Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Millennial Pink Workout Clothes


Have you heard of Millennial Pink? It's not just one shade of pink, it a range of light pinks from rose quartz, to blush, to rose gold. It's a muted barbie pink so it could be a pink between beige and peach. My favorite summer pink nail polish colors cover this spectrum. It may be the new trending color, but I've been a fan of this shade for years. However it's so hard to find serious running shoes in this color and tank tops. Why is that?

For the summer, I decided I really want to wear pink and white to my fitness classes. I've been wanting to wear white workout pants for years but had been putting it off thinking I have to wait until I'm thin. Well I decided to stop the waiting game and just embrace my size. Earlier this year lululemon released an entire white collection and it got me thinking about it again. Then I read this popsugar article that did a field test of how white workout gear holds up during a sweaty workout. That convinced me to take the plunge and bought the same crop pants the writer is wearing (which is unfortunately sold out now). I also bought the Mind Over Miles Tight. I'm so used to buying my running tights with a draw string to hold them up, but these really stay up without one! Athleta makes a pair of white tights for yoga.

I wanted to share some loose fitting light pink tank tops that I've found to go with these awesome white tights.  Nike's Tomboy tank have been my ultimate favorite tank that I own in several colors. I have been having a heck of a time finding others that aren't semi-sheer so the search continues.

Graphic Tanks
Rose All Day
Spiritual Gangster
Converse All Star

Plain tanks
Nike Dry Running Tank
Carrie Underwood
Kohl's

Sneakers - Top Row
Asics and Nike Tanjun

Sneakers - Bottom Row
Nike Presto comes in 2 shades of pink. JCrew made a pair with New Balance that are adorable.

Sneakers not pictured:
APL from Oprah's favorites list

Accessories
Fitbit
Floral Water Bottle
Palm Water Bottle


Monday, June 26, 2017

Weekend in Chicago



Chicago's skyscrappers reminded me a lot of NYC where I went to college. The buildings run from 60 floors to 100 floors! This was my second trip to Chicago, the first was a college graduation gift from my mother to see the Taste of Polonia Festival. How do New York and Chicago compare? Well Chicago is smaller than NYC with only 2.7 million people. The bitter winters makes it a city of drivers, unlike (mostly) car-less New Yorkers. However, Chicago has a beach right in the city! Yes you read that right, I was surprised too. They actually have 26 beaches and my favorite was North Avenue Beach. It has an Ocean Liner inspired building which has a bar on top with a dj and a day party going on. The beach has a ton of volleyball nets and is surrounded by the Lakefront Trail. The Lakefront Trail is an 18-mile path where you can bike, run, or walk adjacent to the beach. It's great for people watching while having a gorgeous view of the beach and skyline. Chicago has an awesome bike sharing system called the Divvy which has 300 stations. I saw so many people on the lakefront trail using the Divvy bikes.





What makes Chicago so beautiful is all the green space, waterfronts and river that flows through the city. Best of all the area around Merchant Mart smells like chocolate! The Blommer Chocolate Factory permeates the air and made walking around smell lovely! Chicago is famous for their deep dish pizza which is cheese on the bottom and chunky tomato sauce on the top. Giordano's would be the most famous restaurant in Chicago to try. You might all know the pizza chain Uno's that came out of Chicago.

Chicago's downtown area is called "The Loop." It got it names from the elevated L train tracks that encircled it. The 'L' is short for "elevated" and all but one of the 8 routes are above ground. In the loop  you can find 22 colleges, every time I turned around I saw another school. You will also find the Riverwalk which is a pedestrian walkway along the river lined with bars and where you can catch the water taxi or rent kayaks.

 

I bet you didn't know the nickname "windy city" is not because it's windy (which it was), it's because of the politicians who have historically blown hot air in Chicago. When a native Chicagoan told me this I couldn't believe it so I had to google and found out that Chicago is also ranked the most corrupt major city in our country. Think of the corruption of the likes of former Governor Rod Blagojevich former US Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. In fact six Illinois governors have been charged with crimes and four went to prison.

Chicago has 56 museums! Including the Art Institute of Chicago which is ranked as the best museum in the world.  I went to the Garfield Conservatory which is a gorgeous botanic garden.  I also visited the Adler Planetarium. I walked along the Lakefront Trail to get there which you can see in the super windy picture below.  When I came out of the Planetarium, this view was completely covered in fog!

 

Last year Chicago got a new ferris wheel at the Navy Pier  that is taller and faster.



This was off the beaten path, but I went to a Walgreens that used to be a bank and this was in its basement, how cool is that!



Where to Eat:
Cindy’s Rooftop - great views of Millennium Park (see pic above)
Real Good Juice - green juices, smoothies and avocado toast (multiple locations)
Sprinkles cupcake - right off of Chicago's Magnificent Mile where all the major shopping is and across from Oak Street beach
Mercadito - upscale Mexican restaurant with 3 locations and unique cocktails
Native Foods - fast casual vegan restaurant chain with 4 locations in Chicago, I visited while I was in LA as well.
Sienna Tavern - modern northern Italian restaurant, best meal I had in Chicago!
The Hampton Social - best brunch spot, amazing cocktails, awesome vibe, nautical theme with a live band and huge open windows creating a nice breeze, drinking a frozen rosé cocktail in the pic below.




I went rooftop bar hopping with friends to find the best view.

Chicago Rooftop Guide
Cindy’s Rooftop
RAISED Urban Rooftop Bar
JR Parker
Cerise (Virgin Hotel)
ROOF on theWit
London House - best view below









































    Monday, June 19, 2017

    Summer Workwear

    It finally feels like summer here and the humidity has kicked in early! By now I'm sure you've gone through your closet to see what you can wear this season, what no longer fits, and what you no longer feel like wearing. And if you're like me, that means there's not much left to wear! lol So I put a few things up for sale on Tradesy, it's an online consignment store. I have so many fun weekend clothes, but not much I feel is stylish for work so I went shopping. 

