The Changing Meaning of “Home” Amid Coronavirus Quarantine

I learned early on that when the outside world changes, the “inside” changes, too. “Home” becomes “shelter.” It’s no longer just a building that stores your bed, your couch, your favorite collection of books and all the other things that you’ve accumulated over the years. It becomes a safe place, a sanctuary, the greatest luxury on planet Earth.

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Remembering The Bardini Gardens in Florence

Note: I wrote this piece before COVID-19 brought so much devastation to Italy and the rest of the world. For weeks, I debated if posting this would be appropriate. How can I justify telling a story about a place you won’t be able to visit for a while? About a country that went through and…

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Stuck at Home? Here’s How We Brunched While Social Distancing

Los Angeles’ traffic is made up of an intricately connected network of arteries, veins and capillaries. On any given day, it’s humming and red — sometimes grapefruit-orange, if you time your commute just right. The city’s busy roads are as much a part of its identity as its ubiquitous palm trees and film industry.  Now,…

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Celebrating Mascara L’Obscur At Gucci Beauty Network Studios Pop-Up

The film goes on to show us how to use the new Gucci Mascara L’Obscur, the launch of which we’re (that’s Kristin and I!) here to celebrate today. Hosted by the Gucci Network Studios in tandem with makeup giant Sephora, the two-day pop-up gives visitors a chance to take the mascara on a test drive — and perhaps learn a thing or two about how to use it.

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Pursuing Prosciutto at DTLA’s Charming French Cafe

I have a love-hate relationship with Downtown Los Angeles. I don’t mind admitting that. If you watch my stories on Instagram, you’ll often see me prancing around the city on the weekends, trying to find the best spot for brunch or coffee while constantly craning my neck and admiring the architecture. I love old, historic…

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Coffee Run at The Burlington Arcade in Pasadena

For someone who’s never been to England (OK, there was this one time I had an eight-hour layover in London, but that barely counts), I’m a pretty diehard anglophile. Blame it on The Great British Baking Show. Or maybe even Love, Actually. Or more realistically, my European heritage. So when my fashionista friend, Kristin, told…

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Practicing Escapism at The Huntington Library

We all have that place—that one place we go to that makes us feel like we’re somewhere else entirely. It could be an LA joint that reminds us of a café terrace we frequented in Paris, or an ice cream parlor, or a wall of paperback books. You get the gist. Up until August of…

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Ushering in 2020 in an 80’s-Style Black Dress

“I’ve been drawn to black dresses ever since my mom gave me free rein on my closet. (First things to go? Jellies and t-shirts with puffy graphics). Obviously, there’s so much beauty in a nicely tailored black dress, but there’s a practical aspect, too. “

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A Unique Gift Guide for That Fashion-Forward Person in Your Life

Happy Holidays, everyone! Tis’ the season of shopping, shopping, shopping… for other people. And I love that. There’s nothing better than having your special someone open your gift and actually, truly, really be surprised and excited. So here’s the thing about Christmas shopping—I’m morbidly scared of accidentally giving someone a blah gift. Generally speaking, I’m…

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Exploring Rome: A List of My Favorite, Must-Do-Again Memories

A shadow shawls the playground of ruins like a protective parent. Everything is pallid, dark—except for a temple. The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, which sits in Forum Romanum, was built back in 141 A.D. and later converted into a Roman Catholic church in the seventh century. It’s basking in a rusty, age-old golden sunlight…

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