As any seasoned traveler knows, airplane air is not your friend. Aside from the fact that it's stale, recirculated and full of God knows what germs, it also sucks every last ounce of moisture out of your skin. No bueno if you want to arrive in paradise feeling refreshed.
After hundreds of thousands of miles spent in the air, I've perfected (if one does perfect anything) my must-have moisturizing tools. I take them with me on every flight, but they are essential on red-eyes and long international jaunts.
Here they are:
Hands: Avene Cold Cream
I've tried dozens of hand moisturizers and this one is a keeper. It's about $15 and you can get it on Amazon or Violet Grey. It has a light scent and isn't greasy at all, but it does soak into your skin keeping it feeling supple for hours. Some reviewers were harsh about the scent, but I don't find it offensive and I'm really sensitive to smells.
Note: At home La Mer The Hand Treatment is part of my nightly routine, but the tube is over 3 ounces and not conducive to carry-on. At $90, I don't want to take any chances that TSA will make me chuck it!
How to use it: I put this on throughout my flight. I begin after my post-boarding hand towel refresh, then again after every hand wash, before going to sleep and before exiting the plane.
Face: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
I love, love this water mask and use it a few times a week at home for a moisture boost. It's a light, gel consistency that you leave on while you sleep. No rinsing required. The jar is only 2.3 ounces, but it's bulky so I prefer to use the Take Me Away Travel Jar Set from Sephora to keep it small. At $25 it's money well spent.
How to use it: For international travel, I apply it once after I've cleansed my face in preparation for a little sleepy-time. It could also be used on shorter flights in place of your regular moisturizer, under your make-up.
Face: Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Hydro Sleeping Mask
This water mask was actually my first love and still a solid choice if you already love Dr. Jart+ products. Seriously, does Korean beauty rock or what?! All the same benefits of Laneige, but my skin doesn't feel quite as soft after use and it's almost twice as much at $48.
How to use it: See Laneige above.
Lips: Glossier Balm Dotcom
This $12 all over skin salve from hip beauty brand Glossier is serious at keeping your lips highly kissable. The little tube is so cute and I've used it on my lips as well as other dry spots, It does contain petrolatum which is a byproduct of petroleum. There are articles for and against petroleum, so I'll leave it to you to weigh the pros and cons for yourself.
If you want an organic, gluten-free alternative with no petrolatum, check out the Bliss Balms (3 for $14) from Happy Grace. Fans rave about them and they go on silky smooth. Bonus: each has an empowering mantra like "All Is Well" and "You've Got This" on the fun tube wrapper. (Full disclosure: I own Happy Grace, but I seriously don't leave home without a balm).
How to use it: I apply my balm before, during and after my flight, but it's especially important as part of my pre-sleepy-time ritual.
Eyes: Bausch + Lomb Re-nu Drops
Nothing says tired and strung out like red, dry eyes. I actually prefer Visine for getting rid of the red, but I'm a contact lens wearer so Re-nu is a much better option. It keeps everything lubed up in the eye department.
How to use it: As needed, but I always use before sleeping and at landing.
What's in your carry-on? Do you have any moisturizing favorites? Share in the comments below.
This fall break we visited Pearl Harbor. It was a moving experience (more on that later). Touring the visitors center, Arizona Memorial and USS Missouri (which I highly recommend) took about four hours.
Suffice to say, we were starving by the end and found a gem just a five minute drive away. The Dixie Grille.
You can get snacks at the main visitor's center and at the Missouri, but this is all chips, candy, hot dogs and nachos. It'll do in a pinch, but not for a real meal.
There's a restaurant in the air museum which is one of three stops on the complimentary shuttle. The visitors center and Missouri are the other two stops. You don't need museum tickets to eat there, but we were ready for a change of scenery.
The Dixie Grille was delish. Just down the street in Pearl City it's a laid back bar and grille with southern comfort food.
We had bbq chicken, gumbo, hush puppies and fresh corn on the cob. It was just what the doctor ordered. It's not fancy or chic, but the beer was cold and the food yummy!
Bonus: kids eat free on Tuesday so we saved a few bucks.
For a quick family-friendly lunch in Hanalei, stop by Bubba Burgers. The burgers are delish and they have killer fries and shakes. They also have chicken sandwiches and chili.
Afterward, grab a shaved ice or coffee right next door.
Picnic tables and lawn make it perfect for kids to stretch their legs.
This spring break we headed to the beautiful island of Kauai for a week. While we've been to Kauai before, we have always stayed in hotel suites - the Grand Hyatt and Sheraton which are both located in Poipu. This time, I wanted to explore the northern part of the island so I opted for a home in Princeville which is about a 50 minute drive from the Lihuie airport (you'll pass a Safeway and Starbucks in Kapaa on the way).
Let me cut to the chase and say that the home, Surf Song, was amazing.
Skiers love big storms that bring in big snow. That is, of course, unless you are at the airport trying to get to the slopes when said storm rolls in. Then you curse the storm and the havoc it wreaks on your travel plans.
Last winter, after years of trips to Deer Valley, we decided we should mix it up and I booked a four-day trip to Aspen connecting through Denver. The beauty of Park City/Deer Valley is that we can fly directly into Salt Lake and be at the mountain an hour after we land. Minimizing transitions is one of my chic family travel rules, but rules were meant to be broken, right?
If you've been to Kauai then you've no doubt seen chickens and roosters. . . EVERYWHERE.
Well, in 1992 they were "liberated" from their coops by a hurricane. Local lore has it that they have no natural predator and they tast like c-r-a to the p, so they're taking over.
And that's my fun fact for today.
We've been to Hawaii several times and the best view is from the air. On Kauai you can catch a ride with Sunshine Helicopters from the Princeville airport. We've also used Sunshine on Maui and were not disappointed.
In one hour you'll see mountains, beaches, canyons and tons of waterfalls. Your guide will also point out locations from Juaisic Park, Pirates of the Carribean and more.
Our group loved it and our pilot Greg!
Prices start at $249 pp.
New York City is an amazing place and quite overwhelming unless you're from, well, New York City. This summer we travelled to New York and spent nine days in the city. We saw, and did, everything there was to do, but there are only so many lines and museums a five year old can stand. It was during our wanderings that I discovered New York City's best children's attraction: the playgrounds.
There are literally hundreds of parks in New York City. A great resource for finding one near you is the City's Parks and Recreation page. Here are the five playgrounds that my five year old son couldn't get enough of.
Maybe it's because I'm a lawyer or maybe it's because I was a Girl Scout, but I'm all about redundancy when it comes to travel. Before we leave on a trip I make two copies of everyone's passports and visas or immunization records if required for travel.
I hold all originals. I give one set of copies to my husband to put in his bag and I leave one set home with my mom (who is always listed as our emergency contact and has a complete itinerary with our travel confirmations and whereabouts).
Finally, I take a pictures with my phone.
I'm a recovering attorney/CEO and NBA executive turned entrepreneur. Before I could travel in style I just traveled, bed bug bites and all.True story. Today, I'm fortunate enough to visit iconic locations and stay in the very best hotels with my husband and son. So, whether you're living the champagne travel reality or just dreaming about it, I'm glad you're here!