ISLA BLANCA WEEKEND | IBIZA SUNSETS & SANGRIA

WHAT I PACKED FOR SUMMER VACATION

Vacation Postcards from the White Isle

Here’s some inspiration of what I wore all the way from the sunny shores of Ibiza & Formentera

During this vacation my go to Summer staples were Accessories, just scroll down for a few of my key looks to shop this Summer

 

My outfit was about all Resort Wear Style, cool shades, comfortable laid back swim shorts and sun hat.

Please, take a moment and admire the Hat I customised with flower reef detail: “Almost Siesta Time” – thoughts of relaxation, rejuvenating and footprints in the sand

The day ended with watching the epic Sunset on the beach at Cafe del Mar

Hope you enjoyed snaps from my Summer Vacation Look book!

Until the next trip -‘Ciao’ x

 

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‘STYLE IN THE SKY’ IN-FLIGHT VIP STYLIST SERVICE ABOARD PRIVATE JET CHARTER CONNECT JETS

FASHION FOR THE JET SET WITH STYLING FOR YOU & CONNECT JETS

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We have been working on styling for flying by private jet today….never a boring day in the office – Stylist Milda Chellingsworth

Have you ever flown in a private jet before or looking for exceptional customer service and VIP services. Let Connect Jets take care of it and the rest. This bespoke and Award Winning Private Jet Charter was founded by CEO Gabriella Somerville a former Air-hostess with Richard Branson’s original Virgin Atlantic Air Cabin Crew during the 80’s. She is also currently a Virgin Start Up Mentor in Business Entrepreneurship / Aviation Consultant.

ALL ABOARD CONNECT JETS

 

During a private launch event at the Devonshire Club London which I was kindly invited to attend celebrating Connect Jet’s new luxury lifestyle concept ‘Style in The Sky’. Recently I joined Milda Chellingsworth, Founder of Styling For You and Gabriella Somerville, Founder of Connect Jets for the evening who presented their brand new in flight service and to discover the latest trends this season to STYLE! in Aviation throughout history.

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The internationally renowned Stylist Milda Chellingsworth is a frequent Jet setter for work and pleasure where her job takes her all around the world to meet the ever growing demand of her styling consulting services to the most exclusive discerning clientele from private clients, red carpet VIP dressing, to commercial bookings.

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Stylist Milda Chellingsworth suggested if commuting to a location is an obstacle why don’t her client’s just meet her on the plane. So ‘ Style in the Sky’ was born in partnership with Connect Jets

Services includes personal styling, to virtual wardrobe detox sessions from home and even started a new IG TV Channel ‘Mildas Monday’s where she gives you an insight to the what’s trending in the world of style, personnel recommendations for Style Picks and best look Edits for the season.

 

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Private Jet

 

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I have always aspired to travel more and fashion has always inspired me to do just that whether it’s flying abroad to attend International Fashion Weeks for the shows you would be surprised to find out that both have a strong connection to one another.

 

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Private Jet

 


Sit back, relax and let Connect Jet’s whisk you away for the weekend in ultimate Style!


With that said, you will need the ideal vacation / resort wear attire to match your new millennial jet setter lifestyle. It was great to see a selection of Milda’s style picks during her presentation at the Devonshire Club in partnership with Connect Jets. My favourite items to covet on my wish list had to be the Globe Trotter suitcase luggage which has been on my must have items to own just because they are understated classic luxury.

 

 

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From the avant-garde futuristic air steward outfits of the nineteen sixties to the glamour of Virgin Atlantic air hostesses to this present day style itself represents aspiration that has played an integral role of pioneering fashion in aviation which began with Italian Fashion House Emilio Pucci.

 

Arrive in Absolute Style & Comfort.

 

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It certainly grabbed my attention to find out more about this new service exclusive to Connect Jet’s clientele.

 

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The Connect Jets team can source your preferred onboard itinerary request, ensuring your flight is as enjoyable and 1ST class as possible

Stylist Milda Chellingsworth who suggested why don’t her client’s just meet her on the plane hence ‘ Style in the Sky’ was born in partnership with Connect Jets.

