I’ve been incorporating more and more all natural, organic beauty products into my routine and wanted to share a few of my favorites with you! I keep coming back to this facial oil by Indie Lee. It’s only $32 – a fraction of the price of other facial oils – and keeps my skin feeling so hydrated. Use it in the morning or at night – and even add it to your foundation for a boosting effect. This coconut body polish from Herbivore is a treat to use weekly in the shower. I rub it in circular motions all over – and particularly around my butt/thigh area which needs more attention! It wakes up my skin and leaves it feeling uber soft! I did a blog post with iluminage years ago – and still use their silk eye mask to this day. It’s often sold out on Nordstrom because it’s so effective and well made. I notice a huge difference when I forget to pack it on trips! You are what you eat – which is why I incorporate collagen powder into my smoothies everyday. Vital Proteins just came out with this collagen creamer which adds the yummiest flavor to smoothies and baked goods! I haven’t been as good about dry brushing as normal lately and I definitely notice my digestion and circulation are a bit off so I’ll be dry brushing when I return home for sure! Call me crazy for purchasing an almost $100 glass water bottle filled with pink crystals – but I love it and it looks pretty on my desk/wherever I bring it and helps me drink more water since I always have it with me! I have heard such good things about The Beauty Chef products and just bought her cookbook! I’m looking forward to trying out her wellness products – particularly her inner glow beauty powder and collagen! I’ve heard that most leading makeup brand setting powders are extremely carcinogenic so I’ve been searching for a better option for a while now. This one from Jane Iredale has great reviews so I am going to test it out and report back! This conditioner smells HEAVENLY – I wish it were a perfume. The girl who created it lives in Venice and is just the sweetest. The conditioner and sea spray are my favorite products from her line. I’ve been hearing a ton of buzz around the line RMS Beauty – and judging from the reviews – it seems like I need this lip + cheek duo! What are some of your favorite wellness beauty products? Do tell!
It feels surreal to be writing this post 3+ years after one of the most painful and pivotal events in my life. I’ve wanted to write this for a long time, but I honestly wasn’t ready. Many of you who have been following me for years have asked me what happened, or messaged me for advice on how to get over a break up, but I couldn’t bear the thought of “reopening that wound” until now. I’m thankful that I’ve finally been able to heal and I wanted to share the things that really helped me work through that pain and thrive.
I dated my ex Tommy from the time I was 18 years old to the time I was almost 26 years old – a huge chunk of my young adult life (about 8 years.) He was my best friend, my rock, my everything. We moved in together immediately, bought a dog, and always thought we would get married and grow old together. Moving from Arizona to NYC was a huge step in our relationship and it was so fun exploring the city as young 20 somethings! After 8 years together and so many special life events, Tommy and I were just no longer compatible – we had grown apart. I won’t get into the details of how things ended but I will say that it was extremely sudden and shook me to my core. I was devastated and could barely eat or function for weeks. Losing Tommy and everything we had together – the routine and the familiarity was scary, confusing, painful, and overwhelming. BUT, I picked up the pieces and slowly but surely I rebuilt my life. Here are some things that helped me work through the pain and get over my breakup:
- Turn to your family and friends.
This is obvious which is why it’s #1 – but seriously, don’t hold back when you’re struggling! You’ve been there plenty of times for them, and they are there for you. If you’re feeling lonely reach out to them, if you need a box of donuts, ask for some, if you need a fun night out, have them take you out for one! Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
- Find a good therapist.
Depending on the severity of the break up, seeing a therapist can be insanely beneficial. Many insurance companies will cover part of your sessions so you only have a copay – but if not, do your research online and set up consultations with several and if you need a better insurance agency then check out this trade compare. Not every therapist is going to be the right one for YOU. You need to see which one jives best with you! I saw a wonderful woman in NYC after my breakup for several months who helped me tremendously. It was great to get an unbiased perspective and process/digest everything that happened. You’ll be surprised how many realizations and how much clarity you can gain through committing to once a week sessions!
- Don’t rush the grieving process.
