Showing posts with label lifestyle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lifestyle. Show all posts

Monday, April 24, 2017

Venice Beach Boardwalk








Venice Beach Boardwalk is definitely one of those areas of Los Angeles that is not to be missed while in the city. Although this particular day was a little chilly, there was so much movement throughout the beach. I love how active and eclectic everybody is, even though I didn't get a chance to workout at Muscle Beach. Every time I go to LA, it feels like there is something new to be discovered, so I never get tired of traveling there. If you know anything about me, I'm slightly obsessed with the LA palm trees as well. I know, it's a really odd obsession. However, Miami palm trees aren't as sexy. 

Since I was fighting the cool weather like a stone cold ninja, I paired a shoulder-baring satin blouse with some light-washed denim shorts and threw an oversized denim jacket over it. These lace-up rose gold EGO shoes added a little feminine touch to bring the look together as well.

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Photography by: @MaxTheBody


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Best of Los Angeles with AirBnB


I've partnered up with AirBnB to share some of my favorite places to see, eat, and what to do in Los Angeles. As many of you most likely know, AirBnB is a leader in worldwide accommodations, enabling people to lease or rent short-term lodging in over 30,000 cities. To coincide with their platform, AirBnB recently launched Experiences. Let's say you're in Los Angeles, and wondering what wondrous activities there are in the area. From sports and nature to social impact, entertainment, food, or art-related activities, there is something for everyone to choose from. 

For my Experience, I decided to face one of my all time fears of heights. Having denied it for most of my life, I have come to the conclusion that I am indeed, afraid of heights. The thought of being thousands of feet in the air without my feet on the ground, makes my palms as sweaty as Niagara Falls. However, I chose to go on the LA From Above Experience. Aside from the beautiful views, what really intrigued me about this particular Experience was the inclusion of learning aerial photography from a production pilot. Robin Petgrave is not only an accomplished pilot, but the proprietor of Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum (TAM), a Compton-based exhibit incorporating Tuskegee Airmen memorabilia and enrichment for the youth. What is so intriguing about this organization is that children from as young as eight years old can come to the facility to do school work or find a mentor, and receive flying lessons in exchange. It's really incredible what he's doing for the kids within the Compton area, and the impact it will have worldwide.













After the first 15 minutes (and clenching the life out of my seat), I became quite comfortable in the helicopter. Robin made it welcoming and took some of the tension off of my fear by playing some music and talking us through the entire trip. Mid-flight, he told us that we could hang our heads, arms or legs, outside of the helicopter to take selfies. My first thought was, "Sir, have you lost your mind?" but I became completely comfortable after my first attempt.







Throughout my Los Angeles trip, I also had the opportunity to try out some really healthy and delicious restaurants. Tocaya Organica is a Mexican cafe with burritos, bowls, salads, cocktails, and more. One of my favorite dishes was The Venice Beach bowl, with roasted cauliflower, sweet potato, lentils, garbanzo beans, pickled onions, cilantro-curry salsa, and sea bass. With a Miami Beach location, I am slightly addicted now. Another gem I was introduced to was Urth Caffe, which had a line around the block on a Thursday afternoon. However, the food was amazing and well worth the wait. They had some of my go-to breakfast options: egg whites, whole-grain oatmeal with strawberries and almond milk, and iced coffee. What I love about LA is that there are endless options for healthy food, and they always have almond milk readily available. 

Finally, I had a chance to catch a high-intensity interval workout at Runyon Canyon. I have been dying to hit Runyon Canyon and I was so excited to experience it. The views are phenomenal, and almost make you forget you're even running. 

All in all, Los Angeles holds a special place in my heart and I always love discovering new gems in the city when I visit. A special thank you to AirBnB and Robin for the opportunity, as well as Max for accompanying.  

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Veuve Clicquot Carnaval






Veuve Clicquot Carnaval most definitely knows how to party.  By party, I mean mesh together celebrities, influencers, samba dancers, live music, batucada drummers, and capoeira performers, all while letting endless champagne flow. Led by Grand Marshall and Supermodel Adriana Lima, Veuve Clicquot Carnaval was filled with high energy and effortless luxury. Guests sipped on Veuve Clicquot Rich and Veuve Clicquot Rich Rosé, which are the newest options inspired by mixology. They are meant to be served over ice and paired with fresh fruits, vegetables, or herbs. Of course, their signature Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label and Rosé Champagne were also available. Nestled in Museum Park (overlooking Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami) over 3,000 people gathered in support of the event's beneficiary, Pérez Art Museum Miami.




In preparation of Veuve Clicquot Carnaval, I had the pleasure of going through a complete Dr. Patty's Dental Boutique experience. Having never experienced a dental spa, I was quite surprised when I walked into an upscale spa-like setting. The facility had everything from complimentary champagne and espresso to hot towel service, cutting-edge technology, and eyelash extensions.  Let's just say it completely transformed my outlook on a typical dentist visit and I can never go back to a standard dentist again. Aside from the luxuries of Dr. Patty's, I completely lost that whole "dentist visit anxiety" and felt comfortable. My intention was to go in for teeth whitening and eyelash extensions, but ended up wanting to live there. Honestly, I was so relaxed during the eyelash extension application that I fell asleep! As a side note, my teeth are the whitest they have ever been...in my life. I left feeling beautiful, inside and out!


