By: Megan Gillen
By: Hannah Krupa
New Orleans – Its moniker “Big Easy” says it all. New Orleans is a place where people from around the world come to experience its unique culture. Traditional and modern cuisine, music, and art is a way of life. The options are endless. With such an overwhelming list of sights to see, Wear We Went has put together a few suggestions for making your trip easy.
Known for its ethnic Cajun/Creole cuisine, our mission was to find a place that serves up the NOLA traditions with a modern twist. Kingfish, located at 335 Chartres Street, does just that. Nestled in the French Quarter, Kingfish is where Louisiana native chef Nathan Richard serves a variety of local dishes as well as an award-winning cocktail menu. Kingfish features modern flavor while remaining true to local tradition. The mouthwatering gumbo- a must have.
Another must-see on Wear We Went’s list is The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, located at the U.S. Custom House on Canal Street. The Butterfly Garden in New Orleans is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to 900,000 plus species of insects. If you are ready to come into close contact with many beautiful and rare butterflies, this is an incomparable up-close-and-personal experience. The exhibit also includes a beautiful Japanese garden.
While touring NOLA we needed a caffeine fix. The great café options are endless, but we ultimately decided on Café du Monde. French for “Café of the World”, Café du Monde is a historical gem located at 800 Decatur Street. Dating back to the 1800s, it features Civil War era coffee recipes. The menu is simple, yet spot-on with café au lait and French-style beignets being the most popular. With ample outdoor seating, this is a great place to immerse yourself in the street scene of the French Quarter - and it is open 24/7.
Preservation Hall located at 726 St. Peter Street is a landmark venue on our NOLA list. Recognized as one of the most famous music venues in the French Quarter of New Orleans, it is known for the many famous jazz artists that launched their careers there. The venue was a long time favorite of the legendary Louis Armstrong. With concerts seven nights a week, the venue is a great place to catch the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, celebrate, and preserve the authentic jazz culture of New Orleans.
By: Mollie Snyder
While most people would argue Portugal is best known for its beaches, amazing food and Cristiano Ronaldo, Wear We Went begs to differ. The majestic city of Sintra is conveniently located just 30 kilometers from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal (another must-see city) and is truly one of a kind.
When we arrived in Sintra, we instantly fell in love with the magical town set among a panorama of lush hills and breath-taking views. One of the reasons Sintra is so special is the abundance of marvelous historic mansions. The Pena National Palace, known for its whimsical design and jaw-dropping views, was the first stop in our city tour. We couldn’t help but feel like royalty when we stepped inside the 19th century Summer home of the Portuguese Royal Family.
Palácio Nacional da Pena is not only considered a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is also one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. Every room in the Palace was carefully constructed to perfection and designed differently, making the exploration of the palace a dream come true. Even outside the castle, the property is surrounded by Pena Park,an enormous forested area that surrounds the castle, and is also great for a lovely afternoon stroll.
After just a short ten minute drive down the hill the town of Sintra awaits. The center of town, characterized by its elaborate tilework, features shopping and restaurants galore. Shopping in Sintra is amazing, especially if you are interested in purchasing items made from cork.
The country of Portugal, which produces about half the world output of commercial cork, sells numerous commercial cork products. We splurged on a pair of cork loafers, certainly a conversation piece. After taking a walk up the many slanted shopping streets and visiting Sintra’s beautifully designed municipality, we were officially in love with Sintra.
We wish we could say these collection of photographs do the city of Sintra justice, but it’s so spectacular that you have to see it for yourself.
By Courtney Gu
Escape the hustle and bustle of city life in London with some of the city's finest luxury spas. These facilities offer you the chance to wash away the gristle and grime from the city streets and emerge feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Discover your own version of royalty with our Wear We Went Top London Spa destinations.
ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel London
ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel is a five-star spa in a five-star hotel. Offering everything from Chinese acupuncture to fitness therapy, ESPA Life is a one-stop shop for all your relaxation needs. With prestigious herbalists, personal trainers and osteopaths from around the globe, you can breath easy knowing you’re in good hands. ESPA Life offers a holistic spa experience, including a Two for Tea package that includes mani-pedis and afternoon tea (or a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne for those who fancy something a little bubblier).
