Saturday, May 22, 2010

Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA.and my Give Away Winner!


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!



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57 comments:

Annesphamily said...

Congrats to that lucky lady! You look like you had a fabulous trip! Anne

Joanne Kennedy said...

Congrats to your winner.

Pat, you take the best photos! They could be in magazines. Oh wait! They were!

I'm so happy you had a great time. Didn't you love how Prada didn't have the name outside the store. They say, if you are in the crowd that can afford Prada, you KNOW where the store is.

So did you buy anything on your shopping trip?

Hugs,
Joanne

Gracie said...

Well, did you buy anything in the shoppers' heaven????

RNSANE said...

Enjoyed the visit to Rodeo Drive. I have been there a few times but I honestly am not crazy about Los Angeles. I go mainly to visit a good nursing friend who lives in the Los Feliz area but I have never really preferred L. A. to San Francisco and, if Jeannie weren't there, I would rarely go down.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Congrats to Sheila, and thanks for sharing the pics, it sure looks like a fun trip!

My name is PJ. said...

Congrats to your winner.

Rodeo Drive seems 'other worldly' to me!

Allie and Pattie said...

Well, if it couldn't be me, I'm SO happy that Sheila won!! A lovely lady!!
Pat, as always, your pictures are just amazing. Having spent a lot of time in LA some years back, they bring back some memories
xoxo Pattie

mbkatc230 said...

Congrats to Sheila! Couldn't have gone to a nicer gal :) Love your photos, what an amazing place. And the courtyard pictures are gorgeous, such beautiful bougainvilleas. Kathy

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Pat, Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills are beyond fabulous. I've never been to California, but look out out of this world gorgeous (and rich).

I'm with Joan - did you buy anything? Perhaps some fancy shoes or a bag? My husband would have had to take my credit cards away from me (and believe me, he would have) if I was let loose on Rodeo Drive.

When we stroll down Worth Avenue in Palm Beach he holds my hand. Hmm, I think there's a meaning to his madness here somewhere. He keeps pointing out the cars. I wonder why? BTY, I'll show him your pictures. He'll love them.

Congratulations to Sheila. She's one lucky gal with a book signed by Rocco.

ButterYum said...

Wow - what a stunning place. There must have been so much to see!

Congrats Sheila!

:)
ButterYum

Jojo said...

I love the tour! What a trip you had!!!

Shelia said...

HI Pat and congratulations to Sheila for winning the autographed cookbook.
I love Beverly Hills and have been there many times. Probably didn't spend much money but gazing and people watching were fantastic.
You've made some lovely mosaics for Pink Saturday.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Pat!!!!! I'm doing the happy dance! And I will use this to do a FF post. I'm so happy. Thank you soooooo much!

Love the pictures, too...

XO,

Sheila :-) :-) :-)

Barbara said...

Pat,
I am always amazed at your blog. The photos never disappoint, the commentary is informative (and researched) and so well written. Your enthusiasm about the subject matter shines through as does your passion for writing and photography. Maintaining a blog like this is a full time job!!!

Barbara said...

Pat,
I am always amazed at your blog. The photos never disappoint, the commentary is informative (and researched) and so well written. Your enthusiasm about the subject matter shines through as does your passion for writing and photography. Maintaining a blog like this is a full time job!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I got so excited I forgot to wish you a Happy Pink Saturday!!! LOL!

XO,

Sheila :-)

grey like snuffie said...

How fun...it's been years since I've been to LA but I still remember bits and pieces....fun to see, great photos.

Dishesdone said...

Congrats to Sheila :)

Great shots, Pat! There was more than just food? LOL!

Vee said...

Lovely tour. I have never thought much about this place on earth, but it was fun to see it via your blog. Thank you. And a hearty congrats to your winner. I hope that she enjoys her autographed copy!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Pat, Thanks again for taking us on your trip with you to CA. I loved Seeing Rodeo Drive and the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Pretty Woman is one of my favorite old movies.

Thanks Again... Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

nannykim said...

Wow the pics are gorgeous/ the weather must have been beautiful. Glad Sheila won!

http://spindlecottage.blogspot.com/

Sara said...

Congrats to your winner..

I can't even imagine going to LA - I've been to San Francisco - but, never wanted to go to LA - or Beverly Hills - until NOW! Oh, those photos are gorgeous...Rodeo Drive would be such fun to just look in the stores...

Marg said...

What a wonderful give-away of such a special chef. You did well. I can tell that you enjoyed yourself.
You always inspire me...and helps me to know what to look for next time on my way to CA...

CatHerder said...

ooh i love the red baracci dress!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Congrats to the winner. Your pictures are always so amazing!! I feel like I went with you on your trip. Thanks so much for sharing your photography talent with all of us. Love & blessings from NC!

Tara said...

Hi Pat!
Whew--haven't been around awhile, so family busy!!

LOVE Rocco and always listened to him on WOR when he had his show--you took some great pics of BH, didn't you just feel like a celebrity when you were walking around??!!

Sue said...

Hi Pat...what great pics of BH's...love seeing all those fancy cars...So, it's not ust on T.V. there really are people that live like that!! And Congrtulations to our dear friend Sheila for wining the giveaway....Congrats Mrs. Magpie!

Kelee said...

Hi Pat!

Rocco looks very cute!

Did you kiss him?:):)

Fun trip! Yeah!

love, kelee @ www.katillacshack.com Happy Pink Day!

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

I've "shopped" on Rodeo Drive but never bought anything :-) It was a fun experience though because there's nothing like Southern California (and Brooklyn of course).

