Jazz up your wardrobe for Spring/Summer 09 boys! Check out the Five Four warehouse sale this Saturday and Sunday for 50-70% off retail prices! We sure love that. And you'll come out looking so preppy...love that too.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Forev's has really taken it up a notch with their jewelry this season. You know we already love their rings - and now they have made some nice statement necklaces for REALLLLY CHEAP prices! Shop the statement necklace trend here: Forever21.com
Genart is inviting you to the ultimate shopping event! Next Wednesday 6/3/09 at 6:00 PM in the heart of Midtown you will have a ton of exciting activities at this party. There will be a large selection of heavily discounted designer collections from the Spring/Summer season, including womenswear, menswear, and accessories. There will also be complimentary drinks, spa and beauty treatments, and other fun perks. General admission tickets are $15 and there is also an option for a VIP ticket. For more information click on Genart event.
7 West 34th Street, 11th Floor
(between 5th and 6th Ave)
Wednesday 6/3 at 6:00-10:00 PM
See you there!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Summer is basically here- the weather is gorgeous and sunny- so what better way to spend your weekend than at the beach! Here is a list of some of the Culturistas' favorite LA beaches!
Venice Beach-- probably the most interesting beach of LA--- attracting artists, tourists, bohemian types and quirky characters. If you want to take a bike ride, a walk, or just people watch, this is the place to go! Things to see:
Venice Art Walls: The Venice Public Art Walls are located on the sand in the heart of Venice Beach. Basically anyone can paint/graffiti on the walls if you have a permit.
Muscle Beach: The outdoor workout area made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger and other bodybuilders.
Venice Canals: The canals were built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney. There are 6 remaining canal bridges left- and make a serene and relaxing walk- You can walk along them in the area bordered by Washington, South Venice Blvd., Pacific Ave. and Ocean Ave.
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sophia wore this amazing geometric Alexander Wang dress to the Armani Exchange Watch Launch at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles. She is also wearing her favorite Dior gladiator sandals which we previously posted of her wearing to a lunch event at the Chateau Marmont.
If you love Sophia's look and do not want to spend the $795 on this exquisite Alexander Wang dress, we have the next best thing. This similar style can be found at Akira for only $36!
Looks like American Apparel will be having rummage sales every Sat and Sun until Fall! Great way to find some discounted clothing this summer! Click on the image for a larger view! Looks like the sales will be taking place in Little Tokyo on Melrose in WeHo and in Santa Monica. Prices start at $5 and its CASH ONLY! If you are loving the idea of the rummage sale-- also check out Jet Rag on Sundays!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Actor Chris Pine shows off his casual but hip celebrity style while walking around LA. Check out the Culturista's break down of his look above! He wears a cool blazer jacket (made from sweatshirt material) with a simple v-neck t, slim cut black pants, retro glasses and sneakers! So simple but very stylish!
If you are in the market for French fine dining, Balthazar is just the place. It is located in the heart of Soho and the creation of renowned restaurateur Keith McNally. Balthazar which takes on the appearance of a brasserie, has a charming atmosphere which fuses the elegance of Paris with the edge of New York. The restaurant was packed even for an early dinner and we waited in anticipation for our orders. We got the shrimp risotto as an appetizer which was better than any Risotto I had in Italy.
The deserts we had were so delicious I questioned whether or not there might be some addictive substance which was the secret ingredient. The most amazing choice we made were the profiteroles.
80 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
Monday, May 25, 2009
As part of Toscana in New York, a week-long series of events celebrating Tuscan lifestyle, there will be a reception and art exhibit on Wednesday the 27th.
Shown at the exhibit will be original costumes from Romeo and Juliet, the 1968 film by Tuscan Franco Zeffirelli, which won an Oscar for Best Costume Design.
Called “Italian Art Codex,” the other part of this exhibit will showcase artist books and art works shaped as books on loan from The Center of Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci in Tuscany.
Tuscan wine and light food to be served
Time Warner Center, 2nd floor
Wednesday, May 27
Space is limited so guests must RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you cant make it to the reception- the exhibit runs from Wednesday, May 27 through Sunday, May 31 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Wednesday-Saturday)
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sunday)
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Ethiopian food is a wonderful ethnic alternative to your average American fare. Instead of burgers and fries, try beef tibbs and a veggie combo. Ethiopians make delicious vegetarian dishes if you are looking for veggie options! But they also have tons of meat dishes for diners craving meat. They serve all dishes with generous portions of their bread- called injera. It is a thin crepe like flat bread that the every dish is served on. To eat the dishes pieces of injera are torn off and used to scoop up mouthful. It has a slightly sour flavor and looks and feels a lot like a sponge. And its surprisingly addicting!!
Try the honey wine or Ethiopian beer for added authenticity. And dont worry about getting there a little early because the food takes a while to prepare!
For a great Ethiopian feast in LA try:
1036 1/2 S Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Meals by Genet
1053 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Friday, May 22, 2009
The actresses attending the Cannes Film Festival this past week looked gorgeous in chiffon, brocade and sequins. Angelina's nude Versace gown had an incredibly high slit up the side and she looked great-- definately one of the best dressed at Cannes so far! Penelope Cruz wore a Marchesa gown which had such beautiful beaded detailing with tons of draping. Also love Paris' white Grecian inspired gown complete with gold accessories.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
This Saturday, May 23rd, Old Navy is having their flip flop sale---where all their adults and kids flip flops are 1 dollar! Pretty amazing...also amazing is what they must have cost to still make a profit on 1 dollar. But they do last a while and serve an important summer purpose!
Summer is almost here! And if you want to dress easy breezy bohemian, the long tunic tank is for you! You can pair it with a jean skirt or shorts or even jeans. Throw on a sweater or boyfriend blazer over it for chillier days. See how some celebs wear the long tank below!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Hanky Panky and Essie have teamed up together to pair matching thongs and nail polish! The girlie Culturista in us is thrilled!! Love the "Ballet Slipper" set, seen above! They each retail for $36. To buy Hanky Panky/Essie sets check out:
It seems like they only have 2 sets available at the moment, but here's hoping for more!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
Check out Piperline.com for a nice 30% off sale! Ends May 31st. They have really cute summer sandals, handbags and even mens and kids shoes.
Unisa- $44.50 (on sale from 65)
Nine West- $59.50 (on sale from 89)
Monday, May 18, 2009
FRIENDS with BENEFITS FUNDRAISER at the Improv!
|The Improv is having a fundraiser tomorrow (Tuesday May 19th) starting at 8pm to support the Jenesse Center, which is a domestic violence intervention program. Tickets are 20 dollars. The line up includes Andrea Nittoli, Adam Hunter, Sean Kanan, Bret Ernst and Alonzo Bodden. Buy your tickest: HERE|
8162 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Jenesse Center is the oldest domestic violence intervention program in South Central Los Angeles. The Center was founded in 1980 by five African American women who were survivors of domestic violence. Our mission is to provide victims of domestic violence with a comprehensive, centralized base of support to assist them in addressing their immediate crisis and changing the patterns of their lives.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
This stylistic hybrid is made out of either spandex or polyester giving providing the effect of the legging, however, the texture of the fabric resembles denim. Just beware that these ditties are skin tight and you might want to reconsider wearing underwear that day.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Jessica Biel attended the premiere for her new film "Easy Virtue," Wednesday night in NYC. She looks great in this one shouldered, ruched and beaded gown. She accessorized with snakeskin heels, a diamond bracelet and earings. Très chic! Check out the trailer of "Easy Virtue" below:
Links à la Mode : May 15th
- Birdie at Bonne Vie is the cat’s meow clawing away at the bitchy & snark to open the door for positive girl power.
- Capitol Girl spreads her wings with butterfly jewels
- Dramatis Personae spins the color wheel of life’s fashion journey
- Hong Kong Fashon Geek teaches you the ancient art of locking your love with your closet
- Dirty Laundry spin dries into bat girl the DIY superhero
- The Coveted shares DIY beauty secrets from around the world with Shalini Vadhera
- Paint it Noir shows the artistic inspiration behind stunning jeweled creations
- The Culturistas shreds and threads the latest gospel of denim
- Little Black Book puts it’s Fashionista star on Mischa Barton’s style revival
- Ondo Lady has the fever for the latest fashion video epidemic plaguing the web
- In Life and Fashion takes boho chic to a new level with designer Anna Sui
- Style Symmetry shows off her joie de vivre as she reinvents flapper chic
- Fashion Grail gives a frugally haute interpretation of Reese Witherspoon’s look
- Fashion Matchmaker gives a costume critique of this years Met Gala
- A Celebration of Curves travels back to Woodstock with a Summer of Love
- Agent Dreamer discovers a retro chic eco-accessory on Etsy
- Fete a Fete shows off Anne Hathaway’s sexy side with a Lancome give away
- WorkChic shows the curvalicious ladies super fab scarf stylings
- Brick My Lane straps on the shoulder pads and shows off her killer legs for her birthday
- The Capitol Fashionista uses a small budget to make a big dazzling statement
- Retro Chick shares 3 ways to wear structured shoulders.
