Now that the temps are finally starting to drop in the desert, a long weekend in Las Vegas sounds more enticing than ever. I’ve just returned from another visit to the City that Never Sleeps, and in addition to some fantastic memories, I got back on the plane with a new favorite hotel and list of hot dining spots to add to my little Black Book. If Las Vegas is calling your name, below are several recommendations for where to stay, where to eat, and what to see – Plus a fabulous Taigan outfit to have you doing it all in style.
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
A sexy oasis on Las Vegas Boulevard void of a smoky casino, brimming with elegance.
Nobu at Nobu Hotel Ceasars Palace
Japanese cuisine, stylish ambiance.
“O” by Cirque du Soleil
It’s been around for a while, and for good reason, it’s arguably the best show in town.
Visit the Fine Art Gallery at Bellagio
Current exhibit is Andy Warhol through February 2014.
Red Rock Canyon on the edge of town for a morning, or evening, hike. Gorgeous landscape and views over the valley. After working up an appetite, stop into LBS at Red Rock Casino for the best burger in town.
A Vegas-appropriate Taigan outfit, lace & python head to toe:
*Theaters in Las Vegas are notoriously cool, it’s best to bring a stylish jacket when catching a show.
*Adding an unexpected edge to an otherwise classic ensemble.
Lila Fox is owner of New Orleans-based Constant Tourist Travel, a travel agency & concierge catering to the discerning traveler worldwide. For more information and exclusive amenities (breakfast inclusive rates + $100 Spa credit) at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, contact Lila at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*photo credit, www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas
Hitting the road for Labor Day weekend? We’ve collected some tried and true road trip essentials for every age!
Pictured above, top row, from left:
No need to sit in silence! Take the pensive route, with this conversation provoking “Life’s Little Instruction Book“. It’s full of one sentence wisdom, and you’re sure to feel like a better person by the time you reach your destination.
Add a bit of humor to the trip with Les Moustaches. See who can keep a straight face at the next gas station wearing one of these!
Feeling a bit grimy from being in the car? Not to worry. 29 Cosmetics’ Travel Cream Cleanser and Napa Mist will have you feeling fresh in no time!
Why is it that the person controlling the air is always warm natured? If you’re like us and tend to freeze on the road then be sure to pack one of Grace Hays’ Mohair Throws to stay warm.
Second row, from left:
Stickers are a great way to keep kids occupied. Especially if you don’t mind finding them all over your car for weeks to come. We love this travel themed set for the road!
Don’t forget the snacks! Step up your game and bring this crowd pleaser from Notti Toffee. With toffee, sugar cookies and cheese wafers there really is something for everyone.
Play cards, or learn a thing or two with the Gentleman’s Deck. Each card is also equipped with a tip or tidbit on how to become the perfect gentleman.
Summer is officially upon us! And with that comes longer days, warmer temperatures, bare feet, and thoughts of the beach. If you’re needing some inspiration in that department, below are several of my favorite beach resorts right now – whether you’re taking your entire family or it’s just the two of you – Plus some pretty perfect Taigan finds to have you tootling through that beachside town in comfort and style.
Watercolor Inn & Resort | Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Cap Maison Resort & Spa | Smugglers Cove Beach, St. Lucia
Ponta dos Ganchos Resort | Governador Celso Ramos, Brazil
for History + Culture + Cuisine
Blue Palace | Elounda, Crete, Greece
Here are a few of my favorite Beach-inspired Taigan finds to take along with you:
Victorian Antique 14k Gold Crab Claw Apatite Necklace by Sandy Simonian | $538
Joie a la Plage 2 Strap Sable Sandal by Cicada For Her | $115
Cotton Herringbone Throw by Grace Hayes Linens | $300
Greek Tycoon Bikini by Letarte Swimwear | $196
Dhurrie Beach Bag by Indagare | $80
Deauville Striped Crew Neck Swim Shirt by Parasol | $165
Custom Tortoiseshell Sun Glasses by Indivijual Custom Eyewear | $1,595
Beach Body Lotion by Woo Skincare & Cosmetics / Bobbi Brown | $36
Cream & Olive Elephant Wrap by A.Barclay | $295
Tip: Wear as a scarf as shown, or as a sarong swimsuit cover-up.
Natural Straw Hat by And George | $90
Lila Fox is owner of New Orleans-based Constant Tourist Travel, a travel agency & concierge catering to the discerning traveler worldwide. For more information and exclusive amenities at any of the properties mentioned above, contact Lila at email@example.com.
Last week Taigan welcomed us to their hometown where we fell in love ~ with the music, the architecture, the food, the shopping ~ but most of all with the charm of its people. Trust us, if you haven’t been to Nashville, go. It’s one of those great cites where you don’t need a reason, an itinerary, an agenda – and if your experience is anything like ours, by the time you leave, you’ll feel like you already have a couple of friends to look up when you get back.
So, here’s a glimpse into our 48 hours in Nashville – we like to mix the high and the low, the old and the new, and that’s exactly what we got…
Day One – Check out the fabulous setting for the trunk show that also featured other great Taigan vendors and benefited the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign. It was an honor to be there, and thanks to the shopping ladies of Nashville, we raised some great money for a wonderful charity. By the way, the owners of this incredible home were so easy going about all the rolling racks and piles of boxes, the phrase “Southern hospitality” must have been coined for them. And the surrounding area? Wow. We didn’t know what to expect, but what we found was winding tree-lined streets with impressive homes, flowering hedges, lush green lawns, hundred year-old stone walls, and everything done with a just dash of restraint.
