Treat yourself: The Penthouse, Santa Monica, CA

One of the most enjoyable things in life is good food. Going out to eat should be a fun and enjoyable experience. It is usually a social event and you get to be served, instead of cooking and cleaning up after yourself at home. You get to sit back, relax, and enjoy good food and good company.

I recently visited The Penthouse in Santa Monica, California and I was so amazed. Living in Los Angeles, there are so many restaurants you hear about that you should try, and this is definitely one of them and I just had to share. When you arrive at The Huntley hotel, you are escorted to a private elevator that takes you to the very top floor, 18 stories overlooking Santa Monica beach and Los Angeles all in one.

You can choose to make dinner reservations or hope to find a spot at their very classy bar. There is also a lounge area where you can sit and have drinks and small plates, thats where we ended up because we didn’t even plan on going there. My friend and I decided last minute and this place was recommended to us. We were still very happy with our experience in the lounge, the whole place is beautiful there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

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The decor is absolutely breath taking, everything is covered in white and there are tables that look like VIP cabana’s, there are even fireside tables with complete 360º views of the Pacific ocean from Malibu to the Hollywood skyline-you truly have the best view in L.A. The restaurant is known for its contemporary cuisine and their creative cocktails-which are to die for. When my friend and I went there recently we shared a cheese plate and I had a cucumber martini, both were amazing. The cheese plate is a must have when you go!

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The vibe is great and the service was also amazing, the pricing isn’t cheap but you definitely pay for what you get-the amazing view and delicious food are well worth it. I can’t wait to go back for dinner, it’s definitely a special occasion spot for me, but if you’re feeling fancy for some good drinks and appetizers, I say treat yourself.  tle7_the_penthouse_cabanas_3317

You truly feel like royalty at this place!

 

 

 

Food Trends-What is Kombucha?

Recently, Kombucha has been popping up EVERYWHERE. The grocery store, summer festivals, and even restaurants are  serving it now. It’s fermented organic tea that doesn’t taste too bad, and it is good for you, but that is pretty much all I really know about Kombucha. This new trend is growing, in large part to the popularity of healthier options when it comes to consuming foods and beverages, which in our opinion is a good thing. We should all be aware of our health and its never to late to get on board the healthy train. But what exactly IS Kombucha?

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I did some research and discovered it is a very simple but strange process, to make kombucha, brewers rely on what’s called a starter — a bit of already fermented tea that is passed between Kombucha makers and then referred to as “the mother.” The mother is then added to sweetened tea and allowed to sit in a glass jar unrefrigerated for 7 to 14 days until a “glop,” known as a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast grows over the surface. Sounds pretty disgusting, but apparently there are mixed reviews about whether or not Kombucha is actually good for you.

In a recent Huffington Post article, some professionals debated about whether this is just a trend or if it is actually beneficial to your health.

“The rise in kombucha’s popularity is part of a larger trend in “probiotic” foods containing bacteria, which some studies suggest benefit digestion and boost the immune system.

“It’s become incredibly trendy lately in the 20-to-30-something, foodie, intelligentsia set,” said Dr. Daphne Miller, a family practitioner and professor of nutrition and integrative medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. “Kombucha is like their Coca-Cola.”

Kombucha is said to have originated in ancient China, but various forms of fermented tea exist in many countries, said Dr. Miller, who traveled the world researching healthy traditional diets while writing her book, “The Jungle Effect.” Some medical professionals, however, think the drink is dangerous.”

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You are all free to make your own opinions about it, but I think it is a good substitute for soda any day, as long as you drink it in moderation. I was just really curious as to what it was exactly, and now we know.

 

Art by Mattie Sproul

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I recently attended an art gallery open at The Inn Gallery, located in Los Feliz, California. The gallery presented the “All Eyes Need Art” theme, and while I was amazed by all of the artists that were in attendance, one artist really caught my eye. Her name is Mattie Sproul from San Francisco, California. Her art is truly, one of a kind. She creates her artwork so uniquely, using pieces of only magazine clippings to construct her masterpieces. If you are a lover of art, you would really appreciate the work that she has done.

