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For those of you traveling to my home town of Chicago looking for a fabulous place to stay I would recommend the Gwen Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel located on Chicago’s fabulous Michigan Avenue. I visited this winter and loved my stay and the hotel’s beautiful chic interior, rooms and fabulously central location. Read more about my stay at Chicago’s The Gwen Hotel below…  521 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611.

The stunning stair case you’re welcomed by in the lobby.

This pink sofa was my favorite part of the beautiful lobby.

The hotel lobby bar, Upstairs at The Gwen.

The beautiful roof top with stunning Chicago views, fire pits and also shuffleboard which is available to both guests and the public to use when they visit the hotel.

The beautiful corner suite room I stayed in. There was so much space in addition to my separate bedroom.

One of my favorite parts about luxury hotels are the amazing products they give guests. Molton Brown products are incredible so I was thrilled when I saw them upon arriving to The Gwen Hotel.

Thanks to the Gwen Hotel for hosting me during this weekend stay in Chicago. 

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Arriving to the spectacular Solage Resort, an Auberge Resort for a weekend birthday celebration. I am beyond excited for a summer weekend at the perfect weekend getaway in Solage for me and my sister, Jeannine.

Arriving at the Solage welcomed with a glass of wine at reception (my kind of hotel). I am sooooo excited! The last time I stayed at The Solage Resort was in January which was lovely, but a bit chillier so I didn’t get to take advantage of the beautiful weather, enjoying the pool, bikes and all the resort has to offer.

One of the most charming touches guests are welcomed by in the lobby is this Build Your Bouquet cart. How adorable you can “build your own bouquet” to take with you to your room to enjoy!

Arriving at our room which includes a set of two cruiser bikes. These will come in handy during our weekend stay at The Solage Resort as the town is literally a 5-minute bike ride away.

Our room also had a lovely fireplace which during my January stay I took advantage of every night (a bit less necessary during a warm June visit) but still fabulous to have

Views from the Calistoga King Studio Room patio. It’s so lovely that each room has its own outdoor space for guests to enjoy during their stay.

We were welcomed to our room by a lovely cheese plate and sparkling wine from Donald the Hotel General Manager. I met Donald during my media stay in January and he’s fabulous. He’s fairly new to the hotel and could not be more personable, attentive, engaging and just fabulous!

The Solage Resort has the best pool in Calistoga hands down. Check out this view and during the weekends it’s bumping with guests, Solage Resort members and those wanting the best scene in Calistoga.

Enjoying some poolside treats during one of our pool days. I highly recommend the french fries with their beyond delicious ranch dressing!

Views of the amazing Spa Solage. I experienced my first mud bath here which is another Calistoga must. Read more about the incredible Spa Solage here.

The spa at the Solage is amazing and offers yoga classes almost daily. I took advantage and did a class which was great! How can you beat this stunning view of Calistoga?

Birthday ready for a lovely dinner at the SolBar Restaurant to celebrate my birthday. Read my full blog post about the SolBar Restaurant here in my Calistoga Dining Guide.

An enormous thank you to the Solage Resort for the spectacular weekend birthday stay at the Resort. I can not imagine a more luxurious, relaxing place for a getaway with my sister Jeannine. 

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Heading to the SolBar for a birthday dinner during my stay at the Solage Resort, an Auberge Resort. Read about my incredible Birthday stay at the Solage on the blog here.

The interior of the SolBar is stunning, however, we visited during the summer so took advantage of their lovely outdoor dining and ate outside.

We were welcomed with a glass of Champagne.  Champagne is always the most festive way to kick off a celebration!

This was the most beautiful presentation of baby corn with cheese. It was also quite delicious!

We started off dinner with some delicious seafood enjoying Shrimp Cocktail and Lobster. I don’t eat Lobster very often so this was truly such a special treat! Thanks again to the SolBar team for spoiling us during this amazing birthday celebration!

All smiles!

We also had the lightest most flavorful salad which was grapefruit with cheese and roasted avocado with fennel and a little bit of olive oil. This was beyond tasty and so perfect for the hot weather.

