Recognized by National Geographic Traveler as 2013’s Best Destination, Ecuador offers the Andes mountain range, the Galápagos Islands, relaxing farmlands and large cities with more than just native shopping and restaurants. Among these cities is the capital Quito, which I recently had a chance to explore its diverse offerings and see how its history is preserved, but for the adventurer, you’ll want to go just outside of the city.
First a couple city musts. Filled to the brim with religious and artful history, and as it should be since the whole city is UNESCO World Heritage site, the historic center of town is where a first timer would want to start his or her visit. Here you’ll find colonial plazas, museums, monasteries, convents and churches, including the gold-studded Iglesia de la Compania (below).
Catching up on New York Fashion Week posts after finishing up taking street style and behind the scenes photos for Out, Latina and Logo TV, I wanted to share photos and favorites from Orley’s first official fashion week presentation.
For fall/winter 2014, the collection featured beautiful jacquard sweaters and accessories, including geo-patterned gloves that are lined with leather and feature a wrist strap.
Whether it’s for everyday use or travel, you can’t go wrong with a good tote bag. Leather totes can be used year round, and are great for work if you need your laptop or have a lot of paperwork to carry. Step up your tote game with the various faux and real leather styles below:
Frye James Cut Leather Tote ($269, Neiman Marcus)
If you’re a spontaneous traveler, you probably have the mobile booking app HotelTonight downloaded to your iPhone already, but If you haven’t yet you should right away to check out some of the fantastic last minute deals across the major cities and towns across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Mexico.
When I went to London this winter on a press trip I was able to add a couple extra days to the trip and used one to try out the app first hand. Before flying out, I searched the week before and the days leading to my departure to see what my options could be and where I might be staying. Hotels marked ‘Hip’ and ‘Luxe’ (other hotels categories include ‘Basic’, ‘Charming’ and ‘Solid’) ranged from the Heathrow airport area for $100-$150 for hotels such as the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow, the west side near Earls Court for around $200-250 for hotels such as the Belgraves – A Thompson Hotel, and Central London and SoHo for $200-$350 for hotels such as The May Fair.
No, not the Backstreet Boys album from over a decade ago, but just a simple styling approach with two of the most prominent colors/shades in the every guy’s closet for a city travel look.
Despite the Google Glass becoming a somewhat fashion week trend, the original futuristic/weird frame isn’t something for everyday style. So Google decided to up the ante and is releasing four “feather-light titanium frames” and two new sunglasses, all available with prescription lenses now. See the styles below:
For its spring/summer 2014 campaign, Perry Ellis has taken a fresh and colorful take on previewing the brand’s upcoming collection with laid-back, fun ads (below) and three upbeat video guides to getting dressed. The first one below provides guys a view of different prints and patterns (polka-dots, plaid and paisley), while giving a little history: