Friday, March 17, 2017

Paradise At The Shore Club, Turks & Caicos

This month, I visited Turks & Caicos for the very first time. I have always wanted to visit, I've heard such amazing things! I stayed at the luxury resort, The Shore Club. The Shore Club is located on Long Bay Beach, and is a true serene paradise. One of Condé Nast Traveler “10 Best Island Beaches around the World,” Long Bay Beach welcomes guests into a pristine, tranquil, turquoise-blue paradise. One of the most exclusive sections of Providenciales, its shallow, wave-less beach feels especially secluded—despite being minutes from the town center and airport.   

 I stayed in room number 1410, which is a large apartment-like suite. Pretty much a chic beach home away from home. I highly recommend renting rooms 1410-1412 for the ultimate vacation experience with ocean views from every room. Defined by a spirit of relaxed luxury, healthy indulgence, and exclusive accessibility, The Shore Club is a place where you can do exactly what you desire- a place to write your own story.

Everything you could want for breakfast in the morning is available at The Shore Club. 

The spacious island in the kitchen is perfect for eating meals. Breakfast and afternoon tea is complimentary.

Adam, our very nice and helpful butler attended to our every need. He even helped us with our mimosas in the mornings.

My ocean front apartment was probably the biggest hotel suite I've ever stayed in on an island. It for sure exceeded my expectations. The kitchen was fully functional, with a large fridge full of beverages, and cabinets full of dishes and everything you need to cook full meals. Sadly, I only stayed for three nights, but I can imagine how amazing it would be to stay here a full week, or even two!

The whole apartment's decor was beach-chic. I especially loved this window seat with views of the turquoise ocean.

The view from the dining room and kitchen is a gorgeous!

With three restaurants and three bars, The Shore Club offers a variety of culinary adventures and atmospheres. On the first night, I indulged in a candle-lit dinner at the resort’s fine dining restaurant, an ingenious take on Asian and Peruvian influences. I ordered a delicious chicken teriyaki with vegetables, and the chocolate surprise for dessert!

On the rest of my trip, I spent every minute I could soaking up the sun between the hotel's Adult-Only Pool, and the hotel's private beach. With beach and poolside restaurants and bars, you don’t have to change out of your swimsuit to grab a bite or beverage. What could be better than being served delicious food and drinks beach and poolside? 

The Adult-Only Pool. Coverup by Lilly Pulitzer. Sunglasses by Versace.

If you know me, you know this picture pretty sums up one of my favorite meals. Champagne and chicken tacos. I highly recommend the chicken and fish tacos on the lunch menu, they are soo good!

Hanging out by the Adult Only Pool. Bikini by Beach Bunny Swimwear. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Adult Spring Break At The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

This week, I traveled to one of my favorite countries, Mexico! I stayed at the luxury resort, The Ritz-Carlton, CancunThe Ritz-Carlton, Cancun embodies the vibrant yet quaint charm of Cancun set along one of the finest beaches in Mexico. At the Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, you can really escape, relax while not worrying about anything at all, enhanced by Mexican hospitality.   

 The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun is proudly known as Mexico’s most awarded resort, and after my visit, I can totally see why! With two award-winning restaurants, Fantino and The Club Grill, a total of nine dining outlets, an amazing spa, a club lounge, two swimming pools, a private beach, a fitness center, multiple sand so much more, you couldn't possibly need anything else on your vacation. The culinary experiences, Mayan-inspired spa treatments, and the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea is enough to make anyone's trip amazing and full of great memories.

The breakfast was amazing!

My ocean front room exceeded my expectations, with a balcony overlooking a fabulous view of the the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea. The ocean front rooms are residence-like, with Mexican-inspired décor and accents. The bathroom has a large marble bath and a separate rain-shower. The beautiful marble in the bathrooms, can be found throughout the entire hotel, and really adds a chic touch. The hospitality is truly amazing at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun! There is always someone to help you with your every need. My room was located on the 8th floor, which is like a hotel within a hotel. 

