Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Look of the Week: Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon Actress Reese Witherspoon attends the 10th annual Avon Foundation For Women Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 26, 2010 in New York City. 

Reese Witherspoon shined in Jason Wu at the 10th annual Avon Foundation For Women Gala in NYC this week.  The nude and black combo of the dress works perfectly with  Reese's black accessories and shimery jewels and hair.  This is such a flawless look!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Trend Watch: Double Finger Rings

One of our favorite jewelery trends right now are the double finger rings.  You can wear a simple silver band for everyday or a gorgeous shimmery one for a night out. Either way its a trend that is a little unexpected and fun!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dine LA Restaurant Week Oct 2010

It's that time a year again- a blissful time in Los Angeles where we can eat at many of the city's top restaurants for better prices!  Lunches range from 16-28 dollars and Dinners are 26-44 dollars.

Some of our favorite restaurants included in are- Asia de Cuba, Luna Park, Campanile, Katsuya, Ketchup, and Rush Street . Other notables on the list: Jar, Bouchon, The Bazaar by Jose Andres, Nobu, and Susan Feniger's Street.

Check out the Dine LA menus:  Here

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Look of the Week: Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift attended the Roberto Cavalli Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show this week in Milan while promoting her newest album "Speak Now." She looks magnificent decked out in Cavalli from head to toe. Those boots are made for walkin. It's amore!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What to do this weekend: Rocky Horror Anniversary Show

In honor of the 35th year anniversary of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Million Dollar Theater in Downtown Los Angeles will host a special screening of the film with guest Barry Bostwick and an international shadowcast of performers on Saturday, September 25, 2010.
If you are from LA, im sure you have seen (OR
atleast heard of) the troupe that performs at the Nuart Theater in West LA every Saturday night at midnight since December 1987!!  I'm sure this anniversary event will be an even more spectacular version of this rowdy show, full of the typical audience participation, costumes and props.
The screening will take place in one of the most gorgeous theaters in LA, built in 1918 by Sid Grauman. The theater gets it's namesake because it cost 1 million dollars (an astounding price at the time) to build.

Tickets for the special screening event are $20 in advance online at  and $25 the day of show at The Million Dollar Theater.  VIP tickets in the front rows are also available online for $40 ($45 at the door) and include free prop kits.  The film is Rated R (under 17 not admitted without a guardian).  For more information on the venue, please call 213-617-3600 or visit

Sins O’ The Flesh Presents:
A Special 35th Anniversary Screening of Gender-Bending Cult Rock Opera
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
At the Historic Million Dollar Theater in Downtown LA
• Guest Barry Bostwick • Full Pre-Show • Live Shadowcast Performance •
Saturday, September 25, 2010
10 pm Pre-show
11 pm Screening

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Lust vs Must: Clogs

We've been talking and thinking about clog mules since Karl Lagerfeld's Spring 2010 Chanel show.  One of the gorgeous pairs seen on the Chanel runway is definitely on our LUST list.  But for only $100 you can get a look alike pair from Aldo!  Happy shopping!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Look of the Week: Reese Witherspoon

The Culturista's L.O.W. is the casually stylish Reese Witherspoon.  Reese rocks her navy tank and ruffled skirt with a cute fedora, a weaved metallic satchel and a great pair of sandals.  She has the perfect summer look!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bobby Flay's Fish Tacos

One of my favorite summer dishes are Fish Tacos. They are fresh, tasty and an easy to make.  Here is a delicious recipe from Bobby Flay:

Taco Ingredients:

  • 1 pound white flaky fish, such as mahi mahi or orata
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 jalapeno, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 8 flour tortillas


  • Shredded white cabbage
  • Hot sauce
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Thinly sliced green onion
  • Chopped cilantro leaves
  • Pureed tomato Salsa, recipe follows


Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Place fish in a medium size dish. Whisk together the oil, lime juice, ancho, jalapeno, and cilantro and pour over the fish. Let marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove the fish from the marinade place onto a hot grill, flesh side down. Grill the fish for 4 minutes on the first side and then flip for 30 seconds and remove. Let rest for 5 minutes then flake the fish with a fork.

Place the tortillas on the grill and grill for 20 seconds. Divide the fish among the tortillas and garnish with any or all of the garnishes.

Pureed Tomato Salsa:

  • 2 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 small red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 serrano chile
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • salt and pepper
Preheat grill or use side burners of the grill. Heat oil in medium saucepan, add onions and garlic and cook until soft. Add tomatoes, serrano and jalapeno and cook until tomatoes are soft, about 15 to 20 minutes. Puree the mixture with a hand-held immersion blender until smooth and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Add the hot sauce, oregano, cilantro and lime juice and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Look of the Week: Rachel Bilson

The newly single Rachel Bilson frequently tops our Look of the Week charts, and this week is no different.  She steps out in Los Angeles in a fresh and stylish ensemble: wide leg jeans, an off the shoulder striped tee and some dark shades.  We love this look!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Lust of the Week: Philippe Audibert Glove

This gorgeous Swarovski crystal and silver glove is just what we need to feel super edgy on a night out.  Unfortunately it is sold out right now on Net-a-porter (Philippe Audibert Glove) but we are hoping more come in soon!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Whats new in Stores (week of August 9th)

Some new Culturistas favs in stores this week:  Steve Madden boyfriend inspired Oxfords, Diane Von Furstenburg Oversize Sweater, Urban Outfitters Cropped Sweater Tank, Michael Kors Leopard Clutch, Top Shop Chiffon and Sparkled dress and Marni Copper Leaf Earrings.

Designers are sending out there Pre-fall items.  These pieces will all be great as layered items as the weather starts to get cooler.  Lookout for Fall 2010 trends such as: Leopard Print, and Boyfriend inspired items.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New Obsession: Beyonce's 'Why don't you love me'

"Why Don't You Love Me" - Beyoncé from Beyoncé on Vimeo.

