30Aug

Pretty Walks Along the Beach

1. California Coastal Trail, CA

This one is especially close to my heart… and my home! This is my favorite not only because it’s so beautiful, but because I have direct access to it. The 1200 miles of the Pacific Coastline stretch from Santa Barbara to Oregon with views of Big Sur and Tijuana.

California Coastal Trail

California Coastal Trail

2. Umpqua Dunes of Winchester Bay, Oregon

Where are the camels? oh wait, it’s in oregon…

You’ll feel like you’re in an exotic land on these amazing sand dunes!

The Umpqua Dunes in Oregon

Umpqua Dunes in Oregon

3. Third Beach to Oil City, Olympic National Park in Washington

During low tide, you can see starfish, anemones and slugs

Third Beach to Oil City, Olympic National Park in Washington

Third Beach to Oil City, Olympic National Park in Washington

4. Dungeness Trail, Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia

Explore the moss covered ruins of the Carnegie Mansion… beautiful and creepy at the same time! One of the coolest things about Cumberland Island is that wild horses roam free on the beach…

Ruins of Cumberland Island, Georgia

Ruins of Cumberland Island, Georgia

Wild horses on Cumberland Island, Georgia

Wild horses on Cumberland Island, Georgia

5. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI

The North Country Trail stretches from Crown Point in New York’s Adirondacks to Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota. Here it is in Michigan along Lake Superior…

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

6. Sunken Forest, Fire Island, NY

I haven’t been to Fire Island since I was a kid, but I remember riding my bike from one end to another and enjoying this rare holly forest…

Sunken Forest Fire Island NY

Sunken Forest Fire Island NY

7. Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Anchorage, Alaska

You might spot a bald eagle here, flying through the snow-capped mountains along Knik Arm, home to some of the world’s fastest tides…

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail in Alaska

Tony Knowles Coastal Trail in Anchorage, Alaska

8. Clayhead Trail on Block Island, RI

Walk along the beach and enjoy views of the Block Island Sound

Clayhead Trail on Block Island, RI

Clayhead Trail on Block Island, RI

9. Precipice Trail, Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, ME

This trail is not for the faint of heart! It’s a dangerous, vertical climb up Champlain Mountain using boulders as stairs. From the top you can see views of the Cranberry Islands and the Maine coast.

The Precipice Trail on Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, ME

The Precipice Trail on Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, ME

29Aug

Fall Travels: Seattle

I’ve never been to Seattle, and as a West Coast Resident this is unacceptable! I hear it’s beautiful in the fall…

Things to see in Seattle:

- The Space Needle (that would be my first stop!)
- Original Starbucks (it would be nice to see the original culprit that feeds my daily caffeine addiction)
- Bill Gates’s House (66000 square feet!)
- Seattle Art Museum and the Hammering Man outside
- The Exotic Meat Company? I don’t know about that one… I mean, they have lion on the menu – can they really be trusted?
- Smith Tower Observation Deck
- Seattle Waterfront Garden
- Woodland Park Zoo
- Public Market Center
- Shopping in Downtown Seattle

Seattle Public Market

Seattle Public Market

Seattle Fall Waterfront

Seattle Waterfront in the Fall

Seattle sailing and skyline

Seattle Sailing and Skyline

Seattle Fall Fashion

Seattle Fall Fashion

Seattle Fall Fashion

Keep the scarves coming!

Seattle Fall Fashion

Military Jacket + Fedora + Cute Booties + Umbrella, of course

25Aug

Fall Travels: New York City

New York City is always buzzing, but there is something special about the fall. Just like Boston, the foliage changes and the temperature cools down. Summers in NYC are hot and humid and the cool air is a welcome change. As the nation’s fashion capital, nothing compares to NYC’s Fall Fashion Week. New Yorkers take fall fashion very seriously and bring the chic from runway to sidewalk.

Central Park is a must during fall. You can take a boat out on the water and walk around and people watch. I love doing things like that when i go back home to NY, even though they’re touristy. NYC is one of those places that makes you feel like you’re in a movie. There are amazing restaurants everywhere, stylish and interesting people, some of the best shopping in the world, and an extremely fun nightlife scene! It’s easy for east coasters to travel between NYC and Boston, and if you’re planning a fall trip to either city you should consider extending your stay for a few days and visit both!

