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The Musts: Dubai

February 21, 2014Column: The Musts

Once a small pearl-fishing village on the Arabian Gulf, this “shopping capital of the Middle East” has grown into a destination known for fun, relaxation, luxury brands, fast cars, five-star hotels and burgeoning hot-spots. Showcasing man-made islands, the tallest building in the world and some impressive heat, Dubai offers something for everyone. Marhaban!

✈ Musts for Dubai from Jet Set Candy’s Blog, the Charming Jetsetter ✈

1. Rest those pedicured trotters at the Vogue Café for fresh sushi, Asian salads and wheat-free options. 2. Shoe heaven: Level Shoes offer 250 designer names including Alaïas, Chanel, Louboutin and more. 3. Visit the past at the Dubai museum, with insight into its history and cultural heritage on offer. 4. Sip and dine at the Buddha Bar for chill-out music and great food amid 20 metres of soaring glass. 5. Ride a camel upon rippling sands and finish the day with dinner under the stars and Shisha. 6. Shop up a desert storm at Harvey Nichols: designer brands, beauty + restaurant Al’ Maz by Momo 7. Absorb Emirati culture and religion at the Jumeirah Mosque, a beautiful landmark open to non-Muslims. 8. Shop, dine, indulge, see a movie and…go indoor skiing. The Mall of the Emirates, like Dubai, has it all. 9. Glittery treasures await: ignite the senses amidst the famous souks of Dubai: gold, fish, spice and textiles. 10.  Go downtown Dubai and take in the city atop Burj Khalifa’s observation deck on the 124th floor.


Musts for Venice ~ Carnival of Venice

February 17, 2014Column: The Musts

The annual, world famous Carnival of Venice is a great excuse to adorn yourself in a mask and colorful costume while basking in live music and great food in the main squares of the city. An open-air festival where everyone can join in, take the time to discover fantastic costumes, dining, shopping and classic historical sites.

✈ Venice Musts + Carnival of Venice from Jet Set Candy’s Blog, the Charming Jetsetter ✈

1. Roam San Marco Piazza for St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Torre dell’Orologio. / 2. Wine tasting in Venice – si! Enjoy light and bubbly drops with toasty and elegant aftertastes. / 3. Glide down the city’s waterways in a Gondola and take in the architecture and romantic ambiance / 4. Take a boat to Venissa for lunch, dine on fresh fish and explore the on-site vineyard / 5. Get into the spirit with a masquerade buffet dinner complete with dancing, music and a burlesque show. / 6. Visit the Gallerie dell’Accademia for 14th to 18th century murderous intrigue and forbidden romance. / 7. Order a Campari and soda and culinary delights at Harry’s bar on the waterfront. / 8. Follow Casanova’s footsteps on a walking journey back to the Venice carnival of the XVIII century.


The Musts: Milan

September 18, 2013Column: FeaturedColumn: The Musts


In honor of Milan Fashion Week beginning 18th September, we suggest that if you’re in town, you must conquer these ‘musts’ in true Milanese style. As the second-largest city in Italy, Milano boasts cutting-edge international design, stylish and localized cuisine and breathtaking historical sites. Pack your best Dolce & Gabbana blood-red ensemble or chic accessory and sit sidewalk style with a short black. Appearances matter.✈ Milan Musts from Jet Set Candy's Blog, the Charming Jetsetter ✈


