LA Art Show

I am quite the art lover. I could spend hours walking around a museum exploring different eras in art and play-pretend in my mind what it would be like to be the person in the painting or try to envision what the painter was thinking. It is a fun escape, I highly recommend you try it if you have an imaginative weirdo mind like moi!

When the LA art show came to my city I knew I absolutely had to attend. It did not matter that the side of my face was swollen and broken out in hives from an allergic reaction (looking like Hitch, no joke!) and that I was on loads of meds for that and for a stiff neck. Nothing was going to stop me from getting out of the house. This cabin fever has had me feeling a wee bit depressed so I needed to get in escape mode in one of my favorite things...art!

The LA Art Show was at the LA convention center in the heart of DTLA. I love attending conferences and tradeshows there as there are so many delicious restaurants in DTLA that I get to wander over to after. Some of my favorites include Kazunori and Baco Mercat. Since I was not feeling on top of it, I decided to spend most of my energy at the art show.

I loved the Monet exhibit (ofcourse I did, I am such a Parisian obsessed child), and I absolutely fell in love with Melanie Pullen's High Fashion Crime Scenes exhibit. She had a live dark and eerie exhibit where it showed two artists ripping the guts out of a dead body (she was alive, don't worry). I am not into gruesome things, in fact I hate scary movies, but I love CSI. I watch those shows up until I feel like they are about to show me a dead body and I get grossed out and look away. Back to my point, Pullen's artistry and combination of photography, fashion and crime scenes is so tasteful that it is appreciated by a even a queazy person like myself. I love it and hope to buy one of her pieces for my place. 

There were 1000's of people at the LA Art Show. It was so wonderful seeing people in the art scene and also seeing loads of parents bringing their children and exposing them to art at such a young age. I hope to attend every year to continue seeing all of the LA Art Galleries exhibiting their new creative masterpieces. PS tickets are so cheap, only $20! 

What did I wear to this event? My staples black staples ofcourse! I picked up this super cute convertible sweater and cardigan from Kersh Clothing. It was perfect for my art scene look. My hat and hair over half of my face was totally accepted by my fellow artists. Maybe they thought I was making a statement? Or just being an emo girl? Who knows, all I know is I did not care, I was just blessed and happy to be out of the house and exploring some beautiful art in the LA scene.

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Journey with Javvy: Italy- Lake Como

If you want to experience true beauty and relaxation while you are planning a trip to Italy, I highly suggest adding Lake Como to the top of your list. Lake Como is just a short train escape from the busy Milano streets and it will truly take your breath away. 

Once you get to the train station in Como, you can either stay right there in the city, or you can visit one of the mid lake cities; Menaggio, Bellagio, Varenna, and Cadenabbia. I happened to stay in Bellagio during my visit and it was certainly one for the books. 

To get to Bellagio I took the ferry, but you can also take a boat taxi. The boat taxis are rather pricey, but it is a pretty cool experience. They can run you around 50 euros. Along your boat ride you will come across countless amounts of villas owned by celebrities and aristocrats. Lake Como is not your average tourist destination, it is also a place where the local Italianos escape to. 

The most famous villas in Lake Como are Villa de Este (which is now a luxurious hotel), Villa del Balbianello (pictured here. Unreal, right?), Villa Serbelloni (luxurious hotel in Bellagio), Villa Carlotta and Villa Melzi d’Eril. Schedule a tour of the Villa del Balbianello, or if you are lucky, get invited to a wedding at this ultra luxe place, oh wait that is what I was able to do!

Touchdown Bellagio and no there were no cheesy fountains with synchronized music playing. It was a charming, colorful and an overall clean town. The locals were very kind and proud of their gorgeous city. Along the main part of town you will find cute shops and pretty linen and silk shops. They are known for their silk ties and scarves, so make sure to pick some up for your loved ones back home. 

So what was the whole point of this escape to Lake Como? My best friend got married and I was so lucky to be a part of the fabulous bridal party at the Villa del Balbianello. She was truly a spectacle and was the complete opposite of a bridezilla. She truly treated everyone of her bridesmaids with so much love and respect. Both her and her new husband constantly thanked people for making the trek to Como for the wedding. But to be honest, as a friend, it was just an honor to be by her side for this special day. Besides, I never need an excuse for a Europe trip! 

