Archive | April, 2013

Cookie Central by H.Chisholm

29 Apr

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Next time you find yourself in the Brentwood, Westwood, UCLA area make time for one stop. DIDDY RIESE!!!!!!!!! Located on Broxton Ave. is the greatest ice cream sandwich & cookie place in the world! You won’t miss it because there will be a line of fans along the sidewalk. Don’t be fooled, the line moves quick because of the efficiency of the employees! Diddy Riese is cash only, but the prices are unbelievable! A single cookie costs .35 cents while an individualized ice cream sandwich costs $1.75!!!! The second you walk in you can smell the cookies baking! When you order an ice cream sandwich you can pick from all of the different flavors of cookies, and then you get to choose what kind of Dreyer’s ice cream you want sandwiched in between! I kid you not, this is the BEST ice cream sandwich you will ever eat! Diddy Riese is in the college town that serves the UCLA student body so you are sure too see  tons of college aged kids roaming the streets which makes for a fun vibe. Westwood is a great place to get dinner & DESSERT, and spend the evening walking around in a fun environment! Don’t miss out on this sweet treat next time you are in town!!! 

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An All White Affair

29 Apr

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Villa Blanca is the perfect mixture of elegance and class. Set to an all white background of feminine décor, this gorgeous restaurant is absolutely stunning. In addition to the superficial aspects, the food is incredibly delicious as well. I have never had something that was less than out standing! The head chef, Francis Dimitrius, makes the most amazing steak and seafood dishes. Located in Beverly Hills, next to the famous Rodeo Drive, the prices are a bit higher than your typical college cuisine. Though not an everyday restaurant for those on a budget, this is a great place for a special night out! Owned by the Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, very own Lisa Vanderpump, Villa Blanca is a great place to run into your favorites from the show! I myself have run in to her twice, as well as Jiggy, Brandy and Ken. And even if you don’t know the show and just want some delicious food in a beautiful restaurant, this is the place for you! Equipped with live music and undeniably attractive wait staff, Villa Blanca is sure to become your new favorite restaurant! The next time you want to try a new, high-end place Villa Blanca is a definite must.

Diddy’s Delectable Desserts by V.Acosta

28 Apr

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Need a place that you can get delicious desserts for next to nothing? Diddy Riese is a small cash only bakery located right off UCLA’s campus in Westwood. Favored by many students throughout the Los Angeles area, including UCLA, LMU and USC, this is only place that is delicious and unbelievably inexpensive! Open until midnight and only $.35 a cookie, it is the perfect place for a late night snack. Offering a variety of options from ice cream cookie sandwiches to brownies to Hawaiian shaved ice, Diddy Riese has it all! My personal favorite is the classical chocolate chip cookie sandwich with cookie dough ice cream. A little too boring of a dessert for your taste? No need to fret, the multitude of options and combinations of cookies, brownies and ice cream will sure to never disappoint your cravings. Whether you’re in need of a study break or just exploring Westwood, this is the perfect place to go. Every time you go there is a line out the door, but no need to feel discouraged, you’re almost always through within 5-10 minutes! (And trust me, it’s definitely worth the wait) This favorite place is an absolute must try if you’re within the Los Angeles neighborhood.

Walk Along the Stars by H.Chisholm

26 Apr

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When people think of LA they think of Hollywood and being a star! One awesome thing to do when you come to LA, or if you live in LA is to walk along the stars! This is a sidewalk on Hollywood Blvd. that serves as the Hollywood Hall of Fame! Movie stars and others in the industry are awarded a brass star along Hollywood Blvd. when they are inducted into the Hall of Fame. You can take guided tours through Hollywood, or you can choose to roam the streets on your own! You are sure to run into many characters, such as spiderman and batman who you can take pictures with and crack jokes with! Hollywood Blvd. is sure to be an entertaining afternoon to people watch, and maybe even get to see an A-Lister Celebrity!! Another awesome thing to do on Hollywood Blvd. is to visit The Kodak Theater and Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Both Theaters host premiers of movies and award shows reguarly, and you might even catch one going on when you are there! No matter what you will feel like you really are a part of the entertainment industry the second you step onto Hollywood Blvd. Another fun part of Hollywood Blvd. is the nightlife. The hot LA clubs are in Hollywood! You will have a mix of all different types of crowds, and tons of options! You will also get to see the crazies of LA. The people on Hollywood Blvd. come from all around the world, and you are bound to see some extravagant outfits and hairstyles! Get ready for a thrilling experience when you come to Hollywood Blvd., but it is a great experience! 