 1. Shop at 10 Corso Como – Discover a diverse and exciting mix of books, homewares, jewelry, fashion and design. Immerse yourself in style. / 2. The First and Last Supper – See Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th-century masterpiece “the last supper,” and then enjoy a meal at “the first supper”; a new restaurant featuring a fresh farmhouse feel and eclectic décor. Think tortelli stuffed with pumpkin topped with sage butter, pecorino and cookie crumble. / 3. The fashion forward drink great coffee at Trussardi – Enjoy a salad or an Aberdeen Angus Burger and bask in the scenery. FYI: Milan is the city in which Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz first formulated the concept of launching us espresso bars, where the public can work, meet and relax. / 4. Shop in one of the oldest malls in the world – During show breaks, shop in one of the oldest malls in the world. Luxury beckons you at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Known as ‘Il Salotto Di Milano’ (Milan’s living room), you must look up to find ceiling vaults decorated with mosaics representing Asia, Africa, Europe and America. Pop into Prada and Louis Vuitton, even just for a look! / 5. You must seeVillas, monuments, modern-architectural buildings, churches and abbeys all underpin the rich, historical fabric of Milan’s past. You must see Duomo di Milano, Basilica di Sant’ambrogio, Central Station, Castello Sforzesco and so much more. / 6. Watch: ‘Vivienne Westwood 40 Years in Fashion‘ – ‘Vivienne Westwood 40 Years in Fashion’ plays this September at Via Montenapoleone, the main avenue of Milan’s haute fashion district. Described as ‘eclectic, transgressive, wild and revolutionary,’ Westwood’s influence on the fashion world has been epic.

The Musts: NYC for Fashion Week

September 1, 2013Column: FeaturedColumn: The Musts

✈ NCY Fashion Week Musts from Jet Set Candy's Blog, the Charming Jetsetter ✈


MORE: “Shopping is my Cardio” …said Carrie Bradshaw. Nolita, Soho, 5th Avenue, Lower East Side, Chinatown, Canal Street, Greenwich Village. No wonder it’s the city that never sleeps!

MORE: Broadway Week Big Fish, Chicago, Annie, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, Wicked and so much more. Step out in the latest Prabal Gurung 1950s-inspired pastel creation and absorb some song and dance. September 2-15.

MORE: Bon appétit Go fashion, go French. These are a must – DBGB: Savor pink duck breast with boozy cherries and marcona almonds. 299 Bowery. Balthazar: Be seen. Enjoy frisée aux lardons and skate with brown butter and capers. 80 Spring Street. Buvette: Exceptional fluffy brandade, rustic hand-cut steak tartare and a delicious cocotte of falling-off-the-bone coq au vin. 42 Grove Street.

MORE: Sip A recommended hot-spot for a drink during Fashion Week, The Library Bar at the NoMad is a mahogany shade of sophistication that boasts a 24-foot-long bar and an elegant lounge.  Give your candy-hued clutch a rest and savor a cocktail and a light bite while cherishing your daily purchases.

MORE: Timeless Style Stealers Central Park, Times Square, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building. Haven’t seen them? You must. New York’s fashion-forward, design-led city is fortified with historic monuments and natural environments that entice.

MORE: Opening Ceremony By the Water Follow the fashion crowd to Pier 57—a weeklong pop-up market that showcases fashion and food. Pier 57, Hudson River Park at 15th Street, September 5-12.

MORE: A Queer History of Fashion The Museum at FIT explores LGBT contributions to sartorial history. Pieces on display include a 1950 cocktail dress by Christian Dior and a neo-Edwardian three-piece suit originally worn by Bunny Roger. FIT, Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street, September 13 -January 4, 2014

MORE: Fashion Center Neighborhood Walking Tours Explore New York City’s Garment District. You may find yourself in a private showroom or a sample sale, all while learning about the neighborhood’s historic background and importance. Seventh Avenue and West 39th Street, September 4 and 15.

MORE: Art and Sole A spectacular selection of more than 150 fantasy art shoes from the Stuart Weitzman Collection. Weitzman’s wife, Jane, showcases some of the most imaginative creations the shoe maestro has unveiled over the years. Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway, September 30.

MORE: Marc Jacobs Beauty Marc Jacobs’ new beauty line has opened its first brick-and-mortar store in the US. Discover beauty essentials including foundation, concealer, gel crayons, lip gloss, blush and makeup brushes. 385 Bleecker Street.