The concept behind it was suggested to align her brand with luxury aviation industry by Stylist Milda includes her roster of international clients worldwide who could not commit to being in one place at a time. Let Connect Jets take care of it, next time you fly. Where will you go?

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Editorial Disclaimer: A huge thank you to Connect Jet’s and Styling for You! for hosting me and for inviting me along to their press launch. As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally use and believe in. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any Airlines, and have not been reviewed or endorsed by any of these entities.

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CITY GUIDE TO SHORT BREAKS IN PARIS: THINGS TO DO IN 72 HOURS

PARIS

Hey guys I’ve just returned from a recent trip to Paris for Haute Couture Fashion Week and can’t wait to share with you what I got up to while I was in town for the shows. It was my first ever haute couture catwalk show in Paris and season with Fashion House Atelier Rani Zakhem who showcased his latest Autumn Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture Collection.

Let me take you on a chic tour of the city and the best bits that Paris has to offer as there is lots to see and do.!

But time permitting wise I could only make the most of the time I had available in between the shows which were my main intentions for coming to Paris for Fashion Week at the same time do some sightseeing.

Getting around Paris is easy on foot via the Metro but being Fashion Week I would much prefer to use UBER France who kindly contributed towards my short trip in Paris to ensure my journey ran smoothly getting me to the Airport and the shows at Fashion Week.

HOTELS IN PARIS IDEAL FOR SHORT STAYS & BUSINESS TRIPS

Paris City Breaks

MECURE HOTEL GARD DE LYON  

During Fashion Week in Paris location is crucial as you need to be able to get around as easy as possible especially if you’re new to the city. A central location in Paris works best and is close to all the main attractions and within easy reach of the Eurostar at Gard Du Nord station via the TVG overground train that runs from central Paris to Charles de Gaulle Airport takes just under an hour.

Paris City Breaks

The Mecure Hotel Gard de Lyon is a great hotel that is very welcoming with it’s friendly staff and the rooms are very clean and cosy too with modern contemporary interiors including the separate wash room / bathroom. Security at the hotel is imperative to ensure the safety of its staying guest such as swipe entry card system for the main hotel entrance after hours. Most importantly all bloggers need Wifi with fast internet access so we can stay updated on social media and share our amazing experiences of our travels with you.

 Paris City Breaks

 

Top image: Twin Room Suite This image: Bathroom inside Hotel Suite


THINGS TO TRY AND EXPERIENCE


MUSSEE DU LOUVRE

The Louvre Museum has to be one of the most iconic landmarks in Paris and the perfect Instagram selfie opportunity to take some holiday snaps for my readers. Just like Somerset House in London as you enter the grounds of the Louvre you go through an archway to see beautiful grounds, breathtaking scenery and the Louvre within walking distance. During a hot summers day it’s a very good idea to cool off by the Louvre Fountain and take in the atmosphere and amazing architecture. There are some interesting buildings nearby and footpaths where you can also catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower.

Paris City Breaks

Paris City Breaks

Paris City Breaks

HAUTE COUTURE PARIS FASHION WEEK

When people think of Paris they imagine a city that is very Stylish with lots of culture and has a reputation for high luxury fashion that competes with other fashion capitals of the world London, New York and Milan. If you’re lucky to get an invite to any of the Couture shows don’t miss out the opportunity to see the latest international trends dominating the Parisian Catwalks is very special indeed.

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DESIGNER SHOPPING

RUE FAUBOURG SAINT HONORE 

For those of us who love to shop our favourite designer labels you can find all the big names of International Fashion House from Dior, Chanel to Gucci if you happen to take a stroll in this exclusive shopping area of Paris. It looks very charming and pretty and night.

 

RUE DES FRANCS BOURGEOIS

In Paris you are so spoilt for choice when I comes to leading brands as well as smaller brands and local boutiques can be found in this street is a shopping mecca for fashionistas to shop and drop all day long then take a break by finding somewhere to have a spot of lunch nearby is within easy reach of restaurant in the Saint Paul area.

