Sunday, September 18, 2016

Celebrate Every Milestone at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island

I couldn't tell what I was more excited for - vacation or seeing my parents. We didn't have an itinerary for this trip. My parents had been before but this was my first time visiting Atlantis Resort. And truthfully, all I wanted to do was sip an icy drink on the beach. And the first day we did just that. We frolicked on the semi-private area of the beach on Paradise Island and sipped on Miami Vice daiquiris. 
Tropical libations and adventure paired with this unreal view? I quickly knew the Atlantis had all the components of an ideal family vacation. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Around the World with Radisson Blu Hotels + Giveaway

My dad at the Atlantis, Bahamas on family vacation - 2014
It's true. All day I do dream about travel. I'm consumed by wanderlust. I am itching to see the world, yearning to taste authentic cuisine, and eager to embrace new cultures. Whether traveling domestically to Cuba by-way-of Miami or internationally to Stuttgart, Germany, I love to explore all cultures and at 25, I've barely scratched the world's surface.

Me on a girl's getaway in Miami - 2016
I admit, a big part of my wanderlust stems from social media. It's easy to get lost in a never ending timeline of stylized utopias. But I'm planning my dream itinerary with a little help from Radisson Blu Hotels.

How can you choose just five of the nearly 300 destinations that Radisson Blu offers? Top notch luxury, world-class amenities, and contemporary designs, Radisson Blu offers a vivid visual celebration of leading-edge style where the delight is in the detail. Radisson Blu hotels are located in prime locations in major cities, airport gateways and leisure destinations across the world. 

First stop: Paris at the Radisson Blu Champs Elysses Hotel 

Call me cliché, call me anything you want, just make sure you call me when you're taking me to Paris. This scenic hotel is in the heart of the city of romance, close to to the Louvre, Notre Dame, and Eiffel Tower. 

Next up: Marrakesh at the Radisson Blu Carre Eden Hotel

In a city like Marrakesh, I instantly think of opulence with Moroccan flair. The Carre Eden doesn't disappoint. 

Next: Cape Town at the Radisson Blue Waterfront Hotel

I am obsessed with cities that offer city votes juxtaposed with scenic views. Oh, and South Africa has some of the greatest wines in the world. 

Almost there: Abu Dhabi at the Radisson Blu Yas Island

I've wanted to go to Abu Dhabi since Sex in the City 2 - sue me. Of course everything is better with full time butlers and Chanel headscarves, but the dreamy views at Yas Island make up for it. 

Final stop: Back in Europe at the Radisson Blue Milan

Picture it: you've just left your final show at Milan Fashion Week and now you can relax with espresso and a cigar in your comfy suite. 

What are your top destinations around the world? Explore Radisson Blu's Paper City and see the intricate architecture of the city – bringing the art, food and cultures of real cities to life. While you're at it, enter for your chance to win a trip around the world!

The grand prize includes 30 nights at any five Radisson Blu hotel destinations and airfare for two.

Connect with Radisson Blu on social media: @RadissonBlu on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook(dot)com/RadissonBlu

Thank you to Radisson Blu for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to dream up my trip around the world!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Late Summer Skin Prep with SMART STUFF™

Don't let the slight change in temperature fool you - you still need your SPF! And with all of these Zika scares, insect repellant wouldn't hurt either. That's where SMART STUFF™comes in. 

We all know the importance of SPF. The obvious - it helps protect your skin from cancer, dark spots, and aging. While any form of SPF is beneficial to your dermis, SMART STUFF™ takes the extra step by adding no synthetic chemicals, being free of parabens, PABA, petroleum, phthalates, gluten, and doesn't leave any streaky white marks. 

The Natural Insect Repellant uses natural botanical oils to repel mosquitos and deer ticks and also contains no artificial chemicals. 

All of the SmartStuff products are created by physicians Lisa A. Liberatore, MD and Dimitri N. Kessaris, MD, who strive to make safe and healthy products for children and adults. A portion of the profits from SMART STUFF™ goes towards supporting Luv Michael, a non-profit dedicated to educating, training and employing individuals with Autism. I always strive to use natural products when I can, especially since I have sensitive skin and I love companies that give back and bring awareness to different causes. 

So whether you're in the city...

 Or taking a dip in the pool...

Don't forget to protect your skin with SMART STUFF™

*This post was sponsored by SMART STUFF™and BrandBacker but views are my own*

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sundays Are For Self-Care

Not to get all Chicken-Soup-For-The-Soul here, but self-care is important. And as I'm approaching my quarter-life year on this Earth, I am realizing that more and more. Now my ideal self-care would involve me sipping Frosé, in a tub full of roses and essential oils, while getting a scalp massage and watching The Real Housewives.
But since that's not always feasible, a hot cup of green tea and chilling in my robe post-shower will do. One of my favorite and budget friendly ways to spruce me up is simply using a new decadent body wash or body butter. You could read a good book, give yourself a pedicure, or binge watch junk TV - whatever your vice for self-care is, carve out the time to do so. With all that's going on in this crazy world, we need to be self-serving sometimes. 

How are you taking care of yourself this Sunday?