 

Above is one of my favorites that I saw at the gallery, Mattie donated a few of her pieces to the raffle that evening to those participating. The gallery opening was a huge success, and many people were in attendance having a great time enjoying wine and art. Another piece of Mattie’s at the event was her own self portrait:Mattie3

I loved all of Ms. Sproul’s work, we really hope the best for success for her and her art.

 

The Central Coast, California

If you are looking for a new destination for your next road trip or vacation, the central coast of California is the perfect place for you. If you are lucky enough to live near this place, the drive is short and sweet with nothing but coastal views for most of the drive. The central coast is home to many wineries, and is also conveniently located right next door to the ocean. From Santa Barbara, to San Luis Obispo, the central coast as so much to offer.

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From vineyards to mountains, if you love the outdoors you would love the central coast. In San Luis Obispo, there are many hiking trails, including one called Avila Ridge that literally has you hiking with a beautiful ocean view. San Luis Obispo was even named the ‘Happiest Place in America’ on the Oprah Winfrey show.

If you love fresh produce, most of California’s produce comes from the central coast, so make sure you visit the San Luis Obispo farmers market that happens every Thursday, year round and is located in the heart of Downtown San Luis Obispo. It’s no wonder people that live there are so happy!

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For you lovers of all things ocean, you can visit many different beaches, from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach, all the way up to Avila Beach. Avila is the warmest of all the central coast beaches, and even has a few wineries close by for all of you wine lovers out there.

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Make the central coast a priority on your list of things to do, it is well worth it!

How to pack Light and Stylish for Summer trips

Summer is the time for travel, whether it is heading with your kids to the beach, visiting friends and relative in other cities or going for vacation in the foreign land.

Whatever it is, the first thing that comes to mind when you plan it is how to pack? On my recent short vacation with my granddaughter to Washington DC I decided to travel light …

Shelley Komarov with her granddaughter Ava in Washington DC

Shelley Komarov with her granddaughter Ava in Washington DC

For comfort, which is very important for me, I choose my favorite pants from Komarov which I can wear with a T-shirt on the plane.

To dress up for dinner – here are my  favorite tops from the spring-summer collection.

Shoes are very important! They have to be both comfortable and go nicely with my outfits.

STYLE1The last minute invitation for a fancy dinner had to change my plans for simplicity. No problem – the black skirt with the black top from Nordstrom collection form Komarov solved the issue.

At the last moment I also packed my white skirt – to be prepared for the hot weather.

Best of all, my entire wardrobe that I picked fitted in my international size soft Tumi carry-on that every carrier allows to bring on board.

Bon voyage!

The Evolution of Red Carpet Fashion

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The tradition of the Red Carpet dates back to the mid-20th Century when studios ruled Hollywood. Awards shows gave studios an opportunity to showcase their talent for the world to see. Actors and actresses of the time were able to present their individual brand. Not only who they were as people but also highlight the characters they played in the movies. Lauren Bacall’s sexy floor length gowns and Katherine Hepburn’s trend-setting menswear gave the studios their publicity while allowing the Stars to promote their individual fashion.

Over the years, the evolution of design on the red carpet has gone from emphasizing individual style to designer product placement. The innovation we once saw that challenged current trends and revolutionized designs is now held tight in a safe space to hide from Fashion Disaster shows and Red Carpet chatter.

Shelley Komarov of Komarov Inc was a costume designer in Hollywood for many years before starting her own line. The Emmy Award Winning designer states that, “My job as a designer was to collaborate with actors and actresses and to bring my innovation to their unique style.” But in the 1990s, we saw strong shift in how fashion landed on the runway.

