Saturday, April 18, 2015

Spring Fling @ The Sonesta Fort Lauderdale #Travel






The view from my amazing room! I loved waking up to this everyday. 

Hanging out poolside wearing an Ashley Stewart Printed Swim Dress. 

The most amazing surprise in my room from a fabulous staff! 

Dinner at the Bistro! Salmon with a mango salsa & fresh asparagus... YUM

Striking a pose in Sonesta's lobby wearing New York & Co. #AllWhite 

I have stayed at MANY hotels around the country, and I have to admit that I'm a pretty tough critic. I love traveling and getting to write about/document my adventures. Last week I had a "Spring Fling" escape to Fort Lauderdale, FL for Tortuga weekend and stayed at the Sonesta Hotel property, located directly on the beach. From a Travel Blogger perspective there are a few things that I always judge upon arrival:

1. Location of the property & "crowd"
2. On-site staff and managers 
3. The closet & storage space for my things 
4. The bathroom products/blow dryer/iron 
5. Restaurant & bars located inside the hotel 
6. The bed & noise factor (am I going to get a good night's sleep)

Call me crazy, call me high maintenance, but one thing you can say is I am honest and these things are very important for me when I'm selecting which hotel to book. I know you guys like to hear the "real deal" when reading this blog, and the Sonesta truly did pass with flying colors. This review is based upon my personal experience and visit at the hotel. 

First of all, the Sonesta is located ON the beach in walking distance to bars/nightlife, restaurants and beach shopping. I think it's the perfect location because of that fact that you can walk anywhere you want, but at night you are still able to sleep. The hotel is located on the end of the strip, which creates the perfect setting for relaxation without the craziness. I knew it was Tortuga weekend (Country Music Festival) so of course I expected to see some "characters", but overall the crowd at the hotel was filled with families and couples. 

Upon checking in at the hotel, I was advised my room was not ready yet, which I already expected because check-in usually does not happen until late afternoon. The front desk manager was so friendly, held all my luggage so I can hit the beach while waiting and even offered me 2 extra tickets she was given for the musical festival. What a doll! When people do their job with a smile and sense of pride, it literally resonates in the air. Not only did the hotel find a way to help with an earlier check-in than expected, they secured a room with a view so breathtaking I barely wanted to leave. 

I would HIGHLY SUGGEST booking a corner ocean front view room. I am not sure I would have had the same experience without that amazing view. The room was spotless, the view was priceless, and there was a huge sliding door closet filled with hangars and equipped with an iron & full ironing board. (that really makes a difference for me/could be a deal breaker) The bathroom includes a blow dryer hanging from the door, but I would also suggest packing one that's high power. The bathroom products were great, I especially loved the mango body wash. (Also I appreciate the shower cap, some people don't understand ladies with colored hair!) 

I had the pleasure of dinning at the Sonesta's Bistro Restaurant located on the property. Our waiter was extremely friendly and helpful when breaking down the menu for us. I had the seared scallops and linguini, and my accomplice had the salmon with mango salsa and asparagus. The seafood was so fresh, and my spinach pasta was to die for. The service was so on point, and I give them two thumbs up. I love when the wait staff is attentive and in-tune. 

Lastly, that bed so was comfortable, I had a REALLY hard time waking up at 6am both days. I really wish I could have slept in and and had breakfast in bed, but fashion duty calls. (Yes, I still had to work while I was in town) I literally want to transport that bed to my apartment in NY! Please & Thank you! Overall, I had a wonderful stay at the Sonesta. I think it is the perfect location for a family vacation, romantic getaway or ladies weekend. The pool & outdoor bar area is perfect for unwinding, and you are literally right on the beach. 

I would like to personally thank the Sonesta Hotel's wonderful staff, their amazing PR Agency and everyone who made this trip really special for me. Book your stay now! 



...until next time dolls!




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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Beauty & the Feast #TheArtofBrunch


(Words to live by)

Bottomless Mimosas & Mango Bellinis!


Sunday Brunch Menu 

From the Brunch Buffet: Mussels, Caprese Salad, Greens & Whole Wheat Toast 

Small Plate: Shrimp & Grits with a Ham Gravy 

Small Plate: Chicken & Waffles 

Small Plate: Banana French Toast 

From the Brunch Buffet: Fresh Melon, Mini Pudding Pop, Chocolate Truffles with Gold Sprinkles


Beauty & The Feast Kitchen, located inside The Atlantic Hotel & Spa 
601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 
Make A Ressy! Ph: 954 567 8070 


Last Sunday I had the opportunity to check out Beauty & The Feast Kitchen located in the Atlantic Hotel & Spa, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. As many of you may know, Ft Laudie was my old stomping grounds! I lived in the area for about 4 years and loved every minute of it. I heard some wonderful things about this spot dedicated for Sunday Brunch, so naturally it was at the top of my list when visiting the area. I am so glad that I stopped in! Literally from walking into the gorgeous Atlantic Hotel doors to the restaurant, the atmosphere gives you a chic resort vibe. You can choose to be seated inside or outside, with plenty of options in the shade. I really loved all of the cute quotes along the walls, I thought it was a fun touch to the decor. MOST IMPORTANTLY... THERE ARE BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS & BEELINES LADIES! There menu is absolutely perfect, you can opt for the endless brunch buffet feast + bottomless drinks for $29.95, or choose to have some small tapas. 

