Fragola Showroom: Upscale clothing … discount prices

So, a couple of weeks ago the ladies of FourPlayGo (@mrsoaround the world @lolastravels and @jetsetextra) and I did a whole glam makeover and photo shoot with some of my favorite West Hollywood Glam Makers.  Maleeza of Fragola Showroom supplied venue, clothes, shoes and campagne;  Charles Hopkins did the photography; Cat did the syling; and Lyric did hair & makeup.  Celebrity jeweler David outfitted us in jewels.  Photos from that shoot are coming … and here are some from the entire trip.

I really wanted them to feel MY West Hollywood … i.e. Vanity Girl For the Day!

If you want in on the action, Maleeza is having an IN-SANE sale this weekend.  Designer names … low low prices.  Tell her VanityGirl sent you and Happy Shopping!  Make sure to Instagram me if you pick anything up @VanityGirlHollywood.



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i spy eye candy! – Los Angeles | where in the world is lola?

i spy eye candy! – Los Angeles | where in the world is lola?.

One of my favorite things to do EVER is travel and blog/host about it. Soooo fun.  This weekend, I will be doing a full-on staycation with the ladies of @FourPlayGo, a collective of Travel Content Creators.  I am going to be showing them MY LA, especially in around WeHo (natch) and beyond.

Here’s the first of the our posts as Ms. Lola lands in LA.  Make sure to follow us on Twitter to keep up with the festivities. I’ve never used that word before, but it seemed appropriate.



Heaven by the sea … Terranea Resort

Winner Announcement: Terranea Resort Names Influencer Finalists for Weekend Getaway | Terranea Resort.

I just wanted to wish my jetset bestie, MaryAnne Been, a quick congrats for being selected by this prestigous resort as a Travel Influencer.  If you have ever seen this resort (I’ve only ever had dinner there) … it is GORGEOUS.  Dramatic cliffside views make for a VERY romantic dinner.

As a publisher, content creator and producer, MB is really committed to creating high quality pieces that make readers and viewers feel like they are on the trip too.  I feel very lucky to work with her and my whole Jetset Family as their Hollywood Insider and one of their video hosts.


How to cook Thai food

Mandarin Oriental Thai Cooking School with Chef Narain – Jetset Extra.

Check out the video and yummy recipes from our trip to Thailand.  Mary Anne, with her culinary school background was a natural.  I might have struggled a little bit, but I still had a lot of fun making (and tasting) these traditional Thai recipes.



Chef Narian, Mary Anne and I sit down to taste the fruits of our labor at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok's Oriental Thai Cooking School

My first trip to the Dominican Republic …

Sustainable Tourism in the Dominican Republic

Click on the link above to check out my first post about my recent trip to the Dominican Republic.  Stay tuned for video to come as well …


Via Angie:  The Dominican in 6 words

Via Patrick:  Motorboating the Mountain “Boobs” 

What about you?  Have you been to the DR or another Caribbean Island?  Please leave a comment and or link to your article below …

Perfect Dominican Beaches

Medical Tourism in Thailand

Throwback Thursday:  Travel Edition

Here is a video I hosted and helped produce with my JetsetExtra family while we were in Thailand last year.  We met Kiana over lunch on our second day, and I was so surprised by the amount of medical tourists that choose Thailand so we were able to get in a piece about it!

Your Worldwide Vanity Hunter,

Maxine @VanityGirl 

P.S.  What about you?  Would you consider going to another country to get medical work done?  Why or why not? 

A French Girl’s Guide to Cannes 2013

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Festival de Cannes – From 15th to 26th May 2013.

I admit it.  I am a Francophile.  So when I met this ADORABLE French Expat name Julie while guest lecturing at UCLA, and she expressed an interest in guest blogging for us… hello, how could I say Non?  

Here’s her inside scoop on all things Cannes!  I am posting a little late … so please bear with me.  She did get it to me on time, but I am late.  

Enjoy and please say  Bon Jour to Julie! 

Bisous, Maxine 

Get ready for Fashion Week in Cannes !


From 15th to 26th May 2013 

Film aficionados, Fashion lovers, the 2013 Cannes Film Festival is already in full swing! There is already a great vibe around the whole of the French Riviera. This year will be no different! Cannes will welcome some of the world’s most successful actors and actresses, the most gorgeous designer’s dresses on the red carpet and the craziest parties to open the summer; it’s going to be AMAZING!

To tell you a little about myself, I’m Julie from France! I worked for BMW-MINI and Range Rover as a Marketing Manager for two years in Nice (South of France) .I’ve been in LA for more than a year now, I love that city and enjoy every single day!

