We haven’t been this excited by a high-low combination in years. Former Spice Girl turned haute couture designer Victoria Beckham is launching a line with Target this April. Beginning on April 9th (We’ve already marked out calendars), the masses will be able to shop a range of clothing and even children’s designs at just a fraction of the cost Victoria’s designs typically sell for at Neiman Marcus and Saks. We have our fingers crossed that the range will include some of the highly-structured dresses, skirts and feminine silhouettes Victoria has become known for. If it’s anything like her regular lines, expects lots of black, navy and cream – our favorite shades. We’ll post more details and the look book as it becomes available, so be sure to check back.
Autumn is my favorite season in New York City, and this fall I had even more to be excited about as I opened my FabFitFun seasonal box.
I opened my package and the typical colorful box was now black and white, to correspond with one of the adult coloring books and colored pencils inside. Opening the wrapping, there were a ton of great goodies. The contents included: A Modcloth tartan print shall, a travel coffee cup emblazoned with “Good Morning Gorgeous!”, a nude eye palette, Toe socks, body oil, Skin Laundry face serum, brow gel, a spongelle bath sponge, a coloring book with colored pencils and some gifts from their sponsors. Overall, it’s really great value and the products are all full-sized.
Want to get in on the fun? FabFitFun delivers a box of goodies four times a year and you receive full-sized products. What I like is that the boxes are a mix of products geared toward people into fitness and beauty and everything in between. They cost $49.99 each, or if you order all four upfront, the cost is $179.99.
When it comes to Amal Clooney, she’s our girl crush for a number of reasons. She’s whip smart, has a great career, is a do-gooder and she managed to nail down Hollywood’s most notorious bachelor. To top it off, the girl’s outfits are killer. Below, check out some of her best looks and where to find similar items.
One of Amal’s signature looks is fitted, structured dresses that hit right above the knee. Look for fit and flare and other details such a flared arms on the dresses. For our picks, check out our “Shop the Look” section below.
Tweed Suit Separates:
Amal loves tweed, whether it’s separates or suits. Want to get the look? We love that it’s a very feminine look and allows you to play around with pastel colors and patterns. A tweed pencil skirt also transitions well from work to a night out.
Amal really has a great coat game. Think long duster coats, mixed materials and coats that cinch in at the waist.
We love that the girl doesn’t shy away from a good print. She’s often spotted in Missoni’s bold zig-zags and is a master at pairing a flashy print with neutrals, like she does above in the pant outfit.
Shop the Look:
Last month I was in Houston for some meetings and was able to stay at The Magnolia Hotel in downtown Houston. This boutique hotel is a breath of fresh air from many of the surrounding hotels which feel impersonal and lacking in design and style.
Magnolia is ideally situated in the heart of downtown Houston, just steps from the major corporations in the area, meaning I literally walked to all of my meetings. It’s a great place for a business traveler to stay, but is also great for those visiting for tourism.
Magnolia takes design very seriously and has a really chic feeling from the second you walk in. Once you walk in you are facing a beautiful fireplace with hanging lanterns over the mantle decked by oversized arm chairs, tufted couches and serene lighting. The wood floor has a distinctly Restoration Hardware vibe of reclaimed wood. It all has a very zen vibe, which is welcoming after a day of long meetings.
Next, let’s move onto their rooms. I live in Manhattan, and the size and decor of my suite literally had me wanting to move into Magnolia Houston. I had a one-bedroom suite with an entire living room and kitchen in the other room. It was extremely spacious and soothing. The bed was very comfy with lush sheets and plenty of pillows. The bathroom had a plunge tub, which was ideal for unwinding in at night before bed after indulging in some cookies and milk (more on that later). I also really appreciated the large marble vanity when getting ready in the morning in their plush robes.
The living room had a giant kitchen with a marble counter as well as a few couches and flat screen television. It was a great spot to hang out in after dinner and do some writing with a glass of wine from the hotel’s complementary happy hour each night.
