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Bohemian Braid Tutorial

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Bohemian Braid Tutorial



I am so in love with this “How-To” segment I did with Blow Angels in Santa Monica. The ladies at Blow Angels are hair geniuses and came up with this beautiful braid style for us! Yippy!

This Bohemian Braid Tutorial is so super easy and takes no time to do. The look is perfect for summer as it is loose, flirty and fun! I also think this braid is a FABtastic alternative to up-do’s for all those summer weddings!

Be different and sport this braid at your next party! It looks so amazing! Be sure to send us a picture of you wearing this braid and we will feature it on the site! Have any fun braid styles of your own? Do Share!



*Bohemian Braid Tutorial*



Get the Look:

1) Make two French Braid Pig Tails

2) Fold both braids into the back and attach with a bobby pin

3) Attach both separate braids “side by side” with bobby pins until your get half way down the length of your hair

4) Combine the separate “side by side” braids into one to finish this look

Xhilaration Purple Zipper Dress

The Perfect Party Dress

Xhilaration Purple Zipper Dress

Nothing makes me happier than coming across a cutie patootie dress that is so on my young, broke and fabulous budget! This Xhilaration Purple Zipper Dress can be found online at Target for 24.99! What a steal!  This look is perfect for all your summer nights with the pop of color from the purple zipper. Great for an hour glass shaped body as it is cinched at the waist! Pair  this Xhilaration purple zipper dress with some black wedges to finish the look!

Black Wedges- $24.99


4th of July Beef Sliders with Gouda and Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

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4th of July Beef Sliders with Gouda and Grilled Portobello Mushrooms


Contributing Chef- Abby Reibman-Author of  The Desk and The Stove

These tiny burgers are the perfect tasty treat for your 4th of July BBQ.  Super cute and easy to make, they are like firecrackers for the taste buds! Served with some good ole fashioned potato salad, The Hostess Handbook suggests adding creative condiments to make them your own – pesto? Caramelized onions? YUM.

Slider Ingredients: 

1 lb ground beef
16 mini hamburger buns
16 mini Portobello mushrooms
8 slices Gouda cheese
2 large shallots, finely chopped
2 tsp thyme, finely chopped
1-2 tbl ground pistachio
olive oil
salt and pepper

 Slider Directions:

1-    Mix together the ground beef, pistachio, shallot and thyme together with your hands in a large bowl.  Season all over with salt and pepper.

2-    Form small balls and flatten them into patties.  Set aside.

3-    Rub the Portobello mushrooms with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

4-    Grill the hamburger patties for 3-4 min on each side, adding the cheese during the last 2 min of cooking.  Grill the Portobello mushrooms at the same time for 2-3 min on each side.

5-    Place a Portobello mushroom on top each slider and serve with all the fixings.



Potato Salad Ingredients:

1 ½ lbs waxy new potatoes
½ tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbl whole grain mustard
½ cup mayonaise
1 tbl red wine vinegar
2 tbl olive oil
1 tbl chives, chopped
1 tbl capers, chopped
a handful ea. parsley and mint, chopped
salt and pepper

 Potato Salad Directions:

1-    Boil the potatoes in cold unsalted water until knife tender (approx. 15-20 min). Meanwhile, whisk together the mustards and vinegar with a pinch of salt. Whisk in the olive oil.

2-    Cut the cooked potatoes into quarters and toss with the dressing. Season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool.

3-    Prepare the mayonnaise:

  1. Whisk together 1 egg yolk with 1 tsp of Dijon mustard and a pinch of salt. Add a drizzle of olive oil and whisk to combine.
  2. Add a capful of red wine vinegar and few more drizzles of olive oil and whisk together to stabilize the emulsion.  Continue adding olive oil in a steady stream whilst whisking until you have a thick mayonnaise.
  3. Add a dash of lemon juice, taste and adjust seasonings and add more olive oil while whisking until you have the desired amount.

