celebrities – living in Los Angeles

www.swirl.com – Sharon Segal Tees – softer cotton cannot be found …

Before the holidays www.swirl.com had a sample sale featuring tees by Sharon Segal.  I bought two and by the time I got them and fell in love with them the sale had ended.  Alas, here they are again.  Stock up!  I love the purple in particular!

Sharon Segal is the daughter of well-known clothing retailer, Fred Segal.  There are currently two Fred Segal locations in Los Angeles.   The stores are upscale and trendy.  You will see many a celebrity at the Melrose location and lots of shots in People and Us with the famous Fred Segal sign in the background.

www.swirl.com - Sharon Segal "Boy Thermal" in Haze from $110 to $49

www.swirl.com - Sharon Segal "Long Sleeve T-Shirt" in Eve from $95 to $29

www.swirl.com - Sharon Segal "Long Sleeve T-Shirt" in Midnight from $95 to $29

www.swirl.com - Sharon Segal "Short Sleeve T-Shirt" in Black from $85 to $29

Free-spirited Soccer Playin’ Mama

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Crazy embarrassing but funny nonetheless … After school my 5 year old son and I were playing soccer in the street.  I was feeling like a rock star … How great am I just kicking around a soccer ball with my son?  Right?  I live in a very trendy area and everyone in my neighborhood is significantly hipper than me … Two girls were talking to my neighbor Mike, flirting, giggling, whatever … I hear him say, “Okay, cool, so I’ll see you guys at the Chateau? (a.k.a. “Chateau Marmont” … for the non-LA crew) The girls walk toward their BMW and say, “Right, see ya’ later” …

One girl looks at me and says, “Go for it … I love it … playing soccer in heels!”  I was really proud … I just got even cooler … I look up and I say, “Yeah, like ‘Looks Like a Pump Feels Like a Sneaker‘” … They looked bewildered and said, “Uh … okay … bye … ”

Shattered …

For those of you who remember Easy Spirit … the shoe campaign!

\”Looks Like a Pump … Feels Like a Sneaker\”

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I was wearing these Steve Madden boots … too trendy perhaps but cute!

www.shopstyle.com - Steve Madden "Arctiic" Boot in Grey Leather $159.95

Deborah Lippmann nail polish – fantastic

I was recently at the Glen Center in Bel Air walking around the pharmacy when I came across a line of nail polish called Deborah Lippmann … I fell in love with the colors.  The colors are rich and interesting and beautiful.  I bought a color called “bad romance”, which is a dark purple with a bit of sparkle … don’t let the sparkle scare you.  It gives it a rocker look without looking cheap.  It dries like lacquer.

I am a bit of a snob so I also like that it is carried at very few places …  It is carried at Barneys (www.barneys.com) and Nordstom (www.nordstrom.com).

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Deborah Lippmann – “Bad Romance” $16 … www.deborahlippmann.com

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Deborah Lippmann – “Across the Universe” $16 … www.deborahlippmann.com



The following shades are from a line she created with various celebrities …

lippmanncollection_2133_962242.jpg“Sarah Smile” created with Sarah Jessica Parker $16 … www.deborahlippman.com

lippmanncollection_2133_867671.jpg“Purple Rain” created with Zac Posen $16 … www.deborahlippman.com

lippmanncollection_2133_124371.jpg“Believe” created with Cher $16 … www.deborahlippman.com

lippmanncollection_2134_3148205.jpg“Just Walk Away” created with Renee Zellweger $16 … www.deborahlippman.com

Be brave … it’s just nail polish … disclaimer** do not add a little flower or stripes, etc.  When your friends tell you it’s not working, I am not to blame …

“Modern Family”

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This is a truly hilarious show and my messed up family watches it all the time.  What I love about living in California is that “modern families” are what my children are exposed to all the time.  We don’t live in a small rural town in the midwest and think this show is all crazy and racy … gay couples and bi-racial couples and dysfunctional nuclear families … that’s all they know.

