Nothing says 'Beverly Hills' to me more than the palm trees lining its residential streets. Their alternating sizes and shapes make them look as if two different strands of pearls have been suspended above the avenues, gently swaying in the breeze.
In the shopping area around Rodeo Drive, the dominating colors are green, gold and yellow, whether it's buses or street signs,
Just off Rodeo Drive is one of my favorite Italian lunch places, and I was so happy to find that it was still there.
I love to sit at the counter, right opposite the open kitchen with its wood burning pizza oven.. you can watch the chefs at work, which is always inspirational. The menu has all the Italian classics, apart from which it is just such a lovely relaxing place, and you get lashings of beautiful olive oil and balsamic vinegar to sprinkle on the delicious crusty bread.
Below, the stunning and super modern Hermès store on Rodeo Drive (but no, I didn't bring anything back). The purchases I planned to make were things I can't get back home, although not everything went according to plan. I was hoping to find another Tory Burch tunic, but the classic style was not part of her collection this year. Hopefully next! I got a couple of jeans (from Vince and Dash) and a sizable batch of cool wardrobe gear for DS. My main 'souvenir' was a full to the brim bag of my beloved skin care products from Jady Aesthetics. Mady, Jady's owner, can only be described as a 'skinologist'. She gives amazing facials and has developed a fabulous skin care line which is so varied that every skin type of every age is precisly catered for, and you get customised routines to go with it. Don't expect a 'stylish spa clinic' or cool packaging.. her small, but well known place is behind an unassuming 'funky spanish' façade in Studio City, and her jars and containers look simple and plain, but they're packed with powerful ingredients.
Beverly Hills style valet parking
Next, we headed north to pick up DS from summer camp. He's been there for a month having fun with friends and living the healthy life in the great outdoors with no phones or internet... in short, a throwback to the good old days before the digital world.
What's the first thing you do after picking up your boy from summer camp? You find a launderette.
The moment we had our teenager back, frequent food stops were back on the agenda!
Next adventure... Sunset Boulevard!
Il Fornaio, 301 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210,
Phone: +1 310-550-8330 www.ilfornaio.com
Jady Aesthetics (ask for Mady): 1748 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604,