Archives for March 2018

Jeremy Hotel

The Newest Hotel on Sunset…

Jeremy Hotel just opened late last year, which makes it one of the newest, hottest spots on Sunset Strip—and it doesn’t disappoint. The location is great (La Cienega + Sunset), the views are massive (panoramic views of Los Angeles) and the building itself is architecturally a thing of beauty.

It’s so big that when I walked in I thought I had walked into the wrong building and was in a museum/art gallery of some sort. It is sleek and clean with neutral tones of white oak, light woods and cement. Installations here and there dot the entrance and as you walk down the stairs, you think you’ve walked into HD Buttercup’s sister store (HD Buttercup is the mecca of interior/furniture stores—the best of LA).

dog friendly hotels in hollywood

Supposedly, Jeremy Hotel is just a temporary placeholder until renovations can begin again and it’ll join the family of 1 Hotels (modern, high-end hotels/residences located in NYC, Brooklyn, Miami, etc).

I cannot wait for this! 1 Hotels are just dreamy along with eco-friendly living and architecture inspired by nature. Think creamy linens, natural woods, exposed cement and moss-covered walls.

The Skyline 1 Bedroom Suite…

We got upgraded to this 1 bdr suite (almost 1000 sq ft) on the top floor overlooking the city and omg—I wanted to move in. We instantly felt relaxed the moment we walked in and made ourselves home. Because the building sits atop Hollywood, the sun shines wonderfully airy light.

Dogs are welcome (up to two) for $100/stay. They are treated with pet beds from Shinola, homemade snacks (like bacon + treats!) and bowls.

dog friendly hotels on sunset

dog friendly hotels in hollywood

dog friendly hotels in hollywood

Make Your Own Sushi The Dogs Can Eat!

sushi recipe for dog

This may be one of the craziest things I’ve ever done.

Well, actually my crazy list is looong and everyone knows I’ll do anything for my pups—cook for myself? Nope, but cook 8 pounds of dog food? Hand me my veg peeler.

This is definitely just a snack and it’s not daily, weekly or even monthly. And it’s not raw. I’ve been reading that it’s a definitely no on feeding your dogs raw salmon because they can contain bacteria and parasites.

BTW, did you know there is an actual sushi bar for dogs in New Zealand? They get it. Anyways, salmon is full of good omega-3s, as we all know, and we feed the pups salmon at least every other week. Throw in some veggies (carrots + cucumbers for this recipe or add zucchini + green beans etc), plain rice with no sugar or salt and wrap it all up in seaweed paper which is full of good dog-friendly vitamins + minerals.

Let’s start the recipe!

You’ll need:

  • cooked salmon fillets
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • carrot, peeled + sliced
  • cucumber, peeled + sliced
  • seaweed/nori paper

1. Spread a small amount of rice evenly on the seaweed paper. Leave about an inch of empty space on one side of it (this is where we’ll apply water later to seal the roll).

2. Put a few pieces of veggies and a thin line of salmon pieces right in the center.

3. Start rolling! Yes, I bought a sushi mat especially for this occasion. If you’re going to be making sushi rolls, YOU NEED ONE.

4. Apply some water at the edge of the paper and seal the roll tight.

5. Slice with a verrry sharp knife!

Don’t they look DELISH?

I don’t know why I had so much fun making these for the pups—like, absolutely giddy over it. Weston + Fira gobbled them up but did leave some of the rice and a few of the veggies here and there. They have been known to leave little green peas in their bowl when finishing a meal.

A thought: stirring in some coconut oil in the rice would probably make it similar to sushi rice and stick better. These make cute, bite-size treats but they don’t keep in the fridge too well. The rice hardens and falls apart a bit. But they’re definitely human-friendly too. So, just make a handful, invite some four-legged friends over + have a sushi party!

Sushi party over here…

We invited our friend Sushi (yes, her name is Sushi!) over to show you guys how to make these rolls!

 

Disclaimer: use your own judgement and of course, speak to your veterinarian if you have questions/concerns.

18 Outfits Your Dog Needs In Their Wardrobe!

Shopping spree, anyone?

amazon top dog clothing

I was going through my photo album and found that Weston + Fira have a buuunch of cute tops and outfits that I haven’t even got around to posting yet. I do get a lot of messages on Instagram from people wondering where they can buy so-and-so. I put together a round-up of my faves and direct links to purchase. Every piece is under $15 and can be purchased from Amazon, which is honestly the easiest because Prime, duh.

Have fun! Let me know if you have any other faves in the comments too!

1. Cozy ducky and dinosaur pajamas! The dinosaur ones are actually beyond soft and feel like a velour fabric.

2. This denim vest *heart eyes* size L fits Fira perfectly. They also have sz XL + XXL!

3. Little pink bunny ears.

4. Weston + Fira have worn this leather fringe collar soo many times. It is truly a classic + makes everything look good. Comes in black too.

5. Adorable striped tee. If you like smaller stripes, this one’s extra cute too.

6. Keeps the head cozy– how cute does Fira look?!

7. Classic cable-knit sweater comes in 12 different colors!

8. Little yellow raincoat is durable, made of “raincoat” material (whatever that is) and even has a little back pocket with velcro. I put the poo bags in it.

9. Weston’s signature! His fluffy white robe.

10. Super soft sweater that will keep them warm. I couldn’t find this exact design but here’s one that’s almost the same thing, just a slightly different print.

11. ADIDOG track suit 🙂 also comes in 9 other colors like pink, black/white + neon green.

12. Army Camo hoodies—#twinning!

 

13. Nautical vibessss.

14. Don’t forget the matching sea captain hat.

15. NEED I SAY MORE? July 4th outfit done.

16. Fancy little Burberry-like sweater.

17. This little floral number. Adorableee.

cute clothing for dog

18. You guys, this jumper. It’s FUZZY!! Need asap.

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Hotel Zelos

wheres the frenchie hotel zelos

Hotel Zelos is a funky, modern choice located in a convenient area near Union Square. The location is prime here. Next door to Trader Joe’s and just steps away from all the shopping on Market Street (Westfield, Zara, Anthropologie etc), it also feels safe, clean and open, unlike some areas in downtown SF.

The rooms are clean and large–we had the Luxury Spa King room which had a niiiice jacuzzi in the bathroom. I totally took advantage of the bath and got in bed in their fluffy robe. Also LOVED the toiletries they provided. Full size ROIL products (and some Natura Bisse too) which you can purchase from the front desk and take home. The ROIL is now one of my new fave shampoo/conditioner finds–no sulfates or parabens; yess.

For food, The Dirty Habit is located on the 5th floor of the hotel and is well-known for their creative cocktails and decadent small plates (charcuterie, fried brussel sprouts, bone marrow, crisp pork belly etc). Unforunately, it’s closed for lunch as is the room service (ends after breakfast and begins again at 5pm for dinner) so it’s best to venture out and try out the multitude of restaurants in the area. We discovered one of our fave burgers of all time nearby–Popsons. Ahhh, already missing that burger SO. MUCH.

Dogs are welcomed with a cute little bag of treats! Two pets of any size are accepted; $75 per stay. Free bicycle rentals are also available to use, along with a yoga mat, picnic basket and even a Fujifilm Instax Instant Camera.

hotel zelos san francisco dog friendly

hotel zelos san francisco dog friendly

hotel zelos san francisco dog friendly

hotel zelos san francisco dog friendly

hotel zelos san francisco dog friendly[ Sweater by Canada Pooch ]

 

Fly Private With Your Dog For the Cost of Coach

[ I was not paid for this and am not affiliated with any of the companies listed below. ]

fly private with your dog

Wanna fly your dog private?

And without the private price tag? OK, read more…

I’m sure you’ve heard of these private jet companies popping up, like SurfAir + Wheels Up, but the only problem with them is that they are membership-only—high initiation fees, monthly costs and just not economical if you don’t fly every week.

So, when my friend and I decided to fly to San Francisco (from Burbank, CA) for the weekend, we looked at JetSuiteX and it was only $20 more than commercial.

JetSuiteX currently only services the West Coast with locations to-and-from Burbank, San Jose, Oakland, Mammoth and Vegas. These jets have 30 seats and are located in hangars where you literally show up 15 minutes before your flight and hop on. No security lines—or lines in general—and you’re at one city to the next in less than an hour and a half.

How much did my ticket cost?

Round trip: $156.

That includes a $25 referral discount (use my referral code for $25 off! GPMOJX). Can you believe it? Yep, never flying commercial again if I don’t have to—especially after all the horror stories about dogs being mistreated or DYING on airlines and the overall stress of airports.

That was the beauty of this experience: no waiting, no dealing with lines and no fee for the pups OR weight limits. (Pets do need to be in carrier bags)

dogs fly privateWeston + Pippa

You just show up at their private hangar, show ID and hand them your check-in bag—that’s it! You can show up 10 minutes before the flight departs and you’re totally fine. Our flight was a third-full and the attendant was so cool about the dogs. They sat on our laps and even wandered around the plane. We finished our (free) cocktails and before we knew it, we were already descending!

Want an even more private experience?

Blackbird is another service without membership fees that flies West Coast (Santa Monica, Palo Alto, Burbank, Vegas, Tahoe, Yosemite). It’s an app you need to download on your device but these jets all are 8 seaters.

Because it’s an actual private jet, rather than a charter plane like JetSuiteX, the tickets are a little more but not by much. For example, I looked at flights from Burbank to Vegas in the next week and they were around $500 roundtrip. For $100 off, use my referral code: K14WF.

What about East Coast?

Ok, sorry guys—I don’t know what the deal is on the East Coast but there doesn’t seem to be many options. Only membership. There used to be one called Beacon Air with an affordable membership but the company is not around anymore.

The only thing I could find is Victor. They offer a list of empty leg flights that you can book. They are basically private jets that people used one-way and the jet is looking to fill up their seats on the way back. They fly all over the country.

You guys, this is totally the way of the future and makes flying so much more enjoyable and stress-free. With more and more jet companies coming out and upgrading the flying experience, I’m excited to check them out and fly with the pups even more–and comfortably!

3 Dog Friendly Hotels You Need On Your Bucket List

Does your bucket list include your dog?

Well, now it can… with these unbelievable spots! Totallyyy sound like the infomercial guy.

Anyway, there are just some places in the world you need to see with your own eyes to believe. I still haven’t even reached the top of my list (haven’t been to Toyko, Bali, Fiji etc) but these three dog-friendly hotels are definitely in my top 3 experiences with the pups.

dog bark park inn

1. Dog Bark Park Inn

It’s a giant Beagle! This adorable bed + breakfast was built by 2 artists in Idaho and has become a famous landmark affectionally called Sweet Willy. It’s set on spacious acres with other interesting knick-knacks built on it like a giant coffee pot and fire hydrant. A sweet spot to literally get away (no phone or TV) and relax. A night will only set you back $130 plus $15 for a pet. Read my full review here.

2. Amangiri

From the legendary Aman hotels, Amangiri is set in Utah (a four hour drive from Las Vegas) and it is literally my dream hotel. The vibe (chill), the decor (desert zen) and food (all-inclusive). Set in the famous Utah landscapes, it feels like you’re in the middle of Mars–no cell phone service and eerily silent. The hotel is carved into the rocks and is just magnificent. I have never seen anything like it. Rooms start at $1800. Read my full review here.

3. Faena

This was a unique experience in Miami. I did not expect this kind of glamour from this hotel. It feels very international with an Art Deco twist. Service is top notch with butlers and a South American-inspired spa with one of the largest hammams on the East Coast + treatments developed by shamans. And you know what all of it reminded me of? That jetsetting but hippie auntie wrapped in a floor-grazing bohemian skirt made of Indian Silk, of course, with a sage smudge stick in her straw purse and orange leather Hermes slides on her feet (I’m hoping that’s me one day, obvi). Rooms start at $1500. Read my full review here.

The Most Instagrammable Spots: London Pink Edition

The Most Instagrammable Spots For Basic Bitches: London Edition

By Coco Quill

You want to upgrade your Instagram game. No need to play, we see you commenting, liking and joining telegram pods but the quality of your posts don’t match. Brands don’t bat an eye at your account. It’s time to head to West London where Spring is always blooming.

Basic Essentials: Doortraits

When in doubt, pink it out. Use a pink color accent, wall, chair, restaurant or piece of clothing. Nothing says lifestyle blogger like pink.

Here are some of our favorite pink doors to get into your feed.

pink door london[ Pink Rose Collar by Barc London, Elle @grrlgenius_ ]

14 Trevor Square: Knightsbridge

Located two blocks from the basic heaven, Harrod’s. Locals say Harrod’s photos are only okay if you are not from England. If you are a local, the famed store has all the cache of taking a photo with a model at Abercrombie & Fitch at the mall. One word of advice if you do go into Harrod’s: avoid the loo with the perfume unless you like choking on it.

[  Harris Tweed Harness by @grumbleandgrumble, Lead by @barclondon ]

26 Montepelier Walk aka The Pink House, SW7

Get yourself to The Pink House. There’s a little plaque to let you know you’ve made it to the right spot. Pink Parfait Perfection.

