Thursday, May 21, 2015

You're Invited! FLOR Design Challenge Event in West Hollywood 5/29

Home decor has always been one of my favorite hobbies, and given that I've been moving quite a bit lately, it's top of mind now more than ever.

I've finally just recently settled into a new place and have been hoping to add some new fabulous furnishings to the pad, so imagine my excitement when I learned that FLOR is hosting an upcoming event next week in West Hollywood!

Come by and say hi--you're all invited! 

Plus, try your hand at their the design challenge contest where you can assemble your very own small-scale rug out of over 30 sample-sized carpet tiles, and mix and mingle with the crowd...after all, award-winning designer Robin Wilson will be in attendance!

Wilson be judging the carpet challenge entries and one lucky winner from each location (11 throughout the country) will win a rug of their own design (a $900 value.)

That being said--mark your calendars: 

MAY 29, 2015
9020 Beverly Blvd. 

See you there! xx

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Demi Lovato Shares All About Devonne Skincare Line--Get the Scoop!

Calling all Demi Lovato fans! Just last week I got to hang out with the inspiring singer herself and chat all about her fabulous new skincare line, Devonne by Demi Lovato.

We totally hit it off and posed for some silly pics together and laughed about the fact that we have the same 'good side!' Needless to say, this super star just so happens to be a total sweetheart inside and out, and I am thrilled to report that I am also loving her deep facial cleanser, too!

Check it out:

The Fabulous File: Tell me about this new skincare launch?

Demi Lovato: Skincare has been a passion of mine since I was young for many different reasons. I love that I can take things from my kitchen and just pamper myself, even before I realized I needed to take care of my skin. Before I even understood what skincare was, it has so much of a deeper meaning to me. There were so many years in my life where I wasn't really taking care of myself, and with skin care, I always did. It has a deeper meaning in my heart than just keeping a clear complexion.

TFF: What inspired you to get into skincare?
DL: [Celebrity Aesthetician] Renee Rouleau has been my mentor. She gave me my first facial when I was 15 and that was seven years ago! Ever since then, I've used her skincare products and she's been so supportive of my line. Throughout the years. I would ask questions about the whole process and now she's so proud of me. I would tell her about my dream to have my own skincare line one day and she has encouraged me so much. She has so much knowledge.

TFF: What's your favorite product in your line?
DL: My favorite is the 3-in-1 moisturizing primer. The other day I ran out when I was in Asia, and it was like impossible to restock. I was on my way to the airport and I freaked out and texted my assistant and my makeup artist asking if they had any on them. I was afraid I would have to use the hotel moisturizer on my face and break out...and then I found some, and I was like 'Thank God!' I literally freak out when I don't have it on me. It's like my dream face moisturizer because other products tend to be too much for my skin.

TFF: How would you describe your skin?
DL: I would say it's normal to dry. I have dry skin, but for the most part, when I drink more water and get more rest, I don't have that much of an issue.

TFF: What are your makeup must-haves?
DL: When I travel, I use concealer because I have dark circles under my eyes. They've been that way since I was a kid. I bring concealer everywhere I go. I bring something to fill my brows in because brows are so important, and I will also do a cheek stain. Something that will last throughout the day and I don't have to do anything to make it stay.

TFF: Tell us about your favorite concealer.
DL: Cle de Peau. It's my favorite. It works so well, it's all I use.

TFF: What are you working on right now?
DL: I'm working on my new album and new music. You'll be hearing more about that very soon, which is exciting!

Prom Pose! I think it's safe to say that Demi and I are new BFFs. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Simply Magical.

via Instagram

Earlier this week, I attended a fabulous event hosted by Stella Artois, and it was more than I could have ever imagined. After working in this biz for over 10 years now, it's safe to say that I have attended countless events, and once in awhile, you find yourself in complete awe at some of the magic I get to experience simply by working in this industry. Monday night was one of those nights.

We were whisked away to Golden Oak Ranch and treated to an incredible six-course dinner under the stars. John Legend (!!!) gave an incredible private concert before we sailed up in a hot air balloon to cap off the night.

Still pinching myself. Enjoy these pics. xx

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Come Away With Me: The Mill House Inn in East Hampton

Some way, somehow, in all my years, I have never been to the Hamptons. Of course, I had heard of its charming historical splendor, its exciting summer parties, its grandiose celebrity homes and posh restaurants frequented by the east coast elite. Despite the fact that I even spent three years living in New York City, I never quite made it to the Hamptons, even when it seemed like everyone I knew was hopping on the Jitney just as often as they could.

