Last weekend, I had the chance to travel to LA with Aveeno and Recycle Bank to attend the Independent Spirit Awards.  I’m an Aveeno Ambassador and the 2-day trip gave us a chance to meet some of the other ambassadors, schmooze with the celebs and get immersed in the Aveeno brand. 

After a somewhat crazy flight there, we arrived in a cool Los Angeles.   Here’s a shot from the plane as we were descending.  Aren’t the snow capped mountains beautiful?

We had a pretty harrowing flight there, which involved a 2 hour unscheduled stop in Kansas so once we landed, we were quickly whisked away to Exhale Spa in Santa Monica, where it didn’t take long to relax. Here I am having my make-up done:

Later, we checked into our amazing hotel – Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica.  I had a big room that reminded me of a cozy B&B more than a hotel room.  You can see from the photos that I had a sitting area, a great four-poster bed and a fabulous jacuzzi in the bathroom.  My only regret was that I didn’t get a chance to use the jacuzzi and that my husband and family weren’t there with me to share in the amazingness of the resort!

Room photos:

I met up with some of the ladies in the lobby before heading out to one of the best dinners I’ve ever eaten at Valentino Restuarant in Santa Monica:

Jenni from Southern Savers, me, Colleen from Classy Mommy, Jodi from Mom's Favorite Stuff

This fish was a Bronzino and it was delish:

And here I am with Colleen from Classy Mommy and eco-model Summer Rayne Oakes.  Summer is a model working with Aveeno whose mission is to work with sustainable and eco-friendly products.  She was poised, classy and genuine.  I really enjoyed chatting with her.  And yes, she’s really as tall as she looks in this photo!

The next day we went to the Independent Spirit Awards.  I saw some pretty amazing celebs so I’m saving that day for my next post!  Here’s my post from earlier today which has a photo: A Preview of my Red Carpet Moment

Celeb photos coming next, I promise.


  1. fun, fun amd nore fun! can’t wait for next post to hear more about your whirlwind, exciting two day trip.

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