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I almost never deviate from carry-on luggage. Black dress, black pants, a few shirts and two pairs of shoes. But, last month, I did. And, boy did I regret it. While packing for a nine day odyssey from the Rhone to Paris, I allowed visions...

Often dubbed “The Paris of the East” , Budapest’s grand, tree-lined boulevards, landmarks, museums, impressive architecture and artsy café culture holds the allure of the City of Light minus the attitude. WHAT TO DO Hit the Castle District. Take the creaky19th century funicular up the hill to...

Back Pain. It’s my albatross. Every day, without fail, I start the day with ice, then move on to heat to reduce the annoying inflammation. My spine management doc has prescribed meds. But, there is always a trade off. I would rather deal with the...

Scent plays a huge role in style. A woman’s fragrance is an extension of her look. Upscale hotels (like the Plaza Athenee in Paris) often boast a signature parfum that symbolizes the property’s luxury status. Even retailers (think Abercrombie and Fitch) use aroma to define...

Is it OK to Spy On Your Kids?     Spying on your kids. It’s a divisive issue. But, like it or not, monitoring your kids is all a part of parenting. I was asked by CNN’s Kelly Wallace how I felt about the issue. Here is what...

The moment that you hear Sinatra’s rollicking Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas taking over the airwaves, it is a sign to kick up your style for the season. Yes, you need the requisite statement earrings, embellished sweater and fur accent piece. But, another easy...

My story from HuffingtonPost.com I took a five-year hiatus from working out. Not because I wanted to. But because I got sucked into the vortex of motherhood. Between diapers, meal preparation, organizing kid activities and keeping up with my own career, my needs fell to the...

I am a beauty warrior. From anti-aging serums to avante-garde sunscreen potions, I have an unquenchable thirst to hunt and gather products to make women look and feel their best. As every woman knows, the beauty industry is vast encompassing hair care, makeup, skincare, body cleaners/moisturizers and...

A BEAUTIFUL MOTHER'S DAY SOIREE WITH BIRCHBOX I am a huge fan of Birchbox. I love the idea of a curated $10  beauty box showing up at my door each month.  I love the idea of discovering under-the-radar brands from distant lands, And, I absolutely love not...