Monday Musings

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Nothing like a good inspirational kick in the pants on a Monday morning.  As much as I like to think I’m a generally organized person, occasionally I feel like a soccer goalie letting ball after ball whiz past my face as I just stand there totally dumbfounded.  I think that’s the best way to describe my current state of clusterf*ck.  From unfortunate timing miscalculations, to proverbial “balls” that I’ve dropped, I have been floating in this temporary haze of “hot mess.” Time to get it together, Stella!  Starting NOW.

Nothing better than a good list to have me feeling productive again:

1) With the new school year right around the corner (OMG, August 20th is SO SOON!) the library was a good place to spend some good family time this weekend picking up some recommended kiddie summer reading.  Speaking of summer reading- anyone have any great books they want to recommend?  I’m due.

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2)  August means our little-garden-that-could is now in full swing and we are deep in the heart of tomato season.  Is there anything better than a just picked, sun-ripened tomato?

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This year’s harvest is a combination of 3 different heirloom varieties, all of which are as pretty to admire as they are delicious to eat.  Speaking of eating, I’ve been keeping it basic with these beauties and simply slicing, topping with fresh shaved parmesan cheese, some home grown basil, a drizzle of good quality olive oil and a sprinkle of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.  YUM.

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3) The hubby and I got to enjoy a mellow Saturday date night: some drinks, some cheering for the Cleveland Indians (Go Tribe!), and obviously, a delicious dinner. This week’s spot: Lolita in the Tremont Neighborhood of Cleveland. Michael Symon gets a ton of press for his restaurant, “Lola” downtown, but my personal preference is definitely his smaller, more intimate, Mediterranean-inspired, Lolita.  I am still dreaming about the pork milanese my husband ordered.  So good.

Obligatory vodka rocks, with a splash of soda for me. Craft beer for the hubby.

The Treehouse Rebecca Minkoff

The ensemble for the night was my ode to an endless summer… light and bright neutrals and white. Oh, and obviously a little denim.

date night Giuseppe Zannoti Rebecca Minkoff James Perse Gap Nars

 

Ok, I feel a little better now.  Sorry to cut this “Monday Musings” a bit short, but the day is calling and it’s time to get after it! In the wise words of a certain Ms. Britney Spears, “You gotta work, b*tch.”

How to YOU rebound from a bad case of “hot mess?!”

XOXO,

Stella

Monday Musings

Today begins my official summer vacation detox.  Between a family beach visit, a Florida wedding and living it up in NYC  (#Momcation2014), I’ve totally been spoiled the past 10 days. I reunited with family and friends, I relaxed, I shopped, I drank, I ate, I wandered and I enjoyed every last second. Amazingly, as much as all of these activities are fabulous, I was ready to return to my favorite place and favorite people.  It’s nice to be home.

Let’s start from the beginning.  A little hurricane named Sandy ‘aint got nothing on my hometown of Long Beach.  This is the first summer season post-superstorm where the town has unveiled all of its rebuilt facilities, boardwalk, beaches and services.  Not only did Long Beach rebuild, but it met the challenge head on and came out on the other side more beautiful and thriving than ever.  Honestly, I have never seen the town more bustling and packed with beach visitors. Mother Nature also threw me a bone and supplied the perfect beach weather.

The Before:

Hurricane Sandy Long Beach NY

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The After:

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Next up, NYC.  People always ask me where to stay when they visit New York.  I’ve lived and stayed in various neighborhoods (SoHo, Union Square, Murray Hill, West Village, Meatpacking District, etc.), but in terms of best convenience and luxury, I will always recommend the Andaz Hotel on 5th Avenue.  It’s the perfect location- central and located directly across from Bryant Park and the New York Public Library, has easy access to public transport, has fabulous service and what I believe to be some of the nicest (and largest) hotel rooms in the city.  This was my third year staying there and I could not have been more pleased. It’s a total under-the-radar gem.

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The Room. Yes, it really does look like that. Oh, and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, wi-fi AND local area calls are all included.

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While in the city, I honestly tried to be as least scheduled as possible.  I walked more than I have in ages (walking cities are the BEST!) taking it all in and remembering all of the fun I had over the years.  I think one of the highlights was reading an actual newspaper, while drinking my morning coffee and admiring this view:

bryant park 1 Bryant Park 2

Did I mention, I did some shopping?  Well, I certainly did.  My wandering, inevitable led me directly into the sale departments of both department stores and downtown boutiques (I don’t discriminate).  There are currently some new “friends” in transit via UPS to my doorstep…

The B Brian Atwood “Chryssa” is still available HERE!

I purchased the Loeffler Randall “Rider” satchel (in colorblock) on clearance at Saks Fifth Avenue. Unfortunately, that style is no longer available online, but a similar style is available and on sale HERE.

All that shopping definitely worked up an appetite.  My first night I let my brother show me around his Brooklyn neighborhood.  While I know my way around Manhattan like the back of my hand, I am a total foreigner to the Borough of Brooklyn.  Lucky for me, I had a great tour guide.

Pre-dinner cocktails and oysters at Maison Premiere.  Hello, deliciousness.

Maison Premiere

Dinner was no slacker either.  Traif, in Williamsburg turned me into a lifelong fan of sweetbreads.  Who knew offals could taste so good?!

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A delicious and very fun girls-night dinner was had at a new addition to the Washington Square Park area: Margaux in the Marlton Hotel.  Perhaps it was the combination of chilled rose (Hello?!?! They have it on TAP!), good food, and fabulous company, but we ended up staying there for hours.

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Ok, I am going to commit the biggest blogger cliche out there and post a photo of the most delicious, most basic dish exploding across the internet.  No, not macaroons… AVOCADO TOAST.  I think I get a pass, though.  This specific avocado toast was consumed at the place where it all started, and where many Sunday morning brunch sessions with the girls were had: Cafe Gitane.  I swear, it just tastes better there.

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Last but not least, I indulged in some fantastic spa-services.  The Great Jones Spa, may not be the most swanky, but it has this industrial cool vibe to it and the most amazing massages.  I always leave that place feeling like a new person. If you have the time, make sure to bring your swimsuit, as it’s also one of the few spas in the city with a “Water Lounge”: the River Rock Sauna, Chakra Light Steam Room, Thermal Hot Tub, and Cold Plunge are all available and included in your visit. Ahhhhhhhhh.

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As much as I adore Cleveland (my adopted city), New York is my first true love. Hopefully, after reading this post, you now know why.

XOXO,

Stella

Monday Musings

I’d like to title this edition of Monday Musings, “The Hair of The Dog.” It’s currently Sunday evening as I’m writing in the middle of the lovely Outback restaurant in Orlando International Airport Terminal B waiting for my flight home. Obviously, a margarita is involved. Why stop the party? #turndownforwhat (Editor’s Note: I am totally old and had to look up what that meant on Urban Dictionary). This was definitely a great party weekend- July 4th, family, fireworks and a beautiful wedding. Many cocktails, a few shots and some late night beers might have also been involved. Thank you C&T for putting on such a fabulous party!

In addition to a very fun wedding, the weekend flew by and was filled with the best of Orlando/Lake Mary/Winter Park non-Disney offerings. It was so nice to see the city without the chaos that inevitably comes with Mickey and friends. I may have actually slept in past 7:30 am for the first time in YEARS! Anyway, I’m tired, and I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. They can probably do a better job than I can at this point.

How awesome is this July 4th BBQ backdrop? Don’t palm trees automatically make you feel like your on vacation?!

July 4 BBQ Orlando Florida The Heart's Delight
Such a beautiful little nook on the ceremony grounds!
Orlando wedding ceremony

Hazy Lights + Handsome Groom + Stunning Bride = Perfect First Dance

C&T wedding Orlando

I may have gone to town on some of those mini cupcakes… The peanut butter/chocolate combo was the big winner, hands down. I had 3 just to make sure.
C&T wedding dessert table cupcakes

Park Ave. in Winter Park- Perfect for some afternoon strolling, shopping and EATING.  The Florida downpour might have hindered the strolling and shopping, but no worries, eating was not impacted.  If you’re ever in the area you MUST try Prato: the food was just as pretty (and delicious) as the restaurant.