I was recently thinking about the show and reflecting back on this past Halloween … I was on my side of town trick or treating with Ben and his dads, Greg and Larry, and their son Jack and my ex was on the other side of town with Lola and her best friend Lily, and her moms, Cheryl and Linda.  I didn’t think about the beauty of it until today … because … (you may recognize this house … umm?)

When I went to pick up Lola today after her voice lesson she said, “Mommy, look, it’s the Dunphy’s house~  Trish showed me while we waited for you!”  It took a minute for it to register that the Dunphy’s are the family in “Modern Family” with the mom, dad and kids …  Only in LA!

Paris Hilton’s Closet … a cool new consignment store

courtesy of www.parishiltonsite.net

Tonight I was taking the kids up to the Glen Center to have a quick dinner.  I decided to pop into the new consignment store next to the deli that all my friends having been talking about.  I met one of the owners, Tracy,  who was absolutely charming and lovely.

The upstairs portion of the store is branded, “Paris Hilton’s Closet”, and is, not surprisingly, comprised of clothes and accessories that Paris has donated to the store.  100% of the proceeds from the sales of Paris’ items are donated to charities.  Each month the charity rotates, but thus far they have given to breast cancer research charities and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.  I asked Tracy about the connection to Paris and it turns out that one of the owners is Paris’ mother.  That brought it all full-circle for me!  They had a ton of really fun stuff.

Tracy said Paris has been lovely and generous. She shared an anecdote with me about Paris.  A teenager girl, who was in town over the holidays with her parents, came in the store because she follows Paris’ tweets

and found out about the store.  She was delighted to choose a little tee-shirt and had her money all ready to count out and pay at the counter.  Tracy called Paris as she had just left the store and asked her to say “hi” to this fan on the phone.  Instead, Paris said she was still really close to the store and actually came back in and chatted with this girl for 1/2 hour.  Lovely …

Downstairs they had all of the high-end labels that we all know and love, like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Il Bisonte, Dolce and Gabbana, Bulgari, Prada, Miu Miu, Goyard, etc.  The prices were really reasonable and all of the items were in great shape and beautifully displayed.  I will definitely be a repeat customer and will also bring in some things from “My Closet” (loses it’s cache, no?) to place on consignment.

Designer Archives – “A Consignment Boutique”

The Glen Center

2934 Beverly Glen Circle

Los Angeles, CA 90077

tel: 310-470-3388

email: designerarchives@hotmail.com

Afterwards we went to join our friends for dinner.  My buddy said that today her youngest daughter had her interview for private school next year.  It went well and was a group of siblings … and Rod Stewart and his wife …who was quite pregnant.  The director of the school explained that the group was siblings, as well as Rod Stewart and his child.  Rod interjected that although they were not “siblings” they were alumni, as his 46 year old daughter Susannah attended the school!!!

courtesy of www.pribek.net

Only, only in LA …

A few of my favorite beauty items … sephora.com

I love beauty products and when I find a winner I am so excited I can barely contain myself.  Check it out  …

www.sephora.com - Korres Brightening & Anti-aging Rose Collection $54

This is my favorite new line.  It is called Korres and it is all natural and fresh.  It has a very faint lovely scent of natural rose.

www.sephora.com - Korres Lip Butter in Quince $10

Of all of the Korres products I have tried this is my number one fave.  It has the most amazing texture and it is the best thing in the world to put on your cheeks.  I put it on my lips and cheeks every morning.  It is a fantastic lip butter but an even better blush.  It is moisturizing so it looks super natural.  I am not a fan of most dry cake blushes.   Total Kool-Aid lips!

