January 25, 2017


Open Source Organics

"Raw. Vegan. 100% Organic" - Open Source Organics

Talk about being in the right place at the right time! About a year ago, I did a three mile hike in the West Hollywood hills area, and upon my final steps back to the parking lot, a food truck was waiting there. Being a girly girl and a lover of country-chic designs and clean lines, I locked my eyes on the cute mason jar full of juice. They were large in size, and if I recall correctly, about $9.

 "Hmm...Not bad," I thought, for something that was vegan, healthy and only made up of simple ingredients.

I was excited to try it, and picked out my juice, "Apple Pucker."

 The gluten-free, 100 percent organic and "made with LOVE," mixture of apple, lemon and mint tasted delicious, and its mojito resemblance (sans alcohol and additional sugar) was the perfect resource my body needed post-cardio sesh.

For weeks, er, months after that initial meet and greet, I couldn't forget that juice. Something about it was just THAT different to me. Thankfully through a diligent search and determination to not give up, I found out the name of the company that made this joyous concoction, Open Source Organics, and the rest is history.

If you're a foodie, like to live healthy, on a special diet, or just want to try something new, check them out. You'll be happy you did.

Open Monday-Sunday 7 am - 8 pm  7107 W Sunset Blvd, Hollywood CA, 90046 

Photo by @shoesdogsandchocolate

Photo by @opensourceorganics

Photo by @misoo_hungry

January 17, 2017

IMATS: 2017

It came and went and I was up front and center. The International Makeup Artist Trade Show (IMATS), is a hub for makeup artist to visit with  thousands of fellow artist working in film, TV, fashion and the red carpet. 

The first original IMATS opened its doors in Los Angeles in 1997, and has since become the go-to event to stock up on supplies, mingle with fellow artist and learn new techniques from youtube gurus and celebrity makeup artist. 

This year's event had amazing rows of brands, such as: Dose of Colors, Tarte, Kat Von D, Sigma, Anastasia Beveryly Hills, CoverFX, Wolfe, Koko and Violet Voss; and this is ONLY naming a few. 

Sigma Beauty


Bad Medina

Lit Cosmetics

Crimes of Beauty

Violet Voss

In addition to GREAT shopping, snagging samples and getting VIP Treatment from brands such as Dose of Colors, Kat Von D and Skindinavia -- it was pretty incredible to meet amazing makeup artist, Evelyn @evilyn_mua and Lilit @makeupbylilit . 

The fun didn't stop there. Dozens of "creatures" and "heroes" walked around the convention center floor captivating on-lookers with their unique prosthetics. 

Additionally, Make-Up Artist magazine, which produces IMATS hosted Oscar winner Joel Harlow, as he led a panel discussion on unique make up tactics and creations from movie sets such as Star Trek Beyond. As a makeup artist for 30 plus years, Harlow has witnessed remarkable cutting-edge makeup for high-caliber films and television projects.  Oh, and let's not forget, he's Johnny Depp's make-up artist. (SWOON!)

I digress. The IMATS was perfection this year and although it's never disappointed me before, every year has a different energy, a different vibe and this one radiated upwards. Until next year!

January 5, 2017

Anti-Frizz Hair Products to keep your mane sane

The weather is so fickle, isn't it? Don't let its weary ways mess with your hair. I personally know the struggle of wavy hair. I constantly blow dry it straight, and pinch it with a flat iron here and there for added smoothness, but that doesn't always solve the problem of Mother Nature, which is why I turn to some of the experts in hair transformation.

I'm sure you have your favorites, but I listed a few of the items I love to use when the weather goes from windy to an outright down pour. Hey, a girl's gotta look fabulous, right?

  • Alterna Bamboo Anti-Frizz Shampoo - This shampoo is my favorite as we speak! It's super creamy and gentle on my mane while thoroughly cleansing it from work and gym grime.  It's safe on color-treated hair and feels smooth while providing humidity resistance. The formula contains highly sustainable ingredients that are Eco-Certified, Fair-Trade compliant and Certified Organic. Paraben-free; sulfate-free; phthalate-free; DEA-free; TEA-free; petrochemical-free; synthetic color-free; dye-free
  • Moroccan Oil Treatment Light - This baby will give your hair an amazing face lift I mean, hair lift. Moroccanoil® light is specifically formulated for the delicate needs of light-colored (including platinum and white) and fine hair. Infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins, this nourishing treatment detangles, speeds up drying time and boosts shine --you'll be obsessed with, I promise! For fuller, thicker hair, use the original formula. I usually snatch mine at a local high-end beauty supply store, but your hair salon may have it also.
  • Philip Kingsley Weatherproof Hairspray - perfect for  all hair types,  this medium hold-non-aerosol, anti-static and weatherproof spray will give you shine and weather protection without the stickiness.                                                                             
  • Living Proof Moisturizing Anti-Frizz Conditioner - This conditioner is silicon free and is instead powered by Living Proof's patented Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA), which won't weigh hair down, but rather create a barrier that is said to block out up to 70 percent humidity. In addition, hair will feel smoother, lighter and cleaner. -um, sign me up!
  • Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Seasilk Oil Gel - both a treatment and a styling product, this velvety, lightweight oil gel offers a gentle styling definition to your locks without weighing it down. I usually dab a dime size in my hands and smooth it across my bangs and the middle of my hair to the ends. I love it!

  • Got a product you love that wasn't featured here? Let me know about it! Comment in the section below or check out my Facebook page and comment there. Happy hair day!

    Alterna flat iron
    $26 - nordstrom.com

    Alterna hair shampoo
    $17 - thehut.com

    Moroccanoil haircare

    Philip Kingsley styling product
    $12 - net-a-porter.com

    January 2, 2017

    It's a Date!

    There's nothing more exciting than getting ready for a first date, so do it in style and get inspired with this sophisticated, on-point look that is sure to knock his socks off and have you sparkling, rather it's a day date, or an evening meet and greet. Ciao, Bella!

    Classic beauty