Heritiage Fine WinesLast week, I had the privilege of attending an event at Heritage Fine Wines located at 9400 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Normally before attending an event, I research the speakers and the location. I must say, I frequent Beverly Hills quite a bit and have never heard of Heritage Fine Wines, a lovely little French wine bar, until now. Not only was I excited about hearing speaker Christopher Kai at KGL Consulting, but I was also excited about seeing the new wine bar.

Heritage Fine Wines looked adorable on the website, but you know photos on websites can be quite deceiving. In person it did not disappoint! The wine bar is high-end and a little bit fancy. I felt like I was at a wine bar in Paris, and that’s awesome seeing that I’ve never been to Paris. It’s great for all kinds of events such as: special occasions, celebrations, networking, wine tastings and a book club gathering (just make sure you’ve read the book first).  

Thank you Heritage Fine Wines for a lovely evening with a great speaker, delicious vino, Poilâne bread, shipped in regularly from Paris, as well as French cheeses from The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.

Stop by to meet Jordane Andrieu, owner and indulge in Paris in Beverly Hills.

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Every woman dreams of owning various popular handbag brands, but only the rich and lucky few are fortunate enough. No woman will ever say “I have enough bags, I do not need anymore.” Women can never have enough handbags.

There’s something about the attraction of a handbag that can make even the most practical savers, splurge the equivalent of a luxury vacation or a month’s rent, on a stunning new handbag.

A designer handbag is much more than just a new season accessory, pick the right one and take good care of it and you might just find you make your money back in a few years to come.

Handbags serve many purposes; functional of course, but there’s also the status element. You only have to take a quick scroll down Rodeo Drive carrying a Chanel handbag to see that you fit right in when you walk into the stores.

Whatever your handbag intentions, before you take the plunge with a pricey purse, here is our roundup of 5 handbags to rock with your summer wardrobe.

5 Must Have Handbags

Celine Medium Classic Handbag in Fluo Yellow Liégé Calfskin

5 Must Have Handbags

Martini Fridge Biker Clutch – $1,250 at Barneys New York

5 Must Have Handbags

Chanel Flap Bag Floral Tweed Chevron Quilting Classic Bag

5 Must Have Handbags

Louis Vuitton Brea MM

5 Must Have Handbags

Fendi Peekaboo Micro Satchel Bag

Happy Handbag Shopping!

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Thank you for stopping by. I get asked this question a lot, “What are your favorite coffee shops in Beverly Hills, not including the big name brands?” So this weekend I decided to do a little coffee hopping and found some pretty awesome places to get your brew on. Although I had to include one that is a well-known brand, because it’s truly one of my favorites. Below you’ll find 5 local coffee shops that inspire a whole lot of latte love. Perfect spots to get your “morning joe”.

Brighton Coffee Shop9600 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills
The Scene: Cute coffee shop across from Villa Blanca. Great place for comfort food and BH people watching. Nice servers as well. A general no frills place to grab a bite.
The Brew: A trailblazer in carrying direct-trade and seasonal coffees T
he Extras: Chicken apple and eggs – This is great!

Aharon Coffee & Roasting Co., 9467 Charleville Blvd., Beverly Hills
The Scene: WiFi is free for an hour and the seating (all indoors) is comfortable and bright.
The Brew: Pristine, organic coffee. Heavenly scents and heaven sent. The roasts are all done in-house and are super tasty. The flavor options (vanilla, caramel, etc.) are also all made on site.
The Extras: Cold Brew coffee prepared using Nitro

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 445 N. Beverly Blvd., Beverly Hills
The Scene: The sharp decor (modern and upscale) of this Coffee Bean seems fitting with its Beverly Hills location.
The Brew: The art of crafting the best tasting coffee requires respecting each individual roast. Knowing the specific origin and roast degree for each coffee allows for intense flavor that can be traced back to its earliest beginnings.
The Extras: A comfy feel with a lounge setup and gorgeous fireplace. Euro Caffe, 9559 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills

The Scene: Little Italian cafe with few tables inside and out front. Soccer memorabilia everywhere. Small television usually showing a soccer game. Loyal old school customers sitting quietly reading or observing other patrons.
The Brew: Euro Caffe has been the first stop for anybody looking for an authentic Italian coffee shop experience. Offering a variety of Italian coffee drinks, freshly baked cornettos, hot-off-the-press paninis, and delicious pastries imported straight from Italy.
The Extras: Amazing Prosciutto Panini and Gelato.

