Author: Nicole Isaacs

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LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB + L’SPACE GETAWAY, PALM SPRINGS

Escaped to the desert for a little getaway this past weekend at La Quinta Resort & Club and L’Space Swim. I was invited by the swim brand to spend the weekend there to relax and hang out by the pool. I never “relax” on trips so it actually felt like the first time I did in years which was nice. I brought a friend with me and we spent our days relaxing by the pool, had a private meditation session and enjoyed the beautiful spa. Traveling all the time takes a toll on me, so having a few day retreat like this once in a while is much needed for my health lol. I love Palm Springs. My grandparents had a house there so growing up it would be the place where we would have family getaways a few times a year on special occasions. Palm Springs is kind of nostalgic to me. I remember the warm nights spent with my family, spending hours by the pool, going out to dinners and making breakfast all together …

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IBIZA + FORMENTERA, SPAIN

I chose Spain as my summer destination, so had to make a stop in Ibiza to see a few of my friends that were also there for the summer. This was my second time in Ibiza, but I had gone in 2010 when I was a lot younger and had no idea what I was doing back then lol. Now I know how to do it right- a bunch of my friends go every summer and I was with a good group this time who knew all the places to go. We rented an AirBnB villa and also rented a car to get around the island. We stacked up with groceries and booze for the week and spent the days at the villa, and nights out. To be honest, I’m not the biggest drinker or partier anymore, so going out five nights in a row in Ibiza sounded like pure torture to me lol. I went out three of the five nights which was more than enough for me. The clubs there aren’t really my …

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MALLORCA, SPAIN

Mallorca was the final finale of my summer ’17 trip. It was the perfect end to an incredible summer in Europe. I had been to Mallorca in 2010, but only for one night. I spent five nights this time and stayed in an AirBnB in a charming alley in the heart of Palma, which is Mallorca’s capital city. Palma has plenty of shopping, restaurants and bars and it’s so nice to wander and get lost in the streets there. You can pretty much walk everywhere in Palma and it’s a great central location to stay on the island. I also have to recommend Rambla 28 for a fresh and healthy meal. I called it “Mama’s Kitchen” because it was always a woman or her daughter cooking everything in front of you in their little shop that serves healthy toasts, smoothies, salads, and the bombest sweet and savory crepes made from scratch. I literally went there every day for five days straight for a meal. It’s on La Rambla street in the heart of Palma and its …

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RECAP OF PUEBLO BONITO PACIFICA RESORT & SPA, CABO

I recently came back from a trip with my mom in Cabo, staying at the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica. I never get to travel with my mom so it was really special to get to bring her. Usually when I go somewhere I barely spend any time at the hotel and I’m out exploring and interacting with people and the locals. This trip, we decided to just relax and really enjoy the resort. I always tell people I go on trips, never vacation. This was the closest I felt on vacation in awhile. We stayed at Pueblo Bonito for three nights. Nestled on a beautiful beach front with 2.5 miles of a wide, pristine and empty beach, this luxury all-inclusive resort exclusively caters to adults only. We stayed in the Towers at Pacifica, which is a more modern yet elegant addition to the resort, and our room was beautiful. When you think of an all-inclusive resort, you usually tend to think it’s not as nice, or the food isn’t as good, but this was the nicest all-inclusive resort …

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MAKING LIFESTYLE CHANGES

The number one question I’m asked… Whats my diet and workout routine, and how I stay in shape while traveling. I wrote a post about it a few years ago that you can read here, but I have some new tips and “adjustments” since I wrote that article. I thought there is no better time than now than writing this article again, because I FINALLY am making the shift into a healthier lifestyle. Took only 30 years…better late than never lol! Like I said in my previous article I wrote a few years ago, I am extremely blessed that I am not overweight with my history in how much I can eat along with my poor eating habits. I love my burgers! If you know me, you know I LOVE all food, and have pretty much been able to eat what I want my whole life (thank you mom and dad), but as I’m getting older I realized I had to do some major adjustments with my lifestyle. It’s not just about having a good body …

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DA GRECO, BARCELONA

One of the restaurants that was recommended  to me in Barcelona by a few people, was Da Greco for Italian food. I wasn’t particularly thrilled to be eating Italian food in Spain, but then again, I’m always down for a good pasta dish. Usually if a place is recommended by a few people, I always want to give it a try, it must be good right? I also heard that Jay Z & Beyonce go there when in Barcelona, so that was another incentive, lol. We had our hotel call to make a reservation, and they couldn’t get through so we decided to just show up. It was the day after the terrorist attack, and a lot of restaurants and businesses shut down for a few days, so we were expecting to show up at a closed restaurant. When we showed up the door to the restaurant was locked. We stood there in defeat, bummed that we couldn’t experience it, and started to look for other dinner options on our phone. A few minutes later, …

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MY SPANISH SUMMER: BARCELONA GUIDE

I usually pick one to two destinations each summer to travel to. This summer I chose Spain and spent the majority of my time there. I visited Barcelona, Ibiza, Mallorca and Valencia. I wanted to do an overall break down of my favorites in every city from food, clubs, beaches or sights to see. First up, Barcelona! I went in the beginning of summer and at the end- when I visited Barcelona at the end of summer in August I was there during the terrorist attack that occurred on Las Ramblas. I was staying at a hotel just a few minutes away, and it was a serious wakeup call to what is going on in this world, and it was the first terrorist attack in Barcelona ever. I went back the second time to Barcelona to attend a festival called Fiestas De Gracias which is a local neighborhood street festival. The different neighborhoods in Gracia decorate their streets and its a competition who has the best decorated street, the winner receiving a big cash prize. The …

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GIL’S LITTLE BISTRO- DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

I briefly mentioned this gem in my Croatia article on the blog awhile back, but wanted to revisit Gil’s Little Bistro because it is worthy of a full post. I have visited Dubrovnik five times, and spent a lot of time at Gil’s Little Bistro which is located in the heart of the Old Town. It truly is a gem. Old Town is the main attraction in Dubrovnik with charming cobblestone alleys off the Stradun, the main street. Walking through the town makes you feel like you are walking through a Medieval Times movie set- and it’s the actual set of Kings Landing from Game Of Thrones. During the summer season, it is crowded with tourists from around the world. With an over saturation of “touristy” restaurants and gelato shops in the Old Town, every restaurant isn’t any different from the next. That is why I think Gil’s is so special and unique among the rest. Gil’s is set in a charming little alley off of Stradun. I’ve spent time in the kitchen at Gil’s …

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MY SKINCARE ROUTINE- SKIN CEUTICALS

With all the traveling I do, I am constantly in the sun, on airplanes and pretty much have 24/7 jetlag-it’s not the most ideal for my skin, and it definitely takes a wear and tear. Fortunately up until this point, I have been extremely lucky to have had great skin- I’ve never had pimples or break outs in my life, and barely any sunspots, lines or wrinkles (thank you mom & dad), but I realized it’s time now to start taking it seriously and take care of my skin before it’s too late. Aging is a b*tch! When I got invited to an event recently held by SkinCeuticals, I was excited to attend and learn about their skin care products. People have always asked me my skin routine and what products I use, and I never had the answers because I honestly never did anything but soap and water. Attending this brunch was life changing for my skin- it was the first step in inspiring my new skin routine and now I can proudly say …