9/11: Healing, Reflecting and Destiny

Reflecting today on 9/11 with Kelsey Patel

Reflecting today on 9/11 with Kelsey Patel

Where are you reflecting upon 9/11 today? This is where I am. On a rooftop in downtown LA with this one. This is Kelsey J Patel. She is the most magical, loving and inspirational person I’ve ever met. She is a renowned healer, here in Los Angeles. And, she is also someone I am proud to call my dear friend. She will be hosting a 9/11 guided meditation on Periscope (as @KelseyJpatel) at 4 pm PST today to bring some peace and healing to everyone who needs it. Today, Kelsey brought in 2 of the most beautiful crystals – crystals that heal, protect, cleanse & promote love. After our session, I told her I felt compelled to take a picture of her and her Labyrinth’ish matching crystals and dress.

We went outside on her downtown penthouse balcony,and we felt such an energy in regards to 9/11. At that moment, a plane flew overhead. That’s where I am today.

But, where were you on September 11, 2001?

I was in LA, where it felt like a ghost town – like a chapter from Stephen King’s The Stand. There was so much sadness. So much pain. So many prayers. So many lost souls just wandering around. I watched the news come in with my friends Sarah & Ned Brower at our friend Craig Weaver’s apartment.

That night, I went to my new roommate’s boyfriend’s house in Laurel Canyon, where I ended up meeting what would become my band – and my family – for the next four years, Hawkeye. We all listened to my bandmate singing Fire and Rain, and I knew we would never be able to think of that song the same way again.

When I recall that heartbreak of a day, I remember both how empty the world felt and how full my heart was.

I had found my people.

And yet life as we knew it would never be the same.

Many lives would never be the same.

On 9/11, people were brought together forging destinies they never even knew they were meant to have – some destinies being brutally taken away and other destinies being discovered.

Today, as I reflect with @KelseyJpatel, I pray for all of those who lost loved ones on that fateful day.

I pray for those who will never heal. And, I also pray for those who have yet to find their destinies.

But, most of all, I pray for purpose, for patience & for peace.


Thirsty Thursday: Celebrating FabFitFun with Fashion’s Fave Refreshments

I was recently selected by Giuliana Rancic’s fabulous site, FabFitFun, to be a featured blogger in their inaugural Ambassadors program! Yayayayayaya!

And to celebrate, I am sharing some of their favorite Thirsty Thursday recipes with you!
After all, what’s a better way to celebrate than with cocktails?

Enjoy you fab, fit and FUN beauties!!!


(This post originally appeared on FabFitFun on Thursday, September 6th, 2012)

FFF-Thirsty Thursday 9:6

It’s officially fall, and your man is all pumped up about football season. Meanwhile, you’re all pumped up about…pumps! That’s right, ladies. It’s the best week of the year — Fashion Week!

And while you might not have received your invite to sit in the front row at the Badgley Mischka runway, you can still act like you’re there! Attendees will sip on skinny cocktails created by mixologists from Gerber Group and Disaronno throughout the event. And now you can too!

We got our hands on the recipes for the drinks that all the fashion mavens will be enjoying. So whip up one of these special light drinks, zip up your leather moto jacket, and sip up as you strut your stuff! (Who really needs a catwalk to work it anyway?)

Sweet Stiletto
Will be available at Lilium and Stone Rose Lounge
2 ounces Herradura Silver
1 ounce triple sec
1 ounce guava puree/nectar
1 ounce fresh sour mix

Combine all ingredients and pour over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

The Skinny Jean
Will be available at Lilium and Stone Rose Lounge

1 1/2 ounces Voli Orange Vanilla
2 ounces lemonade
1/2 ounce agave nectar

Combine all ingredients and shake over ice. Strain into rocks glass over ice. Garnish with an orange wheel.

Will be available at the Empire Hotel

1 ounce Disaronno
1 ounce Bacardi Oakheart
1 ounce fresh lime juice
Dash of nutmeg

Combine all ingredients into a glass. Garnish with dash of nutmeg and serve.

xx, The FabFitFun Team




Fresh & Frisky with Frisco

I recently had the pleasure of catching up with an old (but young-looking) friend, Sonia, visiting from NYC.

We went to Sonoma Wine Garden in Santa Monica, and after some full-bodied wine and delish tapas fare, we had to say our goodbyes.

“We must take a pic to immortalize the occasion!” I said, applying BECCA Frisco lip gloss ($23).

Her reply: “I’m gonna need some of that gloss. So pretty!”

So we both applied the strawberry-cake-batter-smelling gloss and smiled for our waiter-turned-photographer.

We loved the result! So much so that, Sonia asked me to text her the name of the gloss.

The next day, I posted the pic on FB and Sonia texted me to say, “I’m buying that gloss TODAY!!”

In the tube, Frisco looks SUPER orange but I swear it’s not.

Just a shiny, sweet-smelling, apricot creamsicle of a gloss, that works for every skin shade, and looks super natural in pics and in person!

Xoxo, BF

BF Asks: What lip gloss do you love to wear for photos?