*notcot - 02.02.11 , 17:15 - 1 Notes

Mr & Mrs Smith GoldSmith Pack

smith0.jpg After embracing that 2010 was probably one of my most travel heavy years yet, i’m getting ready for 2011… and that included accepting a Mr & Mrs Smith GoldSmith membership to test out and help cut down on some of my travel chaos. From last minute changes, to assistance finding quality hotels for impromptu vacations, and more… i gushed earlier about their help regarding my recent stay at the XV Beacon and Bowery Hotel. Well, in addition to all the perks the membership allows, the welcome pack just arrived, and it should be no surprise that the packaging is beautiful. The same playfully elegant style that their site and branding convey… filled with surprises! While they’ve always hit my sweet spot of hand written scripts mixed with cleaner fonts… and gloss black on matte black… they just upped it a notch with their custom packaging from award winning packaging designers Burgopak… filled with some of their Hotel Collection books (which i adore reading, the way they present the stories of Mr & Mrs Smith vacationing their way through them is rather amusingly dreamy), membership card, In Bed With… CD, and Bill Amberg leather passport holder and luggage tag. Ready to see it all unboxed? Take a peek on the next page!

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*notcot - 01.28.11 , 15:25 - 1 Notes

Morgans Hotel Inspiration

morganscard1.jpg Just checked into the Morgans Hotel Penthouse… 1,500 square feet of hide away overlooking midtown to bring some fun folks together from around the globe to brainstorm a bit together and relax… and the first thing to grab me are the quote postcards they leave on your pillow. Fun, inspiring, nice clean typography, and the type of quotes that are perfect for the trouble we’re about to get up to! And as you’ll see, i had a bit of fun shooting them off the penthouse patios with the stunning snowy, glistening NYC backdrop… See all the Oscar Wilde, Mae West, and Woody Allen quotes from the The School Of Life’s IDEAS TO LIVE BY… postcard series for Morgans Hotel on the next page.

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*rugenius - , 10:30 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Where will you be escaping to this weekend? Find out about these great destinations at more from NotVentures.

*notcot - 01.23.11 , 15:40 - 0 Notes

Bowery Hotel NYC

bowery0.jpg Ack. It’s supposed to be the coldest night in a while here in NYC tonight! I guess it’s a good thing i just hopped the train down from Boston and got settled into the Bowery Hotel in NYC… definitely sounds like it ought to be a room service kind of night… lows of 5 degrees do not sound fun! Be it through laziness or busyness or indecisiveness, i’ve recently begun trying out the GoldSmith services of the fabulous Mr & Mrs Smith… it’s quite magical really, they’ll introduce you to your personal consultant who will take care of you when it comes to booking at any of their destinations as well as automatic room upgrades, airport lounge passes, loyalty plan and more… the part that has been the most fun so far, is it’s been far too fun emailing with my GoldSmith concierge, Jasmine. She’s made my life and inbox easier AND more amusing. While i’ll be testing things out more throughout the year, it’s already been a pleasure having them help me extend my stay in Boston last night at the XV Beacon (i’ve even ended up with a XV Beacon CD upon check out because of the Mr & Mrs Smith connection), and now they’ve worked out a press rate for me at the Bowery Hotel.

But i digress, back to the Bowery Hotel, my new home for the next few days, it’s adorable, and you simply must see the design details… i love their logo! And that they have a big calendar i can scribble on as i try to plan out the upcoming week… It’s so cold out, i totally got in and hopped into the comfy bed to work on the macbook air right now… SO cozy! And love the dark hardwood floors as well… go check it all out on the next page!

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*notcot - 01.14.11 , 16:02 - 1 Notes

Rancho Valencia with Mercedes-Benz AMG

rvalencia0.jpg Today has been kind of amazing in socal, 70 degrees and sunny in LA, and the perfect day to cruise down to San Diego to meet up with Mercedes-Benz AMG… came down a few hours early wanting to skip rush hour and get some work done… but it’s hard not to relax when you pull into the world of Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe. So between conference calls and emails, how could i not share this HOUSE of a “room” i just checked into? So very california bungalow; comfy, cozy, and far too much space to have to myself! And truly, the perfect weather for what looks like it will shape up to be a glorious weekend to drive around with the new CLS 63 AMG. Take a peek inside my bungalow on the next page…

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NotVentures Roundup

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Happy Friday! Where will you be spending the weekend? Get some getaway inspiration from NotVentures. To find out more about each destination, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 01.09.11 , 20:35 - 0 Notes

Notventures Roundup

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Freshly back from vegas, and already lusting after where to head next! Where will your travels take you this year? Get inspired with NotVentures. Click the pics to find out more, or share your inspiring destinations of choice too!

*notcot - 12.31.10 , 00:50 - 0 Notes

Notventures Top 100 of 2010

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*rugenius - 12.24.10 , 01:01 - 0 Notes

Notventures Roundup

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Here are just a few of the beautiful destinations showcased on Notventures this week. Where will you be off to next? To be taken to each post, just click on its image.

*rugenius - 12.17.10 , 11:00 - 0 Notes

Notventures Roundup

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Whether you’re after a wintry wonderland and tropical paradise, Notventures can inspire your next expedition. To find out more about each destination, click on its image.

*rugenius - 12.10.10 , 01:21 - 0 Notes

Notventures Roundup

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Where will your next adventure take you? Get carried away with this gorgeous roundup from Notventures. To find out more about each destination, click on its image.

*notcot - 12.04.10 , 17:52 - 1 Notes

Operation Window Seat: Winter LAX-LHR

lonsky3.jpg This is Part II of Justine’s LAX-LHR contribution to Operation Window Seat ~ Part I was the Tiny Planes! Now it’s a look at the stunningly snowy winter edition as she flew into the VERY snow covered UK. It’s really so amazing to see the patterns cut so crisply into the white snow, layered with the fluffy clouds! Check it all out on the next page!

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*rugenius - 12.03.10 , 13:47 - 1 Notes

Notventures Roundup

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Plan your escape this weekend with a few inspirations from Notventures. To find out more about each destination, click on its image.

*notcot - 12.02.10 , 00:45 - 2 Notes

Operation Window Seat: Tiny Airplanes

tinyplanes0.jpg Justine seems to be taking over my Operation Window Seat addiction… and is taking it to a whole new level. Armed with her new Canon 60D, on her LAX home to LHR flight, she has started taking some amazing TINY PLANE SPOTTING pics! Found these in my dropbox shortly after she got home. You have to see how incredibly tiny they look! Then let yourself imagine how many people are in there! They are pretty amazing, almost surreal, and i swear i didn’t photoshop them in! So very fascinatingly tiny, check them out on the next page!

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*notcot - 11.26.10 , 11:45 - 1 Notes

Gift Guide: NotVentures Gifting

notventuresGG.jpg Holiday season is officially here! Happy Black Friday! In addition to the NOTCOT Holiday Coupons and the many Holiday Giveaways that will be unfolding daily… here’s a gift guide inspired by the latest addition to the NOTCOT family ~ NotVentures. I can’t believe it’s been merely a month old already, and since it’s launch i’ve been from LA to San Francisco, Germany, Italy, Japan, and off to New York Monday! Beyond inspiring us with things to see and places to go… it’s also inspired some fun products, perfect for gifting your favorite jetsetter! See my picks on the next page…

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