Hotel Review: Hyatt Place St.Pete/Downtown


Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of staying overnight at The Hyatt Place St. Pete/Downtown.

I hope you were able to catch up with my adventures at the hotel via my Instagram Stories, as I spent most of my time documenting my stay on there.

See what I loved about this hotel and why you should consider staying here in the near future.

The Hotel Location


The location of this hotel is prime if you plan on going out at night in Downtown St. Pete.

The hotel is located across the street from Jannus Live, a popular live music venue.  Even if you don't have concert tickets to enjoy the music from the front row, you can easily listen on at The Hyatt Place for a similar experience.

You also won't need your car at all when you stay here! Park your car in their parking garage and explore the city on your feet.

Simply put on your best pair of walking shoes, or heels in my case, and start walking down Central Ave to find some bars and restaurants for the evening.

The location of The Hyatt Place in St. Pete is unparalleled. Compared to other hotels in the area, this one has the closest distance to nightlife, such as MacDinton's and The One Night Stand.

The Hotel Rooms


As you search for affordable hotels in the St. Petersburg area, be sure to add The Hyatt Place to the top of your list.

Each of the 175 rooms is available to accommodate you and your guests! All of the rooms offer insane high-rise views of downtown, no matter where your room is located for the duration of your stay.

The rooms feature a Hyatt Grand Bed, flat-screen TV, mini fridge, air conditioning, and our room had a cozy corner sleeper-sofa. The rooms are sophisticated, clean, modern, and offer tons of space for you to spread out!

The Hotel Amenities


Free Wi-Fi is a must in 2018.

The Hyatt Place offers complimentary Wi-Fi with your stay, and it's fast.

You can also access a giant pool on the seventh floor. Pack your favorite bathing suit to take a peaceful morning dip, like I did during my stay!

The pool sits on the rooftop outdoors so you can soak up plenty of sun as you lounge on one of their many expandable chairs.

They have towels and restrooms available near the pool, too. I wore THIS BATHING SUIT from Target, by the way! It's a new one-piece cut out suit.

The gym/fitness center also waits for you if you plan on getting in a quick workout before choosing your dinner destination for the night. The stunning city views of St. Pete will capture your attention while you lift weights for sure!

I did not check out the gym during my stay, but I'm sure it has your standard equipment for the perfect workout experience.

The Hotel Food


The HYBar offers a variety of tasty treats for you to snack on for lunch.

My sister and I tried one of their signature drinks, the Pink Streets Sparkler, and it tasted delicious paired with our BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders and Meatball Sliders.

Try one of their handmade cocktails and look over the menu before you decide on the right meal to feed you and your family or significant other.

The HYBar is located on the first floor of the hotel, so you easily stop by for a bite or drink during your stay. The bar opens at 4 p.m. and we were lucky enough to listen to live music on Friday night.

The drinks are also great if you want to experience a taste of locally crafted brews. On tap, you can find some favorite beers from Green Bench Brewing Co, a local brewery in town.

Free breakfast, anyone? If you wake up in time you can experience a buffet of classic breakfast items waiting for you down in the lobby. I started my morning right with a dip in the pool before heading down to grab breakfast in the lobby.

I had some freshly flipped pancakes, oatmeal, fruit, and yogurt in addition to a hot cup of my favorite Tazo green tea.

Add The Hyatt Place to your list of favorite hotels in the St. Pete area. The staff was welcoming and told me exactly what to expect during my stay. I would recommend Hyatt Place if you are traveling for business or pleasure!

Thank you to The Hyatt Place for hosting me for the night! All opinions are my own. 

5 Fall Foundations You Need to Try


I'll admit it again, I'm a makeup hoarder. I keep everything from eyeshadows to bronzers to brushes.

I found a great way to store my makeup products in a five drawer compartment and even that is overflowing at this very moment in time.

Blame it on social media and my saved credit card information on Sephora's website. I can't help myself from trying out new makeup brands and new product releases! And don't even get me started on my obsession with CVS.

I spend a few hours at a time exploring their latest releases that happen to be located in the front of the store as soon as you walk in.

I've been wearing makeup since I was 12, so what can I say! I started off with bareMinerals powder foundation and now I've worked my way up into some pricey favorites, such as my bottle of Marc Jacobs.

Thankfully, I have skin that doesn't need to be layered with thick coats of foundation (thank you, Accutane, dermatology visits, and four rounds of microneedling) so I don't see the need to apply liquid foundation on a daily basis anymore.

However, I am still sucked into the world of liquid foundations and there are five brands, in particular, that stand out.

These are the five fall foundations (as recommended by me, a makeup addict!) that you need to try!

1. Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation, $40.00

This foundation offers high coverage. I think for a $40 foundation, you can get a lot of wear out of this bottle. I chose the shade "Angel Food Cake" (lol at the name!) and it's the lightest shade available.

My skin tone is pale AF so I usually find the lightest shades offered by the brand! Argan oil is found in this foundation to hydrate your skin, too.

I like that this foundation is buildable and leaves your skin looking insanely flawless.

I also don't need to apply a ton of product to achieve a full coverage look for the day or evening out. The texture of this foundation is also SUPER creamy! I love how it spreads evenly across my skin with just a small amount.

2. Cover Girl truBLEND Matte Made Foundation, $8.49

As for a drugstore foundation, I highly suggest you go to the Covergirl section of your local CVS and pick up their newest formula, the truBLEND Matte Made foundation!

This is such a fab foundation from the drugstore, guys!

For the price, under $10.00, you can easily use this foundation on a daily basis for a nice medium coverage for the daytime. I love to use this foundation on its own, too. I won't need a powder on top of it because it truly provides me with a full "matte" look on my skin.

The mattifying powders also ABSORB oil and minimize the size of your pores. The foundation also comes in tons of shades so you can test out the best one for your skin tone.




3. Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation Smashbox

Smashbox has an amazing line of primers and foundations. With 40 shade options, you can easily determine the best fit for you while in your local Sephora!

I love this foundation because it blends seamlessly with a brush. It won't oxidize, either!

The shade will look great all day long.

I find myself reaching for this foundation all the time which is why it sits on my dresser while I get ready in the morning.

See the difference when you try out this 24 hr long wear foundation on your skin!

4. Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation, $36.00

Too Faced line of products is always on the top of my favorites list.

The Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation provides the skin with medium coverage.

The velvety finish is best applied with a sponge or fingertips.

You can amp up the coverage to full if you slowly apply more at a time.

Control your shine all day with this matte foundation to achieve a balanced look to last all day, even in a warm climate! Most matte foundations can leave you looking dry and flaky, but that is not the case with this one formulated by Too Faced. I believe it is also worth the money!

5. Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation, Porcelain, $9.99

My holy grail drugstore foundation is by Maybelline! 

I'm really glad I tried out this affordable foundation at CVS recently because I can't stop using it. The 24-hour full-coverage look looks creamy and effortless when I wear it during my photoshoots. It's oil-free and high-impact.

Of course, the $10 price-point is seriously unbeatable! Maybelline is a brand I wear frequently. I use their eyebrow pencils, eyeshadow palettes, and their liquid lipsticks all the time.

The lightest shade offered by this line, porcelain, is also amazing if you have incredibly pale skin like I do.

I can usually wear this foundation on its own because the color stays the same all day long and will not oxidize. All I do is layer on some bronzer to make my face look more alive and less ghostly in seconds.

Are you LOVING a foundation brand right now? Tell me in the comments below!