WEEKLY CHECKLIST OF WHAT’S TRENDING IN TRAVEL, FOOD, FASHION & MORE
You ever have that annoying feeling that you’re missing something? Well, no matter how bad that feels, it feels even worse to actually miss something, like a hot new collaboration or overnight health food craze. The really important things. That’s why every week we’re bringing you a checklist of all the buzziest pieces, products and places popping up in everyone’s feeds, photos and conversations.
In this weeks hot list we’ve got cool gift guides that will make giving this holiday a heck of a lot easier, newly renovated L.A restaurant Clifton’s is back and better than ever, and rumor has it that traditional hotel check-out may become a thing of the past. But wait, that’s not all! We also have the scoop on the best places around the world to spend NYE and a grip of chic cold-weather accessories that promise to carry you through winter in style. This Hot List is a bit more than hot—it’s steamy, keep reading!
ITEMS EVERY TRAVELER’S NEEDS
Now we know this winter be a cold one, so we’re here to get you even more prepared than you already are. Here are a few essentials every Globetrotting Stiletto needs this season. Whether you’re traveling, or not, these goodies are a must.
Cashmere Tights – Investing in a pair of quality, run-resistant stockings, is one of the smartest things you can do this winter. Not only will they match that cute flare skirt you purchased last week, but they also work with sophisticated sheaths, underneath trousers and even with fun leather shorts! Get into this cashmere/silk pair by Wolford.
Shearling Boots – Lighten your load from bulky footwear and stick with modern styles that literally go with everything. These luxe Vince boots feature snuggly fur on the inside and on the outside, fine Italian leather make them ideal for a midi skirt and skinny jeans. The clean silhouette will have you pulling for these cuties every single day. Enjoy!
Robe Coat – We guarantee you’ll live in this piece for most of your trip, so keep in mind that form and function are key. Wrap silhouettes on robe coats are great and the built-in belt can create an hourglass shape in a cinch. For the most outfit possibilities, stick to a neutral color like gray or oatmeal.
Layering Turtleneck – Listen, in order to properly face winter’s bite, one must pile on the layers. We like soft turtlenecks like this Rachel Pally pick, under chunky crewnecks and sleeveless frocks for a sleek boost of insulation. How do you wear yours?
Statement Handbag – Don’t be afraid to add a bold bag to that ever-growing wardrobe of yours. Since it is one of the few parts of your ensemble that won’t be covered up, why not make a lasting impression with a Paula Cademartori, suede-paneled stunner?
Beanie – Like all winter accessories, a beanie is the defining point of your look. Consider a style with memorable details, like playful color-blocking or a witty geometric design.
SYDNEY FOR NEW YEARS EVE
Experiencing new things in new places is what traveling is all about, which is why we’re encouraging you to bring your stilettos to the land down unda’ this New Year’s Eve. Sydney, Australia is one of the first major cities where the clock will strike midnight, meaning you’ll ring in 2016 before anyone else. The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House are impressive backdrops for the scheduled fireworks at 9pm and 12am. More than a million people are expected to attend the waterfront festivities, which also include an air and water show, an Aboriginal smoking ceremony, and the Harbour of Light Parade that features more than 50 illuminated boats in the harbor. Book it now, thank us later.
ADIOS HOTEL CHECK-OUT
Hotels are getting rid of traditional hotel check-in and check-out in order to cater to a new kind of traveler. Ahem, Globetrotting Stilettos, that would be you. Capella in D.C is one of a growing number of hotels across the country to offer flexible times without tacking on additional half-day rates—makes sense. This is dream come true for business travelers who may have an important meeting soon after arrival and would love to shower, change and drop off their luggage before heading into that board room. Capella D.C.’s general manager, Marco Bustamante, says, so far, the system is working out pretty well. The 11 Capella hotels aren’t the only ones experimenting with flexible arrivals and departures, The Peninsula Beverly Hills is giving it a go too. Can’t wait for the rest of the globe to catch up.
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: SMART PICKS FOR THE STILETTO IN YOUR LIFE
If you struggle with gift-giving, no worries, our guide is here to help you out. Borrow this tip from stylist and designer, Rachel Zoe, who enlists that picking up fine goods during your travels, it’s a unique way to shop for the jetsetters in your life. Maria Hoffman, co-signs.
“St. Barths is one of my absolute favorite places to travel, and Ligne Bath is one of my favorite places to shop when I’m there. The candles and bath and body sets make for the perfect gifts, and their avocado oil is absolutely incredible!”
“I love these beautiful Moroccan baskets I just bought in the souk in Marrakech—they’re multi-functional. I’m currently using them in my office as planters. They add so much color and life to any space.” Maria Hoffman, designer.
If you have a few extra coins and are willing to splurge, consider the following luxury picks. Pinky promise the stilettos in your life will love these!
Chloe’s Darcey Swarovski pearl cuff is versatile enough to wear all the time.
We know, she already owns several beach totes but Sensi Studio’s hand-woven toquilla straw bag is the ideal vacay companion, after bae, of course.
She’ll slip this over her bikini and head to lunch overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Trust us, you can’t go wrong with Melissa Odabash’s Alexis crocheted cotton dress.
This textured leather Smythson notebook is a perfect pick and guess what? It retails for less than $100. Jump on it!
EAT HERE, ASAP: CLIFTON’S CAFETERIA
Revamped and ready to roll is sizzling West Coast eatery, Clifton’s Cafeteria. Clifton’s was purchased by nightclub owner Andrew Meieran, who recently reopened the historic restaurant in L.A.’s trendy Downtown area. Serving dishes like traditional baked macaroni and cheese, turkey and chicken dinners, roast beef and a colorful medley of martini’s, we suggest you pop in the next time you’re on the Left Coast. Clifton’s reopened in October, maintaining it’s original woodland theme, however, Meieran wanted to up the decor ante a bit–sure way to do that–add a forty-foot faux redwood tree at the center of your establishment and let it reach the top of its three-story atrium. Be prepared to dine in the company of several taxidermied animals, including a bison and a lion. Word has it that dreamy architect, Walt Disney, was a huge fan of Clifton’s during the 1930s’ and was inspired by this retro establishment. A tip from us to you – explore these magical surrounds after you eat, not before.