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September 16, 2022

Hats Off To A Fashion Icon

“I have to be seen to be believed.”– Queen Elizabeth II   As London Fashion Week kicks off, we tip our hats to all things British Royalty including an enduring fashion icon and the bright, bold color she brought into our lives. P.S. Remember when Beatrice stole the show with her iconic Philip Treacy pretzel hat? How could we forget?! Now it’s yours for keeps.   We're celebrating fashion week across the Big 4 (New York, London, Milan, and Paris) all September long so, stay tuned for more special pricing and gifts ahead.Shop London CharmsShop All*Offer ends 9/17/22. While stock lasts. Not valid with other offers.
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10 Fun Facts about Budapest, Hungary
August 20, 2020

10 Fun Facts about Budapest, Hungary

Voted the #1 European destination in 2019, Budapest, Hungary should be at the top of your travel to-do list. And while a celebrated city, it's not without its fair share of lesser known details. Take a look at some fun facts about this capital city.    1. Two for One Budapest is like two cities in one! Mostly because it is! Bisected by the Danube River, the cities of Buda and Pest are joined by the  Széchenyi Chain Bridge. But if you look back to the 1800's, you'll see it was actually the three cities of Buda, Pest, and  Óbuda that officially joined forces in 1873 under the new name of "Budapest" to create the city we know today!   Image courtesy of: Pandea.com   2. Spectacular Skyline  The historic skyline of Budapest is one of Europe's finest and has been preserved thanks to the 96 meter rule. Chosen as a nod to the year 896 when he  Hungarian Magyars settled in the area, the rule states that no building can be over 96 meters high.   Image courtesy of: TripSavvy   3. A Puzzling Place  Everyone's favorite mind-bending block, the Rubik's Cube, was invented right here in Budapest. Originally known as the "Magic Cube," it was created by, you guessed it, Ernő Rubik in 1974.   4. What Lies Beneath Budapest is an amazing city, both above and below the ground. That's right, Budapest sits atop a subterranean world made up of miles of caverns and tunnels. The most exciting can be found under Castle Hill which has served as a prison, a bomb shelter, a hospital, and today, a museum.    Image courtesy of: CNN.com   5. Tongue Twister Despite Hungary being a European destination, the mother tongue actually originates from Asia and is most closely related to  Finnish and Estonian as well as some Russian dialects. The language is actually called " Magyar" after the original people and is one of the most difficult languages to learn in the world!    6. Leading the Way Budapest boasts the oldest subway system in continental Europe. Operating since 1896, the only competition is the London metro which has been up and running since 1863. And the kicker? Transportation is free for all EU citizens over 65.    Image courtesy of: ACDN Architizer   7. Water, Water Everywhere  In need of a spa day? Look no further! Budapest has more thermal springs than anywhere else in the world. You can take advantage of the relaxing and even healing powers at bath houses across the city including the famed Gellert,  Lukács,  Szechenyi, and Kiraly Baths.   Image courtesy of: Szechenyi Spa Baths   8. The Spice of Life Colorful puzzles aren't the only thing to come out of Budapest. The bright red spice, Paprika is the national spice of Hungary and traces its roots back to Budapest where the plant has been growing in abundance since 1569.   Image courtesy of: Daily News Hungary   9. Built to Last The long and varied history of Budapest is more than obvious in its wide range of architecture styles. Strolling through the city, you'll see buildings built in almost every style from Baroque to Art Nouveau to Bauhaus and even the big, basic Socialist-style boxes characteristic of the Eastern Bloc.   Image courtesy of: Absolute Tours   10.  For all the Numismatists Out There That means "coin collectors!" Budapest and the rest of Hungary isn't on the Euro. They still use Hungarian Forints, abbreviated as HUF. The name comes from the city of Florence that also originally used a gold-based currency back in the day.    Image courtesy of: Budapest Agent   EXPLORE  
Life is Sweet: EuroTrip
August 19, 2020

