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Diamond Valley Lake Super Bloom

Biggest Super Bloom in Over a Decade Expected at Diamond Valley Lake Wildflower Trail Opens March 2

On the heels of record rains, officials at Diamond Valley Lake anticipate the biggest super bloom in over a decade in the coming weeks. The most jaw-dropping views will be from the Wildflower Trail, which opens March 2 and is accessible from the Diamond Valley Lake Marina.

“This is the payoff from all that rain,” said Kelly Lam, director of marketing for Basecamp Hospitality, which operates concessions at Diamond Valley Marina, Lake Hemet and 20+ parks across the western U.S. “We’re already starting to see flowers, and by mid to late March we anticipate this super boom to be way better than it has been in over 10 years. The lake is higher than I’ve ever seen it, too, and the fish are thriving, so it’s a great time to plan a trip out here.”

The seasonal Wildflower Trail, located in the Southwestern Riverside County Multi-Species Reserve protected area, and open Wednesdays through Sundays, will soon burst with color, from red Indian Paintbrush flowers and yellow Tidy Tips sunflowers to deep pink Red Maids, orange California poppies, blue arroyo lupines, purple Canterbury bells and white Forget-Me-Nots. The flowers should last through April along the hillsides of the lake trail, a 1.3-mile loop that is considered easy to moderate.

Basecamp recently made improvements to the lake for visitors to enjoy, including new, permanent marina restrooms and may soon include longer hours for approved activities in early mornings and evenings. Entry fees into the marina are $10 per car, and trail access costs $3 per person—and includes a map of the wildflowers and wildflower guide. You can also view the flowers by renting one of the bass or pontoon boats, for fishing or relaxing, at the marina. Get started at the Diamond Valley Lake Visitor Center, home to the bones of Max, the largest and most complete adult mastodon to be uncovered in the western United States. So many mastodons were found here that the area is known as “the valley of the mastodons.”

The visitor center is open weekends from 10 am to 4 pm and also features information on what it took to build three dams the size of those at Diamond Valley Lake, including videos and photos of the astoundingly large equipment used on the project.

Jamie Chung

*Photo credit: Michael Simon

Between the hustle and bustle of NYFW shows, actress Jamie Chung channeled her inner “stoop kid” with a much-needed coffee break…and of course looked good doing it! The What the Chung founder checked her text messages in blush Chooka’s Vivien Velvet Chelsea Boot, which she stylishly paired with a floral sundress.


WHO: Jamie Chung, star of Fox’s The Gifted and fashion blogger

WHAT: Wearing the Vivien Velvet Chelsea (blush) $50.00 – available at www.shopchooka.com

These sleek, slim, velvet Chelsea boots feature elastic gore sides and a pull tab to slip in-and-out of. The waterproof velvet (you read that right!) handles the rain, so they’re suitable for wearing all day, whether with skinny jeans or a dress, while walking or hopping on a CitiBike, just like Jamie!

SONNENALP HOTEL × ROMANTIC WEDDINGS

Romantic Mountain Weddings at the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail

The Sonnenalp Hotel is a premier wedding destination in Colorado and their professional event team is committed to providing customized elegant celebrations.  Ludwig’s event venue boasts floor to ceiling windows offering stunning views and can accommodate up to 150 guests in its 1100 sq ft. space.  The Sonnenalp Hotel offers a gorgeous blend of European charm and stunning resort luxury with three restaurants, a full service spa and solarium and oversized hotel rooms. Nestled in the heart of Vail Village across from the Vail Chapel, the impressive property is an ideal place to tie the knot.

Five reasons to plan your wedding at The Sonnenalp:

A Sonnenalp Wedding Weekend Experience

The staff at the family owned Sonnenalp Hotel is prepared to treat you and your guests with the warmest European hospitality. The award-winning team provides a full menu of amenities and services to ensure guests’ expectations are exceeded. From assisting with the menu creation to booking group rates and planning group activities, they will provide everything you need for an unforgettable wedding. Your guests are encouraged to join you for an extended stay before or after the wedding. From unique, oversized rooms to a spa and yoga experience to golf with the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop-your wedding weekend can be exactly what you imagine it to be.

Perks for the Bride and Groom

As a token of congratulations, The Sonnenalp offers a complimentary night for the bride and groom to celebrate and enjoy the hotel’s amenities.

Winter Weddings

The Sonnenalp Hotel is a magical location for a winter wedding as the entire hotel will already be adorned for you. The Terrace at Ludwig’s is used for winter ceremonies and looks like a snowglobe. The entire space is instantly enhanced by the property’s seasonal decor including greenery, twinkling lights, and holiday accessories. Live music is played during cocktail hour in the King’s Club all winter long.

