The Do’s and Don’t’s of Ultra Europe!

So Ultra Europe begins tomorrow in Split, Croatia. Please read this before you go!

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Do: Remember to buy your tickets and accommodations way in advanced to ensure the best prices, and availability!

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Don’t: Show up on any empty stomach. The food here is not good, the lines are ridiculously long, and the people are slow. Seriously take my advice on this one or you will be nauseous before you get to the good acts. Especially with the amount that you will be drinking, you don’t want to be that person that is sick and passed out by 10PM especially since you have to keep the party going until 5am.

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Do: Pregame before you get there! Since this goes all night you will need to keep that buzz going. The drinks once you’re inside range from 9-15 euros so be smart about it, I would show up with a good buzz, and maybe a few shooters shoved down your pants for later!

Don’t: Even though Ultra starts at 6PM, I would NOT show up until at least 10-11 unless there is someone that you absolutely need to see. You will be knocked out by the time the best people/closing acts come on. The venue doesn’t get full until around 10, which is when the first great DJ’s usually start.

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Do: Walk around the venue, it is tempting to stay at main stage because of its lack of accessibility to the other but I strongly recommend at least checking them out. It is a lot of fun to walk around, plus you get to see the crazy ravers (most likely the ones tripping the hardest) party with more bass in your face than you can handle!

Don’t: Spend the extra for VIP, the viewing areas are all the way at the top of the stadium not providing much access to better viewing areas (example: Ultra Miami has viewing areas right next to the stage, this has the advantage of closeness without the crowds.) You are paying a lot more for seats that are not better, and they charge more for drinks… who does that? My suggestion, take the regular GA and you can always sit in the seats around, it is in a stadium after all!

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Do: Party the night away, dance your ass off until 5am, and watch the beautiful sunrise as you make your way home! These are the BTK tips to ensure you have the best time there!

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Wayne Moran Photography

BTK Insider Tip: The bars are all cashless there, on the first day they let you use cash but passed that you will have trouble finding bars that will take anything but your wristband!

Our Top Bachelorette Destinations!

 

New Orleans, LA

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Why go here? NoLa will give you the best of everything, a world of culture combined with late, booze filled nights. Take a risk in The Crescent City; experience haunted voodoo tours, sing your lungs out at karaoke, get rid of your tan lines at the Bywaters “clothing optional” pool, take in the vibrant jazz in its birthplace, drink the original hurricane drink before going bar hopping on Bourbon Street, and definitely make sure to stop at Café Du Monde; located right in the French Quarter, it is one of the cities staples and you can’t leave without stopping here.

Perfect for: Doing the unconventional and of course; beignets, bourbon and blues!

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Nashville, TN;

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Why go here? Strap on your cowboy boots and daisy dukes because they don’t call it NashVegas for nothing! Everything that you would want from a small town and a big city wrapped in one magical place. Spend your day tapping into your inner Carrie Underwood at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. We hope that you are ready to party southern style because there are over 60 bars and live music venues just waiting for you and your girls in the Downtown District (aka 2nd and Broadway), making it the perfect place to go barhopping. No bachelorette party here is complete without stopping in iconic places like The Stage, Tootsies, and the real treat for bachelorettes; Coyote Ugly, get the bride on the bar for her last dance before the wedding bands!

Perfect for; country music, cowboy boots, and comfort food!

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Napa Valley, CA;

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Why go here? This is the perfect place to drink like a sailor and relax like a princess. You have so many laid back but exciting things to do here; you can feel like a celebrity being driven through wine country in a vintage convertible, release your inhibitions after drinking a little too much at the tastings, massages and manis in a perfect spa day, or even hot air ballooning over the most breathtaking views. We hope your palettes are ready because you will wine and dine while looking fine!

Perfect for; vineyards, views, and vacay!

