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As you may have seen on my Instagram and I want to share my Scottsdale Travel Diaries with Toyota with you guys. (more…)
Last month we were invited to attend the Grand Opening of the Pendry Hotel in San Diego. I love San Diego and I was just there 2 months ago, so I was super excited to go back.
So we packed our bags and went on a roadtrip (which one of our favorite things to do) from Pacific Palisades to San Diego’s Gaslamp District. It’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive if we leave by 11 am, which is the magic hour to drive around LA. I promise you you will never get stuck in traffic at that time. Okay so getting back to my trip.,
The hotel is located on the Gaslamp district, which is one the the most touristic areas in San Diego. Everything is within walking distance with tons of restaurants and shopping, yes and yes!
When we arrived at the Pendry Hotel, we were greeted by a beautiful flower wall with the name of the hotel on it. Then we processed to the lobby which decor goals for me, I wanted to (and I did) take pictures of every corner in the hotel.
Then we went to check-in and they offered us a delicious drink (they have a different one every day) and the keep it a surprise, I thought that was so cool.
We then headed to our room, with the most spectacular views of San Diego, and then I see a little surprise gifts they had left on my bed and I almost cried. That was so thoughtful of them, it included a pair of RAEN sunglasses, water, a flask and some other goodies.
The decor of the Pendry Hotel is at another level, every room, corner is styled to perfection. The bathroom for example has Carrera Marble combined with the cutest wall paper ( so Instagramable). They have their own bathroom products take you can buy, like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc. And can I tell the have the best bath rub I’ve ever tried on, so soft, with the perfect fit.
After unpacking and taking a trillion pictures of the view, the bathroom, we changed and headed downstairs to explore the hotel. We saw the pool, the cabanas.
We did a quick stop by the Spa to check it out, ’cause we had a massage appointment the next morning. The Spa is to die for, we couldn’t to go back for my massage.
Then we went back to our room, to get ready for that night’s activities. Which included pretty much a party at the space in the hotel, from the lobby, to the restaurants.
Champagne and drinks flowing all night long, small bites, a donuts wall (yes a donuts wall), photobooth and engraving provided by Intent.
Lionfish, modern coastal cuisine.
Provisional, Southern California-driven seasonal fare, boutique shopping, and gourmet coffee
The Pool House, light bites and poolside drinks t
Fifth & Rose. the perfect cocktail
Nason’s Beer Hall, local craft beers
Oxford Social Club, an elevated nightlife experience
The Pendry San Diego has everything and then some, for everyone’s taste and needs from coffee to cocktails, from poolside to basement, and from casual to luxe.
And after a short night sleep, we woke up hungry and headed to Provisions for breakfast. Everything they were serving was so good, it was so hard to decide ( yes, I have issued with it).
So I did the only reasonable thing, I have pizza for breakfast, it had and an egg on it, so it’s acceptable. And after a good cup of joe I felt like a new person, like we didn’t even party all night long.
After our massage, it was time to pack up and head back home, and just like that our stay at the Pendry Hotel San Diego was coming to end.
Thank you Pendry Hotels for having us at the Grand Opening, you sure know how to spoil a girl. Can’t wait to go back again soon.
Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope you have a super duper day!
With Lots of Love,
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A few weeks ago we stayed at The Ambrose Hotel in Santa Monica, CA for a “Staycation”. Douglas and I have been so busy lately we needed a little getaway to recharge, but we don’t have time for a vacation right now so Staycation is the way to go. Every so often we like do this vacation/staycation thing to help us clear us minds and enjoy the city we live in as if we were tourist.
It is so much fun and relaxing, I recommend you do it every now and then.
I have been at The Ambrose Hotel before for different events the have through out the year, like wine tasting, yoga classes and more. But I have never stayed as I guest, so we decided to give it a try.
The Ambrose Hotel is an award winning eco-friendly boutique hotel, and is the perfect mix of luxury and sustainability. The hotel also has complimentary local transportation within a 3 mile radius, which is perfect to go to the Santa Monica Pier and shopping.
As an eco-friendly hotel, The Ambrose has preferential hybrid car parking. The also have a 24 hour fitness room (no excuses people)
So booked the Hotel for 1 night, we packed a few things a drove 9 miles from our house to the hotel, super far right? it really doesn’t matter how far or close it is where you are going, the idea is to get out of house and be in a different environment.
The Hotel’s entrance is so zen and peaceful with several outdoor sitting areas, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or wine.
As soon as we go up to our room, this is the amazing view we had from our window. I mean talk about picture perfect.
Our room is so gorgeous, I love the bedding with the long round pillow and the view we have from our bed. I just wanted to stay in room and chill all day, but we wanted to make the best of our staycation and explore Santa Monica and visit new places we haven’t been to.
Then I started to unpack and organize my shoes and a few accessories for all of our outings.
It was kind of chilly day, so I decided to pack a coat because I am always cold.
I brought a few of my favorite beauty products and go-to jewelry. And of course I had lay them down all pretty in the bathroom.
I started to run the water to take a bath before we headed out for lunch, and I couldn’t wait to put on this amazing Frette cotton bathrobe, that I wore as much as i could.
It feels so cozy and warm.
After my warm bath, I got dressed and ready to head out.
The view through the curtain
We had heard of this restaurant, but had never been to it. So we decided to Pono Burger, it is an organic, local burger joint.
The burgers are to die for, it was so hard to choose. So ended up sharing our burgers half and half so we could taste both, and since we love fries but got both french fries and sweet potatoes fries.
After our delicious lunch we went to the Santa Monica Place, yes I know I said I was going to new place. But shopping is always part of any vacation, so why wouldn’t shop on a staycation, right? And guess where I went shopping? yep you know it, my favorite department store Nordstrom. I got a gorgeous white dress to wear for our dinner date.
We walked from the Santa Monica Place to the Third Street Promenade while the sun was setting and we realized we always walk by this place but had never been inside, so today was the day. Stickhouse has that is, a gelato and coffee shop, I have to say after trying both I am addicted and have to back very soon.
And then a little shopping at Banana Repubic, because I love this store and they 40% off, that’s a win win!
And I found a super cute bag that goes perfect with the white dress I got at Nordstrom perfect for our dinner date, this staycation is getting better and better by the hour.
It was time to back to hotel to relax a little and get ready to go out to dinner.
This is my happy face to be heading out with a new dress and bag, I asked Douglas to take a picture(s) of my outfit.
The following morning I woke up, I checked my emails and my schedule for the week ahead. ANother thing that I love is that the Hotel had complimentary Wi-Fi and that is music to my ears.
One of my favorite things in this world is to have breakfast in bed, so we did. We had coffee with croissants, waffles and fruits.
This all natural breakfast is complimentary, yes you read it right. Foodie heaven!
I always see these Hulu bikes all over Santa Monica and there is a station across the hotel, that is super convenient to the mall, to beach or just cruise around the city.
Now it was time to say goodbye to The Ambrose Hotel and our staycation in Santa Monica.
We left happy and refreshed and ready to go home to our daily routine, and as we head out we enojoy one last look at the gorgeous the patio and outdoor area of The Hotel Ambrose.
Until our next staycation, stay tuned my loves!
I thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this Staycation story as much as I enjoyed taking pictures and exploring. Hope you have a super duper day!
With Lots of Love,
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As you may know by my Instagram bio (and pretty much every social media bio) I am a proud Miami Girl. I moved to LA 8 years ago, but Miami will always be my city. I was actually born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. I would spend almost every summer vacation in Miami (while my parents traveled to England and Italy to visit my sisters that were studying abroad) it was like their alone time and they never took me. And then when I was 12 my family decided to moved to Miami for 3 years (to be closer to my sisters) and then we moved back to Ecuador ( I still don’t know why) right when my sister moved to Miami to continue their studies, so pretty I was away from my sisters, living in different countries. Then 3 years after that I officially moved back to Miami (and I could finally be close to my sisters), so you see what I mean when I say I am a “Miami Girl”.
This trip to Miami was to celebrate our wedding anniversary and for a childhood friend’s birthday party. I met Douglas in Miami, we got married in Miami, we started our business here (we had an online travel agency, that;s for another post) so Miami has a very special meaning to us and Europe is too cold in January, hahaha!
Day # 1, I love to fly on the red eye, so I sleep on the plane and when I get to Miami I go straight to have a Cuban toast and Cortadito coffee at Versailles in Little Havana, but first we had to pick our Toyota Camry, Toyota loaned us for a week.
After picking up the car and having breakfast, we headed to go visit my sisters Giovanna and Liliana. both of them live in Miami Lakes. My sister Giovanna’s backyard is the epitome of a Miami home, a pool on a canal full of palm trees, ducks and views for days.
Right that we went to Miami Beach to vist my Connie, while taking tons of pictures like a tourist and proud of it.
I wanted to try new restaurants that I haven’t been to on previous trips or that had just opened. And one of those restaurants is Cvi.che 105, it is Peruvian food. And of course we had ceviche and try a new drink I’ve never had before is made a Chicha Pisco Sour, and a fruity yet tangy flavor.
After lunch we went to our hotel to check-in, unpack and chill for a little. Before heading out to dinner to celebrate our Anniversary, which was the actual day that we arrived.
Day # 2 it was time to explore new places and familiar ones and visit more friends and a little of “Me” time. First we stopped at my friends’ Corrine salon in Coral Gables, Jean Claude Biguine a french franchise. I haven’t seen her in 4 years, way too long. She has been doing my color ever since she moved from Lyon to Miami. And of course she wanted to do my hair color (’cause she is the best colorist in the world, no exaggeration) I couldn’t say no.
Then I went to visit my friend Gisella at her Oxygen Spa, where I’ve been getting my facials for over 10 years. She is a skincare guru, and I haven’t seen her in 2 years, this trip was very emotional, some many mixed feelings and wondering if we should move back to Miami (never say never).
After my new hair color and a facial, we wanted to take a few picture to capture it all for our memories and the blog.
We drove from Coral Gables to Coconut Grove all through Bayshore Drive, to capture pictures of the Vizcaya, Dinner Key Marina and Grove Isle.
And then crossed the Rickenbacker bridge to Key Biscayne, when it started raining, so we took as many pictures as possible before running to the car.
Right after that we went to Wynwood, to take some street and graffiti art . This area has changed so much since I moved to LA, so much beauty, art, murals, restaurants and shopping. I need to spend more time here next time.
Because after having lunch, I started feeling ill. So we went to hotel to rest. The stomach pain was so intense I thought it was food poisoning, Douglas went to the pharmacy to get a few to make feel better.
I had a dinner date with a girlfriend and had to cancel (and if you know me you know I never cancel), so that’s how bad I felt. After taking several thing, the pain wouldn’t go away, so I asked Douglas to please take to the hospital.
We get to Doctor’s Hospital in Coral Gables on a Friday night (’cause that’s how I roll), the pain was so intense I could walk, sit. I have never felt this kind of pain before. They did a few test, and the Doctor comes back saying I had gallstones and I needed to surgery to have my gallbladder removed.
I started crying, I got so scared, idea of surgery makes me really nervous. But the pain killers kicked in, I could actually start relaxing and accepting what had to be done.
Then my brain started thinking all the things I still needed to do, starting with my friends birthday the following day, so much work and photoshoots that were pending. I thought I would leave the following day, but how wrong was I.
Then I realized we have no control of certain things in life, we make plans but everything can change at any time. Saturday afternoon I had surgery and obviously I wasn’t going to be able to the my friend’s party that I travel cross country to go to, because it was that evening. But I did ask Douglas to go for a few hours and have fun and tell everyone what had happen to me.
I wasn’t going to able to do a swimwear photoshoot for a big brand I had scheduled and in my mind I was thinking, I have no control it and it is what it is. My health comes first, and I want to be healthy for my family.
I didn’t have the strength to text or email anyone, so my sisters and Douglas help me with it. Our ticket back to LA was booked for the Sunday, but I wasn’t allowed to leave the hospital for a few days. Douglas had important meetings and a business trip, so they logical thing to do was for him to go ahead with his plans. So he left to go back home, thank God I had my sisters with me, they took care of me and when I got discharged from the hospital Monday night I went to my sister Giovanna’s house, so I was in good hands.
Thursday morning I had my post-op check up and everything looked good and I was given the okay by the doctor to travel back home, so just like that I packed a few I had with me and flew 6 hours to go back home. It was such an uncomfortable flight, I tried to sleep but I couldn’t they scar was hurting me too much.
So this is my Miami Travel Diaries with a twist, all I can say life is full of surprises and we have to live every single day to the fullest. Let’s be kind to one another, don’t do to other what you don’t want other to do to you, and we should be good. Surround yourself with good people and don’t take things too serious, these are mottoes and I live by them.
These last 2 photos were taken a few hours before I went to hospital and I was already in so much pain, can you tell? So it was pretty much a 3 day vacation, because day 4 to 10 I was at hospital or recuperating at my sisters house.
Photos: Douglas Lagos | Location: Miami, Florida
I thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this very personal post, it took awhile to to decide to write it, I wanted to open and honest because everything in life is con rainbows and unicorns. Hope you have a super duper day!
With Lots of Love,
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