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In 1995, Uma Thurman wore her famous Prada Lilac Gown to the 67th Oscar Awards. Before this, designers had rarely used red carpet to flaunt their new styles and ideas. This dress got so much publicity and attention that designers realized a smash on the red carpet could land more press and buzz than a five-page spread in Vogue. In 2000, Halle Berry wore the game-changing white Valentino dress to the Golden Globes. Even those who didn’t watch the 2000 Grammys knew about J Lo’s V-cut Versace dress. Sometimes the publicity that surrounded the red carpet was bigger than the actual films being promoted.

Shows like E! Fashion Police who scold Stars for their risky fashion choices or magazine who rate red carpet Do’s and Don’ts, have made the red carpet a scary place to showcase fashion. When designers are putting all their money and labor into one dress to show on the red carpet, they shy away from anything to innovation. Playing it safe has become the trend to shield stars from any fashion ridicule. Stylists contribute even more to this problem by becoming the mind behind the celebrity’s fashion choice rather than the individual.

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Shelley Komarov with Matthew McConaughey

Komarov states, “Fashion on the red carpet was no longer a collaboration between designer and the actor. It became a place for stylists to water down unique styles and to serve as product placement for various designers.” We see a direct shift with young starlets playing it safe and sending beautiful but boring looks down the red carpet.

Overall this trend is trickling down everywhere. With the exception of trend-setters like Jennifer Lawrence who promote style at every turn, most of the red carpet is about staying between the lines. Emma Roberts may look great at film premieres, but she’s not doing anything to push the envelope or to challenge current trends. If all the young stars continue this trend, mainstream fashion will water down even more. Millennia customers will want more of the same and fashion will be anything but that.

The key to shifting away from this bland trend is to bring the power back to the celebrity and the designer. Bring back the idea of fashion collaboration to blend individual style with innovative ideas. To fight back against the fear of red carpet ridicule and use it as a venue to challenge the status quo and introduce new and exiting ideas while holding true to the style of the individual.

Many of today’s stars should consider the fashion advice of Judy Garland who said, “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of somebody else.”

Different Pairings

There is no reason to be weary of this denim trend – there are a multitude of fun ways to wear chambray shirts. Whether dressed up or down, chambray shirts are excellent ways to add extra appeal to your ensembles.

One of the many ways to wear chambray shirts is by pairing them with a skirt, especially floral. The combination of a full mini skirt and one of these marvelous tops creates an instant femme look. For a more casual look, opt for a loose printed maxi skirt instead.

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Lace always works well when it comes to adding a touch of elegance to an outfit so why not pair it with chambray? Tuck your chambray shirt into a pair of tiered, lace shorts for a nice ensemble that is suited for many occasions

The best way to rock a chambray shirt is over a dress such as one from Komarov designs. This combination creates an appearance that boasts style that everyone is sure to take notice of!

Unique Art

There are many different perceptions of art and chances are, there are a plethora that you have never heard of. Here are several out-of-the-world art forms that are sure to blow your mind:

Matchstick Art: In this art form, the artists makes sculptures out of a mixture of unlit and lit matches. Things brings the phrase “playing with matches” to a whole new level.

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Tin Foil Art: Tin foil art can range from carvings in the foil all the way to sculptures. It is truly amazing how artists can take something that people typically use to cover food and transform it into a true masterpiece.

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Popcorn Artists: One of the most popular popcorn artists is Harry Kallenberg who makes intricate pieces of art by drawing on pieces of popcorn. Some of his works of art include a replica of Mickey Mouse!

If you plan on heading to a local art gallery or festival in hopes of witnessing some unique forms of art, step out in a dress from Komarov designs to leave everyone in awe over your beauty.

Starry Night

Prints are such a fun way to spice up an evening. What’s great is you don’t have to think much about accessories. Simply throw on a simple heel and a small necklace and the dress will speak for itself.

You can get really fun with this whimsical print below. It’s almost the NEW floral taking elements of design from the galaxy, some from the animal print and colors that truly shine!Komarov-4147