Cinco de Mayo & Bar Taco

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I thought I’d share a video I was in last fall for one of my favorite restaurants in Connecticut, Bar Taco

I am not traveling to Mexico, and the weather definitely doesn’t feel like we’ve south of the border, but when the temperature is right, I love sitting outside on the dock of the Westport, and especially the Port Chester, NY locations and enjoying tacos and tequila

So, however you’re spending the day today, enjoy a few still shots from the (chilly) beach day shoot, as a reminder that #summeriscoming. And, I’m sure you recognize the last photo as my Wanderlaughs header. Olé! 

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bar taco westport

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Not a Conference, Conference: #LLBlogNotaConf

No matter how many conferences I’ve attended since starting this blog (way back in 2010!), I always come away with new, useful knowledge, more confidence in myself and my writing, usually some swag, and new found friends that understand that bloggers sometimes don’t wear pants (at home, of course).
However, sometimes, all of this positive learning can be overwhelming, and little getaway (and some r&r) is necessary to recharge and reevaluate the direction of your career.  
Enter the #LLBlogNotaConf a “non” conference of bloggers (20 of us in all) to “Connect in a natural setting to fuel your creativity and tap into your creative voice.”
Run by blogger Ana Lydia of Cabeza de Coco (haha coconut head) and founder of the Lifestyle Bloggers Collective, the event is scheduled in just a couple of weeks in the stunningly beautiful beach City of Carmel, in northern California, and at the elegant Hofsas House Hotel.
The three day event has a host of fun activities scheduled at the beach, around town, and also at one the local wineries, Holman Ranch
Wine seems to be an ongoing theme (no complaints here) as we will be treated to Wine Walk Tickets, a vineyard tour, and wine and cheese tasting, but (since I’m a mermaid) I think I am most excited about the a 5th Avenue Deli picnic on the beach and the helpful workshops peppered throughout the day. 
I would love the chance to attend this unique and creative conjuring event, embrace my inner sea siren with the healing ocean waves, an unplug just enough to focus when I return.
I haven’t tried this type of controlled relaxation before, but I’m confident that is the key to staying on track with my mind, body and also my business.
For more info about this non conference, click here.

#BeTrueToYourCore Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by CORE Hydration. All opinions are my own. 

Don’t settle for the status quo, #BeTrueToYourCORE!

I’ve been seeing these bottles all around the East Coast lately, and I was thrilled I got the chance to try several bottles over the last couple of weeks.

I will just come out and say it: this is the best water I’ve ever tasted (though, to be fair I drink tap water almost all of the time).

How CORE differs from other bottled water is its perfectly balanced pH (for peak performance), a BPA-free, 100% recyclable bottle (with a handy sports cap -perfect for working out or when you’re on the go), and an exclusive blend of electrolytes and minerals and that has a clean crisp taste.

You can find CORE at a retailer near you (including 7-11!) by clicking hereand they were kind enough to offer to give one lucky reader a case of CORE (entry details below – GIVEAWAY CLOSED).

Good luck, good health, and great hydration!

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Find Adventure in Capitol Reef

capital reef country

This post is sponsored by Capitol Reef tourism. All opinions are my own. 

As an East Coaster, the west has always been a mystery to me.

It wasn’t until I traveled there this fall that I truly understood the beauty and ferociousness of the the land and terrain. The variety of outdoor activities is a vast as the deserts and includes cycling, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and canyoneering.

Capitol Reef Country, located in Wayne County, Utah, is a perfect choice to experience the great outdoors, from red rocks to alpine forests, majestic mountain ranges and dark, star-filled nights.

Nearby attractions also include Highway 12 (America’s First All-American Road!), unique camping experiences, wildlife encounters and so much more!

So whether you’re up for adventure or want to bask in the elegance of nature, Capitol Reef has something for you.

I encourage you to check out their website and to start planning your adventure today.

Have you ventured out West? Let me know in the comments, below!

The Frequency of Fear in the Grand Circle

moab off roading trail

“When was the last time you climbed the stairs in a Lexus?”

These words were uttered by my devil-may-care driver as we ascended one of the toughest off roading trails in Moab, Utah, and up Elephant Hill. This was one of the many white knuckle moments I had during a tour of the Grand Circle, a region as beautiful and fierce as its resident mountain lions.

Encompassing portions of five states: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Nevada, the Grand Circle contains America’s largest concentration of national parks and monuments, and can be a quite challenging terrain to navigate if you are a desert novice (like me).  Continue reading

Dead Sea Travel Guide

dead sea tips

Disclosure: My trip to Israel was sponsored by the Israel Ministry of Tourism. All opinions are my own.

There are few experiences that rival floating in the Dead Sea. From the weightless feeling to the silky skin after effects, if you find yourself in this area of the world, taking a dip in the Dead Sea is an absolute must.

Because it is such a strange sensation, it’s important to note certain protocol before diving in (ex. Don’t dive in!!!!). Continue reading

VLOG: Vanity Fair Social Club


Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Vanity Fair Social Club (#VFSC) leading up to the Oscars.vanity fair social club

All week long, there were Academy Award nominees, brand gift suites, makeup and hair touch ups by YSL, Loreal, Lancome, and more! The amenity I enjoyed most, however, was the free shuttle service provided by Chrysler.paul smith pink wall

I used the shuttle on two occasions to visit some of LA’s most Instagrammed sights (seen in the video/pictures above) – including the ‘Pink Wall’ at Paul Smith, The Coffee Bean, and Colette Miller‘s angel wings.  Fotorange

And, in an unbelievable turn of events, I wound up winning one of Colette’s pieces at the Visit LA event back home in New York.

The whole week seemed surreal, but I guess that is what you can expect in the City of Dreams.  

Amusing musings about my travels because life isn't perfect, and neither am I.

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