Dinnerware company Oneida hosted an elegant party last week at their Gramercy design studio, where Shyema and I got to check out the brand’s new line of dinnerware and learn about creating inviting spaces for dinner parties. Being huge dinner party/potluck fans, you can imagine how excited we were!
Style expert, Angela Giannopoulos (right)
Oneida enlisted Angela Giannopoulos, a former visual merchandiser for Barneys who now owns design firm SC3, to design four very different but equally beautiful table settings:
Oneida Asia to Cuba table. Photo Credit: Tim Soter
Bedazzled skull statement piece. Photo credit: Tim Soter.
The Asia to Cuba was the sleekest of the bunch with various objects on the table (i.e. a bedazzled skull head) that were inspired by artists like Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and Jonathan Adler.
Classic Picnic Table Twist. Photo credit: Tim Soter.
For the Classic Picnic Table Twist presentation, Giannopolous revealed that she bought the fabric for the table and napkins from IKEA. “I love jumping into IKEA!” she said. “But don’t be afraid to use fabrics or objects around the house. It can complete the table.” How thrifty!
World of Whimsy table
My favorite was definitely the World of Whimsy, or “kid’s table,” as Shy and I dubbed it, but that was probably because it was the only one loaded with candy. For kiddy-style tables, Giannopolous encouraged us to place children’s toys on the tabletop to add “a whimsical touch.”
For table settings like these, she also mentioned that not everything has to match because the discord could create a really fun look. That’s good news for us 20-somethings who don’t yet have complete China sets!
Fanciful Formal table. Photo Credit: Tim Soter.
Clearly the most black-tie of the bunch was the Fanciful Formal table, whose blue accents were influenced by the blue-patterned dinnerware.
I would’ve loved to host a dinner party with any of these settings, now I just need to figure out how to get a big enough apartment! Details, details…
…but I won’t…because they’re actually soap. Melissa discovered these food soaps from (appropriately named)LoveLeeSoaps sold at Etsy. They look freakishly real, contain smoothing shea butter and range from $3.50-$9.50. Plus…they would make the cutest favors for your next themed party.
Those of you trying to stay healthy, you’ll be happy to know you shouldn’t rid yourselves of carbs completely — at least according to Palumbo, who has previously challenged Robert Atkins on his carb-less diet plans. “It’s all about moderation and balance from whole grains, veggies, and lean fats,” she said. She also advocated adding fiber to your diet (enter Arnold and Oroweat bread, which is a rich source of fiber).
Claire Robinson and Christine Palumbo
Each slice of bread is no more than 100 calories (or 80 calories if you’re looking at their Health-full slices). Many of their variations also contain 5 grams of fiber and protein. Robinson showed us some easy recipes that can be made with the breads (without sacrificing on taste). Below is one of her recipes!
Claire's Mushroom Pizza
Mushroom & Spinach Mini Pizzas (makes 8 pizzas) Recipe courtesy of Claire Robinson
4 sundried tomatoes packed in oil; 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons of the oil
1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
8 ounces mushrooms, chopped (use any kind you like)
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves, washed and dried
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 350 ° F.
Toast Sandwich Thins® halves just to light golden.
In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil from the marinated sundried tomatoes over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook until soft and moisture is released, about 5 to 7 minutes, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Meanwhile, pulse 5 sundried tomatoes with 2 teaspoons of their oil in food processor until smooth and add ricotta. Pulse to incorporate and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spread approximately 2 tablespoons of the sundried tomato and ricotta mixture on top of each toasted Sandwich Thins® half. Top with a few baby spinach leaves and divide mushrooms between each. Place pizzas on a baking sheet and bake for 3 to 5 minutes to heat and infuse all the flavors.
Concealing dark under-eye circles is a headache. I think it’s the number one complaint amongst my friends when I do their makeup. I feel your pain…sometimes concealers, eye creams and all just doesn’t cut it. Great news: I found a product that really helps.
It’s kind of a mouthful though: Hello, Sally Hansen Natural Beauty inspired by Carmindy Fast Fix Concealer All-Over Brightener.
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty All-Over Brightener
Quick great thing about the Natural Beauty line is it’s paraben-free (a preservative we can do without, yaay!). It also includes natural ingredients like sunflower, mango butter and papaya to smooth your skin.
This purple concealer is pretty unassuming. I’m sure a lot of people would just look at it and have no idea what to even do with it. Don’t let the color scare you — it will cancel out gray and brighten the dark areas. Just dab a little around your eyes until your circles are less visible, and top it with your favorite concealer. I would use a little translucent powder over it for good measure to make sure it doesn’t gather. My other advice is to make sure your eye area is well-moisturized so you don’t look cakey or scaley.
, a makeup studio offering “on-the-go” glam services in Brentwood, recently unveiled its haircare counterpart BUBBLE Blow Dry. The blow dry bar trend is not especially new, however, BUBBLE–which is located within the Makeup&Go! studio–offers the unique opportunity to get glam squad treatment at a reasonable price.
I usually get the last minute jitters when someone other than me does my makeup. This must have been evident to my makeup artist, Natalie Vermiglio, because she calmly eased me through the entire process. Vermiglio patiently explained what products she was using and managed to answer all of my annoying questions–all while maintaining a steady hand. She gave me a smoky eye that was intense in person, but subtle in pictures. The makeup artists use Smashbox and Mark products, so any goodies you can’t live without can be purchased online
After my smoky eyes were in place, I ventured over to the hair stations tucked away in the back of the space (yes, my makeup stayed intact while getting my hair done).
Luciana Mazieiro was the unlucky soul who had to tame my parched mane, but she did it in a way that seemed pretty effortless. She attributed her ability to master my dry strands to BUBBLE’s Neil George and Malin+Goetz products. Mazieiro specifically likes Neil George’s Indian Gooseberry Treatment because the ingredients seem to smooth hair without weighing it down. Honestly, I think she was being rather modest. I could never make my hair look as good as she made it look.
From the receptionists to the artists, everybody here seems welcoming. Owner Lori Sale and her uber-chic collaborator Janet Hector have managed to create a beauty and blow dry bar with great pricing, service, and end results. This place is pretty awesome, but don’t fret if you don’t live near Brentwood. Plans are in the works to open up multiple locations across the country.
What do you think of my glamification?
Salon Info: Bubble Blow Dry/Makeup&Go
13038 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049