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Fab Friday: Spring Break Baby!

Spring Break is around the corner! Have you made your plans yet? So much to choose from. Let us help…

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We love the hip and historic W Hotel in Washington DC! Photo of the Day!
Luxury Jamaican resort that babysits for free? Yah mon.
The boots are made for walkin’! Stuart Weitzman’s 50/50 boot is one of our fave things this month!
Elizabeth shared 5 Last-Minute Spring Break Getaways in the Washingtonian this week. You know you wanna know.

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Posted by Elizabeth on 03/15 at 10:27 AM
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Haven’t Made Spring Break Plans? We Have 5 Last Minute Family Escapes

No plans yet for Spring Break? You can still take the brood out of town!

Some of our favorite hotels and destinations are still offering deals and packages including: The Tides Inn, The Fairmont Southampton,  Lake Placid Lodge, The Teton Mountain Lodge and Rancho Valencia.

      Sun, sand, mountains, lake and beach, we’ve got you covered!

You can get all the details on these great properties by viewing our Washingtonian Magazine article here or by clicking the link below:

http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/getaways/destinations/5-last-minute-spring-break-getaways.php

Posted by Elizabeth on 03/14 at 10:47 AM
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These Boots Are Made for Chic & Comfy Walking: Stuart Weitzman’s 50/50

Oh ladies, you’re going to be a little jealy because Elizabeth Street recently sent me an amazing pair of boots to “test drive.”

The iconic and sexy (but not too sexy) over-the-knee 50/50 boot from Stuart Weitzman.

I received a pair in “concord” suede— a gorgeous deep purple/wine color. (2nd from the right.) I wore (and am still wearing them) all over town three days in a row.

My feet were happy. I felt sassy. Like Angelina, I need them in every color.

You can read my style diary here and learn how to win a pair of these $595 celeb-approved boots. You can be the chicest mom in the carpool lane!

                   

Stuart Weitzman is giving away 100 pairs of 50/50 boots—I’m not one for gambling but these are pretty good odds, no??!!

Posted by Elizabeth on 03/13 at 12:59 PM
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Complimentary Nanny & Babysitting Services at a Luxury Jamaican Resort? Ya, Mon!

One of our favorite places ever Round Hill Hotel & Villas  in Jamaica—has just made your next family vacation ah-mazing.

Families who visit Round Hill from May 1st through October 31st will receive complimentary use of the resort’s Pineapple Kids Club and 7’Up Club located in a renovated new building next to the resort lobby and adjacent to their beautiful beach.

The Round Hill children’s programs promote fun and education with a host of activities for little travelers.

Guests who stay in oceanfront rooms or villa suites will receive a 50% reduction on the second adjoining room (LOVE!) for up to three children 12 years old or younger.

Plus 3 hours PER DAY of free nanny service for the wee ones from 10 am to 5 pm.

Poshbrood/SmartFlyer is a Virtuoso affiliated travel advisor and we can offer clients exclusive travel offers and amenities at Round Hill that you can’t get on your own, along with your best value for the money. Call us 202-536-2848 or shoot us an email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

                                                  YOU COULD BE HERE!!!
                                                       

Posted by Elizabeth on 03/12 at 05:06 PM
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PHOTO OF THE DAY: The Hip & Historic W Washington D.C.

Yesterday was gorgeous here in DC. And like swarms of other locals, we headed to National Mall to enjoy the weather before hitting the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History.

Enroute to the museum, the girls decided they wanted to pop into the chic W Washington DC Hotel, perfectly perched across from the White House and steps away from the Mall.

The W Washington used to be the Hotel Washington, one of DC’s historic hotels until it was complete and fabulously renovated by Starwood in 2009.

Look at this gorgeous Beaux Arts lobby!! It even makes little people swoon…

Posted by Elizabeth on 03/11 at 03:31 PM
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Fab Friday: No more winter please?

Spring is right around the corner and we’re ready! While we (im)patiently tap our feet in anticipation of warmer temps at home, we’re going to make the process even more painful by looking at these amazing travel photos. Sunshine, take me away!

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Hotel Le Toiny, St. Barths
Love this guest post with beauty survival tips for any vacay
PHOTO OF THE DAY: Blue Diamond Maya Riveria
Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC with 20% Off Kimpton Hotels

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Posted by Elizabeth on 03/08 at 03:19 PM
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Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC with 20% Off Kimpton Hotels

We LOVE cherry blossoms and so does family-friendly Kimpton Hotels!

Kimpton is offering 20% off all 12 of their DC area hotels any day of the week from March 20 to April 14, 2013. You have to book by March 13th and sign up for Kimpton’s In Touch program (it’s free!) to take advantage of this great sale.

Book online here or call 1-800-546-7866 and mention rate code “CHERRY” when booking.

       

For more information about the National Cherry Blossom Festival and events, go to:  http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/

Posted by Elizabeth on 03/08 at 11:10 AM
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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Blue Diamond Maya Riveria

Baby it’s cold outside…we’re dreaming of a poolside perch at the luxurious Blue Diamond Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Added bonus: This is an adults-only resort…no littles. Mama can get her margarita on, be lazy, read magazines without anyone screaming, “MOM!”

Posted by Elizabeth on 03/07 at 02:52 PM
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Beauty Survival Tips for Any Vacay

It’s that time again – time to plan your next vacation! Whether you’re escaping to warmer temperatures on Spring Break or planning your big summer vacation in a few months, you know you want to look and feel your best when you’re away. Health and fitness expert Mayling Kajiya understands the importance of feeling your best and has created 5 beauty tips that every woman should have on hand when packing up for a vacation. Keep these on hand from plane ride to pool side to help look and feel your best so you can enjoy every moment of your R&R!

Tip #1: Stay Moisturized For those that are jetsetting to warmer destinations, a flight can do some damage on your skin – cabin pressure, change in temperature and moisture going from one destination to the next are all culprits of leaving skin dry. To keep skin hydrated, apply intense moisturizer the night before your flight and nix the foundation, as well as applying after days in the sun. This will help increase hydration in your skin before you’re exposed to the dehydrating effects of traveling. Foundation can make skin look oily – sticking strictly with moisturizer can keep skin hydrated longer, making you look your best! We love this Repêchage Algo Mist Hydrating Seaweed Facial Spray www.repechage.com because it’s easy to carry in your purse and will keep you moisturized – spritz some on during the flight, after a day in the sun or before a night out and keep skin perfectly fresh!

Tip #2: Look great, no matter what “time of the month” it may be We girls know that “that time” comes around RIGHT when you don’t want it – unnecessary bloating, horrible cramps that can leave you feeling terrible – and that’s the LAST look you’ll want to flaunt in a bathing suit. To combat PMS symptoms, try Girl Uninterrupted®, a fresh, new and all-natural approach to PMS relief. It’s composed of an all-natural blend of essential amino acids and herbs that have been specifically formulated to directly address those common symptoms of PMS.  With Girl Uninterrupted, you’ll be able to curb the cramping and bloating so you’ll be able to sit poolside without aches, pains or those terrible mood swings.

Tip #3: Pack Light and Focus on “Bare Necessities” We as women know beauty product loyalty – once you find a lotion, shampoo/conditioner, or makeup brand that works, we tend to buy it in bulk for years to come. To make sure you have your must-haves on a trip, make your own travel sized essentials! Take small lotion or travel sized shampoo bottles and clean them out, adding in your favorite brands. This will allow you to bring your fave essentials without lugging the huge bottles of shampoo around in your suitcase.

Tip #4: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize No matter how you travel, it can be exhausting – hours spent waiting to board, driving in the car or sitting on a bus can leave you with puffy, tired and (sometimes) mascara-streaked eyes after dozing off. To combat the signs of fatigue, bring along eye drops in a carry on or purse - it will take the redness out of your eyes and make them look alive. To combat puffiness, bring along a washcloth and fill with crushed ice, placing under your eyes. The cold ice will wake you up and decrease any puffy eyes. While you’re on vacation, bring along a jar of Suki Eye Lift Radiance Renewal Cream at www.suki.com. Light and compact, this cream will help keep puffiness away throughout your vacation and keep you looking your best.

Tip #5: Nude Colors and Tones Traveling to tropical destinations can be the cause for bright colored nail polish, but experts say it’s best to travel with nude tones on your tips. Colored polish, if chipped, looks unclean and unfinished. Sticking with nude tones will keep you looking fresh and put together without going overboard. Foundation is the same – keep it simple. Stick to cream-based foundations such Jane Iredale’s In Touch® Cream Blush www.janeiredale.com. Unlike powder blushes that are hard to even out on the go, cream-based makeup will provide a more even cover and can be placed in a purse/clutch when out.

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Posted by Elizabeth on 03/06 at 01:37 PM
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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Hotel Le Toiny, St. Barths

St. Barth’s, check.
Intimate Relais & Chateaux hotel, check.
Zero edge pool, check.
Champagne, check.
View of Caribbean Sea, check.

Perfection at l’Hôtel Le Toiny? Triple check!!

Posted by Elizabeth on 03/05 at 03:12 PM
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Fab Friday: Leave the brood at home?!

Happy Friday, friends! Time for another roundup of fabulous travel. Shaking things up this week with a new review recommending you leave the brood at home! I mean, it’s gotta happen sometimes, right?

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Thanks to Sonal for this fabulous guest post about her visit to D.C. at Hotel Palomar
We love this site for luxury travel tips from the pros! (Besides us, of course.)
Call Grandma! Time to head to St. Lucia for The BodyHoliday and no kids need there be.

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Posted by Elizabeth on 03/01 at 05:18 PM
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Winter Weekend Family Getaway to D.C.

Our Poshbrood just returned from a re-energizing winter weekend in the nation’s capitol…no crowds, indoor and outdoor fun, and lots to do. 

From the moment we arrived at the Hotel Palomar (a Kimpton Hotel) in DuPont Circle, we knew we got it right. 

Great location, hip and stylish design, high energy, and service-oriented staff which all the hit mark for me and my husband.

The family-friendly touches made the kids feel welcome…choice of a toy at check-in, milk and cookies on request, spacious rooms to unwind, DVD movie library, and a hot chocolate bar with all the fixings at the daily drinks bar in the lobby.

                 

BTW there are leopard print pint-sized robes and you can also request a pet goldfish for your room! Our boys were in heaven!

We stayed in a 500 sq foot Executive Room with two queen beds. The room had a flat screen, street view, all updated decor. It was perfect!

We don’t usually recommend hotel restaurants but…the hotel restaurant, Urbana, was a fabulous culinary experience.  It attracted outsiders as well as hotel guests and it was incredibly easy with the kids.

Anthony Pilla the pizza master is a new addition to the restaurant but already a regular attraction. Our boys and more than a few adults were mesmerized as he practiced his craft of twirling dough high in the air and made his delish pizzas right in front of you. There were plenty of other items on the menu and we also loved the homemade gnocchi.

Next on the must-go culinary tour is Zeke’s DC Donutz one block from the hotel.

Newly opened (formerly Cool Disco Donuts), it is feast for the senses with its vibrant interior design, engaging staff and transformative donuts in outrageous flavors——Salted Caramel, Vanilla Ice, Ferraro Roche, Red Velvet, Peanut Butter and Bacon.

If you visit the Spy Museum (a Poshbrood fave!), grab a bite nearby at Ella’s pizza which is a local favorite.
 
We did the major sites taking the hop on/off bus tours for the first time. It was a good way to cover a lot of ground, warm up between sites, and ride the double decker.


We hit the biggies…tour of the Capitol, the Mall, the American and Natural History Museums, Air and Space, and Union Station. (Check out Fantom Comics - nice selection, helpful staff.)

It was just the right amount of sightseeing for a long weekend and wonderful memories to kick off 2013’s travel itinerary (a bit of culture was the icing on the donut)!

—Submitted by Sonal Rinello, busy working mom of two boys and the Founder & CEO of Jobgenda, a very cool, chic and helpful organizer for job seekers. Need a gift for a soon to be college grad? Check it out! http://jobgenda.com/

Posted by Elizabeth on 02/26 at 12:58 PM
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Family Travel Tips from the Pros: On Luxury Travel Mavens

We love the site Luxury Travel Mavens. One of our favorite travel writers and Washington friends McLean Robbins is a founder.

               

They have done a fab roundup of family travel tips from the pros—just in time for Spring Break, too!

We’re honored to be a part of this great group…LOVE the tip about bringing a nightlight for kids to a strange new hotel or resort! Genius!

Click the link below to read the whole article:

http://luxurytravelmavens.com/luxury-family-travel/great-family-travel-tips-from-the-pros/

Wheels up!

Posted by Elizabeth on 02/25 at 10:06 AM
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Fab Friday: Home from Riviera Maya

Posh is home from vacay in the Riviera Maya! Oh what fun but back to the brood and time for another Fab Friday! Check out what’s hot this week:

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Virtuoso Life wants you to win a cruise! Not feelin’ the waters right now? Win $1,000 instead!

Check out these iPad apps to occupy the kids on the plane while keeping their learning caps on.

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Posted by Elizabeth on 02/22 at 02:48 PM
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New Fun & Educational Kids Apps from National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

If your February school vacation plans include hitting the roads, skies or rails with kids in tow, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) recently released two new iPad apps you can feel good about downloading for tiny tech lovers.

                 

Both educational apps provide a safe, ad-free (no accidental in-app purchases!) environment and are packed with tons of interactive photos, videos, games, puzzles, jokes and animal sounds sure to keep kids entertained on long trips.

While little ones will love learning all about lions in Ranger Rick Jr. Appventures (ages 4-7), Ranger Rick’s Tree House, an innovative magazine app, is best suited for 7-12 year olds.

Both apps are currently available in the iTunes store.

Posted by Elizabeth on 02/20 at 12:55 PM
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