A few weeks ago, I got to visit with some amazing people (both the Caroline Herrera and Disney teams) out in California for work. When we rolled up to the BeverlyHills Hotel I knew I was about to experience some true Hollywood glamour. Because I’m a design geek I spent some time just admiring the outside of the hotel and maybe one of the most on-point logos of all time.
As I walked through the hotel and down the corridor – a path coated in
A cool salmon pink, trimmed in green with brass accents – I knew this place was designed for me. While I can’t share much about the hotel aside from that walk to the restaurant, I was sure it was designed just for me.
The BeverlyHillsCabana Cafe is someplace I was hoping to get some time to visit so when we were invited in by the delightful team there I literally adjusted our entire week schedule in order to find a way to breakfast in this Cali institution.
I brought a friend along and we decided to start out morning off with cocktails. (We got caught up in the ambience. Seemed like the thing.) I had an Instagram-Worthy vodka and watermelon choice, because I can’t resist a good ombré. We enjoyed our egg breakfasts in the most glamorous shaded booth. While relaxing on the striped cushions, we took in the pink walls covered with perfectly manicured climbing ivy, and admired the mirrored sconces over each table. To our left- the most charming grouping of tables, which led to the hotel‘s iconic pool. I wanted to cancel the rest of my day, grab my white high waisted bikini and make myself a part of the scene but unfortunately after the most glam brekkie ever we were forced to switch to coffee because we had some work to tend to.
Thank you for having me in team Bev Hills. I can’t imagine how glam the rest of the place is- but fully intend to check it out when I come back to Cali on the book
Ok so, Palihouse is adorable. Years ago I stayed at the Palihouse in west Hollywood and was smitten with the design so when the Carolina Herrera team flew me to Cali and asked where I wanted to stay – Palihouse.
When my car pulled up to the gate at the Santa Monica location before I even took my luggage out I put this photo up “so, the hotel’s dope” because take one look at it and you just know you’re about to like the place.
The front courtyard felt old, European almost, but with its own touches of Cali-cool
Charm – palms surrounding the door, a paint dipped picnic area with vintage inspired basketed bikes ready to be driven around the front fountain, past the Baci Bal area on out to the beach.
Instead I had some checking in and checking out of the space to do.
The lobby shocked me- I didn’t realize the design of this Pali was so different that my last Pali! A dark library-esque feel suited the entire building (which was built in 1925. My home was built in 1905, so an old space and creaky floors decked in rich design is my absolute life. ) a burning fireplace, leather chesterfield coaches, rich green booths sat under tall Windows and light pours in those to light up other design elements like stags, floral trays, dark walls, wicker tables, velvet dusty pink seating and a personal favorite – a long thin wooden table in the middle
Of the room to bring it all together. (With small P’s painted on each chair). The the details are really special here. The hand-operated elevator , deep hallways with dark paintings, framed hardly noticeable feathered wreaths hidden around corners. My suite (which I got into with an actual key, not an electronic key) was a bit brighter than the downstairs. A velvet green coach, and a pink ottoman sat next to a built-in shelf full of old classic books. The pheasant filled wallpaper changed in print and color as I explored each room – orange and cream in the bedroom, gold in the hallway, a deep hunter green in the bathroom. The large bedroom had Windows that opened (and stayed open most of my trip since the weather was so breezy), a small stag above be bed and a painted dog on an easel in the corner. There was a full kitchen and small table around the corner. Across from the room, there is a hallway with a seated vanity and the small but charming bathroom.
So you get it I was obsessed with the design. a very Me mix. But what I found even more impressive was the kind staff.
I like two very different kinds of hotels – huge luxury resorts and boutique hotels with amazing designs and a sweet staff because I really feel at home. This hotel fit the bill.
The staff was Overly accommodating. Polite and not uptight (which is how I want to treat people and be treated in return.) they even brought me coffee to the room and welcomed me with a bottle of wine – this hotel just gets me.
Note: they don’t have their liquor license yet so you can’t pop by for a drink just yet. You can however hang in the lobby and snack, or meet a friend for a fresh juice and other snacks they serve downstairs.
