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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Cryo Facial Experience

Hi friends! It has been a while since I sat down and wrote a blog post and I have something fun I wanted to share with you all today! Two months ago I was invited to CryoSlim in Holmdel for a Cryo Facial and I also went back last month for a follow up treatment. I wanted to share my experience and provide insight as to what these treatments consist of. This past month I also received the Celluma treatment which I will go into more detail about. This past visit to CryoSlim was super fun because I was able to go with two of my girlfriends to celebrate Galentines Day. We were treated to mimosas and spent the afternoon getting treatments and having girl talk. Keep reading to get all of the details on my experience! 

About CryoSlim

Holmdel CryoSlim is owned by two amazing ladies and is located in Holmdel, New Jersey. They offer a variety of treatments including the Cryo Treatments, Infared Wraps, and the Celluma Treatment. What is nice is that the treatments are relatively short and non-invasive so they are perfect if you have a busy schedule! The decor is absolutely adorable and the room has such a nice relaxing vibe. All of the treatments are done in this room and can be done solo or you could plan a day with your girlfriends.

What is a Cryofacial? 

CryoSlim uses a machine called the Cryoskin 3.0. This machine uses a localized wand which is extremely cold and this is circulated around your face in specific motions to boost collagen, tighten the skin, and aide in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It basically feels like an ice cube on your face! This can be done on the face and the body. I was given a Cryofacial both times and it felt amazing. Afterwards my skin definitely felt tighter and looked brighter. I was also given the Celluma Treatment which I will talk about next. 

Cryofacial in Action

Celluma

The Celluma machine is a light therapy machine and is used to treat acne and wrinkles! I opted for the acne setting as I have been experiencing some breakouts (probably due to stress and hormones). What I think is great about this treatment is they actually will allow you to rent out the machine to use in the comfort of your own home for a few weeks. I only did the one treatment but I did notice a small difference in the breakouts I was experiencing the day I went. The next morning I could see that they were getting smaller. This treatment when done over time is said to kill acne bacteria and keep it from coming back. 

Celluma Treatment 

Final Thoughts

These treatments are definitely different from anything I have had done in the past! I have only ever gotten a normal facial so this was definitely different, but in a good way! The cold wand during the Cryofacial felt so refreshing and I loved the glow my skin had the next day. I definitely want to try more sessions with the Celluma to see how it works to treat my breakouts. Honestly, anytime I am forced to sit and relax for a bit is a treat so both treatments were great! I have had two Cryofacials and one Celluma treatment and I cannot wait to see how continued treatments make my skin look. I always post on Instagram stories when I go so definitely stay tuned for my next visit! 

xoxo
-Nicole 


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Miami Travel Guide

If you have been following along on instagram, you'll know that recently I took a girls trip to Miami. We were in desperate need of warm weather and a fresh place to spark our creativity to create content. Miami was the perfect quick trip! We laughed till we cried, bonded over tacos, and came back more inspired. Keep reading to get inspiration for your next getaway!

Where We Stayed

We stayed at Marseilles Hotel which is located on Collins Avenue and close to all kinds of restaurants and shopping. My favorite thing about the hotel was the fact that it is oceanfront, this was very important to me when booking this trip. I am going to do a breakdown of our stay here since there were a lot of positives but there were also some things I really wish were better. I always want to be honest with you, my readers; so that you can make informed decisions before staying anywhere or purchasing anything!

Customer Service: The customer service was poor. Upon arrival we were not greeted by the staff, in fact they almost acted as if we weren't there. When we walked over to the desk to let them know we were there and to ask about check-in they were very dismissive. We were not provided with information regarding the use of the hotel amenities and beach passes which were required to get chairs on the beach. We received this information from the staff at the beach so we had to make a trek back to get the passes. At this time we asked about the check-in time and finally we got an answer of 1:30.  In order to enjoy additional time outside we waited until about 2:30 to go back in to get the room keys. Again, we were dismissed and told it would be another 10 minutes which we were okay with. We did begin to get upset though when almost 30 minutes went by and staff started checking in other people who arrived after us. We finally made it into our room around 3:30. I also wanted to note that one evening we realized we were out of toilet paper and we were not given an extra roll. When coming back into the hotel we asked the front desk if they would mind sending some more up, almost an hour went by and we had to call again to ask for toilet paper. It is possible they were understaffed that evening, but I did want to note this. 

