Design Hotels : Missoni Kuwait

6.27.2012


Last March, following its debut in Edinburgh, Scotland, the second-ever Hotel Missoni opened its doors in Kuwait. Located on the Salmiya seafront, the hotel is outfitted with the fashion house‘s iconic boho-glam patterns and details as well as furniture from the likes of Philippe Starck and Hans Wegner. I tell ya, the Middle East is kicking some serious a** in the luxury and design departments. Don't you just love all the colors and details? 

Flying Flips : Flip Flops with a Cause

6.25.2012


The FlyingFlips concept: Artists and designers submit incredible designs, the FlyingFlips community votes for the best ones and the winning piece then gets printed as flip-flops for sale at FlyingFlips.com.  So, what's the big deal you might ask? Well, a second set of FlipFlops from every pair sold is given to a person in need! Design, shopping, and a commitment to giving back, how great is that? Shimmy yourself through your next getaway wearing your ultra cool flips and knowing that you did something good for someone else in this world. Below are some of the ├╝bercool designs you'll find on FlyingFlips.

Make sure to click here for a chance to win $100 worth of flip flops for your next trip... and the next... and then the next :-) You only have 16 days left, go!

15 Hotel Terraces with Unbelievable Views

6.21.2012


A favorite vacation activity? Lounging, a gorgeous view, and a snack or two. Here are 15 hotel porches perfect for just that… (above: LE MEURICE Paris, France)

The Weekend Guide : Newport & Narragansett, RI

6.18.2012


Who doesn't love seaside towns.. They're chill, laid-back, and have their own culture of nautical inspired designs and fashion. Narragansett and Newport, Rhode Island (the sailing capital of the world) are only a 3 hour drive from Manhattan and two to three days gives you just enough time to sail, see, shop, drink and be merry. Here's a quick bucket list....

Chanel's The Little Black Jacket Exhibition - New York

6.14.2012


The Little Black Jacket Chanel exhibition landed in New York this week and for one week only!  Located in a nondescript lot at 18 Wooster St. in SoHo, I stopped in this afternoon to find Lagerfeld's photos nicely displayed despite the somewhat small space. Upon exit you have the choice of 1, 2, or 3 free poster sized prints to choose from and then rolled up into a plastic Chanel bag for you. Cool, right? If you can't make it in to the exhibit before it ends tomorrow have a look at the official The Little Black Jacket - Chanel microsite to see where it will be traveling to next. Catch it before it's gone..!

Design Hotels : Armani Hotel Dubai

6.13.2012


Stylish, luxe, and debonaire are three words that come to mind when thinking of the Armani Hotel Dubai. There's a sense of covertness along the sleekly numbered guest room corridors, which I love, as if there are untold secrets behind each door. The design is peaceful and effortless, but in true Armani fashion, still conveys wow factor. The hotel also offers six restaurants choices, a swanky spa, three Armani boutiques and an outpost of Milan's upscale Priv├ę night club. Wouldn't you love to just lounge in this plush retreat for a few days?

The Weekend Guide : Cold Spring, Hudson Valley

6.06.2012


One of my favorite things to do, especially in the summer, is take short weekend jaunts to cool, new places. Over the Memorial weekend I hopped on a train bound for Cold Springs in the majestic Hudson Valley. It's worth the trip if just to get to the completely fantastic Cold Spring Apothecary on Main St. The shop is impeccably designed from the vintagey-organic interior right down to every piece of packaging for its line of hair, skin and body treatments, candles, soaps, and soothing fragrances. The products are hand-made right in the store with 100% natural ingredients and I do not exaggerate when I say this store is the best discovery I've made all year, I just looove this place and the merchandise. Shopping works up an appetite and Cathryn's Tuscan Grill did not disappoint with a too-delicious-for-words artichoke ravioli special. There's also Hudson Hil's, a cute French cafe across the street from Cathryn's that's good for sandwiches or desserts. After browsing Cold Spring's numerous antique shops end the day at The Pig Hill Inn and you've had yourself a mighty fine weekend.

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