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Luxury Glamour on the Go

Luxury travelers want the finest tools when it comes to their beauty routine. Filling a suitcase with dozens of creams and potions can take up unnecessary space that could be set aside for another pair of Jimmy Choos.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a simple beauty plan that you can trust? Something you can grab and go. This luxury glamour on the go round-up is ideal for the luxury beach traveler or the business executive on the run.  I had the opportunity to review the below products and enjoyed them all. Rowenta Beauty’s Versa Style™ Styling Iron -$200, Bloomingdales...

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What do Téa Leoni, Carrie Ann Inaba, Colin Cowie, and Kim Vo Have in Common—Aqua Tan

Do you want to make a fashion statement with your skin sporting a lovely natural looking glow?  That is a challenge many face and we found Hollywood insiders’ secret.  When Tina Turnbow of the New York Times  asked Téa Leoni her secret for her sun-kissed glow, Leoni responded, “Aqua Tan self-tanning products…” Other industry insiders who love Aqua Tan include Carrie Ann Inaba, Dancing with the Stars; Colin Cowie, Style Maker to the Stars; Kim Vo, Stylist to the Stars; make up artists at Bloomberg TV; and discerning clients of the Peninsula Beverly Hills Spa.  Aqua Tan was named...

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The Spa at The Ritz-Carton, Wolfsburg, Germany

  In general, when traveling a long distance, I attempt to arrive a day early to have time to rejuvenate. When I arrived at the train station in Wolfsburg, I was whisked away in the limo to The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg. One of my first goals was to make a spa appointment for a signature treatment, as that is always relaxing and refreshing.  Once that was scheduled for early the following morning, I was able to enjoy high tea and then take an long nap before dinner in the hotel’s Michelin 3-star restaurant. After a wonderful night’s sleep, I checked...

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Philanshopit February Fashions That Give Back

Philanshopit was born when two friends wanted to combine their love of fashion and their passion for philanthropy. Hanna and Aubrey founded the company to allow customers to purchase socially responsible items without sacrificing style. This month, we’re looking at new February fashions that give you a chance to give back. 1. Palette Cross-Body – $65.00 The Angela & Roi Project presents an opportunity to support non-profit organizations while investing in a timeless handbag. The color palette cross-body bag is made with vegan leather. It features a magnetic button closures and adjustable cross-body strap. With each purchase, Angela &...

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The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel New Orleans an Exceptional Find

Checking into The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, I was tired and in dire need of relaxation—exhausted physically and mentally is a more accurate description. Having just completed a conference, I was now accompanying my husband to one of his at a nearby hotel. As soon as you check in to The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, one immediately has a feel for why this hotel was voted number one in New Orleans by the U.S. News and World Report. My own goal during this visit was the spa, which Travel + Leisure in 2011 gave its World’s Best Award as the #1...

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Maui’s Unique Spa Adventures

Award-winning spas offer ancient rituals with indigenous products. Surrounded by breath-taking mountains, soothing ocean breezes and a relaxing calm that permeates the island culture, a visit to Maui is not complete without indulging in at least one rejuvenating spa treatment. The word maui actually means “life, alive, to live” in the Hawaiian language. To the early peoples of Hawaii, the earth, the sea, and the mountains were all intertwined with a person’s health and well-being. Embracing that same philosophy today, Maui’s spas offer many indigenous treatments that have been passed down from generation to generation. The Spa at Travaasa...

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Penthouse Perch: Uncommon Luxury at Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe, NM

Named for the historic Loretto Chapel that shares the grounds with this luxe hotel property, Inn and Spa at Loretto offers Santa Fe’s only penthouse. The lavish rooftop penthouse in the heart of Santa Fe delivers spectacular panoramic views of the historic New Mexican city from five separate terraces. Your own private elevator whisks you like a rock star away from the groupies into the spacious two-story suite. You arrive at lush living and dining areas that are decorated in understated southwestern elegance and designed to enhance the natural and cultural setting of the distinctive space. The fully appointed...

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Philanshopit: Where Fashion Meets Philanthropy

Aubrey Cox and Hanna Koch hope to revolutionize the way people shop through their online storefront, Philanshopit.  Launched this November, Philanshopit offers a beautifully curated collection of apparel, home decor, accessories and jewelry. What separates Philanshopit from traditional shopping websites is a commitment to selling products from partners who “have a clear social impact statement in their mission.” Born from an idea that came to Aubrey while still in college, Philanshopit’s mission is to “provide socially responsible items without asking consumers to sacrifice style.” As companies with powerful movements such as TOMS continue to thrive, the goal of Philanshopit...

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Dripping in Luxury – Sarasota Resorts Offer a Taste of the Good Life

Photography by Dale Sanders Is this a dream?  I would pinch myself to find out but at the moment my hands are a little busy floating in the shallow end of one of the most magnificent bodies of water I’ve ever dipped in.  No, it’s not the beach, or even one of those fancy showers with ten thousand jets.  This, friends, is the mac daddy of architectural feats in terms of pools.  A subtle, soft, sand-like entrance that envelops my soul and tempts me to linger in the shallow end way longer than I thought I’d be there.  And,...

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CLEAR Could Help You Get to the Spa Faster

CLEAR-ly this smart woman is a CLEAR customer What can you do in under five minutes?  Put on mascara and run a comb through your hair, microwave popcorn, run a tenth of a mile, speed through airport security … say whaaaat? Yup, you read me correctly. CLEAR is a fantastic program that lets you zip through airline security faster than a speeding bullet or, at the bare minimum, in under five minutes. This is the hottest thing to hit travel since wheels on a suitcase. When you join CLEAR you’ll laugh like a crazy person when you arrive at...

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