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PVDFest Providence Diaries

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[Outfit: Willow & Clay Surplice Jumpsuit (on sale), Havaianna flip flops, Rebecca Minkoff Mini Crossbody (similar), Wildfox Steff 50mm Sunglasses]

I had an awesome time in Providence over the weekend. The city celebrated it’s second annual PVDfest which is a four day, multi-arts festival that takes place over the public spaces, parts and outdoor spaces of Providence. Live music, dance, parades take over the streets — here’s just a taste of the parade!

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It was such a cool experience and a great way to get a taste of all the creativity that’s oozing out of the city. The local restaurants were out serving drinks, and the vendors we’re out. We stopped in The Rosendale for drinks and lunch. Their Maestro Picante infused with jalapeno drink and banana infused shots are not to be missed (it tastes like desert!). Their menu is pretty spectacular as well – traditional bar food with a twist.

4 Hair + Travel Tools I Can’t Live Without

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Summer calls for exploring and I couldn’t travel without a few beauty essentials. Out of dozens of contenders, these four tools outperformed the rest and have quickly become a staple on my packing list.

Travel Guide: Sacred Valley Day Trips

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In our previous travel guide, we talked about getting into the region and heading towards the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. After doing these activities, you can make a fun day trip with travel back towards Cusco.

Peru Hotel Review: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Peru

haciendaA few days into our trip through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu we headed about 10 minutes away from the town center of Urubamba, went up an unassuming dirt road and arrived at the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba hotel. Traveling through some local farms and ranches, the hotel is located in a secluded nook of the Peruvian highlands, with postcard views all around. Being that the hotel itself is so new and the area so private, it was hard for our cab driver to figure out where it was. I see that as a great feature and luckily, I printed out step by step directions. 

Wanderlust Peru: Travel Guide to Sacred Valley + Machu Picchu

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One of the seven wonders of the world and a testament to the abilities of the Inca people, Machu Picchu sits high in the Andes, its location so remote that it remained undiscovered by the outside world until 1911. While we traveled all over Peru, this segment was the focus of our trip. Many choose to hike the Inca trail (Enigma Aventure Tours came highly recommended to us by friends), however we wanted to explore the Sacred Valley and see everything (or at least get a taste) so we carved out 10 days to explore the region with stops at every town and visits to a variety of hotels, restaurants and activities.

Peru Hotel Review: Tambo Del Inka, Urabamba Peru

tambo del inka hotel urubamba peruAfter our arrival to the Sacred Valley of Peru, we headed straight to Urubamba to acclimate at the famed Tambo Del Inka hotel. This award winning resort that’s included in the Libertador, Starwoods, and Luxury Collection Hotel portfolios is conveniently located halfway between Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Spending your first night in a luxury hotel when entering this high altitude region is a godsend. This was the perfect place to acclimate, even with our precautionary prescriptions, we were starting to feel heavy and short of breath in the high altitude.

Florals on a Rainy Day

peru trains urubambaWell kids, it’s been an exciting 3 weeks in Peru! I’ve traveled all over the country through Lima, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Huacachina, Trujillo and so much more that I can hardly believe this trip is coming to an end. While I’m putting together all of my travel guides for any of you planning a future tips, here’s a quick peak from a shoot James and I did while traveling through the Sacred Valley.

Pants: Woven Print Soft Pants in Juniper Botanical c/o Lands’ End| Top/Swimsuit: Beach Club Cascade Tankini | Jacket: Coastal Rain Parka | Shoes: Gizeh sandal c/o Birkenstocks | Hat: H&M

Jetset Like Choupette: Luxury VIP (Very Important Pet) Hotels

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Your pampered pet deserves to jetset like moi! Give them the luxury VIP (Very Important Pet) treatment in Paris, New York, Miami, California, or wherever your private plane takes you. Don’t worry, you can bring the maids too – additional fees will apply.

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Le Meurice (Paris)

Here’s a fun fact (if you like dogs): During hotel renovations from 1905-1907, Le Meurice workers took in a stray greyhound that had been living on-site. Hotel personnel then adopted the dog, and it soon became the mascot and inspiration for the Meurice’s.

Amenities:

Complimentary pet basket, custom-designed bowls with the nameplates, name tag

Specific menus and food options available

Grooming

Dog walking in the Tuileries Garden

Pet Fee:

Available Upon Request

Restrictions:

Cats and dogs only

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Mandarin Oriental (Paris)

Located on one of Paris’ most fashionable streets, the Mandarin Oriental Paris boasts an array of pet amenities sure to please the most fickle feline (moi) or pampered pooch.

Amenities:

A chilled glass of champagne for the humans and a chilled bowl of water at check-in

A welcome letter from the Mandarin Oriental Paris mascot Archie Lewoof, a border terrier whose pet parent Philippe Leboeuf is the hotel’s GM

Linen Mat, name tag, feeding dishes

In-room dining menu for dogs and cats; well-behaved pets welcome in restaurant Camélia

Pet Fee:

Available Upon Request

Restrictions:

1 pet maximum

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Gansevoort (NYC)

Not that they are bragging or anything, but the Gansevoort was voted the nation’s “Pet Friendliest Destination” by the readers of Animal Fair magazine. That’s what they tell me at least….