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Seattle, WA;

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This is not so typical for bachelorette parties but definitely a guaranteed good time. Do you have a love for rock music, maybe some Grunge specifically? Well, this is home to where it all got started, and you can catch some amazing live shows! Are you in love with Starbucks like every other 20 something out there? They have the original storefront here, with lines around the block at most times, although I think that’s what all Starbucks’s are like! Total foodie? Pike Market has it all for you, over 500 shops and restaurants, along with awesome hands on cooking classes for your experience. Speaking of Pike Market, if you’re there on your bachelorette you can’t leave without seeing a little cabaret and burlesque at The Can Can before going to Pioneer Square for some epic club hopping. So much to do in so little time!

Perfect for; music, markets, and marijuana!

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Charleston, SC:

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What better way to spend your bachelorette weekend than some fab southern charm and hospitality? You can slip right into the festivities by sipping a refreshing glass of sweet tea in a beautiful open garden, or getting pampered from head to toe surrounded by all of your girls. After a long day of bliss and relaxation get ready to fill you stomachs with some famous Southern cooking, and cocktails. Let the drinks keep flowing as you all talk, dance, and have an amazing time! The Gin Joint has an awesome bar with a section called “Bartenders choice” you pick 2 words and get a to-die-for drink served your way.

Perfect for; Spa, Southern Charm, and Stars (a great rooftop bar with views of the city)

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The OBVIOUS  – Miami and Las Vegas;

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These are staples for an incredible bachelorette weekend and will never fail you for the time of your life. Whether you are downing drinks by pool, soaking up the sun, gambling way more than you can afford to, or dancing your ass off in the hottest biggest clubs in the world, you will always go home with stories and memories that will last forever, although you may not want to share them with your kids.. or parents for that matter. What happens in Miami and Vegas should stay there, except the pictures, post those everywhere and make everyone jealous, of course!

Father’s get 1 day a year…Make it count!

No need to fear, Father’s day is here! Well, it is quickly approaching at least and just in case you forgot we have the perfect activity for you in each city!

New York City 

Maybe you are sick and tired of the hustle and bustle of the city, maybe you just want the chance to relax and take in the incredible views of the city you live in from a different perspective, and well we have just the place for you. We recommend that you take Manhattan by Sail, sailboat that is! Home to one of New York City’s only floating designated landmarks, the Shearwater, being very Gatsby-esque your father can enjoy a craft beer tasting on the Harbor, while watching the sunset or by night watching the twinkling lights in the city that never sleeps!

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USA, new york, manhattan, sailing experience with bar aboard the shearwater, a wonderful yacht to rent for a romantic tour at the sunset over the manhattan tip
USA, new york, manhattan, sailing experience with bar aboard the shearwater, a wonderful yacht to rent for a romantic tour at the sunset over the manhattan tip

Los Angeles

Every Father has a need for speed and we know just the way to fulfill it, at Speed Zone by going 0 to 70 in 3.5 seconds. Yeah, that’s right, 3.5 fucking seconds, the ability to race up to 6 of these power filled, 300 horsepower racing machines, making your heart drop and your adrenaline soar. If that doesn’t excite you, we think that the idea of drag racing should get your blood pumping, you can kick the asses of 9 of your favorite friends or family members while your 4 wheels slide around the slick concrete. On top of the exhilarating Formula 1, Grand Prix modeled racetracks they also have an arcade with over 100 games, Johnny Rockets for your all-American meal, and the much needed full bar (for after your driving experience, of course) This is the best place for your dad to let out his inner child, get on the track, and fulfill that childhood dream!

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Miami 

What’s more Miami than spending your day at the iconic Fontainebleau hotel? The Ultimate Father’s Day Experience package that they are offering is for up to six guests, with a poolside cabana from noon to 7 p.m., with your accommodations a box of 10 Cohiba cigars, a bottle of Grey Goose, two buckets of beer, two platters of food, a deck of cards and poker chips and 30-minute Jet Ski rental, all for $1,000. Each price does not include tax and tip. This is a total package and your father can feel like Scarface for the day, minus the huge pile of cocaine, unless that’s your thing because this is Miami after all.