I kept saying to myself, “Ok I’ll be over the breakup in a few months no problem.” Then it was, “OMG what’s wrong with me? Why am I not over this?! Ok I have to be over it by the end of the year latest.” I would put myself down for not getting over it as quickly as I thought I should. Well, grieving doesn’t work on a time clock or calendar and sometimes it takes months or years to get over a long term breakup and that’s perfectly normal and OK. Give yourself a break!
- Take the high road.
Don’t do petty things as revenge, don’t stalk his new girlfriend, don’t try to win him back, don’t troll him on social media, don’t unfriend/delete/block him (unless he was harassing you than obviously that’s a good reason!) and basically just don’t do anything rash because you’ll regret it I promise! Give yourself 5 minutes to cool down, take deep breaths, and think about how that petty move could affect you in the future. Take the high road, be a class act, and carry yourself with respect and dignity because you deserve the best!
- “Get back out there” when you damn well feel like it!
I made the big mistake of trying to get back at my ex and dating up a storm when I was newly single. I set up dating profiles, I went out every night, I said yes to every loser who asked me out – just to fill the void, fill the pain, and get revenge. And guess how it made me feel? I got a high from it the first few times and thought it was super fun, but after a while, I felt immature, lonely, empty, and at the end of the day just plain sad. So whether you’re pressuring yourself or a friend or family member is pressuring you to get right back out there – don’t do it. Listen to your gut and your heart. Heal your heart first, and and get back out there for the right reasons and you’ll be amazed at what happens!
- Avoid your go-to couple spots like the plague and find new ones.
I would literally get depressed going to the local grocery store we used to go to together. It was bad. I would be mid tears staring at a box of rice. Do yourself a favor and find a new corner store. Find a new favorite hole in the wall restaurant – switch things up! It’s a time in your life for new energy and new routines. Embrace the unknown and you might just be surprised and discover a new favorite hole in the wall down the street and meet a gorgeous new man! Just sayin’!
- Find a new hobby.
Throwing yourself into learning how to do something is such a good way to get your mind off things and better yourself at the same time. You may discover you had a hidden talent that you never knew of before! It’s also a great way to meet people and may help you in other areas of life that you didn’t even think of!
- Create a solid set of self care rituals.
You can read more about mine here. A few include Friday nights in watching rom coms and ordering Postmates, epsom salt baths, meditating, yoga, dry brushing, running on the beach, baking, and burning sage.
Read books about love and relationships.
The 3 books I recommend are; The 5 Love Languages, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, and The Road Less Traveled. These books have helped me tremendously. They gave me a new perspective into the different ways people communicate and offer so many relationship tips/tricks that I’ll use forever. PS – the stuff I learned doesn’t just apply to significant others! Most of it can be applied to friends and family relationships as well!
Become your own best friend.
If you feel like you’ve lost touch with that amazing, strong, vibrant woman inside of you, then start by reading DVF’s “The Woman I Wanted To Be,” go on a solo trip, and get yourself a strong set of self care rituals. Once you become your own best friend – your pain will start melting away – I promise it really will! – and you will get that pep back in your step. When you love and respect and honor yourself and your feelings you become a magnet for all the good things in life. Read “The Secret” if you haven’t already and you’ll get it!
