Setting the Mood: Tis the Season

By |December 15th, 2015|Gift Guide, Setting the Mood, Why Did You Wear That?|

holiday fashion decoration diyWhile some establishments wheeled out the holiday decorations well before the shelves had been stripped bare of sexy nurse costumes, I prefer to wait til a bit after the Thanksgiving bloat to start making my list and checking it twice.  I don’t love Christmas music and I couldn’t tell you the last time I decorated a Douglas fir, but don’t get me wrong, I love nothing more than coming up with creative gifts for the people I love.  Some people would be happy with a ball of yarn so long as you remembered them, but others are a bit more tricky to shop for.  This week, I’ll do my best to help you navigate the holiday madness that is online shopping in order to procure the perfect present for all of your nearest and dearest.

Gift Guide: Jay-Z Approved, Gifts with No Budget

By |December 20th, 2014|Gift Guide|

jay z beyonceYou know the lyrics (and if you don’t, you should), “In the Ferrari or Jaguar, switchin’ four lanes with the top down screamin’ out, ‘money ain’t a thang.”  Perhaps you’re not Jay-Z, but you did get a particularly large bonus this year and you have a very deserving individual on your gift list.  Bless you.  If pinching pennies is not something you must do and budgeting is a word that is reserved strictly for the government, I’ve got a heap of indulgent gifts for the most discerning recipients.  And if you’re feeling particularly generous, I’ll happily accept any of the below suggestions.  It is far better to give than receive, after all.

over the top holiday giftsKimberly McDonald 18 Karat Rose Gold Diamond Slice Cuff, $24,330La Perla Pizzo Lace Paneled Silk Satin Silk Blend Satin Nightdress, $970Givenchy Ostrich Mini Antigona Duffel, $7,900Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket, $5,290Fred Leighton 1930’s Platinum Diamond, $55,000Tom Ford Limited Edition Lip and Nail Box, $656Carine Gilson Aurelia Printed Silk Satin Robe, $2,005Brunello Cucinelli Mink Fur Backpack, $7,830Jennifer Meyer 18 Karat Gold Diamond Drop Earrings, $17,000Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Brush Collection, $650



Gift Guide: Toys for the Boys

By |December 16th, 2014|Gift Guide|

best gifts for boyfriendBeing single during the holidays has both its ups and downs.  On the upside, you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect gift for your beau that expresses the appropriate sentiments which depend, of course, on a multitude of variables including time, tone, and context.  Talk about a headache.  The downside(s) of rolling solo to holiday parties and family functions is having to reassure your aunts you aren’t “like Ellen” and being seated at the children’s table– because clearly a marriage an adult makes.  I’ve grown accustomed to being the lone spinster at most holiday parties and to be honest, I prefer it at this point in time, but who knows?  That could all change.

And even if you are single, party of one, this year, you probably still have a brother, father, or best guy friend to buy for.  Below are my pics for gifts that are sure to send the right message to the important men in your life.

top gifts for men holidayMulberry Medium Clipper Holdall Bag, $1,000Jack Spade Cheddar Money Clip, $68Personalized Pool Ball Set & Rack, $290Bushnell NeoXS GPS Golf Watch, $200Tivoli Audio Model Three Bluetooth Clock Radio, $350Neiman Marcus Cashmere Sock Set, $73,  Waterford Crystal London Desktop Bar, $17,500Mon Oncle Portable Grill, $375Marc by Marc Jacobs Waffle Knit Cashmere Hoodie, $400



Gift Guide: Pet Project, Gifts for Pets

By |December 16th, 2014|Gift Guide|

kirsten-smith-del-monte-beach9Last night, I was bamboozled by an eight pound maltipoo.  I had been running from meeting to meeting all day and when I stopped home around 5:30pm to charge my phone, grab a birthday card, and find something to stuff into my mouth before bouncing to yet another obligation, Smitty provided me with an Oscar worthy performance.  Having dealt with last year’s health scare, I’ve become especially sensitive to my precious pup’s behavior and he was displaying all but identical symptoms to those that landed him in the doggy ER.  I canceled plans and apologized and spent the rest of the evening rubbing Smitty’s gurgling belly and Googling his symptoms (do not do this.  It’s just as terrifying as WebMD).  A call to the emergency vet confirmed that Smitty did not have canine bloat and by 3am, I was finally able to feel comfortable enough to get a bit of sleep.  When I awoke this morning, I suffered a mild attack of panic when he did not immediately rouse from his deep slumber, but when he did it was as if he had no recollection of last night’s maladies.  He was just happy to have me as his personal body pillow.  You win, Smitty.  Your move, Cumberbatch.

gifts for pet loversTim Flach Dogs, $50Harry Barker Santa Dog Toy, $12Magenta Drink/Devour Ceramic Dog Bowls, $43, Ware of the Dog Small Plaid Coat, $100Kiehl’s Cuddly Coat Conditioning Rinse, $17GO! Pet Design Waxed Canvas Pup Tent, $200C. Wonder Buffalo Check Dog Collar, $18Monica Rich Kosann White Sapphire Paw Print Charm Necklace, $275,  Romy + Jacob J’Adore les Chiens Pillow, $39.99K Kane 18K Gold Plated Maltipoo Cuff, $272 (it comes in many other breeds- I’m partial to this one!)