Life is Sweet: EuroTrip

Where else can you find a 1,000 year old castle and the newest culinary craze sitting side by side? A city as big and bustling as Rome or as pocket-sized as San Marino? the least collection of Renaissance masterpieces and the most mysterious forests? SPOILER ALERT: It’s Europe. Europe is the continent that has it all and then some—the kind of place that would have been voted “Most Everything” in high school. You get what we’re trying to say. Europe is proof that life is sweet! Ask a Flight Attendant: Fave Under-the-Radar Destinations in Europe    Is there anyone who has traveled further or eaten more tiny bags of slightly salted peanuts than flight attendants? Our sources say, of course not! So, who better to ask for travel tips? In honor of National Aviation Day on August 19th, we asked five fabulous flight attendants to share their cherished travel tips for exploring the EU. Here are a few more things to look forward to.    Location: Rīga, Latvia This hidden gem is my homeland and an art nouveau lover’s paradise. To stay, there’s a wonderful airbnb converted from an old hemp storage unit into a rustic loft. Fun to go during summer solstice — women wear circlets of flowers and men wreaths of oak leaves. They party until the sun comes up with a large bonfire and lots of music. Be sure to visit Birini Castle, a beautiful property with lakes and storks and an amazing outdoor museum. On the way back stop at Ralkalni, where the shop sells candied fruits and berries and there’s an alpine slide for kids (though that didn’t stop me). —Lara B. Location: Delft, Netherlands Delft is located between Rotterdam and The Hague. Known for its “Delft Blue” earthenware, it’s a hugely appealing city for those interested in the Dutch history. The famous painter Johannes Vermeer also lived here. You can tour the Royal Delft factory where many items are still hand painted. It’s much smaller in size than Amsterdam but still has a canal, walkability, and charm that is worth seeing. You can get there from Amsterdam by taking a train from Amsterdam Central Station directly to Delft! —Diderique K.  Location: Lapad Bay, Croatia Dubrovnik, Croatia, although incredibly beautiful, is very touristy. I asked one of the hosts of the hostel where the locals go to the beach and her eyes lit up as she asked me, “Are you up for an adventure?” She told me to take the local bus outside the city limits. When I asked her where I should get off, she told me to simply ask the bus driver when we were at the post office, “and then just walk until you see the beach.” Sure enough, after I walked off the bus and down a pathway, the Cypress trees opened up to the most beautiful, crystal clear water. There was a trail that lined the water, dotted with platforms for diving and ladders on the rocks for easy access to swimming. It was well worth the adventure.   —Zoey R. Location: Ghent, Belgium The northwest city of Ghent is less touristy than Bruges or Brussels and full of great history. The medieval Castle of the Counts known as the Gravensteen is amazing and the main square is full of eateries, local shops, and vendors. Try the freshly made cuberdon candies from one of the sweets sellers. And don't miss the Tierenteyn mustard shop, an old apothecary style shop where the mustard is still sold out of big barrels.   —Patty F.    We <3 the Details   You know how it goes. You buy a charm that you adore. You wear it on your favorite chain and everybody asks you all about it. Then one day, the light hits your necklace just right and BAM! What’s that??? A little detail like an itty-bitty picture or a punny quip you never saw before. You might have noticed that we have a major thing for details. And the only thing we like more is sharing them with you.   Travel Memories: Lisbon     #TBT to Fado music all night and port wine for days. Retrace our steps through Portugal’s charming capital city by the sea. Read more HERE.   EXPLORE
Perfect Gifts for the Traveler in your Life (even if that traveler is you!)
August 11, 2020

Perfect Gifts for the Traveler in your Life (even if that traveler is you!)

  Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, or just because--there's always a reason to share a gift with the people we love. And sometimes those people are travelers! And sometimes those people are actually just ourselves. That's okay, too! Travel inspires so many great gifts (including JSC jewelry, of course!) and below you'll find just a few more of our faves to either take for the ride or enjoy while reminiscing of travels past or plan for the next big adventure.    QUE BOTTLE Do you know what takes up a ton of space in your luggage? Water bottles! But staying hydrated is super important. What to do? Cue the  Que Bottle! Que has created this super cute, silicon water bottle alternative. The bottles expand to fit up to 12 or 20 ounces of water depending on the model, then spiral down to be nice and compact when they're empty. They're great for trekking across Europe, days hikes, or just a little jaunt in the park. There are tons of colors to fit your style and Que even makes a handy little stainless steal cap with a loop so you can clip it somewhere to be more accessible.     SCRATCH MAP Is there anything more satisfying than a scratch off ticket? How about one that complements your wanderlust? And looks cool hanging in your living room? For those among us who love to log and list their adventures, the Scratch Map is a fun, visual way to keep track of where you've been and where you wanna go. Every time you cross a new destination off your to-do list, scratch off the gold foil to reveal pretty colors of accomplishment. Plus, they make new rainbow foil editions and scratch globes, too!         AIRPORTAG THROW PILLOW  Dream of  travel when you cuddle up to, you guessed it, an IATA Code pillow. Airportage Throw Pillow makes tons of square, squishy options to honor your favorite destinations all over the globe from to Auckland to Zurich. That's A to Z in travel talk. And you can choose the perfect size (from 16" X 16" to 26" X 26"), and  even customize them with passenger names, origin, and other flight info from the best trip ever. If you're feeling crazy, Airportag also makes comforters, shower curtains, backpacks, sleep masks, and kind of everything for house and home and travel.     HOMESICK CANDLES There's no place like home! And nothing smells quite like it. Homesick Candles knows that better than anyone and offers a whole product line based on the idea of olfactory memories. Their natural soy wax candles represent cities, states, and countries abroad with tons of different, complex scents that make us feel like we're right there once again. I mean, Vermont is a combo of apple, maple, and baked pie. Brazil is orange, mango, and ocean breeze. Who could argue with that?      ATLAS COFFEE CLUB Your coffee addiction, I mean, interest just might be your ticket to world travel! Indulge in your favorite morning pick-me-up and get a taste of amazing locations around the globe with Atlas Coffee Club. Each month you'll receive a bag of java from a new location complete with brewing tips, flavor notes, and an adorable postcard! Over 50 countries produce coffee so there's more than enough to sample. Choose your preferred roast and bean type and they'll do the rest. Bon voyage!     
Travel Memories: New Orleans
August 03, 2020