4-    Stir the capers and herbs into the mayo. Drain off the potatoes and add them to the jacked up mayonnaise.  Serve garnished with a few more herbs.



4th of July Pet Costumes

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4th of July Dog Costumes

I always focus on The Hostess but if there is a dog at the party, that pooch is the center of attention. For all my dog owners or “Aunties” these costumes are a great hostess gift or costume for your own party! Everyone will love your dressed up dog! These 4th of July pet costumes are also both super cheap!

Hot Diggity Dog Costume

Uncle Sam Pet Costume

DIY Louboutin Nails

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DIY Louboutin Nails

Loving This Trend:

Ladies, I am totally loving this Louboutin Nail trend that Adele sported at this years Grammys! Also love that it is super easy to do yourself! I would definitely flaunt this style for a fun night out on the town. Keep in mind that you have to have some length to your nails to be able to paint the underside red. If you don’t have long nails, you can always slap on some fake ones, make an effort to grow them or get gels.

These DIY Louboutin Nails are so fun, funky, fresh! Send me pictures and I will feature your design on the site! Wahoo!

DIY Louboutin Nails:

-Phile nails into a square shape

-Apply a clear base coat

-Paint top of nail with two coats of black nail polish

-Apply tape to the skin under your nail so you don’t get the red polish on your skin.

-Paint the underside of your nail with red nail polish

-Apply a top coat and let dry


Paleta Juice Launch Party

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Paleta Juice Launch Party

Welcome to the world of Paleta! Nutritious and delicious food delivered to your door. Executive chef and founder Kelly Boyer has created an unparalleled food delivery experience focusing on the healthy and organic. But don’t worry, Kelly isn’t sending you a plain kale salad! Ohhh no! This foodie lover will have you swearing that all her dishes are just as tasty and lovely as their fattier, less healthy step sister dishes! Take it from fans such as Ashley Greene, Natasha Henstridge and Molly Sims!

Now, Kelly is making a whole line of fresh pressed juices and The Hostess Handbook was at the launch party to snag a taste! All of Paleta’s juices have the perfect combination of ingredients to create flavors that are layered and luscious!

My favorite is the “Sunshine State” which is a mixture of grapefruit, orange, blood orange, ginger and cayenne! So many different things going on in this Paleta juice and magically they blend together to create a wonderful taste that is both sweet and spicy while still being refreshing! YUMmazing!

My other favorite was “Rhubarb Punch!” Yup, you got that right! Rhubarb! Not the pie but just as good! This juice contains strawberry, rhubarb and orange juices!

Kelly also created this cold- pressed, fully organic juice line to use as a detox cleanse! If you are thinking about doing a detox, I can tell ya that these juices are amazing. If  your gonna do it, might as well taste good!

Of course, I was drawn to the presentation of the food and catering! Love these “Carrot” silverware bundles! So easy to DIY! That article is coming soon my DIY Divas!

The Hostess Handbook Pairs with LifeCrowd

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The Hostess Handbook Pairs with LifeCrowd

I am so excited to announce that The Hostess Handbook will be hosting events this summer for the uber fun website LifeCrowd! LifeCrowd is a place where you can sign up for unique events around town that are all provided by LifeCrowd and a “Host” focusing on that hosts area of expertise! Events such as “The Art of Counting Cards” and “Cocktails and Cupcake Wars.”

It’s super easy to sign up and a great way to do something different and meet new people. I love the idea and the people behind the site so I paired up with them and will be hosting my first event Sunday July 8th! It will called “Flower Power” and will focus on an array of unique flower designs for summer parties! Of course, I will be using a beer can for one of the arrangements so come thirsty for some lager!

I would love to see you there! Come and play!!

