New York Fashion Week was a rush. Everyday I woke up, I was ready to attend the shows and events and further enjoy my stay at The Dominick Hotel. The view from my suite was magical and inspired me everyday to go for my dreams in the city of lights.
The Dominick was the perfect home during New York Fashion Week. It was truly the highlight of my trip. Before you book any other hotel during your trip to New York, here are 5 reasons you should stay at The Dominick Hotel.
5 Reasons Why You Should Stay At The Dominick Hotel in New York
Have you ever been to SOHO? If your answer is no, book your next flight to New York, book your room at The Dominick and head to SOHO. I have been to New York many times but it was not until I started staying in SOHO have my New York getaways been on the next level.
SOHO is located in the south part of New York. It is filled to the brim with luxury stores and boutiques such a Celine, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Valentino and Fendi to name a few. There are pop-up shops, pre-owned luxury stores and most of all FOOD.
The Dominick it just a few steps from SOHO (Tribeca and West Village are also nearby.). Located on 246 Spring St. The Dominick is located on one of the major veins of SOHO. Its location is super convenient when heading on a night out for dinner, snacks or shopping. You might even spot a celebrity ( I spotted Bella Hadid) having lunch.
The Staff Are Like Family
I stayed at The Dominick for four days and after the first couple of hours I felt like the staff had become my fam. They knew my name and were willing to answer any questions I had about getting around the city, finding the nearest bank or where to grab a bagel.
One of the unforgettable moments at The Dominick was walking into my room and seeing a rolling rack. They had one ready for me. How did they know I would need one. Ha! I was able to fill the closets as well as my rolling rack with all of my fashion pieces for New York Fashion Week. This helped me stay organized and made me feel even more at home.
The staff at The Dominick accomodated my every request, checked on me from time to time and made sure I was comfortable. This made a major impression on me. The Dominick is not just a hotel, it is home.
What other hotel in Mahattan do you know with a pool?
The Dominick is one of the few hotels in New York with a pool. The pool should be the first reason to book your next stay at The Dominick. Ha! The 6000 square foot pool on the terrace is available in the warmer months and it is definitely worth taking a trip to New York just to experience it.
There are so many amenities at The Dominick but my favorite amentity is the house car. The Dominick has a SUV that will take you anywhere within a 2 mile radius from the hotel. So you can arrive in style to your next meeting in trendy Soho.
The two story penthouse suites are perfect for your next event or for your wedding party. Along with beautiful views, there is so much space to really enjoy The Dominick and create memories with your family and friends.
The gym has all the equipment you need to get in a serious workout. I love working out and the gym at The Dominick gets me pumped every time. It has treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights and my fav bozu balls. Get your sweat on.
Luxury is Everywhere
F is for Fendi and The Dominick is full of Fendi. All of their furniture and overall decor was designed by Fendi Casa. The furniture had all of the signature Fendi elements from pony hair to pebble colored velvet, the furniture felt like art.
Luxury is even in the food. With a farm-to-table menu at the Spring & Varick Restaurant, you can eat guilt-free with seasonal ingredients. With 24 hour in room dining, the menu is extensive with healthy, gluten free and vegetarian meals.
The Spa is Exquisite
The spa at The Dominick isn’t a small room in the basement of the hotel. The spa is a relaxing oasis with a list of services. The spa is one of the few facilites in New York to offer Hamman treatments, couples massage, manicures and pedicures and private suites. It also has lounge rooms, soaker tubs and an array of beauty collections to use during your treatment.
There is even a Fendi hairstyling chair. So luxe.
I gave you 5 reasons but there are many more. You have to stay at The Dominick Hotel yourself. Trust me, you will be impressed. The Dominick Hotel exceeded my expectations and went above and beyond to make my stay during a busy fashion week memorable.
Thank you to The Dominick Hotel for having me and I will be back.
