Over the summer I made a quick trip to my favorite bustling city Manhattan with my dad after attending a wedding on the Jersey Shore. This post also gives me an excuse to share a classic hit by iconic rapper and New York native Jay-Z. My trip began with a Chinatown bus adventure and ended with a mother f**ker with a hat. The trip may have also involved a meeting inside the Empire State building, walking into a free concert on the street, catching a Broadway show or two, sampling some of the island’s finest cuisine, cosmos ala some fabulous New Yorkers we all know and love, morning runs in Central Park, a Papaya Dog, and tea at the Plaza. The cherry on top of the cosmo was meeting the ridiculously good-looking, talented charmer, and star of the Broadway hit Catch Me if You Can, Aaron Tveit. You may recognize him as Tripp Vanderbilt on Gossip Girl, I mean if you actually watch that show. I was also thrilled to meet up with an old friend from high school and one of the most sophisticated and cultured girls I know, Sylvana. We had the most delightful day picnicking in Central Park and visiting one of my favorite museums, The Met. The NYU alum and art historian took me on a grand tour of the museum which included viewing an Alexander McQueen exhibit highlighting the life of the brilliant designer and visionary. We were even able to get a photo on the Met steps ala some other tres fab girls that rule the Upper East Side every Monday night. Come on you know you love them. xo
While relaxing in the Tuileries on my day off from work, one summer day in Paris I met some awesome girls from Austin Texas, Veronica and Ariana. We immediately bonded over fashion, cupcakes, carousels, Fitzgerald, Audrey Hepburn and Tautou films and well Gossip Girl and other delicacies. I decided to take them under my wing and take them to all of my favorite Parisian hot spots. This of course included a trip to my favorite Salon de Te La Duree. We decided to commemorate our friendship and trip with matching kitschy (and cheesy) I heart Paris lighters. Though the flame is dwindling, I still have my lighter and think of these girls and my trip every time I use it. At least we will always have Paris though… Photo Cred to Veronica Camara an aspiring photographer who took all of these amazing pictures. Check out more of this talented photographer’s work here: www.camaraphotography.tumblr.com
Midnight in Paris was released I could not wait to see it. From the cinematography, to the costumes, story, humor and music this delightful film totally exceeded my expectations. Woody Allen you’ve done it again. I feel like the filmmaker must have catered this film just for me. Then just when I thought the film could not get anymore amazing I came across this little gem of a video on the internet. This viral video which was created by the brilliantly witty and talented Maxwell Gray, is a mashup of Woody Allen’s 2011 film and Jay-Z and Kanye’s siiiiick track “N*ggas in Paris.” The video even incorporates my favorite comedy duo J.B. Smoove and Larry David. Nuff said. It’s all of my favorite things from last year wrapped up into one awesome video. I mean that shit kray.
I know its cliche but j’aime Paris and just think it is an enchanting place. I’ve been lucky and able to spend some summers in this city and each time my obsession with this place intensifies. For this reason when the film
I’m not the biggest breakfast person. I know its supposed to be “the most important meal of the day” but frankly I’d rather sleep than eat. This exquisite video makes me almost not want to miss this meal though.
This year I was further reminded that Valentine’s day is not just about having one special person in your life. Rather it is about showing everyone that you care about how much you appreciate them. In addition to relaxing and taking care of myself I thought I would make special treats for my friends and family. I made cute cake pops for the first time as well as little post-it Valentine cards to go along with them. I had a blast baking and decorating the desserts and enhanced the experience by listening to nothing but Electro and Pop music. My playlist included Brittney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Robyn, Class Actress, Mika, and of course Avicii. I hope everyone enjoyed the treats as much as I enjoyed making them.
I had the pleasure of having lunch in the charming college town of Eagle Rock with my clever friend and Occidental student, Alex. Alex and I met in the Caribbean and instantly bonded over our love of Auntie Em’s Kitchen’s red velvet cupcakes. We agreed that a visit to Auntie Em’s was definitely necessary when we returned to L.A. The cafe and bakery is a cute and popular local hang out that serves a variety of amazing dishes, as well as the most decadent desserts. So follow the modern day yellow brick road which is unfortunately the 405, to this hidden little eatery and don’t forget to try the tempting red velvet cupcakes.