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Beauty Road Test: Aveda Stress-Fix Concentrate

Aveda

Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The Product: Aveda Stress-Fix Concentrate, $22.

Pros: The lipstick-sized rollerball dispenses a highly-soothing blend of essential oils (French lavender, lavandin, and clary sage are sustainably derived from the sun-lit fields of northern Provence). Perfect for pre-flight jitters or a jet lag sleep aid.

Cons: Unfortunately, the scent didn’t last on my skin longer than ten minutes (probably because it’s all natural and not filled with chemicals… perhaps that’s actually a pro?).

Verdict: Packable.

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

 

Photo (above) courtesy of Aveda

Travel Uniform: Via Spiga's Edmundo Castillo

Edmundo Castillo

For this sharp shoe designer, flying is all about unplugging and head-to-toe comfort.

As the creative director of Via Spiga—not to mention the talent behind a namesake line of women’s shoes and the men’s footwear brand Casbia—Edmundo Castillo has a pretty hectic life. Which is why he loves air travel: “It’s my time to disconnect and not have the phone ringing,” he says.

Castillo gets ample time to himself en route to factory visits in Milan (where he keeps an apartment), business trips in China, and vacations in Hawaii, the Dominican Republic, and his native Puerto Rico. In flight, he watches 30 Rock and Mad Men on his iPad, which he carries in a vintage-corduroy sleeve by Milan-based Pijama (from $38). When he wants to sleep, Castillo relies on his Beats by Dr. Dre headphones (from $200) because “they block all the noise.” As for his on-the-go outfit: “I usually land and go straight to work,” he says, “so it’s important to stay in style, but also feel comfortable.”

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T+L's Favorite Travel Shoes: Tieks

Tieks foldable shoes

Q: I’ve seen a lot of folding travel shoes that seem like they’d be comfortable (especially after an evening in high heels). Which are your favorites? —Cass Mitchell, Santa Monica, Calif.

A: You’re right—there are dozens of collapsible shoes on the market, but some are flimsy. Personally, I love Tieks by Gavrieli (from $165), which have a sturdy rubber sole and a breathable leather innersole. Each pair comes in a pouch—and with a small nylon bag to carry your heels. They’re incredibly versatile, transition easily from day to night, and are available in bright patent-leather colors for extra kick.

Packing is rarely easy—we’re here to help. Send your question to tripdoctor@aexp.com.

Photo by John Lawton

Stuff We Love: Biaggi Collapsible Suitcases

As Trip Doctors, we’re always on the hunt for great luggage to support our regular, on-the-job abuse. So when Biaggi’s collapsible suitcases made their way into my home recently, I found myself surprised that a new brand could bring so much innovation to a fairly standardized market. The premise: each bag’s sturdy sides snap into place while in use, and fold flat when you’re ready to store. The result? Ultra-compact storage—that doesn’t require you to play Russian dolls with your whole set to unearth the carry-on. A stylish design, super-sturdy handle, and four-wheel spinner function add to the appeal—and the pretty colors don’t hurt, either.

Nikki Ekstein is an Editorial Assistant at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her at on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.

 

Crowdsourcing: What to Do When You're Near the Arc de Triomphe, Paris


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The Arc de Triomph is worth the climb to the top for prime views of Paris. We asked true travel pros what to do nearby. Want to share your expertise? Join our community on Facebook at facebook.com/travelandleisure and at Twitter @TravlandLeisure.

“Shop for antique lamps at Philippe de Beauvais (112 Blvd. de Courcelles), seen in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.” —Neil Jaehnert, via Facebook

Plaza Athénée has five amazing restaurants (Alain Ducasse is the executive chef).” —Yaron Yarimi, via Twitter

“Even non-pilots can play poker at the private Aviation Club de France (104 Ave. des Champs-Élysées), for a fee.” —Leslie Grandy, via Facebook

“Eat oysters on the terrace at Marius et Janette (4 Ave. George V).” —Dominique Couturier-Heller, via Facebook

“Parc Monceau is the perfect place for a stroll. Don’t miss the gilded gates.” —Lindsey Tramuta, via Twitter

“You can rub elbows with diplomats at Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris’s Purple Bar (51/57 Rue de Courcelles).” —Meg Towner, via Facebook

Exploring Vienna's Fashion-Forward Neubau District

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The fashion-forward Neubau district is a hub of inventive boutiques, buzzy restaurants, and the city’s top museums.

Bisovsky: The appointment-only atelier of Susanne Bisovsky, who trained under Vivienne Westwood, sells dramatic couture and ready-to-wear pieces, inspired by traditional Mitteleuropa costume. 13/6 Seidengasse.

Park: This concept store showcases high-profile labels (Martin Margiela; Raf Simons) plus such up-and-comers as Paris-based Damir Doma. You’ll also find art books, Hans Wegner chairs, and brooches made from safety pins. 20 Mondscheingasse.

Lena Hoschek: At the intersection of rockabilly, punk, and Mad Men lies Hoschek’s boudoir-like boutique. The dirndls, dresses, and flowy blouses—ideal for hourglass figures—hit just the right classic-modern note. 17 Gutenberggasse.

Hirsch & Kamel: This new upscale gastropub serves traditional Viennese comfort food with Persian flourishes. Our pick: veal meatballs with pistachios served over mashed potatoes. 6 Stuckgasse. $$

MuseumsQuartier Wien (pictured): The former Hapsburg stables have been transformed into a cultural space with concerts, theater, and plenty of people-watching. Don’t miss the Leopold Museum, home to iconic works by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. 1 Museumsplatz.

Photo by Hertha Hurnaus

Crowdsourcing: What to Do When You're Near the Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul


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The sixth-century Hagia Sophia (a basilica turned mosque turned museum) retains its jaw-dropping 180-foot dome. We asked true travel pros what to do nearby. Want to share your expertise? Join our community on Facebook at facebook.com/travelandleisure and at Twitter @TravlandLeisure.

“The most authentic Ottoman cuisine can be found at Matbah (6 Caferiye Sk.; $$), where you can eat on a terrace and look out to Topkapi Palace.” —Mine Demiroren, via Facebook

“Have a rooftop drink at Seven Hills Hotel ($$) for views of boats in the Bosporus and close-ups of Hagia Sophia.” —@mrbaileynyc

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Fashion Watch: Our Favorite Women's Oxford Shoes

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The classic oxford is the women’s shoe of the moment—chic, timeless, and sturdy enough for the long haul (clockwise, from bottom left).

• Tricolor wing tip, $750, Robert Clergerie.
• Patent-leather brogue with rubber sole, $435, AGL.
• Leather and calf-hair wing tip, $660, Fratelli Rossetti.
• Two-tone goat-leather oxford, $560, Strenesse Gabriele Strehle.
• Polished-leather shoe, $790, Derek Lam.
• Monochrome leather oxford, $405, Longchamp.

Photo by Levi Brown

Hidden Shopping Treasures in Barcelona

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“There’s a lot of style in Barcelona,” says Niki Robertson, one half of Antiques and Boutiques, a personal shopping and tour company staffed by two longtime expat English fashion designers. “But it’s behind the scenes.” Here, four of their favorite finds.

Blow by Le Swing: Of the three locations of this high-end and mint-condition vintage emporium, the Carrer de Guillem shop has the best collection of accessories and leather goods.

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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

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