New Deal: Fly the Whale to NE Ski Resorts

Leave behind the hassle of a five-hour drive from Manhattan and discover the luxury and efficiency of a private charter to get you and up to eight of your BFs to your mountain retreat. Gilt City* and Fly the Whale have teamed up to offer bunnies and boarders a faster way to hit the slopes. Your private jet will whisk you away to one of four New England ski resorts: Mount Snow/Stratton, Jay Peak/Smugglers' Notch, Killington or Stowe/Sugarbush. Packages priced from $1,956 to $3,252. That's an average of $290 pp on a round trip flight! Gilt City Fly the Whale Gilt City Fly the Whale plane*requires free membership registration to purchase

source: Gilt City posted by: Nancy H.

Flash Sale: Aspen Fashion Week

Jetsetter - Aspen Fashion Week 2 Enjoy V.I.P. treatment at this year’s Aspen Fashion Week, March 11 – 14, with a five-day, four-night package via Jetsetter. The recently remodeled St. Regis will be your home base for the week. Travel incognito from the Aspen airport in an SUV. Then hit the red-carpet for the Opening Night Launch, attend the runway shows for a close-up on the latest resort fashions. Party at exclusive après-ski events where you can pick up a thing or two to bolster your own slope style. And, need we remind you, there are four world-class mountains at your doorstep. Three-day lift tickets for two at Snowmass are included. You'll have to move on it, this flash sale is only available through January 18, 2012. Packages from $2,375 at Jetsetter.

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via: Jetsetter; source Aspen Fashion Week posted by: Nancy H

Weekend Retreat - Park City, UT

Washington School House Hotel If you're looking for a place to rest your head during the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, look no further than the new Washington School House Hotel in the heart of Park City, Utah. This stunning historic landmark recently opened after an eight month gut renovation of the town's 1889 limestone schoolhouse.

Meticulously restored and upgraded, the interior features beautiful reclaimed oak barn wood floors, locally quarried Utah quartzite, and ice-white marble and heated floors in the baths. Guests will appreciate the curated collection of European antiques, vintage modern paintings, crystal chandeliers, silver flatware and serving piece as a welcome respite from standard mountain town decor.

The former school's belfry makes a perfect beacon as the hillside heated pool calls for a little après-ski unwind. Let the ski valet take care of the rest. Or, if you prefer, engage in post-film dialogue in the spacious fireside lounge over organic culinary dishes courtesy of the private chef.

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There are seven rooms and five suites in all, just enough to accommodate your entire entourage – or not. Rates from $700 per night. Washington School House  Hotel, Park City, UT. 800-824-1672.

posted by: Nancy H. exterior photo (top) by: Michael Spengler, PRNewsWire

Moncler + Rimowa Take to the Skies

rimowa-moncler-go-on-holiday-suitcase-1 More collaborations from Moncler, as the luxe outerwear brand takes to the skies with its new Rimowa "Go on Holiday" custom trolley. For Moncler, Rimowa reinterprets its "Classic Flight" cabin case to include a brushed "M" logo, padded handles, a special Moncler address tag and a set of soft accessories: shoe, laundry and utility bags, plus a small beauty case. In standard fashion, the luggage features traditional crossover packing straps, padded interior, hard aluminum exterior and two TSA-compatible combination locks to keep your intimates from going astray.

The German suitcase maker, known for its distinctive grooved design and celebrity following, has been pioneering luggage since 1898.  Approximately 200 individual components make up these hand-crafted pieces of indestructible German engineering. Moncler + Rimowa are a perfect match to feed your powder-seeking wanderlust.

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via: Trendland, source: Moncler posted by: Nancy H.

2011 Gift Guide: The Equestrian

2011 Gifts for The Equestrian1) Head to St. Moritz for the 28th Polo World Cup on Snow where teams battle for the coveted trophy on the frozen St. Moritz Lake, January 26-29. Photos courtesy of (c) Tony Ramirez/www.imagesofpolo.com for St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow. 2) Look sharp sporting Hermès' Paddock jacket with removable vest in orange/fire. $2,150. 3) Gucci's horsebit bracelet with "G.Gucci Firenze 1921" commemorates the companies 90 years catering to horse and fashion lovers alike. $5,790, in gold. 4) It's quite acceptable to look this gift horse in the mouth. Jonathan Adler's playful stoneware horses. Available in white or midnight. $295. 5) Ariat's innovative Volant boots buck the traditional profile for a look that is sure to turn heads. $500. 6) Round up tickets to this highly inventive Tony award-winning play "War Horse."  Lincoln Center Theater, NYC and New London Theatre, UK 7) Cavallo classic top hat by Christy's shines in or out of the ring. Made in England. $450. Dover Saddlery

