Nick Verreos’ Oscar Party

Designer and television star Nick Verreos sure knows how to throw an Oscar party.

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With the Academy Awards approaching this weekend, Verreos invited the press to an exclusive Oscar-themed media event, where he premiered his latest NIKOLAKI gown designs.

I was invited to this event two separate times: once for Four Eleven and once for my position at Annex Magazine (you can see my Annex write-up of this event here.) I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty excited to learn that Four Eleven is on somebody’s media list somewhere…

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My front row seat at the runway–omg I’m the media? Woah!

I was equally excited to find my lovely blogger bestie, Mariya Dandonyan of The Gracious Lady blog, at the event. I also met several other bloggers, writers, and stylists throughout the night–all while sipping a glass of champagne. I was definitely in my element and having fun playing the part.

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Me with style ambassadors NORRISxTHRASH

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Chilling with Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock–who also happens to be a FIDM alumna!

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Blogger posse: Me, Mariya, and my new friend Ashley Wiley. Check out Ashley’s style and beauty blog.

Verreos’ models walked down a luxe red carpet as photographers flashed and captured their every move. I really felt like I was covering an actual awards show. Maybe one day I will be :)

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Bloggers, bloggers, bloggers…classic.

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T. Riddle Showroom

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A few weeks ago I posted a picture on Instagram (@fourelevenblog) of me dressing a mannequin. The location of the photo was labeled as the “Cooper Design Space” (a wholesale fashion mart in downtown LA), and a lot of people started asking me  about how and why I was there.

For those of you who don’t already know, I’ve been working in a showroom there since October. It’s pretty hard to believe I haven’t written a post about it yet! So here it is, a day in the life of a showroom intern:

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What exactly is a wholesale showroom?

A wholesale showroom is where buyers for different retailers can come to pick out the different items that they want to sell in their stores. In other words, you shop retail in Nordstrom’s stores, but Nordstrom shops wholesale in our showroom. All designers and brands have showrooms to display their lines. Wholesale prices are usually half of what you’d pay for something in a store, but showrooms are not open to the public. You need a retailer’s license to shop in these showrooms, and usually you can’t buy single pieces (you would need to order 6 of each piece.)

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What are my jobs?

A lot of merchandising. I hang up samples and organize the many racks of clothes in our showroom. I unpack, steam, price, hang, and take pictures of new samples. I also do a lot of paperwork and filing. (Classic intern stuff…)

Do I get free clothes?

No. I wish I was that cool! But I am able to take advantage of special sample sales and deals within the different showrooms in the building. I’ve met a lot of interesting people in the hallways and elevators who have offered me some great deals on clothes! Also, I can put in a “personal” order on anything in the showroom without having to adhere to the “6 piece minimum” rule, so that’s pretty cool. But I think the coolest part of my job is seeing everything before it is available in retail stores. I get to work with lines that wont be released until July 2014! It’s super exciting and like being “in” on a secret :)

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Wanna come check out the wholesale scene?

Many of the showrooms downtown host “sample sales” on the last Friday of every month, which are open to the public. You can get great bargains with no sales tax. Some tips: you will need to pay cash, you won’t get shopping bags–so bring one, and there are no dressing rooms. For more info, check out the sample sale page on the CMC’s website.

A Hot Dog for Breakfast?

I love breakfast food. Ask any of my friends what my favorite food in the world is, and they’ll tell you it’s waffles! (Or sushi, I’ll accept that as a correct answer too..)

Waffles are just so versatile! I like to substitute bread for waffles and make all sorts of sandwich-creations to start my morning with.

Here’s the one I made today–it’s a breakfast-type spin on a hotdog in a bun, and has under 300 calories:

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I start off with Kashi’s 7 grain waffles, Nutella, and an overripe banana (more flavor).

Then I cut the banana in half, and stick the waffle in the toaster. While the waffle is toasting, I eat one of the banana halves (I’m hungry in the mornings!)

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Then I spread a tablespoon of Nutella onto the toasted waffle, while it’s still hot so the spread gets all melty and gooey–and delicious!

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Next, I place the remaining banana half in the center of the waffle. It usually fits perfectly, but it’s obviously ok if it goes over the edges a bit.

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And lastly, I fold the waffle in half around the banana, as shown. It kind of looks like a hotdog in a bun, doesn’t it? And I eat it just like one!

Try it and enjoy!!

Calorie breakdown: 1 waffle – 75…1 tablespoon Nutella – 100…banana (half) – about 52. Total calories: 227