LDH said...

Wow, what a great post! I sure enjoyed your trip to this posh place. Did you bring home a Rolls Royce as a souvenir?

Kathleen said...

That was great, Pat. Amazing to be in those places I have only heard about.
(but I wouldn't be happy with the prices on Rodeo for sure...no outlets! )
Congrats to S, she is a great gal!

Cindy said...

Glorious! Your pictures are absolutely amazing! What a great trip for you :0)

steviewren said...

Pat, your photos of CA are great! I can tell that you had a great time. What a way to make memories. Love the windows of clothes and shoes.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

That's one part of LA I have not visited...and now I feel like I have! Thanks.

Congrats, Sheila!

Joyce said...

Lucky winner and great mosaics...oh how I wish I was there. I once went out there with my husband and had the flu and spent the entire trip in the hotel room. Maybe one day I can go back and see all these wonderful streets and maybe a movie star or two!
Joyce

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CC said...

Congratulations to Shelia, you lucky girl. What a wonderful post..I enjoyed it so. Happy belted PS..

Donna said...

Fabulous place and fabulous photos, Pat!

Congrats to Sheila!

Hugs,
Donna

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Congratulations to the winner, and welcome back from a really fabulous trip. Which of those luxury cars are you ordering Pat?

Trotter said...

Hi Pat! Wonderful post; I miss that Drive... ;)

Sorry for the absence, but my computer broke down and I’ll be waiting a month for it to be fixed… ;-( Anyhow, I left you a post on the suburbs of Ephesus for you to enjoy. Have a great week!!

PS: Anyhow, you have been more absent than I... ;))

32˙North said...

Hi Pat,

So glad you had such a great trip out West and that the weather cooperated for you - I've enjoyed your photographs!

Amanda

Claudia said...

Congrats to Sheila - I've been cooking regularly with that book to my family's delight. I love reliving all through your inquisitive, wondrous eyes. I hope your trip out west was grand - you're just a travelling lady these days.

Snappy Di said...

Love the photo of the Beverly Wilshire! Such a great landmark.

Di
The Blue RIdge Gal

Riet said...

Oh Pat Rodeo Drive, I think that would be heaven for me to just look around and look at all the windows. Wow, you as a NewYorker must be used to beautiful windows but in this country we don't have so many of those around here. I would be like a kid in a sweets shop. hihi. Dreaming.....Great pictures and mosaics.

Oliag said...

Love this tour so much!...it's probably the only way I will ever get to see Rodeo Drive and I think I enjoyed it almost as much as being there:)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Congratulations to the winner! Oh, I would love to take that drive down Rodeo Drive with you! How fabulous! Makes me want to watch Pretty Woman! heehee! I'm enjoying the photos of your trip! ♥

The Gathering Place said...

You always make me want to travel somewhere! Now I ready for California!

annie said...

Wonderful photos!
I am so glad you share all this with us.
Would be so great to window shop there.

Kiki said...

Beautiful blog..gorgeous series of photos..an adventure....lovely post..congrats to the winner..how fabulous! yay! THanks for your super lovely words
Kiki~

Pondside said...

Gorgeous photos! Who doesn't think 'glamour' when they read 'Rodeo Drive'?

Junie Moon said...

What a great prize and I'm sure she'll thoroughly enjoy it.

Hmmmm...what do I think of Rodeo Drive. It's fascinating and certainly in a world of its own.

Melinda Cornish said...

it does look like you had a fun trip......did you see any other celebrities? Melinda

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

Don't forget to pop over to my blog for a Coco Chanel giveaway necklace. It is a fun piece! You are so lucky to have won this trip..nice to see good people winning these contests!!

Jeanne said...

Hello, Pat, I want to thank you for your sweet comment on my post. I had fun with it and laughed at myself in that outfit. Your compliment does make me smile. My daughter loved seeing the photo. She lives in Florida so there are lots of photos she has never seen.

How wonderful your post is of Beverly Hills. I have never been in that part of California. I do have a lifelong friend who lives in LA. She keeps begging me to come and visit. One day!

I know you are loving talking to your little grandson. This is the beginning of the most wonderful connection to him through speech. When they began to talk it is so adorable. My memories of my grands is so strong at the time they began to talk. I may forget lots of other experiences but not their learning to talk years. It makes me smile thinking of those years right now. One that is so cute is when my grandson about 2 years told me, "I need a corn grandma." It was Halloween and I was babysitting. I did not know what he meant. He pulled a chair over to the counter and showed me a bowl of candy corn, after repeatedly asking me the same thing over and over. I have teased him about that many times. He is fifteen now.

I better close this. I am way too wordy. Just ask Beverly. HA!

Have a safe trip home Pat.
Hugs, Jeanne

Beverly said...

Pat, this must have been like a dream come trip. What a fabulous opportunity for you, and I can't think of anyone more deserving.

I know you loved every second. Happy Pink Saturday.

Paz said...

Awesome Beverly Hills tour. Lovely sights to see. ;-)

Rocco is very nice. When I had my surgery and was recuperating, one of my blogger friends asked him to send me a get-well message, which he gladly did. So nice! I have the photo on my food blog. ;-)

Glad you had a good time in California and congrats to the lucky winner.

Paz

Brenda said...

What a fun trip, Pat, and such BEAUTIFUL photos! Rodeo Drive is even more magnificant than it was when I meandered in and out of the stores in the eighties. (Didn't buy a thing, much to the snooty sales clerks' disdain. :)