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

 

  

Hot Travel: Prague

Hot Travel: Prague

WHAT TO KNOW?

In the heart of the Czech Republic stands one of the world’s most well-preserved cities, Prague. Hidden in the mountains, this little gem is utterly unlike any other European hotspot and absolutely worth a schlep across the pond!

From the winding cobblestone streets to the exquisite, colorful architecture, Prague is steeped in fairytale romance. The city’s layout is itself breathtaking: The Vltava River flows through the center and is spanned by stunning bridges. The base of the town is covered with tightly packed pastel-colored buildings on intertwining roads. Churches and historic landmarks are dotted liberally throughout the city, and are easy to stumble upon.

Of particular note is the world-renowned Prague Castle, which overlooks the metropolis. It’s massive and its detailed Gothic architecture surreal. Get a spectacular aerial perspective on the city from any point on the grounds (a view known to locals as “the sea of red roofs”). The illuminated fortress stands guard over Prague each night.

WHAT TO DO?

Get lost! There’s so much to do as a tourist in this picturesque place, and your best bet for getting to know the city is to simply walk around and explore. Do it all: Cross bridges, climb up to the castle, wander into churches—all while taking in the city’s stunning architecture and lush greenery.

Attractions: All year round, street vendors and outdoor markets hawk unique goods that run the gamut of homemade treats, fresh produce, and glass jewelry, for which the Czech Republic is specially known. During the warmer months, boating is a splendid Vltava River activity. Around the holidays—Easter and Christmas in particular—the Old Town Square is completely transformed with marvelous decorations and attractions for all ages.

Eats: Around every corner is a new dining destination. While native Czech cuisine is similar to that of its German neighbor, Prague itself is home to a wide and sophisticated variety of dining options for all price ranges. From Michelin Star-winners to street cuisine, I found everything delicious and fresh.

This and that: A number of Prague’s parks are feature bars, outdoor concert spaces, open markets and sporting arenas.  Oh, and did I mention that the city has some of the best shopping ever?  From ultra-luxe high-end stores to cool little local boutiques, I found almost TOO many options!

WHAT TO WEAR?

One of my favorite things about Prague fashion is that anything goes! There is no “fashion code of conduct.” As far as I can tell, a girl can wear whatever makes her feel her best, with a few practical points to keep in mind:

1. Pack your dresses! Czech women love their dresses—their closets are stacked with gorgeous pieces for any occasion. Day dresses are in full bloom on the streets at all times, regardless of weather, while cocktail numbers are a must for the evenings.

2. Leave your stilettos at home! Most Prague roads are made of cobblestone, a not-so-friendly environment for those sexy sky-high heels you love. Opt for something with a bit of a thicker heel, like a wedge, or a bootie.

3. For summer: While it may be 85 degrees and sunny during the day, Prague temperatures always drop significantly once night falls. Make sure to bring a cute scarf for evening wear and you’ll be all set!For winter:

4. Faux-fur is your friend! The winter months can be extremely cold, and what better way to bundle up than with some luxe fur pieces? Think layers and mix it up with hats, scarves, capes and jackets to keep warm without feeling like a marshmallow.

  

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.