Valentine’s Day Gifts For The Man In Your life


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Standard Issue Organic Crew Neck T-ShirtWest Elm Deco Handle Tray

Fleur Du Mal Silk BlindfoldAha Ted Weekender

I’m a romantic at heart, and even though I’ll be single this Valentine’s Day, I still find the day worthy of celebrating. I realize it has become a “corporate” holiday over the many years, and, truth be told, we should honor those we love every day not solely on the 14th. But, sometimes life has a way of getting in the way of our best intentions, so a day to celebrate your love and commitment towards a significant other, or simply expressing the love you have for family and friends is a grand idea. Tokens of love are appreciated. Especially when there is plenty of thought behind the gesture.

A few of my favorite ideas:

Breakfast in bed. This West Elm handsome looking tray is just what you need to serve up all the goodies you present him while he relaxes in bed.

Take a weekend away, just the two of you. Gift him this Aha Ted weekender, and no matter where your journey takes you he will arrive packed in style.

Opt for a simple gift that could yield some not so simple results. Fleur Du Mal’s silk blindfold could play the part. And, while you’re there make sure to get something delectable for you to slip into.

Or, you could go the “home made” route. My girlfriend turns her fiance’s instagram account into a book every year. They’re both super creative people, and she loves to show her support and appreciation of his talent with this simple gesture.

Alexandra makes hers at Blurb

Alexandra Defurio Photographer Instagram // Peter Hastings Director Producer Writer Bass Instagram

Neil  Barrett “Jay De Niro” Jersey T-Shirt // Uncommon Goods Health, Wealth & Love Wishbone // West Elm Deco Handle Tray // Aha Ted Weekender // Fleur Du Mal Silk Blindfold and this (Sliquid  Organics Natural Gel) //Apolis Standard Issue Organic Crew Neck T-Shirt

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This Week’s Wish List


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Wish List

Wishing doesn’t always make it so, but it’s a start. To focus my desirous energy I decided to whittle down my list to my top 3 choices. Not easy, but here goes.

Saint Laurent Opium Logo-Heel Pumps: I love the use of the logo as the design of the heel, and my curiosity is piqued. Are these shoes made for walking?

Tata Harper’s Rejuvenating Serum: Since the winter weather has taken a toll on my skin, and my best friend (as well as Gwyneth) swears by its benefits. And, because it is non-toxic and organic.

Spinelli Kilcollin Women’s Vega SG Pavé Ring: I literally can not stop thinking about these rings since I discovered them a year ago. This one makes my heart sing!

I love everything on this list, so I wouldn’t balk if any of the above lovelies made its way into my home, but it’s always nice to have a jumping off point.

My other, intangible wish is for refugees to be welcome the world over. Help refugees, forced to flee their home, and give them a chance to rebuild their lives. Donate here or here. Get involved here.

Style Mafia Nara Top // Chanel Gold Plated Black Leather Charm Belt / Necklace // Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum // Alexander Wang Boyfriend Bomber Jacket with Mesh //  Saint Laurent  Opium Logo-Heel Pumps // Stella McCartney ‘Elyse’ Eco Patent Leather Wood Platform Derbies // Intermix Women’s Joanne Slit Sleeve Knit // Spinelli Kilcollin Women’s Vega SG Pavé Ring // Gucci Sylvie Embroidered Leather Top-Handle Satchel Bag // Adeam Tie Straps Cardigan

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When Will I Have My Last First?


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Joomi Lim love thorn crystal floating spike studWhiting & Davis Sadle Bag

Burberry Brit Stretch Denim JacketIro Wikson Booties

Ugh. I’ve been back in the dating world for a few weeks now, and what I want to know: Is dating in Los Angeles any different from dating in other major metropolis’? Do other cities have the cliché older, successful man yearning for the all-to-available young, beautiful girl syndrome? If so, is their left over pool of men as allergic to commitment as they are in LA? In fact, so averse, that at the first signs of the relationship heading towards the “C word” they pull out their Epi pen (and we know how expensive these have gotten), shoot themselves full of mojo juice, or such, in order to jolt such dreadful thoughts from their mind?

Or, is it us women? Does an answer lie somewhere in the depths of the age-old adage —  You always want what you can’t have? Maybe, we are too often attracted to the “bad boys” instead of the giving the trustworthy, kind and dependable, but not quite as enticing guys a fair shake. Food for thought.

I don’t know many of the above answers, but what I do know is where you can get a fab look for a date (see my curated look above), whether it be with a good, bad or hopefully somewhere in between the two guy.

Alice & Olivia Clarice Macrame Trimmed Embroidered Georgette Top // Exclusive for Intermix Marion Ruffle Gingham Skirt // Whiting & Davis Saddle Bag // Iro Wikson Booties // Burberry Brit Stretch Denim Jacket // Joomi Lim Love Thorn Crystal Floating Spike Stud

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In Need Of Some Inspiration


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I thought I had a handle on my uneasiness regarding the election results, yet with the handing off of the baton last Friday emotions were stirred up again. Frankly, it zapped my creative energy, and I had turned to my security blanket, as it were, of sweats pants, cozy sweaters and Uggs the last few days. I was in desperate need of inspiration. Thankfully, the Pre-Fall 2017 collections are here and there are plenty of looks to spice up my sartorial senses.

Above are a few of the looks I will be drawing upon to add some zing back into my step when curating what to wear. Also, everything from Pierpaolo Piccioli’s superb second solo outing for Valentino. Especially those terrific over the knee boots paired with dresses sliced with a “touch of dreams”. Just what the country needs now.