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Fontainebleau by Fontainebleau

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Las Vegas

Are you spending your Father’s Day on the Las Vegas strip? If so, we know how to make you feel right in your groove. The new flagship location of Topgolf is here, a golfing-plus-drinking-plus-just-hanging-out venue so big that you can get lost in it! It is 8 acres, 105,000 square feet in space, and 4 stories, situated right behind MGM Grand, making the location absolutely ideal. There are hundreds of lounge chairs and areas to hang out in, along with 300 tvs, 5 bars, 3 rooftop cabanas, 2 huge swimming pools, and a mobile sports book for placing bets! If this place doesn’t scream “DAD” to you already than we’re not sure what will.

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Special Mentions:

The Man Cave

The New York, Refinery Hotel will be celebrating Father’s Day with its latest pop-up creation – the pop-up Man Cave. The four-day long event will have gifts just for dad, amenities such as golf, beer, cigars, an interactive putting green, whisky tastings and hand-crafted cocktails daily from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is located at The Hatbox, and is the best place for your last minute gifts!

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The Dapper Market

The “Manly Pop Up Marketplace” is here and ready for you! We know that you and every other person in the world make the holiday of last minute shopping so head to Revolution Live, Stache, and Americas Backyard this Saturday to get what you need before the big day! They have gifts like beard oil, watches, wallets, and even ‘man’-tiques. This goes from noon to 5:00pm and will feature live music, food trucks, drinks, and a pop-up barber shop!

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The Do’s and Don’t s for Santorini and Mykonos!

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Do: Wear lots of sunscreen and drink water, the UV Index is like a 10 out of 10 but the temperature feels like it’s in its 70’s because of all the wind (thank god for being on the water!)

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Don’t: Show up without any Euros or cash.. Seriously, a lot of the ATM machines are lacking funds, and the currency exchange there is a total rip off!

Do: Rent ATVS, and be a bad ass on your 4 wheeler! Especially somewhere like Mykonos, it’s small and fairly easy to get around. P.S. the streets have no names so when it says “turn left” you just have to hope you turned the right way!

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Don’t: Rely on taxi cabs anywhere here. Have transportation set up before hand, because apparently the best thing to do in an economical downfall is to stop working? Plus, they will throw out any number as a price, and most have no meters!

Do: Take a boat out for the day (with a captain of course). Greece is synonymous with islands and this is where you will get them! Have the captain take you on The Aegean, (which may also be the most beautiful blue shimmery water I have ever seen) you can visit the hot springs, eat fresh seafood caught that day, do a little bit of snorkeling! You will not regret it, even if just for the views alone!

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Don’t: expect a fast paced visit while you are there, take their approach at life and enjoy every minute of it. Whether it’s sipping drinks by the water, or long talks about politics nothing will ever be in much of a hurry here, but enjoy that aspect and embrace it!

Do: party all night, and then the day away. (In Mykonos at least) Axwell x Ingrosso, Cedric Gervais, Afrojack and every other big DJ name in the world is playing out there until the sun comes up, and you can’t miss it. After your late night out wake up, drank.. literally,head to Tropicana Beach, Paradise Beach, or Scorpios at Sunset Beach which is the newest hot spot that has everyone buzzing during the day for dancing on the tables and giant liquor watermelons that will have you more plastered than Courtney Love in the 90’s!

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Don’t: Fall for the tourist traps, they are everywhere but avoidable! You usually have to make your way through the mazes that are these islands but when you do you will find the best gems there. The first restaurants in view are usually designed for the hungry tourist who will eat anything and then complain about the food. Embrace the Greek culture, eat lots of feta, olive oil, and seafood!

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Do: Go to The Canaves Hotel in Oia, Santorini (pronounced eeya, like eeya eeya uhohhhh) for a drink by their pool and the most jaw dropping ocean/mountain/sunset views, you need to see to believe.

