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The Fairmont San Francisco

Today I wanted to share with you where I spent the night before and after we got married. I am a huge fan of The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and tell all my visiting friends to stay there. It is such a beautiful building and the price isn’t so bad (a little more than Hilton, quite a bit less than Four Seasons…though if you have the budget, I recommend Four Seasons over Ritz). I encourage all of you to go and if you’re in the Bay Area, have high tea there. Warning – picture heavy post ahead!

This was the decor in the elevator bank on our floor – the whole hotel has a “Chinoiserie” decor to it that I absolutely love. I’d love to use a lot of inspiration in our own home one day.

The living area of our room – we stayed in “The Diplomat Suite.”

Extension of the living room…it was huge! We got ready here.

Kitty chair details! I was in love with this..

All the various chinoiserie touches…

A telescope we used to spy on boats in the harbor, and a gorgeous view..

I really wish this picture wasn’t so blurry – this was what was waiting for us in our suite – this entire sculpture is made out of chocolate!! The green part was chocolate chips, the orange was white chocolate. The whole thing was delicious except for the blackest parts which must have been 90% or so dark chocolate because they were bitter.

A little shot of the bathroom…I spent some time reading here on its edge and appreciating the view!

I hope you enjoyed this review of The Fairmont! I know there are newer hotels in San Francisco but to me, this is one of the top Fairmonts in the US (however I would spring for a suite or upgraded room).

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    August 19, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    That's a beautiful hotel and suite. I adore Chinoiserie too.
    A serene start to your day! Your bridesmaids look beautiful in their dresses – variations of – and their shoes – the same dress colour keeps it all pulled together.

    More please!

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    Sarah M.
    August 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Fairmont hotels are the best – I've been to 4 of them (Ottawa, Montreal, Montebello and Toronto) and I love how each of them is super unique to the area they're in. Looks like the one in San Francisco was the perfect place to go before your wedding 🙂 Haha I ADORE the picture of your bridesmaids – so funny, at least you all could laugh about it 🙂

    xx from Montreal,

    I Bleed Fashion

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    August 19, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Welcome back! I didn't expect you're back to blogging this soon but I'm glad. That shoe story of your bridesmaid was funny. Have a great weekend & can't wait to see more of your wedding photos!

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    August 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    The hotel looks AMAZING! Love all the decor shots. Can't wait to see more photos from the big day!

    And the story with your bridesmaids and the shoes is hilarious. I'm really glad you found ways to laugh during such a stressful time!

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    August 19, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    CONGRATS! The hotel suite looks so wonderful -love those details! I hope your wedding was wonderful and low-stress. Love the bridesmaid shoe issue. Great story!

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    August 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Those views are incredible! The shoe story just made me lol. But I love the colour you chose for the bridesmaid dresses and the fact that everyone got their own style.

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    August 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    That is too cute! Kudos to your for not going all Bridezilla on your friend.

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    August 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    That such a cute story and I'm so glad there was no meltdown involved. You're so right about having a good laught before your wedding and not being a witch about the small details. Bridezilla's really gross me out sometimes.

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    August 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Haha! The shoe debacle is so funny! Of course you were not a bridezilla, and you handled it so well. These are the things you'll always remember 🙂

    The details in your suite were gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing. Also, I kept trying to say "Kitty Chair" in my head (I read out loud in my head), and I kept saying "Chitty Kair" over and over!! Thanks for unknowningly providing me with some much needed smiles this afternoon 🙂


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    August 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Ah, I LOVE the Fairmont! The hubs and I usually stay right across the street at the InterContinental, but always go to the Tiki bar (I forget the name…) for a fun cocktail.
    Such great pics! Can't wait to see more. Congrats again on a lovely wedding!

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    August 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    just gorgeous!

    are they wearing jcrew dresses? i have to get one for a wedding i'm in and i LOVE the style the girl in the middle is wearing!

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    August 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    What a cute post and I loved seeing all the pics. I've been to a party at the fairmont, but never stayed there before. It's in a beautiful location, glad you had such a nice time and the story at the end is so funny. I have to admit, eventhough she wanted them for Vegas and not a wedding, she really pulled them off. At least they weren't leopard. haha

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    August 19, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Bahahahaha, that is so awesome! Such a great story!

    Love the mismatched dresses by the way! 😀 Really can't wait to see the rest of your pics and hear more about your big day.

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    August 19, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Oooh! I love weddings. There's something so romantic and yet extravagant about weddings that make me feel all giddy inside. I get chills just by thinking about it!

    Beautiful photos! Have a fab weekend 🙂


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    Fashion Nicotine
    August 19, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Hahaha the shoe story is awesome =)
    The hotel looks amazing! x

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    August 19, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    All the decor is stunning! The shoes… priceless!!!

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    Tangled In Texas
    August 19, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Simply gorgeous! I can't believe that sculpture was made out of chocolate and it was there for you to eat. They definitely don't do that at the "Super 8" motel! Ha ha

    I love the shoes story. They really don't look bad at all on her feet, but sitting there in the hotel room, they look cah-razy!!!

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    August 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I LOVEEE the fairmont and having tea their makes you feel so dignified hahah.

    omgosh the pictures of the shoes makes me LOL!! I LOVEEEE that you went with the same color palette but let all the girls choose their own shoes and dress!! so over everyone wearing the same identical dress!!

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    August 19, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    What a beautiful hotel! My mom and I might be paying a visit to SF next month, I'll have to keep that hotel in mind. And those shoes are hilarious! It's nice that you all had a sense of humor about it, I know quite a few brides who wouldn't have been so amused. Thanks for the blog post! 🙂

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    August 19, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Ahh yay so excited to see all of these wedding posts! And too funny about the shoes!

