LA House Tour

A Backyard Book Launch Party

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of throwing my friend Candice Kumai a party in honor of her latest book; Kintsugi Wellness. This is Candice’s 6th cookbook and I could not be more proud!  She talks about her wellness background and the Japanese art of nourishing the mind, body and spirit. Plus, she shares the most delicious recipes like her famous matcha chocolate chip cookies!!! I remember ordering her 5th book Clean Green Eats years ago when I was living in NYC and wanting to get into healthier cooking/recipes.  I didn’t even know her at the time – but became obsessed with her attainable, well rounded approach to cooking and wellness.  A few months later, a friend introduced us in the city and we completely hit it off.  She’s an insanely hard worker, takes such pride in anything and everything she puts forth, and is a professionally trained chef from Le Cordon Bleu (no big deal!). You may have seen her articles on Well + Good or Girl Boss where she’s a contributing writer – or maybe even caught her on an episode of Top Chef! It was such a fun occasion to bring together a group of 50+ creative friends to celebrate her new book!We enjoyed an afternoon of vodka ginger spritzs, miso avocado toast, matcha chocolate chip cookies, and mochi rice cakes!  Women supporting women, good food, good cocktails, and sunshine – is there anything better?!
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Moroccan Engagement Party Pt. 3

Happy Friday!  Here are the last few pictures from the engagement party!  For this post, I wanted to focus on and talk about the FOOD!  I hired my dear friend Alex Thomopoulos who is also the head chef at my favorite restaurant in Venice; Great White.  Her food is classic comfort food with a gourmet twist – it’s healthy, fresh and colorful – and DELICIOUS DUH!  I told her that I wanted the menu to be family/buffet style, California meets Moroccan dishes – with grilled chicken and vegetable skewers, a Tabbouli salad, cucumber feta watermelon salad, a gorgeous meat and cheese spread, tons of fresh crudite, hummus and tzatziki.  She went above and beyond and to this day – friends and family are still talking about the food.  The salmon was one of my favorite dishes along with the gluten free citrus cornbread cake!  Enjoy your weekend! SaveSave SaveSave
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A Galentine's Day Themed Birthday Bash

I had so much fun throwing my best friend from college a Galentine’s Day Party for her 30th birthday last weekend!  She had been talking about renting out a space, or doing a huge dinner with a prix fixed menu but nothing sounded better than a girlie party in the comfort of my home.  I truly love entertaining and have gotten it down to a bit of a science after all of the parties I’ve hosted this year!  I laid out a variety of roses in white and blush tones in my kitchen and bar area, and placed sweet treats and berries in small bowls and on cake plates.  Guests each had their own mini Moet bottles waiting for them as well as a bounty of other drinks to choose from!   When it comes to entertaining, my top 5 tips for hosting a great event are; 1. Candles make a huge difference! Light a few candles inside and out to really set the tone 2. Convert your light switches into dimmers (a Task Rabbit or hanydman can easily do this for you!) Dimming the lights creates such a nice ambiance 3. Have a mix of bite size salty apps and sweet treats (my faves are: chips + guac, carrots + hummus, popcorn, mini cupcakes, spiced nuts and chocolate covered pretzels) 4. Always have extra chilled champagne in the fridge!!! You never want to run out of booze  5. Have a good playlist running in the background that fits the crowd/vibe – you can never go wrong with anything from Odesza, Tep No, or Arizona.  You can search my party playlists under my name on Spotify!  I couldn’t resist letting Charlie in on the fun and he was a huge hit as always ;)  He was pretty much a vacuum the whole night eating everyone’s scraps hehe!  I wore this off the shoulder Saylor dress that also comes in this beautiful floral pattern (perfect for spring which is right around the corner.)  My dress is currently 40% off and would look gorg with a leather jacket thrown over it! SaveSave
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An Outdoor Dinner Party At Home

I’ve been taking full advantage of my backyard (a true luxury coming from NYC!) and hosting tons of BBQs and outdoor dinner parties.  I had so much fun partnering with Callie Collection Wines for this dinner party and shared three of their delicious blends with my friends.  Their Pinot Grigio is a blend of honeydew, citrus and pear – which is so light and crisp – ideal for summer.  Their Red Blend has hints of blackberry, strawberry, vanilla and caramel (yep, it’s as good as it sounds!), and their Chardonnay is rich and creamy just how you’d want it to be – with a really nice pineapple undertone.  All of their wine is made right here in beautiful California – and the flower on their logo is a colorful California poppy!  I incorporated all local, California flavors into my appetizers and entrees and added this fun pop of orange into the place settings.  I picked up fresh tartines with the freshest ingredients from my favorite bakery Gjusta, put together a cheese plate with ripe figs and honey, whipped up a salad with juicy peaches, burrata and prosciutto, and left out a big crudite platter and bowl of cherries for guests to munch on.  I picked up orange and white tulips, hydrangeas and sherbet colored roses.  I left the extra bottles of wine chilling in a silver bucket on the bench and tied a festive checker towel around the bottle in use for guests to pass around.  The party was a huge success (with an appearance from my new puppy Charlie!) and I’m already looking for another excuse to throw another ;)!
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