What to Wear this New Year’s Eve – Style Guide

Ever the procrastinator, I have no idea what I’m wearing tonight.  Luckily I’m taking it pretty easy this year; however, one requirement  holds true whether you’re sitting on your couch or heading to the hottest club in Miami — sequins. So, here’s a little inspiration for you (and me!) for tonight’s festivities, no matter where you are or what you’re doing…

NYE Style1 – Miniature Champagne Bottle, Pommery – 2 – Sequined Dress, Alice & Olivia – 3 – Sequined Strappy Heels, Jimmy Choo – 4 – New Year’s Headband, Party City – 5 – Black Suede Pumps, L.K. Bennett – 6 – Quilted Bag, Rebecca Minkoff – 7 – Leather Leggings, Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville – 8 – Sleeveless Silk Top, Topshop – 9 – Sparkly Chain Necklace, Banana Republic – 10 – Red Lipstick, Lancome – 11 – Strapless Sequined Dress, Jill Stuart – 12 – Perfume, Dior – 13 – Leather Jacket, Alice & Olivia

The World’s Best New Year’s Eves

Photo Courtesy of scienceblogs.com

Photo Courtesy of scienceblogs.com

Where are you planning on ringing in the New Year? This year I’m taking it pretty low-key, so of course, I’m already planning for next year. Conde Nast Traveller and Timeout have compiled lists of the globe’s best cities in which to ring in the new year, and I’m going to trust their judgement. If you’re in the mood to jet off last-minute to one of these places (…sigh…dare to dream) or you’re like me and already planning 2015’s new year’s party, here’s a good place to start.

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Gwyneth’s Guide to Brooklyn Eats

I don’t care what Vanity Fair wants to say about Gwyneth Paltrow, I love her, and I love her City Guides.  I got her city guide app for my iPhone while living in London, and her recommendations never steered me wrong.  Soon after she released her London city guide, she released one for New York and LA.  Check them out here!

Searching for new places to try outside of the 50 feet surrounding my apartment building is so overwhelming.  There’s just too many options, and it’s pretty easy to go wrong (and pay too much while doing so). Since I trust Gwyneth from her London recommendations, I know this Brooklyn list is a good place for me to start in a new borough.  Apparently Brooklyn is the new Manhattan right? ….Well, like ten years ago…what can I say, I’m behind!

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A Kentucky Christmas

This week I’m in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky for Christmas.  While I never used to think of Kentucky as much of a travel destination, I’ve recently been hearing of an increasing number of travelers frequenting the area, be it as a full vacation or as part of a Southern road trip.  So, for once, I can speak as a true local and tell you what’s best to do and see in Kentucky because really there’s A LOT.

Here’s my top 10 for Kentucky (and as a local, I obviously know everything):

1. A Day at the Races — Every April and October, Keeneland Racetrack opens for the horse races, and it really represents Kentucky at its finest.  From the clubhouse to the grounds, Keeneland is absolutely beautiful and worth a trip if you’re around in either month.

Keeneland Racetrack

Keeneland Racetrack

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Beach Getaway – Style Guide

It’s not even Christmas, and I’m already frantically trying to find a way to a beach to escape the chilly Northeast.  It’s snowed twice this week and it’s only Wednesday! Really unacceptable.  So, in the spirit of dreaming (Miami anyone??), here’s my style guide for the perfect beach getaway.

Beach Getaway1 – Bikini, Tory Burch, Top & Bottom 2 – Beach Bag, Kate Spade 3 – Gauze Top, Melissa Obadash 4 – Beach Bat Set, Aha Life 5 – Sunglasses, Oliver Peoples 6 – One-Piece Bathing Suit, Miu Miu 7 – Perfume, Bobbi Brown 8 – Notebook, Sloane Stationary 9 – Facial Sunscreen, Coola 10 – Sun Hat, Eric Javits 11 – Sarong, Calypso St. Barth’s 12 – Beach Cover Up, Mara Hoffman 13 – Sunless Tanning Lotion, St. Tropez 14 – Strappy Heels, Estaleca 15 – Colorful Sandals, K Jacques St. Tropez 16 – Jean Shorts, 7 for all Mankind 17 – Beach Blanket, Artemare 18 – Bikini, Mara Hoffman 19 – Sunscreen, Banana Boat 20 – Earrings, Kate Spade

It’s not just Politics in Washington D.C.

