The Wing West Hollywood!

Since 2016 I have been following the growth of the “members-only women-focused working space”, called The Wing. From it’s inception, I knew it would be revolutionary. They just opened up their seventh location here in West Hollywood after popular demand. The first club opened up in NYC and has spread to Chicago, San Franciso, D.C., and soon there will be locations in London, Toronto, Boston and Seattle.

Co-Founders Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan got the concept from a group called The Women’s Club movement founded in the 19th and early 20th century. This club was important because it was a group where women could motivate and comfort one another in such difficult times. This movement spread across the nation and created groups that still exist today! But now in 2019, all of these aspects are what gave birth to The Wing.

Now when I say everything at The Wing is geared towards women, I mean EVERYTHING! You can drop your child off at the daycare, make a quick stop to the pumping room, do your hair and make-up, hold meetings over lunch, and take conference calls all in the same place! Often working mothers find it hard to balance everything and the women of The Wing realized this and made things so easily accessible. Even the books in the library are all either written by women or are about women. Another cool thing is that the conference rooms are all named after influential women in pop culture to keep in line with the Hollywood theme. For instance there are conference rooms named after “Princess Leia of Star Wars, C.J. Cregg of The West Wing, Lydia Deetz of Beetlejuice and Dora The Explorer”.  Even the building itself is catered toward women, according to reports, the AC and furniture are set to favor women’s body shapes and temperatures!

The Wing is also a great place for women trying to make connections in the industry. Hollywood, is extremely male dominated. As we have seen in the news, woman who are trying to make a name for themselves are constantly harassed and threatened. The West Hollywood location partnered with Time’s Up to assure that this is a safe and comfortable space for women to build their own careers on their own time. There are even several female entertainers that hold the title of Co-Founder at The Wing West Hollywood. These women include “Mindy Kaling, Jessica Alba, Katy Perry, Shonda Rhimes, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg, Busy Phillips, Laverne Cox, Sharon Stone, Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho,  Gabourey Sidibe, Hari Nef, Gia Coppola, Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy; Hollywood stylists Karla Welch and Jamie Mizrahi, 42 West publicist Leslee Dart, and ID PR’s Kelly Bush Novak.”

Even if you are settled business wise, it’s also a great place to create friendships with like-minded women! Being that Los Angeles is such wide-spanning city with so many people to meet, this is the perfect place to do so. You can even grab a bite to eat from the “women-run and women-staffed” cafe!

I hope I get to visit The Wing sometime soon, or even become a member one day! I look forward to the growth and success of The Wing. Read more about it here!

Coachella 2019: The Best Looks from Weekend One

Weekend One of Coachella just came to an end and so many fun moments came out of it! Billie Eilish finally met Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande reunited 4/5 members of *NSYNC, and so much more. But of course, my favorite part will be the fashion!

I love looks that are unique and creative. Everyone can throw on some flowy pants and a flower crown and call it a day, but that’s far too easy.  Coachella is all about fun and practicality (you are in the middle of the desert after all) and I think it’s important to show that through your fashion choices for the three day extravaganza.

Take a look below and get inspired by these Coachella babes! 

@nicolemehta // @weworewhat

@unwosu // @shaninamshaik // @jastookes

@dorothywang // @jastookes

@butwhatshouldiwear // @shaymitchell

@iamfashionlaine // @viviannn_v

@michelletakeaim // @otravezcollection

@angelcandices // @angelandren

@sosupersam // @devinbrugman

@sincerelyjules // @normani

@shaninamshaik // @brittanyxavier

Chloe Wise: Artist Extraordinaire

I’ve been a fan of Eric Wareheim for quite some time and always enjoy following his escapades on Instagram. In doing so I continued to see the same girl pop up in his videos, named Chloe Wise.

In this world of social media we see a lot of people who kind of just exist. I was over the moon to see she was nothing like that, and had both personality, and purpose! I was especially thrilled to see that she was an extremely talented and witty young female artist. 

My favorite thing about her art is that her humor comes through her pieces. According to Wikipedia “Wise often critiques consumer culture, commercialization, “ideas of ‘wellness'”, and the self-construction of identity. Wise employs comedic, satirical, and self deprecating strategies while using references to art history”. Basically, her subject matter is right up my alley! She is able to accomplish this through various mediums, but works mostly with sculpture and oil on canvas. I admire the fact that she is always herself and translates that into awesome pieces of artwork.

As someone who studied and practiced art for many years, I found it hard to constantly come up with new ideas. With each piece, Chloe hits the nail on the head. They are well understood and fascinating to look at. Though I don’t draw or sculpt much these days, I love to watch Chloe go through her creative process on Instagram. I also love to just watch her daily stories because she is really fun and f**cking hilarous! 

