Virginia Robinson Gardens Tour with Sweat NSK

Yesterday was the annual Virginia Robinson Gardens Tour where Friends of the Robinson Garden came together for a garden and estate tour for the day along with a luncheon and fashion show by Theory in support of this historical landmark. The estate was built in 1911 and was one of the first homes in Beverly Hills. This majestic home is now used for photoshoots and open to sightseers year round to raise money to continue to preserve the historical home and 6 acres of landscaping for all who visit to enjoy. The home was once the site for many Hollywood parties where legends like Sophia Loren, Fred Astaire, Elvis Presley, and Marlene Dietrich attended.

Photos from the event below:

Virginia Robinson Gardens Annual Tour with Sweat NSK for charity

(Outfit of  the day – Alice + Olivia melrose sunglasses, Hermes medor watch, Valentino untitled sneakers, LNA top and Chill by Will sweatpants from www.sweatnsk.com)

Event planning by Mindy Weiss and Floral Design by Marks Garden.

Legendary pool area of the Virginia Robinson Gardens home in Beverly Hills.

Goodie bags for all attendees and supporters of this Friends of Robinson Garden charity event by the Pool area.

Food catered by Crustacean Beverly Hills

Dessert included a beautiful coconut lemon cake, fresh strawberries and cream, lemon bars, and cupcakes from Sprinkles Cupcakes.

On the spot makeovers by Bobbi Brown.

 

Elissa Goodman Nutrition Talk at Sweat NSK

This week I had the pleasure of listening to author, celebrity nutritionist, and cancer survivor Elissa Goodman speak at Sweat NSK about how to live a healthy life. Elissa’s talk was about what foods to avoid or to eat in moderation and how she stays healthy in her life. As a cancer survivor, Elissa decided to make sure that the foods she was eating and feeding to her family daily were going to be clear of toxins and pesticides.

Her daily routine includes a green juice that she prepares in her blender made up of celery, romaine, parsley and a few other ingredients. She talked about the benefits of a mostly vegetarian diet, and moving our bodies daily. She also brought her seed bars to share with the audience which had good for you flax seeds and other ingredients.

Recipes for Elissa Goodman’s green smoothie is below and can be found on her website here

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

2 cups romaine

1 medium cucumber

1 big handful parsley

2 limes

1 cup broccoli stems

2 stalks celery

Directions:

Juice all ingredients.

 

Elissa Goodman’s seed bar recipe is below and also can be found on her webite here.

Super Seed Bars with Goji Berry 

Makes 12 Bars

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups gluten free rolled oats

1 ¼ cups organic brown rice crisp cereal

¼ cup hemp seeds

¼ cup sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds

¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

2 T sesame seeds

2 T chia seeds

1 tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. sea salt

½ cup  Coconut Secret Coconut Nectar

1/3  cup organic almond butter

1 1/2  T.  vanilla extract or vanilla powder

¼ cup goji berries or dried goldenberries

Directions:

Line a 9-inch square cake pan with two pieces of parchment paper (one going each direction)

In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, rice cereal, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, sesame seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, 1 T. vanilla and mix well.

In a small saucepan, stir together the coconut nectar and almond butter until well combined. Cook over medium to high heat until the mixture softens and bubbles slightly, then remove the pan from the heat and stir in 1 tsp. vanilla.

Pour the nut butter mixture over the oat mix, using a spatula to scrape every last bit out of the pan. Stir well large metal spoon, until all of the oats and cereal are coated in the wet mixture (the resulting mixture will be thick and slightly hard to stir). Fold in goji berries or goldenberries.

Transfer the mix to the pan lined with parchment paper. Spreading it into an even layer, lightly wet your hands and press down on the mixture to even it out. Press firmly and evenly. This helps the bars hold together better.

Place the pan in the freezer, uncovered, and chill for 10 minutes, or until firm. Lift the oat square out of the pan, using the parchment paper as handles, and place it on a cutting board. Using sharp knife, slice the square into 6 rows, then slice in half to make 12 bars total. Wrap bars individually and keep in airtight container in fridge for 2 weeks or you can store extra in freezer for up to a month.