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The Sky’s the Limit by H. Chisholm

24 Apr

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Have you ever wondered if there is a place in Los Angeles where you can actually see the stars? The Griffith Observatory, located at the base of Mount Hollywood, is dedicated to sharing the complexities of the sky above us. One of the most famous observatories in the world is in our back yard believe it or not.This observatory is also the national leader in public astronomy, and it is owned and run by the City of Los Angeles. Fascinating to both astronomers, and regular college students it is a great experience. The observatory is an extra special place to visit when an eclipse is happening, but every night you will be able to look through telescopes and see the world above. The observatory is open Tuesday-Sunday and admission is always free. There are many different shows and exhibits that you can explore as well. The grounds are beautiful, and a perfect location for a first date. There are also many trails and walking paths around the observatory if you are looking to get away from the city and really explore nature. Next time you are pondering about the sky above plan a trip to the Griffith Observatory, and try and get there next time we have a solar eclipse. The view will leave you speechless, and you might even learn a thing or two about space. Imagine that! 

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Time to get Pampered By V.Acosta

22 Apr

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For all you girls out there, are you sick of having to have your haircut and colors, just to get it styled? Your hair worries are now over. Soon to come to Marina Del Rey is the Drybar, the official blow dry bar of California! Finally you will have a place to get your hair done without the tedious hours of waiting and excess hair damage. For only $35 you can get a variety of styles from pin straight to cover girl curls! Perfect for any occasion, the Drybar is your perfect solution for hair issues! With a multitude of locations throughout the United States, the Drybar is becoming one of the most popular salons and one of my personal favorites! I can’t get enough of the Mai-Tai blowout, a combination of body and beach waves. This casual yet sexy look is one that makes any hairstyle look glossy and gorgeous! Another personal favorite is the Manhattan; this sleek look is perfect for any night out with your girls. For all girls who want to get pampered without breaking the bank, this is definitely the way to go. Whenever you’re looking for a sexy new hairstyle, make sure to try out this new hot spot!

Are You Coachella Ready? By V.Acosta

21 Apr

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The one thing on everyone’s minds this last week is Coachella; therefore I saw it as my duty to let you know the hits and misses of the fashion trends for the music festival! From high-wasted shorts to all things lace and cropped, Coachella’s top 5 fashion trends are

  1. NEON. Anything you can find that’s tight and bright, you will find everyone wearing it at Coachella. These bright accessories give a pop to your outfit and make you summer ready in the blink of an eye!
  2. High-wasted shorts are a hot summer trend that is always a favorite of this music festival! If you don’t own a pair, buy at least one. This is one thing you can’t show up with out, it’s a Coachella staple!
  3. Crochet crop tops are a must, especially paired with a cute pair of denim shorts and many bright accessories! The latest infatuation is that which is cropped, thin and crochet. This is one of my personal favorite trends for Coachella this year!
  4. Bandeaus are a given for any girl who’s ever been to a music festival. For the days you’re feeling over your crop tops, reach for that super adorable almost top. Possibly a little scandalous for your everyday, but at Coachella it’s standard. Paired with high-wasted denim shorts and casual sandals, its makes the perfect Coachella ready outfit!
  5. The last must have trend for Coachella 2013 is a headband. This is the perfect final touch to your Coachella ready outfit! Small and simple but yet can truly make or break your outfit. I can’t get enough and give a huge thumb up to this returning fad!