Travel Memories: New Orleans

TRAVEL MEMORIES: New Orleans   Why fly to the Big Easy when you can just spend days driving there? They say it’s not the destination, it’s the journey that counts and in this case, also the beignets. Cruise down memory lane to New Orleans. Feels like you can hear the jazz music floating through the streets and taste the po’ boy sandwiches already! Especially if you have po’ boy sandwiches around.  New Orleans isn’t just a place, it’s a feeling. NOLA is a celebration of song and an explosion of color. It’s movement and magic and history and art. It feels like the whole city is pulsating and the lucky visitor is welcomed to dance along.    A visit to Bourbon Street, while touristy without a doubt, is a fun place to start. The neon lights, radioactive drinks, and bustling crowds feel like everyday is Mardi Gras. And while you may think the namesake hints at what you’re likely to find mixed in your drink, it’s actually an homage to the name of France’s royal family at the time of the city’s development in 1721.  Right at the tippy top of Bourbon Street, be sure to check out Jean Lafitte’s BlackSmith Shop Bar, a dark and musty tavern that’s managed to survive two great fires and is considered the oldest structure in the entire United States used as a bar. It truly feels like time travel and you’ll be enchanted by the ambiance.    More drinks and memorable ambiances live at Carousel Bar where you can sip on something cooked up by head mixologist, Marvin, at an actual carousel in Hotel Monteleone; at Arnaud’s French 75 where you can (and really must) order its namesake cocktail, or feel a little extra fancy at Sazerac Bar .  Talented musicians and riveting jazz music blanket the streets...in a good way! You can hit up Maison Bourbon and The Jazz Playhouse along Bourbon Street or venture out to the greater French Quarter (and famed Frenchman Street) for renowned venues like Blue Nile, Preservation Hall, d.b.a., Tipitina’s and the memorably titled Chicken Wah Wah among many, many others. Stroll the streets and if you hear something good, pop in, drop a tip, and move on to the next amazing musical experience.      The French Quarter is both the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans and, as you may have guessed, one of the most delicious (as in lots of great things to eat!) For a cup of that famous Louisiana hickory coffee and mouthwatering desserts--they’re called beignets and are little sugar-dusted bites of heaven-- look no further than Cafe du Monde under the big green tent. Established in 1862, this iconic location is open 24 hours a day and always in high demand!  Still in need of some caffeination? Get your full coffee fix at French Truck Coffee, the unmistakable bright yellow shop where they make their own beans and they can be found at various locations around the city.    If you plan on eating pretty much nonstop from morning till well, the next morning in this kind of town, kick off your day with a must-have breakfast at Brennan’s  where it’s all about Creole cooking and Bananas Foster for dessert. Get your hands on a local favorite, the muffuletta sandwich, at Central Grocery and Deli which looks exactly as advertised! Class it up with outdoor seating in the courtyard of Cafe Amelie surrounded by a jungle of plants and high brow menu items.  If you’re looking for a little culture fix, New Orleans also offers an array of museums covering art, history, and even Mardi Gras. History buffs hustle on over to the National WWII Museum which uses personal storytelling and artifacts to begin to unpack this massive and world changing war. The New Orleans Museum of Art known as NOMA, boasts an amazing art collection that dates from Italian Renaissance to today as well as a five acre sculpture garden. IF you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, The Old Ursuline Convent Museum, or The Museum of Death might be right up your alley!    If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, take a walk and take a look at the mind-blowing rainbow that is the Bywater neighborhood in New Orleans. Filled with Bohemian vibes, cute cafes, thrifty shops, the Bywater boasts some of the most colorful homes you’ve ever seen that are just asking for a photo op.   
Life is Sweet: Life is a Highway
August 03, 2020

