Thirsty Thursday: La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2012 – the official taste of Summer 2013

Before I bid summertime adieu, I must share with you my summer love… La Vielle Ferme Rosé ($9.99).


Thirsty Thursday: My taste of summer 2013 - La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2012


I have bought a bevy of bottles of this ravishing rosé this summer and have enjoyed every single, solitary one. Oh, don’t you judge – almost every bottle was shared with a friend, neighbor or passerby on the street. Kidding…well, about the passerby thing.


My brother-neighbor, Matty, & me enjoying a glass (or two) of La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2012 last Saturday while frosting cupcakes

However, I’m not kidding when I tell you that this vino will symbolize Summer 2013 for me forever. With its pretty, whimsical watermelon hue, its floral scent with hints of baked brown sugar and aniseed and its taste of southern flowers, bing cherries and fruit pastille candies, this dry – yet juicy – rosé just represents the taste of summer 2013 for me. And, for me, summer 2013 was filled with fun, new beginnings, farm-to-table-fresh food, music, travel, romance and lessons learned.
One glass of La Vieille Ferme Rosé is never enough, two is not too much and the conversations and memories enjoyed over 3 glasses of this wine will live on forever.

Lucky for me, I know there will be another vintage next year. So here’s – and cheers – to Summer 2014 with La Vieille Ferme Rosé 2012!!!



BF Asks: Do you have a favorite rosé? Spill it. 


Friday Funday: Wednesdays at Sunset at The London West Hollywood

To me, Summer 2013 will always be about rooftop Wednesdays at Sunset at The London West Hollywood.

On the rooftop of The London West Hollywood reflecting on all of the friends, fun and fine tunes Summer 2013 has brought into my world

I imagine I will forever think of that rooftop – set to the sounds of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” – as the frozen video of Summer 2013. And what a magical memory to have!

I have spent a few “Wednesdays at Sunset” at The London West Hollywood and each one has been better than the last. But I have to say the best one I’ve had yet was when I hosted a Rooftop Cabana Cocktail Party for my favorite blogger-friends a few weeks ago.

Hosting a cabana party for a few of my blogger friends at Wednesdays at Sunset at The London West Hollywood


Between the delightful conversation with my fellow bloggers, new friends meeting each other and delicious bites and cocktails, it was my favorite event of the year thus far!

The attendees at my Blogger Cabana Cocktail Party on the rooftop of The London West Hollywood

I get by with a little help from my friends...and with the help of the beautiful setting of The London West Hollywood

We snacked on seafood cocktail, BBQ chicken flat breads, the LA Street Dog and delicious marshmallow cupcakes and sipped Strongbow Mimosas which were DIVINE!

The delicious details at The London West Hollywood "Wednesdays at Sunset"

And with our soundtrack set to the spins of Infamous DJs, we were in summer heaven!

My guests included the Beauty Professor, Spoiled Little LA Girls, Skinny Fat Girl Diary, Jennifer Chan of E!, Rose Curiel of E!, Whitney Lader of hoopLA, Hostess Handbook, Elle contributor Ashley Terrill, Jessica Yudin of The Fetch Betch LA & FabFitFun and more!

 And everyone was delighted to receive L’Oreal Paris giftbags courtesy of L’Oreal Paris USA and Corbis Entertainment!


Jess Garvey of Hostess Handbook (on left) with her luxe L'Oreal Paris USA gift bag!

I want to extend a special THANK YOU to our gracious hosts, The London West Hollywood (of course!) and my fairy godmother, Gina Wade Creative. This wouldn’t have been possible without your imagination, generosity and amazing service  – not to mention – the most fab hotel, and rooftop, in town!

I'm always smiling at The London West Hollywood!


‘Til next time, my beloved London…



BF Asks: What defines Summer 2013 to you? 

Main Event Monday: Jenny Packham, Laura Mercier & TRÉSemmé at Chateau Marmont

Every now and then, being a blogger allows me to attend some pretty fun and exclusive, insider events. And I always enjoy them – not like the sophisticate I wish I could be – but with the wide-eyed exuberance and delight of the 13-year-old that I really am inside! One of my favorite events recently was my visit with Jenny Packham at Chateau Marmont hosted by TRÉSemmé and Laura Mercier.

The gorgeousness that is Jenny Packham, Laura Mercier and TRÉSemmé


Not only did I get to have an in-person & up-close showing of Jenny Packham’s glamorous Spring/Summer 2013 Collection but I also got a sneak preview into Jenny’s Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection! Combine that with macarons and summer beverages…


getting runway-ready tips from the talented TRÉSemmé hairstylists & Laura Mercier makeup artists…and finding out that Jenny Packham is utterly delightful and you can color it a perfect day for yours truly!

The sweet, delightful and talented Jenny Packham & me! As my favorite designer, this was one off the Bucket List!


Jenny’s Spring Summer 2013 collection was heartily influenced by raucous Las Vegas in the 1960s and the lovely ladies who held their own with the legendary Rat Pack. These Hollywood darlings – who were known as The Rat Pack Mascots – didn’t chase the guys in the pack, they ran with it. Women like Lauren Bacall, Shirley MacLaine and Angie Dickinson were regarded as equals by this bawdy boys club as they possessed an ravishing recipe of beauty, scrappiness, intelligence and independence.

The RatPack Mascots & Inspirations for Jenny Packham's Spring/Summer 2013 Collection: Angie Dickinson, Lauren Bacall and Shirley Maclaine

This spunky, bold femininity they exuded is exactly what inspired Jenny’s vision for her Spring Summer 2013 collection. Ethereal silk chiffons in pale waterfall blues, soft eucalyptus greens, bold sunset oranges, full mimosa yellows, delicate lilacs and coqeuttish corals radiated on the runway!


The TRÉSemmé team created effortlessly beautiful updos. Chic chignons and low ponytails with a little edge in the front. Jeanie Syfu said, ” To get the look, we started blow drying the hair with TRÉSemmé Climate Control Mousse which gives the hair lots of texture, works on all hair textures, protects the hair and – best of all – works on all textures!  So we blow dried the back with a Mason Pearson brush….. side part, teased it just so that there was some texture and grip, over directed the front forward and then began twisting right over the eye.  That’s how you kind of get this dramatic sweep throughout the front, which Jenny loved! It was kind of the focal point of the hairstyle. And then we just began twisting all the way around the nape and then pulled everything into a low ponytail. We just made sure the ends were really polished and even though it has a lot of texture happening here, which I think makes it look very modern and fresh!”


As for the makeup, I was OBSESSED with the retro-yet-modern-and-sophisticated blue lid. So I had to ask Talia Shobrook for Laura Mercier what it was, of course! And here’s her answer: ” Ok, are you sitting down comfortably? It’s a black turquoise pencil and we set the pencil with Laura Mercier Wet/Dry Baked Eye Colour in Lagoon. It kind of has this sparkly look and if you look at it in the sunlight, it looks like jewelry. And then we used Faux Lash Mascara which is mascara that’s really voluminzing and we layered it on.  We let it dry and layered it on again.  Combed it through and then layered it on again. There was a lot of layering!”


Laura Mercier Lagoon-hued eyes - like jewels!

One of the many things I love about Jenny Packham is that her collections are inspired by real, living women who are- or have been – influential to other women. For her Autumn/Winter collection, Jenny was inspired by the great intellectual salons of 17th-century Paris where noble and cultured women gathered to discuss the arts, the philosophy of Voltaire and DesCartes and to produce and shape the literature of their time.

Away from the protocols of court, these creative and enlightened women played out a social game where they alone set the rules. The Salonnières were admired and respected for their sharp wit and good taste and splendor and sophistication of their rooms reflected the passion and energy of the women that filled them. The rich tones and hues of these salons – and the women who made them come to life – are evident in the midnight blues, scarlet reds, sultry cinnamon and lustrous opals in Jenny’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection. In each piece, the spirit of freedom that imbued these women is alive and as empowering as ever.


With the clothes powerful, Jeanie Syfu and the TRÉSemmé team kept the hair delicate, demure and pretty. Using the TRÉSemmé 24-Hour Blow Dry Lotion and subtle accents like a pale blue velvet ribbon tied around a low, loose ponytail, the legacy – and integrity – of these forward-thinking women was kept in tact.

For makeup, Talia Shobrook and the Laura Mercier team kept it beautiful but bare by using products like Laura Mercier Lip Liner in Baby Lips.

They started with Laura Mercier Multi-Vitamin serum to plump the skin, the Laura Mercier Makeup Primer – Mineral to prime the skin and then a clean, natural lip and eye. Effective enough for runway but wearable enough for red carpet and every day!

While meeting Jenny was one of the highlights of my life as a wannabe-fashionists, getting to take home a bevy of beautiful products from Laura Mercier and TRÉSemmé were like the candy on top to me!

