California Coast Adventure: Malibu & Los Angeles


The perfect way to describe my feelings when arriving in Malibu is to borrow a favourite Carrie Bradshaw quote— Hello, I live here! In other words, I’d be willing to trade lives with someone living in Malibu with a beach side condo/home in a heartbeat. Might I add the Malibu Country Mart outdoor shopping extravaganza was a blast. Kitson did my hubby proud and Malibu Colony Company had the cutest Hollywood and Los Angeles glasses that screamed perfect souvenir. One delicious sandwich later at John’s Garden and we were on our way to check into our Los Angeles digs.

Mondrian Hotel on Sunset Blvd. was très chic. From the hilarious staff, to the corner suite with a view, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay (aside from the temperamental shower). Upon check-in we decided to take it easy that evening as the upcoming days were sure to be busy.

Without hesitation my first order of business the next day was to shop in Beverly Hills, naturally. But first my nails needed to be Rodeo drive ready, which meant an appointment at the oh so cute Olive & June nail salon. I’d been perusing their instagram account for weeks and knew I was in the mood for something dark with a rose gold accent. I arrived just in time as halfway through my appointment it became quite busy but the staff took it in stride. The salon is sleek, modern and the polish selection, beautifully displayed on custom shelving, is a nail addicts dream. Sarah Gibson Tuttle, owner and founder of Olive & June, was as lovely as I’d expected. She was helpful and kind and was as excited about my nails as I was, all the while having no idea I was going to be writing this post. A true testament to her character and passion for what she’s doing. Now if I could just find a way for Olive & June to be in Toronto…


After an epic shopping stroll along Rodeo Drive (and perhaps a few purchases), my hubby and I worked up an appetite that only Sprinkles Cupcakes could fix. The mere memory of these cupcakes make me wish I had one right now. From the cake to the decadent frosting they don’t disappoint, and should you find yourself after hours desperately wishing for one they have a cupcake ATM! Pure genius.

A quick photo op near the Hollywood sign and a costume change at the hotel and we were off to dinner at L.A. hotspot Nobu for some delicious Asian cuisine. We were treated like royalty and had one of the best seats in the house, with a perfect view of the master chefs at work. A truly memorable meal and experience.

Up next? Los Angeles pt.2—the final chapter in our coastal adventure.

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