I’m heading to California for 12 days - starting in Northern California and ending in Southern California. Climate changes wreak havoc on my skin and hair (different types of water) so it’s important to me to pack products that are versatile and of course, travel size.
- Klorane Magnolia Shampoo + Conditioner, loving it. It makes my hair super soft and fluffy. It rehydrates hair to reinforce hair’s protective film and boost shine.
- Sexy Hair root booster (new line to the site, coming soon- get excited!) It lifts hair from the root and protects hair from humidity to keep its style from going flat.
- David Kirsch Thermo bubbles to help ward off over indulgence at the holidays. Melt away the fat naturally with this pink lemonade bubbly beverage. Thermo Bubbles® is the Hollywood beauty secret that has helped many actors, actresses and models get runway and red carpet ready. Drinking it before or with my meal really curbs my appetite.
- Blowfish for hangovers , for over indulgence at the holidays. These small tablets are an FDA-registered over-the-counter drug that is specifically formulated to treat hangover symptoms quickly.
- Supergoop SPF 40 face lotion for that California sun. This gentle face sunscreen and moisturizer provides complete broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It also blends well into the skin without leaving a shiny or white residue.
- blowpro textstyle texture spray is one of my favorite products right now because it not only gives your hair that dry-shampoo effect but it also gives hair a great lift and natural texture. It also prevents grease and oil buildup while hair still feels brushable and soft.
- Dr. Dennis Gross extra strength peels rid my skin of any oil or dirt I may have accumulated on my face throughout the day. After using these make my skin feel renewed and completely refreshed.
Wherever you may be headed this week, never leave home without the essentials. What are yours?
Sometimes I just need a little freshening up- especially after a long flight. From makeup removing to cleansing, 3FLOZ carries a wide variety of towelettes- sized perfectly for your purse or suitcase. You won’t want to be without these helpful wipes- because when you are out is when you will need them most.
Apparently Shellac manicures have been a thing for a while, but I just recently hopped on the band wagon when I was prepping for a long weekend away. Regular manicures look great the first couple of days, but I wanted a mani that would make it through my entire trip and still look good. I decided to try it, and now I am hooked. It has been interesting to experiment with new colors, and I even surprised myself by liking a red polish last time.
#TBT #Halloween #HalloweenCostume
Miami for a long weekend? Sure, why not.
Stay: Viceroy. The Pool alone is worth the stay. Largest pool and hot tub in Miami. Beware: Saturday they have a DJ by the pool, it was 50/50 on his playlist. Assume they change up their DJ’s.
Spa: Viceroy. Walking 50 feet from the pool to the spa isn’t so bad. Beautiful two level spa. It had just re-opened when I went- assumed they may had renovated it. After a 90 minute massage I spent the better part of an hour drinking chilled lemon water in the indoor hot tub. They have two hot tubs and a cold plunge. Worth the splurge.
Eat: Zuma in The Epic Hotel. Hands down one of the best meals I’ve had. Living in NYC where there are so many great restaurants, you know checking out Zuma is worth it. Cannot wait for them to open a NYC location.
Eat: Mandolin Aegean Bistro. This spot was recommended by multiple people, all foodies, so my expectations were fairly high. While the ambiance and outdoor seating was beautiful, the food was fine. Not bad, not great. Just fine. I wonder if I maybe ordered the wrong dishes or the kitchen was having an off night.
Overall, great trip- I would do it all over again.
Always glad to be back in New York…. but my weekend trip to Miami was pretty fantastic. You can’t beat clear blue skies and 90 degree weather. There are several things I find necessary to do upon returning to reality.
Maintaining a tan. My choice is Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Glow Moisture for face-which locks in moisture and gives my skin a slight glow and tint. A few other after-travel problems to solve are tired eyes and getting my body back on track. Klorane Eye Patches reduce eye puffiness, and David Kirsch Vitamins & Thermo Bubbles regulate my appetite and replenish my immune system.
My favorite purchase of the month: Jawbone Mini Jambox in Orange. This tiny blue tooth speaker is unbelievably powerful and has the best sound. It is perfect for travel and fits right in your purse or bag. It charges like a cell phone, no batteries needed. Definitely worth purchasing, and built to last a long time! http://bit.ly/GZsG6q
When I travel, my phone is one of my most important accessories. I have several apps that I rely on for different needs when I am traveling domestically or internationally. Here is my hot list:
Spotify [FREE] is my first any only option to listen to the latest hits, and some oldies too.
Hotel Tonight [FREE] is great for finding last minute deals on hotels.
FoundersCard [FREE] is my go-to for discounts as I travel, and is membership based.
GateGuru [FREE] is what I use to check my flight itineraries, view security wait times, see airport restaurants, and view reviews from other passengers.
Google Translate [FREE] is a must for International travel.
Uber [FREE] is one of my most used apps period, even at home in NYC. I always have fast and reliable service, and there is no exchange of cash because Uber requires you to set up your bank account to their service.
Exit Strategy NYC [$3.99] is a New York City based app that is super helpful for riding the subway. It tells you exactly which car to ride in in order to exit the station at the right corner for your destination.
Evernote [FREE] helps keep me organized wherever I am. It allows you to share files with others and organize things you find on the web or paper documents by scanning them at home/work.
En Route With Alexi Mintz- Co Founder of 3FLOZ
Getting ready for the trip…
I would describe my packing style as somewhere in between anal and relaxed. I normally don’t seriously pack until the night before a trip or day of. If I am not packing in my Coach duffle bag, I am using a rolling carry-on sized suitcase. I do not own luggage sized for checking. I always check my baggage out of bag loss anxiety, and just the comfort of knowing where my stuff is.
I always over-pack my toiletries and my intimates because you never know what could happen, and those are the two hardest items to replace. I always pack a particular way. I pull out the items I want to pack a few days before the trip, and roll my clothes for a tighter fit. Shoes go in first and toiletries always last. When I get home from a trip, I refill my toiletries so they are always full and ready to go on another trip.
Once I leave for the airport…
I normally fly American Airlines, but on the occasion that it is not available, I fly JetBlue. Since I have the luxury of having airline status, I push the envelope on my arrival time since I know I won’t run into a line. Once through security, I pick up two bottles of Smart Water and the weeklies from Hudson News. If I have any time to spare, I sit in the airline lounge.
On the plane…
During flight I will usually treat myself to the weeklies before I start working. I have been known to do my best work on cross-country trips. On red eye flights I will watch a TV show, then sleep. Entertaining myself in flight is easy. I use my MacBook Air to watch TV shows or to get some work done.
Seat preference is always aisle for quick bathroom access. I drink the two bottles of Smart Water- one filled with David Kirsch Thermo bubbles to curb my appetite, and the other with plain water. I never drink soda during flight because the carbonation makes our bodies bloat. As far as eating goes, if I am hungry I will eat almonds or a protein bar, but normally never a meal. I try to time my flights so that I am not missing a meal or eating on a plane.
Travel is a necessity, and I like to do it a specific way. I’ve had a lot of practice.
Planning a trip to Miami? Whether you are going for a short or long period of time, here are my top suggestions for hotels, food and entertainment.
- Stay at the Mondrian Miami Hotel or the Viceroy Miami Hotel
- Go to Hyde Beach on a Sunday
- Golf at the Doral Resort (Donald Trump Resort)
- Museum of Jewish History
- Fontainebleau for dinner or to stay
- “Story” to hear Calvin Harris D.J.
- Catch Miami Restaurant- top floor
- SL Miami- dinner/drinks
- Joe’s Stone Crab