Park Ave Winter Park

Now, back to my margarita…

Outback Steakhouse MCO margarita

Hope you had as fun of a weekend as I did.  This week I’ll be blogging, “Live, from New York…” and trying to jam in as many of my favorites as I can before heading back to the CLE next week. Watch out, NYC.

XOXO,

Stella

Monday Musings

what doesnt kill you makes you stronger The Hearts Delight Stella Compiseno

Welcome back!  Hope you all enjoyed your official start to the summer with some fun in the sun!

Unfortunately, some of my weekend plans were derailed when I tweaked my lower back late last week. For all of you suffering from occasional or chronic back pain, O.M.G.  My sympathies.  It seemed that no matter what I did, which way I turned, or how I lifted anything, my lower back reminded me of how I wronged it.  I ended up cancelling out my scheduled Pure Barre and spin classes, figuring that it was probably wisest to take it easy and allow my back to recover.  Workouts were promptly replaced by a cooking (a.k.a. eating) bonanza.  Plum torte, gluten-free blueberry/almond/lemon muffins, bruschetta burgers and onion rings, fresh pea & spinach pesto (for delicious pita chip dipping), grilled chicken and pineapple salsa… Oh and let’s not forget my Vanilla-Pineapple Moscow Mule concoction. You name it, and I may have cooked (a.k.a. eaten) it.

plum torte bruscetta burger plum torte The Hearts Delight Stella Compiseno

Aside from cooking, I managed to fit in a little retail therapy too.  Because nothing cures an injured back like a good swipe of the credit card!  All joking aside, if you’re in the market for some summer clothes to get you through this season RUN to your nearest J.Crew! Their sale department overfloweth with good finds that were an additional 50% off!  I scored a great cream colored pencil skirt, a navy fluted skirt, a striped back-zip dress, two necklaces (1 & 2) and two tee-shirts (1 & 2) for a STEAL.

If you’re a parent, or have little-ones in your life that you like to spoil rotten with beyond adorable ensembles, promptly head over to Gap Kids/Baby Gap.  I picked up 15 pieces for UNDER $100.  My kids are now set through the fall. I physically had to cut myself off, because my back was killing me from all of the digging through the sale racks.  That’s the price you pay for good style, kids.

NYC packing

Upon bringing my haul home, I realized  that I’m less than 10 days out from my annual NYC trip. What does that mean exactly?  That means that I need to pack 2 weeks worth of clothing for myself and 2 children to be shipped via UPS to NY in time for our arrival.  Yes, shipped UPS.  For the past few years, my family has been UPS shipping our luggage in advance of most vacations.  The convenience of not travelling with luggage is unbeatable and worth the extra time and organization required to get it done.  With checked luggage fees these days, often times it actually ends up costing less than checking two large bags at the airport.

So that’s basically it!  Kudos to you if you made it to the end of this epic Monday Musings post.  I’m off to rub my back down with some of the most amazing crack lotion that I pilfered from my dad.

bad back

I have no idea what’s in it, but this stuff works wonders whenever I have any serious back or muscular pain.  Fingers crossed that I’ll be back on the (spin bike) saddle shortly!

XOXO,

Stella

 

Monday Musings

Good morning!

Today officially kicks off my May frenzy… the last two weeks of the month are pure mayhem for me. Between the kids wrapping up their school year (picnics, graduations, etc.), the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a few big “The Heart’s Delight” project deadlines and just the general activity that comes with warmer weather, my organization and time management skills are going to be tested to their limits.  It was so nice to have my parents in town this weekend to take the lead with the kids so that J and I could enjoy the last few minutes of calm before the storm.

Our weekend started strong with a family trip to the West Side Market in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland.  Dating back to the 1840’s, it’s Cleveland’s oldest publicly owned marketplace and utterly FANTASTIC.  No matter how many times I go, the foodie geek in me comes out full force and I’m totally in gourmet heaven.  This specific trip, I was on a mission to pick up ingredients for chicken and steak fajitas to be served at this week’s family Sunday dinner.

I ended up going with monster sized sirloin steaks that I dry rubbed, grilled and sliced prior to serving. Steak, it’s what’s for dinner.

westside market The Heart's Delight Monday Musings Steak It's Whats For Dinner Stella Compiseno

Yeah, bread was not really on my shopping list, but the carbs sucked me in.  #glutonfreeisforlosers

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Next stop post-market, Bluemercury for my long awaited Nars Spring Makeover!

