ACE HOTEL DOWNTOWN LA

March 25, 2014

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Last weekend, we staycationed at the new Ace Hotel in downtown LA and if there’s one piece of knowledge that you take away from this blog, it’s that staycations are the best and you should do them often. I mean…being in total relaxation/vacation mode and only 10 minutes from your house? Talk about the easiest and most convenient thing to ever happen. Needless to say, it was lovely in every way and I took zero photos, aside from a handful of iPhone pics, most of which were instagrammed. Luckily, Jaymee popped by for a morning coffee (because, again, staycations are the best and all your peeps are close by) and did a mini photo sesh at the rooftop bar. I’m taking her on all my vacations. I love that girl.

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Anyway, it was such a great weekend. We laid out by the pool (very small pool) on the rooftop, drank lots of micheladas, shopped around the hotel, ate a TON, and vegged out. Our hotel room had a terrace so it was fun (and scary as crap) to sit out there and admire the buildings. The room itself was small but super hip and cute. Also, the bathroom fixtures and marble countertop were next level and I wrote down all the specs – that’s how I know I’m an adult. A handful of iPhone photos:

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STAYCATION STATS
ATE: Bar Ama for dinner (omg that Tex-Mex Queso, though) and L.A. Chapter for brunch (top notch avocado toast, pancakes, and granola with fruit & yogurt)
DRANK: Micheladas and Bloody Mary’s by the pool. Also, lots of water because it was 88 degrees.
SHOPPED: the new Tanner Goods store (so awesome and Kyle’s fave place), Aesop pop-up, Acne, and OAK – all within a block of the hotel
ROOM: Medium with Terrace
WORE: This kimono, ripped UO jeans, Isabel Marant/H&M tee, vintage Levi’s shorts, old Topshop sandals, and my new favorite bikini top.
MILES FROM HOME: 12

Regular photos by Jaymee

A MIDWEEK STAYCATION

December 16, 2013

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Last week was a bit of a doozy as we had to be out of our apartment for a few days (long story short: renting is the worst). We tried to make the most of it by staying in an airbnb in Venice and I’m SO GLAD WE DID. Venice is normally like 10 minutes from me, but it felt like a mini vacation being able to live there for a few days. Our place was right off of Abbot Kinney and that meant we could walk to all our favorite restaurants (Gjelina Take Away one night and Salt Air another) (also beer and oysters). And jk about the walking part, it was 50 degrees outside, hello? But it sure was nice to only drive a few blocks.

Even though I was still going to work every day and spending very little time at the airbnb, my mind was in total vacation mode. I mean the host STOCKED THE FRIDGE with food for us and left homemade cookies on the doorstep. Plus, there was an indoor washer & dryer and do you know what kind of heaven that is? As a multi-year Los Angeles renter, let me tell you, it’s a rarity and a gift. Before leaving, I wrote in the guest book asking if we could move in forever and I left my phone number. Faux vacations for the win.

On another note, I am totally unprepared for Christmas. How about you?

UPDATE: How did I write a whole post about the airbnb we stayed in and NOT link to it? MONDAYS, I tell you. Also, I’ll blame the Homeland season finale. I’ve updated with the link but here it is again: BAM.

A BACHELORETTE WEEKEND IN ARROWHEAD

November 27, 2013

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Before Ann-Marie’s wedding, we celebrated her bachelorette party with a weekend getaway to Lake Arrowhead. Two full days with my favorite people?! Sign me up for that every weekend, please.

We stayed in a cozy cabin, drank moscow mules, explored around the lake, took endless amounts of photos, and did a whole lot of chilling out. There was some killer guacamole involved (thanks Jamie) and there may or may not have been some inappropriate convos (a must at a bachelorette, though, right?). I love these people and I’m so glad we got to whisk Ann-Marie away for a weekend of relaxing.

photos of me by Jaymee.

plus, see her post on Arrowhead here!

andddd, wearing my favorite pendleton hat, coach bag, rag&bone jeans (best jeans ever created IMO), and old h&m leather jacket.

also, since we’re on the subject: my last lake arrowhead post here.

BIG SUR: THE CABIN

November 5, 2013

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As I mentioned before, my favorite part about our trip to Big Sur was the cabin we stayed in. Tucked away in the woods, one mile from Pfeiffer Beach and about 2 miles off of Highway 1, it felt secluded enough to really feel like we were surrounded by nature, but still close enough and centralized to the rest of Big Sur’s offerings. It was cozy and beautiful and peaceful all at the same time. So clean and quiet, with nothing but the trees to keep us company, and it was ours for 2 whole days.

