Beverly Hills Home Tour: Lisa Vanderpump

One of my all time favorite interior design looks is the regal, feminine, glam look that Lisa Vanderpump of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills implemented into her lavish Beverly Hills home. The $12 million dollar home is decorated in pure pink perfection, as Lisa accents her dominantly black, white, cream, and silver décor with pastel pink and some lilac. Many would describe Lisa’s interior decorating style as over the top glam, and that it may be, with the glitz of over 13 crystal chandeliers, tufted couches and headboards, and glossy mirrored pieces adorning her grand home. Feminine touches such as flowers, white washed vintage textiles, art galleries, and romantic candle sticks add to the glamorous ambiance.

Pictures of various rooms in her new Beverly Hills home have been circulating through many interior design and “dream home” boards on Pinterest for the past four months, which is where I originally came across them and fell in love. Literally obsessing over the rooms, I did some research to find out that they were the work of none other than, my favorite character on RHOBH. She acts like a queen, she obviously lives like one too. This house is the epitome of my dream décor, so I just had to share. Here’s a mini tour of Lisa Vanderpump’s regal new Beverly Hill’s home.

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Jessica Wener

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Punk: Chaos to Couture

Punk is not dead! Not after one of the biggest nights in the fashion industry took place on May 6th at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The Met Ball’s theme this year was Punk Rock, in honor of the museum’s latest exhibit, “Punk: Chaos to Couture”, a theme full of daring potential and promising fashion failures. The red carpet was laden with ensembles that varied anywhere from vintage romantic “punk” to punk rock glam. From A-list celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry to Hollywood’s has-beens, everyone showed up in their costumes as a hit, a miss, or even a self-proclaimed parody. While I found that the majority of the attendees ended up looking completely ridiculous with spikey hair and fishnet bodysuits, the following celebs embodied the theme with style and grace.

Sienna Miller wearing Burberry
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Anne Hathaway wearing Valentino
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Cara Delevingne wearing Burberry and Dominic Jones jewelry
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Diane Kruger wearing Chanel Couture
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Gisele Bundchen wearing Anthony Vaccerello
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Nicole Richie wearing Topshop
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Miranda Kerr wearing Michael Kors
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Taylor Swift wearing J. Mendel
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Jessica Hart wearing Diane Von Furstenberg
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Olivia Wilde wearing Calvin Klein
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Mary-Kate Olsen wearing vintage Chanel
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Rooney Mara wearing Givenchy
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Jessica Wener

Repunzel, Repunzel Let Down Your Hair

“Keep your mind set, keep you hair long.
Oh my my darlin’, keep your head up, keep you heart strong.”

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Everyone’s lusting after long luscious locks these days, and I certainly don’t blame them. I’ve always had long hair and I’m always searching for ways to make it even longer. I’m going to share my knowledge on growing your hair out, my tips, tricks, and favorite products.

Take Your Vitamins 
There are a variety of vitamins you can take to stimulate hair growth. My personal favorites include an omega-3, biotin, and vitamin E capsules. It’s common knowledge that taking fish oil pills will cause hair growth. However, that’s not necessarily true. The reason behind taking fish oil pills is to get the omega-3 fatty acids that are included in fish oil. Most fish oil pills are about 70% fish fat and 30% omega-3, so to cut straight to the chase I just take a universal omega-3 pill. Another common misconception in regards to taking these pills is that many people believe it causes direct hair growth. This is not true. While these vitamins and minerals do aid in allowing hair to grow, they are actually making the hair stronger and healthier, causing less breakage, which indirectly leads to longer hair. Biotin is another essential vitamin in hair nourishment. Biotin is a B complex, which is a vital mineral in creating healthy hair cell growth. Taking a vitamin E capsule will also encourage hair to be shinier, healthier, stronger, and longer. A multi vitamin won’t hurt you either since vitamins A, B, C, E and K are especially good for your hair.

