Travel products and shopping

From street markets and thrift shops to les grands magasins.What we like to buy before, during and after our trips to travel well, stylishly and practically, and where we like to buy it.

An Ode to My Wonder Backpack

Travel gear comes and goes. But the memories associated with it remain. If there’s one piece of gear that to me holds my dearest memories it is my 15L Dakine Wonder backpack.

Trendy Retro Beach Essentials

Retro is all the rage right now in beach fashions and let’s face it, Marilyn Monroe knew how to wear a swimsuit and she wasn’t supermodel thin. So this beach season embrace your curves and have fun with a retro swimsuit and some cool shades.

What Does Your Passport Cover Say About You?

Pretty passport covers for Travel Belles It’s 3:30 am at home and the queue for foreigners crawls toward the Immigration Officer’s window.  My teeth need brushing and my make-up has long worn off; I’m not exactly looking my best for my first meeting with a…
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How to (un)dress like an Italian at the Beach

Whether you like baring it all or prefer covering up a little, there's some fashion inspiration for all manner of belle beach-goers for how to dress Italian style at the beach. Forget topless, that’s so five minutes ago. We Europeans are always associated with the Saint…

A New York Story: The Pursuit of Polka Dots

Shopping in New York City for polka dotted scarves and cupcake tasting every step of the way “So what do you want to do  when you’re here?”  is the question asked by an old friend who is letting me stay on her pullout sofa in…

Orange Sherbet: Color to Make Your Summer Sweet

Orange sherbet: Color for summer The word, "sherbet," means  "sweet" in the Middle Eastern world.  Prepared with cooked fruit juices and considered a great anecdote to summer's heat, sherbet originated in Turkey several centuries ago. Sherbet is similar to sorbet with one major difference: Sorbet…
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Belles with Baggage

Broken zippers got you down? Feel the need to travel with duct tape? Perhaps this is the year you need to release all that old baggage and acquire some new. Since we now must pay to check our bags, or alternatively haul them on the…

Not Your Grandmother’s Summer Sandals

Is there a sandal comfortable enough to take you from a morning museo to passaggiata**, yet cute enough to wear with your flirtiest sundress or dressy black trousers? Up for a Travel Belles challenge, I set out for Shoe Fanatic Nirvana, aka Shoes on a…

Copenhagen Shopping: The Strøget

The Strøget, Copenhagen's most famous shopping street We started with the department stores: Ilum and Magasin du Nord. The stores were modest in size, but were more “hip” than the stores of home, tempting with simple and vibrant clothes, all designed with a distinct and…
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How to Dress Like an Italian

. White sneakers and khaki pants? American. Flip flops and shorts in the middle of winter? German. Default raincoat and pink lipstick? British. Vintage sundress, leggings and mary janes? French. Skinny jeans, high-heeled boots, designer tote and crisp white T-shirt? Italian. You may also like: Travel…