Hotel Reviews

A-Z Travel Guidebook: The Ace Hotel

June 20, 2015 • By

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I’m excited to join fellow blogger Fiona Ryan and others in the A-Z Guidebook Travel Linkup.  This inaugural week, the letter is (obviously) “A”. So let’s begin:

A is for the Ace Hotel, one of my all time favorite places to stay, due to the property’s hippie chic vibe and the dry, bright desert heat of Palm Springs.

Mr. H and I stayed at the Ace in January, when most of America was cold and gray.  We drove through the desert in our horse with no name and arrived just in time to enjoy some late afternoon pool time, listen to some vintage vinyl and build a fire in our courtyard fireplace.READ MORE

City Seeker, Color & Pattern, Interiors, Style

Modern Moorish Style with Villa Maroc’s Deganit Cohen

June 19, 2015 • By

The shop’s colorful facade got my attention as we drove past, and despite a tight schedule I managed to persuade my husband to turn the car around, drop me across the street and set up a meeting time for later in the day.  It was the right thing to do!

Villa Maroc is bright, colorful and filled with layer upon layer of visual goodness.  I needed to slow down to take it all in.  A charming lady (who I later discovered was the owner’s mother) let me know that céramiques were discounted 20%.  Everything – on the floors, the walls, the chairs, the tables, in baskets and boxes and bowls – clamored for my attention.


The feeling was warm and evocative of the past – but perfectly modern at the same time.  READ MORE

Style, Tips

Speakeasy Hidden Pocket Travel Scarves: Secret Storage that’s Fashionable!

June 15, 2015 • By

Forget those unstylish fanny packs and the awkward bra stashes. There’s a new hidden storage solution on the market, and it’s something that is fashionable that will become your must-have necessity on your travels.

The Speakeasy Supply Co. (founded by fellow travel blogger Bethany Salvon of Beers and Beans), have designed a special infinity scarf that also has a hidden pocket so you can stash your extra cash, cards, chapstick, keys, passport or anything else you may need without anyone ever knowing it’s there!




Hotel Reviews, Style, Tips

What About My Trip? What to Do if a Web Booker Goes Out of Business

May 25, 2015 • By

I recently received a special offer from a trusted source – a site I purchase from regularly online.   Okay, it was Gilt, in fact.  I’m a big fan of the members-only shopping site and I’m either pleased or embarrassed (depending on the day) to say that I am a Gilt Noir member in good standing.  That means I shop there a lot.  I trust them.  I like their style.  And they like me, too.  So occasionally they pass on special offerings.

This particular offer was through Luxury Link, a travel website that promises special, above-and-beyond experiences at the best hotels and resorts, worldwide. And Gilt was offering an additional percentage off to Noir members. Awesome! (Or so I thought.)

Lobby at L'Albereta

Lobby at L’Albereta – A travel offer I received through the now defunct Luxury Link site


glamping, tent, beach house, camping, cabin
Accommodations, Country Life, Houses & Villas, Interiors

This Tent Puts the “Glam” in Glamping

February 24, 2015 • By

I’m a bit obsessed with glamping.  I love the idea of staying in a vintage-style safari camp with all the luxuries – a bathtub for instance, and a cushy bed, and folding chairs pulled ’round a fire at night while my adventurer friends tell tales and drink something serious.   That’s glamping – or glamorous camping.READ MORE