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A Place You’ve Never Been

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We’re taking you to a place you’ve never been before – Mustique. This island, located in the West Indies, was originally used in the 17th century by pirates to hide their ships and treasure and then in the 18th century it became a place where Europeans grew sugar cane. Today, the island is now privately owned and it’s residences and guests include: Princess Margarete, Mick Jagger, Tommy Hilfiger, as well as a vacation spot for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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Hope and Robert celebrated their birthdays together at Tommy Hilfiger’s home called “Palm Villa”, and flew their families out to continue the celebration throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.

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Tommy’s chic villa is SO BOMBETTE! It used to be an old beach cottage but was transformed into a 10 bedroom home with 4 one bedroom guest homes made out of coral stone to withstand beachy weather conditions.  Tommy’s home was inspired by the blue prints of Oliver Messel, a famous English set designer who built a number of important properties, including a home for Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon in the 60’s.  Ranging from palm grove gardens with blue-stone walkways, a pool that meets the sand and a library with all the first edition James Bond books–there was no better place for Hope and Robert’s family to spend Thanksgiving.

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BEAUTY BUZZ: L.A.’S SOCIETY SALON

10646873_848557595184053_5492737304196388818_nLos Angeles is known for it’s chic and exclusive membership clubs and gyms.  I’ve heard of them all, and have probably been to them all at some point in time. What I haven’t heard of is a membership hair salon.  Society Salon is a membership based hair salon where members get unlimited access to top-quality blow-outs, color, highlights, and cuts, based on your membership level.  Think of it as a gym for your hair.  Celebrity stylist Sam DiVine partnered up with operations and customer service guru Ashley DeAzevedo to create this amazing concept.  Located off Melrose Blvd in West Hollywood, the membership starts at $80 for unlimited blowouts… I spend around $40 on just one blow-out!  The salon is beautiful, the products they use are top of the line (Shu Uemura), and the stylists are the best the city has to offer.  If you live in LA and love getting blow-outs, Society Salon is a dream come true.10628425_845425922163887_7658520552217936752_n

Society Salon
8327 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
323.655.4555

www.societysalon.com

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN LONDON

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Mr. Smith and I are spending more and more time in London and discovering places some new some old. This past week we visited two great restaurants I’d love to come back to.

The Chiltern Firehouse is one of London’s hottest hang out spots and happens to make the best cocktails. Some of my must have items are listed below. If you’re in London make sure to stop here.

Menu musts:

Bacon Cornbread with Chipotle Maple Butter and the Chicken Breast chopped small and fried, with maple bourbon sweet potato with duck confit.  I think London makes the best cocktails in the world. Here I LOVE the Life & Soul cocktail. They also make a killer Whisky Sour with Lemon Foam.

 

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Novikov Restaurant was opened by Russian restaurateur Arkady Novikov. It’s asian fusion menu is uncanny!

Menu Musts: Tuna carpaccio with foie gras and hamachi carpaccio with white truffle, and the egg friend rice with chili.

Cocktails: The Dragon mocktail is a fruity and spicy at the same time. Try a Henry The Stranger, made with Classic Gaelic Sour and British Twist Calvados, fresh rosemary, pear purée, cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, its amazing!  And I love the fresh cucumber, sweet red chili, fresh passion fruit and lychee juices!

 

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ATTIRE: POOLSIDE GLAM

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In less than 2 months we will be celebrating with our families and friends from around the globe. We have a BIG LOVE and wanted to celebrate in a very big way. There are plenty of pre-parties being hosted before the wedding to help us celebrate. One of our brunches is hosted at one of the most famous (and most photographed!) pools in the world. For this party in particular the attire is “Poolside Glam.”  We’ve posted plenty of looks that are yacht, South of France and Amalfi Coast approved. So, what does one wear when the dress code is “Poolside Glam?”

Think effortless decadence. The kind of summertime glamour that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a Slim Aaron’s photograph.

Oversized sunglasses, outfits in bold colors, flowing scarfs, wide-brimmed floppy hats, and a perfect clutch or day bag complete the look. Make sure you don’t show up in an actual swimsuit. Always bring a swimsuit (you never know where a good party will end up!) just keep it tucked inside that fabulous handbag.

See you in the South of France,

Hope


BOMBETTE SIGNATURE COCKTAIL

jpegIt’s been a year since Ai Fiori, one of New York City’s finest restaurants (and my personal favorite) created  Bombette’s signature cocktail, The Bombette!  Next time you’re in the city and feeling fabulous, stop in with your girlfriends and get pretty-girl wasted… just kidding, don’t do that last part.. lol. Tell them Hope sent you! CHEERS!

And in case you aren’t in NY but want to know what we taste like you can make a Bombette at home. Here’s Ai Fiori’s creation exclusively for our readers:

BOMBETTE:

  • 1.5 oz Stoli
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • .75 oz pear juice
  • .75 orgeat
  • lemon twist
  • martini glass

 

 

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM

We love spoiling the men in our lives ALMOST as much as we love spoiling ourselves but sometimes shopping for your man can be a bit of a challenge. So we put together this gift guide by asking our men and guy friends what THEY would want to see under the tree this year. We divided it into 4 lists. Under $25, Under $50, Under $100, and Spoiled Mr. Smith.
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CLICK HERE SHOP OUR GIFT GUIDE FOR HER!

