Kim, Heather, Adrienne

It was the perfect day for a road trip and I was up bright and early to drive the 3+ hours from Chico to San Francisco to meet up with my blogger friends. My bags were packed to overflowing, despite my carefully crafted packing list here. The weather in San Francisco can change on a dime so it’s always good to be prepared. When meeting with these stylish ladies, Adrienne of The Rich Life on a Budget and Kim of Northern California Style, fashion options are always a good thing.

As I pulled up to the charming Hotel Monaco, a chic boutique hotel just two blocks from
Union Square, I was greeted with a smile and whisked into the lovely hotel.

At guest services, I was greeted by the gracious Daniel Bayless who made my check-in effortless.

In just minutes I was standing in my classically cozy room with a modern twist. I felt immediately at home. A quick text and I heard a knock at my door. My fabulous friends had arrived-hugs all around! I consider them friends though I have only met Adrienne once and this was my first time meeting Kim. I feel like I’ve known them forever and that is the best thing about blogging for me.

Our first stop was lunch at the iconic Rotunda at Neiman Marcus. We were seated with beautiful views of  Union Square with the Christmas tree already decorated.  We enjoyed a lovely lunch with a splash of pink bubbly to celebrate our time together. We did a little shopping at Neiman Marcus and met with Tiffany and Fernando for make up sessions at the Armani counter. We all agreed the Armani Luminous Silk foundation is a must have.
Armani at ShopStyle

We headed back to the Hotel Monaco, for some cozy conversation before dinner and discovered that Guest Services (Daniel and Nancy) had sent up fruit/cheese platters and wine to each of our rooms. They also included a personalized note and a ‘key to the city’.  I discovered the animal print robes, socks, umbrella and even yoga mats tucked in the closet. The Kimpton Hotel brand is thoughtful about creature comforts of all kinds.

Sunset from Adrienne’s room

Adrienne brought a bottle of Veuve Clicquot to share as we cozied up and enjoyed some girl talk before dressing for dinner. Kim gave us each a necklace with a pendant in the shape of California, so fitting for us California lifestyle bloggers. These few hours were by far my favorite part of the trip.

Later we dined at another iconic spot, Farallon, just blocks away from the hotel. Our dishes were swoon worthy and the service was impeccable.

Back at the hotel we decided it was bed time after a busy day so we each tucked into our rooms for a dreamy sleep.

 It felt so luxurious to have a room and bathroom all to myself for a night.

#spoiled by Hotel Monaco

We awoke to another sunny day in the city and made our way downstairs. The living spaces at Hotel Monaco are luxurious yet comfortable with cushy furnishings and two fireplaces. The ‘Tree of Life’ sculpture above has sentimental meaning and is dedicated to the creator of the Kimpton Hotel brand, Bill Kimpton, by artist Albert Guibara.

Bloggers in action

(we understand each other’s need to ‘get that shot’, instagram, post, tweet it…all that blog stuff)

Next to the lobby is the Grand Cafe where we had a reservation for brunch. Chef Dirk created a memorable gourmet menu. I ordered the eggs with caramelized cauliflower and truffle oil and was thoroughly impressed. A few of his seasonal recipes can be found here.

Jose, Daniel (from guest services), Chef Dirk, manager Mark and our delightful sous chef
Thanks to the fantastic staff we were completely spoiled at the Grand Cafe. We followed our brunch with some Macy’s sale shopping. I happened to be on Macy’s 2nd floor right at the moment the BatKid arrived.  Read more on Adrienne’s post on Skimbaco Life here.

 It was heartwarming to see the city sharing the love!

Finally, it was time to say goodbye and travel our separate ways. I know we all wish we lived closer. The beauty of blogging is that we won’t miss a beat for our next meetup since blogging keeps us so well in touch. The connections we form feel genuine and I am grateful for the relationships I have made with these wonderful women, and so many of you around the world.

*Our stay at the Hotel Monaco was generously sponsored as was our fabulous brunch at the Grand Cafe.

They run some fantastic seasonal packages at Hotel Monaco here.  I would recommend this lovely boutique hotel for a girlfriends’ getaway or a romantic stay. The rooms easily accommodate families and it is pet friendly. They offer complimentary bikes for wheeling around town.
My thanks to the Kimpton Hotel Group, Hotel Monaco, the Grand Cafe and Nancy for sponsoring our stay.
Thanks to Daniel, Lauren and staff for making our stay seamless and spoiling us.

Cheers to more blogger getaways in all of our futures!


Holiday gifts are happening at my Stylemindchic Boutique here!

Heather Lindstrom

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I’ve been meaning to comment on this post since I first read it via email, Heather. What a dreamy girl’s trip you had. And the hotel’s attention to details is amazing. They’d definitely have my compliments on that red umbrella.
Bloggers in the city needs to expand to Miami too. :)
Have a great weekend, love.


