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Child Kicking Your Airplane Seatback? pardonMOI To The Rescue

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For those of us who long for the golden days of airplane travel—when boarding a plane was inherently luxurious in its exoticism, travelers dressed for the occasion and, most importantly, checked their bad manners at the cockpit door—but aren’t necessarily interested in censuring modern decorum-challenged travelers too forwardly, pardonMOI to the rescue.

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Cupcake Cars: The Future of Travel?

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Cancel any upcoming flight you have. Renege on that pending cruise you booked. Thinking about taking a scenic train ride? Well stop. Why? Because I have found a new mode of transportation that is sure to blow you out of the water and change the face of travel as the world knows it. What is it you ask? Cupcakes.

Yes, you read that right. Cupcakes.

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Happily Ever After: Get the Disney Wedding Experience from Start to Finish

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I recently became engaged and while doing some non-work-related research on the matter, I stumbled upon something unusual/sweet/kind of cringe-worthy: Disney Wedding Rings.

Couture designer Kirstie Kelly unveiled her “Kirstie Kelly for Disney by Mouawad” collection of engagement rings for the 2009 Bridal Week in New York City. The six rings are inspired by six Disney princesses from a princess-cut Sleeping Beauty ($5,460) to the three-stone Belle design ($4,650).

But wait! There’s more!

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Hello Kitty Turns 35—Cougar Jokes Abound

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Never has a pop icon been so happy to turn 35. Last week on  November 1, 2009, the beloved cat turned the big 3-5  (that’s 137 in human years).

To celebrate the Japanese import, Royal/T in L.A.'s Culver City is hosting a free Hello Kitty event entitled Three Apples—a nod to H.K.’s weight, as listed on her official bio—bringing together over 30 artists inspired by the flirtatious feline. A portion of the art’s proceeds will help fund community service projects in Los Angeles.

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Do Your Holiday Shopping While You Fly


The holiday travel season just got a little bit better…if you’re flying Delta, that is. Starting on Tuesday, November 24th, over 250 of Delta’s planes will have free WiFi, via the Internet service provider Gogo, sponsored by eBay.

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Prada Goes on Vacation

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In the Prada Universe nothing is as it seems. When I attend Prada shows in Milan, I sit transfixed, looking for a hint of the message. What did she mean by that bag? Are the heels on those shoes broken or are they meant to be angular and impossible to walk on? Is that just a wayward thread hanging, or do I see it on other garments? Why are the models smiling?

This season, the Prada show started innocently with basic grey suiting fabrics in designs that one would wear to work. Oh, she’s going back to her utilitarian roots?! But wait, now there's this whimsical beach scene with palm trees that evokes holidays in the sun and ocean breezes. 
The vacation scene caught my eye, since I am always on the look out for travel references.

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Chanel's Puffy Bag—A Carry On To Curl Up With

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Was it Rachael Zoe, the celebrity stylist on Bravo TV, who said “I die for Chanel"? Seems the allure of the double C’s has no end and this year with two movies about Madame Coco’s life it has fanned the fire even more. Not that it needed any fanning.

In the inexhaustible pursuit of keeping the brand relevant, whimsical and inventive, Karl Lagerfeld has done everything from CC guitars, to CC surfboards. The latest collection of practical but chic bags and small accessories is called “COCO COCOON.”

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NEWS: T+L Store Opens at JFK Airport

200910-b-storefrontjpg Eager fliers got their first glimpse of the new Travel + Leisure retail store in New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport's Terminal 2 today, snatching up Tumi suitcases and T+L Greatest Trips of 2009 books, perusing city maps, and grabbing North Face jackets to fight off the wet East Coast chill.

Travel + Leisure's first U.S. retail store—and only the third in the world—opened this week in JFK, in partnership with airport retail giant Hudson News.

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Fashion Moment: Copenhagen’s Cutting-Edge Boutiques

200910-b-copenhagenjpg Pristine Copenahagen, famed for its ancient canals and post-modern architecture (not to mention Tivoli, the most spectacular amusement park I have ever visited—and I'm a connoisseur), has  added another series of tourist attractions—an array of cool fashion designers, many of whom have shown at Copenhagen Fashion Week. The town is insistent that one day soon it will be considered, after Paris, Rome, Milan, and New York, as the fifth fashion capitol. Here is where to find some of the leaders of the pack:

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Make Your Own Travel Photo Book

Ever wish you could turn your own digital travel photos into a gorgeous coffee-table tome? More and more people are doing just that; sales of custom photo books are expected to exceed $340 million in the U.S., according to one leading marketing research firm.

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MyPublisher has been in the business longer than most—it began creating affordable, single-copy custom photo books for consumers in 1995. You can download the software for free. Choose your book size and style, including cover options that range from sage- or smoke-colored European linens to hand-stitched Spanish leather.

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