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel, Park Lane
While spas are usually thought to be primarily geared towards the fairer sex, men need to be rejuvenated just as much. The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel in Park Lane has designed special treatments just for men, including the Black Diamond facial which includes a black diamond dust facial cream used specifically to purify the skin. It turns out diamonds aren’t just for rings - the spa also offers back and foot massages using black diamond dust. The Spa at Four Seasons Park Lane offers not only the ultimate luxury retreat experience, it also comes complete with a breathtaking view.
May Fair Spa at The May Fair Hotel
The May Fair Spa located inside the divine May Fair Hotel offers an unforgettable personalized spa experience, with body wraps tailored to fit your needs. Instead of going to the spa, the spa can come straight to you with masseuses who will do treatments right in your hotel room. Share a steamy spa experience with a couples massage or a Moroccan Steam Cleansing Ritual for Two - complete with a private steam chamber for you and your partner.
Need some retail therapy to accompany your spa therapy? The May Fair Spa offers personal shopping services for any event or wardrobe need. Another bonus for the sartorially-inclined - the May Fair has Fendi sofas and chairs to lounge in after some intense shopping.
Chuan Spa at The Langham
Want an exotic experience without having to leave the comfort of your hotel? Look no further than the Chuan Spa at The Langham, Europe’s very first Chuan Spa. The spa utilizes traditional Chinese techniques to invigorate your mind, body and soul. Chuan Spa features several Escapes, from the Eastern Journey, which uses a mix of spices to buff the body, to the Mother To Be Escape, with a Vitamin C body wax and a sumptuous foot rub. The spa’s saffron body massages and spice exfoliators will leave you feeling good and smelling great.
Bulgari Spa at The Bulgari Hotel London
Bulgari is expanding its reach through yet another designer-branded hotel, complete with a designer spa. Bulgari fanatics can immerse themselves in the full brand experience with Asian and European-influenced spa treatments. Cool down in the ice showers or chill out in the private spa suite and relaxation room. Maybe even receive a hands-on treatment with the Synchronized Four-Handed Massage - double the hands that’s sure to give you double the rejuvenation. Either way, you’re bound to get the luxe experience that Bulgari is known for.
By: Hannah Krupa
Consistently great weather, fine dining, nightlife, and an abundance of outdoor activities makes Los Cabos an obvious choice for warm winter getaway. Situated on the Sea of Cortez at the Southern extreme of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, it's plankton rich waters are teaming with sea life, and its pristine beaches to offer endless vistas of spectacular seascapes. If this destination is not on the top of your list, it should be.
The main towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo offer endless opportunities for shopping, an amazing F&B scene and entertainment, as do the numerous hotels and resorts which dot the coastline. If the nightlife scene in Cabo San Lucas isn't quite your scene, enjoy the laid-back feel of San Jose del Cabo which is full of Mexican history and vibrant streets.
Many travelers are drawn to the relaxing Mexican oasis to enjoy the vast water activities offered. Sailing, offshore fishing, or scuba diving in these azure waters are just a few of the exciting travel experiences offered in Los Cabos. While on land, why not explore the abundance of top ranked golf courses. Again, the weather rarely disappoints.
With a superior beachfront location and no shortage of amenities, Wear We Went took a look inside the top hospitality hotspots on the coast. It is clear that The Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort has been a main draw for over a decade now. In 2014, Los Cabos was pummeled by a rare and powerful hurricane. Many structures sustained significant damage – including The Hilton. Undaunted, the Hilton Los Cabos decided to up its game and undertook a series of well thought out restorations and improvements. Guests are now welcomed to an unforgettable experience. A variety of bars are scattered throughout the hotel offering amazing panoramic views. From relaxing in one of the two beach front swimming pools, which include swim-up pool bars tounwinding in the 7,000 sq ft spa which features a Zen Garden and a movement studio guests staying at The Hilton are set up for a successful vacation.