Comoncy, 413 N. Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills
The Scene: A place for diverse individualities to gather, flourish, and enjoy something we all have in common: A desire for good food, good coffee, and good company.
The Brew: They use local roasters, and utilize the freshest ingredients to balance our coffee beverages with the perfect meal.
The Extras: They will deliver coffee to you.

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Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th

With Summer around the corner, this could be good news to some and bad news to others! Yes, I’m talking about you shopaholics.  Today, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH announced it will open its first location in Los Angeles County within the Beverly Connection shopping center in Beverly Hills, CA. The new two-level, 27,000 sq. ft. store will be fashioned in an open, modular layout, and feature a unique and unparalleled selection of designer merchandise for both men and women. With new arrivals shipped to the store weekly, customers will discover new and exciting merchandise, including one-of-a-kind designer finds, every time they shop.

Who’s ready to get their shopping on?

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Hello My Lovelies! I hope you had a wonderful Passover or Easter. The other day while in the Westfield Century City Mall, I walked by a vending machine that was like no other. Beverly Hills Caviar has a caviar luxury vending machine. It has been described as a “unique caviar boutique” — the ATM “offers a large selection of the world’s finest Selection of Caviar, Truffles, Escargot, Bottarga, Blinis, oils, Mother of Pearl plates and spoons, gift boxes and gourmet salts.”

Beverly Hills Caviar

These vending machines can be found at Westfield Century City, Westfield Topanga, and the Burbank Towne Center. For those late-night caviar needs, you are in luck they’re open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The machines, which each contain about $50,000 worth of fine gourmet products and are monitored by three security cameras, were built with specific temperature, lighting and oxygen levels to keep the caviar fresh. In addition to offering more than two dozen types of caviar — if the rare $500-per-ounce Imperial River Beluga is too much of a credit card buster there are wallet-friendlier American caviars for under $50 — customers also have a choice of decadent items including gourmet salt, mother of pearl caviar spoons and white truffle oil. There is even caviar for pampered pets as well as luxury feeding bowls for them to eat out of.

Although the automated caviar boutiques have already attracted their share of caviar connoisseurs, foodies and chefs, they are also equipped to cater to impulse buyers. Each purchase of $30 or more comes with a complimentary metal spoon for those who want to enjoy their caviar on the spot, and the caviar tins are contained in a pre-chilled insulated box which gives the customer a three-hour window to get it into a refrigerator.

For more information, call (877) 556-6777.

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The first thing I think of when I hear the word marsala is wine. And when I think of wine, I think of something that can be generously sipped, and then I’m in a pretty good place. Ha!

Besides being a kind of wine, marsala also happens to be Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015, and you know what that means – expect to start seeing this earthy tone in a number of weddings. I have to say, I really like this year’s pick. Radiant Orchid from 2014 was gorgeous and one of my personal favorites, but sometimes Pantone picks a color that can be rather – difficult to wear (2009, I’m looking at you). But marsala is a nice reddish-brown that is earthy, warm, and appropriate for any season. It pairs well with most neutral shades (such as white and ivory), but it also looks nice with many metallics. Here’s a look at some fun ways to add a splash of marsala to a wedding.

 Accessories

There are a ton of fun ways a bride can rock a little marsala. Nail polish, jewelry, or a sash around the waist or flowers in this deep red will stand out beautifully against a lighter dress. marsala nail polish(Deborah Lippman, Single Ladies shade)

 The Groom

Grooms can sport some nice marsala accessories as well. Think bowties, pocket squares, or all three! You can also loop in all of the groomsmen.

marsala groom (Elizabeth Anne Designs)

 Flowers

You may not be able to find a flower in the perfect reddish-brown, but quite a few varieties bloom in a deep red that comes pretty close to marsala. If you’re really looking to showcase the color of a year at a wedding, flowers are the way to go.

marsala flowers (magnoliarouge.com- Lani Elias)

 Place Settings

As noted earlier, marsala pairs really well with other neutral shades and metallics. This rich hue will add a sophisticated flare of color to dishes and tables in general.

marsala place setting  (Wedding Chicks)

Now – who else wants a good glass of wine right about now? ;)

 

Post by Guest Blogger: Julia Panchenko

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Happy Monday My Lovelies! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Today I’m going to share my experience with the luxurious Empress Silkwear pillowcases. Let me tell you, it’s a feeling like no other. To be honest with you, I wasn’t a real silk-sheets kind of girl. They seemed like they’d be slippery and chilly. I heard that using silk pillowcases reduces the fines lines and wrinkles. I’m not sure how true that is, but it was enough for me to try it! And oh, that fancy face cream you wear, don’t worry because it doesn’t get soaked up in silk pillowcases like when you sleep on cotton pillowcases. I don’t want to think about sleeping on cotton pillowcases ever again.

