Is it ridiculously hot out, or is it just me? With the heat that has descended upon us (and has made us stick to our chairs), it’s hard to imagine that there is only about a month left of summer, and then it will be fall. There’s a chance it’ll still be hot out, even then, but the exciting thing about a new season means new trends in fashion and beauty. There will be a plethora of great new products to experiment with and trends to try out. Here’s a list of some of our favs, and now is as good a time as any to start prepping your makeup bags for them.

Red Lipstick

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Fall 2015 it’s all about the in-your-face-look-how-amazing-I-look-in-this BRIGHT BRICK RED. Leave your light pinks and nudes behind and pick up a stick of bold Sisley-Paris in Rouge Passion.

Metallic Eyeliner

Image Courtesy of Anastasia Beverly Hills' Instagram

Image Courtesy of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Instagram

Metallics are always stapled shades for fall. This year the focus is on the sparkle around your eyes, and metallic eyeliners are your go-to tool. You can have fun with this too, as it’s totally trendy to get creative with how you line your eyes. Almost any shape you want to experiment with goes, so get to drawing with this Metallic Luster eyeliner in gold or silver from Anastasia Beverly Hills. It can be bought in stores like Sephora or ordered online. You can take your sparkle a step further by getting eyelashes sprinkled with tiny Swarovski crystals (because big lashes are always, always in). Get them professionally done at high-end salons like Mauds of Beverly Hills.

Glowing Skin

Image Courtesy of Dior Instagram We bet Natalie Portman's skin looks as good as it does because of all the Dior products she gets ;)

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We bet Natalie Portman’s skin looks as good as it does because of all the Dior products she gets ;)

The days of caking on layers of foundation are well behind us. The new trend is to have healthy, glowing skin that doesn’t need much over it. Good skin can be hard to maintain in colder weather, so invest in a good moisturizer, such as this Hydra Life Rehydrating Mask, which can be picked up at Dior.

Bejeweled Hair Accessories

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Your hair needs some lovin’ too, and it’ll look great with some shiny hair accessories. Show off with some bejeweled pins, headbands, and clips in fall colors like rich purples, deep onyx, and glistening gold. This beautiful Oscar de la Renta gold headband (available at Net-a-Porter) should do the trick. No matter what beauty trends you decide to try out this fall, don’t be afraid to just go for it and figure out how to make a look your own. And, of course, HAVE FUN!

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Shoes! Handbags! Designer Clothes! And did I say, shoes? This week Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th opened its first store in the Los Angeles County within the Beverly Connection shopping center across from the Beverly Center.  Lookout Nordstrom Rack, you’ve got competition. The store covers 27,000 sq. ft. and offers two floors filled with hundreds of men and women brand name clothing at 40-80% off. (This is worth a WooHoo, don’t you think?)

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th

Insider Tip: Big huge trucks will deliver new items to the store weekly. You’ll never get bored.

As you enter the store, you’re faced with a wide range of brand name sunglasses, jewelry, and clothing. (I’d say the main floor is definitely what we ladies consider closet essentials.)

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th Grand Opening

The second floor carries hundreds of brand name shoes, handbags and men clothing. (Here’s where we ladies get overly excited. You feel like a kid in a candy store.) You can also find a small section, compared to the ladies section, of men fashionable clothing. I hardly ever go to the men’s section but decided I’d go take a look, and boy was I impressed. So many stylish suits.

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th

The new Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH will reside in Beverly Connection at 100 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

For great deals and to keep up with store events, you can follow them on social media at @SAKSOFF5TH

Go Get Your Shopping On!

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I love tea. I wouldn’t say something crazy like I prefer tea over coffee, but I do enjoy a nice cup of fresh green or spiced tea on a regular basis. It’s practically a religion in some parts of the world, and we seem to be catching on. High-noon tea is becoming a popular thing to do here, and there’s no better place to enjoy it than in Beverly Hills. The key is to find a spot that gives off that classy vibe but is still enjoyable. Here’s a list of some of the best places to relax and partake in high-noon tea.

American Tea Room

american tea room

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It’s a bit of a gimme if you’re familiar with the Beverly Hills area, but I have to put the American Tea Room on the list for anyone who hasn’t been there yet. The sheer amount of tea that lines the shelves will make you feel like you’ve just walked into the Disneyland of tea. Order the Grand Tea experience so you can sit down and enjoy a pot of tea with some small pastries. If you’re a tea newbie, don’t worry – the incredibly friendly staff will help you pick out something that suits your tastes.

