Friday, February 20, 2009

Please Don't Divorce My Friends!

Thanks Jessica for sharing this video with me! I hope all of you will join me in imbedding this in your site as well.

"Fidelity": Don't Divorce... from Courage Campaign on Vimeo.

These are families. These are people. I cannot understand why anyone would want to hurt anyone else. I can't understand why anyone would want to control what other people do. It is fine if you think it is wrong to be gay, you don't have to be gay! But why do you care if someone else is? What other people choose to do in their lives should not matter to you. Why would you want to keep people from being in love? Why would you want to keep people from being happy? Why would you want to prevent people who love each other from being married? I just do not get it. Please do not let Kenneth Starr, evil and hatred win. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Weekend Getaway!

Last weekend we decided to drive north to Hollywood, totally random and on a whim. Marc had some Marriott Rewards points that we burning a hole in his pocket so we cashed them in and booked a hotel room at the Renaissance Hotel Hollywood & Spa. The hotel was located right in the middle of West Hollywood, just around the corner from the Kodak Theater. Imagine how crazy this place would be during the Oscars! Wow!

The hotel decor is heavily inspired by the Mid-Century modern movement, with all kinds of cool artwork on the walls and furniture from Eames and Mies van der Rohe through out the lobby. I am a huge fan of architecture and furniture from the era, so it was definitely a delight to see. I wish I would have taken more pictures but Marc hates when I act like a tourist.

Mural in hotel lobby:

More art in the lobby:

This piece was so cool. It looked like there was someone or something trapped inside trying to get out.

eames lounge chair
I wonder if these were authorized reproductions or fakes? The Eames chairs retail $3000 each and the Platner Side Table retails for $665. Pricey stuff for a high traffic hotel lobby. A real Eames Lounge from DWR is very high on my list of things that I must have in my next house. Same for the Platner Side Table. I just love it. 

Space Ship Trash Can:

I have no idea if these trash cans have any special architectural or design significance. I just thought it was the cutest thing! They were through out the hotel lobby and public spaces. 

More pictures from the mini getaway coming soon.

Stay tuned...

... Photos from the mini getaway to Hollywood are coming later this afternoon!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines's Day!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Valentine's Day! We are going to head up to LA this evening  just to do something different and fun. We are staying at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. Looks like it should be nice! I'll have pics to post later from the mini getaway. 

xoxo smooches!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Woo hoo!

Just a quick note to let you know that I got the job! Thank you so much everyone for all of the well wishes. I am the new Director of Sales and Marketing at very nice, mid-size hotel property with 200+ rooms in the San Diego area. For those of you that are not aware, my background is in the hotel business and it is what I am very passionate about. I have not worked in 8 months, so it will be an adjustment, but I am ready! I am really looking forward to it. Wish me luck!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Job Update!

Some of you may or may not know that I've been looking for a job for the last 2 weeks. I've been unemployed since July but unemployed by choice. I was starting to feel a but unproductive lately so hence the job search.

I had an interview last Friday which was fabulous. Since then I have had 2 follow up interviews via phone, taken a personality survey, and had my references checked. 

I just got the phone call from my "future boss" *crossing my fingers* that she wants to meet for lunch tomorrow to "discuss our future"! I think this is good news. So please keep your fingers crossed for me and send positive vibes! I'll update again tomorrow after our lunch date. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Clever Cleo

Our cat Cleo is a crafty little cat. So crafty that she has figured out how to open doors. Now granted the doors that I am speaking of resemble kitchen cabinets, but I still think she's pretty darn clever. 


This is little Cleo helping herself to the linen cabinet. Whenever I see her do this it totally cracks me up! She takes her little paw and just opens the door like a human. When she does this I can't get too close to her or else she'll stop. So I've never been able to get a super close up picture of this. 


Cleo resting comfortably in the linen closet:

Smart Cleo. 

Do any of you have animals that are particularly crafty?

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Rain Rain Go Away!

One thing that you don't see very often if you live in the San Diego area is rain. But the past three days it has been raining like the dickens! Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining; we need it!

Yesterday we were having drinks at the lovely Estancia La Jolla hotel and I saw a very rare sight around here. I saw a rainbow. The rainbow was much more vivid and colorful in person but you get the idea.

Another side effect of the rain: our lagoon is flooded! When I say "our lagoon", I am referring to the San Elijo Lagoon, which is basically my back yard. At normal water levels, it almost looks like there is a river flowing through it:

But yesterday, it looked more like a lake:

And yes, in the background, you can see my sliver of an ocean view. At least it is a wide sliver. Even though we are not really "on the beach", backing up to the San Elijo Lagoon affords us a totally unobstructed ocean view. The only thing between the lagoon and the ocean is the coastal highway - the 101. If you enlarge the pictures you can see the cars off in the distance. 

The San Elijo Lagoon is actually really cool because there are raised paths and trails that you can walk on. It is excellent for watching birds and wildlife in general. The water is super clear so you can also see all of the different kinds of fish swimming around. I personally love watching the mullet fish wildly jump out of the water. You also see little lizards scurry off of the paths, quickly trying to get out of the way as you walk by. I always forget my camera when I walk through the lagoon. Next time I am going to remember it so I can snap some fun pictures for you! 

Thursday, February 5, 2009

NY Magazine Feature

I hate to boast on e-polishblog so I'll do it here! I just about died yesterday when I saw that my other blog, e-polishblog, was featured in New York Magazine's fashion blog "The Cut". Here is a link to the feature. It was brief, but I'll take it!

For those of you that might not be aware, I have just a slight obsession with nail polish. I love it! I just think it is one of the most fun beauty products to play with. It's available in just about every color you could ever think of. I love being able to change my polish to match a mood or compliment an outfit. Even though I love the wild and crazy colors, on most days I stick to neutrals or vampy colors. I think neutrals and vamps just look so chic and elegant. I also think that a dark navy blue nail is also a trendy way to do a dark nail that still looks so elegant. Manicured and polished nails are the best accessory! 

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Shell Beach, La Jolla

After our lunch at La Vache, we decided to head north towards home. But it was such a beautiful day outside that we stopped in La Jolla first. One of my favorite things to do in La Jolla (besides stopping @ George's for booze drinks) is to walk by the shoreline park. There are stairs that go down to Shell Beach, aptly named because the sand is made out of crushed sea shells. 

See what I am talking about:

The tide was really low, so there were lots of tide pools to explore:

Unfortunately I was not wearing proper foot wear for this. I almost took a good spill but caught myself before I fell! Looking in the tide pools is really fun though. There are all sorts of tiny sea creatures to be seen. Next time I'll try to wear better footwear so I can get pictures. 

Here are some other candid shots from the beach:

One of the things that I love about living where I do is that I can go to the beach in January. Of course the water is too cold to swim, but just the ability to be out and about and not freeze my butt off is something that I really value. I cannot imagine living anywhere else!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Lunch at La Vache

I love to find a fabulous new restaurant (new to me at least)! We have some really great ones that are close to our home, but sometimes I just get tired of going to all of the same places. So last weekend we ventured out to Hillcrest, a super cute and funky neighborhood close to downtown San Diego, to see what we could find.

There were no shortage of restaurants to choose from, but we decided to have lunch at La Vache, a casual french bistro. 

The outside of the restaurant offers patio seating:
la vache restaurant
But we decided to eat inside:

I love how they cover the tables with paper. They also provided crayons for doodling.

There is a smallish cute bar:

Bar rules:

No Fussin'! No Fightin'! No Whinin'! No Back Talkin'!

Our drinks of choice:

Marc had the chardonnay and I had a bellini. Yum!

Hungry Marc:

Marc is wearing his favorite sweatshirt. Do not be surprised if it appears more than once.

My Lunch:
salmon caesar saladCaesar salad with salmon, dressing on the side. It was excellent! The salmon was seasoned perfectly and the croutons were really good. I am kind of picky about my croutons.

Marc's Lunch:
Steak sandwich and salad. It looks like it was all bread in this picture but it really wasn't. Marc's steak sandwich was soooooooo good! He let me have a bite. The steak was really tender. 

No picture of me? Marc still has not gotten used to the idea of my "personal blog". He thinks that taking photos in public like this makes us look like tourists. Maybe it does, but who cares!? Oh well, at least he cooperated with me for the most part. He had better get used to it.

There were so many other things on the menu that looked good, I can't wait to go back. Their prices were very fair. I think my salad was $13.50 but the piece of salmon was huge! Marc's sandwich and salad was a special and so it was only $8.50. The sandwich was so big he could hardly finish it. I love finding great restaurants that are new to us. Like I said, I can't wait to go back!

La Vache in Hillcrest, San Diego. This place gets my stamp of approval!