NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH: MELROSE PLACE

If the name of this little pocket of West Hollywood, California doesn’t elicit immediate pangs of 90s nostalgia, then you either are super young—no sweat, Google it—or perhaps fortunate enough to live in LA and have dissociated the street with the pop culture reference.

Kimberly and Amanda feuds aside, the 2016 IRL version of Melrose Place is a haven for chic, healthy living. Sparkling clean, green, with lots of succulents, shiny cars and dog-walking Angelinos—it’s the dream. If I could perma perch myself outside Alfred coffee decked in Zimmerman or perhaps live in the Isabel Marant store, I would be pretty stoked.

CRASH: CHATEAU MARMONT

A stone’s throw away—okay, a 25-minute walk or 4-minute drive—is my guiltiest of all guilty pleasures: The Chateau Marmont. I freaking love this place and their old-school rooms, the canopied courtyard and lush pool area. It’s like a secret castle in the middle of Sunset. 

8221 Sunset Blvd I chateaumarmont.com

 

 

EAT: CROFT ALLEY

Not to sound totally cliché, but this 10-seater back alley cafe seriously has the best kale salad. Like ever. They also have this beyond tasty brown rice risotto made with coconut milk, homemade yogurt and so much more deliciousness.

8428 Melrose Pl I croftalley.com

SWEAT: Y7

Just down the road on Melrose Ave, is LA’s first outpost of NYC’s favorite Hip Hop yoga: Y7. As if it weren’t hot enough outside, this “sweat drippin’”, “beat pumpin’” candlelit yoga is sure to connect you with your inner fire.

8270 Melrose Ave I y7studio.com

 

 

 

 

SHOP: SUNDAY FARMER’S MARKET

From fresh local fruits, vegetables and flowers, to artisanal products like bone broth and coconut yogurt, this is THE place for a Sunday stroll. Grab a Matcha Pearl from the newly opened Moon Juice and get yourself some peaches and sweet corn before they are out of season.

Melrose Place I facebook.com/MelrosePlaceFM/

 

 

INDULGE: COMPARTES CHOCOLATE

I’ve always been taught that wines with fancy labels are no good, but apparently this rule doesn't apply to chocolate. Delicious flavors are matched by the most creative, vibrant and fun packaging I've seen. My fav: the California Love—dark chocolate with salted pretzels. It doesn’t get much better than that, my friends!

 8428 Melrose Pl I compartes.com

 

xx Mia

Neighborhood Digest: Fitzrovia, London

What to do in London's Fitzrovia

This bustling little neighborhood off Oxford Street in Central London is straight up cool. If I lived in London, I’d want to live here. It’s the British answer to New York’s NoLIta, and full of places to eat healthy, get your sweat on, max out your credit card and have a cocktail in your new outfit.   

CRASH: THE LONDON EDITION

Hands down the chicest place to stay in town, it’s hard to tell what is more glam at The Edition’s London outpost: the super luxe interiors or the crowd in the lobby.

10 Berners St, London WIT 3NP I editionhotels.com/london

EAT: THE DETOX KITCHEN

When you’re traveling for work or for fun, it’s great to find a healthy, delicious place you can frequent on your trip. I like to come here for breakfast – the egg wraps are a delicious, protein-packed way to start the day. The matcha lattes are not too shabby either….

10 Mortimer Street, London, W1T 3JJ I detoxkitchen.co.uk

 

SWEAT: PSYCLE

As the name suggests, this high energy spin studio is great way to break a sweat and have a little fun on the road. Slam your body down and wind it all around. Slam your body down and zigazig ah…

76 Motrimer Street, London W1W 7SA I psyclelondon.com

SHOP: MATCHES ON MARYLEBONE HIGH STREET

OK, so it’s not exactly Fitzrovia, but well worth the gorgeous 15-minute walk, Matches houses a well-curated selection of the best British and internationally-designed duds in a cute boutique setting. Cruise Marylebone High Street for the perfect Londy afternoon.

87 Marylebone High St, London W1U 4QU I matchesfashion.com

 

 


 

BREAK ALL THE RULES: THE PUNCH ROOM

After a healthy day or egg wraps, walking the High Streets and getting you’re a*% kicked at Psycle, treat yourself to a…you guessed it: Punch. Because what’s better than some killer music and a giant bowl of booze.  

10 Berners St, London WIT 3NP I editionhotels.com/london

xx Mia

Healthy Travel: How to Prepare for a Long Haul

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5 healthy packing tips for 10,000 ft

Travel can really mess up your routine, and if you travel frequently it can play a major factor in keeping you from achieving your health and fitness goals.  

I used to think of flying as an excuse to get junk food. I even had a rule that I could have anything I wanted at the airport, which normally meant popcorn, a glass (or two or three) of wine, Raisinets and an arsenal of gossip mags.

While I’ve kept the gossip mags (you can’t part with everything), my junk filled journeys have been replaced by a healthier routine that gets me to my destination feeling fresh and not completely jet lagged.

It’s important to be prepared for your flight so you’re not forced to eat airplane food, which is full of preservatives, salt and sugar. Here are 5 things you’ll find in my bag before I take flight:

1.     HARD BOILED EGGS

Three eggs will give you about 18G of protein and are easy to carry. You might even be able to find them at the airport if you can’t make them in advance.

2.     HEALTHY FATS

I normally bring an avocado or almond butter packets and a small jar of coconut oil to keep me from eating plane peanuts. Coconut oil is an excellent fat burner, so you could even be slimming down as you doze off to Zoolander 2. 

3.     PROTEIN AND GREENS PACKETS

If you’re on a long flight and need more than one meal, a protein packet is a great mid-flight snack. Just mix with water and, if you want a full meal replacement, add a tablespoon of coconut oil. Vega One and Sun Warrior are my favorite brands - with flavors like chocolate and vanilla chai, it can feel like a real treat!

In addition to protein packets, powdered greens are a great way to make sure you’re getting your in-flight veggie fix without having to eat airplane food. I’d recommend Amazing Meal in chocolate flavor.

4.     HOT WATER BOTTLE

It’s important to stay hydrated when you travel, but often times the water cups given to you in-flight are too small and not topped up enough. Some flights these days will even take the water bottle you bought after security before your board the plane. Luckily, I found a way around it: bring an empty bottle! Now a flight essential, I always bring a hot water bottle and just fill it up on the plane. 

5. VITAMIN D  

If you’re on a long flight (like 8+ hours), a vitamin D supplement will make up for the lack of sunlight. Vitamin D is a great mood booster, helps you absorb nutrients like calcium and keeps your immune system going. 

BONUS TIP: If you're going to have a drink - because who doesn't like to have a glass of wine at the airport - try to have it before you board. Drinking on the plane will dehydrate you and make it difficult for your body to bounce back after a long flight. 

xx Mia