Summer Weddings

Warm summer nights are the perfect excuse to get some fresh air and take the party outside. This is easy with The Terrace at Ludwig’s, which has a retractable ceiling and walls. Your cocktail hour will be lit by the early evening Colorado sunshine and the creekside lawn is perfect for photos. Guests can dance the night away under the starlit skies.  Known for their summer florals, there is no need to bring your own outdoor decor as the entire hotel will be covered inside and out with vibrant window boxes and potted plants.

Getting Ready for the Big Day

The Sonnenalp will make sure you are well prepared for your walk down the aisle. Spend time with your bridal party getting your hair and makeup done while you enjoy an assortment of snacks catered to your suite. Tea sandwiches, fruit and cheese displays, petit fours, fresh squeezed juice and champagne can be made available for your group. Your on-site wedding planner will ensure you have everything you need to enjoy this time with your family and friends.

About The Sonnenalp Hotel:

The Sonnenalp Hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) and Virtuoso. The property offers a number of accommodation options, all designed to ensure the ultimate in comfort, leisure and luxury in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. During the winter months, The Sonnenalp Hotel proudly offers guests an enhanced ski experience through an exclusive Sonnenalp Ski Concierge. In the summer, Vail is the place for hiking tours, horseback rides, stand up paddle boarding, biking and golf. Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel’s three on-site restaurants or after-dinner entertainment at the Sonnenalp King’s Club. When it’s finally time for some R&R, The Sonnenalp Spa is an exquisite resource to rejuvenate body and mind with an extensive treatment menu, complete with a grand fireplace, steam room, Tranquility Pool, and oxygen bar. The Sonnenalp is also proud to offer a recreation program for kids with exclusive activities arranged weekly.

To plan your wedding at The Sonnenalp please contact:

Amy Lilyquist

Event Sales Manager

alilyquist@sonnenalp.com |  970-479-5417

Mermaid Life’s New Scents

Looking for something to ease the stress in life’s daily outcomes?

Allow yourself to breathe and melt away into a state of peace and relaxation with Mermaid Life’s Scented Candle.

So, light up your bathroom with their new scented candles as you soak in suds, or, just let yourself rest in a room to release away the day’s frustration and craziness.

The amazing grotto collection come in three different scents: the Pink-Mermaid time candle that gives a floral scent, Auqua-Aquatini that is more on the coconut/fruity vibe, and Brown-Driftwood for those who enjoy a more earthy/ginger smell.

Want to hear something even more amazing? All the candles are reusable!

Check out the candles here as they are $22 each to amp up the scent of your home today!

Quintessential Linen Jumpsuits

Linen has always been a popular material when it is bout sarees, but the current western trend presents women with the best Linen jumpsuits of all times. Linen jumpsuits are a phenomenal sensation among women now that has almost become the regular attire for many. The levels of comfort you get in these outfits are incomparable, and only those can relate who have tried it! In fact, these pieces have made its place in the wardrobes of elderly women as well. They come in different sizes, designs, colors and cuts and leave no one behind when it comes to suitability. Young mothers are really fond of linen jumpsuits as they find these extremely easy to carry and yet pace along with the new-age trends. Speaking of which, check out some of the coolest linen jumpsuit trends that are literally ruling the fashion world right now.

The loose and casual style jumpsuits
Dressing casually is a fashion statement itself in today’s time that is mostly opted by the millennial nowadays. It is all about setting the trend rather than simply following it. The casually styled jumpsuits are incredibly comfortable but let you flaunt your fashion statement in a carefree way. Gone are those days when you have to overwhelm yourself with a prim and proper attire to exhibit a notion of impressive dressing sense. Fashion is properly defined the moment you start feeling relaxed, confident and comfortable in it. The casual linen jumpsuits are a perfect example of such phenomenal dressing style. All you will need is to

Baggy pants Lenin jumpsuit
Baggy pants are just the forte of guys? The idea is far from being true in today’s fashion world. Girls are literally nailing it when it comes to flaunting their loose-fitting, voluminous pants. These pants look just perfect on most body type and much more impressive if you have a proper height. We are mostly used to in seeing jumpsuits that have a pencil or moderate width when it comes to the bottom part, but the baggy pants linen jumpsuits are an exception to the existing outlook of jumpsuits. They are easy to wear, and you do not have to put even a little bit of effort to slip into these pieces. If you ask about the best part, you can move around like a free bird in it as this plus is missing in most feminine attire. You do not have to be conscious of how you are looking or even the fitting as it is completely stretchable.

