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Work Hard, Play Harder. Visit Pink Sands Resort.
Why settle for the typical “family friendly” hotel and resort? Why miss out on experiencing exclusive luxury hotels because of the kids? Pink Sands Resort in Harbour Island, Bahamas debuts the New Sunshine Learning Center and Kid’s Club in time for the Thanksgiving holiday (November 25, 2013). Don’t let the family vacation mean a week full of catering to what the kids want to do. Parents will be at peace of mind and gain the much needed rest they planned on getting, while the kids are out having fun and learning something new.
The program helps to instill the idea that learning something new can be done anywhere. The Sunshine Learning Center and Kid’s Club will feature daily programs for all ages mixing fun-in-the-sun activities with an opportunity to learn about local culture, history, the natural environment and wild life along the way. The Sunshine Learning Center and Kid’s Club is open from 10am-3pm, a Kids Club Night Party from 7pm-9pm and babysitting services upon request.
Posted by Elizabeth on 11/11 at 07:00 AM
Fab Friday: Is it vacation yet?
The weather is getting colder and as much as we love Fall fashions, we can’t help but dream of warmer locales every time the temperature drops. Oh sandy beaches, where for art thou?
Don’t give up on your fitness routine when you’re away from home. Bookmark these awesome videos to work out in the comfort of your hotel room!
There’s still time to pin your way to a fabulous vacation! Get creative and maybe I and the other judges will choose you!
Travel and Leisure has a great list of awesome locales to take the family for a Thanksgiving getaway. Check it.
photo credit: Michelle Brea via photopin cc
Posted by Elizabeth on 11/08 at 09:18 AM
Keep Fit in Your Hotel Room [VIDEO]
It’s SO easy to skip workouts when traveling because we’re just too busy right? Well rather than allowing that excuse to keep you from having a great body AND and awesome travel resume (and even better yet, not having to plan on $30/day fees for hotel fitness room access) keep these awesome YouTube videos on a saved playlist so you can reference them when you just need to get your heart rate up in the comfort of your own room. You don’t even need a suite to knock out these cardio moves!
Hotel Room Workout with Jillian Michaels:
Travel Workout with WatchMojo.com
Hot! Hotel Workout with BodyRock.TV
Feel the burn. Then head poolside. H-O-T HOT!
Posted by Elizabeth on 11/04 at 11:29 AM
Fab Friday: Zombie Bride on a Deadline
What? So you’ve never seen a zombie bride on a deadline? Our head posh mama Elizabeth Thorp rocks her Halloween costume in the office. She make work look so fun, right!
Elizabeth is judging a Pinterest contest! If you want to win a dream vacay from Homeaway, you better get on it! Here are the deets.
Love this infographic on all the fabulousness that is New York! Concrete jungle where families flock to, baby!
We hope you had a safe and sweet Halloween! (Emphasis on the “sweet”, am I right?!)
Posted by Elizabeth on 11/01 at 03:44 PM
Like to pin your dream vacays? Then Pin to Win with HomeAway!
HomeAway is pulling all the stops for their launch of the new luxury vacation rental website: Luxury Rentals from HomeAway. Check out all the deets here.
They’re giving away an $18,000, seven-night stay at Quinta Clara in Playa del Carmen, a seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom villa available for rent on their site!
All you have to do is PIN TO WIN! To enter this contest, you just need to create a board on Pinterest inspired by their idea of a dream vacation (as if you don’t already have one!) Then the judges (including me! Yes me!) will pick their favorite to win the ultimate getaway!
Be sure to check out my co-judges: Becca Hensley and Michael Corbett as well as Homeaway on Twitter!
For more details of how to win, pop over to the Facebook page. And then get pinning! I’ll be watching!
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/30 at 02:05 PM
New York: Concrete Jungle Where Families Flock To?
With Crain’s citing a 43 increase in air travel to New York City over the last 10 years, it’s clear that “The Big Apple” is a top desination for family travel. Did you know NYC has enough restaurants for a person to eat out every single night for 54 years without repeating?
This and more reasons why we love NYC for travel with the brood in this infographic from NewYork.com - a great resource for anything and everything New York.
Where is your fave place to go/recommend in NYC?
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/28 at 09:46 AM
Fab Friday: Wish You a Very Spooky Weekend
Halloween was certainly sneaky this year as this weekend is full of festivities almost a week in advance! Are you getting your spook on? How about a fun #trickyourtreat activity with the kids? We love this one from Homemaking Hacks:
18 Badass Girls Who Skipped Princess Costumes. Great idea for your girl that’s looking for that edge!
Top 5 Tips for a Successful and Stress Free Family Holiday
We asked when you pack. Early or last minute? Oh love your answers…
What do you buy right when you get past security?
NEW POSH REVIEW! Check out Canyon Rach in Lenox, MA. Mountain fabulous!