This weekend, I took the ever-so-glamorous bus from New York City to Washington DC to visit my favorite bride-to-be / my college bestie and her soon-to-be hubbie. Not only was I dying to catch up with them on their wedding plans, it was also my first time getting to know the DC area.

First, a note on my stylin’ ride — Vamoose buses — I was really impressed! Bus travel is not usually ideal (or even all that safe) in America.  The Vamoose bus is swiftly changing this reputation though.  With clean, comfortable buses fully equipped with WiFi, plugs for your chargers, and a completely acceptable bathroom, I highly recommend this $60 round-trip bus trip to anyone looking to explore these two cities or any of the other of the Northeast destinations that Vamoose travels to (Maryland, anyone?).

Vamoose Bus

Vamoose Bus

My lovely hosts live in a town called Arlington just over the bridge from DC in Virginia.  I was told it’s a similar set up to Hoboken and Manhattan (nearby, good as it’s own stand alone town but a quick commute into the hustle and bustle with lower rent prices to boot).

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Winter Ski Trip – Style Guide

This winter I’ll be heading to Vail, Colorado for some skiing with some of my very best friends, and I literally couldn’t be more excited. If you’re headed out West like me or to the Alps for your winter sport, here’s what you’ll need to stay warm and look great.

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1 – Ski Jacket – Canada Goose, 2 –Pom Hat – Topshop, 3 – Ski Gloves – KJUS, 4 – Ski Goggles – Smith Optics, 5 – Ski Pants – North Face, 6 – Scarf – JCrew, 7 – Lip Balm – Rosebud Salve, 8 – Skis – Afterbang, 9 – Boots – Tory Burch, 10 – Long Johns – JCrew, 11 – Top – Wildfox, 12 – Facial Moisturizer – Bobbi Brown, 13 – Thermal Socks – Gorsuch, 14 – Sun Protectant – Kiehl’s

Spending Christmas in NYC? – Where You should Go for Dinner

If there’s one place I know I can trust for my restaurant recommendations, it’s the Zagat Guide. So, if you’re spending Christmas in NYC (or you’re like me and spend the entire month of December celebrating Christmas), don’t forget to book your reservation at one of these Zagat recommended Christmas restaurants.

The Standard Grill, Meatpacking District - A traditional three-course prix fixe available for $50 per person and wine pairings for $30 (212-645-4100).

The Standard Grill, Meatpacking District – A traditional three-course prix fixe available for $50 per person and wine pairings for $30 (212-645-4100).

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To Pack or Not to Pack

I find that one of the most stressful things about traveling is figuring out how to get everything you want to pack into a suitcase that fits within the inane baggage guidelines that most airlines abide by these days.  I’ve bought suitcases touting lightweight frames, bag scales for “expert” pre-airport planning and always carry a massive expandable carry-on bag for emergency situations.

However, no matter how hard I try, I always end up being that girl in the airport that’s frantically repacking her suitcases after the check-in person has informed me that all my bags are over the 50 pound weight limit. Why don’t they have a special room for all the poor travelers like me? Nobody wants to see my socks and hair products all over the floor of the airport.

Or worse, the terrible feeling only experienced in the boarding line for Ryanair when they finally noticed that the bag I’d been slipping passed them on so many flights doesn’t fit in the horrible suitcase measuring device.  So, I’m prohibited from boarding their glorified flying Greyhound bus until I’ve forked over the equivalent of a mortgage for them to check the darn thing. Yep, I’ve been there.

My packing at work - There's a suitcase under there...

My packing at work – There’s a suitcase under there…

To say the very least, I could learn a thing or two from this GaranceDore.fr post on how to pack like a pro for an entire month of traveling across 9 cities.

If I learn to pack better, can someone fly me to all these cities? Deal…?