I received compensation from Dr. Scholl’s® to write this post. All opinions are entirely my own.
I’m so excited that 2018 New York Fashion Week is almost here!
Location: Mountain Shadows
#advertisement I love New York Fashion Week more than anything and I’ll be walking around one of my favorite cities every day (and night) for the entire week. I’ll also be attending amazing shows, going to some fabulous parties and visiting incredible show rooms and yes, I’ll share on my social media! So while I want to be super stylish, I also need to be comfortable and able to smile as The Bubbly Blonde from morning until night. There is nothing worse than hobbling around in shoes that are making your feet ache when it’s only 11:00am! Fashion Week days are long and can be brutal on your feet.
So here’s my secret comfort weapon. I use Dr. Scholl’s Stylish Step™ High Heel Relief Insoles and Extended Comfort Insoles for Flats. These insoles really provide all-day comfort. For those of you who are true Shoe Fashionistas, you understand this means I can now wear my most stylish heels or flats longer with ease and comfort!
So, before leaving for NYC, I will head to my local Target and stock up on many of my travel needs. First on the list will be some Dr. Scholl’s Stylish Step™ Insoles. These are easily found in the Dr. Scholl’s section by the footcare aisle, near the pharmacy. Having these incredible products packed in my suitcase, I’m confident that I no longer have to sacrifice my comfort for glamour.
Dr. Scholl’s Stylish Step™ High Heel Relief Insoles are great because they actually give all day comfort *check! Their ultra-soft gel arch actually takes the pressure off the ball of your foot *check! The insoles help to relieve the pain caused from high heels *check *check! So, yes, I will be wearing these insoles next week while striding around New York City! The best part is there will be no more hobbling and grimacing for this Bubbly Blonde who’s trying to be fashionable!
If you don’t want full length insoles, a great item to consider from Dr. Scholl’s Stylish Step™ line is the Ball of Foot Cushions for High Heels. These smaller cushions pinpoint high heel foot pain and relieve the ball of foot pain caused by high heels. These insoles also provide cushioning, absorb shock for all day comfort and prevent your toes from scrunching, while also keeping your feet from sliding forward. Great item!
I’m so happy to share some of my best fashion secrets with you and believe that if you try these amazing products, you will love your high heels or flats like never before! When you see my posts about New York Fashion Week, you’ll know the amazing little beauty secret tucked inside my shoes!
*Available in Dr. Scholl’s Stylish Step™ Line are: High Heel Relief insoles, Ball of Foot Cushions for High Heels, Clear Cushioning Insoles for Flats, Extended Comfort Insoles for Flats, Hidden Arch Support for Flats and Gel Heel Liners. These insoles are stylish and SO comfortable
The Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida: how do I even begin to describe my luxurious getaway to this amazing island?
Upon arriving, we took in the lushly landscaped exterior of the 92-year-old gorgeous hotel and began to anticipate a great experience.
We were greeted at the elegant double wooden door entrance by two valets who graciously opened the doors and ushered us into the lobby (lovely touch) where we were presented with champagne.
Sipping our champagne while checking in, we began looking around the lobby and it became apparent we were in for a luxurious and memorable stay.
Tropical plants, beautiful fountains, wonderful aromas and enticing courtyards surrounded us. Truthfully, I was getting excited to begin taking some amazing on-site photos of this property!
Immediately after check-in, we were given an in-depth walking tour of The Brazilian Court Hotel and learned so much about its rich history.
The Brazilian Court features a charming collection of studios, one, two and three-bedroom suites, neatly arranged among lush fountain courtyards and a beautifully landscaped pool.
Designed in classic Spanish Colonial style, these accommodations offer warm, residential touches like opulent imported fabrics, sophisticated color palettes and handcrafted crown molding and mahogany mill. Each suite is named after well-known guests who have stayed there…Valentino, Brando, Grant, Hepburn etc. The property is built like a house with only 80 rooms, and I loved the intimate feeling of this boutique property.
After our tour, we decided to walk a short distance to dinner at Buccan (which was delicious!) before heading back to our gracious one-bedroom suite for a relaxing and very comfortable night’s sleep. It had been a long day with an early morning awakening and lots of flying.
The next morning, we took the hotel’s complimentary Lily bikes for a ride around the quaint town of Palm Beach (a new favorite place for me!) to see as many landmarks and sites as possible. We rode the bikes around the palm tree lined streets and stopped along Worth Avenue (of course!) which is the original Rodeo Drive.
We then rode back to The Brazilian Court where I was pampered to an amazing blow out from their on-site, Fredric Fekkai Salon by expert stylist Jonathan De Paca.
When finished, my hair (if I don’t say so myself) looked amazing and the style did not wilt in the humidity at all!
A little history about Frédéric Fekkai: He opened his first salon in New York City in 1989 and opened his third salon in Palm Beach at The Brazilian Court Hotel in May 2004.
Named the ‘Style Awards’ hairstylist of the year in 2013, Frederic Fekkai’s unique take on style is practiced at his namesake salons in the world’s most chic cities – from New York to Palm Beach to St Barths. Once the final spritz of finishing spray was added to my hair, we were off to a highly anticipated dinner at Café Boulud.
Café Boulud with Chef Daniel is located within the Brazilian Court and is an award-winning restaurant, offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and room service.
Since opening in 2003, the popular dining destination for travelers and locals, debuted a new renovation in 2016, featuring an expanded beautiful bar with a sleek contemporary feel. Café Boulud offers a French-American menu and the Chef gave us a special (and delicious) 3 course menu with wine pairing.
After this incredible dinner we stopped by the Boulud Bar for one last cocktail before slipping off to our suite.
The next morning (our last day!) we woke up and had delish room service from Café Boulud.
We split the fluffy belgium waffles, fabulous eggs benedict and fresh berries.
Our suite was so amazing and comfortable, we didn’t want to leave it!
We decided to call Lyft to drive us around Palm Beach for some great sightseeing. For being a small island, there are A LOT of beautiful sights and exquisite architecture to take in!
One of the highlights was driving past Mar a Lago. Our Lyft ride continued down the eastern seaside coast and ended in Delray Beach.
We had a great, casual lunch and walked to the beach for some wonderful Vitamin Sea!
After spending a few blissful hours at the beach, we called Lyft again and headed back to The Brazilian Court for our last dinner in Palm Beach at Imoto. We enjoyed a refreshing dinner of sushi, sake and such!
The next morning, we strolled around the beautiful Brazilian Court Hotel one last time, taking photos before (reluctantly!) heading to the airport.
My verdict on The Brazilian Court? Amazing! Friendly and knowledgeable staff, a wonderful quaint feel, great sense of history and lovely lush landscaping. This is a perfect spot for relaxing and re-charging.
As I boarded my flight for home, I felt rested, rejuvenated and loved everything The Brazilian Court has to offer guests. The Brazilian Court is a luxurious getaway, which I highly recommend!
Summer special being offered now:
“One More Night” at The Brazilian Court Hotel – Palm Beach, Fla.
Available now through September 30, 2018, starting at $259 per night
- Stay two-nights and get a third night free, or stay three-nights and get a fourth night free
- Celebrate the final days of Summer in style with:
- The Palm “Beach” Experience
- Cocktails by the pool
- A bike ride around town
- Shopping at Worth Avenue
*When booking, savings is included in rate.
For more information or to book, please call 561-655-7740 or visit www.thebraziliancourt.com.
*Thank you The Brazilian Court for sponsoring this post
Last week I enjoyed an amazing one night stay at Mountain Shadows and had an INCREDIBLE time!
In case you don’t know about this beautiful resort, here goes:
Mountain Shadows is in the heart of Paradise Valley, Arizona, right between Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain. The original Mountain Shadows Resort opened in January of 1959 and earned its namesake because of the amazing silhouettes cast by Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain every afternoon. There is wonderful history sprinkled throughout this beautifully renovated Icon and the friendly staff is proud to share historical and current details. The original resort welcomed celebrities, locals and international travelers, which is still the case today! The grounds are beautiful and the architecture is mid-century modernism with a contemporary design. Every detail is well thought out and absolutely stunning.
Imagine my surprise when my room key opened to the beautiful Presidential Suite with the most amazing views of Camelback Mountain and an oversized wrap around balcony with plenty of comfortable seating!
I enjoyed the serenity of the suite, a gorgeous sunset from the balcony and honestly did not want to leave for dinner at Hearth ’61 downstairs!
A little more Mountain Shadows history: In 1961, Paradise Valley, Arizona officially became an incorporated town. Residents of Paradise Valley (or PV to the locals) have always been very proud of their town’s quality of life. Hearth ’61 honors the town’s origins with its special name. I love that!
Walking into Hearth ’61 is a unique experience. It’s a sleek, Open Kitchen (always entertaining to watch incredible dishes being prepared right before you) a Living Room and Bar. Our dinner was prepared perfectly and every dish was incredibly delicious.
After dinner, I slipped off to my amazing and comfortable (Presidential!) Suite, where I slept like a baby. The bed was so comfortable, with the softest top quality bedding and the bathroom had my every exquisite, pampering detail fulfilled.
The next morning I enjoyed a light breakfast in the suite and soaked in the balcony views before checking out. I can’t wait to return and am so happy this is close to home – such a wonderful escape!
Here are some specials Mountain Shadows has going on right now:
- Arizona residents can enjoy a fee-free stay starting from $119 on select dates, now through August 31. Enjoy a modern guestroom with the $32 resort fee waived (requires deposit of one night’s room and tax).
- Save up to 20% off the prevailing rate when booking suites. Requires a non-refundable deposit of 1 night’s room and tax at time of booking. Must be booked within 14 days of arrival. Reservation cannot be canceled or modified without penalty.
- Book two nights and they will include a third night free. Requires deposit of one night’s room and tax | cannot be changed, canceled or combined with other offers | 3rd consecutive night only
- Check-in and enjoy unlimited rounds of golf at The Short Course during your stay, along with complimentary Ping rental clubs. Available now to August 31. Please reserve tee times at time of booking to guarantee availability
- Start the day right with breakfast in Hearth ’61 or Rusty’s after a restful night’s sleep. Includes a maximum $20 breakfast credit per registered adult, per night. Excludes room service orders. Gratuities and alcohol excluded. Cannot be combined with other offers. Subject to availability, some blackout dates apply.
- Save 15% on your stay when you pre-pay. Requires full pre-payment of room and tax at time of booking. Reservation cannot be changed or canceled and is non-refundable. Based on prevailing rates. Not valid with any other offer. Blackout dates apply.
*Thank you Mountain Shadows for sponsoring this post