Staying and Playing… At Farmer’s Daughter Hotel, LA

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

Here’s a fun fact you guys might not know about me: when I was 16, my first job was working in a fancy hotel. Seeing how the hospitality industry operated from the inside out made me appreciate the little details and the effort that goes into a running hotel. Oh, and it’s also shaped me into an official hotel nerd!

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

When we were picking a place to stay for our 4 nights in LA, we wanted somewhere with a central location, awesome style and a little bit of an edge – so Farmer’s Daughter hotel felt like the perfect choice.

I enjoyed our stay there so much, I wanted to share some details today…

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

As non-drivers we didn’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere, so the fact that Farmer’s Daughter is within walking distance of a lot of visitor attractions made it really easy to plan our days. We were just across the road from The Grove and about ten minutes from Melrose. CBS and the trendy 3rd Street were just a hop, skip and jump away. Oh, and you could see the Hollywood sign from the hotel (it’s the little things, huh?)!

We were never stuck for something to eat, as there were tons of options across the street and the hotel’s own restaurant, TART (more on that below!) to choose from.

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

If you hadn’t already guessed from the name, the overall vibe of this boutique hotel is country bumpkin meets LA chic – think oversized gingham walls, barn-style doors and high-end products. The team are kitted out in denim shirts and you can graze on home-made potato chips in the lobby while you talk to the budgies who hang out there, chirping away.

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

After a couple of busy days at Disney (and even busier to come), having somewhere relaxing to come home to was super important to us. The rooms at Farmer’s Daughter are a decent size, with good use of space to create a feeling of calm (everything you need is there, but cleverly stowed away in purpose-built units so there’s not much clutter).

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

There are extra treats in the room, but if you decide to eat them, there’s a hefty price tag attached, so watch out for that! But the Nespresso machine, pods and toiletries are all included in the price of your stay. Plus, they serve free whisky in the lobby in the evening – so if that’s your thing, it probably all works out OK, right?

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

The outdoor areas of the hotel are very inviting, with a cute pool area (I mean, come ON! They have yellow rubber ducks in the pool!), fooseball and lots of outdoor courtyard seating. The warm weather could make it very easy to lose a whole evening curled up on the sofas!

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

The hotel also houses a very popular restaurant, TART – which specialises in seasonal comfort food, fitting in with the cosy feel of the rest of Farmer’s Daughter. We loved watching all of the LA regulars pop in for a bite to eat while enjoying a long, lazy brunch with piping hot coffee.

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

Overall, I would say that staying at Farmer’s Daughter gave us the opportunity to live like locals for a few days. We were able to walk outside and go about our day immediately, only really needing Uber a couple of times for the further away areas like Venice Beach and the Hollywood Hills.

The little details and overall vibe made this hotel nerd very happy! Tell me, have you ever stayed in an LA hotel? Where should I visit next?

Visiting The Neon Museum, Las Vegas

The Neon Museum

Las Vegas was the last stop on our American road trip and, after a few weeks of taking in some incredible natural landscapes, I was ready to trade all of that gorgeous scenery for glitz, glamour and (of course!) plenty of neon. And, right at the top of my must-do list? The Neon Museum in downtown Las Vegas.

The Neon Museum

Vegas is home to quite a few amazing attractions (keep your eyes peeled for more on them very soon!), but The Neon Museum is something really special; showcasing a collection of historic and iconic signs that are a part of sin city’s history.

The Neon Museum

With signs dating from as early as the 1930s, it felt like we were stepping back in time! Legendary pieces from well-known Vegas establishments like the Stardust, the Moulin Rouge and the Golden Nugget have been specially preserved and displayed for visitors. When I seen the 1958 sign for the Stardust, I couldn’t help but swoon a little! What an atomic beauty!

The Neon Museum

The Neon Museum

Taking a walking tour of The Neon Museum doesn’t just mean that you can get up close to all of these incredible designs and lose yourself in a colourful vintage world for an hour (though I did PLENTY of that), it’s also a chance to learn about how Las Vegas has grown over the years.

The Neon Museum

Our tour guide talked us through the story of each sign, with some awesome insights into old-school Vegas (think stories peppered with Rat Pack appearances!) and the people behind the hotels and casinos. If it’s at all possible, I think I left even more wide-eyed than when I went in.

