Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Santana Row

In all 13 years that my brother has lived on the west coast, I have somehow never traveled there to see him. Yes, I know what you may be thinking. Lynsee, you are a terrible sister. However, I live on the complete opposite side of the country so we would meet in the middle for holidays. In lieu of continuing this ridiculousness, I flew to California this past weekend to see him and his fiancé (and participate in all of her wondrous bachelorette party festivities). Let's just say there was plenty of estrogen, red wine, and I managed to come back to Miami with the voice of Kermit the Frog.

During my stay, I had the pleasure of residing at the luxurious Hotel Valencia Santana Row. Having never been to Santana Row, I was astoundingly impressed with the area (restaurants, shopping, wineries, nightlife). It seemingly reminded me of Lincoln Road here in Miami.  The hotel was nestled in San Jose, with an elegant old world European style meets sleek modern design. As the only hotel located directly on Santana Row, it catered to everything that I possibly needed. Upon arriving, a tray of my favorite french macarons were awaiting with sparkling water. When I'm traveling, finding a good place to workout is always on the top of my list so I immediately wandered over to the fitness center sweat out anything that was consumed at Jacuzzi and Cline wineries in Sonoma.

Unfortunately, it was a little chilly to test out the rooftop pool waters but the views completely made up for it. In the evening, the hotel's Vbar offers an ultra modern cocktail lounge with views of Santana Row and brunch at Citrus Restaurant was perfect because they had plenty of healthy options. Overall, I absolutely enjoyed my stay and would love to go back when I'm in the area. 

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What I'm rocking:

Hat by GoJane
Bodysuit c/o Hot Miami Styles
Jeans c/o Hot Miami Styles
Shoes by Express

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer Travels: My Birthday with Shelborne Wyndham Grand

The entire experience made my birthday unique and one to remember. 

In celebration of my almost three decades of existence on earth, I decided to partake in a little stay-cation at the newly renovated Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach.  Throughout my primer years of life, when I could eat all of the endless amounts of cheese pizza without gaining a pound, I was quite excited to wish myself into another year of life.  However, I'm borderline reaching thirty, and let's be wasn't as thrilling to think about this year.  However, I celebrated for what seemed like a full month and enjoyed every damn bit of it.

Formerly the Shelborne South Beach Hotel, the renovations of the Shelborne effortlessly blew my mind.  The Miami beach resort is located in a prime location, right along the ocean, with walking distance to the beach, shopping, restaurants, and the nightlife.  I've come across some Miami hotels that reside in old buildings with not-so-invigorating amenities, but the Shelborne offered everything with pure luxury.  Let's start with my arrival.  As soon as I entered, their staff greeted me with smiles and immediately helped me with my luggage.  When I checked in, the lovely woman at the front desk knew exactly who I was before I even mentioned my name.  This was both pleasant and frightening at once, but I was impressed.

I stayed in a King room facing the ocean with glamorous finishes and stylish interior decorations, a mini bar, and a personalized greeting from the 46" TV.  I immediately made a dash for the oceanfront pool where I enjoyed a fresh mojito and chips and guacamole (my favorite).  Let's just say I spent my days poolside, and my nights celebrating turning another year older.  The lobby level bar surprisingly turned into a sexy lounge in the evening, serving up special cocktails in which the mixologists lit on fire. To complete this trip, I absolutely had to try the infamous Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's restaurant, Morimoto South Beach for Sunday brunch.  My mother and my little guy joined me for a delicious prix fix brunch: unlimited fresh juice bar, endless mimosas, maki rolls, Bi Bim Bop, omelettes, and dry ice styled desserts.  

The entire experience made my birthday unique and one to remember.  Thank you to the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach.  Check out my Instagram for more photos.

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What I'm rocking:
Romper c/o Hot Miami Styles
Shoes c/o ASOS

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.

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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

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.

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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.  

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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.