This weekend I took a short, and much needed girls trip to the Hamptons with one of my best friends, Ali and her daughter Dagny.
My husband, Lee had a bachelor party in Montreal. So when I found out about healthy events, and fun parties going on the Hamptons, it was the perfect excuse to get out of the muggy city! And who doesn’t love healthy girls weekends in the Hamptons?!
It was actually a super quick trip – we ended up leaving Manhattan on Saturday afternoon, but it worked out perfectly because we jam packed a ton in and also set aside time to relax and have fun.
On top of having an amazing excuses to get out of the city, I got to drive this brand new Audi Q7 all weekend! It really made the weekend even more of a blast! It’s a stunning car, super comfortable and compact, but really roomy. The weekend included sun-roof-open dance parties to Rihanna (and Elmo!), as well as super fun events. We felt ultra safe and in style!
First stop: the town of East Hampton for a quick snack, ice water and a bathroom! It was so hot and muggy when we got there, so it was nice to go for a leisurely walk and cool off!
When we parked, we were so amused at the parking feature – the Audi has a “virtual cockpit” screen that displays a birds eye image of the parking spot, so you can see literally how much room you have in front of you, in back of you and on the sides! If you’re not the best parallel parker like me, it’s super helpful! See below at the right photo.
When we got back to the house, we ran around with Ali’s daughter Dagny a bit, got dressed to go to my friend, Amanda Gluck‘s (The Fashionable Hostess) party! Amanda and I used to host dinner parties together, so it was so great seeing her action.
P.S. How cute is Ali’s baby bump and this romper from Hatch?!
By the time we got the party, it was drizzling, but the festivities were still commencing hard core outside – rose and champagne definitely flowing. Amanda and I shared the biggest hug ever (she now lives in Miami so we rarely see each other) and then we toasted with some coconut water – my kind of party!
I’m not such a flower crown kind of girl, but Amanda was right – flower crowns are amazing for bad hair days! My hair got super curly and frizzy from standing outside in the drizzle, but thanks to my flower crown, you couldn’t even tell!!
Everyone at the party, including the male bartenders and taco truck chef were sporting cute white flower crowns from the talented Crowns by Christy!
We then noshed on Veggie and Chicken Tacos made with seasonal veggies from the cutest taco truck, Noah’s On the Road! The sauteed zucchini and mushrooms in the taco were so delish and it was topped with a lemony aioli.
I saw tons of inspiring and talented bloggers, including Lauren Nelson, one of the hosts, and Kate Rumson from the interior design account, The Real Houses of IG. Kate is so serene and down to earth and has over a million instagram followers! She just got an offer to appear on a reality show, so we chatted it up. One of my wishes and goals is to launch my own healthy cooking show on television, so she gave me the advice to keep on sharing pretty photos and using relevant hashtags on instagram. Was grateful for her tips, and have been hashtagging a ton ever since!
Here are some of my favorite hashtags that I use often:
#healthy #healthyrecipe #healthycooking #healthylifestyle #bewell
Ali and I then headed for some ramen soup and then home for our slumber party and early wake up call.
That night, Ali and I ending up sharing a bed with her dog, Scooter!!!! It was the first time I had ever slept in a bed with a dog. I heard some pitter patter through out the night but to my surprise, I actually slept pretty well.
I have to admit, I sat out for most of the workout (yoga and barre classes are more my thing), but I loved watching all of the new martial arts inspired moves!
We then heard from an inspiring panel of inspiring working mamas, including SELF Magazine’s Deputy Editor, Liz Plosser, Jill Foley, Founder of Peloton, Jacq Tatelman, Co-Founder of State, and Dasha Anderson, creator of Kettlebell Kickboxing. They were so raw, real and inspiring. They spoke about how 5 minute workouts are sometimes just enough now that they have full time jobs and kids. They never even think of going to 90 minute yoga classes now! Oh, and they love carrying healthy snacks in their bags, like raw almonds to keep them satiated and energized on-the-go.
We had brunch overlooking the water, including delicious juices and the most stunning avocado toast — with a poached egg on top!
On the way back home, we stopped at one of my fave smoothie spots, Simply Sublime in East Hampton. We ordered smoothies for the road, and I was craving something savory so I got a bowl of nourishing kitchari, which is made with rice, mung beans and topped with ghee. It totally hit the spot.
The ride home is usually a little dreadful – there’s typically so much traffic, but the Audi includes a ton of driver assistance features that made the driving experience so much more enjoyable. We had to switch up our destination a few times, and we actually loved entering in the addresses to the GPS system! Instead of choosing letters and numbers and spelling out the address, there’s a keypad where you can draw out the letters making it so much faster to enter an address. So cool!
Thanks again to Audi for getting us around town safely, AND in style this weekend! Can’t wait to take it for another spin!
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Now, off to Fire Island for another healthy girls weekend getaway!
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