TRAVEL MUSING: A map of my year

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For me, 2010 was a year of amazing experiences, opportunities and of course, journeys.  As we welcome in 2011 (and all of the adventures it will hopefully bring), here’s a look back at my year in travels…

Israel

Miami

Paris

Philly

Dubai

South Africa

Chicago

The Berkshires

The Hamptons

Palm Springs

LA

Upstate

Michigan

Palm Beach

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SUITCASE SNAPSHOT: Palm Beach

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I packed plenty of bathing suits

My trip to Palm Beach was hardly designed to be glamorous – a fact I understood well before booking my flight.  My friend Dana and I were going to be staying with her Nannie in a huge retirement complex, where the social scene revolved around the community clubhouse.  While Dana packed tons of sporty attire for games of tennis and golf, I planned to stay poolside whenever possible, and therefore brought a different swimsuit and cover-up for each day I was there.  While we went out on our own most nights, I still stuck with Nannie-appropriate outfits — nothing tight or sexy.  And as it turned out, I was happy to have both my leather jacket, and my beloved black Inhabit cardigan with me since the weather cooled off significantly as soon as the sun went down.  Here’s a list of what I packed for four days and nights in Palm Beach:

  1. Nude Havaianas flip-flops
  2. Gunmetal Christian Louboutin peep toes
  3. K Jacques gladiator sandals
  4. James jeans
  5. ASOS skirt
  6. 2 Market tees
  7. Seneca Rising tee
  8. Elizabeth and James oversized button down
  9. Ever sweater
  10. Diane von Furstenberg leather jacket
  11. Inhabit cardigan
  12. Parker tank top
  13. Tolani tunic
  14. Style Stalker tee
  15. Lisa Curran bikini (as seen above)
  16. Zimmerman bikini (as seen above)
  17. dELiA’s bikini
  18. L*space bikini (as seen above)
  19. Gypsy ’05 sweatpants
  20. Old Navy white tank
  21. Hanky Panky bras and underwear
  22. Current Elliot cutoffs
  23. Balenciaga clutch
  24. Jamin Puech tote
  25. Jee Vice sunglasses
  26. Marc Jacobs sunglasses
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GETAWAY GUIDE: Staycation

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The Ritz Carlton, Battery Park City, and the view of the Statue of Liberty from the hotel

For years, my boyfriend lived with two of his best friends in the city.  They did everything together, but every once in a while he needed a night off.  And so he began staycationing at The Ritz Calton in Battery Park City.  For a night (or two), he’d have a chance to escape from his routine – even if he was only a cab ride away! He’s been living alone ever since we met, so these staycations haven’t been nearly as necessary.  But when he brought up the idea of planning a New Year’s Eve staycation, I thought it was the perfect way to spend the night.  Before coming up with this plan, we had booked a hotel in Austin, and one in Colorado, but none of the out-of-town options seemed to be coming together.  And going out in the city sounded like a big headache — especially on a night when cabs are notoriously hard to come by. But the notion of spa services at our fingertips and breakfast in bed (without having to cook or clean up!) sounded absolutely delightful to me!

At the moment, we have a few different hotels booked in Battery Park City, but we’re still debating where to stay.  Personally, I’m looking forward to room service, lounging around in our robes, and sleeping in, no matter where we end up.

*Photo from www.tablethotels.com

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STEPPING OUT: Palm Beach

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Diane von Furstenberg leather jacket, Seneca Rising tee, James jeans, Balenciaga clutch

My friends who are still in Florida keep saying I took the warm weather with me, so I feel lucky to have had four afternoons of sunshine in Palm Beach!  I spent most of my days in a bathing suit and cover-up, and evenings were super casual.  I wasn’t great about taking pictures during this trip, but I did bust out my camera at The Breakers Hotel, where the ocean view from the outdoor walkway literally took my breath away.  So beautiful!

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