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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

 

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!

 

A Staycation at The Residence Inn Marriott LAX

Happy Labor Day! Given the holiday, I thought today would be the perfect time to talk about “staycations”. I think that the one night vacation is a thing of beauty. Have you ever tried it? It is a great way to just get away, relax and recharge without going very far or even leaving your own city. We recently spent a night at the new The Residence Inn Marriott at LAX and did just that. It was a fun little mini get away!

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The entire hotel was full of cool, modern LA based art. I especially loved the color changing picture behind the front desk showing a mash up of all things iconic to LA.

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Chillin in the lobby…

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The lobby is very comfortable and spacious and offers plenty of places to sit and relax and is also where they serve their FREE hot breakfast in the morning! They have a flight monitor, luggage scale, and FREE WIFI throughout the hotel which is convenient for travelers.

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All of the rooms are fresh, spacious suites with large live/work areas and full kitchens. You are encouraged to bring your own food and beverages but if you don’t have time you can have them grocery shop for you! There is even a bbq area out by the pool. If you would rather just pick up a bite to eat there they have 3 of my faves…Starbucks, Jersey Mike’s, and Z Pizza. Our room had a 180 degree view of airport runways which is perfect for aviation geeks!

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Lounging by the fire pit at night with a glass of wine is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoor space and unwind!

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One of my favorite parts of this one nighter was the robot butler. He is a prototype that they are trying out. I requested a shower cap in the morning and this showed up at my door. I was impressed and he was so darn cute. Its the future people, get ready!

I would highly recommend a “staycation” at The Residence Inn Marriott LAX if you are looking to relax, have work to do or have an early flight to catch. It’s conveniently located blocks from the airport with a free shuttle every 20 min., is close to the beaches that you can access by their Ocean Express Trolly, and close to the 405 for easy access into LA.

Have you had a “staycation” lately? I would love to hear all about it!

 

Friday Faves

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Happy Friday Everyone! I can’t believe the weekend is here again already. Woohoo! I have a ton of friends with birthdays this weekend so I will be partying! I guess I get along well with Leo’s! What are you up to? Here are some of my faves this week…

* I want to give a special Happy Birthday shout out to my friend Sarah. Today is her actual birthday and she is going to be sipping a 40 out of a paper bag watching Straight Outta Compton while I’m working. Being a huge fan of East and West coast rap (especially from the 80’s and early 90’s) and N.W.A. this movie is def on my radar.

* Love designer clothes and accessories but not the hefty price tags? Check out Vestiaire Collective a designer resale site!

* The perfect way to ease out of summer and into fall is with the Rooftop Film Club in LA, NY, and London! Next up in LA is The Big Lebowski on Wed. Aug 26th at 8pm.

* Aug 15th at 3pm in LA there is an LA Beard and Moustache competition. I am slightly intrigued and slightly grossed out.

* On what would of been his 95th birthday, Aug. 16th at 3pm, San Pedro. CA will host The Laughing Heart – A Tribute to Charles Bukowski.

* Check out everything else going on this week in LA here!

* I have a lot of friends who are having babies these days and I just love Children Inspire Design. Eco-friendly, inspiring, global art for children.

* I’ve been using ProfilePRO shampoo and conditioner for the last month and love what it does for my dry, bleached hair. Its really cool, you fill out a hair questionnaire online and they whip up a custom blend just for your hair AND they put your name on the bottles. This would be perfect for girls going off to college, sharing a bathroom! Right now through Aug. 28th take 40% off a trial size with coupon code: LL40OFF

* I just heard about Try The World and I think its brilliant! It is a subscription box curated with specialty foods from different countries. The perfect gift for any foodie! This month’s box is France and looks amazing! Discover the world through food!

* If you are going to be in Chicago between now and the end of the year and plan on going on a major shopping spree you  might want to check out this amazing deal with Le Méridien Chicago and Neiman Marcus! Located just steps away from one of the country’s most elite shopping destinations, LE MÉRIDIEN CHICAGO – OAKBROOK CENTER has joined forces with Neiman Marcus to offer their exclusive Neiman Marcus Shopping Package. Priced at $1,059, the Neiman Marcus Shopping Package encompasses all things luxury. Guests can enjoy a one-night stay in one of the hotel’s chic rooms, granted to private access to Le Meridien’s Executive Club and Club Lounge, a $1,000 Neiman Marcus Gift Card, and enjoy a personalized experience with their own stylist and a Beauty Insider Appointment. The Neiman Marcus Shopping Package also includes a luncheon for two at the new NM CAFÉ, the perfect complement to a day of much needed R&R

 

Welcome to the Sunburst Calistoga

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I love to travel and I especially love cool boutique hotels. I haven’t actually stayed here (but I want to!) so I can’t rate its fabulousness on anything other then its looks! I don’t usually post about places I haven’t experienced myself but these pictures charmed me. I love the city of Calistoga and this looks like a great way to go to save money on accommodations so you have more to spend on wine! 😉

The Sunburst Calistoga is a lively and freshly renovated destination providing a distinctly Calistogan experience at a great value. An alternative to the upscale, luxury Calistogan resorts and spas, guests of The Sunburst can enjoy the property’s natural mineral pools and take advantage of the hotel’s close proximity to mud baths, wineries, vineyards, restaurants and world-class hiking and mountain biking trails all set against the relaxed charm of Calistoga in Northern Napa Valley, a breezy 90-minute drive from San Francisco.

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“Calistoga feels like a completely different world from the rest of Napa Valley,” says Sunburst General Manager Ryan Gourd. “Known for the hot springs and mud, it’s become synonymous with relaxation. The Sunburst provides a casual and approachable experience that is every bit as rewarding as those offered by the Calistoga luxury resorts and spas. It is the perfect getaway for the traveler who wants to disconnect.”

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Discovered and used by the region’s Wappo American Indian tribe, the hot springs of Calistoga continue as a fixture for the community. Sunburst’s guests benefit from Calistoga’s famous hot spring mineral water in three on-site mineral pools heated to temperatures between 80 to 104 degrees. It is generally accepted by the Western and Eastern communities that soaking in these mineral waters, heated by the Earth’s mantle, will help maintain wellness while revitalizing skin, calming nerves, detoxing your system and refreshing oxygen levels. Guests are invited to make unlimited use of these refreshing pools during their stay. Limited day passes are also available for non-hotel guests.

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Playful and lively with a retro edge, accommodations at The Sunburst are designed for casual comfort. Rooms feature queen- or king-size beds with plush bedding, rainfall shower heads, Keurig coffee makers, mini fridges and complimentary in-room snacks. Wi-fi covering entire hotel grounds is available to guests at no extra cost. A pet-friendly hotel, The Sunburst has designated rooms for pet stays and amenities to include pet beds, welcome treats, a dog-friendly concierge service and privacy sign for pet safety.

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Calistoga, an established American Viticultural Area, is home to prestigious wineries and vineyards such as Chateau Montelena, Araujo Estate Wines, Schramsberg Vineyards, Clos Pegase Winery and Castello di Amorosa. With several wineries and vineyards within walking distance, guests may choose to set out on foot or rent bicycles from The Sunburst for about town exploring. Napa Valley is also regarded for its olive oils, and within Calistoga are award-winning producers such as Calistoga Olive Oil Company, which received a Best in Show Award in the 2014 Napa Valley Olive Oil Competition.

Right now enjoy up to 30% off midweek rates by booking through this link or using the code “SUMRFUN” when booking at The Sunburst Calistoga.

 

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