I am by no means a relationship expert, I’m just sharing what helped me heal and get over my breakup! It takes time to heal and everyone’s path to get there is different, but you will eventually be able to move on and you will feel like your normal self again. Maybe even a better version of your self now that you’re independent! I promise it gets easier as time goes on! What are some techniques or things that have helped you move through a difficult time? I’d love to know! XO
As I sit here writing this from my dining table in Venice Beach, California (with Charlie in my lap!) I feel a ton of emotions – proud, happy, content, excited, shocked, and grateful, to name a few. It’s amazing how much can change in just 1 year isn’t it? This was my most transformative year by far. I uprooted the entire life that I had created and thrived in NYC for 6 years to head west and start a new life in a small beach town in LA that I had never lived in before. I essentially had 3 close friends in LA; my 2 aunts and a girlfriend from college. I was of course scared and nervous to move to a whole new city, but I really listened to my gut and instinct. I felt such a connection to Venice from the first time I visited it and my body and mind were craving the sunshine, the beach, and a slower pace of life that it offered. Was moving to a new city halfway across the country with basically zero connections or friends easy? No – but is anything worthwhile ever super easy?! What this move did feel like was right. I felt at ease in my new home off the bat, and started to make friends rather quickly through a new yoga studio I joined, bumping into the same neighbors on long walks, introducing myself to local shop owners on Abbot Kinney, reaching out to friends of friends, meeting new people at events, and reconnecting with different groups of girlfriends from college and high school that had recently relocated to LA as well. Being semi-outgoing (although I am also an introvert) certainly helped and I promise I’ll be dedicating a full post to tips on making friends in a new city this year. In this reflective New Years post, I wanted to provide a bit of insight into some of the ways I’ve grown, improved, and changed in hopes that perhaps you’ll find a few tidbits of wisdom or advice that you can use and implement in your life. First though, I want to start by saying a big, warm thank you. Thank you for supporting me during such a transformative time in my life. Many of you have been following me for years and years – and were used to me constantly posting about NYC and my travels, and sharing my classic city style. My content has changed for sure since my move and I really appreciate your continued support and kind words. I am very, very happy and grateful for what all of these changes brought. Without further ado…
- I kissed city life goodbye and landed in a sleepy California beach town!
I’m so glad I lived in NYC for most of my early 20’s – I would never, ever take that time back, but I just didn’t want to be in the grind, hustle bustle, or intensity anymore. It’s a lot more laid back on the west coast and people are SO friendly here. I feel at ease and my shoulders are no longer scrunched to my ears anymore haha. A lot of you have been reaching out saying you’re thinking about making the move to the west coast. Here’s what I say – you only live once and if you don’t move and try it out, you will never know what it was like. If you don’t like it, you can move back or go somewhere else! Give it 1 year and see what happens – there is absolutely no harm in trying something new out or experimenting – you do not have to be stuck anywhere you don’t want to be.
- I stopped hating my body.
I think I may have developed a bit of body dysmorphia over the years from looking at photos of myself basically everyday for the past decade. A camera or a filter can make you look great one second or can make you look wide and washed out the next depending on the angle. I have had moments of such insecurity and hatred for my body throughout the years. After getting in a car accident earlier in the year that left me almost paralyzed and in a neck brace I knew I had to stop the negative inner voice and appreciate my body. Being in physical therapy, doing yoga, and meditating this year helped me get that mind/body connection I had been reading about and wanting forever. I started to value being strong and I started to wake up and feel grateful for every inch of my body from my legs, to my arms, neck, back (even my big feet haha!) Do I still have areas that I want to improve and do I still get a little annoyed with myself when I overindulge in treats? Of course – I am human! But I’ve made a conscious effort to put positive thoughts over the negative ones and it’s worked.
- I stopped running away from the pain of my breakup and decided to sit with it and work through it (not around it.)
Oh the trips, the parties, the events, the dinner dates, the projects, overall just being “busy” all the time! That stuff worked really, really well to distract me and mask my broken heart for 2+ years. And it was all honestly a lot of FUN! But nevertheless I would come home and the sadness would creep back in until I figured out my next distraction or escape. This lifestyle and this coping mechanism started to become exhausting, so a few months ago, I stopped and realized I really needed to face my pain and make a change. I committed to seeing a therapist weekly, I decided to stop “dating just to date”, I cut back on traveling, I decided to stay in on most weeknights and weekends (friends started to worry and called me a hermit, but I told them to trust me!), I stopped going to frivolous events and parties, and I stopped taking on projects I wasn’t 10000% passionate in. I started reading a TON, going on long walks, discovering new shops, playing with Charlie, and as cheesy as it sounds – I fell in love with (being by) MYSELF!
- And the coolest part about that was…I met someone and fell in LOVE!
