Oh Hi Ojai

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.

  1. Cashmere Fingerless Gloves Jenni Kayne, $55.
  2. Jerome Dreyfuss Sabrina Boot 24S, $505. I bought these last season and was excited to wear them again. The perfect heel height for daytime and evening.
  3. Mother Looker Ankle Fray Nordstrom, $228. Packed a skinny jean to fit into my high boots.
  4. Barbour Acrorn Wax Cotton Jacket Saks, $350. There was rain in the forecast so I packed this jacket and ended up wearing it horseback riding.
  5. Blundstone Water Resistant Boot Nordstrom, $199.
  6. Moncler Lans Jacket Nordstrom, $825. Lightweight puffer.
  7. Cotton Fisherman Sweater Julesee, $120.
  8. Pom Pom Cardigan Chic Wish, $69. I wore this cardigan over my Kule Top with Cream Chino & Chelsea Boot.
  9. Fleece Jacket Zara, $69.99.
  10. Noah Dress in washed Ocean Stripe Christy Dawn, $228. I wore this dress with my high boots.
  11. Mansur Gavriel Large Tote Bag Nordstrom, $675. My go to travel tote bag.
  12. Ribbed Beanie with Faux Fur Pom Pom J. Crew, $16.

Quilted Jacket Update – my Everlane ReNew Channeled Liner arrived yesterday and I love it! (I got the XSMALL runs big).

Have a great week!

XX

Julie

Santa Barbara Bound

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….

Beach Walk // Mother Straight Ankle Prep // Julesee Cotton Fisherman Sweater (coming soon in 3 colors!) // Leopard Headband (below picture)

Dinner Look // & Other Stories Dress // Loeffler Randall Emilia Leopard Heels // Laura Lombardi Necklace

Dinner Look // Zimmermann Edie Dress (sold out similar here & here) // Alexandre Birman Heels // Meredith Quill Heart Necklace

Early Morning Walk Outfit // Chic Wish Pom Pom Cardigan //Lululemon Short Sleeve Top// Colorfulkoala Leggings // Nike Airmax Sneaker

Day look // White Eyelet Babydoll Dress // Amo Button Front Jacket // Platform Vans // Gold Chainlink Anklet

Carmel

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!

XOXO

Julie

Dresses in the above pictures are Christy Dawn.

Staycation

Poggio Piglia 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.

If you want to take it to the next level you can adorn a piece from Le Sirenuse’s SS2020 collection. I happen to love this top & skirt set along with this dress & this dress (on sale), and these Ancient Greek x Le Sirenuse sandals. Also Amalfi coast ready is this Agua Benita dress (this one too), and swim suit (on sale). Dinner from Tuscany and wardrobe from the Amalfi Coast…perfect staycation.

Poggio Piglia Pollo

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Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken cut up *I used 2 lbs boneless chicken thighs that my butcher prepared and it was great, any type will work.
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 large garlic gloves chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped olives *I used kalamata
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • Fresh herb mix *you can use rosemary, sage, tarragon, or wild fennel (or combo of all).
  • 1 glass of red wine
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Warm your 7 quart Dutch Oven to medium hight heat.
  2. Once your pan is hot, pour olive oil and sauté your onion, garlic, black olives, capers, and herbs.
  3. Next, add your chicken throughly brown.
  4. Once your chicken is fully browned add 1 glass of red wine, and your tomato sauce.
  5. Bring it to a simmer, cover, and cook on low for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  6. You know it’s done once your sauce has thickened *see above picture.

 

 

Pink Palette

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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.