- STYLEMOM pontificates on the potential end of a fashion era for American Vogue Magazine
- Independent Fashion Bloggers- How to run a successful and stylish blog giveaway
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
This coming Saturday, May 16th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, some of the most famous galleries will be hosting free tours and unique events for the public. Several activities will be lead by art teachers and specialists. Reservations are not required and tours will be starting on the hour at the Event Information Centers in the Fuller Building located at 41 E. 57th Street. A silent auction will be held and all proceeds will go towards organizations working to improve arts education in the New York City public schools. Each tour is approximately two hours and visits four separate galleries.
CLICK THIS LINK!
Dita Von Teese is the Vintage Princess. She never steps foot outside her house without looking put together with her vintage flair. I saw her at the Vintage Expo a few weeks ago- looking as elegant and put together as always. Her favorite periods are 30's 40's fashion and it is clear that she puts so much thought into each of her outfits!
Get Dita's vintage style by shopping at these stores in LA:
Monday, May 11, 2009
Eyes Lips and Face Cosmetics is having an unbelievable promotion right now. Not only are the majority of products only $1, but if you enter the coupon code CAROLINA on all orders of $15 or more, you get an additional $7.50 off. There are a few items like kits and makeup bags that are more than $1, but with promotions like this it is worth it! I just bought more than 10 items and only spent $15. It is a guaranteed MAKEUPGASM!
Dress, French Connection $167
Shoes, Christian Louboutin $995
Head Band, Forever 21, $4.80
Sunglasses, Miu Miu $177
We all want to dress like the main characters from Gossip Girl. Either Blair's always chic and preppy style, to Serena's sexpot ensembles to Jenny's edgy hipster clothing. Most of us find someone to aspire to dress like. So here is some style inspiration from the Culturistas!
Boots, Halston $1695
Clutch, Yves Saint Laurent $1530
Dress, Dorothy Perkins $43
Ring, Roberto Cavalli $405
Bracelets, Alice and Ani $268
Boots, La Garconne $565
Dress, Top Shop $68
Purse, Catwalk Genius, $30.22
Necklace, Miss Selfridge $22.70
Bracelets, Linea Pelle $35
Saturday, May 9, 2009
You might recognize this picture of Vanessa Hudgens from our "Look of the week" posts. Get her summer look for less with this great pieces from Nine West, Delias, Asos, Forever 21 and Miss Selfridges. Or if you want to buy the exact dress she was wearing, by Gold Hawk $275, shop for it here!at Couturecandy.com
In need of a delicious summer recipe? Here is a great dessert recipe using in season fruit and unexpected balsamic vinegar.
* 2 plums, cut in 1/2 and pitted
* 2 peaches, cut in 1/2 and pitted
* 2 apricots or nectarines, cut in 1/2 and pitted
* 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, look for a little age and good quality (bc it will be thicker)
* 1 pint French vanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the fruit in a small baking dish and drizzle with balsamic vinegar, season with a little salt and pepper and transfer to the oven. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes depending on how ripe your fruit is. Remove from the oven and divide between 4 dessert bowls, drizzle with any of the balsamic vinegar that is in the baking dish. Top each bowl with a scoop of ice cream.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Mother's Day Ideas:
It seems like every year, mother's day always creeps up and most people need to put together a last minute gift to honor their dear mothers. It's not that we don't love the moms, but for some reason, these preparations tend to take a last minute course. If you are at a loss on what to do for your mom here are some suggestions.
COOKING CLASS- Does your mom like to cook? Mine definitely does. Last year, I registered her at the culinary school associated with Sur La Table which has a wide variety of courses offering lessons in ethnic cooking. I signed her up for a Korean cooking class and she LOVED it. While this option is a bit pricey, knowing that you really rocked mother's day is worth it.
QUALITY TIME- If you are lucky enough to live in close proximity to your mother, then spending a little time with her is your best option. She will appreciate it more than cholocate and flowers. Plan an activity day for the two of you. This could be going to brunch and then a museum or whatever it is that you like to together. If you are on a tight budget, this might be the best option for you.
SPA TREATMENT- For those of you in LA, there is an amazing spa that has highly affordable massages. Touch Massage Boutique is located in Beverly Hills at Robertson Blvd and Olympic. This spa is by no means cheap or dingy and offers high quality massages. THe lowest grade massage is the classic Swedish massage which is one hour long and only $57. After one of these your mom will be more relaxed than you ever would have thought possible.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I found the exhibit to be very interesting when you think about the context of all these works. There were so many affluent Romans during the 1st century that they wanted to spend their money on commissioned works of art, gold jewelry and gorgeous interior decoration and architecture. Unfortunately in the city of Rome at the time- the wealthy were forbidden to flaunt their money and often lived in very austere homes. So just like many affluent people in today's society have a beach house in Malibu or a house at the Hamptons-- these Romans had Villas on the Bay of Naples. They were able to lavishly decorate their homes here and live in luxury.
May 3–October 4, 2009