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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…


Inexpensive stocking stuffers for the adored Tic Tok users-or party flair for anyone's outfits- fun style galore from online destinations that won't have any trend over expiration dates.

Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Surprise:
Sure-that name is kitschy-made for Influencer/Pinterest set-but any age female will love the glammy super inexpensive earrings-and hair accessories like splashy bows, barrettes, headbands. our pick-ANIA earrings $25.
NINA has polished pearls  (faux but fab) and crystal jewelry pieces- in matchy earring necklace sets-and pretty chokers to wear anywhere.

Sugary sweet-or goth leaning gals-DOLLS KILL! has that irreverent "HOLIDAZE"  'tude- and a plethora of mini skirts, frilly to piece frocks, to flats, thigh-high boots + platform kicks and sequin loaded attire the female that goes with the mood.

LOVE especially-the faux furs and pink glitter cowboy kicks (pictured).

Getaways To Go: Venice


Part One: Venice

Open for tourists...Christmas time in romantic-family friendly Venice Italy is ON!

The event packed LE CITTÀ IN FIESTA NATALE-includes multiple holiday events and experiences including real deal outdoor ice skating in those glorious scenic piazzas, festive musical concerts and twinkling bright special Christmas addition to all the usual amazing Venetian attractions.

Give: A special thanks (or donation) to the incredible American based Save Venice non-profit ( )-that tirelessly funds/oversees the restoration and conservation of Venitian historical and artistic treasures.

AND:  A matching fund drive by Save Venice (up to $100,000)  titled the IMMEDIATE RESPOND FUND is going on now to support urgent relief efforts,  preventative conservation and to forever protect that Italian destination's cultural heritage for future generations.

Specifically:the Immediate Response Fund, artistic and cultural heritage recovery efforts are no…


There's no bad weather-only bad clothing...

Some of the latest multi-tasking items available at online destination for the all in outdoors enthusiasts-or casual city strollers...are great gifts to give anyone.

Included in the carefully curated assortment we saw at the #BACKCOUNTRYNYC pop-up-is stuff from the top rated brands, including smartly designed-tested/vetted designed apparel-not found elsewhere.

Keep Warm:

Polar Vortex-or all-day hours outdoors= extra base layers, please!

BEANIE UPDATE...stove pipe shape from trendy COAL...and fab knits from iconic brand Pendleton Woolen Mills-with a National Park series benefiting our nation's great open spaces.

20 EZ Booze-FREE Holiday Host Gifts

Ditch the alcohol...  gifts that are shelf worthy-shelf stable selections are really so much better useful, better aesthetics... and better for you.

No...there is no such thing as enough flattering-soft holiday glow. Illuminations candles comes in giftable frosted glass vessels-with 10oz candles -in festive scents (Wild Woodland, Cranberry Orange) -made of natural coconut and apricot wax with 100% cotton wicks.

Icon Finnish designer Alvar Aalto's classic glass wave patterns in a small collection bowl size are timeless additions that can light up any party tabletop...just add a candle wick Those iconic (matching) wave glass vases are available too-in multiple sizes. LITTALA

Gourmet chocolate is the ultimate all ages crowd pleasing host/hostess gift hopefully be consumed on the spot.
Belgium chocolate maker Leonidas has several individual pieces-pre-wrapped (and free shipping) selections-in holiday festive packaging..

A selection of premium  cookies-ready made -but with the quality…