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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

Five Reds To Turn Him or Her On This Valentine’s Day

Photo credit: www.superstarlipline.com

Knock ’em dead in red this Valentine’s Day with these California inspired gifts.
I have a favorite new lipstick gloss called Superstar Lipline that I discovered at Unique LAseveral months ago. Made in Alhambra, CA, it makes my lips look shiny and  juicy red, not cheap red. The best part is it tastes like cherry candy to me, or the chapstick I had when I was a kid.  The first ingredient reads castor seed oil.  My mom tried it in Connecticut and loved it too.  However, the color on her looks like a nice pink.

Monogram your cool red Converse Chuck Taylor sneaks for $55 urban prepsters at The Monogram Studio.   No one is sure to have your style. Dream it up! This would make a neat gift.

Monogrammed Converse sneaks (Photo credit: www.lewislist.blogspot.com)

Lavish your luva in a one of kind silk design from the LA designer AMG (Amy Marie Goetz Collection) which specializes in women’s high end dresses.  This solid red top ($115) will surely wow anyone all yearlong, not only Valentine’s Day.  Amy’s ready to wear design philosophy is based on “Exclusive,” style and fabric selection, and modern drape detail.  All of her styles are created with an idea to maintain elegance while introducing a modern silhouette.  AMG styles are available for purchase online or by appointment only.  She is now offering custom design by appointment only at the AMG West Hollywood Fashion Studio.  I’m dreaming of her Pixel top in A Kiss of the Orchid Print ($225) and the Giselle Dress ($305).  Please email Amy at Goetzamymgoetz@aol.com.

 

AMG (Photo credit: Mike Nguyen www.fotomn.com Wardrobe Stylist Kristen M Stuart - www.kristenmsstylist.info, Makeup & Hair Barbara Yniguez - www.thebeautyportfolio.com)

What Valentine’s Day is not complete without a bottle of red. The tiny tasting room in the Santa Ynez valley in Cali run by a family of wine growers turned me on to their bottle of 2009 Fourplay blended from 50% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot, 12% cabernet franc, and 6% petite verdot.  Hmmmmm! Warm up the night! Start the night right!  Carhartt Vineyards

Get some Fourplay at Carhartt (Photo credit: www.gourmetpigs.blogspot.com)

Why buy cheesy red lingerie for your luva that she may only wear once? Why not buy her a classy sexy one piece red swimsuit for swimming or lounging from the California based swimwear line La Isla that is sure to draw eyes on her wherever you go, from sipping cocktails poolside or laying in the sand reading mags.  This suit not only makes your booty look divine, but the way the front is designed, it makes your cleavage look way curvier than normal.  It even looks fabulous with a skirt.  www.lasislabrand.com.   KNOCK ‘EM DEAD IN RED!

 

Photo credit: www.laislabrand.com

 

 

 

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