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A Texan’s Guide To LaLa Land

January 5th, 2010

My first article went up today on CultureMap.com – a digital guide to Houston’s best all laid out for you on an interactive map (very cool!).  My lists below for people who have been to LA once or twice.

It’s time to pack up your burnt orange polos and head west to watch the Longhorns roll over the Crimson Tide. With all of the excitement, you might have forgotten to plan your extra day in LA. Being a native Houstonian, I know the bright lights of Hollywood and price tags of Rodeo Drive can be intimidating, so I’ve laid out a few itineraries you’ll enjoy and be able to navigate.

The Big Spender
• Enjoy a light and healthy bite at Urth Café for breakfast.
• Browse the best boutiques on Robertson Boulevard
• Share a McCarthy salad at The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
• Pick up a Sprinkles cupcake on your way to Rodeo Drive to shop designer brands.
• Polish up with my favorite mani-pedi at Golden Nail ($40).
• Devour the city’s best at The Bazaar at The SLS Hotel, Mozza Osteria or Phillipe.
• Make your way to Chateau Marmont or The Montage for post-dinner drinks.

For the Fashionista
• Grab a nonfat mocha latte from Coffee Bean on your way to browse Robertson Boulevard.
• Power walk up an appetite to be satisfied at Toast or Joan’s on Third.
• Pray for sales as you shop on Melrose from West to East – Marc Jacobs, DVF, Madison Warehouse Sale Store, Fred Segal, and BCBG clearance store. Drive east on Melrose, turn right on La Brea and hit American Rag just south of First Street.
• Get all dressed up for the scene at Katana or Terroni.
• Flirt with the hottest Cali boys at The Roger Room, Winston’s, Guys and Dolls, Jane’s House or 1912.

Goofing Off With The Boys
• Fill a grumbling tummy at The Griddle (Local tip: Pumpkin pancakes are to die for).
• Take a hike up Runyon Canyon to see the city from up top.
• Devour an “animal style” burger In-N-Out (just like The Dude).
• Stroll Hollywood and see the stars.
• Take down 2-for-1 cocktails at Cabo Cantina’s happy hour.
• Make your way to Bar Marmont, Jones Hollywood or 8 ounce for a great meal.
• Hit up The Village Idiot afterwards. You’ll be able to get into this bar!

A Day Outdoors on The West Side (Don’t worry, it’s not too cold.)
• Either walk the beach boulevard on Venice Beach to people watch or enjoy a gentle morning hike up Temescal Canyon or through Will Rogers Park
• Lunch at Café Montana or R+G on Montana Avenue.
• Stroll the shops on Montana Avenue.
• Enjoy drinks while watching the sunset at Casa Del Mar.
• Dinner at The Ivy, Cafe Montana, Father’s Office (supposedly the best burger, that’s all they have), The Wilshire
• After dinner: The rooftop restaurant at The Huntley

Buckle Up and Browse

December 28th, 2009

Link: Buckle Up and Browse

Ford is putting wifi in the car so passengers can surf the web on their laptops.

My first thought – SWEET!

But then again, is it a dream come true or a WRECK-less driving nightmare?  You know people are going to type and drive.


October 15th, 2009 No Comments

Speaking of the The Palm….

I heard it from the lips of an iPhone advocate that the Pre is BETTER.

And now I’m hearing the same about the pixi.

I can’t imagine a Palm product being revolutionary.  When the first Palm came out I went through three because they kept breaking.  And does anyone have anything good to say about the Treo?

(Just out is the Nokia N97 which also has a keyboard, touchscreen, and camera, but no word on that yet.)

So is this true about the Palms?  What’s the big deal?

October 13th, 2009 No Comments

LIVESTREAM GAVE YOU FASHION WEEK LIVE – Now show them how much you loved it!

Livestream.com is the platform that took you, sitting at your computer, backstage and front row at New York Fashion Week.  Because of Max Haot and his team, you were able to catch all the action in real time.

NO ONE ELSE was capable of doing this!!!!!

Time to say thanks by taking a couple minutes to vote for their technology.

It takes 2 minutes to vote in all six categories.

Best Live Video Streaming Platform
Best Online Video Platform
Best Online Video Startup 2009 – Technology
Best Streaming Innovation 2009
Best Webcasting/Presentation Solution
Best Portable Live Encoding Appliance

The “Portable Live Encoding Appliance” was the 40 pound box Otto carried around on his back for 5 hours a day!

July 12th, 2009 No Comments

Hi Mary,
Here’s a photo of my Dad and I fiddling with the Kodak Digital Photo Frame together, over the 4th of July weekend. It was very easy to use and the Wi-Fi enabler is awesome! We were able to download pictures directly from Flickr, which saves so much time and is almost TOO easy. The screen and the frame itself are very sleek and beautifully made. I know my Dad will treasure it for many years to come!
Thanks again for selecting my entry! And thanks to Kodak for sponsoring the contest!!

Shaping Up for Summer – Daily Makeover’s Facial Feature Assessment

June 30th, 2009 No Comments

Shaping Up for Summer – Daily Makeover’s Facial Feature Assessment 

Maybe it’s not a new necklace or pair of shoes you’re looking for to update your summer style. Perhaps it’s time to try something a little more drastic?  Or maybe not.  But I can tell you I LOVE my new do.  Chopping off my locks gave me a little bit of an edge and has beeen SO EASY to maintain!

I know, it’s hard to take that first step.  How do you know what cut will look good on you?

Check out Daily Makeover for a quiz to help you figure out what shape your face is and what cut will flatter your features. 

No scissors, just a little Q&A to get your mind in motion.

April 30th, 2009 No Comments

What a fun day!! Working out, a little work, and buying my first MacBook! Woohooo.  Meet my new companion and see the hot outfit I wore to pick him up.

Looks like I’m a little out of practice shooting myself :\

April 29th, 2009 No Comments

It’s official!!! I’ve got a Mac and a Mason, could I ask for anything more?! Per everyone’s advice, texts, emails, I went with the 13” 2.4 MacBook with a 3 year warranty. Sweet!!