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What’s The Hottest Trend In Jewelry? Just Ask Beyoncé

Beyoncé wearing flash tattoos on birthday vacation bikini thigh gap photo

It looks like flash tattoos, what I thought was going to be a flash in the pan (unintentional but I’m keeping the pun) of accessories, is now THE accessory to have. Even Beyoncé was wearing them in her now infamous “thigh gap” photo (above) while on her birthday vacation. She is decked out head to toe in these gold and silver stick on Metallic Jewelry Temporary Tattoos.

I do really like this trend, but I was not sure it was going to take off when I first saw it early in the summer. One of my favorite things about it is that I like to wear bracelets stacked up, but they make a lot of noise. With the flash tattoos, I can have what looks like a pile of bracelets, but they stay quiet, especially when I am typing at the computer in my very small office.

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The Revival Of Colony Palms Hotel & Purple Palm Restaurant Palm Springs

The Colony Palms Hotel Palm Springs

One of the endearing things about Palm Springs to this vintage Southern California girl is that it has a rich history while also being completely modern. Once again claiming its place in the Palm Springs scene is the Colony Palms Hotel, one of the old guard hidden gems, and it has gone through a complete revival.

Originally built in 1936 by reputed Purple Gang Mobster, Al Wertheimer, the Colony Palms Hotel was once a saloon, speakeasy and gambling house that later became a playground for Hollywood ICONS including Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Rita Hayworth. In 2007, the Colony Palms Hotel went through a complete renewal, getting the royal treatment in a collaboration with Los Angeles based Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. The Colony Palms has regained its nobility as a stunning four-star boutique hotel.

The colony palms hotel restaurant Purple Palm renewal
Not only did the hotel go through a renewal, but their restaurant, The Purple Palm Restaurant which was named after the original founder’s gang, has taken on a whole new life, thanks to a complete remodel and new head chef Greg Stillman. Inside of the beautiful courtyard of the Colony Palms Hotel, the restaurant design is full of the glamour of the 1930’s and 40’s when the Colony Palms was “the” place to be seen in Palm Springs. Amazing food, stunning decor, mountain views, and gracious service, it is absolutely wonderful.

Chef Greg Stillman in the Purple Palm restaurnt at the Colony Palms Hotel Palm Springs
Chef Greg Stillman was charged with overhauling the menu for the Purple Palm restaurant, working with California producers and foragers to incorporate the fragrant fruits and fresh vegetables of each season into his dining experiences. In his new position as Executive Chef, Stillman will continue to work closely with the boutique property to craft and evolve the California cuisine for guests and locals alike.

Colony palms hotel palm springs purple palm dinner

Look at his food! It looks almost too good to eat. Chef Stillman’s experience mixing international cuisines really shines through while still respecting the regional ingredients.

Colony Palms Hotel Palm Springs purple Palm Restaurant Remodel Bar

The Purple Palm Restaurant is an unexpected, but welcome added selection to the restaurant scene in Palm Springs. Everything seemed to be going more modern, flashy, midcentury (which I also love) but the surroundings and amazing food offered by the Purple Palm really sets itself apart as something unique and much needed.

To find out more about the Colony Palms Hotel, or to dine at the Purple Palm Restaurant visit

Colony Palms Hotel
572 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Gorgonzola Blue Cheese Burger Recipe – Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day!

pinup girl fanning the barbecue with her dress

There are few things that are as satisfying to eat as a good burger. It may sound simple, a good patty with cheese on a bun. Oh. Yeah. The best thing is that you can dress it up fancy with any cheese you like, any number of cheeses you want, and the toppings can be simple (just ketchup please) or over the top (avocado, sriracha and garlic aoli hmmmm ok!).

To help celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, September 18th (put it on your calendar for next year why don’t ya), I have an awesome STUFFED cheeseburger recipe. No need to worry about the cheese on top of your burger making the other toppings sliding off, the cheese is INSIDE of the burger. YES! Not only that, but the ground meat includes Cluck ‘n Mooground. This is a blend of chicken and beef mixed together for flavor. It is also made from antibiotic and hormone free, humanely raised chickens and grass-fed cows and contains 52% less fat, 34% fewer calories and 57% less saturated fat than a typical grass-fed beef burger. All I needed to convince me to have a second, or third, helping of these Gorgonzola stuffed burgers, come on THEY’RE HEALTHY!

Ok enough chatter, let’s get down to business of making this burger.


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DIY- REAL Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

pumpkin spice latte made with real pumpkin and unrefined sugar in a glass with whipped cream

It may be over 100 degrees here in Southern California, but we love our pumpkin spice lattes. And now you can leave the drama of “What the what do they actually put into my PSL?” at the coffee shop. I have a pumpkin spice latte recipe that uses REAL pumpkin, and unrefined sugar.

This would be great for a get together on a (not so hot) weekend with friends, or even if you had a Halloween costume party with the neighborhood. REAL PUMPKIN in your pumpkin spice latte, unrefined sugar and nothing fake. You will sure to be a hit as the hostess with the best keep them warm and toasty while Trick-or-treating recipe. Or you could just make this for yourself as you drive on into work. No need to pay the coffee shop $5 for what you can make at home.


See the recipe for real pumpkin and unrefined sugar pumpkin spice latte after the jump!


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Cocktail Recipe: Tickled Pink Martini (NYFW Approved)

Tickled Pink VOGA cocktail for NYFW

New York Fashion week started yesterday and my Instagram feed looks like a fabric store exploded. But it is magical in a very odd way to see all of the trends and styles that will be coming our way in the months to come.

To celebrate NYFW, let’s raise a glass of the Tickled Pink Martini!  VOGA Italia, the fashionista’s choice beverage, created a custom New York Fashion Week cocktail for renowned designer, Charlotte Ronson’s, Fashion Week after-party.

Whether you are behind the scenes, enjoying the shows, or reading event updates online, VOGA Italia is giving fans the perfect way to celebrate the fashionable week with the custom New York Fashion Week Pink Daisy Cocktail!

New York Fashion Week VOGA™ Pink Daisy Cocktail

  • 1-3/4 oz. VOGA™ Prosecco
  • 1-3/4 oz. Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • Mint for Garnish

Chill pink grapefruit juice in a shaker with ice. Pour in martini glass. Top with VOGA Prosecco. Garnish with mint or fruit peel of your choice and Enjoy!

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