A Hotel Story with Donald J. Pliner

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.
— Coco Chanel

ever since I was a little girl I have absolutely adored staying in hotels! So much so, that I used to tell my parents that I wanted to live in a hotel one day. Now I'm all grown up {kind of} and its safe to say that my love of vacating the day to day in exchange of a luxe hotel to get primped & pampered has only grown stronger! A feeling I'm pretty sure any lady (or gentleman) can relate to, am I right!? After all, who doesn't deserve a bit of spoiling every now and again!? 

adam and I recently checked into The Ivey's Hotel in Uptown Charlotte for a little staycation and to simply enjoy an especially fun & romantic evening together! I've been lucky enough to stay in some pretty amazing hotels all over the world - NYC, Paris, Miami, Spain, Austria, and more - and I must say The Ivey's Hotel has done it right! Any one who knows me, knows that I'm quite the Francophile, so, it goes without saying that the Parisian decor you'll find throughout The Ivey's makes this a hotel after my own heart! Before heading to the hotel we picked up a bottle of rosé from our neighborhood go-to, Rhino Market, to sip on while lounging around our room & enjoying the balcony - the perfect place to watch the people of Charlotte stroll by. 

uhm, why is getting all dolled up so much more fun when your not in your own bathroom? {ha!} The bathroom in our Balcony Suite was fit for a queen! I took my sweet time getting ready, checked emails one last time before heading out, slipped into my current favorite lace dress + these high heeled sandals from Donald J. Pliner. These shoes!! They were love at first sight! The white strap across the foot is made of lizard print leather + the elastic criss-cross strap around the ankle is such a fun & unique mix of materials that suit my casual-chic style perfectly. 

life is full of little luxuries...
curling up on the couch with a good book, checking into a fancy-pants hotel, splurging on a fabulous pair of high heels or something as simple as watching the sunset with loved ones. what's something you love to do either treat yourself and/or with your person!?
Please share in the comments below! 

Thanks so much for reading! xx

Much Love, 


a special thank you to The Ivey's Hotel for having us and to Donald J Pliner for kindly partnering with me on this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own. 
 

 

Restore Cryotherapy

hiya loves! today, I'm excited to take you inside Restore Cryotherapy

Who's tried Cryotherapy!? I was recently invited to Restore Cryotherapy to check out all of the feel-good services offered at their Carmel Rd. location, which include Whole-Body, Local & Cryotherapy Facials, Compression Therapy, Drip (IV Hydration) Therapy + they even have a hyperbaric chamber! For this particular visit, I only tested out a whole-body cryotherapy session. If your not familiar with this fantastically [cold] treatment, lets get you caught up to speed! 
I'm sure you've all heard of an ice bath to help with post-workout soreness and/or speed up recovery, yes? Cryotherapy works in the same manner, however, rather than sitting in an ice cold bath, you step into a chamber for 3 minutes while nitrogen gas lowers your skins surface temperature to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature inside the chamber is said to drop to -250 degrees! 

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A CRYOTHERAPY SESSION?

- increased energy - decreased muscle soreness, pain & inflammation - increased metabolism - improved circulation - tighter skin + stimulated collagen production

As I mentioned above, if your not quite ready to expose your entire body to the frigid temperatures inside the "tank", Restore also offers local treatments for anyone looking to reduce pain & inflammation for those particular areas that are chronically tight. For me, that would be my hips & low back + my neck & shoulders. 

my experience at Restore started with one heck of a chair + foot massage inside the Drip Zone - a cute, colorful & modernly cozy room where you can chill out while mainlining one of their body-boosting Drip Therapy treatments shown in the photo below...

I'm planning to go back & try out the "Timeless" Drip, which gives your body a mega dose of anti-aging amino acid, Taurine. 

after filling out some personal info & answering a few questions on a tablet, it was time for some (very cold) cryotherapy!!

The sweet girls at Restore showed me to the changing room where I was provided with a robe, socks, slippers & mittens...

Meet Kimber! She was by my side for the 3-minute Cryo session, talking me thru the whole thing and letting me know that I was not going to freeze to death! {haha!}

just before entering the chamber, I handed my robe to Kimber and hopped on in with shorts, sports bra, socks, slippers & mittens...

while inside the chamber, I definitely felt super COLD (!!!) I was shivering & chattering my teeth like crazy! With that being said, I feel like I should mention that I get cold super easy!! On the flip side, Adam came with me and went in for a cryo treatment right before me with practically no reaction to the cold temperature whatsoever. The stark difference in my body's response to the cold & Adam's is a true testament that every BODY is so unique and responds to everything you send its way - food, fitness, healing techniques - differently. 

