Venice Gives Back



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On Sunday, May 17th, I had the pleasure of attending a local fundraiser (with my godson Rocky in tow) thrown by a group of ladies called the Venice Angelinos.   The group partnered with a non profit called “Help for Orphans”, and the fundraiser and silent and live auctions raised funds to help build a water well for the children of Limbe Academy in Haiti.   Wine was sponsored by local vintners Tanner Defoe and Bandolet Wines, and beer was provided by House Beer (a Unique Camp and Highbrow Hippie favorite!). I personally donated a ‘Highbrow Hippie Haircolor consultation and makeover’, which was featured in the live auction along with a limited edition Venice Beach print from Steven Lake Photography.


Other sponsors and auction donations included:

UNIF Musical instruments/amps by local musician BOC
Help for Orphans International
AGAIN Apparel – dresses
Art piece by Kana Manglapus
Mary Breedlove Pilates Session
Steven Lake Photography – 1 hour Portrait
Hip’Tique Gift certificate
Bones and Feathers Jewelry
Nordstrom Gift Certificate
Bandolet Wines
Tanner DaFoe Wines
One-Nine Design event planning

It’s not too late to donate to this awesome cause.  Every bit helps, and every dollar raised will go directly to this impoverished community.

All photos by Steven Lake Photography



Nailing It. Habit Nail Polish


I love a good beauty find. It’s my business so I’m always on the hunt for something cool and different. My latest find is Habit Cosmetics – a natural nail polish line fortified with myrrh. I was first drawn to habit nail polish because of the packaging and the vibrancy of it’s colors. I am a sucker for packaging and the fact that the line included a fantastic nude  made it an easy pick. Besides the fact that it’s beautiful, it polishes well, wears well and dries quickly. The trifecta of nail polishes. If you haven’t given it a try, I recommend it highly.





Barefoot Season


Because Summer is almost here and all I want to do is dig my toes into the sand. As the owner of a nail bar, I am obsessed with keeping my hands and feet moisturized. Dry skin? No way. So imagine my excitement when I came across this exfoliating foot peel. There is something about peeling skin that excites me. Remember my face peel? Yeah…this is just like that but better because it’s not on your face.

I’ll spare you all the gross during pictures (just google baby foot peel if you really need to know) but know that I’ve done it twice and so consider myself an expert. As an expert I offer up the following guidelines on what to do/expect during the peel:

1. Schedule accordingly. The entire process takes about 12-14 days before all the skin is removed so make sure you can wear closed shoes the entire time.

2. Get a pedicure the week before you do the peel. No polish. The acids in the peel will destroy it anyway. Your feet will disgust you with their peeling so the least you can do is have trimmed toenails and cuticles.

3. Soak feet in water before putting on the booties. For some reason this accelerates the peeling.

4. Wear socks once peeling begins. Especially while you sleep. Otherwise your sheets will be filled with dead skin. Not ideal.  Feet will begin to peel in 3-4 days.

5. Resist the urge to peel off skin. It will be hard but you don’t want to remove skin before it’s ready.

6. Once the peeling has subsided make sure to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. My go to combo is a mix of the HBH Remedy oil and Aquaphor.

This treatment is best done twice a year – once in the Spring before sandal season and at the end of the Summer.

Baby Foot can be purchased for $25 at .


Bathroom Trend: Tub in the Shower


When I first started seeing this trend pop up, I had to laugh to myself. Apparently, I have been ahead of the trend because the bathroom in my loft (which is in dire need of renovation) has had the tub in the shower for the past 15 years.

I’ve been working on my loft bit, by bit over the past year. Now, as I gear up for my bathroom renovation, I’ve been debating whether to take out the tub and create a larger shower. But as I look at some of these designs, I’m thinking that maybe I will leave it. Now all I need is a wall of windows…or plants…
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