Viceroy

I love when we go to new places for inspiration. When we stayed in California, we were truly all over the place. We stayed at the Hilton in Anaheim, then ventured to Venice to stay at a townhouse I rented for the week. It was a dump. DUMP plus the safety of the actual place was terrible.  So we packed our bags and managed to get the very last room at the Loews in Santa Monica for one night on the 4th of July. Pure luck or just a lot of stuff on my mind, I had made a reservation at the Viceroy months prior and forgot to cancel the reservation. So off we moved to the Viceroy for the last 6 days of our trip. That was a blessing and seriously an amazingly beautiful place to stay.

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Part of the lobby at the Viceroy. Pops of green everywhere.

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Marble entry greeting guests into the suites. Definitely my bathroom inspiration for the new home.

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Barn Style door meet pocket door. I am totally taking this idea and running with it.

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I cannot wait to return.

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Cali Part 2

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After we left Anaheim, we headed to Venice. It was a short stay in Venice, more like 2 hours. The place I rented was a dump to say the least.  The safety of the place was also questionable. The window screens had HUGE gaps in it where the kids could actually fall out of the second story windows. Fast thinking ,along with a spotty internet connection at 5pm in the 4th of July no less, got us the very last two rooms in Santa Monica at Loews.  We packed up the kids and the car again and off we went. We were expert packers at this time, and the kids just rolled with it.

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We hit the pier area in Santa Monica that night. The next morning we went on our way to the Viceroy. I had made reservations there back in January and totally forgot to cancel them. Truly a miracle considering our accommodation issue we were dealing with. It was magical and completely what we needed to chill out.

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That night we headed back to Venice and it was food truck night. There were literally 30 or more trucks lining the street on Abbott Kinney. It was wild. You name it, they had it.

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The next day we hit the road early to make our way into Hollywood. The amount of  things we did that morning is unbelievable. We went to see some stars on Hollywood Blvd. We then made our way into the Hills to try to get to the Hollywood sign at the closest point. On our way there, I almost knocked my head clear off my neck when I bumped into a massive branch. I swear I couldn’t focus for hours. Between all that, our car got towed and we had to walk over a mile to retrieve it. On our way back, we drove through Beverly Hills to see Villa Blanca. That was about 4 hours of fun, so the pool and a few mimosa were waiting for us back at the Viceroy.

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The kids waited patiently for our ride after we walked in the heat for almost two miles to get it.

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Here is the branch that literally almost did me in. I swear I have a divot in my head there now.

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I really think Alex was going to cry from pure happiness when we stopped at this place. I think I took over 50 pictures as proof that she was really there.

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If you have been to SoCal, do you have any family spots that are must sees?

Cali Prt 1

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We crammed so much into our California trip each day. The first leg of our trip was for Miss P to compete at the Nationals Irish Dance competition in Anaheim. She was scheduled to compete on a Wednesday, but we arrived early Sunday. We decided since Disneyland was literally right next door, we would make a few day excursions there. Plus, we had to get in practicing for competition as well.

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Those days were a blur actually. We tried to fit everything in with the park, practice, pool and changing our room three times. It was crazy but we all kept it together and had a blast.

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This was the sunset the eve of competition. It was such a hot pink. Beautiful.

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And to cap things off, a little good luck throw into the “wishing fountain” for crossed feet and major jump holds.

St. John

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So back in April we went to St. John. It isn’t an easy to jaunt to actually get there, but once you do, it is paradise. I love the windy roads, coral beaches, warm water, slow living and breezes off the water. The kids loved being there. I know when they dipped their toes back in our ocean they were highly disappointed.

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S loved the water. He was thrilled looking at all the fish and splashing around. I didn’t think I would get him out at the end of each day.

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We rented a home  on the cliffs. This is what we woke up to every morning. It was breathtaking. How I miss it.

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One night, we could actually see the storm clouds in the distance. I have never seen rain fall from a cloud like that before.

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This photo truly captures the personalities of each of my children. I cannot tell you enough how much I love them.

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All of the reptiles, animals and birds that were on that island was a kicker. One night we had a lizard and a deer on the property.

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Until we meet again.

Trump Soho

The plan is to find and rent an apartment in the city to use on weekends and when the kids are not in school. For the amount of times we travel into the city, it would be way more cost-effective to get a place.  It is a future plan, not a happening-this-second plan. A few things need to happen in order for that to happen.

So until then, hotels are where it is at. Trump Soho was the last stay. I have to be honest, I dragged my heels on this one. I had my reasons, but I was pleasantly surprised. I always said I would never stay there, but you know what they say, never say never.

The trough sink in the bath was freaking amazing. No seriously. My next home I want the faucets from the wall and a trough sink. I have been saying it for years. Off the hook I tell ya’.

The pool bar area was sparse and crisp. The only bling was the lighting fixtures.

Blurry picture. The credenza’s details were lovely. The simple arrangement is spot on.

The lobby.

I would stay there again. I have to say I am more of The Bowery Hotel kind of gal, but the service and attention to detail by the staff was impeccable. The location is what I would say is “our home away from home”. The room was extremely clean. It passed all my cleaning check points. I felt comfortable and relaxed. I cannot compliment the staff enough. They were stellar.

I guess it is true, never say never.