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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Whirlwind West Coast Weekend

My husband, baby girl, and I spent two very short days in southern California over the weekend!  My study abroad roommate was getting married in Beverly Hills, and we really wanted to be a part of her wedding, so we hopped on an airplane ("hopped" = dragging bags and strollers and carseats and suitcases) and flew to sunny Los Angeles.

When we arrived, we drove to Brentwood to meet one of my friends and her sweet baby boy.  We passed through Santa Monica on the way- it's such a cute town.  We checked out the Pacific Ocean and the TALL palm trees too.

We went to the Brentwood Country Mart, which is such a cute place to spend an afternoon. 

The Country Mart was built in 1948 and looks like a red barn.  But don't let its looks deceive you- inside the "barn" are fantastic stores like Roberta Roller Rabbit, Calypso, Malia Mills, James Perse, and Selima Optique. 

We ate lunch at Country Mart's FarmShop, which was fantastic. The owners are chefs with impressive resumes that include Bouchon, the French Laundry, and Il Bulli. If you are in the area, I highly recommend spending a couple hours at the Country Mart and having lunch at FarmShop. It's laid back and lovely.

After lunch, we headed to our hotel in Beverly Hills.  It was beautifully decorated, full of Murano chandeliers, antiques, and comfortable seating areas.

I loved this large quartz object and can't wait to do something similar in an upcoming project!

The elevators were painted with chic pairs of topiaries.

The flower arrangements were to die for.  I particularly liked how they placed tightly wrapped bouquets at varying angles in large clear glass cylindrical vases.

The hotel pool was just as beautiful as the interior of the hotel.  I never get tired of striped lounge chairs.

Aren't the green and white pagoda tents so relaxing?

 The awning is so fab.

Although we didn't spend much time there, Rodeo Drive is exactly what you would expect- rows of designer shops dotted with palm trees and fancy cars.  It reminded me a lot of Worth Avenue. 

I love the ivy-covered facade at Stella McCartney.

Dinner Friday night was at Wolfgang Puck's Spago.  The food was just as amazing as you would expect.

Of course, the real reason we were in town was to attend my friend's wedding.  Mindy Weiss knows how to put on a good show, wow.  The wedding was truly unlike anything I've ever seen before.  The food, the band, the flowers were all just amazing.  Most importantly, it was so wonderful to spend such a special night with dear friends.

 Here is a quick phone pic of our table's centerpiece. 

Sunday morning, still on east coast time, we headed down the street to the Beverly Hills Hotel for an early brunch. 

You can't help but feel glamorous as you head towards the pink stucco hotel lined surrounded by the tallest palm trees I've ever seen.

Cute boys wearing pink polo shirts park your car, and you enter under a portico painted with thick green and white stripes.  It feels very Dottie Draper-esque and reminds me of The Greenbrier.

We didn't have a ton of time to explore, but I did catch a few glimpses of the iconic palm tree wallpaper.

This TALL Murano chandelier was so beautiful.

Smoking might be out of fashion, but I just had to grab a pic of this huge malachite ashtray by the front door.

It sat beside a pair of concrete monkeys.

Although I may or may not be currently bidding on some malachite, my only souvenir of the trip was matches from the Beverly Hills Hotel.  I can't wait to add them to my collection

We had such a limited time that I feel like we didn't even scratch the surface of LA!  But I am already (mentally at least) planning my next trip back!


Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

Thanks for the tour...I have never been to the 90210! The first picture of the palm trees is stunning! xx

Southern Princess said...

Great pics! Love the hotel and glad to see I'm not the only one who snaps pics of flower arrangements! I just finished blogging about my west coast vacation. I love LA! xoxo

LiveLikeYou said...

What a fun trip! I love LA and all retro glam designs there. Thanks for sharing!

traci zeller designs said...

So fab, and such fun!!!

Meta Musings said...

Sounds like you had a great time! I was at farmshop too this weekend! xx

ABC said...

Your trip looks like so much fun, and I have fallen in love with that hunk of quartz and of course now must have one for a room in my house!

Mary Catherine said...

Looks like you had a great time! It looks like you stayed at The Peninsula. My favorite hotel!

Rebecca said...

Loved seeing you! I think for such a quick trip, you covered a lot of ground!

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