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After a fun consultation with my fabulous NARS rep/makeup artist, Mo, we decided on a perfectly spring/summer appropriate, glowy, bronzed-out look. Something like THIS.   Mo totally killed it.  My cheekbones have never been more defined!  What I loved best was the step-by-step tutorial Mo gave me as she applied my makeup.  Did you know that you could apply contouring bronzer and blush BEFORE your tinted moisturizer or BB cream?  It leaves you with the softest most natural no-makeup finish. #mindblown

bluemercury NARS spring makeover Stella Compiseno The Hearts Delight

Some of the new NARS products that found their way home with me are:

The Matte Multiple in Anguilla (the ideal peachy pink for cheeks and lips)

Paloma Contour Blush (which is also conveniently perfect to use as eyeshadow)

Larger Than Life Long Wear Eye Liner in Villa De Martelli (a creamy chocolate brown eye pencil)

Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer (mix a drop of this in with your BB cream and you’ll be a glowing maiden)

Madere Pure Matte Lipstick (a pale neutral that will tone down any of your existing bright lip shades)

Now that I was all dressed up, I needed somewhere to go!  J and I had scheduled a “Date Night” cooking class at the Sur La Table in our area.  Something fun and different to mix it up a little.  Our foray into the French Classics (Crostini with Tapenade and Goat Cheese, Steak Au Poivre, Green Beans in Dijon Vinaigrette, Chocolate Creme Brulee) did not disappoint.  Neither did my $15 BYOB cabernet from Trader Joe’s next door… or the cocktail we squeezed in BEFORE the class. #gobigorgohome

Let me introduce you to the “Hot & Dirty.” A dirty martini kicked up with some serious hot sauce and delicious blue cheese stuffed olives.  It’s like a drink and appetizer in one.

Hot & Dirty B Spot Cleveland Cocktail The Heart's Delight Stella Compiseno

How fabulous are the latest color lines from Le Creuset?  I saw this lineup in Sur La Table as we were waiting for our class to start. I’m a serious Le Creuset devotee and I want them ALL.  Their pots are as wonderful to cook with as they are to admire.  Sur La Table Le Creuset

French cooking techniques “mastered” and bellies full, we weren’t ready to go home just yet… so off to Burntwood Tavern for a nightcap and some quiet conversation.

burntwood tavern rocky river Ohio The Heart's Delight

That last drink, sounded (and tasted) good at the time… not so much the next morning as I was downward dogging my sins away. Work hard, play hard, right!?

So there you have it… a weekend success story! Now, please excuse me as I get to work and start my mandatory list making.

Let the madness begin!

XOXO,

Stella

 

Monday Musings: Taking Stock

Good Monday & Happy Cinco de Mayo to you all!

Here’s the latest scene from the homefront:

Scenes from the home front The Heart's Delight Stella Compiseno

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This week’s musings are unfortunately not my own brilliant idea, but I wish it was!  There are millions of creative and talented people out there and sometimes you can’t help but following their lead #imitationisthebestformofflattery.  I saw this “Taking Stock” format done on a blog called, Living in Yellow (which is pretty hysterical, by the way) and couldn’t help but steal the idea.

Cooking: Is my frenemy.

I LOVE to cook (and to eat) but sometimes it’s just so draining at the end of a very long day.  I’ve started using a new service called, Plated.  You may have seen them on the show, “Shark Tank” a few weeks back?  Anyway, they bring back the mojo to my cooking routine.  Each week I order “plates” from their changing menu and I get a big ol’ refrigerated box delivered with pre-measured ingredients, fresh produce/meat/seafood and a step-by-step recipe to follow.  It makes menu planning and grocery shopping for the week a breeze and the dishes I’ve made have been a hit.

Drinking: Coffee.  Lots of coffee. I’ve been partial to my Starbucks Pike Place Keurig pods of late.

Reading: Just finished “Dinner: A Love Story,” which is a memoir penned by a former food editor and blogger about the trials and tribulations of feeding a young family.   Obviously, I can relate and cannot recommend this book enough for a fun, light read as well as for the great recipes inside.  Anyone read anything good lately?