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Givenchy // Emilio Pucci // Tome // Versace // Christian Dior // Victoria Beckham //Acne // Fendi  All Pre-Fall 2017

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Zara Printed Midi DressALtuzarra Fenice fringe-trimmed slub stretch-crepe blazerThree Dots Ponte Seamed Leggings

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Moving Through Your Fear


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Now that the samples for my new small leather goods line (Kristin Ashford) are finished, the hard part, for me, starts: launching my Kickstarter campaign. When it came to designing and producing the bags, the days of trolling streets and websites in search of the perfect fabric, the hours of research, and the numerous trips downtown were fun, exciting and never daunting. Not even deciding to redo the inside lining gave me a moment of pause!

Yet, the notion of producing a crowd sourcing campaign, that is put together with as much expertise, and with such professional looking results, as the ones on kickstarter……has me quivering in my boots. Go figure?!

Lucky for me I have the talented and supportive, Mimi Fuenzalida,  to create the video, and a whole handful of other dear friends to thrust me through my fear.

Kristin Ashford

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Time Management On The Red Carpet


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With the rise of the “Ask Her More” initiative, celebrities are demanding to talk about topics other than the clothes on their back while on the red carpet, especially when their time is so limited. With all the talented women that were housed under one roof at last night’s Golden Globes, surely there was more to discuss. After all, these women are actresses, writers, producers, activists, mothers and human beings that have not only created and participated in award-winning projects, but have lived full lives outside of the entertainment industry. It’s time to let the world know that too!

Yet, when you are loaned a dress worth thousands, and the jewels come with their own personal body-guard for the evening, those designers deserve to get acknowledged. Last nights pre-award’s host/hostess did a good job of keeping that portion brief, and delved into as many more substantial matters as the time allotted permitted.

After last night’s speech I’m sure no one will be making the mistake of asking Meryl Streep, “Who she is wearing?” Way to go, Meryl! You rock. (see below for speech)

Teresa Palmer in Armani Prive // Jessica Chastain in Prada // Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan // Louise Roe in Monique Lhuillier // Amy Adams in Tom Ford //Anna Kendrick in Vionnet // Caitriona Balfe in Delpozzo // Natalie Portman in Prada // Blake Lively in Atelier Versace // Thandie Newton in Monse

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Stirring The Pot


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This year it’s about mixing things up. Changing the way you approach your free time. I’ve curated a list of ways to get the ball rolling and simplify the process for you. Try turning off the TV and listen to a podcast; camping in a decked out, luxurious Airstream trailor in lieu of a hotel; or listen to an autobiography audio book to put your self in someone else’s shoes rather than your normal radio stations. Who knows, this could be life changing!

Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

“He has explored how ideas spread in the Tipping Point, decision-making in Blink, the roots of success in Outliers, and the advantages of disadvantages in his latest book David and Goliath. In his latest project, Revisionist History, Gladwell examines the way the passage of time changes and enlightens our understanding of the world around us.”

Try tuning in to Revisionist History, a podcast from Malcolm Gladwell and Panoply Media. A 10 week series where Malcolm takes an event, a person, or idea, from the past, and reinterprets it.

Auto Camp

Inspired by the wanderlust of camping and the great American road trip, AutoCamp is a new type of outdoor lodging experience that’s unlike any other. The combination of  modern and luxurious Airstream accommodations along with their unique, decked-out properties in California (Santa Barbara and Russian River) create the ultimate outdoor camping experience for both casual and seasoned campers.

These iconic silver bullets are outfitted with queen-size Casper mattresses and soft linens; modern, sleek bathrooms with walk-in showers and vanity sinks; kitchenettes; and a flat-screen TV with cable and built-in sound system. Top-notch toiletries include Malin+Goetz bath products and cozy robes. All that, and gorgeous scenery to boot. Count me in!

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The team behind Eastern Safaris: Balloons Over Bagan In Myanmar have now launched an exciting new product in the spectacular Atacama Desert of Northern Chile.  Balloons Over Atacama’s sunrise hot air balloon flights drift slowly over multi coloured and spectacular rock formations against a backdrop of distant snowcapped volcanoes. The makings of an experience that will never be forgotten!

The actual flight lasts 45 minutes, however, upon landing, while the highly trained flight crew is packing plan on enjoying a light champagne breakfast. The entire experience will last about 2 1/2 – 3 hours.

Theaster Gates Regen Projects

“Theaster Gates: But To Be A Poor Race,” Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, January 14 – February 25, 2017

“But To Be A Poor Race questions a particular kind of poverty, one that is not just about a lack of economic capital but one that is deprived of the basic elements from which one can make a living,” says Gates. For Gates, sculpture – as a derivative of the minor arts, craft, or the decorative and plastic arts – has been an important historical invention. Throughout Gates’ artistic career and especially during his time at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, the need for divine acts to have material and human vessels has undergirded his investigations. The exhibition begins to demonstrate Gates’ thoughtful handling of sometimes imagined African reliquary objects and other historic Black forms, referencing the power that can be honed from ‘poor’ materials. But To Be A Poor Race offers a salute to the possibility of power and beauty. ”

Gates is internationally renowned for his cross-disciplinary practice that spans sculpture, painting, sound, and performance. Featuring all new works, many of which will be created on site, this exhibition marks the artist’s continued investigation into the relationship between visual politics, shamanism, and object making.

Learn more about Theaster Gates

Born To Run Bruce Springsteen

“Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” —Bruce

Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run is not just an explanation of his vast record catalogue, and recalling of his many sojourns while touring the world many times over. While it does delve into those aspects, it is more of a raw, honest and in-depth telling of one’s life from an extremely self-aware man who has thought deeply about what his life experiences have meant. Listening to the audio version in my car, narrated by Bruce himself, was akin to having him personally tell me his story as I tooled around the streets of LA. Highly recommended. Thanks Bruce. I already miss you.

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