Fall Wishlist

NEED LIST

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New York Fashion Week always brings me inspiration, enlightenment, and a really looonnnngggggg NEED LIST!!! These are the little gems that I’m drooling over for Fall:

How to be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest 
Wrap-effect wool and cashmere-blend skirt by Burberry 
Natural Tree-Stump Side Table by West Elm 
Leopard-print calf hair iPhone 5 case by The Case Factory 
Sontag down parka with fur-trimmed hood by Altuzarra 
Rockstud Leather Gloves by Valentino

Need it too? Shop with these links:

 BOOK // SKIRT // STUMP // CASE // PARKA // GLOVES

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On Broadway! Wicked & Book of Mormon

I’ve been on a crazy Broadway high recently… a few weeks back I finally saw Wicked on Broadway in NYC, and just this past weekend was lucky enough to see the hilarious Book of Mormon at Hollywood’s beautiful Pantages Theater. I highly recommend both productions. I was totally blown away and am definitely down on myself for not having any musical or vocal talent whatsoever. These folks are incredible!

Wicked:

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I swear I was the only one of my friends that hadn’t seen Wicked. Now I know why… it’s INCREDIBLE! With Christine Dwyer playing Elphaba, there’s no way not to enjoy the show at NYC’s Gershwin Theater! Christine hits every single note perfectly while always remaining so convincingly in character. She’s incredible, and pairs so well with Jenni Barber who plays Glinda. Together, the two are hilarious! The story details the beginnings of OZ and how Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West came into being. The witches of OZ grow up as two young girls who are the most unlikely of friends. The relationships formed are both beautiful and hilarious, making Wicked a Broadway hit fit for all audiences.

Book of Mormon:

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The Book of Mormon is written by the same crew that puts on South Park, and for anyone who has seen it, you’re not surprised. The show is laugh-out-loud hilarious, wildly offensive, and downright entertaining. The production follows two mis-matched Mormon missionaries on their assignment to Uganda, where the locals are less than welcoming. Comedic interpretations of standard teachings are laced with references to pop culture, leading to laugh after laugh. If you’re like me, you may even shed a tear or two. This is a must-see.

What we wore:
Dressing for the theater is almost as exciting as the show itself! This Spring, we’re pairing bright colors with fun animal prints. Classic black is fun to pair with detail like lace gloves or bejeweled neck lines!

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Sweet Tooth Review: Magnolia Bakery

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Restaurant Name: Magnolia Bakery
Location: 401 Bleecker Street and W. 11th Street, New York
& 8389 West 3rd Street at Orlando St., Los Angeles
(click HERE to see all locations nationwide!)
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: Bakery
Great for: Sweet treats, birthday cakes, banana pudding

Magnolia Bakery is one of NYC’s finest bakeries, and I couldn’t help but go a little crazy with a late-night visit. Throw in a few large cups of milk and I was in sweet shop heaven!

The adorable decor makes you feel like you’re inside of your grandmother’s kitchen, and the comfort the sweet goodness provides is unparalleled!

What I loved: Everything (and I mean every single bite) was delicious! I also loved the warm atmosphere, friendly bakers, and cute homey decor

What I’d improve: The shop was a little small for the many late night visitors

What I’d recommend: The banana pudding! It was creamy and just banana-y enough to not be overpowering

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Magnolia makes their sweets fresh every morning, but they’re so out-of-control popular that the baking continues all through the day (and night!). I went by after dinner at 10:00pm – don’t worry, they’re open until 12:30 for you late-nighters – and the red velvet cupcakes were being freshly frosted. (LOOK! They invited me behind the counter to help out!) Of course, that means I had to eat one!

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Yep – that giant bag is a pretty accurate reflection of just how much I really bought. I went for their famous vanilla cake with vanilla frosting, their chocolate cake, carrot cake, cupcakes, and of course their famous banana pudding.

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And so you have it!! There’s no doubt that when you’re looking for a birthday cake or some special event sweets to blow your mind, Magnolia is your spot!

Restaurant Review: Fig & Olive

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Restaurant Name: Fig & Olive
Location: 420 W 13th St, New York, NY 10014
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Genre: a Pascal Lorange restaurant; French; Farm-to-Table
Great for: Brunch, Drinking, Social scene

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Fig & Olive is a Pascal Lorange restaurant that’s renowned not only for it’s amazingly delicious culinary work, but also for it’s social scene! After discovering this hot spot in NYC, I came back to LA and had to check out the WeHo location (8490 Melrose Pl, West Hollywood, CA 90069) which is just as good! Their basket of viennoiseries is to die for, especially when paired with a cappuccino. My fave is the pain au chocolat, but make sure to get some of their fruit & nut bread to have with their famous fig jam!

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I also absolutely heart their lobster bisque (make sure you opt to add lobster meat! Sooo yummy!).

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And of course, there are drinks. In this department, Fig & Olive can do no wrong! From their Bloody Marys to their Cucumber Cosmo and their straight Martinis… I vote you try them all ;)

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What are some of your favorite brunch spots??

NYC Pepper Margarita

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I’m in the land of unparalleled drink & indulgence (**aka NYC!) for a few days, so what better way to start the weekend than with a signature Serrano Pepper Margarita?!

These have been around for a while, but my first time having one (someone tell me why I waited this long?!) was today! Not only is this a super light cocktail, but it’s delicious and really not thaaat bad for ya! Plus, the serrano peppers add a crazy dimension of flavor. If you want to get extra artsy, blend some strawberries in to taste!

They’re so great that we brought the party home and kept mixing margs all afternoon.

Here’s what you need per glass:

  • 1 Serrano pepper
  • 2-3 strawberries, if desired (I like mine better without)
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 2 oz soda wata
  • 1 oz lemon/lime juice
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2-3 large icecubes

Blend the concoction (I like to blend all contents and add in ice afterwards). Slice a lime or two for visual effect & enjoy (responsibly)!