Fight Hate with Love – Love Make the World Go Round

The recent tragedies in the world have broken my heart. I realize topics are sensitive & must allow for diverse opinions, but there should be no distinction on the value of #life.

So taking the quote of ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world, I am starting a #RevolutionOfLove. If we come together, and unite as one, we are truly #unstoppable.

As @Jlo & @Lin-Manuel express in their latest single, @LoveMaketheWorldGoRound, I created a video featuring the beautiful, diverse, brilliant people / canine friends in my life to show that #WeAreOne, #united, by #love.

 Answer hate with love! Please share this with the people you love!


BLC Revolution

Motivational Monday w/o July 18th

Many people talk a big game, but for me, it’s their actions that truly define them. Anyone can say anything, but to actually DO it takes guts and some gumption.

Cheers to this week. Inspire others by acting on what you say.

Abstract background of Blue christmas lights out of focus

Remedies For Those Pesky Bug Bites

Since I was a child, mosquitos have wreaked havoc on my life. It was a contest every summer – how many bug bites could I endure? The scars on my legs are literally the bug-bite story of my life. I’ve been told, “Bugs like you because you talk so much. They are attracted to carbon dioxide.” Whether this is true or not, I haven’t shut up.


Let’s be honest, insect bites really kill the mood. And now with Zika, everyone is extra fearful and cautious of these little monsters.

Sure, traditional repellants can help, but they don’t guarantee around-the-clock protection. So the next time you stumble upon a bug bite, don’t be so quick to make a beeline for the closest pharmacy. In general, I am trying to be more holistic in my approach to healing and medicine. I have discovered some amazing alternatives to soothe your pain first. Experts say they might be just as effective as any over-the-counter medicine. Can’t hurt to try.

Essential Oils

Tea tree, lavender, and coconut oils all have properties that can alleviate itching, pain, and swelling. Tea tree oil is also antibacterial, which can help prevent infection from incessant scratching.


Scents With the Power to Heal

Honey: If you don’t mind a bit of stickiness, honey is an anti-inflammatory and can alleviate itching.

Milk and Water: Mix equal parts skim milk and water, dip a thin cloth (like handkerchief or an old T-shirt) into the concoction, and dab your skin.

Lemon or Lime Juice: These fruit powerhouses provide itch relief and are antibacterial. DO NOT use if you have burns/sunburn. The acidity will hurt your skin.

Toothpaste: Because of the mint or peppermint flavor, and the menthol ingredient, it creates a cooling sensation on your skin. Your brain picks up on this feeling much quicker than the itching sensation. This is one of my favorites.

Basil: Basil leaves contain chemicals such as camphor, which creates a cool feeling, similar to menthol in toothpaste. Crush a few leaves and apply the bits directly to your bumps.

Ice: A single ice cube can constrict the blood vessels and decrease the body’s natural histamine release.

Tea Bags: Cool tea bags draw fluid out of a bite to reduce itching and swelling. Can I get an AMEN?

Apple Cider Vinegar: This is a great home remedy to block itching because of its small acidic levels. Dab it onto individual spots or, if your body’s been a buffet for bugs like me, you can add two to three cups to warm water and soak in a tub.

Happy Healing!

Motivational Monday w/o July 11th: Roles

I’m a fan of these roles! Stay Inspired!

MM July 11

Cannes, France

This 7.6 square mile beachside town on the French Riviera is truly magnificent. Most people associate it with the glamorous Cannes Film Festival, but there is so much more to this city than yachts, decadence and glitterati.

The beauty of Cannes, when you think of it, is that it’s a small town that welcomes the world. Yes, there are ridiculous, opulent options but there is also a quaint, humble side.

One of my trips there was for the Cannes Film Festival and it was truly an unforgettable experience. I have never had a bad time!

Cannes IXbc dancing copyIMG_0032lots of booze

*The Belvedere IX launch – oh those memories. And seeing one of my favorite punk rock artists, Blondie*

To Stay:

– InterContinental Carlton Cannes: Within walking distance from everything and overlooking the Bay of Cannes.

– Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc: Truly a luxury landmark hotel – one of the most beautiful hotels in the world.

Hotel Du Cap

– Hotel Splendid Cannes: It’s practically acorss the street from the Palais des Festivals et des Congres. It’s also a few minutes from the beach.

– Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso Cannes: Stunning rooftop view of the Old Port.



– Tetou: Although $$$, the bouillabaisse is outstanding.

– Le Baoli: Asian fusion and best for late night food.

– L’Ondine Plage: Locally sourced grilled fish.


– La Table du Chef: Different menu everyday so you never know what you’re going to get. Chef gets the ingredients from the market that day.

– Astoux ed Brun: Not fancy but the seafood is so fresh.




– Gotha Nightclub: Big bottles of champagne, girls dancing around them, great DJs, and glitter everywhere. It’s pretty fabulous.

the lions

– Le Baoli: A staple.

cANNES Party

To Do:

– Visit Le Suquet (Old Town): This represents the old fishing village. With it’s old world charm, there is a watchtower, gourmet boutiques, shopping, and quaint old streets.

– The Marche Forville market: Local produce, cheese, wine and flowers all by local folks. This is the heart of the city.

– Cave Riviera: Amazing wine shop. Think wine, salami and cheese as you shop.

– Boulevard de la Croisette: One of the most fashionable streets on the French Riviera. The boulevard extends from the new Palais des Festivals along the rade de Cannes with its sandy beach.

– If you can swing it, attend the Festival de Cannes (Film Festival) in May. If you can’t, settle for a visit to The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. It’s the venue of the Festival. It’s used for events, conferences and festivals year round. There is also an on-site restaurant..

– The Beaches: there are public and private. The Meditteranean waters are ideal for sunbathing!


Motivational Monday w/o June 27th: Difficult People

Thank you to all the ‘difficult’ people in my life. In younger years, I would have been frustrated and let you get the best of me. Now, I realize every encounter is necessary to learn something. You are also teachers in my life.

And what’s not to say I’m not a difficult person in other’s lives teaching them something, too… Have you been ‘Brielle-ed?” 

Stay inspired (and open-minded). #stayinspired #3QT

Difficult People

Miami – 2016

Ahhh, the Magic City. I am probably in Miami 4x a year. My first adventure was in my early 20’s (I’m dating myself)….and each trip truly gets better.


*Bienvenido a Miami*

Miami is always changing. There is so much more than lounging on the beach – although it is absolutely stunning.


You have a cultural scene, a growing food community and new districts popping up. It’s full of vibrancy, decadence, art, music, and literature. Because of this, I will definitely be updating this guide. But for now, these are my favorites.  Enjoy!


*One of our first BNB Trips*

To Stay:

South Beach

  • Faena Hotel is the place to be right now.


Everything about this hotel is superb. They have two exquisite restaurants: Los Fuegos (South American live fire cooking!) and Pao (French, Spanish, Japanese and Filipino!) The bar is stunning. They also have an old Hollywood theater where they do cabaret performance. Very old-school and super sexy.

faena food

*Steak at Los Fuegos – it was as close to my Buenos Aires steak experience in the U.S.*
  • The Edition is the other fabulous hotel. Basement is the underground lounge with a bowling alley and ice rink. My best friend, Linda, and I had a very good night here…

brielle bowl

*Rocking the gutter ball*
  • 1 Hotel is a stunning hotel with such a chill, beautiful vibe. Get up to the roof for dinner/cocktails. Also had a great time here with a few lovely ladies.

one hotel roof

Belle Isle

  • The Standard (spa is awesome and so are amenities – they have outside tubs!) I try to stay here if I don’t need to be on South Beach. I call it my retreat. The food is healthy and delicious, also.


  • Viceroy is beautiful and the spa is beyond amazing.

To Eat:


  • Red Steakhouse – Ridiculous steak and the veal parm is phenomenal.