The Room: Honestly, I was not too crazy about the room. It was clean which is very important, but the setup was strange. We had a main room which had two beds and an additional room that had one bed in there. The room was very dark once the sun went down and the bathroom was very tiny. As you can imagine, three bloggers in an awkward space getting ready can be a challenge! 

Decor & Grounds: The hotel itself was beautiful and clean. The decor is really pretty while walking through the hotel to get to the pool and backyard (it also smelled amazing, we wanted to bottle up whatever air freshener they use). When you walk out you will first see the main pool, if you keep walking you will see what they call the "Backyard". The Backyard was personally my favorite spot at the hotel. The decor was really nice and they had cute daybeds, a hanging daybed pod, cabanas, and of course palm trees! This area was pretty shaded for a lot of the day but a nice spot to relax. If you keep walking there is a hot tub and some more daybeds as you make your way toward the beach. At the edge of the property there is a gate that leads through to the beach. I loved that the beach was a hop, skip, and a jump away! Overall the decor and grounds impressed me and there are so many nice photo spots within the property. 

 See below for a tour of the backyard and photos of the grounds! 


What We Did

Our goal of the trip was to relax of course but we also wanted to create a bunch of content. Majority of our days were spent by the beach or the pool, however we did find the cutest and most Instagramable cafe I have ever seen and we ate at the best taco place for two of our nights there. Keep reading for more detail on the food.

There were a few places we ate that I would hands down go back to on my next trip to Miami. We loved one so much that we went back twice! If you are planning a trip to Miami, definitely add these spots to your list. 

Maxines Bistro & Bar: This restaurant is located right across from Marseilles Hotel so when we arrived we figured we would give it a shot! Let me start by saying, I most likely would not go back to this spot. Although the food was absolutely amazing, the service was terrible. It took over a half hour for someone to come and take our order after seating us. I actually observed several couples get up and leave due to the lack of service. There were also a ton of birds flying around and landing on the chairs/tables right next to us. After placing our order the food took a very long time and after receiving our food we did not see our waitress until we flagged her down for the check. The food was fantastic so we were definitely a little disappointed by this.

Marseilles Hotel Bar: After shooting one day early in our trip we decided to stay on the property for lunch. I got a Caesar salad and the three of us shared guacamole. I am a huge guac fan and this one is definitely at the top of my favorites list. I also wanted to note, the drinks were amazing! On day one I got a raspberry lemonade cocktail and the rest of the trip I was hooked on the cucumber splash. This was definitely the drink of choice for us on this girls trip! Overall we really enjoyed the food here and I wish we had time to try more items on their menu.


Taco Taco: Taco Taco was by far my favorite restaurant of the trip so much so that we went here twice. This restaurant is also directly across the street from Marseilles. I honestly can't pin point what I liked best there because it was all so good! We ordered guacamole for the table and we all kind of wished we ordered our own orders of it. I had a delicious blackberry margarita and a beef taco salad both times we went. The first night we were too full for dessert but on the last night we celebrated a great trip with two orders of churros. They were by far the best churros I have ever had in my life! They were small but so soft and delicious. The caramel sauce that they came with was to die for. I highly recommend Taco Taco if you're heading to Miami!


Pizza Bar: Pizza bar was by far the most surprising find of the trip. If you're from Jersey or New York, you know that it is hard to find pizza that matches up to what we have here! The pizza here was delicious and the slices were larger then our heads! We were particularly hungry that evening so we each ordered a slice of pizza and shared waffle fries and garlic knots. The vibe here was awesome, the staff were playing the best throwback songs and everyone there was singing along while ordering and eating! I also wanted to mention that the price point was great as well.

Mammamia Gelato Italiano: After filling up on pizza and garlic knots, we waddled over to the cutest gelato spot that is located right next door to Pizza Bar. I ordered the passionfruit and mango gelato and I wish I could reach through the screen and give you a taste because I WAS IN HEAVEN. If you're in the mood for something sweet, definitely head here!


Dreamer Miami: Earlier I mentioned that we went to the most Instagramable cafe, well this is it! The decor in here was absolutely adorable and the avocado toast was delicious. Their menu is so unique and they had a nice variety of coffees, juices, and smoothies. We spent quite some time taking photos all over the cafe and it was definitely worth it! I will say, if your plan is to take photos, get there early. Its a hot spot for photos and if you go early you will easily get photos without the wait or crowd.


The Outfits 

Of course I wanted to share our adventures, but I couldn't forget my looks from the trip! I have linked what is available and in stock here (the only downside to traveling in the winter is finding new summery items!). 