Sweet treats from Jenny Packham, Laura Mercier and TRÉSemmé

I can’t wait to experience these pretty, pretty products and share them with you guys!

Thanks for a beautiful – and memorable – day, Jenny Packham, Laura Mercier and TRÉSemmé!

Jenny Packham & models



BF Asks: What are your favorite products from TRÉSemmé and Laura Mercier? Which of these Jenny Packham runway looks are you excited to try?


Tarte Aqualillies Launch Party – The perfect sneak preview of Summer 2013!

I was giddy-with-glee a few weeks ago to be invited by Tarte Cosmetics to their Aqualillies Summer 2013 Sneak Preview at the oh-so-summery Annenberg Community Beach House.

Annenberg Community Beach House


Well, you know it’s gonna be a good party when you walk in and you realize that you match the decor! I literally looked like a casual bridesmaid. And, of course I did! I’m a Dallas girl, after all!


Color Coordinating with Tarte!

With heavenly hues of coral and turquoise, I felt right at home. And when I caught a glimpse of the new Aqualillies collection, I wondered if Tarte didn’t have a hidden camera in my my home. My living room – as many of you know – is a pastel whimsical wonderland of peach, robin’s egg and cream. And my bathroom is peach too! Which made me especially excited when I took home a matching shower cap!

Tarte Aqualillies Shower Cap couldn't coordinate better with my peach bathroom!

Never has a collection fit so well in my home on my vanity (packaging-wise) or on my face so beautifully (product-wise)!

Tarte's new Aqualillies Summer 2013 Collection: Product prices range from $19 - $38. Between the makeup p


Now, I’m not exactly saying that Tarte has been bugging my home but I do think they have the vintage, pastel, days of yore-loving girl like me in mind when they came up with this charming collection. So, of course, I had to ask.

They told me they were inspired by the sweet & seductive syncronized swimteam, the Aqualillies, to come up with this waterproof wonderland of belle-of-the-ball beauty  products.


The amazing Aqualillies in action at Annenberg Community Beach House

Inspired by the Aqualillies’ signature lipcolor of choice – Coral – and their need for wearable waterproof makeup, it was a match made in heaven.

And, as with all Tarte products, everything is cruelty-free and planet-friendly.

So thanks to the mind-blowing entertainment by the aquatic goddesses – the Aqualillies, the tastebud-tantalizing catering & cocktails and the Summer 2013 collection, the Tarte event was one of my favorite all-time events.


The delicious summer cocktails & catering!


I’m just happy they matched the collection to my taste and loves! And I don’t even mind that they tapped my home when I get gorgeous looks like these thanks to the “girl-like-me-inspired” collection! Oh, and those adorable Aqualillies too, of course.

*Get your Tarte Aqualillies Summer 2013 Collection here!

And tune in Wednesday to see the collection in action!



BF Asks: What are your signature summer colors?




I’M LOVING…Tarte Aqualillies Collection Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Timeless

Have I got a fresh find for you today, beauties! I just discovered it yesterday and I am already IN LOVE!!!

See, I attended the Tarte Aqualillies Summer launch party yesterday – more on that on Monday – and had the pleasure of trying out their new comely coral lipstick. It was lovely and lasting and photographed beautifully!

"Dawning" the NEW Tarte Glamazon 12-Hour Lipstick in Timeless

After putting a pic of me “dawning” it on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter and receiving dozens of questions to the effect of “What IS that color?”, I knew I had to share it with you guys! Soooo…

Right now, I’M LOVING…

Tarte Aqualillies Collection Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Timeless ($26)

NEW Tarte Glamazon 12-Hour Lipstick in Timeless

This limited edition lip color is destined to be my signature summer shade!


Inspired by America’s most glamorous synchronized swimming group, The Aqualillies – and their signature coral lip shade,  this long-wearing Amazonian clay infused lipstick hydrates and nourishes all while delivering  a pretty punch of coral.

It lasted through sangria and eggplant pizza and shrimp kebabs and cupcakes and tarts and cake pops – oh my! It lasted and lasted and still packed a punch in pics. After eating, drinking, LOTS of talking and photos, it still looked fresh & new! And it didn’t dry out my lips! That’s why I’M LOVING…Tarte Aqualillies Collection Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Timeless ($26) now!

After eating, drinking, LOTS of talking and photos, it still looked fresh & new! And it didn't dry out my lips!