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But mostly, have fun out there.. And don’t do anything I wouldn’t do! (Not that theres much on the list)

Trending Bachelorette Spots for 2016

Gone are the days of blitzed out weekends. Millenials want sophistication and the thrill of discovery. Here are our predictions for the newest hen party hangouts.

Mexico City – really? Yes! Inexpensive street food and hipster bar scene, and best thing? You won’t be surrounded by other bachelorettes!

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The Hague: because everyone goes to Amsterdam. Get a dose of culture and hit up this city’s fantastic resto scene.

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Anchorage: the highest ratio of men to women in the US. So if that’s not reason enough, then add in the fact you’ll be the (only) prettiest girl at the bar. Hop on a cruise and see some glaciers while you’re at it. No need to save that for retirement.

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Cape Town: um, did we say WINE? Well there is Table Mountain, and lots more, but did we say WINE?

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Athens: Vogue magazine just called this European capital Brooklyn by the Sea, so skip the islands and soak up the bar scene in this Hipstorical capital. Cute boys too.

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See anything you like? Contact your BTK girls to get it started….not your cup of tea?  We have many other options….you can reach us at 305-931-3002 or info@beforetheknot.com….

What’s HOT this week!

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They say laughter is the best medicine right? Well, South Florida is serving up a heavy dose of it this weekend! Start it right, when you finish work on Friday grab happy hour in Las Olas before going to the Ft Lauderdale Improv to see Mike Epps stand-up comedy. Known for roles in movies like “The Hangover,” “Next Friday,” “How High,” and many more you are sure to laugh your ass off.

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Mike Epps

Jo Koy, the Filipino-American comic known for his hilarious appearances on “Chelsea Lately” and “The Adam Carolla Show” will be at Palm Beach Improv on Saturday night. The main event for all of the comedy lovers out there is Weird Al Yankovic, king of spoofs is coming to the Kravis Center in West Palm. He’ll be performing hits like “Eat It” (Jackson’s ‘Beat It’) “Like A Surgeon” (Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’), “Tacky” (Pharell’s ‘Happy’) and so many more. You won’t be able to help but laugh your ass off!

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Are you ready for a booze filled afternoon? We hope you can handle your liquor because The Freehand is hosting ‘Drink Up Miami,’ for just $45 you can spend the day hopping around their version of drinking around the world. 17 different rooms and areas each with their own types of alcohol, so you can be drinking beer cocktails in one room, and pounding down shots of whiskey in the next! This sounds like the perfect way to spend a Miami afternoon.

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Maybe you prefer your Saturday nights filled with joints and Spicoli more than booze, because if you do you’re in luck. The O Cinema will be showing a very special screening of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, embrace the mock yearbook pictures that are sure to be around and get back in the high school spirit with this blast from the past!

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Speaking of spending your Saturday nights with favorite characters, and no I’m not talking about Netflix. Well, kind of, specifically Orange is The New Black and their newest convict that everyone is talking about, and drooling over;

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Ruby Rose, of course! This Australian model/DJ will be spinning here at LIV this weekend. Contact BTK for great partnerships and can help you with entrance or table service!

 

How to save money on your wedding and do it YOUR way!

So you are starting to plan your wedding. Here are some things to think about that will save you money and, more importantly, help you create YOUR PERFECT DAY!

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Goodbye Chastity Belt!!!!

Make it your own

Even thought this sound obvious, you should make this your special day, full of the things and details that make you happy, not the wedding planners or your family. You don’t need to become a bridezilla to accomplish this, just be honest from the beginning and stand your ground. You will be tempted to do many things, choose only what works for you.

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Keep It Simple.
Most of the details brides go crazy about won’t ever be noticed by the guests, so take a chill pill and keep it simple. Choose not to waste time or money on insignificant details that bring nothing to the wedding ceremony or party and simply add details that reflect you and your significant other.

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A wedding picnic? Cool….