ROOFTOP BARS WITH THE BEST VIEWS OF PARIS

LE ROOFTOP BAR – THE PENINSULA PARIS

 Paris City BreaksPhoto: Nadia Rashid

Before coming to Paris I already planned on making a visit to The Peninsula Hotel in Paris which is a luxury hotel within walking distance of the Arc de Triomphe. Le Rooftop bar is perched on the 6th floor of the hotel with panoramic views over Paris and the perfect opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

It has to be one of my favourite hotels in town because the view of the Eifel Tower is rather breathtaking from the hotels roof terrace equip with separate restaurant and bar. The hotel staff were very polite and attentive during my late afternoon drinks as I enjoyed my cool glass of Tattinger Champagne with views overlooking Paris. It’s very grand here but I feel so much at home with it being in the middle of Haute Couture Fashion Week and is the place to be scene. Definitely check it out next time you’re in town and who knows I could be staying here next time.

Paris City BreaksPhoto: Nadia Rashid

 

THE BUDDHA BAR PARIS

Paris City Breaks

The Buddha Bar Paris brand is widely recognised for its cool ambience and stylish playlist catering to the fashionista crowd and International Jet-set clientele. It’s a very relaxing place to have drinks in into the late evenings and dinner too downstairs in the restaurant. This restaurant serves a selection of Pan European Asian Cuisine and I recommend that you make a reservation as it can get very busy but the atmosphere is such a great vibe and all you would expect from a luxury restaurant and bar. The decor interior is very tranquil and gives you that feeling of transporting you to South East Asia and founded by the same owner of Barfly Bar Paris.

 

 

 

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MIZNON PARIS

Paris City Breaks

If you’re near Saint Paul in Paris you need to check out Miznon an Israeli restaurant specialising in grilled cuisines which is the best pita I have ever tasted. Everything is prepared with amazing fresh ingredients and full of flavours such as the house style Kebab garnished with red onions, beef meat, mint leaves and assorted vegetables. This restaurant is located in a Jewish quarter of Paris but we also discovered the upmarket boutiques some French and International fashion brands can be found only a stone’s throw away within walking distance.

 

LA VOLTIGEUR

Paris City Breaks

As it happens if you take a stroll through the streets of Paris there are so many restaurants and cafe’s to try and you are so spoilt for choice. Sometimes it’s best not to plan where to eat and just find somewhere which is how I came across La Voltigeur. This restaurant is situated in the Stylish shopping area of Rue Des Francs Paris also in the Saint Paul Area and is the perfect place for a spot of lunch as you do some designer shopping. They have very yummy treats here such as cakes and my favourite dish Croque Monsieur which is a famous cheese and ham toasted French sandwich that comes with a delicious side salad dressing.

EAST MAMMA

Paris City Breaks

If you’re a fan of authentic Italian food you will find exceptional food and friendly service at East Mamma Restaurant  and is very popular on the Parisian Scene with the locals too. East Mamma is part of the Big Mamma Restaurant group and serves the most exquisite dishes from Fresh Pasta, Pizza, Salads to sumptuous Deserts. During my dinner I decided to try their Pizza Napoletana Red Hot Burrata which comes with a spicy tomatoes sauce, hot sausage and topped with plenty of Mozzarella cheese for texture.  If you like pasta I would highly recommend the Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina served with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. All portions of food served is a very large size suitable for 2 people to share which is very filling.

Paris will always have a special place in my heart and would like to immerse myself in the language and culture next time I visit again for Fashion Week.  They call Paris the City of Lights for a reason so come visit this wonderful intriguing city and experience it for yourself.

Disclaimer: A special thank you to UBER for partnering with me during this trip and contributing towards my travel journeys in Paris. In any case, as always, all opinions will be my own.

TOPMAN MEN’S SWIMWEAR FOR POOLSIDE LIFESTYLES

POOLSIDE LIFESTYLES IN LAS VEGAS

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A few postcards from my Las Vegas Trip. Nothing compares to being poolside for the weekend – pool party vibes.
Wearing my favourite Topman swimwear and a statement sunnies: such as my favourite Sunglasses from Marc Jacobs.
Scroll down into the layed back mood while summer day dreaming.

