Minnie Mouse and Gangnam Style! We went to a really fun party in Sherman Oaks that was decked out with so many props, scary robotics and creative costumes. My favorite was a couple dressed in stripes, berets and carrying baguettes. They had KISS makeup, but I didn’t quite get it and then Tim says, “French kiss!” It was genius.
My friend Jodi told me about an easy and hilarious costume that I might do on Wednesday. You take paper paint samples from your local hardware store in a bunch of gray colors, hole punch them and wear them on a necklace and go as 50 Shades of Grey. Easy, topical and free.
There’s lots of excitement going on around here lately. First, my friend Dana had her second baby boy a few weeks back. Then one of my oldest and dearest friends, Ayesha, gave birth to twin boys while we were in Austin. And now, my good friend Claire is up next, expecting a baby girl. So many of our friends are new parents and it’s really fun and interesting to see their lives change and how the maternal and paternal instinct just kicks in (watching Robin swaddle was impressive!)
Baby clothes and shoes are so fun to buy and while not always the most practical since they grow so fast, I can’t help myself. These are the side zip baby mocs that I gave Claire at her shower. Too cute! I can’t wait to see all of these kids grow up over the years. My god son, Hayden, is already five. Where does the time go?
Photo of stylist Monica Rose’s insanely cute daughter Alaia.
I saw a girl in Hollywood go as Margot Tenenbaum from The Royal Tenenbaums for Halloween and it was genius. It helps if you are a honey blonde with shoulder length hair, but there’s always the wig route in case you aren’t. Here’s how to get the look:
1. Get a striped dress like this one from Lacoste. You can also try eBay or tennis shops. Find a faux fur camel or brown colored coat (it will help keep you warm as a bonus) like this one from ABS Allen Schwartz.
3. Straighten your hair with a flat iron and use a barrette on the left side. Don’t forget plenty of kohl-rimmed eyeliner on the top and bottom.
I was recently asked about gift ideas for guys that go beyond the traditional options such as ties or barbecue accessories. I love picking out gifts for the men in my life and try to select items that they wouldn’t normally treat themselves to (designer socks, nice toiletry bags and skincare, for example.)
I recently started a For Him Pinterest board if you want to check out other ideas.
I was a little late to the game discovering Madewell. I had seen the shop, but never went inside. Earlier this year I finally popped in and came out with at least seven garments (I never shop like that at one store.) They specialize in jeans, but I’m really into their adorable dresses, sweaters and vintage-inspired bags. Color and charming prints are also their thing.
Plus, they do free shipping and returns on everything (my kind of online shop.)
This weekend we will be in Austin on our very first couples trip. We have certainly traveled with friends before, for weddings and parties, but this is our first time traveling with one other couple and staying together in a house. I’m not worried as we are meeting one of my best friends and her boyfriend, who is really easy to be around (sadly that’s not always the case, know what I mean?) and we are all newbies to this eclectic Texas capitol city that’s been on my list for years.
Do you like traveling with others or on your own? I’m excited to grab some Texas BBQ, visit the Trailer Park of food trucks and cruise South Congress. Have a wonderful weekend!
This was one of my favorite Halloween costumes of all time. During my senior year of college I went as Mrs. Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction and I think I spent $20 total since I had the outfit in my closet already. Here’s how to get the look:
1. Get a short black wig with bangs if you don’t already have short black hair (I had long hair at the time so I went with the wig.)
2. Grab a white button down shirt like this one from Banana Republic and a pair of black pants like these from Rachel Roy. In the film, Thurman’s were a bit flared and cropped, but any black pair will do. Watch the dance scene with John Travolta for inspiration.
3. Look for a fake hypodermic needle (I picked one up at a costume shop) and don’t forget some fake blood. I taped the needle to my chest and while it’s a gruesome sight, it’s really the item that will make everyone instantly recognize who you are dressed as.