Tea at the Montage

Tea at The Montage Beverly Hills

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Oooh, the Montage. I always get a bit tingly when I think about this place because it’s just so elegant. It’s the perfect place to enjoy proper afternoon tea from 12pm-4pm every Friday through Sunday. You’ll be served delicious tea in beautiful hand-painted china. It’ll make you want to stick out your pinky every time you hold your cup. The tea also comes with an impressive spread of pastries and mini sandwiches. You can also add on some champagne if you want, just FYI…

Peninsula Afternoon Tea

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What’s great about the tea at the Peninsula is that they offer it throughout the day, giving you multiple opportunities to partake. You can enjoy their tea experience at noon, 2:30pm, and 5pm. Tea is served in The Living Room, an expansive part of the hotel that is just gorgeous, but also comfortable. You definitely have to try and nab a window seat when you can. In the afternoon you can sit back with a hot cup while a harpist plays in the background (yes, an actual harpist. If that isn’t the epitome of fancy, I don’t know what is). The place tends to book up fast, so you’ll want to plan a little ahead of time.

Boozy Tea at L’Ermitage

boozy tea at l'ermitage

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If you want to enjoy some (not-so-proper) tea with a little somethin’ extra, then you’ll want to try the Wicked Tea Service at L’Ermitage. This is a 21+ only affair, as absolutely everything served is infused with liquor. There’s bourbon in the scones, cognac in the brownies, even the hibiscus tea is turned into a delightful cocktail. High-noon tea was never more fun 😉

The next time the clock strikes twelve noon, let’s go grab ourselves a nice cuppa. I’ll take a splash of milk in mine, please!

 

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I have a certain rule in life that I always follow – never turn down an invitation for food. So when we were invited to have dinner at Philippe Chow on Wilshire in Beverly Hills, the obvious answer wasn’t whether to go or not, but “What time should I be there?” Following said rule has served me well once again.

Philippe Chow

The first thing you usually pick up on when entering a place is what kind of a vibe it has, and Philippe Chow definitely has a nice feel to it. It strikes that hard balance of being great for a date night or for just having a good time with friends. Sophisticated, with just the right amount of sexy. Once inside, we were treated to delicious cocktails (always a good way to start things off). Beverly had the Lychee Blossoms martini off the menu, but I was treated to a custom cosmo from the bartender after being a little indecisive on what I wanted. The bartenders there will whip up a custom drink for anyone; just let them know what you generally like, and they’ll work their magic. My custom concoction ended up being fruity, refreshing, and just what I needed.

 

philippe chow

 

After we got our drinks, we were whisked off to the dining rooms, which are off towards the back of the restaurant. They’re beautifully decorated in black and white, and everything is bathed in a soft red glow. There’s even a glass door that can be slid shut, either for privacy or if you want to pretend you’re famous (which we almost did). The rooms are intimate, but not uncomfortably so. A good tip is that if you’re looking for some alone time with your date, you can snag a table in the corner around 6:30, right when they open for dinner. By 8 or so, the place will be jumpin’.

philippe chow

Philippe Chow also has some private rooms in the back, which are, of course, gorgeous. They’re great if you have a large party or are celebrating a special event. One piece of info we gleaned is that these rooms are utilized a lot by celebrity guests; they run in through the back so they won’t be spotted. We may or may not have heard that the restaurant is a favorite of Kylie Jenner (yes, that Kylie Jenner) when Keeping Up with the Kardashians is filming. Her fav dish? The chicken satay. We can confirm that it is very, very good.

philippe chow menu

Now, the food. I can talk about food all day and night without stopping, as you well know, so I’ll just get straight to the point. All you need to know about Philippe Chow is that the food is awesome. It is definitely not your standard, run-of-the-mill Chinese food. We were treated to a wide variety of yummy Mandarin-style dishes, our favorites including the wok fried mayonnaise prawns, Mr. Cheng’s hand-pulled noodles, and the crispy duck. We couldn’t believe how many tasty dishes we were being served! We polished off a good amount (ok, a lot) of the food, but still left with enough for lunch and dinner the next day.

