california + Vegas

“Let your life be shaped by the decisions you made, not by the ones you didn’t”

I’ve spent so much time traveling the last couple of years and not locked into a 9-5 and I wouldn’t change a single part of it. Not the money spent, nor the money I didn’t make while being away.  Maybe the flight delays, breaking my laptop and that time I fully stacked it in a hurry to get through customs in front of atleast 100 people, but other than that, nothing.
I think traveling is such an important part of life. Exploring new places and cultures and seeing parts of the world so far from our own that we simply get lost in excitement and the thought of making memories you can cherish forever.

California is one of my favourite places. Everywhere from the little sports bar we frequent, to the stretch of beaches in Malibu, Santa Monica Pier,  the giant shrimp in San Fran, Rodeo Drive. The list goes on.

For this trip I hadn’t pre-booked a hire car and a couple hotels here and there because I didn’t want an exact plan. Sometimes you wake up keen for something different or you find out about something new  you’d prefer to do.
I realise this option is generally only ok if you have the time, but even if you don’t, sometimes things work out best when you wing it.
Uber’s great, but if you’re keen on having you’re own wheels, check out SKURT to get from A to B.
I decided on a convertible mustang – top down scenario and all.
With the quickest application via an app on my phone, the car was delivered straight to my hotel room I didn’t even have to speak to anyone.
We stayed at the W hotel in West Beverly Hills/Westwood.
The hotel is in walking distance to so many cool little shops, cafes and bars. As a buffer from the jetlag to Vegas, I fell asleep around the pool after a tasty lunch and cocktail.

If you’re interested in doing things like seeing a baseball game or theme park, Staples Centre and Universal Studios are within half hour drive or so from the hotel and Santa Monica Pier is around 15 minutes . If you’re keen on the Hollywood sign thing, something I’v been wanting to do for years and still haven’t, Griffith Park is  about 45 mins away.

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Exploring with SKURT:  From LA we hit the road for Vegas.
I love the Vegas. Every time I leave, I feel so weathered and unhealthy. Worth it though.
This time we were lucky enough to have about 30 of us for a friends wedding later to be in Mexico.

VEGAS:  We did dinner at Firefly on the Friday night and had an upper bungalow at Drais Beach club the Saturday. Insane spot to spend a day! The rest of my time was spent hungover, so I basically have nothing else to report.

With a plan to head up to Laguna, Newport etc from Vegas, we ended up at Manhattan Beach.
Such a beautiful place I’m definitely staying there next time.

VENICE: Getting back from Vegas we weren’t sure where we wanted to stay. I just knew I wanted to be close to Abbott Kinney but also Santa Monica. We found this cool little apartment block last minute called Venice Breeze Suites. An old building right on the boardwalk. If you don’t mind the bongo playing, street artists/bums, which you shouldn’t, they’re totally harmless and too busy being high all the time, it’s a great spot to stay.  With Santa Monica Pier at one end and Marina Del Ray at the other. Theres a beach and bike path running parallel that spans about 25 miles. Famous Muscle Beach and the skate park are basically just out the front and there’s always filming of TV shows and commercials happening. We had an ocean front suite on level 2. I wouldn’t go any lower and I’d only stay here if you had an ocean view room. Great for people watching and a view of the beach. There’s a fire escape/balcony right at our door and a rooftop area with a grill that has panoramic views.

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Hypoxi –

Hypoxi:  The modern, low-impact exercise technology for quick, targeted results.
The machines combines advanced technology with a low impact exercise you take part in for just 30 mins each session. This supercharges your body’s natural fat burning system.
Hypoxi believe individuals can target stubborn fat stored around the stomach, hips, bottom and thighs that you just can’t seem to shake with your exercise routine. With low impact exercise, healthy eating and frequent gym use you could start to see results after 2-4 weeks.
For me and my body, seeing results took a little longer but I could certainly feel them after I’d say only 4-5 sessions.
Hypoxi will work different for different body types. It is not just a system designed for weight loss. For some people it’s about toning and shaping your body and losing those last few centimetres you’e struggling to loose. The technology is suitable for women and men wanting to reclaim their shape.

After all the hype I needed to give it a go and so I teamed up with Hypoxi Australia @ their Bella Vista studio to try and be proven wrong that there’s nothing that can fix my most hated area of my body..My legs. After a series of just 9 treatments in the lead up to a holiday, although my weight remained the same, I had a total loss of 4.5cm; 3cm from my stomach and 1.5cm from my thighs.
I noticed a change in the the smoothness of my skin and a reduction in the appearance of cellulite.

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How it works:

HYPOXI is a low-impact exercise method that is up to 3 x more effective at burning stubborn fat than traditional exercise and it significantly reduces cellulite.

Through advanced vacuum and compression technology and healthy nutrition, HYPOXI activates your body’s natural system to burn specific areas of fat and cellulite.

HYPOXI is simply the smarter way to get the body shape you’re after.

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The machines I used:

You can alternate between the lay down upright bike style machines.
For an additional fee, you have an option of combining the HYPOXIDERMOLOGY treatment to each session.  This treatment is designed specifically to assist in rejuvenating the skin and improving tone and texture by activating circulation and encouraging lymphatic drainage of fluids and toxins.
With a similar method to that of chinese cupping, the one-size-fits-all scuba like suit you wear for approx 20 minutes consists of 400 integrated pressure chambers positioned throughout the stomach, legs, back and bum regions that intermittently apply a gentle suction and compression to the skin.
I did this for each of my 9 sessions.

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Get your free trial here

For better results – Hypoxi nutrition guide found here 

Find a studio near you here

Dr Spiller

It’s been about 3 years since I started using these amazing products by Dr Spiller and It’s safe to say things are getting pretty serious!
I’ve been told it’s great to have a change in your products but I simply don’t want to.
I’ve struggled with sun damage/pigmentation over the years and it’s not since I started using these products that I began to notice a difference in my skin.
Sure face masks and laser treatments have helped assist BUT it’s been the everyday care at home with these products that has really improved my skin.
dr spiller skincare kateboissettThe products:
To cleanse – Cleansing Milk with Cucumber extract
To tone  – Cucumber Toner
Serum – Whitening Pigmentation Serum
Moisturiser – Thymotive E Cream
Twice a week I exfoliate – Jojoba Peeling cream
Find Dr Spiller Product info here
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Any further questions you can email me- info@kateboissett.com

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