Photo by @margarita_karenko

59 Portland Road: Notting Hill

The googley-eyed house is epic for the kid in all of us. Try incorporating a color twist and a geniune smile, like @honeyidressedthepug aka Ari & M.

Make it your own by checking it out with a friend like Ari & M. Look how M’s jumper matches the house on the left–playing with the non-obvious color is a skill. Pure joy and love is never basic. The bond of these two evokes a smile from the viewer.

 

Be warned, this pink door is the gateway drug to colourful doors in Notting Hill!

Make your way further east to colorful Portobello Road.

No. 8 Portobello Road

While some residents have been known to huff and puff, most embrace the delight of visitors. Be respectful, if a gate isn’t open, don’t open it to stand in front of a door. If a resident comes in or out and requests you move along, please don’t give them a hard time. It’s not cute, bish. Keep it moving instead for an action shot like Nikki and Elle.

[ Photo by Rachel Oates, Lead + Bowtie by Teddy Maximus ]

59 A Portobello Road: Farm Girl Café

Intermediate: Café Slay

The queue goes quickly but get there early or do during the week if you have that luxury. What are we saying? You are a go-getter Grammer so you will make the time to get the shot. Food gone cold? That’s the Gram.

Alright, I’ll stop teasing you and tell you the food is fresh and delicious at Farm Girl. The tables outside are a beautiful pink–all the better to showcase the best latte art. If you are a Frenchie parent, you must order either the chai tea or turmeric lattes, which come with Frenchie coffee art. Hashtag dog-friendly! No need to leave your precious babe behind in London.

Now that you’ve filled your belly with pancakes, make a left down Portobello, but don’t stop for the main crowded streets–you’re on an IG mission. Head a few blocks south and you will be rewarded with St. Stephen’s Mews. The mews were historically where the royal hawks were kept, not horse stables, while they moulted.  I have to have learned a few random tidbits while living in London for three years.

Photography Hint: if you have a dark colored dog, that pop of pink will actually identify that little nugget. Easy up on the shadows and add more exposure in Light Room to get more details on a dark dog.

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9 Conduit Street, Mayfair: Sketch London

Advanced Intermediate

I saw Sketch London three years ago on designer Christian Siriano’s Instagram feed–hey, you basics can’t skip this one. The pink perfection that is the Gallery is reserved for VIP Pooches like @dolly_pawton.

Small, well behaved dogs are allowed in the front Parlour from 7 am (for the Advanced Level) to 4 pm during the week. Enjoy hella sweets and feel like a VIP by the staff. No matter where you get seated, you will slay at Sketch. Be sure to ring ahead to double check as the dog policy has changed twice since I’ve been going there.

Bathroom Selfie at Sketch is Instagold.

[ Photo by @jezzisdead ]

59 Connaught Street, Saint Aymes Chocolate Cafe: The 24K Gold Love

How dare you think Unicorn Lattes were too basic! Slow that roll, you’re getting a little cocky there, basic bishes. London’s newest twist on the unicorn latte gives you an excuse to have another pink drink we know you are secretly addicted to and we are here to enable.

[ Photo by @thepixiecut ]

Head to Marble Arch, home of the self-proclaimed “most Instagrammable café” in London: Saint Aymes Chocolate. Inside-out, this café was designed with you in mind. Take a fresh memory card and your credit card because those pink drinks sprinkled in gold are upwards of seven pounds.

Marshmellows in the drinks, unicorn cookies and rose-covered interior walls next to green velvet seating, confirm it’s worth a visit. Get yourself a bar of Marie Antoinette perfect pink confection as another prop. Take it to go, because your pink pop will be handy and you don’t want to go into sugar shock.

Get your outfits picked out in advanced because the dusty rose princess dog bed, is one your sweet furbabe will shine in, which is a massive bonus if you are unable to decorate your home to an IG worthy level.

[ Outfit by Milk & Pepper via leadthewalk.com ] 

While Elan, the flower wall gold medal winner in South Ken has a queue down the street, it’s not dog-friendly. Who needs them? If your pup can’t go, why bother? Leave that for the super basic humanoids.

Instead enjoy Saint Aymes who even provide that perfect dusty dog bed to make your pooch feel like a star and that unicorn latte.

We think we’ve given you enough of the basics to get your feed to a pink glow.

Now fly little pooches, the advanced level isn’t for beginners. Swish swish, bish.

[ Doggie outfit by @ohpopdog ]

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