Wanting: To grow my Instagram and Twitter following.  How is it that my 6th grade nephew has close to 1000 followers?!  I think he may be hired as my new social media strategist.

Looking: At patio furniture.  How do we feel about teak?

Playing: “Golf” with my 5 year old.  He essentially stands with his legs spread wide and I try to putt a ball through.  When it’s his turn he whacks the ball as hard as he can and I then have to run across the street to the neighbor’s lawn to retrieve the rogue ball. It’s his way of keeping his mom fit.

Wasting: A ton of time watching Property Brothers on HGTV.  It’s a love/hate relationship with this show.  BOTH brothers annoy the crap out of me, yet I can’t help but watch the whole hour whenever I catch it on TV.

Wishing: My butt were slightly larger, firmer, rounder and more perky. I’ll pass on the GOOP-Y attitude, but I’ll take Gwyneth Paltrow’s post-Tracy Anderson derriere. Pure Barre, here I come.

Enjoying: The brief moment of sunshine coming through my office window.

Waiting: For our new landscaping to go in next week!  I’m excited to finish the final step of our backyard/patio area transformation.  It’s been a long time in the making.

Liking: This H&M pink ‘scuba’ pleated skirt.  I saw it in the store while shopping with my 10 year old niece and have been thinking about it since.  It looks way more expensive than it actually is.

Wondering: Where I could wear the aforementioned pink pleated skirt?

Loving: My new air-dry hair technique I picked up from this past Friday’s Link Love.  I literally wake up, smooth down my ends with some Davines Oi Absolute Beautifying Potion, spray in a little Davines spray for texture and definition and I’m set for the day.

Hoping: The zit on my chin finally decides to hit the road.  We’ve become close friends and all, but I’m ready to say goodbye.

Marveling: At how big and independent the kiddos have gotten in the last 3 months.  “Mommy, I’ll do it MYSELF!” is commonly heard around these parts.

Needing: My hair cut and colored STAT.  It’s time.

Smelling: Assorted perfume samples in search of a new signature scent.  I’ve used “Narciso Rodriguez For Her” exclusively for close to 10 years… I think I’m ready for something new to add into the mix. I’m definitely more into the sandalwood, amber, spiced scents vs. fruity or flowery, if anyone has any good recommendations?

Wearing: Total soccer mom attire… literally.  Black Lululemon leggings, a grey Vince long sleeve tee, layered over a white Vince racer back tank, topped with a J.Crew army green anorak.  Oh, and Hunter rain boots. Lots of rain = muddy fields.

Following: My daily to-do list.  A must.

Noticing: The light layer of dust collecting throughout the house.  It may be time for a deep spring clean. Who am I kidding!? It’s DEFINITELY time for a deep spring clean and has been for WEEKS.

Knowing: All of the words to “Let It Go.”  It’s a family car sing-a-long.

Thinking: About all of my to-dos for the week… ugh.

Bookmarking: A website called Society6.  A great resource for reasonably priced, quirky and modern home decor and accessories.

Opening: Windows!  Finally.  It’s nice to get some fresh air in the house.

Giggling: At my curious daughter who peeked under a restaurant bathroom stall over the weekend and announced, “Hey little girl, are you pee-peeing in there?”

Feeling: Content.

Get ready week, I’m comin’ after ya!

XOXO,
Stella

Monday Musings: The Siesta Key Edition

Good morning from sunny Siesta Key, FL! We’re on day 2 1/2 of our family beach vacation and so far, so good. Both kids were troopers on the flight down on Saturday evening and they could not have been more excited to see the ocean and play in the sand. We literally had to drag them off the beach at sunset. Good problems to have!

Since I’m out of my normal routine and office element, just wanted to share with you some vacation highlights. I truly am so lucky to get to experience such a laid back and beautiful place with my family.

Easter Sunday started off a little dreary, but don’t palm trees automatically make you feel better about life? Palm trees = Vacation Good Times Ahead.  The kids kept calling them coconut trees and giggling… Too cute.