 

WEEKEND DAY TRIP

// I have arrived in Vegas just for the weekend! The car journey was quite an adventure on the road trip from Los Angeles!  Sin City was epic, I have never seen the city at night before! The unforgettable light shows at the Bellagio ! All dressed for a day poolside in resort wear, I made my way to the infamous Las Vegas Strip. The day ended with a fantastic pool party at MGM Grand Bare Pool Lounge //

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Men's Resort Wear

Swim shorts: Topman London / Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs

 

I hope you liked my Resort Wear Style and enjoyed the Pool Party!

 

Disclaimer: All guest Must be 21 years of age or older with valid ID to enter Bare Pool Lounge at MGM Grand Las Vegas. As always all opinions will be my own if I choose to review a lifestyle brand is based upon my personal preference so I can give my honest opinion.

 

PORTUGAL’S SOUTHERN ALGARVE TIPPED TO BE EUROPE’S NEXT JET-SET DESTINATION

A GUIDE TO THE BEST BEACH CLUBS & HOTELS IN SOUTHERN ALGARVE

THE PORT OF PORTIMAO IN ALGARVE

Explore the town’s vibrant and colourful terracotta architecture down by the marina pier.

Hi guys, hope you’re all having the most wonderful time on summer vacation as these past couple of months have flown by so quickly. During my trip I will share with you some of my favourite places to visit over the duration of a long weekend break. If you enjoy scenic walks by the beach, a spot of golf at a country club and tempted by the wonders of fresh locally sourced produce it’s a culinary match made in heaven.

I’m really excited to tell you all about my recent sponsored press trip abroad to the Algarve in Portugal to review an exclusive holiday resort Blanco Beach Club. It’s situated in the idyllic fishing port town of Portimao and also my first visit to Portugal. After experiencing what this trendy enclave has to offer Portimao is deemed the next international hot spot destination for jet-setters in Europe to rival Ibiza, St Tropez and Mykonos.

 

THE BEST HOTELS IN ALGARVE

The Morgado Golf and Country Club part of the exclusive Nau Hotels & Resorts Group is your idyllic weekend escape for relaxation and to enjoy a spot of golf on the driving range just 20 mins drive from Prai de Rocha in Portimao and 30 mins from Faro Airport.

This exquisite hotel comprises of apartment complexes on the grounds of the resort which spans over 40 acres of scenic landscape in the middle of a secluded valley is just tranquil and takes your breath away.

An outdoor pool which overflows on the edge faces the scenic landscape and includes changing room facilities conveniently located next to the pool area. Explore the hotels club house after doing your rounds of golf and enjoy some lunch with friends for a catch up over some great food and drinks.

NAU HOTELS & RESORTS

My hotel suite was very impressive despite the short stay it was so worth it. A general feel of the hotel room itself had a contemporary touch as you would expect from a luxury resort to the highest standard and an outdoor patio balcony overlooking the landscape. Just check out this amazing bed which is something out of a Gossip Girl series with a velvet headboard raised as high as the ceiling fit for a Queen.

 

 

Room Service is available at a charge of course for any extra’s to stock up your mini bar if needed.

Not forgetting the walk in marble shower wet room was pure luxury defined for that unforgettable hotel weekend break.

 

 

 

Portimao is known as a small fishing town it has the very best selection when it comes fresh fish and locally sourced produce if you’re a great fan of seafood dishes while on vacation in the Algarve.

 

 

 

 


Things to try and Experience


PRAIA DA ROCHA BEACH

Praia de Rocha Beach is by far my favourite beach area in the Algarve because of its unspoiled natural sand, water sport activities including snorkelling, swimming, lively promenade of seafood restaurants and exclusive beach clubs. Each summer Praia de Rocha Beach plays host to the MTV Summer Sessions with live music and parties on the beach is highly recommended.

 

BLANCO BEACH CLUB

Portimao welcomes this summer a new addition to the area for the ultimate luxury experience in day beach club concepts also equipped as an exciting music venue that transforms into a nightclub.

Watch the day go by as you relax amongst the sumptuous sunken beds next to the idyllic seashore of the Atlantic Ocean as you listen to the upbeat DJ set playing house, dance and top 40 music. Here you can enjoy the ambience of beautiful people and great service customer service from its friendly and welcoming staff.

