Weekend Fun | Beauty, Fashion and Good Eats

May 18, 2014

This weekend one of my besties and I had spent the day in Venice/Beverly Hills. We are both May babies so we celebrated our birthdays with good food, shopping and pedicures. Our girl’s day out included breakfast at Gjelina, pedicures at Olive and June, coffee at the Nespresso Boutique, a quick trip to Barneys New York beauty floor, a stop at Sprinkles, tons of window shopping and people watching. I brought my new Fuji Film Instax Mini 25 for some fun instant print pictures (pink, blue, black, and yellow versions available in the Mini 8 version). If you’re looking for a gift for someone I highly recommend considering the instant print cameras. They are so much fun.

Birthday fun below:

Gjelina on Abbot Kinney is an ultra hip restaurant. It was perfect for breakfast (the bacon is to die for). We went right when they opened so we didn’t have to wait for a table. I can’t wait to try this place for lunch or their takeaway side. If you have recommendations I’m all ears for my next trip. As a bonus for beauty lovers, Caudalie and Aesop are on the same street nearby along with lots of vintage stores.

If you’re looking for an ultra luxurious nail treatment, Olive and June has a multitude of color options from Deborah Lippmann, NARS, OPI, Essie, RGB, Julep and many other brands. We both opted for pink on our toes. I went with a color from NARS. It’s best if you make an appointment in advance. I’ve seen so many fun pictures of this place on Instagram but have never been to it. Many thanks to my friend for picking this out and for making reservations.

I’m a die-hard Nespresso fan. I’ve owned the Pixie and Aeroccino milk frother for several years now and it’s one thing in my kitchen that I cannot live without it. For coffee drinkers Nespresso just released a new coffee Vertuoline machine that you may want to check out. If I had a bigger kitchen I would buy it but our counter space is limited. If you can get to a boutique I highly recommend it. They offer free tastings and demos. The boutiques with cafes have amazing drinks and equally incredible food. My husband happened to be at the Nespresso Boutique in San Francisco at the same time I was at Nespresso in Beverly Hills (what are the odds?) and we found the window displays were the same in each city.

Left: Nespresso San Francisco (hubby) , Right: Nespresso Beverly Hills (me), photos taken at the same time while in different cities (not planned)

We made a quick stop at Barneys (quick so we didn’t do too much damage). I stopped by Surratt Beauty, Make, Chanel and By Terry to check out a few things. More details soon. I also drooled at all the Serge Lutens and L’Artisan fragrances but managed to restrain myself.

One last picture of window shopping at Saint Laurent, Hermes, Celine and Sprinkles fun:

Hope you enjoyed this little snippet from my weekend! If you’re in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills or Santa Monica, I’d love to hear about your favorite hot spots to visit.

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  • Hell Notes for Beauty™ May 18, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Happy belated birthday! Seems like a fun filled day definitely mu kind of day. Have to look into that nail salon here in NYC. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed the post!

    • Sabrina May 19, 2014 at 1:23 am

      Thank you!

  • Siham Hamdan May 18, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    This is the ultimate perfect weekend. I've been wanting to get myself one (or two, or three?) of the Nespresso machines since I'm a coffee junkie too, but my kitchen is really reaaally small. Thanks for sharing your fun weekend 🙂 X

    • Sabrina May 19, 2014 at 1:25 am

      The Nespresso Pixie is really compact if you're looking for small – one of the main reasons I bought one for our home. When it first came out (3-4 years ago?) I also bought several as Christmas presents for siblings who were either in college or living in smaller urban apartments. Definitely worth checking out 🙂

    • Siham Hamdan May 19, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      Oh really? Great to know this, I'm definitely checking it out, I still don't know why it took me so long to notice them. Thanks! 🙂 X

  • carley be May 18, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    this looks like such a fun day! I wanna try some things from by terry

    • Sabrina May 19, 2014 at 1:25 am

      I just discovered By Terry this year and have loved EVERYTHING I've tried from the line 🙂

  • Eileen May 18, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I got a chuckle out of this because I had just brewed a Nespresso and thought I'd take a few moments to catch up on the blogs I love to read. And, what did I encounter on one of my very favorite blogs? Nespresso! LOL. It looks like you had a wonderful day. As always, thank you for taking us all along with you on your adventures.

    • Sabrina May 19, 2014 at 1:26 am

      LOL! I'm drinking a nespresso as well (decaf right now) 🙂

  • Dovey May 18, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Sabrina,

    Happy Birthday! What a fun montage— it seems like a weekend well spent. The Fujifilm is so cute — had no idea that they were the new Polaroids!

    • Sabrina May 19, 2014 at 1:27 am

      Thank you! The Fuji Film is really really cute (check amazon.com for cheaper prices). Polaroid actually has their own instant print camera as well, different print format and it's digital as well so you can print multiples.

  • nueyork May 18, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Happy birthday! This seemed like an amazing weekend, those cupcakes look delish. I'm a may baby too.


    • Sabrina May 19, 2014 at 1:27 am

      Thank you and Happy Birthday to you too!

  • Claire May 19, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Happy Birthday, Sabrina! Sounds like a fun day.

  • Kiss & Make-up May 19, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you and your BFF had a great time!

  • Colleen May 19, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Wow, you can't beat that nail polish collection!

  • Maria E May 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    OOOOooooh! Happy Birthday. What a perfect day, thank you so much for the vicarious thrill.

  • Jenny May 19, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Happy Birthday Sabrina! I hope the coming year is filled with happiness, love and success for you. You've always been an inspiration to me.

  • knutella May 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    happy birthday! i've got 'grace' on my nightstand as well – let us know how you're liking it.

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