Palm Springs Bachelorette Party Weekend


Before we get to Palm Springs, a Stitch Fix update! I ended up keeping the white blouse with the black lace on the back. Then completely regretting it and wishing I’d kept the off-the-shoulder blue dress haha. Oh well. Thank you all for your feedback! It was fun reading what everyone had to say. 🙂

OK, on to Palm Springs.

Palm Springs Bachelorette Party Weekend


This past weekend was an absolute blast! If you or any of your friends are considering doing a weekend in Palm Springs for a bachelorette or girls’ trip, I’d definitely recommend it. I thought it was the perfect mix of relaxation and partying. The town is a picturesque oasis surrounded by mountains with a laid-back vacation vibe. Because we were there the weekend after Coachella and Stagecoach, it was particularly quiet–I’d imagine it’s a little rowdier during the festivals.

We stayed in a house we found on Airbnb and it was PERFECT (this is the listing if you’re interested in booking). In fact I think it was designed and decorated specifically with bachelorette parties in mind. It had three bedrooms plus a pullout couch and air mattress; newly updated kitchen; open living and dining areas; and a big outdoor space including covered patio, pool and grilling area. And THE DECOR. It is painfully millennial of me to describe a home as “Instagram-worthy” but … seriously the entire house was like a blogger’s dream come true (minus the luggage strewn everywhere which I probably should have moved before snapping pics).

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I love Airbnb because it typically ends up being cheaper than a hotel. I think we each only paid $130 for the entire weekend–not bad at all! As a side note, if you have never used Airbnb, you can get $20 off your first booking with THIS LINK (it’s a referral link, so I’d get a credit, too FYI).

I flew into LA on Thursday, spent the day exploring Santa Monica and Venice, and the night hanging out with a friend of mine from the Vineyard. On Friday I met up with the bachelorette and another friend to drive out to Palm Springs. Have you guys heard of Turo? I hadn’t, but it’s like Airbnb for cars and ended up being significantly cheaper than traditional car rental services. Along the drive, we made the necessary Cabazon Dinosaurs pitstop to snag a pic. 🙂 cabazon-dinosaurs

We were HANGRY when we arrived in Palm Springs, so after quickly dropping our bags off at the house, we headed out for a late lunch. We opted for Mexican food at El Mirasol at Los Arboles Hotel. As happens 120% of the time I go out for Mexican food on the brink of starvation, I ended up eating so much of the free chips & salsa with guac that I was too full to even order an entree. #FAIL. But the spinach enchiladas some of the other girls ordered looked delicious.

After eating we did a grocery run to stock the house with snacks and alcohol and then headed to our place to hang out by the pool. It was the first time all my college friends have been in the same place at the same time since graduation (we all live in different cities) and it was so amazing to be together! IMG_2127

Friday night was intentionally low-key (the ability to drink two nights in a row has steadily declined since the age of 25 haha), but we did venture to the Ace Hotel for a couple beers and music. The Ace has a reputation as being super trendy and cool so we were a little surprised at how quiet the scene was for a Friday, but we still had fun.

We spent all day Saturday hanging out by our pool. Flash tattoos were applied, flower crowns were assembled, rosé was sipped and Beyonce was played on repeat. Basically it was like a slumber party for twenty-somethings and it was amazing. palm-springs-flower-crowns flower-crown palm-springs-bachelorette

That evening was the big night out. We had dinner reservations at Workshop (highly recommend!) and went with a prix fixe menu because of our large group size. The atmosphere, food and cocktails were all on point. After that we went dancing at The Copa Room followed by gambling at a nearby casino which was a random last-minute decision. I typically hate gambling, but for some reason I felt compelled to try my hand at Blackjack and won $100! Holler!

Sunday morning … well, let’s just say I’ve definitely felt better haha. We made breakfast and hung at the house for a while and then it was time to drive back to LA. We made one final stop in Palm Springs for sushi at Gyoro Gyoro Izakaya Japonaise. They have a big outdoor seating area and the poke bowl was delicious, but the service was awful. Just a heads up if you’re planning on heading there! IMG_2472

I had a redeye flight home to Boston that got me in around 5:45 AM yesterday. I’m still feeling a little jet-lagged, but after an awesome boxing class this morning I think I’m starting to come back to life.

Have you been to Palm Springs? What are some of your favorite spots there?


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Healthy Travel: Feel OM-azing Package at Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge

Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeI had the best mini staycation last week! Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge recently started offering a package for those looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle during their stay. The Feel OM-azing package includes an overnight stay in one of their gorgeous suites; a personal in-room yoga lesson provided by Melissa Milling of Live Sano; a healthy breakfast from Bambara (the hotel’s restaurant); a cold-pressed juice; and their Yoga Mat Rollout Service, which provides you with a mat, blocks, towels, water and a healthy post-flow snack of fresh fruit and mixed nuts. With the stress of my knee injury and a busy work schedule, this overnight was exactly what I needed! 

The Hotel & Room

Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeKimpton hotels are known for their bold design elements, and Hotel Marlowe is no exception. I love the fun patterns and stand-out decor throughout the hotel and room. I was given one of their executive suites and I was blown away at how big it was. Literally larger than my apartment (not that that’s saying much since I live in a studio haha). You walk into a living room space with a desk and television and then that opens up into the bedroom, complete with a second tv and day bed. Connecting the two in a loop fashion is a large bathroom with full-sized jacuzzi tub. Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/Cambridge Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeHotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeMy room had a view of the Charles River, which was gorgeous at night with all the lights from the buildings along Boston’s skyline. Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/Cambridge Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeFrom the lobby to the suite, I thought the hotel was excellent and wished I could have stayed longer!

The Yoga Lesson

Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeShortly after checking in, it was time for my private yoga lesson. I scheduled it this way so that the room would still be clean (an hour into being in a hotel room, my clothes are EVERYWHERE, I can’t help it). I also love doing yoga at night/in the late afternoon as opposed to first thing in the morning because it helps any stresses from the day fade away. Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/Cambridge

My yoga instructor, Melissa of Live Sano, was an absolute sweetheart. I loved the one-on-one attention because I was able to tell her what areas are tight (holy shoulders) and she adjusted the lesson to include lots of poses and stretches specifically for me. I felt amazing at the end! Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeEvery evening from 5-6pm, Hotel Marlowe does a wine hour in their lobby–hello, perfect timing. I finished yoga and wandered down to the lobby to grab a complimentary glass of red, which I enjoyed in my room while cozied up in one of their signature animal-print bathrobes.

The Food & Drinks

Before yoga, room service stopped by with a healthy snack, water and a sweet welcome note. Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/Cambridge

Joe didn’t join me until late that evening so I decided to order room service for dinner. The menu has lots of healthy options, and I ended up going with their chopped salad and a side of roasted brussles sprouts. Both were delicious! Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/Cambridge

As part of the Feel OM-azing package, you get a complimentary cold-pressed juice. The next morning, I went with their green option which I sipped on in bed while doing a little blog work. Snow was falling outside and it seriously could not have been a better way to start the day.

Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/Cambridge

Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeAlso included in the package is a $25 room credit to use on breakfast. I went with oatmeal and a smoothie and Joe stuck with eggs–everything was delicious!

Other Ways to Be Active during Your Stay

Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeAll guests have access to the hotel’s fitness center (regardless of if you’ve purchased the Feel Om-azing package), which was located on my floor down the hall. It was small but had everything you’d need–cardio equipment, weight machines and free weights, foam rollers, BOSU balls, benches, etc. Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/Cambridge Hotel Marlowe's Feel Om-azing package review -- great option for healthy travel in Boston/CambridgeWith the Charles River and its awesome surrounding bike path right in the hotel’s front yard, they also offer free kayaks and bikes for your use. I’d absolutely recommend taking advantage of them if you stay during the warmer months. The views of the city from the Charles are awesome and the area is always teeming with activity when it’s nice outside. Had my knee not been bothering me, I probably would have gone for a run along the river during my stay.

All the staff were so friendly and helpful throughout my quick, but awesome stay. A big thanks to Kimpton for having me! I actually shot a workout in the hotel room before I left (checkout isn’t until noon so I had some time to work there Friday morning) and that’ll be up on the blog tomorrow. It’s great for doing while traveling or any time you’re short on space and equipment.