SHE’S SO BOMBETTE: CARLA DIBELLO

Screen Shot 2014-11-05 at 1.00.41 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-05 at 1.03.31 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-05 at 12.58.51 PM Screen Shot 2014-11-05 at 12.59.44 PM You know that friend you have who knows how crazy you truly are? The one who doesn’t judge but acts more as an accomplice along the way? She makes me feel more like myself when we are together. That’s Carla. She’s fun, entertaining, a hustler when it comes to business and currently taking over Dubai. We’ve traveled the world together and most recently I had the chance to visit her in her new city. Here she sits with Bombette to share the do’s and don’ts of everything Dubai. B: How long have you lived in Dubai, what brought you there? CD: I first came to Dubai in 2005 while working in Los Angeles for a movie studio in film financing. I was appointed on a project to work with the Dubai government to bring one of our Hollywood movies to be premiered at the opening of the Dubai International Film Festival.  After that trip I knew I wanted to live there one day.  I maintained a good network of friends for those next 8 years and always looked for ways to cross market synergies between Dubai and the U.S. so continued traveling to the region whether it was for filming or making introductions for groups that wanted exposure in Dubai. I’ve now been living here for the last year and I love seeing the growth and different opportunities this region has to offer. B: Who is your favorite designer? CD: I am a big fan of Balmain, Stella McCartney, Antonio Berardi, Victoria Beckham and of course Tom Ford for men. At the moment, for my casual look, I can’t live without my Frame Denim jeans and a Helmut Lang top. B: How would you describe your style? CD: I would say sexy but sophisticated and very monochromatic with very little color. I definitely enjoy getting glam and although I love seeing all the new trends, it doesn’t always cater to my body type, so I try to stay with what is most flattering. My staple items are a good blazer and a high waisted skirt. B: What was the hardest thing to get used to in the middle east? CD: The hardest thing to adapt to was definitely the time difference and keeping up with the other side of the world.  It can prove to be challenging at times when you have calls with the U.S. that take place between 10pm and midnight here.  Another thing I would say that has been difficult in Dubai is there are no physical addresses. Everywhere you go you’re always explaining how to get there, for example, a typical text with directions to someone’s home address could read, “My villa is the 4th right about 2 blocks up once you pass the subway and then enter the first service street to the right, passed the post office but before the next roundabout.” B: Where are your favorite places to shop? CD: My favorite place in Dubai to shop is called Rania’s Corner which is actually a pop-up shop open just once a month. It has the best pieces and is very exclusive! There’s also a shoe palace in Dubai Mall called LEVEL which is heaven.  They carry every designer and any shoe you’ve ever wanted can be found there. B: Are there any places a Bombette should avoid when visiting? CD: Definitely avoid visiting during June – August, the weather can reach to almost 120 degrees with extreme heat and pure humidity. During those times I like to be back in Los Angeles or the South of France. B: What is the must-have fashion item in Dubai? CD: Black Amex and a cool license plate. B: Worst fashion item in Dubai? CD: I would say the term less is more does NOT apply here! B: 5 places a Bombette HAS to go while visiting? CD: 1. Burj Khalifa – The tallest building in the world.  There is a great view from Atmosphere Restaurant. 2. Dubai Safari – Baba Shams is a great tour to take. 3. Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a must see.  Such a beautiful landmark with the best architecture. 4. La Petite Maison aka LPM – My favorite restaurant in the world! 5. If you like a good adrenaline rush then I would definitely recommend SkyDIVE Dubai. B: Most embarrassing moment in Dubai? CD: People in Dubai greet each other in different ways whether just a handshake, or a kiss on the cheek either 2-3 times and you can never really gauge what one will do. I arrived at lunch with a big group and went to say hello to a friend who was wearing the traditional Kandura (all white national dress), I ended up getting make up all over the shoulder of his pure white national dress.  I was beyond mortified. Now lets just say I stick to handshakes ONLY here.

NYC STREET JEWELRY

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I had a couple of my girlfriends visiting me in New York last week and we spent a ton of time shopping (ok, all of our time shopping).  We spent half of our day in Bergdorf Goodman, trying on jewelry and beautiful statement pieces with price points in the 100k range.  But one of my favorite things we ended up doing was spending time in a little costume jewelry shop off of 38th in Midtown.  I found the most beautiful pieces and each of them cost between $15 and $60.  The craftsmanship of costume jewelry obviously doesn’t hold up for a lifetime, so don’t travel with it (I’ve learned my lesson the hard way because it really shortens the lifespan).

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RED WHITE & BLUE


Show off your American style with  these red white and blue pieces. Wether you’re going to a casual pool party or a ravishing soiree we have you covered. I personally like to color block and keep it to solid colors so I don’t look like an American flag threw up on me (but don’t let us stop you if thats your thing).