Welcome to October lovelies! I absolutely love this time of year, because October means that it is officially holiday time for the next three months. Yay! I’ll formulate any excuse to celebrate and give someone something. Luckily, I don’t have to wait all the way until Halloween to do so. October 16 brings us National Boss’s Day. Now, not everyone has a great boss, but for those of us lucky enough to have one, now’s the time to show them a little appreciation. Here are some appropriate gift ideas that can help you say ‘thank you sooo much for not being horrible and making my job suck’.

Gift Certificates

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Rule number one when it comes to giving your boss a gift is to keep things easy. You don’t need to go over-the-top in your gift-giving, and you probably shouldn’t. A gift certificate is always a good choice. It’s simple yet thoughtful, especially if you get them one for a place they like to visit or for something they enjoy doing. For your male boss, consider a gift certificate to Pascal’s Barber Shop. A female boss who likes to pamper herself or is in need of a bit of a break will certainly love a certificate to a salon like Zen Nail Spa.

Something Funny

Funny Book Gift Idea

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Have you hit the jackpot and found yourself a boss that is not only good at managing people but also has a great sense of humor? Paper Source on Brighton Way has a ton of cute and funny gifts that are sure to tickle your boss’s funny bone. This 50 Jobs Worse than Yours book and Unicorn Mug are just two examples of what you can find here.

A Simple Accessory

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Sometimes, on a rare occasion, we find ourselves a boss that is not only the person we report to, but is also a friend. If your boss is someone you also consider to be an important person in your life, an accessory is an appropriate gift. Give them something they love – a fashionable scarf that also keeps them warm when the A/C is blasting in the office or a set of pretty bracelets for those who love jewelry.

For the Tech-Savvy Individual

Designer iPad Case

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Hey, your boss is a busy person. For those who are always tapping away at an email or scheduling a meeting on their phone or tablet, you can buy them something to help deck out what has essentially become their third appendage. A high-quality case from Nordstrom should do the trick.

Jazz Up Their Desk

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Perhaps you’re newer to the company and just don’t know you’re boss that well, or they’re the kind of person that is hard to figure out what exactly it is they like. When all else fails, accessories for the office/desk are always a good choice to fall back on. Visit Francis-Orr on N. Camden Drive to find high-end desk accessories, such as leather portfolios and fine pens.

Have fun shopping for your boss! And if you don’t have a great boss, well, who says you can’t buy something for yourself? 😉

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Many people associate Beverly Hills with Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Blvd. They are definitely iconic streets, as you can find a lot of the high-profile shops and hotels featured on television and in movies on them. The problem with this is that visitors and locals alike tend not to venture away from these two streets, which is a real shame. Beverly Hills is a pretty big city, and there are a TON of wonderful shops around just waiting to be discovered and explored. Here are just a few examples of hidden gems we discovered in Beverly Hills.

Edelweiss Chocolates

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Of course I had to include something chocolate related. There are quite a few popular sweets shops on Rodeo, but venture away to N. Canon and you’ll find a quaint, unassuming chocolate shop that is frequented by the elite of Hollywood. Edelweiss Chocolates has been serving up hand-made treats since 1942, so they know how to cook up all kinds of delicious bites. Come in early and the lovely salespeople may let you see how the chocolate actually gets made! Must-try include chocolate covered marshmallows, chocolate pretzels, and dark chocolate turtles. To sweeten the deal even more, they have free parking in the alley behind their shop.

The Wax Shop

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There are so many beauty places in the heart of Beverly Hills that it can be difficult figuring where to go for what. The Wax Shop on N. Crescent Drive is perfect for – you guessed it – getting a wax. Waxing is awkward at the best of times and can be uncomfortable (or, just straight-up painful). But the Wax Shop is dedicated to creating a calming atmosphere by doing all of their services in very private rooms. The waxers are discreet and highly efficient; they really try to make the process as smooth and painless as possible. It also helps that they have some of the best prices around to boot.

Beverly Hills Consignment

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Beverly Hills is littered with consignment shops, but one always has to be careful and make sure they’re going to a reputable store that will offer you a fair price for true designer duds. One of the best consignment shops around is Beverly Hills Consignment on Burton Way. They offer a wide range of clothing and accessories for women and men, and their prices are hard to beat. No being cheated out of your hard-earned money here! With a little patience and persistence, you’re bound to score something really fantastic. There’s never a bad time to look for another purse…

Gem Mountain Studios

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I’m a sucker for just about anything that sparkles. Gem Mountain Studios, located on Canon, crafts unique, earthy jewelry using only the finest natural materials. We’re talking beautiful gem stones, shiny metals, and even polished coins. They’re jewelry certainly has an ethereal, almost other-worldly style, but it is very fashionable. It’s always a fun place to walk into and look around at all the glittery goodies on display. They create a lot of custom jewelry for celebrities, so you know you’re getting something reeeeally good when you purchase something from here.


