Author: Lillian Africano

Re-gifting: Yes, Maybe or No?

Share: So it’s the season for holiday gift-giving and you’re looking at a few presents you received last year. You appreciate the thought behind them, but you just can’t use these things and you’re wondering whether it’s okay to re-gift them. First is the stunning handmade Italian leather belt you received from an old acquaintance who doesn’t know that you stopped wearing belts when your waistline started to spread. You know someone on your gift list this year who would look great in said belt.  Regift? Yes to this, subject to the relevant rules listed here. Then there’s the gorgeous big...

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The Boulders: Laid Back Luxury in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun

Share: Luxury at The Boulders is offered in a calming, relaxing atmosphere that is very different from the formality often found at multi-starred urban properties – and that is why it is one of my favorite places. A writers conference provided the perfect reason  to travel to Carefree (how appropriate this name is for a place that entices you to leave cares behind!), about 25 miles north of Scottsdale. Named for the 12-million-year-old granite boulders that dominate the landscape, the Boulders sprawls along 1,300 acres of Sonoran desert, its 160 casitas, 55 villas and six haciendas, all at one...

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Sree Sreenivasan: America’s Tech Guru

Share: When Sree Sreenivasan (@sree) was appointed Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013, that was the latest step in what he calls “a three-decade, one-way love affair with one of the world’s great museums.” Since his appointment, a lot has happened at the Met, reflecting Sree’s expertise in all things digital, especially social media. In April 2014, the Met’s Instagram account was selected as the Webby Award Winner in the Social Arts & Culture category in the 18th annual awards program. (The Webby, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, is...

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Debbie Stone Travel Writer and Columnist

Share: This month we are featuring Debbie Stone, whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, ranging from newspapers and magazines to travel-related websites. Additionally, she has served as a travel specialist for the NPR-affiliated, talk radio show, “2 Boomer Babes,” as well as for local T.V. stations in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also writes a monthly travel column for Luxe Beat Magazine called Put a Pin in it! Debbie came to travel writing after working in a number of different careers: as a play and dance therapist, an ESL teacher (both in the U.S. and abroad), an airline sales...

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Fall Spa Week: Buy a Luxurious Spa Getaway for $50

Share: During Fall Spa Week — October 12-18 — hundreds of spas nationwide will offer $50 treatments valued between $100 and $500. Visit the website, and after you give your state or a zip code, you’ll see a list of participating spas and the treatments offered. Most of the participants will be day spas. But why settle for a bargain facial or massage when could get much more? Look for a a resort or hotel spa, for these are likely to have full-service spas. If you find one within easy reach, you can have a real getaway with a...

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