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COQUETTE CONFIDENTIAL

COQUETTE TRAVEL DIARY // MIAMI

kim bortke

MIAMI IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA 

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Sun, sand and seashells, Miami is SUCH a COQUETTE destination! Whether your in town for work or play it does not disappoint! The vibe and energy are infectious and the people are beautiful! I traveled there in early December and the weather was perfect. Mid 70s to low 80s, the sun obviously felt amazing from being trapped in the cold. 

 We stayed at the Fountainbleu and the resort is immaculate, not to mention The Bodyguard and many other legendary Hollywood movies were filmed on the property. Que Whitney! 

Im sorry, I can't resist a Whitney power ballad. The room was a double queen, the mini bar was great and so were the sleeping amenities. Always need quality beauty rest ladies. They put us in a tower that was farther away from the main lobby than others so definitely request you are near the main entrance if you don't want to walk. We used Uber to get around and it was easy and quick! I also used Uber Eats and became obsessed. Everyone please open your Uber Eats app daily and request they come to our zip code! We need to LIVE! Here's the spots we hit! 

SWEAT

BARRYS MIAMI BEACH

BARRY'S BOOTCAMP is quite the religious experience. I have to be honest, I didn't really know what we signed up for except that it would be hard. I knew it was a supermodel South Beach favorite and was hoping to see Kate Upton on the treadmill next to me but had to settle for Coach Wendy. XO, WINDEY! We took class back to back days and had Derek and Patrick as our instructors. Both were good and I creeped them online for more than I would like to admit after. Derek was evidently on tour with Britney Spears at one point and I would have tried a bit harder in his class if I would have known the facts. Basically they set the bar SUPER F*CKING high for boutique fitness. Smoothie bar (nut milks, vegan protein powder), luxury apparel, friendly faces, Oribè amenities in the locker rooms, lockers that actually lock, etc. I felt like we were at Disney World. If you get the opportunity, GO! The class is said to burn 1,000 calories at a time and will maximize strength training and fat loss with interval tread running and floor work. They also refer to their studio as the RED ROOM, oh behave. This place is a must if your looking to earn some bad decisions. 

SOUL CYCLE SOUTH BEACH

This place is also a little slice of heaven. If I could have taken class every day I would have. You just can't beat it. I cried roughly 3 times during the workout and Raul our instructor was giving me all the feels. We literally went to SOUL immediately after our Barry's class was over so I was whipping around my sweat soaked pony like it was my job. I can't explain it, I just felt I was with "my people". They were going WILD! Singing, bike dancing, whipping towels above their heads, no one gave a shit what anyone else thought/said. The room is an entire experience for the senses with dimmable colored lights, scented candles, fans, I don't even know what else. It was all perfectly timed with the intense parts of the ride and the song selections. I loved it here and can't wait to go back. 

SWIM

My personal preference is ALWAYS beachfront over poolside views. You just can't beat the white sandy beach and turquoise blue water. Make sure to take the essentials to the beach or pool with you including your ID, room key, sunglasses, a comfortable cover up, sweater if during winter months and later in the day, sunnies and sunscreen. A gigantic hat would also take your sun preparedness to another level. My favorite beach cocktail is a skinny marg but if thats not available clear tequila, lime juice and club soda and keep em' coming. I was on the beach every chance I got trying to soak it all in. In the morning I grabbed an almond milk latté and sat watching the sunrise with my morning meditation app. Get Insight on the app store! At sunset I looked for seashells to add to my collection and since I was by myself took pictures of couples romancing on the beach.... Cabana for one?! Ill make Alex go back with me soon. 

SHOP

LINCOLN ROAD MALL

We stopped at Lincoln Road Mall for a bit to explore the shopping scene and a little retail therapy. There were lots of cute stops to eat and drink and also a wide range of stores from moderate to high end with some speciality shops mixed in. I have to admit, I don't get as much of a thrill out of shopping while on vacation now that I have the COQUETTE COLLECTION but we hit up the Nike Store, Intermix and Lululemon. I shop for more necessity and see it as more of a waste of time. Give me an hour and I am good! The people watching here was also pretty legit. If your into it I would definitely recommend checking this place out. 

BAL HARBOUR SHOPS

We didn't hit up Bal Harbour on our trip but I have been there before and it is a great place for potential celebrity sightings, pure LUXURY and indulgence. Bal Harbour should not be considered a mall, there should me some sort of special more than a mall name for it. It is basically a beautiful open air international shopping destination with stores like Valentino, Balenciaga, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, etc. etc. If that sort of thing makes you uncomfortable, skip it! 