Eating at Philippe Chow’s was definitely a great experience, and it’s worth trying out for dinner the next time you’re in Beverly Hills. Don’t forget to mention that you heard about them from The Beverly Hills Insider if you go – you’ll get 10% OFF your check if you do!

Dinner Sponsored by Jodi Jackson at JJ Entertainment.

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Happy Wednesday! We hope you’re having a great week, but in case you’ve hit that mid-week slump, we’ve got a bit of a pick-me-up for you. If you’re having a hard week, there’s nothing better than carving out some quality time for yourself at a spa. There are so many places in Beverly Hills though, it can stress you out just trying to choose one! We’ve simplified things a bit by rounding up some of the top spas around. All you have to do is pick one of these lovely pamper spots and go treat yo’self.

The Spa on Rodeo

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Find some rest right in the middle of the action on Rodeo. The Spa offers just about everything you could think of wanting to do to make yourself unwind. You can treat yourself to a foot soak, custom therapeutic massages, and detoxing skin treatments. I’m melting just thinking about all of it. They even have day spa retreat options, where you can get 60 minutes to up to four hours of massages, skin treatments, and manicures and pedicures. Pure bliss!

The M Day Spa

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The M Day Spa on Wilshire boasts a large variety of beautifying facials, waxing services, peels, massages, and makeup applications. With so many services, this is definitely a one-stop-shop for all of your needs. They’re also known for having a very skilled, helpful staff that work wonders on skin and give a magical massage. Sign me up!

The Peninsula Spa

Image Courtesy of The Peninsula – Beverly Hills

The Peninsula is a beautiful hotel with an equally as beautiful spa. You don’t have to be a guest to book an appointment and take advantage of their luxurious services. Everything from gemstone massages, hand-applied tans (aptly called the California Gold), and detoxifying manicures using plant extracts are offered. You can even enjoy a eucalyptus steam prior to your appointment to prepare yourself for some awesome relaxation time. The Peninsula Spa offers an experience like no other.

Tomoko Japanese Spa

japanese spa

Image Courtesy of Tomoko Japanese Spa’s Instagram

Dedicated to refreshing the body and soul of every one of their clients, Tomoko is a popular spot amongst celebrities. If it’s good enough for the stars, you bet it’s worth checking out. The spa specializes in traditional Japanese and other Asian-inspired massages and aromatherapy. At the end of your service, you have the option of slipping into an ofuro bath to relax and dispel toxins from your skin. It sounds like a piece of heaven and an hour or so well spent.

Thibiant Beverly Hills

skin

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Thibiant, located on Canon Drive, is the go-to place for quality skin care. They have facial options for just about every kind of skin need, body scrubs to leave you glowing from head to toe, and detoxifying wraps to help you firm and cleanse. Thibiant even has a full-service salon that focuses on scalp and nail health, so you can also stop by to get your hair and nails done! You’ll leave refreshed and looking fabulous.

I feel relaxed just thinking about all of these wonderful spa options. Now go treat yo’self. You deserve it!

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Shopping is great. Shopping while tasting and drinking are even better –especially when there’s delicious tray passed mini bites.

On July 16, 2015, I was invited to attend the grand opening celebration of YOGASMOGA in their brand new store in the heart of Beverly Hills. I mingled with other attendees while browsing the yoga-inspired athletic apparel brand that brings its authentic yoga ethos to 90210, such as leggings, tees, tanks and more.

YogaSmoga

YOGASMOGA provides a peaceful respite in which to experience the brand’s spirit of wellness and community. It features an elixir bar and relaxation lounge called, “YS Next Door”, and will host ongoing yoga classes that are free and open to the public. (Can you say, “Sign me up!”) The interior is an ode to Mother Nature, resembling a forest with sleek wooden boning that flows throughout the space. At the core of the venue, the hardwood melds together in a sculpture that recalls Namaste prayer hands.

YogaSmoga

I had an opportunity to chat with co–founder Tapasya Bali. Tapasya shared that the brand actually crafts all of its products with proprietary fabrics created with eco-conscious dyes. (To sum it up, this is high quality fabric that creates a comfortable fit.)