Fall in New York City

Fall in New York City

Central Park in the Fall

Central Park in the Fall

New York City in the fall

<3 walks like this

New York City in the fall

Major Sex and the City moment

Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington

Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington at Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week Street Style

New York Fashion Week Street Style - Don't forget your camera!

25Aug

Fall Travels: Boston

Fall in Boston is my favorite time of year. The foliage, crisp air and fall fashion are the best things ever! I’ll be going the second week of October, when the leaves have changed and the air has gotten colder. I can’t wait to stroll down Newbury Street, ride in the swan boats in the Common (a touristy thing I never did as a resident), and have a picnic on the Esplanade along the Charles River. The up-and-coming Waterfront neighborhood in South Boston has gotten tons of buzz so I will have to check that out too!

Boston in the Fall

Boston in the Fall

Boston Commons in the Fall

Boston Commons

 

The swan boats in the Boston Commons in the Fall

Boston Commons Swan Boats

Boston Esplanade in the Fall

The Boston Esplanade along the Charles River

Sonsie on Newbury Street in Boston

Sonsie on Newbury Street in Boston

Boston's North End

The North End is the perfect place for Italian food and coffee after a night out!

I plan on packing plenty of cozy sweaters, boots, jeggings, giant wedges, a leather jacket, tights, and faux fur leopard coat! I love fall fashion because of how comfortable and warm everything is, plus you get to layer and wear lots of pieces at once, which means more shopping!

Fall fashion

Trench and Boots

Fall Fashion

Toggle Coat, Leopard Bag and Knee Highs

Fall Fashion Tights and Shoes

Patterned tights make these shoes fall appropriate

Fall Fashion

Love the sweater with elbow patches

16Aug

Sorrento, Italy

Also on my wish-list… Sorrento is a beautiful town in Campania, Italy, near Naples and Pompeii. From the beautiful coast you can see Naples, Vesuvius, and even the Isle of Capri from the right spot. I can imagine driving down Amalfi Drive through the cliffs down to the beach, where I would relax and drink limoncello!

Sorrento, Italy

The coast of Sorrento, Italy

Sailing in Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento Sailing

Sunset in Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento Sunset

Roofdeck in Sorrento, Italy

The perfect spot for dinner!

 

Lounge chairs overlooking the Sorrento Coast

Evening cocktails overlooking the Sorrento Marina

Parco Dei Principi Hotel in Sorrento, Italy

Parco Dei Principi Hotel Restaurant

Sorrento Coast and Marina

Sorrento Coast and Marina

Sorrento Ruins

Sightseeing at the Sorrento Ruins

8Aug

Pools of the Past, photography by Slim Aarons

Slim Aarons, famous Hollywood photographer, photographed “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” He followed the jet-set crowd on vacations and to parties, many of which were centered around beautifully designed pools in glamorous destinations.

A home in Palm Springs designed by Richard Neutra in 1970.

A home in Palm Springs designed by Richard Neutra, photo taken in 1970

Villa Artemis in Palm Beach, Florida taken in 1955

Villa Artemis in Palm Beach, Florida taken in 1955

Fontainebleu Hotel, Miami 1955

Fontainebleu Hotel, Miami 1955

Eustaquio Escandon Estate in Acapulco

Eustaquio Escandon Estate in Acapulco

El Venero Moorish Villa in Marbella Spain 1971

El Venero Moorish Villa in Marbella Spain, taken in 1971

Boardman Estate in Palm Beach, Florida, taken in 1985

Boardman Estate in Palm Beach, Florida, taken in 1985

Villa Gli Arieti in Italy, 1986

Villa Gli Arieti in Italy, 1986

Lake Tahoe 1959

Lake Tahoe 1959

Home of James Pendleton, interior designer, in Beverly Hills 1960

Home of James Pendleton, interior designer, in Beverly Hills 1960

Bouldereign Estate in Carefree, Arizona, taken in 1973

Bouldereign Estate in Carefree, Arizona, taken in 1973

Palm Springs Tennis Club in California 1970

Palm Springs Tennis Club in California 1970

Which pool is your favorite?