Later that night…When the Taigan team overheard us mention that we wanted to go “downtown” (aka Lower Broad Street, aka “LoBro”) – none other than Taigan top-dog Elizabeth Nichols volunteered to personally take us honky tonkin’. Quick change from cocktail attire to jeans, and before we knew it Elizabeth was expertly maneuvering her SUV through historic Ryman Alley, briskly charging through the gauntlet of patrons at Robert’s, heading straight to the back, up the stairs, right in front, and ordering drinks and cheeseburgers for us all. Needless to say, we were impressed. The music was fantastic, and the 18 year-old electric guitarist seemed destined for stardom. This was our kind of night.
Day Two – Great fun at the trunk show getting to know the awesome (and gorgeous) Taigan staff who ably doubled as models, fellow vendors, and all the lovely ladies of Nashville who made us feel so welcome and appreciated. The day flew by, then it was already time to pack it all up. Someone suggested we head to “The Gulch” for dinner, a trendy part of town with cool restaurants and shops and a great moonlit view of Union Station. At Kayne Prime we sipped on well-deserved martini’s and dined under the Edison bulbs on tuna tartare and Wagyu filet mignon. After dinner we strolled a bit then took in the sights of Nashville by car. The Country Music Hall of Fame, the vintage neon store fronts, the brick facades of downtown, the churches, the glass high rises ~ it all evokes Nashville’s past and present, the world-famous “Music City”.
One last look – The next morning we only had a few hours to spare, no time for the beautiful gardens and museums, so instead we headed to Two Old Hippies, an unbelievably cool store who’s owner had shopped with us at the Taigan show the day before. My daughter turns 23 this week so this was an ideal opportunity to pick up gifts at a shop unlike anything we have in Palm Beach. Jack even found a pair of new jeans designed by a Nashville musician who had back pain from always sitting on his wallet when he played guitar - Southern Blues jeans have a clever pocket on the outside leg that’s just perfect for a cell phone or wallet.
After that we needed one more brief chance to roam around downtown, and even though it was only eleven in the morning live music flowed from every door on LoBro. We grabbed a bite at the bar at Puckett’s (a light lunch of turnip greens, loaded potato soup and grilled cheese), and had just enough time left to visit the Ernest Tubb record shop where we purchased a bunch of great Nashville music, including an album by “Brazilbilly”, the house band from the honky tonk we’d been at the night before, named for the band’s frontman and owner of Robert’s, Jesse Lee Jones, who is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. We didn’t get to hear them that night but their repertoire includes everything from Samba to Marty Robbins.
Appetites and thirsts quenched, purchases in hand, we headed to the airport which is literally about 10 minutes from downtown Nashville (super convenient we thought for all those music celebrities). Before we knew it we were seeing the Everglades below us and headed back to our version of reality. You won’t be surprised to learn, not a day had passed before we’d spoken to some of our new pals and were musing on when we might be able to get back there to explore some more. In the meantime, Jack’s wearing his new favorite jeans and thanking a musician in Nashville for designing a great pair of pants.
Have a wonderful rest of the week from the two of us at CJ Laing,
Jack Laing and Ali Russell
Napa Valley is one of those classic destinations that has somehow managed to trump trends. It’s just always a good idea, particularly during the spring months of April & May. And as a travel advisor, it’s one of the more popular destinations I’ve been getting inquiries on lately. So I thought I’d share a few of my personal recommendations – from where to stay and eat, to the winery that always makes it into my itineraries. Plus the perfect Taigan shift dress to have you touring the wineries in comfort and style.
Fly into San Francisco, rent a car at the airport. Napa Valley is about 1-hr from the city.
The Carneros Inn | 4048 Sonoma Highway | Napa
Redd | 6480 Washington Street | Yountville
Kenzo Estate for its Bouchon Bakery sandwich pairing on their outdoor patio (Reservation required)
Start at Schramsburg, sparkling wine, great way to ease into a day of wine drinking (Reservation req’d)
Here are a few Napa-inspired Taigan finds:
Aron Pencil Dress by Antik Batik | $335
Tip: Comfortable, stylish for a day of touring wineries.
Nantucket Wine Carrier by Hancock Baskets | $74.99
Tip: Bring your own wine carrier for that special bottle of wine to take home.
Basil Extra Virgin Olive Oil by St. Helena Olive Oil Co. | $24
Organic Grey Sea Salt by St. Helena Olive Oil Co. | $12
Chardonnay 2010 Napa Valley by VGS Chateau Potelle Winery | $45
Eisch Classic Wine Decanter by Corzine & Co. | $155
Lavender Body Butter by Napa Valley Bath Co. | $22
Lila Fox is owner of New Orleans-based Constant Tourist Travel, a Virtuoso travel agency & SmartFlyer affiliate, specializing in business & luxury leisure travel worldwide. For more information on Lila’s Napa Valley itineraries and exclusive benefits at The Carneros Inn (upgrade on arrival subject to availability, daily breakfast for two, and $100 Spa credit) contact Lila at firstname.lastname@example.org.