Here’s what’s NEW, what’s HOT, what’s TRENDING for the New Year!

These gift ideas are functional, frivolous or fanciful, but all fabulous!!!

Here’s what’s NEW, what’s HOT, what’s TRENDING for the New Year!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Here’s what’s NEW, what’s HOT, what’s TRENDING for the New Year!

Holy Moly

If you’re seeking a spiritual destination with a  dose of luxury, the St Regis Lhasa in Tibet should be on your bucket list.  Your days can be filled with  magnificent monasteries,  dramatic landscapes and an extraordinary culture, but you can come home to luxurious accommodations, a 24 hour butler, incredible pool &  spa,  wine bar and a choice of restaurants that serve other things besides yak meat!  FYI: the  reflexology treatment I received for my altitude sickness  not only cured me, but was one of the highlights of my trip!

— South Beach is SIZZLING
The Surfcomber Doubletree is now a Kimpton Hotel and has been completely remodeled into  contemporary cool.

Speaking of cool, check out the recently opened Dream Hotel.  The Z, which was the old Regent, is no longer under wraps or under the radar…and Red, built in 1939, is now a red- hot- mama-of a hotel.

Be on the lookout for the SLS (the old Ritz Plaza) due to open in the spring.  They added a luxe pool, bungalow suites and Jose Andres/Philippe Starck restaurant & lounge.

The old, historical Royal Palm will be reincarnated into the new, improved The James Royal Palm.

If you want to impress your friends, Foursquare them from ‘midtown’ (north of downtown Miami) where all new restaurants, boutiques and art galleries arecropping up…

— Que Pasa? —

Punta del Este was last year, Jose Ignacio is now, but if you’re looking for the next hot spot in Uraguay,  head to La Pedrera or Cabo Polonio. Both are Bohemian in spirit, laid-back chic in style and the virgin, untamed  beaches make for a perfect combo.

— Been There, Done That… NOT —
Go to Croatia before the word gets out!  The island of Korcula is a fabulous, exclusive retreat and the Lesic Palace is one of the deluxe hotels cropping up in  Croatia—it’s about time!  Take my advice and get to the island of Vis or the old fisherman town of Komiza before Mr. ‘Zagat’  or Mr. ‘Michelin’ does….these restaurants are the best kept secret in the Mediterranean!


— A New Lease On Life —
Remember when the only place to go to for a meaningful boot camp experience was The Ashram? The only problem was the accommodations were as brutal and bare as the program itself.  Well, now you can have your cake— err ummm….tofu– and eat it too!  The Ranch At Live Oak in Malibu offers a week long, results-oriented intensive fitness and wellness program.  You still can’t opt out of the 10 hour daily exercise routine, your strict vegetarian diet consists of 1500 calories  a day, you will be alcohol, caffeine and processed sugar deprived, but the accommodations are fabulously monastery-chic, the cuisine is gourmet farm-to table fare (so you won’t even notice that you are being HEALTHY), the programs are personalized and the staff is the best at what they do.  What’s the best part? ..a significant weight loss, a toned body and a new lease on life!


— For All You Fashionistas —

…And, now, fashion ‘musts’ for the Spring  from our  very own Sky Stylist, Regina Caridi, owner of  Cesare + Lili in Rhinebeck, NY: Look for jeans in brights, flowery prints &  pastels.. Neon accents will be huge from DayGlo flip flops in leather to handbag handles in shocking pink!  Another must-have is a loose, flowy blouse—pair it with your skinnys and you’re set for the season!

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