  1. Blush Padova 10 Piece Clean Green 10 Piece Set Goop, $300 Also comes in powder blue here. Frying two piece set here.
  2. Magnolia Metallic Wreath with Leaves West Elm, $89.
  3. Heather Taylor Home Tablecloth Lulu & Georgia, $200.
  4. Set of 6 Juice Glasses Goop, $68.
  5. Hedvig Apron Goop, $84. Beautiful linen blend fabric. Also found these personalized aprons that make a great gift at Minted, $38.
  6. Hawkins New York Linen Napkins set of 4 Verishop, $72. Napkins in the above picture.
  7. Aesop Aromatique Hand Soap Nordstrom, $39.
  8. 3 Piece Pink Glass Mixing Bowls Goop, $85.
  9. Matte Gold 5 Piece Place Setting Goop, $150. Look for less here.
  10. Edition 4 Scented Candle Goop, $72. They had this candle burning in the store and it smells amazing.
  11. Pink Tumble Set of 4 Goop, $52. Glasses in the above picture.
  12. Pink Glass Cake Stand Goop, $72.

Photo: Jessie Randall

 

 

Sun Valley

 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!

  1. White + Warren Cashmere Zebra Sweater Revolve, $435.
  2. Tartan Plaid Shirt Madewell, $88.
  3. Everyday Cashmere Sweater J. Crew, $98.
  4. Puff Sleeve Sweater H&M, $49.99 This is a winner style from H&M this season. The ribbed turtleneck is great too.
  5. Amo Bella Cream Jean Shopbop, $260.
  6. Jenni Kayne Quilted down vest (from last season) similar one here by Canada Goose.
  7. Cropped Fleece Teddy Coat Zara, $89
  8. Jerome Dreyfuss Sandie Boot Revolve, $343.
  9. The Clair Lace Up Boot Madewell, $218.
  10. Jenni Kayne black lace ups (mine are sold) similar here.
  11. Moncler Lan Jacket SSENSE, $825.
  12. Mother Denim Stunner Shopbop, $228.  I needed a skinny jeans to fit into my high boots.
  13. Veronica Beard Rugby Shopbop, $195.
  14. My peacoat is Sandro from a couple seasons ago. Goop has one and so does J. Crew & Mango.
  15. Brixton Ella Fedora Revolve, $69 & Ribbed Beanie Faux Fur Pom Pom J. Crew, $48.
  16. Re/Done 40’s Bomber Saks, $1,695. Fell in love with this leather bomber that I saw at Panache. So cute!

 

 

Highland Park

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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.

Italia

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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.

  1. Birkenstock Il Dolce Far Niente Fullex Satin Sandal Matches Fashion, $480. Also comes dark brown.
  2. Birkenstock Il Dolce Far Niente Arizona Leather Sandals Pink/Red Matches Fashion, $470. Also love the Navy/White & Yellow/White.
  3. Frida Embroidered Cotton Maxi Matches, $488.
  4. Jane Printed Midi Skirt Matches Fashion, $376.
  5. Highrise Jane Short Matches Fashion, $200.

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First Photo: Clara Paget in Emporio Sirenuse
Last Photo: Le Sirenuse Hotel 📷 Me

Away

Founded by Steph Korey and Jen Rubio, Away is a modern travel brand creating luggage to change how you see the world. It’s thoughtfully designed suitcases come with features that solve real travel problems. Each suitcase has TSA-approved locks and four 360° spinner wheels. It’s built from durable materials that are made to last a lifetime. Shop the exclusive rose gold collection below at Net-A-Porter.

  1. Away Carry-On Aluminum Suitcase Net-a-Porter, $475.
  2. Away Bigger Carry-On Aluminum Suitcase Net-a-Porter, $495.
  3. Away Medium Aluminum Suitcase Net-a-Porter, $575.
  4. Away Large Aluminum Suitcase Net-a-Porter, $595.

Copenhagen Cool

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.

I stayed at the Hotel Skt Petri  and bumped into Janka Polliani who was with Annabel Rosendahl and the rest of the Scandinavian fashionistas who were in town planning Copenhagen Fashion week. Janka (who couldn’t be nicer) was decked out in an oversized black blazer, Nylon Prada shorts, The Row Bare sandals, and carrying a red Bottega oversized pouch (current must have accessory). Below are some stand-outs from my trip.

