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.

Fake It ‘Til You Make It

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this concept of Fake it ’til you make it. We hear it a lot, but what does it really mean?

Let’s start out by saying no one likes a fake. No one wants to be friends with that girl who is one way to your face and another when she leaves the room. No one likes the person who is super fake on Instagram when really you know she is someone completely different in real life – yawn. I think we’re all kind of over that.

Now it’s all about being authentic, real and showing your true colors. I think we can all appreciate that. So, faking it ’til you make it is not actually about being fake, but it’s about a mindset.

I’ve seen this idea play out in my life a lot recently. I’ll preface this by saying I am not good at it. I wear my heart on my sleeve and am usually pretty open with people. If I meet you and connect with you right off the bat, chances are I’ll let you in pretty quickly. While I don’t necessarily think this is a bad quality to have, it sometimes bites me in the ass, because after talking about an issue or a problem going on in my life multiple times to multiple people, it doesn’t make me feel better, but usually worse. What a concept, right?!

I’ll give a couple examples.

A lot of my sweet friends have been asking lately, excitedly, “So how’s the blog going? It looks like you’re doing so many cool/fun/great things!” to which my response has typically been something like “Ugh thanks, it’s not that good… I don’t have any free time to work on it so it’s not where I want it to be. Blah blah blah…”  Why not just say “Thank you so much, I really love doing it! I’m really passionate about it!” and work with the mindset of, ‘damn, it is going pretty well and something I should be proud of’ – even though it may not be exactly where I want it just yet – fake it ’til you make it.

Another one. I’ve been taking barre3 classes for about three months now. My boyfriend and I both try to live pretty healthy lifestyles and have made working out a regular part of our routines, so he’ll often ask me “How’s barre going?” and I immediately say something like “Oh, you know, it’s going okay…” instead of “It’s going really well! My butt feels firmer, I feel great after I leave class AND my triceps are so sore!” Just because I’m not at the “end of my journey” and just because I don’t have this amazing body after three months of doing this workout, I’m hesitant to fully answer the question. Why is that?

It reminds me of that saying: Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys. 

We love to tell people about our problems, because we think it’ll make us feel better – which, sometimes it does – but when we repeat the same issues over and over again, it makes it nearly impossible to clear our minds of them.

So, I think the concept of Fake it ’til you make it means adapting the mindset of where you want to be when you have “made it.” For me, it means accepting where I am with my blog and being proud of it, as if I’ve already made it to *big time blogger status* and being happy with where I am in my journey with barre3, without putting pressure on myself to not really talk about it until I reach “the end” and achieve the results I’m looking to achieve.

It simply comes down to being confident and secure and owning where you are in life.

So tell me, what area of life do you think you can apply the Fake it ’til you make it concept in? I’d love to know!

Happy weekend, babes!

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!