Are you ready to pamper yourself? After all, you deserve it! Get yours today by going here.

 

silk pillowcases

Photo courtesy of: Empress Silkwear

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Stuart WeitzmanWe’re having crystal fever with these Marilyn Monroe once owned Swarovski crystal earrings that are now part of these $1 million Stuart Weitzman heels.

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When you think of Marilyn Monroe, you probably think, gorgeous, sexy and classy. Honored to have been a part of experiencing Marilyn’s suite at The Beverly Hills Hotel and How Marilyn Stay In Shape Menu, we now get to experience one of the most expensive shoes ever created from Marilyn’s Swarovski crystal earrings.

These elegant, nude evening shoes are adorned with a satin rose, which surrounds a cluster of shimmering Swarovski crystals. But these aren’t just any Swarovski crystals — they’re a pair of earrings once owned and treasured by Marilyn Monroe. Actress Regina King wore the shoes to the 2005 Oscars, when she was nominated for her role in the movie “Ray.” After the red carpet event, Weitzman replaced Marilyn’s earrings with replicas and auctioned off the shoes in the Celebrity Rags 4 Charity Riches auction, where the shoes sold for $1 million.

Aren’t they stunning?

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Clive Christian For those of you who know and love perfumes, Clive Christian created the “perfume of his heart”, called No 1 Passant Guardant. This from the outset is the most expensive perfume in the world. If you want to own it you have to pony up $230,000. However; there is a catch, almost most of that value come from the bottle that the perfume come with. The diamond encrusted crystal bottle covered in 24 karat gold lattice work is truly a one-of-a-kind that deserves the “world’s most expensive perfume” tag. Created by British perfumer Clive Christian and named “No 1 Passant Guardant”. The extravagant perfume that only the super-rich can afford has a Clive Christian’s signature crown shaped top, created in honor of Queen Victoria. The top itself comes decorated with diamonds flawless white diamonds. A lion motif encrusted with two yellow diamonds and a rare pink diamond as its tongue adorns the front of the bottle. All its gold lattice work is handcrafted. In all the bottle features 2,000 flawless, individually set diamonds. Clive Christian said “I was inspired to create an iconic bottle as precious as a crown jewel to mark this special event.” Now here’s the not-so-apt part, the 30 ml of perfume inside this opulent vessel is nothing to celebrate about unfortunately. It is standard Clive Christian perfume No 1, which retails for $725. But for a special edition such as this, a special perfume of its own is the right way to go. Indulge! Indulge! Indulge!

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Spring has sprung! Well, not technically, but we’re so close that you can practically smell the flowers. Yes, for many of you there’s a giant blanket of snow on the ground, and that pesky groundhog predicted a few extra weeks of winter. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not place my fate in Punxsutawney Phil and just blissfully believe that the time for shorter sleeves and no boots is near.

And of course, spring brings with it something else to look forward to. With a new season comes new trends in all things wedding-related. One of our favorite things to look at is the change in fashion trends, and we’re really liking what we’re seeing for bridesmaid dresses.

We wanted to showcase some of our favorite colors and styles of the season to help usher in the (hopefully) warmer weather.

Blush

Jim Jhelm Blush Dress

This soft, ethereal color is absolutely perfect for spring. It’s a delicate alternative to any other kind of pink, and it tends to flatter just about everyone.

(JLM Couture)

Light Grey

MoniqueLhuillier

Grey isn’t the color you usually associate with a bright, sunny wedding, but the right shade of grey is anything but boring. It’ll add an air of sophistication to a bridal party’s look, and light grey serves as a good canvas for other accessories. It’ll really make them and their bouquets pop!

(Monique Lhuillier)

Different Styles for Everyone

Jim Hjelm Gowns

Each member of a bridal party is their own unique, awesome individual, so why not have them each wear their own unique, individual dress? Having every bridesmaid wear their own dress is becoming increasingly popular, and I love it. To keep people from clashing, just be sure to have them all pick shades that complement each other, or have a similar style.

(JLM Couture)

A Little Sparkle

watters

Gone are the days of forcing bridesmaids into plain, boring dresses so they don’t “outshine” the bride. Everyone can look fabulous, too without taking any attention away from the bride (because a bride will be fabulous no matter what). A little touch of sequins, lace, or sparkly accessories will have everyone looking fantastic and feeling good.

 (Watters)

In the end, there’s nothing like a good dress to make a happy bridal party!

Post by Guest Blogger: Julia Panchenko

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