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Android users, protect yourself (it’s free!)

Tonight, I joined fitness expert and Bravo TV personality Layla Luciano for an awesome self-defense class in celebration of Security Master, the leading privacy protection, and antivirus app. Protecting yourself and your phone are two pretty important things. One takes work and the other is a simple download. Although if you do get attacked go for the groan and or eyes (my key takeaway of the night!).

Security Master just launched a new privacy and antivirus app to keep your phone safe and your personal matters discreet. Which is great since the whole internet security scare is real! I don’t even like to make online purchases on my phone, I’m so nervous about getting hacked.

Between my photos, passwords and all of my stored credit cards on my phone, it getting compromised is probably one of my worst nightmares. The new app is now available worldwide for free on Android devices (you can download it HERE). It’s a revamped version of the CM Security app, which is the leading privacy protection and antivirus app with almost 500 million downloads and a 4.7 rating (out of 5) on Google Play. The free app can keep you worry-free that everything on your phone is safely secured and protected.

I’m Profiled in Vanity Fair!

Freak out of the century! It’s not every day that you get to see your face within the pages of Vanity Fair! For the August 2017 issues, I was lucky enough to be profiled as one of Vanity Fair’s “incredibly talented, influential and interesting people.” Could you die?! The cherry on top — actually there was two, the first being they mentioned Charlie, as my “favorite sidekick” and tagged his Instagram @pompomcharlie. DEAD.

The other major highlight, was the August issue features Serena Williams (who I’m obsessed with) and her bare baby bump on the cover, so let’s just chalk it up to this was a very iconic issue to be included in. Major congrats to Serena and her fiancé Alexis Ohanian, who is ~ fun fact~the founder of Reddit, and even more fun, Armenian, just like me! I love seeing magazines who show love to strong women, it’s an honor to have my name in a publication featuring the legendary Serena Williams.

GH Kitchen of the Future with Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcus

Getting back from Greece, I had major Mykonos withdrawal. Being pampered with the great food, beaches (Jackie O Beach is paradise), and riding around on my ATV and spending an unforgettable week with Patricia Field and all of her friends, including Debi Mazar — I was literally living the dream. So when I landed in New York and saw that Debi Mazar and her husband, Gabriele Corcos, who have the cooking show, Extra Virgin on the Cooking Channel, were hosting the launch of the Good Housekeeping Kitchen, I was so there! I’m launching a new venture soon, so being in the presence of strong, ambitious woman, who continue to push boundaries and aren’t boxed in is really important to me. Debi Mazar who in addition to being a mom, author, and having a cooking show (and literally 1,000 other accolades), she also stars on the hit show Younger, which probably the only perk of coming home from Greece was getting to binge the 4th season. Head to the bottom of this post for the Q&A with Debi and her husband talking cooking, tech and the new season of Younger. 

Day Trips In Vegas with Volvo S90

I’ve always wanted to do the drive from LA to Las Vegas, and frankly hit some of the top nature destinations surrounding Vegas. This year when Cosmoprof invited me to their beauty conference (beauty lovers you should know about them, it’s the worlds biggest and best beauty trade show), I decided to drive from LA and partnered with Volvo to test out the S90 for the week — skip to the bottom of this post for the full review. Sans traffic it’s about a 4 hour drive and a beautiful drive surrounded in dessert, mountains and Joshua Trees — or at least it is when you hit Nevada. Once you’re there isn’t a shortage of natural wonders and national parks and recreations. With only a few days in town we opted for day trips about 30 minutes to an hour outside the city. It’s amazing how quick you can go from Sin City to natural wonder.

Seven Magic Mountains (30 minute drive)

It took 4 years to build this $3.5 Million public art installation by Ugo Rondinone which is 7 pillars of color blocks in the desert. It’s a visual paradise and fashion bloggers dream for a backdrop. It’s an easy drive 20 miles south — about a 30 minute form Las Vegas, free and open to the public without restriction.

Because I’m already freakin fabulous

On Saturday, the gang and I headed to Greenpoint for the Nylon Magazine Music Issue Celebration, which I’m actually in. Granted it’s a small photo from their Coachella event, but I’ll take it! The event was super cute at House of Vans in Greenpoint and hosted by Tove Lo and Charli XCX and the perfect excuse to wear this freakin fabulous dress from Boohoo.

Also not gonna lie, I had my best shopping day on Friday. I woke up so busy from that week with no idea what I was going to wear and somehow the fairy fashion gods heard me. Besides scoring the Boohoo dress at that morning, my Kendal + Kylie Cassie sunglasses arrived. As much as I want to pretend I’m not that impressed by them, I’d be completely lying, they are amazing! One sunglass style is cooler than the next, I literally want them all! Check them out next time you’re in Nordstrom or online and you’ll see what I mean! Before the Nylon party I also stopped by Six:02 for the launch of artist Sue Tsai collaboration with Reflex, how amazing is this denim jacket? She made some really cool pieces, but this was my favorite. And there you have it, literally wore my usual stash of rings, threw on some black booties and a black cap and was good to go!

 Reflex Love You With All My Art Denim Jacket Susie Tsai

A lot of you ask about my rings and honestly I just collect over time. I love Moonstone Magic, they have a lot of really cool stalking rings in silver and moonstone accents. I also collect dainty evil eye rings, from random boutiques and also wear my Moonstone Magic one all the time. My Boss ring is sold out on Bando but I also found it on Snash Jewelry, I’ve never ordered from them but I’m tempted to get it in silver too!

