The Musts: NY Summer
The key to a good NY summer is to be outside! Here are some top outdoor spots in the city:
Have a picnic at Central park
Go to a movie on the lawn in Central Park
Do an outdoor workout
Literally any outdoor restaurant in Brookfield Place is ideal: Le District, PJ Clarke's, Seamore's, etc.
Comfortable chic. You can go jeans and a basic tee or a summer dress. Sneakers are perfect for both this season.
The Musts: Chicago
Another place I've been to twice and loved more the second time around: Chicago!
Layers are the name of the game here. Even in the summer, temperatures drop quickly at night.
The Musts: LA and More
LA is pretty amazing - where else has beaches and mountains? There is so much to do from surfing to shopping, working on your fitness to going to wineries, hanging by the pool to scooting around on a bird, and so.much.more.
Of course there are tons of great places to eat. Here are a few favorites in Malibu, Venice, Santa Monica, and LA:
Like food, drinks are plenty in LA. Some favorites:
SKIP the SLS. Unfortunately the cons outway the pros here for us ladies. Cons: bad lighting and mirror space, cute bathtub that overflows every time you shower. Pros: drivers accessible during the day and apples in the lobby :). My 2 favorite hotels I've stayed at are:
Dress to impress!
The Musts: Costa Rica
I am OBSESSED with Costa Rica. I've only been twice: once to Santa Teresa to ring in the new year and once to Tamarindo for a yoga & adventure retreat with Ketanga Fitness (Check them out - Britney is an amazing yoga instructor and Stacy an amazing planner!). Although the activities are the same both places, they have a different vibe - Santa Teresa much more remote and Tamarindo more built up. I felt safer in Tamarindo and more adventurous and free in Santa Teresa. And I highly recommend them both.
*If you chose Santa Teresa, know that most places only take cash
Obviously go for fish when you're in Costa Rica. It's fresh AF. PS - not every restaurant looks the same in Costa Rica, just my favorites :)
Every day is an appropriate day for happy hour in Costa Rica. And if you're looking to go out later, the whole town goes to the one place each night. Ask a local every day and they'll let you know!
Bathing suits, workout clothes, shorts, and cotton dresses should do the trick! Definitely invest in a one piece wetsuit. Mine is from RipCurl.
ALWAYS WEAR FLATS! No one is wearing heels/wedges + it would be impossible to walk in them.
The Musts: 2 Weeks In France
I've been to France two times now and have to say, I enjoyed this second time around much more. Here were the key differences:
|Trip One||Trip Two|
|Europe trip||France only trip|
|5 days in France||8 days in France|
|3 locations: Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris||4 locations: Champagne, St. Tropez, Cannes, Paris|
|got around by Uber/subway||rented a car through the end of Cannes|
From trip two, I've put together a list of things to do, places to eat, and of course what to pack and wear in each French city:
#1 on the list couldn't be more obvious - go to the champagne houses! One is probably enough though. The history of champagne is the history of champagne no matter what house tells you.
Recommended: Veuve Cliquot
Skip: Moet Chandon. This is where basic middle aged people who are suckers for advertising go. Yes, Moet Chandon is the most consistent selling brand, but it feels like your tour guide is a robot. We get that Moet Chandon sells and we get that Napoleon Bonaparte was your friend. Next.
Le Parc Restaurent Les Crayeres. Get the tasting menu #treatyourself
Easily be in the same floral maxi all day. Bring a jacket for the caves of the champagne house
This is a shopping and partying town! If that's not your scene, skip it.
Not into napping? There is a cute bar on the corner of town with live music, very cheap drinks, and amazing service.
Lunch: 50/Beach Club
Dinner: L'Opera. Be prepared to be entertained all night
Make your outfit multi-functional if you plan to be out all day and night. I wore a bathing suit under a basic bodysuit and wrap maxi skirt. I was able to change into shorts when the skirt started dragging at night with 0 problem.
Lunch: Le Guerite. This restaurant is remote, which is half its charm. Take the ferry to Isle de St Margueirte (15 minutes, 15 euro round trip) and take a sketchy walk through the woods - don't worry, you're on the right path.
Day: Any beachy ensemble is perfect
Night: Think classier beach ensemble
If you've never been, go ahead and sprinkle in the tourist attractions, just don't overdue it.
- Take the train to Parc du Jardin to see the Eiffel Tower
- See the buskers and I love you wall in Abbesses
Looking for a tour? Food tours > walking tours. I HIGHLY recommend Secret Food Tours in Martes. And do not book dinner this night!
There are so many options in Paris. Pro tips I picked up from my amazing food tour guide: If there is a special of the day, don't eat there. The smaller the menu, the better the food.
Looking for a bakery? Montmatre has a different water system than the rest of Paris, which makes their bread even better. My favorite artisan bakery: Coquilecot.
Nightlife: You can't really go wrong here, but definitely make a night of hopping around speakeasies.
- Lulu White: filled with Canadian bartenders
- Little Red Door
- Experimental Cocktail: way better than the location that shut down in NYC
Shoes: a nicer flat, easy-to-walk in bootie, or fashion sneaker should do the trick