I enjoyed fish for my main course which was expected was delicious! Everything at The SolBar is so so yummy it’s hard to go wrong!

Our dessert course included mini donuts, a lemon custard (which I’ve had before and is my absolute favorite) and Macallan 18 Butterscotch Pudding. 

Thanks to the SolBar Restaurant for hosting me and a guest for this beyond incredible birthday celebration! 

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Typically, come a long weekend I have a flight booked and I’m either heading home to Chicago for some warm beach weather with my family or friends or I’m heading out of town for a long weekend. This Memorial Day was unique. I was invited to experience Silicon Valley’s Four Seasons Hotel for a weekend getaway. This entire invite sounded amazing, pretty hard to turn down a “staycation” with the Four Seasons.  A two night getaway, plus I would experience their restaurant and spa during the getaway.  Yes please. 2050 University Ave, East Palo Alto, CA 94303.

Upon departing San Francisco Friday I could not have been more excited to arrive to The Four Seasons. Why? First. it is a Four Seasons. After staying at one, you’ll understand what type of experience you’re in store for. Luxury. Pampering. Yes to any guest request and an overall fabulous experience. It really takes a vacation to the next level!

The Silicon Valley Suite I stayed in

The fruit welcome awaiting me in my Suite. I love the healthy aspect to this treat.

The gorgeous patio at The Quattro Restaurant. See more about the amazing hotel’s Quattro Restaurant here.

Read about the incredible Four Seasons Silicon Valley Spa & Pool on my amazing Pool & Spa staycation post here 

A huge thank you to Four Seasons Silicon Valley for hosting me for this incredible weekend stay. It was the perfect way to get out of town and enjoy a staycation while experiencing amazing service, delicious eats and a lovely luxurious getaway. Thanks again for having me!

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This year for Memorial Day weekend I changed up my Jetsetting routine. Instead of packing my bags and flying out of town I hopped in my car for a quick 40 minute drive to Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley is super closer to San Francisco, only 40 minutes south on the 101 (that is not during rush hour travel time). I was lucky to spend the weekend at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley and after 48 hours relaxing here I have some great pointers to share on why you should get down to The Four Seasons Silicon Valley for some R & R as well!

Below are some of the fabulous eats and fun I had during my weekend staycation. Of course most of the shots in involve the delicious eats and drinks I enjoyed but what else does a food blogger do in a long weekend relaxing by the pool? One of the best parts about  this pool is if you have a spa treatment at the Four Seasons Palo Alto Spa with the treatment you get access to the pool. Score!! That’s on the d.l. so take advantage but don’t tell too many folks or there may not be room at this super quaint, intimate pool.

Cheers to the long weekend and 48 hours of R & R starting now!

The amazing Watermelon & Feta Cheese Salad. Perfect light bite by the pool if you’re not super hungry but want something flavorful and delicious!

The lovely Mango Smoothie treats offered to the guests pool side. Yes please!

I was really craving Pizza and although it’s not on the pool side menu…. When at the Four Seasons they truly are all about the guest experience so this was from the Quattro Restaurant in the lobby but was brought up to the pool for me. Incredible service and just as incredible pizza!  Another must try eat at the hotel.


Thanks to the Four Seasons Silicon Valley for collaborating with me and hosting me during my weekend staycation. I can’t think of a better location for a Bay Area staycation weekend. Between my afternoon at the pool and my leisurely afternoon at the Spa I had a blast and loved every minute of this relaxing staycation.

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The newest and most exciting restaurant in Petaluma is Stockhome Restaurant. Owned by husband and wife Chef Roberth and Andrea Sundell this is the most charming, family friendly and lively spot I’ve visited in the past 6-months in Petaluma that I adore! They opened in early 2018 and have been a media darling since. What’s not to love about the bright, modern Scandinavian setting, their delicious food and the easy going family friendly atmosphere. See why this is where I send all foodies heading to Petaluma or Sonoma for a visit to wine country. And of course, if you’re looking for great wineries in Sonoma, check out my Top 10 Sonoma Wineries post here. 220 Western Ave, Petaluma, CA 94952, USA

I love the modern Scandinavian decor

The assortment of Swedish Candy which is a hit with guests. I can’t visit Stockhome Petaluma without taking a bag of candy home with me!