2011 Gift Guide: The Golfer

2011 Gifts for the Golfer1) Nice Pants will brighten any wall. This limited-edition print of multi-patterned golfers was snapped by lensman Landon Nordeman (contributor to The New Yorker and Saveur). From $50, unframed20x200.com 2) Located in England's Dartmouth National Park, Bovey Castle is a sportsman's paradise, with archery, tennis, fishing, falconry and, of course, its own private 18-hole course. All that fresh air will deserve a proper cocktail in the Oak Bar and seasonal feast in the castle's Edwardian Room. 3) We're coveting Louis Vuitton's exquisite monogrammed canvas golf bag. From $11,700. 4) Make a bold statement on the greens in head-to-toe orange (next-gen golfer Rickie Fowler does). Puma.com 5) Gekkota Golf multi-tool features a ball marker, money clip, divot fixer, bottle opener and screwdriver all in a slim profile. Clearly a perfect stocking stuffer. $29.99. CRKT 6) Ditch the white gear. Add color to her game and grip to her swing with G/Fore leather ladies gloves in 13 shades (also available for men). $35. 7) Ecco's Street Luxe hybrid golf sneakers move from links to lunch without a sweat. Shown in brown pebbled leather and feature 800 traction points for grip in a variety of weather conditions. $180. 

2011 Gift Guide: The Surfer

2011 Gifts for the Surfer1) Pair a carbon fiber Chanel surfboard with a weekend  stay at The Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY. Inquire at Chanel boutiques. 2) Dive into Stoked: The Evolution of Action Sports for a deluxe edition with world-class photography and design. Besides, I would be remiss if I didn't recommend my best friend's book . From $100. Amazon 3) Inspired by the surf films of the 1960s, the Thomas Board Short combines retro styling with modern functionality. $75. Saturdays NYC 4) Make waves with Pret a Surf's mondrian long-sleeve rash guard. $190. Opening Ceremony 5) These Ray-Ban Outdoorsman II Rainbow aviators are pure classic gold metal frames updated with white accents. $145.  6) Get beach-body ready on the Ripsurfer X machine for the core strength and endurance achieved by pro-surfers. 8 week camp, $285Surfset Fitness 7) Missoni beach towels, with their wave-inspired patterns and beachy colors, are the perfect accessory for athlete or fashionista. From $205. 

2011 Gift Guide: The Tennis Player

2011 Gifts for the Tennis Player1) You're virtually guaranteed to be the only one on the courts with a vintage Louis Vuitton embossed racquet cover. Est $280. Kensington House Antiques 2) Treat yourself to a weekend in Newport, RI and visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Bring your racquet and partner to play on the manicured lawn courts. $100/hr. 3) Channel pro Caroline Wozniacki with Stella McCartney's tournament warm-up jacket. $120.00 Adidas.com 4) Pick up vintage Giclee prints for a heritage vibe. From $55. Art.com 5) Wear the hallmark polo of the Yale Squash team (and clubs everywhere), identified by its unique Japanese maple leaf embroidery. $68. Boast USA 6) You can thank Chris Evert for the popularity of the sporty "tennis bracelet." Tiffany's Jazz features small, brilliant diamonds in platinum. From $8,950. 7) Sport a tennis bag by Cortiglia for a classic look the goes from court to club. Add monogramming to make it their own. $395.

2011 Gift Guide: The Cyclist

2011 Gifts for The Cyclist1) Experience Europe's breathtaking terrain on one of Rapha's Randonnées. Pictured: en route from Venice to Lake Como. From £2800. Rapha.com 2) See and be seen with the Bookman Light. Available in several bike coordinating colors. $29/€19.90 3) The limited edition Bowery leather handlebar bag is big enough to stash extra gear. $248.00 Coach.com 4) “Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design” appeals equally to kids and connoisseurs. $35 Chronicle Books or £19.95 Thames & Hudson 5) The Hermès bike is the perfect ride for the chic city cyclist. Features Taurillon Clemence leather accents. $4525 6) Rapha's specialized skincare is an essential addition to your rider's kit. From £7 - 45. 7) The Bike Shelf by Knife and Saw solves the age-old problem of gracefully storing your bicycle. Available in solid walnut or ash. $299

Finding Oregon

I couldn't resist sharing Finding Oregon, a sublime video by the creatives at Uncage the Soul Productions. In a season of overspending, overbooking and overindulging, it's such a pleasure to stop and take a moment to enjoy the pleasures of nature via time-lapsed photography. Perhaps I'll even gift myself another trip to the state, you know, just to check it out for myself. http://vimeo.com/32852978

via: REI; source Uncage the Soul Productions posted by: Nancy H.