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www.sephora.com - Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Scarab $14

This is a great product in a beautiful berry shine.  I would wear it on my fingernails in the winter but perhaps toes only in the warmer months.  Also, I try to remember to take it off once it starts to chip!  Try …

www.sephora.com - Phyto Phytophanere Dietary Supplement (Hair & Nails)

These hair and nail supplements truly will make your hair grow more quickly and will make it thicker and stronger.  I used to think that people who spent $50 on “hair and nail” vitamins were the biggest suckers, but alas, here I am …. a believer.  They work.  If you have read the section of the blog called “about me” you may see why I have needed some help to reinvigorate my stressed out tresses and thinning, cracked nails. Within two months you will see results.  Take it from a super-skeptic!

www.sephora.com - Urban Decay Lip Envy in Berry $17

This lip stain is a great color and stays on for a very long time.  The applicator is great and it’s inexpensive.   I love to use it when I have a long day ahead of me and I know I won’t reapply.  That all said, it’s not the best quality product because it is drying and will fall into the lip lines sometimes.  With this lip stain I always add a layer of gloss or lip butter.  The key is that you will have some sort of color on your lips for the next 10 hours.

www.sephora.com - Blinc "Kiss Me" Mascara $24

This is one of those products that I am always surprised everyone doesn’t know about … it will never smudge, smear or move … ” Blinc Kiss Me mascara is the original tube-technoloby mascara.  It’s invented to form tiny water-resistant ‘tubes’ around your lashes for maximum amplification and hold, rather than painting them like conventional mascaras.”  I agree Sephora!

www.sephora.com - Frederic Fekkai Technician Color Care Mask $35

This is the best product I have ever found for my hair in terms of conditioning.  It makes it softer and smoother than it has ever been.  I have total proof as I have worn this one hair clip for years (about 5!) and it has always stayed in no problem.  Since I started using it a couple times a week my hair slips right out of the clip.  Amazing, right?  I need a new clip is the downside.

www.sephora.com - Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Sheer Shine Mist $23

www.sephora.com - Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Sheer Shine Mist $23

I actually felt that my hair looked shiny after I used this spray.  I also love that it’s a spray and not a serum or other oil.  No need to wash off yucky stuff.

www.sephora.com - Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush $30

This is a very “green” product and smells and tastes amazing.  It comes in several great colors and I use it on my lips and cheeks. It is derived from the Acai Palm Tree as part of the Sustainable Acai Project.  It sounds really impressive, right?  Worked for me …

www.sephora.com - Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 $22.50

www.sephora.com - Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 $22.50

This is more of  lip treatment/SPF protection item rather than lip color, however, it is good coverage for the sun and does help a lot with dry, chapped lips.  It is a great, natural plum color and for days when you know you are going to have some drive time and will be able to reapply this is a great option.  I use it when running to drop off or pick up the kids and don’t want to be totally disgusting but still don’t care much.

www.sephora.com - Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish $38

I am not in love with putting lotion on my body after the shower so I like to use a moisturizing scrub.  This makes your skin feel great and eliminates the step of putting stuff on your body after getting out of the shower.  The other option is to apply spray body oil but this scrub exfoliates at the same time … who doesn’t love a two-fer?

www.sephora.com - Dior Lip Maximizer $29.50

I first picked up this item because it is the most perfect shade of ballet slipper pink.  It is pale with a touch of color and shimmer.  I didn’t realize it actually plumped your lips when I first bought it.  I have never been a huge fan of lip plumpers, not only because the name is offensive, but more because Lola put it on a couple years ago and had an allergic reaction that landed us at Cedars with her face looking like the rear end of a baboon … um, I mean, Rene Zellweger.  If you have allergies in general to makeup and lotions I would recommend steering clear, but otherwise I love it.  It is simple but I feel like a total queen putting it on.

Don’t I know you? … Only in LA

Years ago I was sitting in a “mommy and me” class (the queerest concept ever), trying to be the perfect new mom and I had an uncomfortable experience.  We were all seated in a circle singing “the itsy bitsy spider” and I was bored.  Adults are not supposed to be entertained singing children’s songs, playing with Playdough, building castles with Legos or anything of the sort.  It’s mildly amusing for about 2-3 minutes and then it’s painfully boring.