SEE & DO

MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM

If you can get tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream, JUST GO! They are notoriously sold out. I am not even sure how to describe it accurately except it is a childhood ice cream, candy sprinkle, color explosion, fantasy come to life. The building is historic and has been turned into a gigantic, art installation all in the name of ice cream. Each room has a different theme and flavor and you get to sample ice cream that is matched to the theme. Highlights for me were the sprinkle pool, key lime ice cream and rooftop ocean views. This place is SUPER instagram worthy. I loved it! 

ICEBOX CAFE

We stumbled upon this place after our Barry's workout DAY ONE. They have all kinds of fresh cold pressed juice on the menu and the green juice was much appreciated! The serving sizes were huge and the food is fresh and seasonal. They also have a cake shop.... just saying. 

DIRT

DIRT was provided courtesy of UBER Eats and it was super convenient. If your looking for some major food inspo check out their menu online. I could eat at this place 365 days a year! There was so much I wanted to get but not enough time! I will definitely hit this place up if I am ever back! I ordered the Spaghetti Squash Alfredo that was vegan and GF and tried to order the house made Komboucha but it was out. Such a tragedy. 

SEND ME YOUR TOP SPOTS SO I CAN CHECK THEM OUT NEXT TIME! XO 

COQUETTE TRAVEL DIARY // LAS VEGAS

kim bortke

COQUETTE DOES VEGAS

I headed to the desert to check out the latest fall lines from our FAVs at the MAGIC Tradeshow at the Mandalay Bay but the company and the adventures made it one I will never forget! Interested in where we went?! You know I am going to share! We stayed at The Aria and it was beautiful, had everything my high maintenance self needed and MORE! The beds were SUPER comfortable AND the pillows which can be a huge deal breaker for me because sleep is so important! They had fantastic rooms, comfy robes, a Pressed Juicery (one of my true loves), Starbucks and an amazing day spa. STAY THERE! You will not regret it! Check out the gallery and itinerary below! Happy travels, take me with when you go! XO 

DAY 1

Las Vegas Razor Adventures

We were picked up by a shuttle service at 10:30 AM for our ATV adventure in the desert. I was a bit nervous but Alex was so excited and so were our friends. I recommend eating a light breakfast before heading out or taking it with you for the ride. It is roughly a 15 minute drive from the strip but we had to stop at another pick up point for other guests. Roundtrip it took us roughly 30 minutes. I would absolutely do the Razor Adventure again and I KNOW it is an experience that Alex and I will never forget! Check out the videos and pics below! You NEED to check it out next time you are there! 

Dinner at The Wynn at SW Steakhouse

I was amazed by the menu options for vegan/vegetarian babes at this place! You can not beat the ambience as it overlooks the beautiful waterfall The Wynn is famous for. This is a perfect spot of a photo op or an after dinner cocktail! I had the mushroom ravioli which was made with... Kite Hill Almond Milk Cream Cheese. BOOM! I know, right?! You ladies know how much I love this stuff. I had to order it and it was delicious! Their menu and portion sizes are huge! I would absolutely recommend, this is a great place to maybe spot some celebs too! 

XS at the Wynn

The vibe here was super cool and it was easy to get drinks. There is nothing worse than waiting for a cocktail, am I right ladies? Tick, tock. We had so much fun at the XS and were thankful and grateful for the experience. It will definitely be one that is hard to top and I recommend the XS if your looking for amazing music to add to your playlist. The DJs were fantastic and I was shazamming a majority of the time. I know I am a nerd, don't tell anyone! 

DAY 2

MAGIC

I was extremely impressed by the trade show and had so much fun picking out new items for the COQUETTE COLLECTION! I am making some major changes to the store and which brands we will and will not be carrying! I was able to make decisions quickly and my brand reps were super helpful in making sure my orders were made quickly so I could get on with my day! I was nursing a major hangover so I thankfully medicated with a green juice before BUT I had to dig deep. The struggle is sometimes real. We stayed for a few hours. We came, we saw and we conquered! So FUN! 

Fashion Show Mall

The Fashion Show should be on every Coquette Babes to do list while in Vegas. I picked up some necessities for Alex at Express and then also went to Zara and Topshop. I would have liked to have stopped at Nordstrom but ran out of time. We stopped for some guac and margs on the patio at El Segundo Sol (tacos and tequila, you can not go wrong even when your paying for bad decisions from the night before). 

