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Wet Your Travel Whistle With These Enticing Slide Shows

September 2nd, 2010 No Comments

The Huffington Post travel section features slides shows with photos and just enough info to tease you into researching further.

Keep these lists handy when planning your next vacation:

6 Cool Hotel Bars

7 Hot Spots Out West You Have To Experience

9 Brand New NYC Hotels

12 Cities for Beer Lovers

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Postcards From Playa Del Carmen

August 13th, 2010 No Comments

Last day working from my beachfront desk :(

 

I spy with my little eye…

 

Meet my friend Juan (you might remember him as the hottie from my first trip to Playa) and his business partner Alex. They’ve just opened Playa’s hottest restaurant Sea Sun Bistro on 8th Street. Tonight they’re hosting a private event so this place is about to be packed!!

 

My toes are out of the water

Ass out of the sand

What the hell am I thinking

I’m leavin’ again.

Life is…..sad today!

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August 11th, 2010 No Comments

 

GVOYW: Hello from Paradise Edition

I took a quick video on my beach run this morning.  It is absolutely beautiful in Playa del Carmen – like the Carribean but closer and cheaper!

I’ll tell you, the best part of the run was when the clouds rolled in and it rained for literally 1 minute to cool me off from the heat,

The all inclusive hotel behind me appears to be nice, but the food and drinks at these places is like plastic.  Don’t be deceived!!!

Hope you’re enjoying the day.

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Postcards from Playa: Behind the beach edition

August 8th, 2010 No Comments

My Sunday fun-day.

 

My oceanfront office.

Ok, not really.  It’s too hot and sticky outside to be productive.  I’m actually sitting on the couch reading emails right now.

But, it looks like a great idea, doesn’t it?

In a perfect world, I wouldn’t need to work today, but I’m not opposed to it.

 

 

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Postcards from Playa Del Carmen

August 5th, 2010 No Comments

GPOYW: You don’t need to see me edition

Lunch (almuerzo in Spanish – you’ve just learned something today!). These veggies were grown down the street and grilled lightly. No seasoning needed. Wrap it up in a handmade tortilla and you’ve got a meal.

(This post has been updated.  Wow, totally embarrassed I wrote breakfast instead of lunch.  Must have been the tequila typing).

 

With a fresh pineapple margarita. Case and point: Mexico is healthier than the States.

 

Annnnd…scene. Nap time!

After my nap. Living on the edge and tanning topless. No, I’m not going to show you. Honestly I’m a little uncomfortable with the whole situation even though there’s no one here…. Just thought I’d try it out, go crazy. But this kind of behavior might be a little to extreme for me…before a couple cocktails anyway.

 

Umm, has anyone seen my ass? It must be around here somewhere. I swore I brought it…

 

Almuerzo ;)

 

 

“Way down here

You need a reason to move

Feel a fool

Running your stateside games

Lose your load

Leave your mind behind, Baby James 

Oh, Mexico….”

—Mexico, James Taylor

Mason is so stressed out.

 

Our idea of a good time.

 

Good morning from paradise.

Not sure if you remember this, but last time I came down, it rained continuously for 6 days straight!  On this trip, the weather is flawless: not too hot, a cool breeze comes off the ocean, and I have great friends here to share it with.

Now that’s what I call Smile Friday :)

 

Digging out the vein to get to the taco isn’t ever fun, but totally worth the effort…or the extra bucks per pound to have them already de-pooed.

 

Another fabulously fresh and simple lunch: shrimp tacos with Sarah’s pineapple salsa.

To make the salsa all you have to do is chop up:

— pineapple

— onion

— jalapeño

— red bell pepper

Add a little olive oil, a squeeze of lime, and you’re done. Use it with broiled white fish, cold green beans, or chips.

 

 

And today’s beach bum nap album, The XX. It’s mellow and motontonous but has personallity and soul.  Honestly, I’m terrible at describing music, it’s just a fucking amazing album.  I use it for spin (“Crystalized”) and to fall asleep. How that’s possible is beyond me, but I’m digging it.

(Click here to preview or buy on iTunes)

 

 

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Finally a real first class

July 16th, 2010 No Comments

I finally make it on a Continental plane that has a First Class that doesn’t look like Coach and smell like cheese. Yay!

But, they STILL don’t offer wifi. Something about waiting for the merger with United. I’m sure they’re aware Delta and even Airtran has had wifi for over a year now. Unfortunately I don’t have Elite status for upgrades on either of those airlines.

