Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: AJ Benza

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AJ Benza is our guest today. Our jaws dropped throughout the entire interview listening to him talk about his early days at E!, the Reelz Channel, Old Hollywood vs Millennials, The Kardashians, New York, being a gossip columnist at The Daily News, Mickey Rourke, The Gossip Show, Mysteries and Scandals, his podcast Fame Is A Bitch, Howard Stern, AJ After Hours, High Stakes Poker, being a father, bathroom drama at his son’s school, coaching sports, Artie Lange, Harvey Weinstein, the film he produced So B. It, being a parent and so much more.

And yes, he names names and spills tons of secrets.  

Also, I was very jetlagged and totally allowed myself to geek out for this interview.

Listen to AJ’s podcast, Fame Is A Bitch

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So Last Week: Ciao Manhattan/It's Getting Personal Edition

Happy(ish) Sunday! It’s time for So Last Week.

I try to keep things light here, but I didn’t have an easy weekend. I’m only deciding to write about it because I think so many lifestyle blogs are overly aspirational and lack honesty about real life. There’s a reason why I say this is a blog for people with “imperfect hair and sometimes unmade beds.” Before you think I’m about to throw myself a pity party because I’ve had a rough few days, that’s not what I want at all. I’m very well aware of how privileged and lucky I am. But sometimes, even first world problems hurt and my weekend was ruled entirely by one. On Friday, my parents moved out of the home I grew up in. I know this is part of adulthood, but it doesn’t change the fact that I feel a bit heartbroken. I’m not sure I will ever be the same.

The thing about growing up in New York is that you’re always a New Yorker no matter what. I’ve lived in Los Angeles for nine years and as Californicated as I’ve become, I’m also every cliché in articles like this one, except for the fact that I don’t like bagels or the subway. If you were wondering, I prefer croissants and Via. Being a New Yorker is almost like an option that should be listed in the race/ethnicity section on a form. It is who you are. I think only real New Yorkers can understand what I mean. But, now maybe my NY card has finally expired. I still have friends and family in the city, but no roots. All I wanted to do was mourn the loss of real estate (I know, so first world), but I couldn’t cry about this all weekend because I was afraid to cry alone. Coincidentally, everyone I love was gone this weekend.

My husband had a bachelor party in Nashville and 99% of my close girlfriends (those I can cry around) were out of town. It was really strange. I couldn’t help my emotions from creeping up. I worked out, made the bed, went food shopping and walked the dogs. Perhaps this was the longest period I’ve been by myself in over three years.

So, for two days, which felt like an eternity, I distracted myself the only way millennials know how. By disappearing into click holes and binge watching seasons of a show everyone else watches, but that I just discovered. And I’m pretty sure tonight, I’m going to mess up a whole lot of mascara to make up for it. Ciao Manhattan! I’ll miss you.

If you need to be distracted, here are some good places to start.  

The List: The Untold Truth Of Bath & Body Works

Want to know a ton of secrets about Bath & Body Works? I dish (yep, I wrote this one) everything like the TMZ of mall stores. If you’re wondering, I’m not exactly a fan of their beauty line, but I’m obsessed with Wallflowers because most plug-ins smell like a gas station.

Jovani: Celebrity Stylist Ali Levine Shares Star Style Secrets

As always, my very good friend Ali Levine delivers the goods. Also, if you haven’t read my interview with her from 2016, you should.

Byrdie: I Tried The Bizarre Lipstick Hack Jude Law's Daughter Swears By

I don’t want to spoil this, but I think this trick might just actually be life changing. I can’t wait to try it after I stop crying. So, hopefully by Wednesday.

Vogue: Your Internet Search History Will Soon Be Up for Sale—Here’s How You Can Protect Yourself

This article explains how your ISP can now make even more money off you. Awful. I know. You’re welcome.

Well+Good: Taking A Hot Bath May Be Just As Good For You As Working Out

If this is true, I’m about to hop into one right now.

Trina Turk Opens on Larchmont

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you probably know I live near Larchmont Village in Los Angeles and that I absolutely adore Trina Turk.  Being from the East Coast, I have a deep appreciation for prints. So, obviously, this is a label I'm obsessed with. 

When I first moved to Los Angeles from New York, I remember going to the Trina Turk store on Third Street to buy Cali appropriate clothing. However, last year the store closed without warning. I was really sad. Not kidding. I was even there for what I didn’t know was the final sale. Forced to get my Trina fix at their outlet in South Pasadena or just buy it at all of the other stores where the line is sold, I still really missed their charming Third Street location.

So, when I found out they were opening up a new boutique in my neighborhood, it was as if my wish came true. I even briefly considered asking my credit card company to increase my limit. Just kidding. Kind of…

Yay! Trina Turk is here!

Yay! Trina Turk is here!

Last night, I had the privilege of attending the opening party. It was probably the nicest store opening I’ve ever been to. There were cocktails from Jardesca and local eats from Burger Lounge and Salt and Straw ice cream. There were so many people (mostly wearing prints, if you were wondering) who came out to support this wonderful addition to Larchmont Boulevard. The store was packed with wall-to-wall people. Even Trina and her husband, Jonathan were there. I wanted to say hello, but I was afraid of coming off like a creepy fan girl. I also saw Tom Sandoval from Vanderpump Rules. His outfit did not rule. No, Arianna was not there. (At least six people have asked me this question.) 

Obviously, I was impressed with the clothing but the store itself was equally stylish. Designed by Bestor Architecture in a mid century modern style, the wood paneled walls and tile floors reminded me of the Palm Springs flagship location.

It's not desert chic, it's just chic!

It's not desert chic, it's just chic!

Pretty prints!

Pretty prints!

The store had everything including clothing for men and women as well as accessories. I wanted all of the handbags! 

Sunglasses are absolutely essential. 

There was also a photobooth! Here I am with my friend Farah.

Now that I can go to Trina Turk whenever I want, expect a whole lot more prints in my wardrobe! 

So Last Week...Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! I feel like I'm finally over the holiday season and getting back into my regularly scheduled life. This week, I spent a lot of time trying to organize my closet. Take that as a hint for an upcoming post. Or perhaps I just mentioned this on my blog for the sake of accountability...

I also finally caught up on what’s going on in the world of fashion and beauty. Here are five posts I read that are totally worth your time. 

Yahoo Style: 5 Stylish Non-Leather Bags

Miriam Porter is an expert in cruelty-free chic. Her picks for non-leather aka vegan leather handbags are stylish and affordable. Don’t forget, for every bag you buy, you get free bonus karma points.

The Cut: 25 Famous Women on Impostor Syndrome and Self-Doubt

Whether you are a woman or not, self-doubt happens to the best of us, even very accomplished people. This article will make you laugh, take a deep breath and realize, you aren’t the only one.

WWD: DVF Re-brands Under Chief Creative Officer Jonathan Saunders

WWD has everything you need to know about the re-branding of a fav label of mine, Diane Von Furstenberg.

Blush & Pearls: Shade Adjusting Drops By The Body Shop

Whether you accidentally bought the wrong color or you got tan on vacay, Blush & Pearls has found a solution for many of our foundation woes.  

Quartz and Leisure: Snowstorm Chic

Being that I live in Los Angeles, I feel It’s Amanda Lauren is not your destination for staying warm and stylish at the same tine. But Quartz & Leisure just might be.