Zumanity at New York New York

Everyone I was with said this was the best show they have EVER seen in Vegas BUT you know me. Always an opinion. I work in marketing, branding and have a performing arts background. The acts were amazingly talented and beautiful but I feel this show needs to go through a rebranding overhaul and they should hire me to do it! I wanted to see the girls in nude bras and bodysuits with sequins and rhinestones everywhere (imagine Britney in the toxic video, JLO, etc. etc.). It was good but the outfits, hair and make up seem dated. We ended up with seats in the front row which added to the experience and enjoyment, you never knew when you might get a boobie or some guys package in your face so that was NICE! I have been to many shows in Vegas and my favorite is BY FAR is The Beatles LOVE at the Mirage (I cried, many, many times). Jersey Boys is also good, Absinthe I love and so is the one and only Celine! 

Dinner at TAO

You honestly can't make a wrong decision here. The first words you see on their website are SPIRITUAL DINING.... yes, that is the type of dining I NEED! Top picks were the vegetable dumplings which were of course hand rolled, the veggie lo mein and also the broccoli with black bean sauce. I wanted to kiss the waiter when he politely asked, "if there were any vegetarian needs he needed to take care of". Why yes, sir. Go. Here. Please. 

DAY 3

SPA 

My girlfriend really hooked a girl up when she planned this fun little morning and I hope to spend Valentine's Day with her at the Aria Spa every year from now on! I double up on Pressed Juicery and met her (in my robe, didn't want to take it off) in the morning for some girl time. We hit up the 100 Degree Lava Rock, Salt Room, Eucalyptus Steam Room, Cedar Sauna, Hot Tubs and The Rejuvenation Pool. This Place is beautiful, relaxing and a great spot for instagrammy photos. You also NEED to go! I could live in the steam room. Give me all the HEAT! 

TOP GOLF

This was my first TOP GOLF experience and I really loved it. I am not good. At all. Sometimes it takes me three tries to actually hit the ball off the tee BUT my group was easy breezy so that helped. I planned on wearing cute boots with a heel but ended up taking them off. Next time I will wear flats.. I guess. Food was good and so were the drinks! If your hubby or boyfriend loves golf you must also do this! It is right off the strip! Try and get on the upper deck if you go! XO 

HIGH ROLLER

The HIGH ROLLER was cute and you must make sure you get in a bubble with a bar. They serve drinks all the way through and also provide a shot at the top. This is a great spot for pictures. I would like to go once more at night to see all the pretty lights! They made it extra cute by giving the ladies Valentine flowers. 

Dinner at STK at the Cosmo

Basically a club atmosphere while you eat. In my world, heaven. This place was also freakishly awesome and I will be going back. It was fun to be there on Valentine's Day and see all the beauties dressed up on their dates. Vegas is on another level. If you go to any of these restaurants pack PRETTY dresses, shoes and jackets so you don't feel out of place! I recommend the mushroom risotto, crab ravioli and the cloud for dessert. 

Message me your VEGAS questions! I will send you the links and info! 

ENCORE COQUETTE LIVE // INJECTABLES!

kim bortke

Check out this ENCORE playback of our SUPER popular video with Nurse Injector, Brianne from The Rejuvenation Place! You will love how through she is with her explanations of the product, injection site and what to expect before, during and after the treatment! XO  

SKIN TALK // GET THE GLOW WITH THE REJUVENATION PLACE

kim bortke

So thrilled to finally share a few secrets from Gina and Brianne with you! These ladies are chasing the latest and greatest tools, techniques and tips the industry has to offer and bringing them straight to their MedSpa, The Rejuvenation Place. Watch and learn!  

COQUETTE COOKS // VEGAN QUESO DIP!

kim bortke

Resist the urge to lick the bowl clean! You have been warned. SO. GOOD. I prefer the butter (kerrygold) but you can make it completely vegan by using earth balance. Enjoy! 

INSPIRED WOMAN

kim bortke

I am so honored to have been interviewed by Michelle for the November Issue of Inspired Woman Magazine! Thank you so much for featuring COQUETTE! 

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ENCORE // LIVE WITH ALI

kim bortke

Join me for a super informative chat with Ali in honor of breast cancer awareness month! Get a pen or notepad, your going to need it!