Pretty Woman in Beverly Hills

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On our way down to West Hollywood to see July Talk preform at the the Roxie, we stopped off in Silverlake to wander around the cute shops and trendy cafes that line this strip of LA. We stopped off at a juice bar, a few vintage shops and peaked into various local restaurants.

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I found the sweetest little shop called Le Pink & Co Beauty Apothecary. I could have wandered around this tiny little place forever. It was the perfect collection of modern apothecary products at, surprisingly, reasonable prices.

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We grabbed lunch in Down town LA at a little hole in the wall Mexican restaurant. It was stupendous! We sampled a few different tacos and I was obsessed with their salsa bar, full of all different home-made salsas and sauces.

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As we drove out to West Hollywood, Dan had informed me we would be making a very special stop. He had instructed me to pack a bag and that was all I knew. As we drove, we passed through downtown LA and entered Beverly Hills. Suddenly, we pulled over and I stepped out under the canopy of the Beverly Wilshire! The Pretty Woman hotel!!!

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I think I looked (and acted) just as out of place as Julia Roberts when we walked in the lobby but everyone was so nice and helpful and just as excited as we were that we were celebrating our engagement with them. They even upgraded our room for free! The benefits of being newly engaged.

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When we got to the room there was a sweet little note from the staff welcome us to the hotel and sitting beside it was four huge chocolate dipped strawberries! Such wonderful customer experiences at hotels like this.

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Our room was beyond beautiful. It was one of the most beautiful hotels I've ever stayed in. There was a double balcony and a full suite. The view out towards the mountains and over the city was breathtaking!

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We didn't have much time to enjoy the room since classic LA traffic had put us a little behind schedule and we had to head off to West Hollywood ASAP for show. We got down there in good time and grabbed the tickets. Seeing as we had a bit of time to kill before it started I looked up a good restaurant in the area and we randomly ended up at this FANTASTIC thai restaurant. It was Northern Thai cuisine and the relaxed atmosphere and design of the whole place was just what we had been looking for.

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After finishing up dinner we quickly headed down the street and into the Roxie. July Talk have quickly become one of my favourite bands. I'd had a soft spot for them for a bit but after having so many great moments with them at work and at festivals they have earned a special place in my musical heart.

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They played a stellar show to a small audience. They got right down on the floor with us plebs and danced up a sexy storm. Rural Alberta Advantage were on next and although they were as amazing as always, their energy just can't match July Talkโ€™s.

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The band hung out with the crowd after and we got to congratulated them on their CASBY win. They were shocked when we mentioned it since they couldnโ€™t imagine anyone here would know about a little Canadian award but after I introduced myself they seemed to remember me and we had a nice little chat. They even gifted me a t-shirt at the end of the night. Sweetest dudes ever.

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As the night wore on we decided to head back to the hotel a bit early. We really wanted to enjoy that amazing view and luxurious suite. When we got home we couldn't resist ordering some room service and ate it out on the balcony. We got a platter of cheeses and crackers along with coffee and a homemade Oreo cookie and milk. As we sat on the balcony holding hands and cuddling on the big lounger chair, I felt so at peace and content. I almost fell asleep out there - the lights of LA twinkling in the distance and the warm night air lulling us to sleep.

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We were up early the next day since Dan had more surprises in store. He booked us our very first couples massage. I get massages quiet often but for Dan it a totally new experience. The Beverly Wilshire Spa is for sure the most amazing spa I'd ever set foot into. Everything is pure luxury.

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Before and after our massage we got to hang out in a small, private lounge complete with soft lighting, relaxing music and yummy (and very "LA") snacks. I didn't want it to end but after a while we decided to head out and explore Beverly Hills a bit.

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We strolled out of the hotel and walked along Rodeo drive. All the window displays were little works of art but we didn't dare try to walk inside. Places that expensive weird me out a bit but I did enjoy gazing at the strange and seductive plastic models that peered out at us from the shop windows.

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I loved all the different and interesting store fronts. Some were literally alive! There seems to be a trend of living walls here in LA. Succulents hung off wooden frames and colourful exteriors beaconed customers over to step inside.

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Our only purchase along the strip was at Bouchon Bakery. Having been won over by these guys in Las Vegas, we had to sample their wares back in LA. We purchases some macaroons for Katie and the kids and got ourselves some refreshing cups of iced chai tea. We sipped and strolled back along the street until we were back at the hotel. It was time to go. Beverly Hills is truly one of those other worldly places.  As we checked out, posh men and women came in and out of the adjacent restaurant. I could only imagine they were rich diplomats, hollywood producers or kids from old money. It's a nice place to people watch I can tell you that!