Stockhome Petaluma Owners, Andrea and Chef Roberth Sundell

The assortment of kitchen and home decor and locally sourced jewelry and other artisan products.

Chef Roberth was all smiles during The Stockhome Restaurant Petaluma media and blogger opening lunch.

One of the walls decorated with cool Swedish posters and art. This is such an authentic touch to the already stunning interior design done by Owner, Andrea Sundell.

Stockhome Restaurant Owner Andrea Sundell (married to Chef/Owner Roberth Sundell)

I am all smiles every time I visit Stockhome Petaluma. I attended their blogger & media opening event (which I also planned with my Events Company, Emily Martin Events) and each and every time back I’m just as happy to return. The setting is so bright and cheerful, the team is beyond friendly and as you’ve read I adore supporting smaller family owned businesses with amazing products like Stockhome Petaluma.

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It’s a Saturday afternoon and I’m ready for some shopping, light bites and exploration in the incredible Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. For those of you that don’t know Hayes Valley, get over there. It’s incredible. They have a great combination of restaurant’s, bars, cute boutiques and other fun and I love it! If I wasn’t a resident of Pacific Heights, check out my Pacific Heights neighborhood guide here, I would for sure LOVE to live in Hayes Valley. It’s beyond cute and charming with a ton of character and small neighborhood feel. See my Top 10 Eats & Shopping Favorites below.

Banana Republic Top / Gap White Jeans / David Yurman Ring / Banana Republic Bag /Gold stud Earrings / Cartier Roadster Watch /

Plaj Restaurant

Best Scandinavian Cuisine and coolest setting. Plaj Restaurant is one of those gems you don’t spot a lot. It is family owned by husband/Chef Robert and wife Andrea Sundell. It also is located in the Inn at The Opera Hotel Hotel and has the most charming, intimate special setting. 333 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94102

The Riddler

Ladies and gents, time to visit the hottest new Champagne Bar in San Francisco, The Riddler. Owned and founded by Jen Pelka Bililies this is one of the most charming, chic wine bars with an incredible assortment of wine (mostly sparkling), caviar, cheese & charcuterie and some tasty potato waffles (they don’t have a full kitchen), so the menu is small but delicious and perfect to pair with the fabulous wine list).  528 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

August 1 Five

August 1 Five is a fabulous Indian Restaurant in Hayes Valley I adore. With a chic modern setting and an incredible cocktail program that pairs perfectly with their innovative, creative Indian Cuisine with a California Twist August 1 Five is a must try!  524 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

Rich Table

Rich Table is a not to be missed Restaurant in Hayes Valley. Not only for the adorable charming setting, the husband and wife team Evan and Sarah or the incredible food but the entire experience is superb. Obviously you must try the food, however, their cocktails are also divine made by mixologist Tommy Quimby (formerly of Trick Dog).  There Chef do Cuisine Brandon Rice was also just awarded a 2016 Star Chef’s award which is a huge honor! Also the staff here is beyond friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. This has recently become a new favorite of mine which you’ll be hearing a LOT about! 199 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102.

A Mano

Best pasta, pizza and lively scene. Hayes Valley’s newest addition, A Mano is a must when dining or drinking in Hayes Valley. With a bright, modern, lively setting you’ll fall in love with the great cocktails, delicious pasta, pizza and hot scene. This is the newest of the Back of House Group (Delfina, Belga, Delarosa, El Techo, Lolinda, Flores…) and it’s fabulous!  450 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

LUX SF

Best quick dry gel & ladies of leisure mani/pedi. Lux SF nail salon fits right into charming Hayes Valley. Expect to be pampered while enjoying complimentary bubbles! 490 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Gap Denim Jacket / Similar Top /Gap White Jeans / David Yurman RingGold stud Earrings /Louis Vuitton Bangle / Banana Republic Gold Sandals /

Petit Crenn

Best leisurely ladies lunch. Petit Crenn opened by legendary chef Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn is a more casual, approachable way to experience Dominique’s incredible food at more accessible prices. I went with a girlfriend for lunch and loved it. The food is extremely flavorful in a simple, yet modern and refined setting. You feel like you’re having a grown up lunch while sipping on wine and enjoying the amazing cuisine. I’ve heard their prix fixed dinner is killer which is also on my bucket list!  609 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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Arriving at San Francisco’s Epi Center MedSpa which is conveniently located just a block off Union Square at 450 Sutter St #800, San Francisco, CA 94108.

