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SXSW roundup (and new articles this week!)

SXSW roundup (and new articles this week!)

If I ever run away from New York, it’ll likely be to Austin, Texas. This week, I wrote two SXSW stories for The Fashion Spot — one on where to eat, stay, spa and get your hair done (obviously), and the other on the absolute tech essentials to pack before you go. But some highlights that didn’t make it to either article:   For more of what I ate, saw, and visited, be sure to check out my Glam Guide to Austin, Texas on The Fashion Spot! And here’s some other new articles live in the past week! Beauty High Get Your Feet Ready for Sandals Season 10 Skin-Saving Beauty Products Under $10 5 Steps to Instantly Lift & Sculpt Your Face Spring Break Is Coming: Here’s How to Prep Your Skin and Hair Collective 310 Go Green This St....

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In this week’s travel news: Please stop patting my pony

In this week’s travel news: Please stop patting my pony

It’a hard life. This weekend, I flew to Denver for the one evening — just to attend a men’s grooming fashion show. Of course, some of the men were old enough to have been mothered by myself. But whatever. They are hot and I’m ripe for a mid-life crisis. Fun times, though. I felt vaguely like a child predator — until I got to the airport this morning and was treated like a REAL predator. We’re all about vigilant airport security, especially after the horror show at LAX last week. But my hair has no negative feelings toward anything or anyone (other than rain, humidity, cheap hair tools), and doesn’t appreciate being treated as such. Today, post body scanner, a TSA agent decided she needed to PAT MY PONY. “I’m...

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5 Reasons to take a River Cruise with Scenic Cruise

5 Reasons to take a River Cruise with Scenic Cruise

Recently, I’ve been undergoing a very “I NEED TO GET OUT OF HERE” mind space. I write about travel, and get to see many places pretty often — far away places some of my friends haven’t even heard of. And yet I’ve seen very little of Europe. And then I read Johnny Jet’s blog post about his own recent scenic cruise in Europe and I realized THIS IS WHAT I WANT. So much that I’m entering his contest to win one of my own — because, well, obviously. Here’s why: 1. The all-inclusive element. Johnny refers to this in his post, and it is like manna to my poor yet (hungry and thirsty) ears. Johnny’s cruise was with Scenic Cruises  — where all meals and drinks were included. I’d love to...

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A tale of my worst travel nightmare ever (and some advice if it happens to you)

A tale of my worst travel nightmare ever (and some advice if it happens to you)

You guys, I had an amazing time in Montreal. The food, the people, the music, it was all awesome….until I tried to head home. Bad weather can wreak havoc on your travel plans, I know that. Years ago I was in LA for a red carpet and ended up stuck there two extra days because of a storm in NY. It’s frustrating…but what do you do? At the time, I was a travel novice. Now, I consider myself pretty experienced in such matters — but Sunday, I was reduced to tears, and it happened with a total blind side. Airlines consider bad weather situations—including snow storms, hurricanes, fog conditions, and so on—to be “force majeure” events or “acts of God,” and are not the fault of the airlines. Therefore, when it comes to...

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The romance of train travel (How did I forget?)

The romance of train travel (How did I forget?)

I spend  a great deal of time on planes — and actually quite enjoy flying — but my first memories of travel? Trains. I have no idea how my mother gave birth to someone like me — she’s petrified of planes, and growing up, because of her (in my mind, irrational) fear, we were always forced to take the auto train to Florida to visit my grandma. As a kid, I was always so angry at her. Why waste a whole day on a train when we could fly and be there in three hours? I grew up in a hurry — I always had the next activity on my mind, and for me, anything that took more time vs. less time was (quite simply) a waste of time. Fast forward to 2013, I’m a lot older (and maybe a little wiser?) and I find myself this morning on a train to...

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Pack like a pro: Tips for traveling light (and an Israel report preview!)

Pack like a pro: Tips for traveling light (and an Israel report preview!)

Whewwwwww! Hello! Home at last, home last last, thank God AlMighty, I’m home at last. I’ll absolutely share more about my Israel trip soon, but for now, a little ode to this nation of mine: Now, please note this is not a political statement — I’m not commenting on the politics of Israel, whatsoever. But I will say that there were elements of daily life there that made me thrilled to return to America this morning. Israel is a place of strong personalities and flavors (making my goal of a food tour even the more fascinating). Israelis love to argue, and they have thousands of years of history to back up just about everything –making dinner conversations lively and fascinating, but also at times tense and confusing. It’s also a...

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I’m going to Israel later today!!!

I’m going to Israel later today!!!

It may seem like I travel super often (and that may also be true) but I’m especially excited about today’s journey. This evening, I’m headed to Israel! It’s not the first time I’ve gone, but it feels like it is! The first time was way back in college, as part of the Birthright Israel program – the first flight I ever took, my first time out of the country — and I remember hardly anything about it. I don’t even remember the names of half the people I went with. I’m getting old. But anyway, that makes what is old new again, and I’m very excited. My journey promises to be packed — I’m taking a food and wine tourism tour as a guest of the Israel Ministry of Tourism — and here’s a sneak...

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My weekend in Vegas — making tons of memories and having way too much fun (part 1!)

My weekend in Vegas — making tons of memories and having way too much fun (part 1!)

It’s funny how many of us went into business for ourselves because we were tired of someone else controlling our professional destiny. And then, ultimately, we discovered there’s just a whole lot of someones now controlling it instead. I speak in way-too-general terms for an issue that’s incredibly more complex, but the truth is there’s often limited freedom in being a freelancer. The concept of work-life balance can all too often be decimated by the need to be always available for everyone at all times. It’s hard to sit on your laurels when your livelihood is determined on a project basis. Days off can mean opportunities missed, and that’s as true on weekends as holidays or days we’d prefer to call in sick. Because,...

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Fave spots to enjoy spring in the city

Fave spots to enjoy spring in the city

April is going to be a pretty intense few weeks for me. Over the course of this month, I’ll be traveling to Vegas, Wisconsin, and Seattle — and that’s all in a two week period!!! – and I’m pretty excited. Some of these spots I’ve never been to before, and all the trips promise to full of new discoveries. But I think it’s important sometimes to appreciate the value of the beauty within our own backyard. It’s funny to consider this concept right now — Passover is very much a time of celebrating the concept of exodus, after all. Even the eating of Matzoh – what so many people of all faiths immediately associate with the holiday –is symbolism of getting away. Getting away SO quickly that the bread did...

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Austin, Texas (one of my new favorite cities, obviously)

Austin, Texas (one of my new favorite cities, obviously)

I’ve long had a bit of a love affair with the state of Texas. Whether it’s the fantasies of cowboys lasso-ing me and us riding away on their horses or the visions of hill country and the best BBQ and Tex Mex the nation has to offer, there’s just so much to love. And I felt all that before I stepped foot in Austin earlier this month. Austin is like no other part of Texas – it’s a world onto itself. And it’s a world I’m now just a little bit obsessed with. Between SXSW, the food, the music, and maybe possibly speeding around a race course, I had a pretty fabulous visit — and I can’t wait to go back! Check out my latest post for LovingYou.com — TRAVEL LUST: AUSTIN. (And stay tuned, I have a piece coming up...

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