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,

LIFE LIST What’s On Yours?

2013 was a big year for me in a lot of ways. At the start I absolutely dreaded it due to a looming birthday, until a friend inspired me to make a bucket list for the year. It was a surprisingly uplifting exercise to think about what I wanted to accomplish personally and professionally, for

KATE MOSS IS 40 Life is Good

After coming off strong from her first Playboy shoot this month, Kate Moss celebrates her 40th birthday today and appears to be at the top of her game. For someone who’s been in the biz since 14, it’s no wonder that this prolific pro is still #1 — and still has time to be a

ART IN 5 Auguste Rodin

Rodin’s “Danaïd” 1885 I’ve got my second installment up of “Art in 5″ on sculptor Auguste Rodin on La Dolce Vita! I hope you’ll check it out and learn something new about an artist you most likely only associate with his most famous work, “The Thinker.” But for me, I’m in love with his pieces

FEATURED Style Me Pretty Living

In case you missed it, I had the amazing double opportunity to share a bit about my business and my home on Style Me Pretty last week! They did such a great job with both pieces and I couldn’t be happier. But of course I wanted to be sure I got to feature some of my

GET MY LOOK Raw & Refined

I’m thrilled to announce I’m on Style Me Pretty in a two-part feature discussing biz/life bits  and giving a tour of my home! A few months ago, photographer Bryce Covey came by to shoot my house, and it was so fun to see how another photographer would capture new details. The above shot is one

LE DONNE FORTI Versace Pre-Collection FW14

Versace nailed it with their Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Pre-Collection, taking the softness of silk satin and pale pink, and toughening it up with black leather, studs and zippers. Add in the crispness of a few good white blouses, the regality of a classic crest, and a little sparkle, and we’ve got all of my fave elements

RECIPE Cappuccino Thins

(a.k.a. my most favoritest cookie recipe ever) Here’s a post I meant to put up before the holidays, but it’s such an amazing cookie recipe that I can’t NOT share it with you. (That would be greedy of me, and I’m a giver.) As with all my best recipes, I got this one from my

LUXE MINIMAL REHAB in Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Happy New Year! I’m just now getting back into the swing of things after an unplanned long break, and soooo excited to do so…finally! But rejuvenation comes easily when you stumble upon gems like this très dreamy Parisian terraced pad. Architect Joseph Dirand took a sad 80′s remodel and reinserted its previous glamour with paneling

#NYE HUSTLE Anja Rubik Goes 70′s Glam

Although still recovering from the Christmas mayhem, this New Year’s Eve I’ll be inspired by the silky, slinky, undoubtedly feminine frocks of an era dedicated to disco, the female form and showing a little skin, as in this shoot by photographer Marcin Tyszka for Vanity Fair Spain. Anja Rubik looks effortlessly sensual in Chanel, Gucci and

MERRY CHRISTMAS! (& A Mini Meltdown)

Happy Christmas Eve! But let me apologize for being M.I.A. I’m sure I’ve lost most of you by now (I’m scared to look at the analytics!), but it was completely unexpected. My daughter ended up having a nasty stomach virus (that closed down her classroom), my husband has the flu (still), and at one point

HOLIDAY PALETTE Black, White, Pink, Gold, Silver

I’m definitely behind schedule but I’m bringing it full speed ahead from now until Christmas! I thought this palette of mine would be tough to gather together, but surprisingly there are bits and pieces and ideas everywhere to pull it off! I’m definitely going to try those D.I.Y. ombre candles and D.I.Y. clear glass ornaments

CHRISTMAS CARD 5 Minute Photo Shoot

Although exhausted Monday after returning from Miami, I had to snap into action upon realizing that Christmas is but a mere two weeks away! What?! Cue me scrambling to get the house decorated, Christmas cards ordered, gift list updated…time for baking cookies? I don’t know if we’ll have time! Hence, yesterday morning I subjected my

PROJECT LAUNCH Clara Persis

I’m back from Miami and back to work, celebrating a new launch for client Clara Persis! Clara came to me to help change over her popular food blog Channeling Contessa to a more comprehensive brand that represented her unique social media and digital strategy services. It was a delight to work with her, and I

PACKING LIST Art Basel Miami

I’m soooo excited…checking off another bucket list item to close out 2013 with my first trip to Art Basel Miami! I do admit, however, when I first decided to go, I had NO IDEA it was such a scene to be seen. Cue me last week scrambling to figure out what fabulous attire I could bring

ART IN 5 Ellsworth Kelly (New Column!)

“Study for ‘Combe II’” 1950, cut and pasted colored paper and pencil, Ellsworth Kelly I’m off to Art Basel Miami tomorrow (hurrah!) so I thought this would be a perfect time to try out a new column: “Art in 5″! I’ve been writing “Design Under the Influence” on La Dolce Vita for a few years, and after 30

HOLIDAY PARTY GIRL Vogue Paris for H&M

Love a versatile black/white/gold holiday party look, even more so when it’s budget-friendly. Vogue Paris’ picks from H&M’s holiday collection are nothing short of a sophisticated glam with big bam made for celebrating into the night effortlessly and frugally, for work and play, à la Parisienne…