I’m just returning from a weekend at the Ojai Valley Inn. It’s such a beautiful hotel and only an hour and a half from LA. The grounds are stunning surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful mountains. We played tennis, walked around town (so many cute shops), had lunch at Ojai Rotie (amazing homemade bread), and a delicious dinner at Olivella.
A friend of mine give me a list of all the shops to hit in Ojai see below.
Yesterday I stopped by the Rosewood Miramar hotel to have lunch at the Revere Room with a friend and check out the Dior pop-up. Not only did I fall in love with a pair of raspberry Dway Slides and a Mini Dior Book Tote but the hot pink toile wallpaper and lime green toile couches were cute as can be! It gave me some serious interior design envy! If you’re in the area it’s worth checking out along with a drive down the main drag of Summerland (which has some cute shops).
I am just returning from a quick trip to Cabo. We stayed at the new Nobu hotel in Cabo San Lucas. The beautiful resort mixes Japanese minimalism with modern Mexican decor. The perfect blend of sophistication with laid back luxury. The rooms are spacious, beautifully decorated, and comfortable (beds were amazing!). The hotel has three large pools to choose from the Pacific Pool being our favorite with swim up cabanas. The overall service at the hotel was amazing with each room having their own personal ambassador. It was a great way to kick off Summer!
We had two amazing dinners, one at Manta (The Cape Hotel) and one at Cocina Del Mar (Esperanza Hotel). Lunch at Nobu’s Pacific Restaurant was delicious (the shrimp quesadillas were so good!). Now onto what I packed into my carry-on!
I am just returning from an amazing week on the Big Island of Hawaii. This was our first time going to the Big Island as a family. We stayed at the newly renovated Auberge Mauna Lani Hotel. They did a beautiful job with the renovation. The hotel has an open airy feel surrounded by lush greenery, modern decor, and beautiful Hawaiian wall art. They have three pools, a beautiful beach, and stunning grounds to walk around. The hotel only has 330 rooms so it doesn’t feel as big of some of the other resorts on the Island. The food and drinks were excellent, and having a tennis center was a major bonus for me. We had dinner at the CanoeHouse the food was amazing along with the stunning setting! Other restaurants we loved on the island were Pueo’s Osteria (mushroom truffle pizza!!), Moa Kitchen, Izakaya Shiono (casual sushi in Kona), and Seiji Sushi (nothing fancy but it was delicious sushi prepared by a husband and wife team who we loved). For a sweet treat we enjoyed ice cream at Anuenue (the Volcano and Lily Koi Cheesecake were out of this world), and Acai bowls at Yoga Barre. It was so nice to see the hotel bustling and tourism coming back to the Island. The staff at the Mauna Lani couldn’t have been nicer and more accommodating we can’t wait to go back!
I just got back from a girls trip to the Ojai Valley Inn. It’s such a beautiful property and only an hour and a half away from Los Angeles. A perfect quick weekend get away. We walked into town on Saturday and stopped by Fig Curated Living and DeKor Living both really cute boutiques. My friend arranged a one hour horseback ride at the Ojai Valley Trail Riding Company (I highly recommend it so much fun!) Lastly, we took an early morning hike at the Valley View preserve with stunning views of the Ojai landscape. The weather was chilly so I was so excited to finally get to wear my Fall clothing. Below is what I packed for the weekend.
My family and I are just returning from a long weekend in Santa Barbara. We stayed at the Rosewood Miramar Hotel which was amazing! The hotel is nestled into the Montecito coastline with beautiful ocean views. It’s modern traditional decor creates a cozy and intimate boutique feel. It has everything you need on property. Paddle boards, kayaks, and boogie boards are all provided at the beach. You can eat and drink beachside while sitting under their iconic turquoise and white stripe umbrellas. If you need to do a bit of shopping both Goop & James Perse have boutiques on site. We ate at Malibu Farm and Caruso’s and the food was excellent. The rooms are gorgeous and spacious, we had a Grand Bungalow which was perfect for a family of four.
We left the property to have breakfast at Helena Avenue Bakery, Hook & Press for donuts, and Lucky Penny for lunch (recommended by my friend Mandy). We rented Mokes from Wheel Fun Adventures and rode them around town. It was the perfect weekend getaway, and an amazing place to celebrate my daughter’s 16th birthday. We can’t wait to go back!
Now onto what I packed, here are some highlights….
I am just returning from a fun few days in Carmel. It was the perfect mix of relaxation and exploring. We broke up the drive on the way there and stopped in Santa Ynez. We had lunch at S.Y. Kitchen which was so charming. The farm to table restaurant served up the most amazing homemade Mushroom Pappardelle. I discovered a charming boutique called Favour that had a great selection of designer clothing. Then it was off to Carmel. Several friends recommended we stay at the Bernardus Lodge. It did not disappoint! We were in room 72 which was nestled into the lavender fields and grape vines. Our patio was completely private with the most beautiful setting. We explored the area starting with a hike at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Big Sur. The following day we rented E bikes and rode them along the 17 mile drive. We discovered the cutest organic cafe and farm stand down the street from the hotel. Earthbound Farm had amazing baked goods, salads, and fresh produce. I spent some time in the gift shop and picked up these beautiful Lineage candles. I also fell in love with the handmade pottery by Rowe. The Serving Bowl and Platter in drift white are gorgeous. We spent the evenings dining at the hotel and drinking their amazing Pinot Noir. The hotel had beautiful tennis courts that we used every morning. It was extremely Covid friendly, they were at full capacity yet it didn’t feel crowded or busy the entire stay. It felt like we were in the South of France yet it’s only a four hour drive from Los Angeles. Can’t wait to go back!