Amorino gelato

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Ok, I had to put just one more food-related shop on the list. Amorino is a newer addition to Beverly Hills, having just opened last year, but it is quickly gaining traction as one of the best spots in all of West LA to get real European gelato. It’s very creamy, and the flavors aren’t overpowering or sickly sweet. Not to mention, so very beautiful when they scoop your flavors into the shape of a rose. The best part is they are open pretty late, so you can treat yourself any time of the day or night!

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Image Courtesy of Flickr - Wally Gobetz

Image Courtesy of Flickr – Wally Gobetz

If you’re ever visiting the city, one thing you definitely need to know about beforehand is where to park for free. Parking in general in LA is a major pain in the you-know-what, but FREE parking – well, that’s just a rare commodity. Most of the free parking in Beverly Hills comes in the form of lots that can be located on most major streets. Some have small signs out near the street, but for the most part, they’re hard to find if you don’t know where to go in advance.

We get asked quite a bit where to park in the city by travelers and locals alike, so here’s a list of what we consider to be the best places for free parking (and have the best rates for when you can’t).


If you want to get in the middle of the Beverly Hills action without circling Rodeo for an hour looking for metered parking, this is one of the best places to park. Pretty much everything in the heart of the city is within walking distance. You just step right out on either the Beverly or Canon side.

The perks: Park for 2 hours FREE. The lot is open until midnight or 1am, depending on the day, which is perfect for those long days spent shopping and exploring. If you park after 6 p.m., you’ll only be charged a $5.00 flat rate.

Beverly-Canon Gardens

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Similar to the Beverly-Canon structure, but further down the street. You can hop right out next to the beautiful Beverly-Canon gardens.

The perks: Park for 2 hours FREE. It’s a $5 flat fee if you park after 6 p.m., and it is open 24 hours. For those who want to come by for an early morning stroll (or early morning shopping), take advantage of this lot’s early bird special; those entering between 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. get in for $7 all day.

La Cienega

This lot has one of the best parking deals around. It’s towards the edge of town toward Wilshire, but it’s perfect if that’s where you want to be or you want to walk around the city for a while. Besides, there are a ton of great restaurants and shops outside of Rodeo, too.

The perks: Park for 2 hours FREE. You’ll be charged $1.00 every half hour after that, but parking is completely free if you enter after 4 p.m. Even better, it’s free all freakin’ day on the weekends. As an added bonus, the lot is open late until 11pm every day.


Image Courtesy of Flickr - Prayitno

Image Courtesy of Flickr – Prayitno

Another spot with some of the best parking deals around. If you want get closer to the heart of the city, this one is further into Beverly Hills near the Beverly Gardens Park

The perks: Park for 2 hours FREE. You’ll be charged $1.00 every half hour after that. This is one of the few lots open 24 hours. If you enter after 5 p.m. and leave before 6 a.m., parking is free. For those out partying all night long, this lot is for you 😉


Before you go speeding down N. Crescent, know that there are TWO parking structures on this street, and they’re both pretty close to each other. Pick the one at 333. It may not seem as great as some of the others at first, as it’s closed on Sundays and closes relatively early during the week – 10pm during the week and 8 p.m. on Saturdays. BUUUT, it has some of the lowest hourly rates and early bird specials around, which makes it a pretty good deal.

The perks: Park for 1 hour FREE. You’ll only be charged a $2 flat rate if you swing by after 6pm. That’s right, only 2 $1s. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think if I’ve ever paid so little for hours’ worth of parking. If you enter before 10 a.m., it’s only $5 for the whole day. Take advantage!

If you need further information on lots and parking in general, you can always visit the City of Beverly Hills’ website. The less time you spend stressing over the parking, the more time you have to enjoy everything else the city has to offer.

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Scarpetta at Montage Beverly Hills

Indulge with Scarpetta at Montage Beverly Hills on Thursday, September 24th for Vini et Diner (“Wine & Dine”), an evening featuring memorable cuisine from Montage Beverly Hills’ Executive Chef Patrice Martineau and Scarpetta’s Executive Chef Freddy Vargas. For one night only, both chefs will share the beautiful Scarpetta kitchen to create a gourmet dining experience comprised of five courses with wine pairings, with each course representing Martineau’s French roots or Vargas’ rustic Italian fare.