The Neon Museum

I was excited to dress in theme for this occasion, so wore my biggest, most OTT flamingo sunglasses, along with a sparkling diamond Markus Lupfer tee and a neon arrow necklace by Tatty Devine. Viva Las Vegas, baby!

The Neon Museum

Finally, I don’t think I could talk about my visit without mentioning my love for the visitor centre at The Neon Museum, which is housed in the former lobby of the fabulous La Concha Motel. This shell-shaped, mid-century design dates back to the swinging sixties and was rescued from demolition when the motel closed in 2005. Stunning!

The Neon Museum

If you’re planning a visit to Las Vegas, be sure to check out The Neon Museum and take in a very stylish slice of history. Don’t forget your giant sunglasses…

A Day Trip to Loch Lomond with Benefit

Loch Lomond

If you’re looking for a change of scenery and don’t want to venture too far from Glasgow, visiting Loch Lomond is an awesome place to start. It’s a place that I really enjoy spending time in but, seeing as I can’t drive, visits are few and far between since I have to be chauffeured there like the Miss Daisy I know I am!

Recently, the team at Benefit invited me for a fun-filled day out with them at Loch Lomond – all in the name of celebrating some exciting new launches. Before I even checked the itinerary I was sending a gleeful “I’m so in” message! And realising later that I had an ice cream van, a boat trip, and a yummy lunch to look forward to, I knew I had made the right choice…

Loch Lomond

*Grainy-as-heck picture courtesy of my old dinosaur phone (RIP)*

Let’s fast-forward now to the day trip! Along with a small group of Glasgow babes, I arrived at Loch Lomond to the sound of Play That Funky Music, blasting out of a speaker somewhere (in my head, maybe?). We then headed straight to the Benefit Hoola branded ice cream van (which was OTT and adorable in true Benefit GO BIG OR GO HOME style) to check out their new Hoola Quickie Contour Stick. As someone that watches a lot of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I’m well-versed in the school of contouring – but actually doing it myself? Let’s just say I need all the help I can get! This cream-to-powder stick is super easy to apply, helping me get one step closer to those sculpted Trixie Mattel cheeks!

Loch Lomond

After hanging out at Lomond Shores for a little while, we headed down to the water to board our boat, the SS Sassypants. OK, I’m not very sure what the boat was called, but that feels like a very appropriate name! We were spoiled with a bag of treats to enjoy on our boat tour, full of retro sweets, chocolate and a sneaky sample of the new Benefit Gogotint – a cherrylicious cheek and lip stain. It would have gone great with the Goldie Hawn-in-Overboard-look that I’m now wishing I’d sported for the occasion. Next time!

I loved the views on our circular tour of the loch, and we even picked up a couple of nuggets of Scottish history as we cruised. See? It wasn’t ALL mindless hilarity (but it 99% was).

Loch Lomond

All that scenery and sailing excitement was a surefire way to work up an appetite, did someone say land ahoy?! We were all ready for lunch by the time we were back on dry land, and headed to The Boat House restaurant at Cameron House. This was my first time at The Boat House and it was real treat – I loved the nautical theme in the decor, the relaxing setting and (of course!) the menu!

Loch Lomond

A major highlight was the balsamic roasted peaches – one of those dishes that is so simple and delicious that you wonder where it’s been all your life. I’m already plotting my next visit to relive that peachy moment all over again. The whole meal was amazing, as was the service and the company! It was nice to relax around the table and reflect on a brilliant day out, which in my mind serves as a little ‘best of Loch Lomond’ montage (to the tune of Play That Funky Music, of course).

I’d highly recommend taking one of the boat tours at Loch Lomond, I had so much fun! And if you’ve come that far, you really should book a meal at The Boat House afterwards (your tastebuds will thank you!).

Loch Lomond

To check out Gogotint, Hoola Quickie Contour stick and all of the latest Benefit releases, don’t forget to hop over to their website!

Well, I’m off to research more Goldie Hawn movie outfits – any recommendations?

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A huge thanks to Benefit for a lovely day out at Loch Lomond!