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And with that, we were on our way, back to the suburbs of LA. Back where we belong. Back to the land where In' n' Outs are plentiful and the people know that $10,000 for a coat is literal insanity. Yeah, while I had the best time there, I was happy to get back to reality and scarf down an a cheeseburger faster than you can say "can I get animal fries with that?".IMG_6124

On our way down to West Hollywood to see July Talk preform at hte the Roxie, we stopped off in Silverlake to wander around the cute shops and terndy cafes that line this strip of LA. We stopped off at a juice bar, a few vintage shops and peaked into various local restaurants.

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I found the sweetest little shop called Le Pink & Co Beauty Apothecary. I could have wandered around this tiny little place forever. It was the perfect collection of modern apothecary products at, surpringling, reasonable prices.

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We grabbed lunch in downtown LA at a hole in the wall Mexican restaurant/ It was stupendous! We sampled a few different tacos and I was obsessed with their salsa bar, full of all different homemade salsas and sauces

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As we drove out to West Hollywood Dan had informed me we would be making a very special stop. He had instructed me to pack a bag and that was all. As we drove we passed through downtown LA and entered Bervely Hills. Suddenly we were pulling over and I stepped out under the canopy of the Beverly Wilshire! The Pretty Woman hotel!!!

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I think I looked (and acted) just as out of place as Julia when we walked in the lobby but every one was so nice and helpful and excited that we were celebrating our engagement with them. They even upgraded our room for free! The benefits of being newly engaged.

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When we got to the room there was a sweet little note from the staff beside 4 huge chocolate dipped strawberries.

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Our room was beyond beautiful. One of the most beautiful hotels I've ever stayed in. There was a double balcony and a full suite. The view out towards the mountains and over the city was breathtaking!

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We didn't have much time to enjoy the room since classic LA traffic had put us a little behind schedule and we had to head off to West Hollywood. We got down there in good time and grabbed the tickets. Seeing as we had a bit of time to kill before it started I looked up a good restaurant in the area and we randomly ended up at this FANTASTIC thai restaurant. It was Northern Thai cuisine and the relaxed atmosphere and design of the whole place was just what we had been looking for.

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After fninshed up dinner we quickly headed down the street and into the Roxie. July Talk have quickly become one of my favourite bands. I'd had a soft spot for them for a bit but after having so many great moments with them at work and at festivals they have a special place in my musical heart.

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They played a stellar show to a small audience. They got right down on the floor with us plebs and danced up a sexy storm. Rural Alberta Advantage were on next and although they were as amazing as always, their energy just can't match that of their opener.

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The band hung out with the crowd after and we congratualted them on their CASBY win. They were shocked when we mentioned it since they could'nt imagine anyone where knew baout it but after I intorduced myself they seemed to remember me and we had a nice little chat. They even gifted me a t-shirt at the end of the night. Sweetest dudes ever.

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As the night wore on we dedcided to head back to the hotel a bit early. We really wanted to ejoy as much as we could we after we got home we couldn't resist ordering some room serivce and eat it out on the balcony. We got a platter of cheeses and cracked along with coffee and a homemade oreo cookie and milk. As we sat on the balcony holding hands and cuddling on the big lounger chair I felt so at peace and content. I almost fell alseep out there - the lights of LA twinkling in the distance and the warm night air lulling us to sleep.

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We were up early the next day since Dan had more surprises in store. He booked us our very first couples massage. I get massages quiet often but for Dan it a tottly new experience. The Beverly Whilshire Spa is for sure the most amazing spa I'd ever set foot into. Everything is pure luxury.

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Before and after our massage we got to hang out in a small, private lounge complete with soft lighting, relaxing music and yummy (and very "LA") snacks. I didn't want it to end but after a while we decided to head out and explore Beverly Hills a bit.

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We strolled out of the hotel and walked along Rodeo drive. All the shops window displays were little works of art but we didn't dare try to walk inside. Places that expensive weird me out a bit but I did enjoy gazing at the strange and seductive plastic models that peered out at us from the windows.

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I loved all the different and interesting store fronts. Some where literally alive! There seems to be a trend of living walls here in LA. Succulents hung off wooden frames and colourful exterios beaconed customer over to step inside the shop's doors.

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Our only purchase along the strip was at Bouchon Bakery. Having been won over by these guys in Las Vegas, we had to sample their wares back in LA. We purchases some macaroons for Katie and the kids and got ourselves some refreshing cups of iced chai tea. We sipped and strolled back along the street until we were back at the hotel. It was time to go. Beverly Hills is truly one of those other worldly places.  As we checked out, posh men and women came in and out of the adjacent restaurant. I could only imagine they were rich diplomats, hollywood producers or kids from old money. It's a nice place to people watch I can tell you that!

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And with that, we were on our way, back to the suburbs of LA. Back where we belong. Back to the land where In-N-Outs are plentiful and the people know that $10,000 for a coat is literal insanity. Yeah, while I had the best time there, I was happy to get back to reality and scarf down an a cheeseburger faster than you can say "can I get animal fries with that?"