We partied for the 2-3 nights leading up to the wedding with all of our friends at this semi shady club. One of the nights they had a foam party. Let’s just say the boys really enjoyed that night with all of the bella Italiano ladies who were also on holiday. One of the nights we partied at this place, we ended up having to take the club shuttle back to our place after midnight. Now why did we have to take a shuttle and not a taxi? Because this adorable city shuts down at midnight. Which means, you cannot get a taxi driver after midnight! So the club shuttles everyone back to their homes and hotels. On this special night we realized we lost our key to our bed and breakfast. We called the hotel owner before midnight, knowing they would not be available by the time we showed up and we asked for them to leave us a key. Let’s just say, we could not find the key they left us and we placed two benches together on the patio and slept under the stars. Sounds romantic right? Well we froze our tooshes off, but at least we used body heat to try to warm ourselves up. We laughed, I cried, and laughed and somehow after 45 minutes of sleep I got myself together and went to the rehearsal walk through. Now I look back and laugh so hard that I slept on a bench in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. 

Hope you enjoyed that story! As for my friends wedding, it was breathtaking. Every detail was so divine and it was hands down the most incredible wedding I have been to in my whole life. I do not want to share every detail about the wedding because that is her private special day with her husband, family and closest friends. But let’s just say, it was right out of a fairytale!

Now to the good stuff of my #journeywithjavvy posts. Where to stay and eat in Lake Como?

Hotel: 

Villa Serbelloni - right on the lake and it has a diving board right into the lake!

Villa de Este- right on the lake. This place is super special!

Hotel Silvio- Right on the lake and very close to this club I mentioned that we danced at all night long! 

Food:

Ristorante Bilacus- everything is so delicious here! The pasta and the fish were just incredible. Do not even get me started on the desserts. Get a seat out on the gorgeous patio. I bet you if you showed the owner my picture he would remember me. I ate at his place for lunch and dinner every night for the whole week! We spoke about LA and he recommended restaurants I could go to in LA that are owned by his Italian friends from Como.

Aperitivo et al- Adorable wine bar right by Ristorante Bilacus. Same owner! Head over here for pre or after dinner drinks!

Alle Darsene di Loppia- Head here for lunch. It is away from town but it was a cute little place to grab a nice bite.

Gastronomia Mini Market Antichi Sapori- Grab a casual aperitif here from this mini grocery store. You can also pick up some great local treats to take back home with you. I brought home pasta and dehydrated mushrooms. 

Style: 

What to wear? Well it rains quite a bit in Como. In the summer it is warm sprinkles here and there. I brought sundresses and had a few paris of jeans, sweaters, a light coat and sneakers. No need to pack rain boots. I avoid heavy rain boots while traveling unless I absolutely need to pack them. Besides, your hotel should have umbrellas for you! The weather was warm and sunny every day of the trip except for one day! 

Hope you feel like you have a mini vision in your mind of what Lake Como is like. I also hope you enjoyed my stories from my personal experience there! 

Ciao Bellas!

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White after Labor Day

I am not sure about you but I am missing summer vibes. It is pretty cool in Southern California these days, but we had a semi warm day this week so I used it as an excuse to bring out this cute all white outfit. All white after Labor Day? Don't listen to the rumors. My outfit looks super casual chic and I doubt anybody looked at me and said "oh goodness she should not be wearing white!".

My only week I don't wear white happens to be this one devilish week that visits me once a month and makes me an emotional disaster and an uber spicy individual. I am sure some of you can relate to what I am referring to. I won't get graphic here and discuss the below the belt crime scene in detail. You get my drift!

Any-who, can we talk about this adorable off the shoulder top? I am obsessed with it. The price tag being super pocket-friendly doesn't hurt either. I paired it with a pair of white distressed denim and my lace converse sneakers and voila! Casual chic mastered!