Sydney was the last stop of my South Pacific tour and I literally fell in love with Sydney. I stopped in Sydney after my stay in New Zealand. I was there for 7 days and stayed right next to the Sydney Harbour. Had the perfect view of the city and had access to all the cool sights. The weather was chilly but I came prepared. The food was endless and the fun was overflowing.
Sydney is super modern and very safe. I appreciated all of the architecture from the bridges of the buildings, every structure had a purpose and was designed with such detail. At night I walked around by myself. I was cautious by never afraid. I love the feeling of walking around the city at night with a gelato in my hand. There were so many times I thought to myself, “ Aquila you are in Australia girl. Whoot Whoot”.
Here are my Top 5 Best Things To Do in Sydney Australia.
Top 5 Best Things To Do in Sydney Australia.
Stay at Pier 1 Hotel
I stayed at Pier 1 Hotel which just opened earlier that year. It was so lovely. Every night there was a party, wedding or press event so it was jumpin’ jumpin’. I saw so many brides and ran away from the Paparazzi everyday. Pier 1 Hotel was the hot spot.
Pier 1 Hotel was so close to everything. It is located in The Rocks, a new trendy area in Sydney filled with restaurants, boutiques and luxury shopping nearby. Pier 1 Hotel is located just steps away from the Sydney Opera house, The ferry and the subway.
By the end of the week the hotel front door staff became my friends. They were always willing to give suggestions, direct us to the best spots for dinner and had unlimited chocolate covered strawberries available. Oh and the breakfast buffet was excellent with a self-serve juicer and quinoa scramble.
Enjoy Bondi Beach
Bondi beach has always been a dream spot for me. So when I stepped on the sand I couldn’t believe I was there. We rented chairs and umbrellas from the vendors on the beach and picked up snacks from the Pavilion. The water was beautiful and calm but my concerns about the sharks prevented me from going in the water. Ha!
People were surfing and swimming but I enjoyed tanning on the beach and reading my book. I really wanted to take in the moment. I was in Sydney. On Bondi Beach. Living my dream.
Manly beach was also gorgeous but there is one major difference between Manly beach and Bondi beach… you can’t swim there. The water was way too rough and there were signs everywhere reminding us not swim or even go near the water. Even with no swimming I enjoyed shopping in the shops and boutiques filled with souvenirs and local designers.
Meet a Koala Bear At Featherdale Wildlife Park
Featherdale Wildlife Park was amazing. I would highly recommend visiting if you have children. I’m a grown up child so I loved it. Ha! There are animals everywhere and some aren’t even in cages. You can walk up to the Kangaroos and feed them.
Though Featherdale Wildlife Park is quite a distance from the Sydney City centre, it was worth the train ride. You get to interact with the animals and even book a private viewing of the Koala bears. There were lots of other Koala Bears at Featherdale Wildlife Park but they were sleeping the majority of the time. I was overjoyed to meet Cooper. He was so friendly and luckily was not sleeping. There are also snakes, turtles… take a look at my VLOG to see all the animals.
You must go to Featherdale Park when you visit Sydney.
Get Close to the Sydney Opera House
Honestly I am not an Opera fan but I am a fan of the Sydney Opera House. Ever since I was a child I marveled at its design. Seeing it in person was a dream come true. It is huge and white during the day but at night it lights up with purple and pink lights. I could see it from my hotel and there are people surrounding it at all times. It is truly the heart of Sydney Harbor.
It was even better having lunch right next to the Sydney Opera House. If you don’t go inside, at least dine right next to it.
Grab A Steak at Hurricane's
If you love steak and ribs, this is the spot for you. I love steak and I love beef ribs so this was a major treat. Hurricane’s restaurant is known for its juicy steaks and endless assortment of ribs. There are locations everywhere and trust me you will need reservations.
Try and book a table overlooking the Sydney Harbour. It was a beautiful view and the food was a great compliment to the evening. If you don’t get reservations, it is worth it to wait in line. The food is just that good.