Blanco Beach Club is brought to you by the brainchild of Entrepreneur / acclaimed Music Producer Maximillian White has also played host to big headline acts from the Music Industry including Tyga, French Montana, Tori Lanez amongst many more.

 

NOSOLO AGUA BEACH CLUB – MARINA DE PORTIMAO

I managed to stumble across the NoSolo Agua Beach Club while taking a stroll down by the marina pier and thought it was another bar I wanted to try. It turns out this venue happens to be yet another Beach Club, but wait it has something quite unique about it. Somehow I managed to convince the friendly door staff to see if I may take a sneak peek inside. They welcomed me in as press and a lifestyle blogger kindly offering a complimentary drink on the house and free use of the pool area. It was just not any standard swimming or plunge pool in fact to my astonishment I discovered it had fresh salt water in it from the ocean was great for the skin and made you feel refreshed.

Views of the ocean and cliffs from the cabana beds had great views where you could relax the whole day and watch the sunset.

 

 DISCOVER A TASTE CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE

 

THE OLD BRIDGE QUARTER

One evening a friend and I decided to take a 15 minute taxi journey from the beach into the town centre of Portimao where you could experience the best local cuisine located in the Old Bridge Quarter. Here discreetly hidden under a bridge you will find an array of authentic local sea food and grill restaurants which all vary in price and some great value for money than others. Fresh fish is the culinary dish to try in the Algarve well known for its delicious Sardine’s cooked and grilled on the wood stove, but the Sea bass was also delightful too.

Experience the fresh sea food restaurants in the old bridge quarter, wonderful stretch of unspoiled beaches and thriving cosmopolitan nightlife..

.Upon visiting Portimao expect lively promenade of seafood restaurants and exclusive beach clubs in the Southern Algarve for gastronomy to exclusive nightlife scene.

 

Editorial Disclaimer. A huge thank you to Nau Hotels & Resorts, Blanco Beach Algarve and Monarch Airlines for hosting me and for providing a wonderful, stay in Portugal. As always, all opinions are my own – all offers and promotions mentioned are at the discretion of the brands management and subject to change at any time.

A GUIDE TO LOS ANGLES & WEEKEND GETAWAYS IN LAGUNA BEACH ORANGE COUNTY

California Holidays

LOS ANGELES & ORANGE COUNTY

LA the City of Angels is home to Tinsel Town Hollywood’s film industry, the playground to the Rich and Famous boast some of the most amazing beaches, social scene to the most fabulous shopping.

I share with you some of my favourite Stylish hot spots, Trendy neighborhoods and places to visit. The first time I encountered LA I was so fascinated by the cult fashion movie Clueless I just had to come to America and fell in love with Beverley Hills 90210. If you’re also an O.C. fan Laguna Beach The Real Orange County is on the itinerary for a long weekend break as I gain access to one of the most pristine private beaches is paradise.

THE  BEST HOTELS IN LOS ANGELES

THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL

It’s one the oldest Hotels in Hollywood which lots of history so I’m told but it’s a great place to hang out in the evenings and star gaze if you can spot them. As a guest you have access to the pool area and its strictly by guest list only. The cast members of THE HILLs once hung out here and other trendy night spots in town Le Deux, Area, the Hyde club may have moved on since then.

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For those of you that have yet to experience Tinsel town as a tourist there is so much to see especially if you’re a film buff and into Hollywood Cinema. With that said make Universal Studios a must do excursion and do the Studio Tour where you can get to know how films were made on set from the legendary King Kong, Alfred Hitchcock movies to the Desperate Housewives television series. Get close up to all time favorite tv shows, epic theme park rides and more.

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Where to take in the Best views of the LA City skyline from Roof Top Bars to Poolside Lifestyles where living the dream becomes a reality.

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Visit California

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THE POOL PARTIES

Great spots for hanging out by the Pool include The Mondrian Hotel and The Standard Dowtown LA is very chic with the Young Hollywood and Jet Set Crowd.

