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  • Brooke Lacey

I was born & raised in Houston, so getting to come back and check out the latest and greatest always excites me! My 'Be DifHERent' Lifestyle Blog was born on the ideal that "In Order To Be Irreplaceable, One Must Always Be Different." I love showcasing one-of-a-kind experiences and my latest discovery definitely encompasses just that. Feast your eyes on...Drum Roll Please...


HOTEL SORELLA

From a grand staircase entrance to a swanky lobby with chic chandeliers, I was sold before I even got to my hotel room.

The fabulous Hotel Sorella is located in the booming CITYCENTRE district just miles away from the Energy Corridor, making it's location prime for both business and leisure. Sorella is steps away from sophisticated retailers & posh dining. HOWEVER, you don't have to leave the building to dine on some of Houston's most delectable delights.

If the elaborate wine wall doesn't lure you in at Radio Milano and Milano Bar perhaps the live music from The Monnalisa Restaurant & Bar is more your flavor.

With a dreamy twinkle-light embroidered ceiling, lush chez lounges, and grand wrought iron doors that offer a view of the infinity pool, The Monnalisa Bar is sure to offer an unparalleled nightlife experience.

Hotel Sorella's attention to detail truly sets them apart. While they are located in Houston, I felt like I was back home at a 5-Star Hotel in LA. They are the perfect combination of Old Hollywood Glam meets Modern Elegance. I mean, look at my Junior Suite... I didn't want to leave

Not Pictured: Me stuffing my face at Breakfast in The Lobby Lounge and then trying to work it off at Life Time Athletic later that day. As if Hotel Sorella didn't already spoil me enough, they offer a complimentary pass to their neighboring state- of- the- art 24 hour fitness center!

Hotel Sorella is just one of 6 exceptional properties managed by The Valencia Group. As a fellow Texan, I cannot wait to explore the rest of their resorts strategically placed in The Lone Star's most prestigious. They made one of my many trips to Houston unforgettable.

Hotel Sorella is the utmost definition of Southern Comfort!

Thanks for traveling with me!

XOXO,

Brooke Lacey


HOTEL SORELLA:

https://www.hotelsorella-citycentre.com/

https://www.valenciagroup.com/


  • Brooke Lacey

Updated: Mar 28, 2018

The best medicine is always a hearty dose of Vitamin Sea! What was meant to be a business trip for the fitness expo 'IHRSA' turned into an excuse for a much needed #GalsGetaway , and I'm not mad about it...


Thanks to 'Inn By The Sea at La Jolla' we basked in the sunshine poolside, had a fabulous Girls Night Inn with popcorn and movies, and woke up to views of The Pacific Ocean. Oh and did I mention they house an amazing all-you-can-drink Iced Coffee bar? I definitely took advantage of that. #CaffeineQueen





Inn By The Sea is located in the heart of San Diego's affluent sea side village, La Jolla. The streets are lined with posh boutiques and water front cafes. One of the hotel's many amenities include beach-cruiser bike rentals. We took em' for a spin to visit some very cute neighbors hangin out in The Cove.

March is Pupping Season, so I got to get up close and personal with one of my favorite animals.

You guessed it...The Sea Lions! Momma Sea Lions cuddle up on the shore with their pups and, it is quite possibly the cutest thing I have ever experienced. I mean, that face says it all ^^^

A morning of 'oohing' & 'awing' over mother nature will really work up an appetite so, we headed to 'Duke's' on The Cove. While it is known for it's Hawaiian inspired fare, I indulged in an All-American breakfast combo... Feast your eyes on this:


Sticking to the Hawaiian vibes , that evening we headed Downtown to Little Italy to check out the #3 Best Tiki Bar in The World, 'False Idol'. Ya...I read that fact on the internet, so it must be true.

This Tiki Speak-easy lived up to all the hype, in my humble opinion. It is located close to the famous Gaslamp District, so it made for a perfect pit-stop along the way to our Salsa Dancing night out on the town.


To round out our short & sweet 48 hour trip, we stopped at the ever so instagram worthy

"Communal Coffee"

Sure, you pay a pretty penny for the latte, but when you're surrounded by the fragrant smell of flower bouquets and a gift shop full of trinkets...it's so worth it.



Shout out to my best friend and fellow blogger Chanel Hurlin for taking some of these beautiful shots! Head over to hellochanello.com for more. That's all for now, folks!

Thanks for road trippin' with me, Paige & Chanel.

Stay tuned for our next adventure!


SPECIAL THANKS TO:

https://www.innbytheseaatlajolla.com/

http://www.dukeslajolla.com/

http://falseidoltiki.com/

http://www.communalcoffee.com/

https://www.nativepoppy.com/

  • Brooke Lacey

It's easy to feel like you're flying by the seat of your pants in a busy city like Los Angeles, but Urban Exhale Yoga offers a calm away from the storm. This quaint hot yoga studio is nestled off La Brea Avenue & dons a cozy environment from the minute you walk in the door. Yes, yoga is all the rage in LA these days, but it's so refreshing to find a studio that feels like a community and not a "See & Be Seen" atmosphere.

Urban Exhale opened a year ago and I had the pleasure of taking my first few classes with the creator/owner himself, Joe K. They offer a wide variety of classes for all levels of yogis: from the rigorous FLOW- A heated vinyasa experience that blends dynamic movements & breath to FIT- focusing on core, challenging familiar poses with a tenacious spin. Other favorites include POWER & DETOX. Check out their website: urbanexhale.com/#classes for full descriptions.

In addition to their weekly schedule, they also offer fun community classes like 'Detox Yoga & Reiki Healing + New Moon Ceremony' & Sound Baths.


Urban Exhale is environmentally aware & offers incentives for those who walk or ride their bike to the studio. They sell mindful products ranging from vegan jewelry, clean burning candles, to GT's Komboucha on tap! So take a class & TREAT YO' SELF after.

Currently, students are participating in 'The Urban Challenge' a 30 day practice challenge that encourages commitment, consistency, & accountability.

Moment of Truth: I have been traveling for work the past two and a half weeks and have not lived-up to my own intention. HOWEVER, I just got back from San Diego and will be immersing myself back in the grind. That's what I want for the "Be difHERent" community... to know that life happens and when we fall off our resolutions, we get right back up and (in the words of Urban Exhale,) #RideTheWave .

I love nurturing my body inside & out, so when I find a beauty product I can add into my routine, I gotta share it with ya! Thanks to Miranda Kerr's new NONI GLOW Radiant Eye Oil infused with Rose Quartz, I can begin and end my day with positive vibrations of love and restoration. Pair that with her book of power thoughts & affirmations "Treasure Yourself" to find a quiet moment in your day and REPLENISH.

KORA Organics offers a range of holistic skincare products that are certified natural & organic and the best part ... CREUELTY FREE! They are never tested on animals and with the exception of 3 products containing beeswax, are VEGAN. As if Miranda couldn't be any more perfect, she goes and drops this line that supports everything I stand for. THANK. YOU. MIRANDA.

I'm obsessed with The Noni Glow Face Oil & Eye Oil & eager to try the rest!

I hope this post challenges you to do something for yourself today (even if you don't have access to a hot yoga studio or luxurious skincare). That's not what it's about.

Take time to pause & recharge. No, you may not be where you want to be, but I am a firm believer that we are always exactly where we NEED to be. Bloom where you are planted & grow through what you go through.

Spring has sprung. Let's celebrate new growth and the beauty in being difHERent!