*Flintstone style meat*
  • Prime 112 – the beautiful people/see and be seen steak house. Sexy vibe. Good steaks. Great meatballs. The Rock was there filming Ballers – I would love to dine with him 🙂



  • Juvia (French/Japanese) – On the top of a parking garage. Very cool atmosphere and food.
  • Baoli – just a trendy cool spot.

Farm To Table

  • Michael’s Genuine is healthier classic contemporary American in the Design District.

Fried Food

  • Yardbird Southern Table and Bar – FRIED CHICKEN!


  • The Bazaar by Jose Andres – very interesting, unique dishes and pairings that are unexpected but super delicious.

Simple Fun

  • Cecconi’s (in SOHO Beach House) – Mediterranean / Italian. Because it’s in SOHO house you have a lot of industry people there. Chill vibe.


  • The Forge – old world Miami steak. It still has an 1822 Château Lafite Rothschild worth $165,000.
  • The Restaurant @ the Setai is stunning. A beautiful overall experience.
  • Joe’s Stone Crab – if in season, best crabs around. I could eat a plate myself.


  • Il Gabbiano is one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the world. Chicken and Veal parm are outstanding. All pastas are divine and the wine list is extensive. Very beautiful atmosphere, too. Gino Masci is one of the owners. Sweetest guy.


*Hello Veal!*


  • Zuma Downtown is a very fun Sunday brunch.
  • 27 hands down. Brunch is overwhelmingly delicious.


Best Cubans

  • Versailles or Havana 1957


  • MR CHOW is always a fun Americanized Chinese restaurant. Chow’s Peking duck is ridiculous.


  • Matador Room is Jean George’s new spot in The Edition Hotel. They took his ABC Cocina menu and revitalized it for a little more upscale experience.


  • Milos Greek is high concept Greek. The seafood is delicious.


  • 1 Hotel rooftop

One hotel cocktail

  • Anywhere in the EDITION or Faena Hotel
  • Rec Room
  • Delano Hotel by pool (classic)


*Headed to the Delano for the all white party…*
  • Broken Shaker
  • Honorable mention: Ted’s Hideaway – dive bar with a jukebox – need I say more?


To See/Do:

  • Design District is fun to walk around in. Great boutique shops.
  • Bal Harbour Shops – high end shops. Fun people watching, too.
  • Sky Diving
  • Lincoln Road Mall
  • Experience Cuba in Little Havana

Exercise Spots:

  • Barry’s Boot Camp (right by The Standard Hotel)
  • Soul Cycle (in 1 Hotel)
  • Cross Fit outside

The Nightlife:

  • I stay away from clubs these days. That was my jam in my 20’s…BUT if you go this route, LIV, Cameo and Story are the big ones.
  • Honorable mention: E11even – the 24 hour club/bar/rooftop/eatery – pretty much everything you want or need at 4am. Wound up here by accident (long story) but it was an epic night. It’s across the street from Club Space…


*Rooftop of E11even*


Motivational Monday w/o June 20th – Simplicity

In a world with so many choices, sometimes the simplest things are the best for us:


Keep it simple & stay inspired.

Advice for Traveling with a Pet

For some pet parents, a trip is no fun if their four-legged members of the family can’t join. Traveling with a pet can be very stressful so if you’re planning a trip, here are tips I learned to ensure a safe and comfortable journey for all involved.

rambo carry on

*Mom, this is not the correct carry-on*

Make sure your pet is microchipped for identification and wears a collar and tag imprinted with the owner’s name, phone number and any relevant contact information. It’s a good idea for your pet’s collar to also include a temporary travel tag with your cell phone and destination phone number for the duration of your trip.

Traveling by plane:


*Dad walking me through Newark Airport*

Unless your pet is small enough to ride under your seat, it’s best to avoid air travel with your pets.

