The arrival of Spring (and I’m still holding out hope since it’s raining where I am) usually heralds the dusting off of the madras slippers. They’re comfy, cute and perfect for those days when you’re casual and carefree. Wouldn’t it be great if your new kicks were charitable? Well they can be. Try Toms.com. For every pair of shoes they sell, the give another pair away to someone in need. Oh and did I mention they’re vegan? It’s like your whole earth moment. You can be green, charitable and fashionable. The trifecta!
How many times have you asked yourself, “Where did I put my glasses?” All the time I’m guessing. If you’re like me you find them in a pocket, on your head or in the worst case you don’t find them at all. I have such a hard time finding sunglasses that fit me and are comfortable to wear that I’m always devastated when I lose a pair. Well I’ve found a solution. Medalyedesigns.com makes beautiful glass holders that look for all the world like a necklaces. I’m especially partial the ones that features venetian gold and glass beads. They could easily pass as souvenirs. The only giveaway that it’s not what it seems is the small O at the bottom where you can hang your favorite pair of shades.
This week I found a Dopp kit so cute and Spring-y I want to run right out and buy one for myself. RealSimple.com featured the Masai dopp kit in an article on make up bags. At $49.50 (from Hammocksandhightea.com) it’s not cheap, but it is part of a entire family of charming accessories from pillows to tea towels. I loved the tote for a day of wandering the local farmer’s market or visiting a foreign antiques fair.
I’ve learned how to pack a lot of things in a little space. The one thing I usually miss when traveling though is a cozy pair of slippers. Well, no more. The Brookstone n*a*p Travel slippers are a foldable pair of microfleece slippers. Perfect for the hotel, the plane, or even that shoeless walk through TSA security. At just $10 they let me take the comfort of home with me on the road.
Spring is coming and you know what that means…time to jet set! As the days get longer, the weather gets warmer and you could use a break. When you pack up your duds for that trip consider adding a bright luggage tag. This set by Lug Life is just my style. You can find their products on Amazon.com. I love the cheery color and think it makes it so much easier to identify your generic black bag on the luggage carousel. Besides, doesn’t it just scream, “I’m on vacation!”? You know it does.
I’m like the Boy Scouts. My travel motto is always, “Be prepared”. However over Valentine’s Day weekend I found myself unprepared and with a strained back. I hit the local pharmacy, but it got me thinking. I should have a mini med kit for my next jaunt. I found a great one over at Adventure Medical Kits. Several actually. The Travel Medic (left) is for business or frequent fliers. Going for a longer trip? Try the World Traveler. It’s customized for exotic locations providing you with stomach remedies, blister control and even dehydration cures. I was impressed that they’ve made up a Women’s Travel kit too. Now you’ll always be ready no matter what the trip brings.
I have been a huge fan of Redenvelope.com since they opened in 1999. It is my go to shop for Valentine’s Day gifts because they always have something creative on offer. My favorite this year? The reasons I love you pajamas. They have sets for men and women. The bottoms are a windowpane plaid made up of 100 reasons why you are loved. And the top is monogrammable, so stitch on your wife’s name or better yet, her nickname, and you’ll be the hero of Valentine’s Day.
I don’t often recommend travel films, but this one had a real impact on me. I saw it in the theater last Summer. Cairo Time is the story of an American woman in Egypt who’s husband is diplomat. When he isn’t available to show her around she connects with his friend and mentee Tariq. As Tariq shows her the sights and sounds of his complex city, she becomes seduced both by Cairo and by him. It is a lovely, sad, touching film that is as much about Cairo as the love story. Seeing it through Tariq’s eyes you begin to understand how locals feel about their home. Given the unrest in Egypt right now, it may be your best bet for a visit. At least for now.
I’m always looking for new ways to stay organized while on the road. One of my biggest problems is keeping all of my cords organized. Well, no more. I’ve found the Powermat. It’s a charger for your electronic devices. It looks a lot like a skateboard without wheels. It can charge up to 4 devices at a time, one on a wired USB. Just slap a receiver on the back of your favorite travel toys and you’re off. No cords, no more worries. Well, until you have to explain what it is to TSA.
One thing I find when I’m traveling is that I often have trouble falling asleep. I’m not sure if it’s being in a new time zone or just a strange place. It doesn’t matter how chic my room is or how high my thread count I frequently find myself counting sheep, and trying to resist the urge to order that $13.99 pay per view movie. Then I saw the I can’t sleep journal and thought, “What a great idea!” It is full of prompts and quotations designed to inspire you and get your wound up mind whizzing. Eventually you’ll either give birth to a great idea or fall asleep with it in your hand. Either way, you win.