November 15, 2016

TechTalk: 3 Great USB Portable Battery Packs

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Ravpower 16750mAh

I’m one of those people who uses his smartphone constantly. There are thousands of pictures on it and it performs as my portable computer day and night. Never more so than when I’m traveling. READ MORE >

November 14, 2016

Mission Deal and Heal

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After several days of feeling sunk, well, I still feel sunk. It’s a malaise that just won’t lift. Life moves on and so must we, yet I’m reminded of the days immediately following 9/11 when we knew all had irrevocably changed but still didn’t know what shape that change would take.READ MORE >

November 7, 2016

Zara Steals

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Zara on Paseig del Born in Palma De Mallorca

I wrote a piece about Zara about a month or so ago. I focused in on their Studio collection for men and the great coats they had for Fall 2016. Like so much in fashion, it’s often hard to get a real feel for clothes from a picture and with all the styling that goes into those images it’s often impossible to get an honest feel for what it is, how it fits and how it feels. Let’s not forget the other crucial question: how is it made and in what fabric.READ MORE >

November 1, 2016

Rialto Living: My Happy Place

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Rialto Living

There’s nothing that puts a smile on my face faster than landing in a beautiful place with great shops. Retail therapy sounds suspect but I’ve found after 30 years in the business of fashion there’s some truth to it. The weather can suck so loud you hear it, but if the window shopping or actual shopping is good I don’t care if a tornado is on the way. Palma de Mallorca was just that sort of city; an unexpected treat with some world class shops!READ MORE >

October 31, 2016

Mallorcan Meltdown

Big rock cliffs with the Balearic Sea below
Big rock cliffs with the Balearic Sea below

Let’s be honest. No trip is ever completely hassle free. No matter how beautiful, exotic, or intoxicating a new place can be, we tend to pack our petty squabbles and short fuses along with the shoes and underwear(too much of the former too little of the latter). There’s always room for our bad behavior no matter what the weight limits or numbers of bags allowed. I’m not proud to admit that I’ve been miserable and inflicted misery, in this case Anton my long suffering mate, in some of the most beautiful spots on the planet.READ MORE >

October 28, 2016

Istanbul: Hamams

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Kiliç Ali Pasa rooftop with sky lights

One of the oldest most satisfying traditions from the Ottoman Empire and even further back is the Hamam. Historically the Hamam is the traditional Islamist or Turkish bath which derives itself from its precursors, the Greek and Roman baths. Originally, they were for men only but now admit women separately or on separate days. These ritual baths are the ultimate in cleansing, scrubbing and massaging the body and all performed by adult male attendants. READ MORE >