5 Musts at Art Basel 2014 (Besides the Art)

Every year, Art Basel, a week-long international art show, overflows from its Miami Beach Convention Center home base and permeates every inch of the area. Outdoor artworks are displayed in nearby parks. Music acts flock to the area. Performances spring up in random spots. Below, we’ve highlighted every Miami Beach must-do during Art Basel Week 2014 (including where to grab a little R&R away from the excitement).

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October 21, 2014

From Luxe to Adventurous: Choose Your Norwegian Cruise Line Personality

Looking for a luxurious vacation? How about a vacation packed with adventure? Whatever you’re seeking – it’s all right here. That’s the beauty of Freestyle Cruising® from Norwegian Cruise Line. Every ship in its modern fleet is thoughtfully designed from the anchor up, offering you the ability to do what you want, when you want. Check out the cruising styles below, pack a bag, and get ready for your best vacation ever.

Norwegian Cruise Line

The Luxe Traveler
Sail to: The turquoise waters of the Caribbean aboard Miami’s Ultimate Ship™, Norwegian Getaway.
Check out: The Haven by Norwegian®. With elegant villas and 24-hour butlers, it’s pure paradise.

The Cultured Traveler
Sail to: Bermuda, the Caribbean, or the Bahamas and Florida from New York City aboard Norwegian Breakaway.
Check out: Up to 29 dining experiences on board, including celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s renowned cuisine at Ocean Blue.

The Adventurous Traveler
Sail to: Four Hawaiian islands in seven days with overnight stays in Maui and Kauai aboard Norwegian’s Pride of America.
Check out: Kilauea – the most active volcano in the world – and the breathtaking Nā Pali coast from your balcony stateroom.

Can’t decide from all these amazing choices? No need to worry. The great thing about Freestyle Cruising® is that you can truly have it all. Visit ncl.com to learn more.

Our High-Seas Style Presented by Norwegian Cruise Line Boutique opens Monday, October 6, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 6, 2014

Disconnect to Reconnect: The Digital-Detox Vacation Trend

Think about it: days on end without a single email notification or text message. Nothing but you, your travel buddy, and clear-blue skies. Sounds peaceful, right? Well, you’re in luck. Zero-technology getaways – or “digital detoxes” as they’ve been dubbed by some – are on the rise. And we’re all for them.

Zero-Technology Getaways

Digital-detox retreats come in a range of intensities and locations. Below, we’ve compiled a quick rundown of your options.

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August 5, 2014

Into the Wild: A Quick Guide to Hiking

To hike (verb): the act of breathing fresh air and exploring awe-inspiring scenery, all while burning a huge amount of calories. Some of the best places to break out that walking stick? Canyon Ranch’s all-inclusive resorts in Tucson, AZ, and Lenox, MA. But before you set out on your next wilderness adventure, check out our list of trekking necessities.

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July 29, 2014

One Climber Took on Kilimanjaro. In Heels.

Many of us adventure-seekers dream of hiking a mountain. You know, wake up at dawn, power your way to the top, and then snap obligatory “I-did-it!” photos. But have you ever imagined doing it in heels? Rima Suqi did.

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Image via Fathom

Okay, so the Fathom writer didn’t exactly hike up the entire mountain in all her heeled glory. But she did carry the Gunmetal stilettos in her pack during the grueling six-day journey, slipping them on the second she hit the summit. A swipe of Chanel red lipstick, a tourmaline cocktail ring, and a pair of shades completed her look.

As to what inspired this fashion-fueled hike? “I was turning 40 the day after climbing Kilimanjaro, and the timing was no accident. These photos were taken on the last day of my 30s, and I was perfectly happy to bid them goodbye,” said Rima. “But I had to do it in style.”

Thanks, Rima, for taking fashion to literal new heights. Next up, Mars in Louboutins.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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July 28, 2014

Road Trip Across America: A Coast-to-Coast Guide

Summer is the official season of road trips. And this week at Rue, we’re taking our own. Each day we’ll pay tribute to a new stop along the way – and all the signature style that goes with it. Gas up the car and come along for the ride.

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July 14, 2014

Travel Trivia: 5 Fast Facts About Savannah, Georgia

The Hostess City of the South has probably been on your travel bucket list for a while now. But if you’re looking for a few more reasons to book that flight, read on below.

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July 13, 2014

Ditch the Yoga Pants & Jet-Set Like a Celeb

Is there anything more torturous than the days leading up to a three-day holiday weekend? So close, yet so far away. To pass the time, this writer finds herself browsing celebrity rags in an attempt to ignite some sort of inspirational flame within. Nope, nothing. That is, until an article from Lucky magazine touting “50 of the Chicest Celebrity Airport Outfits Ever” pops up. Since most of the country will be participating in some form of travel this weekend, why not casually try one of the celeb-approved ensembles along the way?

Travel in Style, Like A Celeb

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They make it look so easy. Boyfriend jeans? Check. Fedora and pointy-toe flats? Check. “If celebrities are good at one thing, it’s being able to emerge off their first-class flight looking largely flawless, with nary a hair out of place nor a speck of oil clogging their pores,” writes Maura Brannigan. “Whether clad in a tracksuit or stilettos, this crop of celebrities has the whole airport-style thing down to a science.”

That they do. So I guess I’ll be leaving my favorite (read: tattered) yoga pants at home this trip.

Read more on Lucky.

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July 2, 2014

5 Top Travel Apps – Install Now, Thank Us Later

The musts for any getaway? These five apps that will essentially do the thinking for you. Vacation is a time to escape and take a (much-needed) break, so kick back, relax, and let them work their magic. I can already picture you on the beach with an ice-cold drink in your hand.

Top 5 Travel AppsImage via Inc.

1. Packing ProThere is nothing worse than getting to the airport – or, better yet, opening your suitcase in Paris – and realizing you’ve forgotten something. I mean, who wants to buy another rain jacket you’ll never wear again? This app allows for customizable lists and iCloud syncing to ensure nothing is left behind.

2. Free Wi-Fi FinderThis app from JiWire, featured above, is a dream come true. You can quickly and easily locate a Wi-Fi hot spot, then get directions there. Boom! You’re connected, wherever you are. Which means, don’t fret – you can upload those just-filtered-enough Instagram photos after all.
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June 24, 2014

Screen to Shore: Rent Sex and the City’s Malibu Beach House

Remember that steamy scene from the first Sex and the City movie where a depressed Samantha watches rapt from her balcony, mouth stuffed with guacamole, as her lothario next-door neighbor frolics on the beach with his paramour du jour? Or the one where she lies immobile on her kitchen table, covered in sushi? For a pretty penny, you can rent the Malibu mansion where it all unfolded.

Rent the Sex and the City Beach House

Image via Coldwell Banker

The three-level mansion–turned–movie set is available for monthly rental fees of $55,000 or $100,000, depending on time frame. Wondering what that hefty price tag will get you? Multiple balconies, a chef’s kitchen, a wine cellar, maid’s quarters, a two-car garage, a stunning stretch of beachfront, and a little claim to fame, for starters. Nightly antics not included.

Want to play Samantha for the summer? See the official listing here.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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June 11, 2014