Last week I went to hang out with Captain Morgan and celebrity chef Hugh Acheson to support WhyHunger. An amazing charity encouraging movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. Captain Morgan & chef Hugh Acheson have teamed up to bring awareness to the WhyHunger cause and to inspire holiday dishes and cocktails. Hugh is encouraging consumers 21+ to share their recipes and entertaining tips utilizing the hashtag #CaptainsTable. Every time the hashtag is used throughout the holiday season, the brand will donate $1 to the charity! I had a brief chat with Hugh asking him what his favorite dish for Thanksgiving, no surprise, like most its stuffing. He likes to make his with lots of leeks and sage and perfectly toasted bread.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Earlier this month I was able to sample Haru's 'Happy Hour' menu where every item (food or cocktail) is between $4-$8! The best part (drum roll please) the 'Happy Hour' menu ALL day on Black Friday (11/29) at all of their six locations throughout Manhattan. I know what you thinking, can you actually get something good for such a low cost and in the city? Yes, you can! Everything that I sampled including appetizers & cocktails off the menu were truly exquisite. My favs were the fish tacos (so fresh & I was surprised at how tasty they were) and the Elderflower-Cucumber Crush (refreshing and delicious)! On or off the happy hour menu I didn't try anything that I wouldn't want to eat or drink more of.
Happy Hour Menu Highlights:
String Bean Tempura (w/ curried salt --$4); Flash-Fried Shishito Peppers ($5); Lobster Gyoza ($8); Short Rib Buns ($8); Chicken Wings (w/ spicy garlic or teriyaki sauce -- $8); Fish Tacos ($7); Chicken Yakitori ($5); Filet Mignon Yakitori ($6); and the Haru Wasabi Roll ($8). Edamame ($4), California Roll ($4), Spicy Tuna Roll ($5), Crunchy Spicy Salmon Roll ($5) and Vegetable Spring Rolls ($5).
Happy Hour’s $8 Cocktail Lineup:
Saketini, Lycheetini, Green Tea Margarita, Elderflower-Cucumber Crush and Premium Mojito.
Happy Haru’s Beverage Menu:
Hitachino White Ale ($6), Ommegang ‘Hennepin’ craft beer ($6), SeaGlass Pinot Noir ($8), Kinsen Plum Wine ($4) and Koshu Masamune Sake ($4).
All Haru locations throughout Manhattan: Gramercy Park, Sake Bar, Wall Street, Third Ave, Amsterdam and Broadway. Please visit http://www.harusushi.com/ for complete location listings.
Left: Fish Tacos ($7) Right: Spicy Tuna Roll ($5)
Elderflower-Cucumber Crush beefeater 24 gin or don q rum, st-germain elderflower liqueur and fresh cucumber
Short Rib Buns ($8)
Lobster Gyoza ($8)
Komodo Dragon absolut vanilla, cruzan coconut rum, pineapple juice and blue curacao
Strawberry Fin Roll crunchy spicy yellowtail, jalapeño peppers and mango, topped with scallops, wasabi tobiko and fresh strawberries.
Kiss Of Fire Roll super white tuna, salmon, jalapeño peppers and wasabi tobiko, wrapped around crunchy spicy tuna and more jalapeños.
SaketiniEnjoy the upcoming holidays from Haru with DIY cocktail recipes to entertain guest or just to enjoy after a long day! Click here for recipes.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Last night Pitbull hosted the 2013 AMAs in Los Angeles. If you didn't get a chance to see the red carpet here are some of the highlights. Rihanna didn't finish her hair, Taylor Swift tried to not look like America's sweetheart, Kesha looked cleaned up, Lady Gaga arrived on a unicorn and Miley had on pants! It was a great night for Justin Timberlake who won awards (without Jessica Biel; why is she always m.i.a.) and Rihanna receiving the first ever AMA Icon Award. Her mom presented her with the award which was absolutely precious. Some of my best dressed ladies would be Christina Aguilera, Naya Rivera, and Kesha.
Photo Credit: Huffington Post & E Online
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I recently had the honor of being one of the bloggers chosen for Nine West's Blogger Bootcamp feature! Believe it or not, I'm a bit camera shy, but who could pass up such an amazing opportunity and these fab boots! I chose their Califa boots in red. They turned out to be more of an oxblood shade, making it that much easier to style and be worn in my real-life. As for my outfit I'm wearing some of my fav picks from my own closet. See more images from my shoot and some of the other girls on Nine West's Tumblr.
Outfit details: Faux fur jacket, Arden B - Lace shirt, Chicwish - Denim pants, Express - Purse, NastyGal - Boots, Nine West
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The gorgeous penthouse at the Refinery Hotel was the perfect setting to view CHALK's new Spring/Summer 2014 Collection. There were styles for every girl; structure lovers (me), flowy & free looks or pieces with an edge (me again). As I took a look through the racks I found several pieces I'd like to make my own. I adore the blazer/shirt & pants combos (see in the below pic), its hard for me to pass up a good set! But, I'm also drawn to the baseball jacket and the mesh sweater...hmmm decisions, decisions. CHALK’s Spring 2014 Collection ($75-$385) will be sold on Shopbop.com and at Madison boutique in Los Angeles.
Monday, November 18, 2013
This was my very first bridal fashion show and it literally left me in awe! The Atelier Pronovias 2014 Collection was presented at the beautiful St. James' Church (aka the perfect backdrop). The looks on each girl were stunning head to toe. I had the best seat, right next to the pose mark (all the photos you see were actually taken on my iPhone). It felt like a real wedding with extra glam, of course. They even had flower girls before the finale look of the collection. My fav details were the extricate lace, buttons on the back of the gowns and the gold flower head pieces. If you're looking for bridal/wedding dresses Pronovias is simply exquisite. Or continue to daydream with me here on their website.
Typically my week is packed with work, press previews and other events that by the time the weekend gets here, all I want is to sleep till Monday morning. Especially now with the temperature decline partnered with my love of sleep; I found myself falling deeper into a rut of laziness. So…to conteract this, I decided to start venturing out and going somewhere (anywhere) during my free time on the weekend. Whether its a restaurant, museum or just a different area of Manhattan; I want to explore. I journeyed off the isle of Manhattan to Long Island City to see the raved graffiti art of 5 POINTZ. I'm always amazed by people who can draw, its truly extraordinary gift. The scale of the murals, dimensions and depth that were made; were so impressive. There have been threats of tearing it down (to build more apartments) causing many to stand up for its protection, including famed street artist Banksy!
Friday, November 15, 2013
Its that time of year again, the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is upon us! Also known as, the inspiration you were looking for to fight stuffing yourself at the upcoming holiday dinners (or maybe that just me). Anyways, the ladies looked lovely as usual and the collection was creative as expected. I absolutely adore the shoes, I need them in my life, asap! A special thanks to Rightster for the videos & Full Pic for the images, to help us feel like we were there!
Candice Swanepoel Sparkles In $10M Fantasy Bra
Performers: Fall Out Boy & Taylor Swift
More deets about the luxurious 10 million dollar bra
Performance Sneak Peek
Guess & Marciano have been two of my favorite brands for years. The clothes are great quality with an edge and uniqueness that will spice up your wardrobe! In late October, I attended the press preview for their upcoming collections. Guess is always fun and flirty with their prints, detailed denim and sexy dresses. Meanwhile Marciano gives options for more elegant looks that still have sexiness but in a more sophisticated way. Below are some my fave looks from both collections (1st Guess, 2nd Marciano).
Guess Spring/Summer 2014