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A glimpse of my trek.

22 Oct

Sorry about the little hiatus, folks. I’ve been walking the California Coast! And let’s be real – posting regularly has never been my strong suit.

In short, my trip was incredible. I covered ground in Malibu, Ventura, Oxnard, Carpinteria, Montecito, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Pismo Beach, Montana de Oro, Morro Bay, Cayucos, Cambria, San Simeon, Ragged Point, Big Sur and Carmel. Most of it was on foot but for some stretches, I enlisted the help of Uber, buses, Amtrack and strangers.

I’m sure I’ll write about my journey in greater detail at some point, but for now – please enjoy this video created by Darrow Linder with some of my photos and clips.

xo

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Valentine’s Day in Gloss Angeles

8 Feb

Regardless of how you really feel about the holiday, Valentine’s Day arrives in all its splendid pink and red glory every February 14th. However you acknowledge it, here’s a sampling of ways to express your love, or current liaison, in the City of Angels…  

Surprise your special other with a local-ish getaway just 20 miles north of Santa Barbara. Book the Romance Retreat package, enjoy a gorgeous drive up the coast together, then settle in for some camping El Capitan Canyon-style. Guaranteed to satisfy both your outdoorsy and amorous spirits, relax for two nights in one of the signature creekside cabins – complete with king size bed, roomy two-person soak tub and cozy fireplace. 

Available through March 31st, this El Capitan package also includes champagne flutes, French truffles, keepsake blanket and other romantic treats to sweeten your escape.  

To check availability, call 866-352-2729 or go to http://elcapitancanyon.com.   

Kick off the touchy-feely holiday with a Couples Massage Course at The Sports Club/LA on Sunday, February 13th at 4:00 PM.  Acclaimed expert in the art of bodywork, Nami Ishimori will teach her student couples how to explore the intimacies of massage in a private event environment. Bonus: Each couple graduates with a gift of massage oil.

To make a reservation, call Matt Lee at 310-473-1447 x109. The Sports Club/LA |1835 South Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles

Not looking for a getaway just yet, but want to up the ante with an exceptional dinner? 

You can never go wrong with a reservation at Koi, but on Monday the restaurant will be honoring St. Valentine by offering a special tasting menu with dishes like The Lovers: Surf & Turf and Cupid: Tuna Tataki. Or share a signature Koi Kiss nightcap (vodka, strawberry puree, lemon, and splash of champagne) by candlelight at the bar. 

Koi Restaurant Los Angeles | 730 N. La Cienega Blvd | 310-659-9449

Already armed with a perfect plan, but still looking for some rich chocolaty finishing touches?

No one knows dessert like Sweet Lady Jane and she never disappoints when it comes to chocolate. Put in a call now and order a few Chocolate Raspberry Tarts – delectable pastries filled with whipped ganache, fresh raspberries and chocolate cylinder curls.

Or stop by the shop and share a slice of show-stopping Old Fashioned Chocolate cake. Irresistible to even the most luke warm-dessert lover, layers of dark chocolate cake are flawlessly filled with French chocolate buttercream, then frosted with Belgian chocolate ganache and mounds of imported chocolate curls.

Sweet Lady Jane | 1631 Montana Ave, Santa Monica | 310-254-9499  

Just looking to grab a drink or two?

Stop by Bar NINETEEN12 at the Beverly Hills Hotel for some posh fireside ambience and heart-shaped jelly shot cocktails, featuring floral ingredients from violets, elderflowers, hibiscus and roses.

 For a more beachy-cas environment, cruise over to the Malibu Lumber Yard patio and cozy up with one of the various hot chocolates at ChocolateBox Café.

On a tight budget… Not-so-much looking to wine and dine, but still want to pay homage to cupid?

Sure you can stop by Fred Segal Santa Monica or Satine on West 3rd, but if you want to save 40% (for a limited time) on a Samantha House bauble, make it a point to visit her website and type in LOVE at checkout. If she adores wearing cocktail rings and you aren’t quite ready to buy the ring, check out the Asteroid Rings – sexy, edgy, and fun. Just like her!

And if you’re planning a simple dinner under the stars or just kickin’ it homestyle, spice things up with some satin sheets from Anna’s Linens. Swap out your ordinary picnic blanket for a sexy red satin sheet, or surprise him with a bed made in sultry chocolate satin. Whatever shade(s) you choose, you’re sure to stay well within the love budget.   

However humble or grandiose you decide to do Valentine’s Day, may you spread the love in style …

xo

Girls Getaway: Bacara Resort & Spa

10 Oct

THE PLAN: Escape from the city for a girls’ getaway weekend road trip. 

THE MOTIVE: Decompress, unleash and indulge a little.

THE PLAYERS: Three 30-something So Cal women – a doctor, a therapist and a writer.

This trip has become somewhat of a tradition in our circle. A few days of sheer girl-time to get away from the stress of Los Angeles (Yes east coasters: stress exists here, too), career pressure and if we’re being honest: men. Flip flops, bathing suits and cool car music are the necessities; Makeup and Manolos are optional. The quick getaway’s an attainable dangling carrot we look forward to months prior.

More often than not, we travel north to avoid any drama the 405 would surely introduce. This late spring, we opted for Bacara Resort & Spa in northern Santa Barbara. With the exception of attending a few sporadic weddings, we hadn’t actually stayed there since the resort’s launch almost a decade before.

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Halloween is for The Birds

25 Sep

 

CALLING ALL FILM BUFFS!!

Mix Halloween weekend up this year  and cruise out to Ojai Valley Inn & Spa for their Outdoor Classic Film Series.

On Saturday, October 30th, the Series is presenting Alfred Hitchcock’s classic The Birds.

A Q&A with actress (and mom to Melanie Griffith) Tippi Hedren kicks off the evening at 6:15pm. The movie follows at 7:15pm. Profits from this event will be donated to Help of Ojai, The Shambala Preserve and Share Our Strength.

 $25 per person.

Purchase tickets online at brownpapertickets.com.

Ojai Lavender Fest

4 Jul

The Annual Ojai Valley Lavender Festival was last weekend at Libbey Park. Always such a lovely town to visit – especially if  you’re a big spa, hiking, golf or antiquing fan.

The event featured everything from lavender candles, lotions and scrubs to lavender cookies, jam and ice cream. Myself, I left with a sterling silver ring made from an antique spoon and an almond oil body scrub made with coffee grounds. (Yup, quite possibly the only visitor who came away with nothing lavender. Always the black sheep.)

Here are a few pictures from the festival…

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For more info: http://www.ojaivalleylavenderfestival.org/