just. wow.

kelly wearstler’s accomplished quite a bit–playboy “playmate of the month”  turned big time interior designer and now, fashion designer as of spring 2011.  of course, being married to brad korzen of viceroy hotel group doesn’t hurt either.  my company has worked with her studio on a few viceroy properties and i’m especially a fan of the the 7th floor of department store bergdorf goodman.  i forgot to visit the last time i was in nyc, but i will make sure to go this february when i’m there.

she’s really translated her hallmark whimsical style into fashion apparel successfully.  but her marketing team especially is doing a fantastic job.  the  upcoming look book shot by jamie beck of from me to you fame featuring kelly framel of the glamourai notoriety in malibu is just stunning.

i apologize for the many photos, but there are a lot.  and there are so many good ones.  and what would a nod to jamie beck be without a cinemagraph?

shot on pacific coast highway

and speaking of jamie, how cute is this post on her other half?

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hotel missoni

i’m pretty excited that my firm’s working on hotel missoni belek, antalya in turkey.  we have some amazing designs and projects, but unfortunately i can’t afford to stay at any of these luxe hotels.

to give you an idea of what it might look like, here are photos from the other hotel missoni properties.

hotel missoni edinburgh

hotel missoni kuwait

hotel missoni belek, antalya isn’t slated to open until 2014.  other locations in the works are oman (2013) and brazil (2014).

i normally find missoni clothing too loud and 70’s-looking but i’m loving how it looks as an interiors palette…especially the vibrant colors and patterns.  now i’m really excited for the target collaboration.

and here’s a sneak peak to that!

over 400 products, priced all the way from $2.99 to $599.99…thankfully, most are supposed to be under $40.  i’ll be counting the days until september 13th.

never stay at planet hollywood vegas

so i recently took my mom to las vegas for mother’s day/her birthday since she hasn’t been to las vegas in about 10 years or so and the strip looks pretty different now then it did the last time she was there.  i found a pretty good deal at planet hollywood and had never stayed there, but it was such a bad experience that i had to blog about it.  the last time i was in vegas, i stayed at the cosmopolitan and while it was bad enough to prompt my boyfriend to write a bad review for it on yelp and tripadvisor, i wasn’t too upset and would give it another chance.  but planet hollywood was terrible and i’m inclined to never stay at any harrah’s/caesar’s properties again.  how could they have messed up so badly?  let me count the ways.

  1. when we checked-in, their computers were down and they couldn’t issue any room keys so we had to wait forever (keep in mind that we had a show to catch in about an hour…there was a couple in front of me that canceled their reservation and looked for a different hotel)
  2. the room needs to be renovated as it’s pretty worn out…but i didn’t hold it against them
  3. there weren’t that many lights in the room, one of them needed its bulb replaced
  4. there was no mini fridge…not a big deal for me, but my mom wanted to refrigerate something.  i was pretty surprised by this…how ever will they rip off their customers?
  5. the speakerphone on our phone was broken
  6. the tv’s sound kept going in/out
  7. whenever my mom called housekeeping/front desk, they put her on hold for a very long time and sometimes even hung up on her!
  8. we were locked out of our rooms when both our keys wouldn’t work
  9. i tried to use the phone by the elevators about this problem, but it was broken
  10. i went down and waited in line for the front desk to get the problem fixed, and was given an attitude by the woman helping me.  she told me that the cards had been demagnetized, that’s why they weren’t working, and not to keep them near other credit cards or cell phones
  11. holding the key cards in my hand the entire time, i go upstairs and they still don’t work
  12. pretty pissed by this point, i come back down and the line is much longer.  i tell the guy working that i would like to speak to the manager
  13. the manager makes me wait for a very long time (i think he was on a phone call)
  14. i tell him that our experience at the hotel has been rather unpleasant and he offers to give me 50% off one night’s rate.  this isn’t too much since i had booked the deal at a very affordable rate and when i ask if this is the best he can do and he says yes, i accept
  15. we ask for an escort to our room to make sure the keys work because i do not want to come back down a third time and he’s kind enough to arrange technicians to make sure we get in ok
  16. since i had already paid in full when i booked the hotel, i asked if i’d be credited on my card and he says yes.
  17. throughout this experience, i am most offended that the woman i spoke with, and especially the manager, never apologized.  when you work in hospitality, service should be a top priority and even if it’s not your fault directly, you can still say something like “i’m sorry that happened, let me see what i can do”
  18. the vending machine on our floor ate my mom’s money then broke
  19. this trip was about a week and a half ago and i realized yesterday that i had not seen my credit card credited yet
  20. i had to call them today to have it processed

