The Smart Pack

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! 

It's hard to believe we are already more than half way through March! This is a super popular time of year for travel. It pretty much kicks off travel season. Sometimes a weekend getaway can work wonders and be so good for the soul. Something else good for the soul? Knowing what you have packed is EXACTLY what you need. Nothing more, nothing less. Being a big traveler I like to sip while I pack but who doesn't need a drink when doing such a task? 

Here are my weekend packing tips that I've picked up along the way. 

-This one might seem super easy and you've probably heard it already but always roll your clothes. They will be so much less wrinkled and you'll be able to fit more.  

-Actually plan out each outfit for each day

-Try on your outfit to it's entirety so that you know everything fits right, looks good together, and you like it. 

-Have a color palette in mind. Doing this you can interchange pieces if need be.  

-You know me, I've gotta talk about a shoe! Make sure you take a pair of shoes that will go with all of your outfits. Taking too many shoes will weigh you down. Usually snakeskin or leopard will work.  

As you may know green is my favorite color and it's a holiday so I couldn't miss the opportunity to make a green drink!


Honestly this drink is DELICIOUS! I just kind of went back and forth with the Blue Curacao and O.J. to get my desired color and then added the Triple Sec. I used a very small amount of icing to rim the glass and added sprinkles.

Shake in a mixer over ice, strain and enjoy! 

I hope everyone has a fantastic St. Pattie's Day! Cheers!  



Hotel Heaven

I've stayed in hotels all over the world, who would have thought our best experience was in our own back yard. The Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh was absolutely amazing! I was completely blown away by the décor and hospitality. Not only did they roll out the red carpet for us but also for our dog Perla Blue. 

After I was able to stop looking at the beautiful floral chandelier I could then focus on the other décor. I should have known by the incredible hallway that I was about to walk into something amazing. Never, ever, have I been so impressed with how a hotel looked. It was bold perfection to say the least. The beauty of this place is inspired by Pittsburgh which made my heart swell with pride to be part of such an eclectic city. So yes I'm biased with the room because I love green so this headboard was basically made for me. But this very gorgeous bed and uniquely complimentary birdcage light was the right amount of quirky chic. Perla approved. The details were all so amazing! Everything about this hotel was my style.

Have you ever stayed at a boutique hotel? You should. Even though the Kimpton is a chain, it truly feels like you are staying somewhere where everyone knows you and is happy to see you. It was so great to have Perla with us and believe me when I say everyone had a treat ready for her while we were out and about. AND there were treats with a sweet note for her waiting in our room upon arrival. Talk about going the extra mile. While we are talking about going the extra mile there was a wine hour! I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Free wine for an hour where Perla was invited. We chatted with so many people and met lots of pretty dogs. 

What's behind me you ask? That is where the wine lives...

We had plans of getting wine and pizza in the room and we were not disappointed! Heart shaped pizza, with wings and wine, it truly was the perfect date night!  

I have always felt to give credit where credit is due and The Kimpton deserves all of the credit! Trust me friends, if you are planning a stay in The City of Bridges, you need to stay here!  

Happy Thursday!


The Finest In Mexico

For our anniversary MK and I decided to get away for a bit. We went to the "Finest Resort" in Playa Mujeres, Mexico. This five star resort was to die for! We had our own 1600 square foot two story suite with our own plunge pool and hot tub. Here are a few photos from our trip. What did we do while here? Nothing. And it was wonderful! To say we needed to relax a little would be an understatement. It was nice to get away and it is always nice to come home too.