The hotel also offers the La Vista Club, which is a “hotel within a hotel” concept complete with luxury privileges for members only. Hilton’s dining menus and onsite restaurants have also been dramatically expanded for a new “Farm to Fork” breakfast and “Sea to Table” dinner menus. The restaurants at Hilton Los Cabos offer authentic Mexican cuisine and a variety of healthy choices.
The Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort was able to take the hurricane disaster and really turn it on its head – taking full advantage of opportunity that sometimes comes with adversity – and made a great place even better.
By: Leah Kauffman
In less than one month, artists, curators, critics and collectors from around the world will flock to Miami Beach, Florida for traveling international art festival, Art Basel. From December 3 until December 6, Miami Beach will be the epicenter of the international art world, hosting one of the globe’s largest celebrations of art and culture.
From convention halls filled with innovative artwork, to star studded evenings spent socializing in the balmy Miami breeze, Art Basel might feel intimidating. The international art exhibit alone will showcase 267 galleries from 32 countries, and works by over 4,000 artists.
If you don’t know where to start, here are some must-see art events happening during this year’s Art Basel Miami.
Trevor Paglen and Jenny Holzer Discuss Information and Communication
Basel’s morning “Conversations” series is a venue for art world influencers to discuss their ideas, work, collections and exhibitions in front of an interactive audience.
This year’s “Conversations” include artists Jenny Holzer, Trevor Paglan, Hank Willis Thomas, and curators Jens Hoffmann, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Beatrix Ruf.
Jenny Holzer, beloved for her large-scale public text artworks, will kick off the series with artist Trevor Paglan on December 3rd. Paglan is known for photographing secret government sites and airplanes used to secretly fly terrorism suspects to undisclosed locations.
Holzer and Paglan will discuss the condition of the current information and communication environment, moderated by Deep Lab founder Kate Crawford.
Conversations is held daily from Thursday, December 3, to Sunday, December 6, Hall C auditorium. Panel discussions take place between 10am and 11am, followed by 30 minutes of questions from the audience.
Adrien Brody Debuts "Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and Handguns"
Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody is to debut his series of pop art paintings titled "Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and Handguns" at Lulu Laboratorium. The pop-up show opens December 2 and is being organized by Domingo Zapata. Brody’s work will examine the relationship between violence and fast food culture.
Brody is an avid art collector who has been an Art Basel fixture in previous years.
"Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and Handguns" opens December 2 at Lulu Laboratorium. 173 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127. (305) 438-0071
Deitch and Gagosian Collaborate For UNREALISM
In a move deeply surprising to the art world, notoriously competitive gallerists Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian have joined forces to present UNREALISM, a joint exhibit of figurative painting from the '80s and '90s. The show-- happening at the Miami design district’s Moore Building-- will feature work from Tala Madani, Jamian Juliano-Villani, John Currin and David Salle.
UNREALISM opens December 1 and will be on view through Art Basel Miami Beach 2015, from December 3 through 6, at the Moore Building: Miami Design District, 191 NE 40th Street, Miami, Florida; bridgehouseevents.com.
‘You’ve Got to Know the Rules...to Break Them’
New American Abstraction meets German Neo-Expressionism in the de la Cruz Collection’s ‘You’ve Got to Know the Rules...to Break Them’. The work will be displayed in the 30,000-square-foot de la Cruz Contemporary Art Space in the Design District.
Prolific collectors Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz bust boundaries through this show, with a nod to minimalism, conceptualism and abstract expressionism, while acknowledging the undeniable influence of technology and consumerism on the work of the artist.
23 NE 41st St, Miami, FL 33137. (305) 576-6112
Evening Film Program In SoundScape Park
If you feel like taking a break from parties, relax and catch Basel’s evening film program in SoundScape Park. Watch films from James Crump, Janet Biggs, Jumana Manna and more on the 7,000 square-foot outdoor projection wall of Frank Gehry’s New World Center. Just bring a blanket or a lawn chair.
The evening film program is curated by David Gryn, Director of Artprojx and Daata Editions.
The New World Center. 500 17th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
By: Hannah Krupa
Counting down the days until your next winter getaway? So are we. Before flying off to a tropical beach, a proper buffing is needed to ensure that post vacation sun-kissed glow. A great scrub with an efficient exfoliator will do the trick and we put together a list of some of our favorites.
