Lauren Conrad’s Hanukkah latkes sans McDonald’s nutrition

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No Crisco Needed Here

There’s a lot to do over 8 nights of Hanukkah, there’s prayer, meditation, gifting to family and friends, cooking, and eating lots of food, one food being potato latkes, they’re nutrition is equivalent to a plate of french fries, Lauren Conrad and crew on Monday changed up the latke to be more palatable.

With help from Kelly LeVeque from Be Well By Kelly, Lauren takes an ancient Hanukkah recipe orginally fried in goose fat (for those who had the means to buy goose) or schmaltz (rendered chicken fat), then advancing to vegetable shortening in modern times, and also replaces flour, eggs, onion, and salt with only 3 grain-free ingredients of Japanese Yams, fresh chives, and avocado oil.

Yes, fats are good for you believe it or not (even goose fat), but one also has to worry about too much saturated fat in their diet, avocado oil has more unsaturated fat (9.9 grams monounsaturated, 1.9 grams polyunsaturated) than the 1.5 grams of saturated fat it has, but always proceed cautiously no matter what.

Gratefully, Lauren, Kelly, and crew keep their avocado oil from becoming a nutritional nightmare by using only 2 tablespoons of avocado oil after you’ve peeled your Japanese Yams, and have grated the yams finely so you can place them in the hot avocado oil like you would with pancake batter, you can also mix in or sprinkle chives on top before flipping the latkes.

And to top it all off, place your finished and nutritious potato latkes onto a ceremic plate direct from the female artisans at The Little Market.

Daniel Quintanilla

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Lauren Conrad gifts party throwers we call hostess

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Let Us Entertain You

It’s the beginning of Christmastime, so holiday parties are now getting underway, and hostesses are working day and night to make sure their soirees are the best out there for their guests, Lauren Conrad and crew today has a gift guide allowing you to show your appreciation for all hostesses do to please you.

Lauren starts out with her very own collection over at Kohl’s giving your wine bottle a little love and humor with Lauren’s LC Lauren Conrad Bunny Wine Cover which is so cute and adorable by itself without spirits to lift its courage.

A hostess prepares so many delicious dishes of their own at a party alone, so it’s best they continue that craft with the Sweet Laurel: Recipes for Whole Food, Grain-Free Desserts by Laurel Gallucci and Claire Thomas, wine’s always a good gift to bring but it’s better in The Little Market Purposefull Wine Tote, and towels are good too with the Terrain Garden Blossom Cotton Tea Towel.

There’s always fine cheeses, dry fruits, luncheon meats, and desserts served at holiday parties, go further with the LC Lauren Conrad Celebrate Treat Tray, too much cheese and figs need the Anthropologie Agate Cheese Board, and make your drinks even more fun with the Ban.do Disco Ball Tumbler.

Those hostess with the mostest always deliver day in an day out, so those hostess deserve  a more thoughtful handcrafted gift with The Little Market Touch Of Gold Mug Gift Box, also give your Christmas tree a touch of sparkle with the LC Lauren Conrad “Making Spirits Bright” Champagne Christmas Ornament, and remember the 1980’s for its music with the CB2 80’s Pop Music Game.

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Kristin Cavallari has her own bank account

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Pass The Loot…. My Loot Though

Kristin Cavallari is definitely not a shy girl at heart, or at head, enabling Kristin to be the most independent woman out there in Hollywood, that doesn’t stop when it comes to finances, Kristin established to Us Weekly Thursday she has a separate bank account from husband, Jay Cutler.

Having your own money to play with without going to your husband to ask for a few bucks is the greatest feeling in the world as Kristin sees it, you don’t have to explain what you’re buying, and you avoid an argument.

If Kristin wants to buy a pair of shoes at a moment’s notice, then it’s an important aspect for Kristin to have, because it establishes true independence not only for the individual, but for a woman especially, empowerment is truly an important thing for a woman to have in this world.