Sign Up Here

“Flower Power”- Sunday July 8th, 2-3:30,

Rolling Greens, 7505 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Bandolero by Mike Isabella Restaurant Review

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Bandolero by Mike Isabella Restaurant Review

 Foodie Contributor- Lia Seremetis

Chef Mike Isabella’s follow up to the outstanding Graffiato in Chinatown did not disappoint. Bandolero is immediately striking with its open layout, exposed brick, an open kitchen and a unique, almost eerie décor. While waiting for my friends to arrive I took some liberties with the cocktail menu and ordered a pitcher of the “Bandolero” margarita with Espolon blanco tequila, Patron Citronage, lime, and blood orange. Delicious, refreshing, stiff. Did I mention this margarita was on tap? Graffiato boasts Proseco on tap as well– it speaks to Mike Isabella’s penchant for doing things a little differently.

Bandolero is a small plates restaurant meaning everything is meant to be shared. We went big and ordered what is essentially the “sampler platter” of dips. The guacamole came with house-made corn tortilla crisps and chicarrones, the “Sikil Pak” is a pumpkin seed puree (think hummus and tahini) with jalapeno and a hint of orange, and the “Totopos” are spicy tortilla chips served with a light crema to cool it down.

We moved on to slightly heartier fare and ordered the Snapper tostadas served with mango, jicama and peanuts. All that crunch pared with the lightness of the snapper was perfect.

Our stomachs were full and the first pitcher had turned to a third, but we powered through. We ended our meal with two different types of tacos. The suckling pig taco was delicious with apple and a house-made habanero mustard. If I could put that mustard on everything from this day forward I absolutely would.

Finally the wild mushroom taco with tomatillo and chipotle to finish our meal was wonderful, light, and very fresh.

Bandolero is located at 3241 M St. NW in Georgetown. Check it out!

Sliced Steak with Roquefort and Rocket

Tasty Tip

Sliced Steak with Roquefort Rocket

 Contributing Chef- Abby Reibman- Author of  The Desk and The Stove

This thinly sliced steak with roquefort and rocket is the perfect spring lunch or light supper. The peppery rocket balances out the steak and the strong cheese. By serving on a large wooden platter, it’s easily shared – and, creates a fantastic centerpiece for everyone to gather around.  The Hostess Handbook suggests adding some toasted walnuts (not pictured) to elevate the dish even more. Serve with a Barbaresco for an easy drinking red that will complement this dish to perfection.


3 small filet steaks
2 cups rocket
½ cup Roquefort cheese, cut into small cubes
1 garlic clove, crushed with the heel of your knife
olive oil
squeeze of lemon juice
salt and pepper



1-    Arrange the rocket and Roquefort cheese on a large wooden platter.

2-    Pan sear the fillet steaks in butter with the crushed garlic clove for 3-5 min on one side and 1 min on the other side (medium-rare). Baste with cooking butter whilst cooking. Remove from the heat and set aside to rest (2 min).

3-    Slice the steak thinly and arrange over the rocket and cheese.  Season with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper and a few squeezes of lemon juice.



C Wonder Cheese Boards

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C Wonder Cheese boards

This past weekend I was in NYC visiting some friends and everyone told me “Jess you gotta go to C Wonder, its so your style” and sure enough I went in and fell in love with their home decor items! These C Wonder cheese boards are one of many things that I saw and thought were wonderful. Of course, I immediately thought of all of my readers and needed to share my finds with you! These cheese plates are great hostess gifts and so on your budget!

Mice Serving Board- $28

Monogram Cheese Board- $22

Which C Wonder cheese board would you like to give or receive as a hostess gift?

DIY Drink Markers

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DIY Drink Markers

Last week, The Hostess Handbook featured Fred and Friends “Wine Line Markers” as a super cute hostess gift and party accessory. This week, I am teaching you HOW TO make your own DIY drink markers for your next party that are super easy and unique. I love this DIY project because you can tailor the markers to the type of people attending!


