{ WEEKEND VIBES }: LA Calling! + the strangest nail experience ever…

{ LA Calling // Champagne at Shannon's }
{ LA Calling // Champagne at Shannon's }
{ the swanky bar at the Viceroy // Rad lighting at the W }

Well, hello!

I recently just got back from an amazing weekend in LA, and despite being sick as a dog, I still feel on Cloud 9 about it.

In the 72 hours of being there, I got to see so many people that I care about that my heart is full.

For starters, my family lives there so I go quite often. Interestingly enough, a ton of people I know from Texas found themselves a home there (can’t blame them), not to mention it was a weekend where people were in town too.

LA Calling for sure.

Personally, I love LA. I’ve always considered it a second home, and if I was to split up my time between Northern California & Southern California, I’d be a happy girl.

Whenever I land in LAX, there’s always a feeling of home. I’ve also never been there with Erik, so I was so happy to have him see that part of home for me. That said, leaving LA is always sad for me. Especially as I get older, and that feeling of home just feels more and more like a dream.

Anyways, enough with all the seriousness. Time to talk food, alcohol, and the most ridiculous story ever!

{ LA Calling // Champagne at Shannon's }
{ Georgina Sparks vibes }

My grandparents live in Westwood, so we stayed right around the corner at the W Westwood. The location was perfect. Just a hop, skip, jump away from Westwood Village (including the most ridiculous nail salon ever… more on that in a sec).

In fact, the W is so trendy on the inside, we mistook the DJ booth for the check in desk LOL Erik and I just can’t hang these days.

They have a sick pool bar, with the most dreamy lights, that I of course didn’t take any photos of, as well as a hip lobby lounge. One thing they had that was SO COOL was an in house photobooth! Fun, right?

{ LA Calling // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ LA Calling // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Photobooth fun // cheeky room keys }

As far as eating & drinking, we didn’t have much time, so didn’t get to go to all of the places we wanted. Alfred’s Tea Room was on the list, as well as Beverly HIlls Hotel, but wine won over tea (aka we wanted something a little stronger) and BHH had no availability (aka better planning next time – DYING for their palm pajamas though, & well, the entire Martinique print collection *hint hint Erik* ūüėČ ).

We met up with our friends Joey & Gitana (Gitana runs the cutie blog Books & Bellinis btw) at a bar that an old friend of mine in Dallas runs called Good Times at Davey Wayne’s & it was absolutely everything you could ever want.

{ LA Calling // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Gitana, myself, and our beaus. }

Think a sick house party with some insane tiki drinks. They also have boozy snowcones (YES YES YES) & the most rad food stand. Erik & I shared a bacon wrapped hot dog and steak tacos. Oh, right, not to mention the outdoor bar (literally a mobile home decorated to the max) was full of 70s porno spreads.

A good time was had, indeed.

The next day, we went to a family favourite, the Farmer’s Market in the Grove. This is a VERY special place to me. I have gone there for about 20 years now with my grandparents so it was super special to me to show it to Erik. The choices there are endless but we went with Loteria! & ice cream bars at Barnett’s.

Then, we had some time to spare so I went to the nail salon… AGAIN MORE ON THAT BELOW…. before dinner at Rock Sugar in Centruy City for a big family affair. My grandmother planned the sweetest dinner party for my father and it was so, so good. Erik and I had the best time and if you go, TRUST US and get the Princess Shrimp.

{ LA Calling // Champagne at Shannon's }
{ Brunch at Chez Marie }

The next day, we did brunch at Cafe Chez Marie which is my most favourite brunch spot in California (Cafe Flore is a close second). It is seriously the most dreamy place ever that I discovered last year with my friend Cherie.

I’ve probably passed by it 1000x times in my life before we finally went in 2014 but now it’s a must go every single time I am in LA. My grandparents loved it as well!

Our flight got majorly delayed, so we had time to meet up with more friends. Franceska of Franzies & her husband Martin just arrived to Beverly Hills, so we grabbed drinks at the Viceroy Beverly Hills. Joey & Gitana came back and before we knew it, it was a big happy family.

Just talking to Franceska, sharing our struggles and accomplishments and goals and truly just being so happy for each other was second to none. Also, talking blogging, sharing upcoming plans, and just talking was great.

Those two girls are def two to watch & to be completely real, Franceska’s success completely motivates me.

She has remained so true to herself, business, and relationship and it shows in all her accomplishments. I only aspire to be like her. #ITB

{ LA Calling // Champagne at Shannon's }

Before we knew it, it was time to get on our majorly delayed flight. On a VERY short flight back, we were back home in San Francisco.

That said, I am making a goal to go to LA at least once a month. Again, it is my second home… even if it has the most whack nail salon.

