Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Travels: The Edgewater and Mitsubishi

In a bout of escaping Miami, I went on a little rendezvous to Madison for a mid-Summer break before the Miami Swim Week madness begins, and my thee-year-old son turns yet another older (somehow this happened over a span of time that I can't recall).  The extent of my trip was essentially magical.  I had the pleasure of staying at the most prominent hotel in downtown Madison, The Edgewater.  Located in the heart of the city and steps away from the State Capitol, the newly renovated Edgewater has an array of gorgeous details to make for a relaxing experience.  The hotel has 202 guest rooms, beautiful views of Lake Mendota, presidential suites, on-site restaurants, ballrooms, and a pleasant spa.

The Statehouse restaurant had an elegant array of dining options, while The Boathouse boasted more of a casual aura.  Additionally, The Icehouse was available for casual dining, and The Cafe for lighter fare throughout the day.  For a want of a more captivating experience, I also received a little manicure pampering at their spa.  I spent 30-minutes with the most pleasant young lady, who brought me and my hands back to life.  There was something beautifully Zen and relaxing about the entire facility.  Aside from the spa, The Edgewater also has a decked out fitness center and salon.  Basically, you don't ever need to leave the hotel.

For more information, visit www.theedgewater.com

Even so, no trip is complete without proper ride-along equipment.  Now enters the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT, which was a beauty to drive throughout the city, and its styling was carefully designed.  From the exterior's smooth lines, cutting-edge design, and split grill, the Mitsubishi Outlander GT was without a doubt a standout to drive.  This beast also had paddle shifters for a sportier driving experience, and a V6 engine for plenty of oomph.  Of course, the touch panel display and rearview camera system are standard and a must have.  It's also purse-friendly for those looking to obtain a sleek SUV automobile that doesn't dent the pockets.

What I'm wearing:
Shoes by ASOS
Sunglasses by Gucci

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander GT featured throughout

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summers Travels: Shore Club Miami

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of residing at South Beach's most chic hotel, Shore Club.  Aesthetically crafted, renowned architect David Chipperfield's modern approach to design was showcased throughout the entire space.  The hotel serves as a leader in South Beach's social scene with sexy pool parties every Sunday, Redroom special events and exceptional nightlife options.  Located directly on the ocean, Shore Club is walking distance to shopping and Miami's hottest spots. The vibrant decor is featured throughout, with a labyrinth of gardens, polished terrazzo floors, eclectic furnishings, tufted floor cushions, and hand-woven tribal rugs.

My room, the Ocean View King, faced the ocean with a refreshing all-white color palette, Mexican sandstone bathrooms, glass-enclosed showers, and the most incredibly delicious smelling bath products by MALIN+GOETZ.  Aside from the decor, Shore Club hosts the most popular pool parties on South Beach so I had to check it out.  The vibe is relaxed with gigantic custom tufted day beds, hand-painted pillows, and a Rumbar for signature cocktails.  

Let's talk about the grub.  Terrazza at Shore Club is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a Ladies Who Brunch every Sunday.  The brunch spread was amazing, including a custom pasta and omelette station, shrimp cocktail for days, fresh salads, cheese and antipasto, dry-aged steaks and chops, delicate salmon over polenta, handmade brick oven pizzas, and unlimited mimosas, beelines or bloody mary's.  What's better than a decadent Sunday brunch overlooking Shore Club's infamous pools?  Absolutely nothing.

For more information, visit Shore Club's website.

Swimwear featured: Hot Miami Styles

Friday, June 19, 2015

Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt

Self-improvement has continually been a significant factor in moving forward, so I'm always looking for new ways to make a better way of life.

As a busy mom and woman, maintaining a healthy balance is important for my everyday schedule. Achieving such a balance is derived from taking time for myself, consuming nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and receiving an adequate amount of rest. Self-improvement has continually been a significant factor in moving forward, so I'm always looking for new ways to make a better way of life. An integral part of my morning and pre-workout routine is to make sure that I get a protein packed meal in to ensure a successful day. One of my favorite snacks is Chobani's Simply 100Greek Yogurt because it allows me to reach my daily goals and provides balance to my day. My favorite flavor would have to be Key Lime – it's light, refreshing, and perfect in hot Miami heat weather. I love the taste, and it's a great source of fiber and protein. Chobani embodies the same core values that I like to integrate into my life – healthy, natural, real, eternally optimistic, charismatic and approachable, entrepreneurial, confident, and genuine.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Simply 100, all opinions are my own.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer Travels: HotelRED

During a recent stint to Madison, I had the pleasure of staying at the most chic boutique hotel in the area, HotelRED.  Nestled across from the University's legendary Camp Randall Stadium, it most definitely lived up to its reputation as the first stylish boutique hotel and restaurant in the city.  My not so small Premier Studio Suite was decked out with contemporary furniture and lighting, gorgeous artwork, a furnished outdoor balcony, well-appointed kitchenette, European spa shower, a living room area for relaxation, and Aveda spa products throughout.  For a moment, it felt as thought I was in New York City again.

Aside from the trendy rooms, HotelRED housed a quant restaurant and bar with approachable and sustainable dishes that cater to locals and travelers alike.  The dirty martinis and shrimp cocktail were my go-to items.  If you know me well, then you also know that a fitness center is a must wherever I travel to, and HotelRED had me covered with state-of-the-art equipment.  Needless to say, I'll be back very soon.

For more information, visit www.hotelred.com.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2016 Kia Sorento

The all new Kia Sorento packed more of a punch than I expected, and it was a blast driving this beauty around Miami Beach during my recent stay-cation. 

The all new Kia Sorento packed more of a punch than I expected, and it was a blast driving this beauty around Miami Beach during my recent stay-cation.  To begin, the 2016 Kia Sorento has a modestly redesigned body with a significant amount of room inside and more refined.  After stepping inside, the Sorento offers three rows of seats (bumping the capacity to seven people if you ever feel the need to throw a party in the back).  The overall look and feel is rather sophisticated with sleek chrome trim, black leather, upscale details, and control pods for climate and navigation.    

Let's talk about the engine.  The new Kia Sorento pushes out 240-horsepower with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission for a smooth ride.  Overall, the 2016 Kia Sorento is a great pick for a crossover SUV with style, substance and class without a hefty price tag.

For detailed specs, visit www.kia.com.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Summer Travels: YVE Hotel

As part of a recent Memorial Day Weekend "stay-cation," my little guy and I stayed at the downtown Miami-chic YVE Hotel for a weekend of rest and relaxation.  With its undeniably spectacular location, YVE offers the best that the city has to offer.  During our stay, we had a gorgeous view overlooking the bay with lit up rooms and luxurious bedding.  Everything was within walking distance - from Bayside Marketplace for shopping and entertainment to the American Airlines Arena and endless restaurants.  However, YVE houses a pleasant restaurant and gastropub (Biscayne Tavern) that combines comfort food and globally inspired dishes.  

For more information, visit http://www.yvehotelmiami.com