Posted by Elizabeth on 05/03 at 10:53 AM
Girls Getaway to Palm Springs
Tomorrow Poshbrood’s heading to Palm Springs for a girls weekend. Celebrating the upcoming nuptials of our cool baby sister and 8 of her chic friends.
I’ve never been and can’t wait to experience this desert resort city that was the Rat Pack’s playground and still embraces mid-century cool.
We’re staying in a fabulous 5 bedroom home, Yosemite Grand, managed by Beau Monde Luxury Villas.
BeauMonde Villas is a luxury home rental agency. They have a curated catalog of upscale homes to suit any budget or style. With your rental comes a personal concierge to welcome you to your property, help you plan activities and can arrange for car service, restaurant reservations, a personal chef, spa therapists or any other request you might have! Many of their properties are dog and kid-friendly too.
Our Palm Springs abode is a Hollywood Regency style 5 bedroom home with en-suite baths, Trina Turk linens, media room with pool table, galley kitchen, wet bar, dining room and general decor awesomeness.
The home offers outdoor resort living space that includes a pool, hot tub, lounge chairs and two cabanas.
Of course WiFi too.
Yosemite Grand offers 200-degree views of the Indian Canyons Golf course and majestic San Jacinto Mountains. Swoon!
Game of pool over cocktails, anyone?
In addition to luxuriating at our Palm Springs manse, we have plans to go to Lulu’s Bistro for casual dinner, go to the hip Parker Hotel for 90 minute massages.
I also want to hike and take the Palm Springs Aerial Tram up two plus miles into the cliffs of Chino Canyon affording breathtaking views.
Finally, the gals and bride to be, may or may not being going to Zelda’s Nightclub during our weekend. What happens in Palm Springs, stays in Palm Springs…
Dreaming of a Palm Springs escape? You can enter to win a trip to Palm Springs sponsored by the tourism board. Enter now through June 30th, 2013. Winners will receive airfare for two, 5 nights of hotel accommodations, three meals and activity passes.
Los Angeles is the city that seems to have it all- gorgeous weather, beautiful people, great restaurants, and countless fun activities to do around the city. Whether you live in or are visiting a city where Hollywood is at its center- it’s hard to get swept up into the many health and fitness fads. It seems like every other day, there’s a new health craze that has taken over… The “Lemon Juice Detox Diet” or the “raw food diet”, to just name a few, and the list goes on. However, these so called “diets” are not for everyone and some individuals just want to lead a healthy lifestyle. We completely understand, and have put together some healthy things to do in Los Angeles for the whole family that are conducive to a healthy lifestyle without being too extreme and don’t taste terrible.
Hike: Escondido Falls and Shipwreck
Los Angeles is not only home to beautiful beaches, but also provides equally as stunning hiking spots as well. Take a break from the busy city and enjoy a decent workout with spectacular views of the ocean at Escondido Falls. Located in the heart of Malibu, this hike is a little over a four-mile round trip trek that takes you to the base of a spectacular 150-foot waterfall (yes, they do exist in LA!). You will forget that you are in LA all together! Bring a picnic or eat lunch at Neptune’s Net and people-watch the surfers for a little extra entertainment. Another cool hiking spot is the Shipwreck Trail located in Palos Verdes. Although PV is located deep in the South Bay, the views that the hike provides are more than worth the commute. You will walk the PV shoreline for about a mile and along the way you’ll find parts of the shipwreck strewn about the beach. There are also plenty of small tide pools that are great for exploring. After about a mile you will hit the wreckage that is a skeleton of a Greek Freighter, called the Dominator that crashed on the shore about 40 years ago.
Juice: Liquid and Pressed Juicery
A fad that is currently popular in LA but is definitely not as extreme as some of the others is Juicing, and most of the juices taste amazing! If you are a fan of fresh organic fruit- then you must try Liquid Juice Bar located on Melrose. Liquid makes some of the best juices, smoothies, and Acai Bowls in Los Angeles. All of their smoothies and juices are made from scratch and they have an endless variety of different options to choose from. Another LA favorite is Pressed Juicery in Westwood. The shop itself is clean, spacious, and very trendy looking and offers a variety of different fresh pressed juices with everything from vegetable to citrus to fruit. If you’re feeling under the weather, they have a juice for that. If you’re dragging from a date night and need a boost, they have a juice for that too- they literally have you covered with any type of flavor, mood, or craving. And, if you’re feeling ambitious, they offer 3 and 5-day juice cleanses as well.
Eat: M Café (Melrose) and Local (Silver Lake)
Sometimes it can become a bit overwhelming when trying to choose a “healthy” restaurant to eat at in LA when there seems to be one on every corner. However, one that should not be ignored is M Café located on Melrose Ave. Conceived by Gwyneth Paltrow’s private chef, Lee Gross, M Café prides itself on being Macrobiotic- clean; natural food is what you’ll find here. This restaurant is a hot spot to many celebrities and health conscious locals and the food is not only healthy but actually tastes good. Another health conscious yet equally as delicious restaurant that should not go neglected is Local. Situated in Silver Lake, everything on their menu is fresh, organic, and uses locally sourced ingredients. They have a variety of different options to choose from ranging from sandwiches and burgers, to baby back ribs with Mac and Cheese and not to worry, a large vegetarian menu as well. Local also has a popular organic salad bar that is priced by the pound. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating that makes it a perfect place to bring dogs and enjoy the LA sunshine. Local is what Silver Lake dining is all about!
Surf: Malibu Lagoon State Beach (Surfrider Beach)
Malibu Lagoon State Beach is just steps away from the affluent mansions that line the Malibu shoreline. Known as Surfrider Beach thanks to its rich Southern California surfing culture dating back to the 1960s, this beach is still a popular destination for surfers of all levels. Centered on Malibu Lagoon, where Malibu Creek drains into the sea, the area creates amazingly consistent, perfect smooth-breaking waves that have attracted surfers from all over the world for decades. East of the swimming and surfing beach, the historic Malibu pier is an excellent spot as well to walk, people watch, enjoy a picnic, or go fishing. If you are looking for a healthy activity in LA, Malibu Lagoon State Beach provides just that, and more!
About The Author: Daniel Hogan is a writer at Party Earth - a global media and entertainment company that publishes reviews and listings of the best social experiences around the world including: clubs in Paris, things to do in London, beaches in Ibiza, plazas in Rome, bars in NYC, festivals and concerts everywhere, and more.
Posted by Elizabeth on 04/26 at 09:43 AM
Blogging at 35,000 Feet Over the Atlantic
Greetings from American Airlines new 777-300 ER plane. We’re currently above the Atlantic heading to JFK from London.
I’m in the new redesigned airplane right now as I type this because there is Trans-Atlantic WiFi. How amazing is that? Especially for day flights when you need to work.
All the cabins of the new plane are quite posh, even in economy. Lucky me, I’m in Business Class with 150 movie choices, lie flat beds, gourmet food and every seat has aisle access so you don’t have to crawl over your seatmate to get to the bathroom.
More on this fabulous plane later but right now some photos for your enjoyment. New hashtag? #planeporn
Economy Entertainment System
Business Class Controls Including Outlet and USB Port
I have a challenge staying in hotels. It doesn’t matter if I’m traveling for business or vacation, I have a tough time feeling at ease away from home.
A contributor of my hotel discomfort is a general lack of motivation to stay active. If it were up to me, I’d rather take a hot shower and lounge in bed with room service and a pay-per-view movie than get out of my element and exercise in an unfamiliar and uncomfortable place.
Fortunately for me, I’ve snapped out of that mentality. I still don’t always revel in the opportunity to shack up at a hotel, but I found a few ways to motivate myself to get moving. A particular weight-loss plan, The Diet Solution Program Review, correlates motivation with happiness, and happiness to health.
What does that translate to?
Basically, once you get moving, you’ll feel better. But if you’re anything like me, the most difficult part of getting active is getting motivated, and that brings me to my first tip for getting a workout while cooped up in a hotel room.
1. Just Move
It’s the easiest—yet most difficult—step of getting yourself to work out: getting up. It doesn’t matter how you start out, but just getting yourself to move around is the majority of the effort.
Jog in place in front of the TV. Do push-ups, toe-touches, or crunches on the floor while listening to the radio. Ask the front desk for a yoga mat—most hotels keep them handy—and flow through a few vinyasas.
In order to maintain a healthy mind and body, it’s important to not only eat right and exercise, but to do so consistently. Getting your heart rate up for at least a half hour every day improves overall health and well-being, virtually guaranteeing a longer, healthier life.
So don’t convince yourself that it’s okay to take a week or so off from your workout routine just because you’re in a hotel and it’s not “convenient.” Get your blood pumping and your body moving. You’ll get an instant rush of well-being, feeling rejuvenated and ready for the day, whether it’s full of business meetings, family fun or spa relaxation.
2. Workout In Bed
Now, don’t misread me here. I’m keeping it PG. But why not turn an hour of vegging in front of pay-per-view into an hour of toning your calves and arms?
Simply tightening and releasing muscles serves to strengthen them, and if you have a weighted object handy—a heavy book, your briefcase, or a laptop, you can use it as a makeshift weight, adding resistance to your lifting efforts.
Engage and release the muscles in your calves, thighs, stomach, shoulders and arms. Try to hold each muscle for ten or fifteen seconds, and keep track of your breathing. You’ll be surprised how much of a workout it can be to just sit there!
3. Get Creative With Your Stretches
A major part of working out is working your muscles and tendons into a limber state. In fact, most sports and exercise injuries happen when the body isn’t properly warmed up for exertion, causing muscles or tendons to suffer strains and tears as a side effect.
If you can’t find time, or don’t have space, to fit a good cardio workout into your hotel stay, at least take 20 minutes or so out of each day to stretch. Use the desk or countertop as a makeshift ballet bar for leg lifts, and the side of your bed is the perfect height and softness for backbends and oblique stretches.
4. Order In
Everyone loves racking up a pay-per-view bill in their hotel room, especially if you’re on a business trip with the company footing the bill. But instead of watching a marathon of HBO shows, order in a workout.
You can get anything from the pay-per-view menu, including cardio workouts, yoga practices, and high-intensity routines. Whatever your favorite class at your gym at home, there’s a pay-per-view purchase to help you feel like you’re working out back home no matter how far away you might be.
It all boils down to feeling comfortable. You can’t relax enough to motivate yourself into getting active if you don’t feel at least a little bit like you’re at home, so whenever you stay in a hotel bring along some kind of reminder of your workout regime back home.
Whether it’s a water bottle or a sweat band, finding a way to keep yourself connected to your routine will make sticking to it, regardless of location, that much more of a breeze.
About the author: Hannah Tool, despite her occasional hotel challenges, Hannah loves traveling, meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures. In addition, she loves helping busy people eat well, lose weight, and be healthy. Her commentary on The Truth About Abs review is a testament to that passion.
Posted by Elizabeth on 04/24 at 03:06 PM
Heading to Londontown!
How how we love London! This time, it’s a quick trip and no kids. (Big grin!)
I will be flying the new American Airlines Boeing 777-300 ER JFK-LHR to experience their new premium cabins. The Business Class cabin has lie-flat beds—all with aisle access—no more climbing over strangers!
Also, the new cabins have mood lighting, power outlets, USB ports, international WiFi, personal entertainment system with 150 movies, gourmet meals and a premium walk up bar (a first for a US carrier), and more. (Is it weird that I’m a little disappointed that the flight will be only 7 hours and 47 minutes?)
I will take photos and videos of my inflight experience on the new AA 777-300 ER but in the meantime, you can watch the video below to see the whole new redesign of the American fleet and all the amenities in all classes. USB port, outlet and personal entertainment system in the main cabin? Yes please! (The tour of the 777-300 ER starts at 1:35.)
When I arrive in London, I’ll be staying at the very chic Corinthia London in Whitehall Place, just steps from the Thames River, The London Eye, Tate Modern, St. James Park, National Gallery and more.
The five-star hotel is a renovated historic Victorian building offering 294 rooms and suites, destination bars and restaurants and the London’s largest spa and wellness center.
Bassoon, the musically inspired bar serves both molecular cocktails and colonial inspired drinks from its boutique spirits library. The stunning Lobby Lounge, illuminated by a spectacular Baccarat Chandelier and overlooking a picturesque, maple-lined courtyard, the central position and effortless style of the lobby lounge area makes it the natural heart and soul of the hotel.
Luxury London accommodation, lounges, bar and spa? Yes, I do believe I’ll have a bloody good time!
As we close this somber week that’s had some of the most unbelievable news, we’re really hoping this can be a Fab Friday for the citizens of Boston and the United States. Sending well wishes to all of you!
Posted by Elizabeth on 04/19 at 12:04 PM
A Foodie’s Diary of 5 Days in Paris
I spent a week in Paris over Christmas and planned the majority of my trip around fantastic dining experiences. Below are some of my favorites and “must eats” for the next time you visit:
EAT L’Avenue: This restaurant was recommended by a local, and this was our favorite spot in Paris throughout our trip. It’s located on a fancy shopping strip on Avenue Montaigne and is definitely a place to “see and be seen”. L’Avenue is super swanky and chic with purple velvet couches and beautiful people all throughout. The food is contemporary and I fell in love with the pasta dish with morels and cream. It’s steps from the Champs-Élyssés so it is a great place to grab lunch when in the area. 41 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France.
Le Grand Colbert: You might remember this restaurant from the movie Something’s Gotta Give. Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Keanu Reeves dine here during the movie and she names it her favorite restaurant in Paris. We decided to pick this spot for Christmas Eve dinner as we knew it would be festive and lively. It is a classic French brasserie that does not disappoint. I started with a lovely hot crusty goat cheese salad and then went for the sole meunière which was divine: dredged in flour and served in a brown butter sauce with lemon. 2 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France.