OKAY SO SPEAKING OF.

I really wanted to get my nails done. They looked BAD. Erik wanted a nap before dinner so I meandered over to get a much needed mani & pedi (loving muted pastels rn btw). So I’m sitting in my spa chair, minding my own business and kind of like DryBar, they have TV’s and playing a movie. I’m pretty stoked, hoping to get a major chick flick Dry Bar style.

YEAH. NO.

THINK OF THE OPPOSITE OF A CUTIE CHICK FLICK.

I don’t even know if they knew what movie they had on, but let me just say, it was rated NR, it HAD¬†to have been. And keep in mind, this is just a typical nail salon. Not like trendy ole Davey Wayne’s with 70s porno to be cheeky. I seriously think this nail salon had no idea what they had on.

It was some party movie, with these 2 high school guys and they go on Spring Break.

Every other word was VERY explicit (volume was up, of course WITH captions), there were wet t-shirt contests, full on nudity (of BOTH sexes, btw), and lots of other very questionable things, like… there was def a scene of a cock-fight, I’m talking a rooster because at this point,¬†I feel like there should be clarity.

And look, I’m no prude. FARRRRRRR from it. But like, place and time for it?

Anyways, on that note, I’m out!

What say you – any LA reccs? Do tell!

PS – check out this sign that made me LOL

{ LA Calling // Champagne at Shannon's }

 

{ #JAM }: GoldLink f/ Anderson .Paak – Unique [Louis Futon Remix]

Never had a love quite like you, baby…

Featuring :: GoldLink f/ Anderson .Paak РUnique [Louis Futon Remix]

{ Shannon Silver // Champagne at Shannon's }

Are you guys ready to get your world rocked?

I’ve literally have been numb from this all week and bursting at the seams to share it on the blog.

In fact, words do not even do this song justice, seriously, you need to just listen but I will try anyways….

If you follow me on Snapchat {come play! @shnnnlynn} – I told you guys last night that if you weren’t acquainted with GoldLink to please do so. You won’t regret it.

GoldLink is rocking my world pretty hard.

GoldLink – also known as D’Anthony Carlos – is a phenomenal musician from Washington DC. He started out anonymous (similar to Zhu) before he made his debut. He calls his style “Future Bounce” which explains it perfectly. Like in the article linked, they refer it to “dream rap”. I love that. Read more about him here.

He’s dreamy & his music pays homage to music as a whole. (I say that same exact sentence, as well, when I talk about Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories).

Now, enter this song…

{ GoldLink f/ Anderson .Paak - Unique [Louis Futon Remix] // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Goldlink }

Holy hell, guys.

This is one of those songs that stopped me in my tracks. To start, the original is phenomenal¬†– very disco / r&b synthy (mmmm love it). You can hear the original version of “Unique” here¬†(as always, the song I’m featuring is at the bottom of the post).

But then Louis Futon decided to come in and make quite possibly one of the sickest remixes I have ever heard in my life.

Are you familiar with Louis Futon?

He’s rad & his reworks truly shine.

He is from Philadelphia & in his early 20’s. He is known for not being tied to any genres and that’s what really sets his work apart. He’s very influenced by hip-hop so you can expect some funk from him on the balanced out with electro.

This remix is full of genre switching. I’m talking trap, to disco, to synth, to hip hop, to some slow jams. As much as it switches, it is amazing how much the song completely flows and makes sense.

One thing he did that was crazy cool from the original was inverted all the verses. They literally sound like two completely different songs. I don’t¬†seen that remix style often.

{ GoldLink f/ Anderson .Paak - Unique [Louis Futon Remix] // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Louis Futon }

The vocals are both GoldLink and Anderson .Paak. GoldLink really brings in the r&b vibes, while AP keeps it funky as hell.

Anderson .Paak is a singer, rapper and music producer with a really interesting background. He was actually working on a marijuana farm as he pursued music. However, when that job did not work out, he found himself as an assistant to Sa-Ra.

There, he had the access to a studio and the rest is history. Fastforward to 2015, and Dre had him on SIX songs on his Compton album. He also has collaborated with one of my favourites, Kaytranada (SO GOOD).

Read more about him here. Super interesting. His style is super rad.

PS – his instagram is hella dope.

{ GoldLink f/ Anderson .Paak - Unique [Louis Futon Remix] // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Anderson .Paak }

The lyrics are damn good too.

Also, I dare you to listen to this and sit/stand still. Trust me when I say it’s impossible.

You NEED this song in your life. Seriously, trust me.  As much as I love talking music, my words seriously do not do it justice, you HAVE to take a listen.

