Prayers from the mosque’s loudspeakers meld with reggaeton blasting from multiple car windows and techno music that reveals a party taking place on the second floor of a nearby McDonald’s. This is Casablanca. And in this city—immortalized in a film by vintage Hollywood—one is affronted by a cacophonous yet complimentary swath of cultural influences that make up Morocco, a country directly south of Spain in Northern Africa.
A bright neon flamingo marks the elusive entrance of this hip hangout in South Williamsburg. It seems like I could get everything I wanted out of a night out, all in one place – good healthy food, well-crafted cocktails and a great night of dancing.
Video may have killed the radio star, but the online travel agencies such as Orbitz have definitely NOT killed the travel agent.
I was heartbroken to hear of the devastation that the Mexican beach destination of Los Cabos went through during Hurricane Odile earlier this year, but I was happy to learn that Los Cabos International Film Festival taking place later this month on Nov. 12 to Nov. 16th, 2014 will mark the unofficial opening of Los Cabos as a tourist destination. A great weekend to explore Los Cabos, Aeromexico and partnering hotels are offering discounts to festival goers.
Yet as we marched, I couldn't help thinking about what would happen after today - after this march. Would it really affect any decisions made at the UN General Assembly?
I really hope so... because the truth is, without any real, solid action that affects our everyday lives - a climate march, even one as big as this one, would be nothing but a parade - filled with costumes, signage, glitterati and celebrities.
I had the pleasure of traveling to Asheville, North Carolina with my friend Jia Li, the brains behind the fashion brand, Jia Collection, that features very stylish and reversible and convertible clothing.
Reversible and convertible clothing are pieces that can be worn several different ways - inside out and backwards to achieve different looks.
Let me tell you that Jia's reversible clothing is amazing. It makes packing so much lighter and not having to check in a bag makes things so much easier.
On a Caribbean island that is famous for their all-inclusives, I wanted to get away from all that as much as possible and really get back to nature, and at Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel and Spa, I was able to soak in all the shades of blue of the Caribbean, as well as all the greens of the boutique resort's flora and fauna. I really enjoyed staying at this rustic eco-friendly hideaway tucked in-between the Dominican North Coast town of Cabarete and Sosua, located in a private residential area away from the tourists called Paseo de Sol. I highly recommend it to all who want to really get away from it all and truly rejuvenate.
NYC is buzzing with up-and-coming fashion talent. As far as fashion in the North America is concerned, NYC is Mecca. And as part of New York Fashion Week, I had the privilege of attending The Set NYC's Fashion Benefit to raise money for a charity called Love 146, that fights child trafficking worldwide.
For the first time in almost 3 years, I'm actually in New York City for Fashion Week. I have been very blessed to have been invited to two very different types of fashion previews - the first was an intimate gathering for the newly launched Á Moi Atelier's Ready to Wear Autumn/Winter 2014 Preview at designer Alejandra Alonso's Soho apartment and the second, detailed later in this post, was an invitation by The Mobile Media Lab + Tommy Hilfiger to a New York Fashion Week Instameet.