Saturday, February 25, 2017

FASHTRAV: The Honeymoon Year

Allow me to introduce the Honeymoon Year!

Friday, December 23, 2016

A Winter Hot Cocoa!

'Tis the season to snuggle up with a cup of hot cocoa! 
Harry and I love snuggling on the couch in the chilly winter months with a cup of hot cocoa and a good christmas movie. We grab a furry blanket, throw on our PJs, and have a quick quibble about which movie to watch... he loves Elf, I'm a die hard Love Actually fan and then we get to sip the most delicious cocoa recipe ever. 


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

It's Beginning to Look A lot like Christmas!

I am hoping to blog a bit more in December as its my favorite month, so I thought I would do the Christmas tag. I didn’t do all of the questions, but there are a lot! I also shared some photos of my tree- we choose gold, silver and champagne colors on a flocked tree and I fell in love. If you want to know a bit more about how I decorate my tree, check out my post here. I use all of the same baubles from last year + a few new ones each year. I also love watching Lisa Robertson videos on youtube... She is a genius!


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Bob Bob Ricard- Press for Champagne!

I have been so so so so... SO busy doing up the new house that I haven't a second to think. Luckily, Harry and I escaped to Bob Bob Ricard in London- and what a great way to escape! We went on a double date, to the gorgeous art deco style restaurant in Soho on Saturday night. BBR is most famous for their ingenious Press for Champagne button, which we definitely made use of. So decadent! I love their menu, its clean, fresh, and tasty. I ordered the lemon sole goujons for main and the milk ice cream and Amaretto for dessert. Harry however, ordered the BBR signature dessert, (below). A chocolate orb covered in lustering gold dust and filled with passionfruit, chocolate mousse. I think he was in L-O-V-E. 


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Casa Del Mar Wedding Venue

Yay! We finally chose our wedding venue- and let me tell you- it was NOT an easy task. However, I do think I have picked the very best one. The decision was so difficult for me because we were stuck between two very unique venues, The Casa Del Mar and The Vibiana. I was determined to make my decision without having to hop a flight to LA, but flying out was the best decision I ever made. 

I had been leaning toward The Vibiana because of the grandeur. Anyone who has seen the venue in photos must admit the grand entrance definitely packs a punch, but upon going to the actual venue I was a little disappointed. The location was less than stellar and definitely had an impact on the site. The room itself lacked a bit of an it factor for me, I'm not entirely sure what it was. I'm sure many people find the age of the building to be part of its charm, but for me I think paired with the brown, it was a bit blah. It could in part be due to the fact that the windows were all shut for my visit. The second and I think biggest downside to The Vibiana would be their recently made over bridal suite, which is a hideous hue of dark teal- NOT how I envisioned getting ready for the big day. I could see myself having trippy Alice in Wonderland themed panic attacks induced by the room color- it really is THAT bad. 

Anyways, enough about the negatives, let's get to the positives of the CDM. Going straight to a meeting after getting off of the worst flight of your life, (thank you British Airways) is never an easy task, but pulling up to the outside of the hotel we were instantly greeted by several people ready to assist and put you at ease. The inside foyer of the CDM is dramatic and does not show up on google image search as much as it should. The inside exudes understated elegance and I instantly understand the meaning of California Chic. There is a luxurious bar and romantic draped booths, not to mention the room itself (see photos). I mean ... damn. There is a bridal suite and groom's room right next to the ballroom and they are both lovely and elegant, with mini sitting rooms. Gorgeous. 

There are honestly too many pros to list in a blog post, staff (Liz is amazing), service, extras, etc) So if you are having the same dillemmas or are doubting the CDM as a wedding venue, I urge you to go check it out, because I went in there doubtful and totally changed my opinion... which is rare for me!


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Gilded Christmas Tree

Happy Holidays to All!

This is the first year i attempted a designer Christmas tree and I am really quite pleased with the results. I wanted to do a silver tree to match our grey living room, but because I plan to do Maroon and gold when we move on to our forever home I figured I should try to mix the gold and silver, so i don't waste any baubles,

I watched several helpful Christmas tree decorating tutorials on youtube!
Some good tips I got were to 
1. Put shiny baubles on the inside of the tree in order to reflect more light around.
2. I also learned how to make the big bows from youtube
3. Always buy much much more than you think you will need! (This tree has 1,000 lights on it and I think it could have used more personally!)

I bought all of the Christmas tree decorations from 4 stores!
Michael's- Black friday has great deals it was 30% off sale items and most Christmas stuff was on sale- I purchased all of the picks and basic silver and white baubles from here (they are my favorites - so chic! along with the large Camelia flower picks)
I also bought large ponsietta\
Hobby Lobby- I went to Hobby Lobby for the first time- INCREDIBLE- at hobby lobby I bought the ornament hooks (these are a must have as they completely elevate the look of the tree) I also purchased the larger shiny and matte gold baubles.
Macy's- Macy's was very, very expensive in comparison to the other items, but I got some baubles and finials that gave the tree a more luxurious vibe
99c store- I bought some larger filler baubles, bells, stars, reindeer, and the tree topper here! Most of the baubles have glitter on, which I think can look a bit tacky, but the mix made it ok.

Leah! xx

Saturday, September 5, 2015

London Views- Vista Bar at the Trafalgar Hotel

Autumn has finally hit London, but I was lucky enough to catch our last day of the summer sun, while sipping cocktails at Vista, the famous rooftop bar in the Trafalgar hotel. I have been to the top of a lot buildings and rooftop bars in London, but this was by far the BEST view of London I have seen! As you are not too high up or too far down, you can see all the details that make London so charming whilst still being able to take it all in. Plus the location gives access to the best sites- you can see The Shard, The London Eye (below), Big Ben, the tip of Westminster Abbey and of course Trafalgar square. It was so worth the trip up! The cocktails and food weren't too bad either! I had an elderflower and gin cocktail with a Spanish sharing platter. The perfect way to end the summer! 

 Leah! xx
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