Living in a rose state of mind means not only seeing your glass as half-empty or full, but filling it with sparkling rosé. Take business travel, for example. I turn business trips to New York into mini vacations. It is on these trips that I find the time to indulge in the greatest luxury of all (next to comfort, of course) — time for myself.
I love staying in a hotel by myself, because the room stays nice and neat. There’s nothing better than a closet with just a few outfits and my Taryn Rose shoes perfectly lined up. When you live with two young boys, that’s a rare occurrence. I can also set the room temperature to my liking, so I can get a good night's sleep and don’t have to hear my fiancé moan about how cold he is. Beyond that, it’s great to get a break from "Mom, Momma, Mooomm," which instantly interrupts whatever I am doing (like writing this blog). Business trips allow for some free time from being a mom, and don’t tell anyone, but I don’t really miss them until the fourth day in.
I try to squeeze little pleasures into my business trips, which is really easy to do in a city like New York. I stay at the INNside NY by Melia because they focus on business travel with a Euro boutique hotel vibe. From their location on 27th and 6th, it’s only a six-block walk to our showroom in the Empire State Building.
As I leisurely walk through the flower district sipping on a cappuccino from Maison Kayser, I am always inspired by the beautiful colors and textures. The hotel is close to Herald Square, and I find myself stopping by Sephora experimenting with new makeup after dinner. I get to see fabulous shows like Summer: The Donna Summer Musical – something I could never do at home.
One of my favorite things to do is explore exotic foods while traveling. On my last trip, I walked down one night to Chelsea Market for kimchi ramen at Mōkbar, followed by chocolate gelato with pepperoncini from L’Arte del Gelato. The next day, I strolled over to Eataly in the Flatiron District for more gelato, but the line was too long so I got a prime rib sandwich instead and spent time at the RH Modern, thinking about new decor and how gold accents are coming back.
With chic, comfortable shoes, I can walk everywhere in New York City. I don’t get to do this at home in LA. I figure the walking balances out all my culinary adventures.
My mini vacation is about taking care of myself physically and spiritually, so that I can return home on day five ready to hug my boys. (They seem to miss me too.)