The best welcome gift!

Upon arrival, I was greeted with an exception chocolate display. It had everything from macaroons, to chocolate cookies, to white chocolate sticks, to chocolate sauce, to milk chocolate truffles. The tray was even dipped in chocolate, and there were chocolate bars holding it up! I must say, I hate half of it before leaving my room to explore the hotel. It was amazing. One thing I love about Ritz-Carlton resorts, is that when it comes to culinary experiences, they will never let you down. They have some of the best chefs and pastry chefs in the world. Hands down, the best desserts I've ever had.

The appetizers in my private beach cabana were mouth watering delicious! Fresh corn tortilla chips, guacamole, salsa, and fresh fruit. 

On my second day, it rained all morning, but eventually it got sunny in the afternoon. In Cancun, they say to never go by what the weather channel says, because the weather is always changing. In this case, they were right. I spent my first full day at the beach, in and out of my beach-front private cabana. The food was wonderful, as usual. I especially loved the chicken tacos and fresh fruit.

Located in the northern region of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun has become one of the Caribbean’s top destinations for travel, food enthusiasts, and more. The water in Cancun is exceptionally beautiful, I couldn't help myself and took many photos along the beach.

Cancun is also a gateway to historic archaeological treasures and colonial cities. The Ritz-Carlton concierge can help you organize day tours to visit these impressive Mayan sites at Tulum, Cobá, and other legendary locations. People love Cancun for so many reasons including its endless beaches, vibrant nightlife, and endless sunshine. The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun offers leisurely pastimes at the resort that will have you never wanting to leave.

Besides the dining, one of my favorite experiences at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun was my spa experience. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Cancun invites you to leave all of your cares at the door, as the spa staff is so tentative, I felt like I was the only person there. I received an 80 minute massage right on the beach in a private area. It was so relaxing, and much needed!

Seeing Stars

Coat: (On Sale!) Guess // Sunglasses: Céline (More red styles here.) // Sweater: Express // Jeans: (Come in a variety of colors!) Tinseltown // Bag: Saint Laurent // Shoes: (On Sale!) Steve Madden 
  Spring is right around the corner! I wanted to post my last Winter outfit post today, because I have so many fun Spring outfits to show you guys! Although it's currently snowing in NYC, I am in Miami where it is currently in the 80s. Basically that means, no more winter-wear for me. I shot this awesome faux fur coat in NYC last month. Stars are currently trending, and it looks like the trend will transition into Spring! I love metallics, and I recently found these cool gold skinny jeans, and matched them to my gold Saint Laurent bag- which also has stars on it! For all outfit details, see the links above!
Photography by: Grant Friedman

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Be My Valentine

Coat: (On Sale!) Guess // Beanie: (Comes in a variety of colors!) Amazon // Top: Twenty // Jeans: (Come in a variety of colors!) LOFT // Rings: Gorjana // Bag: Saint Laurent // Shoes: Valentino 
  I love wearing red, so this Valentine's Week, I couldn't wait to wear these red skinny jeans by Loft.  These jeans come in several different colors. I paired the jeans with a super comfortable black coat by Guess, and a red pom pom beanie to keep warm. My keyhole top by Twenty adds a bit of exposed skin to this look, which gives it some sexiness- without overdoing it. Happy Valentine's Day guys! Shop similar looks at the end of this post. xo

Hair by: IGK NYC
Photography by: Grant Friedman

Monday, February 6, 2017

Top 10 Denim Skirts

It's almost Spring Break! Denim skirts are a must this Spring. I've picked out a variety of some fun denim skirts for you! Click the blue links to shop!
1. RE/DONE (Similar with rose patches here!)
2. Sandrine Rose (Similar and more affordable here!)
3. Iro (Similar and more affordable here!)
4. Joe's Jeans  (Similar in pink here!)
5. Etienne Marcel (Similar here!)
6. GRLFRND (Similar version here!.)
7. Levi's (Similar here!)
8. Free People (Similar and on sale here!)
9. GRLFRND (Similar version here!)
10. Madewell (Similar in white here!)