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/25 at 11:29 AM
Top 5 Tips for a Successful and Stress Free Family Holiday
Family holidays can be incredibly fun and exciting. But to do it successfully, you need both time and planning. Unlike when you were single, you can’t just throw a few clothes into your bag and travel for a holiday at a moment’s notice or with just a. Now, you have to factor in other people‘s needs –your wife and kids. Not to worry, you can still have a lot of fun during your holiday if you use the following tips
Planning is Everything
In order to thoroughly enjoy your vacation, you need to plan the entire trip. That means you have to carry your family along, ask for their opinions and see where they would like to go. Having differing opinions can often result in a less than satisfactory holiday for you all. In fact, we recommend planning ahead by at least 2 months. Book your flights, make arrangements for accommodation, decide on whether you’ll be renting a car when you get to your destination or driving there, and make all the necessary reservations. That way, you’ll hardly miss anything; and even if you do it’ll probably be something insignificant.
Mobile Movies and Toys
If you’re going to be driving long distances, travelling by sea or going by air, be very sure to get the kids’ toys. If you have an entertainment system in your car, you could pay the movies for them. However, creating a compilation of movies they can watch on their phones or tablets too is a fantastic –if not a better- idea. This is a must have if you have teenage children considering they’ll probably have differing tastes in movies. Toddlers and younger kids might be satisfied with their usual toys, but teenagers tend to get bored really fast.
Have a Decent Music Selection
Kids don’t like listening to old school music –unless they have a really mature taste in music. But we can’t count on that. So, prepare a selection of music that they’ll thoroughly enjoy on the road. If you also like listening to music, you can reach a compromise. A little bit of your type of music and a little bit of theirs and there’ll be all round peace. If they have cell phones, you might want to hook them up with Spotify or Pandora.
Teach the kids how to pack only the most necessary things. The rest you an easily get when you get to your preferred destination. Seasoned travellers will always tell you to travel light. You don’t need to carry items like towel. These will be provided for you.
Always have a First Aid Kit
No one likes it, but accidents do happen. Kids can get so carried away they injure themselves whilst playing. In fact, for kids younger than 10yrs, getting injured is kind of like their job. Having a first aid kit can be lifesaving particularly when there’s blood loss, swelling or broken bones.
Do all of these and you’ll find that your family holidays will be fun and enjoyable.
This guest post was written by Sam Jones who is a freelance travel writer.
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/18 at 09:50 AM
Kids cook with Chef Desmond at Trump SoHo
The Young Entrepreneurs SoHo (yes.) program at Trump SoHo really knows how to get kids creating!
On October 21 they will be hosting a cooking class with Executive Chef Desmond Lim (featured on Food Network’s “Chopped”!) where they will prepare a 3-course kid-friendly meal! They even get their own apron to take home as well! Totes adorbs!
Details below of how you can sign up for the program and RSVP for this event. New York young entrepreneurs, get cookin’!
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/15 at 12:15 PM
Fab Friday: For the world wanderers
J.R.R. Tolkien said it right.
Loving your answers about your favorite shoe to stay cute but stay on your feet while you travel:
Our featured traveler this week is Makeda Saggau-Sackey! Gorgous. Cultured. Fashionable. I mean… the ultimate travel package! Check her out and subscribe to Glamazon Diaries.
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/11 at 11:19 AM
Poshbrood Featured Traveler: Makeda Saggau-Sackey
Meet Makeda Saggau-Sackey! She is a social media and blogging guru and our featured traveler this week!
New York City
How often do you travel?
I often travel out of NYC a few times a month up and down the East Coast often.
What is your favorite airline and why?
I love Delta and Virgin Atlantic. Delta has just been a go to airline for my family and they do a great job of accommodating me, especially for overseas flights. Virgin Atlantic is just a fun airline that does a great job of making me feel at ease when I fly. I love the roomy interior of their planes plus the in-seat entertainment is killer. Even for short flights.
Aisle or window seat?
Window all the way. I am always in awe when we’re high in the clouds. To be off the ground and suspended in the clouds for a few hours is just surreal.
How many countries have you been to?
I have been to four countries. Ghana, UK, Germany and France.
What was your worst travel experience?
I have been lucky enough not to have experienced awful travel, however, I took a Bolt Bus to Washington, DC from New York last summer that reeked of urine for four hours.
Favorite US city:
New York City baby!
Favorite foreign city:
It’s a split between London and Paris. London because I think I was British in my former life. Paris for the shopping, cuisine and air of romance.
Favorite American hotel:
The Surrey in New York City.
Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks is hands down my favorite beach. It’s very quaint and relaxing.
Favorite island destination:
Favorite Posh restaurant:
Daniel in New York City for it’s fantastic French cuisine. Daniel Boulud is a genius!
