An Evening of Wine at Coco Laurent

Coco Laurent sits right in the middle of the dining fairway better known as Restaraunt Row in Downtown Los Angeles. Opening up directly adjacent to what is now considered the pioneering Downtown Los Angeles legend, Bottega Louie; Coco is a considerable contrast in dining experience offering elevated outdoor patio dining and Wine Bar. I have lately taken an attraction to their wine selection along with the cheese plate and desert menu. On a special invitation from Coco's Sommelier, Henri Marquis, Mr. Marquis took us through a very well curated journey of hand selected wines paired with wonderful small plates.

Tuna Crudo
The Tuna Crudo was topped with avocado mousse, chili oil and lemon confit. 

The Whites
La Petite Perriere Sauvignon Blanc, Chateau Le Grand Verdus 2010 Bordeaux Blanc and NoCo Chardonnay. 
Lucien Albrecht Brut Rose
 Lucien Albrecht Brut Rose is sweet and easy to swallow.

Dopff & Irion Gewurztraminer Cuvee Rene Dopff 2011
Cheese Salami Plate
The cheese plate included Prosciutto, Rosette de Lyon, Bresaola, Pettite Basque, Tallegio, Dolce Gorgonzola, Honey and Port-onion compote. 
The Reds

Chateau de Beauregard -ducourt Bordeaux, Los Dos Grenache, Pinot Noir Conte de Lyne Bourgogne Gironde.

 And for desert....Monvendo Moscato!

Tarte au Chocolat
The Tart au chocolate is made of Valhona fleur de sel and strawberry basil compote.


Fitness Review: This is Making My Workouts So Much More Fabulous

Fabletics is quickly becoming my go to fitness brand. I just wish I didn’t have to wait for a month for my next outfit! Here is my last outfit. I ran the Firecracker 10K Run in this look. This outfit is the Desio Top and the Asaro Leggings

Fabletics is part of the JustFab family that focuses on multi-functional fitness clothing. So basically, pieces that can go from the gym to the office. My outfit is more in the fitness realm but I can see how I can use the top as part of another outfit that works for daytime and possibly pairing the leggings for a chic business casual look. I’ve already got my pairing together for tomorrow’s post so look out I plan to milk this one! 

I must say, the Asaro Leggings are amazing. They have fantastic support. The fit is Medium Compression. I have worn these for an entire day and they were completely comfortable. Typically if I throw on a pair of leggings for the day, I am ready to take them off by 4pm. I think it is the Four - Way Stretch that makes them so incredibly comfortable. Also, the hidden pocket is really made well. The inner fabric doesn’t shift or get lumpy. I ran with a Metro Card inside as a test ( I figured it was better than attempting to try it out with a credit card or I.D.). The fabric is layered enough to  protect the sharp edges of the card from poking you in the hipbone. Providing you buy them in the right size; the closer is pretty snug so you don’t risk loosing anything.

The Desio Top has a really powerful and athletic fit. The cafe resistant fabric is wonderful. After 6 miles in the hills, the last thing you need is chafing. The top is actually really good for layering as well. I actually have a tank top under in these photos. 

When I purchased this outfit, I was new to Fabletics. I received a bit of s discount. I only paid $32.67 for this look. Stay tuned for my next post where I will show you so outfit combinations in order to transition from the gym to the office.

Desio Top

Four-Way Stretch

Asaro leggings

Four-Way Strech

The Business Behind NYC Couture Fashion Week and the Laurie Elyse Collection

Couture Fashion Week New York 2014 
You may have heard and even attended Couture Fashion Week in NYC or another major city but just in case the fashion news hasn’t reached you yet with all of the “Fashion Weeks” popping up around the globe, I am going to give you a quick recap of New York Couture Fashion Week 2014. 
Show Closer for Laurie Elyse
Last month I walked in NYCFW for designer/artist, Laurie Elyse whom has been a long time client of mine. She is traditionally known for crafting true couture and avante garde pieces unlike many of todays designers whom have opted in the direction of more conventional and easy to sell collections. This season her collection was called, “Bandages” and mainly represented an expression of medical art. 

