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Better Snacks+Sips

January (a new year...a new decade) the 'to-do-list' month of good intentions.

Easier ways to check off the wellness 'box'-eat better by substituting indulgent snacks and the daily java habit-with better-for you versions:

"IT" Bags: ALL Worthy+Year Round

Bouncy all over temperatures +weather conditions-can disrupt wardrobe rotations-but accessory wise-we couldn't think of a more perfect duo of haulers-that will work year round.

Practical and Thale Blanc

On the right-the classic "AUDREY" glittery gold crystals-makes this as much as a cool gals' handbag-as well as a ladies who lunch type- day to night option.
Our favorite-the RACER BACKPACK DISCRETE ($995) elegant trapezoid-shaped backpack (adjustable straps, cushioned back, "macaron" handle)...with 'stud technique' details-is an ideal city choice that will synch with everything we wear- from heavier neutral basics to  flowery springtime separates.

BONUS POINTS: top of the line materials (made in Italy),  beautifully lined, satisfying 'click' closures, and enough room inside (interior slot pockets) to haul around urban necessities for those who lack a car trunk to stash the 'extras.'

SPORT PERFORMANCE: Rainy Days/Adidas Terrex

Sure-the famous collabs might be -uh more famous...but Adidas Terrex focus on city snazzy tech outdoor  separates-JUST NAILS it with this waterproof poncho -worthy of an art museum and DEFINITELY a rain/trench coat replacement.
LOVE: bold B/W graphics- graffiti like-heralding that fashion forward Japanese hub- TOKYO.

Tragically-this four season friendly weather protector-only comes in men's sizes-but an XS might fit a women's M---with added caveat that this Adidas line tends to skew very generous sizing. (Our experience).

To pair with the Boost enabled Terrex Two Ultra Parley $180....stretchy woven uppers (snug-comfy fit made from plastic picked up on ocean beaches-part of a continuing collab with  PARLEY For The Oceans), handy orange heel pull tab, toe cap, and that unbelievable cushioning energy returning midsole...on a solid Continental rubber outsole that delivers great grip.

Hint-lace up-tie a double knot-leaving the last two eyelets free (the ones nearest the ankle)-mak…

A French Island-Beach=YES

Getaways during travel crunch time-don't have to be crushingly crowded,  expensive or pre-planned to the extreme.

For temperate climate, island beaches and laid back eateries-plus a dose of French vibes (Euros... food) plus+ -the Caribbean archipelago islands of Guadeloupe delivers.

FRENCH FOOD, RUM AND SUN: Easy To Get To: Inexpensive non-stop flights to/fro Guadeloupe's  Pointe-a-Pitre's airport (PTP) ---Montreal (Air Canada, Air Transat) NYC's JFK,   or Miami airports on Norwegian Air...and other airlines-Jetblue (starting Feb, 2020), American Airlines and Air France.

Getting Around:-roads are mostly excellent...grab a taxi, take high speed ferries + hydrofoils between,  rental cars/motorcycles for self explorations, and private charters-gets one exploring secluded spots (Deshaies-where the BBC's Death in Paradise is filmed, Marie-Galante and Les Saintes)-to tourist friendly locales Saint-François and Le Gosier-to the  two main islands -Grande-Terre and Base-Ter…

TRAVEL TIME: Snow Country

There's something magical about the big blue skies of Colorado...and fluffy powder snow. 

Good to know-the Rocky Mountain snowfall has been plentiful...and now through January-multiple resorts offer up winter get away sporty fun...for mountain enthusiasts.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Arapahoe Basin will host a variety of family-friendly holiday activities, beginning with a visit from Santa and an elf on Monday, Dec. 24. Santa will bring candy and holiday cheer, and the Summit County Choral Society will be caroling in the base area from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
A-Basin will also host New Year’s Eve in the Mountains, a special lift-served Moonlight Dinner at Black Mountain Lodge. This event will offer guests the opportunity to ring in 2020 with a gourmet dinner including oysters, filet mignon and other delicious offerings. A-Basin will celebrate New Year's Eve with New York at 10 p.m. with live music, a glass of champagne, party favors and a balloon drop. For more information, visit ww…