Rambo luggage

*I barely fit into the carry-on for my trip to Florida*

If you must bring your pet along on the flight, here are suggestions to keep them safe when travelling in cargo:

  • Book a direct flight whenever possible. This will decrease the chances that your pet is left on the tarmac during extreme weather conditions or mishandled by baggage personnel during a layover.
  • Make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian for a checkup. Prior to your trip, make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date and obtain a health certificate from your veterinarian dated within 10 days of your departure.
  • Tranquilizing your pet is generally not recommended as it could hamper their breathing.
  • If you plan to travel outside the United States, additional planning and health care requirements may be necessary. Contact the foreign office of the country you are traveling to for more information.
  • Purchase a USDA-approved shipping crate. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit and turn around in comfortably, and lined with some type of bedding—shredded paper or towels—to absorb accidents.
  • Prior to your trip, tape a small pouch of dried food outside the crate so airline personnel will be able to feed your pet in case he or she gets hungry during a layover.
  • The night before you leave, freeze a small dish or tray of water for your pet. This way, it can’t spill during loading and will melt by the time they’re thirsty.
  • Make sure the crate door is securely closed, but not locked, so that airline personnel can open it in case of an emergency.
  • Make sure your pet’s crate has proper identification. Mark the crate with the words “Live Animal,” as well as with your name, cell phone and destination phone number, and a photo of your pet. Should your pet escape from the carrier, this could be a lifesaver. You should also carry a photograph of your pet. (I mean why wouldn’t you do that anyway!)
  • Tell every airline employee you encounter—on the ground and in the air—that you are traveling with a pet in the cargo hold. This way, they’ll be ready if any additional considerations or attention is needed. If the plane is delayed, or if you have any concerns about the welfare of your pet, insist that airline personnel check the animal whenever feasible.

Taking a Road Trip:

Traveling with a pet by car involves more than just loading the animal in the back seat, especially if you will be driving long distances or plan to be away for a long time. Here are a few car travel safety tips to help you prepare for a safe trip.

rambo truck

*Can you see me?*
  • Prep your pet for a long trip. Get them geared up by taking them on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.
  • Pack toys or pillows to give your pet a sense of familiarity.

rambo babies

*All my babies come with me wherever I go*
  • If you’re traveling across state lines, bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination record. While this generally isn’t a problem, some states require this proof at certain interstate crossings.
  • Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure your pet’s crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop. If you decide to forgo the crate, don’t allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window, and always keep him in the back seat in a harness attached to a seat buckle.
  • Prep a pet-friendly travel kit. I personally require: food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, books and any travel documents.

rambo books

*My summer reading*
  • Be sure to pack plenty of water, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle.
  • Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle.
    • On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop.
    • In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

Hope these tips were useful. Woof to a great vacation the whole family can enjoy.



Los Angeles – 2016

Los Angeles – I hate to love you so much…seeing that I’m from the East Coast 🙂

The weather is perfect. The traffic is a nightmare. The culture is laid back, yet trend-setting.

You are a global metropolis with an extraordinary history and a rich cultural heritage. You are the Entertainment Capital of the World and have miles of sunny coastline. Your multicultural neighborhoods are eclectic, progressive, trendy, laid back and retro. There is something for everyone.

I have made countless trips to LA and felt it was time to just consolidate my list of places to go and things to do since people ask me all the time. This city guide will definitely get updates as things are ever-changing.

Downtown LA


I haven’t stayed here – just visited the neighborhood.

Restaurants/ Drinks:

-Philippe the Original: This is where the French dip sandwich was invented a century ago. Cash only.


– Daikokuya: Best Ramen in Little Tokyo – they even have cold ramen (yum!).

– Cana Rum Bar: Feels like a speakeasy (in the back of a parking garage). Tiny and very chill – crafted cocktails where rum is the superstar.

To Do:

Disney Concert Hall

– Staples Center: Sporting events (Cana is across the street)

– Museum of Contemporary Art

Silver Lake


I haven’t stayed here. Just visited for a lunch or dinner and walked around. Very bohemian.

Restaurants/ Drinks:

Cliff’s Edge: One of the most beautiful dining experiences. Food is out of this world – esp. if they have the tasting menu available (check in advance). The cocktails at this bar are top notch.


– Café Stella: Wine and jazz…pretty much a classic French bistro.

