Last week I was in San Francisco Monday through Wednesday and that was 99.9% work with long meetings in conference rooms that are set at 20 degrees below zero to keep us all awake. Thank God for video iChat!
L.A... Now, that was a much different story. I love L.A. On Wednesday we had some free time and checked out a local Mexican restaurant called El 7 Mares in Silver Lake. Now, as most of you know, I love food. And if I was given a choice for my last supper, it would be a big Mexican feast. We wanted to check out the highly recommended ceviche and shrimp tacos. They did not disappoint. Don't be fooled by it's meager appearance. While El 7 Mares may be a bit of a dive, (did I mention how much I love dives?) it seems to be a local favorite with the freshest of ingredients and ridiculously low prices.
On Wednesday night, I wore the dress that you all picked out for me. Thank you, it was a big hit.
On Thursday night we had an amazing party at Paramount Studios on the set of a show that is premiering in January called Happy Endings. Paramount was offering golf cart guided tours of the studios, but we thought it would be much for fun to take a "self-guided tour"... and am I sure glad that we did. Upon entering the studios, we walked right past Jane Lynch AKA Sue Sylvester dressed up as the Grinch. Kind of hard to see from the picture below as she was hauling ass to her trailer, but I assure you, it's her.
Next we were somehow able to sneak into the Glee set. Below you can see a picture of Rachel's bedroom. When we heard footsteps- we ran. As we were walking- no running out, we saw everyone's favorite Cheerios, Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera) walking out. After we followed them into the bathroom, we decided that perhaps our stalking had gone too far, so we aborted our mission. Upon exiting the ladies' room, we came upon the food trailer for Glee. A very "spirited" group of guys to making the Gleeks' meals. Finally, we decided to throw in the towel and head back to the party.... Amazing food, open bar and space heaters to keep us warm during a cool L.A. night- what more could a girl ask for? (My apologies... all of these pics were taken with my iPhone.)
Friday my marvelous sister-in-law, Christine (we affectionately call her Coosie) picked me up from the hotel and we headed over to Santa Monica to do some shopping. --God, I wish we had a Jonathan Adler in D.C... I was able to special order the S letter pillow that has been sold out online for months, and I also bought two Christmas ornaments for the girls. A blue elephant for Lou, and an orange lion for E. Simply adorable.
My mother gave us an ornament each year for Christmas and I am oh so glad that I have them now. There may be some tears shed each year as we decorate the tree, but it is so special to have those memories of my mom. This is a tradition that I'd like to share with my girls. A special thanks to Phaedra at J.A. who is shipping all of my goodies home!
Next we stopped to grab a bite with my virtual friend, Shannon Wollack. After months of e-mailing we were finally able to meet in person. We had a great time. I wish we had more time.. it seemed to go by so quickly. So quickly that I forgot to take a picture!
After lunch we stopped at my favorite Loehmann's in the world, and boy was it a bust. I don't think I have ever walked out of Loehmann's empty handed. Particularly the one in Beverly Hills. Hell must have frozen over that day. After getting over our disappointment, we headed over to Trina Turk. Remember this post on TT's pillows? Coosie and I love hitting up Trina when I visit. I am so enamored with all of the bright colors, and beautiful fabrics. I walked away with cocktail ring, a nugget bracelet and a pierced bangle.. Two out of the three were on sale!
Now it was finally time to go home and see my adorable niece, Colette. We call her CiCi. (Yes, everyone in our family has a nickname.) What a happy girl she is. We headed to the Grove and CiCi loved all of the music, waterworks and Christmas cheer. We went to dinner at the Farm and sat next to Dylan Walsh from Nip Tuck.
Saturday morning we all woke up bright and early. After a morning of hanging out and playing, we headed to H.D. Buttercup. -A M-A-Z-I-N-G. I think I finally found that entertainment console for our family room. They have it in white and black, and believe it or not, I actually let Mike pick the color- black it is. Thanks to Michele at H.D. Buttercup who is working on getting it to me safely.
After a long, hard day of shopping, Coos and I dropped CiCi off and headed over to our friend Tia Zoldan's house for some wine. As many of you know, I absolutely adore Tia. Talk about a girl crush--- she is amazing. Tia's house is not only breathtaking, but she lives right in Larchmont Village- my favorite spot in L.A. After cocktails and a tour of the newest additions to Tia's home, we headed out to grab a bite. We landed at Le Petit Greek. It was fantastic! The Avgolemono Soup was the best I've ever had. We had such a wonderful night. I was sad to see it end.
My flight home on Sunday was delayed almost 3 hours, so I missed seeing my babies before bed. They were in good hands, as we had Grammy come up from Savannah to help Mike out. They loved having that time with her. I am a bit jealous that I missed out. She left early yesterday morning and we were so sad to see her go. But what a great morning I had schnooging (that's our word for snuggling) with my family. A king size bed sure does seem small when you have a family of 4 and their furry baby in it.