Every time I watch this video, I smile. Thank you Bey. Perfect start to the work week :)
In my early twenties, the amount of time I spent with my girlfriends was probably akin to that of a Siamese twin. We attended college classes, studied, and partied on the weekends (and some weeknights) together, as well as hosted kickbacks, and even double dated with hot sets of friends. Unfortunately, as we’ve gotten older, and the responsibilities of life – i.e. careers, husbands and babies (not me, not yet!) –have taken prominence over “girl-time,” we haven’t been able to catch up as often. Occasionally, my friends who work in Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle and Entertainment and I will run into each other at events, but it’s a bit harder to coordinate with my best friend who’s an RN.
However, last week, as I was watching one of my favorite T.V. shows (American Horror Story), I had an epiphany: Why not gather my gal pals for a weekly screening party at my house?! Everyone can come as they are – still in work clothes or even in theme (kidding) – and I’ll have delicious, healthy and easy-to-make foods to snack on.
For my first screening party, I plan to make a variety of easy, healthy and delicious appetizers – and since Fresh & Easy recently introduced a few new Wild Oats products under the Wild Oats label, I’ve decided to scoop up a couple.
Scroll down to check out two of the Wild Oats offerings that I’ll be serving at my party. Both are available at your local Fresh & Easy store. Click here to locate one in your area.
Wild Oats Organic Margherita Pizza (not pictured)
Made with fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and kale pesto sauce, this pizza is the perfect snack for both my meat-eating and vegetarian friends. To make the most of the pizza, I’ll probably slice them into tiny squares for finger-food-like bites. At $8.49, the price is great and perfect for a low-key night.
Wild Oats Organic Mediterranean Veggie Wraps (not pictured)
Image courtesy of Food à la Fac
Containing beans, red lentils, roasted bell peppers, and a basil pesto sauce wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla, these veggies wraps are delicious – and affordable! For $4.99, I can get 3-4 of these tasty babies, cut them in sections and voila – instant snack!
I’ll probably wash these tasty offerings down with wine (my drink of choice), and I can’t wait to indulge and snack with all my girls for the next American Horror Story: Freakshow episode!
Feel free to leave comments about additional appetizers that would make a great round out for our girl’s night!
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Written By: Bella Graham
Photographer Dana Itani
Bonjour mes amours! Last week I headed out to a brand new fashion platform – Art Hearts Fashion – and had an absolute exquisite time catching up with friends, and fawning over all of the newest designer collections.
Model for MT Costello
Although there were dozens of designers amidst the sparkling garden fountains and opulent chandeliers at the Taglyan, there were five designers in particular that really shined above the rest. During this two-day, packed-to-the-rafters event for LA Fashion Week – models for Michael Costello, R. Michel’le, MT Costello (Stephanie Costello’s line in collaboration with brother Michael Costello), Sachika, and Jaime Elyse descended upon the runway in a flurry of glittering fabrics; lace and feminine designs.
WNBA baller Skylar Diggins graced the runway during the MT Costello show, and the Sachika twins emerged at the end of their presentation adorned with angel’s wings.
Skylar Diggins (front) modeling for MT Costello
However, the real show-stealer (and close-out) was Michael Costello, who debuted his most brilliant and iconic collection to date. The devastating beauty of the designer’s custom gowns captivated everyone watching, and cheers erupted from the crowd with every piece.
Check out pictures of some of my favorite designs below – and leave comments about your favorites! I’d love to hear your thoughts!
**All pictures taken by my assistant + photographer Dana Itani
Reality T.V. isn’t something that I generally cover or write about on Love & Biscotti, but last week I got the chance to meet and interview someone whose music I have been rocking with ever since she first debuted on Roc Nation with her song, “Make Her Feel Good.”
