Shopping in New York: Everything You Need to Know

Shopping in New York: Everything You Need to Know

Watching a single episode of Sex in the City would suffice to realize that fashion reigns supreme in this city. Hundreds of celebrities walk the streets of the Big Apple daily wearing the latest trends seen on the catwalks. Keeping up is not always easy, but with this little guide you’ll be able to organize your New York shopping itinerary according to what you are after, so that you are always on trend. Haute Couture There’s no doubt that Fifth Avenue is the river that carries all those unique designer pieces and the most exclusive of accessories. The luxurious windows of the likes of Armani, Dolce&Gabbana, Versace, Cartier, Luis Vuitton, and Prada dazzle onlookers between 34th and 60th Street. Madison Avenue (between 72th and 58th Street) is yet another meeting point for high-end boutiques, where it’s also advisable to visit what is known as the fashion mecca for the most demanding shoppers, the Barneys New York department store. A great walk in which to play Pretty Woman, accumulate more and more bags filled with designer brands, and discover creations worthy of the red carpet. Pret à Porter                                           Department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue are a good alternative to long walks through downtown Manhattan. A single roof under which to find women’s, men’s and children’s fashion. Located by Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, this large department store competes with Soho’s Bloomingdale’s; offering fashion for all tastes and styles at affordable prices. Outlets and Markets But New York’s fashion is not just for the rich. The city is also full of outlets and markets where one can put together the best...
Milan: City of Fashion and Shopping

Milan: City of Fashion and Shopping

Milan, with Paris, is a contender for the title of Fashion Capital of the World, and there’s good reason for it. Besides being one of the favorite backdrops to some of the most important shows and catwalks, Milan boasts an inexhaustible supply of shops selling clothing, cosmetics, and accessories that will have fashion addicts going crazy. Not to mention the style and glamour exuded by its streets, perpetually transited by people that are always dressed on trend. The good news is that in Milan, fashion doesn’t always have to be synonymous with splurging; there are countless places to find irresistible deals so that you can fly back home with a bursting suitcase. The Quadrilateral of Fashion Whether buying or not, this is a visit you can’t put off when in Milan. Framed by Via Montenapoleone, Via Alessandro Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Via Sant’Andrea, close to the Duomo, lies this high-end fashion oasis. The most exclusive and renowned names display their most elitist windows in this Italian melting pot of fashion. Evidently, only those with loaded wallets will leave with some items in hand, but for the rest of us fashion-loving mortals, it can also be an interesting experience. This also the case with Galeria Vittorio Emanuele, another high-end shopping area that is well-worth exploring. Via Torino If you’ve whet your appetite for shopping, you can quench that thirst in Via Torino, where you’ll find more accessible retailers of the likes of H&M, Zara, Foot Locker, etc. And if you want to treat your feet, you’ve come to the right place: there are shoe shops here for all tastes...
Where to Do Your Shopping in London

Where to Do Your Shopping in London

London is one of those cities that has everything for everyone. But even more so for those who love shopping. Many have joined the trend of fashion-travelling, or what is the same, going on trips exclusively dedicated to renewing their wardrobe and setting fire to their credit card. And obviously, London is a shopping paradise that is just around the corner. But, where to start? Don’t fret. This brief guide, area by area, will let you choose the most convenient route for you. Oxford Street The city’s big artery is a melting pot of tourists, locals, all types of characters, and fashion travelers from all over the globe. Some of the brand names that stand out and well deserve a visit to fill bag upon shopping bag are: Marks&Spencer near Marble Arch, Topshop, in a huge building on the corner with Regent Street, and Primark, the giant trunk that Londoners and foreigners flock to when it comes to filling their wardrobe. Regent Street Located in the West End, this is a long street that changes name as it passes through Waterloo Place and Oxford Circus. It’s on a par with Oxford Street as a reference point when it comes to shopping in London, as high street names have set up some of their best windows here, in addition to being a must-see for the sheer beauty of its buildings and facades. And of course, if you go to London for Christmas, you’ll be literally dazzled by this street. Covent Garden The most popular part of Covent Garden is its peculiar gallery below a large roof in the middle of...
5 Apartments Where You’d Stay Forever

5 Apartments Where You’d Stay Forever

One of the privileges of staying at an apartment is that feeling of getting away from our own lives for some days, escaping our routine and living in places that seduce us. It’s the perfect occasion to find a new home, your home in a different part of the world; your refuge in a dreamed-of destination. Now imagine you could do the same but for longer. For much longer. For the rest of your life. Where would you move to? There’s no doubt that some apartments are so inviting we’d like to stay forever. For their comfort, their luxuries, their amazing views, or just for their unique charm. Surely you’ve already found yours, but here is a special selection of apartments where you’d stay forever. Because you never know…   BARCELONA (SPAIN) Attention to detail, good taste, a stunning garden, an inviting pool… Barcelona’s Green House in the Pedralbes neighborhood has all the ingredients to make your life more pleasant. SEE APARTMENT   APULIA (ITALY) A traditional countryside trullo. Many would love to retire to this little house forever and spend their days preparing delicious breakfasts, reading good books under the shade of its olive trees, or hiking for hours on end along the nature paths that surround it.   SEE APARTMENT   GOA (INDIA) This option is for the braver ones among you. A true life change if there ever was one. Leave the noisy city behind and find peace in this magical corner of India. Opt for a more austere lifestyle, away from materialism, and focus on nourishing your soul. SEE APARTMENT   LISBON (PORTUGAL) Sometimes we...
Discover your Ideal Destination Based on your Zodiac Sign

Discover your Ideal Destination Based on your Zodiac Sign

Have you ever wondered what city or country is best suited to your star sign? Discover your destination based on your zodiac sign. Do you agree or do you wish you’d gotten a different one? Aries Those born under the sign of Aries are true, sincere and very brave, although somewhat impulsive at times. They’re always looking for new ways to prove themselves and they never lose heart when faced with obstacles. A boring holiday is not what they’re after: they’d rather have an adventure-filled trip because they need to keep constantly on the move, both physically and mentally. Their ideal destination is Brazil where they can explore the Amazon Rainforest. Taurus Taurus is reliable, realistic and well-grounded. They always carry out all their duties reliably and they never get discouraged. But after duty comes pleasure, and this sign knows how to make the most of life’s treats.  Their ideal holiday would be any that helps them disconnect from their thousands of commitments. The perfect destination for Taurus is Amsterdam, a city that appreciates all aspects of life, which would be brilliant for recharging their batteries before they get back in their rut. Gemini Gemini are very intelligent and smart people, though sometimes a bit restless and very curious about everything around them. They never stop for a single minute; they need to always keep moving in order to feed their minds. More often than not so much activity stresses them out and they have nervous breakdowns: and that is why their ideal destination is Thailand, a country where they can relax on paradisiacal beaches for hours but also...