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11 Apr

Eligible

A Modern Retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld Reviewed by Lulu Hamdan Whether or not you’ve read Jane Austin’s classic, Pride and Prejudice, Curtis Sittenfeld’s modern day version, Eligible, will have you hooked. It’s told in third person from the perspective of Liz Bennet, a journalist for a prestigious New York magazine and the second oldest of five Bennet sisters, who returns home to Cincinnati with her elder sister Jane after their father suffers a heart scare. The two arrive in time to meet the star of ‘Eligible’, a play-off of ‘The Bachelor’, Chip Bingley – who to the mother’s delight – falls for Jane at first sight. Liz’s own love life is in for a rollercoaster of a...
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4 Apr

Hotel Saint Marc

This quirky Parisian hotel was reviewed for Holidays in Heels exclusively by interior design aficionado Dana Aljouder of ADANA Design (@adana.design) from Kuwait!   Tucked into Rue Saint Marc in the 2nd arrondissement, Hotel Saint Marc is a treasure trove of haute interiors and hospitality. Designed by Dimore Studio, the lobby echoes a glamorous 50’s era of brass, plaster pink, and colorful patterns. 11/04/2016, Paris, France: aménagement de l'hôtel Saint-Marc par le Studio milanais Dimore le centre de Paris.   Sweet Suite Each room is uniquely designed, and bathrooms and closets are hidden behind seamless mirror and brass doors. While the bathrooms are decked in classic black and white tiles, the rooms are emblazoned in an emerald, fuchsia, baby blue or...
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27 Mar

Grand Hotel du Lac

*Photo by Adrian Ehbrar Photography* Where do luxury travel PR pros like to go on holiday? Here's a review fit for a princess exclusive to Holidays in Heels from Laura Snook and Laura Brown of Lawrence Travel PR! Travel is always a happy time of year. You plan ahead, look at the best tickets, scroll through Instagram feeds to locate that wonderful sunset you can add onto your bucket-list and dream away of far away paradises. As ‘paradise’ can be found in many different formats, I decided to find mine. Just like that LBD which comes in many different cuts and creations. As long as it is little, black and well, a dress - it fits the criteria. I found that over the...
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12 Mar

Nile Ritz Carlton

Reviewed by lovely journalist Triska Hamid! Many hotels like to describe their property as a place of ‘tranquility’ or ‘bliss’, but there are few places where those two words have such poignancy. The Ritz-Carlton in Cairo is definitely one of these places. Amidst the chaos and noise of one of the oldest cities in the world stands the Ritz, opened late in 2015 to cater to the steadily rising number of tourists from the Middle East region. The hotel offers a much-needed haven after a day of sightseeing man’s many wonders in Cairo – notably the Pyramids and the city’s traffic.   Past security is a welcome respite in the lobby, tastefully decorated with the design routinely changed to reflect the season...
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5 Mar

COMO Maalifushi

**A version of this travel piece appeared in Harper's Bazaar Interiors Magazine** Rub your eyes and open them wide. Sand made of sugar, swaying palm trees and a hundred shades of blue? This is the place where those cliches come alive: welcome to the Maldives. True, the colors are so vibrant that it looks like an Instagram filter has been applied directly to real life (Juno, to be specific). But with so many beautiful hotels and beaches around the world, what exactly is it that lures people to the islands? And how do you decide where to stay when every hotel looks postcard-perfect? You could spend hours doing research and asking friends, or you could save yourself time and choose the name that...
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27 Feb

The Island Escape

by Kerry Fisher They say to never judge a book by its cover, but it was obvious from the start that this would be a great beach read. It's about two women going through some major changes. Roberta is trying to explore the hilarious and scary world of dating after leaving her husband of over a decade, while Octavia is dealing with the banality of a traditional life with three kids when all she has ever wanted was to travel the world. The book takes place in England, with sojourns in Corsica and Italy. It's a light read that will have you involved in the lives of the characters. I read it in two days. Enjoy! Booklovers will rejoice in the fact that Kinokuniya...
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19 Feb

Hotel Design Secret de Paris

Paris, the city of love! The hotel you choose - and there's so much choice - can affect the quality of your stay. So when I had a work trip and had to find a hotel in the 9th Arrondissement, near the Moulin Rouge, I was worried because the area can be a little sketchy at night. I did my research and found this hidden gem: Hotel Design Secret de Paris. Design aficionados rejoice! This hot spot is a destination all on its own. Every room in the hotel has a different theme related to Paris: Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Musee D'Orsay, Opera Garnier...
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5 Feb

The Prestige Hotel

The Prestige Hotel in Budapest, Hungary is reviewed for us by beauty expert extraordinaire Eileen Lee-Connor! Check out her fantastic blog Eileen Edit. Once again I was lucky to come across an affordable boutique treasure in the heart of historic Budapest with the Prestige Hotel. It doesn’t look very modern from the street - just your average pretty 19th century classic all-white town house. The moment you step into the expansive atrium converted from a courtyard, you realize how truly special this place is. The Welcome Lobbies can say a lot about how the designers intend for a visitor's mood to be set so the quirkiness struck me right away with oversized tassels hanging off the arms of couches, glittery silver mosaic tiles weaving...
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2 Feb

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Yes, yes, that movie that brought us so many fantastic phrases (quel rat!) is based on a perfect beach read. A short novel, it combines the charm of Holly Golightly's on screen character with unbeatable prose by author Truman Capote. In turns seductive and naive, you'll fall in love with this perfectly flawed character who believes nothing bad could ever happen at Tiffany's. And yes, it is worth reading even if you have seen (and loved!) the film, because the book is quite different. The film invented a whole new - and in my opinion, unnecessary and boring - character in the rich woman who treats good ol' Fred like he's a prostitute. In the book, he's just a struggling...
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24 Jan

Grand Forest Metsovo

Reviewed for Holidays in Heels by entrepreneur Christianna Kontou! When you think about planning a trip to Greece, you immediately jump to the summer and plan a fabulous island extravaganza, brimming with sunlight, the Aegean or Ionian Sea and amazing eats. Few, however, will think about a fall or winter getaway, and even fewer have experienced the natural beauty of the country’s mountainous regions. Hospitality, culture, nature and great gastronomy are ubiquitous to the country and anyone who has had the chance to enjoy such purity, combined with luxurious accommodations, always comes back for more. The Grand Forest Metsovo embodies all of this, nestled amid the trees and the mountain tops, sitting high at 1,350 meters, with a panoramic view of...
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