Fred and Friends


DIY Drink Markers

Have a friend who drinks too much and cries or drinks too much and is a bitch or drinks too much and is just plain sloppy? Well, with these DIY drink markers you can label your guests drinks with phrases that match their personality. So fun!


Take  a packet of Post-it Arrow Flags (1/2-inch)

Write fun phrases for your friends with sharpie!

Stick them on your martini or wine glasses and pass them out to guests or put them on display so people can pick out which marker fit them the best!


Envelope Clutch

Perfect Party Accessory

Envelope Clutch

I love a good bag and this one is oh so bright and cheery! This envelope clutch is perfect for a wild night out on the town or a chill afternoon soiree! The colors remind me of rainbow sherbet, a sure marker of the summer! This envelope clutch also has a retro feel to it that I am totally diggin! Also totally diggin the price! $24.99 at Target! The Hostess Handbook gives this a big Snap! Get it? Like a purse snaps but your fingers also snap which is like a hells yea. Ok you get it!

Home Made Fried Oreos

Tasty Tip

Home Made Fried Oreos

This carnival food is a summer favorite and one that guests will swoon over at your next dinner party. Who makes fried oreos for dessert? You do! Cause your young, broke and fabulous! They are super easy to make and such a fun dessert!

I recently went on a family vacation to North Carolina and we were fried obsessed. These fried oreos were one of the many items we made while on our trip and definitely Hostess Handbook Tasty Tip worthy!

The Secret? Freeze the oreos for at least 30 minutes before dipping them in pancake batter! Yup, your run of the mill pancake batter will do and tastes delicious!

On our trip we went all out and brought a mini deep frier to make these babies, however, most people don’t have a deep frier just lying around. Thats ok! I don’t expect you to! You need to make a DIY deep frier. Take a pot, like one you would use for boiling pasta, and fill it half way with your choice of oil. Let the oil heat up until it is super hot and drop the pancake dipped oreos inside. Cook until the outside is a light brown! Voila!  YUMmazing home made fried oreos!

LA Cocktail Classic

Party Like a Rock Star

LA Cocktail Classic

This weekend Drink Eat Play is hosting a FABtastic Boozy event at the Vibiana in downtown LA. The LA Cocktail Classic will have an array of  top mixologists whipping up their most YUMazing drinks. Basically, a wine tasting amped up on Vodka and sugar! I’m in! The event will also have live music and boasts to be an epic time.

Don’t think you can show up in casual LA gear though. Nope! The LA Cocktail Classic is for the swanky crowd who likes to get dressed up to get sloshed! So get your GLAMtastic dresses out for a fun night on the town!

The tickets to the event are a bit pricey, running you $75.00 but I have been to some of their other events and they are super fun and totally worth it. Maybe a birthday celebration will justify it? Also, lets face it, going out is expensive anyway so might as well splurge Friday night and stay in Saturday. Will probably even out!

The LA Cocktail Classic takes place this Friday June 8th! Get your tickets Here!


Tickets- $75.00 each

214 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, June 8, 2012 at 8:00 PM - Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM (PT)

Wine Glass Markers

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Wine Glass Markers

Summer equal tons of pool parties with crisp, cold white wine. At least in my mind! But what also comes to mind is forgetting which glass is yours and yada yada. Now, you can bring these kitschy wine glass markers as a gift an ensure that you will be never loose your yummy white wine!

These Fred and Friends ”wine lines” are so FABtastic and so Hostess Handbook style. They come in three different varieties to cater to your crowd! Choose from “Vintage,” ” Cheers,” “Nutty with a Kick” and “Woozy.” Gotta love those names! Our favorite is the “Cheers” collection which has the lines, ” Mazel Tov,” “Down the Hatch,” “Bottoms Up” and “Salud!”

This hostess gift will get everyone talking at the party and be an item to remember! The young, broke and fabulous are always FAB and never DRAB! Good thing these wine glass markers are super cute and super cheap! Only $5.98! Yippy, get tipsy in style!

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