For more details on Hotel Marlowe’s Feel Om-azing Package you can visit their website

Have you ever done a wellness package at a hotel or other healthy travel program?


Traveling to Costa Rica with a Big Group: Our Favorite Excursions & Where We Stayed

Poas Volcano, Costa RicaI’m sure all of you who follow me on Instagram are like yeahhhh I’ve seen enough of this trip thank you very much (pretty sure I ‘grammed like three times a day haha), but I want to share the highlights from my amazing week in Costa Rica with everyone else.

My grandparents on my mom’s side are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this year and wanted to get the family together for a big trip–no small undertaking considering they have four children and nine grandchildren. It’s a rare, beautiful gift to have both your grandparents in your life as long as I have, and I’m so beyond thankful for the trip. I hate to get sappy, but it really did fill me with so much gratitude for my Mimi and Papa and the crazy big family with which they’ve blessed me.

Before this turns into an overly emotional hashtag-blessed tumblr rant, let’s get to the travel guide. Hopefully it’ll give you some good ideas if you ever plan a trip to Costa Rica because we did A LOT. My aunt planned the whole thing and did a great job of progressing it from jam-packed days of activity at the beginning to relaxing days at the beach at the week’s end. It was perfect!

Throughout this post, I’ll be linking to the Trip Advisor pages for the hotels we stayed at and excursions we did so that you can read others’ reviews of them as well if you’re considering adding anything to your own travels. Full disclosure, I’m part of the Trip Advisor affiliate program, so if you were to click over to them using any of the following links and book an activity or stay through their site, I’d get like a solid 5-15 cents. Holl-er! 🙂

Expediciones Tropicales

Because we were such a large group and ages varied from 20 to 83 and we were hopping around to various parts of the country, we used Expediciones Tropicales to guide us through the trip. They provided us with a shuttle bus and Misa, who was THE BEST, acted as our guide throughout the week. I highly recommend them if you’re with a big group (or want to be part of one) and want to hit some of the major “touristy” attractions CR has to offer.

To give you a general idea of our trip, we started towards the center of the country and slowly made our way to the west coast.

Crowne Plaza Corobici

The first two nights, we stayed at the Crowne Plaza Corobici which was a nice hotel in San Jose, but we really just used it as a place to crash at night after a long day of activities outside the city so I don’t have too much to say about it. The breakfast and dinner buffets were great and they had a small casino which was a pretty hilarious scene (picture my 6′ 6″ dad in a touristy straw hat playing poker next to a chain-smoking, 4-foot-nothing elderly Costa Rican woman).

Zip Lining & Rainforest Aerial Tram in Braulio Carrillo National Park

Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica -- zip lining

Braulio Carrillo National Park was a 40ish-minute drive from San Jose. When we got there for our rainforest adventure, we had the option to go zip-lining or do the Aerial Tram (a gondola that takes you up through the rainforest canopies. My grandparents opted for the tram ride and the rest of us went for zip-lining. I loved it! There are a dozen or so lines throughout the forest canopies, and you hike in between some of them, while you perch in a tree house platform while you hook off and on in between others. The rides start short and the lines gradually get longer and more daring as you go.  Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica -- zip lining Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica -- zip lining Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica -- zip lining

I so desperately wish I hadn’t lost my GoPro on this trip! I luckily had downloaded a few pictures beforehand, but the helmut video footage I took while zip-lining is all lost. 🙁

Sarapiquí River Boat Tour

Sarapiqui River Boat Tour, Costa RicaAfter zip lining and lunch, we went to the nearby Sarapiquí River for a boat ride. I wouldn’t say this is a must-do, but we spotted some awesome wildlife while slowly riding up and down the river–sloths, exotic birds, massive iguanas, a crocodile. There’s a little open-air building with a bar by the dock where we enjoyed some fresh fruit and coffee afterwards.

We returned to our hotel in San Jose at the end of the day. It was a bit of a drive back–about an hour and a half on the bus. The next morning we checked out and headed out for another busy day of activities …

Doka Estate Coffee Tour

Doka Estate Coffee Tour, Costa RicaWe took off bright an early and (fittingly) started the day with a tour of the Doka Estate coffee plantation and processing plant. They served us breakfast and then gave us a tour of the whole coffee process–from growing the plants to processing them in the wet mill to brewing the final bean. I like learning about stuff like this and seeing how foods are made so I really enjoyed the tour. It’s short and sweet so I’d recommend pairing the activity with another nearby excursion (there are tons in the Poas Volcano region) like we did. Doka Estate Coffee Tour, Costa Rica Doka Estate Coffee Tour, Costa RicaI bought a couple bags of Doka coffee at the end of the tour that I gave as a gift–highly recommend their house blend if you go!

Poás Volcano

Poas Volcano, Costa RicaPoás Volcano was a smelly hike (the sulfur from the volcano smells like farts) but worth it–the view was amazing! From where you park, it’s a quick walk up along a paved path to see the main crater. From there, you can continue the hike into a forested area up another 15 minutes or so to another beautiful view of a lake formed out of another volcano crater. Poas Volcano, Costa Rica

If you take the hike to this second spot, it doesn’t smell like farts. Important information, I know.

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Costa RicaLa Paz Waterfall Gardens are one part hike through the jungle along several waterfalls and one part zoo. There are bird cages you can walk through, a butterfly garden, and bigger animal exhibits. La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Costa Rica La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Costa Rica La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Costa Rica

By the animal exhibits is a big dining area where we had a buffet-style lunch. The food here was more “Americanized” and less authentic (french fries and pizza instead of rice and beans) but there were some healthy options to be found as well. From there, you can take a hiking trail along the several nearby waterfalls. La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Costa RicaSick of looking at pictures of me and Joe standing in front of things? Too bad. From here we traveled to our second hotel where we’d stay two nights …

Hotel Arenal Manoa

Arenal Manoa Hotel & Spa, Costa RicaLike our first stop in San Jose, Hotel Arenal Manoa was really just a place for us to rest our head at night. We didn’t spend too much time at the resort because we were so busy with excursions, something I actually regret looking at the reviews of this place on Trip Advisor–why the hell didn’t I take advantage of that pool?! The suites are spread throughout Hotel Arenal’s grounds in a sort of duplex set-up. The rooms were spacious, although a tad outdated if I have to be critical, and each had a backyard. The restaurant/bar area was also spacious and open to the outdoors which made for an awesome atmosphere. Arenal Manoa Hotel & Spa, Costa Rica Arenal Manoa Hotel & Spa, Costa Rica

If you want a lot of nature and a quieter vibe, this is the place for you.

Arenal Hanging Bridges

Arenal Hanging Bridges Park , Costa RicaThe Arenal Hanging Bridges was the only activity that we all agreed we could have done without. Not because it was bad–we’d just already done similar activities the day before. Located in the Arenal Volcano National Park, it’s a nature hike through the rainforest with a dozen hanging bridges throughout the trail. At one point there’s a waterfall you can walk down to, and there’s an opportunity to see wildlife, although we weren’t so lucky. Crossing the longer bridges was really cool (they sway and rock as you all walk across them), but I wouldn’t say this is a must-do activity. Arenal Hanging Bridges Park , Costa Rica Arenal Hanging Bridges Park , Costa RicaArenal Hanging Bridges Park , Costa Rica Arenal Hanging Bridges Park , Costa Rica This took up a good chunk of the morning and we followed it up with a lunch organized by our tour company.

Tabacon Grand Spa Hot Springs

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Springs in Arenal, Costa Rica.I think this was my favorite afternoon of the whole trip! The Tabacon Thermal Resort was located right by our hotel. Although we weren’t guests (I’d imagine this would be a heavenly place to stay if you travel to the Arenal area!), we had wristbands through our tour group to access the spa for the day (anyone can purchase a day pass). Naturally heated by the nearby Arenal Volcano, Tabacon Spa is an enchanting, sprawling garden of hot pools, rivers and small, cascading waterfalls weaving through what can best be described as one-part jungle, one-part resort pool area. You can wander along the paths until you find a calm spring to soak in, or you can treat the maze of springs like a jungle gym, swim/climbing from one to the next. I did my fair share of both! Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Springs in Arenal, Costa Rica Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Springs in Arenal, Costa Rica

In addition to the natural springs, there are several small (manmade) tubs and one larger pool area equipped with a waterslide and swim-up, tiki-style bar. At one point in the afternoon, it started raining so we huddled under the bar roof sitting in the warm water and sipping on frozen margaritas. It was perfect! Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Springs in Arenal, Costa Rica Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Springs in Arenal, Costa Rica

WEARING | Crochet High Neck Bikini Top by Bettinis c/o Shopbop

We also had dinner at the spa which was was a sprawling buffet with plenty of healthy options. After dinner, we spent a final night at Arenal Manoa Hotel. The next morning, we headed to the coast (a 5-hour drive) to finish out our vacation at the beach.

The Westin Playa Conchal The Westin Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

The Westin Playa Conchal is an all-inclusive resort on the western coast of Costa Rica. We all LOVED it. The resort is sprawling–there’s a golf course, tennis courts, a (small) gym, little shops, multiple restaurants and buffet-style dining areas, two huge pool areas and, of course, the beach. After the go-go-go pace of the first half of our trip, lounging at the Westin for three days was the PERFECT way to end our vacation.

The Westin Playa Conchal, Costa Rica The Westin Playa Conchal, Costa RicaWEARING | MIKOH Banyans String Racerback Bikini Top c/o Shopbop

The food. All inclusive can be hit-or-miss, but I was beyond impressed by the food at the Westin. First of all, 24/7 room service is included and the menu is delicious. I had the portobello mushroom wrap delivered to the room like four times in the three days. Judge me!

Next up, the restaurants. They don’t seem to have names (they do, but I don’t know what they are), everyone–staff included–refers to them by the cuisine: The French Restaurant, The Italian Restaurant, etc. You have to make reservations to eat at these, and it seems they limit this each night (do it in advance!), but the meal is also included in your stay. Everything I got was amazing. The portion sizes are on the smaller size, but you are getting top notch dishes. We ate at the French place one night and the Italian place the other–both get an A+. The Westin Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

The main buffet dining area that’s open for breakfast and lunch is huge–plenty of options to satisfy you regardless of dietary preferences. They have this one area called “Superfoods” that is pretty hilarious–picture random bowls of healthy foods that have nothing to do with each other (baby carrots, raisins, quinoa)–but they also have non-comical healthy options. 🙂

The pool & beach. The main pool area is huge. I don’t know where mid December ranks in tourist season, but it didn’t feel overcrowded at all. There’s a swim-up pool bar (get a frozen mojito!) and an area with ping pong and other games next to one of the lounge chair areas. From this pool area, you can walk onto the beach. The Westin Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

The beach feels somewhat separate from the resort. You walk through a fence by the pool area and then down a little path to the beach. Along the path are local vendors selling trinkets out of their trunk and offering cheap massages (GET ONE! $20 for an hour long massage on the beach–and it’s a GOOD massage). The beach is a secluded cove so the water is calm and perfect for swimming. If you want to surf, do a day trip to Tamarindo, a nearby surf town. The Westin Playa Conchal, Costa Rica The Westin Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

This sounds weird to mention, but the only downside to the resort is how slippery the pool area is. I felt like I was going to wipe out every time I got out of the water. Also, the drinks are weak, but that’s to be expected at an all-inclusive resort. 😉

The rooms. LOVED the rooms. Each two-story condo building is divided into eight (ish?) suites. You walk onto a deck and then through big glass doors, which open up into a living area with kitchenette, dining table, couch, desk, ottoman. Up a couple steps is an elevated bedroom section that looks out over the couch (kinda pictured below). I had all these cool wide angle pictures of the room but … RIP GoPro.

The Westin Playa Conchal, Costa Rica WEARING | MINKPINK Indigo Waters Halter Dress c/o Shopbop (currently on sale!!)

And that was the trip! I had been to Costa Rica once before in high school (Mal Pais area) and really love the country. I can’t recommend it enough for your next vacation!

Have you been to Costa Rica before? Where’d you go? What’d you do?