Photo credit: Photographers Gallery

3Aug

Top 5 Best Cities for Singles

Travel + Leisure has released their top 20 best cities for singles. T+L readers were asked to evaluate 35 cities on various factors, such as attractive locals and bar scene. My favorite 5 were:

1. New Orleans

Bourbon Street is a popular destination in New Orleans.

New Orleans, Bourbon Street

New Orleans has been on my Must Visit list for some time now, and it’s #1 spot on Travel and Leisure’s Best Cities for Singles confirms my suspicions that it’s a super fun place. It ranked #1 in the best cocktails, most fascinating people, and best neighborhood cafe categories.

Don’t Miss: Bourbon Street, of course, and Frenchmen Street for lots of live music and bars. New bars are Maison and Three Muses.

2. Austin

Sixth Street is a popular hotspot in Austin, Texas

Austin, Sixth Street

Apparently the locals here are smart, athletic, and eco-conscious. Austin also ranked #2 for live music.

Don’t Miss: Sixth Street downtown for music and drinks, and East Sixth Street for beer gardens and classy dive bars.

3. New York City

New York City is one of the best cities for singles.

New York City

One of my favorite places and the #1 city for stylish locals. You can’t go wrong in NYC for nightlife.

4. Chicago

Bar DeVille is a popular hotspot in Chicago.

Chicago, Bar DeVille

They might have the worst weather ever, but they still have an amazing bar scene.

Don’t Miss: Cool neighborhoods like Andersonville, Pilsen and Logan Square.

5. Miami

Miami is a great city for singles.

Miami

The locals were ranked as being pretty unfriendly, but they did well in the attractiveness and style categories.

Don’t Miss: The South Beach scene, or downtown Design District and Brickell

Check out the complete list of Travel + Leisure’s Best Cities for Singles

27Jul

Top 5 Summer Totes

These totes aren’t made out of straw, so they’re easy to clean and pack in your suitcase. My favorite is the Marc by Marc Jacobs Packable Shopper, $58 at ShopBop.com or Bloomingdale’s. It’s thin and flexible, so you can fold it and put it on your suitcase easily. Plus it comes in stripes – navy and white (my favorite), yellow and white – and lots of fun prints, too.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Packable Shopper is a great beach tote.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Packable Shopper

The Trina Turk Towel Tote, $145 at Bloomingdale’s, is another great option. I love the print and the size. You can really fit a lot in there! It comes in white and clear and hot pink and clear.

This Trina Turk Towel Tote is perfect for the beach.

Trina Turk Towel Tote

The Kate Spade Daycation Tote is cute and versatile. You could easily use this for work or as a weekend bag.

The Kate Spade Daycation Tote is perfect for the beach.

Kate Spade Daycation Tote

This Lauren by Ralph Lauren Harbor Island Beach Bag is preppy and adorable, available in navy and red. It will look great with a pair of torn denim shorts and a bikini top! You can find it at Lord & Taylor for $98.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Harbor Island Beach Bag

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Harbor Island Beach Bag

The See by Chloe Tote comes in a fun animal print in beige and black and fuchsia and black. Because of the colors, it’s not seasonal, so you can use it throughout the year. It’s $105 at Bloomingdale’s.

This See by Chloe Tote is the perfect tote for beach or work.

See by Chloe Tote

19Jul

Best Summer Travel Products

Looking good while traveling is easy if you have these amazing products! Whether you’re at the airport or a pool party, these chic accessories and beauty products will help you stay fabulous on-the-go.

Smythson of Bond Street Passport Holder

The Smythson of Bond Street Passport Holder is a chic way to carry your passport while traveling.

Smythson of Bond Street Passport Holder

Love the gold accents!

CitySlips

CitySlips are a great travel accessory.

CitySlips portable flats

These portable flats fold up into a cute little pouch, which unfolds into a tote when the flats aren’t inside. They’re sturdy enough to take you sightseeing and small enough to stash in your purse!