Kristin also emphasizes that it’s important for a girlfriend, a wife, or any woman in general to have their own bank account to keep their money stashed away, or a place to deposit their earnings that are separate from the man in their life who’s earnings are his own too.

Kristin Cavallari loves her husband, Jay Cutler, not because Jay can support Kristin, but because of the man that Jay is, a man that Kristin loves from head to toe, which all women should follow with their companion, love their plus and minuses, not be stuck for his money.

Daniel Quintanilla

Lauren Conrad’s holiday party with pastel tablescape

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Let The Xmas Parties Begin

Ah yes, it certainly feels wonderful that along with the holiday shopping season in full swing, holiday parties have a season of their own within the gifting season starting tomorrow up till exactly the week before Christmas, so it’s no better time today for Lauren Conrad to party plan with pastel tablescape.

Lauren recruits resources within her own aegis’s to put what will be a wonderful holiday party gathering, simply relying on her LC Lauren Conrad Collection at Kohl’s, seeking out a unique range of bowls, napkins, wine glasses, and tassel table runners matching up with pastel dishes and neutral linens.

Lauren also sets her sights on prop stylist, Kate Martindale, who helped take all these glorious items, and make them into a beautiful soiree to create the perfect pastel holiday tablescape, starting out with Kate choosing her favorite items from Lauren’s collection.

Kate also made a big trip to the L.A. Flower Market on the morning Kate was planning this to pick up the freshest flowers, picking up red and yellow flowers which include roses of course, and placing them in eclectic and vintage brass ranges to set the tone of the tablescape.

And to top the party off wonderfully, Lauren and Kate not only added ice cream to make the celebration as sweet as can be, but made the ice cream a little more boozier simply by adding a wonderful splash of champagne, which brings out the good time in all of us.

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Lauren Conrad’s gift ideas in The LC.com Edit

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It’s Getting Closer To Christmas

Already a week within the holiday shopping season, and there’s now only 24 shopping days left until Christmas, even though there’s plenty of time, it’ll go faster than the thought itself, Lauren Conrad today has The LC.com Edit focusing on a few gift ideas you may need.

If you’re looking for that special something to kick off the holiday season, something unique so to speak, Lauren starts out the edit with DIY Clothespin People Ornaments via The House That Lars Built, Christmas tree ornaments that speaks volumes about the love you have for your family.

Sneakers can be hard, or soft, for running, cross training, basketball, football, or even walking, but Lauren went and found a sneaker that you can easily slip on with very little effort that are Rothy’s Sneakers in Sand, where the only objective for these sneakers are to be comofortable.

There’s many ways one can dress festive for the holiday season, whether its a blouse, bottoms, or a dress especially, so it’s only natural that Lauren looks to manicures from “Babe” Metallic Mani by Paintbox Nails showing off sparkling rose gold sequin perfectly lined to take up half the nail from top to middle.

More gift ideas include the Yellow Heart Art “Being Kind” Print, LC Lauren Conrad Weekend Fuzzy Hooded Jacket, nice cookware that are Greenpan Nonstick Frying Pan Set, Vogue’s 73 Questions from Lady Gaga, Tiny Sun Earrings by ARANJEWELS, The Little Market Small Leather Tassel Keychain in Rose, and Shoppe Amber Interiors Brushed Gold Aluminum Tray.

Daniel Quintanilla

Lauren Conrad’s gift guide for your best friends

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BFF’s Need Love Too

The gift guides continues to keep pouring in with Lauren Conrad and her crew today as they cultivate another full robust line of gifts this time focusing on those friends you consider the best, it’s also the first time that the gift guides focus stictly on friends instead of just guys and girls.

One of the best things about Lauren just doing one piece a day and devoting more detail to pieces like gift guides are expanding the reach that includes family and friends, so the friends gift guide begins with Mayberry Slippers that are ridiculously fluffy and comfortable after working long hours.

