Fun

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa

Last month I had a long time client/friend get married on Waikiki Beach in Oahu and we had the pleasure of spending a week on this beautiful island at The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa and it was absolutely fabulous! The lobby was gorgeous, the customer service was top notch, and we were within walking distance of everything. Our room was absolutely amazing with an ocean facing window and ocean view balcony. We spent a lot of time out there. It was paradise!

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The stunning view from our balcony. It doesn’t get much better then this! We actually ordered food to go from Arancino di Mare  on our first night and had a romantic dinner under the stars.

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I loved waking up to a view of the ocean every morning. It felt like a dream!

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The bathroom was spacious and modern with plenty of room for me and the hubs to get ready at the same time. We need this set up at home!

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A “Welcome Mai Tai” and shrimp cocktail at the poolside lounge The Moana Terrace was the perfect way to start our trip!

IMG_3250DK’S Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth with cilantro, Thai basil and mild jalapeños at Sansei was my favorite meal of the trip! How decadent can you get?!

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The Fresh Hawaiian Ahi Carpacciov Garnished with cilantro & chopped peanuts in a Thai chili vinaigrette at Sansei was so fresh and delicious I could of eaten the whole plate myself!

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Beach wedding ready! I am wearing my favorite summer dress by Geisha Designs.

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We rented a jeep for a day for around $100 at the Enterprise that is located in the hotel and gave ourselves a tour of the island. Our first stop was The Dole Plantation. I was obsessed with getting pineapple ice cream and doing the garden maze. It was a complete zoo of tourists but the ice cream was well worth it! Our next stop was the famous Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck in Haleiwa and it did not disappoint. If you like shrimp, garlic and getting messy you are in for a treat. By the time I was done my hands were covered in sauce and I was thrilled to see a giant outdoor sink. With our bellies full of shrimp deliciousness we headed down the road to Waimea Valley where we took a beautiful 1/2 mile walk through the Botanical Gardens to the majestic Waimea Falls where you can swim. It was magical. On the way in/out there is a cafe that serves snacks, beer and wine as well as a gift shop. There is nothing like a cold beer and a little shopping on a hot afternoon!

All in all I found this island to be magical. It dazzled me with its beauty and its wonderful people. I will definitely be back one day. There is still more to eat and see like Pearl Harbor and the Doris Duke house. In the meantime I will just close my eyes and go to my “happy place” on the balcony at The Waikiki Beach Marriott over looking the ocean and try to keep the Aloha spirit alive!

Need help finding the best deals and booking your next trip? My brother and travel agent extraordinaire Derek Albinson can hook it up!

 

Sofitel Wine Days

The Sofitel in Los Angeles is more then just a hotel. It is an international gathering place with beautiful decor, top notch dining at Estérel, and a fabulous lounge, Riviera 31. Right now for Sofitel Wine Days (through October 31st) order a French wine flight during happy hour and graze their vast spread of the most amazing cheese, olives, honey and snacks all for just $15! What a deal! I recently stopped by and experienced it all…happy hour, dinner and a fantastic jazz show!

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The Sofitel Wine Days event takes place during the traditional wine harvest season in France, and offers an opportunity to discover French wines in hotels around the world.

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I could of made a meal out of this delicious spread!

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I absolutely love this outdoor seating area!

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After dinner we walked back into a packed lounge and this amazing jazz band. There are different jazz musicians every Monday night and the doorman told me that Stevie Wonder showed up and played earlier in the year. It was a really fun vibe!

I just want to note our dinner at Estérel. It was to dark to take any good pics but we had a really wonderful meal. To start off the waitress recommended the Strawberry Basil Martini that was sooo refreshing and flavorful but not too sweet, just the way I like a cocktail! Then came a really lovely bread basket full of all different types of deliciousness. We had lamb meatballs as an appetizer which I could of had as an entree because they were so good. They were done Moroccan style with couscous and dates which came as a surprise as I was expecting them to be Italian style in a red sauce. It was a good surprise as they turned out to be my favorite thing! We had a very nice lobster for dinner and really enjoyed the romantic, relaxed vibe of the outdoor dining area. It was a beautiful evening under the stars!

The Sofitel is located at 8555 Beverly Blvd right across the street from the Beverly Center.

Photos by Wade Hammond

 

Sugar Lips With Sara Happ X Sugarfina

I am completely obsessed with Sara Happ lip products! Something so simple as a lip scrub almost seems unnecessary until you try it. Yes, it is one more thing to add to your nightly routine but it is so worth it! I use the Sara Happ Lip Scrub in Brown Sugar and if it happens to get in my mouth it tastes like a chocolate Peep! I slather it on dry lips then wipe it off with a tissue and rinse my lips off with water. Then I apply the Sara Happ Lip Balm and wake up with the softest, most kissable lips! Her One Luxe Lip Gloss is amazing too. She makes the perfect nudes. Checkout her fun event at Sugarfina in Beverly Hills!

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Blogger babe Rossana, Sara Happ and me at Sugarfina in Beverly Hills.

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Friday Faves

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Todays Friday Faves are all about doing! With the recent tragedies in the news it is a big reminder to me to live each day to its fullest, be kind, and tell those you care about that you love them. October is here and although it doesn’t feel like fall in LA I am just embracing the “season” and celebrating! I got my cinnamon broom, something I love to put outside my front door to fragrance my hallway every year, (I hope the neighbors love it as much as I do) and I have had a pumpkin latte or 2. What is your favorite thing about Fall? Here are a bunch of fun things coming up this month. Have a super fun weekend! XO

* I am so excited about Rise of The Jack O’Lanterns! I have never been before but it sounds amazing! 5,000 carved pumpkins!!! They are having it at 2 locations in LA, 1 in San Diego and 1 in NY! I already got tix for October 18th!