NYCFW is produced  twice a year overlapping Mercedes Benz NYFW . The multi-day event features several shows per day and hosts a number of entertainment performances by musicians, artists and the like. This year NYCFW was held at the New Yorker Hotel in which I reviewed in my previous post. New season it will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan. 

Finale, me with designer, Laurie Elyse
Couture, historically known as symbolism for extreme luxury, limited to a uniquely crafted piece that can only be purchased by one client at a extremely high price. In respect to NYCFW and specifically Laurie’s collection most of the pieces although each very unique, represent more of a statement, creative message and art piece rather than functional clothing (even at the highest level). It is true that the understanding of  “Couture” today means different things to different people. With the purchasing power of Couture evolving to include clients from all over the world and not just France, so does the idea and expectation of Couture. Making couture pieces is extremely labour-intensive and can be an extreme expense for the designer. Most successful Couture designers offer  more accessible versions of their Couture brands such as cosmetics, perfumes and accessories.

With collections such as Laurie’s, pieces often end up in museums or are purchased for the private collections of wealth art collectors whom have taken an interest in the artists pieces. I wanted to share with you a diagram of the materials Laurie used to create her collection. I used one of my photos from the runway show to create a diagram and label the pieces with the materials used.
Description of materials used 

Now you may asking, what is the advantage in walking in a shows such the NYCFW and  Laurie’s collection? 
Well, I will leave that for another post in the very near future! Until then, Enjoy!

Food & Travel Review: New Yorker Hotel, Pod39 and for the Love of Coffee

Nothing pairs together better than travel, hotels, snow and coffee! While in New York City a few weeks ago, I found myself in a love vs. hate cycle of trying to make myself feel at home between two different hotels and staying warm but yet functional while bunkering the snow storm that took over the city.

After NYFW, I decided it was easier (and cheaper) to stay in the city a few extra days than get stuck in airports across the country frustrated by delays, blizzards and grounded planes. I attempted to escape to Florida to no avail and instead snuggled up on Murray Hill at the Pod 39. After spending the first leg of my trip in the bustling heart of the NYFW at the New York Hotel, which was still hosting shows throughout the weekend; I wanted a little peace and quiet and to be quite frank, I didn’t want to wear makeup or high heels for a few days and I didn’t want anyone to see too much of me - God forbid!

I ended up with the best of both worlds - spending two nights in one of the most historically fashionable hotels in NYC and two nights in one of Manhattan’s trendy, efficient and budget friendly hotels. In between blizzards, I managed to taste test a coffee or two..ok more like half a dozen but who is counting!

Here are some photos and tips if you are planning to stay at the New Yorker Hotel or the Pod39.


It is great to be in such a historic place. The Art Deco style automatically adds a level of glamour and significance to your stay. Thank goodness for good beds and great views! As much as I needed a day off, if it wasn’t for my love of fashion, I would have stayed in bed watched the snow fall all day. There are plenty of floor to ceiling mirrors in the hotel, making it great for selfies and the occasional makeup touchups.

- Get a map! Not just for the City but for the Hotel itself. I spent years in NYC and have probably had meetings, castings and attended events in the New Yorker Hotel a million times but nothing beats actually staying there and getting lost, especially if you have to regularly travel between rooms on different floors - in heels!

- Go outside to Eat! Hotel food can be risky. You never know what you are in for until you get there. Maybe I have been spoiled but exotic meals and extremely fresh produce by I would like to think I still have my hustle about me. Nevertheless, considering the prices and the quality of food, definitely plan to eat outside of the New Yorker. After all, it is NYC and there are tons of eateries to explore.

- Bring a fan! No seriously - bring a fan because there is no ventilation in the bathrooms and your room will smell like shower sweat if you don’t. Credit where credit is due, the New Yorker Hotel has undergone a tremendous turn around in recent years and is still undergoing improvements.

- Bring extra towels. Understandably, the hotels was extremely full and the staff was probably stretched to the max with all of the  models, designers, makeup artist - you get my point but unless you are willing to track down room service two floors down to get a fresh set of towels before you shower, I suggest you pack a back up set of your own.