Patients are welcomed to this lovely lobby as they await their treatment.  Speaking of Epi Center MedSpa, I wanted to share some fun facts to share with you about the Spa.

Margaret Mitchell, CEO/coFounder and Dr. Bitter, Sr. opened Epi Center MedSpa in 1998 and was the first medical spa in the nation!
EpiCenter is also the first LEED CERTIFIED MedSpa in the USA.
Margaret’s partner, Dr. Bitter developed the IPL/Photofacial which I received during my first treatment at Epi Center MedSpa and is fabulous. It removes sun damage and spots on your face through laser technology. They really offer so many amazing things at Epi Center MedSpa!

After checking in you are taken to the relaxation room to settle in with a glass of wine, water, tea, whatever you want. I love the relaxing setting with the fireplace and cozy robes (shown below).

Patients are also given a robe to change into and this cute monogram tote to put your belongings in. How adorable, right?

During my visit to Epi Center MedSpa, we skipped the robe since it was a facial treatment only so I’m in my regular street clothes. This is views of my face pretreatment. The treatments I received during this visit including Botox (to my forehead and in between my eyes) and a little bit (half the usual amount) of fillers below my eyes.  Why fillers? For the past year or so I’ve noticed pretty dark bags under my eyes which is a result of the skin losing its fullness with aging, the tissues around your eyes, including some of the muscles supporting your eyelids, weaken which in my case was making my dark circles more apparent. It seemed no matter how much sleep I got (as I’m an 8-9 hour sleeper usually) the bags would not go away). So after consulting many experts fillers seemed to be the best solution. See more below.

My forehead wrinkles are between my eyes. Typically people have one line (a number one) or two like me (called the eleven). I have two which will be erased within 10-14 days of the botox kicking in. Trust me it’s unbelievable how quickly you see the botox results and Epi Center MedSpa does such a great job, the post-treatment results look natural yet are still effective at line reducing. 

I’ve also recently developed some upper forehead wrinkles which I am not crazy about. The botox will also make these go away. It’s amazing the results you’ll see with botox in such a short amount of time (in my case it took about 10 – 14 days) for all the wrinkles we targeted to go away (temporarily that is). They recommend botox every 6 months or so. I’ve done it before and am averaging once a year (by the 12th month the wrinkles are back so I may move that up to closer to every 9 months or so).

Let the treatment begin. We started with my forehead, the Medical provider marked my forehead where the wrinkles were to be sure the botox went into the problem area.  This hurt a little bit, not as bad as a vaccine when you feel the medicine going into your body, more like a prick then you don’t feel much as the medicine enters your face.

Next was the filler treatment which felt very strange as you can feel a thick substance entering your skin. The Nurse then massages the fillers for approximately 3-5 minutes to smooth them out and make sure they’re in the right place where you were targeting to replace the flattened skin.

Post Treatment Results

So a few things to share with you if you’re trying Botox for the first time. It can take up to 7-10 days for the results to kick in. I noticed that that timing was very true and literally by day 10 or so my forehead wrinkles and the 11 (the two lines between my eyebrows were gone). See a few shots of me post-treatment below and let me know what you think! And when you plan your visit to Epi Center MedSpa be sure to tell them the JetSetting Fashionista sent you. Website with more info here.

Enjoying a fabulous stay at the Solage Resort for my birthday weekend! Read more about the Solage on the blog.

Post-treatment my forehead is wrinkle free and the bags under my eyes are definitely less visible.