In addition to the happy hour, there is a cookie and milk hour. You read that right. Each night between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., the hotel lays out cookie jars filled to the brim with chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, strawberry shortcake cookies, English toffee cookies, etc. They are soft and chewy and there are glasses of milk to go along with them. It’s such a nice treat that brings back the nostalgia of being a kid. In the mornings, the same room has a complementary breakfast buffet, with Greek yogurt, granola, cereals, eggs, bacon, sausage, bagels, oatmeal and other foods to pick on. There’s also coffee set up.
The hotel has a wonderful gym equipped with free weights, treadmills, elliptical machines and other equipment which I am proud to say I used every day. It’s really clean and the equipment is top of the line. On the rooftop there’s a pool overlooking Houston.
One night I made it to the Menil Collection museum which was definitely worth visiting — it’s full of Warhol’s and other classic art in a real tranquil setting. The location of Magnolia is also near some great restaurants and cafes.
I’d gladly recommend Magnolia Houston to visitors. From the plush room and amenities to added touches like happy hour and cookies and milk, it’s the perfect spot to see Houston from.
Last weekend we celebrated a big number — the 10th anniversary of BellaVitaStyle. Time sure has flown by and we were really excited to celebrate with some of our favorite people and supporters. The pressure for party planning is high when you run a lifestyle and luxury blog, so I researched everything to death and made sure to create the perfect experience for my guests that was also on-brand with the blog.
I wanted to share some of the items I chose for the party, as most vendors I paired up with are available nation-wide and could also be used next time you throw a party — be it a birthday party, corporate party or holiday celebration. We’ll start with our custom cookies from Cookies, Crumbs & Crust.
I first came across Cookies, Crumbs & Crusts’s beautiful vanilla bean cookies on the Neiman Marcus website and I was blown away by how beautiful their cookies were. I reached out to its owner, Jill, and explained the premise of the party to her and she immediately started brainstorming on cookies for me to fit the theme. I loved her enthusiasm and we came up with a number of different cookies for the party: Champagne bottles, martini glasses and a variety of fall flowers since it was the start of autumn.
Jill delivered the cookies to us and I couldn’t get over how beautiful and vibrant the cookies were when I opened the boxes! The frosting was smooth and bright and each cookie looked like a little piece of art. They were prettier than I had even imagined and I had high hopes. Even better — they tasted delicious and were nice and moist.
I set them up on a few beautiful silver platters on our main dessert table area and they were totally the focal point of the table with everyone at the party commenting at how gorgeous and delicious they were. In addition to the vanilla bean cookies, CC&C makes other flavors and treats, such as toasted walnut shortbread, snickerdoodle cookies, and chocolate truffles. Am looking forward to ordering more cookies from Cookies, Crumbs and Crusts for other special events and holidays.
You can’t have a party without cake, and I take cake pretty seriously. I didn’t want something cliched, and I didn’t want a cake that looked pretty but underwhelmed on flavor. So, I turned to We Take The Cake, which delivers throughout the U.S.
What drew me to We Take The Cake was the bakery’s beautiful layer cakes that have unique fillings. We opted for the Strawberry layer cake that had a cream cheese frosting and shredding of white chocolate covering the outside of the cake. The cakes arrived in dry ice and the cutest pink and green boxes that excite you to open.
What’s inside the box is just majestic. The cakes look like something you’d expect at tea with Alice in Wonderland. We put the cakes on ceramic white cake stands and once we cut into them to serve to guests, the bright pink cake was super moist and delicious. There are pieces of fresh strawberries inside, and each layer has cream cheese frosting in between. Guests actually came up for seconds of the cake, which is rare in the New York fashion scene!
I would gladly turn to all three baker’s for my next party and you should, too. From the lovely presentation of their goods to the seamless shipping of them to the taste, we were overwhelmed by how amazing each baker was on every level, and so were our guests!