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This was a Sunday morning mommy/baby (although she thinks she’s a big girl) “shoefie.” I literally packed one pair of nicer flat sandals, so you’ll be seeing a LOT of these gold/nude numbers. Nothing goes better with gold than a tan – even if it’s out of a Jergens self-tanner/moisturizer bottle. I applied once a day for 3 days and couldn’t be more pleased with my faux glow.

Stella Compiseno The Heart's Delight

Ready to hit the beach/pool! My go-to accessory for all vacations seems to be this Tylie Malibu “Wayfarer” printed canvas tote. It can hold everything you will ever need and still look cute. My kind of bag. Oh, and that Evolution Sweet Greens Juice… I loved it. It was crisp and refreshing. My hubby thought it tasted like salad. You should try it out and decide for yourself!

Tylie Malibu Ray Ban mirrored lens People Stylewatch Old Navy Panama hat

A little afternoon happy hour in the form of a fresh pineapple margarita! A little fresh pineapple juice, a little triple sec, a LOT of tequila with a splash of lime for good measure. Delish!

Pineapple margarita

I’ll leave you with this image… Siesta Key has the most gorgeous sunsets. #unreal

Siesta Key Florida sunset

Wishing you a great week ahead wherever you may be!

XOXO,
Stella

Monday Musings

"Scream" // Rebecca Blair

(“Scream” by Rebecca Blair)

The picture above basically describes how I feel right now… Generally, I think that with only two kids I’ve got this parenting thing in the bag.  Not so much.  My daughter just turned three and for those of you going on about the terrible twos: sorry to break it to you, but the threes are a total and complete s%@!-show.  There is no candy coating it, as my husband and I just endured a full weekend of screaming tantrums, tears, talk-back and total, unrelenting stubbornness.  To make matters worse, our 5 year old son was (and is) the easiest, most amenable child so we had no idea this sort of absurdity could possibly come out of a 35lb little body.  I could not have been more relieved each night when bedtime rolled around.

Now, back to blog business.   Unfortunately, my big posting plans of home beauty treatments were hijinxed, so we’ll have to save that fun for another day this week.  Instead, I’m happy to report I was finally able to expose some ankle and break out cute shoes again!  I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to wearing ballet slippers as I did this warm weekend.

Loving the double strap of this Chloe pair I wore on Saturday… They could not be more comfortable either.  I love how the feminine shoe pairs so well with the more masculine feel of the distressed denim, white oxford and motorcycle jacket.  Opposites DO in fact attract!

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Cheers to me.  Sunday’s flat of choice was a neutral snakeskin printed ballet flat.  While my Dolce Vita pair are no longer available in stores, this GAP pair is almost identical (and under $35!).  I also just came across this TOM’s style which I totally love!

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So, anyone have any words of wisdom or advice for 2 very mentally and physically exhausted parents of a rambunctious 3 year old?  Anyone else been through this sort of parenting challenge?  I would love to hear what worked in your experiences!  Hopefully, we are not alone.

XOXO,

Stella

 

Lucky FABB West 2014

The Heart's Delight

This past weekend was spent in L.A. getting a serious education on everything style, fashion and social media related.  Basically, the weekend of MY heart’s delight. A hotel conference room at the SLS Beverly Hills entirely filled with style influencers, media, PR, fashion business success stories, celebrities, models, and inspiring women from all over the world.  Don’t even get me started on the shoes and accessories in the room… #ridiculous.  I left this morning in a haze of excitement about all of the new things I wanted to do, see and try and with a new confidence about what I could accomplish as a blogger, stylist and entrepreneur.  While I understand that not everyone has the same enthusiasm for fashion as I do, what this weekend taught me is that there is a serious business behind the glamour and sparkle of the fashion industry that should not be overlooked.  Cassandra Grey, the founder and C.E.O of  Violet Grey, a beauty retailer which has been deemed as the “Industry’s Beauty Edit,” said it best in her digital media panel:

I am in the business of building self-esteem… and that is a business that will never go out of style.

I may have spent years of my career executing sales and multi-million dollar institutional deals that drove the equity markets, but was reminded this weekend why my love for fashion, style and design is so much more exciting and fulfilling for me.  All those beautiful things, while at times frivolous and unnecessary help men and women feel good about themselves.  In my eyes, that’s a deal that is priceless.

