City of Angels

Jared Leto, actor & musician (he’ll always be Jordan Catalano in my eyes) partnered with a number of celebrities to talk about what their experiences and impressions of Los Angeles are and created a video with his band, “30 Seconds to Mars” playing the background music.   Check it out (and Lindsay Lohan should’ve never enlarged her lips!)

I spend a weekend once a year in LA for the Oscars and have to say, it’s a pretty intriguing place.  It’s exciting, glamorous, humming with energy and you never know what can happen or who is around the corner.  It’s an “anything goes” type of place and no wonder so many people flock to LA hoping to make it big.

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The perfect shoe

Ever find the perfect shoe that perfectly suits you? I was surfing Nordstrom.com last night while watching “Homeland” and came across this flat. It pretty much sums up everything I love about beautiful shoes but also fits my criteria of shoes that I’m obsessed with (black and tan combinations, ballet flat, pointed toe, cool designer, decently priced, feminine and would look great with a pair of jeans and army style jacket or cropped black pants and blazer).  The tan color has to be the right shade and the black and tan has to look polished together.   I know, I know…..  this shoe is super dreamy and would look great with so many outfits.

 

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Aimee flat by Tory Burch ($250)

This & That

If you’re a fan of Wes Anderson’s work (“The Royal Tennenbaums,” “Moonrise Kingdom”) like I am, you’ll definitely have to check out his new book.  It’s on my Christmas list.

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Just scored this oversized clutch from Toss designs -$40 (and the store offers monogramming in gold on the bag which makes it extra special).  Also comes in navy and black but like Steel Magnolias,  “orange is my signature color!””

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Love these Hunter Wellies in Dark Olive.  Perfect for rainy winter days and pretending you’re in the English countryside.

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Pretty cable turtleneck sweater from J.Crew that comes in every color.  Perfect with jeans, Hunter Wellies and an orange clutch!
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If you’re looking for an exciting, can’t put-it-down thriller, check out “Alex” by Pierre LeMaitre.  Story takes place in Paris.
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Angelo Merendino documented every stage of his wife’s breast cancer.  His portraits capture the emotional battle of this senseless disease.
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I like this stencil initial cuff from C. Wonder ($48).  Would make a great holiday gift.
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 These black bow pumps from Tory Burch are perfect for upcoming holiday parties.  Would look great with a sleek cocktail dress or cropped pants.
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Go inside the Chateau Marmont for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Runway show 
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I think the Teavaro bib from Bauble Bar ($36) is so pretty.
Any plans for the weekend? Saturday is usually P’s “adventure” day, where we take him somewhere top secret.  When I was growing up, my dad would take me and my brother out for “adventures” and we’d wind up at a park, at the beach, out for club sandwiches and ice cream.  The anticipation of not knowing where we were going always made it fun and we went all over the Bay Area.   Tonight we’re making Halloween cookies and watching Charlie Brown.   Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy this beautiful fall weather!C

(photos courtesy of sites mentioned above)

Terry Richardson’s Diary

Recently got sucked into shock photographer “Terry Richardson’s Diary” on Tumblr.  I love portraits, and I love portraits of famous people doing silly things.  I wonder if Miley Cyrus’ mom was in the room when she was shooting in Terry’s studio.  Probably not.   New York Magazine did an interesting piece on Terry and Jezebel.com did a not so flattering one.  Whatever you think, it’s his simplicity of the shot that makes the image appealing.

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Madonna

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Terry in Paris

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Linda Evangelista

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Amanda Lepore, Daphne Guiness, Lady Gaga and Terry

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Miley and Terry on the “Wrecking Ball” video set

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Lady Gaga and her mom backstage

(All photos courtesy of Terry Richardson’s Diary)

Pass the Margaritas

Cindy Crawford, her husband Rande Gerber and George Clooney have built side-by-side villas in Los Cabos, Mexico where they’ve created stunning retreats from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood.   I love the design, can’t get over that Cindy Crawford hasn’t aged, and I pretty much would live anywhere next to Clooney.

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(photos courtesy of Architectural Digest)

This & That

Because I love “H.O.V.A.” (a.k.a. Jay-Z),  “Made in America” is a must see.  It didn’t disappoint.

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These J.Crew pumps are stunning.

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And these Marais USA flats would look great with a pair of boyfriend jeans

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I’m wearing this Zara dress Friday night.  Just need some gardenias for my hair and some simple glittery jewelry.

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Digging this geometric rug from Anthropologie

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If you want a fun read about an American writer living in Paris, check out Haleigh Walsworth’s blog

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Couldn’t resist getting this t-shirt for Straw

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Love these clutches from Clare Vivier.   Might have to put the maroon one on my Christmas wish list (with monogram of course).

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Wild & weird.  This deadly lake has turned animals into statues  (photos by Nick Brandt. One of my favorites….)

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I love NY socialite Olivia Palermo’s street style

Man, I’ve been in a hole.  Having to take care of a soon-to-be 4 year old with a husband out of town and a knock you down flu almost had me in tears.  I almost threw up in Safeway (which would’ve been kind of funny and ironic since I hate Safeway) and I had sinus headaches all week.  I couldn’t even sit upright.  Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.  And it’s hard when you can’t bribe a 4 year old to sleep when you want to.   I still feel crappy, but not close to what I was feeling last Monday.  And why is October so crazy busy? Birthdays, photo shoots, engagement parties, black tie events, and there is no end in sight.

Enjoy your day…..

C