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Fringe with Benefits

I have a thing for all things fringe all throughout the year. Whether it is a coat, bag or skirt, I tend to find some way to throw it into my daily style. That is why I fell in love with this gorgeous fringe Cleobella jacket, and even added more fringe to the mix with a fringe-suede cross-body bag. Too fringe-y? I think not. Not when you live in sunny Southern California where it tends to be above 70 degrees the majority of the time. Therefore, my style tends to be a mix of bohemian to match my beachy personality and New York chic to match my busy work life.

I tend to travel a ton for work and love loose fitting jumpers and dresses. One brand that has been my ultimate go-to, which if you follow me on Instragram @savvyjavvy, you will see that I wore their items all throughout Europe; Spell & the Gypsy Collective. They are an Aussie brand that have infiltrated the LA style scene and I do not see them leaving anytime soon. The dress I am wearing here is made by them and I got it from the Foray Collective. It is absolutely perfect for a beach cover up or even just a day shopping with your girlfriends. I don't have the largest chest area, so I opt to wear dresses like this without a bra, but if you happen to be blessed in the area, throw on a bandeau top under it and it will be perfect.

I am starting to become a tad bit obsessed with the new Foray Collective site because it carries a lot of the brands that I am in love with. Think Tulum beachy-keen vibes mixed with a city girl. They have something for everyone on there, but for me, I like that they could be my one-stop-shop while looking for items to fill my travels with. 

Hope you enjoy some of these Santa Monica beach shots taken by @roguefoto (Ben Smith) in some of my cute new items from the Foray site! 

Journey with Javvy: Italy - Milan

Ciao Milano! All I had planned for Milan were a few things, and I am pretty sure your list may consist of similar items. Essentially my goal was; pasta, pizza, pasta, pizza, vino, vino, vino, vino, disco, shopping for leather goods, Duomo and saying Ciao Bella nonstop. Did I mention pasta? 

I spent several days in Milan and had an ultimate blast because our friends joined us there. Two of our friends were engaged and were ready to tie the knot in Lake Como, but prior to their wedding, we partied like there was no tomorrow. We ended up going to Roberto Cavalli’s club, Just Cavalli and danced with many locals and tourists. It started pouring rain on us and we did not have a care in the world and kept dancing around when everyone left the club. Blame it on the champagne!

I wanted to provide you with a few recommendations for hotels, places to eat and disco.

Sightseeing in Milan:

La Scala Opera House- One of the most famous theaters around!

Santa Maria delle Grazie church- This is where you can see Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”.

San Siro Futbol Stadium- This huge stadium houses the hottie Italiano soccer players! Yes please!

Shopping- There is a shopping quarter around Via Montenapoleone. Stop by and pick up some goodies to bring home!

Duomo- You truly cannot miss this beautiful cathedral. A must see in Milan!

Best Hotel in Milan: 

The Westin Palace hotel was divine! It truly felt like my hotel room was straight out of an episode of Gossip Girl. Gold, victorian and exuded royal elegance. 

Our friends stayed at the Boscolo Milano and they thoroughly enjoyed the largest spa in the city. 

Where to Eat in Milan:

Nerino Dieci Trattoria- If you are looking for incredible seafood and pasta, try this spot. It is small so good luck getting in!

II Principe dei Navigli- one of my favorites in Milano for Italian food

Le Tournedos- scrumptious pizza!

Langosteria- delicious seafood and cozy atmosphere!

Ristorante Piazza Repibblica- I had the most delicious arrabiata sauces here! I am still dreaming of this homemade pasta!

Pravda- Great for aperitif 

Where to Disco in Milan:

Gaina Cafe- Great for drinks and a nice atmosphere

Just Cavalli- This is the club owned by the famed fashion designer; Roberto Cavalli.

Armani Bamboo Bar- Incredible cocktails and sexy decor. Great view of the Duomo.

Best Gelato in Milan:

Grom- All I have to say is that they better open one in the US. This gelato was fresh and delicious.

II Massimo del Gelato- Fantastic gelato. A little pricey, but so worth it!

