Sojo Spa Club

A few weeks ago, I had an amazing weekend with friends and family celebrating my 26th birthday. My boyfriend went above and beyond the call of duty–planning a weekend full of surprises with clues along the way. It was perfect!

The first surprise of the weekend was a trip to one of Hoboken’s newest neighbors- Sojo Spa Club. Upon walking in, I was so blown away that I could not stop taking photos. Words just don’t do Sojo justice.

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When you enter the spa, you are brought to the first level “Shoe Locker Room”. This is a locker specifically for your shoes, as you are not allowed to wear footwear within the facility. You will receive a bracelet, which will be your lifeline at Sojo. It is your key to your locker(s), and also serves as your running tab for the day (more on that later).

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After putting your shoes in the proper location, you are then directed upstairs to the men and women locker rooms. There, you are given yet another locker, and your “spa clothes” for the day. Warning: THESE ARE NOT CUTE. With a tap of my bracelet, I rented a robe for $5.00 instead. Totally worth it!

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We started off our day on the rooftop infinity pool overlooking the NYC skyline. We soaked up some sun, and were one of many people working on that perfecting that ‘gram. Safe to say, it wasn’t hard to get a good shot.

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Next, we made our way to the cafe for some food. It had so many healthy and yummy options. We opted to try the tofu & pork baos which were beyond delicious! It being my birthday, I had a goal of eating an ice cream cone everyday that weekend. So of course I had to finish off the meal with a vanilla soft serve ice cream.

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Fabian and I spent the rest of the afternoon hopping through the five saunas, three therapy rooms, and three outdoor baths. It may sound hectic–but I was nothing but relaxed.

This summer if you are looking for something to escape your everyday hustle and bustle–I highly recommend Sojo to all my fellow Hobokenites and NYC residents (there is a free shuttle on the weekends from Port Authority). P.S.–Don’t forget your sunscreen!

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Info on Sojo Spa Club:

Admission:

Weekday: $55.00

Weekend: $65.00

Hours: 9 AM-12 AM

Complimentary valet parking available.

Update: Sojo is now giving out robes for free. 

 

Shopping on Newbury Street

Yes, once again, another post on my travels! I know this sounds strange to say, but I’ve been feeling a little homesick for New York City these days. It’s not like I don’t already spend five days a week here, but between all the travelling and difficulties with storm Jonas, I’m looking forward to a weekend in my city!

This past weekend, we ventured up to Boston and New Hampshire for a quick getaway to visit Fabian’s sister! We decided to head to Boston Thursday night, and spend Friday morning exploring. Our version of exploring ended up being a walk around the Copley Square area, with a quick peek at the Boston Public Library, and a delicious brunch at Joe’s American Bar & Grill.

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The beautiful Boston Public Library

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They even had my favorite St-Germain cocktail!

We only had a short time after brunch to walk around, and the Jack Wills store was calling my name. Unfortunately, New York City is missing on this gem from over the pond, and I was in desperate need of a warm winter coat. By desperate, I mean my lips were literally turning purple the other day. Time for an upgrade.

One parka and a little “light” shopping later, we walked out to a perfectly chilly Boston day. Luckily, it was warm enough that I could get away with a layered combo of a gingham button up and my favorite L.L. Bean Fishermans sweater.

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Sweater. Shirt. Hat. Purse. Jeans. Shoes (similar).

It was the perfect start to a great weekend!

A Weekend in Saratoga Springs

Fun fact: I may love birthdays, but I love birthday surprises even more.

As I mentioned in my last post, it was my boyfriend’s big 2-6 and the planner in me wanted to organize it to perfection. When Fabian’s sister suggested a surprise birthday trip, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day.

We ended up going to Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. It was an impromptu romantic getaway, but our horse and carriage came in the form of a super fancy Adirondack Trailways bus. Vinyl wood flooring and leather seats.

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I honestly did not know much about Saratoga Springs, other than the fact that I had been dying to go to one of the famous horse races in the summer. But hey, no harm in having a quick winter preview!

Honestly, it ended up being amazing. Saratoga Springs has so much history, great hiking paths, natural springs, and delicious food. We arrived Saturday afternoon, determined to accomplish as much as we could in the 24 hours we had there. We walked around the town, tasting the natural springs with cups, courtesy of the visitors center. The water was sweet, delicious, and filled with minerals. This hypochondriac was convinced that it could heal anything… a little cold I had went away overnight!

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When I travel (and in life in general), I am a complete planner. I love to research ahead on the best restaurants, bars, and shops in town. To me, a short trip should never include any subpar meals. You only live once (and this girl loves good food)! Luckily, Saratoga Springs in particular was full of endless options. I could hardly decide!

The next day for breakfast we woke up early to be sure to make it to the best bakery in town.  I had read a lot about Mrs. London’s Bakery online, and it did not disappoint. The sandwiches were made to perfection.

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Better yet, the scones and almond croissants were to die for. Finished off with a cup of coffee, it was the perfect pre-hike breakfast.

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Saratoga Spa State Park was next on the list. It seemed as if the whole town was out and about and enjoying the chilly morning. Us New Yorkers walked off the path a bit and acted like we had never seen snow before!

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The grand finale was at Druthers Brewery. I had read great reviews online, but expected it to be the type of place you had a beer flight (small samples) and an appetizer. Two large casseroles of mac and cheese later, I was proven wrong. Their mac and cheese section on the menu was irresistible. I went with a veggie tex mex medley.

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It was the perfect weekend getaway. My only regret is that I wish we were there longer! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to experience the mineral spring baths at the famous Roosevelt Baths. Lesson learned, make an appointment ahead of time. There’s always this summer!

Any suggestions for our next Saratoga Springs adventure?

XO

-J

 

 

When In Rome…

In keeping up with my resolutions, here is post deux of the week ! The gym has yet to happen, but let’s not focus on little details…

I’ve always been someone who LOVES to travel. While many of my friends were throwing lavish Sweet Sixteens in high school (parents, you have MTV to thank for that), all I wanted for my sixteenth birthday was to go on a school trip to Italy. I was lucky enough that my parents saw the value in a two week euro trip, and my birthday wish was granted. Over those two weeks in the hot Italian summer, I ABSOLUTELY fell in love with Italy. The people, the culture, the style, the food. Everything. I fell in love, and I fell hard.

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Yes, I am wearing a shirt that says “Good Girls Go to Heaven,Bad Girls Go To Italy.” I will also confirm that I am wearing oversized white flip flops and a pink Coach bag. 2007 was not my year.

Fast forward five years later, and I decided that I had to study abroad my Junior year. After receiving the go-ahead from Mom and Dad (currently having an epiphany that I have insanely generous parents), I signed on with the Maryland-In-Rome program. Once again, I was in love. As an art history major, my classes were taught in piazzas, churches, and museums. My textbooks came to life, paintings were no longer just seen on powerpoint slides, learning felt fun! Better yet, I had the flexibility to travel throughout Italy and Europe, exploring every inch I could. Aside from a pick-pocketing incident in Belgium, the whole experience was nothing short of amazing.

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Ok, still not sold on the headband-scarf-sunglasses combo but this photo is a LITTLE redeeming. Points for being a token Roma photo in the Vatican.

This winter, I once again had the opportunity to return to where my sixteen year self bought a “Bad Girls” shirt (poor life decisions). Bella Italia! My boyfriends family had invited me to join them for a trip through Tuscany, starting in Rome. The trip was special in itself, as I was so excited to have the opportunity to spend more time with his parents, his sister, and her boyfriend. The one aspect that really made the trip though? We were riding through the Italian countryside in style:

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Our larger than life, Mercedes, 8 person van!

The experience ended up being so fun, special, and memorable. From Rome, to Civita di Bagnoregio, Cortona, New Years in Florence, Arezzo, Verona, and lastly Bologna, each place was magical! It was even better that I got to experience it with such great people.

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Artsy in Arezzo

I could write a novel on all the great sights and delicious meals, but I’ll leave you with this. TRAVEL. It’s good for your soul, your heart, and your mind. Who wouldn’t want to see the world?

 

Sunday on the High Line

Today I woke up and it was an absolutely beautiful day. A little cold, but the sunshine was out and it smelled like autumn.

