Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hotel Review: The Elan Hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.

At the crossroads of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood lies the fantastic Elan Hotel. The moment I walked into the hotel, I was instantly greeted with pleasure and smiling faces, and knew I had picked the right hotel for my stay in Beverly Hills. 

The boutique hotel blends contemporary design with desirable function, and is located in a convenient, trendy, location. Conveniently for me, the Beverly Centre is located right across the hotel, amongst many other LA hotspots. 

The bedroom was beautiful, simple, and cozy. Their custom-made king size beds were extremely comfortable with down comforters and pillows that you just sink into and never want to leave. Of course, it being Los Angeles, you must leave and explore the city! No time for sleep.

This was a small, yet beautiful touch that was presented to us when we arrived. Mini water bottles, tea, mints, chocolate, and even a hand written card welcoming us to The Elan Hotel. I may be an old school gal, but there is nothing better than a hand written, personalized card.

The room was spacious enough for two people. Of course if you need a bigger room, the hotel does have a few suites. The Elan Hotel consists of only 54 rooms. The hotel is small and intimate; exactly what I was looking for in a hotel. If you are looking for something cozy, clean, and of course one that delivers the best service, The Elan Hotel is the perfect Beverly Hills spot.

Big and spacious meeting rooms for anyone staying for business.

A gorgeous lobby.

And of course my favourite part...the complimentary wine and cheese reception every evening between 5-7pm serving all different types of cheeses, crackers, and unlimited white and red wines.

Other things to note about The Elan Hotel:
  • They have complimentary breakfast every morning.
  • Complimentary WIFI is included with your stay.
  • They have 24 hour concierge service.  
  • There is only valet parking ($24.00US).
  • Every room has a fridge incase you want to stock up on food and/or drinks. 
  • Be sure to walk over to the Sofitel Hotel for some fabulous martinis!

Thanks to Joel and William for a lovely stay at The Elan Hotel!

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Restaurant Review: Culina Modern Italian in Beverly Hills, California

Culina at the Four Seasons Hotel is an absolutely amazing restaurant if you're visiting Beverly Hills! I was in California for one week just recently, and ate at a ton of fabulous restaurants, and have to say that Culina was definitely one that stood out for me. Culina is all about a modern twist on Italian cuisine and considering I love Italian food, I had to see what this was all about. The restaurant has a beautiful ambiance inside and outside. Of course, we chose the outside seating as we Canadians never really get hot weather. 

The restaurant is located right inside the Four Seasons Hotel--a great location!

The indoor ambiance. 

They have a mouth-watering menu. Everything from Spaghetti with garlic & white wine sauce to Ahi Tuna in a lemon-basil seasoning to pizzas with everything on it! They also have gluten-free choices, which is great. 

Some delicious garlic bread with olive oil to start off. 

The outdoor ambiance. Very comfy couches with tons of pillows to get cozy. Areas of the outside were covered with a tent to keep the sun out of your eyes. The entire area was decorated with beautiful plants, flowers, and even real lemon trees!

This particular dish was the Spaghetti Con Gamberi which is spaghetti with sautéed shrimp, pancetta, Calabrian chili, in a shrimp sauce. This dish is for the meat and seafood lover. 

When you're a chicken lover, like myself, the Orrecchiette is your dish! Pasta with mustard chicken, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, baby spinach, and bread crumbs. DEE-LICIOUS! 

Boyfriend & I enjoying our meals.

The restaurant also features a great drink menu so definitely grab a couple of martinis while you're there! The menu is reasonably priced with good quality food. You can even spot a celebrity or two grabbing a bite here.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hello from sunny LA!

Just finished a week long trip in Los Angeles and I feel like I need another vacation! Having been to LA a few times now, I can definitely say it's one of those place you can never really get tired of visiting. There is always so much to do and see. This trip was more about visiting family and friends, but we did take in some amazing sights, visited the most beautiful vineyards, and ate at some delicious restaurants. Be sure to check back in a few days to read about #myweekinLA. 

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Life In Photos.

I'm just one of those people that stop and 'snap' everything. Photos to me, are everything. My boyfriend always says to me "just enjoy the moment." But the moment will eventually go away and I want to capture it before it's gone. 

Enjoy my life in photos:

Nothing like a cup of Italian espresso in the morning. 

Enjoying 'Scoops' ice-cream on Lakeshore.

In case you missed this look on the blog: 
Hat Le Chateau  |  Top French Connection 

The beautiful buildings I captured in Melbourne, Australia.

More of my style. Enjoying my favourite season. Summer, of course!

I'm not a big 'flowers' kinda gal. But every once in a while, I can appreciate these beauties. 

My workplace. Couldn't love this more. 

Beautiful dresses worn by beautiful ladies. Bridesmaid dresses from a friends wedding a few weeks ago.

My lovely guy, who loves his garden more than anything. He grows everything: tomatoes, eggplant, chilies, every kind of herb you can think of, and more! 

These clouds caught my attention....while driving. 

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Digital Sketches.

I'm not the best artist out there, but sketching does relax me. I love a nice rainy day in, where I can just loose my mind in a fashion sketch. Yes, I only do fashion. I don't (can't) draw anything else. This was something I drew last night on my iPad. I always stop every few minutes and take snapshots of my progress. It is so interesting to see how the outfit evolves. And sometimes what you had in mind is totally different on paper. 

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Outfit of the Day: Casual Thursdays.

Hat Le Chateau  |  T-Shirt Cynthia Rowley  |  Pants Winners

There are not many days you'll find me strolling around in flat shoes, however, when I do, I thoroughly enjoy them. Today was a comfy day for me, so I put on my fave pair of printed pants, and a simple white t-shirt. When pairing tops with printed pants, remember, not much needs to be done. If you want to dress-up this look, throw on a blazer and heels, and you're good to go out for drinks. 

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Outfit of the Day: Indian Hippie.

I recently attended Canadian Philippine Fashion Week and decided what other event would I get all culturally dressed up for? The main event, which contained all the designers and their small or big collections, was absolutely marvellous. There is so much great talent in Canada, and you get to see that at events like this. Not to mention that the event was also for charity. Fashion for a good cause? Always my kind of event! 

Jumpsuit Purchased in India  |  Bangles & Neclace Purchased in India  |  Shoes Sam Edelman  |  Headpiece Urban Outfitters 

I absolutely love my one piece jumpsuit I purchased in India on my travels. It it one of the most comfortable things I own, and super chic. With an outfit like this you don't normally have to go crazy with accessories, however, when attending CPFW, I always like to dress it up a whole lot more. Never be afraid to take risks when it comes to fashion. I mean it's only fashion...right?

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