New York is the city that never sleeps but if it did, it would sleep in the most stylish, most sumptuous silk pyjamas that money can buy. New York has always rivalled cities like London, Paris and Milan as unmissable pinpoints on the map of international fashion. New York is one of the most culturally and historically fascinating cities in the world; a melting pot of cultural influences that’s virtually unparalleled. Yet, so many of us are satisfied to get in line and wait for hours to climb the Empire State Building. No, no, no!
New York is a mecca for fashionistas who value the art and craft of fashion. Since cheap flights to New York are easier to come by than ever, why not make your next trip to the big apple a fashion pilgrimage. There’s a whole lot more to this wonderful city than shopping on Fifth Avenue (although we recommend lots of that too), there are many fascinating tours that will delight those with an abiding love of couture.
The garment district tour
The famous New York garment district tours will guide you through some of the city’s most iconic fashion landmarks including Bryant Park and the Fashion Walk of Fame. You’ll learn all about New York’s rich and storied fashion history including the rise of iconic department stores like Macy’s and insights into the careers of the city’s most legendary designers. Those with a passion for designing and fabricating their own clothes may want to extend their tour to the fabric district where they can buy the same fabrics used by the world’s most admires couturieres.
Go on a shopping spree with a personal shopper
Reinvent your look New York style with a two and a half hour shopathon in your choice of New York’s most fashionable districts. Your personal stylist will guide you through some of the best outlets of Tribeca, TriBeCa, Soho, NoLita (North of Little Italy), Fifth Avenue, or the Meatpacking district to help you sculpt a new look that’s all New York. As well as shopping you’ll stop for lunch in some of the city’s trendiest delis and eateries. You may even see a few fashion conscious celebrities while you’re on your tour.
Time your visit to coincide with New York Fashion Week
Just as thousands of fashionistas flock to New York to perfect their look, so too does the fashion industry pay homage to this iconic location. New York Fashion Week sees the world’s most iconic brands and designers come together to create a week of fascinating and sizzling hot shows where the year’s new looks are unleashed upon the world. With September just around the corner, this year’s fashion week is almost upon us but even if you can’t catch it this year, it’s a great way to kick off the fall season.
Don’t waste your catwalk ready looks on the ferry to Ellis island or the line for the Empire State building, show the home of fashion that this is where you come alive!
Honeymoons are a very special kind of holiday in that, all things being ideal, they are experiences you will only have once in your life. Yes, there will be other memorable breaks; some may even stay in your memory for longer. However, there’s no doubt that the honeymoon is the one where you need to pull out all the stops to help destress from the wedding and launch your new life together on the right note.
Making it special can mean different things to different people, but one thing that sets a honeymoon apart is the fact that you want to have time together alone as a couple. So, while there are some holidays you will really want to take – a shopping trip to New York, for example, or a luxury European cruise – these ideas might not be honeymoon material. What you’re looking for with a honeymoon is idyllic, undisturbed alone time.
Perfect Paradise #1: Bali
The world’s great poets and most gifted painters could come together to depict natural wonder, and Bali would still beat them all into irrelevance. Volcanic landscapes, perfect beaches, and jade-colored rice fields all come together to make possibly the world’s most beautiful island.
Bali is popular with honeymooners, but not in a way that makes it a packed, hectic trip. Walk along the beaches, hire a car and drive along the coast, and just appreciate the true romance of it all.
Perfect Paradise #2: The Australian Rainforest
Seclusion is an important part of a honeymoon. Ideally, the only other people you will speak to will be the ones checking you in at the hotel. What makes the best Queensland honeymoon packages so ideal for loved-up couples is that they offer that seclusion, and more benefits besides.
Stepping out of your cabin, you will not see a queue for the pool. Instead, the vista will be nothing but blue water, gorgeous trees, and the occasional rare bird or koala. It’s a dream break with your dream partner, and there’s nothing better than that.
Perfect Paradise #3: Brazil
Keen eyes may note that Brazil is not noted for its private beaches and quiet resorts, but we’re not recommending that you honeymoon on the Copacabana. Instead, check out the Ilha Grande resort. There’s not much human traffic here, and no road traffic at all; cars are forbidden. Instead, you reach the island by boat and, once there, have all the alone time you could possibly need to absorb the scenic surroundings.
Fresh seafood restaurants just off the beach will feel like your own private dining room. Afterwards, you can relax in a hammock and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Of course, the entirety of the world is at your feet with regards to honeymoons that offer the seclusion that a newlywed couple so dearly needs. Don’t be afraid to stray off the beaten track and away from the tours that attract so many honeymooning couples; find something that works for you, and you’ll be getting your marriage off to a perfect start – all thanks to the gems around the world, just waiting for you to explore.
