Elevate your travel experience before leaving the ground
Between having both Chris and my family planted firmly on the East Coast and long-distance weddings up the wazoo, travel is an unavoidable part of my life. And, no matter how frequent a flyer I am, the process of waiting in line, checking in, waiting in line, checking my bag, waiting in line going through security, waiting in line, buying overpriced food and drinks, waiting in line and finally boarding the plane is stressful. And all this happens before you even depart for your destination.
So, when American Express invited me to check out their new Centurion Lounge in Terminal 3 of San Francisco International Airport, one of four super luxe lounges at airports around the country, I was quick to jump onboard. The 8,200 square foot space felt somewhere between a posh club and a five star restaurant. I found the decor sleek and refined, the food and wine selections local and sumptuous, and the service first rate.
Stepping out of the whirring chaos of the airport terminal and into the protected cocoon of the Amex Centurion Lounge provided a soothing, VIP experience that was in sharp contrast to the stressful, icky game of air travel survivor I’ve come to expect.
Access to the lounge is complimentary for American Express Platinum Card holders and $50/day for all other Amex members.
What does access to paradise include?
Enjoy complimentary, unlimited…
- Wine & Dine: Napa Valley-inspired, seasonal cuisine curated by Christopher Kostow, chef at The Restaurant at Meadowood, signature cocktails by renowned mixologist Jim Meehan and wine tastings featuring a selection of Napa Valley favorits chosen by wine director Anthony Giglio.
- Work & Play: Work spaces with high speed Wi-Fi and nearby power outlets. A soundproof playroom for kids and families.
- Relax & Recharge: Thoughtfully appointed relaxation areas and luxurious shower suites. Professional travel assistance and card inquiry help.
I can personally vouch for the food and wine selections! Here I am below chowing down. Check out other pictures and be sure to explore the lounge yourself next time you’re flying SFO!
Decorist is to interior design what Rent the Runway was to high fashion
Decorist, a new online service, makes celeb-level design available to everyone. It’s the democratization of your living room! Okay, maybe that last line was a bit much, but it is making home design “personal, affordable and easy.” In short, it’s going to change your life, one room at a time.
I discovered the service a couple weeks ago when I had the chance to walk through the Decorist showcase house right here in San Francisco. It. Was. Spectacular. Walmart couches blended seamlessly with vintage object d’art. Next to high end designer seating, One Kings Lane upholstered beds looked far pricier than their three digit tags, and independent artist’s photography endowed the walls with character.
All this was enough to get me to log onto the Decorist site. After completing a personal style assessment quiz, in which I essentially designed a living room by selecting my favorite options from a list of sofas, coffee tables, area rugs, etc., the site summed up my taste with eerie accuracy (it began: “You like eclectic styles at heart with an eye towards integrating more modern looks”) and offered me home product recommendations tailored to my specific taste. Sourced from stores like Target and Overstock to Dwell Studio and ritzy designers, the furniture and decor was consistently chic and unique but spanned a wide price range. Within 30 minutes of messing around on the site, I discovered and became obsessed with half a dozen new stores that I hadn’t even known existed. I signed up to receive the e-newsletter full of customized product picks, so I can be inspired on a regular basis.
Personalized Decorist Room Makeovers
The site also offers personalized pro help you with the perfect room makeover. You enter your budget, style info and any non-negotiable parameters, such as keeping the walls white in your rental, incorporating great grandma’s love seat or finding a way to use those pricey Jonathan Adler pillows you splurged on. One of Decorist’s talented designers then creates a design for the room, complete with a list of shopable products and a detailed room rendering, like the one in the image below. You then purchase products and style the room according the rendering. The results are almost as magical as the price: $199 per room with a standard Decorist designer and $299 for a celebrity designer.
Join me for the ultimate fit & fabulous Friday!
This Friday, November 7 I’ll be co-hosting an event at Sweat Republic in the Marina, voted one of “America’s coolest Alternative Exercise Studios,” on a topic that all busy, active women can relate to: how to go from sweating it out to a night out.
As much as I would like to say I always shower immediately after working out, the truth is that there isn’t always time. It’s hard enough to find time to balance a job and a social life before throwing fitness into the mix, but I need that workout to keep my mind sane and body strong. If it come down to a question of skipping a workout all together or having to go to happy hour directly from the gym, I’ll always pick the latter.
This, however, is far from an excuse to greet your friends a hot, sticky, smelly mess. At Friday’s event I will share my go-to methods for going from sweaty to stylish in sixty seconds.
More than just sharing these insider tips, I will help you create a complimentary goodie bag full of all the essential products and tools you need to do them yourself.
If that’s not enticing enough, the event will also feature wine (it is taking place during Friday happy hour, after all), Sweat Republic fitness demos and an exclusive Kamila Dmowska trunk show featuring the just-released new collection–these gorgeous frocks are a must-have for every lady’s wardrobe.
Check out my favorite Kamila two-piece ensemble in the pics below and RSVP to the event on Facebook here.
Bookmark this site: Wolf & Badger
I stumbled upon Wolf & Badger while doing research for a San Francisco Chronicle story–and I’ve been addicted ever since. It offers the best in quirky chic decor, fashion and accessories, all from independent designers. While the boutique is based in the posh Notting Hill neighborhood of London, you don’t have to cross the pond to enjoy first dibs on all their fabulous up-and-coming designer finds! You need only log on.
Here are the five pieces at the top of my wish list…
1. White Message Click Clock
2. Copper Pipework Candlestick
3. Apartment Stacking Cups
4. Parisian Pink Palm Cushion
5. Min Lilla Viking Lamp
6. White Hand Single Stem Flower Vase
7. Floral Frances Print
1. Calling all fashion-forward brides
T&C has rounded up the top 9 up and coming bridal designers to watch–and it is a not to be missed list for stylish brides-to-be! I’m swooning over the delicate embroidery on this Mira Zwillinger gown! Ooh la la!
2. Friday Night Social Series with The Editorialite
I’m thrilled to reveal that from 6:30-8:30 on Friday November 7 I’ll be co-hosting “Going From Sweating it out to Night Out,” an event at the uber cool Sweat Republic in the Marina. Guests can sip wine while enjoying first dibs on Kamila Dmowska’s latest collection of ladylike frocks, Surfset fitness demos and an Editorialite-designed goodie bag filled with everything you need to go from sweaty to stylish in under sixty seconds. Expect lots more on the event soon!
3. These 10 Tumblr Accounts Will Change Your Life
Nylon Magazine has scoured the web for the most life-alteringly bizarre Tumblr accounts. I recommend checking out Worst Room Ever if you want to feel good about your current living situation and Awkward Stock Photos if you want a good laugh.
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