Maldives: Tips, Tricks, and what others won’t tell you!

20140528-161106.jpg Cost – Not all islands are super expensive. You too can have a Maldivian holiday without breaking the bank. For example Gangehi Island and Resort is such place; it is decently priced under $200 – $300 and still beautiful and comfortable. We steered clear of cheaper locations because at some point you do get what you pay for. Make no mistake, this is not a cheap vacation no matter which way you do it, but you have options of paying $5000 per night vs $300 per night.

Male – not an exciting destination. Unless you care to see the local culture up close, you can skip it and head directly to your island.

Transportation between islands – none will tell you the truth about this one. Basically all resorts claim to pick you up from Male and drop you back off. So like us, if you plan to travel to multiple islands they won’t offer a solution to take you from one to the other. Makes sense for the at nearly $500 per person per flight – they know how to make money! What might help is to stay at island that are very close and you can proactively ask before booking if there is a speed boat option. This is what we did for the other two islands – they are close to each other 25 min by speed boat at $75 per person.

Prices – when you are at Male best to use Rufiyah. But at the islands you can use dollars, euros, or credit cards. But beware some islands like Gangehi will charge you in euros, you have no other choice, plus 10% service charge and 8% government tax.

Maldivian food – don’t expect to see it except in a street dive at Male. Resorts serve international fare. Anyhow there is not such a thing as original Maldivian food – it is a fusion of Indian, Sri Lankan, Arab types of foods. This is day 3 – so if we do encounter something different we will certainly tell you and show pictures.

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Early Spring – MENs Shoe Edit

This is dedicated to our reader, Uzoma, who read our recently published piece ‘Early Spring Shoe Edit’ and asked us how about Men.

So here it is our edit for Men’s shoes, hope it inspires your feet. Please note our edit is not for the faint hearted.

This lovely blue that pops is by Adidas by Tom Dixon is the perfect weekend shoe.20140131-204820.jpg

Alexander McQueen, gives men an elegant option to weather the cooler spring days – perfect for workwear or a pair of jeans. 20140131-205148.jpg

We are obsessed with these sneakers from Lanvin! what man does not need an updated sneaker in 2014??? really.
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If you are the guy who likes classic with surprising details – this Raf Simons shoe is made for you.20140131-210142.jpg

Diemme makes fun yet very wearable shoes with touches that will make your friends envy and ask you where you got your shoes. 20140131-211358.jpg

Guys you know Louboutin doesn’t just make shoes for women – yes you may also own a piece of fashion history – never say never, you will surprise yourself. 20140131-210824.jpg
Remember we did say this is not for the faint hearted – if you are too afraid to step out of your shell, stop and think: life is too short to be wearing the boring shoes – go for it!

Early Spring Shoe Edit

Spring is little ways away buttt… bit of fashion helps the wait and makes us look forward to it.

Here are some shoes we are looking forward to wear when the warmer weather hits:
20140125-230904.jpgA nice Tory Burch wedge is comfy and stylish under any jean or dress.
20140125-231022.jpgWild tribal pair of flat sandal. We are in love with this pair from Sol Sana. Looking at them is an instant shot of sunshine and smiles.
20140125-231238.jpgThese comfy casual sandals from Ishvara hail from Spain. The cool design and the color combo makes them perfect for weekend runabouts.

Now — where is that warm weather???

Spring Fashion

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The slushy snow has covered NYC, but in our cozy office spring is in full bloom. This is what I love about fashion – it can brighten any dull gray day. Hope what you see here brightens your day too.

Fresh on our racks:
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Shoes:
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Happy Spring to all of us!!
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Packing List

I found myself packing again this weekend. Traveling frequently enough teaches you new things. One of the most difficult types of packing is packing for business trips.

Here is what I have learned, besides my obsession with rolling everything (see previous post)… take a picture of your well put together outfits. Say you rocked it today and really like the outfit you wore – snap a picture so you have a virtual reminder. I often look at my pictures to recall what I wore and how I wore it. This makes packing really easy – you have a gallery of complete outfits you know will work All you have to do is roll them into your suitcase.

No matter what type of work you do… power suits to business casual to edgy fashion….applying this technique works and helps you pack less. When you are unsure and packing individual pieces you are bound to take more stuff with you.

So for my 3 day creative business trip to NY I am packing 4 outfits, 1 pair of boots, 1 handbag, 1 laptop, small cosmetic pouch, toothbrush, vitamins. What I am NOT packing; hair products or tools, multiple shoes, individual clothing items that are not part of an outfit, accessories for each outfit, food or snacks, etc. Less is more!

Here are a few of my favorite looks that inspire me:
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Fashion conquers the snowy weather!

So what does a shoe lover do when it snows like crazy??
She conquers it!

Outside we have deep snow, ice, and more snow. Exhibit A:
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But we love fashion and our cute shoes – so we are still rocking them. Wearing warm boots like ugg or sorel on our way to work and errands… And we let loose indoors. Exhibit B:
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Just because its cold outside does not mean you can’t wear your cute shoes. So what are you rocking on your feet today?

G’s Spring Jewelry Collection

G’s Spring13 Jewelry line is here!
She has been working on these pieces a short while but the collection turned out great.

Her fashion sense, our travel adventures, and her passion for re-cycling and re-imagining jewelry shapes her approach to designing. Each piece is handmade by G, and one of a kind. Here are a few pieces from this Spring13 collection:

Jade.d Heart – jade pendant, black beads. Simple yet elegant piece.
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Sultana – purple stone beads, black beads, and gold plated centerpiece. A statement piece period. Sorry, this piece is already sold out.

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White Cream – white beads, gold beads, gold plated centerpiece, black beads. Unusual and unique, this is a beautiful long necklace.
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The Webster – black beads, gold plated pieces. Webbed structure spotted with the eye catching gold pieces. Short and rests on the chest beautifully.
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Hope you like the collection or at least are inspired by these delicate beauties. We are proud to share them with you.

For prices and purchase information, please contact us.