Sometimes, you deserve a vacation that’s just got a little more than usual. The right destination can be right at any budget. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do with a little pampering and a little treatment beyond your usual. Luxury travel is becoming more and more available with different services offering a holiday to match your every dream.
Get there in style
One thing that doesn’t feel very luxury at all is having to stand in line for hours to share a stuffed aisle with a loud snorer and a gaggle of children on a sugar high. When you want a little extra, think about making the trip itself part of the holiday. It’s easier than ever, now, with private jet charters available from more locations, ready to head to any destination you want. Keeping with the theme of a journey, adding one to the vacation itself can be a great way to see your holiday spot of choice in a whole new light. Whether it’s renting a sports car, taking a yacht off the coast, or getting a hot air balloon flight, it can help you really appreciate some of the hidden beauty most tourists aren’t going to notice.
It’s not luxury if you don’t feel like you’re being treated a little special. Do be careful when looking through hotels, for instance, that claim to be luxury. To some hotel owners, having a shower cap or a bathrobe is a “luxury”. Instead, measure them by what amenities are available. Some of the world-class and even smaller boutique overnight spots are offering things like spas, destination guides, hot tubs, concierge services and more. If you’re heading to a retail hot spot, then make sure you pack light and give yourself plenty of time to pick up a few souvenirs.
Make it an adventure, not a destination
One of the best rising trends in luxury hotels is their ability to provide not just a gorgeous place to stay but a bespoke holiday experience. If you really want to go beyond, then you need to consider staying away from the package holiday deals. Many hotels will offer personalized experiences that give you a much greater taste of the culture, history, and adventure on offer in the area.
Make it fit that budget
You have to expect to spend some extra on a luxury holiday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be smart about it. Plan the stops and experiences you want in advance, and prioritize them so you always keep in mind where the budget is going next. To balance out the extravagance of great travel, a gorgeous hotel, and maybe some shopping, you can try going out-of-season. That’s where you’re going to make some real savings. If your workplace is providing a business trip somewhere you’d like to stay, then consider taking that opportunity to organize an extended break. If they’re paying for flights and a few nights hotel, it makes it all the easier to make the rest of your time there truly a luxury.
Luxury holidays don’t come cheap, even if you budget them, but many would argue they’re worth the cost. Studies say that people tend to value spending money much more on experiences than possessions. Instead of getting yourself that gorgeous necklace or upgrading to a new car, consider making some memories you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life.
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If you also look forward to the weekend after leaving a long and tedious week of work behind, you’ve clicked on the right kind of post. There is nothing that’s more fun than to gather a handful of your best friends for a great night out and forget about your troubles for a couple of hours; although you’ll have fun, either way, you can use some of these brilliant ideas to mix it up a bit.
Have an evening of playing games like you used to do when you were kids. It will work even better if one or two or your besties have been with you since you were half a meter tall; then you can dig up a few of your old favorites and feel slightly sentimental about it. Cards Against Humanity is always an excellent choice, but don’t be afraid to use some older varieties, such as Monopoly or even video games.
Ask your friends what kind of games they have at home – you never know if any of them should stumble over an old gaming console or a board game you haven’t seen in years. Whatever you have handy will work just fine, so you don’t have to go out of your way to get ahold of something exciting – with a few bottles of wine mixed into it, you’re going to have a grand time in anway.
Have you ever been wine tasting before? It’s expensive and even a bit boring if you’re not with the right group of people. Host one at home and you get to choose a few cheapish bottles, taste as much as you’d like, and you don’t have to pretend to know anything at all about grapes. Even better, you don’t have to line up in a pub somewhere and have to spend time on guys who don’t know how to flirt with a girl – when you can stay at home and spend time with each other instead.
To make this about wine tasting and not just to empty a few glasses until you get a headache, it’s fun to write down your opinions about each bottle. You can prepare blank labels for each, give everyone something to write with, and allow each party guest to add their views to the bottle. The goal is to be as critical with the last as you were with the first – and to have a good laugh when you read the comments the following day.
You can totally do this with other drinks than wine, by the way. A lot of my girlfriends prefer to drink beer over both cocktails and wine; some of them would even prefer to host a whiskey-tasting party, so don’t be afraid to adjust this theme as you please. If you want to host a beer-tasting party, have a look at Untappd, by the way, so that you can rate different beer types within the app.
