Clay Pigeon Shooting
Yes, this week I am in London visiting my sister for her 30th birthday! Soooo fun and so exciting! This past weekend we traveled out to the country for a big bash at an estate called Cliff Barns. A lot of people rent this house for weddings, anniversaries and birthdays. It was the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway with a big group of people. The house itself was so amazing and decorated to the nine’s. Nothing was left undone. The attention to detail in design and utility was incredible. The house had an eclectic/glam hunting lodge feel to it and every hook and antique bathtub was perfectly placed.
Cliff Barns Living Room
Don’t worry, I took a bath everyday and sat by the fire reading as much as I could. Love a good fire. Oh yea, England is still cold right now..spring has NOT sprung. Thus, the need for baths and fires. Well, lets face it, there is always a need for baths and fires.
Anywho, a true highlight of the trip was clay pigeon shooting. Yup, you heard it. We went Downton Abby style and had someone come and teach us how to clap pigeon shoot. We all got dressed up in english tweed jackets and Hunter boots for a jolly old day of “hunting.” It was super fun, except for the torrential downpour in the middle. This is England after all! Between rain showers, we really had blast! Cliff Barns is a wonderful escape and event location if you are looking for something unique and special abroad!
Me Clay Pigeon Shooting
A-Frame LA Restaurant
Looking for a place to eat on Mother’s Day? Most of us go out to celebrate and it is always hard to lock down the perfect restaurant. Well, take my advice. Go to A-Frame LA. I went this past weekend with a group of friends and it was so fun and delicious. It is family style which is great for trying everything and exploring some dishes you might not get otherwise. Everything is unique and honestly mouthwatering good! I suggest getting Hawaiian style kettle corn, grilled octopus (called Octi-Pi LA, yeaaaa they are clever like that), twice baked potatoes, hoisin glazzed baby back ribs and the famous beer can chicken. For dessert, try the YUMazing pound cake churros!
A-Frame LA Restaurant Twice baked potato
Want to try something new this weekend? Well, good thing Flywheel opens in LA and is giving away the first ride FREEE! This is so perfect for all my budgeting divas who want to take a spin at Flywheel but might not want to pay for the regular classes. I must warn you, people get addicted quickly so be prepared to go back! All my friends have been raving about Flywheel in NYC and go all the time. Finally the west coast can get some Flywheel love! This place is a bit different from the competition for a couple reasons. It is overall much more intense in the fact that you can sign up to be displayed on the “Torq Board” which is a flat screen that shows all of the classes top riders. You can also see your resistance, how many miles ridden ect on performance tracking devices on the bike. Flywheel really is about the workout more than anything else. The spinning class also comes with FREE shoes! Wahoo mama loves FREE! Check it out and let me know what you think?
Two Locations Flywheel Have Opened
147 North Larchmont Boulevard, between Beverly Boulevard and West First Street, Larchmont, 323-446-2425 or flywheelsports.com
8599 Santa Monica Boulevard, between West Knoll and Westbourne Drives, West Hollywood, 310-360-7200 or flywheelsports.com
Everyone needs a good new stylish restaurant to gather big parties of friends and family and RivaBella is exactly the right place. Perfect for a girls night or birthday party! This hot new restaurant in West Hollywood is quite the scene, with famous celebrities frequenting the joint for some good ole’ Italian cooking. The indoor/outdoor design makes RivaBella feel open and whimsical. I absolutely love the Tuscan farmhouse feel and think the food is great!
I went to RivaBella recently and had the radicchio salad with crispy polenta croutons and gorgonzola dressing. YUMazing! Polenta croutons…um yes please! It had a wonderfully bold flavor and was very unique. As my main, I got the spinach pappardelle with lamb and mint ragu! This was really special and I highly recommend it! The mint mixed with the lamb created a fresh flavor in an otherwise heavy dish! If your feeling more on the meaty side, try the duck breast with lentils or their eggplant parmigiana or their Mozzarella/Tomato/Basil salad! Lets face it, it’s very hard to go wrong at RivaBella! Enjoy!
9201 Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069
Events Photo Booth
Last night, I went to the American Idol finalists taping and after party with a friend and found the most amazing events photo booth company! Seriously, I have never looked so good! There was a guy operating the booth and legit positioning people for their best look. I was a little weirded out at first because he was very particular and was positioning my face and telling me to lean in and yadda yadda. However, it was Sooooo worth it! Both my friend and I looked super fab and quickly became obsessed with HD Photo booth.
The events photo booth from HD Photo booth makes everyone look so amazing because they put each picture through a skin/exposure filter before printing them out and this makes people look younger and more radiant! The design of the booth is very minimalist and sleek! All the major studios in LA use them as well as festivals such as Coachella and Sundance! The next time you want to have a photo booth at a party, hire this one! People will rave!
Weddings Night Out
Location: Pottery Barn Beverly Hills
300 N Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Time: February 21st, 6-8pm
I am so super excited to announce another party that I am doing with Pottery Barn! Welcome to Weddings Night Out..a party where couples can find everything they need to plan their wedding! The event will feature DJ consultations, wine tastings, invitation making, bridal dress shows, photo booth pictures, eye lash extensions, appetizers and cocktails! Wahooo what a fun night. This event will be held February 21st from 6-8pm and I would love for everyone to come. No need to be getting married either. You can still come, have fun and enjoy tons of complimentary swag!
The Los Angles Times travel show sounds like so much fun and a much needed getaway in your own backyard. We are now in the dead of winter and I know a lot of us are dreaming about vacations in exotic places with sparkling water and pristine beaches. However, you don’t have to travel anywhere but to the LA convention center to get a piece of all that vacation bliss. Check out the “Travel in Style Pavilion” and enjoy interactive experiences to pamper and transport you to vacation heaven! The Los Angeles Times travel show will also have a “Culinary Stage” where you can try dishes from around the world! This sounds right up my alley! Pampering and eating! Wahoo! There will also be vacation giveaways and other interactive experiences to get you in the vacation mode! The perfect cure for the common winter blues! I am so pumped!
