What do you think of when you think of Beverly Hills, California? I know the place I wanted to see when I recently visited Los Angeles was the famous shopping street called Rodeo Drive. Spanning only three blocks, it is the epicenter of luxury, and contains over 100 world renowned boutiques and hotels. You can view a directory of the stores and hotels on this link.
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I certainly had a good time strolling up and down Rodeo Drive, admiring the beautiful fashions and accessories on display in all the stores.
What would luxury be without fabulous glittery jewelry stores? No surprise, there was a Rolls Royce parked outside one of them.
Of course I couldn't resist taking some photos of the luxury cars on the street, and the K-9 police dog unit who were on guard.
Located at the famous intersection of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard stands the landmark Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel. The Beverly Wilshire was one of the filming locations for the 1990 movie Pretty Woman, and it is also a location for HBO's Entourage television series, with cast and crew filming there at least three times per season. A long list of celebrities, artists, musicians, and heads of state have stayed in its elegant rooms.
The Beverly Wilshire web site states: "In the heart of Beverly Hills – steps from renowned Rodeo Drive shops – this historic hotel buzzes with vitality from dramatic renovations, blending tradition and trend. See-and-be-seen dining and glamorous events are balanced by quiet, personal comfort in the spa, the pool and luxury guest rooms."
The Rodeo Collection Shopping Mall is located in the epicenter of Rodeo Drive and is an eclectic mix of fashion houses, restaurants, health and beauty providers, and not surprisingly many offices a cosmetic surgeons and cosmetic medical centers. Its pretty courtyard was full of lush greenery and scarlet pink bougainvillea.
It was a perfect scene for Beverly's "Pink Saturday" event on her blog How Sweet The Sound.
If you like pink be sure to visit Beverly's blog today and see a long list of blogs participating with their own beautiful pinks posts! Beverly will be celebrating the second anniversary of Pink Saturday next week and invites everyone to contribute a pink post and join in her anniversary party!
And since this post is rich in photo mosaics I'm also adding it to Mosaic Monday on Mary's blog The Little Red House. Please visit Mary on Monday to see her beautiful mosaic and links to participating blogs.
Now on to announcing my give away winner.....
While I was in Beverly Hills I was lucky enough to meet celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito and he autographed a copy of his new cookbook "Now Eat This" for a lucky winner on my blog.
Using the Random Number Generator I entered the total number of people who commented on my give away on this post and this second review post. The first post had 79 entries and the second post had 14 entries, equaling a total of 93 comments.
Number 63 was picked by the Random Number Generator....and the winner with that number is....
The Quintessential Magpie! Congratulations, Sheila, I know you will enjoy this cookbook. Please send me you full name and address and the cookbook will be on its way to you!
Thank you to everyone who entered the give away. I'll be giving away another author signed book in the near future, of someone I've been a "friend" of for a very long time!