Tag Archives: Los Angeles

California Dreaming

This week, I visited Los Angeles for the very first time.  Staying in sunny Santa Monica which is surprisingly cold this time of year, I took walks along the Pacific coast in the mornings to watch the sunrise over the ocean.  Though New York still feels like home, I can’t get enough of the natural beauty and carefree life that is California.

Flying into LAX

I miss the palm trees already

The sunrise over the Pacific in Santa Monica (it really looks like this every morning)

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How the Other Half Lives: Los Angeles

At the height of the heat wave raking havoc on patio parties and electric bills across the East Coast, it’s time those of us stuck on the scorching island of Manhattan considered other options. Whoever said that it’s not the heat that will kill you, but the humidity, was 1000% correct. I think it’s safe to say that global warming has many a New York-based Aspiring Socialite desperate for a Hamptons house with a pool and/or a bicoastal lifestyle. Though I’ve never been, I hear it’s always 72 degrees and sunny 3000 miles away in La La Land AKA Los Angeles. Weather and real estate is where L.A. socialites have us New Yorkers beat. Though this heat wave is coming to a close and temperatures are predicted to be comfortably in the 80’s, I’m far from letting go of my dream of someday partying high in the Hollywood Hills and shopping on Rodeo Drive.

I love my L.A. counterparts! Photos compliments of the lovely Alexandra DiNovi, Hollywood actress, L.A. socialite, and one of my best Twitter pals who I hope to party with in person soon. Check out her IMDb page.

Young Hollywood Up and Comer: Alexandra DiNovi

While New York is a city of aspiring socialites, Los Angeles is one of aspiring actors.  But, why not have the best of both worlds?  After all, both socialites and actors need headshots.  I have recently become Twitter pals with the incredibly talented, Alexandra DiNovi, a Beverly Hills-based socialite and actress.  Aside from throwing huge over the top parties in Beverly Hills on Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day for hundreds of her nearest and dearest and cruising about town with BFF, Jaimie Hilfiger, Alexandra DiNovi won Best Actress at the 2010 New York International Film Festival for her leading role in Purity, A Dark Film.  She has been known to attend red carpet and private social events in L.A. on a regular basis.

Originally from Hinsdale, Illinois, this red carpet mogul was discovered in a restaurant while she was in high school.  Like many great actresses with a dream, Alexandra made the move to sunny Los Angeles to study Theatre, Communications, and Screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University.  Alexandra DiNovi is a face you are going to want to watch.  I see great things for her and am looking forward to partying it up socialite style with her next time she is in NYC.  As aspiring up in comers, we have a lot in common.  You can also catch Lexi on the radio/TV show she hosts known as Late Nights with Lexi. Many thanks to Lexi for being a fabulous actress, socialite, fashionista, and friend.  Best of luck in all you do.

Jaimie Hilfiger on Old Hollywood Romance

By: Vicky Sullivan (Founder/CEO of Aspiring Socialite) for Cupid’s Pulse

Supermodel Jaimie Hilfiger, niece of famed fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, has been seen around town wearing the latest in fashion which includes old Hollywood styles. During L.A. Fashion Week, she wore a light pink cocktail dress complete with old world-inspired lace and Edwardian beadwork designed by Sue Wong to the designer’s My Fair Lady Champagne Brunch/Fashion Show at The Ceders, the former historic Hollywood home of silent-screen icon Norma Talmadge, which was purchased by Wong in 2004. Hilfiger’s most recent project is being the face of boyfriend Igal Dehan’s jewelry line, Cuffs of Love, worn by celebrities like Kim Kardashian, the Hilton sisters, and Stevie Wonder.

Hilfiger took time to speak exclusively with me about love, dating and celebrity style. For hopeless romantics intent on experiencing the romance and chivalry of old Hollywood, this young model reveals how to glam up your love life simply by bringing back nostalgic designs and genuine class. As a socialite, your love life should be as glamourous as you are:

What do you like best about old Hollywood styles?

Old Hollywood has inspired so many recent styles, with high-collared fitted outfits and of course, hats. Kate Middleton has taken a lot of her style from old Hollywood and My Fair Lady inspirations. There is just so much one-of-a-kind craftsmanship that goes into these fashions.

How do you incorporate the romance of old Hollywood into your everyday life?

My boyfriend, Igal Dehen, is from Paris so it’s always a romance movie in my house. At the height of old Hollywood, men had a lot of manners and courted women with the utmost respect.

Do you feel that wearing these soft, glamorous styles evoke old-school romance?

Yes, you’re absolutely treated differently. When you present yourself with class, you’re treated with class. People also tend to take you more seriously in classically beautiful styles.

How has being from a famous family affected your dating life?

You have to find someone who doesn’t care either way and is there for you. They must be successful in their own right and aren’t looking for a free ride.

Besides a man, what is your favorite accessory?

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

What tips can you give our readers on how to get ready for a date?

The day of the date you should wake up early and go to the gym. Make time to talk to your girlfriends that day. Wear something hot, but not slutty. It is very important that you’re comfortable in what you wear, or you won’t be comfortable on the date. Don’t be exactly on time, because chances are he won’t be. But don’t be any more than 10 minutes late, because otherwise you look like a diva.

How do you dress for a casual vs. formal date?

No matter if the date is casual or formal, you should always be comfortable in what you’re wearing. Always ask what you’re doing first so you know what to wear. Even if you’re wearing heels to a fancy dinner, you should bring along a pair of flats in your purse in the event that you take a walk on the beach after dinner.

What other dating tips and advice can you give us?

Don’t text or be on your phone while on a date. Be polite and ladylike. Always say “please” and “thank you.” Remember that 90 to 95 percent of the time he’s more nervous than you are.

For more on Miss Hilfiger, visit her websiteFacebook page and follow her on Twitter: @JamieHilfiger. Stay tuned for more inside tips from Jaimie on fashion and making an entrance worthy of socialite status exclusively on Aspiring Socialite.