If I can’t go on vacation, I can at least try and recreate it at home. That’s exactly what I did the other night. I made the chicken dish we learned how to make in our cooking class in Tuscany. We stayed at the most charming boutique hotel Poggio Piglia, and chef Salvatore Consoli lead us through a 3 course meal consisting of homemade Ravioli, Eggplant Parmesan, and Italian braised chicken.
I just spent 36 hours in San Francisco over the weekend. As soon as I landed I checked into the W Hotel and headed right over to the SFMOMA which has an incredible modern art collection (thx to the Fisher family). After that, it was a holiday party at The Phoenix Hotel. The weather was chilly so I wore my new leopard coat (love!) all weekend long with black denim jeans. Since it was wet out I choose to pack my Acne Pistol boots (on sale) and my black lace-up’s (also like these from Mango) to trot around town. On Friday we lunched at Akiko’s for sushi, (so good) and then it was time for a bit of shopping. I walked around Hayes Valley (loved Reliquary boutique) and Fillmore street where I fell in love with the pink color palette at Goop Lab. We finished the trip with a group dinner at Park Tavern and then it was up early to catch a flight back to LA.
Below are some items that can help fill the Pink Palette void in your home.
Blush Padova 10 Piece Clean Green 10 Piece Set Goop, $300 Also comes in powder blue here. Frying two piece set here.
My friend invited a group of us to her beautiful home in Sun Valley this past weekend. The weather was mid 50’s during the day and 20’s at night. What to pack?? Our hostess informed us to leave our Uggs at home (too LA) and pack flannels, boots, down jackets, and a hat. Shoes are always the hardest for me. I want to bring so many but I’m limited to what I can fit into my carry-on. I have the Hershell duffle and you would be surprised what you can squeeze in there. I ended up packing 3 pairs of boots, 1 pair of sneakers, 1 down vest, 1 down jacket, a peacoat, 3 pairs of jeans, and 3 sweaters. My complete packing list below.
My friend had two action packed days planned for us. First it was dinner Friday evening at The Covey. A beautiful restaurant that serves gourmet food with excellent service. Saturday we had brunch at Cristina’s which is a charming and intimate restaurant (check out the chef Cristina Ceccatelli’s cookbook Cristina’s Tuscan Table). After Cristina’s we walked around Sun Valley resort and stopped into Panache for a little retail therapy. Then it was iceskating at Sun Valley Lodge and cocktails at the hotel lounge. In the evening we had dinner at The Pioneer Saloon. The Saloon is a landmark restaurant that serves up hearty meals in a western style setting. We finished the night at Whisky Jacques for music, dancing, and pool. On Sunday morning we took a hike along the beautiful Big Wood River. Then it was time to catch our flight home. Sun Valley is a special town surrounded by scenic beauty. I can’t wait to go back!
I wanted to share a fun LA excursion I had over the weekend. All summer I have been wanting to explore the Highland Park neighborhood. Someone suggested we try Mason’s Dumplings and Joy’s on York for great dumplings and Taiwanese food. We ended up at Mason’s on Figueroa, it’s a small order at the counter restaurant that serves up delicious dumplings and offers vegan options. After dinner we drove over to York Ave and browsed the hip boutiques, restaurants, and bars (click here to see Eater’s 14 best restaurants in Highland Park.) I fell in love with the Big Bud Press store which is full of colorful pants, jumpsuits, and bags. It’s one of the most cheerful stores I’ve been into lately. I also liked Touch Art Supply, Permanent Record (vinyl record store), and Sonny Boy Los Angeles. I skipped Donut Friends on York Ave and opted for Magpies Softserve (vegan soft serve) in Silverlake and walked around that area as well. Next time I’ll hit Highland Park bowl which is LA’s oldest bowling alley. A trip back to Highland Park is definitely in my future so many other great places to check out.
Turns out you don’t have to travel to Italy to shop the ever so chic hotel boutique at Le Sirenuse or Il Pellicano. Lucky for us these two iconic Italian hotels are offering their elegant vacation inspired pieces on Matches Fashion. Click here to see the whole Le Sirenuse Line and here to see Il Pellicano’s collaboration with Birkenstock. Some highlights below.
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I went on a quick trip to Copenhagen over Memorial Day weekend. I was enamored by the chic Scandinavian fashion flooding the streets. The first thing I noticed is the practicality of their dressing. Since the main mode of transportation is biking, comfort plays a key role in their dressing. I saw a lot of feminine loose fitting floral skirts and dresses mixed with trench coats, oversized blazers, and leather jackets. Most women had sneakers on with an emphasis on the dad sneaker and Veja’s. I also saw the Teva inspired sandal on many women since the weather is just starting to warm up.