Thursday, April 24, 2014

Springtime Trends.

So as a follower of trends, fashion is one of my favorite trends to follow. I scope out the fashions for each season and pick the ones are, in my opinion, the most fashion forward, ready to wear, and fun! I enjoy sharing my picks to my followers, as I have done for last summer and fall, and now I'm going to share my Spring 2014 picks.

This time, I'm going to do this a little differently. So I'll give a general statement about a fashion trend that is hot this spring and in then the picture below will show an example of the particular trend and how to include it in your wardrobe/lifestyle. So here goes!

1.  Pastel Blazers

Blazers are classic for a wardrobe, and this spring, adding a pastel colored blazer can add depth and variety into your outfit. This Straight Cut Jacket is available at H&M. 

2. Wedge Sandals

Up your shoe game with a chic heel or wedge sandal. An intricate design makes for an interesting pair of shoes that isn't so basic and one dimensional. Go for something these Leather Sandalettes from H&M.

3. Two Toned Manicure

Sticking to one nail color for your mani is SO 5 years ago. Try mixing it up by including two tones of the same color into your look. I find that its cute to use these two Essie colors: "Hide and Go Chic" and "Butler Please" to create a French Manicure look. I use Hide and Go Chic for the the base and Butler Please for the tips. These colors are available at any beauty or drug store such as Ulta or Target. 

4. Gold Plated Accents

If you know me, you know my favorite color is gold...and purple...but mostly gold. So this trend sparked my interest real quick. Adding a piece with a gold plated accent is really eye catching and chic. I've seen it done on belts, jewelry, and even on clothes. I personally love it on handbags and clutches like this The Duchess Crossbody Bag.

5. Vibrant Makeup

I love everything Marc Jacobs, so when I found out he has a new makeup line at Sephora, I was on it like white on rice! I love vibrant makeup colors for spring and I think it's a great way to include the prominent colors of the season into your look. This Lovemarc Matte Lipstick in Gossip-Matte Hot Fuchsia is a great color to do this.

6. Turban Headbands

I really love the turban look. I feel like it may be overplayed at festivals like Coachella, but in every day life, I think it brings a really nice frame to the face and adds some dimension to your look. I'm not a fan of the ones that cover your entire head, but I like the ones that are like headbands. Much like this Floral Head Wrap from Nordstrom. 

What do you guys think?! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Grilled Cheese Invitational.

This weekend, my boyfriend and I attended "The Last" Grilled Cheese Invitational in downtown LA. I say "Last" because I really think its a publicity stunt. But anyway, I had never been, so I was really excited to try out the different types of grilled cheese sandwiches. When we entered, there was a sponsored tent that was serving free grilled cheese sandwiches. The bread was sponsored by La Brea Bakery and the cheese from Cabot. I chose a rustic white bread with pepper jack, gruyere, and cheddar cheese, which was great...but it definitely wasn't enough to satisfy our cheesy appetites!

So we went on to the trucks. The Grilled Cheese Truck was there and had a special, which my boyfriend had...
Grilled Cheese Truck Special: cheddar cheese, black forest ham, arugula, and blueberry bacon jam.

I went for the Cheesy Mac Melt, which had cheddar cheese and macaroni and cheese in between the bread. SO good!
Cheesy Mac Melt. 

Even though we were pretty full at this point, I couldn't help myself but to get a sweet grilled cheese sandwich as a dessert. I spotted a tent run by the Cheesy Amigos, which had this amazing sandwich...

Strawberry Grilled Cheese: cheddar cheese, Nutella, strawberries, and bananas.
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Mother Dough.

Who isn't a fan of pizza? Not many, I bet! I absolutely love it...the marriage of different kinds of cheeses and tomatoes on fluffy dough is a taste to die for. I've found that finding the perfect pizza joint with the best combination of these ingredients and more is hard. For years, my favorite pizza was from the Round Table Pizza near my house, but since it closed down, I haven't been able to find a place that makes me LOVE their pizza. Even other Round Table chains have been sub par.

My friend and I heard about this place, Mother Dough, in LA and wanted to try it out. Let me tell you guys, it was so delicious! I really enjoyed the pizza there and they also had other dishes that complimented the pizza so well.I have to say, the Burrata salad was one of the best salads I've ever had. The Burrata was made in house and sat atop arugula and heirloom tomatoes.

Burrata Salad.

 We ordered the prosciutto and arugula pizza and it was great. A lot of places skimp on the prosciutto, but not here!

The pizza was cooked in a wood oven, bringing out all the flavors of the ingredients, especially the dough.

Wood burning oven.
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To finish, we ordered a chocolate flourless cake with fleur de sel caramel...simply amazing.