w&w gift guide 2010: 03: for the traveling gal

  1. Sabina Les scarf, $150
  2. Marc by Marc Jacobs headphones, $75
  3. Kate Spade Anne personal Organizer, $95
  4. Benefit Cosmetics’ Bright Lights, Big City, $48
  5. Rebecca Minkoff iPad case, $125
  6. Get Carried Away Designer Zip Seal Bags, $6 for 25
  7. Ray-Ban Aviators, $139
  8. Brookestone NAP Pillow, $29.95

2010 has been a year of non-stop travel for me it feels like. I’ve been to New York more times than I can count, Las Vegas, Chicago and LA multiple times each, Mexico, Toronto, Washington DC, Lake Tahoe, Denver, Seattle and will be in Dallas tomorrow. Racking up the miles has made me think of all things I love having at hand when bouncing from airport to airport and those things I’m quite sure I would make excellent use of that I don’t already have.

So whether it’s Benefit’s Eye Bright that’s a godsend for early mornings after long flights, my go-to Ray Bans or items to make the trip a bit more stylish like Rebecca Minkoff’s iPad case or Marc by Marc’s funky retro headphones, any of these items are sure to make that girl you know who’s always flying high in the skies one happy, traveling trooper. (Seriously, take it from one who knows it :))

For more travel tips, be sure to check out some of the things I swear by when it comes to making it as painless as possible.

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Girls getaway to Vegas done right: The Palazzo

As some of you know, we jetted off to Vegas for our annual girls trip the other weekend and, of course, it didn’t fail to top years prior. Thanks to The Palazzo Resort & Casino we got to do it up royal and we loved every minute.

The Palazzo has a best friend in The Venetian and being relatively new on the strip, they are still getting up to speed in some respects (for example some of our chips on the casino floor were branded with Venetian, others with Palazzo. Although they are connected, after all), but overall we loved the hotel would highly recommend it.

Reasons we loved The Palazzo:

1. The rooms are A-mazing. The biggest we have ever experienced in Las Vegas (720 square feet!), the rooms are gorgeous. The Bella Suite boasts a seating area with couches (perfect for that first cocktail), a large coffee table and an ottoman, elegantly draped beds, dark wood and soft colors, touch controlled Roman shades, great views of the pool and the strip and one of our very favorite features? The enormous bathroom which is European in style. It featured a large shower, beautiful Roman tub, a double sink vanity, large mirrors, oversized towels and a separate water closet. LOVED it.

2. The Palazzo pool was great. With a spacious cabana situated on one of the smaller, more private pools on the property we had our very best pool day ever. With perfect sunshine, lounge chairs and plenty of beverages we were in heaven. While cabana service was a tad slow at times we enjoyed cold beers iced in the cabana and delicious food from the Solaro Poolside restaurant. (Get the club sandwich- the fries that come with are so, so good.)

If you have a decent sized group, we would absolutely recommend getting a cabana for your pool time while in Vegas as it is definitely affordable. It offers that sometimes necessary shade and, as we found, is a great way to get the party started with iPod speakers available to rent for $35 for the day, you have all the makings for a great Vegas pool day. And no matter what pool you find yourself at in the coming months, we’ve got tons of swimwear suggestions for you!

Enjoying the cabana:

3. LAVO: The Palazzo’s nightclub Lavo is a highlight on the strip in terms of nightlife as it has been frequented by celebrities of recent and was packed to the gills when we arrived. Settling into a table and soaking up the scene we found ourselves dancing to one of the best DJs as he spun some of our favorites mixed with good old school tunes. The service by staff was great, cocktails were well-mixed and the dark and moody setting is a great place to start your evening.

Some of the girls at Lavo:

4. The overall elegance and sophistication of The Palazzo was clear in all elements of the hotel from the shops, hallways, rooms, restaurants and the impressive lobby. We loved the setting even more than the Mirage where we set up shop the year before.

5. Dos Caminos: This popular restaurant was perfect for our first meal and they could not have been more gracious and accommodating.

We highly recommend their made-to-order guacamole, the lobster ceviche (which we normally don’t even go for!), empanadas (our favorite appetizer of all) and even just their trio of salsas were so yummy we had to make ourselves stop eating them to save room for their well-known tacos. Our picks? The carnitas or pollo are both great and if you’re looking for something with a bit of a kick, we recommend the carne asada.

And to top off a memorable meal, Dos Caminos was kind enough to send out these decadent and delicious little concoctions. Yes, they were as good as they look. Actually, probably even better. We’d like another right now in fact.

6. And last but not least? We loved the Laguna Champagne bar. You can read all about it here!

If you are heading down to Sin City with your girlfriends, we highly recommend The Palazzo. Good times all around (but of course, it is Vegas after all!)

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Toasting to Girls Weekend in Vegas: Laguna Champagne Bar

So we’re still recuperating from our best Vegas trip yet, but as we resurface into the land of the living we had to share some of the details of our girls weekend. Thanks to the lovely folks at The Palazzo we were able to experience the best of the best, starting off with a celebratory toast to the weekend at the Laguna Champagne Bar. Centrally located on the casino floor, we were able to take in the sights and the sounds from the comfort of the lounge.

Since we “strategically” planned our trip to coincide with March Madness, we were able to take in some of the Thursday night games while we sipped our cocktails….speaking of which,  the bubbly concoctions were amazing. We love ourselves some bubbles, but these set the bar high for the weekend as they were fun and inventive – each of us was raving about our individual cocktails. If you go – you have to try the Flower Eclipse (elderflower goodness) or Art Nouveau (strawberry pureed sweetness). An added bonus? the array of olives and wasabi peanuts we snacked on while we sipped.

Loved it – great start to the weekend…

Jill and Mary - two of our favorites!

Bubbles - Flower Eclipse and Art Nouveau

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