GETAWAY: THE SUNSET TOWER HOTEL, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

While we were in L.A. last week, we spent a few days at the Sunset Tower Hotel, an art deco gem in West Hollywood. Built in 1929 by architect Leland A. Bryant, the property exudes old Hollywood glamour.

The Sunset Tower Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

Originally built as luxury apartments, the Sunset Tower has counted Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne and Howard Hughes among its residents.

Thanks to a 2004 restoration by hotelier Jeff Klein, the hotel is once again a favorite among celebrities–especially for its famed Tower Bar whose cozy ambiance provides a discreet oasis.

The Sunset Tower Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

We didn’t spot any celebrities during our stay, but even if we had, I’m pretty sure I’d still have been more impressed by the amazing collection of Cecil Beaton books lining the lobby. As a collector myself, I was more than a little envious!

The Sunset Tower Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

We didn’t make it to the Tower Bar, favoring the more casual poolside cafe, The Terrace, for breakfast each day instead.

Since we were on East Coast time, we woke early enough to have the entire place to ourselves–providing me with ample opportunity to take an embarrassing amount of photos of the bullion fringe trimmed umbrellas and chic cabana tents. Future pool goals. I couldn’t get enough!

The Sunset Tower Hotel | The Pursuit of Style

If you’re visiting L.A. I’d highly recommend a visit. The staff were incredibly accommodating–assisting us in a last minute rental car crisis–and the atmosphere is truly from another time. Plus, those umbrellas. 😉

L.A. BOUND

Gracias Madre | Los Angeles

Gracias Madre | Los Angeles

Gracias Madre | Los Angeles

Gracias Madre | Los Angeles

Garrett and I are L.A. bound today for a long weekend with his family on the West Coast! The last time I was in California I was 12 years old, super jazzed about my new vacation wardrobe from Limited Too (anyone remember that brand–apparently it’s coming back!) and not too jazzed about the tropical storm that coincided with our ill-fated trip to Disneyland.

Needless to say, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do! We’re staying at this art deco beauty and I’m really looking forward to soaking up some sun without the 100% humidity we’ve been experiencing in DC as of late.

I’m hoping to visit Gracias Madre, a plant-based Mexican restaurant (shhh not mentioning that detail to Garrett!), which was beautifully designed by Wendy Haworth. Yummy food with a side of inspiration? I’m there.

I’m also hoping to make a pilgrimage to the La Cinega Design Quarter to visit shops I’ve only been able to admire from afar like Hollywood at Home, Harbinger, Hollyhock, and Nathan Turner. Garrett has been quick to remind me that I’m only packing a carry on… just wait until he sees my expandable tote. 😉

As usual I’d love any and all recommendations!

1/2/3/4

SOUTH AFRICA RECOMMENDATIONS?

The Pursuit of Style

Since starting my business it feels like the months have been flying by at lightening speed and I can’t believe we’re headed to Africa to celebrate our first anniversary in just 5 short months! We decided to do a mini-moon in Charleston after the wedding and plan our “real” honeymoon, a South African safari, to coincide with our first anniversary; hopefully starting a tradition of travel for each anniversary to come.

Being the organization freak that I am, I thought planning two and a half weeks in South Africa would be a breeze… Let’s just all let out a collective laugh on that one. We’ve both traveled internationally but this is the first big trip we’ve planned on our own and the nitty gritty of logistics can be overwhelming!

We finally nailed down our rough itinerary last weekend: 10 days on safari in Sabi Sand, and another 8 days split between the Cape Winelands (we’re staying here for a few nights and to say I can’t wait would be the understatement of the century) and Cape Town.

The ability to crowdsource recommendations from you my chic readers is by far one of the best things about writing this blog so if you have any suggestions for sights we simply cannot miss, things we have to do, and especially places we must eat I’m all ears and would be so grateful!

Thanks and happy Monday!

GETAWAY: TWIN FARMS

Twin Farms | Vermont

Twin Farms | Vermont

Twin Farms | Vermont

Twin Farms | Vermont

They say if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em and the more I’ve indulged in virtual escapism this week, the colder and more cutting the winds seem to have gotten. So, let’s try a different tactic… Embracing winter with a virtual getaway to quite possibly the chicest resort in Vermont: Twin Farms.

A fortuitous pin lead me to discover the five star resort, located unassumingly in Barnard, Vermont, just a short 3 hour drive from Boston or 5 hours from New York City. The muraled foyer and idyllic setting drew me in, but what sold me is the completely unexpected and fabulously whimsical Moroccan themed Meadow cottage.

Conde Nast Traveler UK put it best, describing the room as: “sort of Arabian Nights fantasy with tented ceilings and Persian rugs.” I happen to be on a tented ceiling kick, and with our trip to Morocco in October quickly approaching I could not be more obsessed with this cottage.

Twin Farms is undeniably an aspirational getaway, but its unique inclusive experience and promise of exceeding your expectations makes it one to put on the bucket list. At any rate, I’d have an excuse to break out my Sorels!

Stay warm and have a great weekend!

INSPIRED BY: HALCYON HOTEL

Halcyon House | Australia

Halcyon House | Australia

Halcyon House | Australia

Halcyon House | Australia

Halcyon House | Australia

Halcyon House | Australia

Do you ever worry that you have so many places on your wanderlust list that you won’t possibly be able to get to them all in a lifetime? I do.

Australia has always been one of the places I’d like to go, but worry I’ll pass over in favor of more exotic locales. Of course, that was before I discovered the Halycon Hotel.

The soon-to-be opened boutique hotel located in Cabarita Beach, Northern New South Wales (confession: I have no idea where that is) has definitely bumped Australia up a few notches on my must-visit list.

Designed by Anna Spiro (you already know I’m obsessed) I’ve been almost as captivated following the hotel’s story on Instagram as a fanatic Serial fan.

Decorated in signature Spiro fashion, the hotel features an enviable mix of textiles, wallpaper, art and antiques–many found on buying trips to NYC and the Brimfield Antique Show.

On this frigid day in DC, color me inspired.
Now, who’s coming with me?!