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Photographer Anne Menke's "See the World Beautiful"

Anne Menke's See the World Beautiful

In See the World Beautiful (Glitterati; $85), photographer and frequent T+L contributor Anne Menke focuses her eagle eye on Mongolian horsemen, Sioux teenagers, and other style-rich cultures.

Photo by Malley Priebe

Insider's Guide to Lisbon

Alexandra Champalimaud’s Lisbon

Euro crisis be damned: Portugal’s capital city is loaded with style, sophistication, and old-world pleasures. For the ultimate insider tour, we turned to Alexandra Champalimaud, a Lisbon native and the interior designer who recently revamped L.A.’s Hotel Bel-Air and is working on London’s Dorchester. Her first stop? Taberna Moderna (18A Rua dos Bacalhoeiros; $$), a Portuguese and Galician tapas restaurant in the historic Alfama district. Scroll down for more of Champalimaud’s expert picks.

Stay

“When visitors can’t fit in my apartment I have them stay at Chiado16 (16-17 Largo da Academia Nacional de Belas Artes; $), a guesthouse perched on a hill in the Chiado district.”

Eat

“The wonderfully unfussy Kaffeehaus (3 Rua Anchieta; $$) is the place for brunch. Order a galão (a foamy espresso).”

“I appease my sweet tooth at Pastéis de Belém (84-92 Rua de Belém) a cozy café known for its traditional custard tarts.”

“A new restaurant in the Museum of Pharmacy, Pharmacia (1 Rua Marechal Saldanha; 351/213-462-146; $$) has inventive dishes and drinks. Get the Ibuprofen cocktail, with cachaça and lemon juice.”

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Retro Revival: The Moon Boot

The Moon Boot

One small step for man, one giant leap for ski bunnies.

From Montana to the Matterhorn, nothing says après-ski like the Moon Boot (tecnicausa.com; $100). The brainchild of the Italian brand Tecnica, the high-tech design became an instant slopeside classic when it debuted in 1970, inspired by Neil Armstrong’s padded lunar look. Today, some 28 million pairs later, its retro-fabulousness is back in vogue. The boot now comes in a range of patterns and colors—rainbow! iridescent gold!—and has adorned the feet of everyone from Sir Paul McCartney to Snooki, who no doubt loves the fact that there are no rights or lefts (easy on, easy off).

Photo © Levi Brown

Pack This: TSA-Friendly Toiletries

TSA-Friendly Toiletries

As president of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Jennifer Fox takes more than 30 business trips a year. These TSA-friendly toiletries keep her looking fresh.

Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water ($35). “I spritz this on my face to hydrate during flights. Refreshing!”

Sisley’s Black Rose Cream Mask ($158). “It really makes you glow.”

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm ($45). “My secret weapon gives the appearance of a good night’s rest instantly.”

Le Labo Rose 31 Body Lotion (free). “Part of our in-room amenity program—it’s paraben-free and smells delicious.”

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Editor Find: Lavish Body and Home

LAVISH Body and Home soap

Most people know Scranton, Pennsylvania, as the fictional setting of NBC’s “The Office.” Turns out the “Electric City” is also the real life-setting of one of the most charming little spas in the state: LAVISH Body and Home (600 Lindsen St.; 570/558-2273), founded by Matt Drace (a former Creative Director at Travel + Leisure) and Jon Chernes, one-time marketing guru for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Given their impressive design resumes, it’s no surprise that their home goods section is well edited, but the spa itself is a huge draw. Clients love the organic facials—each one is tailored to your specific skin type and uses everything from cucumber to rice bran to draw out impurities—but personally, I love the soaps, made in Northern California of locally sourced herbs (my favorite: orange cinnamon with olive, which smells a bit like Florida at the holidays).

Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of LAVISH Body and Home

Opulence 101: Lessons from Fashion Designers

Van Cleef & Arpels sapphire clip

Two venerable French institutions are pulling back the curtains to reveal the craftsmanship behind their stylish goods. L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels (from $750) offers four-hour classes on jewelry history and design in a gilded 18th-century atelier on Paris’s Place Vendôme. Students can try on a few sparklers, too. Stateside, Hermès is hosting the Festival des Metiers, a traveling exhibition making stops in New York, San Francisco, and Houston this fall. Visitors can interact with artisans sewing supple leather into Kelly bags using techniques first developed in the 1930’s. Sadly, you don’t get extra credit for shopping.

