The Brunch Review: The Smith (New York, New York)

If you follow me on any form of social media, you know that I was in NYC last weekend visiting friends (and I’m still recovering from it TBH). We didn’t have anything specifically planned for the weekend (making plans with my friends is like herding cats–very much pun intended since we all went to Villanovaexcept brunch plans for Saturday morning #priorities. For all the Ampersand fans in the Big Apple, The Smith is up for review.

For Review: The Smith

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Location: New York, New York (midtown location)

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How to Survive Work Travel

*Hi there! Super excited to have a guest post~ here on Ampersand. Just like how I love sharing cool new things with you, I love when people share awesome ideas/tips/events with me! Meet my friend Brianna–blog enthusiast & fan of Ampersand. Y’all can follow her her on Instagram.


Brianna is a PR professional in the city of brotherly love. When she’s not working, you can find her watching goat videos, taking trips to Target or finding the best happy hour in the city. 

Last month, I traveled to Chicago for work for five days. While many people think work travel is a luxury, planning and implementing a 100 person conference is a lot of hard work and doesn’t come with much down time or opportunities to explore. After traveling over a handful of times for work, I have mastered a system that allows me to keep as close to my normal schedule as possible. Below find some ways to stay sane and survive work travel!

Hold Yourself Accountable

I realized,  during the same trip last year, I barely left the hotel or saw the light of day, so I knew I needed to change that this year. A few of us started a group text and made prioritizing sanity and working out part of our days. Holding each other accountable with wake up texts and a guaranteed workout buddy is the best way to make sure you get in a good sweat. I also got an Apple Watch for my birthday and have become addicted to hitting my steps every day. Even though the conference was on one floor, I was constantly running back and forth and able to hit over 10,000 steps every day. I also chose to take the steps over the escalator or elevator whenever possible. My watch keeps me accountable and helps motivate me to make the decisions I would usually make if I were at home. 

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The Brunch Review: El Centro, D.F. (Washington, D.C.)

Heyyyy D.C. friends! Got a (bottomless) brunch review for you that you’re not going to want to miss. Big shout out to Willy, dedicated Ampersand fan, for hosting our huge group of friends for an adventurous D.C. weekend, which included 4 hours at El Centro, D.F. Let’s get to it.

For Review: El Centro, D.F.

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