6pm: Champagne Reception with Hors D’eouvre
7pm: Five Course Dinner with Wine Pairings
Pricing $190++ per person
View the menu

For reservations, please call (310) 860-5848


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Is it ridiculously hot out, or is it just me? With the heat that has descended upon us (and has made us stick to our chairs), it’s hard to imagine that there is only about a month left of summer, and then it will be fall. There’s a chance it’ll still be hot out, even then, but the exciting thing about a new season means new trends in fashion and beauty. There will be a plethora of great new products to experiment with and trends to try out. Here’s a list of some of our favs, and now is as good a time as any to start prepping your makeup bags for them.

Red Lipstick

Image Courtesy of Sisley Paris

Fall 2015 it’s all about the in-your-face-look-how-amazing-I-look-in-this BRIGHT BRICK RED. Leave your light pinks and nudes behind and pick up a stick of bold Sisley-Paris in Rouge Passion.

Metallic Eyeliner

Image Courtesy of Anastasia Beverly Hills' Instagram

Image Courtesy of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Instagram

Metallics are always stapled shades for fall. This year the focus is on the sparkle around your eyes, and metallic eyeliners are your go-to tool. You can have fun with this too, as it’s totally trendy to get creative with how you line your eyes. Almost any shape you want to experiment with goes, so get to drawing with this Metallic Luster eyeliner in gold or silver from Anastasia Beverly Hills. It can be bought in stores like Sephora or ordered online. You can take your sparkle a step further by getting eyelashes sprinkled with tiny Swarovski crystals (because big lashes are always, always in). Get them professionally done at high-end salons like Mauds of Beverly Hills.

Glowing Skin

Image Courtesy of Dior Instagram We bet Natalie Portman's skin looks as good as it does because of all the Dior products she gets ;)

Image Courtesy of Dior Instagram
We bet Natalie Portman’s skin looks as good as it does because of all the Dior products she gets ;)

The days of caking on layers of foundation are well behind us. The new trend is to have healthy, glowing skin that doesn’t need much over it. Good skin can be hard to maintain in colder weather, so invest in a good moisturizer, such as this Hydra Life Rehydrating Mask, which can be picked up at Dior.

Bejeweled Hair Accessories


Image Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

Your hair needs some lovin’ too, and it’ll look great with some shiny hair accessories. Show off with some bejeweled pins, headbands, and clips in fall colors like rich purples, deep onyx, and glistening gold. This beautiful Oscar de la Renta gold headband (available at Net-a-Porter) should do the trick. No matter what beauty trends you decide to try out this fall, don’t be afraid to just go for it and figure out how to make a look your own. And, of course, HAVE FUN!

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Shoes! Handbags! Designer Clothes! And did I say, shoes? This week Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th opened its first store in the Los Angeles County within the Beverly Connection shopping center across from the Beverly Center.  Lookout Nordstrom Rack, you’ve got competition. The store covers 27,000 sq. ft. and offers two floors filled with hundreds of men and women brand name clothing at 40-80% off. (This is worth a WooHoo, don’t you think?)

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th

Insider Tip: Big huge trucks will deliver new items to the store weekly. You’ll never get bored.

As you enter the store, you’re faced with a wide range of brand name sunglasses, jewelry, and clothing. (I’d say the main floor is definitely what we ladies consider closet essentials.)

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th Grand Opening

The second floor carries hundreds of brand name shoes, handbags and men clothing. (Here’s where we ladies get overly excited. You feel like a kid in a candy store.) You can also find a small section, compared to the ladies section, of men fashionable clothing. I hardly ever go to the men’s section but decided I’d go take a look, and boy was I impressed. So many stylish suits.

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th

The new Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH will reside in Beverly Connection at 100 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.

For great deals and to keep up with store events, you can follow them on social media at @SAKSOFF5TH

Go Get Your Shopping On!

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I love tea. I wouldn’t say something crazy like I prefer tea over coffee, but I do enjoy a nice cup of fresh green or spiced tea on a regular basis. It’s practically a religion in some parts of the world, and we seem to be catching on. High-noon tea is becoming a popular thing to do here, and there’s no better place to enjoy it than in Beverly Hills. The key is to find a spot that gives off that classy vibe but is still enjoyable. Here’s a list of some of the best places to relax and partake in high-noon tea.

