Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Gift Of Comfort

Top: Jockey, Pants: Amazon, Pillows: Fairmont Store
Photos by: Jonny Villanueva

In Collaboration with Fairmont Store

When it comes to gift giving nobody wants to get re-gifted! But it can be so tricky to find the right thing for some people, like your dad who has everything or your mom who is so particular. So why not give a gift that your friends and family want and need? Fairmont Store makes it so that you can experience their luxurious bedding in the comfort of your own home. In the past when I have stayed at Fairmont Hotels, I have marveled at how comfortable their beds are. The pillows, blankets and mattresses make you want to sleep in late and go to bed early. As much as I love to get away to a nice hotel, even for a staycation, it's not always so easy to pack up and leave home. So why not sleep like you're in a 5 star property every night? After sleeping on these luxurious Fairmont Store pillows myself, I know that they're the perfect gift for my family, and one that they'll get to enjoy for years to come! Be sure to take a peek at the Fairmont Store site for more gift ideas, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list. I also have my eye on some of their beautiful china, glasswear and plush robes!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Xoxo -E

Friday, December 14, 2018

72 Hours In Miami City Guide

In Collaboration with Uber
I took a red eye to Miami on Monday night so that I could land and take advantage of the daylight hours. My first stop once I landed? The Bitlmore Hotel in Coral Gables. I ordered an Uber from Miami International with ease and then I was on my way. After checking in, I invited one of my dear friends, Kier Mellour, to come hang out with me, because exploring is always better with a buddy! We enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Fontana restaurant before setting out to explore the city. Their breakfast buffet was perfect if you like a lot of variety (like me!), I can never decide between an omelet, or granola - so why not get both! 
After breakfast, we decided to go see the colorful lifeguard stands on South Beach. We jumped in an Uber and were at the beach in 20 minutes. Luckily, we got there before the rush (around 9:30 am) so we were able to snap a few photos before the other tourist descended, and scored premium real estate on the sand. After we go our fill of salt water air and wind in our hair, we naturally went in search of Ice Cream. Kier is local to Florida and she said that her favorite place in Miami for fresh scoops is Mammamia Gelato ItalianoSo we dusted the sand off and walked across the street. Kier was right! The Gelato at Mammamia made me feel like I was in Italy again. I went with strawberry cheesecake and oreo cookie, a little random but sooo tasty!
After we devoured our cones, it was time to see some art. Art Week in Miami is one of the busiest times of the year, so we were excited to see the talent that had come from far and wide to display their work. After a quick outfit change, and a short Uber ride, we arrived at Red Dot Miami, a convention center housing talented artists by the dozens during Art Week. We saw everything from self-portraits to clay sculptures and impressionist work. It was sensory overload and the sense of pride each artist took in their work was palpable. Leaving the shows during Art Week can be a bit of a zoo, and trying to find your Uber is like a needle in a haystack, but thanks to the Emil Alzamora statues that were placed in 5 locations around the city, we were able to get in our car and to the next event that much faster. We closed out night one with dinner and the perfect sunset at Lido Restaurant.
Look 1: Top: ASOS (old) (similar), Skirt: Luxe Fashion Label (similar), Bag: Chanel, Shoes: Jimmy Choo (similar here and here), Look 2: Scarf: Three Dots, Swimsuit: Topshop via Nordstrom (similar here and here), Skirt: Forever 21 (old) (similar here and here), Earrings: Ebay (similar), Look 3: Top: Vintage Scarf, Skirt: KTR Collection, Bag: Aldo, Shoes: Jimmy Choo (similar here and here), Look 4: Top: Shein (similar here and here), Skirt: Lulu's (similar here and here), Belt: Ebay (similar), Bag: Anthropologie, Earrings: Capwell & Co., Shoes: Jimmy Choo (similar here and here)
Visit Kier Mellour!
Photos by: Briana & Jacques 
On day two my alarm went off at a cool 5:45, because I was determined to see all that I could before heading back to LA. I woke up, got dressed and shot a few pictures around the hotel before heading off to meet Kier for breakfast at a true South Beach institution, News CafeSince they're situated right along Ocean Drive, it was perfect for people watching and taking in sweeping views of the beach. They also cook up a mean smoked salmon benedict and their black coffee was brewed to perfection, if you're in to that sort of thing. After breakfast, we grabbed and Uber and went for a stroll along the iconic Collins Blvd. I loved seeing all of the art deco buldings surrounded by bushy palm trees. The weather was unseasonably cold at 75 degrees making it perfect for exploring without the crazy heat waves and humidity that Florida is know for. After our feet got tired we stopped in to Joe The Juice for an afternoon pick-me-up. Their green juice was just what I needed to give me a boost of energy after an early morning wakeup. As nightfall drew near we went off in search of cocktails and FaenaMiami's most luxurious hotel, was our first pick. Sure we were drawn in because of their muraled walls and candy-striped umbrellas, but their cocktails were nothing to snooze on. Kier and I ordered champagne while her beau Jacques indulged in an Old Fashioned. A pink sky rolled in as we munched on our flatbread appetizers and chatted with fellow Art Week attendees.