  1. I couldn’t help but notice how many Jerome Dreyfuss bags were being worn in Copenhagen. Shop them here.
  2. Pant legs were cropped and wide similar to these new Slim Emmett Wide Leg Crops…love!
  3. The Teva inspired sandal like these from The Row, and these by Arizona Love were a standout.
  4. Embellished Trench coats like coats like this one from Coach. The trench in the above picture is by Sofie Schnoor and can be purchased here.
  5. Patterned dresses like this one by Toteme, and this Ganni Skirt (on-sale). I also saw someone wearing this gorgeous Stine Goya Mini with chunky sneakers very chic!
  6. I did some shopping at Arket which I love. Arket started in Sweden and is a modern day market for men, women, children, and the home. They have them all over Europe and hoping it comes to the States.
  7. Delicate jewelry like these Annie Lu Earrings were in several of the boutiques.

I loved Copenhagen and can’t wait to go back and explore more of the city.

à paris

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Over the holidays I had several friends who were traveling to Paris and needed recommendations. I put together a list for them and thought others might find it helpful. I so appreciate people sharing their travel notes and have had so many wonderful suggestions over the years. Hopefully my notes will help in planning your next jaunt à Paris.

Hotel – we at stayed the Prince de Galles. There are so many choices in Paris but this hotel worked for us because we are all able to be in one room (with a bit of convincing). Check out Mr and Mrs Smith hotels for modern boutique hotel accommodations in Paris.

Museums, Sites, & Activities

  • Louvre Museum
  • Musée d’Orsay -my favorite.
  • Musée de l’Orangerie – great for kids short and sweet all Monet.
  • Pompidou – modern art museum
  • Musée Rodin
  • Eiffel Tower – buy skip the line tickets ahead of time Viator is a good source.
  • Bateaux Mouches – boat ride along the Seine big hit with the kids.
  • Atelier Des Lumieres – have not been but heard it’s incredible.
  • Sunside Sunset for Jazz Music
  • Jardin du Luxembourg – kids loved pushing the vintage toy boats in the water when they were little. They also loved the playground and carousel.
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Notre Dame
  • Palais Garnier – it was an experience taking the girls to the Paris opera house. The Chagall ceiling alone is worth the trip.
  • Walk around Montmartre Neighborhood – see the Moulin Rouge, Love Wall, and Place du Tertre.
  • Foundation Louis Vuitton
  • Le Foodist – we did a great French baking class here.
  • Treasure Hunt at the Louvre – book through THATlou.
  • Jardin des Tuileries – the infamous green chairs great for a photo opt and strolling the gardens.
  • Walk around the Marais – my favorite neighborhood in Paris.

Food 

  • Le Relais d’Entrecote- love this restaurant! They do not take reservations but it’s worth the wait. They serve one thing Entrecote and french fries.
  • Breizah Cafe – the kids favorite! They accept reservations and we went to the one in the Marais. Delicious crepes.
  • Café de Flore – touristy but still fun.
  • Frenchie Wine Bar – cozy dinner on a quaint street. Hightop tables not great for little kids.
  • Poilâne Bakery – famous for their bread. We had lunch at the cafe next door (Comptoir Poilâne) where they use their delicious bread on tartine sandwiches.
  • Cafe Constant – french country food.
  • Berthillon – salted caramel ice cream.
  • L’As du Fallafel – got to have a falafel while walking around the Marais.
  • Amorino – beautiful flower shaped ice cream.
  • Odette – colorful creams puffs.
  • Ladurée – always fun to browse the beautiful macarons.
  • Boot Cafe – tiny charming cafe in the Marais…nice photo opt.
  • Cocktails at The Ritz.

David Lebovitz is a great resource for restaurants in Paris.

Shopping 

You can shop for days in Paris below are the stores I hit on our last trip in September.

Bon Voyage!

Quick Trip Tips – Japan

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Japan is a popular destination for families; there is so much to do and see. We did a quick 6 night trip for my 40th birthday to Tokyo and Kyoto. I have been asked to share my itinerary so many times that I decided to post it on my blog.

Tokyo Hotel – Four Seasons Marunouchi – we loved this hotel! Small boutique feeling but spacious rooms with two queen beds. Nice location next to the Tokyo train station and short walk to Ginza.