American Tea Room

american tea room

Image Courtesy of American Tea Room’s Instagram

It’s a bit of a gimme if you’re familiar with the Beverly Hills area, but I have to put the American Tea Room on the list for anyone who hasn’t been there yet. The sheer amount of tea that lines the shelves will make you feel like you’ve just walked into the Disneyland of tea. Order the Grand Tea experience so you can sit down and enjoy a pot of tea with some small pastries. If you’re a tea newbie, don’t worry – the incredibly friendly staff will help you pick out something that suits your tastes.

Tea at the Montage

Tea at The Montage Beverly Hills

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Oooh, the Montage. I always get a bit tingly when I think about this place because it’s just so elegant. It’s the perfect place to enjoy proper afternoon tea from 12pm-4pm every Friday through Sunday. You’ll be served delicious tea in beautiful hand-painted china. It’ll make you want to stick out your pinky every time you hold your cup. The tea also comes with an impressive spread of pastries and mini sandwiches. You can also add on some champagne if you want, just FYI…

Peninsula Afternoon Tea

Image Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels – Beverly Hills

What’s great about the tea at the Peninsula is that they offer it throughout the day, giving you multiple opportunities to partake. You can enjoy their tea experience at noon, 2:30pm, and 5pm. Tea is served in The Living Room, an expansive part of the hotel that is just gorgeous, but also comfortable. You definitely have to try and nab a window seat when you can. In the afternoon you can sit back with a hot cup while a harpist plays in the background (yes, an actual harpist. If that isn’t the epitome of fancy, I don’t know what is). The place tends to book up fast, so you’ll want to plan a little ahead of time.

Boozy Tea at L’Ermitage

boozy tea at l'ermitage

Image Courtesy of L’Ermitage Beverly Hills’ Instagram

If you want to enjoy some (not-so-proper) tea with a little somethin’ extra, then you’ll want to try the Wicked Tea Service at L’Ermitage. This is a 21+ only affair, as absolutely everything served is infused with liquor. There’s bourbon in the scones, cognac in the brownies, even the hibiscus tea is turned into a delightful cocktail. High-noon tea was never more fun 😉

The next time the clock strikes twelve noon, let’s go grab ourselves a nice cuppa. I’ll take a splash of milk in mine, please!


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I have a certain rule in life that I always follow – never turn down an invitation for food. So when we were invited to have dinner at Philippe Chow on Wilshire in Beverly Hills, the obvious answer wasn’t whether to go or not, but “What time should I be there?” Following said rule has served me well once again.

Philippe Chow

The first thing you usually pick up on when entering a place is what kind of a vibe it has, and Philippe Chow definitely has a nice feel to it. It strikes that hard balance of being great for a date night or for just having a good time with friends. Sophisticated, with just the right amount of sexy. Once inside, we were treated to delicious cocktails (always a good way to start things off). Beverly had the Lychee Blossoms martini off the menu, but I was treated to a custom cosmo from the bartender after being a little indecisive on what I wanted. The bartenders there will whip up a custom drink for anyone; just let them know what you generally like, and they’ll work their magic. My custom concoction ended up being fruity, refreshing, and just what I needed.


philippe chow


After we got our drinks, we were whisked off to the dining rooms, which are off towards the back of the restaurant. They’re beautifully decorated in black and white, and everything is bathed in a soft red glow. There’s even a glass door that can be slid shut, either for privacy or if you want to pretend you’re famous (which we almost did). The rooms are intimate, but not uncomfortably so. A good tip is that if you’re looking for some alone time with your date, you can snag a table in the corner around 6:30, right when they open for dinner. By 8 or so, the place will be jumpin’.

philippe chow

Philippe Chow also has some private rooms in the back, which are, of course, gorgeous. They’re great if you have a large party or are celebrating a special event. One piece of info we gleaned is that these rooms are utilized a lot by celebrity guests; they run in through the back so they won’t be spotted. We may or may not have heard that the restaurant is a favorite of Kylie Jenner (yes, that Kylie Jenner) when Keeping Up with the Kardashians is filming. Her fav dish? The chicken satay. We can confirm that it is very, very good.

philippe chow menu

Now, the food. I can talk about food all day and night without stopping, as you well know, so I’ll just get straight to the point. All you need to know about Philippe Chow is that the food is awesome. It is definitely not your standard, run-of-the-mill Chinese food. We were treated to a wide variety of yummy Mandarin-style dishes, our favorites including the wok fried mayonnaise prawns, Mr. Cheng’s hand-pulled noodles, and the crispy duck. We couldn’t believe how many tasty dishes we were being served! We polished off a good amount (ok, a lot) of the food, but still left with enough for lunch and dinner the next day.

