Travel Tuesday: Las Vegas

Regardless if you are visiting Las Vegas for work or pleasure it is a fascinating city to be in.

My recent trip to Magic Show (fashion trade show) reminded just how amazing it is.

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With my first fashion family: fashion design iteacher _Andre Milman and fashion Illustration teacher Irina Ivanova…a truly fun reunion!

For people who have never been there I would highly recommend it , just because of it’s unique quality “A true oasis ” in the middle of nowhere. It just a great example of peoples creativity and ingenuity.

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My favorite hotel there is Encore/ Wynn they both have similar esthetic with a color heavily based in red.

wynnI can never have enough red, so when I am there I feel like I am in heaven :)

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red heaven :)

Design Wednesday: Fashion Week

For Design Wednesdays I am going to post designs that I find beautiful or inspiring.  Because it is Fashion week in NY I’m going to share my favorite look from last week.  It was a look from J Mendel that has so much deal I had to take a double-take.

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This look is also great because it’s so versatile.  I could pair it with a black blazer for day meetings or wear it alone for a cocktail on the town.  I haven’t seen anything quite like this and the detail is so engaging.

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair

Palm Springs Fine Art Show had some very innovative pieces which sometimes pushed  the limits of what is considered “art” but nevertheless were extremely entertaining. Since we live in the “entertainment” age now, I feel art reflected that notion perfectly well.

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We  love superheroes…

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I think this candy wall was specifically designed for the resent Valentines day, “very romantic”  :)

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If you have a lot of space, you might consider acquiring the helicopter instead of a painting. Artist Steven Maloney combined animal elements, bedazzling, an old helicopter, mannequin and even crystal chandeliers to create this art piece.

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This is a little glimpse from the show, I hope you have enjoyed it. I will be posting couple of  interviews with some cool artists from the show .

What do you think about the contemporary art, is it art or more an entertainment ?

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My Favorite Oscar nominees

Sometimes it is nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle of my everyday life to hit up the theater and see a good movie! In my spare time I treated myself to viewings of some of the most popular movies of the year. My three favorite Oscar nominated movies of 2013 were…

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The Great Gatsby: There is not much to dislike about this movie. It was visually stunning and really made me want to throw on my pearls, doll myself up in some fringe and grab a time machine to head back to the 1920’s to drink some champagne and party at Gatsby’s house!sitting

Blue Jasmine: This controversial yet inspirational story had me almost falling in love with the crazy character because of their truly, brilliant acting.

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Wolf of Wall Street: Good acting, crazy good director, awesome storyline! Wolf of Wall Street was definitely impressive and who doesn’t love Leonardo DiCaprio?

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What was your favorite movie of 2013?

Anger Management

People always demonize anger as a negative emotion that should be avoided and diluted at all costs. In general, this might be true, but some things are hard to obtain without the presence of anger.  For example, anger can stimulate A CHANGE …any kind of change… changing the way you dress, your habits, where you live, how you eat…any change is sometimes hard to motivate without anger!

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In a Komarov “Abstract Expressionism” top

Let me explain…

If you’re annoyed with something would you change?….well maybe

If you dislike something, would you change it?…possibly

If you absolutely hate something, cannot stand it at any cost, and it aggravates you down to your DNA, would you change it?…I am positive you would!

So, in order to make the change we want in our life with anything, be it “cleaning up the closet” or “losing 5 pounds”….number 1 step would be:

#1…Get really angry! Angry to the point that you cannot stand it anymore! Play that emotion like an actor or actress for a more dramatic feel.  Draw a picture of it and tear it, for an even more, opera level, dramatic effect!

#2 Imagine your dream “WANT”, your ideal, your fantasy, your goal …find a picture save it on your phone, on your fridge, wherever…so you can see it everyday and think about your goal.

#3 Write three immediate steps that you can take today to get there. It should be something achievable, something immediate, and do it!

  1. Keep a journal and write even your tiniest progress every day, and make sure to keep it positive! Be nice and encouraging to yourself, ask constantly “how can I do it better, more efficient, more fun, more enjoyable?”
  2. Make your action steps gradually more challenging and give yourself a deadline.

Do Not STOP until you’ll get to your goal!

These steps might sound really silly, but they worked for me, because whenever I was feeling unsure, lukewarm, or indifferent, I would not get out of my way to change anything.

So if you want a change–Get ANGRY!

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Spring is in the Air…

Spring is always the most romantic season.In Los Angeles Spring happens to be in January: cherry blossoms are in full bloom, the air is perfumed with flowers, spring wind and ocean breeze…

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I am truly enjoying it because March, April and May might be so cold that I would need to wear fur coats…but why waist time thinking about what is going to be, instead of living in the moment …I choose this moment :)

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What is your favorite season?

 

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Dress; Chevron pleated pink blush dress  by Komarov

Shoes by Cesare Paciotti

 

 

“Trending” in Culinary Arts

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In asymmetrical Komarov dress

One thing that I have realized is that trends do not just apply to fashion but they apply to culinary arts as well. With my recent visits to restaurants and cafes, these are three new trends in culinary arts that I have noticed…

  1. From ordinary to extraordinary side dishes! It seems like restaurants are kicking out the typical garlic mashed potatoes and cooked carrots to opt for much more alluring meal additions. Quinoa with pine nuts instead of rice? It is safe to say that side dishes are no longer the overlooked meal ‘co-star’.
  2. Southeast Asian cuisine is quickly stealing the culinary spotlight. Although we will all always love our Italian and French food, restaurants have been incorporating more and more Southeast Asian inspireddishes into their menus, but, hey! I’m not complaining!

The array of mouthwatering culinary trends that are currently sweeping across restaurants are surely satisfying. What culinary trends do you see happening in 2014?

