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  TRESS SUCCESS CHI Escape Professional Cordless Curling Iron Ideal for traveling and on the go styling. Comes with Car and wall charger. Farouk.com, $110 PACK LIKE A PRO Pack-It Specter™ Cube Set Three ultra lightweight cubes that keep your clothing organized. EagleCreek.com, $30 TWEEN DREAM Music Muff Headphones Trendy earmuffs with audio technology that can answer calls, control volume and shuffle through playlists at a touch of a button. ShopYatra.com, $34.99 PORTABLE WORKOUT FitKit Tools for a total body workout + access to online exercise library. FitKit.com, $34.99 PERMA SHADE Coolibar SmartStraw...

She’s boisterous, beautiful, and so dynamic that prolonged exposure to her charms is known to weaken the senses. New York City is a siren. Give her a few days and she will seduce you with her beguiling brand of grit and glamour. Pick your passion. Art? Iconic edifices? Broadway shows? Shopping? Generation defining restaurants? All of this-and a few slices of killer pizza- are at your disposal. Plan well and dream big. It’s the NYC way.   1....

Sometimes, a mom has to exit stage left. Organizing lives, keeping house, wiping butts and noses and producing science fair volcanoes with precision and a smile sucks the hours from one's day. As a card carrying member of the supremely stressed syndicate, I grow resentful that the inherent chaos of parenting eats up the time that used to be spent on me! Motherhood is rewarding, yes. But it is also riddled with responsibilities and a never...

Often, smaller is better, at least when it comes to tackling New York City’s cultural institutions. Sure, you should experience the mega museums – the Met, MoMA, Whitney, Guggenheim, American Museum of Natural History – but there are alternatives: smaller spots that supply a rich experience without the crowds and the inherent stress of covering an overwhelming amount of content in a limited time frame. Two gems stand out. Housed in perfectly preserved Beaux-Arts mansions on...

I travel to many exotic spots. But, one of my favorite places to visit with my family is Washington DC. The city's image may be massive. But, DC is actually quite small which makes it super easy to navigate and conquer. On this quick two night jaunt, I invited my niece and nephew for a pre-Labor Day slumber party at the Mandarin Oriental, a hotel perfectly situated near The Mall. In forty-eight hours, we managed to visit...

When seasoned travelers are told that a hotel promises an “authentic” experience, the visceral response is an eye roll. Authenticity is a vibe, not an adjective that can be blithely assigned to a space. But this type of emotional nirvana—the warm glow of intuitively connecting with a setting—can be earned through strong design and honest storytelling. And the new Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is authentic. Read the rest of the story here! ...

David Burke’s Primehouse at The James Hotel is known for massive steaks and classic, gut expanding sides. But, for summer, the restaurant veers from its meat and potato repertoire with a super cool ice cream program, a Friday afternoon Pop Up ice cream shop located within the hotel’s smack-in-the-middle-of-everything Rush Street lobby. To keep things interesting, flavors are rotated weekly and announced on Wednesdays via Primehouse social media platforms. What’s new? This summer Executive Pastry...

Now that the weather has changed, it’s all about enjoying the great outdoors. Here are five excellent activities to take advantage of this June! AL FRESCO DINNER Expat 118 N Green St. Element Collective’s groovy al fresco pop-up restaurant on a sidewalk on Green Street features fresh, local flavors, boozy sno-cones and an extensive rosé list. Parson’s Chicken and Fish 2952 W Armitage Ave. If you want to avoid overpriced cocktails, head west to this hipster patio in Logan Square for...

In this landscape of hyper esoteric menus, it is refreshing to break bread-or, ham hock hush puppies in an al fresco situation that offers high flavor and low pretension. Just west of the city, Parsons Chicken and Fish is a beacon for hipsters with a penchant for honest food and drink that is fast, simple and cheap. The patio (which becomes an ice skating rink during the winter) has a cult following for its $8...