Thursday, January 21, 2010

Guest Stylist - Lauren Krasowski

Lauren is a California girl with a New York heart. Lauren was my assistant stylist on a fashion shoot in Bali and has been passionate about fashion, pretty much, forever. Recent grad of Woodbury University in So Cal with a degree in Fashion Marketing, Lauren currently works as an assistant buyer at Arden B. I email her about trends and sourcing and she always knows her stuff. I will never forget when she brought the most brilliant head pieces, hand carried for a shoot in Bali, they were the perfect feather concoctions by I love her youthful eye and even more because she is my (Sybil's) brilliant baby cousin and we share a love of all things stylish and beautiful.

Lauren Krasowski

Coast to Coast Obsessions

California - Newport Beach and Costa Mesa

Favorite Shopping Spot: Bella Bleu

This cute boutique draws you in with its black and white striped roof and charming visual displays. So unexpected on 17th street on the border of Newport beach and Costa mesa strip mall. This street is loaded with special boutiques you would not notice unless you scour the street store by store. The prices range from cheap to steep, but well in budget.

Favorite Eats:

Plums Cafe

Keeping with my favorite street in my neighborhood.. it's just a short walk from Bella Bleu to Plums Cafe on 17th street. Eating at Plums you would think you were in the city with its unique gourmet menu. My fav: the meat-loaf sandwich with mash potatoes. Yum!

Beach Pit BBQ

If you're in the mood for a more laid back meal, head over to the Beach Pit for bbq tri tip sandwiches and salads!

The Cannery

For a romantic dinner bay-side, The Cannery is a real treat!

Favorite Spot to Relax:
Dog Beach

One of my favorite things to do in Newport Beach is taking the pup to the dog beach off Pacific Coast Hwy and Orange street and walking along the back bay.

New York City - Lower East Side

I recently took a girls trip to New York City with my mom and sis. From the help of the buyers I work with, we discovered this hip part of down, the Lower East Side.

Favorite Shopping Spots:

Dolce Vita


Pixie Market

Some Odd Rubies

Foley and Corrina

Favorite Eats: The Stanton Social

From the outside you would never guess that there was such a gem inside. This two story eatery was absolutely amazing. The tapas style menu and the doughnuts with dipping sauce for desert hit the spot. The atmosphere is chic and trendy with chandeliers and dim candlelight setting.

Favorite Spot to Relax: Mamas Spa

If you hop off the red eye at 5 am and discover that the stores don't open until noon like we did, head over to Allen street to Mamas Spa. This place saved our life! Friendly staff, amazingly cheap yet great massages, and carrot and apple smoothies to top it off.

Favorite Spots to Stay:

The Thompson Hotel

Hotel on Rivington

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