Thursday, May 21, 2015

Undiscovered Fashionista Paradise

I can't be the first person to wonder what happens to all of the unclaimed luggage that seems to loom very sadly from behind the locked gate at the airport. I would totally claim my personal items if my bags were to get lost and end up God only knows where but some people...well, I guess they just don't care. So what does happen to that luggage and all of the contents inside?

Travelers typically pack their best items when taking off on a vacation or a work trip, making Unclaimed Baggage Center an ideal spot for any keen shopper.  It's a one-of-a-kind store in Scottsboro, Alabama that purchases unclaimed luggage from the airlines then sorts, prices and sells the contents of the luggage in their 40,000 square foot store. The store is truly a unique experience that annually draws 1 million visitors from all 50 states and countries around the world. 
Often referred to as a "thrift store on steroids," prices are typically 30 to 50 percent below retail value and often include designer brands. Examples of items currently on sale at the store include:
  • Lilly Pulitzer yellow sun-glow dress. Suggested retail $198; Unclaimed Baggage Center  $59.89
  • Tory Burch ladies leather jacket. Suggested retail $798.99; Unclaimed Baggage Center  $269 
  • Men's James Sharp regular fit Italian virgin wool Hugo Boss suit. Suggested retail $795; Unclaimed Baggage Center  $129.99
  • Black Soho disco leather bag by Gucci. Suggested retail $980; Unclaimed Baggage Center  $299.99  
  • Smooth leather handbag by Bottega Veneta. Suggested retail $2,620; Unclaimed Baggage Center $1,099.99 
  • Versace black sculpted platform sandal. Suggested retail $1,551; Unclaimed Baggage Center  $775.95
  • Prada gold aviators sunglasses. Suggested retail $430; Unclaimed Baggage Center $79.99

If you're big on "thrift shopping" Unclaimed Baggage Center might be the perfect, common-sense destination for summer travelers and retail tourism. The store offers daily events, a café, museum, departments ranging from clothing and jewelry to electronics and art, personal shoppers and treasure hunt shopping for the entire family.

Luxury Love...ZenFone 2 - TechSTYLE

Meet the ASUS ZenFone 2, the new flagship, unlocked smartphone with premium features and a budget price. I have should you!
Monday, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih introduced the ZenFone 2 in NYC at Gotham Hall. Perfect location space for an empowering, luxury smartphone. It's got all the bells and whistles! Everything from a 13MP camera which basically means it takes some really amazing photos, to 4GB Ram allowing you to run up to 26 apps simultaneously and have a lag-free experience.

Other features I love...

ZenFone 2 has Dual Active SIM, meaning you can use two separate SIM cards with different phone numbers and voice plans at the same time. A dual SIM indicator is present to let you easily manage both networks. You can even put a call on hold from one SIM to take a call on the other or call and surf the web at the same time! 

It also has Boostmaster charging. This enables charging the ASUS ZenFone 2 twice as fast as normal devices. On the ZenFone 2, this translates to charging the smartphone to 60% capacity in less than 40 minutes when using a compatible charger. 

Oh and one more thing...there's a "kid's mode" for all you Mommy's out there. It enables easy application management for kids by setting up an app whitelist. You can control how much time they spend on the phone, block notifications, block all or only some calls, and set a passcode to answer calls. Kids mode cannot be exited without a pin code either. Did I tell you how much I love this phone yet? A lot.

And all of that for how much? $299 and unlocked. Go get yours!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Balmain + H&M

If you've been standing by watching the celebs have all the fun wearing Balmain designs and just waiting for your opportunity to own a piece from this fabulous collection, guess what? The wait is almost over!
How will you be able to afford a Balmain original you ask? Well, if you were watching the red carpets for the Billboard Awards last night, you already know the answer. If not, let me bring you up to speed.

Olivier Rousteing for Balmain is the newest designer collaboration for H&M. That's right ladies and gents, you heard me right. Balmain is coming to H&M! (insert cheers and clapping) I know right? This November get ready for the long lines and potential website crashes that is sure to have all of the fashion lovers in a complete and total frenzy.

And if the looks worn on the red carpet last night by Jourdan Dunn and Kendall Jenner are any indiciation of what this collection will look like, well...all I can say is start saving your dollars now!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Toscana Resort Castelfalfi - TravelSTYLE

Have you ever been to Tuscany, Italy? No? Me neither. I've had the chance to experience the historical sites of Rome and the beauty of Florence but Tuscany is still on my list of "must see" places. Fingers crossed that a visit to this resort will be in my very near future.

The beautiful, rolling hills of Tuscany in Italy are as alive with history and culture as they are with flora and fauna. In the heart of the region, in the area between Florence, Pisa and Siena, is an 800-year-old estate dominated by an ancient castle: once home to the Medici family, this beautiful but neglected corner of Italy has been thoughtfully redeveloped and reborn as Toscana Resort Castelfalfi. In the 1960s, the 11,000-hectare estate was abandoned by all but five of its residents in a countrywide rural exodus. Then in 2007, TUI AG, one of world’s leading travel groups, came across the property and saw it potential.  ‘From the very outset the idea was to restore the ancient village and bring it back to life,’ says CEO Stefan Neuhaus. ‘We are preserving the site’s original structure and reinstating part of Italy’s heritage, but with all the additional modern services and standards that you would expect from such an upmarket resort. ’

Work on transforming the estate into a luxury resort began in 2011. The renovation of the borgo – the outskirts of the castle walls – commenced with the restoration of the residential complex comprising 41 apartments completed in the summer 2013, and with the development of the first of three planned hotels. Built within the walls of the old tobacco factory, the 31-room La Tabaccaia retains many of its host structure’s original features and there’s also a typical Trattoria-Pizzeria in a renovated building close by and a restaurant that opened its doors in June 2014, located in the Castle, with a panoramic terrace and amazing 360 degrees views over the countryside. The Castle will be the perfect location for those looking for a magic setting for weddings, private gatherings or business meetings.

Scattered throughout the estate are 26 original farmhouses, or casali, four of which have been dismantled and lovingly rebuilt using the same stones. The buildings’ wooden beams have also been preserved and each farmhouse has a traditional terracotta tile roof, while bathrooms have been brought up to date using local marble or ceramic tiles. With the capacity to adapt each interior according to its owner’s specifications, these casali present an exciting prospect for would be buyers, whether seeking a stunning second home or a superior rental investment. Several of the properties also line the resort’s 27-hole golf course, which is already considered one of the best courses in Italy. Some of the farmhouse are also available for weekly rentals.

Sounds like the perfect place to visit right?