Jetsetter: 4 Warm Weather Getaways

I just arrived back in Chicago after a quick trip to LA and I’m already missing any temperature above 60 degrees. Guys, I don’t know about you but I am officially over this whole winter thing. Wearing 4 layers under my parka just to walk down the street is really starting to put a damper on things. You’d think I’d be used to Midwest winters by now.

As my brain is physically craving the sun, spring feels so close yet so far.  So I’ve come up with a new game plan. Why deprive yourself of a little Vitamin D when you can hop on a plane and jet set to just about any tropical place in the world. But if you can’t just ditch town for a few days, I found that the best way to combat vacation cravings is to bight the bullet and book your next getaway. Bring your SO or plan a guy’s trip. It’ll give you something to look forward to and hopefully distract you from the plummeting temperature.

I’ve rounded up my top 4 favorite destinations to ensure sun-kissed tans and ocean views that will get you to get through these next few months. But don’t forget your carry-on essentials (check out my carry-on essentials guide).

St. Barths

This French-speaking, Caribbean island is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches (16 to be exact). If that alone doesn’t sell you, then read on.

If you are a first time traveler to this unique spot, I have a few recommendations to keep in mind. The island’s vibe is casual and laid back with a Parisian flare. There’s an array of awesome hotels to stay at – and did I mention 16 beaches? I would recommend the newly renovated, Hotel Le Toiny St Barth. This hotel offers a selection of villas with breathtaking views of the island. For a casual, “no shoes” required lunch spot, O’Corail is a local favorite. There is so much to explore on this island, it is truly paradise. And definitely not below zero.

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South Beach Miami, Florida

Blue skies, sandy beaches, and the best DJ mixes. Miami will leave you feeling recharged. There is so much to explore in this high-energy city. Spend at least one day away from the pool and head over to the Wynwood Art District and experience Miami’s modern art scene. The endless graffiti murals bursting with color make for the perfect photo op.  If you don’t have at least one Instagram-worthy selfie to document your vacation, did you really go? (Kidding! Kinda…)

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Lanai, Hawaii Islands

As you can imagine, this island is ridiculously beautiful. It frequently is overlooked from the other Hawaiian Islands. But that’s what makes it so perfect. While the tourist population is crawling the other islands, you can enjoy some actual peace and quiet. If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing getaway, this island is definitely for you.

At this point you should be 100% sold, in which case you’ll need a hotel. I HIGHLY recommend, the Four Seasons Resort in Lanai.  If you can picture perfection, this resort is it.

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Malibu, California

You already know Cali holds a special place in my heart and Malibu is quintessential Southern California cool. California is one of my absolute favorite places to visit year round. Another laid back destination, with the best organic eats, farmers markets and surf shops. The culture is so different in the best way possible. Plus, Malibu sunsets are like a scene from a Nicholas Sparks movie – seriously breathtaking.

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If you haven’t already booked a flight, I applaud your self-control. Becuase I already booked a flight to California next month. If I never come back, don’t be surprised!

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10 New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep

I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but you know how the holidays can be. Hope you all didn’t miss me too much! In light of the New Year, I want to dedicate to today’s post to resolutions. I’m not talking about crazy and impractical goals like “I am NEVER going to eat chocolate again.” Alright for some people that may be plausible, but you get the picture.

After the holidays robbed our bank accounts and added 5+ pounds onto our physiques, New Years could not come at a better time. While NYE is a celebration of the passage of time and coming of a new year, it also gives us the chance to hit ‘reset’ on our lives. But by making unrealistic goals, you will only let yourself down. We need goals that we can rely on and better ourselves from.

A year ago, I was in a very different place in my life. I felt lost and disconnected from who I wanted to be. On January 1st, 2016 I vowed to workout everyday, pursue my dreams, and live an overall more rounded life. And I did just that. Not only did fitness become a part of my daily regimen, but I also started Well-Tailored Life.

This year, let’s reach our goals together. Check out my list of New Year’s Goals You Can Actually Keep below and join me in my 2017 resolutions. Let’s do this!

10 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

  1. Write a happy thought every morning when you wake up
  2. ‘Unplug’ for at least 1 hour a day to reflect.
  3. Turn off all lights when you leave your home
  4. Put away $20 a week to save up for something
  5. Opt to take the stairs instead of the elevator
  6. Stop procrastinating and make a To-do list
  7. Spend more time with family
  8. Drink 8 glasses of water a day
  9. Get more sleep
  10. Learn something new everyday

San Francisco

I visited San Francisco for the first time recently and fell in love with the city.  I never expected it would be so cold in July! I had always heard the Bay area could be windy, but the chilly weather was totally unexpected. Thankfully I brought my favorite leather jacket.

San Francisco reminds me of many of the European cities I have visited in my life. It definitely has an older feel, and I loved that. Old brick walk up buildings, cobblestone streets, dark alleys, and gorgeous views from every direction. The food was really good, although coming from the one of the best food cities in the world, I have pretty high standards. I enjoyed walking through the fisherman’s wharf and seeing all of the food vendors. I had to indulge in some of the city’s famous clam chowder.

I absolutely loved Ghirardelli square, where the original Ghirardelli factory was built 160 years ago. This part of the Fisherman’s wharf is bustling, with loads of shops, tourists and attractions. It was awesome to walk along the water for this long stretch and see all of the sights.

The public transportation in San Francisco is awesome. I took the BART and I have to say it is much cleaner (and also more predictable!) than Chicago’s rail system. I also took the trolley, which, as cliche as it is, was awesome. Honestly, that was the best way to see the city. Rolling up and down the hills of some of San Francisco’s most well known streets was incredible.

Overall I loved the atmosphere of San Francisco. Although, after having endured Chicago’s long winters for so many years, I am not sure I could live somewhere that is that cold in summer, I really loved visiting. The shopping is some of the best in the world, and the sights are truly magnificent. Though the city is small, there is so much to see and do, you can’t do everything in one trip.

I will definitely be back– I hear October is their warmest month! There is loads more shopping to be done, plus I want to check out the Museum of Modern Art, among other museums, and take a day trip to Alcatraz, for sure. San Francisco has colorful and exciting streets, often decorated with crazy people, but it always bustling, and I love that. I enjoyed that it was like New York, with it’s big city feel. = There is something, though, about the relaxed feel of Northern California that left me totally at ease in this new city. It lacked the high-stress that is often associated with New York, and I really loved that about San Francisco.

I think it is safe to say I left my heart in San Francisco!