Utilize Your Own Resources (Friends and Family)
We all have friends and family members that could help us make our special day perfect. Having close friends and family doing many of the things necessary to pull off a great wedding also brings an intimacy that can’t be described. From hair and makeup to photographs and even decorations, we can surely find someone close that will be willing to help and save you tons of money in the process.

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So your second cousin is a wedding planner….go for it!

Reduce Your Guest list.
The guest list is normally a nightmare to finalize. There are so many things to consider. A guest list, with only close family and friends will undoubtedly create a much more intimate event, surrounded by the people that really should be there.

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Intimate Cave Wedding

Think Outside the Box.
The wedding industry is huge and the results are a lot of cookie cutter events, hard to differentiate one form the other. Traditions can be “bent” to reflect you while at the same time putting on a unique event and saving money at the same time. Instead of a sit down dinner, try a casual barbeque or food trucks. The ideas are endless, just be brave and do your own thing.

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Food Truck Wedding

Choose the date carefully
Your wedding date can have a huge impact on your costs and the costs of traveling and lodging for your guests. Be mindful of these points and you will save a ton of money by booking off-season, finding that lost hidden venue that is new or trying a day event instead of a night gala.

 

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Prioritize.

This is actually very simple. Identify early on what is important to you and let go of the rest. Spend money on what you think people will remember, things that set your special day apart from all others and that have some significance to both you and your guests.

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Do I really need the circus tent??

 

You can always Elope

Wedding planning can be very stressful and put a real strain on your relationship. Handle it with care, communicate well with your partner and create something where you both will be happy. If it’s getting complicated, don’t be afraid to chuck it out the window and romantically elope….

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Destination weddings can be a solution when the budget is tight

Even thought there are travel costs associated, at the end, your guests list will shrink in size and improve in quality, meaning only the people you really want at your wedding will be there. It can be less formal, quirky and still breathtaking but in a much more intimate way.

 

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Conclusion

This is YOUR day! Make it exactly what you want, avoid the things that don’t matter, relax and enjoy. You will be able to live without the matching napkins, the seat covers and the ultra-expensive caterer. This things will not matter the morning after, only the memories will stay with you forever.

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These are the moments that count!

Fuckboy Problems

Let’s face it, your twenties are hard. This is a time of finding yourself, being very confused, exploring the world, meeting incredible people, falling in love, having your heart broken, then repaired again, and going on the adventure of your life. We don’t want you wasting your time and happiness on the wrong asshole, so this is 20 something ways to spot, avoid, and weed out all fuckboys from your life. You don’t need them anyway, you fabulous bitch!

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  • Are his texts basically limited to night time?
  • Usually past 11:00PM?
  • Does he spend a ridiculous amount of time begging for nudes, even though he can totally be getting it in real life?
  • Does he say shit like “DTF?” or “Netflix and chill”? (That’s not cute)

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  • How about “what would you do to me if I was there?”
  • Or a personal favorite “want to play the question game?” immediately followed up by “what’s your favorite position? ;)” like a total creep
  • Does he pressure you or make you feel guilty if you don’t want to send pics?
  • Maybe he bombards your cell with tons of cringe worthy dick pics…. *shudders

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  • Is Snapchat the first place he adds you on?

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  • Does he slide into your DM’s?
  • Do you upload a fire selfie and then get hit with that ‘miss you’ text from someone you spoke to in 1963?
  • The number of women in his life is a mystery, and you don’t know if all the girls blowing up his social media are actually fuck buddies or just friends
  • Does he try sexting you within minutes of meeting on tinder?
  • Has either multiple accounts on social media or says that he doesn’t have any at all! Sketchy as fuck, its 2016 and everyone has some form of it)
  • Ohhh he doesn’t let you post pictures anywhere together? I wonder why.

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  • When you make plans, do they mostly consist of “chilling” together?
  • Not actual real dates, just a lot of hanging out
  • Does he try hiding his phone screen when he’s around you? You know this is only trouble
  • Does he disrespect his mom? If he does that there is no way in hell he will respect you
  • All of his friends are just like him, unoriginally dress, talk, and act the same?
  • He tells you that he really likes you but “isn’t into labels”
  • Won’t commit when you’re doing all of his wifey shit?

