Succulent Party at Rolling Greens

Last week my friend Kristi of Currently Crushing hosted a little succulent soiree at Rolling Greens in LA. It was my first visit to a Rolling Greens and what a treat! More then just a nursery, it is this super cool indoor/outdoor space full of plants and unique home and gift items. The whole place was decorated so beautifully I wanted to move in! They really take pride in their displays and are constantly changing the theme of the store by season.

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You are invited to the Rolling Greens Holiday Premieres! Enjoy a first glance at the beautiful store transformations Saturday Nov. 1st at the Culver City store from 8am-4pm and Saturday November 8th at the LA store from 5pm-8pm.

Rolling Greens Culver City 9528 Jefferson Blvd Mon-Sat 7:30am-4pm Sun Closed
Rolling Greens LA 7505 Beverly Blvd Mon-Sat 10am-6pm Sun 11am-6pm

Escape to Holman Ranch

Looking for a unique place to host an event, retreat, holiday party or get married? I’ve got the spot for you…Holman Ranch! Nestled in the tranquil Carmel Valley in Northern California Holman Ranch is absolutely magical. Wade and I were invited up to spend the night, have dinner, and tour the property and we fell in love with the history and breathtaking views. We need an excuse to host a party here! Maybe we can renew our vows for our 10 year wedding anniversary?!

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Holman Ranch offers the ultimate private ranch retreat experience and is a place where anything and everything is possible. Along with being an event venue and having all inclusive packages as well as the a la carte approach, they offer themed retreats such as Culinary Escape, Wine Lovers Delight, Sports, and Great Outdoors. The accommodations are super relaxing and luxurious enough for any event one could dream up. I love this place! There are 10 beautiful guest rooms, each themed with posters from old Hollywood movies and the entire ranch is PET FRIENDLY! During our stay we met a couple and their 2 adorable dogs who live in an RV (one of my “if I win the lottery” fantasies) and writes a blog called GoPetFriendly.com about how/where to travel with your pets. I was fascinated!

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For dinner, our hosts Hunter and Nick had us in the carriage house for a catered family style dinner paired with Holman Ranch wines. It was so festive and I could easily imagine it being the perfect setting for a wedding. With the help of their event professionals, it would be so fun to create your own one of a kind experience.

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Heres a little history of the Holman Ranch. In 1928 a modest Spanish-style hacienda was constructed on the ranch nestled in the Oak trees and was nicknamed “Casa Escondida” or “Hidden House” and served as an exclusive hideaway for Hollywood celebrities like Charlie Chaplin and Theda Bara. In 1940 Clarence Holman of Holman’s Department Store purchased the ranch and converted it from a “gentleman’s retreat” to a resort which hosted many parties and community events. The Holman’s also entertained a bevy of Hollywood’s finest like Joan Crawford, Marlon Brando, Clark Gable and Vincent Price. In 1989 Dorothy McEwen took over, planted vineyards, founded the stables and outfitted the hacienda (which remains 95% original) to accommodate celebrations of all kinds. In 2006 Thomas and Jarman Lowder fell in love with the property and purchased it. They have refurbished and restored it and are continuing the tradition of hosting magical events with the help of their daughter and Director of Hospitality Hunter and son-in-law Nick.

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The hacienda

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The historic Holman Ranch is in Carmel Valley which is the perfect location as you are close to Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey, Pebble Beach, Big Sur and San Francisco. To inquire about having your next event there contact the lovely Director of Hospitality Hunter Lowder at (831) 659-2640 and let your dreams unfold!

Friday Faves

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This week my Friday Faves is dedicated to 2 talented and beautiful men that we lost too soon.

Ikey Owens, the multi-talented Keyboardist and one of my favorite people in Long Beach, passed away last week while on tour with Jack White in Mexico. I was always a big fan of whatever he did…The Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents…these are amazing bands. If you haven’t heard them look them up. I loved running into him around town and at The Prospector. He always had a big smile on his face and gave great hugs. My heart is broken. He will be greatly missed.

Oscar de la Renta, one of the most renowned fashion designers in the world, left us earlier this week. He was an elegant and classy man that really knew how to dress a woman. I have always admired his sense of style and attention to detail. His spirit will always remain in the fashion world and he will continue to be a great inspiration.

This weekend be inspired. Be passionate. Live life. Do what you love and tell those you love that you love them!