Jewelry is always the best way to let someone know they mean a lot to you, why not with the delicate Purpose Nepali Necklace handcrafted by a human traffiking survivor, get into the holidays with the LC Lauren Conrad Graphic Tunic Sweater, and what’s a better way to keep your face hydrated than with the Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask.

Now if you’re got flower arrangements on your mind, read a good book like “In Full Flower: Inspired Designs by Floral’s New Creatives” by Gamma Ingalls, BFF’s love instant aromas with The Little Market Hey Girl Candle, and jot down your secret plans for 2019 with LC Lauren Conrad’s “Hidden Agenda” 12-Month Weekly Planner.

Lockets are sacred with lots of families, so BFF your pictures with Luna and Stella’s Vintage Lockets, keep your hair in control with Kristin Ess’s Texture Taming Root Control Iron, and look north to keep delicate jewelry in place with the LC Lauren Conrad Northern Bear Trinket Tray.

Daniel Quintanilla

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Announces Resort ‘20 Collections

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Australia’s Fun In The American Winter

IMG today announced the event dates for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) Resort 2020 Collections, to be held at Carriageworks, Sydney, from 12–17 May 2019.

MBFWA will showcase collections from the region’s most prominent fashion designers alongside a curated program of emerging talent. Now in its 24th year, IMG has again engaged the support of the New South Wales (NSW) Government for MBFWA 2019, further solidifying Sydney as a global fashion capital.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said, “Our support for MBFWA showcases Sydney’s iconic locations to the world and ensures Aussie designers continue to have access to a global audience of buyers, press and consumers each year. As Australia’s pinnacle fashion trade event, the week-long schedule of runway shows is an important platform for fashion labels to showcase their collections, generate sales and grow their business.”

From 2017 to 2018, MBFWA saw 35% increase in international media attendance, 5% increase in global buyer attendance, and 13% increase in designer participation – both on the runway and via The Suites, a curated onsite showroom offering designers a new forum to present their collections.

“The event’s continued growth underscores the value of its 2016 repositioning, which established Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia as the world’s first Fashion Week focused exclusively on Resort Collections,” added Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia-Pacific. “We’ve since seen double to triple-digit growth across designer participation, international media and buyer attendance.”

Coupled with the growth of MBFWA’s consumer extension, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekend Edition, to take place on 17–18 May 2019, this anticipated Fashion Week has further solidified its commercial significance in NSW and beyond.

Designers wishing to apply to show at MBFWA as part of the official schedule may apply online:

 

Designer Application Form http://mbfashionweek.com/new-designer-application-form
 

Additionally, St.George NextGen, a program to support and mentor emerging Australian fashion designers, has today opened online applications. Participating designers will be selected by a panel of established industry experts, with winners announced in February 2019. The program will culminate with an official invitation for up to four talented designers to show as part of the NextGen runway show at MBFWA 2019, debuting their collections to a global audience of media and buyers.

Designers selected for St.George NextGen will receive mentoring, industry networking opportunities, exposure to MBFWA’s attending buyers, and invaluable marketing, publicity, digital and social media support to reach a global audience of millions. The program has helped discover and launch the careers of CAMILLA AND MARC, Kate Sylvester, Gorman, sass and bide and Akira at MBFWA since 1996.

Designers wishing to compete in St.George NextGen may complete an online application:

Emerging Designer Competition Application: http://mbfashionweek.com/stgeorge-nextgen

Finally, press and industry registration is now open online. 2019 Registration includes:

·       MBFWA venue access at Carriageworks for duration of the event
·       Inclusion in the official delegate list for invitation considerations
·       Access to official event imagery for editorial usage
·       Free shuttle transfers between offsite and onsite shows
·       Access to Business Centre onsite at Carriageworks
·       Complimentary access to all three Seminar Sessions on Friday 17 May (valued at $160)

An early registration discount is available until 17 February 2019; applicants may register online:

Press and Industry Registration: auregistration.mbfashionweek.com

The digital home for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia will be mbfashionweek.com/Australia, as well as @fashionweekaus, #MBFWA and #MBFWE across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Social platforms will feature exclusive designer content, livestreams, show archives and social activations.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is an IMG event.