    In the top row, the first three dresses are from Kate Spade. I love the "jardin" print! it comes in several dress styles, a romper, several bag styles, a scarf, skirt, blouse, shorts and a phone case. The blue dress and peacock dress are on sale! 

    In the summertime I love wearing pastel pink nail polish and mauve pale pink clothing. I've shared a couple pink dresses, blazer, blouse and Kate Spade bag that you can find in a pretty shade of pink. 


    I've noticed in stores that stripes are really in trend right now. The great thing about wearing a striped dress or shirt is that in your air-conditioned office you can pair it with a jeweled colored cardigan like emerald or royal purple. Together the colors will pop!

    The sleeveless navy ponte sheath dress in the 2nd row is from Lands'End. They make this same dress every year in different colors. I love this dress because it's washable, doesn't need to be ironed and has pockets. It's a perfect work staple! It comes in a range of colors, prints and plus sizes. Chico's makes the pull-on slimming crops pants and the kelly green linen side slit tunic.

    You can never go wrong with a pair of espadrilles wedge heels. Click on the images below to go to the item.


    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    48 Hours in Miami Beach


    Miami Beach is one of my favorite weekend destinations even though I haven't been in seven years. From the white sandy beaches, palm trees, turquoise warm waters to the overall sexy vibe of the city. Last month I had a 2-day layover there between flights and I was so lucky to get perfect weather – sunny skies, low 80s with no rain. I loved walking around at night with the warm crisp breezes. I divided my time between Wynwood and South Beach.


    The energy was amazing! In South Beach everything is walking distance. People are walking around in their swimsuits on the sidewalks. On the beach, people had music blasting. I started my day with walking up and down the beach in the water, enjoying the waves splashing on my ankles and the cool breezes. I took pictures of all the colorful, art-deco inspired lifeguard stands. There’s 29 stands in total and I got to see one of the newest ones recently added to the beach. Last year they auctioned off some of the older ones for only $400! The new stands feature impact windows and aluminum hardware to protect against hurricanes.



    Later I laid out on a chair on the beach alternating between that and going in the ocean. The water is shallow for a long ways out so it was easy to just sit and relax in the water for long stretches of time as the gentle waves pushed me over.


    I looked long and hard for a yellow dress for Miami, it just screams beachy doesn’t it?





    On my departure day I had a 1pm flight to Jamaica, so I how did I spend my morning you ask? With a 5:30am workout, yes you heard me correct! First time ever waking up this early to workout. When my alarm went off at 4:30am it was dark outside and painful to get up. I thought why am I doing this to myself? Because afterwards I went straight to the beach to watch the sunrise at 6:30am. I thought I’d be the only person there but there were at least a dozen others - some tourists to see the sunrise, a group of ladies doing their morning power walk and surprisingly a few homeless people sleeping on the beach. The view was totally worth getting up that early! Afterwards I bought some green juice and had a 7:30am apt at the Drybar to get my hair blown out. So glad Miami has a blowdry bar!






    Where to Eat
    This trip I tried something different and stayed away from all the tourist traps on Ocean Drive. I went a few blocks off Ocean to get more of an authentic food experience.

    Cibo Wine Bar South Beach: Huge Italian restaurant
    DIRT: Healthy food
    The Salty Donut: Gourmet donuts located in Miami but they deliver
    Jugofresh: Juice bar
    Joe & The Juice: Get your early morning green juice fix
    Full Bloom: Gourmet vegan cuisine with sunset view (below)

    It's hard to see in this photo, but in the distance is the Intercontinental hotel which has a 200-foot LED display of dancing lady  on the side of the building, check out the video


    Where to Drink
    Bar Centro: Outdoor bar by José Andrés.
    Skybar at Shore Club: Moroccan inspired outdoor bar


    Where to Stay
    One tip for choosing a hotel in Miami Beach, never stay at a hotel past 24th street because you want to stay right in the heart of everything and walking distance to Ocean Drive. Whenever you look at a hotel, check the address first! Many hotels offer free chairs on the beach so be sure to check that is included in your stay! When I walked up to the hut on the beach and they had the names of all the hotel guests staying that night.

    DREAM Hotel: boutique hotel with beautifully decorated rooms, a small rooftop pool, and one block from the beach.
    1 Hotel: not the easiest name to google right? But this hotel has beautifully decorated rooms, a rooftop pool on the 18th floor with cabanas, day beds and drinks poolside - an adult playground. They have a second larger pool at ground level. There's a soulcycle next to the hotel.
    Loews: At $400 a night this hotel is used for a lot of corporate conferences and families. This is the most centrally located hotel with almost 800 rooms, and pool next to the beach's boardwalk.
    Washington Park Hotel: This is a party central hotel where you can find rates from $100. It's located 4 blocks from the beach, has a small pool that young people are always hanging around.
    Whitelaw Hotel: a small boutique hotel that has been updated with nice decor, just 1 block to the beach.


    Hopefully my guide will be helpful to you!


    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Wynwood Art Walk




    Continuing from my last post on Wynwood Walls, I wanted to share some of my favorite walls. The walls are continuously changing, what you might see someone post on Instagram today won't be there when you go in a few months. I had watched the movie Lion  a few months ago and got the idea to start using google satellite to find walls in Wynwood. I just "drove" up and down the streets on my computer and stumbled up on this unique wall.









    When I walked around the neighborhood I peeked into an alleyway and was excited to see another installation of the 10,000 Buddha project by artist Amanda Giacomini. She’s painting them in cities around the world, with each buddha on one wall being different. The wall in DC is orange.












    photography: danielle margherite
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