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Summer and travel definitely go hand in hand. Who wouldn’t want to be sitting on a white sand beach sipping a tropical cocktail right about now? But let’s face it, life gets in the way sometimes and we can’t always have our picture perfect summer vacation.

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Even if the next few months aren’t lined up with exotic getaways and weekend excursions, there’s no reason why you can’t set out for an amazing experience right in your own backyard. I’ve lived in Los Angeles most of my adult life and still find myself discovering new places, hidden gems and must try restaurants that I had no idea existed.

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Recently, I’ve been inspired to celebrate the joys of being a tourist in my own town. Living in Southern California, we’re blessed to have miles and miles of beaches for sunbathing, biking on the boardwalk, playing volleyball with friends, and of course, the Pacific Ocean for a refreshing swim!

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I took a walk down to the Redondo Beach Riviera for sunset over the weekend and realized how picturesque the South Bay truly is. Gaze to the right and see the famous King Harbor Marina. To the left, the rolling hills of Palos Verdes, a view that one could easily mistake for the French Riviera. Strolling along the sandy beach brought me back to summers on the Mayan Riviera in the Yucatan Peninsula. When I closed my eyes, I was instantly transported.               

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The next afternoon, I found myself at the Riviera Village Famer’s Market. Mingling with local artisans and purveyors of unique fruits and vegetables gave me a new appreciation for So Cal.

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Chioggia beets, kumquats, rum cake, soy candles and organic coffee were just a few of the goodies I picked up along the way.

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After picking up flowers and some fresh mint, it was time for a cocktail. And what better locale to enjoy a drink than a rooftop with an ocean view?

KaraBirkenstock_HerringboneColdShoulderDress (1)I can’t wait to venture out for more exploring this summer and beyond! There’s still so much to see, learn and taste in Los Angeles. Luckily, with the sand in my toes and the salty breeze in my hair, the world is my oyster. Hmm, oysters….where should I go to try the best mollusks? Let me know in the comments!

*Thank you LONG TALL SALLY for providing the stylish inspiration for Summer in the City!*

Featured LTS Looks: Brights Print Strapless Midi Dress $95, Etched Herringbone Cold Shoulder Dress $109

Photographer: Rick Alderman

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Live Your Dreams on the Flying Trapeze

Sex and the City fans will surely know the episode when Carrie attempts the flying trapeze. Ever since I saw Carrie struggle with doing a catch, I’d always been inspired to step outside my comfort zone and try the trapeze one day. This past July, my dream of flying through the air with the greatest of ease became a reality.

“I could never! I have the most terrible fear of heights!” – Charlotte

“Well, I do not…you’ve seen my shoes.” – Carrie

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I’ve never been scared of heights. I enjoy roller coasters and I love an incredible view atop the highest skyscrapers. And not unlike Carrie Bradshaw, I live for my high heels. So I’m not quite sure what came over me when it was my turn to jump off the platform at TSNY Los Angeles.

The Trapeze School New York made its debut in the Big Apple in the summer of 2002. Shortly after, HBO featured the school in the popular Sex and the City episode “The Catch,” and the thrill-seeking phenomenon was born. It was only natural that the trend would hit the west coast, with TSNY Los Angeles opening an oceanfront facility on the Santa Monica Pier in 2008. With the beautiful Pacific Ocean on one side and the lively amusements of the pier all around, this is truly the perfect location.

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After a brief 15-minute training session on land, it was time for my first flight. All around me were kids and teens looking cool as cucumbers as they awaited their turn. I knew I had to hold it together, but deep inside my heart was racing. Although I did gymnastics as a kid, I was terrified of getting up on the rig and jumping off. The sounds of kids screaming on nearby rollercoasters rang in my ear, only making me more nervous. My heart was pounding out of my chest as I climbed the metal ladder. My hands started to sweat while my breath quickened. When I reached the top and looked at the world below, I knew there was no turning back. With the guidance of a TSNY instructor, I put both hands on the heavy trapeze bar. In between long, deep breaths to calm my nerves, I anxiously listened to the instructor as she held on to my harness. My body was positioned with my weight forward to grasp the bar and my toes over the edge of the platform. All I could think was if she let go of the harness, I’d fall. I was told to listen to her exact cues. When she says “Ready,” I’m to bend my knees, and when she says “Hep,” I’m supposed to jump forward with my two feet together and swing through the air.

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With the word “Ready” echoing in my ear, my mind suddenly went blank. When she said “Hep,” I completely froze. I shook my head apprehensively while the instructor said, “Why don’t we try that again. Take a deep breath, you’re going to do great.”

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Before I know it, I’m holding on to the bar with all might and flying through the air faster than I’d imagined. When I reach the end of my first swing, I feel the sensation of free falling as I fly back towards the platform. I unconsciously let out a huge scream, as I lift my legs through the bar to perform a knee hang. Success. Now I’m to let go of my hands and extend my arms to simulate a catch. Success, again. Everyone around me cheers as I release from the bar and fall to the net below. My body is already sore and I’m out of breath…but I’m addicted. I want to fly again and again, and perfect my form with every swing.