Daniel Quintanilla

Lauren Conrad’s gift guide for your family

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Start Here!!!!!!

Lauren Conrad truly gets started with the gift guides today which is the first of many to come throughout the holiday season, but for the first time, Lauren has gifts devoted to the ones who made your existance possible, gifts for the entire family.

What better way to start out a family gift guide is with a Custom Family Portrait – Floral Edition by Celeste Clark that can be personalized every step of the way, a portrait that uses each family member’s birth month flower, creating a whole new meaning mixed in with beautiful artwork.

From the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), it’s the MoMA Design Store Colorful Backgammon Set that’s perfect for family game night, then comes to Fox Bairn Wood Family Tree with a slice of real wood carving out the family, and LC Lauren Conrad Family Jammies that even dad can get in on the fun on.

Pictures are worth a thousand words, and it’s no less than that with the Artifact Uprising Photo Books that’s fun and easy to put together, there’s no better way to brag about your family than with a PoppyJack Shop Custom Family Doormat, and a Homesick Candle that reminds you of the city and state you came from.

Now your family has unique talents that no one else has, show it off with The Little Market The Chef Gift Box for those that love food, True Botanicals Aromatherapy when family gets stressful, and wrap it all up with your very own family portait from a local photographer that’s good, and near you.

Daniel Quintanilla

Kristin Cavallari’s 3 year anniversary of brother passing now feels real

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Grief Has No Definition

Kristin Cavallari in the most sobering way may have come to terms about the death of her brother, Michael Cavallari, today in a very heartfelt post on Kristin’s Instagram as Michael passed on 3 years ago today out in the state of Utah.

Kristin expressed in no uncertain terms how the third anniversary of the death of Michael is by far the hardest, because Kristin now realizes that Michael’s death is now real, real being on the fact that Michael is not coming back, and the shock of Michael’s death is finally gone.

Today, and everyday, Kristin misses her brother Michael, as well as the rest of Kristin’s entire family which Kristin spoke for as well, the only thing Kristin can say to wrap up about her brother’s passing is “Mikey, We Miss You”.

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All in all in the midst of the 3 year anniversary of the death of Kristin’s brother, Michael, Kristin forged ahead out in Los Angeles, California today a day after the opening of the additional temporary home of Uncommon James out in Los Angeles, California over at The Grove.

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Kristin Cavallari temporarily adds Uncommon James at The Grove in LA

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Travel To The Left

Kristin Cavallari delivered huge news on Sunday about Uncommon James, Kristin announced that she and the rest of the Uncommon James crew are setting up shop for the next few months in Los Angeles, California right in the heart of Hollywood at The Grove.

In fact, Uncommon James begins their journey in the city of angels Monday, going as long as throughout the spring, where there’s plenty of drama to unfold behind the scenes, as it’s a perfect time to get ready for season 2 of “Very Cavallari” on E! in 2019.

Uncommon James has been nothing but a huge success for Kristin, where the brand itself first found huge sales in its products alone, followed by the opening of their permanent Nashville, Tennessee store back in April, where it too saw a celebration of their own to complement Uncommon James.

Kristin too saw success outside Uncommon James with the launch of her second book titled “True Roots”, a cookbook devoted to not only healthy eating, but making healthy eating delicious, where the book itself made its way to the top on the New York Times Bestseller List along with “Balancing In Heels” 2 years prior.

And of course, Kristin found new success in her comeback to Reality TV this past summer with “Very Cavallari” on E!, not only achieving decent ratings, but hitting the necessary demographics like 18 to 49 years old, 18 to 34 years old, and 12 to 34 years old, demonstrating the old and new love fans have for Kristin Cavallari.

Daniel Quintanilla