visions of dubai: part I

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VISIONS OF DUBAI

spices, crystals & a luxe sweat session

 
 

CLEAN PREPPING 
On the day of departure I started my morning with a Rumble boxing class, to get in a good cardio/HIIT session. Followed by a cryotherapy session at Cryovigor, to fight inflammation and help me sleep on the overnight 14 hour flight. read more ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ

CLEAN PACKING
As most people take the time to diligently plan out their outfits while packing, I was more concerned with packing supplements, vitamins, clean beauty products and healthy snacks. read more ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ

AIRPORT EATS: I try to avoid airport food as much as possible, so I arrived at the airport prepared with healthy alternatives. While waiting for my flight, I caught up on some emails over a glass of red wine + Go Raw flax snax with Justin's almond butter.

ON-FLIGHT EATS: My 14-hr snack situation included Blue Diamond almonds, Health Warrior chia seed bar, GG crackers, Justin's peanut butter, Smart sparkling water, Traditional Medicinals ginger tea, Ultima electrolyte powder.

ON-FLIGHT SUPPLEMENTS: I used Health Shield oil + olive leaf extract supplements to boost my immune system; lavender essential oil, melatonin + kava tincture to help with sleep.

 
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EMIRATES

EXPERIENCE

My Emirates experience lived up to the hype. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ
The service was exceptional and I was obsessed with this adorable flight attendant, who was so helpful & friendly throughout the flight.
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(โœˆ๏ธI booked my flights through Skyscanner, which is a great site for cheap-ish airfare)

 
 
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FIRST NIGHT IN DUBAI

above [sofitel downtown dubai]

 
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mezzE platter life

I arrived at the beautiful Sofitel Downtown Dubai around 8pm. We booked the hotel last minute on Expedia and got a great rate for such a modern luxury hotel โ€” with THE most incredible pool terrace. (I used Expedia throughout my trip and was super impressed with their deals.) Upon arrival, we needed food/drinks asap, so we went directly to the Sofitel outdoor lounge, ABOVE, located on the pool terrace. Such a cool & stylish, somewhat club-y, Arabian ambiance w/ views of the lit Burj Khalifa. Our evening included:
jalepeรฑo tequila cocktails โœ”๏ธŽ
mezze platter โœ”๏ธŽ
rose hookah โœ”๏ธŽ
= the most perfect welcome combo ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

 
 
 
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NEXT MORNING: SWEATING

AT SOFIT

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SUNNY POOLSIDE LUNGES

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45 MINS CARDIO

30 MINS WEIGHTS

Sofitel gets wellness ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
It's no surprise that the gym inside Sofitel, named SoFit, is as minimally-chic as the rest of the hotel. I began my first morning in Dubai with a luxe sweat session - complete with chilled towels & spa water -  followed by lunges + squats alongside the insanely beautiful pool terrace. (I took a Zhou Nutrition Energy + Focus supplement and mixed Keto Drive powder with the spa water)

 
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the souks

in old dubai

 
 

EXPERIENCING TRADITIONAL DUBAI CULTURE.

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After falling in love with souk life in Morocco, I couldn't wait to check out what Dubai had to offer. Our souk excursion began with a pretty, peaceful (& selfie filled) boat ride across Dubai Creek. We spent the afternoon wandering around the labyrinth of souk shops, trying on embellished slippers,  sampling fresh dates & making some key UAE purchases -- like turmeric soap & aphrodisiac tea.  We spent a lot of time chatting with the various shop workers to expand our knowledge about the herbs, spices & teas that are staples in their culture. We also really worked our bartering skills. 

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DID YOU KNOW THAT coconut meat HELPS BUILD LEAN MUSCLES + REUCES BELLY FAT

 

In our attempt to find our way out, we stumbled upon the most enchanting little crystal shop, hidden in the back alleys of the souk. This was by far my highlight!! We discussed all the powerful benefits of the crystals and gemstones with the shop owner and he demonstrated the magic of the Tiger Eye. I expanded my crystal collection with purchases of clear quartz, rose quartz, jade, amethyst, citrine & the magical tiger eye. I give partial credit for the amazing adventures that followed to these powerful little babies. โœจ๐Ÿ”ฎโœจ

I ended my souk adventure with a fresh coconut & a photo shoot with one of the shop owners/new friend, complete with multiple props & poses. (The first of many photoshoots taken by a random person I met along the way. )

 
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ARABIAN TEA HOUSE

best hummus ever.

 
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We ended our day in Old Dubai at this secret garden tea house that served traditional Arab fare in the most charming setting. It was the perfect post-souk destination to refresh & refuel & experience
authentic Dubai dining, before heading back to the contemporary, lavish downtown scene for a night out.

 

omg, THE FOOD WAS UNREAL.This meal included:

  1. the BEST hummus i have ever had -- so fluffy & flavorful

  2. fresh, warm pita made in the wood burning stove

  3. arabian nights tea to renergize

  4. pickled veggies -- obviously we indulged in the pita, but balanced it out by requesting veggies to dip in the hummus as well

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also, THESE DECOR VIBES ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

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It was such an incredible first 24 hours -- and only got better! Stay tuned for PART II.   xoxo lindsay