I”m playing catch up. I’ve been traveling, and loved this post, of course. I kept wishing I had been with you all on that trip.



What a lovely girlfriend weekend getaway–just my style! I am so happy for you to be able to get together, share ideas, and build even stronger relationships. The hotel is just the right amount of luxury, glamour, and trend! I love it, and could find myself loving a night, or two, by myself to be dreamy. I hope we get to enjoy reading about more of your get together-adventures! And, by the way, I think it’s incredible that you got to witness Batkid! It is definitely one of the most heartwarming stories to have been a part. xoxo


I can see that you all had a fabulous time together and you certainly packed a great deal into your trip. I love your room décor and all the thoughtful touches which make a stay memorable. It’s often the little things which I remember long after I have returned home from a special hotel. Your brunch sounds delicious too.


Love the shot of Adrienne and Kim getting the shot. Hilarious! Great post, wish I could’ve joined you gals. XO, Jill


Oh San Francisco, how fun! I’ve been wanting to take a trip there with the girls. It looks like you had a fabulous time with your blog friends. Your hotel is gorgeous. Talk about traveling in comfort, oh my! There are a few of my blog friends that I’d love to meet. I hope to someday. The three of you look so nice together.

Enjoy the week.



I’ve been so looking forward to hearing all about your girly getaway! Sounds fabulous! Love the shot of the bloggers getting in their perfect shots! Also love the pic of you three lovelies with the rotunda in the background. I would love to stay at that adorable hotel! How chic!
Dawn Lucy AKA @fashionshouldbefun


I love this whole post and getaway! You all look gorgeous and all your activities seems right up my alley…and I love a hotel that delivers that extra that Hotel Monaco seems to have done! xo Caroline


That room looks fabulous! I love the decor and colours. The hotel looks very eclectic chic. Just what I like.

I adore Farallon. Do they still have that amazing warm chocolate soufflé?

What a fun trip! Great photos too. Makes me want to get back to SF.



Loved your post! Perfect. You definitely expressed the feeling at check in there. It’s cozy and comforting and welcoming. I just loved all your pics of the terrific staff. They made it a super stay!

Hanging out with you both for 2 whole days was a treat. I feel lucky to have connect with two wonderful and sweet girls! Looking forward to more fun!

My post is coming soon! I also did a few collages. SO many pretty photos. I wanted to use them all!
Have a great week Heather!!



Looks like a wonderful and chic getaway to our lovely city by the Bay. We’ve not stayed at the hotel there, but have a picture of the kids on that staircase when they were young when we were there to dine at the Grande Cafe…kids LOVED their chocolate chip pancakes. We’ve walked by Farallon many times and admired the jellyfish…glad to hear the food and service was excellent too ~ we’ll have to dine there next time we’re in the city. Thanks for sharing. Love the pics on the post! Oh yeah, and how cool you were there for Batboy!


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Looks like you ladies had a fabulous time!! Love the photos!!!


So jealous…I would love to party and shop with you girls!! It looks like so much fun…the hotel room was cool!


GOOD EVENING HEATHER! I have missed your posts! But I see you have been traveling and to some pretty fabulous spots. Did you enlarge the size of your header? It looks wonderful, but much larger and I’m wondering if my computer is giving me problems or if you did change the size?

That rosé looks so refreshing and you are always so beautiful. Enjoy your rest! Anita


I love seeing the variations on the weekend! The hotel does look fb and I would stay there if I ever find myself there. You all look so cute and you need to come here next xx


What a fantastic weekend! I was following the three of you vicariously through instagram. There is nothing better than a girls weekend – I had one myself this weekend with my sister and niece. And, isn’t it wonderful meeting fellow bloggers? Every time I do, it feels like we have known each other forever.

This post would be perfect for my link party – will you come over and link it up?

Have a great week, Heather!! xoxo


How lucky you all are to be within “connecting” distance. Looks like such a fun day and in one of my most favorite cities in the world :-)


How wonderful is this post!
I am headed off to work and must come back for another serving of this delight, tonight!
We have Hotel Monaco in Seattle.
Mr D and I didn’t do much for our 40th…You have me scheming, oh stylish one!


What a wonderful post, Heather! It makes me want to do it all over again.
So great getting to know you and Kim better. I love that we are already brainstorming our next blogger getaway.
Hotel Monaco was such a wonderful place to stay. I loved my room and the people were beyond friendly and helpful. I really felt so welcomed!
Hope to see you again soon.
xoxo, A


You make me want to plan my next get away to this place!!! Looks Fab! I love the photo of the girls at work getting that shot! Gotta Love That BatKid! What Fun indeed! Keep up the Fun, ahem…I mean the good work!

Love ya’ KK

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