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Hey everyone! I am taking the next couple of days to have my new design go live and transfer all of my content into the new site. If I publish anything else, it may not be transferred over so I think it is best to just take a few days off. I am hoping that we will be up and running anytime between today and Friday, but I won’t be sure until it has actually happened.  Check back in a few days for lots of exciting updates!

Some Monday Motivation: Pools with A View

Pools with a View

Don’t all of these pools look amazing? With everyone around the office’s stories about Spring Break and the weather officially being warm, I can’t help but want to be at the beach or sitting by a pool with a view. I know I’ve already gushed about the place a hundred times, but my favorite pool with a view is at Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands. Their spa pool is on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea and it just doesn’t get much better than that. Where is your favorite pool with a view?

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Photos // Capella Lodge, Australia // COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali // Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas // Casa de La Flora, Phuket // Four Seasons Santa Barbara

This Week’s Everyday Adventures & A Few Links

Happy Weekend

Happy Spring Break week everyone! My office has been unusually quiet as people have headed out for a little break with their families. This weekend, I will be participating in some St. Patrick’s Day activities and enjoying the beautiful weather that has suddenly appeared in Dallas.

This week, my adventures included:

+ Cooking my first Thai recipe ever that was on the cover of Bon Appetit. I really love Thai soups that have coconut milk in them, so I thought I would take a stab at it. I would say it was a success!

+ Having so much extra energy because of the added hours of sunshine each day! I have spent some quality time on restaurant patios (including trying this one), taking some long walks outside and making a couple of shopping runs to my favorite areas.

+ Guest posting on Elizabeth’s blog about my “Perfect Day in Punta del Este.” If you haven’t already had a chance to check it out, you should!

** And a few of my favorite travel related links and finds from this week **

You would probably have to be living under a rock to have missed all of the reporting going on about SXSW (which is a bucket list item of mine). Here is Tory Burch’s playlist for, as she puts it, “Spring Break for Techies.” – The Tory Blog

Whole Foods is expanding their healthy living empire with a health resort, [Read more…]

App Review: Field Trip

Field Trip App Review

I first read about Field Trip a couple of months ago and was really disappointed when I found out it was only available on Android, but would soon be available for download on my iPhone. As soon as the iPhone version was available, I immediately downloaded it to see if it was all it was hyped up to be.

Field Trip is a Google developed mobile app that sends you alerts when you are near a point of interest. The app allows you to have a “Field Trip” like educational experience by the user accessing information on the app about the experiences that are nearby.

You can also select your interests (think architecture, cool & unique, food, lifestyle) inside of the app so that it sends you notifications based on the things that you are most likely to want to explore.  Within each of the interest categories, you can see the sources that the content is being pulled from and you can actually select which sources are relevant to you. For example: Food Network and Eater are listed inside of the food category and you can select if you’d like their results to display.

The Verdict: [Read more…]

On the Road Beauty Essentials

On the Road Beauty Essentials

Sometimes, it is the little creature comforts that you bring with you from home when traveling that make all of the difference in the world. These five products have turned in to staples in my cosmetic case and I really can’t leave home without them.

 1. Aveda Shampure: When I switched from chemical based hair care products to Aveda, I noticed a huge difference in my overall hair health. (How ridiculous does that sound?) Shampure is a clarifying shampoo that is gentle enough that it can be used daily, so it both cleanses and makes hair stronger.

2. Lush Butterball Bath Bomb: If you get dry skin in the winter, these are my favorite bath treatments I have come across. The vanilla scented Butterball is loaded with cocoa butter to help heal dry skin.

3. Clarins HydraQuench Cream: Hi, my name is Lindsey and I am addicted to Clarins HydraQuench Cream. I feel like finding a face cream that actually works and doesn’t make you break out is almost an act of God and this stuff fits both of those requests. [Read more…]

Hotel Design Love: The Maritime Hotel, NYC

Maritime NYC

Maritime Exterior

Maritime Hotel

My first encounter with the Maritime Hotel happened the last time I was visiting New York, even though I didn’t end up staying there. I was browsing Hotel Tonight and saw the property featured and instantly fell in love with its nautical themed windows and décor and ended up walking past the property when wandering around Chelsea and the Meatpacking district. I love that the building stands out boldly in its surroundings and really calls you to explore inside.

Each of the windows of the rooms at the Maritime are circular like the ones you would be looking out of if you were staying in a cabin on a sailboat. The 126 rooms feature playful prints, deep blues and teak wood. Some suites even feature outdoor showers (that has to be a rare amenity in NYC).

Maritime Hotel

Maritime Patio

There is also a rooftop bar named The Cabanas that transforms you into a Hollywood poolside atmosphere, complete with colorful floral wallpaper and hanging lanterns. Looks like the perfect place to relax after a long day of shopping, eating and wandering around.

Location: The neighborhood the Maritime is a part of really can’t get much better as your hub for NYC exploring. Located on Manhattan’s west side in Chelsea, you can easily access all of the shopping in the Meatpacking district and be on The High Line in a matter of minutes.

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Photos // All photos courtesy of Tablet Hotels