There’s nothing like being able to relax after a long day at a comfortable spot with your favorite cocktail. Being able to do it under the open sky and warm sunshine is even better. With summer approaching, we’re starting to get asked a lot if we know where any good rooftop bars are in the city. The Peninsula tends to be the usual answer we give, but we realized that was only because it was the only rooftop bar in Beverly Hills we knew of. Don’t get me wrong, the bar at the Peninsula is a beautiful place that offers stunning views and delicious cocktails, all surrounded by lush gardens. But surely there has to be more rooftop options in, or at least near, this lovely city! After hoofing it around for a few days, here are the spots we found that we think you’ll love.

Petite Ermitage

Petite Ermitage is a little closer to the West Hollywood side of things, but all it takes is a short hop and a skip to find yourself at this very laid back, picturesque hotel. The décor is straight out of a fairytale, and the Butterfly Bar is the perfect place to unwind. Plus the views from the pool area are fantastic.

Rooftop Bar


The Skybar in the Mondrian Hotel is certainly a spot to hit at night. It’s a trendy place that works whether you want to have some fun with a group of friends or enjoy a romantic evening under the sky (we can see where they got their name). Fair warning though, that when it’s crowded, it’s crowded. If you come on a night when the bar is booked by a private party, you’re not likely to get in. Skybar is also known for attracting a colorful set of patrons, but if you’ve ever wanted to have a drink next to a “typical” LA crowd of budding actors, models, writers, and all other creative types, then this is definitely your place.

Above Sixty

Just as the name implies, this bar is located above the SIXTY hotel on Wilshire. The bar is open to everyone at night, but only to guests during the day. Don’t let that discourage you if day drinking was on your agenda. Summer means longer daylight hours, and you’ll want to visit this place at night once June hits since local DJs play by the pool all night long. One thing you’ll definitely have to try is their housemade lemonade (an adult version with vodka, of course).

Rooftop Bar

The Pool Bar & Café

The Pool Bar & Café is great place in the Beverly Wilshire hotel. Their food is delicious and their drinks are very refreshing. While it’s mainly a day place (the bar and café are closed by late afternoon), their summer happy hour specials and hours mean the fun can be extended for a little longer. There’s really no better place to enjoy that LA sun.

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Is there a better pairing in the English language than ‘Sunday’ and ‘Brunch’? Take a lazy day, add some awesome food (and some awesome Mimosas, of course), and you’ve got yourself the perfect end to a weekend. Beverly Hills has plenty of good brunch spots, but there are a select few that really stand out from the others.

These five we found to be the best of the best. A few are tried and true favorites, but we were more than willing to “sacrifice” a couple of Sundays to scope out a few more brunches that have been on our radar for a while. Because there’s no brunch like a Beverly Hills brunch.

Circa 55 in The Beverly Hilton

Circa 55 has something for everyone, from traditional breakfast fare to intricate desserts. We’re talking tables and tables of food. And, of course, there’s the never ending champagne. Circa 55 has a comfortable and laid-back feel, but has just the right amount of sophistication that makes brunch so fun.

The Best Part: The multitude of fresh seafood offerings. Everything from shrimp to fillets is laid out elegantly, waiting to be devoured. Excuse me while I dive into a plate of mussels.

The Polo Lounge in The Beverly Hills Hotel

A classic choice in BH for Sunday brunch and lunch for years. It has very charming décor, and who doesn’t love the sound of soft jazz floating through the air as they relax with a delicious cocktail? The food selections are smaller than some, but practically everything on the menu is delicious.

The Best Part: No matter where I go, I always have to try the Eggs Benedict. The Vol au Vent Benedict at the Polo Lounge is divine. I love the addition of lobster.

Freds at Barneys

Freds at Barneys New York

Fred’s at Barney’s NY

Barneys may be known for great shopping, but it also has a great restaurant, Fred’s. Try to get seating on the terrace so you can take in the breathtaking views of Los Angeles. The food here is made with fresh ingredients and there are quite a bit of healthy yet satisfying choices. The Best Part: Their salads. Very fresh and very satisfying.


BLD makes brunch available Saturday and Sunday, so there’s a good reason right there to like this place. They have a plethora of brunch choices, most of which are delicious comfort food. What I like best is the relaxing atmosphere, where you’re encouraged to kick back and spend a few hours enjoying yourself and the people you’re with.

The Best Part: I’m up for a sandwich any time of the day. Their lobster roll is something I’d wouldn’t mind having most mornings.

The Ivy

The Ivy Beverly Hills

The Ivy

The Ivy is a quaint place that never seems to lose its charm. It’s a classic spot that is known for being frequented by many a celeb. This means it can be crowded most days, but if you nab a table, you’re sure to enjoy yourself. And a free glass of champagne when you walk in? Yes please, times a thousand.

The Best Part: The free cookies they gift you with on the way out. These things are addictive.

With Mother’s Day coming up, you might want to consider one of these spots to treat Mom to. Let us know if you end up going to one and if Mom approved!