On that note, I’m off to the City of Angels for the weekend! Any LA reccs, let me know!

x Shannon

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GoldLink :: Soundcloud || Spotify || Facebook || Instagram
Anderson .Paak :: Soundcloud || Spotify || Facebook || Instagram
Louis Futon :: Soundcloud || Spotify || Facebook || Instagram
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Hey what’s up Hello! Let’s chat… Q&A vol. I

{ Q & A sesh // Champagne at Shannon's }

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Now that Champagne at Shannon’s is almost a year old, I figured it would be fun to really introduce myself to you guys, answer some questions, and have you really get to know the girl behind the blog!

If you have any other questions, leave them in the comments, shoot me an e-mail, or holla on social media and I can keep these kind of posts coming.

PS – I’ll #WCW interview myself at some point and we can really dig deep on the business aspect of things.

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‚öú Why¬†did you name your blog Champagne at Shannon’s? Any tips for naming a blog?

Champagne at Shannon’s is a fun play on Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Also, I’m a Certified Sommelier, so it plays homage to that.¬†I love the alliteration, as well.

I knew when I started my blog, I wanted my name on it but I didn’t want just shannonsilver.com (which is also mine, and it’s in the works).

I wanted the blog to kind of be the equivalent of an online party: here, you can find drinks, music, fashion, health, and hopefully make a friend or two along the way!

As far as naming your blog… honestly, think of what words really stand out to you.

What is your end goal? What are you passionate about? What’s a fun fact about you? What’s your name? Who do you want your readers to be? What words do you like? Write it all down & start putting the words that stand out to you together. If a “the” could apply to my blog, I probably would of added it at the beginning.

I promise you will have an “a ha!” moment.

I actually almost completely changed¬†the name entirely right before I launched. I thought it was stupid at the last second, but my boyfriend and my sorority sister who works in PR both told me not to &¬†that I¬†was being ridiculous. They were right. If you are having those type of thoughts with your business, talk to someone you trust and they’ll steer you in the right direction. You can e-mail me too! Always happy to help.

Seriously: shannon@champagneatshannons.com

⚜  Blogging 101 advice?

Read my advice on this here, here & here.

To sum it up, get started the second you decide to do it, be consistent with your aesthetic and content, provide value to your reader, and be yourself!

I cannot say this enough: Be yourself & let your aesthetic and voice shine through the screen. It’s very easy to get influenced by other bloggers, so if you feel like your voice isn’t “yours”, take some time away from blogs. It is so imperative to be YOU.

This may be bad advice, but I am a big fan of “stream of consciousness” ¬†& editting from there. I find it truly lets your voice shine. Kind of like the “write drunk, edit sober” mentality…and hey, sometimes I take that literally. On which posts? I’ll never tell… ūüėČ

‚öú Favourite places to shop?

I love Brandy Melville, the Reformation (be sure to shop the sale!), Flynn Skye, Stone Cold Fox, Express (especially the Portofinos), Blank NYC, One Teaspoon (more here), and Urban Outfitters!

‚öú Favourite Movie?:

It’s a tie… American Psycho, The Dark Knight, A Clockwork Orange, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Fun lil mix, yeah?

I don’t like¬†comedies (everyone makes fun of me for this) unless it’s a black¬†comedy. I love dark (…or fucked up¬†ūüėÖ) movies. Any I should watch??

‚öú Favourite Books?

My absolute favourite book is Purgatorio in the Divine Comedy.

It is about leaving hell (Inferno), and climbing the mountain to heaven (Paradisio) and how easy it is to stay in hell and how hard it is to reach Paradise, though the struggle is worth it. I read it everytime I’m feeling lost, down, uninspired, and it is a book that helped get me through my own darkness. I send it to friends all the time when Fate’s wheel is not spinning in their favour.

Here is my all time favourite quote from it after Dante is complaining to his mentor, Virgil, that the mountain to heaven is too steep, and he’d rather not & stay where he is, even if it means never getting to Paradisio & Virgil tells Dante to snap tf out of it:

“The one who lies asleep will never waken fame, and his desire and all his life drift past him like a dream, and all the traces of his memory fade from time like smoke in the air or ripples on a stream.. Now, therefore, rise.”

‚öú What are your tattoos & the significance of them?

Long answer alert – sorry in advance if it is TL;DR.

I have three tattoos: a fleur de lis on my left forearm, the suit of cards down my spine, and a quote on my upper arm.

I got the fleur-de-lis in 2006 when I was 20. It didn’t hurt, literally felt like a pen writing on me really hard. I was¬†minoring in French at the time (I did this because I thought it would help my wine studies) and fell in love with the fleur-de-lis. Impulsive? Yes, but if you know me, I’m extremely¬†impulsive. I also thought it was verrrrrryyyy cool at the time, lol… but that’s why you see them everywhere here on the blog. I got it done at Dago’s (…yes, the same place in Houston where Tupac got¬†his most famous tattoo, as well as¬†Paul Wall).
++ Fun fact: I had my lip (2006) & eyebrow (2008) pierced Рboth are closed now Рbut I got both of those done there too.

