Last weekend, I had the chance to travel to LA with Aveeno and Recycle Bank to attend the Independent Spirit Awards.† I’m an Aveeno Ambassador and the 2-day trip gave us a chance to meet some of the other ambassadors, schmooze with the celebs and get immersed in the Aveeno brand.†
After a somewhat crazy flight there, we arrived in a cool Los Angeles.†† Here’s a shot from the plane as we were descending.† Aren’t the snow capped mountains beautiful?
We had a pretty harrowing flight there, which involved a 2 hour unscheduled stop in Kansas so once we landed, we were quickly whisked away to Exhale Spa in Santa Monica, where it didn’t take long to relax. Here I am having my make-up done:
Later, we checked into our amazing hotel – Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica.† I had a big room that reminded me of a cozy B&B more than a hotel room.† You can see from the photos that I had a sitting area, a great four-poster bed and a fabulous jacuzzi in the bathroom.† My only regret was that I didn’t get a chance to use the jacuzzi and that my husband and family weren’t there with me to share in the amazingness of the resort!
I met up with some of the ladies in the lobby before heading out to one of the best dinners I’ve ever eaten at Valentino Restuarant in Santa Monica:
This fish was a Bronzino and it was delish:
And here I am with Colleen from Classy Mommy and eco-model Summer Rayne Oakes.† Summer is a model working with Aveeno whose mission is to work with sustainable and eco-friendly products.† She was poised, classy and genuine.† I really enjoyed chatting with her.† And yes, she’s really as tall as she looks in this photo!
The next day we went to the Independent Spirit Awards.† I saw some pretty amazing celebs so I’m saving that day for my next post!† Here’s my post from earlier today which has a photo: A Preview of my Red Carpet Moment.†
Celeb photos coming next, I promise.