Day three started with room service, a shot of espresso, and an early morning photoshoot. I'm a sucker for a good sunrise so as much as it is painful to wake up that early, it always ends up paying off. Plus, I feel like I have a head start on the day. After photos I ordered an Uber so that I could check another Miami must-see location off of my list -Viscaya Museum & GardensViscaya was magical from the moment my Uber pulled into their gorgeous baroque style gates. When I walked in, I was captivated by the stunning marble floors, frescoed walls and awe-inspiring ceilings. I couldn't believe that such a beautiful piece of history was in the United States. It looked like a villa that you might stumble into in Spain or Italy, but no, there it was in Miami, in all of it's glory. Just when I thought Viscaya couldn't get any prettier I went outside to their perfectly manicured gardens. It was a sight for sore eyes, and a sight that I will remember for years to come. After I picked my jaw up from the floor, I ordered an Uber to Faena Forum to hear 4 amazing artist speak on a panel. I was so inspired hearing all of their stories and seeing their amazing work. I left feeling like there is nothing you can't do if you work hard and persevere. Sure, it's something I already knew, but it's always great to have a reminder.

My last stop was to the airport. I ordered one more Uberpacked up my luggage and headed west towards Miami International. I looked in the rear view mirror and saw the bright orange sun disappearing into the horizon as if to say it's not goodbye, just see you later. I know I will be back to Miami, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Have you ever been to Miami? I would love to hear about your favorite spots! Thanks so much for reading and a big thank you to Uber for partnering with me for Miami Art Week!

Xoxo -E

Monday, December 10, 2018

Lazy Mornings On The Lake

On Sydne: Top Soma Intimates Garland Stripe Pj's in Pink, Bottoms: Soma Intimates, Eye Mask: Soma Intimates (similar options) | On Me: Soma Intimates Elegant Lace PJ Top in Black, Bottoms: Soma Intimates, Eye mask: Soma Intimates (Sold out but also loving this option)
Photos by: Danny Fung
In Collaboration with Soma Intimates

My favorite thing about this time of year is the amount of time that we get to spend snuggling inside the house by the fireplace in pajamas! Sometimes, I feel like I live a double life, I love to twirl in a dramatic ballgowns but on the weekend, you can't convince me that PJ's aren't appropriate for wearing all day! Especially when you're in the mountains of Lake Arrowhead with a girlfriend in a cozy A-Frame cabin. The only thing that could make a PJ party in December even more fun and festive is fresh baked cookies! Our whole cabin smelled like chocolate chip yumminess and thankfully, our Soma Intimates PJ's offered a much-needed elastic waist band. Sydne and I had cookies for breakfast and we didn't feel the slightest bit guilty about it! 'Tis the season!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Xoxo -E

Friday, November 30, 2018

Committed With Simon G.