Post cryo....I felt what I would describe as an endorphin rush! I definitely had an increase in energy + a tingling sensation all over my body and, that cold feeling did linger for a bit. The next day, I noticed my whole-body skin tone looked smoother, tighter & more toned. I'd attribute this feeling to the fact that Cryotherapy is said to boost your body's metabolism, burning anywhere from 500-800 calories in the following 8 hours after each 3 minute session!

If your wondering who should try cryotherapy, my answer would be...everyone! 
Restore Cryotherapy treats everyone from elementary school athletes to professional sports teams including our very own Carolina Panthers! WORTH MENTIONING: Restore Cryotherapy offers discounts to athletes in high school and younger/servicemen and women. In addition to their Carmel Road location, Restore has a whole-body cryo chamber inside the Charlotte Athletic Club in the Duke Energy Building + stay tuned for another location to open in the next few months! 

Me & my friends at Restore are happy to provide a 20% discount to anyone who is interested in trying out & experiencing the many benefits of Cryotherapy for themselves!
{This post MUST be presented at checkout in order to redeem your discount}

Be sure to follow me @lauren_schwaiger and Restore Cryotherapy @restore_cryo_clt on Instagram where we will be doing a Giveaway for 3 FREE Cryotherapy Sessions!! 

Thanks so much for stopping in!
Happy Friday, my friends! xx

white denim + blue & white stripe one-shoulder top

Hey there, lovelies!! Happy Hump Day! How's your week!? I don't know about you guys, but its positively flying by for me! Popping in to share #WIW for Mother's Day! This outfit is everything I love - casual, chic & comfortable!
We all decided to avoid the mad rush of Mother's Day brunch and instead, we did a late lunch/early dinner around 4.30pm at one of our favorite spots - Ilios Noche - to celebrate my mom & sister! How did you all celebrate!? 

This blue & white striped one-shoulder top is THEE cutest - I just love all the embroidered flowers on it. It is on sale for $23 & still available in all sizes! For size reference, I am 5'10" and I'm wearing a Medium - I needed it for the length - the small was just way too short & boxy on my long torso. The medium is a little loose on the sides but I'm just bringing it to my favorite tailor to have the sides taken in so it fits just-so. Who else does that!?  

My peep toe booties are Vince Camuto & from last year and they are still one of my favorite pairs of shoes in my closet! I've linked a really cute pair for the season here - they come in 4 colors and they are currently on sale for $89, marked down from $119! I was just saying to Adam how funny I think it is that wearing booties in the summer has become such a "thing". I ain't mad! haha

I'm off to start my day! Adam & I are shooting something super fun for The Blog this afternoon that I CANNOT wait to share with you all, so stay tuned and follow along on my InstaStories for some BTS fun! 

Have a great rest of the week! xx

Stripe T-Shirt Dress

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 There's only one thing better than a super soft & comfy t-shirt and that's a super cute, soft & comfy T-Shirt Dress!! {haha} I just love how easy-breezy a t-shirt dress is for summer - just throw one on with one of your favorite sandals, wedges or your perfectly worn-in converse for that effortless, cool girl vibe that literally takes 2 minutes to put together! #winning This is the perfect daytime outfit for errands or lunch on a cute patio on a hot summer day. 
This stripe t-shirt dress is another winner from Abercrombie! Its currently on sale for $29 and also comes in 3 solid options: black, grey & blue. I'll take them all, please! 

Happy Tuesday, loves! Thanks for stopping in! I hope your week is going great so far!
PS. Stay tuned for a fun jewelry giveaway coming soon! ;) 
xx

10 Bomber Jackets Under $100

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Metallic
Bomber Jacket

shine bright

I may be a little late to the party, but my latest style obsession is the Bomber Jacket! There are so many cute styles, colors, materials, prints, florals, etc...to choose from that can easily be worn day or night! I recently picked up this metallic bomber (on sale for $69 + an extra 30% Off) from Anthropologie and I absolutely adore it - probably because its gold! {haha} Funny fact, I used to hate gold. I remember when I was younger and my mom would want to buy me gold jewelry and I would tell her I didn't like it and I thought it was ugly. Uhm, can I please take that back!? Instead, I wanted silver and white gold. Now, I am obsessed with gold everything!! 
For the warm weather season, I decided to pair this bomber with an all white outfit + gold accessories! I think it all comes together so nicely and the gold really pops against the white!  We've been having the craziest weather here in Charlotte, unseasonably chilly, and a little jacket is definitely needed in the evenings or when out to dinner. Why are restaurants always so cold!? 

PS. did you guys catch one of my sleeves is inside out!? must have flipped when I took the jacket off...I didn't even notice until we got home and started sorting thru the photos! {oops} 

I've linked 10 bomber jackets below that I'm loving for spring summer - all under $100!

Happy Saturday, loves! 
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!!
Thanks for stopping in!!
xx

{ 10 Bomber Jackets Under $100 }