Five Simple Ways to Refresh your Wardrobe today!

Look fabulous with the help of the shawls! Blogger Evelina Galli shows step by step how to easily revamp your wardrobe with different shawls. You can find number of them at http://www.komarov.com

Destination Weddings

When I think “destination wedding,” my mind conjures up a romantic “toes in the sand” exchange of vows.  I think of a tropical island or beautiful all-inclusive resort like Beaches in Cancun, Mexico.  There are so many places in the world to host a beautiful getaway wedding.  So, if gathering your “nearest and dearest” and heading off to a far away place for the big day is your dream, you will want to plan it as far in advance as possible.f467cf0d12d40c5d96765b39b290e1d8

These type of weddings are ideal for a smaller guest list, which makes it easier to share an intimate get away over a few days with those you are closest to.  Surprisingly, depending on where you live, destination weddings can actually be more reasonable than having one back home. Hosting your event during a particular spot’s “off-season” is a terrific way to go.  Rates are usually discounted so you won’t break the bank for your guests.

Even if money isn’t an issue for you, it may be for some of them.  Keep in mind, that the best time of year for a particular venue will also be when it hosts more tourists. Because of this, prices may go up quickly, not only for the site of your event, but for airline flights to get there.  Booking early can be a great way to lock in reasonable rates so that those you really want to be there will be able to come.

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Wherever your dream destination may be, make it a fun and creative experience by doing your research and checking out Pinterest for some amazing ideas.

Olive and Thyme: Los Angeles

Recently, I went to a popular L.A. restaurant called Olive and Thyme at their new location near Burbank.  I never got the chance to check out their old site, so I was anxious to go to this new one in Toluca Lake, California.  Right in the heart of many Los Angeles production studios, it is amazing.

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With a unique and fun energy, I was a big fan of their all-white theme and inviting ambiance.  You walk in and are immediately grabbed by positive vibes from a friendly staff and patrons enjoying delicious food.  The latte I had was absolutely delicious, so kudos to the Barista!slide2

Lunch was terrific and since they also offer breakfast and serve dinner after five, I am looking forward to going back very soon.  If you live in the Los Angeles area, or are just visiting, I encourage you to give this restaurant a try.  With street parking available nearby it is convenient and you will be very happy you did.

The Mother of the Bride

If you have ever planned a wedding, whether large or small, you know just how much hard work goes into orchestrating such an event.  Many brides who tied the knot this summer may have looked to their Mom’s for help.

Although the star of the show is always the beautiful bride, her mother often plays an important role. Providing emotional support or financial, she is very likely behind the scenes.

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Mother’s sometimes go unappreciated. We often take them for granted, especially around the time of “the big day.” Because so much is involved in planning a wedding it may be helpful to have your mother’s advice and opinions. You might not agree with all of them, but deep down most of us believe that mom really does know best.

Komarov has some great dresses that will be perfect for the wonderful mother of the bride (and groom)! http://www.komarovinc.com shows these and many more.

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Perhaps you are unsure about how involved you want your mother to be in the special day. If this is the case, why not skim through the list below with her. Provided by http://www.theknot.com, it can be a helpful tool to decide not only what you need, but how to honor mom as an integral part of the event. After all, your wedding is a big day for your parents too. The list is also a friendly reminder of some critical details that you will not want to overlook.

  • Help bride and groom scout out ceremony and wedding reception sites, and ask friends/family for vendor recommendations.
  • Serve as the main contact for wedding pros (especially if the wedding is taking place in your town and the bride lives elsewhere).
  • Help bride choose her wedding dress, trousseau, and wedding-night peignoir.
  • Compile and submit names and addresses of your family and friends to be included on the master guest list.
  • Talk to the groom’s family about whom they want to include on the guest list and manage the difficult task of limiting the number of guests, if necessary.
  • Help research family or ethnic traditions and heirlooms to incorporate into the ceremony or reception.
  • Determine what the bride wants you to wear on the big day and find a gorgeous mother of the bride dress. Then, consult with the groom’s mom on what you two will be wearing. You’ll both feel more comfortable if your elegance is in sync. Start looking for the perfect dress.
  • Attend (and possibly help organize) the bridal shower and the rehearsal dinner.
  • Escort the bride down the aisle if the bride’s father isn’t planning on it. (In a Jewish wedding both parents accompany the bride.)
  • In a Christian wedding, be seated in the first pew directly before the ceremony and leave the chapel first afterward.
  • Stand in the receiving line to greet guests; traditionally, as reception hostess, the mother of the bride heads up the line.
  • Sit at the parents’ table (if there is one).
  • Dance with the father of the bride (or other escort) and the groom during the formal first-dance sequence.
  • Remind the bride often how special she is and that she’ll be the most beautiful bride in history.
  • Let the bride cry on your shoulder anytime, day or night (you know, be a mom).

Here’s to all you brides out there and to your Moms and future Mother-in-laws too! May the day be perfect for all of you!

Summer 2014: The Summer of Weddings

This summer seemed to be filled with weddings.  Love really is in the air.  One of the major trends for these ceremonies was holding them at the beach, a venue which can be exquisite, especially because of its simplistic beauty.

Because weather is unpredictable, you may have to keep your fingers crossed before your event, but with a great wedding planner and Mother Nature on your side, a wedding on the beach can be anything but ordinary.  What a truly amazing place to unionize two people.  Where else can you get the beauty of the ocean as your backdrop?

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One of my favorite color schemes at beach weddings this year was turquoise, pink and white.  These three colors complement each other and the hues of sand and sea perfectly.  They lend a more elegant look to the natural setting.