Best Cafe in Milan:

Bar Luce- hands down the most adorable place. My boyfriend and I have slight obsession with Wes Anderson films, therefore we had to go see this cafe. The desserts and coffee are delicious! Mendl’s is jealous!

Panini Durini- A cool, modern, friendly cafe! Definitely stop by for an espresso and treat.

What to wear in Milan:

The Milanese are known to be extremely fashion forward and that is spot on. I pulled out my chic Michael Stars jumper for one of the days, that ended up being the outfit I wore until 4 am at the disco! Very versatile. I also wore a fringe black skirt paired with a black lace top for a chic date night. Check out the outfits in this post and the links to these looks are found below!

I had an opportunity to explore these wonderful spots and I listed all of my favorites here. There were a few that did not make the cut, but anything that involves pizza and pasta is hard to dismiss!

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What to Wear to a Meeting: Feminine Meets Bossy

When headed to meetings, I like to wear black pencil jeans and a cute blouse. I switched it up for this look and picked a white, crisp, peplum jacket and wore it like a top instead. I paired it with sassy lace up heels and my favorite Celine bag. This is the perfect go-to outfit for any meeting you have! You can also wear this straight from a meeting to happy hour with friends. Just wear a black silk tank under it and unzip the front of the jacket. Voila; day to night chic!

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New Year's Recap: Savvy Javvy

It is my annual New Year’s post and I want to start it off by thanking you for following my journey. I absolutely love to write and explore, which also happens to be the two elements that synergize and outputs the Savvy Javvy blog. This blog is one of my biggest passions and it makes me happy that it has grown each year. Sometimes I am selfish and extremely busy with my daytime job working in the digi-tech world, and I am not able to devote as much time to blogging as I would like to. But I really would love to change that in 2016 and make some time in the evenings doing what I love most!

This year I have traveled somewhere every single month. Sometimes I even traveled for over a month non-stop. At times travel can be exhausting, but I find pure joy in it. I love learning about new cultures, eating exotic foods and just getting out of my element from time time. Am I a neurotic, stressed out, angry bird while prepping for these trips? Yes. Something else I would like to work on in 2016. Chilling out, and allowing myself to zen out. Balancing life can be extremely challenging, but I quickly have to remind myself that there are people out there that are battling a bigger battle in life, which helps to keep me grounded.

There is one thing I wanted to share with you personally, that I do not think is reflected at times on social channels. I ACTUALLY have a real job, a legit career job, that I also love on top of this blog. Did I love my previous jobs? At first yes, but the politics were nauseating and unprofessional. In fact, I had lost hope in my career due to some bad eggs, and instead of completely losing hope, I changed my situation. I mustered up the courage and dumped a job that was not serving me the way I was serving it. Hard lesson to learn, but this hard lesson ended positively. I found a new job I truly love and am surrounded by the most incredible and motivated people. Nothing is worse than trying to grow as a young women in your career than having poor support and management in the employment place, so learn from mistakes! Choose a job like you choose your relationships. It should be an equal relationship, if it is not, dump it and find a better place to invest your time. It will make you feel so free and happy! I will say though, there are a few good people from my old companies that I miss immensely, but thankfully we have kept in touch over email and Facebook, which I do appreciate. 

Another thing I do not normally share is struggle. Social media is such a lala land that we escape to, but each person on there has things that they are battling with everyday. Whether there are financial issues, family concerns, health concerns, relationship issues, crummy friendships. We all have these battles, so next time you go on someone’s social media account and think their life is perfect, think again. We are all human. My dad and mom always gave me this piece of advice that I take with me before I deal with any challenging meeting or confrontation. In fact, they told me this before I had a meeting with a CEO of a huge company, and it helped tremendously. “Do not fear meeting with anyone, no matter what their status or title is, at the end of the day, they were born the same way you were born, they eat the same way you do, they have flaws just like you do and they use the restroom just like you do. They don’t deserve to be on any pedestal in your mind, instead you should view them as your true equal”. I swear this works like a charm for me every.single.time.

