The Pompadour Fade

One of the hardest parts about moving to a new city, which I did in January of 2018, is finding the right stylist. It’s one of the most dreaded things for me, ranking worse than moving boxes or furnishing a place.

For me, it took until last Wednesday to finally find the right salon and the right hair stylist at Atma Beauty. This place has such an awesome vibe right as you walk in. I’ve been shopping at the Publix next door for a year and a half and didn’t even know it was there (it’s almost too obvious that you miss it — if that makes sense).

My stylist, Ivonne, finally gave me the cut I’ve always wanted - the pompadour fade. When I worked in broadcast news, this would have been a bit too intense, at least for the conservative market I was a morning anchor in (‘ehem, Southwest Florida).

Ivonne spent an hour and a half cutting and styling my hair in the right way to get everything to sit easily and as it should. I was seriously impressed with the scope of service from everyone there, given the stereotype around Miami service.

And the photoshoot area they have set up is pretty neat, too.

Check it out:

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Lucas Seiler

Lucas Seiler

Sunset Harbour

As a Chicago guy turned Miamian (and I really am a true Miamian now based on this list) I’m lucky enough to be able to spend every single weekend where I love the most — outside (minus the 2:30PM rainy season thunderstorms). If you live in Miami Beach, one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods in my opinion is Sunset Harbour. It’s packed with amazing vegan restaurants, like Soul Tavern with a great outdoor patio.

Whether you’re visiting or live here, you should rent a paddle board from South Beach Kayak. It’s super affordable, the people are great and you can spend a sunny afternoon exploring the intracoastal which many folks in South Beach forget is even a thing.

See incredible views of downtown, like this:

There are spots perfect for jumping out and swimming, not to mention the absolutely ridiculous architecture and views of J Lo’s mansion.

Lucas Seiler

Lucas Seiler

Phoenix, Arizona

For the first time in a few years, I was able to take a break from life as a publicist in Miami and escape to the desert of Arizona.

Visiting for the first time since I was a child was bittersweet. Memories of my grandfather, who owned a condo in Paradise Valley which has since been left to my mother, overwhelmed me during the trip. The region itself has transformed — nearly unrecognizable compared to when I was last there 20 years ago.

If you’re like me and love fitness, this city is perfect. It’s filled with incredible hiking spots with ridiculous views (and perfect for taking arm balance photos of course).

Lucas Seiler

Lucas Seiler

Every local I encountered in Phoenix — grocery store clerks, baristas or fellow yogis — were incredibly kind, which as a Midwesterner, made me feel right at home. Most people you meet immediately have suggestions on where to hike, like Camelback Mountain, an absolute must with breathtaking views. (Fun fact: If you’re wondering why it’s named Camelback, the name is derived from its shape, which resembles the hump and head of a kneeling camel).

Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain

Next up —Piestewa Peak, at 2,610 feet is the second highest point in the Phoenix Mountains, after Camelback Mountain, and the third highest in the city of Phoenix, Arizona. It is located in the Piestewa Peak Recreation Area within the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, near Piestewa Parkway. It’s nestled beyond a residential neighborhood. The trails or wrap around the mountain, and toward the top, you have to squeeze yourself two tight boulders.

Piestewa Peak

Piestewa Peak

… And it’s well worth the sunset.