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Vacation State of Mind

24 Jun


Summer is officially here but for a few weeks now, I have been daydreaming about being on vacation! These photos of some of the most expensive hotels in the world, have taken my daydreaming to a whole new level! You can see more here. If money were no object, which one would you stay at?

(Photos via Vogue Australia. First photo: Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris from $1603, second photo: La Réserve, Ramatuelle, Cote d’Azur from $1760)


Stylish Winter

19 Dec

12bb78937828c1ea34a38397e22e6e27sartorialistI am a big believer that you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort and warmth in the winter. While California winters are mild, I will be traveling to Denver for a few days next week where it will definitely be cold. I must admit, that I am having a difficult time in determining what I will pack  although, if the truth be known, I am not a light packer and never have been. I plan to only take a carry-on so that alone will place some limitations on me  but I am getting some style inspiration from these photos.  I do know a pair of boots, my recently purchased coat and a hat or two will make the cut! If you live in a place where the temperature drops to frigid lows, how do you stay warm and stylish?

(First photo via Emerson Fry second photo via The Sartorialist)

Vintage Travel Posters

27 Nov

bpl17bpl11bpl6The holiday season is here and some of us will be traveling to see family and friends. While we won’t be traveling until after Christmas, these  classic travel posters made me want to hop on a plane now!As much as I enjoy the comfort of booking tickets and making travel plans from the comfort of home in my computer, I miss going to a travel agency. In the 80s, as a kid, I remember the posters at agencies and always getting a rush of excitement at seeing so many places that to my young self, seemed as though they were an entire planet away! Do you have fun travel plans coming up?

(Images via Brainpickings)

Literature Inspired Hotels

13 Nov

131112112732-literary-hotels---le-marcel-horizontal-gallery131112112700-literary-hotels---lhotel-horizontal-galleryI finished reading Morrissey’s Autobiography a few weeks ago and  now, more than ever, I feel I need to go to Manchester for a literary and musical pilgrimage of sorts (you can read my review of the book here). So, when I saw these hotels which have either been inspired by literature or have histories tied to writers, I had to make a note to myself to visit and/or stay in them, especially the ones in Paris. L’ Hotel was made famous by Oscar Wilde, who lived and died there. Hotel Le Marcel has the color indigo spread throughout because the owners say it’s a major element of romantic literature. You can see more hotels here. Which one would you stay in?

(Images via CNN)


15 Oct


The first time I heard the word glamping (glamorous camping) I didn’t believe there was such a thing and thought it was a joke! However, the more I learned about it, the more it began to appeal to me. You see, I am not really an outdoorsy type. Don’t get me wrong,  I actually enjoy camping which honestly, is a bit surprising since I prefer the comfort of the indoors so much more. Yet, the idea of being in nature away from the daily grind of the city, in comfort and luxury sounds great to me! Talk about getting the best of both worlds!

So, I’ve been researching glamping because honestly, I am really curious to experience it and in researching places where glamping is available, I came across this great directory site. In it I found that there is  a glamping site just a short distance north of Los Angeles near Santa Barbara in El Capitan Mountains. It would make for a great romantic weekend getaway or a fun weekend away with girlfriends. Would you go glamping?

(Image via Luxury Homes)

The Marais District

2 Oct

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While in Paris, we stayed in an apartment we rented through Paris for Rent in the Marais District.Marais is in the Right Bank and is one of the oldest districts in the city, located in parts of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. The Pompidou  is there and we were also walking distance from Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre and other museums and landmarks. Marais also has a lot of art galleries, good restaurants and great places to shop,  in some ways it reminded us of our neighborhood here at home. We simply fell in love with it and vowed that the next time we visit Paris, we will stay there again!

(All photos by me. The first photo is of of our apartment building.)

The Eiffel Tower

25 Sep





The Eiffel Tower is breathtaking! I remember the very first time I saw it years ago and simply being in awe of how tall it was. I couldn’t believe that after seeing it in photos and television, I was actually there, right in front of it! I felt the exact same way, seeing it again just a few weeks ago. It is such an iconic landmark and so incredibly breathtaking that every time I saw it, even from afar as we walked around Paris or visited  places like Sacre Cour, it was always there in the background. It felt like a good friend who was always there with you, reminding you it was not going anywhere.

(Photos by me)

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