If your style is an eclectic blend of colorful, travel-inspired, fashion-meets-function accessories, Josephine Alexander Collective might be right up your alley.
Born in Mexico City and constantly inspired by diverse traditions and the playful use of colors and shapes, Kelly Rooney founded the company (named for her children) based on her three loves: travel, culture and style.
Add a little color into your life or gift your wild, trendy teens and adult children with a fun mix of wearable international flair.
The female-run and -operated company enlists the help of artisans around the world in developing unique pieces. Josephine Alexander works with experts of their trade to design and create sustainable, cruelty-free travel and fashion accessories for culture-seekers who love a fun pop of color — all while supporting small-business artisans. The online store and business model offers shoppers an easy, affordable way to shop small for the holiday season, without having to travel to South America for souvenirs — although, the fun, playful designs will make you want to do just that.
Shop bags, necklaces, wallets, earrings, bracelets, hair accessories and even bag flair, including colorful, fruit-shaped poms. Grab a reusable bag for the market or layer on fun bracelets and necklaces that look like they came right off the resort with you.
While a few of the brighter, wild colors and patterns may look most comfortable on a tropical beach, the fall styles bring a dash of color into the darker, colder seasons as well. A personal favorite, the straw clutch comes in a variety of colors and styles and looks like you picked it right from a stall in an open-air market in Mexico.
Find a muted handbag or tote style and dress it up by season with some bag accessories, or mix and match colors and rock a statement piece on your next trip. All those rainbow-beaded statement necklaces you see on the streets peddled by local vendors in Colombia? You can find those in the online shop without having to try your hand at haggling.
Check out the many handbag designs here for the market, office, airplane, date night and really anything in between. Shop by artisan or Instagram and toss in a piece of jewelry, all reminiscent of those bazar artisan goods you’re always meaning to buy, and feel like you’re fresh from a far-off vacation, even at home.
If for no other reason than to use your new beach bag, the styles will definitely make you want to plan that tropical family trip.
Traveling the countryside without adding miles to your car may sound like a riddle, but it’s really just a clever family travel plan offering the best of both worlds. Enjoy quality time with the family and view rolling scenery without having eyes on the road with train travel.
Not a fan of giant cruise ships? This might be the year to put Celestyal Cruises on your radar, especially if your dream family destinations are the Greek Islands, the eastern Mediterranean and, new for next year, the Adriatic.
The sun-soaked beaches and piazzas of summer often come to mind when we envision what makes the perfect Italian holiday. However, there’s something to be said for visiting the country during the off season, as it presents itself as an entirely different place, with unexpectedly delightful new ways to appreciate its dolce vita in the forms of food, wine, art, culture, and sophisticated urban life. This is particularly true in Piedmont (a.k.a. Piemonte), which sits at the top of the “boot” and attaches to France.
By Hainan Airlines
Christmas is always a fun time of year to explore a new city. This year, head to San Antonio for Christmas with a Tex-Mex flair. This Texas city may not get snow for a white Christmas, but there are still plenty of holiday decorations and festivities to create a memorable, family-friendly experience.