David Burke's Primehouse in Chicago
Usually, when I think about hotel restaurants, crappy, overpriced cocktails and tired American fare come to mind. (I’m looking at you, hotel in D.C.!) Generally, they’re the option you turn to out of necessity … or pure laziness. But occasionally, there’s that gem that enhances your experience of a city and feels kind of like a destination in itself.

In NYC, that might be The Nomad or Maialino. In Chicago, it’s David Burke’s Primehouse. View Post

Airbnb apartment in Paris

When we went to Paris last year, Alex and I decided to try out Airbnb instead of a hotel, mainly because we wanted to be immersed in Parisian life.  While it’s already a popular option for travelers, I wanted to share my Airbnb experience in case any of you haven’t yet given it a shot and are curious about how it all works.  View Post

Apple picking at Masker Orchards

Last Sunday my family and I spent the day doing a bit of apple picking at Masker Orchards in Warwick, NY. It was everyone’s first time and we all had so much fun.

Curiously, I’ve been dying to go apple picking for years, even though I’m usually not a huge fan of apples. I don’t have anything against them but I just don’t find them that appealing. But that’s probably because I’ve been eating store-bought apples. If you’ve ever picked a ripe apple off a tree and bitten into it, you know that none of that packaged, frozen stuff from the store could ever compare. Our whole group literally turned into giggling, squealing toddlers who had seemingly never had food before. View Post

Pumpkins | Fall Bucket List - Jhaneel Lockhart

You might have guessed from my numerous proclamations of love for summer, but I’m not the biggest fan of this time of year. The dark evenings and cold weather just don’t work for me. In fact, I always joke that I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

But I’m determined to enjoy the heck out of fall this year and, to start, I’ve made a fall bucket list. As I was coming up with the list, I realized that maybe I don’t mind fall so much after all. (Updating my wardrobe with a few new pieces certainly helped.) Just don’t talk to me about winter. View Post

I can’t believe September is almost over! My gosh, that went by super quickly. Anyway, today I wanted to share some things I’m loving lately. I love reading other people’s roundups because I always get ideas of things to check out, so I hope this is helpful for you too. Without further ado, here are some of my current favorites for September.


Must Have Box

If you follow me on Snapchat, you might have seen me excitedly unboxing this item. Popsugar recently sent me their September Must Have Box to try and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a subscription service that sends you a box of beauty, style, home and even food-related goodies every month. I’ve already used almost everything in the September box, which includes the perfect black hat for fall that I wore the day I took it out of the box, a cute little travel-sized retractable lint roller, a Smith and Cult lip gloss in a sexy shade of red, a very sensible mini-manicure kit, some hair conditioner and finally, gluten-free coconut dark chocolate bites!

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