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Tips for a great girls night out!

-First and foremost, no guys allowed no ifs, ands, or buts!

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Dress to impress! Even if you’re not actually trying to impress anyone it’s always fun to dress up, plus it makes it easier to get free drinks.

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Put your cellphone away and let the martinis flow as your inhibitions begin to escape you.

– Make sure your ID, credit cards, and cash all fit into that adorable clutch you’ve been waiting to break out.

– No need for a designated driver. Everyone drinks, use an Uber or get a driver if you feel like splurging.

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Pregame before going out, the drinks are expensive so it’s always good to get there with a head start on your buzz, don’t get noticeably drunk or they won’t let you in!

Eat some carbs; you will need them to absorb all the alcohol.

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Get a table! (BTK can help you get the best pricing available)They can be pricey but they give you your own area to dance, basically guaranteeing no creeps so you can get down with your girls without being bothered. One of your highlights will be seeing the bottles brought out by beautiful girls and lots of sparklers and lights, do it for the gram, or at least the snapchat.

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– Have your club and host set up before you go so you don’t have to deal with any problems. Mainly just douchey bouncers on a power trip. (BTK can help you with that)

Bring a pair of flats in your bag, dancing with your girls for hours in 6 inch stilettos may leave you blistered and hurting. Keep in mind that the clubs have either flip flops or ballet flats for sale, so if you’re really struggling you have the option.

Have a meeting spot, if anyone gets lost in the large nightclubs or craziness of South Beach it will be hard to find each other. This is the best solution to avoid any of that from happening!

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Have an incredible time, drink responsibly, and leave some advil and water on your nightstand for the morning, your hungover self will be thanking your drunk self.

What’s Hot this Week – The French Riviera

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It is the middle of May and unless you are living under a rock, you have been keeping up with everything that is the Cannes International Film Festival like the rest of us. Every celebrity, model, and billionaire in one city for a week.. Like Los Angeles with way more pressure, and a lot more fun.

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Hotel Du Cap

The first stop of your weekend on the French Riviera should be your hotel of course, and if you’re lucky enough to be staying amongst the rich and famous you’re probably at the Hotel Du Cap because it’s basically ‘THE HOTEL’ of the city. They are hosting Amfar’s Annual Cinema Against Aids party on May 19th and if it is anything like last year you won’t want to miss it, if you can get in. In the past this is the event where spaceship rides with Leonardo DiCaprio were sold, as well as a Banksy from his personal collection. The 23rd edition is being hosted by Sharon Stone, Kevin Spacey, Milla Jovovich, Adrien Brody, Heidi Klum, Carine Roitfeld, Harvey Weinstein, just to name a few, so you can see why after so many years this is still the hottest and most exclusive ticket around!

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Palm Beach Casino – Cannes

When you’ve had enough of all the glitz, glamour, and ball gowns, it is time to get down and dirty at this private after hours party; a pop up hosted by famed LA hip-hop club ‘1OAK’ at The Palm Beach Casino. A favorite to celebs like Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, Rick Ross, and so many more. The doors don’t open until around 3am, and this year Chris Brown, Steve Aoki, and Lil Jon are just a few of the stars brought out by nightlife guru’s Richie Akiva and Ronnie Madra to heat up the city with their performances. You will definitely want to have ‘ended up at 1OAK.’

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Have you had enough partying after 12 days of Cannes or are you ready to rally and get back out there? Let’s hope you’re ready because the French Riviera is not done with you yet. F1OAK and Bootsy Bellows are following all of the action and hosting another slew of after parties.(between May 26th-29th) It shouldn’t be too hard to keep up with if you follow the models diet aka the 3 C’s; cocaine, cigarettes, and champagne. (not promoting it, of course) It’s time to fuel those luxurious yachts up and have your captain get a move on, the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix awaits!

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Monaco Grand Prix France