6 Gifts to Inspire Travel

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

-Jawaharlal Nehru

While we feel that travel is the best gift to give, it’s not always an option. So, since we’re obsessed with travel here, the next best thing is to give a gift that inspires people to wander. Check them out.

1000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz

This best selling travel book is the perfect gift for the wanderer in your life. It’s both a bucket list and a practical guide…and it has tons of great photos.

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Baggu in Elephant Jade

With multiple sizes and styles, a Baggu bag is a great stocking stuffer for anyone on your list. From groceries to souvenirs, these handy little bags are easy to take on the go. They’re also perfect for packing up all those Christmas gifts to travel home.

Baggu ElephantJadeWorld Spice at Home at World Spice Merchants

For the cook on your list, this book and flavor companion gift set is a great way to taste the world’s flavors from their very own kitchen. It comes with 16 spices to try and a book full of adventurous recipes.

World Spice Gift Set

Striped Jewelry Box at Henri Bendel

One mustn’t travel without ones jewels. We stand by this rule 100% and so does Henri Bendel with these oh-so-FAB jewelry boxes. They come in multiple colors and fit in any travel purse for your next weekend away.Jewelry Box

All Aboard Train Studs at Kate Spade

These earrings add a little fun to any outfit and are great for the person who seizes every day as a new adventure. Stylish and whimsy, they may not be something she’d buy for herself but they’re certainly bound to be a welcomed gift.

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Heritage Backpack by Herschel

Herschel is your go-to place to find backpacks in all shapes, sizes and styles. With chic patterns and lightweight material, they’re ready to join you on your next destination. Snag one up to take on your holiday travels or give the gift of Hershel to the student or traveler on your list.

Herschel BackpackHappy Shopping!


Cabin Fever

We have cabin fever and can’t wait to cozy up to a warm fireplace on a cold snowy night. These lovely lodges are waiting for you to take a moment to get away and recharge for the busy holiday season ahead.  From luxury to rustic, the destinations below will cure anyone’s cabin fever.

Fireside Resort – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello – Montebello, Quebec

Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello

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Dunton Hot Springs – Dolores, Colorado

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Estancia Peuma Hue – Patagonia, Argentina

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San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge – Alto Adige, Italy

San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge

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Teton Springs Lodge and Spa – Victor, Idaho

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Happy Travels!


Home for the Holidays

With the holidays right around the corner, we’re starting to put our Christmas lists together and prepare our homes for entertaining.  No matter where in the world you are, there’s nothing quite like the tastes and smells of being home for the holidays.  These 6 festive pieces will fill any home with the holiday spirit and get you ready to welcome your guests in style.

1. Holiday Spice CandleThe Little Market

Impress your guests as soon as they walk in the door with a delightful holiday scent.  These soy candles are handmade by women refugees from Burma.  A great candle and a giving spirit…we love the smell of that!

Holiday Spice Candle

2. Tartan Deer PrintStephanie Sterjovski Designs

Hanging up a seasonal print is a great and inexpensive way to decorate for the season.  This deer print adds a classic holiday look to any home.

SS Print3. Paper Globe Ornament SetWorld Market

We couldn’t resist adding in a little travel inspiration to our home, so these little globe ornaments caught our eye.  At $10 for a set of 3, these are great for gifts as well as adding some global style to your tree.

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4. Chunky Cable Throw with Fur TrimPottery Barn

There are few moments in life better than a cozy evening at home during the holidays…with the perfect throw, of course.  Pottery Barn always has a great selection of throws and this one proves that you can be stylish and give back.  For every blanket purchased, 20% of the price is donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Lets get one in every color!

Pottery Barn Throw

5. Bibelot Dessert PlatesAnthropologie

Dessert plates are a great addition to your home for the holidays because they’re functional decor.  They serve your guests while spreading the holiday spirit.  These adorable plates from Anthropologie will brighten up any gathering this season.

Dessert Plates

6. Hello Darling Dish TowelsZara Home

Reindeer with glasses…what else do you need?  These oh-so-fun dish towels will make you and your guests smile all season long.  They’re the perfect assistants to any holiday meal.


Happy Shopping!



Monday Mini-Series: The Holla-Days!

To kick off November right, we’re exploring our two favorite things: Holla-Days and Travel.  Gifts are nice but travel is better.  Experience, not stuff, is our motto this season and we can’t wait to explore some of these oh-so-festive destinations.

Go Cold or Go Home


Love the cold and want to have an unforgettable experience? Then Iceland is your go-to destination. Take a chance to see the Northern Lights, hike up a glacier and maybe see some whales. Your Iceland memories will be the gift that keeps giving for years to come.

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One of the most beautiful natural settings in the world, Banff has it all for the outdoors enthusiast. Live like a local and join the tradition of snow skiing on Christmas day. Try a new adventure such as dogsledding or ice fishing. Banff a fun-filled white Christmas for any family.


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Grab Your Sunnies

Tulum, Mexico

While Los Cabos and Cancun are popular destinations, Tulum offers a quieter, more peaceful escape. This destination is full of beaches, ruins and delicious food. Add in some yoga or a traditional Mayan massage and you have a perfect relaxing holiday.


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Caribbean Cruise

My family and I went on a Christmas Cruise a few years ago and it was an amazing experience. Not only do you get away from the cold weather but you truly make wonderful memories as you island hop your way across the sea. Caribbean Cruise

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City Slickers


While most think of NYC for holiday travel, Chicago is the perfect way to enjoy a white Christmas in a bustling city. Let the festive lights guide you down the Magnificent Mile for some last minute shopping and holiday cheer.


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Bundle up and visit a 700-year-old Christmas Market located just in front of Vienna’s Town Hall. From traditional holiday food to handcrafted gifts, this city will give you a Christmas experience you’ll never forget.


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Happy Travels!


Halloween Across the Globe

This weekend, there will be costumes, candy and celebrations all across the globe.  Take a look at some of the different ways – and places – one can celebrate All Hallows’ Eve.

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A now commercialized holiday, Halloween in the U.S. is a celebratory affair for both children and adults. From parties to trick-or-treating, this holiday is celebrated by most to the point of elaborate costumes and sugar overdoses.

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In Ireland, celebrations for Halloween include bonfires and fireworks. As for costumes, most dress up as underworld creatures, such as ghosts, goblins, zombies…you know, the scary stuff. To really celebrate in Ireland, go to Londonderry where they have a street carnival and amazing fireworks.

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Traditionally, All Saints Day is the holiday to celebrate in the Philippines and occurs on the first two days of November – similar to the Day of the Dead in Mexico. Their version of trick-or-treat is called pangangaluluwa and involves young people going door-to-door, dressed in white sheets, asking for money or food. Today, the rural areas still practice this tradition but most cities have adopted the Western traditions of Halloween costume parties and parades.

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On October 31st in Romania, the holiday is celebrated around the spirit of Dracula. If you’re looking for a truly memorable experience, make your way to Transylvania and party at the citadel, Sighisoara. It’s the location where Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula, was born.

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No matter where you are in the world, have a wonderful holiday celebration this weekend.



6 Colorful Pieces for Fall

This time of year there are so many beautiful colors around us to inspire our look.  While I love a good neutral outfit,  sometimes its fun to add a pop of color to spice things up.

Here are 6 FAB pieces to add some color to your wardrobe.

Red – Cedar Street Maise by Kate Spade.

Cedar Street Maise

Blue – Campbell capri pants by J.Crew.

Blue capri pants

Green – Long-sleeve tunic dress by Madewell.

Green Shirt Dress

Orange – Drape front blazer by ASTR. Available at Nordstrom.

Orange Blazer

Metallic – Gabby ballet flats by Tory Burch.Tory Burch FlatsMulticolor – Narcis embellished peplum dress by Anthropologie.

Anthro DressHappy Shopping!


Dia de los Muertos

This week is the beginning of the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday in Mexico. It is a time when families and friends come together to honor a loved one who has passed away…usually at the cemetery where the person was buried.

Creepy Fact: If the person passed away a long time ago, then some people will bring up the coffin and clean the bones of the person.

Each day from October 28th until November 2nd has a specific purpose for honoring the dead.

Here is the breakdown of who to honor each day:

October 28th – Those who died in an accident.

October 29th – Those who died from violence.

October 30th – Those who died from sickness or disease.

October 31st – Those who died by suicide and are believed to go to neither Heaven nor Hell but remain in limbo for eternity.

November 1st – All children who have died (Dia de los Inocentes aka Day of the Innocents).

November 2nd – All adults who have died (Dia de los Muertos aka Day of the Dead).

Private altars are set up with the person’s favorite food and drink, along with candles and marigolds.

IMG_3914Mexican marigolds are produced in mass quantity during this time of year for the holiday. They are everywhere.



IMG_1077The iconic La Calavera Catrina is a female skeleton dressed in a European hat and dress and has become the main symbol for the Day of the Dead. From store fronts to souvenirs, you won’t go far without seeing a Catrina during this holiday.


La CatrinaWhether you celebrate Halloween or Dia de los Muertos, have a wonderful holiday week!