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Stimulate Your Scalp
Brushing your hair and massaging your scalp stimulates blood flow in your scalp, which encourages hair cells to grow. Brushing your hair also brings out the natural oils from your scalp, making it appear shiny and healthy. Running a brush through your hair throughout the day, including when you wake up, get ready,  before bed, and before you get into the shower will leave you with shiny, long hair. However, keep in mind that brushing can cause breakage if your hair is dry and brittle. Also, refrain from brushing wet locks as they are more susceptible to breakage when they’re wet. In the shower, make sure to massage your scalp while you shampoo to trigger blood flow and remove the dead skin from hair follicles to promote hair growth. In the shower, also bring a wide tooth comb to detangle hair prior to conditioning it. A natural yet effective way to trigger growth through your scalp is to massage Aloe Vera through your locks. You can leave it on for up to an hour, rinse with warm water, and watch your tresses thrive. See {DIY}…

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Deep Condition
It’s important to deep condition to keep your hair hydrated, which prevents breakage and encourages hair growth. A good deep conditioner will open the hair cuticle and penetrate the hair shaft, locking in moisture. A quick way to find out if your hair is in dull, dry, and in desperate need of a hydrating mask is to lightly wet a small section of your hair and see if the water droplets are soaked up by your thirsty strands. If the water droplets appear full on the surface of your hair, your locks should be in decent shape. Either way, a deep condition can only do wonders and should be done at least twice a month. There are many different types of deep conditioning treatments available. You can get a deep condition done at your favorite salon (Kérastase Conditioning Treatment are the absolute best), or in your own home with either a store bought product, or a DIY mask made with all-natural ingredients. Since there are so many choices and factors involved, it is important to know whether your hair requires a protein-based conditioner or a moisturizing conditioner. If your hair stretches a bit before it snaps, you are going to want a deep conditioner with protein. If your hair is very dry and snaps at the slightest touch, you should choose a moisturizing deep conditioner. When looking for a product at the drugstore, or beauty supply store, ingredients to look for are:

  • Amodimethicone
  • Behentrimonium Chloride
  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate
  • Cetrimonium Chloride
  • Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine
  • Stearalkonium Chloride
  • Petrolatum
  • Mineral Oil
  • Lanolin
  • Dimethicone
  • Phenyl Trimethicone
  • Shea Butter
  • Soybean Oil

How To: Keep hair healthy with {DIY} hair masks
Egg yolk and olive oil: Rich in proteins, vitamins and super- nurturing fatty acids, egg yolks won’t only make your hair softer, shinier and healthier but help you to grow it long as well. And, in order to get all the benefits egg yolks provide, simply mix 2 egg yolks with 2 tbsp of olive oil, dilute the mixture by adding a cup of water and then slowly and thoroughly massage this mask into your scalp. Give your hair and scalp 15 to 20 minutes to absorb all the needed nutrients and then rinse off.

Hot honey and olive oil: Heating a mixture of three parts olive oil and one part honey for 30-45 seconds, will allow hair follicles to open up when coating the hair. For best results, take damp hair and comb the mixture through. Wrap in a towel for 20-30 minutes, rinse, shampoo, and condition.

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Sulfate Free Shampoo
Sticking to a moisturizing shampoo will ensure that your natural oils can penetrate your scalp and promote hair growth. Avoid products with alcohol and any form of sulfate. Sulfate free shampoo is your best bet as most shampoos have the active ingredient, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which damages hair follicles, which leads to poor hair structure and lack of growth. Yikes. My absolute favorite product right now is Wen, which is a cleansing conditioner that kills two birds with one stone. It’s super natural, made without SLS, dyes, or any other yucky additives and helps reconstruct distressed hair with aloe and almond oil. I’m obsessed.

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Moroccan Oil
Oils can do wonders for your hair by minimizing frizz, adding moisture. Various oils are great for your hair, such as coconut oil and macadamia nut oil, and but the holy grail of all oils is argan oil, which is the oil in the poplar brand Moroccan Oil. Not only but Moroccan oil is miracle oil because of it’s frizz diminishing powers, hydrating ability, detangling potential, it also instantly adds shine, elasticity, and silkiness to your tresses. While argan oil is an ingredient in the oil, additional silicons, fatty acids, and fragrances make up this recently hyped up product. Which I do highly recommend.

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Avoid the Heat
It’s a no brainer that styling your hair with heated tool is a recipe for a hot mess (literally). Blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons are used at very high heats in order to temporarily shape your hair by breaking down the natural keratin in your strands. Aside from literally frying your hair, clamping, tugging, and dragging your delicate locks through high temperatures is obviously going to cause breakage and damage, stunting hair growth. While many of you can’t fathom the idea of (gasp) letting your hair dry naturally, putting down the power tools is my best advice when it comes to reaching your longest lengths. For those of you of who just can’t deal and must fry your hair into oblivion, make sure to use heat protection. Brands such as Chi are well known for their products that minimize the damage caused by heat. The oils can also be used as a heat protectant and reduce the risk of damage. These products create a natural barrier over the hair cuticle, locking moisture inn and reflecting the damaging degrees of heat. A few tricks for the flat iron addicted; run a comb down right in front of the iron so all of your hair is lying in the same direction and iron small enough pieces so that you only need to go over the hair one time.