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    August 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    the hotel is beautiful =] LOL the shoe story!!! how cute =]

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    August 20, 2011 at 1:15 am

    The hotel looks sooo gorgeous and I can totally imagine some of those elements in my future home as well! And I LOVE that chocolate mini sculpture thing, absolutely amazing and delectable looking! As for the bridesmaid's shoes…they do say variety is the spice of life!


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    DSK Steph
    August 20, 2011 at 2:45 am

    WOW at the chocolate sculpture! I thought those things only happen on Food Network. lol 😉

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    Make Mommy Chic
    August 20, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Katherine, you chose a stunning hotel for your last 'single' night. That bridesmaid shoe story made me laugh. During our wedding, my father decided to take the 'bus' back home from the venue because he forgot something and ended up forgetting on the bus a bag of gold jewelery that my relatives had given me. My mom spent the whole wedding yelling at him in cantonese. And if that weren't bad enough my mom didn't consult me on her 'wedding' outfit and showed up in a dress and winter boots- and the wedding was in June. I could have died. Thanks so much for the post, and can't wait to see the other pics!

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    August 20, 2011 at 2:55 am

    @makeupandpearls yes they are J.Crew dresses! I hope you get it, I thought they had many nice styles!

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    August 20, 2011 at 3:18 am

    hahaa… telescope was used to spy on boats or to spy on…. o_O
    i kid i kid!

    but the room was GORGEOUSSS and you have such a good attitude!!! I know so many people that would have freaked if their wedding didn't go the way they wanted.. BRIDEZILLA ALERT!!

    Can't wait for the other wedding posts 😀


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    August 20, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Kat, the hotel pics were great; I also liked the chair with the tiger/cat detail. The bridesmaid dresses are so pretty and lol @ the Jetson shoes story. The shoes are fab and totally fierce.

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    Miss Kwong
    August 20, 2011 at 7:06 am

    ur shoes and bag collection is just…to die for.

    Follow me on:
    Miss Kwong – Art and Fashion

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    August 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    The hotel looks beautiful – love the little antique pieces! I would have loved to stay there. Hope you had a blast at the wedding!

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    The PvdH Journal
    August 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    First of all congratulations for the wedding! Second, I have really enjoyed reading your blog just now. It is so personal and you right in such an easy way that I felt like being your small companion throughout your little fashion adventures. Really great!


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    August 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Hey Katherine! Thanks for commenting on my chevron post on my blog, I'm so glad you did! I'm in love with all the pictures you've posted, beautiful moments perfectly captured 🙂 Can't wait to see more!


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    August 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    I love the homey feel of the hotel – that's a great way to put you at easy before the wedding.

    I'm glad you didn't care for minor details like white shoes. I think they looked great with the sage green of the dresses. Laughter is the best, I agree 🙂

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    kelly (unremittingly kel)
    August 21, 2011 at 12:23 am

    That's hilarious! Hope I'm just as laid back the day of my wedding.
    I actually like those shoes a lot haha!

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    August 21, 2011 at 1:39 am

    @The PvdH Journal that is so nice, thank you! I used to want to be a writer so it makes me really happy when people compliment my writing, lol!

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    August 21, 2011 at 2:08 am

    That chocolate sculpture is so amazing! What a thoughtful gift from the hotel!

    And your bridesmaid shoe story is hilarious! A good laugh is always what you need before the wedding! (It's a lovely pic of your bridesmaids though!)

    xo, sam

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    August 21, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Beautiful! Love your outfit in the hotel and the shoes! Thanks for sharing!
    {mommy chic} design. style. kids. life.

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    Urban Jungle Fashion
    August 21, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I'm so happy that you weren't a Bridezilla about her shoes! I want to see you though. I bet you looked amazing!

    oh and i LOVE that female lion head pull on the chair! I was looking for a lion pull at home depot and lowes but could not find one. =(

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    August 21, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I like your style and blog. I'm following it!
    Have a nice day!

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    August 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    this hotel looks so chic and inviting- I loved the decor. i love how you just laughed about the shoes- that is a great quality to have. thanks for commenting on my blog yesterday!

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    Krysten @ After 'I Do'
    August 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Holy cow that place is all sorts of gorgeous, very chic!

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    August 21, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    The decor in your room is gorgeous – I love all the little knick knacks the hotel placed in there. Haha that's pretty funny what happened to your bridesmaid. At least she still followed the color scheme though 🙂

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    August 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Great decor!! I´m following you, ok?! Come visit me too:

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    August 22, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Yes ma'am. I don't believe a man can be any more attractive when he's in a suit, clean shaven, and intelligent. Heehee. OMG, why is this hotel so swanky? I'd probably just roll around in the pillows and giggle hysterically just because I could.

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    August 22, 2011 at 4:58 am

    oh wow i have just finished a post about weddings and so glad to stumble across more posts about weddings. Congratulations on your wedding by the way! The hotel looks absolutely gorgeous, especially your suite! Love the decor and your outfit!.
    The shoes is so funny, props to her for trying her best though hehe

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    August 22, 2011 at 6:19 am

    first of all – CONGRATULATIONS to you & the lucky mister! i cant wait to see photos from your special day! i'm sure you looked absolutely stunning.

    the fairmont is one of my fave hotel chains. they always have the best decor and amazing service. xx

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    Anđela Vitorović
    August 22, 2011 at 7:36 am



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    August 22, 2011 at 9:25 am

    It seems like you have fantastic weekend! What a beautiful room!

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    August 22, 2011 at 9:26 am

    *I meant to say wedding, not weekend 😀 I can't wait to see the photos!

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    August 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    your bridesmaid is such a cutie 🙂 and the heels does remind me of the jetsons.

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    August 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    wow the hotel looks stunning and i love the outfit soo pretty…and the hotel dam looks nice!

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