Chloe Wise is on the track to being a huge success, her fresh take on the culture we live in is always exciting. She is one of my favorite people to watch and I’m always to eager to see what she comes up with next! Check out all of her artwork on her website, www.chloewise.com.

Beauty & Essex – Los Angeles

I had the pleasure of having dinner at Beauty & Essex with my baby brother this weekend, and it was life changing. The occasion? Life! 

Last time I visited my hometown of New York, a friend took me to Beauty & Essex and we had so much fun. So naturally I had to give the LA location a try. 

When we pulled up to the address there was a sign that said “Please enter through the lobby”, which seems sketchy when you first read it. But then once we got to said alley it was pretty cool! 

The entrance of the restaurant is an actual working pawn shop! There are a ton of cool items for sale, such as signed guitars and lavish jewelry. But one of my favorite items is the Biggie Smalls money clip! 

Because we were celebrating life, we ordered just about everything off of the menu. Everything tasted so good we just couldn’t stop (meanwhile my bank account said: “Girl what you doin’?!”). 

Though the menu is pricey, it’s certainly worth it! Every single item we ate was phenomenal. We ordered the avocado toast and yellow tail sashimi to start. Then we ordered the BBQ fries, Banh Mi slider, Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos, and the Classic Thick Cut Filet. 

Now I’m not usually a dessert person, but I went ahead and shared the “Les, NYC Doughnuts” and boooooy were they absolute heaven. I was full from all of the food and still powered through those doughnuts!

Another aspect that made our dinner great was our overall experience! The service was great and the ambiance was lively, yet still very “chill”. If you are looking for a fun place to go to for your upcoming special occasion I highly suggest booking a table at Beauty & Essex! 

Fashion Files

Now that spring has arrived, here are a few cute trends I’ll be taking note of! Check them out below! 

  1. I love this bright yellow skirt that @dancingwithflyingcolors is wearing. You can dress it up or even dress it down! 

2. @Abbienaija looks super cute for her day in the park in these flowy striped pants!

3. Who knew Kermit could be so fashionable! @Northofmanhattan looks quite cool in this kermit tee and matching shorts. 

4. @Sara_Luxe looks rock ‘n’ roll glam in this vest and bandanna combination!

5. Kayleigh from both Ex On the Beach UK and MTV’s The Challenge looks spiffy on her night out on the town! 

6. This orange Topshop duster is a great way to add some color to your wardrobe! 

7. I think at this point 75% of my closet is band t-shirts, and I’ll be adding this one to the collection. I love the way @Sarahmian made this Nirvana graphic tee look extra chic.

8. Sami Miro is awesome and this outfit proves just why! She’s got a great sense of style, so much so that she’ll be pairing with @Andresaraviva

9. @Untiltheverytrend looks icy in this all white ensemble! 

10. @Kalynnelizabethsmith added a bit of tomboy flair to this yellow sun dress! 

My Love Letter to Star Wars (Yes, Star Wars)

So, the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker  teaser just came out and……. It looks amazing!!!!!! If you have not seen it please stop what you’re doing and watch here! I don’t want to spoil too much but there are plenty of familiar faces and “voices”, some good and some not so good. 

I love how the teaser states that “Every Generation Has a Hero” because it’s true! My father grew up watching the original Star Wars in the 1970’s and 1980’s, both my brother and I grew up watching the prequels in the 2000’s, and now we are all able to watch the saga come to a close together.

Even the fact that the protagonist in the newest trilogy is a woman is awesome. When Force Awakens came out I was about twenty years old, and by the time that The Rise of Skywalker Comes out, I will be twenty-five. I feel I can relate to Rey and the spiritual, mental, and physical journey she is going through. I already know so much more than I did a few years back, much like Rey.  

I have been a huge Star Wars fan my entire life. Don’t believe me? I’ll show you my Darth Vader Tattoo to prove it. I mean besides those prequels (we don’t like to talk about those), every aspect of Star Wars brings me joy. I love the all of the interesting characters we have seen through the years, the flawless story line that has spanned over decades, and incredible attention to detail in all of the Star Wars movies. 

When A New Hope first came out in 1977 it was a mega hit, and for good reasons! A movie that combined action, humor, and sci-fiction had been unheard of at the time, but it changed pop culture forever. 

Now we’re in the year 2019 and the story is coming to an end, but we all know this will never be the end of Star Wars. I’m so glad to have experienced Star Wars in my lifetime, it has taught me so much about family, friends, and even enemies. I’m so glad to see J.J. Abrams will be returning to direct the final film, he is certainly the right person to close the chapter on the enchanting story of Star Wars. 

