Expert Network - June 2012
We recently read in the Wall Street Journal and Travel Weekly about a troubling article claiming Apple computer users were paying higher rates for hotel bookings than Windows users on Orbitz! The theory is that Apple users, based on their previous history, have accepted higher offerings so the online booking sites are targeting them differently. Frankly, we're a little skeptical -- but these are two pretty reliable sources! See more details here at the Wall Street Journal or Travel Weekly, and let us know what you think!
The Mandarin Oriental New York, New York City
New York City comes alight on the 4th of July! Not a soul in the city - yes this includes you- wants to miss out on the beautiful Macy's Firework Spectacular. Sparkling over the Hudson River, this firework show attracts over 2 million people! With crowds like that, we want you to be able to enjoy the display from the comfort of your own hotel room! Watch 75,000 pounds of fireworks dazzle the New York skyline through your own window with slippers, plush bathrobe, room service, and a bottle of bubbly at the The Mandarin Oriental New York. Before the big show, we think you would love the feeling you will get after some Thai Yoga at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental. Enjoy a fresh glass of tea in their Oriental Tea Lounge after your refreshing workout to get you pumped for the evening's festivities.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Canada Day came about on a much more peaceful basis than the American grab for Independence on the 4th of July, but you will undoubtedly still see the whole country out celebrating this coming Long Weekend! Here are our top picks for where to stay from Parliament Hill to the Rockies to the BreadBasket to the Atlantic.
Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa
Every Canada Day, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, members of the British Royal Family, and parliamentarians will be out and about in the streets of Ottawa. The Fairmont Château Laurier is one of the most luxurious hotels in Ottawa, and is located in the perfect people-watching hotspot: right next to the Parliament Buildings! The Fairmont offers many healthy activities you can partake in during the Canada Day weekend- from the Rideau Canal, to cycling, to inline skating paths. There are also nearby hiking, biking, and canoeing in the nearby Gatineau Hills which we recommend you check out - who says you can't stay active when celebrating Canada Day!
Hollywood stylist Jessica Paster has seen it all. In 1997, a designer sent her dresses in the wrong color for Kim Basinger. So a seamstress had to work two days straight to get the dress done on time. "I felt so bad for her," she told me. "We just kept giving her more and more coffee."
Then, a few years ago, Jennifer Hudson walked out with shoes in the wrong size. "I ran three red lights trying to get to her before she performed at the Clive Davis party," Paster recalled. "I arrived right before she performed."
These days, though, Paster is no longer content to deal with red-carpet mishaps. Last week, Paster announced the arrival of her second accessory collection for JustFab.com, which for $39.95 per month lets members select an array of shoes, bags, jeans and sunglasses chosen by the site's stylists.
"The collection epitomizes summer," Paster told me. "It's bright and graphic with a lot of prints."
Paster knows a lot of fashionistas are afraid of color. So she hopes people get it. "Most people don't like to take risks. But the truth is that the right print can make you look thinner. Not bigger."
Gasp. That was the sound heard throughout the offices of fashion editors today when news broke that Hedi Slimane, the creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, will rename the label Saint Laurent Paris.
"The change celebrates our legacy and heritage, while boldly marking our ambition for the future," Saint Laurent Paris CEO Paul Deneve said in a statement. "It will allow us to return to the fundamentals of YSL and revive the spirit and the intentions that reigned over the creation of 'Saint Laurent Rive Gauche' in 1966: principles of youth, freedom and modernity."
That's a lot of words to explain why the iconic brand is dismantling three of the most famous letters in the fashion world. What will YSL be without the Y? SL sounds short. And SLP, well, kind of sounds all wrong.
Ten and a half years ago Yves Saint Laurent, then 65, closed the haute couture house he started 40 years before. At the time, Saint Laurent said his goal was "not just to make women more beautiful, but to reassure them and give them confidence." He died six and a half years later, on June 1, 2008 at the age of 71.