Amenities:

Premium treats from the Barking Zoo, pet bed, mat with a monogram, small fiji water, food and water bowls, toys, and a collar tag that reads: “I am staying at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC.”

Pet enhancements: Personalized pet bed, name tag, and puppy purse (don’t attempt with a feline, merci!)

Pet Fee:

Additional fee of $100 per stay for the first pet and an additional $25 for the second pet per stay

Restrictions:

Two cats or dogs of any size

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The Muse – Kimpton (NYC)

Looking to spot the hottest camera-ready pets? The Muse is an impressively pet-friendly hotel, having hosted everything from snakes and penguins to a pig, all in town for castings and on-screen debuts. Ginger, a teacup Pomeranian, serves as the “Director of Pet Relations.”

Amenities:

Pet bowls and bed

Pet sitting, grooming, walking, massage and acupuncture services

Pet Fee:

No additional charge

Restrictions:

None: Any number of pets, no size or weight restrictions

Pampered Pooch and a Hers and Furs package (starting at $229) – Provides in-room pedicures for a guest and pet

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Soho Grand Hotel (NYC)

Your pet should never have to lift a paw (I don’t)!

Amenities:

Organic treats from Bocce’s Bakery, bedding, food and water bowls

Pet goldfish: Don’t have a mangy dog or fancy feline (or want to torture you cat)? 
The hotel is happy to provide a goldfish at your request at no extra cost, which you can take home with you. Note: Nowhere does it say there is an extra charge if the goldfish meets an untimely death. Whoops?

Not that I care, but there is a dog park complete with fire hydrant water stations, bespoke benches, and garden design by Rebecca Cole.

Pet Fee:

No additional charge

Walking and a more extensive grooming menu can all be arranged through the concierge for an extra fee

Restrictions:

No size or weight restrictions

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Epic Hotel (Miami)

Between the bronzed bods and bedside amenities, any pet will feel pampered both inside the resort and lounging at the pool.

Amenities:

Mats, bowls, and Yip-Yap breath mints

Epic Pet Getaway Package – pedicures, shampoo, toys, and one-hour daily walks

Pet Fee:

No additional charge

Epic Pet Getaway package (Extra Fee)

Restrictions:

None: Any number of pets, no size or weight restrictions

No off-limit areas for pets in the resort – feel free to take pets to the pool to tan (sunscreen required for the hairless breeds)

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Ojai Valley Resort (CA)

Amenities:

A personalized sign bearing the pet’s name hanging outside the door

Food bowl, nightly turndown with a toy and tasty housemade treats from the pastry kitchen

(Dogs) Furry Friends Menu –Each meal includes one protein selection (hard-boiled eggs, salmon, chopped chicken or burger patty) and two sides (rice, peas, oatmeal, cottage cheese, chopped pineapple or sliced apple), with an option to add an extra dog biscuit for dessert. Guests are also welcome to bring their dogs along to a meal in the outdoor dining areas at Jimmy’s Pub or Oak Grill.

Pet Fee:

Starting at $150 for the first animal and $50 for the second, with a two-pet limit per room

Restrictions:

All pets welcome from felines to parrots and pigs.

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Your Perfect Stay: Alamanda at Palm Cove

palmcove alamanda resortDuring our trip to Australia we went from Brisbane to Cairns, which is like going from the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef, to the top. Besides visiting some of the islands off the city of Cairns to snorkel the reef, we want to explore some of the neighboring towns of the city.  One of our favorite stops was Palm Cove, only 20minutes north out of the city.  Easily one of our North Queensland destinations, we stayed at the Alamanda, where we greeted by the friendly staff and the beautiful grounds of the estate. Situated on the beachfront, its numerous swimming pools and luxurious surroundings didn’t make us feel at home, it made us feel as though we were royalty. (You can read more about Palm Cove and what to do if you visit Cairns on our previous guide post HERE.)

Australia Hotel Review: Gold Coast Sheraton Mirage Resort

The Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast

Well we made it to Australia! Our first stop Brisbane, although we drove right through, heading less then an hour south to the Gold Coast. The reputation of Gold Coast is it’s the Miami of Australia, although I would have to broaden that stereotype to the Florida of Australia (or specifically somewhere between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami) with all the theme parks such as Sea World and high rises everywhere. Originally we planned on spending a day here before heading further south which is known for it’s secluded beaches. However, we were so taken by hotel stay at the Sheraton Mirage Resort we reconsidered. The Sheraton is the best of both worlds. It’s located less than a mile from Surfer’s Paradise where the main shopping area and hotels are but is it’s own secluded paradise. Located right on a clean and private beach, it has a breathtaking sunset and the hotel property is a dream in and of itself. Surrounded in pools and palm trees, it’s clean, and so open and spacious.