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.

25Oct

New Site Alert: Wanderfly, a Travel Suggestion Site

Wanderfly is a new travel suggestion site that asks users questions in order to provide personalized recommendations for destinations the user would enjoy.

The home page asks for users’ departure city, budget, dates, if there is a specific location they had in mind, and what type of vacation they would like (i.e. romantic, spa, eco tourism, etc.).

Wanderfly, a travel suggestion site, reviewed.

Wanderfly homepage

Based on those questions, Wanderfly provides several suggestions complete with destination overview, news, weather, photos, price for flight and suggested hotel, Google Map, and the option to book with Expedia. Wanderfly will also be adding reviews, travel tips and currency conversion soon.  You can view one at a time (pictured below) or all at once. They have integrated with Facebook, and users can connect Wanderfly with Facebook and see if they have any friends in the suggested destination.

Wanderfly Suggestion Results

Wanderfly Suggestion Results

For each suggested destination, Wanderfly provides suggested flights and hotels at different price points:

Wanderfly, a travel suggestion site, provides flight suggestions in different price ranges.

Wanderfly Flight Suggestions

Wanderfly, a travel suggestion site, provides hotel suggestions at different price points.

Wanderfly Hotel Suggestions

Wanderfly also provides activity suggestions based on which type of vacation the user has selected. If they selected ‘Food,’ restaurant suggestions will appear for each destination. Another social media integration – FourSquare, which comes into play here, in the destination activity suggestions.

Wanderfly, a travel suggestion site, recommendations page

Wanderfly Destination Recommendations

When you’ve signed up, you can save searches and favorite things to your account and look at them later. You can also share with friends via email, or request to talk to a Travel Expert.

Conclusion: Wanderfly is a great tool if you haven’t decided exactly where you want to go yet. The site is clean, aesthetically pleasing, easy to use and provides great suggestions for all budgets. The travel tips and reviews will be very influential once they’ve completed development on those features.

22Oct

Top 10 Travel Beauty Products for Women

It’s imperative to look and feel fabulous when you’re traveling to an exotic destination. Here are a few products to keep you looking and feeling your best:

One great beauty product for traveling is Noxema Wet Cleansing Cloths

Noxema Wet Cleansing Cloths

1.Noxema Wet Cleansing Cloths are a lifesaver! I actually use them on a daily basis, but they’re great for traveling as well. They’re especially perfect for washing makeup off at night when you’re tired. Cleansing cloths have become quite popular lately, and I’ve tried several different kinds.  Noxema’s Cleansing Cloths are the best – the eucalyptus is super refreshing!

One great beauty product for traveling is the Nars Multiple=

Nars Multiple Makeup Stick

2. The Nars Multiple Makeup Stick is a multi-purpose stick for eyes, lips, cheek & body. Some of the colors look quite bold at first glance, but they wear super sheer. All you need is a tinted moisturizer or foundation and the Multiple Makeup Stick and you’re all set! One quick swipe, a little rub and voila! The Stick comes in the classic Nars shade, Orgasm, and 10 other lovely hues. There are a few new shades hitting shelves this May – Turks and Caicos, a bright peach; Cadaques, a rosy pink; and Beverly Hills, a flush red. Read Allure’s review here.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is the perfect travel beauty product.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

3. Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 is a sheer, lightweight foundation that can be worn by all skin types. It’s especially great for those with oily or acne prone skin. Wear with Nars Multiple Makeup Stick for the easiest beauty regimen ever!

Yves Saint Laurent Instant Eye Wake-up Pads

Yves Saint Laurent Instant Eye Wake-up Pads

4. Yves Saint Laurent Instant Eye Wake-up Pads are just what a tired girl needs. YSL perfectly puts it: “Your must-have anti-fatigue beauty partner for fresh and radiant eyes.” These little pads will also diminish the appearance of fine lines and crows feet around the eyes. Traveling and adventure can be quite demanding – don’t let it give you unsightly under-eye bags!

Frederik Fakkai Travel Faves - Technician Color Care

Frederik Fakkai Travel Faves - Technician Color Care

5. Frederik Fakkai Travel Faves – Technician Color Care allows you to maintain  your gorgeous locks on-the-go with your favorite mini Fakkai products! It comes with luxurious shampoo, conditioner and anti-fade topcoat for enduring color and vibrancy, along with travel-size Sheer Hold Hairspray and mini comb – all in a chic travel bag. The Salon Technicial Color Care line uses Galanga Root Extract to shield agains UV rays and heal damaged hair. The Rapid Results Moisture Mask submerges hair in humectants and extracts to revive just-colored condition and silkiness. Anti-Fade Top Coat is a quick-dry solution that seals the cuticle, and helps prevent frizz and fade.

Ojon Rub Out Dry Cleaner To Go

Ojon Rub Out Dry Cleaner To Go

6.Ojon Rub Out Dry Cleaner To Go – no one needs to know you haven’t washed your hair today! We don’t always have time to wash our hair and restyle it every single day, so use this dry shampoo to get rid of oily hair.  Fun Fact: you can also use it if you’ve accidentally added too much product to your hair.

Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit

Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit

7.Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit includes a foundation primer, tinted moisturizer, undercover pot shade, secret camouflage brush, camouflage powder brush, velour puff, and egg shaped sponge. Basically it includes everything you need for a flawless, classic face!

mdskincare Sunscreen Pads

mdskincare Sunscreen Pads

8. mdskincare Sunscreen Pads SPF 30 are little pads that you can apply anywhere for a sticky-free, long last finish. Great for any skin type, even acne or break out prone.  Carry them in your purse or beach bag when traveling so you’re always prepared!

fresh Sugar Deoderant and Antiperspirant

fresh Sugar Deoderant and Antiperspirant

9. fresh Sugar Deoderant and Antiperspirant is a glide-on deoderant that has a sweet, sugary aroma that uses skin soothing botanicals and deoderizing agents that help you stay dry no matter where you are! Pack it in your purse or beach bag to stay fresh on-the-go ;)

GO SMiLE Jet Set Travel Kit

GO SMiLE Jet Set Travel Kit

10. GO SMiLE Jet Set Travel Kit includes a tube of AM Energy Luxury Toothpaste, PM Tranquility Luxury Toothpaste, and a Portable Toothbrush in a little zip case. Whiten your teeth with the special morning toothpaste that contains energizing ingredients like mandarin, lemon, lime, and peppermint extracts, and at night with soothing lavender, chamomile, vanilla, valerian root, and spearmint extracts. Naturally hydrated silica will polish surface stains and fluoride prevents tooth decay.

24Sep

Best Restaurants in New York: Restaurant Daniel

Daniel is en elegant French restaurant on the Upper East side. Chef Daniel Boulud has created a refined dining ambiance by placing importance on interior design, which is a blend of old world and contemporary. Service is impeccable and discreet, and every need is anticipated. Little ottomans are provided for women to put their purses on while they dine.

Cuisine is a mixture of traditional French and American flavors and techniques. Chef Daniel Boulud also loves vegetables and there is an entire vegetarian menu available as well. Patrons are still required to “dress” for dinner at Daniel. Men are required to wear a jacket and women should dress in evening wear.

Daniel has been named the 8th best restaurant in the world for the 2010 S. Pelligrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants, up 33 from last year (making Daniel the Highest Climber).

Recommended dishes:

> Paupiette of sea bass (sea bass in a crisp potato shell)
> Double feature of braised short ribs in red wine with potato gratin and seared rib eye with black trumpets and Gorgonzola cream
> Black sea bass with Syrah sauce (signature dish)

> Dessert: warm Guanaja chocolate coulant with liquid salted caramel

Best Restaurants in the World - Restaurant Daniel

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel - Slow baked Nova Scotia Halibut with Chanterelles, Yukon Potato Quiche, Tuscan Kale, Oregano Jus

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel - Dessert

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel - Woodfire Grilled Yellowfin Tuna, Hawaiian hearts of palm, red kuri squash, chorizo emulsion

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel - Pan Seared Foie Gras

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel - Pan Seared Foie Gras

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel - Maine Sea Scallop Rosette, fennel marmalade, orange, saffron veloute

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel - Daniel Maine Peekytoe Crab Salad celery, walnut oil, granny smith sauce

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel - Italian White Truffles Risotto

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel

Best Restaurants in New York - Restaurant Daniel

23Sep

Travel Europe: Athens

Athens had undergone many changes in preparations for hosting the 2004 Olympics, and continues to evolve. New squares and pedestrian walkways, chic hotels, restaurants, train stations and museums have appeared. Athens has a surprisingly vibrant street vibe and nightlife, one of the longest and most beautiful pedestrian walk ways in Europe, a thriving art scene, and even a Chinatown. The city is filled with sidewalk cafes, seafood restaurants, pedestrian promenades.

Things to do in Athens, Greece:

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Sidewalk Cafes in the Plaka District

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Sidewalk Cafes in the Plaka District

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - The Plaka

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - The Plaka

People watch at a sidewalk cafe and stroll through the Plaka, the oldest neighborhood in Athens. It is the most charming in the early evening.

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Syntagma Square

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Syntagma Square

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers

Visit the Syntagma Square, a metro station with artifacts uncovered when it was built. Watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at they Syntagma Square’s Pink Parliament Building. Soldiers, chosen for their height and good looks perform a choreographed ceremony.

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Parthenon

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Parthenon

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Temple of Poseidon

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Temple of Poseidon

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Temple of Olympian Zeus

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Temple of Olympian Zeus

Go to the Parthenon, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and the Temple of Poseidon. The Temple of Poseidon is farther away but has the best sunsets and interesting carved graffiti.

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Mount Lycabettus

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Mount Lycabettus

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Mount Lycabettus Amphitheater

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Mount Lycabettus Amphitheater

Take the tram up to Mount Lycabettus and take in the amazing views while eating at a cafe, or see the amphitheather (which hosts performances from artists during the summer months).

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - National Archaeological Museum in Athens

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - National Archaeological Museum in Athens

Browse through the National Archaeological Museum where they have ancient artifacts, such as the 2000 year old computer and a vast collection of Greek sculptures and jewelry.

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Varvakeios Agora Market

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Varvakeios Agora Market

Go to the Varvakeios market, the Agora-Athens central market. It is located at the beginning of Athens Chinatown and Eolu Street, a pedestrian shopping district.

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Psiri

Travel Europe - Athens, Greece - Psiri

Go to Pisiri, which is the bohemian district of Athens. It is now very trendy and is full of restaurants, clubs, theaters and galleries. Go to Pisiri for an active nightlife scene.

7Sep

Travel Photography – Interior Design Photos

Travel photography can be used for interior design. These photos, taken from Travel Photographers, are examples of sophisticated travel photographs that can be displayed in the home.

Travel Photography - Interior Design Photos - Wave Watching Rosh Hanikra Israel

Travel Photography - Interior Design Photos - Wave Watching Rosh Hanikra Israel

Travel Photography - Interior Design Photos - Trip to Portugal
Travel Photography – Interior Design Photos – Trip to Portugal

Travel Photography - Interior Design Photos - Stilts in Sri Lanka

Travel Photography - Interior Design Photos - Stilts in Sri Lanka

Travel Photography - Interior Design Photos - Harbor Lights

Travel Photography - Interior Design Photos - Harbor Lights

Travel Photography - Interior Design Photos - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Travel Photography - Interior Design Photos - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Travel Photography - Interior Design Photos - Purdah

Travel Photography - Interior Design Photos - Purdah

Travel Photography - Interior Design Photos - Biking in Portugal

Travel Photography - Interior Design Photos - Biking in Portugal

Travel Photography - Inerior Design Photos - Britain

Travel Photography - Inerior Design Photos - Britain

Travel Photography - Interior Design Photos - On The Tracks

Travel Photography - Interior Design Photos - On The Tracks

4May

World’s Most Valuable Luxury Brands

Millward Brown Optimor just released their annual list of the World’s Most Powerful Luxury Brands. They’ve noted that the luxury category overall is down 3%, and brands that focused on heritage rather than high fashion fared better.

1. Louis Vuitton: up 2% to $19.78 Billion
- Focused on their primary consumer, the Jetsetter.

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

2. Hermes: up 8% to $8.46 Billion
- Charge much more for their bags than their competitors, tight control over selected retailers.

Hermes 2010 Campaign

Hermes 2010 Campaign

3. Gucci: up 2% to $7.59 Billion
- Developed a partnership with Christie’s to appraise vintage Gucci luggage and handbags.

Gucci Summer 2010 Ad Campaign with Natasha Poly

Gucci Summer 2010 Ad Campaign with Natasha Poly

4. Chanel: down 11% to $5.55 Billion
- The decrease in sales is a sign of the times. Their classic quilted bag was still a good seller, as well as fragrances and cosmetics, but people were not willing to spend the extra money on ready-to-wear.

Chanel Spring 2010 Ad Campaign with Claudia Schiffer

Chanel Spring 2010 Ad Campaign with Claudia Schiffer

5. Hennessy: down 1% to $5.37 Billion
- This LVMH brand is super popular in China.

Hennessy

Hennessy

6. Rolex: down 14% to $4.74 Billion
- Suffered due to the recession, just like Cartier

Rolex 2010 Fall/Winter Ad Campaign

Rolex 2010 Fall/Winter Ad Campaign

7. Moet & Chandon: down 12% to $4.82 Billion
- Still the #1 champagne brand despite the decline.

Moet & Chandon Campaign 2010 with Scarlett Johansson

Moet & Chandon Campaign 2010 with Scarlett Johansson

8. Cartier: down 19% to $3.96 Billion
- Severe decline in sales to 3rd party retailers.

Cartier Summer 2010 Campaign

Cartier Summer 2010 Campaign

9. Fendi: down 8% to $3.2 Billion
- Known for “it” bags in the US, super popular in Asia; ready-to-wear designed by Karl Lagerfeld as an answer to Gucci’s ready-to-wear.

Fendi Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

Fendi Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

10. Tiffany & Co.: up 6% to $2.38 Billion
- Did not place last year; brand refused to discount in 2009, plans to expand to Asia and Western Europe.

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.

16Apr

Hollywood Sign To Become A Luxury Hotel?

Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Sign

Ever since the real estate investors who own adjacent land to the famous Hollywood sign expressed an interest in selling it to developers to build luxury homes, there has been concern about the future of this famous Hollywood landmark.

The Trust for Public Land and the Hollywood Sign Trust began an emergency fund-raising campaign. They have $1 million left that they need to raise before the April 30th deadline in order to save the 138 acres of land the Hollywood sign lives on.

A proposal was recently submitted by Danish architect, Christian Bay Jorgensen. He met with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to suggest a luxury hotel that would incorporate the sign by rebuilding each letter 90 feet tall (twice the current size). The hotel would be built behind the letters, and would include public space to host awards ceremonies.

Fortunately, this proposal was refused, but the sign’s future remains uncertain. Perhaps celebrities of Hollywood should step up – like in 1978, when the letters were in need of refurbishing, and Hugh Hefner hosted an auction and each of the letters were sold to a different celebrity!