Monday, September 8, 2014

The Viceroy Miami & The Juice Spot

We're going to be jumping around here, mmmkay? Mostly because I have a backlog of things I want to share. 

So backing up to my work trip to Miami...

I worked all weekend, which gave me Monday and Tuesday off, so we decided to stay down in Miami for two days before heading home to Chicago. I pricelined a 5-star hotel and ended up with The Viceroy Miami. I have a style crush on Kelly Wearstler (she does the interiors for the The Viceroy) and I have stayed at The Viceroy in Palm Springs, so I knew it was going to be fabulous. 

As expected, the room was chic and stylish. As soon as we dropped our bags, we put on our swimsuits and headed to the rooftop pool. The pool was really long and had a beautiful view of the city.  We enjoyed the sunshine and the spectacular ocean views until the World Cup game started and we moved into the restaurant for some TV time. After the game we showered up and went for a walk to find some dinner. 

After my hospital stay, I really appreciated loose clothing since I still had some bloating and incisions in my back. I grabbed this Tory Burch Sweater (now on sale!) before I headed down to Miami and paired it with C.Wonder boyfriend jeans and gold Jack Rogers. I was craving sushi, so we found Doraku Sushi on Yelp and split a bunch of different roles. There also may have been a 10 min after dinner walk for froyo...

The next morning, my husband was eager to hit the gym. Upon getting released from the hospital, I was not allowed to work out, so I decided to join him for an extremely slow treadmill walk. We walked through The Viceroy spa on the way to the gym and I was in awe of the whimsical design of the waiting area. Next time I need to have a treatment and experience this magical lap of luxury.

After his workout and my snail-paced treadmill walk, we went to breakfast at The Juice Spot. My husband typically leaves me to select restaurants on vacation since I am a huge Yelper (follow me HERE), but this place was his request. It is in a weird location, but has a huge draw since it is owned by Savannah James (Lebron's wife) and he is constantly giving it social media shout outs.

 The menu has smoothies, juices, and bowls and each one looks better than the next. We decided to split Chef B's Acai Bowl and The Spot Oatmeal.

Both were phenomenal. I have had a Acai bowls at various places, but this one had the perfect combination of sweet and tart. The icy mixture was topped with granola, mango drizzle, blueberries, and sliced banana. 

The oatmeal reminded me of overnight oats, but had a thick gummy texture from the chia seeds.  I avoided the banana, but regardless, the oats themselves had the perfect touch of sweetness from vanilla whey and almond milk. I would love to get the recipe for this because both my husband and I loved it and the ingredients seem pretty straightforward.  Between the icy acai and the creamy vanilla oats, I had the most perfect breakfast. I will definitely be back to this place next time we are in Miami! 

We didn't have any of the smoothies or juices, but that will be something I look forward to trying next time.

Have you ever booked a "mystery" hotel on Priceline or Hotwire? This was my second time and both were great experiences. I use Betterbooking for intel on which hotels participate. 

Anyone have the inside scoop on the recipe for The Spot Oatmeal (or something similar)? 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

POPSUGAR Must Have July and August boxes

I'm still obsessed with the POPSUGAR boxes. I keep waiting for a bad one to stop the streak of awesomeness and kill the buzz, but each one has been better than the previous one.

My August box:

The Kendra Scott earrings alone (I think they cost around $58?) made the box worth its value. On top of the beautiful earrings, the box contained a bunch of other items I loved.

The Goodbyn dipper set is perfect for packing my lunch for the office and BPA-free. I also put the shower gel in our master bathroom and was surprised to get an unsolicited comment from my husband about how much he liked the new product I bought.  

I also wanted to give the July box a shout out (since I was MIA for so long). The highlights of this box were the adorable Acme paper straws, the jump rope, and the sun bum sunscreen and after sun cream. I had previously tried (and loved!) dang coconut chips in my Love with Food box, so they were also a pleasant surprise. 

Since we were planning our Turkey trip when this box arrived, I threw both of the Sun Bum creams into my luggage for the trip. I busted them open when we got to the beach and was impressed by the stats (paraben free and up to snuff by the Skin Cancer Foundation) and the awesome smell. I use a different sunscreen on my face and hands, but this was perfect for daily use on my body and didn't cause any breakouts. 

Fingers crossed September's box keeps the streak alive.

Want to give the PopSugar Must Have box a try? Use code: MustHaveYT to get $10 off your first box.

This is not a sponsored post, just an honest rambling about a monthly box that honestly gives me a bit of joy to come home to and contains some great products.  This link and the ones above are referral links, so use at your own discretion. I love honest reviews that I find online, so this is my way of paying it forward.