i don’t know…am i expecting too much?  have i been spoiled by nicer hotels?  i know this isn’t a five-star hotel, but it’s still supposed to be pretty decent, and i would think that the level of service should be better.  i don’t think i’m asking for too much…i’ve stayed at nicer hotels, but i’ve also stayed at worse ones and never had these kinds of problems.  this has been the worst stay and hotel service i’ve experienced so far, and i hope it stays that way.

i will never stay at planet hollywood again, and i have my doubts for the rest of the brand now.

travel deal | intercontinental hotels group brand-wide sale 65% off

intercontinental hotels group (ihg) is discounting their rates at all their hotels through april.  this is impressive since ihg has over 4,400 hotels across the world.

and to sweeten the deal, if you pay with a visa credit card, stay 2 consecutive nights friday – sunday through april, you can get reimbursed up to $100 on checked-bag fees charged by the airline.

top deals include:

  • Staybridge Suites ATLANTA Buckhead
    $73-$85 Feb. 25-26; March 4-5; weekends April 8-30
  • Holiday Inn Midtown 57th Street NEW YORK CITY
    $77 Feb. 27-28; $125 March 9-10, 13-15
  • InterContinental TAMPA
    $83 April 22-23, 29-30; $97 April 15-16; $104 April 1-2, 8-9
  • Holiday Inn Georgetown WASHINGTON, D.C.
    $89 Feb. 19-21; $99 Feb. 18; March 4-5, 11-12
  • Avenue Crowne Plaza CHICAGO Magnificent Mile
    $98 April 17-24 (Easter week) 
  • Holiday Inn Express BOSTON Cambridge
    $102 Feb. 26; $119 Feb. 25, 27-28; $127 March 1-18
  • Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf SAN FRANCISCO
    $111 March 2-3, 6-10; $120 March 13-17, 20-24, 27-31
  • InterContinental HOUSTON
    $108-$119 weekends through March 26
  • InterContinental DALLAS
    $109-$112 weekends March 18 – April 30
  • Crowne Plaza PHILADELPHIA West
    $128 Feb. 26-28; March 4-5, 11-12, 25-26; April 1-2
  • Holiday Inn Express Century City LOS ANGELES
    $139 most dates through April

this deal was stolen from travelzoo, so get more details on their page.  a little warning, they’re advertising it as 65% off but please keep in mind the fine print: “as much as 65% less than comparable hotels.”  but it’s still a good deal regardless, so take advantage before it ends february 25th.

wish i was there

primary wave holds a pre-grammy party every year. this time around it was the bazaar at the sls in beverly hills, which i adore. it was sponsored by absolut vodka and just looks like a ton of fun…wish i was one of the lucky attendees!

given the venue, of course they had some of the famous jose andres cotton candy foie gras lollipops. i’m not a big fan of foie gras…it has that liver taste that i can’t get over. but because of the sugary cotton candy, it blends together nicely…even for people with unrefined palates like me. they also had dark chocolate pop rocks–i’ve never tried these but they sound yummy.

cotton candy foie gras lollipops

i went to jose andres’ the bazaar pretty recently for the first time and was really blown away. i love the design of the entire space (done by the talented philippe starck)…it’s very eclectic but done in such a manner that it doesn’t feel disjointed. i wasn’t expecting the food to be very good but i really loved the fun gastromolecular cuisine. everything’s tiny, even by tapas standards, but the dining experience is so fun…i can’t wait to come back. i didn’t get a chance to check out the rest of the hotel but i’ll make sure to do that next time. my personal highlights of the evening were the cotton candy foie gras, magic mojito (best cocktail i’ve had in my life!), and the philly cheese steak with air bread and kobe beef.

:: read more about the party at notcot ::