I want to highlight some of the special moments of the year below:

Family- I got to meet my cousins from Canada for the first time in my life. Although they were younger than me by a decade, we instantly connected. In that meeting, my mom got to finally see her brother after 35 years of not seeing him. That was really special to see them together. I know I won’t have that moment with my brother anytime soon, but when I do in heaven, I hope it is just as special.

My cousin’s baby, Dillon, had open heart surgery for the second time and he kicked its butt! I got to plan a last minute weekend trip over Thanksgiving to go visit him in the Bay Area and it meant the world to me to see him and the family. 

I also have grown closer to my parents, which is something I value very much. They are my best buddies and my biggest support system.

Relationship- E and I have been together for almost two years now!! So crazy how time flies by. We dealt with lots of crazy things thrown our way, but we worked together and have built a bond that is very strong. He truly has become my best friend. We have traveled all over the world together, we have laughed, screamed and cried together, and these experiences have all made us stronger. I think one of my favorite moments this year was while we were on a date at Hotel Costes in Paris. It was so surreal that we were in Paris together and having such a fabulous date. He looked like such a babe that night too! It also happened to be the same day he suggested we do the love lock bridge. Hello Mr. Romance!

Another super special moment that brings tears to my eyes, were the couple of times on a Sunday afternoon that he asked for us to go bring flowers to my brother’s grave. Let me tell you, in my experience of dating, I have never experienced a man so loving and empathic towards someone I loved so dearly. Especially for someone they have never met. Major kudos to him. 

Friendships- As each year passes you meet new friends, grow stronger with old friends and have to say goodbye to some others. I feel like this year I grew stronger with a few of my girlfriends. In fact I was a bridesmaid in two of their weddings! They made me feel so special on my birthday and I am forever grateful for their love, silly texts we share, tags on @fuckjerry daily pics “that is so us”, and endless laughs and cries that we share. My friendship with guy friends sort of struggled this year, mainly because of their significant others not being secure cool chicks, but we can save that for another day ;) At first I struggled with the idea of losing a friend. In fact, I think I still do. But I remind myself that it is not worth investing time in things that do not serve you fairly or right. As mentioned above re: career. So I instead re-invested my positive energy into the friendships that were solid. And I cannot tell you, I have such a beautiful group of friends that all support each other and never get jealous of each other? Squad goals? Yes. Jealous and envious people are toxic. Dump them and you will feel such a weight off of your shoulders!

Career- Finding my career at my new job. It felt so good. 

Blog- Many milestones and goals were met this year with this blog. One of my favorites was being featured in Glamour Magazine and on StyleCaster. I literally cried non stop when both happened. I also am being featured in a travel magazine for my #journeywithjavvy travel series! That will be in 2016, so stay tuned. I cannot wait to share that with you. 

Personal- I started writing down my goals in a notebook and it has helped me out tremendously! It brings me positivity and light and allows me to see growth as I look back at some of my old goal lists. I highly advise you to do the same. It is one of the best gifts I could have given myself in 2015.

Travel- Having the opportunity to spend over a month in Europe with my love was a dream! A special spot we went to was Cesme in Turkey. I will write all about it in one of my upcoming Journey with Javvy posts. Hands down, one of the loveliest places I have ever visited.

My true goals for 2016, we shall see, but really my main goal is to be a better person to myself and to the ones that I love. Which includes you! Thank you for being a part of my life! I am excited to take you along the many trips I have planned next year! Let’s just say we will be seeing Europe again! 

xo


Chunky White Sweater and OTK Boots

Do you have a cute pair of shorts you purchased at the end of the Summer and are dying for Spring to arrive so you can bring them out of your closet again? Think again—rock them this winter with a pair of OTK boots and a chunky white sweater. If you live in a snow ridden climate, throw on some thick tights under your shorts and wear wool socks and hunter boots instead.

 

 

Since I live in California and somehow it gets up to the 80’s sometimes in December (crazy, I know!), I opted to wear this outfit without the tights, but it could look cute either way. I topped off the outfit with a cute solid black wide-brimmed fedora hat and a Chanel purse. I am just stocked I get to wear these gorgeous satin shorts I picked up from Cameo the Label. They are chic and super versatile. The high waist allows me to hide all of my holiday cookies too, which is not a bad deal if you ask me!