What makes the linen jumpsuits so special out of all categories?
Coming to the most important part now, jumpsuits being the most comfortable attire, the linen jumpsuits can be considered as a cherry on top. Linen is one of the most skin-friendly materials that is admired and used by one and well. There is no doubt about it because in a nation like India, it becomes highly difficult to beat the heat irrespective of whatever outfit you are wearing. This is precisely where the pluses of the extraordinary linen fabrics come into the picture. These fabrics just fit you like your second skin. This is mainly because of their smooth, flexible and extremely light texture. Even if you are out at the beach, or doing some window shopping in the scorching summer heat, a trendy Google and a bag are all you need to go with it. There are some kinds of dresses that are simple and stylish in their own ways and require no extra accessories or make-up to enhance its charm. You can consider the linen jumpsuits as one of those!

Extremely comfortable cotton linen jumpsuits
The cotton-linen jumpsuits are a new invention of the textile industry. The blend of the two most skin-friendly materials makes these jumpsuits exceptionally comfortable to wear. There is also a men’s jumpsuit that is available in the same material. The cotton-linen jumpsuits are available in a variety of textures and serve gold when it comes to longevity and durability. Now coming to the most exciting part; that ladies are highly concerned about; these jumpsuits exhibit a mix of structured and unstructured or loose-fitting look. To be more precise, they set smoothly on your skin surface and are really good to cover up the bulky areas. The material

Strapless Linen jumpsuits
These jumpsuits are a perfect choice for those who keep a knack for cold or off shoulders. Strapless linens hold an incredibly stylish look and can make you look perfect in shape even if you have a bulky structure. The shoulder cuts are available in a variety of trends. Some have a semi-slanting cut while some are entirely off-shoulder. You can also spice up the look of these with some trendy contrasting colored inners. Off shoulders, linen jumpsuits are also available in the dress form if you are not much of a pant person. These pieces are far from being boring and dull, and you are going to just love the trendy floral prints they come in. Floral is the foremost choice of ladies when it comes to exhibiting a feminine get-up and these pieces are simply incomparable. Apart from the floral prints, there are also other designs that you can definitely check out. Some of the most popular designs include the plain solid colors, striped, geometric prints, Aztec prints, animal prints, polka dots and the list goes on. A bright but light neckpiece and kitten-heeled footwear are all you will need and you are good to go!

To wrap up, if you incase prefer shortcut jumpsuits and not really fond of the full-length pants, you must get your hands on the short and trendy linen Rompers. These are just perfect for getting into that ‘girl next door get up’ in case a guest has just appeared or you need to reach a place within a few minutes. Only women know how they waste a considerable amount of effort to only get that perfect piece out of their wardrobe that will make them feel both comfortable and stylish. Consider the struggle is over now and pamper your wardrobe with some cool collection of linen jumpsuits.

Elegant Details

When it comes to wedding dresses, we can all agree that the back of the dress is just as important as the front. After all, it’s what guests see throughout the ceremony so, of course, the bride-to-be will want look back at wedding photos and reminisce about how good she looked at every angle.

From modest low backs to dramatic with interesting detailing, below we’ve highlighted just some of the most stunning wedding dress backs by top designers that are sure to turn some heads.

Alexandra Grecco

From chic ruffles to backs with delicate floral detailing, Alexandra Grecco’s dresses feature just the right amount of romance and whimsy.

Caroline Castigliano

Tradition meets modern romance in the backs of these elegant gowns by the British designer.

Laure de Sagazan

Oh-so-chic, the backs of these frocks feature the most beautiful embroidery and button detailing that leaves us speechless.

Lakum

A structured ensemble with graphic detailing is the perfect way to accentuate your back on the day you say ‘I do’.

Olvi’s

For an alluring back with a twist of modernity and elegance, look no further than Olvi’s.

Rime Arodaky

Leave it to this French designer to capture romance and cool-girl vibes in the backs of these gorgeous dresses. Who wouldn’t say ‘yes’?

Watters

Tie-the-knot with a bow and seal with love. We hope you will be as obsessed with these backs as we are!

Wtoo by Watters

We love the detailing on the backs of these romantic and enchanting wedding dresses by Wtoo.

Willowby by Watters

The bold lace and intricate details in back of these free-spirited gowns are sure to captivate the attention of wedding guests.

