Everyone Could Use a Little Staycation

Hi babes! It’s officially the summertime and the perfect time for a staycation. I recently stayed at the Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown for an overnight staycation and had the best time relaxing and just having a cozy night in.

The hotel was super cute and modern, which I loved. They have this huge acrylic-looking staircase in the middle of the lobby that I’m obsessed with. (It was under renovation BUT it’s the perfect place for your IG pics, let me tell ya.)

I love the idea of a staycation because 1) the travel time is way shorter (luckily for me, I only live six minutes away) 2) you save money – because you’re eliminating the travel part 3) you can still hit up your fave spots 4) there’s just something boujee about staying in a hotel when you live – like – minutes away. Fun, fun.

So Friday evening, we headed over to the hotel for a fun night, which we obviously started with a little champs!

We proceeded to the lobby bar for a drink before heading out to one of our fave restaurants for a casual dinner – Superica. Guys, if you haven’t been here, drop what you’re doing, order an O.G. marg and the barbacoa tacos and thank me later. Life-changing.

Again, it was only a short Uber ride away so that was lovely. After dinner, we headed back to the hotel like the grandparents we are to stay in and watch some TV.

The hotel room, like the rest of the hotel, was very chic, clean and modern. Lots of bright whites, clean lines and just an overall modern design that I was very into.

And the bed was SO comfy. I could’ve slept in forever on Saturday!

Saturday morning, we woke up and headed to JP Atlanta in their lobby for brunch. We ordered the JP Omelette and Blueberry French Toast – because you’ve obviously gotta have sweet & savory. Both dishes were really, really good and the coffee was a’flowin’.

After brunch, we packed up and headed home! Spending just one night away from home was such a nice treat and something I highly recommend as a fun girls night, date night, or even by yourself. I would SO do a solo staycation, book a spa appointment, order room service and champagne – YES.

I’m off to take a barre3 class and lay out by my pool while reading my new obsession You Are a Badass (SO good.) Happy Saturday, babes.

This post was in collaboration with Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown. A big thank you to the hotel for hosting me! All opinions are my own.
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A Magical Self-Care Spa Day ft. exhale spa

I’ve been really into the concept of self-care lately. With our busy schedules and running around like crazy people all day long, I think it’s become more crucial than ever. I love a good face mask/tea/warm bath situation when I can squeeze it in, or even something not so extravagant like making myself a warm, nourishing breakfast instead of a fast smoothie or yogurt. Start weaving little self-care moments into your day and see what happens.

Today I want to talk about the ultimate self-care scenario – a trip to the spa!

I recently had the opportunity to enjoy the most incredible couples massage with Danny at exhale spa in Midtown. It was the whole shebang – zen music, infused water, essential oils and the most relaxing massage. I had tried out exhale before for its workout classes (love their barre and cycling), but when I got the chance to try a spa treatment I was so freakin’ excited.

Let me walk you through the day. 

So, D & I got to the Loews hotel in Midtown (exhale is located inside the hotel) about 20 minutes early and checked in. The space is absolutely gorgeous and so, so zen. It’s like they spray the air with something to make you calm and relaxed the second you walk in.  After filling out some brief paperwork, they led us to our respective bathrooms to get our robes on and get our spa day underway. I put on my plush, oversized robe and was ready for my rub-down.

We got the Couples Flow Massage (exhale’s signature massage) and it was pure relaxation. We got to each pick our own essential oil for our massage therapist to use (we both picked the citrusy “detox” one) and then we stripped down and got on our massage tables for some very much needed R&R. I think I dozed in and out of consciousness for the next hour, but it was amazing. Afterwards, we both felt so relaxed and refreshed.

We put our robes back on and headed to the hammam and sauna, where we sipped on cucumber water and hot tea and just chilled. No phones. No emails. It was great. 

Whether you can get to the spa or not, I think it’s critical to weave self-care practices into your everyday – whether it’s taking five minutes in the morning to sit with your coffee in silence, or taking a yoga class before a busy day – make the time to squeeze it in.

That being said, I highly recommend exhale for a spa therapy, because #TreatYoSelf, right? The kind staff, amazing amenities and zen atmosphere at exhale make it the perfect destination for you to reconnect with yourself or your significant other.

Hope you all are having an awesome week filled with lots of self-care !!! I’m off to go read and attempt to get to bed early for barre in the AM. Night!

Midtown’s Newest Fitness Haven: [solidcore]

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When I took my first class at [solidcore] in Midtown Atlanta, I knew they were onto something with this workout. Their custom machine, Sweatlana is a real ass-kicker, but in the best way. It’s one of those workouts where you’re saying “God I hate this; wow this burns; I’m killin’ it!; Get me off this thing; I’m so fierce!”… and etc. the entire time. Up and down, up and down. It’s so good, but it hurts like a B.

I know many of you are curious about the workout and the studio, so let’s break it down.

The studio: I don’t know about you guys, but for me, the overall feel of a fitness studio is definitely important. Sure, it’s not a make or break thing, but I love taking a class in a chic, trendy and clean studio and that’s definitely what [solidcore] Midtown is like. They’ve got a big, wood-planked Instagram Wall (yes, I’m officially coining that term) with [solidcore] in big, bold letters. And – my favorite part – spray painted under each machine is a cute little motivational quote. The chic vibe of the studio fits in perfectly with its location in the heart of midtown.

The machine: Sweatlana, [solidcore]’s machine designed specifically for their studios, includes eight springs for varied resistance, leather straps and it eliminates that annoying cover on the platform so you don’t have to lift up anything when changing out your springs. It’s also got a powder-coated aluminum based body and a pocket-free carriage.

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The workout: Megaformer classes have always kind of scared me. The slow movements just KILL – but they seriously work out your muscles like nobody’s biz. A lot of you have already asked me about the difference between this class and Stellar Bodies or SculptHouse, since they all utilize some type of megaformer machine. The [solidcore] class format is a high-intensity, yet low impact workout with extremely slow movements designed to lengthen and tone your body in just 50 minutes per class. Moves include planks, lunges, squats and all of your usual favorites, amped up by about 10,000 with the slowness and resistance. And you most DEFINITELY sweat. I truthfully don’t know why – maybe because your muscles are working so damn hard, your body’s rejecting it and making you sweat ?? – but you get a great sweat in with hardly any cardio-based exercises. My abs have never been more sore than they were after my second [solidcore] class and to me, that’s a sign that this workout works.

The instructors: The instructors are supportive, tough and relatable, all at the same time. There’s nobody that finds this workout easy, so they get that you’re literally struggling through it the whole time and they can relate to you while you’re powering through. They talk you through the entire thing and are there to help motivate you until the 50 minutes is up.

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Overall, this class is super tough but super rewarding. You feel like a badass walking out of that studio, which is what we all strive for, right?

Book your first class for only $10 now through January 31st. Tell them I sent you, & let me know what you think!