Final Thoughts 

Miami was an absolute dream. From the moment I saw the soft white sand beaches and crystal blue waters I knew I was in love! Obviously traveling with your girls makes any trip even better and the memories we created are sure to last a lifetime. I truly feel so blessed to have met these women! Overall, Miami is a destination that should definitely be on your list. For my Jersey folks, it is a super easy and quick 2.5 hour flight and the hotels in this location we stayed are only 15-20 minutes from the airport. I would not stay at the same hotel again but there were a bunch on the same street I would love to look into. I would go back to Marseilles to shoot content and grab food and drinks at the bar!  The food in Miami was delicious and there was not a meal we did not like. We had perfect weather and the beach was gorgeous! We will definitely be planning another trip to Miami very soon.


xoxo
-Nicole
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

My Top 5 Spots in Asbury NJ

Happy Wednesday Friends! Today I thought I would do something a little different and talk about my top 5 favorite spots in Asbury NJ. Asbury is such a hot spot with so much to do! I am talking bars, restaurants, and little hole in the wall cafes and shops that make it such a fun place to go. Here are my top five favorite places in Asbury. 


Hat // Top // Jeans //Shoes 

Number 1: Moonstruck

I figured I would start by talking about my favorite restaurant in Asbury. Moonstruck is absolutely INCREDIBLE. The food is delicious and it has such a nice upscale and romantic atmosphere. Moonstruck is the perfect place to go on a romantic date or even to celebrate a special occasion. When hubby and I go, we usually start downstairs with a cocktail and a little appetizer while we wait. The Bruschetta Caponata is amazing, I highly recommend! Honestly you can't go wrong with anything you get. Hubby and I have gone on multiple occasions and we have never left disappointed. If you have never gone, definitely add Moonstruck to your list! 

Number 2: Biergarten

If you are looking for a low key but fun evening with friends, Biergarten is your place! Biergarten offers a large selection of beers and a nice food menu as well. I personally love going in the summer because you can go up on the rooftop and feel the warm Summer breeze. 



Number 3: Watermark

If you're looking for a more upscale place to hang out for the night, Watermark is the spot. This lounge is one of my favorite spots for a night out with the girls! Like Biergarten they have a rooftop, however since it sits on the boardwalk you can get the most beautiful views of the ocean. Watermark has some of the best drinks and appetizers so it is the perfect place to start the night. I often see bachelorette parties here as well! 

Number 4: Catsbury Park

Okay, if you know anything about me you'll know that I LOVE cats. I always knew this cute little cafe existed but only went for the first time recently and I loved it! Catsbury Park is an adorable little cafe where you can drink coffee and play with cats! All of the cats are adoptable which I absolutely love. Theres no better combo then coffee and cats, am I right? 

Number 5: Toast 

Of course I had to end my list with another restaurant (this girl loves to eat!). Toast is one of the best brunch places around. Toast offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch options and it is super cute inside! I don't know about you, but I am a big fan of breakfast so this one definitely makes the list. It does get packed though so get there early! 


As you can see, Asbury has so much to offer! These are my top five places to go, but the list could go on and on! Asbury is such a unique spot right here in New Jersey. If you haven't been down this way, I definitely recommend making a day of it! Come down for breakfast at Toast, head to the beach during the day, start the night at Watermark or Biergarten, and end it with a nice dinner at Moonstruck. You really can't go wrong! I look forward to exploring this area further each time I go. If you're ever in the area, feel free to reach out. I would love to show you around!

xoxo
-Nicole 


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Purple Cropped Sweater

This week Winter was definitely in full force and boy was I feeling it while shooting this look. Thank goodness this Chicwish sweater is thick and cozy! 





Hat // Sweater // Pants // Shoes (Similar)

I love the rich color of this sweater and as I mentioned above, it is super cozy! I wanted to change it up from the usual jeans or a skirt and pair this cozy sweater with faux leather leggings. I think the leggings and boots give this look such an edgy vibe. Winter clothing definitely doesn't have to be boring! 

I love having staple pieces like this that you can style in a variety of ways. I have had these leggings for several years and I can't even count how many different ways I have styled them! I feel like this sweater was made for them, however I have also styled this sweater with jeans and over the knee boots.  As I have said time and time again, Chicwish has some of the best sweaters. This one definitely belongs on your wishlist!

xoxo
-Nicole 

Cryo Facial Experience

Hi friends! It has been a while since I sat down and wrote a blog post and I have something fun I wanted to share with you all today! Two m...