Southern California Cruisin'

We are taking a little vacation/road 
trip to Southern California.

Our first stop was,
 We won a stay in a standard room at a charity auction
...and they gave us this two story, ocean view bungalow!

With this beautiful floral arrangement!
And even Chief is thinking...
We picked Tommy up from LAX...
(he's home for the summer now)  
and had brunch at The Ivy at the Shore.
Fun dishes and flowers.

 Then, we went to L'Auberge Del Mar.  
Our stay here was won in a different 
fundraiser charity auction...
this seems to be a great way to vacation
and do something good.

The décor here is very coastal...which I love.
They used greens and browns.
 Grass cloth wallpaper is classic along with stripes, palms and bamboo.
Love the lamp shade.
 And look at all the design books in our room!
 Which I took down to the pool...

Love our little desk chair...
Photo from their website
Now we are at my sister's in San Diego
It's nice to be with my mom and 
both my children on this day!

My husband is making us a fabulous
lunch/early dinner after church.
I requested this Pear and Fennel Salad.
We head home tomorrow.

I hope you and all the moms in your life have a
special day and feel as loved as I do!!!


  1. Nice Vacation with your family,
    Happy Mather's Day!!!!!

  2. The Ivy at the Shore: wow, that brings back memories! Even when we were last there…5 years ago?…it didn't seem to be doing too well, or was just very dated maybe? I'm surprised it's there, but very happy to see it. I do love that part of the world: we stay either at Le Merigot or Loewes and really like both. Maybe time for a trip out there! Happy Mother's Day with both your chicks!

    1. The food was excellent. And the decor feels kitschy but bright and colorful and fun. We loved it.

  3. What a perfect Mothers Day weekend..love it all! Hope you are feeling better too.
    Wishing you an amazing Mothers Day, may it be filled with much joy, love and laughter!

  4. Hands down, family, flowers, and food! That's one great Mothers Day!

  5. What a lovely way to spend the weekend! Happy Mother's Day!

  6. What a wonderful road trip, and such luxurious places to stay! Happy Mother's Day to you!

  7. What a wonderful Mother's Day weekend for you and your family! Both of those hotels are amazing and gorgeous! That floral bouquet at the Fairmont is wonderful and how lovely to have your own bungalow! I believe Barclay Butera did the beautiful remodel at L'Auberge...it looks heavenly. A beautiful weekend for a beautiful mom! xoxo Gail

    1. Yes. You are right, Gail. I just read on their website that L'auberge was designed by Barclay Butera. No wonder I liked it!

  8. Such an amazing place. Enjoy and Happy Mother's Day.

  9. What a great Mothers Day Treat Mary Ann!!

    Last day to enter my Danielle Rollins Giveaway of her new book Soiree if you would like to enter!

    The Arts by Karena

  10. Happy Mother's Day! What a wonderful set of photos. I love the decor at L'Auberge. WOW!

  11. Hi Mary Ann...sounds like a fabulous trip...and to top it off ...to be with your children and mom must of been wonderful! What else could a girl want!

  12. What a perfect weekend for you! I'm so glad you were surrounded by people ( and pets) that you love and love you!

  13. Both hotels look fantastic (although I'm a little partial to Santa Monica :)

    How awesome to have both of your kids for Mother's Day!

  14. How fun was this and a wonderful Mother's Day with your children! L'Auberge looks amazing!!

  15. Vacation? You're a lucky girl, Mary Ann! I was just mentioning about I how DESPERATELY I am in need of a vacation! :-) Seeing this made me relax a little... thank you for that!

    I am also here because I want to wish you a belated Happy Mother's Day. I meant to come here yesterday, but we went out w/ the kids.

    I hope everything is great with you, my friend and never forget of how much I adore you, ok? :-)

    Big hugs, Mary Ann!

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  16. What a delightful Mother's Day! You brought back wonderful memories, I used to work at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and tromped around that neighborhood for five years! It was wonderful and I miss that coast!! Glad you got to share your day with family! xo

  17. Wow! Great way to travel as you said and doing good as well!
    I know you are so happy to have your boy home for the summer, nothing better.

  18. What a beautiful place! Love the shell covered console!!

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  20. What a nice getaway! That indoor/outdoor restaurant looks gorgeous! Glad to hear you were able to spend time with family.
    Cheers! - Shelley

  21. The L'auberge looks wonderful. I have not been there. We almost stayed there last time we were there. What a fun little vacay!!

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