Happy Valentine’s Day lovelies. Rather you’re spending it with your lover, kids or girlfriends it can be celebratory – thankfully, I had a good ol’ pre-celebration time + experience with my Style Collective blogging sisters for a Valentines Day Celebration presented by Shade Hotel over the weekend. Quick briefing on Style Collective – founded by the fabulous girl boss, Annie Spano to bring a blogging community of fashion + lifestyle bloggers together for empowerment + support. The event was hosted by lovely ladies + fellow fashion bloggers Catherine of Catherine Grace O + Jessica of Petite Style Script. It was such the beautiful setting since the hotel is located in Redondo Beach marina. The brand new property + sister hotel to Shade Manhattan Beach, captures the very essence of the South Bay vibes. And in true hospitable sophistication, we were warmly greeted with sparkling champagne at the hotel restaurant, The Sea Level, which offered us waterfront dining with relaxing views of the marina. On top of that, we had excellent hor d’oeuvres + entree dishes to give us the ultimate dining experience. Double, triple score! A girl loves some great yummy food, fantastic customer service + amazing views.
Okay, so I mentioned that The Shade pampered us with sparkling champagne, but I didn’t mention what was included on the hor d’oeuvres menu. Let me give you a run down. Just visualize the presentation of these flavorful dishes as I describe them to you. We indulged in the crispiest mouth watering pizza loaded with caramelized onions + tasty goat cheese, fresh beet salad with arugula pesto + toasted pistachios to top it off + the piece de resistance of a tasty citrus cured Hamachi. Immaculate at its finest. And can’t forget my personal entree. A confit tuna melt on grilled pan de mie with aged white cheddar, garlic lemon airline, romaine lettuce + pickled Persian cucumber was truly decadent. Can you say we grubbed down?!?
The comfy sofas near the fire pits on the outdoor patio are apart of what makes this modern luxury place cozy. Matching the quality + design of the location, in standard fashion blogger style we dressed up in our trendiest Valentines OOTD for the enjoyable galentine’s partaay in shades of red, pink + white. Each blogger showing her own sense of personal style for the holiday of love. And it wouldn’t be a fashion blogging event without raffle prizes + gift bags filled with goodies. These fabulous goodies included:
Dermalogica: A daily superfoliant for healthy aging naturally.
Core Hydration: Classic water that provides a natural refreshment as well as several fruit flavored varieties. Known for it’s high quality reverse osmosis process which helps balance the alkalinity in our bodies.
‘Lette Macarons: These were made into the cutest tower of the lightest + tastiest macarons in the most vivid colors representative of the holiday. Definitely a desirable dessert option.
Bloomingdale’s + the Kiehls counter: A natural product that has been a leader in the field that help you look and feel beautiful in the most natural way possible.
Balloon Celebrations: They went out of their way to ensure the event was a success by setting a lively + fun vibe. They even created a special balloon design as a gift for our celebration.
Guilty Soles: Introduced by one of the SC sisters Debbie Savage (creator of @tothineownstylebetrue), brought along some awesome raffle prizes donated by Guilty Soles. They are known for fabulous trendy shoes at affordable prices. They got just about whatever type of shoe you desire from over the knee boots, to sassy flats + strappy sandals. They gladly donated several shoes for the raffle + gifted each blogger a $30 gift card to use on their site. I can’t wait to share the stylish shoes with you that I got with my gift card.
The Shade’s philosophy permeates the hotel with its desire to restore + rejuvenate you – and of course with the views of the marina it wouldn’t be hard. It takes your travel experience making it more personal attending to your every need to ensure that you return time + time again. Hit the shade as one of your next destination stops + make it a great escape that gives island vibes, but in a California setting.
I look forward to another wonderful hangout session of conversation + connection at the next Style Collective event. We had a blast fighting the cold winds as the balloons set the tone lifting everyone’s spirits. Of course it wouldn’t be an event without a photo shoot. It was a must to show off our fashion blogger styles. I love being apart of Style Collective because its the one place where you get it + each other. You relate to the world of blogging + it makes it tremendously helpful when there are a network of other women that can be resourceful + supportive of the journey.
Thank you to our generous + amazing sponsors:
- Shade Hotel Redondo Beach
- Core Hydration
- Balloon Celebrations
- Guilty Soles
Thank you to our stylish SC Sisters from Southern California for driving as far as San Diego or flying from San Francisco to attend…now that’s dedication! It was wonderful meeting everyone in person at Shade Hotel Redondo Beach: Style Collective Valentine’s Day! Check out their blogs below:
- Petite Style Script
- Catherine Grace O
- The Bicoastal Beauty
- Lizzie in Lace
- The Siren Confidential
- To Thine Own Style be True
- Threads n Breads
- Blooming Wild and Free
- Amber Nicole Fashion
- Marblelously Petite
- Margaret Rowe
- Playing Dress Up All Day
- Besos Alina
- My Curated Closet
- The Love + List Couture
- Wear with Passion
- Between you n Me
- Worldwide Stylista
- Chic Serendipity
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