 I woke up promptly at 10:30, had a successful Whole Foods run that actually ended in me leaving with groceries this time (see yesterdays post for those who are confused), and then met up with my friend Alyssa to have a day exploring the High Line.

When I first moved to New York, I had this obsession with the High Line. I would go there every weekend, lay out, and people watch. There was something so cool about the unbelievably large scale “recycling” project affectionately called “The Park in the Sky”.

This past month, the park was finally completed. It’s definitely a lot of walking if you want to see the entire thing like we did, but so worth a visit when you’re in NYC. Make sure you bundle up though, it gets a little chilly by the water!

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Jacket: J. Crew similar/ Sweater: J.Crew/ Jeans: American Eagle/ Boots: Franco Sarto similar/ Bag: Vintage similar

A Weekend Well Spent

Hi All! Sorry I’ve been so MIA, I had one crazy, busy weekend.

Saturday, I was so excited to have my family visit from New Jersey. My Teta came in with my parents to visit me in the city for the first time. She was so cute and brought me fall decorations and cookies she made!

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For brunch, we once again went to The Pullman Kitchen. Clearly, I enjoy this place a little too much. Teta was very amused/confused by the fact that they served the drinks out of “jam jars”. If you ever get the chance to go, I highly recommend the “Apple a Day” sandwich. Brie+ Apples+ Honey Mustard= Nom.

Once my family left, I went to meet up with my friend Lauren, who had the genius idea of going to see the Statue of Liberty at sunset. The Staten Island Ferry is a free and great way to view the monument. Do your research, and if you board the ferry at the perfect time, it’s the most beautiful view.

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After a people-filled Saturday, I found myself needing a few hours of “me time”. I honestly used to be so afraid to explore the city on my own, or even be alone for a period of more than 2 hours. But the older I get, the more I realize how important it is to take time to do something nice by yourself. I’ve learned that when I want to do something…well, I just need to get up and do it!

Today, I woke up at 12 (hallelujah) and walked down to Bryant Park to enjoy the beautiful weather. It was the best thing I could have done with my Sunday afternoon.

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I love Bryant Park in a completely different way than Central Park. Central Park seems to transport you into another world, and feels like a huge maze you could easily lose yourself in. If it weren’t for the tips of sky scrapers peaking over the trees, you’d forget you were even in a city. But Bryant Park is a balance. You’re in a beautiful park, but city life seems to swirl around you. It’s relaxing and exciting at the same time.

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I ended the day with my weekly trip to Whole Foods, a much needed manicure and pedicure, and watching Hocus Pocus. Halloween and Sarah Jessica Parker via 1993? I’ll take it!

Hope you all had great weekends too!

Brooks Brothers Red Fleece

It being the first day of fall, I thought I’d share some fun news. This past weekend something very exciting happened…drum roll please.

I made my first Autumn 2014 purchase!

I was wandering down in the Financial District near my old apartment after attending Oyster Fest 2014, when I stumbled upon the FiDi Brooks Brothers. I have always been a fan of Brooks Brothers, but found their price range to be a little too high for a 23 year old, just-starting-out (hope you’re reading this Mom and Dad) New Yorker. I was on the phone with my best friend at the time, who reminded me that they were having a 25% off sale. The moment I heard the word sale, I couldn’t resist checking it out. I headed straight for the women’s section, and finally had the opportunity to see their Red Fleece Collection in person. The verdict?

I loved it.

The price range is so much more reasonable than their other collections, and the style is a bit trendier than typical BB. I got a little carried away and tried on a few outfits, but immediately fell in love with their “Long Sleeve Cotton Black Watch Dress“. It was super soft and comfortable, and the dark green and navy blue plaid was perfect for the fall. I’m on the shorter side so the dress was a little long, but otherwise it was a great fit.

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When I realized I had spent more time in the store than was socially acceptable, I made an impulse decision and bought the dress. In my defense, 25% off? Can’t say no to that.

A few other looks I saw in store and loved:

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Click on the pictures to check out the pieces! Outfit post in the dress to follow this weekend.

Happy fall everyone!