 

Lifestyle blogger Melissa Meyers also joined the event and brought Looma Jewelry along to showcase her new Glowgirl necklace collaboration she did with Looma Jewelry. The Glowgirl necklaces are all 14KT gold with a diamond starburst in the middle.

Sticky Be Socks brought Elissa Goodman to Sweat NSK for the healthy lifestyle talk and they also brought along a fun new collection of socks for everyone to see at the event. Sticky Be Socks can be found at Sweatnsk.com

Teaonic organic, unsweetened, herbal wellness tea was also at the event giving out samples of their yummy teas.

Best Yellow Moto Jacket for Spring and Summer

yellow moto jacketThis weekend while in Las Vegas for Mother’s Day weekend, I brought along my new favorite yellow motorcycle jacket and it was a hit. Everywhere I went, people would stop and ask and ask me where I got this perfect yellow jacket. They didn’t believe me when I told them the jacket was under $35. Get the jacket here and get compliments wherever you go this spring and summer. Pair with my favorite JCrew chambray tie waist shorts, Birkenstocks Gizeh sandals in white, and a fun ruffle top.

Yellow moto faux leather jacket

Las Vegas Moms Weekend Outfit Ideas

Aria hotel Las Vegas- Ruffle top with sweaterIf you are planning a moms weekend, definitely take your sisters or friends and go to Las Vegas. If you want to get a lot done in around 36 hours, Las Vegas is the place to do it. I flew in to meet my sisters on Friday night after work at 10pm for a quick Mother’s Day getaway and we started our weekend by having dinner at the Carbone restaurant at the Aria Hotel. The food was traditional Northern Italian cuisine and I felt like I was in Italy. The service was impeccable and we ate everything from ravioli with ragu to almond marzipan cake for dessert with lots of rose wine. After that we spent the night playing a little poker, craps, and roulette.

( Outfit details – Nili Lotan army pants, Valentino untitled stud sneakers, ruffle stripe top, open back sweater, Miguel Ases turquoise chandelier earrings.)

On Saturday morning, we went to brunch at the Bardot Brasserie which was a Parisian bistro. We had crepes, eggs benedict, and brioche french toast. We then spent the day at the Aria spa and tried their sauna and salt meditation rooms  before hanging out by the spa pool until dinner.

We ate dinner at Beauty and Essex that evening and had some very creative dishes that included a cool spin on avocado toast and a Thai chicken dish. I had a very green thyme lime gimlet which was different but delightful.

(Outfit details – Norma Kamali jumpsuit, pink tassel earrings with a turquoise bead, red tassel sandals.)

Beauty and Essex Las Vegas

Next we went to the Britney Spears concert at Planet Hollywood. Britney’s show was fab with great set design and videos throughout.

Tassel Earrings

The weekend was 36 hours of fun in Las Vegas and it went by fast. Las Vegas is the best place to get a lot done in a short amount of time.

(Outfit details – white ruffle blouse, tie waist chambray shorts, white Birkenstock sandals, Alice + Olivia melrose sunglasses.)

ruffle top Aria hotel

 

Rosetta Getty Cold Shoulder Shirt

Rosetta Getty pinstripe shirtIf you are a fan of the cold shoulder look, but not sure which one to invest in, I have found the must have piece in this on trend item from Rosetta Getty. What I love is the tailored pinstriped look with the red stripes threading throughout the button up shirt. It is like a perfect top for a suit, but also a great piece for an evening out. Pair it with Alice + Olivia red pants, Robert Clergerie flats, a Sophia Webster glitter clutch, and some Givenchy gold tone earrings and the look is perfection for any outing.

Sophia Webster glitter clutch
Rosetta Getty stripe cold shoulder shirt

Neiman Marcus Friends and Family Sale

Neiman Marcus Friends and Family SaleNeiman Marcus just started having friends and family sales in the last few months and they are definitely a good time to stock up on pieces you have been coveting.