Photo courtesy of L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels

Hotspots in Portland, Oregon's West End

Portland, Oregon: Tanner Goods

Once considered Nowheresville, the Portland’s West End is now a cool stopover.

Clyde Common: In this industrial restaurant beneath the Ace Hotel Portland (the undisputed heart of the neighborhood), almost everything is sourced from within a 100-mile radius, from the nettles in the cavatelli to the bacon, house-smoked over applewood. $$

Tanner Goods (pictured): Pick your preferred shade of English bridle leather and fittings (from brass to stainless steel)—and in just 10 minutes, you’ll walk out with a custom-made belt. 1308 W. Burnside St.

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Wales Opens 870-Mile-Long Coastal Path

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Dust off your hiking boots—Wales recently introduced an 870-mile walking path that winds along its salty coasts, from Chester to Chepstow. Along the way, you’ll see Flint Castle (built by King Edward I and surrounded by Dee Estuary), waterfalls (near Dyserth), and towering coniferforests that jut into the sea. Personally, I'm dying to get to St. Cwyfan’s Church, built on a tiny island in the 12th century and only accessible at low tide; the Boathouse at Laugharne (where Dylan Thomas spent the last four years of his life); and Cardigan Bay, known for the UK’s largest population of bottlenose dolphins. The most exciting part? Knowing I’ll get there on my own two feet.

Learn more about the Wales Coastal Path.


Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.

Glamorgan Photo © Crown copyright (2012) Visit Wales

Taking a Peek Inside a Hotel General Manager's Toiletry Bag

travel-friendly toiletries

Looking good is part of the job description for Omer Acar, the jet-setting general manager of Le Royal Monceau–Raffles Paris. Here, he reveals his travel-friendly toiletries, all 3.4 ounces or less.

Kiehl’s Amino Acid Conditioner ($7): “Blended with coconut and jojoba oils and a savior for my hair.”

Rembrandt toothpaste ($8): “Whitens and brightens.”

Comme des Garçons Incense Kyoto eau de toilette ($85): “The scent is fantastic—rare, earthy, spiced.”

Arnicare Gel ($10): “Arnica has been used since the 1500’s to reduce inflammation.”

Clear Eyes ($4): “I’ll put in a few drops to look fresh just before greeting VIP’s.”

Rubis tweezers ($39): “The Swiss make the best nonslip tweezers—no surprise, in the land of the watch.”

My Blend by Clarins ($145): “A personalized moisturizer only sold at Le Royal Monceau.”

Photo by Charles Masters

A Local’s Guide to Los Angeles

locals in Los Angeles

Jonathan Kidder, puppeteer
“I love L.A. The people who call it shallow have probably never been to my neighborhood, Silver Lake. Stop by Berlin Currywurst (3827 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323/663-1989) for the best sausage ever, served with wide Fritten, or fries.”

Malia Grace Mau, jewelry designer; Jeffrey Vincent Parise, actor and painter (pictured)
Mau: “We’re regulars at Cru (1521 Griffith Park Blvd.; 323/667-1551), a BYOB vegan restaurant in Silver Lake where we had our first date.” Parise: “Waiters in this town are very plugged-in; be sure to ask yours for local entertainment tips.”

Keri Pegram, physical therapist
“The Abbot Kinney area used to be equal amounts hippie and yuppie, but now it’s very chic. Grab a cup of salted-caramel gelato at N’ice Cream (1410 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310/396-7161) and hit Venice Beach.”

Spencer Aaronson, “professional enigma”; Mijo, pit bull
“It’s no small feat driving to East L.A., but any distance is worth it for Teresitas Restaurant (3826 E. First St.; 323/266-6045), a Mexican spot near Boyle Heights. Get the costillas de puerco en chile negro (only available on Wednesdays).”

Photo by Jessica Sample

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