Gift Guide: Gifts for the Fitness Fanatic

By |December 12th, 2014|Gift Guide|

fitness holiday gift guide

(note: this is not a yoga pose… unless you want to call it the “twisted dancer.”)

Oh, hey, newsflash: fitness is having a fashion moment right now.  Finally, Americans have realized you have to do a bit more than exercise your thumbs to keep in shape these days.  With Barry’s Bootcamp, Power Yoga, Crossfit, and all variations of Pilates and spinning studios popping up faster than Starbucks in Brooklyn, the activewear market is benefiting from a major boom in sales.  I, personally, have a hard time shelling out a hundred bucks a pop on pairs of yoga pants, but one can’t stroll into these sleek studios wearing ratty sweats risking the possibility of a crotch hole mid happy baby.  Spoil your sporty friend with something she can sweat all over this year.  She (and her inner thighs) will thank you for it come swimsuit season. Read on to make sure you’re well-informed about the way Training Science view these common training axioms, check out these biofit reviews.

Have you wound up searching for a adventure that fills your cup as opposed to depleting it? Rising Wolf gives you the chance to either minister your own gathering retreat, or go along with one of our epic Rising Wolf Signature Retreats! Beside booking trips to arrive, you won’t need to stress over a thing: from transportation to every day suppers, and housing to day by day action arranging, we deal with everything. Just sign up, follow through on one cost, and afterward let yourself unwind. We offer lovely and one of a kind facilities, serve privately sourced and cunningly arranged suppers, and do all the legwork to ensure your every day exercises are very much arranged and [most importantly] loaded up with fun and marvel. You should checkout this, if you are planning for group adventures in the west.

When seeking out a local gym in your area, there are many resources to turn to. A simple Internet search using your local area can yield numerous results for gyms in your area. The most important things to keep in mind when doing your search, is the criteria the gym must have to meet your needs. Like acquiring the best sarms for sale on this website to step up you game and improve your performance, check out more about gluconite.

It’s critical to find a gym that you’re both comfortable at and able to get to easily, same with the supplements but we got you ! Here are the best steroid cycle for muscle gain perfect for a gym lover. Looking into local gyms is a good way to find something that will meet your needs. Most gyms will happily schedule a tour of the facility and allow you to try out the facility for free. Meeting the staff will allow you to get a feel for the atmosphere and discover your general comfort level there. You’ll need to be sure the staff is knowledgeable and helpful. You will get more about the local gym near me.

When considering membership at a local gym, location is everything. The closer the gym is to home, the more likely you are to go regularly. That’s why looking locally is the way to go. If you have to travel to workout, you’ll likely find an excuse not to go. And using this supplement helps with weightloss and works amazing after some workouts using Joy ON exercising tools. Another benefit of a local gym is the ability to possibly avoid the larger chains. Some customers prefer the intimate feeling of a smaller gym. Plus, many of the larger chains are much more expensive and have lots of hidden fees. There are a good many benefits to staying local.

Adventure is the word that starts to confuse us because adventure means different things to different travellers. Think of this type of adventure as a genuine experience of a country and it’s people. So if we are having an adventure in Tuscany, for example, we would stay in a beautiful Tuscan farmhouse, meet Tuscans in a local restaurant eating great Tuscan food. Now if we were having a genuine experience in say Papua we will be trekking through thick jungle, staying in a remote village house and the food, well, it will be local.

The only time you can have more fun being responsible than not being responsible is travelling. Giving back to people who welcome you to their country is a responsible thing to do. How can we do this? We can use operators that take us to eat in a good local restaurants, that use family run hotels, that use local businesses to help run their trips, we could buy some souvenirs from the markets or visit some sight that is away from the crowds. We could also use operators that have different community projects help those that need help the most. We can even get involved in those projects by donations or spending a couple of days helping out on a volunteer holiday.

This, I hope, clears some of the haze surrounding small group adventures. There are many other questions to be answered I’m sure so you can contact me on the address below.

Lucky means many things to many people. I have never won a large sum of money in fact I never won anything really. I have a nice place to stay and enough to eat but I work for that so I’m not sure how much it has to do with luck. I find more red lights than green and I never get away with anything that is even slightly naughty. But I am a lucky man.

I have worked in small group adventure travel for 10 years now I have experienced many countries andsights, made real friends and learnt a great deal. Travel makes me happy and a happy man is a lucky man.

Small group adventures is a fast growing sector of the travel industry, some say the fastest, but it’s a style of travel that has many misconceptions. Unlike other styles of travel such as cruising, or a beach resort the words small group adventure is quite cloudy for travellers and travel agents alike. So what I want to do, as simply as I can, is clarify what small group adventure is all about.

best fitness holiday giftsBench Bradie II Stand Collar Hooded Knit Jacket, $119, Day Birger et Mikkelsen Day Gweneth Metallic Sport Bag, $130, Yurbuds Sport Armband, $24.99, S’well Crocodile 17oz Water Bottle, $35, Alo Goddess Ribbed Leggings, $92, Nike Roshe Run Printed Shell Sneakers, $80, Zella My Run Layer 2 Half Zip Top, $64, koral activewear Double Time Tank, $86, La Vie Boheme Yoga Phoenix Yoga Mat, $83, Spiritual Gangster Varsity Crop Muscle Tank, $48