Kyoto Hotel – The Ritz Carlton – this hotel is truly special! It has a modern luxury resort feel. Located right along the Kamogawa River. The kids loved the indoor grotto style swimming pool and spa. After being in Tokyo we needed a day to relax and swim. The hotel has a Pierre Hermé which is a big plus, and the breakfast was an experience in itself.

First Night in Tokyo – we walked around Ginza and stopped at Itoya Paper store the mecca of all paper stores. The girls also loved the Tokyo Hands store, there is a floor with tons of crafts and DIY supplies (if your kids are into that). We had dinner at Nodaiwa which specializes in Unagi. It wasn’t easy to find but glad we did!

I highly recommend hiring a guide (our hotel arranged ours). Her name was Ms. Haruko Ootsuki. It saved us a lot of time and she helped us navigate the subway which isn’t an easy task.

Below is our 2 day itinerary our guide put together based on what we wanted to see.

On the 1stday we will cover the west Tokyo including Shinjuku, since Isetan will be closed on the following 21stfor maintenance etc…. the day 2, the Central & East Tokyo including Tsukiji, Ginza and Asakusa.

Please also note that most boutique type of shops only open from 11am, therefore we will visit places like a shrine / Fish market to start the day.  (plus, the Inner market of Tsukiji Fish Market only open to the public from 10am…finishes around 11am. The outer market is available from earlier till around 2 pm. )

Day 1 – Feb. the 20th…Covering west Tokyo

Deaparting Hotel

⇒ subway/train

  • Harajuku Neighborhood –

Meiji shrine,

Takeshita dori street and Crepes for snack (so yummy!) - Kawaii Monster Cafe (we didn’t make it here) We did have cotton candy at Totti Cotton Candy Factory (big hit!)

  • Omotesando recommended places include…

*Kiddy Land – pioneer, very popular and famous toy store which was a favorite of late Micheal Jackson as well.

*Oriental Bazar – very popular shop which carries good variety of Japanese souvenirs, pioneer to this trendy spot.

We went to Harry’s Hedge Hog Cafe – one of the kids favorite things they did in Tokyo. 

If time and energy allow…before headed for Shinjuku

* Cat street – dotted with fashionable boutiques

→ Shibuya Neighborhood & Shibuya crossing

⇒ subway/train

  • Shinjuku Neighborhood –Lunch at food hall in Isetan  → Piss Alley to take a look

⇒ train

Back to hotel

Day 2 : Jan. 21st   …Covering Central & East Tokyo

Deaparting Hotel

⇒ subway

  • Tsukji Fish Market and have some Sushi for morning snack ?? … so that you will have some room for a bit late lunch at Asakusa later on for ramen / soba ?

( not at Sushi restaurants where only ‘set menu’is available since it will probably too filling . We will also avoid restaurants where always people lining up for a long time, sometimes for hours!   (this includes, Daiwa, Sushi-dai, Iwasa-Zushi…)

Sushi-Zanmai might be good since there are few branch shops at the outer-market. Let me go on a bit more research, please ! We ended up eating at Iwasa-Zushi  it was excellent. 

⇒ Stroll to

  • Ginza, on the way you can see the Kabuki-za theater, and
  • Kapital Denim Store, if wished (located not too far from the theater)
  • If wished, walk through Ginza area while checking the location of

Ippudo ginza, Kagari ramen, Nodaiwa unagi… so that you can go back there if time and your stomach allows for other occasion.

Other recommended places include,

*Mitsukoshi Department Store – one of the most famous / popular store in Tokyo, whose food section is as good as Isetan.

* Muji Store

*Anime Museum – get tickets ahead of time

* Shinjuku Gyoen Park – for cherry blossoms

⇒ subway

  • Asakusa – Sense-ji Budist Temple

Lunch at Namiki soba/ a few other popular soba places./ Ippudo ramen or my recommended Yoroiya ramen, which said to be the birthplace of ‘soy sauce ramen’..one of the authentic Japanese ramen… conveniently located and has small sized one. Whose roast port fillet in ramen is really good !..  you can decide which one you opt for depending on how you feel, how busy the place is etc.. We ended up having lunch at Yoroiya ( so good!).