Splish Splash without getting wet!
Try a Zip Line!
Alfred Coffee Shop
The long anticipated opening of Alfred Coffee shop has arrived! This Melrose Place neighborhood spot fulfills all of our dreams. As one of the locals, I have been waiting for this boutique coffee shop and am glad to see that I am beyond impressed with its selection of Stumptown coffee , delectable pastries and homey decor! Everything you want in a coffee shop to call your own!
Eater LA- Elizabeth Daniels
I had the pleasure of meeting the owner who took me through his favorite selections, among them are the sour cherry and chocolate scones. YUMmazing! That will have to become a staple of my diet! Another must try item is the Stumptown iced coffee. Take it on the road with you with this bottled drink that is made by “cold brew,” not poured over ice and then watered down! You get the full caffeine affect!
Now, here comes the most exciting part for me! Obvi, I love throwing my DIY parties and so I asked if the owner would be open to allowing people to have parties in the space after hours and he is Down! Wahoo. It is a perfect atmosphere for a low key party, opening, comedy show, neighborhood music venue!
To inquire about gatherings at Alfred Coffee Shop please e-mail
LA Bacon Festival
Yup, you read it right! There is going to be an LA bacon festival in February and I am beyond excited! What a fun event for the dining diva in us all. I can’t wait to taste all the savory and sweet dishes they whip up with this old time classic ingredient. The festival is only for one day sooo I wanted to give you a heads up before it gets sold out. The LA bacon festival will be held on February 9th from 2-6pm at the Peterson Auto Museum so get on it befor it sells out!
The Phoenix has recently opened on La Cienega in Beverly Hills and is one of my new favorite places! It has a cabin/back woods feel mixed with city chic to create a fun but relaxed atmosphere. The Phoenix has an array of craft beers and a steak frites that is to die for! The bar is also super easy to deal with when setting up parties and reserving areas.
Definitely check it out as a birthday venue. I am throwing an alumni event at The Phoenix next week and an super excited!
14. N La Cienega
The 4th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl will take place on Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 5PM in Santa Monica, CA. The city’s best bars and restaurants will come together to help raise money for those in need during the holidays through a partnership with the Westside Food Bank. This event is going to be super fun and a great way to get friends together for the holidays!
Nestled in the magnificent setting of Westwood, W Los Angeles – Westwood will transform its world-renowned WET pool deck into a stunning winter escape complete with a 1,600 square feet hybrid ice skating rink and a rink-side lounge decorated as a modern holiday oasis. . This annual event has proved so popular that for the fourth year in a row, The W Westwood will become a wonderfully festive scene to celebrate the holidays, perfect for corporate parties, family gatherings and friendly outings. Outdoor ice skating is a cherished and ideal winter activity, for couples and friends alike. At the W Westwood, guests can glide across the rink while taking in the tingle of California’s crisp winter air as they spin and slide on the coolest rink around.
This year, CHILL will be styled by veteran LA-based event design and production company, Chad Hudson Events. The new design evokes a classic approach to winter whimsy, inspired by the clean and sophisticated look guests experience when entering a W Hotel. Chad Hudson and team will focus on playful, holiday inspired vignettes in each rink-side cabana beginning with a palette of white, black, gold and silver. Z Gallerie’s elegant and dramatic lighting fixtures and holiday accessories will provide the area with a feeling of hip winter nostalgia and holiday sparkle. Hints of neon will add surprise and delight to the holiday festivities.
More exciting new surprises this season include private skate lessons with top-level coaches and professional performers on select dates and special performances by StudioSK8® on Saturday evenings at 8PM,. As a charitable tie-in for the season of giving, the W Westwood is partnering with Z Gallerie, to help raise awareness and funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network with a special fragrance candle. Additional features include snowfall every hour, skate-up E-WOW cabana, featured bar serving winter cocktails such as Spin, Spin Sugar and the CHILL Pick Me Up, and a Kids Corner on weekends for holiday gingerbread cookie decorating and more. Cold spectators and skaters can enjoy delectable comfort foods in a rink-side cabana and warm up with specialty cocktails from The Backyard’s “Ice Bar”, managed by Choice Hospitality Group. The Ice Bar menu will offer winter bites from Executive Chef Dakota Weiss, such as Cherry Stone Clams baked with Chorizo and Mezcal Butter; Char Grilled Hobbs Bacon with Apple and Habenero Chimichurri; Sherry Braised Dates with Pancetta, Manchego and grilled bread; and Warm Apple Tart with “Moonshine” Hard Sauce and Clove Crumble. For some extra family fun, the hotel will also be offering a “12-Days-of-Christmas” gift giveaway, with hidden QR codes at CHILL which guests can scan-to-enter for daily prizes leading up to Christmas.
Allison Rabel Photography
Last week I threw one of my DIY parties for Pottery Barn Beverly Hills and it was a success! We had a 100 people come out and mix and mingle in style with a braid bar, eye lash extensions, DJ, open bar and of course DIY stations! People made mustache straws, scrabble piece coasters, jingle bell napkin rings and new friends! Everyone who came was so amazing and we had such a great time! Check out the pictures from the event!
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I am in love with this wine bar on sunset and so happy to announce their Halloween candy and wine tasting! What a fun and unique activity for Halloween! This is a perfect date spot and alternative to the crazy Halloween rush. You can also get the weekend started with the candy and wine tasting and gear up for the celebrations on Saturday! Sounds like the perfect weekend to me!
You can also take this idea and throw your own candy and wine party. Thats what I would do!