Eating at Philippe Chow’s was definitely a great experience, and it’s worth trying out for dinner the next time you’re in Beverly Hills. Don’t forget to mention that you heard about them from The Beverly Hills Insider if you go – you’ll get 10% OFF your check if you do!

Dinner Sponsored by Jodi Jackson at JJ Entertainment.

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Happy Wednesday! We hope you’re having a great week, but in case you’ve hit that mid-week slump, we’ve got a bit of a pick-me-up for you. If you’re having a hard week, there’s nothing better than carving out some quality time for yourself at a spa. There are so many places in Beverly Hills though, it can stress you out just trying to choose one! We’ve simplified things a bit by rounding up some of the top spas around. All you have to do is pick one of these lovely pamper spots and go treat yo’self.

The Spa on Rodeo

Image Courtesy of The Spa on Rodeo

Find some rest right in the middle of the action on Rodeo. The Spa offers just about everything you could think of wanting to do to make yourself unwind. You can treat yourself to a foot soak, custom therapeutic massages, and detoxing skin treatments. I’m melting just thinking about all of it. They even have day spa retreat options, where you can get 60 minutes to up to four hours of massages, skin treatments, and manicures and pedicures. Pure bliss!

The M Day Spa

Image Courtesy of The M Day Spa

The M Day Spa on Wilshire boasts a large variety of beautifying facials, waxing services, peels, massages, and makeup applications. With so many services, this is definitely a one-stop-shop for all of your needs. They’re also known for having a very skilled, helpful staff that work wonders on skin and give a magical massage. Sign me up!

The Peninsula Spa

Image Courtesy of The Peninsula – Beverly Hills

The Peninsula is a beautiful hotel with an equally as beautiful spa. You don’t have to be a guest to book an appointment and take advantage of their luxurious services. Everything from gemstone massages, hand-applied tans (aptly called the California Gold), and detoxifying manicures using plant extracts are offered. You can even enjoy a eucalyptus steam prior to your appointment to prepare yourself for some awesome relaxation time. The Peninsula Spa offers an experience like no other.

Tomoko Japanese Spa

japanese spa

Image Courtesy of Tomoko Japanese Spa’s Instagram

Dedicated to refreshing the body and soul of every one of their clients, Tomoko is a popular spot amongst celebrities. If it’s good enough for the stars, you bet it’s worth checking out. The spa specializes in traditional Japanese and other Asian-inspired massages and aromatherapy. At the end of your service, you have the option of slipping into an ofuro bath to relax and dispel toxins from your skin. It sounds like a piece of heaven and an hour or so well spent.

Thibiant Beverly Hills


Image Courtesy of Thibiant Beverly Hills’ Instagram

Thibiant, located on Canon Drive, is the go-to place for quality skin care. They have facial options for just about every kind of skin need, body scrubs to leave you glowing from head to toe, and detoxifying wraps to help you firm and cleanse. Thibiant even has a full-service salon that focuses on scalp and nail health, so you can also stop by to get your hair and nails done! You’ll leave refreshed and looking fabulous.

I feel relaxed just thinking about all of these wonderful spa options. Now go treat yo’self. You deserve it!

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Shopping is great. Shopping while tasting and drinking are even better –especially when there’s delicious tray passed mini bites.

On July 16, 2015, I was invited to attend the grand opening celebration of YOGASMOGA in their brand new store in the heart of Beverly Hills. I mingled with other attendees while browsing the yoga-inspired athletic apparel brand that brings its authentic yoga ethos to 90210, such as leggings, tees, tanks and more.


YOGASMOGA provides a peaceful respite in which to experience the brand’s spirit of wellness and community. It features an elixir bar and relaxation lounge called, “YS Next Door”, and will host ongoing yoga classes that are free and open to the public. (Can you say, “Sign me up!”) The interior is an ode to Mother Nature, resembling a forest with sleek wooden boning that flows throughout the space. At the core of the venue, the hardwood melds together in a sculpture that recalls Namaste prayer hands.


I had an opportunity to chat with co–founder Tapasya Bali. Tapasya shared that the brand actually crafts all of its products with proprietary fabrics created with eco-conscious dyes. (To sum it up, this is high quality fabric that creates a comfortable fit.)

Insider tip: Working out is not the only occasion where you can wear YogaSmoga apparel. Look at how stunning Tapasya look as she matched her leggings with a super chic top. The perfect look for a night out on the town.



If you’re in the area, stop by and welcome YOGASMOGA to the neighborhood.

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