Thursday, September 15, 2011

Worlds Best Rooftop Bars

There is something so glamorous about a roof top terrace. 

Feeling as though you're sitting on  top of the world & under the stars, enjoying the breeze & a refreshing cocktail in hand. Here is a list of some the worlds hottest rooftop bars...

 1. Vue Bar at Hyatt on The Bund, Shanghai

The Vue Bar is a rooftop lounge with spectacular views of the Bund and Pudong. Located on the 32nd and 33rd floors of the hotel's West Tower, Vue Bar features stunning views in a relaxed setting, with day beds, comfortable seating arrangements and a whirlpool on the terrace.  
(Photo via Hyatt)

 2. Above Beverly Hills at the Thompson Beverly Hills, California

A members-only bi-level rooftop pool and lounge, Above Beverly Hills (ABH), serves as an exclusive escape with private cabanas and seating areas boasting unforgettable views of downtown Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills.
(Photo via Thompson Beverly Hills) 

 3. Aer at the Four Seasons Mumbai
Evening cocktails and midnight small dishes complement the open-air atmosphere of chic relaxation at Aer, Mumbai's highest rooftop bar at the Four Seasons Mumbai. Covering the entire rooftop of the hotel, the bar -- 34 stories above the city --offers panoramic city and sea views and an endless ceiling of sky and stars, creating an atmosphere that redefines the notion of freedom.  
(Photo via Four Seasons)

4. Float at the Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego

For a real rock star experience, head to Float at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego . This dramatic rooftop pool bar and lounge overlooks the Gaslamp Quarter. Private poolside cabanas feature walnut-toned outdoor leather lounge seating, flat-screen TVs and mini bars. Sectional seating -- adorned in camouflage design -- and opium beds flank the lounge's fire pits. An over-sized blue-tinted mirror reflects the rooftop pool and also provides the backdrop to a wood and white stone bar.  
(Photo via Hard Rock)

 5. La Terrace at the Grand Hyatt, Tokyo

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo has the revamped outdoor bar La Terrace, The French Kitchen and welcomes those looking for spectacular views of Tokyo and seasonal snacks from a new outdoor grill.  
(Photo via Grand Hyatt) 

 6. JW's Champagne Lounge at the JW Marriott Hotel, Shanghai

The cozy yet sophisticated surroundings of the JW's Champagne Lounge on the 40th floor of the JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square make it the perfect venue to enjoy smooth live music and the spectacular Shanghai skyline. The menu features more than 40 different choices of Champagnes and sparkling wines and a fine selection of cocktails and refined bar snacks. The adjacent quiet lounge is an exclusive area with comfortable alcoves where you can enjoy premium cigars and single malt whiskeys.  
(Photo via Marriott)


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It's officially Autumn...

At least in my house it is ;)

I love the smell (and look) of a burning candle. To me, it makes a house so much more inviting. Bath & Body Works Autumn candle is what I'm currently burning, & it's nothing short of amazing. One 3-wick candle envelopes 1 whole floor of our house. If I'm home, expect the candles to be on.

I live for the transition of one season ending, and another starting. I get giddy, little school girl, excited. Ask my husband. He thinks I'm crazy. 

Marshmallow Fireside smells like winter & I can't wait to start burning it. Sadly they don't sell an oil for the Marshmallow Fireside.

Creamy Pumpkin will be burning for the month of November.

Do you have a favorite scent? 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


I had a reminder set on both of my calendars, & STILL...I missed it.

For those of you who hadn't heard, Missoni released it's new line for Target today & within 30 minutes, they were sold out! 

I'm kicking myself in the rear over a few of these...

 Missoni Espresso s/5

Missoni for Target® Ceramic Vase Sm

Missoni for Target® Ceramic Vase

 I want to see my niece's in these this winter!
Missoni For Target® Infant Toddler Girls' Hat and Mitten Set 

 Missoni for Target® Throw in Famiglia

Missoni Passione Dinnerware Collection

Missoni Salad Plate Passione s/8

Missoni Stoneware Mug Collection

 Missoni Women's Comfort Bike in Copper

Missoni® for Target® Passione Chevron Hand Towel

Missoni® for Target® Passione Floral Bath Rug

Did any of you get your hands on the new Missoni swag??

