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THE PERFECT 2-DAY GETAWAY | PARKER PALM SPRINGS

 

If there is one place in Palm Springs that perfectly encapsulates and embodies “Palm Springs”, it’s the Parker. Amiright? Before my recent trip, I hadn’t even BEEN to the Parker and it was still the first place I thought of when I thought of Palm Springs. It’s quintessential, it’s classy, and ask any Angeleno – it’s most peoples favorite property in the area.

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THE BEST YOGA STUDIOS IN LA

 

“Yoga is one of my favorite ways to exercise” – said about 1/2 the LA population. Not only is it an incredible total body workout, but it does wonders for your soul and state of mind as well. One of the great things about Yoga is that you can pretty much set up and “practice” anywhere – studio, at home, or otherwise. Not to mention – yoga really is the one of the most all inclusive physical activities one could join in on, and in LA, we love nothing more than a diverse and inclusive experience – especially one so focused around health and wellness!

SO. In case you weren’t already made aware on social media via several “check out my yoga pose” posts… today is International Yoga Day! And in honor of this wonderful day, I have come up with a list of what I consider to be the best places to do yoga in LA . So if you haven’t yet celebrated, you still have time.

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I’LL TAKE AN ALMOND MILK LATTE WITH A SIDE OF MONEY COACHING – IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CAPITAL ONE CAFE

 

Man, I love f-words. And as you may or may not know, here at Love & Loathing LA, I have a special place in my heart for three f-words in particular: foodfashion and fun. Lately though, there’s been another word on my mind; something I’m pretty sure we all feel some type of way about… and that my friends, is finances.

Is talking about money as enjoyable as talking about food, fashion or fun? No, but it turns out it can actually be a lot more pleasant, informative and even comforting than you might think you just have to know where to go and know who to talk to! If I told you it all goes down in a Café with a hot cup of coffee and a free and friendly Money Coach, would you believe me?

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THE BEST SWIMSUITS MONEY CAN BUY THIS SUMMER

 

So we’ve done a full rundown on what you need to pack for your next tropical getaway… and since it’s arguable that swimsuits are a major component – if not the most important component – they get a whole post all to themselves. As most of us I’m sure, I have a love/loath relationship with bathing suits – probably a bit more loathing than love if we’re being honest. I’ve never loved showing a ton of skin, I can’t honestly say I always feel comfortable and confident in swimsuits, and damn are they expensive tiny pieces of “clothing” or what?!

Well. I have to say. As I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten quite good at this “shopping for your body type” thing, and I still standby the fact that high waisted bikinis seem to work for just about everyone. Much like last year’s trip to Mexico, the swimwear theme on my recent trip to the Andaz Mayakoba definitely tended to lead towards the high waisted two pieces, and for once in my life I felt genuinely comfortable in these suits. I did my dudillegence trying on a ton and working with a silhouette I knew work for me and it paid off. So as someone who spent quite a bit of time on this, these are the swimsuits I would say are worth the investment this year:

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5 REASONS WHY THE ANDAZ MAYAKOBA SHOULD BE YOUR NEXT TROPICAL VACATION DESINATION

 

If you’ve been following along on the ‘gram you’d know that I just got back from a few days down in beautiful Mexico! And if you thought from the looks of things that it was a bit similar to last years trip to Mexico, I would say excellent observation, because I did in fact go back to the same damn place. Well almost the same damn place, but hey, as the saying goes – why fix it if it aint broke. The Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen makes me happy, the end. So yes, we went back to the Mayakoba, but this time we stayed at the Andaz Mayakoba instead of the Banyan Tree and I could not have better things to report back about this resort. If you’re looking for the perfect place to vacay in Mexico – that isn’t $$$$$ Tulum or a cheesy all inclusive – this would be why you need to consider The Andaz:

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THE 5 BEAUTY PRODUCTS YOU NEED TO TRY THIS SPRING

 

One thing I’ll never get tired of – trying new makeup or beauty products. I’ve been dabbling a lot lately looking for new moisturizers, trying a few of the trends my friends swear by, and discovering new cosmetic brands I now cant seem to live without. Because I’ve been such a busy little tester bee I thought I’d share with you the products I’ve recently discovered and am absolutely LOVING.

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WEEKEND GETAWAY GUIDE TO OJAI

 

I always forget how close Ojai is from Los Angeles. It’s like… driving-from-the-Eastside-to-the-Westside-in-traffic close, which makes it the PERFECT place for Angelenos to skip town for a night or two. What you’ll love about Ojai – whether you’re a fast paced city slicker or a laid back local hippie – is that its a total mind, body, and soul retreat for anyone and everyone. Doesn’t matter what your budget looks like, doesn’t matter where you are from, doesn’t matter if you meditate or do yoga or actually despise it; all that matters is that you are as open to enjoying the Ojai experience as Ojai is to hosting you. Wait till you meet the locals,  smell those orange blossoms, and catch your first glimpse at the famous “pink moment” (sunsets in Ojai are a thing of legend) – you’ll want to be cast under the Ojai spell regularly. Here are a few of my personal favorite things about one of California’s coolest towns:

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THE ANGELENOS GUIDE TO LONDON

 

London finally called after 29 short years, and when London calls… you go. You get the hell across that pond because what’s on the other side, just past Heathrow airport, is a city of complete and total wonder. If you’re a traveler, at some point in your life you’ve probably heard, “you have to go to London, you would love it.” It’s just something people in the know say, like “fruits and vegetables are good for you.” London is just one of those “duh”, “obviously”, must-go places.  So finally as of 2 weeks ago I journeyed to the land of our forefathers’ fathers : the land of stunning architecture – both new and old. The land of the world’s best accents, greatest pubs, most rich history/culture, and arguably some of the absolute best *and and most fashionable* people. Whether your planning your very first trip or just looking for a little travel inspo, this here is my Angelenos guide to getting properly aquatinted with Londontown.

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THE ANGELENO’S GUIDE TO A WEEKEND IN SEATTLE

 

I know some people with some serious civic pride, I may even be one of them, but out of all of the places I’ve been I’ve never truly experienced local love and hometown pride quite like it is in Seattle.

Let me just start with the fact that there are collectively no nicer human beings on earth than Seattleites. It’s just a fu*kin’ fact. They are so kind and so genuine that it actually hurts my feelings. Secondly, Seattle is just an absolutely beautiful city. I know, you’ve heard this before right? Well, I can’t help myself. It’s truly picture perfect, in all its Pacific Northwestern glory.

Most importantly, the culture in Seattle is incredibly fun, approachable, charming, and rich. From the people, the food, the coffeeshops to the microbreweries this town is filled with incredibly cool small businesses…. And, between flights, entertainment, and accommodations, it can be a pretty affordable trip!

I spent 4 days in Seattle just a few weeks ago, and with the help of several Seattle friends – both new and old – I’ve compiled a list of my favorite things the city has to offer. Your next cold weather weekend getaway awaits.

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QUICK-TRIP GUIDE TO SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK

 

If you are the proud owner of a luggage tag that reads, “I love not camping.” the likelihood of you being the outdoorsy type is pretty slim. Well friends, as it turns out I am said owner of said luggage tag. I have simply never been one for dirt, mountain lions, bugs, granola bars, tents, and sleeping bags. I love nature, (come on of course I love nature) just typically from a distance. Preferably from the window of a nice little cozy cabin – Kidding. Kind of. Trips to places of the earth with no cell service or civilization aren’t typically my preferred method of adventuring, but in being “forced” to head to Sequoia National Forests this past weekend, I am – to my surprise – now singing a different tune.

The Sequoia National Park is located in the southern Sierra Nevada east of the San Joaquin Valley here in the beautiful state of California. I had the pleasure of visiting a few parts of the vast park during a quick weekend getaway to celebrate one of my best friend’s birthdays, and it was an experience this non-nature girl will genuinely never forget. If you’re looking to escape city life for a little relaxation mixed with a little adventure, this is the magical bucket-list place you need to visit, and this is what you need to do:

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