Insider tip: Working out is not the only occasion where you can wear YogaSmoga apparel. Look at how stunning Tapasya look as she matched her leggings with a super chic top. The perfect look for a night out on the town.

YogaSmoga

YogaSmoga

If you’re in the area, stop by and welcome YOGASMOGA to the neighborhood.

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Some of my favorite foods are breakfast foods. There’s nothing like a good omelet or a stack of fluffy pancakes, and I can go for breakfast any time of the day. Waffles for dinner? Yes please! It’s nice to indulge in a good breakfast during an actual morning though, if there’s time. I’m a firm believer that every once in a while, everyone should treat themselves to a long, relaxing morning with a cup of coffee and some delicious food. Here are four breakfast spots in Beverly Hills worth getting up early for and doing just that.

 Kings Road Café

breakfast

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What’s breakfast without a great cup of coffee? Kings Road Café on Beverly Blvd actually house roasts their own coffee, which means you can expect to get nothing less than a hot steaming cup of awesome. Their breakfast food is also top-notch; my favorites include their French toast and breakfast panini (which is my breakfast JAM). If you’re too busy to come and sit down, you can also order for pickup!

 Beverliz Café

Photo Courtesy of Beverliz Cafe

The Beverliz Café is a comfortable place to come and really relax. Their menu sports my favorite words ever – BREAKFAST SERVED ALL DAY. So if you don’t have time to stop by on a morning, you can do what I love best and get your favorite breakfast food later on. I’m a fan of their breakfast quesadilla, but they have all kinds of food. It’s definitely worth coming back again to try their other options for lunch. They have really great service too, which helps this place stand out from other cafes.

 Lazy Daisy

Image Courtesy of Lazy Daisy

I just love the name of this place. Where else are you going to head for nice long, lazy breakfast than Lazy Daisy Beverly Hills? This little restaurant on Wilshire is very low-key, and a place you need to check out if you like traditional breakfast fare. Their breakfast sandwiches and burritos are pretty darn good. Just swing by, pull up a chair, and get comfortable.

 Jack n’ Jills Too

Photo Courtesy of Jack n Jill’s Too

Just down a little ways down the road is Jack n’ Jills Too on West 3rd St. They’re known for their deliciously spiced Louisiana-style food. And again, breakfast is served ALL DAY. I’m in heaven. Their savory crepe is really a star – it’s stuffed full of all the chicken, sausage, and shrimp you could want. There a ton of menu options here, so it’s nearly impossible not to find something that tickles your fancy. Jack n’ Jills tends to fill up by noon, so go early and enjoy this fun little café.

Go get your breakfast grub on and enjoy your mornings!

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The Beverly HiltonGood Morning My Lovely Readers! I have some exciting news for you today. The Beverly Hilton just turned 60! To celebrate their #Sweet60, they are running a contest for guests and fans of the Beverly Hilton who have contributed to 60 A-list years together.

The contest includes:

  • * A two-night stay at the Beverly Hilton in a studio suite for two
  • * Two tickets to the 60th Anniversary Party (complete with hair/makeup)
  • * Two spa treatments,
  • * Dinner for two at CIRCA 55
  • * Two tickets to a TMZ tour experience

Fans of the Beverly Hilton can enter by tagging their favorite throwback #BeverlyHilton photos with #Sweet60 on Twitter or Instagram, OR upload the photo to The Beverly Hilton Facebook page for a chance to win. You can see additional entry details at:  http://www.beverlyhilton.com/blog/60th-anniversary-contest

Good Luck! Oh and if you are one of my readers and win, please come back to tell me about it. Or you can take me with you. :)

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Happy Wednesday! We hope you all had a lovely long weekend and managed to beat the heat (and aren’t nursing a sunburn, like I am). We’re really excited about being able to share with you an inside look at designer Arminé Ohanessian, owner of R-Mine Bespoke on Ventura Blvd. Arminé’s skill at creating beautiful gowns for weddings and other occasions is well-known. It was a real treat to be able to chat with her about her gowns and her love of fashion. It’s obvious that she takes her profession seriously, and that she loves what she does.