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After several practice flights that day, we end the class by attempting to do a catch. Only a few of us have received high enough praise from the instructors to try this release move; as I’m one of the four, I already feel a sense of accomplishment. But the challenge was before me, and I was more determined than ever to perfect this move.

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As I climbed the ladder for my final flight, I realized that all my fears from the start of class had disappeared. Once I learned to let go, I had the most fun that I’ve had in a long time. As it turns out, flying on the trapeze was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. Not only did I conquer my fears, but I lived one of my greatest dreams, and I had a hell of a time doing it!

Do you think I was able to complete the catch? Watch this video to find out!

“When you’re young, your whole life is about the pursuit of fun. Then, you grow up and learn to be cautious. You could break a bone or a heart. You look before you leap and sometimes you don’t leap at all because there’s not always someone there to catch you. And in life, there’s no safety net. When did it stop being fun and start being scary?” – Carrie Bradshaw

**Thanks to Blake Brody In-Studio Footwear for the best shoes for the flying trapeze! Not only are these adorable and comfortable flats great for barre and pilates, but they were perfect for my circus adventure with TSNY Los Angeles.  They provided incredible support and protected my feet from the safety net!

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DSW Treats Friends & Celebs to Exclusive Sneak Peak at Fall Footwear

Designer Shoe Warehouse offered an exclusive sneak peak of the Fall 2013 collection last Thursday at Sony Studios in Culver City, CA.  The event took place on the actual sets of DSW’s upcoming Fall commercials, including a glamorous shoe closet that any women would die to have! 

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Guests were like kids in a shoe candy store, sampling the hottest heels and boots from the new line set to hit stores in August.  Expect to see a lot of sophisticated pumps and heels this Fall, as well as boots with more minimal hardware than in seasons past.

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The budget friendly retailer also revealed some of the latest selections from their Luxe810 line, a collection of shoes from renowned fashion brands and labels but at a fraction of the cost.  Prada and Gucci for 60% off? Yes, please!

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Actresses Marcia Cross (“Desperate Housewives”) and Claire Holt (“The Vampire Diaries”) were among the celebs that joined the fashionable festivities.

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To top it off, guests indulged on tasty cupcakes from Sprinkles, mini-massages provided by Spa on Location, custom nail design by Kleur and a hair blowout by Drybar

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Stay tuned for my Fall Shoe Preview, featuring the latest from DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, coming soon!

(Photo credits: Scott Nathan/DSW)

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A Day On Set:  Access Hollywood

The Access Hollywood segments that I shot for DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse aired over the last two weeks…and I just had to thank everyone for watching and for all your sweet comments!  It’s always a blast working with the adorable and fun loving Kit Hoover, and of course, sharing all the latest trends at amazing prices from my friends at DSW Shoes!

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In the first segment, we dished about the hottest spring shoe trends.  It’s all about Modern Romance, with shoes and accessories with lots of flirty and feminine details.  Floral prints of all sizes are a must have, while dainty bows and ruffles add a sweet touch to more simple styles.  Pastels are also a refreshing way to kick off the spring season!

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The second segment was my personal favorite!  With the summer travel months ahead, there’s nothing like adding a little Global Inspiration to your wardrobe!  With bold colors, graphic prints, and lots of beading and embellishments, you can feel like you’ve travelled the world just by putting on a fabulous pair of shoes!  Wedges and sandals are perfect for summertime, both being versatile and stylish!

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Click here to watch the video segments from Access Hollywood!

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A Day On Set:  Access Hollywood & DSW Shoot

I had the pleasure of working with the lovely Kit Hoover from Access Hollywood yesterday!  We gabbed about Fall shoe trends from my favorite place, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse!

Kit and I had a blast talking about all the must have boots and pumps – from western booties to ladylike heels, DSW is your go-to spot for all your Fall footwear needs!  Check out Access Hollywood next Thursday, October 4th at 7:30pm to see the segment.  Happy Shoe Shopping!

Click here to see the video from Access Hollywood!

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A Day On Set:  American Idol Live! Tour Press Junket

I had so much fun attending the American Idol Live! press junket last week in Los Angeles, to interview Season 11’s Top 10 for Positively Celebrity

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I was lucky to have one on one time with everyone from runner-up Jessica Sanchez (so proud of my fellow Filipina!) to the soulful sweetheart, Joshua Ledet!  The big winner, Phillip Phillips, didn’t speak to any outlets individually, but we were still able to ask him questions as a group.  Click here to read my post with all the Q & A from the contestants.   

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It was an early morning, but the Idols arrived full of energy and ready to chat.  Here are some candid snapshots from the day. 

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They even gave us a sneak peak of one of their group performances for their upcoming 45 city tour. 

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Here’s a link to my exclusive video of the gang singing One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”!

The American Idol Live! Tour kicks off in Detroit, Michigan on July 6th, and they’re even headed to the Philippines!  The Idols are also giving back as $1 from every ticket sold is being donated to The Heart Foundation!  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit AmericanIdol.com and Ticketmaster.com.

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