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Ferrari 458 Spider









 

Let’s face it, Ferrari is the epitome of Italian excellence. I recently had the pleasure of experiencing the Ferrari 458 Spider and all of its unprecedented glory. Innovating the auto industry as the world’s first mid-rear-engine sports car with a retractable hard top, the 458 encompasses all things functional, style, comfort, and performance. Speaking of performance, let’s get to the real juice. Known for its racing capabilities, Ferrari developed the 458 with 562 horsepower and a maximum speed of 199 mph. Yes, please. Not to mention its ability to go form 0-62 mph in less than 3.4 seconds. Needless to say, Ferrari is well known for paying close attention to detail in every aspect of their vehicles and it shows with the 458 Spider. The nose has two small aero-elastic winglets which create downforce and with acceleration, contort to reduce drag. Of course, a fierce red number and Louboutins go quite well with the Ferrari 458 Spider.  

For more information and specs, visit www.thestablesmiami.com.

Photography by: @NickJustChill



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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Socially Driven with Mercedes-Benz: My Miami

As a car connoisseur and lover of all vehicles with some power behind the pedal, it has to be known that Mercedes-Benz is at the top of my list of iconic brands. When I was approached with their Socially Driven campaign, of course, I jumped at the opportunity to partner with the company to share my version of Miami. People consistently ask me about my favorite spots in the city, so I figured it was about that time to share with you all. Discovering new places and pieces of beauty is what I love, so if you had just one day to spend in Miami...these are my not-to-be missed moments.

6AM // CATCH THE SUNRISE BETWEEN 1ST AND WASHINGTON AVENUE. MIAMI HAS BEAUTIFUL SANDY BEACHES, AND SKYLINES TO MATCH. THIS IS ALSO THE QUIETER AREA OF MIAMI BEACH, SO YOU CAN TAKE IT ALL IN.


9AM // GET YOUR WORKOUT ON AT MIAMI BEACH'S MOST ELITE FITNESS CENTER, ANATOMY AT 1220. THIS PLACE HAS EVERYTHING YOU COULD POSSIBLY NEED OR WANT IN A GYM, OR LIFE (NOT TO MENTION, IT'S EVERY CELEBRITY'S GO-TO SPOT TO GET SWEATY WHILE IN THE CITY).


12PM // GRAB A LIGHT LUNCH AT WYNWOOD YARD'S DELLA TEST KITCHEN. WITH SIMPLE INGREDIENTS AND COMPLEX LAYERS OF FLAVOR, THEIR DISHES ARE INCREDIBLE. SAVE ROOM FOR THEIR ALMOND BUTTER CUPS - YOU WILL MOST CERTAINLY WANT ONE TO FINISH OFF YOUR MEAL...OR 15.


3PM // GO FOR AN AFTERNOON STROLL AND CHECK OUT SOUTH POINTE PIER. ITS SIGHTS ARE GORGEOUS, AND THE AREA IS FILLED WITH ACTIVITY FOR EVERYONE.


7PM // FINISH OFF THE DAY WITH MIAMI BEACH'S TASTIEST PIZZA, GIOTTO. IT'S A LITTLE HIDDEN SPOT RIGHT OFF WEST AVENUE, AND THE MARGHERITA THIN CRUST PIZZA IS TO DIE FOR! I PROMISE, YOU WILL NEVER EAT ANY OTHER PIZZA AGAIN.


ARE YOU READY TO JOIN US?

If you live in or plan on visiting NYC, LA, Chicago, Austin, Miami, or Denver, Mercedes-Benz is inviting you to share your city in a simple and artistic way on Instagram

It's easy—you create a quick (but beautiful) animated album of 5 of your best geotagged photos and upload it to Instagram. Then, you share your album on your feed with the hashtag #MBsociallydriven—and your photos might be featured on the Mercedes-Benz website!

Ready to rediscover your city? Visit the official website here to enter!





Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Mazda CX-3





The 2017 Mazda CX-3 can only be described as something similar to the elegance of a wild animal in the instant prior to pouncing on its prey. Um, hello.  That's quite possibly the only type of vehicle I want to drive. Its exterior design has a nice balance of rich body contouring with incredible short overhangs and simple lines that express energy and movement.  Of course, the interior gives it its true character though.  Textures and neutral colors are combined to give it a sense of sporty refinement, which is what I like to consider myself.  Sporty refinement.  No?  It was worth a shot.  Aside from its beauty, the all new CX-3 offers Active Driving Display to help keep your mind focused on the driving experience without distraction. Last but not least, Mazda Connect and the Bose 7-speaker surround sound system allotted time, before I dropped my son off at school, for morning jam sessions with my five-year-old.  Ju-ju on that beat was streaming through those bad boys all day.

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 is featured throughout.

For more information and specs, visit www.mazdausa.com