Exer More Then Urgent Care

Last night, I was attempting to cook for the first time in years. I have been watching Top Chef, and absolutely inspired to hobble around the kitchen on crutches and create a three course meal. I ordered a veggie slicer, and started working away. Of course 2 minutes into slicing, I slice the tip of my pinky off. My mom was to the rescue, wrapping my pinky up and and applying pressure. The bleeding continued through the morning, and decided I had to go to the emergency room. Of course I don't want to sit at Cedars for the next 8 hours - thats why I went straight to my favorite health care emergency room - EXER MORE THAN URGENT CARE. I signed in, went straight into a room, and within 20 minutes, my finger was numb, clean, and being bandaged after applying a little glue. I am the BiGGEST fan of EXER because they take insurance, its clean, fast, and luxurious! Thank you EXER for saving my ass! 

Energy Bites

As most of you know, I am by no means a cook. I can barely get myself around my own kitchen without almost setting the house on fire. After I hurt my knee - I have spent more time inside since April, then I ever have in my entire life. Not being able to stand without crutches has still diminished my dreams of being Chef Gordon Ramsey, but with some help, I have been experiencing with vegetarian snacks recently. I came across a recipe for Energy Bites, and put my own twist on it. These energy bites can be passed off on any amazing dessert bar, and they would have fooled me. 

Ingredients: 

  • ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup ground flax seeds
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Mix ingredients in a medium bowl - stir to combine

Refrigerate for 15-45 minutes

After refrigerated , roll into 12 bites and place them into the fridge for up to a week

If after a week passes, throw the bites into the freezer

They are the perfect mixture of cookie dough and a granola bar - and when craving sugar, they are a great little snack alternative.

Soneva Jani, Maldives

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📍 Medhufaru, Maldives

Soneva Resorts and Residences

 

Located on the island of Medhufaru, Soneva Jani is the ultimate destination for those looking to enjoy the natural beauty of the Maldives in luxury. The resort offers both island and overwater villas, all beautifully designed using sustainable materials. Soneva Jani’s villas boast every imaginable amenity, from spacious master suites to open-air bathrooms, where guests can enjoy views of crystal-clear waters from the comfort of their bathtub. Some villas even have waterslides from the top floor directly into the waters below. The resort’s main lodge features an observatory, lavish spa, and many gourmet dining options, including a complementary cheese room for guests to enjoy. The staff is friendly and strives to ensure each guests stay is excellent. Soneva Jani is a must visit for anyone looking to literally slide into the beauty and luxury of the Maldives!

 

10 Things to know before you go to Dubai

10 Things to know before you go to Dubai

Dubai’s skyscraper filled skyline, exclusive nightlife scene and world renown luxury shopping allude to the notion that Dubai is a city of the future. While the city is home to ultramodern infrastructure, the UAE’s customs and laws date back centuries and are very different to those of the West. The UAE follows Muslim and Sharia laws, in order to ensure your trip goes smoothly, here are some things to know: 

 1)     Modesty is key.

Under sharia laws revealing clothing is illegal to an extent. When in public be sure your clothing covers at least your shoulders and upper legs. This applies to men too—men must wear a top unless they’re at the beach or pool. These laws are more relaxed in private resorts, shopping centers and other tourist destinations, however it’s best to dress with an air of caution and keep it conservative. 

 2)    Bring a scarf or pashmina!

Dubai is home to some of the world’s most beautiful mosques that are definitely must-see’s when visiting the city. Modesty dress codes are strictly enforced; women should wear loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves and cover their heads. Some mosques will have pashminas for tourists to wear, but it’s best to go prepared with your own. 

 3)    No PDA!

Public Displays of Affection may be awkward in the US, but in the UAE they can warrant jail time. It is illegal to kiss, hold hands or cuddle in public. Be sure you and your partner keep it PG when out and about. 

 4)    Drink with Caution

This may be a fairly obvious pointer regardless of where you’re traveling, however in Dubai it’s illegal to drive with any level of alcohol in your blood system. Even blowing a .01 could warrant jail time, so play it safe and call and Uber. (Yes they have Uber in Dubai!) It is also illegal to drink in public, and public intoxication can warrant jail time. 

 5)    During Ramadan (Holy Month) you cannot eat, drink, chew gum or smoke in public during daylight hours.

Sharia laws state that nothing is permitted to pass through the mouth between sunrise and sunset. This applies to foreigners and tourists in public areas during Ramadan as well. The month of Ramadan varies from year to year depending on the lunar calendar, so be sure to check before you plan your trip. This year Ramadan falls on May 26 – June 25. 

 6)    October-April are the best months to visit

Dubai has two seasons—hot and hotter. October-April is considered the winter season, which is very mild and brings ideal tourism weather. 

 7)    Keep it down!

Playing loud music in public areas is considered unlawful. Leave the DJing to the DJ’s. 

 8)    Ask permission before taking pictures

Unless you’re taking a scenic shot of a major touristy area, never take a picture of a stranger without their permission, it’s considered especially inappropriate to photograph a Muslim woman without her permission. It is also advised not to photograph government buildings and military installations. 

 9)    Tipping isn’t expected

Like many counties outside the US, tipping isn’t really expected in Dubai. Most restaurants will add gratuity to your bill. Bellmen, taxi drivers etc. don’t expect tips, though it is okay to give them a small cash tip for their services. 

 10) Don’t break the law!

In short, it’s smart to respect and abide by the laws of the UAE. If you are caught breaking the law and arrested, you are not entitled to legal representation or consular help. Dubai is a beautiful city full of rich culture, be courteous of their customs and your trip will go smoothly! 

Amanyara Turks and Caicos, Carribean

📍Amanyara, Turks and Caicos

Ports Of Call Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos Islands

Located an hour flight from Miami, lies the Amanyara resort in the beautiful island of Turks and Caicos. Beau spent a week exploring 

Must stay:

Amanyara Turks and Caicos is a five star beachfront resort overlooking a marine reserve, with the clearest blue water, and whitest sand beaches imaginable. The property hosts 40 guest pavilions, 33 multi-bedroom villas, all containing glass floor to walls. The Amanyara boasts pools, a gorgeous beach club villa, 5 star restaurants, fitness center, spa, and multi-sport field; volleyball court and golf simulator.

Must Try:

If you haven’t heard of SEABOB, just get ready. Imagine a hand-controlled Jetski that allows you to explore the ocean up to 12.43 mph, with diving depths of 131 ft. In other words, meet Seabob – the ultimate ocean exploring device. Seabobing was one of the most exciting aspects of our trip, as we spent our days zipping around the marine reserve.

Must Spa:

The Serenity Villa is Amanyara’s spa and wellness facility, featuring four double treatment pavilions, adult swimming pool, and outdoor yoga sala, and a Pilates studio. The spa offers massages, wraps, scrubs, and facials. All services can also be enjoyed in the privacy of your own villa or pavilion.

Must Taste:

The Amanyara offers two main restaurants on premises, The Restaurant, and the Beach Club. The Restaurant is situated around the outdoor reflection pond and offers a diverse local menu. The Beach Club offers daily lunch including raw food dishes caught locally, as well as light and fun dishes including a goat cheese guacamole that is to die for!

Ports Of Call Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos Islands

+1 649-941-8133

https://www.aman.com/resorts/amanyara

@Amanyara

 

Four Seasons Miami

📍Miami, Florida

1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

Four Seasons Miami

Art Basel Miami—the art world’s annual gathering of VIP parties, pool hopping, fashion, celebs, and of course, a ton of fabulous art. Each year collectors, rockstars and fans alike flock to Miami to take in the hottest contemporary works from hundreds of galleries and artists around the world—all while soaking up the Miami sun. That said, there’s no better place to soak in Art Basel than the Four Seasons on Brickell—Miami’s premier retreat for a who’s-who of the creative industry. Located on Brickell Avenue in the heart of downtown Miami, the hotel is conveniently central without feeling like too much of a scene. The rooms are spacious and chic, perfect for post-Basel R&R. The staff is wonderful and the property has two incredible restaurants. A must stay when visiting Miami! 

Beau vists the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Chiang Rai

📍 Chiang Rai, Thailand

www.FourSeasons.com

During her month long stay in Thailand, and partnership with the Four Seasons Resorts, Beau spent a week at the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle located in Chiang Rai Thailand.  The only all-inclusive Luxury Four Seasons, located in the Northern most part of Thailand – was once the center of all poppy cultivation.

Beau got up-close and personal with the majestic rescued Asian elephants on the property. Activities such as wilderness treks by Elephantback and elephant bathing in the river are just a few activities the hotel offers. “Spending time with these kind, majestic creatures leaves a lasting impression on everyone—yet, each guest’s experience is different. For some, it is an incredible adventure; for others, the interaction is spiritual and transformative; for yet others, it results in unique friendships.” – Four Seasons 

Ventana Resort, Big Sur, California

📍Big Sur, California

48123 California 1, Big Sur, California 93920

http://www.ventanainn.com

I was invited to one of my best friends weddings up in Big Sur, and to be completely honest, was shocked that growing up in California, I had never been. After one of the most beautiful drives up the coast, we arrived to Ventana Resort and Spa, and I could not have been more excited. The resort is the coolest woodsy - chic lodge , something I had never experienced, and super romantic. Located in the Redwoods, Ventana also houses one of the best spas in Northern California. Spend an afternoon poolside reading a good book, or let the outdoor Japanese hot baths inspire a Zen-like peacefulness as you soak in the soothing water and gaze up at the rustling trees and twinkling stars dotting the midnight sky. This is an absolute must stay if visiting up  north.

Hair maintenance while traveling abroad

Traveling abroad is the downfall to my locks, as every element is detrimental to your color, cut, and texture. If you know me, you know I am useless when it comes to doing my own hair, so of course I always get tips from my BFF and hair goddess, Nikki Lee, co-owner of Nine Zero One Salon and the popular must read Beauty Coach . Here are our tricks to maintaining great color, and keeping your locks in tip top shape while traveling abroad.

Purple Conditioner: Nikki absolutely swears by EVO Fabululoso Purple Conditioner . While traveling, my hair turns brassy from the sun, the ocean, and above all the shower water. Nikki suggests washing hair with a regular shampoo, and following up with the purple conditioner. Although the bottle says for Blondes, this absolutely works for all hair colors including brunettes. I used this weekly while in Thailand, and could not believe how well it kept my color, without turning it red.

Leave in Conditioner: Unite 7 Seconds, Leave in Conditioner is absolutely one of my favorite products to travel with. Its perfect to keep in your beach bag. I use this at night, after a shower, and right before I go into the ocean. I will wet my hair, spray this in, and throw my hair in a simple side braid while swimming. This keeps your tresses untangled, and soft and silky.

Sprays: I am so in love with Oribe's Travel size sprays, including the Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray. This was such a life saver in the heat, and humidity of Asia. Its great for UV production, along with combats against frizz, which is an obvious while traveling abroad! 

Panda Conservation and Research Volunteer Program

📍Dujiangyan, China

While planning my trip to Thailand, I spent hours upon hours searching for animal related activities, where I could actually make a difference. I stumbled across photos of people in blue suits snuggling pandas- I knew just then I had to go! From Bangkok, James and I flew North-East to Chengdu China, which was a 3.5 hour flight with Thai Airways. We had an amazing travel guide named Kevin, who drove us over an hour outside the city, to the Dujiangyan Panda Conservation and Research Volunteer Program. The program was designed to give volunteers a crash course in the panda wilderness training program. The volunteer program includes cleaning panda enclosures, preparing food, attending panda classes, and planting bamboo and trees. The training base also allows volunteers to take a picture with a panda. This was an experience I will never forget, and definitely on the top of my list of travel musts!

Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base

📍Chengdu, China

China, Sichuan, Chengdu, Chenghua, 外北熊猫大道1375号 邮政编码: 610081

Pandas are not only a Chinese national treasure but are also beloved by people the world over. Pandas are found only in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces in China, and that is where we went to find them - to Chengdu China. There are less than 2,000 pandas remaining worldwide, of which 70% are distributed within the territory of Sichuan Province. 

Located just 6 miles (10 km) away from downtown, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has been created to care for rare and endangered Pandas on a amazing property spanning almost 100 acres. 

St. Regis Hotel, Chengdu, China

📍Chengdu, China

China, Sichuan, Chengdu, Qingyang, Tidu St, 99号 邮政编码: 610016

Lets talk about being blown away... This is exactly how I felt walking into the front doors of the beautiful contemporary St. Regis Hotel in Chengdu China. The St. Regis Chengdu is located within steps of Tianfu Square and Chunxi Road. Boasting an iconic address in the ancient city, the hotel is strategically placed near premier shopping and renowned restaurants (yay!). The 279 superb guest rooms and suites are meticulously decorated, with custom furnishings and modern amenities creating a sense of inimitable grace and style. I am blown away by the amenities offered at this location, including two swimming pools, a spa, a number of restaurants, and up to date technology everywhere you look.  The Butler Service is top notch, and please ask for Jesse, who helped me organize my entire itinerary, including introducing me to our tour guide !

In Flight Beauty Routine

Long flights cause chaos for your skin. Here is my in-flight beauty routine for those hours in the air!

Clean : Cleansing is so important on a flight, as you don't want to keep old makeup on during those hours of downtime. My favorite inflight cleansers are the Koh Gen Do cleansing spa water cloths , as you can cleanse anytime, anywhere. They are great for sensitive skin, and keep your skin feeling super clean!

Moisture: Moisturizing is absolute key to in flight beauty, as airplane cabins have low humidity, which means moisture free- and will draw moisture from wherever it can, including your skin! Must have moisturizers for my travel are the SK-ii Moisture Mask, La Mer Moisture Cream, and the La Praire Anti-Aging Lip & Eye Perfector ! These three are heavy duty, and absolutely work! 

Drink : W A T E R! Enough said - start guzzling!

Sleep: If you can, get some ZZ's. I just flew almost 20 hours two days ago, and sleep is so important. I always try and find the local time to where I'm traveling, and if a long flight (I just flew LAX to Hong Kong which was 15 hours), calculate my time zones, to avoid jet lag !

The Peninsula Hotel, Bangkok Thailand

📍Bangkok, Thailand

Khwaeng Si Phraya, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500

www.Peninsula.com/Bangkok

The Peninsula Bangkok has her now... (Hangover 2 reference lol!) - Welcome to one of the most magical hotels in the world ! Whats not to love of the Peninsula brand, but when you add in a kick ass view - thats when you realize you have woken up in Bangkok. Situated on the Chao Phraya River, The Peninsula offers commanding city views, luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities, extraordinary dining options and the legendary Peninsula service...did I mention a newly renovated Thai inspired spa as well? If you want to stay in Bangkok, and receive 5 star service, this is an absolute must!

Cryotherapy, Los Angeles, California

📍Los Angeles, California

351 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

http://www.cryohealthcare.com

I was introduced to Cryhealthcare last year, as I have two herniated discs in my back, and a friend suggested I go freeze my ass off (literally) to feel better. Meet CryHealthcare! Cryotherapy is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy. The term "cryotherapy" comes from the Greek cryo (κρυο) meaning cold, and therapy (θεραπεια) meaning cure. Cryotherapy has been used as early as the seventeenth century.

Whole Body Cryotherapy can be administered in one of two devices, the Single Person Cryosauna and the Multi-Person Cryochamber.

With Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) the body is exposed to ultra-low temperatures (-200 to -240 F). The client is placed in a cryogenic sauna/chamber for a short duration of 1.5-3 minutes which lowers the client's skin surface temperature significantly and stimulates receptors. 

This modality was first utilized in Japan in 1978 to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Studies conducted over the last two decades in Europe have established WBC as a powerful modality for inflammation reduction and injuries.

Professional athletes have discovered WBC as a powerful treatment to decrease recovery  time and increase athletic performance.  Although Whole Bocy Cryotherapy originated in Japan, it was a group of Polish scientists who took the idea and made Whole Body Cryotherapy the physical therapy it is today.  The Olympic rehabilitation center in Spala, Poland opened in May 2000 and has been used as a training and injury rehabilitation center for many athletes. 

The Cryosauna and Cryochamber are cooled to cryogenic temperature range of −200 °F to −240 °F.