Puerto Rico in Palazzos!

So I’ve just returned from a much-needed vacation to Puerto Rico, and I’m not kidding when I say I spent the entire time in palazzos.

Who would have thought this early 70’s trend would be making a raging comeback in the 21st Century? Lucky for us, because these just may be The Ultimate Vacation Pant.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has maybe the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. I spent most afternoons soaking up the sun, frozen margarita in hand. But come sunset, it was on with the snake print palazzos and go. I wore them for walks along the shore, and kayaking in nearby Fajardo’s Bioluminescent Bay, which I highly recommend.

Snake Print Palazzo

For cocktails and live music at the local bars it was a decision between my black sash-tie palazzos and my leopard print ones. Either, paired with a simple blouse, made transitioning from day to night a no-brainer. Another thing: palazzos are lightweight and breezy, perfect for dancing the night away to reggae beats.

Leopard Print Palazzo  Black Sash Pant

On my last day exploring the island, I spent all afternoon shopping in Old San Juan. My outfit? Palazzos ­– the paisley ones. Those, plus a white tank top and sandals for fabulous tropical tourist style.

Paisley Palazzo

 

  

Tourist in Your Town: Houston’s Hidden Gems

From Special Correspondent Rachel Dandeneau, Caché Regional Vice President

With so many Caché boutiques in so many fabulous locations, it’s hard to keep up with what our girl is doing from city to city. To stay on top of current trends, local events, and hot venues, we’ve decided to reach out to a few of our regional VPs and find out what it’s like to be a Caché girl, no matter where you are.

Our first stop is Houston, Texas, where we’ve asked Rachel Dandeneau, Caché regional VP and Texas native, to play the role of tourist in her hometown. Rachel obliges with the lowdown on some of her city’s hidden gems.

The Local Cuisine

taste of texas

Doesn’t everyone want steak when they’re in Texas? The Memorial area’s Taste of Texas is the place to go for great steaks—you can even step into the restaurant’s “butcher shop” and choose your own cut of meat, which is then perfectly cooked to order. The one caveat—beware of filling up at the massive and irresistible salad bar prior to dinner! Great steaks, great atmosphere—Taste of Texas is a Houston MUST.

hugo's

For amazing authentic Mexican food, try Hugo’s, a super-cute restaurant located in the heart of Houston’s Montrose area, in Heritage Plaza. With a menu ranging from grilled octopus to sautéed grasshoppers (yes, you read that right!), to delicious tacos stuffed with chicken, Hugo’s truly has something for everyone. Just make sure to save room for the eatery’s traditional Mexican hot chocolate—you won’t be disappointed!

goode company bbq

Later, take a trip to West University district’s Goode Company Barbeque for some of the best brisket, ribs and sausage (spicy or Czech) in town! I especially love that this fabulous BBQ joint is housed in an actual barn decorated with a collection of gen-yoo-wine Texas memorabilia. Hot tip: make sure you take home one of their famous pecan pies, as you will probably be way too full to eat one  there!

The Pubs

local pour

Located in River Oaks, Local Pour is the perfect happy hour spot! Lots of drink and food specials, along with a host of tasty tries to share with friends. For Sunday brunch, take advantage of the super-cool five-dollar bloody Mary bar—which makes the beloved breakfast cocktail just the way you like it—and the Pour’s 99-cent mimosas. Don’t forget to bring your best friend, Fido, as the place is dog-friendly, too! You’ll both enjoy the outside patio, while considerate Local Pour servers bring by ice cubes to keep your pooch cool.

hughes hangar

Hugh’s Hangar is a nice Heights-district bar-club-combo with half-indoor, half-outdoor accommodations. Enjoy sweet Southern air on the beautiful patio or enjoy the locale’s gorgeous interior décor. The popular venue gets really crowded on weekends, so be sure to arrive early.

Note: You have to pay to park, and if the valet section is full, you have to park further away.

Final verdict: Hugh’s is a terrific place to go out with the girls, enjoy great drinks and conversation, and get some amazing people-watching done.

lumen lounge

Last but not least, be sure to check out Lumen Lounge, a small venue in the West University district. Along with an in-house DJ and a small dance floor, Lumen offers a bottle service with a side of actual fireworks to let everyone know you popped open a bottle (just like in Vegas!). An outdoor deck allows you and your friends enjoy fresh Texas air and great conversation.

Heads up: Parking can be an issue, so be prepared to pay.

Honors: One of the best Tuesday night spots in Houston, according to local reputation.

Great Escapes

memorial park

Dubbed the “Central Park of Houston” by Texans, Memorial Park is one of my favorite outdoor spots in town. Encircled by a three-mile dirt trail that’s amply lit at night, the park’s golf course is a runner’s dream. Also check out the bike trails and swimming pool, and bonus free parking! Memorial Park is definitely the all-around perfect way to escape crazy city life.

hermann park

I also love Hermann Park as a really cool place to relax with a blanket and snack, along with a great book and digital cache (pun!) of great tunes. The options here are endless: Pedal a boat in the lake, take a ride on the Hermann Park Railroad or simply chill, enjoy the scenery, and feed the ducks. Nearby attractions include the Museum of Natural Science, The Houston Zoo, the Miller Outdoor Theater and the Hermann Park reflecting pool.

  

Carry-On Travel Essentials

Whether you’re trotting the globe or taking a weekend excursion, no one wants to get where they’re going looking like travel-lagged zombie—you’re somewhere new and it’s your big debut! And because we don’t all wake up looking like Beyoncé, some advance planning is in order.

I’m just back from a week’s vacation, and this time I did it right. I packed smarter, lighter and kept my necessities close. Here are a few of my travel essentials:

carry on

1. Blush

It’s astonishing what a little pinch to the cheeks can do for your face. This blush from Make Up Forever will liven your look with perfect sun-kissed cheeks!

2. Mini Facial Kit

Wearing a lot of make up on a long flight isn’t good for your skin and if you’re like me, falling asleep in makeup means waking up with raccoon eyes. This facial cream from Kiehl’s keeps my skin soft and fresh and has plenty of SPF protection.

3. Effortless Jewelry

These designer drop earrings from Caché, offer two perfect pops of color and weigh next to nothing. Perfect for glamour on the go.

4. The Fedora

This classic fedora from Saks Fifth Avenue has been a life-saver. There is nothing worse than dealing with flat and/or frizzy hair after a long flight. I usually flip my hair into a side bun and let my fedora make the statement! It’s an easy fit in my carry-on and keeps its shape.

5. Comfortable Shoes

As much as I would love to be that girl that never takes her heels off, when it comes to travel I want to get there in comfort. These studded leather ballet flats from Zara are affordable, easy to wear and super stylish.

6. The Perfect Shoulder Bag

This fabulous shoulder bag from Caché is the perfect size for my passport, credit cards, boarding pass and iphone. Authentic leather and made in NYC (which I love) the zipper and clasp keep your things secure and the gold hardware keeps you looking polished.