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Casual In Plaid with Lovers + Friends

Coat: (On Sale!) Lovers + Friends // Gloves: Echo (Similar pair) Echo // Sunglasses: (Also come in red!) Fendi // Jeans: PacSun // Sweater: (Comes in more colors) Banana Republic  // Bag: Givenchy // Shoes: Valentino (Similar styles) Farfetch
  There's a special place in my heart for light distressed denim. Light denim can be worn all year round, and looks super cute in the Winter with booties and a cute, stand-out coat! My neutral plaid coat is by Lovers + Friends from Revolve. (It's currently on sale!) By the way, Lovers + Friends has so many cute new pieces right now! I paired the coat with a plain grey sweater, and a pair of girlfriend jeans from PacSun. PacSun has sooo many cute pairs of distressed jeans right now! (Click here to see.)
Shop more plaid coats here, and at the end of this post. 

Hair by: IGK NYC
Photography by: Grant Friedman



Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Pop of Pom Pom with March 11

Coat: March 11 // Sunglasses: (Come in more colors) Dior // Sweater dress: Lovers + Friends (Similar) Missguided // Shoes: Louboutin 
  I love a great sweater dress! Sweater dresses and boots make make me excited about Winter. I live in Miami and can only dress in boots and layers for a quick two months (at the very most) out of the year. Even then, it's still very warm during the day to wear this many layers. I love going to NYC in colder months so I can actually wear beautiful coats and a winter wardrobe. My sweater dress is by Lovers + Friends from Revolve. Lovers + Friends is one of my favorite brands because they have such cute essential pieces. I paired the oversized sweater dress with a vintage ostrich Hermes belt, and Dior Split sunglasses. 
Now let's talk about this coat. My coat is the "Aster" coat by March 11. It has the cutest orange pom pom detailing all over it! It's nice and thick and keeps you warm, but helps you stand out of the crowd as well! I completed the look with a pop of pink wearing hot pink Louboutins and a hot pink Givenchy Antigona. Shop more sweater dresses here, and at the end of this post. 

Hair by: IGK NYC
Photography by: Grant Friedman


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A True Winter Wonderland At Hotel Jerome, Aspen

My first trip of 2017, was to a true Winter Wonderland, Aspen! This was my very first trip to Aspen, Colorado, and I didn't know what to expect. It was definitely an adventure, and little did I know, the luggage that I had checked at the Miami Airport prior to my flight, would never make it to me in Aspen. Luckily, Hotel Jerome's incredible and caring staff made my trip absolutely amazing, and exceeded my expectations.   

   Keep in mind when visiting Aspen in the colder months, there is a ton of snowfall. January is definitely one of the more popular winter months. This is great for people who enjoy outdoor sports such as skiing. Expect flight cancellations, delayed luggage, and snow storms. Packing essentials in your carry on has a whole new meaning to me now. I had a connecting flight from Dallas to Aspen around six in the evening. Due to the amount of snow (in both Dallas and Aspen), my flight was delayed six times before finally being cancelled. I had to fly into Grand Junction, Colorado from Dallas, and then took a two hour uber ride to Hotel Jerome in Aspen. 

Even though it was a little passed midnight, the drive from Grand Junction to Aspen was absolutely gorgeous. I hadn't seen snow in about seven years, so it was refreshing to drive through the stunning Rocky Mountains. We were the only car on the road (on both sides of the highway) for almost the entire two hour drive. The uber driver informed me that this drive was very common due to the amount of people with cancelled flights.

We had finally arrived at Hotel Jerome in Aspen around three in the morning, after finding out our luggage had not made it on the flight with us to Grand Junction from Dallas. (Surprise) The kind lady at the front desk of Hotel Jerome made sure we had Hotel Jerome t-shirts and toiletries waiting in the room for us. I was so thankful for the kind hospitality, and felt at home as soon as I had stepped into the hotel's open and historic lobby.