So imagine my delight when I was invited to attend my dear friend’s gorgeous wedding this spring in the area—at last, I could live out my preppy chic fantasy and see what all the fuss was about! 

Hello Hamptons!

I (over)packed my bags and headed out east for a long weekend away, and had the extreme pleasure of staying at the most incredible bed and breakfast called The Mill House Inn in East Hampton.

Located right on Main Street, The Mill House Inn oozes endless appeal at first glance with its adorable red brick fa├žade and open French windows. 

Upon entering, you’ll immediately feel right at home thanks to its friendly staff and abundance of delicious snacks. Yes…snacks. Allow me to elaborate--from delicious homemade cookies and kale chips to cheese and charcuterie, there’s a dizzying amount of offerings, all complimentary to guests around the clock.

Cheese & Charcuterie platter delivered to our suite. 

Snack time! Gourmet popcorn, delicious cookies, baked apple crisps and more.

The 'Nack Bar!
They also serve up refreshing coffee and tea drinks, local ice cream flavors (still dreaming about the pistachio cherry option I tasted last weekend!), and have a few fabulous fridges stocked full of beverages at all times. Alkaline water, coconut water, fresh juices, seasonal lemonades and zesty flavored ginger ale…you name, it, they’ve got it! 

Coffee Ice Cream..available around the clock. Mmmmm. 

Popcorn and Movie Night! 

Beyond the snacks, there’s also a sprawling front porch facing out on Main Street where you can sit and unwind from your travels, and a handful of open tables in the lobby beckoning you to sit and play old-fashioned board games with your travel companions, too. For the first time in probably 15 years, I found myself playing a game of checkers and never felt so relaxed and at peace in my life! Now this is what a vacation is supposed to be like.

A game of checkers and a plate of cookies. How delightful!

So in love with this delicious latte. 

As for the rooms and suites, everything at The Mill House Inn is absolutely top notch. Our gorgeous suite was located in their famed Grey House Barn and was clearly designed with comfort in mind, first and foremost. It boasted a plush king-size bed, hardwood floors, a stunning bathroom complete with a standalone bathtub and shower, a working fireplace, two flatscreen TVs (with a long list of great DVDs available to borrow from the front desk!), a spacious outdoor deck and more. Needless to say, we found it hard to leave the room at all, it was so inviting and truly had everything we could possibly dream of in a bed & breakfast stay.

I particularly enjoyed the eucalyptus-scented toiletries (bath salts, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and more) in the bathroom, all specially created for the property--and for the first time ever, I didn’t even need to pull out my own carefully-selected collection of mini prestige toiletries to use because I was so pleased with the quality of their own offerings. As a beauty editor and blogger who tests products daily, this is saying a LOT!

To familiarize ourselves with the area a bit more, the hotel even equipped us with a handy map to guide us on a 4.5 mile walk in the area. We embarked on this self-guided tour right away, which led us through an upscale neighborhood, along the beach and back through town and along the nearby shops and boutiques.

As a newbie to the Hamptons, I thought this was a great way to explore the area and really appreciated how helpful the front desk team was to answer any and all of my questions, make reservations at their favorite eateries and spout off tips and suggestions with candid honesty. While huge resorts and luxury hotels certainly have their appeal, there’s nothing quite like the personalized service and attention at a quaint bed & breakfast.

I should also mention that each morning, guests can make selections from their tempting breakfast menu and choose to dine in their room or in the lobby or common outdoor areas to start the day. Every single item on the menu is made with love and bursting with terrific flavors, and of course, the standout item would have to be lobster frittata. That’s right, you heard me. Lobster. Fritatta.

Needless to say, there’s no shortage of charming amenities to The Mill House Inn, and it would be hard to single out my absolute favorite aspect of the property during my short stay. If you’re seeking a peaceful yet posh place to get away and relax like no other, I highly recommend this delightful gem.

There’s truly no place else quite like it.

To book a stay at The Mill House Inn, please visit their web site.

Mill House Inn
31 North Main Street,  East Hampton,  Long Island,  NY  11937
Phone: 631-324-9766          Fax: 631-324-9793

*Photography Credit: Jonathan Higbee and Jennifer Chan