Shoe Lover

Shoe Lover

Several weeks ago I wrote a blog post about a David Bowie exhibition in Brooklyn, New York that was going on this summer and fall.  If you are going to be traveling to NYC I have another suggestion for you!

Stuart Weitzman has been designing beautiful shoes for women for many years.  Do you remember the pair of million-dollar shoes he designed for the 2002 Oscars?  They were adorned with Swarovski crystals and were called the Cinderella shoes.  He is credited with creating the first pair of shoes that were designed to provide couture fashion for feet.

The exhibit runs thru April 20th -October 8 at the New York Historical Society.  There are over 100 pairs of gorgeous shoes that show the evolution of ladies footwear.

http://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/walk-way-footwear-stuart-weitzman

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Photos courtesy of the New York Historical Museum

 

Pizza Please!

Pizza Please!

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Summer is the most popular time to travel.  I’m sure everybody is getting their plans together and getting ready for a fabulous summer trip!

I ran across this article from Food and Wine that lists the best pizza places in the country.  I’m sad to say that there’s not any listed that are in close proximity to me, but they are in places that I like to visit.  I keep a list of recommended restaurants in places that I travel to often.  I’m sure that you do too.

I have several Italian friends and they have always told me that the water up east is better for making pizza dough and bread than water in the south.  One friend even told me once that a restaurant he knows in Florida has water shipped in from NYC to make bagels.  That seems a little far fetched, but I guess it could happen.  The bagels, pizza and bread seem to have a different consistency and taste in New York or Philly than in Kentucky.  Nothing beats a slice of pizza in NYC!

See below for the article.  You might want to make a stop to one on your trips and try them out. xoxo

http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-pizza-places-us

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Flying with Bubbly

Flying with Bubbly

International travel is difficult.  Long flights, potential delays and hauling luggage around multiple airports are just a few things that happen routinely when you travel.  But you can’t get across the globe if you don’t fly to some point on the map!

I ran across this article and thought it was really interesting.  The airlines are rolling out the red carpet for first-class passengers these days.  Not so much in the coach section, but a first-class ticket is something to dream about!  Maybe one time in your life you will able to experience the luxury of a first-class trip.

Champagne is the ultimate luxury beverage.  Everything about it screams fancy.  So why wouldn’t the airlines use vintage champagne to lure customers into first-class?

 

 

 

 

 

According to a recent article from T & L:

“The change in selection is relatively unremarkable — except that Singapore Airlines also began offering the 2004 Krug to its first class passengers a few months ago.

Emirates is also giving its first class passengers a bubbly upgrade. Instead of serving the usual Dom Perignon, elite passengers on routes to Europe, the U.S. and Asia can sip on Dom Perignon 2000 P2 edition (an almost $400 bottle).

First class passengers should be aware of the “champagne wars” as airlines try to outdo each other with more expensive, luxurious offerings to lure customers.”

I’ve got a new item on my bucket list! Cheers xoxo.

 

Photos by Bing Images

 

 

 

Ready, Set, Travel!

Ready, Set, Travel!

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Recently I was reading an article from T & L that discussed the best places to travel this summer with the most favorable exchange rates.  Let’s face it, it’s really expensive to travel and the more ways that you can plan in advance, the more you will save.  And you know what that means, more money to shop and eat!

You may know that I went to South Africa last summer.  It was expensive to get there, but the exchange rate from the Rand to the US dollar was awesome!  Overall the trip was very reasonable for food and services.  The article lists South Africa as the #1 adventure for the best favorable exchange rate.

I’m planning a trip to Chile and Buenos Aires this fall.  Both countries are on the list. Yay!

Traveling can open your mind to different cultures and new experiences.  Grab your passport and let’s go! xoxo

http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/destinations-where-dollar-is-strong

Photos by Getty Images

Let’s Dance!

Let’s Dance!

If a trip to NYC is in your future then you should head over to Brooklyn.  Not only has Brooklyn become a foodie and an overall hip destination but there’s a cool new exhibit that going on at the Brooklyn Museum.

The Brooklyn Museum has the David Bowie Is show running until July 15th.  It looks like a great exhibit.  The show has over 400 objects including original costumes, lyric sheets, original album art and photos.  It includes 60 custom- made costumes (including some wild Ziggy Stardust items).  So put on your red shoes and dance the blues!

This is the very last show of the exhibition that has been touring for the last couple of years and it’s broken attendance records worldwide.  Tickets are only $20 for the weekday and $25 for the weekends.  Enjoy!  xoxo

 

Photos by Brian Duffy, Frank W. Ockenfels 3 and Vogue.de

https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/davidbowieis

 

 

Steak Lovers Unite!

Steak Lovers Unite!

Who doesn’t love a great steak!  As we get older maybe we don’t eat as many steaks as we used to for a variety of reasons, but that doesn’t mean we can’t splurge sometimes.

Recently T & L published an article about the best steak houses in the country.  I’ve actually been to several of them but the others are certainly on my to-do list!  Everybody has steaks but GREAT steaks are hard to find.  Many on the list are iconic places that maybe you have visited or have heard of over the years.

The good news is that a couple of the steakhouses listed are pretty close to where I live.  Road trip! xoxo

Photos by Kelly Campbell, Starr Restaurants and Urban Farmer.

http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-steakhouses-in-the-us#five-oclock-steakhouse

 

A Real Dog House

A Real Dog House

T  & L had an article the other day about a craft brewery that is opening in Columbus, Ohio.  Craft beer is really big these days in not only Lexington but all over the country.  There’s so many flavors and styles of craft beer, it’s very interesting.

BrewDog is a Scottish beer company located in Columbus, Ohio.  Columbus is a great city and it’s only a 2.5 hr. drive from Lexington.  BrewDog is opening a hotel this fall adjoining the brewery.  The DogHouse is set to open in September of this year.

The hotel looks really cool.  Each room has a beer tap of Punk IPA beer and also mini-bars stocked with beer in the shower.  If you love beer, this is the place for you!  The boutique hotel will have 50 rooms.  The DogHouse will even have a spa that uses products made from beer!

Read more about it here.  xoxo

https://www.brewdog.com/lowdown/blog/announcing-doghouse-columbus

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South Beach Fun

South Beach Fun

On a previous blog post I told you about my recent shopping trip to Ft. Lauderdale.  It was really fun. Of course the primary activity was shopping but we did go into South Beach one night for dinner.  South Beach didn’t disappoint!

Uber picked us up on Thursday for the 45 minute drive into South Beach.  We had reservations at 10pm at a restaurant called Villa Azur.  Here’s a few photos.  It’s a beautiful place.

These are night and day photos, because you see the restaurant serves dinner until early morning.  But, when you reserve the table you only have a two-hour reservation and unless you are ordering bottles you have to adhere to that policy (the people at the next table were asked to leave, times up!).

The food was delicious.  I had a truffle and brie  cream salad for starters and sea bass for my entrée.  The sea bass had crushed tomatoes and a tomato vinaigrette. Both were so good.  They were almost too pretty to eat!

During dinner they have a DJ that plays a variety of music.  Everything from old school hip hop to rap music to AC/DC was playing.  It was really fun.  It was certainly a party atmosphere.  There were lots of good-looking people there.

During the evening I took a selfie (while sitting in my chair) as my back was to the outside. This is what I got, needless to say I didn’t know there were people dancing on the tables behind me!

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Later in the evening they gave everybody sparklers.  It was really festive.  They also had models that walked thru the restaurant.  Check this out.

I had a lot of fun.  I hope you enjoyed hearing about the trip! xoxox

 

Santiago Chile

Santiago Chile

I’m planning on visiting Chile and Argentina this fall.  I’ve read so much about these two areas recently.  Both places seem to be very high on travel experts destinations for 2018.

Recently T & L did an article on Santiago that included things to do and sights to see.  The city has a lot of offer tourists including mountains, beaches and did I mention the Mendoza wine region?  That’s where you’ll find me!

Enjoy reading about this exciting region!  xoxo

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http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/santiago-spots-to-visit#santa-lucia-hill

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A Hundred Million Butterflies

A Hundred Million Butterflies

Yes, you read it correctly.  Did you know that the Monarch Butterfly migrates each year from Canada to Mexico?  That’s a lot of flying for a little butterfly, not to mention how in the world they have directions to Mexico!  Some experts estimate the butterflies travel over 3,000 miles away each year.  Unfortunately, most butterflies do not return to their original home.

 

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The reason that they migrate is two fold.  The first reason is that the monarchs cannot survive in the freezing temperatures in the northern and central climates. The second reason is that the larval food plants do not grow in the winter in the north.

I’m sure you know that butterflies are very important to our ecosystems.  They transfer pollen from one plant to another and assist in plant reproduction.  They not only make our world better but they are also beautiful, delicate creatures.

T & L recently wrote an article on the butterfly migration.  It’s a big tourist draw to Mexico to witness over 100 million Monarch Butterflies in their winter home.  I’ve had several friends that have gone and have said it was a beautiful sight.

I hope you will enjoy the attached article.  This is definitely on my list of things to do, maybe it will be on yours too! xoxo

http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/monarch-butterfly-migration-mexico?utm_medium=email&utm_source=travelandleisure.com&utm_campaign=daily-transporter&utm_content=2018021022PM

 

Photo credit from National Geographic and www.learnaboutnature.com