 

 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Kisses!

 

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What to Wear for a New Years Eve Party

If you are looking for the perfect look to wear to a holiday party, I have you covered here. I happened to wear this dress to a wedding, but you can certainly wear this to a gala as well as a stellar pick for a New Year’s Eve party. 

The dress is silky and soft and bares enough skin to make it sexy, yet elegant. Which truly is the definition of my edgy overall style. But you don’t have to be edgy or daring to rock this look. You just need to throw it on with a pair of killer heels, a faux fur shawl and red lips. 

If I was not going to be in the snow for NYE I would 100% re-wear this outfit! 

Wishing you all a wonderful start to your week!

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Journey with Javvy to France: Versailles

While you are visiting the lovely city of Paris, plan for a day trip to Versailles. It is a 30 minute train ride out of the city and worth every minute of it! When you arrive to Versailles, walk to the right out of the train station and you will come across a few cafes. Pick up a sandwich and walk around a bit before heading to the palace. Everyone you were on that train with will be rushing to the palace, but take your time! 

Make sure you get a ticket to visit both the interior of the Palace and the gardens. If you are stretched for time, the gardens line is usually shorter and just go there for pure serenity in these perfectly planned out gardens and eat your sandwich on the many benches throughout the grounds. Inside of the chateau you will be enriched with art, history and loads of gold. Get your camera ready!

While walking through the palace, I remember thinking, what it must have been like to attend a party there. A time when people wore the most beautiful dresses and suits rather than ripped up denim shorts to a party, a time when there were no cell phones and people were actually PRESENT at a party. That sounds like it is more my cup of tea! Teleport time? I am getting off track, now on to the gardens.

This was my second trip to Versailles so I wanted to make the most of my time in the gardens so I brought a journal and began to write. As you can tell, I LOVE to write, so I wanted to utilize my gorgeous surroundings to inspire me to write down my goals. I wrote for hours and it was an incredible feeling to have the air blowing through my hair, have hundreds of tourists around me, yet all I was focused on were the sounds of the birds and my pen writing. I highly suggest this to anyone going to the gardens, you may just produce the best goal list you have ever come up with.

As far as what to wear, try opting for something loose and comfortable and wear sneakers if possible. Sneakers just did not go with my outfit here, but after hours of walking, my feet were craving my Nike sneaks. You can also rent golf carts that have a recorded tour guide that will take you throughout the grounds. Or rent a bike somewhere in the city, but I do want to note they do not rent bikes on the property. You will have to look up a place to rent them prior to heading there.

If you are feeling romantic, rent a boat and convince your significant other to row you two through the lake. It is so beautiful and serene. As romantic as my guy can be at times, he looked at me like I was a crazy person for thinking he would row the boat for an hour for us and sweat profusely through his clothes. I am still mad he did not do it, but I guess he is right, sweating through your clothes and sitting on a train ride for 30 minutes would not be nice for him and for me. 

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If you are feeling romantic, rent a boat and convince your significant other to row you two through the lake. It is so beautiful and serene. As romantic as my guy can be at times, he looked at me like I was a crazy person for thinking he would row the boat for an hour for us and sweat profusely through his clothes. I am still mad he did not do it, but I guess he is right, sweating through your clothes and sitting on a train ride for 30 minutes would not be nice for him and for me. 

 

There is something you learn while traveling with another person, it is that you must both adapt, be patient and have the same goal in mind; to relax and enjoy yourselves. My boyfriend and I are both very lucky that we are fantastic at traveling together. Throughout this #journeywithjavvy to Europe series, I will share the amazing parts of our trip, and the crazy parts, like when we got locked out of our room and slept in the rain. But to be honest, these memories are so beautiful, even the bad ones make me smile, because we worked through them together. My advice to you is to find someone who can travel with you and can bear with you when you are hungry. Now that is real love.

Now do not forget to catch the train around 6 or 7pm and head back into town for aperitif!

xo

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