Life is Sweet: Life is a Highway

Ah, the refreshing simplicity of a classic road trip! Just you, the open road, some good friends, and a state of the art GPS system. Each mile invites us to sing along with the radio at the top of our lungs or simply bask in the glow of a glorious sunset. And while you’re not getting lost (even with the best GPS system, believe me), you’re making the kind of memories that last. Buckle up and pack your bags, we’re reminding ourselves that life is sweet because well, as we sing with the radio at the top of our lungs, life is highway.  EPIC PIT STOPS WORTH PULLING OVER FOR   Road trips are all about where you want to go. But also where you want to stop. That's right: pit stops. Now, there are pit stops and there are PIT STOPS. We're talking about the off-road gems that are totally epic--the kind of places that make you whip out your camera and wonder why you haven't been here before!   Get ready to raise your pinky finger as you waltz through the grand halls and endless gardens of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.  @biltmoreestate #historichome   Nevada’s Valley of Fire isn’t called that for nuthin’. Stretch your legs and casually admire some prehistoric petroglyphs in the red sandstone that feels like you’re walking through a sunset.  @valley.of.fire #NVStateParks   Wonder where Hemingway got his inspiration? And a cocktail or two? The literary giant famously checked in to New Orleans’s Hotel Monteleone where the bar is an actual, revolving carousel. @hotelmonteleone #MonteleoneMemories Wanna learn more about the best of the best of NOLA?    ROAD TRIP FLICKS TO GET YOUR READY TO HIT THE ROAD        Remember that crazy time you and your bestie hit the road only to outrun the law and find yourselves flying over the Grand Canyon in your ‘66 Thunderbird? Oh, wait. I think that may have been someone else. Either way, road trip movies inspire some of our best adventures so grab some popcorn and start planning your next on-wheels getaway.   Thelma and Louise (1991) Little Miss Sunshine (2006) Easy Rider (1969) It Happened One Night (1934) Almost Famous (2000) National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) Y Tu Mamá También (2001) The Muppet Movie (1979) Planes,Trains, & Automobiles (1987) The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)   MUSIC MAKES TRAVEL SWEET    Your trip= 47 hours. Your playlist= 47 hours. Wait, how? Spotify’s very handy, sort of new “soundtrack your ride" feature lets you customize your perfect playlist to match your musical tastes and how long you’ll be out on the road. Sweet! Get started HERE 
All About Art in East Hampton
July 15, 2020

All About Art in East Hampton

  If East Hampton was a member of a 90s boy band it would definitely be the sporty one. You know, with all its surfing, swimming, fishing, and sailing stuff. But it would also be the artistic one. The land of magical sunlight and sprawling natural landscapes, East Hampton has long been the muse for painters like William de Kooning and photographers like Peter Beard who venture to the Long Island’s east end to get inspired. And you will, too! Get an eyeful of some fun facts about the East Hampton art scene. Read more HERE.   NOT TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY  The natural sunlight in East Hampton is really something to write...errr paint...home about! Maybe it's water molecules in the air that catch light in just the right way. Maybe it's something artists can only see. But what's clear is this so-called never ending golden hour's effect on everything from still life paintings to portraits.      SHIP HAPPENS In 1960, founding Director of the Department of Education at the Museum of Modern Art, Victor D'Amico and his wife Mabel bought a World War I Navy barge. Then they turned it into an art studio. I mean, what else? Today, The Art Barge sits in Napeague Harbor just outside Hither Hills State park and offers classes in ceramics, studio painting, and photography for artists and aspiring artists alike.         HOME AWAY FROM HOME  Believe it or not, when the prince of  pop art wanted to get away from it all, he high-tailed it to Montauk. Andy Warhol set up his relaxation station in a 30 acre, oceanside estate fondly known as "Eothen" meaning "from the east" back in 1972. And, of course, Warhol would invite friends over--pals like Mick Jagger, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Liz Taylor, and John Lennon just to name a few!      INSIDE THE STUDIO We may never know exactly what was going on inside of the mind of so-called "action painter" Jackson Pollock, but you can get a look inside his art studio. The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center still stands today in a wooden farmhouse in the town of Spring, East Hampton and is where Pollock and wife Lee Krasner both lived and made art. Pollock set up shop in the barn while Krasner painted in the bedroom. Tours are available courtesy of the Stony Brook Foundation where you can still see stray paint from Pollock's work scattered across the excavated floorboards.     ART-CHITECTURE The new Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill East Hampton isn't just a building that houses art, it's a work of art in itself! The relationship between art, nature, and light that East Hampton is so famous for continues to play out in the space's innovative layout both inside and out. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the museum is constructed from natural up-cycled wood, illuminates much of the art using skylights, and overlooks a sprawling meadow filled with wildflowers.    EXPLORE
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