- Never leave without I.D. Not even to the front desk. This may seem like a no brainer but if you’re thinking that you are just going downstairs fro a cup of coffee "its no big deal”, think again or plan to have someone in your room who can verify that you are who you say you are. Once you go past the security guards in the lobby, be prepared to show your room key and I.D. before you head back up or call your room to verify your staying there….just saying!

- Pick another option of coffee! You know I had to throw this one in. Not every hotel carries great coffee but consider this a warning and be prepared!

- Cash is King! I admit, I have always been quite lazy about carrying cash and this was one of those times. If you are planning on leaving your luggage with the concierge upon checkout or until your transportation arrives, be sure to carry cash. It is only a few bucks ($2 per bag) but this fee can not be added to your room charges or credit card. Hopefully this changes in the future. (As of February 2014.)

Oh, How I love the Miami trend in The City! Honestly, this is what it felt like staying at the Pod39. Pod39 is a bright, hip and trendy hotel with lots of really cool looking people bustling about. There is a divvy bar/restaurant adjacent from the lobby called Salvation Taco. If I was in LA I would have definitely wanted to try it out but being back in NYC, the last thing I wanted to have was a taco! This is of course no fault of their own. How could they have known! Haha!

The truth of the matter is that I have very, very little to complain about Pod39 ( if you want to consider a review a fashionable form of a complaint board than you are going to be very disappointed my friend). I think what made Pod39 so great was that it isn’t too much hotel to handle and you are pretty much left to your own devices.

I really thought the room construction was quite clever. I may sound a bit lame considering that most people opt for huge rooms in which I am rather numb. I never had to ‘dorm’ experience so a room so small was kind of fun considering I had a room with my own bathroom as opposed to having the “real” dorm experience.

 My favorite two things about Pod39 was the view and the bathroom.  

- Pharmacopia! Thank you for caring about my skin as much as I do!

- Great view for snow fall watching!

- The Free Wifi was great!

- Room service was dependable. They literally came the same time everyday which was impressive.

- Bringing the Heat! The personal climate control kept me cozy!

- Media Center kept me charged up and all my gadgets in one place.

- I missed the Rooftop :( Next time for sure!

- So much LA Love! Everyone that found out I was from LA but originally from NYC showed more love!

Pod39 Words of Wisdom: Don’t bring too much luggage!

Part of the reason this hotel worked out for me so well this trips was because I wasn’t planning on staying too long and I didn’t have more than one suitcase. This is definitely a “single” life or ‘couple’ homeland not for more than a week max.

This clock was completely wrong. The date should have been February 17, 2014.

Lastly, in case you are curious about my wanderlust for coffee, here are some mugshots from some neighboring Cafe Houses around The City!

 Perk Kafe

I mixed it up and tried both their Soy Latte and Cappuccino

Yummy Scone from Perk Kafe

Grace Street

Small but yummy!

Dean & Deluca

Lucid Cafe

 Soy Latte - Counter Culture
Soy Latte
 More information about both hotels and Cafe Houses can be found at the following links:

The Pod Hotel 39www.thepodhotel.com145 East 39th Street (between 3rd Ave & Lexington Ave)New York, NY 10016212.865.5700


New Yorker Hotelwww.newyorkerhotel.com481 8th Avenue & 34th Street New York City, New York 10001212-971-0101

Perk Kafe
162 E 37th St.
New York, NY 10016
(212) 686-7375

Grace Street
17 W 32nd St
b/t Broadway & 5th Ave (Midtown West, Koreatown)
New York, NY 10001

Dean & Deluca

Lucid Cafe
311 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 867-3490

Beauty Product Review: YesTo vs. Simple Towelettes

There are so many great products out there for your skin. I always try to matchup products that are in the same marketplace and price point when I do these product face-offs. I found that YesTo and Simple are both grasping for the same consumer that wants a reasonable low cost product that is made from natural ingredients and materials. 

Although, Simple is priced about a $1 - $1.50 less than YesTo for towelettes; YesTo offers more natural feeling product which makes the extra money worth the purchase. After using both brands for a few months on and off, I found a happy medium combining both brands, keeping my skin health and saving me money. Watch the video to find out how!

You can learn  more about Simple and YesTo Towelettes at heir respective websites: