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Tech Thursday: Custom-Made Foursquare Jewelry

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For anyone with an addiction to social media (which, naturally, includes yours truly), you know there are tons of benefits that come with taking the time to check-in to the various restaurants, shops, hotels, parks, and…well, anywhere and everywhere you might go. From perks like discounts or freebies, to the satisfaction of becoming the “mayor” of your favorite coffee shop a la Foursquare, to even, in some cases, winning a free trip…the possibilities are seemingly endless.

One companyhas taken the concept of checking in to whole different level: they’re letting people log into Foursquare through their website and create custom jewelry using their previous check-ins—think: connect the dots. (Fret not: if you’re not on Foursquare, you can use their custom map to create your design, or you could just shop from their pre-existing collection.)

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Patricia Urquiola's Packing Checklist

 

Patricia Urquiola

The architect and designer opens her (well-edited) suitcase.

“The less I pack, the more relaxed I feel,” says the Spanish-born, Milan-based designer, known for her punchy Modernist style in hotels from Puerto Rico (W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island) to Barcelona (Mandarin Oriental). “I’ve lost my luggage several times, so I only take a carry-on”—usually a well-worn Globe-Trotter cabin bag with leather trim (price upon request) and a roomy Céline tote (from $2,400). Whether she is traveling to Berlin (where she is working on the Das Stue hotel), Istanbul, or São Paulo, Brazil, Urquiola chooses a simple look that can be dressed up or down. One fail-safe outfit: a vintage Marni jacket, V-neck sweater from Cos ($87), and slightly faded Acne jeans ($250). Accessories include comfortable Robert Clergerie brogues ($495) and a Rolex Air-King watch. “Telling time using my cell phone just isn’t as reliable.”

What’s in Her Bag:

“A reversible silk and wool scarf by Pierre-Louis Mascia is great for converting day to evening wear, and doubles as a wrap.”

“I pack Prada heels and jewelry in case I need to make a quick change in the taxi for a work party.”

“Before getting off the plane, I apply YSL’s lash-lengthening Volume Effet Faux Cils mascara and Chanel Teint Innocence face powder. They’re my armor.”

Photo by Andrea Wyner

Mexico City's Chic Shopping Spots

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The shopping experts at L-atitude stock their site with a well-edited selection of the very best fashion, home and design finds from the most stylish places in the world. Mexico City is their latest obsession. Here, they give T+L the inside scoop on the city's best shopping spots.

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Byzantine coin pendants, limited-edition Christian Louboutin, and antique taxidermy fills the wide-ranging, well-edited shop founded by art magazine editors Vanessa Fernandez and Aldo Chaparro. Comb through the wares, then recharge in the light-flooded upstairs tearoom. Darwin at the corner of Kepler, Del. Miguel Hidalgo, C.P. 11590, Mexico D.F.; /(52) (55) 2614 6031

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Tech Thursday: The Perfect Laptop/Tablet Bag

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Sometimes it can be hard to find a decent bag to carry your laptop in that isn’t absolutely hideous. Most of the time, it seems like the laptop cases the average store stocks are the generic, bulky, black nylon cases. No personality, no style. Blech.

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Video: GloboMaestro Goes Shopping at NYC's Pioneering Vintage Clothing Boutique

Exclusive GloboMaestro Video: No other vintage shop in NYC is more relevant to contemporary fashion than Screaming Mimi's. Our insider from The Bowery Hotel goes inside the NoHo boutique—and its secret VIP loft. Go to Globomaestro.com for more insider travel videos and tips.

Video courtesy of GloboMaestro

Denver Art Museum Hosts Yves Saint Laurent Retrospective

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On display at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) until July 8th is the first exhibition to provide a glimpse into the life and achievement of Yves Saint Laurent, one of the 20th-century's most celebrated fashion designers.

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Hot New Leather Totes

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Whether you’re looking to carry in-flight essentials or farmers’ market finds, these roomy leather bags score major points for both form and function.

From Top to Bottom:
Pebbled leather bucket tote, $3,100, Hermès.
Calf-skin leather color-blocked shopper, $795, Bally.
Perforated Italian-leather bag, $265, MZ Wallace.
Embossed leather carryall, $2,160, Louis Vuitton.
Leather top-stitched carryall, $910, CH Carolina Herrera.
Grained leather shoulder bag, $572, Jennifer Haley.

Photo by John Lawton

The History of Bulgari

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What started as a tiny shop in Rome is now a top Italian export, with hotels and jewels that continue to dazzle.

The Jewelry: Authentic antique Greek and Roman coins have been a hallmark since heir Nicola Bulgari first started mounting his collection on gold in the 1960’s. Price upon request.

The Hotels: The company’s third property, Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London (rates not available at press time), opens in May.

The Amenities: Bulgari hotels stock their own delicately scented green-tea bath products.

The Idol: Elizabeth Taylor said Bulgari’s shop was a highlight of filming Cleopatra in Rome—so much so that Richard Burton remarked: “The only word Elizabeth knows in Italian is Bulgari.”

The Backstory: Though the brand was originally launched in 1884, Sotirio Bulgari opened this shop on Rome’s Via dei Condotti in 1905; it still stands today.

The Bag: Snakeskin leather purse embellished with gold chains and replica coins. $3,200.

The Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal in Bulgari sapphires and diamonds at the International Rome Film Festival.

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Cartier's Calibre Multiple Time Zone Watch

Cartier Calibre Multiple Time Zone watch

In an era of mass-produced gadgets, there is a certain pride in knowing that a single Swiss artisan produced your watch by hand. Case in point: the 18-karat white-gold and alligator Cartier Calibre Multiple Time Zone. With the ability to track the time in 24 cities and a face that displays the hour in two places at once, this is the ultimate accessory for jet-setters. Price upon request.

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Miami's Lincoln Road: A Quick Look

Miami shopping with Zeina Chitembure

Zeina Chitembure, a style blogger in Miami, talks to T+L’s Christine Ajudua:

“Wherever there are shoes, I go—hence the name of my blog, The Shoegawker. The ones I’m wearing are by Jeffrey Campbell; you can find his designs at LF (229 Eighth St.; 305/672-4928), nearby. My favorite Lincoln Road boutique is the Alchemist (1111 Lincoln Rd.; 305/531-4815). It’s in a really cool car park and shopping center, and carries labels like Azzedine Alaïa and Alexander Wang. I also love coming to Lincoln for brunch at Balans (1022 Lincoln Rd.; 305/534-9191). It’s the sort of place where you have mimosas and Bellinis in your bathing suit, and then walk down the street to the beach. That’s the Miami Beach vibe. You don’t come to this area to go to a hole-in-the-wall restaurant—you come here to be seen.”

Photo by Jeffery Salter

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