Yotel Hotel – My first NYC Stay!

Where do I even begin? I can’t even explain how I’m 31 and have never been to New York City! But, I had an amazing first time and I don’t think it could have gone any better. Not only did I get to meet my blogger bestie Adaleta (click HERE for her Instagram) for the first time in person, we also got to stay at Yotel Hotel! Yotel Hotel is thee cutest hotels I’ve ever stayed in. Below I will share with you why I truly LOVED my stay and was so blessed to have them host us!

The first thing you notice when you pull up is this YOTEL sign lit up in purple, at night you can see if from every corner of the block. (Thank goodness — I couldn’t get lost “follow the purple lights”) Soon as you walk in the hotel front lobby is gorgeous! It’s CLEAN ( Being in NY, I have no idea how they keep it so spotless) and there are computer to check into if you haven’t used their app already. (I plan ahead and used their app! It’s called Yotel in the app store.)

Customer Service is ON point!

There are friendly faces greeting you when you first walk in, asking if you need any assistance. Youssef was someone Adaleta and I had the pleasure to speak with a few times, he was amazing. Always had a smile on his face, helped us with our bags and kept them for us the day we checked out while we went and grabbed lunch.

I appreciate no matter how many questions I asked the staff, they were always willing to help and always had a smile on their face. They could of been slammed with people but they kept their cool, and to me, thats everything!

Every time I grabbed the elevator for level 4, which is their main lobby and when the doors opened, I was in love…with every piece of decor. (Please feel free to ship to my home!)  Just look at this!!! 

Everything had such flair, it’s own special place and they mixed and matched different styles. It was done beautifully. I still want this daisy stool for my office!!

Adaleta and myself had a few meals at the hotel when we needed something quick and didn’t feel like putting real clothes on. Below you’ll find their outdoor patio and how we got down and grubbed.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking — That IS a beer pong table! haha This outdoor space is a HIT. People who don’t even stay here come to hangout when the night life starts. They have a full bar outside as well as a food menu. I had tried their burger/fries and also their brunch — both were delicious! I’m such a foodie and was very pleased with everything. You’re welcome for adding a food photo & nowwww you’re hungry!

Our room/cabins were so cute and had the best view! I can’t complain waking up the hustle and bustle of NYC. Not only is it gorgeous, its so motivating. The floor to ceiling windows and the bed was motorized where you can lay flat or sit up straight. I also need one of those sent home too. haha!

I stayed on the 20th floor and Adaleta was above me on the 22nd. We both had gorgeous views!!! You can view mine below, and yes…Rocking my Steeler slippers like a champ.

I must admit, I kept my windows open every night so I could see the city lit up at night. I feel asleep to it and woke up to it. I fell so in love with NYC in the week I stayed and I’m counting down the days until I can go back to Yotel and visit where I’ve always belonged!

I adore how this is downtown Manhattan but NOT in the middle of Times Square. Every place that Adaleta and myself needed to be was 15-20 mins in one direction or another. It was easy for us to get around and theres a bunch of places within walking distance. Chase Bank, Dry Bar, Fed Ex, a lot of different restaurants and coffees shops. (There is a coffee shop inside the hotel on level 4. They have everything you’d want and small treats!) Location is key when choosing a hotel and we were both very pleased with their location.

Let’s get back to how much fun Adaleta and I had together here at Yotel. We had brunch Sunday morning together before our photoshoot! We even had a mimosa, well she did and mine…actually she knocked mine over. haha

Our brunch was delicious! She went for the burger after I told her how amazing mine was earlier in the week and I got the steak and eggs! I know just uploading this photo made my mouth water. Yotel, please send some to VA! K, thanks!

If you’re looking for a new place to stay for your next New York City trip, I highly recommend you check out Yotel Hotel and enjoy every aspect they have for you. It’s more than a hotel, it truly feels like a home away from home. Couldn’t be happier with my 6 days there. Yotel also has hotels all over the US and internationally as well. Where’s you next vacation? Take a look HERE and see if Yotel is there! I promise, you’ll have a blast and won’t be let down. Hotels need to feel more than just a room to stay in, Yotel created an atmosphere you’ll want to spend time in. This makes all the difference!

Thank you Yotel Hotel in NYC for letting Adaleta and I have the time of our lives here in New York for Fashion Week. It was a vacation we will never forget. 

 xx, Tonya Michelle

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My Week long test drive with the 2017 Impreza by Subaru.

This post was sponsored by Subaru, my urge to sell my current car and get a Subaru are truly my own feelings. 

Besides feeling like one of the “Price Is Right” woman here, this car should be your main focus. I was lucky enough to be able to test drive the 2017 Subaru Impreza for an entire week! How cool is that right? Below you will find some highlights, photos, my favorite features and even Carl jumps in on this post to give you his favorites as well!!

I honestly wish I could just drop this car off for you to drive, but since I can’t…I’m going to try my hardest to make you understand why I’m now a huge fan and it has me feeling “FOMO” since they came and took the car back.

Not only is the interior sleek and gorgeous, it’s truly incredible all the features you have inside. Let me touch on a few of my favorite:

Apple CarPlay – If you have an iPhone like I do, you’ll love the feature. It’s a multimedia touchscreen that mirrors your favorite apps. Obviously helping you navigate easier. Such as text messages where you can speak to text so you can keep those hands and eyes on the road!! If you don’t have an iPhone, no worries there is the Android Auto! You can link your phone easily and you don’t have to be tech savvy.

Keyless Access with Push-button Start – yasssssss. Not only is this function more convenient but it also helps you NOT lock your keys in the car. This is something I’ve done way too many times.

Adaptive cruise control lets you set your speed and maintain a constant safe distance with the car in front of you without having to jump on the gas or break constantly, very cool.

Carl’s favorite features:

AWD + 38 MPG – If you live in an area that experiences all 4 seasons like we do, AWD is a must. Knowing you have the ability to navigate the snow when it arrives is important for those of us not lucky enough to wear shorts year round. The MPG was another pleasant surprise, we averaged 31MPG while we drove it around town!
Automatic breaking is a great safety feature that gives you even more confidence while behind the wheel. Knowing that you have a backup set of eyes, in essence, is a great thing! It stepped in once while we were driving because a car in front of us suddenly stopped on a one lane road, its a feature that is honestly great for all drivers, especially if you have a newer driver in the family. Another example of the emphasis on safety that Subaru has brought to the new Impreza.
The touchscreen electronics display is extremely easy and intuitive. It also features one of the coolest XM features I have ever seen. If you change read stations it automatically starts the current song from the beginning!! Whaaaat, no more just missing your favorite songs. At first I thought I was just lucky that I happened to catch every song from its start but then I realized I’m not as skilled as I hoped and the Subaru Eyesight was doing the heavy lifting.
Multifunction Display – It’s good information to have handy; fuel economy, directions etc. It’s easier to see because it’s closer to the windshield so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road or get distracted.

I know when I’ve spoken to people on why they love Subaru they all said two things:

– Strong Frame / Safety Ratings.

– Affordability / Value 

We all want a car to keep us and our loved ones safe, as well as not breaking the bank without sacrificing all the features you want and need! Subaru does an amazing job at this.  We shouldn’t ever have to jeopardize either of those things because of price. Thank you Subaru for building a stronger frame and making it within our reach!

Let’s talk space!

Larger cargo area, wide rear opening and roof rails. Going shopping? Taking a road trip? No worries, theres room for that and more. The second row seating can fold down for more space as well.

One of my favorite features below is the cargo cover. I love being able to put things in the back and then pull this down so no one can view what is in the back! (Especially for those shopping trips, just think Christmas time!) You can view below!

I suggest you visit your local dealer, hop onto their website to build your own or even pick up your friend and go test drive a Subaru today. I promise you won’t regret it. 

Photos by Kyle Hanger @kylehanger !

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