Last-Minute Holiday GIFT GUIDE 2014

If you still need a few ideas before wrapping-up your holiday shopping, see our suggestions below for cool tech and travel gear, globally-inspired gifts and beauty products to keep you glowing throughout the holidays. Whether or not you're an avid traveler, these gifts are sure to please even those going about their day-to-day routines. From backpacks to laptops, water bottles, perfume, and … [Read more...]

Last Minute Thanksgiving Feasts in LOS ANGELES

Try taking a break from the kitchen this Thanksgiving and find your way to one of the following restaurants, where you can relax with family and friends and give thanks (without having to do the dishes). This is the time of year to reflect and be grateful for all that we have, whether it’s a new job or relationship, having good health or being blessed with family and friends. A bountiful … [Read more...]

Celebrate Tokyo’s Food Scene in NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES

“Hungry for Tokyo,” a first-ever Japanese restaurant promotion is showcasing some of the best and under-the-radar restaurants in top US cities, from the east to the west coast. More than 40 restaurants in New York and Los Angeles are featuring delicious Tokyo-themed dishes on their menus for the month of November. In Los Angeles, featured dishes will include the “Uni Scallop … [Read more...]

A Taste of Fall’s Harvest in LOS ANGELES

Vibrant colors are displayed in new seasonal dishes from FIG & OLIVE and Napa Valley Grille, showcasing the beauty of Autumn’s harvest. When it comes to Fall in LA, we may not get the brisk chill in the air and the crunch of colored leaves beneath our feet, but we do get a bountiful harvest of produce this time of year. Visit any one of the farmers’ markets around town to discover a … [Read more...]

The World’s Best Views? There’s An App For That

Who doesn’t love a scenic view when they travel?  Views On Top is a new iPhone app to help people find places with great views at popular locations around the world. Margaret Scott, Founder and Chief ViewOlogist of the Views On Top app, initially created it to avoid her own frustration when visiting a new destination and not being able to find where to go for the best view. She's now … [Read more...]

100 Days of Music Around the WORLD

Aloft Hotels’ global music initiative 100 Days of Music was recently launched, in celebration of the brand’s 100th hotel opening early next year. It features 100 emerging artists and bands performing in Aloft hotels across the globe, over the course of 100 days. The kick-off event for 100 Days of Music took place in late September with special performance events by Better Than Ezra … [Read more...]

Local Color: Urban Art in OAHU

A new generation of local artists, chefs and designers are expressing their vision of modern Hawaiian culture in exciting ways. In O‘ahu, you get the best of both worlds: a tropical island rooted in a diverse culture and native Hawaiian traditions, contrasted by the pulsating city of Honolulu with contemporary art, world-class restaurants and the urban amenities of big city living. This … [Read more...]

Modern and Vibrant VICTORIA, British Columbia

Liz Laing checks into the Magnolia Hotel and checks out British Columbia's revitalized capital, Victoria. While there’s plenty of old world charm still found in Victoria, a modern movement has revitalized the city with new culinary offerings, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and global shops galore. Adding to its' appeal is the city's historic architecture, combined with the rugged … [Read more...]

Awards Season Hotel Packages in LOS ANGELES

Liz Laing shows you how to live like a celebrity at these luxe hotels near Hollywood. While the rest of the country is getting their parkas and mittens ready for a wintry season, Angelenos are shopping for Louboutins and designer gowns for awards season. It’s an exciting time in Los Angeles, which is home to some of the most prestigious awards shows, including the American Music Awards, … [Read more...]

A Peak Experience Awaits This Winter in WHISTLER, BC

Liz Laing nestles in at Nita Lake Lodge in British Columbia's winter wonderland. Now that it's November, summer already seems like a distant memory for those of us in the northern hemisphere. That means the search is on for the ultimate winter playground. So here's a haute tip: point your skis, snowboard or snowshoes towards one of the world's most coveted mountain resorts, Whistler … [Read more...]