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What to Pack: Resort Wear and Cute Beach Dresses for a Caribbean Vacation #shopping #travel #fashion #caribbean

For a long weekend in the Caribbean, I refuse to pack anything that won’t fit into carry on travel bag. I imagine as soon as I step foot on the island I’ll slough off my city girl cloak and my true inner boho will emerge. My boho self would wander…
What to pack for your Caribbean vacation: cute resort wear, beach dresses, and travel outfits. We put together Instagram-ready and photo-friendly outfits.
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Top 27 Japan Souvenirs and Experiences Around Tokyo (Kanto) Part I #japan #tokyo

Because there are so many fantastic top souvenirs and experiences in Japan, this post will come in two parts, this is part I. In Japan, the magic is in the subtlety. Other destinations might be more obvious, with their swaying palms, exotic cuisine or…
Because there are so many fantastic top souvenirs and experiences in Japan, this post will come in two parts, this is part I. In Japan, the magic is in the subtlety. Other destinations might be more obvious, with their swaying palms, exotic cuisine or chaotic crowds. But after a while you come to know what …
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Valladolid: Day Trip from Cancun for Cobbler-Made Shoes #ttot #valladolid #artisans

Cancun can be an easy escape, a place where all-inclusives rule and you might never leave your hotel grounds (or beach chair). Your most vexing decision might be your next cocktail choice. But if you get restless from the non-stop relaxation it’s still…
Cancun can be an easy escape, a place where all-inclusives rule and you might never leave your hotel grounds (or beach chair). Your most vexing decision might be your next cocktail choice. But if you get restless from the non-stop relaxation it’s still possible to get a hit of Mexican culture within spitting distance of …
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Most of my favorite New York City souvenirs are food souvenirs– I’ve already covered black and whites, my favorite bagels and Levain’s cookies. Today I’m going to add to that list by revealing my neighborhood secret place with a dessert wholly exclusive…
Most of my favorite New York City souvenirs are food souvenirs– I’ve already covered black and whites, my favorite bagels and Levain’s cookies. Today I’m going to add to that list by revealing my neighborhood secret place with a dessert wholly exclusive to New York. This dessert is so delicious that I often avert my …
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I was a little lost in Florence’s Oltrarno quarter. It might have by design, because I was only half-heartedly looking for my destination. As usual, I was hoping something more interesting would distract me first. It didn’t take long for something to…
I was a little lost in Florence’s Oltrarno quarter. It might have by design, because I was only half-heartedly looking for my destination. As usual, I was hoping something more interesting would distract me first. It didn’t take long for something to capture my attention. I looked to my right and saw an open doorway …
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I’ve always said I have a love-hate relationship with New York. New York is not the easiest place to live. Just yesterday I was barked at for not ordering my bagel quickly enough. I am routinely shoved on the subway, and I can’t stand crowds or noise.…
I’ve always said I have a love-hate relationship with New York. New York is not the easiest place to live. Just yesterday I was barked at for not ordering my bagel quickly enough. I am routinely shoved on the subway, and I can’t stand crowds or noise. Winter is a long, grey sludge and in …
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Today’s guest post comes courtesy of friend and blogger Sofie of WonderfulWanderings.com Do you know that feeling when your feet are absolutely comfortable, bouncing off the ground without feeling any of the knobs or bumps in the road. When your toes can…
Today’s guest post comes courtesy of friend and blogger Sofie of WonderfulWanderings.com Do you know that feeling when your feet are absolutely comfortable, bouncing off the ground without feeling any of the knobs or bumps in the road. When your toes can breathe but are never cold. When your heels remain undamaged throughout the day. …
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The Best Japanese Experiences and Souvenirs (Part II) #japan #jtb

Japan is one of my favorite countries– for both otherworldly experiences and for the fantastic souvenirs to bring home. Read more about what makes Japan such a unique destination to experience, along with my first twelve favorite Japanese souvenirs, in…
Japan is one of my favorite countries– for both otherworldly experiences and for the fantastic souvenirs to bring home. Read more about what makes Japan such a unique destination to experience, along with my first twelve favorite Japanese souvenirs, in part one of this post, Best 25 Japanese Experiences and Souvenirs around Tokyo (Kanto) Part …
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Keeping One Eye Open: Daruma and the Art of the Japanese Wish #goodluck #japan #wishes #travel

Wishes can be precarious things. A good wish should be made straight from the heart, free of calculation, prudence and caution. Overthink a wish and you risk wishing for the wrong thing. Logic and common sense just have no business in the wishing process.…
Wishes can be precarious things. A good wish should be made straight from the heart, free of calculation, prudence and caution. Overthink a wish and you risk wishing for the wrong thing. Logic and common sense just have no business in the wishing process. In fact, the best wishes might even have a hint of …
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Florence's Craftsmen Workshops in the Oltrarno: Bring Home a Unique Souvenir #florence #artisan #ttot #shopping #italy

People who complain about Florence being too touristy and crowded have likely never been to the “other” side of Florence– right across the Arno river, the Oltrarno. I used to be one of the people. On my first visit to Florence, my sightseeing was limited…
People who complain about Florence being too touristy and crowded have likely never been to the “other” side of Florence– right across the Arno river, the Oltrarno. I used to be one of the people. On my first visit to Florence, my sightseeing was limited to a tiny circumference in the center, where I was …
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Come Home with Me to Litchfield Hills, Connecticut: My Guide to the Best Places to Snack, Shop & Wine #litchfield #ttott

For years now, going home has meant one thing– packing up the car and making the drive from Manhattan to my mom’s lakeside house in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut. I like to describe Litchfield as country “lite,” with all of the photogenic trappings of the…
For years now, going home has meant one thing– packing up the car and making the drive from Manhattan to my mom’s lakeside house in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut. I like to describe Litchfield as country “lite,” with all of the photogenic trappings of the country but none of the pesky inconveniences of actual rural life. …
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Shopping Bellagio on Lake Como, Italy: What Souvenirs to Bring Home

I had this romanticized idea of the Italian Lake district for years– narrow stone lanes framed by blooming flowers, grand terraces along the water, and of course, the home of George Clooney. With expectations sky high, I wouldn’t have been surprised if…
I had this romanticized idea of the Italian Lake district for years– narrow stone lanes framed by blooming flowers, grand terraces along the water, and of course, the home of George Clooney. With expectations sky high, I wouldn’t have been surprised if the reality was a let-down. But after an all-too-brief visit, I can happily …
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