You Want To Go To Here: Mondrian Soho

I had the pleasure of spending a night this weekend at the Mondrian Soho and I HAD to share how much I looooooooved it.   When I got to LA I usually stay at the Mondrian there (I have a thing for hardwood floors in hotel rooms) so I don’t know why I was so surprised by how much I loved this property.  Maybe because usually hotel rooms in Manhattan under $400 a night are nothing to write home about. But not only was my room under $300 (?!) it was adorable and gorgeous!

This is what I saw when I pulled up… and about DIED. The archway with ivy and string lights is nothing short of magical.

The lobby isn’t my favorite part- but since you only spent time walking through it who cares?  The blue color is uplifting and fun, but it needs more furniture, different area rugs (think Beni Ouarain) and I’d scrap that ceiling detail. IF you were wondering. :)

But then you look to your left and are smacked in the face with the awesomeness that is Imperial No. 9, the restaurant on the property…. it’s like the world’s most glamorous greenhouse complete with tons of chandeliers, a huge row of glass apothecary jars down the center and dramatic drapes.

The rooms are DAARLING- bright white and super glamorous with bold blue ceilings and a blue toile print accent.  The doors and bed have intricate moulding detail and you are greeted with an in-room iPad to use, an iPhoen strero dock and a HUGE marble shower full of Malin + Goetz goodies.

Next to the bed was this little notebook with toile pencil for jotting down evil deeds… :)

(I did not have a shower with a window, FYI, but it was still RAD)

I did order mself some room service breakfast on Sunday- the service in the hotel is friendly and fast- really enjoyable. The pancakes were a bit of a bust (SOAKED in syrup, and for someone like me who rivals Buddy the Elf in her love for syrup you know it was overdone), but it was still nice.

How about a party in the penthouse? Yes please.

It’s doubtful I’ll ever stay anywhere else in Manhattan ever again. I’m serious.

As a side note, I am like 40 people away from 10,000 followers on Twitter- so if you want to follow my inane commentary on life, work and pop culture please follow me @elementstyle.

(Photos via Mondrian, Gothamist, me, Google)



Charleston in Pictures

What can I say about Charleston?  What a charming, darling, GORGEOUS little city! My mom and I got lost in the houses, greenery, gates and streets of every little corner.

This is the place to come if you need incredibly expensive antiques. :)

Everywhere you look there is something stunning.

Popped in South of Market– such a lovely shop.

Someone was setting up for a shower or party at the house at left- it was straight out of Martha Stewart!

I am OBSESSED with half addresses.

Ate at Husk- amazing. The bar is equally so inside!

One of the prettiest graveyards ever- with some INCREDIBLE fonts in ironwork!

I may need to move.

Fashion Friday: Charleston Bound

Next week I’m taking a long weekend with my Mom and heading to Charleston, SC for my first visit ever! I’ve herd such wonderful things about the southern city and have been itching to see it for myself.  Especially after reading this:

We’re staying at the Charleston Place hotel and while I tried my darndest to get a rezzie at the much recommended Husk, i was booked even WEEKS ago!

Dying over this little coral home for sale (for a pretty penny)

Some Charleston inspired outfits- preppy, bright and fun!

Packing for Charleston

Jamaican Me Crazy

While I am delighted to be gallivanting off to Paris on Thursday, I am a wee bit craving some vitamin D courtesy of the sun and not just from my Whole Foods supplements. When I saw the images of Emily’s trip to Jamaica’s Goldeneye I let out an audible groan of pleasure.  I simple adore the laid back vibe this place has- not to mention the crystal blue waters and breezy rooms.  Owned by famed music producer Chris Blackwell, this little piece of heaven used to be owned by Ian Flemming- of James Bond fame. Makes it just that much cooler….or is that hotter?

(p.s. love the batik trimmed towels and bedding by Royal Hut)

Images courtesy of Goldeneye, Into the Gloss and Architectural Digest.