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GIL’S LITTLE BISTRO- DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

I briefly mentioned this gem in my Croatia article on the blog awhile back, but wanted to revisit Gil’s Little Bistro because it is worthy of a full post. I have visited Dubrovnik five times, and spent a lot of time at Gil’s Little Bistro which is located in the heart of the Old Town. It truly is a gem. Old Town is the main attraction in Dubrovnik with charming cobblestone alleys off the Stradun, the main street. Walking through the town makes you feel like you are walking through a Medieval Times movie set- and it’s the actual set of Kings Landing from Game Of Thrones. During the summer season, it is crowded with tourists from around the world. With an over saturation of “touristy” restaurants and gelato shops in the Old Town, every restaurant isn’t any different from the next. That is why I think Gil’s is so special and unique among the rest. Gil’s is set in a charming little alley off of Stradun. I’ve spent time in the kitchen at Gil’s …

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TEL AVIV FASHION WEEK

I just came back from spending a few weeks in Israel. I went for Tel Aviv Fashion Week, hosted by the Israel Board of Tourism and it was such an incredible experience. I grew up visiting my family in Israel, so I had been many times before but this was my first fashion week experience there! Israel has such amazing fashion designers and I was very proud to support and be a part of the most important fashion movement of the year there. I even got to see one of my favorite wedding dress designers live, Galia Lahav! I had a few other blogger friends on the trip with me and we were such a fun group. Below is a snippet of some fashion week fun, and stay tuned for my full Israel VLOG, where I went all over Israel… coming soon. I’m so excited about it! Peep fashion week video + a few pics below. Video directed by Solmaz Saberi FEW RUNWAY LOOKS        

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JOSHUA TREE

I just came back from a road trip to Joshua Tree for my first time with all my best girl friends. We rented a house and stayed for 2 nights and just had some great girl bond time together. We spent a few hours at Joshua Tree National Park but it was raining and really cold so we didn’t spend too much time there. It’s so beautiful and I definitely want to visit again in the summer time! It was around a 3 hour drive from Los Angeles. My road trip fit! Wearing Candies available at Kohl’s. Shop my look now here! Also you can shop more looks on Candies Instagram here

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SANTORINI, GREECE

I love summers in Europe. After I went to Italy this summer I went to Greece for a few days and visited Santorini and Mykonos. I had been to both places before in 2010, but wanted to go back again because I loved it. This time around was a different experience, but was still amazing in its own way. I flew from Naples, Italy straight to Santorini. I stayed in Fira for two nights and in between Fira and Oia for the other two nights. If I went back again, I would have stayed in Oia instead of Fira. Fira is great to go out for a night or visit for a day but the best place to stay in Santorini is Oia in my opinion. Oia is picture perfect- everywhere you look is like a postcard. There are charming shops, restaurants and boutique hotels on the cliffside and the views are incredible. Make sure to venture down the steps to the sea and have dinner by the water. There is a killer lobster pasta at …

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Whenever I go on a long trip, I usually start off in New York to break up the flight time. I spend a few days there, get a few meetings and work in, visit my sister who lives there, and then head somewhere from the East Coast. This was the trip before I headed to Italy, Greece and Croatia in August. I stayed at The Time Hotel in Manhattan for a few days, and headed to Italy from there. I ate at a really bomb place in Brooklyn called Emily which is known for their burger and pizzas. I will do a separate blog post on it 🙂 I also visited Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center for an amazing view of Manhattan. ($32 general admission to go to the top) I am going on another long trip in a few weeks to Europe, and will  be back in NYC again- I love it there. Below are a few pictures from my trip in August. HANGING WITH MY SISTER HANGING OUT AT THE TIME …

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ANOTHER SUMMER IN ITALY

Italy is one of my favorite countries in the world. It has sentimental value to me because that is the first place I went after I quit my job at E! for 5 years, to take the risk of starting my own brand and build an empire. I bought a one-way ticket to Naples and never looked back. This was last summer, and since then its been a year with lots of traveling, grinding and no sleep. It’s been challenging but I wouldn’t have traded it for the world. I had ups and downs and times where I felt extremely discouraged but knew I had to keep going. It’s been a monumental year with my growth as a brand, and although I haven’t reached my full potential or anywhere near where I want to be yet, I know I made the right decision and am headed in the right direction. I hope people will soon see my overall mission, and respect my movement. I recently came out with my own swim line and it has been doing …

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TOAST BAKERY CAFE, LOS ANGELES

TOAST is a a very popular breakfast/brunch/lunch located in the heart of Los Angeles on Third Street. Always buzzing with people with a crowd waiting outside to be seated, Toast is very “LA”, and what I mean by that is it’s very “sceney”- lots of celebrities eat here and wanna-be “actors” and people in entertainment. Right across the street from the famous “Joan’s on 3rd”, where you can sight celebrities there all the time, Toast has a very LA “hollywood” vibe as well, and if you live in LA you know what I mean. But anyway, I love Toast. They have a great breakfast and lunch menu. The food is super yummy. I went to lunch with my E! work buddies, and we all sat outside under an umbrella on a beautiful LA sunny day. The menu is big with lots of options, and I couldn’t decide between breakfast or lunch (they have great pancakes, french toast, waffles, breakfast burritos and omelets), but we all decided to order off the lunch menu. HOT CHOCOLATE- So yummy and …