Favorite restaurant where kids are welcomed:
Sarabeth’s! I’ve seen Brooke Shields do brunch with her family at the Upper East Side location.
Best vacation you’ve ever had for romance, family/kids, or girlfriend getaways:
Romance: Point Breeze B&B in St. Michael’s Island, MD.
Family/Kids: Virginia Beach
Girlfriend Getaway: South Beach, Florida
Knocked Up, Beauty & The Beast, X-Men First Class, Zoolander, Beaches,
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Prohphet by Khalil Gibran, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
What are your 5- Must have travel items?
Von Vonni Transformer Dress—It doesn’t wrinkle and I can wear it in over 15 styles so I can go from the airport to dinner without changing.
Tory Burch Flats—They are versatile and can be dressed up or down. I usually put in some Dr. Scholl’s for me cushioning.
Urban Ears headphones—These block out outside noise and help me relax and listen to music or watch Netflix movies.
DKNY Cozy to bundle up in flight
Coach Bleecker Leather Cabin Bag—It’s big enough to fit everything I need for a weekend or weeklong trip.
What’s your go-to travel outfit?
I have two:
The first is my Von Vonni transformer dress with Tory Burch ballet flats, DKNY cozy and pearl earrings
The second is my Spanx leggings, plain v-neck tshirt, Tory Burch flats, long gold necklace and a fedora
Favorite apps for travel and entertainment:
Hopstop, Foursquare, Netflix, Gilt Groupe (shopping is entertainment), Smule Magic Piano, Twitter, Instagram, Uber
What’s on the top of your bucket list?
Live in London for a year
Live in Paris for a year
Get a Vogue feature
A month excursion in Spain
A clothing collaboration with one of my favorite brands
Favorite travel websites:
Departures, Conde Nast Traveler
Best travel tips:
Google is your best friend. Make sure you know what’s around and come up with a rough itinerary so you aren’t twiddling your thumbs when you get to your destination.
Make sure to pack your essential medication, especially if you have allergies (I’m allergic to nuts and avocado so I make sure to pack my Benadryl, Prednisone and epipen.)
Make sure to carry cash for cabs. Some cities don’t take credit cards in their cabs so always have some handy.
Where are you off to next?
I am going to London for fashion week and then a week of rest and relaxation with my friend in Charleston, SC and Beaufort, SC
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/08 at 10:20 AM
Fab Friday: October Sky
Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit! Happy October! Be cautious when you head to the store for the fresh Christmas trees that will be on display. Yep. That’s how you know it’s October. Ridic.
Our editorial manager shared her experience driving the Sea to Sky Highway in British Columbia. Totes amaze!
You know you’ve been there:
Who do you like to fly with?
photo credit: In2ShФФT via photopin cc
Posted by Elizabeth on 10/04 at 08:30 AM
Sea To Sky Highway: The Best Way to See British Columbia
My boyfriend and I decided we wanted to make a quick visit to Vancouver during the last couple days of our Pacific Northwest road trip this month. I’ve never been and really haven’t seen much of Canada either (not sure Windsor counts when you never leave the casino).
Well, on our trip we visited Powell’s Bookstore in Portland (a MUST for you bookworms like me) and found the most amazing road trip book from Lonely Planet: The Pacific Northwest’s Best Trips; 33 Amazing Road Trips.
This is where we learned about the Sea To Sky Highway which starts in Vancouver and 80 miles later lands you in Whistler. With promises of forests, waterfalls and mountains all in one quick drive, there was no way we were going to miss out on this.
So we arrived in Vancouver and started at Horseshoe Bay. It was a perfect place to hang out for a few, take in the scenery and really start to embrace the beautiful sights. We went to an amazing fish and chips place that we found on Yelp, C Lovers, where my boyfriend said he had the fried pickles of his life. We were just blown away by the mountains and hovering clouds. When you have the most epic view from the patio, it’s hard to remember how the fish actually was but I remember being very pleased.
We started driving the highway and as we were looking for our second stop on the “tour” the mountains towered and seemed to get more impressive (remember I’m from the midwest so change in elevation is crazy in my mind), Waterfalls would pop up randomly, pouring out of the rocky wall on the other side of our car. It was just gorgeous. And we were only 20 minutes into the drive.
We arrived to Porteau Cove Provincial Park where we took million pictures. There were divers checking out the reefs and marine life, a couple having a picnic on the rocks, and the most gorgeous views of the Howe Sound. It was breathtaking.
We spent so much time here, we had to pass up a stop at Brittania Beach (really cool mine museum there if you were ever a fan of X-Files, Smallville, Dark Angel or Insomnia—shows that have frequented this site.) so we could get to Shannon Falls—a highlight of the drive.