My cameo in Nylon from their Coachella party with Milk Makeup — do you see me? It’s okay, I’m the tiny one on the right with my hands in the air above the caption. Also shout out to these awesome MilkMakeup products I’ve been wearing on repeat. Links below!

Alicia Keys Rocks the 10th Anniversary Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

Cheers to Veuve Clicquot and an even more so epic Polo Classic in celebration of their 10 year anniversary. Hosted at Liberty State Park the usual star-studded celebration stepped up what is already my most favorite and glamorous drinking event of the year. And the perfect excuse to get dressed up and do some quality day drinking with friends. I went a little more boho this year wearing the Sam Edelman Tilly Suede sandal with an Eliza J Maxi Dress which I took the belt off the waist and used it as a head scarf and then put a white crop top over the dress.

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris with a special musical performance by Alicia Keys, which Rose Garden ticket holders had first access to on the field — we were front row! Which made it especially exciting when she walked out wearing a piece from my good friend Patricia Field’s Art Fashion collection. The ‘She’s the Boss’ Cape is a custom painted piece by Iris Barbee Bonner which is available by inquiry on PatriciaField.com and a limited run is at Bergdorf Goodman in Linda’s Closet. It’s so epic! As was Alicia Keys performance. I felt like I could reach out and touch her. Cheers to Veuve Clicquot as well for donating to Alicia Keys charity Keep a Child Alive, a non-profit organization working to support children and families affected by HIV.

The 10th anniversary celebration also featured two limited edition items available for purchase to commemorate the afternoon fête – the Veuve Clicquot Polo Arrow and the Veuve Clicquot x Fendi Bag Charm, which are apart of the #FendiRoadTrip pop-up shop. I couldn’t resist, I’ve been eyeing those Fendi puffs for some time so I’m excited to add one to my collection. Especially since it’s limited edition and a great reminder of this perfect day.

What can I say, Champagne + Cute Horses + Scenery + Dressing Up = A very excited attendee (aka me). Especially getting to do it with James and so many of our friends. This event falls a week after the anniversary of our first dates so I think of it as our celebration. This is our first Veuve Clicquot Classic and something we look forward to every year!

Celebrate Red Nose Day on May 25th!

Ever since watching Jack Black host Red Nose Day two years ago — his footage visiting kids in hospitals in Uganda still pulls on my heart strings — it’s been a cause I always get behind and donate to. For those who don’t know, Red Nose Day is an amazing campaign that raises awareness and money to help children around the world and end child poverty, through the power of entertainment and fun bringing on a slew of celebrities to for a special on NBC. A mix of fun and reality, starting with a reunion by the cast of Love Actually, just watch the trailer, I can’t wait!!!!!!!

As well as on a more serious and eye awakening note this time from Ed Sheeran who traveled to Liberia to meet with children and he documented his experience in this amazing video which is being used as the highlight of the campaign for 2017.

Wake me up before I go go

Being a blogger and always juggling a hectic schedule, there are two thing I rely on more than anything, especially to wake up, it’s COFFEE and music! This magical caffeinated drink is a morning (and afternoon) must-have and if I could have it hand-delivered to my bed everyday I would. But I found the next best thing!

Mr.Coffee 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker – My boyfriend ordered this off Amazon for $27 and it’s like the greatest thing to ever happen to me. You can program it to brew coffee at a certain time so when my alarm goes off, so does my coffee! You can also just kit the button and make it instantly but the timer feature has taken the coffee machine from my kitchen to my night stand. There are more sophisticated versions I linked to above, but minus being a little loud when it brews — which really doesn’t bother me since I’m trying to wake up anyways, it’s changed my life. And I’m a dark roast Lavazza girl, Intenso and Perfetto are my jam. I love a dark roast but don’t like to feel shaky or anxious and it’s perfect. There are a lot of great coffee brands out there but this is one I always find myself going back to. I used to be an ambassador for them and it’s just one of those brands I always go back to. While I’m geeking out on coffee, I also recently discovered TFees Straws.  True coffee and tea addict know that staining, enamel erosion, and discoloration are only a few of the issues that can arise from our beloved beverages. TFees’ patented heat safe & completely BPA, BPS & estrogenic-free reusable drinking straws, that come in three convenient sizes help to protect teeth without having to worry about harmful toxins or chemicals. Plus they can be cleaned by simply throwing them in the dishwasher.

New 2017 Pirelli Calendar by Peter Lindbergh Unveiled

The 2017 Pirelli Calendar has been revealed and spoiler: it’s amazing. Shot by one of my favorite photographers, the iconic, Peter Lindbergh, this calendar conveys “personality, sensitivity, and the guts to be yourself.” While the photos are incredible so is the fact that Lindbergh is the first in the industry to have shot three editions of this infamous Calendar. The Pirelli Calendar, which has been produced yearly since launching in 1963 has previously been shot by big industry names including Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel and Annie Leibovitz and has featured so many iconic models and celebrities. 

Pillow Talk

If there are two pillows in this world I feel like you should know about it’s the M Cushion Shiatsu by Jay Godfrey and Night Pillow. One is a massager that effortlessly blends in with your accent pillows thanks to their exclusive designs by designer Jay Godfrey. And the other is a memory foam pillow that offers the ultimate support and comfort on your spine and neck and multiple hair and skincare benefits because of it’s silk cover. More below on what makes these my current must haves!