For some fun snapshots from this weekend keep scrolling, or follow me on Instagram and Twitter!

As you can see… this girl packs light!

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Is there a better way to start off your day than a newspaper and breakfast-in-bed?

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This lady (Sophia Amoruso) and founder of the retailer Nasty Gal, is definitely the definition of #GIRLBOSS.  Her new book of the same name hits shelves next month, but can be pre-ordered HERE.

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After hearing Nicole Richie speak and engage with an audience of 300+ people, I can confirm this is one seriously funny lady. She’s no slacker in fashion either- her floral Givenchy blazer was TO-DIE-FOR.

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Definitely not just another pretty face.  Model Coco Rocha is a powerhouse when it comes to speaking out against the injustices of the modeling industry.  Recently, she served a key role in getting legislation passed to protect the rights of underage models… no big deal.

The Heart's Delight

James Beard Award winner Chef José Andrés is the SLS Culinary Director and the proprietor behind the restaurant, The Bazaar.  If you’re in LA, please DO try it out.  The food was delicious!  This mini caramel pot-de-creme was one tasty little ditty.  P.S. I crushed it.

The Heart's Delight

The National Honey sponsored spa event at Ciel Spa was a seriously decadent way to cap off a great weekend.  The almond-honey hand treatment and yogurt-honey facial were divine.  I smelled like dessert when it was done!

honeyspa Ciel Spa SLSL Beverly Hills Lucky FABB West 2014

How could I go home without an official Lucky FABB “step-and-repeat” photo?  The pretty lady to my right is Tiffany Tank.  A personal stylist and blogger in the Phoenix area, this lady has some serious style and a great eye for fashion. Check her out.

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Well, that’s it.  Until next year Lucky FABB.  Thanks for a fabulous weekend.

XOXO,

Stella

Monday Musings

Can you believe it’s the last day of March?  They say March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, but based on the significant snow storm we had on Saturday night, I’d say it’s going out as ferocious as it came in! Roar.

Here are a few highlights from my weekend shenanigans.  “Happy” seems to be the overriding theme.

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I finally had a chance to read up on some “Photography for Dummies”-esque material and managed to set up a great lighting scenario for my product photos.  With the proper lighting and angles, everything just looks so much brighter and happier!  Happy pictures = happy blogger.

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Speaking of happy bloggers, on Saturday I tried out some new skincare and spring makeup products. The lip color I’m wearing is a new favorite- Clinique Chubby Stick in ‘Oversized Orange.’  It might be a spring makeup-bag VIP… not to orange, not too red.  I would describe it as a soft sheer-coral.  Pretty perfect.  What do you think?

More importantly, this selfie made my day.  Aside from the lip tint and a coat of DiorShow mascara, I’m makeup free.  No BB cream, powder, blush… really nothing.  Oh, and no special effects/filters either!  Not too shabby, right?  I can’t remember the last time I voluntarily took a makeup free photo and felt good about the outcome!

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The hubby and I kicked off his early birthday celebration with relaxing Swedish massages.  I fell asleep for the first 30 minutes, which NEVER happens.  I was also totally obsessed with the scented candle they had burning in the room- Voluspa ‘Maison Blanc – Saijo Persimmon.’  It was a perfect balance of sweet and spicy and seemed so well suited for the Spring.  A happy scent.  I will definitely be picking one up for the house.

Georgetown Restaurant – Interior

Butternut Squash, Sausage & Goat Cheese Flatbread

Our spa treat was followed up with a fun night out in Lakewood, OH – one of America’s Most Exciting Small Cities!  A few drinks at a local bar, some March Madness basketball and a lovely dinner at Georgetown.  Once again, I was a happy girl.  Hopefully, the birthday boy enjoyed his night too!

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Isn’t this morning sunshine incredible?  When I took the photo, it looked like a window opening to Heaven… and that thought made me happy.

Looking forward to lots more happiness this week.

XOXO,

Stella

P.S.  Notice anything different around here? How do you guys feel about the new title header?  My brief foray into graphic/web design was frustrating, but the end result was a happy one.  Just like me, this website is a work in progress so any feedback, advice, or suggestions you have are always appreciated!