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Best Hotel Spas in New York City

on May 16 2012 1:45 PM
Best Hotel Spas in New York City

It may seem like a challenge to find relaxation in the city that never sleeps. But rest assured with these four picks, you will find yourself having a luxurious and peaceful experience in the big city. Offering treatments from reflexology to deep tissue massages, the following hotels have my vote for the best hotel spas in New York City.

Trump Hotel Central Park

The 6,000 square foot Trump Spa offers state-of-the-art steam rooms and saunas. Rejuvenation can be achieved through facials, body scrubs and body wraps, which are all part of the detoxifying process. Take advantage of their celebrity skin specialist, Sonya Dakar, who consults to make specific skin treatments and regimens.

The Carlyle a Rosewood Hotel

Best Business Hotels in Washington D.C.

on May 09 2012 12:11 PM
Best Business Hotels in Washington D.C.

If you're coming to Washington D.C. for a business trip, or to host a meeting, see my top picks below for the best luxury hotels the nation's capital has to offer. Whether you're looking for comfort, location, or just a good place to conduct meetings, these hotels have got you covered! 

The JeffersonKnown for its history and also its brand new renovations, The Jefferson is located in the heart of Washington. With large meeting rooms and intimate boardrooms, this hotel shows the way to conduct business is with history on your side. It showcases a book room with leather bound books as well as the Jefferson cabinet -- a great venue for smaller meetings offering several intimate rooms perfect for a board meeting.

Best Business Hotels in London During The Olympics

on May 02 2012 10:15 AM
Best Business Hotels in London During The Olympics

Traveling in London is about to get hectic with the onslaught of tourists making their way to witness the 2012 Summer Olympic games. That being said, this could not be a more exciting time to host a meeting at one of their luxury hotels -- experience all of the excitement as London prepares for the Olympics while you get down to business! While making your business travel arrangements, I recommend the following hotels for spacious, invigorating, and inspiring meetings.

Andaz Liverpool Street

All is Not Right at Mad Men's Codfish Ball

on April 30 2012 1:13 PM
All is Not Right at Mad Men's Codfish Ball

At the beginning of last night's "Mad Men" episode, Megan Draper comes up with a big idea. After whipping up a bowl of spaghetti for Sally, who doesn't like fish, Don's new wife has a thought: She's making the spaghetti as her mom did before her, and her grandmother did before that. The scene could go back to the years of the cavemen, she says excitedly, or be adapted for a family scene on the moon.

This could work for the Heinz ad campaign, she thinks. And Don agrees. Multiple generations passing down a simple family ritual. It's a pretty picture. But all is not as it seems.

Sally's mother is nowhere to be found. Megan's mother is terribly unhappy. And Peggy's mother is horrified by a daughter who is about to embark on a life of sin.

Peggy and Joan aren't that different after all. Peggy had a child out of wedlock and hid the evidence. Joan is raising a child born from one frantic night on the street.

Follow the Pack? Not These Teens

on April 27 2012 10:23 AM
Follow the Pack? Not These Teens

When Nora Delf, a sophomore at Bard High School Early College in New York City, doesn't like a T-shirt, she'll cut it. If a necklace seems like it needs an extra something, she'll swap a few charms from another piece of jewelry.

"I don't hesitate to fix something myself if it isn't working," the 16-year-old said, peering into her closet. "Maybe I like what a T-shirt says on it, but it's too big. So I think, 'How can I make it more flattering?'"

Delf's recent buys? A Boy Scouts tee and $10 Timberland boots she found at a thrift store in Brooklyn. "I've kind of worn the boots every day since."

Like Delf, teens throughout the country are finding new ways to make clothes their own -- whether it's applying rhinestones, cutting a shirt or creating an entire handbag from scratch. Forging an identity through fashion is nothing new, but teen branding experts say that the recession prompted high schoolers to find additional ways to save money. The beneficiary? Do-it-yourself companies.

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