Skate Culture

I remember when I was about ten years old my dad bought me a skateboard. I know part of the reason was because of a little song called “Sk8tr Boi”, but I was already pretty active. I loved to ride mountain bikes, four wheelers, go-karts, and more without any fear! But for some reason I could never let go of the fear of hurting myself on a skateboard. 

Tony Hawk was the most recognizable skateboarder at the time and every boy and even a few girls wanted to be just like him – me included! However, I could never let go and learn. 

Though I do not skate myself, I have an extreme admiration toward the skate culture. It really is enjoyable to see the camaraderie among the men and women in the skate community. From it’s inception in the 1970’s, the Z-Boys objective was just to have fun and land tricks in empty pools.

Of course now skateboarding has evolved to much more. Now there are different sponsors, competitions and even magazines (shout out to Jake Phelps) dedicated to the sport. It has become it’s own “counter culture”, but the core values remain the same. 

One of the most memorable things I have ever watched on TV was King of the Road. This annual two week long “skate scavenger hunt”, first began in 2003 but was created into a VICELAND television show a few years back. This is how I was exposed to it, and I was hooked. Even if it took hours for someone to land a trick, they’d wait it out and give their support. Despite the broken bones and oozing blood, it was awesome to see how each team supported each other and how much fun they had together.

Though the sport just recently added women’s divisions, even the female boarders have always supported each other. I remember one episode of KOTR, each team was given three mystery guests who were all women, those of which the all male cast was hyped to have on their their team. It was awesome to see them be recognized based on their talent first, rather than their gender. 

All of that being said, even though the cops and the older generations might look down on skateboarding, it’s without a doubt a pretty cool and inspirational sport. There’s just something so f**king exhilarating about watching them land those tricks! Even though I never let go of my own fears and put both feet on the board, I love following the culture of skateboarding and seeing how fearless they are. The way skaters push themselves is the type of mentality that I believe people should have toward most things in life! 

Sunday Brunch at Soho House

This Sunday I had brunch at Soho House West Hollywood! Now Soho House might not necessarily be a familiar name to the masses, but it is one of the most exclusive members only clubs in Hollywood. 

In order to even get inside you must either be a member or know a member. Luckily I do!  So I was able to attend one of their regular Sunday brunches. The food was delicious of course, and the live music set the perfect ambiance for a wonderful Sunday afternoon. We were enjoying ourselves so much that we stayed through dinner! Every time I come to Soho House I have to get the guacamole. I’m not sure what kind of magical avocados they make theirs with but it is bomb!

As we were leaving they began to set up for Drag Bingo, one of the many exciting events on the Soho House schedule. I’m hoping to get a front row seat to the Game of Thrones viewing next Sunday. While we were there, we even got to take a peek at their new Mexican inspired restaurant, Maya!

Besides the amazing food, the coolest thing about going to Soho House is seeing the celebrities just being themselves and being comfortable among like-minded individuals. Soho House members tend to be on the innovative and creative side, so there’s never an uptight vibe. Most places celebrities go to they will be hounded with fans or paparazzi asking to take photos, but photos are strictly prohibited in all Soho House Clubs (so of course these are not my photos!)

Soho house is a hidden gem that has been around for ages and not just in West Hollywood! There are locations in Malibu, London, New York, Toronto, and even soon Hong Kong! Now obviously I can’t give much detail about who I have seen there or where it is specifically located, but what I can tell you is that Soho House is the place to be! 

Crate Diggin’ – Do You Recognize These Samples?

I’m a self proclaimed music head, I love nearly every genre and era of music! One of my favorite things to do is to figure out which songs certain musicians sampled. 

It’s always cool to hear how they flipped a classic track and put their own spin on it.

Listen to the playlist below and see if you can identity who sampled these songs!

Ron Stallworth: The Real BlacKkKlansman

In my lifetime I have met a lot of celebrities, and rarely do I ever get starstruck. However, this week I had the pleasure of meeting the legendary Ron Stallworth and his lovely wife Patsy at my job… I was completely speechless!

To many of you, the name Ron Stallworth doesn’t immediately ring a bell, but I’m sure BlacKkKlansman does. Mr. Stallworth is the BlacKkKlansman, thats right… he is the actual man who infiltrated the KKK! Now unless you live under a rock and have NOT heard this story, read more about his story and the movie here.

Now I’m not too sure why they were visiting the office, but from what I can tell, Mr. Stallworth is one of the kindest and most humble people I’ve ever met! It was truly an honor to meet such an influential figure. THESE are the people we should be learning about in school!