Over the years I had heard countless quotes from friends and even strangers that I once rolled my eyes at and kind of didn’t believe. “You’ll meet someone when you least expect it!” “Stop looking for love and let love find you!” “Fall in love with yourself first and then you’ll find the one!” Well, now I get it. After months of working through the pain from my last relationship, learning more about myself, enjoying my alone time, and making time for the right things – I met someone really really special. I was literally just walking Charlie around my neighborhood, and happened to pass this very tall, dark handsome guy 6 times in 1 week. On the 6th time, I figured we had to be neighbors so I went up to him and just said “Hi, I’m Kat. I think I’m your neighbor!” He asked me to grab coffee with him, and then coffee turned into dinner, and dinner turned into several dates and a birthday trip to San Francisco later – and now here we are as boyfriend/girlfriend 3 months after first meeting!
- I re-prioritized my life and put my personal life before my work life.
There is no such thing as a perfectly balanced life, but of course we can all aim for a semi balanced one! For years, I have had a very imbalanced life. I prioritized my work over friends, family, and my overall well being. I feel SO fortunate to have found something that I am so deeply passionate about and that I have achieved success in. I am grateful to have realized this year that work/career success isn’t everything and that you must first take care of yourself and deepen that mind/body connection before anything else. I now, put my well being first, family second, and friends third. I of course still put a tremendous amount of time and effort into my work which is deeply satisfying and important to me, but it has just been moved down a bit on the priority list ;)
- I re-evaluated all of the relationships in my life.
We’ve all heard the saying, “Make new friends, but keep the old…” This year, I realized that I wasn’t feeling fulfilled from many of my relationships. I would often leave a coffee or lunch date and feel tired, uninspired, or in some cases kind of sad because I had back handedly been put down. For a while, I thought it was something that I had said or something that I was doing wrong – until I started to see – maybe this person can’t be happy for me because they’re not happy with themselves. Maybe they have to make these little digs or jabs at me and put me down to make themselves feel better? Do I really want that kind of energy in my life even if they’re not aware of it/purposefully trying to make me feel bad? No I did not. So I started to think what kind of energy and what kind of friendships did I really want to have in my life? I realized I wanted to be around genuine people. People who were actively trying to better themselves and felt good about themselves and were not threatened by me/my success. People who saw the glass half full, and were positive, vibrant, and inspiring. I stopped looking for exterior qualities in friendships and started to see if I connected with someone on a deeper, internal level. I stopped putting time and energy into acquaintances and weeded out anyone I was on the fence about. I nourished just a few strong, select friendships I knew I would want in my life forever and that were nourishing back to me. This was actually one of the hardest changes I made this year. I felt extreme guilt pulling away from some friends I had for years, I had many moments of doubt and uncertainty, but I had to stay true to myself and look out for myself at the end of the day. I now feel so much more free/light and know that just because a friend isn’t clicking with me right now at this point in my life, doesn’t mean we can’t reconnect in the future! People can grow apart and come back together!
- I let my inner child come out and play.
Think about how serious and consumed we can all get with taxes, paperwork, and just the everyday duties of being responsible adults. It’s so easy to forget the little things and little joys in life that can bring us so much happiness! Those little joys for me, are running around in my backyard with my puppy, gossiping on the phone with my childhood friend for hours, eating popcorn in bed with a face mask on while watching a movie, binge watching Stranger Things, belting out country music in my car, painting my nails, eating ice cream out of the container and buying useless arts and crafts projects at Target. I reminded myself to not get consumed in playing this super adult/mature role and to let myself enjoy the simple pleasures in life.
- I hired the wrong people and as a result realized that I needed to learn more about running a business and how to be a good manager.
When I moved, I had to completely build my team from scratch. I didn’t have a photographer – an assistant – an intern – a videographer – anyone! I dove right in, and reached out to a ton of people via instagram, plus I asked NYC friends in the creative community for their contacts. I made the HUGE mistake of not interviewing enough people, and testing them out. I hired way too fast, trusted that they would deliver and 95% of the time was left incredibly disappointed and empty handed. This was a really good lesson for me, and a wake up call. I realized I needed to create a clear vision of what qualities I actually wanted in the people working around me, set guidelines and standards and hold everyone to them (including myself!), and most importantly learn how to manage people. As a creative who has only worked at small start ups, I have had zero experience in corporate life or managerial structuring. I am now taking it upon myself to learn how to be a good manager because I genuinely want to cultivate a positive work environment for anyone – independent contractors, part time assistants, full time employees, and freelancers, who work with me. A few of the books friends and family have recommended for me; Extreme Ownership, The Boss of You, and The New 10 Minute Manager. I would love any books you recommend or have read and loved on this topic!
- I started to think about the effects of social media and started to live the majority of my life offline.
Social media is an incredible tool and a huge part of my business and livelihood. However, I think it is very easy to look at it and use it the wrong way – to compare ourselves to others highlight reel (no one’s life is as perfect as it seems trust me!), to not live in the moment, to be consumed by other’s thoughts and opinions…it can all get pretty intense and easy to get wrapped up in right?! I made a conscious effort to cultivate a life and world for myself outside of social media and this blog. I did a TON of stuff that was not shared, posted, or seemingly “instagrammable” and it felt GREAT. This year, I would love to find a way to share more of my life, and real/behind the scenes moments with you. I started my Wellness section for this very reason and I’m looking forward to expanding on that.
- I shopped less, focused on adding quality pieces to my wardrobe, and cleaned out/purged my entire closet after feeling deeply impacted from a documentary called Minimalism.
I realized that having so much “stuff” was actually sub consciously stressing me out! My closet/office space felt cluttered and I legit couldn’t think clearly. This documentary opened my eyes to the fact that there is a link between over consumption, clutter, and mental happiness and clarity. I’m not going to sell everything I have and live out of a suitcase with 2 pairs of jeans and 1 shirt LOL…BUT it did inspire me to get rid of a ton of things I hadn’t worn in a year, and made me stop buying more, more, more, and new this, or new that all the time. This may seem ironic given that my career is built on sharing fashion and lifestyle products, but I think (or at least I I hope) that many of you can appreciate or relate to me investing in fewer, better pieces, and re-wearing and incorporating some of my favorite pieces into my posts over and over again!
I’m so happy that I made a change and moved to LA this year despite how foreign and scary it was at first. I’m so happy that I took time for myself this year and made friends, family and fun a priority. I’m so glad that I get to share all of this with you and that I’ve created a platform and community of such amazing like minded women! Goodbye 2017, and hello 2018 – I am ready for ya!
Hi! SO sorry for the lack of posts this week – my baby sister got ENGAGED (to the most wonderful guy in Florence!) and I’ve been shooting a special holiday blog post (you may have seen on instastory) that will be going up on FRIDAY! I wanted to take a moment and share a few things I’m grateful for on here. I’m always in major reflection mode around Thanksgiving – and particularly now more than ever since it’s my first holiday season living on the West Coast. This time last year, my dad, sister and I rented an airbnb in the Hamptons. It was such a fun week, but to be honest, I was already over the cold and itching to move out of NYC. I had been unhappy in the city for awhile and felt a strong desire to get back to my West Coast roots. One of the things I am most grateful for this year is the life I’ve created for myself in LA. It already feels like home and everything just feels so right… Without further ado!
My home in LA
I could go on and on about all of the things I love about LA; the fresh food, the weather, the beach, outdoor workouts, hikes, the friendly people, the laid-back lifestyle, great shopping, fun restaurants, my home, all of the different neighborhoods… While I do miss things about NYC such as the culture, the energy, my go-to local spots, and friends – my lifestyle in LA is just so much more relaxing and healthy.
- My puppy Charlie
I rescued Charlie; a dachsund terrier from the Vanderpump Dog Foundation about 6 months ago and let me tell you – he has completely changed my life. He rescued me. I started to get lonely living and working alone and he brings such light and joy into my home! He is the sweetest, most cuddly, playful boy and we have so much fun going on mini adventures. Animals are incredible creatures. They truly understand you and become so in tune with your emotions – it’s crazy.
I’ve been meditating for exactly 2 years now and can’t believe how much it has helped me stay grounded, calm, focused, and true to myself. I do TM and took this class in NYC which is also offered online for those of you interested!
- My health
1 week after I moved to LA, I got into a terrible car accident that almost left me paralyzed. I am SO lucky given the circumstances and thank God everyday that I am ok. I had to wear a neck brace for 5 weeks and was in physical therapy for months. I never mentioned or talked about the accident on here because I was in shock and dealing with it privately. There were many silver linings from the accident. It made me truly appreciate my body and my health, and helped me visualize what I ultimately want to do with my career – and that is to eventually become a consultant and pour my expertise back into fellow female entrepreneurs and start ups!
- Being open to love
Those of you who have been following me since Day 1 know I was in a serious relationship for almost 8 years. It ended suddenly 3 years ago and left me completely devastated and heartbroken. I only recently got over that heartbreak and became open and ready for the possibility of love again. It’s scary trusting and being vulnerable around someone new, but so worth it for that special bond and connection.
- New friends
I feel so grateful to have connected with such loving, kind, warm women here in LA. I’ve been able to re-connect with friends from high school and college, and also make new friends through work, friends of friends, my yoga studio, and my neighborhood. I meet people all the time walking Charlie which is one of my favorite things about having a dog and living in Venice! Louise and I are going to be doing a fun “How to Make Friends in a New City” post so stay tuned for that.
Father/daughter bonding time
When I moved out of my NYC apartment, my Venice beach house wasn’t ready yet so I moved home to Arizona for a month and lived with my dad. I hadn’t lived with my dad as an adult – it had been since senior year of high school, and I hadn’t really spent long extended periods of time with him between work, college, brief holiday weekends, etc. so that month of father/daughter time I had was priceless. We played tennis, hiked, watched a zillion movies, grilled, and really got to know one another on a different level.
Sharing my story as an entrepreneur and owning my success
This past month I had the opportunity to share my life story and entrepreneurial journey to 3 different high profile audiences. These speeches were different from past public speaking engagements I’ve done (like the Simply Stylist and Create Cultivate conferences) because I was the only one on stage and I was truly just speaking from my heart. It was emotional (in a good way) writing these speeches and thinking back on all of my struggles and triumphs over the years. I’ve come a loooooong way since being 22, living in NYC, and eating 99 cent pizza slices for dinner every night HA! I built this blog and my business from nothing – and continue to use every ounce of creativity, determination, and passion I have to pour into it. I am so proud of how far I’ve come and will no longer be bashful or embarrassed about my success. I think it’s so important as women, that we lift each other up and are happy for each other’s success!
- Embracing my introverted side
In my line of work there is never a shortage of events, parties, and dinners to attend. I’ve mentioned it before, but I am half introverted and half extroverted. Over the years, I’ve developed less and less of a tolerance for schmoozing and BS. In the past, I’ve felt the pressure or need to be “on” or “see and be seen” and I honestly can’t stand that anymore. As a homebody, I’d much rather be cuddled up on my couch with Charlie watching Stranger Things or having a few close girlfriends over for wine and take out. I now honor and embrace my introverted side versus trying to hide it. Life is too short! My goal is to live as authentically as possible.
- Aiming for more balance and being open to change
I read a book this year that deeply impacted me and I highly recommend it. It’s called Eastern Body Western Mind and is all about the chakra system and basically describes why we are the way we are. It goes in depth about different personality traits, family dynamics, what good and bad relationships look like – and left me with several “a-ha” moments. Overall, it made me realize I need to make more time for self-love activities, family, friendships, relationships and work on living in the NOW. This is not going to be an easy task (I am a bit of a workaholic, constantly striving, planning ahead, and over achieving! hello older child, type a, perfectionist!) but it’s crucial and important.
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As winter (aka the cold!) is approaching – I always like to start planning my next trip or vacation. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting a variety of unique hotels and spas. As a part of my Wellness Series I wanted to share my top 10 favorite spas around the world with you! I took a bit of a break from my regular weekly Wellness Posts because I had 3 huge public speaking engagements last month (I usually only do 3 a year!) and just launched my latest collection with Gigi New York. I’m so excited to talk a little bit more about each of these spas. Some of the spots I’ve included are big hotel spas and some are more boutique spas like Juvederm Gilbert, AZ. I personally love smaller spas because they feel more intimate and charming versus massive ones that can often feel sterile. If you happen to visit any of these – please let me know! And make sure to tag #WLFKtravelAPP if you do :)
- Soho Farmhouse, England
This spa is located in the most rustic, charming hotel set in the English Countryside. Enter into a log cabin full of oriental rugs and organic beauty products. Their hotel rooms each have a huge copper tub with about 30 different soaps for you to choose from. Start a fire in the fireplace and cozy up for the weekend.
The Greenwich Hotel Spa, NYC
Whenever friends ask me where to stay in NYC I say either the Crosby Street Hotel or the Greenwich Hotel. This is a celebrity hangout for a reason. It’s located on the chicest street in TriBeCa and has a stunning, zen asian inspired spa downstairs. Whether you’re visiting or you’re a local – it’s 100% worth holing up there for a day.
The NOW, LA
This is one of the most instagrammed spas in LA for a reason. Each one of their locations in the city is GORGEOUS, bohemian and ethereal. I always like to pick up bath salts and crystals from their front shop and their prices are SO reasonable.
The Berkeley, London
I visited this dreamy hotel in London 3 years ago for high tea (they have one of the best in London) and afterward made my way upstairs to their rooftop pool + spa for a heavenly massage. It’s one of the few hotels in London with a rooftop and their grassy area with lounge chairs is the ultimate spot to relax and unwind.
Rosewood Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen
This spa experience was life changing. I was led through a greenhouse by a fourth generation, 80 year old Shaman who then took me into a temescal (sweat lodge) for an incredibly memorable ceremony. Afterwards, I had a 2 hour long deep tissue massage using the rosemary that I picked from the garden. This property was voted the best hotel by Travel + Leisure for a reason!
Camelback Inn, Scottsdale
I was lucky enough to grow up in Scottsdale, Arizona which is full of world renowned spas. Every year for Mothers Day, my sister and I would take my mom to the Camelback Inn spa for massages, lunch and lounging by the pool. To this day, it’s still one of my favorites and it’s no surprise that’s it’s one of the most popular in Arizona.
We Care Spa, Palm Springs
This spa is an oasis in the middle of the desert. Drive out from LA and spend the night, weekend – or even full week there. It’s a spa, detox retreat, and haven for anyone who needs to rest, recharge and cleanse. Cameron Diaz wrote her body book based off a ton of information from the spa, Ryan Seacrest, Gisele, and Matthew McConaughey are all regulars and I once saw Tom Ford walk in wearing his signature suit and gold aviators in the dead of summer LOL! Ask for Juan for a Thai massage and Ron for reflexology – thank me later :)
Soho Beach House, Miami
I head to Miami every winter (it’s such an easy, sunny getaway for New Yorkers!) and love holing up at the Beach House for a few days. They recently renovated it and I can’t wait to see what it looks like now. Their spa is ultra cozy and feels like someone’s living room. They often host bridal parties or events in one of their pamper rooms overlooking the pool. You can’t go wrong with any of their treatments.
Sugati Spa, Park City
I had one of the best massages of my life here. It’s a Japanese spa with big wooden soaking tubs that you can soak in before you go in for your massage. It’s right on Main Street in Park City and such a great option if you decide to skip skiing or are sore from a full day on the slopes!
Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina
Ahhh this brings back memories! This hotel in Italy is INSANE and the little spa at the bottom of the hill is a must see. Lounge by their picturesque pool after your massage, then have lunch, dinner, or cocktails overlooking the property. Their sister hotel Villa Sant’Andrea is equally as stunning so you’ll definitely want to head over there as well!