Here’s another close up where you can see my post-treatment results. My forehead is literally wrinkle free. Also, I did some light fillers (under my eyes) to combat the dark circles I’ve been noting as I get older. Here I barely have any dark circles under my eye which is a result of the filler. Note I did half the usual amount for my first time. I’m of the nature I prefer less for a more natural look but check with your Treatment Center or dermatologist to see what the right amount is for you!

Post-treatment photos by Elise Aileen Photo 

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Guests were welcomed with Sparkling Brut from Gloria Ferrer. After a day of drinking still wines there’s nothing more fabulous than a glass of bubbles!

The fabulous Three Sticks Wines team including Winemaker, Ryan Prichard (read my interview with Ryan on the blog here) and Prema Behan, Sonoma Vintners & Growers Board President & COO of Price Family Vineyards. These two are the best! I’m a huge fan of Three Sticks Wines so know them both well and not only are their wines stunning, they’re both beyond nice, approachable and such great industry friends.

Enjoying a glass of The Three Sticks Wines Pinot Noir from Durell Vineyard. Durell is literally my favorite Carneros Vineyard, also where this event was supposed to be held but sadly due to rain, it was relocated inside.

Me and my Wine Mentor and friend, Christophe Tassen, Wine Director at The Battery San Francisco.

Me and Chef Ari Wasserman of The Glen Ellen Star who was the Chef cooking dinner for this fabulous evening. Chef Ari is the best! His restaurant, The Glen Ellen star is one of my favorites in Glen Ellen (let’s be honest, my favorite) and he and his wife Errin are the best! Truly a family business sharing amazing food and wines. Errin’s family is the Benzinger’s of Benziger Winery, another Glen Ellen must see!

Me and Christopher Sawyer, aka Sawyer Sommelier who was a Sommelier during the dinner.

Sneak peek at the incredible assortment of Ridge Wines being shared during the evening. I wasn’t at the Ridge table, however, the winemakers and sommeliers were extremely generous sharing various wines with guests. See what I was fortunate to taste from Ridge Winery below.

Enjoying the 2011 Ridge Zinfandel which was lovely.

Master Sommelier Peter XXXX addressing the guests at dinner sharing more about the wines and signifigance of the various vineyards we were all tasting wines from!

The line up of wines at our table from Monte Rosso Vineyard.

Monte Rosso Vineyard Manager Brenae Royal sharing Louis Martini Wines with me and the other guests at our table.  I had the privilege of sitting next to her which was fabulous as we discussed some of the vineyard practices and her background which led to her role as a vineyard manager.

Cheers to this lovely dinner with Brenae Royal. Throughout the dinner, we enjoyed various wines produced from this vineyard which was such a treat as I’d never had grapes from this Sonoma Vineyard.

Views of the spectacular Sonoma Valley Legends Dinner at Viansa. This was such a fabulous evening with amazing wines, incredible people and of course delicious food prepared by my friend, Chef Ari Wasserman of The Glen Ellen Star. Read more about Chef Ari Wasserman on my interview here.

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Our warm Siduri welcome with a glass of the 20145 Siduri Arbre Vert Vineyard Pinot Gris. So light and refreshing the perfect start to our upcoming wine & food pairing led by Winemaker Adam Lee.

Being welcomed by a yummy charcuterie and cheese platter. I love the cool round plate it’s served on. They really nail the details here at Siduri Wine Bar & Tasting Lounge. Everything looks so chic!

The line up of Pinot Noir wines we enjoyed. I love that Siduri makes Pinot from literally every important Pinot Noir region such as The Russian River, Sonoma Coast, Central California and Oregon. Amazing assortment, kudos to winemaker Adam Lee on your incredible wines and the various vineyards you have partnered with!

The amazing fried chicken sandwich we enjoyed during the event. So delicious!!

Me and Adam Lee the Founder & Winemaker of Siduri Wines. If you want to learn more about Adam read my interview with Adam here.

 Nothing beats fried chicken and delicious wines from Siduri Wines

A huge thanks to Siduri Wines, Winemaker Adam Lee for partnering with Emily Martin Communications & Events and hosting me and these other incredible bloggers to your lovely Healdsburg Tasting Lounge & Bar. We had such a blast and I can’t wait to return again soon!

This post is sponsored by Siduri Winery but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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