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Visit California

VISIT WEST HOLLYWOOD MOST FAMOUS ZIP CODES


MELROSE WEST HOLLYWOOD

Favourite neighborhood’s in West Hollywood of mine are Melrose a trendy location infamous for its notorious zip code made famous by Darren Star’s TV Show Melrose Place where aspiring 20 something’s move into an apartment block with a pool and host parties every week. Sounds like my kind of party. Not only that the shopping is great and I really love coming to this part of town to visit stores Opening Ceremony, Fred Segal and Kitson for unique designer and one of kind items of clothing.

California Holidays

Come hang at these cool LA hotspots in town from The Farmers Market and make a wish in the Grove Fountain, who knows it could be you’re lucky day.


 

A tourist hot spot for visitors especially if you’re new to LA it’s such a great place to hang out and meet friends. Also, the Grove Fountain within the market is a great place for a date it’s so romantic in the evenings when it’s all lit up. Things to do while you’re there include shopping at the retail stores such as Abercrombie and Victoria’s Secret to independent market stall vendors and excellent restaurants and bars.

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DESIGNER SHOPPING ON RODEO DRIVE

 

The walk of fame is situated on Hollywood Boulevard and you can pay homage to your favourite Celebrities past and present.

It can get very busy at times but mainly tourist attraction for first time visitors to Los Angeles and don’t forget The Manns Chinese Theatre its very grand. Are you familiar with the movie Pretty Woman this would be the street where Julia Roberts stared in the Hollywood Movie spending Uncle Edwards Money without a care in the world. Lucky Girl if you can do it. The best part I just had to visit those famous Spanish Steps where Cher in Clueless walks down to the bottom of the fountain then shops at Dior. The famous line ‘I wonder if they have that in my size’ that sums up my shopping trip to Rodeo Drive for today and it was fabulous.

 HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

The walk of fame is situated on Hollywood Boulevard and you can pay homage to your favourite Celebrities past and present. It can get very busy at times but mainly tourist attraction for first time visitors to Los Angeles and don’t forget The Manns Chinese Theatre its very grand.

Discover the best shopping in LA has to offer on Rodeo Drive neighborhood of Beverly Hills

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Los Angeles has a coast line stretch full of beaches but Santa Monica Beach is LA’s local beach, a bit too touristy for me but you can hang out here go for a jog, rolla blade, skate or visit the amusement park on the pier for fun fair attractions and food vendors.

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Make a Weekend Trip excursion to Laguna Beach just 1 hours drive from LA

Laguna Beach Orange County is a one hour drive from Los Angeles which boast long stretches of pristine sandy beaches and clear blue water. Although it’s a very small town it’s paradise and it’s great if you can have access to a private beach depending on the location and was very lucky in this instance. Hotels in town the best place you can stay is at The Montage Hotel in Laguna CA or alternatively renting an apartment through AIR’BNB  is a great option through personal experience for a flexible stays. For designer shopping head to the South Coast Plaza Mall you can spend all day here it’s heaven for shopaholics where you will find everything from high street, mid range to luxury fashion labels is the best shopping experience you cannot miss out on and Fashion Island in NewPort Beach nearby.

California Holidays

 DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE

Pinks Hotdogs’ a take out restaurant serving the most delicious hotdogs named by Celebrities is worth stopping buy for a bite to eat if your up for experiencing some real Authentic American food while on vacation.

WOLF GANG PUCK

The Wolfgang Puck is a fine dinning group with Worldwide franchises including my favourite The Cut Beverley Hills and in London Park Lane. The renowned acclaimed Austrian Chef has worked in the finest restaurants in France and quickly garnered the attention of Hollywood’s elite with his dynamic personality, culinary skills and passion for Californian Cuisine.

Other excursions I recommend taking while in Los Angeles are taking weekend of debauchery and fun in the City of Sin Las Vegas from the infamous Strip aligned with Casino’s, Grand Hotels, Exquisite Shopping to exclusive pool lounges and vibrant Nightlife and Vegas Shows with alluring international clientele.

Editorial Disclaimer: This article was inspired by my own personal experience of being on vacation in California. As always all opinions are my own