When I was 22, I was in Vegas with my best friend on Halloween in 2008, my favourite holiday. I dressed up as the Joker that year. We were¬†having the best time together. I then realized fuck it, I’m in Vegas with my favourite person dressed as my favourite character so I decided to go for it (the name of the parlor escapes me but it was by UNLV). She was with me the entire time, and honestly, going up and down my spine was her idea – I was going to have it horizontally below my bra strap. This didn’t hurt either. I’ve mentioned numerous times lately that I love the Joker, & that tattoo¬†is a nod to him.

You can see it here:

And finally… my favourite one that I got when I was 25 back in 2011: the text on my arm. It says:

Excellence knows
no oceans,
no frontiers.

& it is the quote on the back of every single Fernet Branca bottle (my favourite).

This¬†one was not an impulse tattoo, far from it, I’ve had it planned for about 1.5¬†years at that point. I talked about it so much that finally a chef¬†challenged me and said I’d never do it at some industry event we were at. Well, if you want me to do something, then tell me I’m not going to or I can’t. So, again, we were at an event in Oak Cliff in Dallas – got our hands on an almost empty bottle of Fernet c/o¬†the bartender there (I wanted the font EXACTLY like it), took the final two shots together for some liquid courage, and headed down to the tattoo parlor next door:¬†Saints & Sinners Tattoo in Dallas – HIGHLY recommend btw. The needle on this one was TINY, and it took hours – easily the longest of the three. And it was excrutiatingly painful… but I’ll admit, I came into it cocky since my other two did not hurt.

I don’t regret any of them. I almost got them all removed in 2013 (after strong urgings¬†to please someone in my past back in Dallas), consultations and all. To this day, I thank my lucky stars I chickened out & put the power back in my hands. I would regret that way more than any¬†tattoo itself. I truly love my tattoos.

I’m¬†getting a fourth, still¬†working on the location but it’s the last quote of Inferno. ūüôā

For fun, here’s a pic of my Joker costume with edits circa 2008 #soooootechsavvy but so good, right?!

JOKERRRR

‚öú Go to Drink at the bar?

Fernet, of course!! If I’m not in the mood for some F. Branca (it happens), then either Champagne, Macallan, a Negroni (equal parts gin, campari, vermouth), a Bramble (gin, lemon, blackberry), or a greyhound with fresh squeezed grapefruit… we’re spoiled here in SF.

Favourite beer is Delerium Tremens.

‚öú Favourite Foods / Restaurant?

Now, THIS is a hard one! I am a big fan of a plain ole medium rare steak. I also love toro nigiri, spicy tuna rolls, Texas BBQ, Samosas, fried chicken tenders & french fries (being totally real), Greek salads, & Mediterranean cuisine.

My ultimate comfort foods are fried rice & wonton soup. Whenever I’m sick, I ALWAYS order this. I especially love hibachi style fried rice.

My favourite restaurant is Tei-An in Dallas.¬†ūüôā

‚öú Favourite Social Media Outlet + tips?

I am a MAJOR fan of Instagram, with snapchat being a close second! I like Snapchat because I like the engagement and “day in the life” peek. I like Instagram because it’s a curated gallery of your brand and aesthetic

For Instagram, be yourself, & find your aesthetic. Don’t¬†focus on¬†the numbers. It’s all bullshit. Do NOT get caught up in the follow/unfollow game. Major waste of time for everyone involved. It is shady af, not genuine, and the fastest way to get unfollowed & never followed back or engaged with by me (I track this bc I’m psycho). Focus on the connection &¬†engagement (much different & far more important than the numbers), and follow people who inspire you with no selfish ulterior motives. More on that here.

For Snapchat, be raw, don’t rehearse, the first take is ALWAYS the best take (a lesson I learn over and over and over), let your personality shine, & leave the staging for Instagram! What are you drinking? What are you reading? Can you give me a sneak peek behind your blog? What’s going on in YOUR life? Show me! I do more photos than videos but whatever works for you, go with it.

At the end of the day, my biggest advice for all social media platforms is to be genuine and authentic. Don’t be thirsty.

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Holla! I hope you liked this post andenjoyed reading it as much as I loved writing it – it was fun!

I know I touched on it here a bit but as life gets more & more digitalized, it is very important to me for you to know the person behind the screen.

Any questions?! Lay them on me & I will keep posts like this going.

xx Shannon

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