The BABE Charcoal Hand Wash, which does wonders at rejuvenating your skin, is made with charcoal and detoxifies and cleanses deep into your pores while eliminating dead skin cells. When relaxing on the beach, combine this organic wash with the natural sand and ocean water right at your feet to create an on-the-spot exfoliator that will instantly transform any dull skin.
Treat your skin to a dose of opulence with Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Treatment Scrub. This lustrous scrub is rich with the antioxidant Vitamin E which provides your skin instant nourishment and rejuvenation. The scrub allows you to feel refreshed and smooth from day to night.
The Tata Harper Smoothing Body Scrub is another Wear We Went favorite. Made with natural and non-toxic ingredients such as argon oil, it leaves the body feeling nourished and creates long lasting moisture. This exfoliant goes beneath the surface of the skin and exfoliates deep into pores while polishing the body.
Sail away from dry winter damaged skin with these top exfoliates on your next sunny holiday - Rejuvenate and bring back a lustrous long lasting glow.
By: Ian Michael Crumm
It's not everyday that a hotel brand champions local artisans and limited edition designs. Ace Hotel houses a shop with quality goods of art, books, vinyl, leather, wood and self-proclaimed magic. Limited quantity collections designed in partnership with Ace Hotel are featured on property and online through The Ace Shop. Many of the items echo the local culture of cities where each Ace Hotel is located. Think an elk blanket from Portland and a DTLA tote bag for Los Angeles.
Ace Shop offers clothing, accessories, home goods, printed art and even bikes. Including local artisans' work in the shopping experience brings a cool indie spin to many of the products featured in the Ace Shop.
We are dreaming of our next trip and hope to see these items in person, but for now we've rounded up some of our favorite items from the shop below!
Shop the collections here.
By: Mollie Snyder
When stepping foot into a historic fashion-forward city such as Milan, where high-fashion models roam the streets and mouth-watering gelato is found on every street corner, you can't help but feel chic just being there.
Milan's central plaza features the 5th largest church in the world, Duomo Di Milano, which took over six centuries to actually complete. The Duomo plaza is the center of the fashion capital and features many exciting exhibitions year round, including those of Milan Fashion Week.
Just a glance away from the Duomo we stumbled into the glorious Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, also known as one of the top luxury fashion destinations and oldest malls in the world. The beautiful iron and glass ceilings and masterful architecture seen throughout the structure make a shopping experience truly one of a kind. The Galleria is even home to Seven Stars Galleria, the first certified 7-star hotel in Europe.
This year Milan has seen an explosion of culture, influence and growth mainly because of The World Expo 2015, which takes place from May 1st, 2015-October 31st, 2015. The amount of tourism and visitors in the city has allowed Milan to flourish. In the six month period during the World Expo over 140 countries participated and an estimated 20 million people have visited the exhibition.
Milan is known for its high-quality, luxury shopping and beauty products. The Italian attention to detail is duly noted in their craftsmanship displayed in the numerous stores that fill the streets of Milan. From the plush Via Montenapoleone oasis to Via Torino's modern and contemporary clothing, your options for quality, and couture clothing is limitless.
From Milan Fashion Week, to the World Expo, to the recent EMA Awards held in Milan, it is clear that the metropolitan city is giving the world a second glance and showing millions why Milan is the ultimate travel destination for fashion, culture and beauty.
Photography by Cristina Pertile
By: Courtney Gu
Beautiful design is not just limited to fashion - it permeates daily life in every aspect, from home decor to architecture to gastronomy. Fashion and lifestyle go hand in hand. Thus, it should come as no surprise that many designers have expanded into the hospitality industry, lending their talents to everything from the hotel staff uniforms to the interior decor.
Versace for Palazzo Versace Dubai
The Versace name is synonymous with opulence and high fashion, turning up everywhere from rap lyrics to housewares and now luxury hotels. Australia's Gold Coast Palazzo Versace location opened in September of 2000 - the very first of its kind in the world. They even have a new location in Dubai set to open this spring. Versace will be designing the staff uniforms, and the rooms will be outfitted with pieces from the Versace Home Collection. The hotel itself will feature Versace decor including custom-designed Versace vases and carpeting, the perfect setting for a truly luxurious vacation.
David Peck for the JW Marriott Houston
High fashion designer David Peck’s use of vibrant hues lends a refreshing look to the uniforms at the JW Marriott in his native Houston. Peck drew inspiration for the collection from the luxury hotel building itself - an elegant century-old skyscraper. Says Peck of the designs: “Traditional uniforms can mask individuality so we wanted the JW Marriott Houston Downtown associates to stand out and feel confident.” Peck’s designs are a fresh take on classic silhouettes, incorporating bright colors and bold prints. These unique garments make hotel staff look anything but uniform.
Nicholas Oakwell for the Rosewood London
London is often associated with a preppy chic aesthetic often characterized by wool blazers and tartan patterns. This classy English style manifests clearly in Nicholas Oakwell’s designs for the staff uniforms at the Rosewood London. Renowned British designer Oakwell has created custom looks for the UK’s elite from Bond girls to BAFTA winning actresses, so the hotel staff at the Rosewood are in very good company. Oakwell is known for his incredibly sophisticated couture collections and these uniforms are certainly no exception. The charming designs skillfully mirror the hotel’s distinguished elegance. Each look is impeccably styled and lends an incredibly luxe air to the wearer.
Janie Bryant for the Watergate Hotel
The Watergate Hotel is probably best known for its involvement in the 70s scandal of the same name, but that may very well change with award-winning “Mad Men” costume designer Janie Bryant in the picture. Bryant has been brought on to craft uniforms for the hotel’s staff, creating 35 unique looks for hotel employees that incorporate elements of the hotel including the classic Watergate check print and the Watergate logo. The uniforms are a modern interpretation of classic 50s and 60s style, an artfully polished marriage of the hotel’s colorful past and the Watergate building’s modern design. While “Mad Men” may have ended, Bryant’s legacy lives on in the Watergate Hotel.
Armani for Armani Hotel Milan
One hallmark of a great designer is attention to detail - an aspect that is clearly evident in the Armani Hotel Milan. Giorgio Armani himself painstakingly selected and designed each element of the hotel to ensure a cohesive aesthetic overall. Armani is best known for his sophisticated and sleek designs, and the interior of the Armani Hotel stays true to this without a doubt. No fashion branded hotel would be complete without a place to shop and the Armani Hotel provides exactly that and more with an on-site Giorgio Armani boutique. In addition, the hotel offers a package that includes a personal and private shopping experience, as well as the option to wear Armani’s designs in your Armani Hotel room.
Written by Courtney Gu
By: Hannah Krupa
Exposing your face to germs and dryness is difficult to avoid while whisking from airport to airport. A face mask is as essential as a passport when it comes to traveling. Face-masks act as a shield and salvation from the claustrophobic environments of taxis, airports, and airplanes. A quality face mask is worth its weight in gold. After traveling to numerous cities this year, Wear We Went has set out to find the top luxury skin care products well suited for a jet set lifestyle.
LA PRAIRIE's Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask, designed for dryness and anti-aging, provides ideal nourishment and rejuvenates travel exhausted skin. With a stroke of the simple applicator brush, the light mask provides a glow on par with a luxury facial by silkening the skin with its rich ingredients.
Under-eye nourishment is always deserving of extra attention. SK-II beauty products line of eye masks and eye creams target the harmful effects to these areas. The SK-II "SIGNS EYE MASK" is perfectly sculpted to address the shape and sensitivity of the under-eye area. Simple stick on and peel off pads are ideal to leave on during a flight. This protects the skin from coming in contact with bacteria and dryness. The mask also prevents puffiness, irritation, and dark circles from forming under your eyes.
For an extra touch of hydration and glow another travel must-have is the AVEDA "Green Science Replenishing Toner." It quickly minimizes appearance of pores with just a few sprays on the face. You can step off a long flight feeling refreshed and ready to take on your next destination.
With these products you will not only arrive at your destination without the ill effects of exposure to germs and dryness, but you will also have the pleasure of silky, refreshed, and refined skin, regardless of the length and stresses of your travel.
Written by Hannah Krupa.
By: Mollie Snyder
As summer is coming to an end, we started to reflect on our warm season of travel and Toronto is certainly one of the front runners for underrated cities in the world. The overly-friendly, shiny and pristine city is certainly a destination worth traveling to, especially in the warm summer months. The city of Toronto is very walkable, allowing for visitors to view the many tourist attractions they offer on foot. If you aren’t stopping by to have a hot cup of Tim Horton’s coffee, visit the Hockey Hall of Fame or feast your eyes on an exhibit in the Royal Ontario Museum, there is plenty more the fun-loving city of Toronto has to offer.
Noted as one of the tallest freestanding structures in the world, the CN Tower boasts views of the entire city of Toronto from above. On a day with clear skies, you can even see as far as Niagara Falls. We loved the 360 degree view from the top.
Steps from the CN Tower, we stopped by Steam Whistle Brewing Co, which gives customers 19 years of age and up a free sample of their refreshing Pislner beer upon arrival. After a delightful pitstop at the Brewery, we made our way down to the enormous Eaton Centre, the premiere retail destination in Toronto. The Eaton Centre is a celebrated Canadian landmark and shopping haven filled with over 235 retailers, restaurants and services in the heart of downtown Toronto. If you are looking for the most comfortable sweatpants in the world, (Yes, we are talking about ROOTS) look no further.
After a glorious day of shopping, we decided to end our lovely day with a stroll through the historic Distillery District of Toronto. The Distillery District features designer boutiques, artisan shops, unique cafes, art galleries, and award-winning restaurants. The streets of the historic district in Toronto made us feel like we were transported onto a beautiful alleyway in Europe. We saw many amazing shops, had a free sake tasting and finished our night with an amazing dinner at El Catrin, named as one of the Best Mexican Restaurants in Toronto by Toronto.com. The margaritas and tacos did not disappoint.
Whether it’s catching a free concert at the downtown harbor, strolling down the clean streets doing some window shopping or having a bite to eat. Toronto has certainly raised the bar for other cities around the world.
By: Mollie Snyder
Earlier this year, we discovered Sanya, a tropical getaway off the coast of Mainland China in the province of Hainan. When searching for a winter getaway we continually gravitated towards the South China Sea. After careful research we found Sanya, a luxurious Asian Tropics destination, which boasts regional temperatures of 70-86 degrees Fahrenheit all year round (23-30 degrees Celsius.) Over the past few years, Sanya has become an extremely popular destination for Asian tourists, and Western developers are starting to take notice. When driving through the island we saw an array of luxury resorts to choose from and many more under construction.
Luxury brand, EDITION Hotels, is one of the many top-tier hotel chains scouring to claim their spot on the Sanya coast. Sanya EDITION will be the 5th hotel in the brand’s portfolio, and the first Asian location for the brand partnership between hotelier Ian Schrager and Marriott. Ian Schrager is an American entrepreneur, hotelier and real estate developer, often associated with co-creating the Boutique Hotel category of accommodation. Although details are vague on the hotel’s new development, the EDITION will surely make waves for both Eastern and Western travelers visiting the Hainan Island. Renderings show the resort will boast sleek beach bars, a grand wood lobby entrance and stunning glass exterior. Other 5-star brands such as the Ritz-Carlton and Kempinski have already claimed high-profile locations near the island’s soft beaches.
What makes Sanya one of the hottest destinations for tropical getaways is the array of attractions it offers. From duty-free shopping at the Haitang Bay International Shopping Center, the world’s largest duty-free destination, to hanging with monkeys at Monkey Island, The home to 1,800 endangered Macaque monkeys, there is a plethora of modern and natural activities to partake in. There is also the Nantian Hot Spring, a spring filled with healthy minerals, Butterfly Valley, over 1,000 square meters filled with vibrant butterflies, and Asian Dragon Bay, acclaimed as the best beach in Sanya for it’s proximity to Butterfly Valley and silky soft sand. With all that Sanya has to offer, we will definitely be returning to the palm tree filled paradise in the coming months.
By: Mollie Snyder