My Favorite SoCal Fashion Brands

SoCal fashion tends to be very beachy, relaxed and trendy. I actually started learning more about SoCal designers when I was a fashion columnist for the Santa Barbara Sentinel. I would profile different owners and their boutiques while getting educated on the different fashion brands.I also used to be a model back in Minneapolis and I have a lot of respect for more independent labels than say the big, high end brands. It’s very dear to my heart.Here are some of my favorite SoCal fashion labels:...more

Discounts and Entertainment Before, During, and After #BlogHer16

If there's one thing I can write with absolute certainty, it's that our Events Team is going to keep you and your fellow #BlogHer16 attendees incredibly busy from morning until night. Have you checked out our agenda lately? ...more
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Eater LA's List of Fantastic Wine Bars is Sh*t and Here's Why

Thursday, Eater LA posted a list of "17 Fantastic Wine Bars" in Los Angeles. As a lover of both wine and wine bars, I was eager to check it out. One of the things I miss most about living in the Bay Area is my favorite wine bars (Residual Sugar in Walnut Creek and Ordinaire in Oakland), and I still haven't quite found the right replacement, particularly walking distance from my place....more

Check Out the Gorgeous #BlogHer16 Los Angeles Host Hotel: JW Marriott

It's only February but we are already starting to ramp up the excitement for #BlogHer16, which will be held in Los Angeles this August 4-6. The BlogHer Events and Social Media Teams have big plans to spend the next few months giving you tips, sneak peeks, and helpful local information that will help you make the most of #BlogHer16, starting with a look at our host hotel:  the absolutely gorgeous and luxurious JW Marriott....more
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Porto's Precision Bakery

It doesn't happen often. But every once in while, someone takes a familiar concept and makes it better.Such was the case in my latest reconnaissance to Porto's Bakery & Cafe in Downey, California....more

(Updated With Photos) Elisa, Erin, and I Went to the GRAMMYs. Here's What It Was Like.

"It's the day of the show, ya'll!" -- Waiting for Guffman It's the day of the GRAMMYs. It's the day of the GRAMMYs! Primping has commenced, a dress has been selected and will be slithered into, and it's time to get started with the onslaught of music royalty! I'm here with Elisa Camahort Page and Erin Groh of BlogHer -- back in Los Angeles just a week after I left "for good."...more
You ladies all look so fabulous! Fun to live vicariously through you ;)more

I Just Said Good-Bye to LA. But Now I'm Back ... for the Grammys!

Today I am full of questions I never thought I'd ask myself: What will life be like now that I've left Los Angeles? Will I be able to really let the hope of returning to my acting career go? How do I process being back in the City of Angels... the city I left just seven days ago... and what the hell am I going to wear to the freaking GRAMMYs? Yes, you read correctly: G-R-A-M-M-Y-S. ...more

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