The first waterfall we got to pull over and admire did not disappoint. And for the teens out there who are Twilight fans, Shannon Falls were actually featured in Breaking Dawn. That made me feel cool because I happen to have seen that movie (and none of the others… because that’s what happens when you’re hanging out with younger cousins at the mall!)
Next stop was Brackendale which is home to the largest populartions of wintering bald eagles in North America. It wasn’t quite wintering season yet though so we didn’t see any, but of course another gorgeous view!
More quick stops at Alice Lake, Brohm Lake, and Tantalus Lookout. Stunning. I mean, I have no more descriptive words for the mountains at this point.
And the the mother of all stops came: Brandywine Falls Provincial Park. The most beautiful waterfall of all. The water is coming from a volcanic escarpment and plunges 230 feet straight down into a gorgeous pool! I mean, there are no words. Only pictures.
We got to Whistler and had an amazing evening in another beautiful BC city. It was the perfect way to round out the Sea To Sky Highway road trip. If you’re ever in the Pacific Northwest and have a couple days to spare, I highly recommend this drive. Definitely check out the book for all the fun details about your drive so you don’t miss anything! Without this book, we would not have seen all the hidden treasures that we did.
Best part of our trip, hands down!
About the Author: Amy Schmittauer is editorial manager for Poshbrood and the Founder & Face of SavvySexySocial.com where she video blogs about the marketing lifestyle. She loves to travel for work and play, and is “mom” to Lucy the beagle.
Posted by Elizabeth on 09/30 at 10:00 AM
Fab Friday: Are you a traveler or a tourist?
Happy Fab Friday! Is that photo gorge or what?! It’s a sneak peak of a fun blog review coming on Monday. Can you guess where the photo was taken in the meantime?
Did you hear?! Le Royal Monceau introduced a fabulous kids program! Hello. Tickets to Paris, s’il vous plaît!
Meaghan shared her story of following Elizabeth’s advice to have her friend’s bachelorette party in Palm Springs! Girls… they wanna have fu-un!
We love this article from R29 of splurge-worthy restaurants in NYC. Should you find yourself in the city, keep this list handy!
We are loving this quote from G.K. Chesterson. What do you think?
Posted by Elizabeth on 09/27 at 10:00 AM
Bachelorettes Find Success in Palm Springs
Planning a bachelorette party can be daunting, no doubt about it. You want to be mindful of and respect everyone’s preferences: likes, dislikes, gluten-free girls, meat-loving girls, drinkers, and veggers, and no matter what, making sure the bride has the time of her life. I have to admit, I am the first to volunteer for the job of organizer, and the first to complain about said organizing. But for some reason, I keep coming back to the task. And it just might be because of the incredibly easy and painless planning I recently had while taking on a Palm Springs bachelorette party for my dear friend, Leda.
When you’re looking for a place to house a large group of girls, that can tick every box of: sun, fun, poolside lounging, indoor/outdoor living, you really need not look further than Palm Springs. I thought about going the hotel route. I searched high and low for places that could accommodate us and gave us the most bang for our buck. I always came up short. While doing some research on Poshbrood.com, I came across Elizabeth’s incredibly chic bachelorette party she hosted in Palm Springs for her sister, Nell. Bingo. I had to find a way to replicate the gorgeousness she found!
After countless searches, I found the answer that would await 8 sun-hungry and Rosé-loving ladies: http://pshomerental.com. The house had it all: indoor/outdoor living, an inviting pool with a built-in fog machine (hello Jay-Z music video) and hot tub perfect for happy hour lounging. That wasn’t the only water feature - the house came with misters that would cool you while laying out to make you feel most comfortable.
The kitchen was breathtaking. One girl mentioned the kitchen counter was so large, we could do a slip-n-slide across it (we only talked about that, never actually did it). We cooked every meal at the home and enjoyed it around the outside dinner table. Between cooking grilled chicken on the outside luxe grill to preparing delicious pastas inside, this house had it all.
Each bedroom in this home was inviting, had more than enough space, and the beds were beyond comfortable. It was hard to drag our bride out of bed some mornings!
Every attention to detail was made in this incredible vacation home. Both the owner, Bill Gaul, and his property manager, were beyond accommodating to our group. They made us feel warm and welcome in their home and helped us with anything we needed from knowing the best restaurants to hit in town to alerting us to when the pool maintenance man would arrive.
There really is no better place to go for a bachelorette party, and no better way to spend it than in a gorgeous home like this one.
Visit http://pshomerental.com to learn more about the home and how you can spend a fun weekend away here too!
About the Author: Meaghan Curcio is the Public Relations Director at Beautycounter, in Los Angeles. Prior to living and loving the California life, she worked in the Public Relations department at J.Crew & Madewell. Meaghan loves traveling with her girlfriends, but even more with her husband, Tim, and baby boy, Clive.
Posted by Elizabeth on 09/24 at 03:09 PM