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Wash Sparingly
Contrary to popular belief, shampooing and conditioning your hair everyday is not necessarily beneficial. It can actually stunt hair growth by stripping your hair of the natural oils and nutrients your hair needs to stay happy and healthy. Not to mention the other benefits of washing it less, such as better styling control and the money saving factor. I know what is going through some of your heads… sanitary reasons, fear of poor hygiene, and HELLO not wanting to look like a frickin’ grease monkey. Good news, ladies, I have a friend I’d like to introduce to you called dry shampoo. Literally best thing since sliced bread. Literally. Not only does it save the time and effort in the shower, it provides you with a quick fix that a standard washing just can’t. My favorites are the Big Sexy Hair brand and Psssssst, which I have been living religiously by. Another ingenious  alternative is baby powder, which absorbs the excess oils while freshening up your entire head of hair. Just sprinkle it sparingly onto your roots, allow to set for a few minutes for full absorption, and blend well. You’ll feel better than after a blow out. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration.

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Jessica Wener

La Jolla Open Aire Farmers Market

This past weekend I took a mini vacation to La Jolla, California for our Fall Break. I had the time of my life on my much-needed get away and took plenty of photos to share. Shopping in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp district, sangria tasting, kayaking, swimming with sea lions, and good company were all highlights of my trip. We enjoyed local foods and a fun atmosphere at the La Jolla Open Aire Farmers Market on Sunday.

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Here are some of the other photos I collected over the weekend…
Sangria tasting at Cafe 21, located in San Diego’s Gaslamp district. We had “the flight”, which is a sample of each of their six sangrias… can you say, game over?


Blessed to swim with sea lions on our kayaking adventure.


Soaking up our incredible view. Good times and good vibes just about sums up my Fall Break. Take me back! Check out my instagram to see more of my photos from the weekend: @jessicawener

A DASHing Office Space

Keeping up with the Kardashians is easier said than done, as the LA and Atlanta based designer Brian Patrick Flynn, soon found out when he was given the challenge of creating three office spaces for Kardashian Jenner Communications. His work is always wonderful and these offices are no exception. I could stare at these rooms all day and not bat an eye. Lucky for Liz Killmond, who handles the affairs of the younger sisters, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, she gets to do just that.

The black and white striped walls create a bold yet sleek look that define the space. Functional details include the large gold framed chalkboard and cobalt blue porcelain lamps. The symmetry of his work never ceases to strike a chord with me, as the arraignment of the decor is flawlessly placed.

The details are immaculate with diverse textures and patterns that come together through the accent color. The navy and cream Moroccan vase and the blue ikat pillows are a perfect example of how to properly mix patterns.

Noelle Keshishian’s office is my absolute favorite. I die for the wallpaper, I love anything with a metallic element and I’ve always been a fan of Moroccan prints. The black desk makes a simple statement and is accented perfectly by the mirrored console. Again, he’s after my heart with the symmetrical placing of the beautiful black lamps and continues to kill it with the modern chandelier. My love affair with lighting doesn’t end here…

The black chandelier in the extra office, which was created for future employees of the expanding Kardashian Jenner empire, is the perfect style to offset the wooden desk and graphic wallpaper and rug.

If I could spend a day of my working life in an office that looks remotely similar to these works of art, I’d die a happy girl. A job well done to Brain P Flynn who successfully kept up with the Kardashians.

images via Atlanta Homes, design by Bryan Patrick flynn, photos by Sarah Diorio.

A Rose at Dawn… Broke by Noon

Polyvore is one of my favorite interactive websites. It brings back fond memories of playing the “Barbie’s Closet” games on the internet and acts as virtual dress up chest. It’s a helpful tool to conceptualize visions and create tangible visuals. I use it often as a personal inspiration board as well as to showcase my thoughts and ideas,  so look forward to seeing more of my sets!
I put together this look with a modern day Carrie Bradshaw in mind. Sophisticated and classic yet youthful thanks to the messy bun and playfully pleated dress. Suitable for day full of shopping or brunch with the girls, #iwould.
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Teacup by Rune RK

Danish producer, Rune RK, came out with this video back in July. However, it’s still a bookmark I visit frequently as it’s one of my favorite video inspirations. The song itself is a beautiful house tune but the video strays from the typical fast cars and sandy beaches that are often featured, which draws exclusive attention to it. The unique setting and ambiguous message behind it remind me of a piece of literature or thought provoking film and I just can’t get enough. Enjoy!

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