 

Armine Ohanessian designer

Image Courtesy of Rmine Bespoke Instagram

 

Arminé’s love of clothing began as a small child. Growing up in Armenia, there wasn’t much available to her in terms of fashion, but her mother was a frequent traveler who would bring different clothes and accessories home with her, which exposed Arminé to the fashions and trends of other European countries. She studied fashion before immigrating here to the US at the age of 20, eventually graduating from FIDM, and getting her start here in Beverly Hills at an atelier, serving clients as a high-fashion designer.

Arminé’s passion lies in haute couture, which she considers the most fun to create. She loves the amount of detail that goes into each piece, the love and effort a designer must put into making a custom, high-quality garment that is work of art on its own. Her goal is to always create something that is classic and elegant, with just the right amount of edge to it. When you see her gowns in person at her boutique, it’s easy to see how much work goes into each dress, and how much they reflect her fun style.

What makes designing most enjoyable for Arminé is also a challenge; she has to find a balance between something looking high-end but also fitting the client’s personality. She knows within 5 minutes of talking to a client what their personality is and what they’ll like, a skill she probably learned while working for her mother, who was a psychologist.

 

wedding gown

Image Courtesy of Rmine Bespoke Instagram

 

Arminé meticulously learns everything there is to know about the client and the event the dress is for. Once she has that down, she’ll start designing around the client’s frame to come up with the most flattering silhouette. Interestingly enough, she doesn’t believe in sketching – hardly anyone matches the long, pencil-thin figures used in sketches. Instead, she prefers to drape around the client themselves. Arminé and her team then hunt down the best fabrics and accessories to make the dress a reality. If that wasn’t enough, they can also help with you with your veil (if it’s a wedding dress), accessories, shoes – everything. Arminé can make a dress in as little as two weeks if it’s absolutely necessary, but if you want the whole “R-Mine experience”, you better visit her shop a good 6-8 months, even a year, before your event.

 

eveningdress2

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Although she’s known for her custom gowns, Arminé also wants people to be aware of her ready-to-wear collections for both weddings and evening wear. Her evening wear is really spectacular, and has been featured in countless magazines and events. Recently, her gowns have been spotted in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and a multitude of high-profile events (Cannes, anyone?). Currently, Arminé is busy finishing up some more evening gowns, but is looking to shift her attention more on her bridal collection later in the year. For 2016/2017, she’s playing around with the idea of having more locations in LA and around the country.

We’re excited to see what her next collection will be. If you’re looking for a high-quality dress for a wedding or event, Arminé is definitely your person.

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Happy 1st of July! I have to say, the first half of the year really blew by. I can hardly believe it’s almost the 4th of July! If you’re searching for something to do with your family and friends over the long weekend, head on down to our side of town. Just break out the sunscreen and get ready to celebrate the 4th of July – Beverly Hills style.

Bring on the BBQ

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What’s a 4th of July without some delicious BBQ? Skip slaving over the grill and head on over to some of the fabulous BBQ spots around the city. Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, located near the Grove, serves good old traditional BBQ fair like brisket, burgers, and pulled pork. For all of our vegetarian friends out there, Wood Ranch also has a number of non-meat options. Their salads are quite good, and their dressings are gluten-free.

If you want something a little different, try Gyu-Kaku for some Japanese BBQ and enjoy some kobe beef, miso soup, and other yummy Asian dishes.

Pie for Everyone!

pie

Image Courtesy of Simplethings’ Instagram

Saying no to a slice of pie on the 4th would just be un-American. Consider it your patriotic duty to stop by Simplethings on W. 3rd Street for a generous slice of deliciousness. Any place that has a regularly updated flavor schedule for pie is good in my book. If you’re in the mood for something on the more savory side, I would recommend trying one of their pot pies. Their portabella mushroom one is pretty tasty, and hey, it’s still pie!

Also on W. 3rd Street is Shortcake, a great little bakery where you can also score a pretty good slice of pie. They also have a ton of other treats, like croissants, muffins, scones, cake – you name it.

Fireworks

Image Courtesy of Hollywood Bowl

And of course, the best part of all – fireworks! There are a few great places near Beverly Hills where you can catch a pretty spectacular fireworks show. The Hollywood Bowl is just a few miles north, and if you get close to the bottom of the hills, you can enjoy the show for free. If you want to kick back on the sand, head down to Marina Del Rey to have some fun on the beach before the giant fireworks show starts at 9pm.

Here’s to a happy (and safe) 4th of July and long weekend for everyone!

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