Teairra Mari on the blue carpet at the premiere of “Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood”
You may recognize her from being a former cast member on VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop New York, but this season R&B songstress, Teairra Mari has a storyline all her own as she heads the cast of super-producer, Mona Scott’s new brain-baby, Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood. In this shadowy world of glitz and glam – and smoke and mirrors – VH1’s camera crews follow Teairra and cast-mates Ray J, Omarion, Lil’ Fizz and Soulja Boy (and many more) as they navigate the streets of my hometown and share some of the most intimate and personal details of their lives with the world.
Now, as stated earlier, I don’t cover reality T.V., but what appeals to me about shows such as this one are the raw, unkempt and uncut emotions that are revealed by the cast-mates as we watch (spellbound) week by week. While we may not experience the same exact type of drama, what connects us to these characters is the fact that no matter what level of fame or fortune one may achieve, no one is above experiencing the same angst, heartbreak, depression, anger, happiness and sadness as the rest of us. And while Teairra’s brash outspokenness and witty one-liners may be initially label her as the Joseline Hernandez of the group, I have a feeling that there is much more depth to Teairra than what first meets the eye. I hadn’t planned on doing any interviews at the exclusive premiere of LHHH (held at Inside Jokes Comedy Club inside the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood), but after running into Teairra in the elevator and then bumping into each other again after the show’s screening, I felt it must have been fated to be.
Read below to find out what Teairra most regrets during the show, what she’s over the most and of course, what designer she wore to the premiere:
Bella: Hey beauty. We met very briefly in the elevator and now here we are again.
Teairra Mari: Nice to meet you again too.
Bella: I’ve been a fan of your music for a long time now, but I never got a chance to catch you on Love & Hip-Hop New York. However, after watching the season premier of this new show (Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood), one of the things that really stood out to me is how open you were. Wearing your heart on your sleeve and admitting that you’re still in love with someone showcases that you’re not afraid to be vulnerable. Was that difficult for you to do or are you just naturally open with your feelings?
TM: Well that’s where I was at that moment and you know, now I’m not there anymore. Still its hard to watch that because I’m not there anymore but when I was there, I was in it.
Bella: In general, are you usually the type to say whatever comes to your mind?
TM: I’m like that when I’m in that moment. When I’m at that point in my life where I’m like okay, I’m going to give my all to this person, yes absolutely, I’m like that. But when I’m over it, I’m over it. This show was shot months ago and that was just something that I had to relive.
Bella: Now that you’ve seen yourself (on the show) for the first time, what do you think is the main thing – or moment – that you’re going to be so over yet people keep asking about?
TM: I think everything that has to do with Ray J and his girlfriend are going to be the main things that I’m like, OMG I have to relive this shit and I don’t want to cause I’m over it.
Bella: Do you regret any of it?
TM: I don’t regret anything that has to do with Ray or his girlfriend, I regret something that I did with a promoter; his name is Sincere. I really regret how I turnt up on him but other than that I don’t regret anything.
Bella: What is your perception of love in the industry or more specifically in the public eye? It’s not just you and the person in the relationship, it’s everybody’s outside perception as well? How do you deal with the opinions of other people?
TM: It’s hard but it’s definitely something that you have to take a look at because I don’t know, I always take a look at myself. I always say you know, maybe I shouldn’t have done this or maybe I shouldn’t have done that but for me, its like at the end of the day I did what I did from the depth of my heart and however people look at that, that’s just how they will get it.
Bella: Music wise, what’s next for you?
TM: I have a single that’s going to be portrayed on the show and I’m so excited about it because I really get to go through all the emotions that everybody sees in the first few episodes. Like okay, Teairra, you went through all this stuff and now you get to tell your story. I finally get to tell my story through songs and I’m so happy about it and I think I’m gonna end up at a great place.
Bella: Well I’m routing for you and I’ve been routing for a long time.
TM: Thank you!
Bella: Before I let you go, as a fashion blogger, I can’t skip over this outfit that you have on. Who is the designer?
TM: The designer is Avahna.
Bella: And your favorite lip color?
TM: My favorite lip color is probably the one I have now. “Lady Danger” by MAC.
Check out the video recap from the exclusive launch below:
And WATCH the full first episode of Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood here: