Here are a few pictures from our recent family trip to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. We had so much fun. I was a little worried taking all the kids but it was worth it. We wanted to go on a family trip before the hubby started his new job and will be tied down for the summer. Just a short 3-hour trip from NYC, and you don’t need passports. The Virgin Islands is a great destination for beach-front snorkeling and there is so much to see. The kids loved it! I ate fresh seafood and fish every day. And the island-grown fruit was amazing! We stayed at the Buccaneer which has a gorgeous property and this really great running trail that I used every morning. Have a great weekend!
During my children’s winter break, we went and checked out the PEZ factory to see exactly how the iconic candy is packaged. It was pretty cool seeing how the candy has evolved over time, beginning in the 1927 as just a peppermint in Germany and then becoming apart of American pop culture. The first character dispenser was Popeye in 1950. My older two have started a Pez collection–I’m definitely going to keep it undercontrol though. We don’t need boxes of empty Pez dispensers.
Last week my kids had no school because it was winter break. Somewhere warm and tropical was where I was hoping we’d be for the week, but instead we ended up in Boston–which is about 10 degrees colder than where I am. We still had a really fun time. We covered most of the Freedom Trail, which is historic and patriotic and makes me appreciate the country’s founding fathers. Boston has an amazing, modern four-floor children’s museum. My kids were in heaven. If you have kids and are visiting Boston, the children’s musuem is a must. We stayed at the Omni Parker Hotel, which is very historic and where the boston cream pie was invented. Yes, we tried the original–it was good. My favorite site I saw on the Freedom Trail? The USS Constitution.
Winter escapes to the mountain to enjoy a day of snowboarding is something I really miss since becoming a city girl. So I was a little sad that there was no snow to be had on my visit to the beautiful Sierra Nevadas. But staying at this amazing cabin made up for it and the breathtaking views of Donner Lake right from the comfort of being indoors.
Most of the cabin’s furniture and built-ins were handmade with wood from the property. Modern technology and heated floors made the cabin feel like a home.
The weekend before Valentine’s Day, I headed to my hometown of Reno Nevada to hold a jewelry trunk show, which was a huge success and a BIG THANKS to everyone that came out and spread the word and bought some jewels. It was so great seeing some old friends and I wish so much that the night lasted much longer than it did, so I could catch up on every detail of the 10 years I’ve missed in their lives.
Since I was in town alone with no kids, I decided to stay the weekend and spend it with some of my best girlfriends that I’ve known since I was a little toddler. One day we spent a full-day at a spa resort. That’s right–the ENTIRE day at the spa! It was amazing. We went to the Atlantis Spa, which has a full gym, heated pools, light-therapy lounge, laconium relaxation lounge and spa treatments. The papaya facial was one of my favorites. And they had all these flavored water throughout the spa with recipe cards. My favorite was the kiwi cinnamon water. Yum.
The next day we headed up to Donner Lake, which is on the way to California and about 30 mins from Lake Tahoe and 20 mins from Reno. If there was snow we would have gone skiing but the weather has been so dry this winter. There was barely any snow. We stayed at this beautiful, newly built cabin (I’ll post pictures in another post) that was more like a home. And we just hung out, stayed up late, watched chick flicks, caught up on our lives, laughed alot.
This is the mountain town of Truckee, which has some really cute shops!
I love my friends!
The last few days I’ve been in Las Vegas, sans children, and had the opportunity to try out the new cafe Bread & Butter with my girl Ashley. The former head pastry chef of Bouchon just recently opened up the gourmet restaurant. Seriously, the food is divine and serves some of the best homemade food. We ordered the ham & cheese pretzel sandwich because we heard how yummy it was and oh boy! It was quite a naughty little sandwich that had me practically licking the crumbs off the plate. So good. The strawberry kale salad was scrumptious! And they were kind enough to load up a box of mouth-watering pastries–pumpkin pie, banana nutella pie, apple tart, chocolate cupcakes, cranberry muffin, cinnamon roll, pretzel buns.
For those who live local or planning to visit NYC, the store Century 21 (the TJmax to high-end designer wear apparel) just opened their second Manhattan store on the upper west side near Lincoln center. If you have ever shop their downtown location near ground zero, their store is a madhouse every time I’ve gone and I always leave on the verge. But I hear their upper west side location is easier to navigate within the store and they actually have real dressing rooms!
The uber-haute Cosmopolitan Hotel, located right in the center of the Las Vegas strip, is not your typical Vegas hotel. Not overly large, the interior style is modern but elegantly chic with numerous chandelier crystal swags hanging from high ceilings. The hotel attracts a much younger crowd; so instead of being greeted with slot machines right when you enter the doors, you are greeted with a party-hopping nightclub. Their lineup of concerts are pretty good–Adele and Death Cub for Cutie were both playing to sold-out shows the weekend I was there in Vegas. Anyway, I had to check out the hotel since I heard so much rave about it. My girlfriend Ashley and I had fun with a mini-photoshoot. Ashley was my beautiful model.
I walked past a Baked by Melissa cupcake shop when I was in the City last week. Tiny-bite size cupcakes–slightly bigger than the size of a quarter. We are talking really small cupcakes! And each one is frosted with toppings and some are stuffed. Tiny cupcakes are all the rave right now. Good if you want just a taste but not the post-dessert guilt.