* Oktoberfest is officially underway with 2 locations in the LA area. Pomona and Torrance. I have only been to the one in Torrance and I think it’s pretty legit. It’s totally campy and fun, full of all things German!

* Celebrate all things autumn and get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Artisanal LA Fall Show Oct 10-11 at The Reef in downtown LA. Purchase tix here!

* Monday Oct. 5th at 7:30pm The Hammer Museum hosts a conversation with Steve Martin and The New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik in conjunction with its latest exhibit, “The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris” (Oct. 11-Jan. 24). This is free but tix are required.

* Wednesday Oct. 7th at 6:30pm in Pasadena at Vroman’s Chelsea Clinton presents and signs It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!, and it’s packed with facts, anecdotes and schematics that chart out the world’s problems — along with strategies that any average person can use to think globally, act locally and enjoy thoroughly.

 

Friday Faves

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It’s Friday! Yay! I just love all of the fashion illustrations by Megan Hess. They just feel fabulous! I am super excited for the weekend as I have quite a few things going on. I am checking out the new Beauty Collection store in Manhattan Beach which is hosting their grand opening celebration tomorrow, going to explore the new Broad Museum and visiting The Long Beach Museum of Art to see the current show before its gone! What fun things are on your agenda? This week I have so many Friday Faves to share that I had to break it down into categories! Enjoy!

* Shopping CMC Sample Sales Friday Sept. 25th and Oct. 30th. The CMC Saturday Sale Oct. 17th.

* Checkout The Citadel Outlet’s 10th Annual Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, October 3, 2015! It’s going to be huge! Shopping, lunch, wine tasting and it benefits the charity of your choice! It’s a win win!

*It may not feel like fall in Los Angeles yet but the Artisanal LA Fall Show will get you ready to break out the pumpkin spice on Saturday and Sunday, October 10th and 11th at downtown’s The Reef. Get your tix now!

* I love this curated collection of clothes and accessories by Man Repeller X Bloglovin’ titled Dali on the Spanish Riviera!

* Checkout my friend Farron’s weavings as well as other vendors at the Pop Up Shop at Sherman Gallery this Saturday from 12-5!

* Do you love unique, high end, jewelry? (I am thinking of you Laura Arthur) Checkout Gemz.com even if it’s just to look! I saw some very unusual pieces.

* Beauty The new Mani Match App lets you try on a rainbow of over 200 Sally Hansen nail polish shades in real time, on your nails, before you buy. A simple scan of the your hand from any smartphone enables the user to instantly consider and curate your own color choices. There’s no uploading, picture-taking or manual data entry, as the app works in real time. It also generates personalized-for-your-skin-tone color suggestions on demand!

* Love Carmex as much as I do? Checkout their “Straight From Your Lips” campaign to leave product reviews and win prizes!

*Starting September 21st, the global beauty brand Revlon is kicking off the next phase of the LOVE IS ON philanthropic initiative with the LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge . Checkout this message from their Global Brand Ambassador, Olivia Wilde to find out how you can participate!

* Mark your calendar now to tune into HSN on October 29th where Christie Brinkley will be back to share the details behind her skincare collection – Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare! I absolutely love everything I have tried from this line!

* Give your lips a burst of hydrating color with LIP LURE HYDRATING LIP LACQUER from PÜR MINERALS. It’s not non-transferrable like I usually wear but it is rich and creamy which I love! It comes in 5 awesome shades too.

* Now through 9/27 checkout Belli Skincare’s amazing fall event, the annual Belli Birthday Bash! This includes 30% off storewide, buy one get one free options and surprise daily discounts up to 50%.

* Lately I have been using Topganic Shampoo and Conditioner with With Baobab Oil From Africa For Inflated & Split Ends (which describes my hair perfectly) and I love how it maintains the moisture balance in my hair. It lathers nicely and has a light, fresh fragrance!

* Travel I love the idea of going to Mexico to celebrate Día de los Muertos at 5 star resort Grand Velas Riviera Maya! This package looks awesome and starts from $5,600 based on two people sharing and includes: Seven nights’ accommodation in a Zen grand suite all inclusive, 1 Cooking Class led by executive chef of Frida restaurant (Mexican cuisine), 1 Tequila Tasting, 1 Private dinner at room terrace, 50$ Spa Credit, Park entrance to Xcaret on November 2nd for The Festival of Life and Death Traditions Xcaret, and roundtrip transportation Airport-Hotel-Airport.

* The Little River Inn, a family-owned and operated resort located on the Mendocino Coast, is hosting a number of culinary-inspired events and promotions to celebrate this magical time of year. The Annual BEER, WINE & Mushroom Festival looks amazing! In honor of Mendocino’s favorite funghi, the Little River Inn will be offering “MUSHROOM MANIA,” a lodging special for overnight stays booked Sunday – Thursday, November 1 -12, 2015.

* Need a great travel agent to take the stress out of planning? My brother Derek is fantastic and can get you the best deals on all your travel needs like airfare, accommodations, cruises and more!

* Food/Bev To launch a five-year partnership with Water for People, one of the leading water organizations in the world, Absolut Elyx has partnered with a cadre of A-List celebrities to create a short film with purpose. Directed by SNL alum and Portlandia creator Fred Armisen and produced by Orange is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne, the video features actors: Miles Teller, Chloe Sevigny, Tracee Ellis Ross, Taylor Kitsch, comedian George Wallace and musician Aimee Mann among others to highlight the importance of the campaign. Check it out here!

* Fun My momis a huge Pink Floyd fan and insisted I not leave out the upcoming event this Tuesday at movie theaters across the country. See the recent Wall tour on the big screen for one night only at 8pm! Find a theater near you here!

 

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