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Have A Great Weekend!

29 Jun

{Photo courtesy of Cinespia}

Hey guys. What are you up to this “holiday” weekend? I’m going Standup Paddleboarding (again) in Long Beach tomorrow, but this time in a marina, so no crazy waves or possible shark attacks. Then in the evening, I’m going to picnic and watch Labyrinth at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Besides moving a few of my remaining belongings out of my house on Sunday, it should be a pretty relaxing weekend. Hopefully for you too! Here are some posts from around the web . . . . .

Possibility of ocean swim repeats for the 2012 CrossFit games?

Losing” friends to CrossFit

Another hilarious CrossFit parody video!

Andrea Ager is leaving Brick and opening up her own box. You can help her.

Have you registered  for the Fittest Party on Earth yet? (Maybe Froning will be there – Squeee!)

How to break habits.

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Restaurant Review: Tavern in Los Angeles

27 May

As we walked into Tavern, I couldn’t help but hum the lyrics of Drake’s “Fancy” in my mind. “Nails done, hair done, everything did,” I hummed. Except when I looked at my nails, they were definitely not done and the texture of my hair was similar to a poodle’s during a rainstorm. “At least my dress does me a little justice”, I thought.

The folks at Tavern clearly have a knack for the details, which is what sets them apart from other restaurants. I really loved the light brown leather tufted sofas lining each corner of the dining room, complete with plush pillows. The green fabric chairs & sofas really complimented the exposed brick wall in the very back as well as the off-white molded walls, which gave it a very New York feel, even though I’ve actually never been to New York. The mirrors, which took up about half of the wall space, made the room feel very open & airy and the high white ceiling with exposed windows up top gave a beautiful natural lighting which made it feel as if  we were sitting outside. My favorite part though, was the tree growing up from the floor in the middle of the room. Trees always radiate such positive energy and that could definitely be felt.

As we were led to the main dining room, it was so obvious which table was ours. It was my friend’s birthday after all and no birthday of hers is complete without over-the-top decorations! She did an Alice in Wonderland theme, so our table was filled with cute little details which she dropped off for the staff beforehand and they had beautifully set up prior to our arrival. To name a few: A rabbit wearing a clock on top of a blue polka dot box, a mouse in a tea cup, silver teapots with feathers coming from the stems, scones & muffins pierced with cards that read, “Eat Me” and berry mimosas with cards tied to the flute in blue ribbon that read “Drink Me.” They even printed up a custom menu for her party which read, “A Very Merry Unbirthday Tea Party” complete with a list of the delicious eats.

The eats were divine. From fresh berries, to lemon ricotta pancakes with huckleberry topping, to the most amazing eggs benedict I’ve ever had, and according to Yelp reviews, the best in all of Los Angeles, to frittata with asparagus, green garlic & spinach ending the brunch with the most incredible churritos (they were like biting into air) & English breakfast tea I’ve ever had.

It’s been ages since I’ve experienced such culinary delight. Highly, highly recommend!

 

 

How To: Throw A Mad Men Themed Party in L.A.

1 Apr
We all love watching Don Draper eloquently flaunt his sexual prowess on our television sets while poor Betty Draper slowly comes apart at the seams (and looks fabulous the entire time) and Joanie seductively swinging those dangerous curves in a bright form-fitted number, breaking hearts with that whip of a smile.  It’s sooo good, that sometimes we’re left feeling like we just… can’t… get…. enough. Well, that my friends, is when you throw a Mad Men themed party.

I should forewarn you though: A Mad Men theme party is not for the faint of brain. It can get pricey & time-consuming as fast as you can say, “Peachy keen, whippersnapper” if you’re not sharp in your planning. With a little bit of creativity, resources and patience, I’ll show how to make it a great success and have your friends talking about it for weeks.

 

The first task is finding the attire. This is the most important part. I used Joanie as my reference point because of my red hair. Joanie loves to wear bright, attention-grabbing colors & I was fortunate enough to find a beautiful red dress (pictured above) at Someone Else’s in Hollywood for $50. That was a little more than I had planned on spending for a dress, but it was worth it because it fit like a glove and flattered my hair. There are a lot of other great vintage shops in L.A. too that have equally great finds: The Way We Wore, Enid & Edgar Vintage, Iguana Clothing, Ozzie Dots & Belle Jar Vintage to name a few. For guys: Think skinny ties, smoking coats, thick rimmed glasses, suits etc. For gals: Think high neck line dresses (preferably at or past the knee), fur shrugs, low heels etc. And don’t forget accessories! Era appropriate jewelry will make or break your get up. I highly recommend wearing a brooch! I’m sure your grandma has one you can borrow.

Next, take staged pictures! We hired a van to go out and about in downtown L.A. and pre-partied at my house (which just so happens to be a 1950’s modern home). To set the tone, a friend brought over some old vintage National Geographics, newspapers, old vinyl (Nat King Cole) and a typewriter his mother had in storage. We took posed pictures to imitate some of the Mad Men cast photos we all love so much. It worked like magic because it got everyone really revved up to go out and rock this theme. Plus, we don’t look half bad! If you’re worried about how to edit your photos to get that vintage feel, fear not, Picnik is on your side! It’s easy, FREE and you don’t have to download anything.

Next, location, location, location. I specifically chose bars that were rocking a different era to keep the mood going. The first bar we went to was The Edison. It’s a 1930’s underground speakeasy bar/club with absinthe fairies to boot. The drinks are incredible, the crowd is beautiful and the bar decor is stunning. The best part was when we walked down the alley to the entrance, the bouncers wanted us to come into their bar because of the way we were dressed. It’s a nice change of pace from the usual L.A. clubbing politics.

The next bar we went to was The Association. They have a 1970’s theme going with dim lights, gold and mirrors. I emailed them a few weeks prior and they set up a little seating area for us free of charge which I ended up being even more thankful for as we watched people pour into the bar. I ordered a dirty Hendricks martini and my friends ordered Manhattan Cocktails to stay in theme, which is just too much whisky for this girl. It was a great bar and once again, we were well received by the bar and it’s patrons!

Lastly, we went to The Varnish, which was sort of like an old-time dark diner, except with no food and absolutely mind-blowing cocktails! The seating is not friendly for large groups but the white russian I ordered was well worth the drama of being separated into two tables across the room from each other. It was the best white russian I’ve ever had; truly divine. The best part? One of the girls who was working at The Varnish that night works on the set of Mad Men. She really went above and beyond to make our experience spectacular and I’m so thankful for that.

And lastly (for a reason), is hair. The truth is, it was the hardest part. If you’re a guy, you can do a comb-over …or if you’re bald, wear a hat. If you’re a gal however, it’s not that easy. There are a plethora of hair tutorials online for these kinds of things but my hair and I just don’t have a good working relationship, so I used a bumpit. It did the trick and that’s all I’ll say about that.

Now get out there and do the twist!