Showing posts with label sweepstakes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sweepstakes. Show all posts

Friday, August 1, 2014

How to: Relax in a Day + Win a Trip to Hawaii

Summer is all about relaxing, despite some of our shortcomings in physically being able to take a break from work or school, and simply be.  Nonetheless, everyone needs a little R&R periodically to reset.  Therefore, I'm teaming up with Tommy Bahama to showcase some of my favorite ways to relax in one day (you can relax for one day - nobody will tell the relaxation police).

8:30 AM / Despite my ridiculous inability to sleep past 6 AM on any given day of the week, Sundays are my days for rest.  Beginning a day of relaxation obviously requires a delicious cool smoothie and an inspirational book, and a Tommy Bahama Chillax recipe is just the fix.  Rather than opting for a coffee (although I pretty much live for it), this mango and coconut-infused smoothie gives an island escape vibe for the entire day.  It could also be mixed with rum, but an 8:30 AM cocktail may be a little too much relaxing just yet.

9:30 AM / Migrate to the bathroom for a little skin therapy - there's something about applying an anti-stress facial mask and Lancome's exfoliating cream all over my body that instantly relaxes everything.  Perusing through my e-mail inbox and scrolling past Instagram selfies has never been so tranquil.  

10:30 AM / Select an outfit for the day that consists of barely-there bikini bottoms and a matching top of course.  Anything else would be uncivilized.  After all, National Relaxation Day is August 15th so that's the excuse that I'm going with for rocking a bikini all day, every day, up until then.  

1 PM / By now, switching to a beach or poolside lounge chair has probably taken place.  Take some time to clear your mind, rub a little tanning oil on the body, read a good book, and bask in all of this relaxing glory. 

3 PM / It's probably considered happy hour somewhere, so now would be a good time to add a little rum into that Tommy Bahama Chillax smoothie.  I opted for non-alcoholic, but feel free to spice it up!

The Chillax Recipe: 
1 ½ parts Cruzan® Mango Rum (optional)
¾ parts Cruzan® Vanilla Rum (optional)
1 part Mango purée
1 part Coco Lopez
1 ½ parts Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake over ice and immediately strain over cubed ice or blend it up for a deliciously refreshing beverage.

4 PM / By this time, I'm ultimately ravished and craving either chocolate or another snack that is equally healthy enough for me.  In an attempt to combine the two, I concocted probably the most epic snack of all time: Cookies n' cream popcorn.  Shut the front door.  It's even kid-friendly (tested and approved by my toddler).  The recipe for this will be on my YouTube channel.

8 PM / Wrap up the day with a lavender foot soak and run a hot bubble bath, accompanied with a Lush bath bomb for utter relaxation.  There's something about the scent of lavender and jasmine that feels ritzy and comforting to the soul.  Wonder what you accomplished for the day, and realize that it's been one hell of a relaxing day.

In honor of National Relaxation Day, I've teamed up with Tommy Bahama to bring you the "Summer of Go" Sweepstakes which includes weekly giveaways between July 16th - August 18th and a Grand Prize Giveaway on National Relaxation Day weekend (August 15th - 18th)!  

Weekly Prizes:
Air Transportation for 2 (anywhere Alaska Airlines flies)
3-night stay at select Fairmont Hotels and Resorts locations
$500 Tommy Bahama Gift Card
"Summer of Go" Travel Pack
$50 Uber Credit

Grand Prize:
Air Transportation for 4 (anywhere Alaska Airlines flies)
7-night stay for 4 at the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii
$1,000 Tommy Bahama Gift Card
Dinner at the Tommy Bahama Restaurant on Mauna Lani
$200 Uber Credit
"Summer of Go" Travel Pack

To enter the "Summer of Go" Sweepstakes, visit the Tommy Bahama landing page!  

This post was sponsored by Tommy Bahama, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Best of NYC with Marriott Hotels

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Although it's been quite apparent through my Instagram feed, the past week has been spent doing a little  exploring through the beloved New York City with Marriott Hotels.  There's something alluring about every trip to the Big Apple, whether it's the endless new discoveries or diverse connections made with individuals.  Let's just say it has me hooked and I continuously enjoy every jaunt back to the city.  This time around, I teamed up with Marriott Hotels (specifically the Courtyard New York Manhattan / Herald Square and SpringHillSuites New York Midtown Manhattan/Fifth Avenue) to explore their "Best of NYC" package. 

Upon checking into the Courtyard New York Manhattan / Herald Square hotel, I received a warm welcome with an Explorer Pass which gave exclusive access to New York's top attractions.  The 16-story hotel sat directly across from Macy's in the heart of Herald Square so of course a little retail therapy occurred somewhere in the trip.  I'm also quite a sucker for an outdoor rooftop lounge with a city view, so Monarch's Scandavian-styled spot was a must-hit with gorgeous views of the Empire State Building and more.  Of course, each time I visit the city I head to Times Square and reboot on either a Starbucks coffee or grab a green juice from a street vendor.  The second day, I swiped my Explorer Pass at Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, a bike rental in Central Park, and MOMA (an authentic Picasso lured me in).  

Subsequently, the next portion of the trip was spent alongside SpringHill Suites New York Manhattan / Fifth Avenue complete with a business area within the larger than life room so it gave me a chance to get caught up on some blogging before heading out to explore further.  Located in the heart of the Fashion District, the area is developing as the next wave of residential living with a sea of large buildings and stores.

Ever since the last trek to the city, the little gem Blossom Du Jour became an essential part of my life.  A vegan cronut actually exists, and they somehow mastered the pleasurable delight.  ASOS also invited me to check out their Holiday collections, so stopping by their office cured my fashion craving coinciding with Soho's boundless shopping haven.  Another gem, Tokio 7, was a new-found companion of mine featuring consigned high-end designer pieces like Roberto Cavalli belts, 3.1 Phillip Lim skirts, Lanvin dresses, and so much more.  After hearing so many good things about it, it was a must-see.

In lieu of simply reading about my trip, the Marriott is offering the chance for you to win a trip to experience the "Best of NYC" too!  Enter the #WIN3NYC Summer Sweeps for a chance to win the Best of NYC hotel package and a trip to the Big Apple.  The Best of NYC package at Courtyard New York Manhattan / Herald Square includes tickets to your choice of three attractions.  Breakfast, Internet and New York City attraction passes are all included in SpringHill Suites New York Midtown Manhattan /Fifth Avenue's Best of NYC package.

To enter the #WIN3NYC Summer Sweeps, click here: