Mount Washington Hotel Review

Mount Washington Hotel

Let me just start by saying, WOW.

There really is no other word to describe the experience Ryan and I had there

But let me take a step back and tell you right off the bat, this isn’t a paid post

I genuinely enjoyed my stay there and wanted to share my experience with you

I’ve also stopped taking “paid” collaborations since I got back into blogging

I only collaborate with companies I’d recommend regardless of a collaboration

I want this to be a reliable place for my readers, as trust in blogging is decreasing

BUT, don’t take my word for it. I also got pictures to prove it 😉YES, you guys. Pictures don’t even do it justice

I couldn’t stop looking at the endless views, every angle I looked

Not to mention, this getaway to the mountains was a NECESSITY 

Ever just want to escape the city for a couple of nights and get your mind right?

But what’s a girl to do at Mount Washington Hotel?

WELL, I am GLAD you asked!

They have a variety of restaurants/bars/buffet/games/heated outdoor pool/Jacuzzi

As well as, indoor pool and Jacuzzi

They host an event every night, and have donuts or sugar cookies in the morning

FREE of charge. I kid you not.

Did I mention, views?

It’s honestly humbling.

But the real reason I wanted to write a post was because of their staff

I know how hard it is to get the right team to work in a gigantic resort like such

And I was WOWED every single time by their staff

They were so courteous, friendly, helpful, and cheerful

I felt like I was in a Hallmark movie for the weekend

They made Ryan and I feel like we were in a different planet

I’ll give you an example:

When we first arrived, they asked us what we were there for

Ryan said we were there to celebrate my birthday (hence the big gold balloons)

Haha

And later that night, we got a knock on our door. “Room service!

This nice woman was outside holding two delicious cupcakes

Two cupcakes with a happy birthday sign on them

It was the cutest thing.

I honestly didn’t want to leave and can’t wait to go back again.

SO, if you are trying to surprise your loved one with a weekend getaway

Or escape from reality for a bit

I highly recommend you check out Mount Washington Hotel

Lastly, a big shout out to the best boyfriend on this planet for planning this out!

xx

Talita

Viale Cambridge

Summer in Boston is pretty amazing

You get to fully explore this beautiful city, its restaurants, lounges, shops, parks and so forth

However, we often forget of the surrounding cities of Boston

Many of which are full of incredible history and fun activities for ALL!

One of my ALL.TIME.FAVORITE is Cambridge

Cambridge is basically a city that turned into a lifestyle

To know what I mean, you need to see for yourself

But just as a small hint: You want to sit with them.

It’s no surprise that once I was approached to check out Viale (Ingredient-driven italian restaurant)

I couldn’t say no.

And of course, I had to tell you all about it

The staff there are A+! Shout out to David (Viale’s Chef). David, you are BEYOND talented in the kitchen

I mean, guys, check out this amazing CALAMARI PIZZA

(yes, I capitalized it- it’s freaking important!)

How did I never hear there was such thing as a CALAMARI PIZZA in this world?!

I’d say just this pizza alone is a reason for you to check Viale out.

I’m also big into noticing GF (gluten-free) options

Two of my friends have celiac disease, so when we go out- we look for a GF friendly spot

I was pleased to find how Viale had some pretty yummy GF options, such as this chocolate brownie dessert

If you like chocolate, brownie, and ice cream- you will absolute ADORE this treat

Shout out to Viale for thinking of my girlfriends & everyone out there with celiac disease. 

But for those that aren’t too crazy about calamari, pizza, chocolate, brownie and ice cream (umm.. who ARE you!?)

Kidding, but not really

Viale’s menu is pretty much for all

Take for instance their $1 oysters, three specialty drinks, and seafood heaven salads

Umm hi, if you live in Cambridge- I think I found your after work spot. Thank me later!

Although, those drinks sound super appealing. I’m more of a “rose all day” type of basic

I’m not really sorry or ashamed. It’s basic, but it’s delicious

And Viale got me covered 😉

I can go on forever here. But I just wanted to leave a taste in your mouth, for now…

If you are in the area, or from Boston trying to find a new spot- I highly suggest this gem in the heart of Cambridge

It’s also next to some super awesome nightlife bars/lounges, so you can make a night out of it!

P.S. No need to dress up here. It’s Cambridge, everyone is “too cool to care.” I loved it!

 

Hope you enjoyed this quick read!

CLICK HERE to check out their sweet website 🙂

My guide to Chicago: The Do’s & Don’ts

Ok! I’m so excited to share our trip to CHICAGO with you all!

a.k.a CHI-TOWN! (Ryan is cooler than me, so he calls it “Chi-town”)

Let me start off by saying, I always thought I was more of a beach vaca type of gal

I love the beach, a nice tropical drink and doing absolutely nothing

Why? Because my job requires a lot out of me

So at least 1 week out of the year, I would like to not plan anything, not worry about anything and just relax

Ideally, by the beach, with a pina collada in hand, getting a nice tan, reading a great book.

So before Ryan, my vacations were Cancun, Vegas, Miami, Brasil

Technically, mostly places where I got to chill by the beach or pool all day

Here’s where life gets interesting

You end up meeting someone the complete opposite of you as far as planning goes

And you meet somewhere in the middle after some vaca struggles of learning each others ways.

Compromising is so key if you want to make a relationship work, as no two people are the same.

Ryan loves to plan out details

He will read books about the places we’re traveling to, map the places out, search the hot spots, you name it

It’s exhausting just thinking about all the hours he puts into planning everything. But he loves it!

It’s his thing. And I am totally okay with letting him have it!

So rewind to last year, he surprised me for my birthday with tickets to Chicago for this May

It was pretty damn awesome and I didn’t even know how to react. I thought it was a joke for like 5 minutes..

Probably the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for me (thank you again baby!)

Cheesy shit aside and getting to what you guys want to know…

Last Friday was the big weekend

We got there around 12:30-1ish?

The flight was only 2 hours long from Boston, which is unbeatable and not tiring (check check)

We had all day to explore, so we first explored “The Loop,” which is the area we stayed in

We ended up at a restaurant called, “The Gage

What can I say about my first eating experience in Chicago..

I was blown away.

If you are in Chicago, go to The Gage and order their poutine dish.

TRUSSSST ME on this

Their drinks were definitely descent and the service was incredible

We ordered pountine as an appetizer (although, it could’ve definitely been an entry, as you can see above)

And then I ordered tacos because cinco de mayo and Ryan ordered their burger.

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Our next mind blowing experience was just sight-seeing downtown Chicago

I mean, it’s so damn gorgeous!

I was so blown-away by how much green you see everywhere compared to Boston

And Ryan was blown-away by how modern every building looked and how everything just went together like a puzzle

The water was a gorgeous green by the museums and The Navy Pier but I wouldn’t recommend going that way

We did because I was super curious to see why the hype was non-existing there LOL!

And basically, it’s because there’s not much there, aside from the ferries wheel and some okay restaurants

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But let’s go back to some must-do’s

Chicago is known to have some of the best rooftop bars

LH Rooftop is definitely one of them

I highly recommend dressing up for this hot spot, if you’re going there at night

We went there during the day and as you can see below, some people definitely dressed casual

Here, you will mostly find old money or new money

Gucci/Versace boys and girls all day and night

The views are to die for and they also have an indoor bar that is super sick

Crowd is pretty good-looking, too.

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RAISED BAR 

Another hot spot with amazing views

RAISED saved our night with their heated lamps

Which keep in mind, Chicago was still pretty freezing cold in May

So I’d try going in the summer, if you don’t mind the crowds

The weekend we went was so cold and windy, every day

Thankfully, we were loving Chicago so much that we almost didn’t mind

But it’s obvious that the experience would’ve been enhanced if the weather was warmer

The good thing about it not being a busy tourist season, was we didn’t deal with the lines everywhere

We also lucked out with no rain 🙂

But back to Raised, winter or summer, they got you covered.

Great vibes, you don’t need to get too decked out there

Everyone is just chilling and enjoying the views

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River Walk

Umm..I’d say we may or may not have done this river walk the right way

We walked it a bit. It wasn’t anything out of this world but then again, it was freezing

I think in the summer, it must definitely be popping

The restaurants around there are all amazing, too

I’m not completely turned off by it yet and would definitely give it another look.

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Three Dashes and a Dot

I’ve never been to a place like it.

It’s a secret entrance to a basement that turns into a Hawaiian themed restaurant/bar

It’s so hard to even explain it but it’s a must if you’re in Chicago

We went there for the cool cocktails but the food looked very inviting, too.

I think the food is mostly Asian

As I’m typing this, I wish I could go back in time and order some food there

haha!

So yeah, definitely go to Three Dashes and a Dot. You will NOT regret it!

Make sure you reserve a table ahead of time to enjoy their dining experience, as well.

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Giordano’s

Holy deep dish pizza

I could have a slice or five right about now.

Their deep dish looks like a thick pie

It was by far, the best pizza I’ve ever had and I’ve been to Italy before.

Need more convincing?

Didn’t think so.

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The Chicago Bean

I mean, I’m not going to lie. I don’t get what the hype is about

I guess it’s cool to look at for a minute and take a picture but that’s about it

I’d say go for a walk downtown and walk by it, so you don’t get “fomo” (fear of missing out)

Otherwise, you’re looking at it.

Truthfully, I was shocked by the amount of people just standing there looking at it

Maybe I just don’t have the same creative mind to appreciate it

I don’t know

Either way, not the greatest thing we saw in Chicago, in my opinion.

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Willis Tower

You know, the place you go and take this infamous picture to show you are brave 😉

This was a place I really wanted to check out

I think what’s good to know ahead of time is that you will be in line for at least an hour

You will be in line to get inside to buy tickets and once you get inside there’s another line to get to the elevator

And once you get to the elevator, there is YET another line of people lining up to take pictures

SOOOOO, if you don’t have a lot of patience- skip this spot.

I don’t regret it but I wouldn’t go again

And Ryan was running on fumes because it was very frustrating to just stand there for a picture

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The Field Museum

You can literally spend an entire day here and still not have seen everything.

From dinosaurs and mummies, you will really never run out of things to explore at this museum

Ryan and I spent a good amount of time there

I don’t even remember how long we stayed, I just remembered we both couldn’t feel our legs at some point

And that was our cue to leave.

LOVED IT!

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Wrigley Field

The last thing we did in Chicago was go see a baseball game at “The home of the cubs”

This was my gift to Ryan

He loves baseball, so what’s cooler than actually watching a Cubs vs Yankees game in Chicago?

We loved Wrigley Field you guys!

It was so huge compared to Fenway Park and the fans were super awesome

Everything about it, aside from the freezing cold weather was perfect

I highly suggest planning vacations around some awesome event that will be happening that week

I think it’s definitely something we will do going forward.

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Chicago is enormous

I can write about it for days.

But I hope this was helpful and gave you guys a little taste of what it would be like to travel there

And some ideas of places to check out and not to check out 😉

Thank you for stopping by!

Until next time

-T

COACHELLA: READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO GO FOR FREE!

Happy Friday, babes!

If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you want to attend Coachella 2017

So do I, girlfriend!

Imagine getting free tickets for you and a friend, including stay and airfare!?

Umm..where do I sign up?!?

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win:

Get the “SHEIN” app

Follow them on Instagram

Comment with your app’s nickname

Repost with #SHEINCOACHELLA, tag the friend you’d bring and @sheinofficial !

I’m sharing this contest because out of all my collaborations,  SHEIN has been one of my favorites!

Their clothes are so trendy and fun

So when they told me about this contest, I had to share with my babes!

I couldn’t be selfish about it

(I posted mine on my fb page already)

haha!

You can repost either on fb or ig, but make sure you are not private. Otherwise, they can’t verify!

GAHH! If you win, please let me know!

I’d love to know I was a small reason why =*

Good luck!!

xx Talita

Our first trip to Europe

Hello ladies & gents! Here I am, still having withdrawals from my amazing trip to Italy with my love.

We stayed for 9 nights and decided to go on a less-touristy season (March). We went to Venice, Florence and then Rome. Florence was easily my favorite city out of the three because of its beauty, fashion and just overall young/fun vibe. But let’s talk about packing because that was the hardest part about this trip. And we made some very bad decisions, which I’d like to share so you can avoid.

#1: Pack light!

I read “pack light” in just about every blog I visited but I decided to be stubborn about it and not listen. I took two luggages with me and I packed them both to the max. It was completely unnecessary and a pain to be dragging them around between one city to the next. Trust me, if you are traveling to more than one city- spare yourself the headache.

#2: Comfortable shoes only!

I had one pair of heels and that was honestly all I needed. Maybe I wore it twice in 9 nights because after all the walking , all I wanted was to be comfortable. And don’t forget, cobblestones aren’t fun to walk in. And also ruins your shoes. I left a cute pair of boots behind because I walked so much in them that it worn off. Trust me, less is more. Boots and sneakers all day.

#3 Don’t buy leather that is less than $100

You will find all kinds of leather shops in Venice, Florence and Rome. Don’t let “made in Italy” fool ya. A lot of those come straight from China and aren’t real. And P.S. Florence is your city, if you’re looking to buy leather purses, jackets, etc.

#4 Trip Advisor

Don’t go somewhere without checking “trip advisor” first. It saved us from many bad meals and took us to many great restaurants!

#5 Plan ahead

There is just too much to see. Too many museums, churches, art galleries. You must plan it ahead to make the best out of it. Otherwise, you will end up missing out.

#6 European Destinations

We used a website called europeandestinations.com, which allowed us to pay the trip little by little. I never knew there was a site that offered this option. If you don’t want to pay everything upfront, I would highly recommend checking it out! =)

#7 Dress casual

We tend to think italians dress up but they dress super casual. They wear a lot of scarves, boots and nice coats. No need to overdue it on clothes. Also, you might want to save room for some shopping there;)

 

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Hope the tips above were helpful! Stay tuned for more pictures and tips!

xox- T