In line with this color choice, the Komarov champagne pink dress is perfect.  Perhaps a bridesmaid dress?

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Seashells by the seashore are wonderful, on hand accessories and a must have at any wedding on the beach.  Small shells are a perfect addition to any centerpiece, offering a beautiful, subtle touch to your decorations.

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One way to get really creative at the beach is through outdoor lighting.  Opt to use as many candles as possible for a romantic look.  Hopefully the wind will be on your side for your special day.

Congratulations to all you newlyweds out there!  We wish you much happiness.  And for those planning your dream wedding, best of luck!

 

Pumpkin season

Nowadays it seems that we don’t give one season a chance to be over before we are into the next one. I was thinking about this the other day when I noticed that pumpkin options had started to sprout up around town in various grocery stores and coffee houses. But alas, it’s true. Summer is just about winding down and pumpkin season will begin.

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It won’t be long before we are wearing Sangria, Cypress, Cognac, Misted Yellow and Aurora Red, the fall colors according to www.pantone.com.

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Any moment now Starbucks customers will trade in their frappuccino for pumpkin spice latte. In no time, bakery shelves will be filled with pumpkin muffins and cookies, restaurant specials will include pumpkin ravioli and specialty shops will carry pumpkin soup. So why not consider making some homemade pumpkin pie?

 

 

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It’s actually an interesting idea considering pumpkin’s health benefits. Pumpkins are loaded with beta carotenes (their bright orange skin is a tell tale sign), carotenoids that either work as antioxidants or convert to Vitamin A. They play a key role in our well being. Vitamin A helps with healthy development, keeps your immune system working well and helps your vision. Antioxidants help fight against free radicals. Pumpkins also contain minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium. They are high in fiber and low in calories. All of these factors make indulging in pumpkin treats seem like a not too guilty pleasure.

 

Here’s the original Libby’s® Pumpkin Pie recipe that has been around for decades. It is easy to make and delicious. Besides that, your house will smell fall wonderful as it is baking.

 

Libby’s® Original Pumpkin Pie Recipe:

Preheat oven to 425 – Pie makes 8 servings

 

1 can Libbys® pure pumpkin (15 oz)

1 12 oz. can Nestle® Carnation evaporated milk

2 large eggs

½ tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp ground cloves

¾ cup granulated sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp salt

1 unbaked deep dish pie shell (4 cup size)

 

MIX Sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt in a small bowl.

BEAT eggs in a large bowl.

STIR pumpkin and sugar spice mixture into large bowl with Eggs.

STIR Evaporated Milk in gradually.

POUR into pie shell.

BAKE for 15 minutes at 425.◦

Reduce temperature to 350◦ – Bake at this temp. for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool before serving.

If desired, add some low fat Cool Whip. It’s delicious!

Treat yourself: The Penthouse, Santa Monica, CA

One of the most enjoyable things in life is going out to eat and experiencing a great meal.  It’s can be so much nicer to enjoy a fun social event at a restaurant among good company, than to have to cook and clean up at home.

I recently visited The Penthouse in Santa Monica, California and was amazed. Living in Los Angeles, you often hear about restaurants that you “have to try” and this is definitely one of them. When you arrive at The Huntley hotel, you are escorted to a private elevator that takes you to the top floor, 18 stories up and overlooking Santa Monica Beach and Los Angeles.

The restaurant takes dinner reservations or you can hope to find a spot and have drinks and small plates in their lounge area as we did.  My friend and I had decided to go last minute, but since there isn’t a bad seat in the house, we were very happy with our experience.

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The decor is absolutely breath taking, with everything covered in white.  Some tables look like VIP cabana’s and some are fireside with 360º views of the Pacific ocean from Malibu to the Hollywood skyline.  It just may be the best view in L.A. The restaurant is known for its contemporary cuisine and creative cocktails.. We shared a cheese plate and I had a cucumber martini and both were absolutely delicious.

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The restaurant’s vibe and service were wonderful and although it is not inexpensive, you absolutely get what you pay for.  The food, drinks and view are all well worth it.  I can’t wait to go back for a special occasion dinner.  If you want to enjoy a fancy evening with ambiance, 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 seems to be popping up everywhere.  This fermented organic tea can be found in grocery stores, festivals and even on some restaurant’s beverage menus.  It’s popularity is growing in large part to the rise in consumers wanting healthier options when it comes to food and beverages.  We should all be concerned with good health and its never to late to get on board the healthy train. But what exactly IS Kombucha and is it good for you? There are mixed opinions about its’ benefits.

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I did some research and discovered that the process of making Kombucha is an unusual one.  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, without refrigeration, for 7 to 14 days.  Usually by this time a “glop,” known as a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, grows over the surface. It may not exactly sound appetizing, but there are some that say it is 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 “good” bacteria.” Some suggest that these probiotics can help boost your immune system and improve digestion, but the debate continues.

“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 will make your own decisions about it, but I was really interested in finding out what this drink was all about, and now, that I know I am more curious than ever.

Art by Mattie Sproul

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I recently attended an opening at The Inn Gallery, an art 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 really caught my eye. Mattie Sproul from San Francisco, California creates one of a kind artwork using only pieces of magazine clippings.  If you are a lover of art, you will really appreciate the work that she has done to create her original masterpieces.

One of my favorites from the show is seen above.  Another, the artist’s self portrait, is shown below:Mattie3

Mattie donated a few of her pieces to the raffle that evening and the opening was a huge success.  The many in attendance were seen having a great time sipping wine while enjoying the artwork.  I absolutely loved all of Ms.Sproul’s work and wish her and her art great success.