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Heritiage Fine WinesLast week, I had the privilege of attending an event at Heritage Fine Wines located at 9400 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Normally before attending an event, I research the speakers and the location. I must say, I frequent Beverly Hills quite a bit and have never heard of Heritage Fine Wines, a lovely little French wine bar, until now. Not only was I excited about hearing speaker Christopher Kai at KGL Consulting, but I was also excited about seeing the new wine bar.

Heritage Fine Wines looked adorable on the website, but you know photos on websites can be quite deceiving. In person it did not disappoint! The wine bar is high-end and a little bit fancy. I felt like I was at a wine bar in Paris, and that’s awesome seeing that I’ve never been to Paris. It’s great for all kinds of events such as: special occasions, celebrations, networking, wine tastings and a book club gathering (just make sure you’ve read the book first).  

Thank you Heritage Fine Wines for a lovely evening with a great speaker, delicious vino, Poilâne bread, shipped in regularly from Paris, as well as French cheeses from The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.

Stop by to meet Jordane Andrieu, owner and indulge in Paris in Beverly Hills.

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Every woman dreams of owning various popular handbag brands, but only the rich and lucky few are fortunate enough. No woman will ever say “I have enough bags, I do not need anymore.” Women can never have enough handbags.

There’s something about the attraction of a handbag that can make even the most practical savers, splurge the equivalent of a luxury vacation or a month’s rent, on a stunning new handbag.

A designer handbag is much more than just a new season accessory, pick the right one and take good care of it and you might just find you make your money back in a few years to come.

Handbags serve many purposes; functional of course, but there’s also the status element. You only have to take a quick scroll down Rodeo Drive carrying a Chanel handbag to see that you fit right in when you walk into the stores.

Whatever your handbag intentions, before you take the plunge with a pricey purse, here is our roundup of 5 handbags to rock with your summer wardrobe.

5 Must Have Handbags

Celine Medium Classic Handbag in Fluo Yellow Liégé Calfskin

5 Must Have Handbags

Martini Fridge Biker Clutch – $1,250 at Barneys New York

5 Must Have Handbags

Chanel Flap Bag Floral Tweed Chevron Quilting Classic Bag

5 Must Have Handbags

Louis Vuitton Brea MM

5 Must Have Handbags

Fendi Peekaboo Micro Satchel Bag

Happy Handbag Shopping!

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Thank you for stopping by. I get asked this question a lot, “What are your favorite coffee shops in Beverly Hills, not including the big name brands?” So this weekend I decided to do a little coffee hopping and found some pretty awesome places to get your brew on. Although I had to include one that is a well-known brand, because it’s truly one of my favorites. Below you’ll find 5 local coffee shops that inspire a whole lot of latte love. Perfect spots to get your “morning joe”.

Brighton Coffee Shop9600 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills
The Scene: Cute coffee shop across from Villa Blanca. Great place for comfort food and BH people watching. Nice servers as well. A general no frills place to grab a bite.
The Brew: A trailblazer in carrying direct-trade and seasonal coffees T
he Extras: Chicken apple and eggs – This is great!

Aharon Coffee & Roasting Co., 9467 Charleville Blvd., Beverly Hills
The Scene: WiFi is free for an hour and the seating (all indoors) is comfortable and bright.
The Brew: Pristine, organic coffee. Heavenly scents and heaven sent. The roasts are all done in-house and are super tasty. The flavor options (vanilla, caramel, etc.) are also all made on site.
The Extras: Cold Brew coffee prepared using Nitro

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 445 N. Beverly Blvd., Beverly Hills
The Scene: The sharp decor (modern and upscale) of this Coffee Bean seems fitting with its Beverly Hills location.
The Brew: The art of crafting the best tasting coffee requires respecting each individual roast. Knowing the specific origin and roast degree for each coffee allows for intense flavor that can be traced back to its earliest beginnings.
The Extras: A comfy feel with a lounge setup and gorgeous fireplace. Euro Caffe, 9559 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills

The Scene: Little Italian cafe with few tables inside and out front. Soccer memorabilia everywhere. Small television usually showing a soccer game. Loyal old school customers sitting quietly reading or observing other patrons.
The Brew: Euro Caffe has been the first stop for anybody looking for an authentic Italian coffee shop experience. Offering a variety of Italian coffee drinks, freshly baked cornettos, hot-off-the-press paninis, and delicious pastries imported straight from Italy.
The Extras: Amazing Prosciutto Panini and Gelato.

Comoncy, 413 N. Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills
The Scene: A place for diverse individualities to gather, flourish, and enjoy something we all have in common: A desire for good food, good coffee, and good company.
The Brew: They use local roasters, and utilize the freshest ingredients to balance our coffee beverages with the perfect meal.
The Extras: They will deliver coffee to you.

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Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th

With Summer around the corner, this could be good news to some and bad news to others! Yes, I’m talking about you shopaholics.  Today, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH announced it will open its first location in Los Angeles County within the Beverly Connection shopping center in Beverly Hills, CA. The new two-level, 27,000 sq. ft. store will be fashioned in an open, modular layout, and feature a unique and unparalleled selection of designer merchandise for both men and women. With new arrivals shipped to the store weekly, customers will discover new and exciting merchandise, including one-of-a-kind designer finds, every time they shop.