Dress: Khosla Jani, Jewelry: Simon G. Necklace: Simon G. Item # LP4274, Tennis Bracelet: Simon G. #LB2224, Earrings: Simon G. #LE4422, Big Ring: Simon G. # 457NR, Small Ring: Simon G. # LR1180, Bangle: Simon G. # MB1449
Photos: JVillaPhoto
In Collaboration with Simon G. Jewelry

Like most young girls, I remember daydreaming about being a princess and getting whisked away by a handsome prince on a white horse. The prince would sweep me off my feet, and take me away to a castle on a hill and we would live there and he would provide for us while I raised our children. I’d like to say that not much has changed about that thought process, but as a millennial in 2018, those archaic ideas have long since passed. Sure I love any occasion to take a beautiful ballgown and 
fancy jewelry out for a twirl, but that's about all that me and Cinderella have in common anymore. My whole life I was taught to "marry well" as if I wouldn't be able to get by if I didn't have a man to support me. I don't blame my mother for teaching me this, it's how she was raised along with most of the other women from her generation, but I love the idea of being able to provide for myself as a woman. My husband supports all of my goals and dreams, and getting married was one of the happiest days of my life, but that doesn’t mean that I want to be locked away in a castle. I am grateful to have such a wonderful man in my life, but I also know that I am capable and independent and fearless. I want to chase all of my dreams so that one day when I'm old and grey, I can say that I made a name for myself, even if it's a small name. I know that I didn’t stand behind a man in the shadows, too fearful of failure to work towards my own professional goals. I woke up, dressed up, showed up and paved my own way in the world. I hope to one day raise children and to teach them the same message, especially young girls. I think that we can teach the younger generation that they can do anything that they set their minds to. There’s nothing that is out of reach if you work hard and persevere. You can achieve all of your goals on your own and in a ballgown and sparkly Simon G. jewelry 
no less. Your night in shining armor can pour you a glass of wine while you do it. 

I’m committed to being the best version of myself everyday and to teaching future business women that they can do anything that they set their minds too. I’m #CommittedwithSimonG.

Thank you so much for reading. I'd love to hear from you in the comments section!
Xoxo -E

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Lake Arrowhead Travel Diary

Outfit 1: Sweater: Bella Dahl (similar here and here), Pants: J Crew (similar), Shoes: Prada, Outfit 2: Coat: White House Black Market (similar here and here), Sweater: Bella Dahl (similar here and here), Shoes: Mou Boots, Outfit 3: Coat: J Crew (similar here and here), Sunglasses: Prada via Sunglasses Hut, Outfit 4: Top: Asos (similar here and here
Photos by: Danny Fung
Visit Sydne and Shalice

Over the river and through the woods, or in this case, up the mountain and to the lake! When the season starts to change, I always head off in search of fall. Last winter, I went to Big Bear, so this time it seemed like a good idea to check out the other side of the mountain. 

Lake Arrowhead is full of small town charm, cozy cottages and picturesque views of the lake, so there was no shortage of Instagrammable content for Sydne and I. But, I have to admit, my favorite part of our getaway was snuggling up inside our cozy A-Frame cabin that our sweet friend, Shalice Noel, let us rent from her. It had all of the charm of a rustic cabin with luxury updates, like marble countertops and high-end decor. We spent our mornings sipping coffee on the beautiful patio that overlooked the stunning pine trees, and spoiled ourselves with an at-home spa day, complete with Aquis Deep conditioning treatments and fresh manicures. I always love to have my Aquis hair turban on hand when I travel since it dries my hair in half the time, eliminates frizz and doesn't cause damage that regular towels can. And I don’t know about you, but my hair definitely needs the extra love in the winter months and it's so convenient that I can pickup my fave Aquis products at Sephora Century City.

When we set out to explore Lake Arrowhead Village, Sydne and I were beyond excited to pull out our favorite fall and winter trends. In LA the temperature rarely drops below 70 degrees, so the opportunity to style out our cozy Mou boots was met with excitement. Naturally, we kept the Apr├Ęs Ski vibe in mind, after all, when in Rome. We strolled around the village and stumbled upon charming restaurants and boutiques that were covered in sparkly Christmas lights, before following the meandering roads back to our little A-Frame for (zero carb!) Kettle One cocktails, cheese and a perfect view of the fireplace. 

If you live in LA and are in search of a peaceful place unwind and get a taste of fall/winter, I highly recommend a trip to Lake Arrowhead. I promise that a day of canoeing on a quiet lake and a night spent gazing at the stars, sans city lights, is just what the doctor prescribed. A much needed respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Just bring a girlfriend and some cozy outfits and you’re guaranteed to have a good time. 

Thanks so much for visiting me! 
Xoxo -E