Brasserie Thomieux: I read about this lovely spot on a blog called Paris in Four Months and I immediately added it to my list. The menu is only in French but the friendly waiter offered to translate for us so we could order something appealing. We each had a wonderful glass of Pinot Noir, and I ended up ordering one of the best salads I have ever had. It was fresh greens, seared scallops, potatoes, shaved Parmesan, and truffles in a light vinaigrette. This salad was divine– light, yet so satisfying. The atmosphere here was also so nice and pleasant. One of my favorite places we visited during our time in Paris. 79 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France.
Les Cocottes: I read a lot about Chef Christian Constant who owns multiple restaurants throughout the city, all of which are highly regarded. Les Cocottes is a very small restaurant with only bar stools. The restaurant does not take reservations therefore it is often common to have long lines out of the front door. I recommend getting there on the earlier side around 7 or 7:30 to avoid the mass of people. We were able to walk right in and snag two seats at the bar, but by the time we left the place was bursting at the seams. The menu is quite small at Les Cocotte and everything is served in a cocotte or a cast iron pan. Order the beef shoulder, which came with potatoes and was served in a red wine sauce. This dish was to die for. 135 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France.
Le Villaret: For our last night in Paris we decided to enlist the help of the concierge for a classic Parisian spot. He highly recommended a small authentic bistro called Le Villaret on a quiet side street. There is nothing fancy or upscale about the restaurant, but we loved the vibe as soon as we walked in. Comfortable, casual, lively. The waiter happened to speak beautiful English and helped us translate the options on the menu. We both ordered the roast chicken with chanterelles for our main course and we were in heaven! The chicken was beautiful and moist and the sauce was creamy with all different sized mushrooms and potatoes. If you go to Paris, you must go to Le Villaret and order this dish. What a perfect ending to an exquisite trip. 13 Rue Ternaux, 75011, Paris, France.
About the Author:Jenna Golden has always had a passion for food since she was a young child. After studying abroad in Florence, Italy in 2004, Jenna solidified her love for food and began to take notes on her experiences as she started to refine her palate. In 2010, Jenna helped to create EatMore DrinkMore, a Washington, D.C. area food blog, which aims to report on the latest food news, and restaurant openings across town. Since then, EatMore DrinkMore has become a popular local blog where Jenna writes restaurant reviews and reports on the latest and greatest food endeavors in the District.
Posted by Elizabeth on 04/18 at 02:05 PM
Here’s our contribution—purple night skies enveloping blossoming cherry blossoms in Washington.
Post your purple themed photos on Twitter with hashtag #FriFotos.
Posted by Elizabeth on 04/12 at 11:44 AM
Fab Friday: A Productive Traveler
Gotta say, it’s pretty beautiful outside! Especially since the cherry blossoms have made their appearance here in DC. (If you missed them don’t worry… there’s a link for you below.) Here’s your weekly round up of all things fabulous family travel!
My Top 7 Droid Razr HD Apps for Managing Life, Work & Travel
There’s been lots of buzz about the Droid Razr HD lately—the latest Android™ smartphone for those wanting the best network and technology.
Its HD display is vivid enough to resemble an HD TV along with the Verizon 4G LTE power and long–lasting battery it’s a fab device for my hectic life as startup founder, traveler, mom to three young kids and wife. (Not necessarily in that order.)
In addition to having the face of the Droid Razr HD being large (hey, I’m 40-something and appreciate a larger screen!) and HD resolution, Droid Razr HD also has a ton of great apps that I use regularly.
My top 7 that I use daily for personal and professional reasons are the following:
1.) Skype: I use Skype stay in touch with my family while I’m away. I love that I don’t have to login and find a WiFi network to chat with my husband or “tuck” my kids in at night when I’m on the road. From Iceland to Istanbul to Tulum, I can video chat with my family for free.
2.) Instagram: We use Instagram for Poshbrood.com (filters make everything look better don’t you think?) and I have even borrowed my 10 year old’s iPod when I traveled to have this app. Now I have it on my Droid. LOVE!
@poshbrood We love, love, love the cherry blossoms!
7.) Gate Guru: An amazing travel app that will be your new BFF if you fly a little or a lot. GateGuru gives you gate information, flight status, TSA security wait times, and even shows you deals on food, rental cars, hotels and activities during your layover or at your destination. This app has been especially helpful when traveling with hungry and cranky wee ones.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Verizon Wireless VZWBuzz program which gives me free access to mobile technology and other benefits. There is no additional compensation and no promise of a positive review. The opinions in this post are my own.
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