Have Lunch at the Fish Market
The Fish Market. Doesn’t sounds really appealing but trust me it was. My husband is a seafood lover and I secretly have become one due to his influence. The Fish Market is a seafood lover’s dream. So many different options though I must admit, some looked scary.
Beyond the food the Fish Market is a tourist attraction. It is so popular that the city of Sydney is moving its location closer to the city centre and to a bigger location. You will get a taste of the Fish Market on my Sydney VLOG. Pun intended
Sydney was remarkable. The food, the people, the scenery and the animals made my trip so memorable. Sydney is now my list of top places to go.
How would I describe Sydney… I would say , Sydney is what London should be.
Do you agree or nah?
Let me know in the comments.
I admit; I’m hard on myself. I scrutinize my physical imperfections, pinch my love handles, and jiggle my thighs. I’m guilty of being overly critical of my body. It’s easy to have a distorted perception of beauty and obsess about flaws when you are surrounded by images of stunning women with slim waists and thick thighs. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a confident and self-assured gal but I am human, so when I see women with “perfect bodies” I occasionally experience moments of envy or insecurity. It’s only been in recent years that I’ve really focused on limiting my negative self-talk and truly appreciate all the great things that my body has allowed me to do (you know like birth a baby, run a half-marathon, etc.). Valentine’s Day is a great time to show love to the special people in your life, including yourself! Ditch the flower, cards and candy this year. Here are some great ways to nourish and celebrate your hard- working body!
Words of Affirmations
What better way to overcome insecurities than by repeating positive and affirming words. A 2018 study published in the Journal of Health Psychology reported that engaging in spontaneous self-affirmation resulted in greater feelings of happiness, hopefulness, optimism and personal health. These positive statements can help you embrace and change your relationship with your body. Set aside a few minutes each morning to repeat affirming phrases. Post these phrases throughout your home, or write them in your journal and refer to them whenever you drift towards negative-self talk. Some of my favorites include:
Try it out for a week and see how it can improve your mood and shift your mindset!
You know that little black dress you’ve been eyeing at your favorite boutique? You know; the one that you promised yourself you would buy when you finally hit your goal weight. Sis, don’t wait, you cute now! Choose outfits that highlight your favorite feature and pair them with some killer accessories. Go ahead; show off your curves, your height, your ‘Yonce booty! Choose colors that will compliment your eyes, highlight your hair color, and make your skin glow.
Even the researchers agree. In a study of older women (55 years or older), findings indicated that the way these women dressed and their overall appearance had a direct effect on their self-esteems.
Think about it. Your confidence increases exponentially when you’re wearing an outfit that makes you empowered and beautiful. Yes with the Slayage!
When is the last time you treated yourself? You deserve it so why not splurge on a good massage? Yes, massages are great for easing muscle tension, but they can also help to create a healthy connection with your body. Massages communicate to your body that it is loved and worthy of care. Treatments can also reduce the negative feelings you may have about your body by associating a behavior that honors and relaxes it.
The effects of a great massage are long-lasting so make sure you schedule treatment sessions often.
Practicing self-love takes very little time and can transform the way you see yourself. This Valentine’s Day, give your body the love and attention it deserves.
How will you be spending Valentine’s Day this year?
Janelle T. King, MPH, BSN, RN
Who: The Naeem Khan Collection and I…
What: Today was the show of one of my favorite designers, Naeem Khan. The collection was stunning. It is always an experience to see the Naeem Khan collection walk down the runway.
Most Memorable Moment: My most memorable moment was attending the Naeem Khan Show. The beaded fringe looks were classic Naeem Khan. I also enjoyed the Zang Toi show, another designer I love and adore. Wow. The collection was so intricate and so wearable.
The Fashion Of the Day: Orange is literally the new black. I wore a monochromatic orange look to the Naeem Khan Show.nMy Orange DVF Faux fur coat was a hit! Everyone loved it. Head to my Instagram to check it out. Total show stopper.
What is up for Tomorrow: Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. I am so excited. Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite celebrations because it is all about love and... chocolate.
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