September 1 2017

The Best Total Solar Eclipse Photo You’ve Ever Seen

One of my photographer friends, Navid Baraty, recently released this photo of last week’s solar eclipse. First, I want to note that I just love the word totality. (It’s beautiful!) Now, on to the shot.

What he basically did was combine 12 exposures to capture the sun’s corona during the total eclipse. “I did my best to capture how the moment actually looked in the sky.”

Redditors loved his shot, shooting it up to their #1 post a few days ago. Some comments he received included:

“Wow this is incredible! I had the chance to see the corona in person and this is spot on, great shooting!”
“Yeah this is the first photo I’ve seen that actually aproaches what I saw that day. Kudos.”
“Great job, this is the closest I’ve seen a photo come to how it looked like in real life. It’s really phenomenal how amazing and gorgeous the Corona looks, it blew my mind.”

Navid shot this photo in Madras, Oregon. Spectacular!

August 28 2017

6 Interesting Things To Check out Today

I found it so cool that Lorde danced her way through the VMA’s because she had the flu and, thus, couldn’t sing. What a brave woman!

Entrepreneurs say this is the No. 1 factor in their success. Can you guess what it is?

This is for all you cheese lovers out there.

What a cute and quirky lamp. (Note: I have a thing for owls.)

Does anyone else see “cat ears“?

So much hate on the newsstands. Kinda makes you depressed.

August 9 2017

We’re Designing Our Dreamy All White Kitchen

Due to a leak in our kitchen, we are getting the opportunity to completely remodel our kitchen. One day we came home from work and found the whole island removed! I’ve always wanted a very modern but glamorous kitchen – all white with gold handles. Instead of going with Houzz, I decided to try out Laurel & Wolf.

We went with the highest plan, the Signature, which is $249 per room. After providing our “inspiration pics,” I shared Christina Applegate’s kitchen, you get three different room concepts from three different designers. For an extra $100, you get to work with one of the more experienced designers, which we read was well worth it.

We got our three designs back and this one (picture above) is the one that I instantly loved. It’s a ten day process, the designer creates a design board for you and you get to comment on each picture, telling him or her what you love or hate. Then, they fine tune their board.

Now let’s see if we can make this happen!

August 8 2017

BIG, BIG ART NEWS AT THE BROAD!

One of my all-time favorite artists (and presumably yours) is having a blockbuster event at The Broad in Los Angeles! Yayoi Kusama already has one Infinity Room there but now there will be six of them! Yes, six!

The Broad is the only California stop on its six venue North American tour.

The exhibition will be on view from October 21-January 1, and advance tickets for the full run of the show will go on sale September 1. A limited number of same-day standby tickets will be available each day during the run of the exhibition. Mark your calendars, people!

Per The Broad:
“Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors will provide visitors with the unique opportunity to experience six of Kusama’s infinity rooms—the artist’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments—alongside large-scale installations and key paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the early 1950s to the present, which contextualize the foundational role the concept of infinity has played in the artist’s work over many decades and through diverse media. The exhibition also marks the North American debut of numerous new works by the 88-year-old artist, who is still actively creating in her Tokyo studio. These include large-scale, vibrantly colored paintings and the recently realized infinity room, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, featuring dozens of her signature bright yellow, dotted pumpkins.”

Advance tickets $25 for adults, children 12 and under free. This will be a a must see!!!

August 1 2017

The Only Way I Shop: Subscription Boxes

I used to be a person who enjoyed the mall experience. Wander around department stores like Bloomingdales or Nordstroms and picking out a thing or two. BUT THEN! I discovered subscription boxes and I was hooked!

You may have heard that Amazon just entered to the game. (You have to be a Prime member.) There, you can select 3 to 15 items of clothes or accessories and you have seven days to decide on whether or not you’ll keep any of them. It’s good for the working women who doesn’t want to spend a lot on work clothes like dresses.

I tried Stich Fix and I just felt like it didn’t fit my personality. The clothes were too bright, didn’t fit and wasn’t up to par in quality. So I turned my attention to two companies in the game: MM.LaFleur and Le Tote.

MM.LaFleur makes polished clothes for the working women. Their prices are a bit high but they’re pretty fashionable despite the fact that they’re clothes for work. I usually just buy one out of the five or six pieces they send me. Their customer service is great, a stylist sends you an email asking you if there’s anything you need. After I try on all my clothes, I jump on my computer to give my feedback about each individual item. This ranges from style (did not fit, does not like the color) to price (too expensive). You have only four days to try on the clothes and then return them in their prepaid mailer. Recently, I got this this jacket called the Woolf. It’s like a stretchy blazer. It has small shoulder pads that give you that extra umph. It’s my new favorite piece of clothing. You can dress it up or down. Today I’m wearing a Skylar Yoo statement tee with it along with black leggings and heels.

The second company I’m buying from is Le Tote. This works like “Netflix.” You pay $49 dollars per month for three items of clothes and two accessories. After you’ve worn their clothes, you can return them for more. Cool thing is that you can keep your items as long as you like but, if you’re like me, you either buy it or you return it soon so you can get the next box. You’re basically paying the monthly fee so why not get the most bang for the buck (variety). It’s important to note that this company lets you “swap” out items and pick them out yourself, rather than have your stylist just send you what they think you want. They’re having a big clearance sale right now if you want to see what they offer. I recently got this blue floral blouse and I loved it enough to buy it.

Shopping will never be the same again! Bye bye department stores. Hello, online subscription boxes!

July 21 2017

Pink Sequined Christian Louboutin Boots

Wow! Now these are some shoe stopping shoes! Christian Louboutin looks like they’re taking a page out of the playbook of Saint Laurent’s rhinestone boots that was all the rage (especially when Rihanna wore it). Love how these come in a subtle but shimmering blush color, yet they still have their trademark red sole. Of course, these Loubtouin’s are sequins and Saint Laurent’s were made of rhinestones but both are pretty fab!

July 21 2017

Rainbow Converse Designed by Mara Hoffman

Designer Mara Hoffman is one of those cool designers I like to keep my eye on. I love her colorful bathing suits and her long dresses. She recently collaborated with Converse to create these ultra-unique shoes. (You know I have a thing for rainbows.) They don’t officially go on sale till August but I found them on Free People’s website today so you can purchase them early, before they run out. They’re actually embroidered shoes! They come in two colors, I prefer this one called Purple Multi.

They’re expected to be shipped out on August 4th.

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