Who’s ready to get their shopping on?

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Hello My Lovelies! I hope you had a wonderful Passover or Easter. The other day while in the Westfield Century City Mall, I walked by a vending machine that was like no other. Beverly Hills Caviar has a caviar luxury vending machine. It has been described as a “unique caviar boutique” — the ATM “offers a large selection of the world’s finest Selection of Caviar, Truffles, Escargot, Bottarga, Blinis, oils, Mother of Pearl plates and spoons, gift boxes and gourmet salts.”

Beverly Hills Caviar

These vending machines can be found at Westfield Century City, Westfield Topanga, and the Burbank Towne Center. For those late-night caviar needs, you are in luck they’re open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The machines, which each contain about $50,000 worth of fine gourmet products and are monitored by three security cameras, were built with specific temperature, lighting and oxygen levels to keep the caviar fresh. In addition to offering more than two dozen types of caviar — if the rare $500-per-ounce Imperial River Beluga is too much of a credit card buster there are wallet-friendlier American caviars for under $50 — customers also have a choice of decadent items including gourmet salt, mother of pearl caviar spoons and white truffle oil. There is even caviar for pampered pets as well as luxury feeding bowls for them to eat out of.

Although the automated caviar boutiques have already attracted their share of caviar connoisseurs, foodies and chefs, they are also equipped to cater to impulse buyers. Each purchase of $30 or more comes with a complimentary metal spoon for those who want to enjoy their caviar on the spot, and the caviar tins are contained in a pre-chilled insulated box which gives the customer a three-hour window to get it into a refrigerator.

For more information, call (877) 556-6777.

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The first thing I think of when I hear the word marsala is wine. And when I think of wine, I think of something that can be generously sipped, and then I’m in a pretty good place. Ha!

Besides being a kind of wine, marsala also happens to be Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015, and you know what that means – expect to start seeing this earthy tone in a number of weddings. I have to say, I really like this year’s pick. Radiant Orchid from 2014 was gorgeous and one of my personal favorites, but sometimes Pantone picks a color that can be rather – difficult to wear (2009, I’m looking at you). But marsala is a nice reddish-brown that is earthy, warm, and appropriate for any season. It pairs well with most neutral shades (such as white and ivory), but it also looks nice with many metallics. Here’s a look at some fun ways to add a splash of marsala to a wedding.


There are a ton of fun ways a bride can rock a little marsala. Nail polish, jewelry, or a sash around the waist or flowers in this deep red will stand out beautifully against a lighter dress. marsala nail polish(Deborah Lippman, Single Ladies shade)

 The Groom

Grooms can sport some nice marsala accessories as well. Think bowties, pocket squares, or all three! You can also loop in all of the groomsmen.

marsala groom (Elizabeth Anne Designs)


You may not be able to find a flower in the perfect reddish-brown, but quite a few varieties bloom in a deep red that comes pretty close to marsala. If you’re really looking to showcase the color of a year at a wedding, flowers are the way to go.

marsala flowers ( Lani Elias)

 Place Settings

As noted earlier, marsala pairs really well with other neutral shades and metallics. This rich hue will add a sophisticated flare of color to dishes and tables in general.

marsala place setting  (Wedding Chicks)

Now – who else wants a good glass of wine right about now? 😉


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Happy Monday My Lovelies! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Today I’m going to share my experience with the luxurious Empress Silkwear pillowcases. Let me tell you, it’s a feeling like no other. To be honest with you, I wasn’t a real silk-sheets kind of girl. They seemed like they’d be slippery and chilly. I heard that using silk pillowcases reduces the fines lines and wrinkles. I’m not sure how true that is, but it was enough for me to try it! And oh, that fancy face cream you wear, don’t worry because it doesn’t get soaked up in silk pillowcases like when you sleep on cotton pillowcases. I don’t want to think about sleeping on cotton pillowcases ever again.

Are you ready to pamper yourself? After all, you deserve it! Get yours today by going here.


silk pillowcases

Photo courtesy of: Empress Silkwear

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Stuart WeitzmanWe’re having crystal fever with these Marilyn Monroe once owned Swarovski crystal earrings that are now part of these $1 million Stuart Weitzman heels.

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When you think of Marilyn Monroe, you probably think, gorgeous, sexy and classy. Honored to have been a part of experiencing Marilyn’s suite at The Beverly Hills Hotel and How Marilyn Stay In Shape Menu, we now get to experience one of the most expensive shoes ever created from Marilyn’s Swarovski crystal earrings.

These elegant, nude evening shoes are adorned with a satin rose, which surrounds a cluster of shimmering Swarovski crystals. But these aren’t just any Swarovski crystals — they’re a pair of earrings once owned and treasured by Marilyn Monroe. Actress Regina King wore the shoes to the 2005 Oscars, when she was nominated for her role in the movie “Ray.” After the red carpet event, Weitzman replaced Marilyn’s earrings with replicas and auctioned off the shoes in the Celebrity Rags 4 Charity Riches auction, where the shoes sold for $1 million.

Aren’t they stunning?

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