Here are my picks for what I want from this sale. I am putting these pieces on my wishlist for Mother’s Day.

Alice + Olivia Red sunglasses for $295 and 25% off

Misa off the shoulder top for $198 with 25%

Tory Burch floral espadrilles for $225 with 25% off

Halston Heritage sleeveless jumpsuit for $295 with 25% off

Michael Kors sandals for $99 and 25% off

Jovani cold shoulder cocktail dress for $490 and 25% off

DL1961 Premium Denim instasculpt white cropped jeans for $198 plus 25% off

 

Chanel iPhone Holder

Chanel iphone holderIs there anything better than a Chanel iPhone holder? How about a vintage Chanel cell phone holder. This one looks like it was made for some of the earlier cell phones. But the size of it makes it perfect for today’s smartphones. I am not sure Chanel made one for the iPhone plus size yet. This one will fit that size for sure. Other options like the Chanel CC embossed caviar iPhone holder can be found at TheRealReal.com.

Chanel iphone holder

How to Pack for Italy for Summer with Shopbop’s 40% off Surprise Sale

Pom Pom straw bagGetting ready for that trip to Italy this summer?  Make sure you get a pop pom straw purse to take on your trip this summer? A travel checklist here should include this Nannacay baby pom pom straw bag. AND check out Shopbop’s 2 day surprise sale that just started. They have taken 40% off so many great sundresses and sandals. It is worth a look to see what you can find for your trips this summer.

Here is my checklist of what you need for summer travel:

Italy Packing List

Nannacay Pom Pom Straw bag at Shopbop.com

Soludos lace up demi wedge espadrilles at Soludos.com

Karla Colletto Off Shoulder Mailott Swimsuit at Neimanmarcus.com

Tory Burch Garden Party Dress at Toryburch.com

Gas Bijoux turquoise feather earrings at Everythingbutwater.com

Quay Sorority Princess Mirrored Sunglasses at Zappos.com

 

 

Ruffle Tops and Pitchforks in Museums

Ruffle top Yesterday we spent the day at The 14th Factory Museum in downtown Los Angeles. It was a super hot day and I wanted to make sure that I was dressed appropriately to view all the Simon Birch exhibits without overheating. At 84 degrees at 3PM in the afternoon on the last day of April, I was very hot even while wearing my all cotton ruffle top and cotton army pants.

The exhibits were interesting and included a re creation of the Stanley Kubrick room from the 2001 Space Odyssey movie, a very disorienting film of bodies going around and around in circles while you walked through a dark room, airplane wings in water, a dying grass meadow, a room full of pitchforks, and a woman knitting while conversing with anyone who wanted to converse. It was definitely an exhibit created to evoke emotions. The Space Odyssey room required you to take off your shoes to enter the room so my advice to you if you are to go to the museum is to wear flip flops.

Pitchfork Museum Los Angeles

Here is what I wore:

J Crew ruffle black cotton top Jcrew.com

Nili Loton army green pants Shopbop.com

Bandolier iPhone holder Sweatnsk.com

Chanel cocoon backpack RealReal.com

Hermes Medor watch pre owened available at Bluefly.com and new available at Fwrd.com

Alexander McQueen platform sneakers at Zappos.com

Alice + Olivia sunglasses Bergdorfgoodman.com

Miguel Ases turquoise chandelier earrings Shopbop.com

Palm Tree Print Dresses Under $50 for Summer

Palm Tree dress

If you are loving the palm tree prints out there for summer, but not sure where to buy the best styles online, here are my picks for your summer palm tree print must haves along with some sunglasses, pom pom straw bags, and shoes.

Palm Tree summer dress for $16.30 Dresslily.com

Palm Tree off the shoulder swimsuit for $14.30 Rosegal.com

Pink Velvet Block Heel Sandals for $41.20 Rosegal.com

Wide Brim Straw hat for $12.04 Rosegal.com

JADEtribe straw pom pom bag $142 Saks.com

Alice + Olivia Jeweled Sunglasses for $525 netaporter.com