– 4100 Bar: Jukebox heavy and very unpretentious crowd.

– Thirsty Crow: Saloon style setting, tons of whiskey and a laid back atmosphere.

– Little Dom’s: Best kale salad, fried oyster po’ boy and Italian deli sandwiches.

little doms

To Do:

–  Griffith Park: Observatory and Hollywood Sign – they equate this to LA’s ‘Central Park’.


– Greek Theatre

West Hollywood / Hollywood / Beverly Hills


The Standard: Great location – Sunset Strip – walking distance to adorable boutique stores.

– The Roosevelt: Great location and simply one of the coolest hotels in LA – across from Chinese Theater, Kodak Theater, Star Walk of Fame, great valet service, In and Out Burger is down the street…I stay here when I’m in Hollywood.

hotel roose

– Chateau Marmont: Where all the movie stars stay and do very bad things – hehe… If anything, have a drink at the Bar Marmont or lunch on the beautiful terrace. You feel like you’re in Europe.


Restaurants/ Drinks:

Spare Room (in Roosevelt): Game parlor/cocktail lounge. Has its own bowling alley.

– La Descarga: Sexy, awesome rum and cigar lounge bar. They even have spicy salsa act!

– Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles: The name says it all.

– Jitlada: Fantastic Thai food. Try the spicy papaya salad.

– Life Food Organic: Raw powered fast food!

– Writer’s Room: Hidden in an ally, this classic joint – Hemmingway and Fitzgerald mingled with starlets here – is a classic vintage-inspired cocktail bar.

– Coolhaus: Ice cream sandwiches that are bigger, bolder and more imaginative than you could imagine – think Whiskey-Lucky Charms, Pastrami and Fried Chicken and Waffles.


-A.O.C.: Simply excellent with a glorious courtyard, lovely wine list and a dark, roasted chicken that is unforgettable.

– The Bazaar by Jose Andres (SLS Hotel): Modernist ode to Spain. Go with an open mind and try everything. The Philly Cheesesteak is a standout.


-Rao’s: The famed NY stalwart made its way to the West Coast in 2013. All I can say is baked clams, oversized meatless and Sunday gravy. Absolutely classic.

– All About the Bread: The Godfather sandwich is a memorable experience. The bread is absolutely delicious.

– Pizzeria Mozza: The flour is King Arthur Sir Galahad and it’s baked for a minimum of 8 minutes at 600 degrees. It’s a one of a kind recipe that is life changing.

– Osteria Mozza: Red Sauce Dinner nights include a Sinatra soundtrack. The Puglian burrata purse, chickpea pop in the soffritto-laced parmigiana and the linguine with clams between the grilled octopus and the braised veal breast staccato are stand outs. To note – the kitchen will happily split an order into perfect small bites if you’re willing to share.

– Janes’ on 3rd: Amazing breakfast spot. Closer to mid-city area so a drive.

– Spago: Wolfgang Puck’s Classic – a seasonal menu in a stunning space with classic delicious dishes (smoked salmon pizza).

– Mel’s Diner: Anyone who has seen the 1973 film “American Graffiti” remembers the neon sign at the gang’s favorite hangout spot buzzing in the background. For late night grub, this is my go-to spot.


– Son of a Gun: Great seafood. Menu changes daily.

– Terrine: It’s a playground of flavor at this French hot spot. Foie gras with sweet and sour prunes…frog legs?! The charcuterie plate does not disappoint.

– Maude: This restaurant pays homage to California farmers by selecting ingredients that typify California (think: avocado, fits, artichokes). Their menu is a creation of delicious, interesting plates of food. Each month the menu spotlights one ingredient either as the star of the dish or as an accoutrement. Prix fixe only.

– The Ivy: The quintessential alfresco lunch spot in L.A. It feels like a French country cottage with a yard. The Maine lobster ravioli is delicious.

the ivy

– Madeo: Unassuming Italian with an off the menu black truffle pasta that is out of this world.