Oh well…nap time :)

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Back to the Big Apple :)

May 11th, 2010 No Comments

This trip might come as a bit of a surprise to you. But I’m so excited to be heading up back to my island home.

Here’s what my travel to get there entails:

5am CST – Pry eyelids open

7am – I leave on a JetBlue plane.

11:30am EST – Pry eyelids open again as plan reaches the gate.

11:34am – I set foot into the great state of New York.

1pm – Mani/pedi with Lucy at BB Nails (I haven’t had a mani/pedi since Sarah’s birthday, yikes!).  My love Adrien is joining me!

2:30pm – Meeting #1

4:30pm – Meeting #2

6pm – Drinks with a few of my favorite peeps (minus one new mommy).

7:30pm – Dinner meeting.

9pm – Pass the F out.

Obviously it’ a work trip, but I’m squeezing in a little me time.  And of course, spring hasn’t hit NYC yet so I’m forced to lug multiple pairs of boots across the country.  Whatever, the trip could yield some great partnerships, so keep your fingers crossed.

Below are pics with captions from my entire trip.

 

If you’re flying an airline that shares a terminal with Southwest, 9.5 times out of 10, the security line won’t border on obnoxious, it will be full blown ridiculous.

(This one at Hobby zig-zags and fills the entire terminal.)

Check it out. “That guy” who spilled half her bag in the security line pulled it together and made her flight.

Always my first stop in NYC: BB Nails on the corner of Lex and E 30th. Litterally I get off the plane and take a taxi straight here. Of course, I had to make the appointment with Lucy at least a week in advance. She’s that good! The number here is 212-689-1892.

How sweet is my Megs to come meet me to catch up?! I love this lady.

I’m off to meet G and Charlotte for lunch uptown. Trying out a new iPhone app for pics, what do you think? This effect doesn’t really fit the photo, but it’s my favorite thus far. More to come on this later.

I love surprising people with sweet treats. Usually I make them, but in NYC I have so many favorite bakeries, I pick one per trip and stock up to distribute to friends, people I take meetings with, etc. Such a simple gesture that always makes them smile.

The trick is to bring something people love and wouldn’t get for themselves (cupcakes from Sprinkles/Crave/Buttercup) or truly unique that people might not know about.

Today I picked up unbelievably delicious brownie bites from Bouchon bakery at Columbus Circle on my way to meet G. Another favorite is the cinnamon toast from Stumptown coffee. In Houston I go to Dapaco’s in the Heights for tres leches cake. As for LA, my go-to is Delucious cookies from Food+Lab.

I got my daily dose of Charlotte in person today. She’s such a good baby!!

For more of this precious face and tips from her beautiful mommy visit G’s blog www.georgiegirlnyc.com

The real deal in action.

G is quite a stylish mommy. She makes motherhood look so simple and glamorous! Love her Tory Burch shades and Steve Madden flats.

Maybe One Day Head To Toe:

— Marc by Marc Jacobs sunnies

— Yumi-Mazao trench from Encore

— Black leggings

— Fendi boots

— Faux snake clutch from vintage store on 19th street in Houston

I’ve always wanted a white trench, but it’s so impractical for New Yorkers who need outerwear that can look clean even though it’s embarrassingly dirty. For Houston and LA, a white trench will get a couple months of good use without looking worn.

As for a mommies, a white anything probably got pushed to the back of your closet. Just shows you the “Maybe One Day” isn’t necessarily around the corner for me.

After my last trip to NYC, I had put all of my boots away for summer. But never underestimate New York weather to throw a wrench in your plan. These Fendi boots have actually lasted through 3 years in New York, and with a little shine, look as good as new. (Side note: Did you see the video Adrien, Sarah, and I made on the roof of Gawker when Adrien was strutting his stuff in these boots? Too funny. Oh the memories!) Ok, he’s done. 10 minutes and 6 bucks later, these boots are ready to walk again.

Is it just me or is it true that the NY Times is a much better read in print than online? I lead a digital life, but you really can’t beat reading The Times (or WSJ or Vogue) in your hands. Some things just don’t translate. And it’s nice to go old school from time to time. Just my opinion.

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April 17th, 2010 No Comments

Paying for an experience is more satisfying than buying something tangible.

As a world traveling gypsy and collector of expensive shoes, I can tell you participating in any new culture is way more valuable than a rockin’ pair of stilettos.  I mean, it’s nice to have both, but if I had to choose…..which these days I do….I fly before I buy.

(The title statement is the finding according to a study done by some guy.  If you click the link, the article goes into a full on explanation that makes sense.)

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