Travel is prone to all kinds of challenges – delays (be they mechanical or weather-related), dealing with awful fellow passengers, and GERMS.

Air travel is in incubus for viruses – everything from the common cold to, well, Ebola.

Let me assure you that it’s near impossible to contract Ebola by being in the same aircraft as a patient. Ebola is not airborne, nor is it transferrable via touch. You need to come in contact with a patient’s bodily fluids to risk transmission.

That said, you should wipe up any spills with a sanitizing wipe near you before sitting down.

The common cold (and the flu), however – those are nasty beasts that are easily transmitted. Consider the re-circulated air and confined space in an airplane, and you’re likely to get sick if a neighboring passenger is coughing.

I come prepared for contact with cold and flu viruses while traveling. And now, you can (and should!) do the same.


I’d love to know – what do you do to stay healthy and prevent getting sick when traveling? COMMENT below with your top tips.  

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This Week

October 22, 2014

Autumn, you beautiful, wonderful season.  I’m so thrilled you’re here.

For me, this weather is perfect – cold enough to start wearing layers, and still pleasant for walking absolutely everywhere.  Apple cider is widely available (I’ve always been a cider gal over a pumpkin flavored drink), and I get to spend most Sundays screaming at the TV like a hooligan.

Besides spending as much time outside as possible, I’m spending this week writing like a madwoman, visiting with my mother (who’s been in India for 3 months!), and heading to New Orleans this weekend for three days of intense eating, networking, and…well, eating.  Because what else does a pregnant lady do in New Orleans?  Bring on the gumbo and pralines!

And for you, dear readers, I’ll bring on the links:

  • Ebola has dominated the news for the past few weeks.  While you should be more diligent while traveling (sanitizing your surfaces on airplanes, washing your hands more often), there’s no need to worry about the disease being a weapon.
  • A heartwarming story on how Siri became the best friend of a boy with autism.
  • Bling with a cause – 100% of the proceeds from BaubleBar’s latest Guest Bartender’s collection will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Megan’s story is an inspiring one.
  • 293 thoughts a Gilmore girls newbie had while watching the show for the first time.
  • Rarely has a negative book review made me want to read the book even more.  Note – it’s FANTASTIC.
  • It’s never too early to think about holiday gifts, and I absolutely LOVE Cuyana‘s just-launched Give A Hint program.  It is exactly how it sounds – you “hint” the items you’d love from the company and send them to your loved ones.  Now, what to pick…
  • How Narie Foster made the jump from management consulting to co-founding and heading up operations at MM LaFleur.
  • Don’t forget to enter the Hudson+Bleecker giveaway!  We’re offering up 3 prizes in gorgeous calf hair, python, and glitter that resembles crushed diamonds (think Elizabeth Taylor sparkle, versus a Martha Stewart craft project).
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GIVEAWAY – Hudson+Bleecker

October 21, 2014

Everyone has their pre-trip rituals.

For me, it’s taking out the trash, changing the sheets on my bed (NOTHING beats clean sheet night), and packing all of my cosmetics, jewelry, and toiletries inside my beloved Hudson+Bleecker products.

These products are the real deal, you guys.  And I’m a little sad that all of my H+B gear is still in perfect condition, because I want to swap it all for the fall/winter collection.  Inspired by Paris, these items are made from gorgeous faux python, a subtle glitter that will NOT rub off (AT ALL), and luxurious calf hair.

You feel me?

Lucky for you, Hudson+Bleecker and I are giving away THREE prizes, each featuring two pieces from the St. Germain (python), Etoile (glitter), and Le Marais (calf hair) collections.  All you have to do is enter using the widget below.

Consider it an early Christmas gift from me to you.  And if you can’t wait for the prize, you can score 20% off your entire order using the code HOTG20.  Happy shopping!