Comparing, Contrasting, Cutting, GUINNESS

The Guinness Brewery at St. James’s Gate in Dublin has been brewing beer since its founder, Arthur Guinness, signed his now famous 9,000-year lease on the property on December 31st 1759. The brewery began its life producing ales for Dublin City, it would soon embark on a journey brewing new styles of beer originating in London known as Porter’s and Stout’s. This journey would lead the then small family brewery located on the outskirts of Dublin City to become the largest Stout brewery in the world. Along the 258-year journey that Guinness has undertaken it has been frequently enjoyed at the table alongside a well paired dish.

 

The secret of a good pairing lies in the three C’s, Comparing, Contrasting and Cutting.

 

We will now use Guinness Draught Stout as an example of how to Compare and Contrast the same beer with two different dishes, and examine how the presence of one can interact with the flavor of the other.

 

When Comparing we are required to find foods with similar flavor and intensity to that of the beer. These flavors will then compliment and resonate with each other.

 

For our first pairing, we use Guinness Draught Stout, found in new throw-back cans featuring the Kinkajou, a marketing creation from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s by legendary artist John Gilory. Distinctively dark with a rich creamy head, coffee and malty, and the perfect balance of bitter, sweet and roast characters. These flavors are the product of using roasted barley in our brewing and also give Guinness Draught Stout it’s iconic ruby red color. When the barley is roasted at 466 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 and 1Ž2 hours it undergoes a change called the Maillard reaction, a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars that also gives browned food its distinctive flavor. The flavors from the roasted barley used in Guinness Draught Stout balance wonderfully with the similar rich roasted flavors of an Applewood Smoked Bacon Sandwich with each sip of stout harmonizing with every bite of sandwich until both glass and plate are empty.

 

GUINNESS DRAUGHT & APPLEWOOD SMOKED BACON SANDWICH

 

After looking at Comparing let us now review Contrasting Guinness Draught Stout with a different dish. As we know Stout tastes of coffee and bitter flavors, let us use those to contrast against and accentuate the sweet and creamy deliciousness of a warm Apple and Pear Tart nestled under a generous scoop of Vanilla Gelato. This pairing is very similar to having your cup of coffee with a sweet pastry or confection.

 

GUINNESS DRAUGHT & APPLE AND PEAR TART

 

Finally let’s discuss Cutting. We will utilize Guinness Blonde American Lager as our example for Cutting. Guinness Blonde American Lager, light and hoppy with floral and citrus notes and a long malt biscuit finish. This crisp and refreshing lager has a lively mouthfeel provided by its ample carbonation, this carbonation is ideal for “Cutting” through creamy and juicy dishes and cleansing the palate after each bite. While enjoying a burger at a BBQ or creamy ham and cheese croquettes using this pairing technique, Cutting scrubs the palate and resets your taste buds after each sip.

 

BLONDE AMERICAN LAGER & HAM & CHEDDAR CHEESE CROQUETTES

 

We hope you enjoy using the 3 C’s for your future beer and food pairing adventures! Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Brewer’s at Guinness and always remember to Drink Responsibly.

 

Eoghain Clavin, Guinness Brewery Ambassador, Pacific Region U.S.

Urszula Makowska

Photo by Leslie Moncada.

Fashion trends in 2018

Fashion and Social media influencer Urszula Makowska is a fashionable New Yorker with over 116k followers on Instagram. She was invited to almost every event of the New York Fashion Week. Urszula is influencing others with her fashion style and at this occasion, she had an interview that revealed what the fashion trends are of 2018, as seen at the NYFW.

As a fashion blogger, what were you looking forward to seeing in New York Fashion week?

The most exciting time of the year for bloggers is always fashion week. This time of the year is the busiest for us. We plan our outfits and the events we will attend in advance. We work hard to coordinate everything to perfection including travel and hotel stays.

Personally, I love fashion week. For me, it is extremely exciting. I am a fashion addict and I love to attend shows and presentations to view the upcoming trends for the next seasons. I love to see what designers have created for the upcoming seasons. It is all a work of art and a way to express yourself. Then I love to share the upcoming trends with my followers and readers. During this F/W 2018 New York Fashion Week, I was super excited to attend my shows since I officially received over 40 invitations, and this included some of the big designers from Badgley Mischka to BCBG Maxazria. I was extremely proud of myself to have the ability to attend my shows and presentations. It has shown me how far I came into my career as a blogger. I was also looking forward to not only attending the shows and events, but also seeing friends who were flying into New York City, networking, meeting other bloggers, and working together with photographers to take photos of my looks.

Why is it important for a fashion blogger to attend Fashion Week?

