Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hooray For Hollywood! ~ Part 1

Some of you may remember that back in May, at the Remarkable Moms Celebration Live Auction, my incredible man bought a weekend at a Hollywood mansion for "his girls."  Well, we just cashed in on that fabulous prize!

Joining me and our girls, were our Phoenix "second family," the Roach women.  We flew out of Tucson on September 11th (yes, I was a little nervous and security was at a high) for LAX.

We needed a vehicle to accommodate 6 women and all their "stuff."  Enter, the Dodge Caravan ~ courtesy of our wonderful traveling friends.  Just how were we going to get all that baggage and Chairese the wheelchair into the van???  Vera Bradley duffle bags to the rescue!!



Our pilot for the weekend, Shotzie
Since we had a 3:00 p.m.  check in time at the mansion and our plane landed 8:00 a.m., we had time to kill....So, we headed off to
the The Grove and The Farmers Market!




Tourist Angel (that's us!)
 Stopping for some cafe and breakfast....
Then on to some retail therapy!
Hmmmmm ~ could be inspiration?
Lunch at Umami ~



And a little sweet dessert at Monsieur Marcel's

Can you say, "Peanut Butter and Jelly Macaroon?"
Before we knew it, time had come to find our "prize" ~ this fabulous 1921 Hollywood mansion....
In our neighborhood we discovered Liberace's home...

And Jerry Seinfeld's home...

We finally arrived ~ Home Beautiful Home!

I'll have to show you sections of the exterior since I was backed up across the street and was in danger of trespassing!!  And they don't mess around in this 'hood!





And for you hardware aficionados....
Speakeasy window





Care for a dip?



Now I'm sure you would love to see the interior, right?  Well, time's short today so I'll tell you what ~ how about joining me next Monday for Part Deux?  

I promise you....it's worth the wait!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 1, 2014

By The Seaside ~ By The Beautiful Sea!


It seems we begin counting down to our next seaside vacation on the day we return from the present one.  We've been vacationing in Ocean City, Maryland since 2002 and it's allure has not diminished.
Having been raised only 20 minutes from Jones Beach, Long Island, I know the sea is a great part of who I am, even at 9 months....

My love for the beach and ocean just kept growing, as did I....

This summer was no different.  We continued to share our beach time with dear friends....




Fun things kept us occupied....

Annual Girlfriend Gift Swap ~

A trip to see our beloved NY Yankees play the Baltimore Orioles....


Batting practice and the star of our hearts ~ Derek Jeter
Meeting up with a great new friend from the old 'hood ~ Lou
A Boardwalk henna tat!
Serious seafood dining nightly




A night at the races.....

Kiki picked this winner!

Time to relax....
Under the bluest of skies....


 Or kicking back in the condo....

 The three girls let us know they were really on vacation....





They had more important things to do than housekeeping....



Time does fly when you're having fun ~ our last night at one of our favorites ~ Harborside....














And so the dawn comes and another seaside getaway ends.....until next year!!



Today we welcome in September and pay homage to all who labor....I've been laboring this past month as well and there are new treasures in the Boutique!
I hope your month has been glorious and the days ahead promising.

I'm gearing up for some pretty big things this month ~ Tucson' Fall Gem Show, a much anticipated "Valley Girls Getaway" to LA, and a hip replacement.

I'm sure the next edition of Karen's Monday Musings will be chock full of news, so stayed tuned!
Enjoy these days ahead, and thank you so much for visiting with me!