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Plaza El Segundo – Hidden Gem, Newfound Sweets

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From left to right: Plaza El Segundo Pre-Valentine’s Day invitation, SweetXO cake balls and candy, me in front of a colorful candy selection, the goodie bag with filled with gifts from plaza retailers.

I always enjoying discovering new places to shop that are nearby and totally unexpected.  I was recently invited to a Pre-Valentine’s event at Plaza El Segundo, and I was excited to see what I could find there!

First, I didn’t realize that Plaza El Segundo was in my back yard.  Roughly 20 minutes away with no traffic, there is a beautiful plaza just South of LAX with a nice mix of stores, such as Whole Foods, Container Store, and Anthropologie.  I arrived at the tail end of the event, but I was so glad I made it in time to mosey around SweetXO!

SweetXO is a sweet tooth’s dream – it’s a candy store, bake shop, ice cream and yogurt haven with a gift shop mixed in.  The fun colors all throughout the store made this a definite keeper for me since bright hues always make my day.  There was a pop of every color of the rainbow in the store and I commend SweetXO for taking it to the next level by keeping things fun and playful in this unique retail destination.  And what a smart idea to have a lounge with white leather seating where you can get social and enjoy your goodies!

I tried a few flavors of ice cream and took home a special treat, SweetXO cake balls – I must say these are the BEST cake balls I have ever eaten!  They were so decadent and moist that even though I wanted to eat 2 in one sitting I settled for 1 a night until they were gone (Had a pack of 4).

There was so much to take in that I definitely have to make a trip back to really enjoy it all, but the goodie bag I received helped give me an intro to what’s in store.

For all your sweet tooth needs, look no further than SweetXO – you will not regret it!

 

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Project Runway Seas. 10 Ep. 2 – Sweet Success

Whenever Project Runway has the unconventional challenge, my expectations are high and the anticipation to see where the designers take their imagination is exciting! This week the theme was Candy Couture where you had to make a dress out of candy.  There is no better place to go than the world renowned Dylan’s Candy Bar.  I was familiar with the store, but didn’t know it was created by Dylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph Lauren.  It was then I had the “aha” moment and put two and two together.  This candy shop is an adventure for all ages with so many different types of candy you could truly buy more than you can chew!

Some did struggle with getting their look together and others soared with their vision.  The main goal of this challenge was to create something that doesn’t look like candy and could be wearable.  I completely agree with the judges’ selection of the challenge winner and the person they sent home.  However, there were some designers who I felt should have been in the high/low score group:

Dimitry 

When I saw Dimitry’s look come down the runway I thought it was very well done and could pass for a beaded dress!  Using gumballs to make the skirt, he strategically placed the gumballs in a eye-catching way and the entire look was flattering on the model.  He should’ve be in the high score group along with Ven and Sonjia.

Dimitry’s beaded candy dress

Andrea

Andrea has struck out again for me this week and should’ve been in the low score group.  She had this idea in her head to design an apron out of candy.  I immediately thought it wasn’t going to be any good and I was spot on!  Even though she was born on Halloween doesn’t mean you have skills to make a dress out of candy. There didn’t seem to be much effort on transforming the candy, just taking strips of candy dots and sewing them together.  When Tim Gunn said he was underwhelemed, I was too. It looked like a craft project a five year old could make.  She’s is next on the list to go and maybe the judges will see that more clearly next week.

Andrea’s candy apron look

Elena

Elena likes to use black to make her designs, and this time she went with a colorless candy, like beige twizzlers and made this dress.  When her look came out all I could think of was pasta. Was she hungry and decided she was cook this after judging was over? She did the square shoulder again and it was falling apart on the runway.  Not a great color choice and it wasn’t appealing at all.  Elena needs to break out of her comfort zone and use some color!

Elena’s pasta dress

Gunnar

Does anyone think that Gunnar’s look could pair well with a taxi?  That’s all I could think of when I saw his candy design come down the runway. Either that or hanging with the bees.

Gunnar’s look – You’ll definitely get a axi with this dress!

Ven

For someone who graduated from FIT at top of his class and also received all four awards for his class is truly admirable for Ven.  His look last week got me out of bed and his candy couture dress had me floored!  He has such a creative mind to smash candy to give a stained glass look on a dress outlined with black licorice.  This is a red carpet ready look that would sell fast!  Did you notice the rose design again on this dress?  I think that’s his signature look, which will definitely make him stand out!

Ven’s winning candy couture dress – LOVE!

Lantie

Lantie wasn’t my favorite last week and should’ve got eliminated then. However, she dug her own grave this week by putting together an unheavenly design with more fabric than candy.  For someone to make excuses and say you don’t have enough time or you’ve never worked like this before, is grounds for you to leave immediately.  Project Runway has been on TV for 9 seasons now and you don’t know what to expect if you’re on the show?  Her umbrella dress with some candy glued on here and there was horrendous!  She acted as if she didn’t care and you could totally see that.  Her exit could have been a spot for someone else more deserving who really wanted to be on the show and give it their all.  There is no room for excuses, just get your S%#! together and make it work!

Lantie’s look – not so sweet

Sonjia

Sonjia is definitely the one to watch and possible give Ven a run for his money.  I love her use of different candies such as gumballs, gummie sharks and hard candy to make such a stunning dress!  Sonjia brings the wow factor to her looks and I love the colors she chose, going with an aquatic theme for her dress.

Sonjia’s dress – Aquatic candy delight!

Next week the designers will be put into teams and this is always a true test of who can work together and agree on a cohesive design. On another note, is it me or do the models look mediocre this season?  Well, the fun continues and can’t wait until the next show!

See all my favorite looks from this episode on Pinterest! http://pinterest.com/thestylegoddess/project-runway-season-10-fave-looks/

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