How Celebs Do Spring Break

Wondering where the rich and famous are getting their spring break kicks this year? Not surprisingly, most vacationing celebs are hanging poolside at sunny destinations from Miami to Maui. Here are some of the highlights.

Britney Spears: Hawaii

Everyone's favorite pop princess took some well-deserved time away from her successful Vegas residency for a family trip to Hawaii's world-renowned waves. She managed to squeeze in plenty of bikini-clad mother/son bonding time with Sean Preston and Jayden.

Source: InStyle

Source: InStyle

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Source: Instagram

Tom Brady & Gisele Bundchen: Costa Rica

Tom Brady made every Patriot fan's heart skip a beat, and not just from shirtless Instagram pics. His daredevil leap off of Costa Rican cliff didn't catch on; Brady said he's "never doing that again."

Jessica Alba & Cash Warren / Chrissy Teigen & John Legend: Carribbean

Jessica Alba, Cash Warren, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend on one pool deck: none of us stand a chance. The couple besties passed the time on a beautiful sun-filled spring break somewhere in the Caribbean. 

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Source: PopSugar

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Mariah Carey: St. Barts, France

Ms. Carey celebrated a fabulous firework-filled 45th birthday on a chic getaway with friends in St. Barts. Any truth to the Bret Ratner romance rumors? Mariah's staying mum.

Source: TimeInc

Source: TimeInc

Gigi Hadid: Miami

Gigi Hadid did spring break just like most girls her age: partying poolside in Miami alongside boyfriend Cody Simpson and fellow models at the Victoria's Secret Pink Spring Break soiree, of course.

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Source: DailyMail

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Source: Fabzz

UPDATE: Tiki Takeover - Lost Lake in Chicago

A few weeks ago, I shared my take on the top Midwestern tiki bars, with the disclaimer that I'd personally only visited two of the three. Well, I'm happy to share that as of last week, I crossed the third off my bucket list -- and it's just as good, if not better, than expected.

On the outskirts of Chicago's Logan Square, Lost Lake is a landlocked tropical oasis. It was a chilly weeknight when we walked into its sticky-sweet haze of balmy air, bamboo and banana-soaked rum -- seriously, if a bar can take on a persona, this place is Ricky Ricardo crossed with a dash of Sean Connery

Get there are soon as you can! I hear the line forms even before its 4 p.m. Saturday opening -- but I promise, it's totally worth it. When you make it in, you have to try the Mystery Gardenia -- and I dare you to limit it to just one. 

Only adding to its intrigue, you have to be looking to find Lost Lake. The only indication is a small neon "tiki" sign out front, along with a discrete hanging parrot-shaped sign. 

Only adding to its intrigue, you have to be looking to find Lost Lake. The only indication is a small neon "tiki" sign out front, along with a discrete hanging parrot-shaped sign. 

I started with the Ripples on an Evaporated Lake -- a curious coffee-laden choice for a weeknight. It was good, but certainly not something to put on your must-try list.

I started with the Ripples on an Evaporated Lake -- a curious coffee-laden choice for a weeknight. It was good, but certainly not something to put on your must-try list.

Easily our favorite cocktail on the menu -- the Mystery Gardenia!

Easily our favorite cocktail on the menu -- the Mystery Gardenia!

My partners in "lime," enjoying the Mystery Gardenia and that night's vacation beer selection.

My partners in "lime," enjoying the Mystery Gardenia and that night's vacation beer selection.



Most Romantic Places to Propose

Spring is in the air, and with the cheery weather comes a hopeful sense of romanticism. Chris and I got married in the spring, nearly two years ago already, so this season always puts me in a rosy mood.

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While we got married in the spring, we got engaged in the fall. I'll always remember it like yesterday -- a romantic stroll behind the Shedd Aquarium, with the Chicago skyline forming a dramatic and beautiful backdrop in the distance. I couldn't have asked for a better memory to look back on as the moment we decided to spend forever together.

Cheesiness aside, as the season turns warmer now and I'm feeling especially affectionate, here are a few out-of-town places I think would make for (almost) perfect proposal spots.

Next to the Seine, Paris

It's no secret I have a love affair with Paris. On one of my favorite afternoons in the city, Chris and I grabbed baguettes and a bottle of wine as we sauntered down to the Seine. We claimed a private little bench and spent a lazy couple hours enjoying our picnic and each others' company. Had we not already been married, this sweet little bench would've certainly served as a perfect proposal place.

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At the Biltmore, Asheville

Call me silly, but there's something about being in front of America's biggest mansion that makes you want to couple up and chase down your own little empire. I'm a huge fan of Asheville -- and while the few times I've been have only been in passing, the city impresses a spirit of upscale accessibility.

It would make the perfect proposal destination for a couple who loves a bit of flair mixed with down-home comfort. Plus, for beer lovers it's a budding craft brewing destination.

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On a Kayak, Charlevoix

Last summer, we spent Fourth of July weekend with two of our best friends in northern Michigan. Everything about northern Michigan in July embodies that quintessential American summer. Charlevoix itself is an adorable lake town, but the peaceful serenity you can escape to on the water is even better. 

We rented kayaks, and while a little under-matched next to the yachts and speedboats flying by, navigating the waters on a sunny summer day was so worth it. So long as you pull over to pop the question (don't dare drop the ring in the lake!), this is the perfect setting for a beautiful proposal. 

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