I looked over at the blonde woman sitting next to me with a little girl the same age as Lola.  I was kind of excited because I knew her but I couldn’t remember her name.  I said, “I totally know you from somewhere.”  I asked, “Do you do yoga at Yogaworks on Montana?” … “no” … “Oh, I know, do you grocery shop at Whole Foods on Crescent?” … “no” … “Wait, wait, do you work out at The Sports Club?” … “Shoot, I can’t think of it.” … Flat-faced she said, “Well, I’m an actress so maybe that’s why.”  I shook my head with certainty and said, “No, no, that’s not it … I never ever watch TV.”  She said, “hmmm….”  We dropped the conversation.  I took Lola and jumped in the car to get her home for her nap.  I was driving and I looked up and saw an enormous billboard advertising “Legally Blonde.”  I felt like the biggest ass ever!

Life in Los Angeles with Kids

The funny thing about life in Los Angeles with kids is the crazy stuff that comes out of their mouths that I don’t believe would be considered normal anywhere else in the world.  Last week we had helicopters hovering right overhead for hours and, as it was very noisy, I closed the doors.  I completely ignored it until my middle school daughter came up to me and said, “mommy, why are there so many helicopters?”, to which I replied, “Oh, I think Lindsay Lohan is in court today in Beverly Hills.  There must be a lot of media coverage.”  She looked at me with a glazed over, blank face and shrugged her shoulders and mumbled, “hmm.. well I for one really liked her in Freaky Friday.”  Not normal, right?

The route to and from my daughter’s school takes us necessarily down the trendiest retail block in Los Angeles.  It definitely surpasses Rodeo Drive by a long shot … only the Japanese are left on Rodeo.  Every damn day I am nearly rear-ended as my daughter yells, “wait … wait mom … i see paparazzi!  Slow down, I want to see who it is!”  Seven years later you might think I would pay no heed … but you would be wrong because not only do I have a mom knee-jerk reaction to my child screaming, but I also need to know who they are stalking.  I will most certainly cause bodily harm to my children due to the paparazzi.

Just because I want to …..

Here is a cliffhanger … tomorrow I will be discussing The Backyardigans

http://backyardigans.org

Never a dull moment ..

“Only In LA” – Rihanna in the clink?

This is how it all went down …

Me: Lola, how was your field trip to the Beverly Hills forensics lab?

Lola: It was good (I have to REALLY push for more info from my tween) …

Me:  Did you learn anything interesting?

Lola: Yeah … We learned how to dust for fingerprints, how you get a mold from a boot or something, how to shine some special light to see traces of blood …

Okay, now that’s a normal field trip, right?  Not!  I love this whole private school experience.  It is truly amazing.

“Five Days Later” (think of it in the Spongebob accent … five days later)

Me: I heard you guys went on a field trip today to the downtown criminal courthouse (glad to be in the know … whatever)

Lola:  Yeah

Me: So what did you guys do?

Lola:  We got to go see the actual courtroom where Rihanna was tried!

Me: Fantastic …  Glad to see what you retained from the outing.

Lola: Huh?

Rihanna in Court

Special, no?

Elle

Trick or Treat ….

Dear Martha,

Having been married to a Frenchman for 13 years I have memories that crack me up. Pierre had lived in LA for 5 years, yet Halloween was still a mystery to him.  He would say, “Zis is zee dumbest sing ever!  Why do zee peoples want to make scary and get candeez?”

One Halloween we got tons of trick or treaters.  We were running out of candy.  I was panicking.  I ran to the kitchen to try to find something, anything.

I yelled, “Answer the door!”

He said, “No, no, I can’t!  I don’t know what to do!”

I was annoyed and I calmly said “Just open the door … say Happy Halloween and give them the candy corn.  That’s it.”

He still protested and I yelled, “Just open the door!!!”

I heard the door open and then … “Happy Hollywood!”

Elle

P.S.

There are factory workers who have to sew “Guadalajara” on this poncho!  Can you imagine how confused they must be?

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