I’m an artist so of course I took photos of nearly everything that stopped my in my tracks- which was often in Paris. My advice for travelers is to be a tourist.
See everything you can because each cathedral, each museum, each cafe was so beautiful in it’s own way.
I will never forget this trip and will be bringing it to the drawing board asap.
Thank you to Park Hyatt Vendome and Four Seasons Georges V for treating me like a princess in town. Thank you to my husband who forced me to take a minute out of a busy schedule and travel. And thank you to the city of Paris for a life-changing experience.
We were greeted promptly by the warm hotel staff and hundreds of perfectly placed fresh flowers on the lobby floor. The hotel is located just off of the Champs-Élysées and about a mile from the Eiffel Tower (yes we could see it from our room.)
The room was bright, airy and decorated with 18th century furniture. Light blues and creams and what really stood out to me about this room and the hotel was that not a single design detail has been overlooked. Everything felt very Parisian- as if we were staying in a cozy French apartment of our own decorated in rich layered fabrics, ornate frames and thick, tassled trimming.
Oh and did I mention, the two sets of french doors in the room opened to a balcony that overlooked Paris. Possibly the best place to enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a trip.
My memories of this dream hotel will be of pianos, afternoon tea, high ceilings and sparkling chandeliers. And I can’t wait to return.
Paris was so inspirational. The fact that a place like this exists is so humbling.
Breathtaking views that just go on for miles and miles. The palaces, the monuments, the carousels around every corner. We found ourselves changed people by the end of the trip and just fell completely in love with the city. (I’ve heard of that happening before but this trip was a real game changer for me.)
Aside from the views, on views, on views- the cafe lifestyle was so refreshing to be a part of. The French take time during their day to stop at a cafe and enjoy a coffee or tea. They sit for a while and the seats face the street so you can just stay a while and watch the world around you. Slowing down a bit was a lesson for me that I won’t soon forget.
My job in the fashion & lifestyle industry has taken me to places I’ve ever imagined. When I designed my company I thought most work would be done from the desk in my tiny office, instead I’ve been to places like Vienna, Canada, London, Oxford- and now, Paris.
The hotel was beautiful of course. Weary from the long flight, we were welcomed with a gift in room by the kind staff. Imagine my awe when the windows in the room opened (windows in hotels OPEN?!) to a courtyard of symmetrical, ivy filled windows. How. Very. Parisian.
Every morning I just stood there in the windows for a few minutes to take it in before we hit the streets. I’m am really looking fwd to bringing these window-memories into an illustration soon.
The location of this hotel was everything. Place Vendôme is a square in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France, located near the Tuileries Gardens and it is the starting point of the Rue de la Paix. Being in the middle of it all (near the louvre, the opera house and of course the shopping) is so helpful when traveling oversees, and this hotel was a two minute walk to everything.
Best part of the room? The bathroom, filled with brass fixtures, heated floors, double closets and all of the luxury travel amenities you might need (loofahs to nail kits) was a highlight. A bubble bath in Paris? – yes please. Not to mention the room had automatic blinds and velvet pillows on the worlds comfiest bed.
The hotel staff was kind and helpful. We saw them often at the amazing breakfast
bar in the morning, and again later at night when we hit the outside garden cocktail bar.
Looking fwd to sharing more photos of our trip here with you in the next few days.
I spent this past weekend traveling through Atlanta and Miami–with my friends at La Prairie–for a few fun events. I got to turn their already glowing clients into true golden girls on paper, in celebration of their new Cellular Radiance Fluide (It’s made with gold, people!).
The clients were amazing. The weather wasn’t too bad either (more like awesome)– it was nice to get out of the snow for a bit! Exploring the cities on my down time was a huge plus as well.
I’ll say it, this job definitely has its perks. I have a few visits with them next month as well, follow along on instagram to stay in the loop!
We decided to get ourselves back to one of our favorite places on earth this holiday season- Quebec City (or as I like to call it a real life snow globe.)
I’ve actually been getting calls and questions about it since our return and the general answer is : “Yes. It really is that beautiful. ” We stayed at one of my favorite places..in my opinion the only place to stay in town – Le Chateau Frontenac. Walking home in the snow each night to this beautiful building was so magical.