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wedding Central

Hello Neglected (but not forgotten) Blog!

This year has been capital C razy. 

I am officially bi-coastal & needless to say, I'm thoroughly enjoying every day I have home. After all-- home is where my heart is :)

I'm currently planning my sisters wedding, that is officially 14 DAYS away! Did I mention that she decided she wanted to announce & plan it all in a total of 28 days?? I didn't think so ;) 

Minor details. . . . .minor details.

I am happily her Maid of Honor. Decorator. Designer. Sanity keeper. Consultant. And hair & makeup artist. Phew!

We live exactly 115 miles from each other & every detail has happened over text, phone calls, & emails. At this point, I've never appreciated technology more. I don't know how life would happen without it!

I have approximately 100 lbs. of candles, vases, tissue paper, beads & crystals sitting here waiting to be taken down for setup, and they're starting to burn a hole in my proverbial 'decorating pocket'!


Jordyn, if you're reading this...I've told you 1,000,000 times before, and I'll tell you 1,000,000 times again. 

I love you!

I couldn't be happier, or more honored, that you've trusted me with making your dream day come to life!

Without further a-do, here's the eye candy...

She's opted for an intimate family gathering at my parents home & these are our inspiration photos! 


Friday, April 1, 2011

Closet Envy...of the mirrored kind.

I have come across many beautiful closets here on the web...

But this one, takes the cake.

Closet design by Faye Resnick for Lillian Nevarez.

The mirrored paneling takes it over the top! 


My shoes would happily live on these beveled mirror shelves ;)

(Photos courtesy Faye Resnick Design)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas 2010

 To say that Christmas has come & gone this year just blows my mind. It's the one holiday I look forward to all year long, &'s gone. It comes & goes so fast doesn't it?

For the first time in my life, I burnt myself out on Christmas music. I started really early, & played in thru out the house, in my earphones, in the car, where ever I could listen-- it was on...


I just absolutely love it! The caroles & jingles make my smile-- on the inside & out.
This year, I also hosted Christmas dinner. We had torrential down pours here all week leading up to the big day, & I had been gone most of the months prior, so when the week of the 20th was crunch time, & oh how I love the chaos! The planning, the baking, the shopping & last but not least, the oven roaring early Christmas morning! 

It's my heaven.

This Christmas was definitely the best one to date. Having family over, with plenty of food & drink, lots of laughter, story telling & family firsts, I'm both happy & sad to leave this holiday season behind in 2010...

Can't wait for next years celebration!


Cleaning the stemware, pulling out the candles, the vases, etc.

Figuring out what will go where.


I picked up a "holiday swag" from Trader Joes for $4.99, & cut the wire off to use it's individual stems. I set up the appetizers on the kitchen island, & placed the pine sporaticaly  around the platters, then topped it off with glitter pine cones, mini ornaments, & votive's.  

I went to the local flower mart & picked up white cabbage, hydrangea & carnations. Plus some filler & stargazers for a little punch of color.   


Pinecones & feathered birds added to my pre-lit wreaths. I also put together large ivory & gold glitter ribbons with what I had left over from years past, & attached them to the center of each wreath.

 My husband actually spotted these sea creature-like ornaments & I just had to have them. The have so much texture & sparkle. I can never get enough sparkle!

I absolutely love these birds. As you can see, I have them in both white & silver. They add the perfect amount of whimsy to my holiday decor. 

 The silver ornament you see here is actually a foot in length. I also have long mosaic mirrored icicles that I didn't put up this year-- come to think of it, I'm not sure why. I'm sure they'll be out in all their glory next year :)


After the party was over, & the kitchen was picked up, I gathered the pine & put it all in this vase. It's so bright & fans out quite large.

 I snagged these carnations, 25 ct. for $5. 
They remind me of peonys when I can't get them in the winter months.
After dismantling my 4 larger arrangements, I divided the carnations up & made 3 small arrangements for the breakfast nook table. Wouldn't these make a great centerpiece for a casual bridal shower?

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