Travel from LA to Tokyo in 16 min!

Have you ever traveled to Tokyo from LA? …Have you ever traveled from LA to Tokyo in 16 min?

Well, I recently did!

16 minute travel full of sounds, visuals (if you have a great imagination!) and smells!

Smell was the most important part of this journey, since I was present at the Scent Concert conducted by the LA based Institute of Art and Olfaction at the Hammer Museum in the Beverly Hills.

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We all know that nothing impacts our memory deeper than a sense of smell. If a woman passes by wearing a perfume that your mom used to wear when you were a child, your childhood experience vividly comes alive in your memory.

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The science behind…

Scents are very powerful since they affect us on our subconscious level and get stored in our psyche.  Scents have a power to seduce as well as repel, so masterfully using the power of the fragrance was the focal point of this event.

Scent Concert started from Black blindfolds that we needed to put on. Then all of a sudden we start hearing all the airport noises, announcements, someone unzipping their bag nearby, a baby crying etc… and intoxicating smell of perfumes filled the air, like at the duty free store.

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Before the “flight”

Next Scene was on the plane, flying business class and hearing how champagne is popping and stewardess is demonstrating safety procedures. It followed by a relaxing long flight enveloped in a luxurious perfume.

Third act was arriving at the Tokyo airport and getting on a Metro (the most efficient way to get from the Airport to the city), and sounds change:people were walking fast, eating, joking, hurrying, dropping change… and smells moved as rapidly as people.

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With the curators of the event: Saskia Wilson-Brown and Allison Agslen

Finally we have arrived at the Luxury hotel in Tokyo, and we  didn’t even needed to hear anything because the smell announced luxury by itself. For a moment we were so cocooned in the entire experience that it almost felt real, for that time we were there in Tokyo, experiencing that 5 star hotel…

The only regret was when I woke up ,that  it only  lasted  16 minutes!

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All pictures are curtesy of Sophie Lee, who invited me to this unforgettable event.

New Year New LOVE !

I am very excited about my collaboration with Komarovinc.com !

Komarov Clothing was founded almost 15  years ago by Shelley Komarov, a talented costume designer with 4  Emmy Awards under her belt.

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In a beautiful and wrinkle-free Komarov dress

Shelley started this company to help women travel in style with wrinkle free clothes. In her line of work as a costume designer, dressing stars such as Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Matthew McConaughey , George Clooney and many more, she travelled quite often. During her trips around the world she was constantly facing the challenge of dealing with wrinkled clothes. After years of research and experiments, Shelley created the Komarov line.

All of the clothes in the Komarov line are made by hand in the USA with specially developed technology. They are pleated and secured with extreme heat (allows for a little elasticity), so no matter how the clothes fold there will be no wrinkles, and they fit comfortably on any body shape!

Why am I extremely excited to collaborate with Komarov? :

LOVE taking Komarov with me when I travel!

During my travels I always face a dilemma because:

  • I want more options for outfits: What if the weather changes? What if I spill wine on my only dress? What if I change my mood?
  • It is always a hassle to check in the bags, than hope and pray that you will get it back (I received my luggage days later after I came back from Rome, thank God it was not lost!)
  • Another issue is packing nice dresses and by the time you take them out of your suitcase, they look unrecognizable because of the amount of wrinkles!

Komarov solves all of these dilemmas for me! I pack up to 7 dresses and 6 tops in my carry on, fit them alongside 2 pairs of shoes, toiletries and intimate wear. (This is good for an entire week!)

And the best part? When I take them out of the suitcase, they look Fresh and Ready to party!

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Another fabulous Komaorov dress

The 8th Wonder of the World!

As you saw in my previous post, San Gimignano is a pretty unique place. A complete fossilized city in the middle of nowhere. One of the most intriguing things about the city is their delicious food!

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I found a restaurant that Tripadvisor gave more than 1200 reviews. It was located in a non-descript alley, with an unmarked door.

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A little curious fact is that the restaurant was  right next to the Museum la Tortura.

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(As you may have guessed, “Museum la Tortura” means “Museum of Torture.” Because my hands were shaking when taking the photo, you may notice the skeleton in the cage.)

The restaurant that I was looking for was called Cum Quibus. The sign said they will open at 7:30 pm.  And just in case someone wanted to open the door to peek in, it had curtains in front of it: a complete mystery.

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It was only 3 o’clock and I had to eat something. Some American tourist suggested Cafe Stella, and I thought, well maybe something light will help me survive to 7:30 pm. Of course I ended up eating a 3 course meal (dessert included) since this was the absolute best food I have had in Italy so far! Caffe Stella was not even close to Cum Quibus’ ratings on TripAdvisor, so my desire to go there was hightened 10 fold!

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At 7:25 I went back to Cum Quibus and waited another five minutes under the pouring rain, for the doors to open. The restaurant was booked completely but somehow they managed to find an extra table. The place had a really cool rustic Tuscan vibe and was very small.

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Food started coming in and despite the more casual presentation it had the most surprising, bold flavor combinations that were extremely artistic.

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Then some of the loyal patrons started coming and congratulating Lorenzo, the restaurant’s young owner that TripAdvisor just announced Cum Quibus as the 8th BEST Restaurant in the WORLD! 

That was unbelievable! 8th restaurant in the WORLD in the middle of nowhere?! How is it possible?

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Cheers for Cum Quibus from Instagram

But it made me think of an Armenian proverb that says “a polished diamond won’t sit on the floor for too long”.

Regardless of where you are and how small you are, if you’ll do a good job, it won’t be unnoticed.

That was the beautiful lesson from old San Gimignano and wounderful Cum Quibus.

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