I love Hotel Jerome because of it's friendly staff, history, and location. Located at the foot of majestic Aspen Mountain, Hotel Jerome is just steps away from the heart of town. They even offer a complimentary car service that will drop you off anywhere in the town. Everything you need is within walking distance, including a two floor drug store right next door that literally carries everything Target carries. Hotel Jerome also offers a heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi, and a wonderful spa. 

Coat by Burberry. Leggings by Alo Yoga. Boots by Ugg. Louie's jacket is from PetSmart. 

After some rest, it was finally time to eat a good meal. The food is amazing at Hotel Jerome, you can't go wrong with anything. I woke up to a gorgeous winter white view and ordered a delicious breakfast via room service. Hotel Jerome was so nice, they also sent hot chocolate and foot warmers.

Views from Hotel Jerome.

A delicious breakfast in my room.

Looking at this picture is currently making me hungry. These blueberry pancakes were so good, and this was truly the best homemade hot chocolate I have ever had in my life!

Views from the front of Hotel Jerome. 

After a very filling breakfast, I decided to walk around the hotel's surrounding area to see what was around. I was in desperate need of a blow out. (I didn't have anything to syle or even comb my hair properly.) Luckily, there was a fabulous hair salon just a block from the hotel's main entrance. Louie and I met a few cute huskies on the way.

Louie meeting a female husky.

J-Bar, short for "Jerome Bar", remains the town’s social hot spot, with its lively yet casual atmosphere. All I can say is they have the best burger in Aspen- hands down!

Yummy homemade chicken noodle soup that warms you up is a must!

A very delicious burger and fries, and a turkey sandwich with coleslaw. I think I just ate this entire trip, haha!

After a nice lunch at J-Bar, I headed to Smuggler Park to take some scenic photos. Hotel Jerome's car service not only drove me there, (only a ten minute drive from the hotel), but they even waited until I finished taking pictures. Louie absolutely loved the snow, and thankfully I packed his little coat in my carry on. He enjoyed walking in snow that was taller than him. He was so cute hopping in and out of the snow like a rabbit. Everyone in Aspen adored Louie.

Playing in the snow! Sunglasses by Fendi. Jeans by Frame. Gloves by Ugg.

But first...a selfie!

Boots by Sorel from Intermix Aspen. 

Since I didn't have any clothes with me in Aspen, I found an Intermix in town, and bought a few things to wear. I bought a super cute pair of white Frame skinny jeans that ended up looking really chic in the snow, and Sorel snow boots since I didn't have a pair of reliable snow shoes. Sorry hot pink Uggs, you were not cutting it.

Sweater by Willow & Clay. Sunglasses by Porsche Design. 

Hotel Jerome not only has J-Bar, but they have Prospect Restauranta modern American bistro serving up hearty and diverse dishes with a flare. Make sure to check out their Sunday brunch. 

The Living Room is an open, inviting lounge that has a feel exactly as it sounds. You can relax and enjoy small bites, and creative drinks from the lobby bar. This stylish lounge is also perfect for groups.

Casa Tua, one of my favorite restaurants. 

Aspen is known for luxury and great food. One of my favorite restaurants (that can also be found in Miami Beach), is Casa Tua. Enjoy Northern Italian cuisine and fine wine, just ten minutes away from Hotel Jerome by car. Another one of my favorite restaurants, is Japanese restaurant, Matsuhisa. Matsuhisa is perfect for families, and is conveniently located right across the street from Hotel Jerome. 

Aspen views. 

Thank you again so much Hotel Jerome for hosting us! The experience was truly unforgettable. My first trip to Aspen exceeded my expectations, even with my lost luggage, thanks to Hotel Jerome's outstanding hospitality. I will definitely be back, and I recommend Hotel Jerome to anyone visiting Aspen! It's a Home away from Home!