Fashion week is extremely important for any fashion blogger and fashion influencer. Now-in-days, we bloggers and influencers hold the power to influencing and generating sales. We dominate the market and this directly means that we always have to be on top of the upcoming trends. Followers and readers look up to us as having the knowledge of our niche and market. They know us as the experts for getting style inspiration or simply buying what we are wearing or using. Fashion week allows us to keep up with the upcoming trends. We are able to see what products will be hot for the next season and how they can be styled. We are able to see the new trends before anyone else and we are able to introduce these new innovations to our followers and readers.

Aside from that, attending fashion week is also important to us in terms of networking. By attending these events, we are meeting people constantly. These people may be bloggers, editors, or photographers. We have the ability to form a relationship and partner together in the future. I know I personally have met a lot of people this season and I created strong friendships with them. We are always working together and supporting one another. At the end of the day, this only benefits you.

What was your best event so far from NYFW and why?

The best event from NYFW for me was going backstage with Aveda for Tibi. I personally love Tibi and have always wanted to attend one of their shows. Tibi’s fashion shows are extremely popular. A lot of bloggers always want to attend Tibi’s show. Luckily, I was able to go backstage with Aveda since I have a strong relationship with Aveda as one of their influencers. I was able to see the full on hair trends, hair tips, hair inspirations, makeup trends, makeup inspirations, and looks beforehand. I was extremely happy to see everything beforehand, but to learn a lot myself. I was happy to network and see my Aveda family.

Which look was your favorite look that you wore to NYFW?

One of my favorite looks for the shows was the classic Chanel themed look I went for from the S/S 2018 show. I bought a cute classic Zara dress and jacket that looked similar to the Chanel vibes from their S/S 2018 show. I layered a lilac turtleneck under the dress and paired it off with Kanye West Tubular shoes.

Photo by Yiyu Chen.

Which fashion trends are going to be popular this year according to NYFW?

There are a lot of upcoming trends that I saw during the F/W 2018/2019 shows that I am looking forward to.

Currently plaid is in, but don’t worry, it is not leaving anywhere anytime soon. For the upcoming seasons, we will see plaid like never before. It will be bolder than ever. We will be making statements in plaid. Plaid in saturated hues such as hot pink will be hotter than ever. During NYFW plenty of designers showcased plaid suits in hot pink and they were incredible.

Regarding outerwear, puffers, fur, and trench coats will be in trend. They will be more dramatic than ever. They will catch anyone’s eyes. We saw puffers on the runway in bright hues and extremely oversized. That is how we will see them in the fall and winter. Fur jackets were seen in bright colors from yellow to red. Trench coats were seen in leopard prints everywhere during NYFW.

One new trend that was introduced the new crop top silhouette. This top is a part bathing suit, part sports bra, and part strapless bra with underwire. It was seen a lot on the runway and will be extremely popular.

In terms of color trends, red and hot pink will be the hottest colors of the season. We saw bright pink everywhere on the runway from tops to shoes. We also saw red dominate from head to toe. The most exciting part is that the combination of pink and red will be extremely popular. Most designers used a combination of both of their pieces.

What is your personal favorite trend from NYFW?

One of my personal favorite trends will be tea length floral dresses. During the shows, these dresses were paired with cute booties. I am a big fan of booties and floral prints. I find this trend to be extremely chic, but casual. It is perfect for any person to easily put together for any occasion.

Photo by Curtis Pan.

About Urszula

Urszula Makowska is a growing social media influencer, full-time fashion blogger, and actress born and raised in the heart of New York City. Growing up in Brooklyn, she attended dance class for five years and completed her certificate in acting. As an actress, she is best known for my role on MTV’s show CatfishSeason 5B Episode 1: Lucas & Many. Since the episode aired, MTV filmed a follow up with Urszula Makowska in February of 2017, adding the footage to the original episode.

Urszulala formerly launched as Fash Fab in 2012 by Urszula in the early development of her fashion career. Strictly, blogging about fashion at the time, she shared her daily fashion inspirations, outfits, and tips with viewers with the hope of inspiring them with her taste. Through her blog, she has affiliated and partnered with major brands such as Aveda, NYLON, Amika, Christian Dior, LA MER, I SAW IT FIRST, Cartier, Estee Lauder, Givenchy, Daniel Wellington, and many other brands.

What was once known as Fash Fab, soon became re-branded to Urszulala. The blog took a step into the darker side of fashion. The darker and edgier look has grown the blog’s popularity. The bold eyebrows and cat eyes are her signature look. Furthermore, the blog has expanded into beauty, lifestyle, and travel that has inspired others.

Urszula has been featured on

Elle, MTV, Huffington Post, Yahoo, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Buzzfeed, and many other publications.