Walk around check out the shopping &  take a rickshaw ride

⇒ subway

  • Tea break at Ippodo Tea, Marunouchi → Walk back to your hotel

Dinner at Tsuru TonTan – upscale udon restaurant (a high school friend of my husbands took us here). We also had ramen at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka & Tsukiji Kitaro Sushi. (we had a friend who lived in the building above the restaurant take us here it was excellent).

Kyoto HighlightsKinkakuji Temple Golden Temple, Fushimi Inari Red Gates, & Bamboo Forest

Camelia Tea Ceremony – traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony

Cooking Sun – Japanese Cooking Class

Walked around the Gion District and did a Geisha Maiko Photo Shoot – full make-up and dress. You then pose for photos with different traditional back-drops. I don’t recommend it for young children.

Nishiki Market – we love eating and walking through this market. The best matcha ice cream ever! We had a really good meal there as well.

Omakase Sushi – we ate at Matsudaya best sushi I have ever had. We also ate at Mikaku which is a traditional Japanese Steakhouse.

This was one of our favorites trips and we can’t wait to go back!

Four Seasons Tokyo

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Tokyo seems to be the place to go these days, and especially over Spring Break. It’s a busy time in the city because people from all over the world come to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. When I was planning our trip I had a hard time finding a hotel that would accommodate a family of four in one room. The Four Seasons Tokyo at Marunouchi has spacious rooms, and two queen size beds (which is unusual for Tokyo). Unlike some of the other large hotel chains in Tokyo this is a small boutique property. It’s located minutes from Ginza and next to the train station. Being next to the train station was convenient since we were traveling to and from Kyoto. The concierge helped us through the train station, and assisted in purchasing our train tickets to Kyoto. For anyone who’s been to Tokyo navigating the train station is not an easy task. Prior to our arrival, the hotel put us in touch with a guide who helped us plan the perfect itinerary for our family.  I was impressed by the service, decor, and comfort of the Four Seasons Tokyo. We can’t wait to go back as there are so many more things to see and do in Tokyo.

Ham Yard Hotel

Ham Yard Hotel – London, England

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I am just coming back from a week away in Paris and London. I wanted to share our London hotel because it was truly special. Ham Yard Hotel a Firmdale Hotel is nestled into a London side street with an urban village feel. It’s chic, hip, and happening. The attention to detail from the decor, service, and food was beyond our expectations. All 91 rooms are individually designed by Kit Kemp. You walk out your door and you’re in the midst of Soho, just steps away from the West End, Regent Street, and Carnaby Street. The hotel nightlife was popping. They have a bowling alley, screening room, rooftop bar, and multiple restaurants. The rooms are high tech with iPad’s to dim the lights, close the shades, and turn the television on or off. You feel like you are staying in a modern loft with wall to wall windows, and high ceilings. We had several meals at the hotel that were healthy, (we needed that after Paris) flavorful, and fresh. They make it hard to leave the hotel because it is so cozy, comfy, and cool! If you’re heading to London Ham Yard Hotel is a must!

 

The Cape

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I am just returning from a well needed weekend getaway in Cabo. We stayed at the new Thompson Hotel property The Cape Los Cabos. This sleek, modern, beach front property is architecturally stunning. Each room is spacious with a beautiful ocean view, and so tastefully decorated. I loved the balcony with a floating day bed, along with the beautiful copper tub adorning each room. The food was outstanding!. The highlight was Chef Enrique Olvera’s restaurant Manta. The menu is influenced  from the Chef’s native Mexico along with Peru, and Japan. We enjoyed the hotel’s infinity pool over looking the ocean along with the modern outdoor spa. In the evenings you can watch the sunset on the hotel’s rooftop bar, or sip artisanal cocktails at the architectural glass box lounge. It truly was a perfect getaway, and I look forward to my next trip to The Cape.