My diet went out the window (clearly from my pics above). I had to try a little bit of everything so I started off with the brunch buffet, and I ordered a few small plates for tastings. I LOVED the chicken and waffles, literally to die for + who can resist banana french toast?! I kept the mango bellinis flowing and enjoyed every bite. I would highly suggest brunching at Beauty & The Feast next time you are in Fort Lauderdale. This is a great atmosphere for a birthday, ladies Sunday Funday or a romantic day-date. 

More Florida adventures coming soon! 






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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

POWER HOUR













OUTFIT BY H&M 

Sunnies: Versace | Handbag: Louis Vuitton | Bracelets: Freida Rothman | Shoes: Enzo Angiolini

I am officially "Steppin into Spring 15" in style with no regrets.  I wanted to revamp my work wardrobe with some classic transitional pieces for the season. It felt so good not having to wear tights! (finally) I found this fabulous mustard tweed long sleeve dress with zipper pockets at H&M Soho.  Mustard and yellow are the colors of Spring 2015, if you didn't know now you do! (invest ladies).  I paired the dress with this draped pocket off-white coat, which is slightly oversized for a comfy and laid back look.  Lastly, I scored this blue leather cable mixed metal statement necklace to complete the look. This entire outfit cost approximately $140 from H&M. This is proof that you can dress stylish and "on trend" without breaking the bank. 

Unfortunately for my piggy bank, the reminder of my accessories were not included in my shopping budget haha! I have a thing for designer sunnies/bags/shoes. I would rather splurge big time on the accessories that are wardrobe staples and will never go out of stye. 

...what do you think of this look? 

Here is some hump-day inspo for you:
“To come to be you must have a vision of Being, a Dream, a Purpose, a Principle. You will become what your vision is.”




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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Relax & Recharge #AireAncientBaths









Aire Ancient Baths New York | 88 Franklin Street, TriBeca NYC

Last week I had the opportunity to try out a night session at the Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca. I have heard SO MUCH about this bath house and spa, so I wanted to see what the hype was all about. I can honestly say, it was a great experience, not like other bath houses I have been to in New York, and I will definitely be back. It's located in downtown Tribeca on Franklin street, basically easy access for an after work session. When I first arrived at the check in, it was already a peaceful scene with gorgeous high ceilings and dozens of candles everywhere. An employee escorted me to the private women's locker room where I received a bracelet built in lock to put my things away and grab my robe, wet slippers (which everyone is required to wear during the session), and put on my bathing suit. Everyone is required to wear a bathing suit (they do have private changing stalls for privacy if your more comfortable that way), and your cell phone has to remain in the locker room. 
2 hours without your phone does the mind and body good!

Then I was taken through a door and down a glass staircase to an underground oasis of heaven. I literally felt like I was standing in an ancient Roman bathing banquet.  Your "session" is two hours, so you can try each one of the special pools and steam room to your liking. The sessions are also co-ed and NOT crowded, the Aire team only books a select amount of people per session to ensure tranquility and bliss. During my session there was only about 15 people in the entire bath house. I went by myself to spend some time de-stressing and recharging for the week. I did notice a lot of mother/daughter duos, a group of men who came after work, and a few couples enjoying a romantic evening. There is enough space and different pools to be by yourself if you please. 

The thermal experience includes several water pools such as an ice pool (50F0, cold water pool (57F), warm pool (97F), hot pool (102F), salt pool (same salt density as the dead sea), the propeller-jet bath, and my FAVORITE, the aromatherapy steam room. I know this might seem silly, but alternating between the cold and warm pools are great for your circulation. Sitting in the jet pool actually felt like I was getting a massage. I really loved the aromatherapy steam room because it cleared up my sinuses, and I felt all of the toxins melting away. After my session I took a quick shower (they also have blow dryers and extra tools/hair products), and I felt like a brand new woman! 

I would love to go back to this spa with my girls for a day of relaxation or with my hunnie for a romantic evening. Prices range from $75-$110 depending upon what time/day you are reserving. They also offer different types of massages and rituals. 

This is a must try!! Book your reservations today: http://www.ancientbathsny.com/contact-us/
This will def help you get through the week ;) 




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Spring in Bloom








Full outfit By: metrostyle 

Today was simply gorgeous! The sun was shinning, everyone was smiling in good spirits, and I got to spend the day with my amazing family (minus one but I will be seeing him soon)
I celebrate Easter, and this day is all about the resurrection and proof that anything is possible and miracles do happen.  Ever since I was a little girl, my Easter outfit has always been BRIGHT and COLORFUL (I clearly continued the tradition). I simply could never wear black on Easter. This is a day of joy, coming together, celebrating life and the light. I chose to wear this colorful teal 3/4 sleeve textured keyhole dress and fuchsia open toe lace up pumps by metrostyle

Wether you celebrated Easter, Passover, or any other holiday this weekend I hope you enjoyed it! I had a really rough day yesterday, and with the help of family and a few good friends I was able to see that there is always a solution. Things happen, and you just have to keep on pushing along and not let anything set you back. This is a new day, a new week, a new season and a NEW YOU. Always be positive and grateful for your blessings. 

...until next time my loves xo 





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