Travel Guide: Honolulu

Travel Guide: Honolulu

Aloha from Honolulu! I’ve discovered a new favorite work/play destination– Hawaii! Over the last few months, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to the island two times in less than two months (and hopefully there will be many more). I know that the last thing I have to do is sell you on the benefits of going to a place that’s quite literally paradise, just the clear blue ocean and warm sand is reason enough, but I put together a travel guide for Honolulu for those of you who may be traveling there this summer. Eat: 53 by the Sea  When in Hawaii it should be a requirement to indulge in seafood and, lucky for me, seafood is my absolute favorite. For my fellow aficionados, you must go to 53 by the Sea; Not only will you be completely blown away by the food, but the view is absolutely breathtaking. My personal recommendation is the Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi, so delectable that it melts in your mouth. Cocktails: Duke’s Waikiki Nothing makes me feel like indulging in cocktails than warm winds at night, so I was thrilled when I came across Duke’s Waikiki. Duke’s has fun cocktails, a Japanese dinner menu for small bites, gorgeous views, and a rich history. As it turns out, this incredible place is named after Hawaiian legend Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, an Olympic gold medalist (for swimming) and thirteen-time Sheriff of the city and county of Honolulu. Hair: Salon Blanc As a Master Hair Colorist, I am absolutely enamored with what I do and it is difficult for me to find others who share my level of passion for hair, but at Salon Blanc I found my tribe. The owner, Alan V, and the group of incredible colorists who work there are incredibly talented people whose love for what they do is blatantly apparent in their impressive dedication and beautiful results. What a pleasure it was to teach this remarkable group! If you need anything hair-related in Honolulu you shouldn’t look any further than Salon Blanc. Hotel: The Modern Honolulu My favorite hotel in Honolulu is definitely The Modern Honolulu. I am all about sleek minimalism, and this hotel is an impeccable example of that type of design. I also love the array of options when it comes to the hotel views; you can enjoy a view of the yacht harbor, ocean, city, or pool while you relax and enjoy the beautiful weather on your furnished terrace. Shop: Luxury Row I don’t know why, but shopping is always so much more fun for me if I do it while I travel. If you are like me and like to indulge when you are away, look no...

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Travel Guide: Chicago

Travel Guide: Chicago

I am unbelievably lucky- I have two incredible cities that I get to call home: Los Angeles, which is my current home base, and Chicago, my native city. Making the decision to move to LA was not an easy one; As excited as I was about LA sunshine, I knew that I would miss the Windy City (and my amazing, beautiful, incredibly tight-knit family). Flash forward nearly a decade later and I find myself in the position as a Master Hair Colorist where I get to travel (and travel a lot) for work- I am on an airplane multiple times a month and one of my top destinations is always Chicago. A few days ago, as I was packing to fly back there once again, I thought of all of the awesome places I was looking forward to visiting once I landed, and it dawned on me that you might love to hear some of my recommendations. Below is a list of my Top Five Destinations in Chicago: Fitness: East Bank Club For me, the quality of the gym I go to really matters because it actually inspires me to work out. I can’t just go to a room with a bunch of fitness equipment, it simply won’t cut it. Enter the East Bank Club- this place is gorgeous and it offers the most extensive list of quality workout classes, there is something going on almost every single hour. There is also an array of options for dining, a juice bar, and a sun deck. It is pretty much a great place to hang out for the day! Hair Heaven: Bravco I am a Master Hair Colorist so no matter where you are I am going to be looking out for your hair. This small, family-owned shop off Oak Street has an extensive inventory of quality hair and beauty products- it’s like a beauty mecca! Shopping: Space519 This cute shop is a fashionista’s heaven; It carries a refined collection of clothing, home decor, and beauty products, and their setup is too cute for words. If you want to see for yourself, check out their adorable Instagram account (@space_519). Visit: Millennium Park This park definitely lives up to the hype. It was originally created to celebrate the millennium (hence the name), but ended up opening in 2004, three years behind schedule. You should add it to your list of places to check out when you visit Chicago. The Garfield Conservatory as well as the Wrigley Field should be sight-seeing priorities as well. Eat: Maple & Ash Gorgeous restaurant with food so good that I dare say its other-worldly. I am a huge fan of seafood, so I recommend the King Crab...

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