Beyonce's new video "Why Don't You Love Me" is right up our Culturistas alley.  The costumes and style of this video are amazing-  We love the vintage vibe and are drooling over every outfit.  Enjoy!!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Trend Watch: Clogs

Clogs have been on the Culturista radar since the Chanel Spring/Summer 2010 show.  Karl Lagerfeld showed country coquettes in a barnyard setting wearing almost exclusively clogs.  And we say it's about time they came back in fashion!  For some reason it just feels right.

Many stylish celebrities have already been spotted rocking the trend, such as Mary Kate Olsen, Rachel Bilson and Alexa Chung

There are tons of stores starting to sell clogs- so whether you choose to buy a designer pair like Marni or a more affordable option like Steve Madden you are sure to look like the fashiona you are!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Look of the Week: Blake Lively

Gossip Girl has been shooting their fourth season in Paris and there is no shortage of unbelievable couture. Blake Lively was seen on the set in a pair of of Suno wideleg pants which are magnifique. She is toting the Fendi Peekaboo Leather Tote and wearing Dries Van Norten booties. Can't wait to season what amazing looks the next season will bring. In the meantime, bravo Blake!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Recipe of the Week: Cold Curried Pea Soup

Cold soup in the summer is like hot chocolate in the winter. It just works. For those of us that are not as into gazpacho, there is a wide world of chilled vegetable alternatives out there. I recently had the pleasure of tasting cold curried pea soup and I was sold!

Cold Curried Green Pea Soup
Makes about 4 1/2 cups

1 cup frozen green peas (baby ones are best)
1 med. onion, diced
1 carrot, sliced thin
1 sm. potato, sliced thin or cubed
1 celery stalk, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. curry powder
1/4-1/2 tsp. salt
12 oz. tasty chicken stock
1 1/2 cup milk

Combine onion, carrot, potato, celery, garlic, curry and salt. Saute in a little olive oil until wilted. Add chicken stock. Simmer 15 minutes. Add green peas. Puree in blender or leave soup as is. Add milk and refrigerate.

Perfect for outdoor dining!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Summer Love at the Frying Pan

There is nothing I love more than summer in New York. The heat is sweltering, hair is frizzy, and everyone wants to dine and drink outdoors. The city feels like a new and exciting playground and several outdoor restaurants and rooftop bars open fling open their doors.

The Frying Pan is by far one of my favorite divey spots. It is a restored lightship that dates back to 1929 and is now docked as hangout haven on the Hudson River. Whether you are in the market for a romantic dinner or casual group gathering, the Frying Pan is the ultimate summer spot. The menu is not extensive but the new-American dishes are bursting with flavor. The Culturistas recommend the citrus glazed salmon served with lentils, preserved lemons, and mixed greens. Just be weary that once you board the boat will rock.

The Frying Pan
Pier 66, New York, NY 10001
at 26th St. and the West Side Highway

Monday, July 12, 2010

Look of the Week: Carrie Underwood

Newleywed singer Carrie Underwood was spotted at LAX July 11st en route to her honeymoon with new hubbie Mike Fischer. Carrie is glowing and is ready for Bora Bora in denim cutoffs, a light jersey cardigan, and ballet flats. She looks effortlessly put together and is showing off some great summer airport style.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Restaurant Profile: The Westside Tavern

The Westside Tavern is found on the bottom floor of the Westside Pavillion.  It's modern take on California Tavern cuisine fits perfectly in its large contemporary space.  California Tavern Cuisine is basically a mash-up of the high and low, i.e. a French Dip sandwich using lamb and a rosemary au jus.  The restaurant takes comfort food to a gourmet level.  And complete with a blackboard on the wall announcing the specials of the day, you feel quite at home at The Westside Tavern.    

The menu consists of delicious soups and salads, flat breads and amazing sandwiches, along with typical fish and meat dishes with a twist.  Everything is fresh and delicious with great flavor.  Enjoy their cocktail specialties and many beers on tap. 

The Westside Tavern does not take reservations- however wait times usually don't take too long considering the size of the restaurant.  Make it a movie night too (The Landmark theaters are upstairs!)

The Westside Tavern
10850 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90064

Monday, June 14, 2010

Look of the Week: Lea Michele

Lea Michele was dazzling on the red carpet once again at the Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall in New York on June 13th. She looked magnificent in an amber Zac Posen strapless gown, Kotur clutch, and Tiffany jewels. She attended the ceremony with fellow GLEE costar and real-life bff Jonathan Groff. Her look was simple yet bold. We loved it!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Net-A-Porter announces Mr. Porter

The great people behind the uber-fashionable online retail store, Net-A-Porter announces the creation of the first global men’s wear on-line retail destination, Mr. Porter.   It will launch Spring/Summer 2011. There will be amazing designers partnering up with Mr. Porter for their launch such as: Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Lanvin, YSL, Rick Owens and more.   I know our fashionable male readers will be so excited about this one!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Malaysian Restaurant Week!

As lovers of ethnic cuisine and cultural escapades, we are thrilled about the upcoming NYC Malaysian Restaurant Week June 14th-20th. A fusion between Thai, Indian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern flavors, Malaysian food is at the tops the charts. With over 30 participating restaurants in the tri-state area, this week long event will surely attract and satisfy. The diverse array of restaurants are also offering a prix fixe meal of $20.10.

Culturista Dish Recommendations:

Curry Mee Soup
Chicken Rendang
Roti Canai
Nasi Goreng

To see what restaurants are involved, please click on the link for
Malaysian Restaurant Week!

While we highly recommend traveling to Malaysia this is a great alternative! Bon Appetit!