Rene Furterer Protective Summer Fluid Kit

This Rene Furterer Protective Summer Fluid Kit

Rene Furterer Protective Summer Fluid Kit

Keep your hair protected from sun and chlorine damage. These products can prevent and repair damage.

Benefit Benetint Lip Balm SPF 15

Benefit Benetint Lip Balm has SPF 15.

Benefit Benetint Lip Balm with SPF 15

This lip blam is tinted and as SPF 15, making it perfect for light lip color during the day or at a pool party.

Prescriptives Anywear Multipurpose Makeup Stick

This makeup stick by prescriptives is a great travel beauty product.

Prescriptives Anywear Multipurpose Makeup Stick

This is the perfect product to carry at all times! Great for touch ups under the eyes, blemishes or full foundation.

14Jul

Top U.S.Travel Destinations 2011

Virtuoso’s Luxe Report revealed the top domestic travel destinations for 2011. Hawaii dominated the list, demonstrating US traveler’s need for exotic island vacations in 2011!

1. Maui, Hawaii

The Four Seasons Resort Maui is one of the islands best luxury hotels.

Four Seasons Resort Maui

What has been recognized as the “Best Island in the World” 16 years in a row (out of 23) by the Conde Nast Reader’s Poll. So it’s no surprise this amazing island took the top spot as most sought after destination of 2011! Not only is it a great leisure destination, but offers adventure activities as well. Whale watching, exploring active volcanoes, water sports, golf and more can be found on the islands of Hawaii.

2. New York City

Hotel Plaza Athenee is one of New York City's best hotels.

Hotel Plaza Athenee

In 2010, NYC drew in 43 million tourists. That’s a 7% increase from 2009. It’s possible that 2011 may hit 50 million tourists. It makes sense that NYC tourism is doing so well in this economy because it offers plenty of things to do, is within driving distance for a good amount of people on the east coast, and it’s larger-than-life attitude can be just as thrilling as the exotic Maui!

3. Las Vegas

The Bellagio is a luxury hotel in Las Vegas

Bellagio Las Vegas

It seems like the perfect place to let off some steam. Casinos, nightlife, shopping, and shows are the main attractions. Summer is great for Vegas pool parties too.

4. Napa Valley

Auberge du Soleil is a luxurious hotel in Napa Valley.

Auberge du Soleil

Napa draws over 5 million tourists every year. People come to visit wineries and take in the beautiful landscape. Plus, you can stop by San Francisco (#5) on the way.

5. Orlando

Disney World is a popular tourist attraction in Orlando, Florida

Disney World

Disney travel is huge, and with new renovations this year, exciting for many.

6. San Francisco

The W Hotel in San Francisco is a popular luxury hotel.

W Hotel San Francisco

People come to San Francisco for the food, architecture, art, and entertainment. It’s a great place for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. San Francisco is to the west coast what NYC is to the east coast – a great weekend spot that’s not too far, but you still feel like you’re going on a substantial vacation.

7. Colorado Mountains

The Ritz Carlton Vail is a new luxury hotel in Vail.

Ritz Carlton Vail

The Rockies are really popular during the winter and early spring for skiing and snowboarding. There are lots of great resort towns, like Vail, Aspen, and Steamboat Springs.

8. Big Island, Hawaii

The Fairmont Orchid on Big Island, Hawaii, is a popular luxury hotel.

Fairmont Orchid

The second Hawaiian island to make the top 10, Big Island is (as it’s name might suggest) the largest. It’s also an active volcanic site, which is one of its biggest attractions.

9. Maimi

The Gansevoort is a luxury hotel in South Beach, Miami.

Gansevoort

Another great place to go for a long weekend and have some fun. Relax on the beach during the day and enjoy the South Beach scene at night!

10. Kauai, Hawaii

The St. Regis Princeville is a popular luxury hotel in Kauai, Hawaii.

St. Regis Princeville

The third and final Hawaiian island on the list…Kauai is the oldest and has been featured in over 70 Hollywood movies. Directors can’t get enough of the beautiful landscapes of Kauai!

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