– Bouchon: Legendary chef Thomas Keller’s casual French brasserie serving classic long lunches. The seafood platters are a must and the burger with truffle fries is heavenly.

– Honorable mention *Victor’s Cafe*: Closed in 2015 but was a community clubhouse for those that just loved staple deli food. I had the pleasure of meeting Bill Gotti a few years ago. His blintzes and bagels were NY worthy, and his matzo ball soup with chunks of carrots, celery and chicken was life-changing. He was born in the Bronx, raised in Brooklyn and the younger brother of the late Mafia boss John Gotti. His cafe will always remain in my heart.

To Do:

– Kodak Theater (Oscars)

– Grauman’s Chinese Theater

– Walk of Fame

– Rodeo Drive J = Treat Yo Self!

– Mulholland Drive

– Hike up Runyon Canyon – 130 acres Public Park. Beautiful especially at sunset.

Santa Monica


Viceroy: Cool, hip, modern.

– The Huntley: Classic, beautiful and great location to everything (this is my favorite hotel to stay in – 1 block from Soul Cycle, the beach and the 3rd St Promenade).



– Rustic Tavern: Local organic producers and menu shifts with availability.

– Real Food Daily Santa Monica Location: New world vegan cooking (currently closed – with plans to re-open soon).

– Basement Tavern: Craftsman cocktails and live music.

– Tender Greens: Healthy food – counter service; sit and eat.

– Goji Juice + Vitamins: Great green juices and acai bowls.

– A Votre Sante: Light, natural, healthy fare. It’s no-guilt dining!

To Do:

– Santa Monica Pier and Beach


– 3rd St. Promenade: carefree and car-free strolling and shopping



I would stay in Santa Monica – Venice is next door.


Intelligentsia: BEST coffee ever!

– Joe’s: Cali-French.

– Abbot’s Pizza Co: Seriously good pizza – especially for the West Coast!

– Venice Beach Wines: Wine and charcuterie.

– Cafe Gratitude: Very healthy (We have a Café Grumpy in NY, haha).

– Dudley Market: Farm to table eatery. Low key vibe during the day, but transforms into an intimate 20 seat restaurant at night. The Orata fish with salsa verde is very good.

To Do:

– Boardwalk/Muscle Beach: Such characters.

muscle beach

– Abbot Kinney Shopping District: AMAZING BOUTIQUE STORES and restaurants/bars.



Malibu Inn OR just drive up Pacific Coast Hwy (PCH) for a lovely afternoon and have a late lunch/early dinner.


Café Habana: The NY dining scene hits Malibu with this retro-hip Havana styled eatery. The spacious patio is glorious on a beautiful day (ever day in Malibu). Chicken Tinga Tacos are unreal. The Cuban sandwich is a hit too. Habana hosts a Taco Tuesday and Karaoke Wednesday. Habana is also located in Malibu Lumberyard which has a ton of great shops!

– Paradise Cove: Classic Malibu establishment. Portions are HUGE. Sit outside. Take a stroll on the beach after and admire the Malibu cliffs.

paradise cove

– Nobu: Imagine the beauty of the NY restaurant on the Pacific – absolutely stunning. If anything, have a cocktail at the bar. Apps are terrific and the food is sumptuous.

To Do:

Malibu Lumber Yard shopping.

Other Stuff

– Rose Bowl in Pasadena: Classic landmark. Was lucky enough to see a USC – UCLA Game!

– Universal Studios in Burbank: Fun for a day trip.

– Mexican Food Trucks are AWESOME late night!

– LA is the worst for traffic. Prepare yourself.

la traffic

– LA thinks it’s known for their burgers. Try for yourself – Unami and In and Out are the fast food leaders.

– Take a Rise Nation Fitness class. It specializes in a killer 30-minute full body cardio climb ( Alternatively, you always have Tracy Anderson, Barry’s and Soul Cycle.

– Sip a classic Bellini at Beverly Hill’s Mr. C Hotel – owned by the Cipriani family. Every guest receives one upon arrival (kids get a virgin version). Naturally, check-in takes place at the lobby bar.