I’m currently studying for the General Business Studies Certificate at UCLA. One of the courses I’m taking is Social Media Marketing, and we had a really special guest few weeks ago, the belle and brilliant Maxine Tatlonghari!

How crazy it is, I’m now sharing girly-fashion-news on her blog! I can’t believe it.

But let me go back to the festival, as a French girl expat in LA , I’m not going to be there this year, but here are some tips (Blogs, Gossip, Breaking News, Back stages…) to follow it and don’t miss anything !

A vos agendas: screenings guide


A “Mise en bouche”

The Cannes Film Festival has chosen to display its 66th edition a couple who perfectly embodies the spirit of the movie: Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman pictured on the set of the well named A New Kind of Love, Melville Shavelson (1963).

 Steven Spielberg will be this year the head of the jury for the main competition.

Audrey Tautou (A French actress, she played in Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain) is going to host the opening ceremony.

This is looking to be a pretty big festival this year with Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”opening the festival (starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan and the musical score by Jay-Z that also features a song by Beyonce, all of whom are expected to walk the famous red carpeted stairs).


Breaking news

A documentary retracing Amy Winehouse’s life will be presented at the Cannes Festival 2013. According to Télé Loisirs (French Magazine), British director Asif Kapadia will present a documentary about the life of singer trash Film Market from 15 to 24 May at Cannes. Produced by James Gay-Rees, this documentary will be shown on La Croisette to the delight of fans of the singer disappeared on 23 July 2011 at the age of 27. In this documentary, Asif Kapadia talks about the darker side of the story of Amy Winehouse. After watching the film, the Daily Mirror reports that the singer’s parents, Mitch and Janice, gave permission to the director, as the documentary about their daughter is devoid of “sensationalism”.


Ready for parties!


It has been said that 80 percent of the world’s wealth is in Cannes during the 11 days of the festival. Judging by the number of yachts in the Cannes harbor and marina, and the overwhelming number of Rolls’, Bentley’s, Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s and any other fine automobile you can name, I would venture to say it’s not far from the truth.  It’s fairly easy to get rundown by a Rolls’ or Bentley. Trying to board one of the yachts is not so easy and getting invited to a party aboard one of them is even harder.

Cannes festival is famous for many things, but the parties should be at the top of your list. Two types of parties are held during the festival – post screening parties and early cocktail receptions in the evening. The latter is held during sunset, and the venue is usually at a beachfront pavilion. The post-screening parties are held in many places, so make sure you do your research.

Take note that there are no official parties for the attendees of the festival. Most of the parties are, therefore, private affairs with specific guest lists. If you want to be invited, then the first thing to go is to keep your ears open for all news and try to secure an invite before the festival begins. Make sure you visit Vesper White Parties for your chance to get into best parties in Cannes this year.

 Clubs, Lounges, Pool Parties:

Fashion TV will be there.  Here’s where you can get your tickets:

The Famous:




This blog present the entire clubs programs coming for the Festival in few days and the official website of the Festival here:


be ready to watch the red carpet on live:

How far will you go to avoid the sun?

Face-kini, Chinese Face Masks To Beach To Avoid Sun Exposure – Anti-Aging – Face – DailyBeauty – The Beauty Authority – NewBeauty.

I have a pesky sunspot that reminds me I have spent way too many days laying out the beach with inadequate sunblock (baby oil anyone?)  Which is why I used IS SkinCare’s 50 block while I was in the Dominican Republic (which PS we are giving away in this contest:

Anyway, New Beauty posted this article about the Face-kini, a FULL physical block for your face.  When I spent time in Japan, Philippines and Thailand, I did notice that there were shelves and shelves of lightening creams whereas here in Hollywood, the shelves are full of self-tanners, body bronzers and my obsession, leg makeup in a can.

I really do love how each country and even cities, define beauty differently which once again proves, beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and COLOR, so here’s to rocking our unique beauty with pride!

Cheers to all you Real Vanity Girls who do just that, all day … everyday.


Maxine @VanityGirl

PS – What do you think?  Bronze or Pale?  And what do you do to achieve that?  Tell me, tell me!   Comment below … 

Barcelona, Catalonia: One Girl’s Inside Scoop

Barcelona, Catalonia: A City Full of History and Attractions.

I met fellow Insider Kristyn Potter during our Thursday #JSETT Tweet Up (10:30 a.m. PST) and I love her cheeky, Eurocentric point of view.  We often chat about our mutual love of Paris.  Here is her music filled jaunt to Spain and it features a nice, wallet friendly choice of hostels too.

More Later!

xoxo @VanityGirl