Droese PR does Beverly Hills

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Droese PR, a Dallas-based boutique PR firm, invited to me to preview their clients Summer and Fall collections at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Beverly Hills.

This was a casual affair that gave me the opportunity to see and experience some lesser known Southern brands.

These are a few of my new found favorites...

I loved the retro mode look of these tortoise shell glasses.

This purse is EVERYTHING! I would love to wear it as a camera bag for its size, yet its stylish enough to carry throughout the day. 
My motto :)

The stone used for this necklace and ring gave me so much peace. I can see it being worn with a simple linen dress.
Whimsical cowgirl is how I would describe the print in this oversized long-sleeved blouse. 
I love discovering new brands and can't wait to see them stocked-up at some of my favorite boutiques in Los Angeles later this year.

Ana Lydia

Misty Copeland Is Promoted to Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theater

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Congratulations Misty Copeland on this monumental accomplishment!

Your promotion to Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theater has inspired a generation (and future generations) of girls (and women) that feel like that they don't belong to continue on their path to greatness.

Ana Lydia

Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Disclosure: I’m working with Ovation TV to promote Southern Uncovered. All thoughts and opinions my own. 

Macaroni and Cheese is a classic Southern side dish that most of us consider comfort food and the perfect side dish for most holiday meals.

But as we all know, Southern Mac & Cheese is delicious because of the butter and cheese, which makes it more of a guilty pleasure than something to make, or eat, often.

The Mac & Cheese I grew-up with was actually quite different....

The macaroni and cheese of my childhood is made with a tomato base; which makes it healthy, flavorful and quite easy to make...

Ingredients to prepare Tomato Macaroni and Cheese include:

  • 1 16 oz Elbow Macaroni Package - Cooked al dente with salt water
  • 4 Medium-sized Tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 Medium-sized Chopped Tomato
  • 1/4 cup Chopped White Onion
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 6 oz Tomato Paste
  • 16 oz Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Swiss and Gruyere Cheese Mix
  • Ground Pepper and Salt to taste


  1. Blend (in a blender) four tomatoes, tomato paste and garlic clove until a smooth "sauce" consistency. Set aside.
  2. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a stockpot with low heat.
  3. Add the onion to the stockpot and cook until the onion is transparent.
  4. Add the tomato sauce to the onion and cook with medium heat until the sauce boils. (Make sure to mix while cooking to prevent the sauce from sticking to the pan)
  5. Reduce the temperature once the sauce boils, then add the chopped tomato and sour cream. 
  6. Mix slowly until the sauce begins to bubble. 
  7. Add pepper and salt to taste.
  8. Remove the sauce from the stove and add the cooked macaroni. Mix the pasta with the sauce until all the pasta is covered.
  9. Fold-in the cheese mixture and serve immediately. 
  10. Refrigerate any leftover Mac & Cheese and reheat with just a bit of lowfat milk in a pan.

Please let me know if you try my family Tomato Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I do! 

I also invite you to watch Southern Uncovered on Ovation TV starring The Lee Bros to get a few other ideas on how to add a Southern touch to your favorite dishes.

Ana Lydia

Miss Asia Kinney models for Coach

Monday, June 29, 2015

I'm excited to get reacquainted with COACH by way of Lady Gaga's ADORABLE French Bulldog Miss Asia Kinney, the first furry baby star in a series of Steven Meisel COACH ads launching July 2015!

As a proud furry baby mama myself, I'm happy to see a Lifestyle Brand celebrating the love and beauty of our beloved furry baby's, while at the same time giving to the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue (frenchieporvous.org).

This new ad campaign will also introduce #coachpups, a series of online activities for fellow dog lovers, opportunities for Instameets, special talks and other events hosted for the good of our furry babies. 

I'm sure Princess Maya Candice will be participating in one, or several of these meet-ups...maybe on our way to get ourselves one of those pretty new COACH handbags ;-)

Ana Lydia

Panera Bread Opens in Beverly Hills

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Panera
The rumor is true: Panera Bread opens its newest location in Beverly Hills tomorrow, Thursday June 25.

The grand opening festivities will include treating the first 100 customers to a free loaf of bread once per month for a whole year; and the first 100 customers that sign up for a MyPanera® account will receive a free coffee tumbler!

Located in the former Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce Building, the new Beverly Hills Panera Bread features rustic design elements that includes the original exposed brick wall. A variety of woods like hickory, walnut and western hemlock and black steel accent give this location a craft-like feel. 

The Panera Beverly Hills location also has a “to go” pick-up area with dedicated seating, an order-status monitor providing real-time information as orders are prepared and completed, and shelf space, all to make to-go orders much easier to pick up.

In the coming months, this location will also roll out fast lane kiosks, meal delivery directly to tables and customized orders where guests can save past orders and “favorites” for easy ordering on their next visit.

Panera has a sweet place in my heart because I launched my PR Agency from its Santa Monica location before I upgraded to an actual office with employees. Today Panera is my go-to spot for breakfast after mass on Sundays and where I host some of my study groups.

Besides Panera offering simple and flavorful sandwiches, salads and soups that are made with quality ingredients, the free WiFi keeps us wired, while their Day-End Dough-Nation™community giving program makes us feel good knowing that we support a business that cares.

I'm a huge fan of their "You Pick Two" offering, which can be either soup and salad, soup and half sandwich or half sandwich and salad. My choice? Tomato soup paired with the (pressed) Asiago Steak salad, which also comes with a piece of french bread. I also love to order the asiago cheese bagel (toasted twice), with cream cheese, tomato and onion; and of course, iced coffee.

On the rare occasions that I treat myself, I order the cobblestone, which is akin to monkey bread, but so.much.better...and sweeter...and just.so.darn.good! (p.s. you can get any pastry for .99 cents when you order the "You Pick Two!")

The Panera Bread Beverly Hills is located at 239 S. Beverly Drive. Visit their Facebook page for store hours and specials...and...

Do let me know if you're in the area. I would love to meet you and break bread at Panera :)

Ana Lydia
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