Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Must Have Summer Fitness Accessory - Fitbit

Now that bikini season is in full swing you may be looking for new ways to incorporate fitness into your daily routines. I just purchased a Fitbit Flex to keep me motivated to stay active this summer, and so far it's a Sisters in the Sand success! Here's why we think this is a must have for your summer in the sand and your next vacation!

1. It's addicting

Anyone who has a smartphone will see how addicting clicking the app can be. I find myself constantly checking my steps throughout the day to see how close I am to reaching my goals. There is something to be said for the satisfying vibration of the bracelet when you reach your daily goals. I've even resorted to high-fiving whoever i'm with to celebrate (even if it's my dog).

2. You'll get more exercise

Before I got my Fitbit, I would take my dog for one long walk a day. But now I find myself doing that one long walk, plus a few shorter ones to get my 10,000 steps in. I'm also consciously making smarter choices, like parking further away at the grocery store, or going for a nice stroll along the beach, always remembering that every step counts! Anytime you are up and moving it's tracking, from walking the beach with your sister to boogie boarding. The only thing that's missing which is a bummer, is the ability to track biking, paddle boarding, or other activities that don't involve steps.

3. It's pretty darn cute 

I've been wearing my Fitbit non-stop. I love that it comes in a plethora of fun colors and you can get different color bands to swap out depending on your mood or outfit! I personally can't wait till Tory Burch's Fitbit accessory line comes out so that I can really dress it up and wear it to special events. Think about all the steps you'd rack up dancing at wedding! Overall it's comfortable, light weight, and small enough that it won't bother you throughout the day. 

4. You'll lose weight

I've been an avid user of MyFitnessPal for the past few years, and while I love it for food tracking I didn't always see the weight loss results. What is great about the App is that it tells you your calories burned throughout the day, including at your resting rate. There is a clean graph that then displays your calories burned compared to your calories eaten. This visual is great if you are trying to shed a few lbs. Just keep your gray bar higher and you can expect to see results. I started my Fitbit challenge July 1st, and over the course of the first week lost 1.5 pounds, and yes, that includes 4th of July BBQ's.

So if there's one fitness accessory you are looking to purchase this summer, go with the Fitbit Flex for a reasonable $100! After all, your next vacation is right around the corner!

Coming in August - see how I use my Fitbit Flex to stay active in Napa, San Francisco, and Las Vegas!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Best Rooftop Bars in New York City (and Affordable!)

As soon as the weather starts getting nice (seriously, we are talking 50's here) - we are itching to get outside and head to our favorite rooftop bar for happy hour. Even though New York City is filled with great rooftop bars, we sometimes find ourselves frequenting the same ones time after time - simply because we don't know any better. In addition - wanting to go to a rooftop bar every single Summer night can take a toll on your wallet - so we found you some of the most affordable ones out there. That is why the sisters are here to offer you the Top 5 Rooftop Bars in New York City!

Lucy's Cantina
Lucy's Cantina is one of our favorites that isn't typically on the NYC roof-top bar list. We even just found out about it because we happened to be walking by it a few years ago and made a mental note to find out what it was after being drawn to the palm trees on top. Sure the surfer decorations and Mexican food is great - but what is even better is the happy hour here. From 4pm - 7pm, they have great deals on those favorite Summer drinks of yours including Coronas and Margaritas. Just make sure you get there early enough to get a good seat!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Miami - Low-Key Nightlife

Our trip to Miami was part business/part fun so we weren't able to get out and explore all of the Miami and South Beach nightlife that we wanted to. That being said, we still got out there and were able to check out some of the more low-key (but still just as fun) spots that aren't the typical loud South Beach nightclubs.

Wood Tavern - Wynwood, Miami
We ended up stumbling upon the Wood Tavern, a hidden gem while we were staying in Downtown Miami for a few nights. It blew us away and easily ended up being one of our favorite spots that we went while in Miami. It is completely outdoors, has graffiti walls, tacos made to order, and larger than life Jenga. And did we mention that dogs are even allowed because it is all outdoors? Nothing makes a bar more exciting than cute pooches running around! We ended up going on a Wednesday which also happened to be Ladies Night where ladies drank free all night long. And yes, free meant completely free. In Miami, where you get charged an obscene amount for even looking at something, this is rare and we took full advantage of it.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

10 Reasons To Go To Key West For A Girls Getaway

Picking a destination for a girls getaway or bachelorette party can sometimes be a daunting task. There is always the tried and true Vegas trip, but why not branch out and try a new spot? Here are our top 10 reasons why you should head to Key West, Florida for your next girls trip, no matter what your age!

1. Bachelor parties

Which means large groups of men. When we went we were surrounded by bachelor parties looking to party and let loose. What makes a bachelorette party more fun than running into like-minded bachelor parties your entire vacation?

2. Food

Key West has so many amazing restaurant choices, no matter what you are in the mood for. Plus, there are some great happy hour options with phenomenal half price menus. Imagine sitting with your girlfriends, drinking margaritas at a waterfront restaurant watching the sunset while rehashing last nights antics. You can read more about our restaurant reviews here.

3. Beaches and Pools

Whether your prefer the beach, or the pool, you really have your pick.  For a girls getaway we'd recommend staying at the Southernmost Hotel as they offer multiple pools for whatever mood you are in as well as a beach with complimentary beach chairs!

4. Live Music

It was almost hard not to find a bar with live music here. There is something to be said for being on vacation and listening to a great live band or cover singer. You can dance the night away with your best girlfriends as you sing along to some of your favorite tunes.

5. Drag Shows

If you are looking to spice up your trip a bit there are a number of drag shows you can attend on Duval Street. They will lip sync and ask you to shove dollar bills down their chests, but hey, it's all in good fun!

6. It's in the U.S.

Which means its clean and safe. We literally felt like we were on a caribbean island while in Key West, but with all the comforts of the United States. It's a quick flight from most parts of the country. We would definitely recommend spending the extra money to fly directly to the island versus driving from Miami.

7. Drinks are cheap

If you are from a major city like us (Boston & NYC) your wallet will be pleased with the prices of beverages here. From $5 martinis at martini monday to $2 draft beers. A far cry from the usual $18 cocktail we so often see!

8. It's walkable

One of the best things about Key West is that you can walk almost anywhere you need to go if you stay near Duval Street. All of the hotspots are located here with many restaurants on streets close by. No need to rent a car or hail a pink taxi (yes the cabs here are pink, how perfect is that for your girls trip?!).

9. Nightlife

This is no Vegas lifestyle, which is why we love it. The bars here are extremely laid back but still a ton of fun. You won't pay a $40 cover or wait in a line around the block to be told you are wearing the wrong type of shoes. You can just throw on whatever you are comfortable in and head out for a night of fun. Bars are also open to 4am, so you can head out late, and stay out late.

10. You can leave the heels at home

Which is AMAZING. How many nights have been cut short because your feet just can't stand being arched in those 4 inch stilettos? In fact, if you wear heels in Key West, consider yourself a minority. What a truly relaxing feeling to be able to go out with your friends in a sundress and flip-flops.

I went on a small girls getaway and have decided that's where my bachelorette party will take place, now to just find a groom...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pinterest Worthy Photos

Photography on vacation is a must to remember all of those special moments. Here are some of our favorites over the more about our travels here.

Key West Restaurants

Wow, we thought 5 days was enough to check out all of the great eateries in Key West, boy were we wrong! As a travel blogger I always try to scope out reviews of where to eat before I go on vacation and I was overwhelmed by all of the great choices in beautiful Key West. Here is a breakdown of where we ate and our experiences in order of our favorites.

1. Ambrosia

If you love sushi, Ambrosia is a must while in Key West. We were able to walk here from our hotel and this was some of the best sushi I have eaten in a long time! We loved it so much we tried to go back on our last afternoon but they were closed from 2-6, bummer! When you walk in it's not an overwhelming atmosphere and pretty simple, they don't even have a full bar, but the deliciousness more than made up for that, prices were quite reasonable as well!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Key West - Everything you need to know!

The flight just landed from Key West and I am still groggy and feeling jet-lagged but couldn't wait to share with you all of the amazing details from my trip. Since there is so much to share i'll be breaking this post up into 3 categories: where to stay, food, and nightlife.

Since I was a first time Key West visitor I had to do a good amount of research to decide where the best place to stay was. I knew I wanted to stay close to the active Duval Street but also close to a beach and pool. After hours of research and my jaw dropping several times at the nightly rates of hotels in the area I selected The Best Western Hibiscus Motel, Key West. I'm not much of a motel stayer but the reviews and location seemed good, plus there was a pool. Now this was going to cost me $1,536 for 4 weeknights, almost $400 a night for a motel! I had to grin and bare it in order to experience a new vacation spot and told myself we wouldn't be spending much time in the room.

Huge Booking Tip: Check back at nicer hotels a week before your arrival. I did this and discovered a much lower rate at not only a hotel, but a gorgeous resort! I was ecstatic when I found that I could stay at The Southernmost Hotel for $1,200 total! I quickly canceled my Best Western reservation as I was still in the free cancellation window and was feeling pretty smart about my budget traveling skills :)

The Southernmost Hotel - Key West 

Two girlfriends and I stayed here for 4 nights and would highly recommend this hotel for anyone, friends, families, couples, it really meets all of your needs! The location is perfect. Right at the end of Duval Street so at night you can walk the whole length, however we chose to take the $7 cab ride most nights, as the better nightlife is at the other end of Duval. The grounds felt like a tropical resort with multiple pools to choose from depending on your mood, and a beach!

Friday, April 25, 2014

What Did We Pack? Miami Edition.

Let's be honest, planning your outfits for an upcoming vacation is half the fun. Going shopping with a specific itinerary in mind always makes things that much easier and that much more exciting. Packing for a week in Miami was no different! That is why we are giving our readers an inside look into our suitcase to see what made the cut for a week in Miami. Be sure to let us know your favorite!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Surfcomber in South Beach - Hotel Review

If you are planning a trip to Miami and looking to stay at a wonderful hotel in South Beach with tremendous service, then look no further than the Surfcomber. The Surfcomber is a Kimpton hotel set right on Collins Avenue in a perfect location for exploring all that South Beach has to offer.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Plumeria Swimwear - Caliente Bikini in Miami

The first thing we get excited to buy for the Summer season is a new bikini (or four...). As soon as that first swimwear catalog comes in the mail in December - we can't help but start ordering away. So when we came across a new swimwear company, Plumeria Swimwear, we couldn't contain our excitement. We first saw this photo of the Caliente Bikini on Pinterest and immediately fell in love. Plumeria Swimwear was generous enough to send us over a sample to review and we have to say - the photos don't even begin to do it justice!