I’m so glad that so many of you have overwhelming response after my last post on Visit Newport Beach Part 1. If you haven’t read it yet, feel free to circle back and read it at your leisure. Today I’m going to continue my weekend getaway and take you along the journey with me. We left off at the evening of a lovely private dinner at A Restaurant, the next morning a couple of bloggers and I went on an electric bike riding tour with Pedego to Corona Del Mar and Balboa Island. I have never rode an electric bike before but after one try, I have to say that it is such a fun and easy going way to tour a city. With the aid of a battery operated motor, I don’t have to break a sweat paddle up hill. We rode it around Corona Del Mar and Balboa Island in our hour and half tour with a stop over on Balboa Ice Cream for some frozen treat.
After we returned to the hotel and a quick bite of lunch, we all changed to get ready for a panel discussion with Alex Badia, Style Director of WWD Magazine at Fashion Island. It was hosted by Neiman Marcus and also have two very talented and Oscar winning custom designers Paco Delgado and Nadine Haders. All of the speakers were so talented and successful at their trade I think we all feel very inspired listening to them talking about their work and their passion. I even had a brief moment chatting with both Paco and Nadine about what inspired their creativity when they design for movies like The Danish Girl, Les Miserables and Get Out. Their vision and talent really sets them apart.
After the panel wrapped up, we headed back to the hotel for another change of clothes and got ready for the Film Festival honorary award. It was so cool walking the red carpet again with all the blogger babes that attended this weekend’s festivities, we all have bonded over our new found love for the beautiful city of Newport Beach and all its beauty, good eats and relaxed leisure lifestyle. The award ceremony was held at Newport Beach Country Club and recognized both emerging new talents and Hollywood stars. My star struck little self couldn’t leave without getting a photo with Simon Pegg and Jessica Paré both were very talented actors.
I truly enjoyed my weekend spent at Newport Beach exploring the city, tasting the food, attending the 19th Annual Newport Beach film festival. Thank you to the city of Newport Beach and Visit Newport Beach for hosting me for the weekend. I will certainly come back for more guided boat tours, electric bike rides and hopefully catch the Christmas boat parade on the channels.
**I was an invited guest of Visit Newport Beach for the duration of the trip. All opinions and reviews however, are entirely my own.**