I was nervous about the fact that it had no internet or cell service, being that I can’t remember what paper maps look like (hi, google maps for everything), but we got over it pretty quickly and found that getting around was fairly easy.

I found this cabin by emailing a different cabin on VRBO that we wanted to stay in. I got my hopes way up and they came crashing down when the owner said it wasn’t available. He asked if I’d like him to share my contact info with a few other owners in the area and I said YES PLEASE. Soon after, I received an email from this cabin owner saying she had a cancellation and her cabin was available on our dates. I literally fell out of my chair because I loved it so much. Well, the rest is history.

Little cabin, we’ll meet again soon, I just know it!

DETAILS:
The cabin is listed on vrbo HERE.
It’s close to Big Sur Bakery, the general store, and Pfeiffer Beach.
The fireplace-connected thermostat was a real winner as it gets cold.
The silence! Oh the beautiful silence.
One-way roads and bridges but we managed!
Large windows and skylights made it feel like we were nestled among the oaks and redwoods.
The Grodsky-Taylor residence (that’s us) give it 5 stars.

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BIG SUR

November 4, 2013

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A few years ago, Kyle and I were driving along Highway 1 in the upper Central Coast of California, weaving through thick redwoods and jagged mountain cliffs (hello, where are the guard rails on these roads?), when we spotted a large group of people on the side of the road, wearing strange garb and rain dancing (i think? i wasn’t wearing my glasses). We called them “tree people” and vowed to return to that mythical place asap (to move the story along, it was Big Sur). Fast forward to 2 weeks ago and we were finally en route back, searching for those tree people of yore. Ok so we didn’t find the tree peeps and started thinking they were an illusion of our minds, but we did discover something else: Big Sur is kind of the best place ever.

Honestly, it was one of my favorite trips to date. The cell service is terrible and we had no internet at our cabin, but let me tell you, it was a glorious couple o’ days. Although, I will admit: we parked in front of the local general store a few times just to instagram (@thestyleeater). BUT, other than those times of weakness, we totally unplugged and enjoyed the heck out of nature. Trees, pine, wildlife, dirt, leaves (lots of leaves), sea cliffs, turquoise ocean, purple sand, waterfalls, firewood, stars, silence. Take me back!

Tomorrow, I’m sharing all the details about the cabin we stayed in (UPDATE: here is the post!). It literally could not have been more perfect and serene, thanks cabin gods. Y’all if you’ve learned anything from this post, it’s this: rent a cabin. Also this: ask your friends for recommendations of things to eat/do. Thanks Jaymee for hooking a sister up.

A FEW FAVORITE SPOTS:
Nepenthe for sunset cocktails and dinner
Big Sur Bakery for an early breakfast before exploring
Pfeiffer Beach for strolls along the rocky coast
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park for some intense, but fun, hiking
The restaurant at Ventana Inn for a fancy dinner for 2 overlooking the ocean (4-course prefix fyi)
Cafe Kevah for an AMAZING brunch and equally amazing views (my favorite stop on the whole trip)
Phoenix Shop for fun treasures and postcards
NEXT TIME: I’m getting me a massage at Esalen Institute. They have hot spring tubs in the sea cliffs and could there be anything better than that?

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^^The peaceful woods around our cabin were my favorite spots to explore.

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^^If I had a dollar for every ridiculous sunset we saw in Big Sur, I would have…well I would have $2 because we were there for 2 nights, but still. This view was from our dinner at Nepenthe.

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^^Pfeiffer Beach. Just one mile from our cabin. We woke up super early and watched the fog roll out.

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^^Views from a lookout point on Highway 1.

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^^Hiking in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Not for the faint of heart, but we made it out just fine.

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^^Views from the top of the hike. Not too shabs but my legs were shaking at this point (I’m really out of shape, hence why all the complaints re hiking).

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^^Views from Cafe Kevah. The fog rolled in and out a few times, while we ate some of the best eggs benedict ever.

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^^Sweatshirt vibez.

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^^On our way home, I snapped some pics from the car, most of which are blurry but HEY bumpy roads and stuff.

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^^One last selfie before the long drive home. I’d like to thank the top of my car for being extra helpful in taking photos of us during this trip.

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More tomorrow on the cabin! (here it is!)