Whether you’re in the mood for fancy cocktails or simply a homemade meal with your best pals, you’re in for a treat. These ideas can be used for any fun weekend with the girls or to celebrate a special occasion – the world is your oyster, you know. The best part is that you don’t have to go out to have a great time together; you just have to be together.
Summer is well and truly her,e and so are the days where we are basking in the sunshine and enjoying being outside. However, there are some summer days that can become a little unbearable. The humidity is hard to handle, the heat feels like it’s too much and you are desperately searching for ways to keep cool. I thought I would share with you some of the easiest ways you can bring your body temperature back down to earth. I hope they help you keep yourself cool on even the hottest of days.
Use your air conditioning unit
Your air conditioning unit is possibly the first thing you turn to on a hot day, so don’t delay and switch it on. However, if it hasn’t been used for some time, you may find that it isn’t working as it should be, or not even at all. This is when services from websites like www.onehourac.com might be about to help you out. Air conditioning can keep your home cool on even the hottest days, providing you a haven for when things get too much outside.
Enjoy ice treats and drinks
Nothing screams summer than enjoying an ice treat or drink straight from the freezer. However, it is also a great way to keep you cool and regulate your body temperature. Consider making your own from fresh fruit juices and adding things like yogurt or fruit pieces. There are plenty of recipes online on websites like www.marthastewart.com. Furthermore, why not create some of your favorite alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktails and freeze them? Creating your very own icy beverages to enjoy in the evening.
Keep blinds and curtains shut in your home
When the sun shines into your home through the glass, it starts to heat up the room, which can mean that come bedtime your bedroom feels unbearable to sleep, or you can’t relax in your kitchen or living room. Try and keep blinds and curtains shut throughout the day. The darkened room should remain a few degrees cooler than outside.
Change your outfit regularly
Not many of us need an excuse for an outfit change, but summer does mean changing your clothing regularly to keep you cool. Sweaty clothes can make you feel warmer during the day.
Open up the windows at night and first thing in the morning
The coolest points of the day are just before the sun rises and after it sets. The temperature drops a fair few degrees giving you the perfect opportunity to open up the windows and doors in your home and to let the cooler air in. This can help to cool your home down, enabling you to have a better sleep.
Stay in shade at the hottest points of the day
Finally, it is important for you to remain in the shade at the hottest points of the day. While still warm, the shade is a few degrees cooler than being out in the direct sun. Offering you a break from the rays. This is also important for taking care of your skin and health while out in the sun.
I hope these tips help you keep cool on a hot day.
Urban life isn’t for everyone. There are many cons to consider such as higher cost of living, greater air pollution, greater noise pollution and often higher crime rates. However, there are also many pros to living in a city. If you’ve been considering packing your bags and making the move, here are some of the reasons for leaving rural life that should be on your mind.
Making new friends
Living in a small town or rural community can often be limiting when it comes to having a social life, more so when you’re younger. Cities are by their very nature full of people, giving you countless opportunities to meet new friends, business contacts or even potential life partners. There are clubs and groups for every interest and plenty of bars and hangouts for all kinds of people. For those feeling isolated or in need of some new contacts, moving to the city is recommended.
Cutting out the commute
If you currently commute into the city but live on the outskirts, fuel prices or train fares could be costing you a lot of your wage, not to mention the time that it takes to commute. Living in the city you may not always save money due to higher living costs, however you will give yourself more free time. There are many companies that offer short term rentals which may be ideal for giving you a taster of city living allowing you to see exactly how much you benefit as opposed to living rurally. By living closer, you may even be able to walk or bike to work, improving your fitness.
Access to better jobs
Whilst there are more jobs in the city, competition can often be even fiercer. However, the calibre of jobs is likely to be much better. You’re more likely to find a job suited to your interests and goals. Cities may also have many easily accessible training and qualification courses that can allow you to broaden your skills. It’s recommended that you find a job first before making the move so that you have the security of an income first. However, those with the finances behind them may be able to do this the other way around.
Access to better schools
If you’ve got kids, it’s likely that cities are going to have a better choice of schools. Many (but not all) of the most prestigious schools are also located in cities. If your small town or village doesn’t have any good schools nearby, moving to the city could a way of improving your choice.
Access to better healthcare
Cities will always have hospitals on their doorsteps. If you need regular medical checkups and are sick of travelling miles to see a doctor, moving to a city could give you better access to the care you need. You may even be able pick and choose your hospital or find a specialised clinic to your needs rather than simply making do with the only local care you’ve got.