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Old school meets new school

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Most US cities are filled with oversized, big name hotel chains, with their familiar logos and all you can eat breakfasts.

Providence in Rhode Island is no exception.

Dig a little deeper though and you will discover a gem – The Dean Hotel, a charming 52 room boutique hotel situated in the heart of downtown Providence.

Featuring an eclectic mix of custom furnishings and local finds, the Hotel is the brainchild of ASH NYC, a Brooklyn based design and development company.

The building also has an interesting history – until 2012 it operated as a strip club and brothel.

Forget cookie cutter room configurations, each room at The Dean is different, achieving the perfect blend of understated chic and crafty comfort.

Consistency comes in the form of the building’s hardwood flooring and perfectly fluffed white duvets.

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Rooms range from ‘The Kin’, sleeping two in a single bunk to ‘The Heights’ which features 4 connected guest rooms, two with king suites and two queen rooms on the top floor of the Hotel.

Artisan coffee makers Bolt Coffee provide caffeine fuelled relief on the ground floor whilst The Magdalenae Room features a European Style cocktail lounge.

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Much like Providence itself, The Dean provides an unexpectedly chic oasis where you may least expect it.

Rates start as US$109.

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Sure there’s the whole religious thing, but for many of us the Christmas break means a time to rest, relax and  …. travel.

So with your destination locked it, plane seat allocated, and hotel selected, it’s time to talk travel accessories.

Much like the little black dress of any stylish woman’s wardrobe, the carry on piece forms the       foundation of the savvy traveller’s ensemble. Sure the suitcase is important but, let’s face it, it spends much of its time in the cargo section of the aircraft.

I prefer to go with basic black – a very forgiving travel shade – and save color for accessories like luggage tags and passport wallets.

Here are my current 5 favourite carry on bags –


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Screen Shot 2014-12-06 at 9.38.09 pm1/Hartsfield Tote 

2/Mansur Gavriel Backpack 

3/Mulberry Holdall

4/Bonastre Weekender 

5/Mulberry 24 Hour Bag

Now for some perfect accessories in basic black, neutrals and the most beautiful blues.




Jack Spade Leather Top Dopp/Clare Vivier Document Holder/Luxe City Guides/Smythson Panama Notebook/Lightweight Scarf





Leather camera strap/Cashmere socks/Headphone Case/Cashmere Travel Throw/Ginger Flight Therapy/Trip Case and Notebook





Replenishing Face Serum/Cashmere track pants/Personalized Eye Mask/Leather Luggage Tag/Headphones


Happy travels !


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As we hurtle toward the end of another year, I thought it was timely to reflect on a simpler time.

A time when shops closed at lunchtime on a Saturday;  when the  term mouse was only used to describe a pint sized rodent; and video recorders represented a monumental technological           development.

Yep, I’m talking about the 1980s. Or, in keeping with the 80s theme, should I say talkin’ as, in the 80s, we seemed to find the ‘g’ in ‘ing’ somewhat superfluous.

So, slip on your leg warmers, grab a can of TAB, and enjoy my top 8 favorite things from the 1980s …



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A somewhat illogical concept whereby smokers were able to light up in a designated section of the plane where an invisible barrier would obviously stop the smoke laden air from circulating around non smoking travellers.

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