I could go on and on about all the reasons I adore Sun Valley, Idaho. It’s been a safe and happy escape for me for more years than I can count at this point. My family spent 2.5 weeks there this winter and it was heaven, as always. Just in case you’re planning on escaping California’s horrible ski conditions and heading to some real ski know, here are a few places to hit in town…
The vibe is unreal. Warm, supportive, happy and always welcoming (even to us wannabe locals that float in and out of town when our kids have school breaks). Owner, Danielle Fuller could not be cooler and if you’re up for a complete challenge, but are in need of a mental rejuvenation, instructor Beth Stuart is your girl for a powerful glow.
My Australian brother-in-law noted this was the best Thai food he has had since moving to the states. And he is right. We all crave it when we’re not in town. Their secret is simple – fresh, perfect ingredients. When they run out, they close for the night.
There is nothing more quintessential “winter” than a sleigh ride in the snow. My entire family loved the cozy ride through white fields of snow to the warm, quaint trail creek cabinet for dinner. Hurry, the last ride of the season is Feb 21st.
As a side note…
I can’t wait for the classic Sun Valley Lodge to reopen this summer. Word is the interiors will still feel classic Sun Valley, just freshened. The spa is the new amazing upgrade I’m most looking forward to checking out.
Awesome weekend of work + fun in Santa Monica.
Stayed at the chic Palihouse Hotel just a few blocks from the heart of everything: 3rd Street Promenade shopping, a plethora of yoga, pilates and spin studios + great eats. Palihouse’s chic interiors and amazing coffee bar made up for the fact that they don’t sell cocktails. Ratings before I booked said the service was horrible. I found everyone to be overwhelmingly friendly… just maybe a bit short staffed.
Sugar Fish is no secret to LA Locals for a “roll free” sushi experience. The wait was about 45 minutes but they graciously brought us drinks while we people watched and chatted with the locals. Impeccable, creative presentation and the freshness was on par with sushi I’ve eaten in Hawaii and Cabo.
Shopped along Venice’s Abbott Kinney Blvd. Potentially the birthplace of “So Cal hipster cool” with everything to offer from top notch food and drinks to amazing Interior Design shops and original clothing boutiques. Loved the Australian Bohemian vibe of Flannel and stopped by Aviator Nation for some made-in-California surf sweatshirts for my kids.
One of my favorite things to do is swap cosmetic secrets with my amazingly beautiful and kick ass girlfriends. This is what I’m using and what I love right now. No paid review peeps… just what’s working this very second. Hope you enjoy.
1- Sunscreen: Collagen Moisturizer SPF 15 by Mario Badescu
Lightweight texture, absorbs instantly so you can quickly move on to a bit of concealer, blush & bronzer… done!
2- Perfume: Black Saffron by Byredo
If you don’t buy this perfume for its flawless packaging & branding you will purchase it for the beautiful smell. It’s a more masculine scent than I typically wear but the smoky, citrus, leather and tobacco aroma is slightly addicting.
3- Oil (for your face): Beauty Oil by RMS
I can’t be the only one that feels like night cream is a bit of a heavy drag. This light oil smells like cooking vanilla and makes for lovely moisturized skin by morning.
4- Concealer: Highlighting Concealer Brush by TERRY
Dreamy creamy concealer that covers it all up but is light enough to not show anything but your pretty skin.
5- Skin Perfector: Micro Blur Skin Perfector by Kiehl’s
I bought Micro Blur Skin Perfector with a girlfriend because she heard it was supposed to make your face look “Instagrammed” in real life… sold. I’m not sure if it holds up to that giant promise but it does make for a smooth and creamy base before makeup. Also, mentally I enjoy dreaming of my permanently Instgrammed face!
6- Mascara: Intensifying Long Wear by Bobbi Brown
I literally wear mascara 1 x per month due to the insane process to remove all the mascara from my lashes and face by the end of the day. Not sure if it’s my skin type but I’m always left with raccoon eyes and 20 washes to remove it all. Bobbi’s Long Wear is a dream. It sort of clumps up and comes off in literally seconds. Quickly becoming an everyday mascara girl now!
7- Hairspray: Laque Couture by Kerastase
I used L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray for years simply because every magazine and online review always said it was the very best. Truth is I always thought it was sticky, but I stuck with the expert recommendations until my hair salon gave me a sample of Laque Couture by Kerastase. I swear it leaves my hair soft and will hold the curl through rain or a sweater or a hot summer. Oh and just a spray or two is all you need.
I’m so not a tattoo girl… that type of a commitment gives me chills up and down my spine. But after seeing my “perfect body” yoga instructors at Gather in Ketchum, Idaho rock them flawlessly this summer, I feel like I could get behind the trend.
Love the options you can find over at Lulu dk, a chic online shop for more than just summer tattoos…
What a treat to check out the new Serena & Lily store on our beloved Sacramento Street in San Francisco yesterday!
Sacramento Street is a great “local” shopping district that I wrote about last year as a guest over at Confessions of a Design Geek. Serena & Lily’s first West Coast brick & mortar store is the perfect addition to this corner of the city where boutiques and cafes line the street.
The store will focus on clients who want to peek at products before making online purchases. They graciously welcome interior designers and their clients for a true design studio experience. With a plethora of innovative ways to display their colorful wallpapers, perfectly patterned prints and occasional furniture, the team truly seemed to think of it all. This includes a Living Room for designers to enjoy during client meetings which hosts an impressive gallery of rotating one-of-a-kind art you can pluck off the wall for your own home or for a client.
And, still true to their roots as a company founded in 2003 as a nursery furniture and bedding only venture… they had a sophisticated baby nursery on display, anchored by a new addition to their wallpaper pattern called Herringbone Wallpaper in Fog which I’m REALLY loving.
It’s always a pleasure working and spending time with “team” Serena & Lily. Special thanks to our host and friend, Lydia Cullen, for the gracious tour of the space.