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    Wednesday
    Apr162014

    DVF Exhibit - Wrap Dresses Everywhere! 

    DVF: Journey of a Dress - Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the DVF Wrap Dress

    If you're in L.A., the DVF wrap dress exhibit adjacent to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) has just been extended until May 1! I went with my friend Adrienne and we both loved it. One dress really did change the way women dress, work and feel about themselves starting in the 1970's.

    DVF dressesIt's free to enter, as it's separate from LACMA (though if you park in the LACMA lot, which is easiest, it's $10, and you'll pay at the ticket counter). It won't take you more than 30 minutes to go through as the exhibit is basically one big, bright, graphic room with all of her dresses on display.

    Colorful DVF dressesFeel like a woman - wear a dress! DVF EntranceAfter, don't miss LACMA's famous "Urban Light" outside the entrance - if you're a 15-year-old girl like I am, you may recognize them from No Strings Attached - I loved that Ashton Kutcher/Natalie Portman vehicle.

    Urban Light

    Monday
    Apr142014

    Beverly Hills Juice Club 

    Mixed Green with Banana-MannaI've returned to Beverly Hills Juice Club three times on this trip alone. The juice trend is crazy and I jumped on board a long time ago. But this version is my favorite in all the world - because they turn it into something that tastes like dessert.

    You can make any of their juices a BANANA-MANNA version. They will blend the juice with a frozen banana/almond concoction (you can also get frozen banana with sunflowers or cacao) to make it sweet, frothy, and icy. I love the Mixed Green or Big Ten juice for a great breakfast or the Apple Cinnamon or Apple Strawberry for an even sweeter treat.

    I KNOW you will become addicted too! Everything's organic so you can feel especially great about your drink. Also, they've been around since 1975 so stepping in is a bit like stepping into 70's L.A. with the white tiles. I guess it's technically Beverly Hills but it feels more like Mid-Cities/West Hollywood - it's all super close.

    Beverly Hills Juice Club: 8382 Beverly Blvd (cash only)

    Menu A line for juiceOutside

    Sunday
    Apr062014

    Welcome to the Del - Coronado 

    I just finished a week in Florida - Naples, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Key West - and flew straight to San Diego. I'm on assignment with National Geographic, which means I'm on the go, researching, eating, finding cool spots, taking photos, updating social media, meeting people from early mornings into the night, and writing, writing, writing late into the night (99.5% of the time it is amazing!!). But I had to take a moment and show you the view from my room at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego.

    I started this blog originally to write about hotels because I loved them so much - and my life and work has evolved so much. But to stay at this iconic hotel - well my heart skipped a beat when I walked into the lobby. And a few beats more when I saw this view.

    Friday
    Mar282014

    Sometimes You Look Like This While Traveling

    At Castlerigg in the Lake District (think Stonehenge, but better and far fewer visitors), I thought I was going to be carried away by gale-force winds. So, sometimes, no matter how many photos you make your dad take, your travel photos turn out like this! 

    Thursday
    Mar272014

    A West Side Trek to Gotham West Market

    When Gotham West Market opened a few months ago, I knew I had to get there soon. It has a lot of what I love about New York: great food and chefs, cool but under the radar location.

    It's been referred to as a "food court" and with that, I picture Auntie Anne's soft pretzels, Chick-Fil-A, and the general scent of fried food in the air. This is no food court - it's a smorgasbord of incredible, many New York-centric, vendors, eight to be exact.

    The Brooklyn KitchenYou'll want to browse at The Brooklyn Kitchen, an offshoot of their original store in Williamsburg. There are tons of made-in-Brooklyn items from pickles and peanut butter to salmon and cheese, but just tons of great products and a fun slate of cooking classes. 

    Inside Brooklyn KitchenCourt Street Grocers, another Brooklyn implant, serves sandwiches. El Comado is fabulous for tapas from Chef Seamus Mullen, who does incredible tapas at one of my favorites, Tertulia in the West Village. And foodies are trekking here specifically for ramen from Ivan Ramen, his first opening in the U.S. (there are two in Japan).

    It's an easy walk from Times Square on the far west side of Manhattan, technically in Hell's Kitchen. If you only have a limited time in New York, I'd skip it. But if you're on a return trip or interested in seeing what's new in NYC, it's definitely worth it!

    Gotham West Market: 600 11th Avenue between 44th & 45th St