7. Randomness. And a few questions for you.
  8. Being sick, listening to your body, and a lesson from Howard.
  9. Flashback: Aswan & Luxor
  10. For Rinah.
  11. Frequent Flyer : Brenna of This Battered Suitcase
  12. Juice.
  13. Whoa. It’s Been How Long?
  14. New Routines.
  15. Full Steam Ahead
  16. Before the sky goes dark.
  17. A day at a castle.
  18. The Weekend. 85 Percent.
  19. All things enamel.
  20. It’s Just Fabric Now…
  21. Frequent Flyer: Kylie of Spencer and Kylie
  22. All That Glitters
  23. Frequent Flyer : Nicole Gibbons of SoHaute
  24. Craving Indian Food.
  25. Just run.
  26. 2018 Travel Plans.
  27. The best damn apple pie.
  28. READ THIS: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
  29. Six random things I have my eyes on.
  30. Galway, Ireland | A day and a half in Galway.
  31. Inspired by candles.
  32. Cork, Ireland | Two days and a lot of walking.
  33. Souvenir At Home: With Gemma of Line x Shape x Colour
  34. The perfect scarf for winter.
  35. Happy Canada Day…and coffee table decisions.
  37. Friday’s Four (on Saturday).
  38. Blue Black, Pink, Brass & Wood.
  39. In other exciting news, I bought a bed frame.
  40. Lady Abroad / Meet Oneika of Oneika The Traveller
  41. Perfectly lovely.
  42. The design Gods are on my side.
  43. Kilkenny, Ireland | Mount Juliet.
  44. A few things I’m coveting.
  45. It was charming.
  46. Fear, the voice, and getting personal.
  47. The return of Heisenberg.
  48. Happy Me Day
  49. Birthday Wish List
  50. A testament to how I’ve grown?
  51. Friday’s Four
  52. The Fifth One.
  53. A new plant.
  54. Functional and well designed | The little things.
  55. Just 1 Hour.
  56. Friday’s Four
  57. Framed feathers. A simple DIY project.

I’m so happy to kick off a new year of Frequent Flyers with the following lovely lady. To those of you into home decor and design you probably already recognize Nicole; the woman behind the uber popular blog So Haute – a decorating & lifestyle blog that has garnered recognition from some of the top media outlets including: House Beautiful, HGTV.com, Elle Decor.com, The Washington Post, Lonny Magazine, and several others.

For those of you who are “meeting” Nicole for the first time I’ll let you know that Nicole is that girl that everyone wants to be friends with. She’s gorgeous, has an amazing job that she’s fantastic at, a beautiful home (that she decorated herself), an enviable wardrobe…and did I mention she’s nice too. Like, really really nice. And I can say this all, confidently, because Nicole is one of the handful of bloggers I’ve had the pleasure of meeting “in real life” and who I now consider a friend.

If you’re into design & decorating and don’t already have So Haute bookmarked do that now – it’ll be one of the best things you do all day….but don’t forget to come back and check out some of her travel tips, tales, and recommendations – including an amazing hotel in the Turks & Caicos (one day I’ll stay there!).

Can you share a favourite travel memory (in 5 sentences or less):
Gosh, there are so many but in general my favorite travel memories involve laying on a deserted beach looking out at the ocean and listening to the waves. I adore the beaches of the Caribbean and every chance I get to vacation I head there to explore a new locale. To me there’s nothing more peaceful or relaxing than being on a quiet beach and taking in all of the natural beauty! I also enjoy snorkeling and exploring underwater life…it’s so beautiful and absolutely incredible to see!

Best thing about traveling:
Having the opportunity to explore new places, learn about new cultures and be inspired.

Toughest thing about traveling:
I travel a lot for work which is much different than travelling for pleasure. It’s exhausting & I’ve had times when I’m on planes going to 2 or 3 cities in a week. That gets exhausting & also makes you really miss home.

Three essentials you always take with you (excluding money & passport):
1. Magazines – They occupy my time on planes and also make for great beach reading.

2. Laptop – I have to stay connected at all times! And when I’m traveling internationally I keep in touch with friends and family via Skype.

3. Camera – So I can document my journey.

A favourite gadget/item/tip you’ve discovered that helps:
Babel Fish is a great website that allows you to translate languages. I always go on and learn a few essential words & phrases to help me get around when I’m traveling to a place where a different language is spoken.

How do you survive long plane rides:
Thankfully I’m one of those people who can fall asleep instantly on planes however I always make sure to bring along enough stuff to occupy my time. I always bring my Macbook and if it’s a long flight I’ll bring an extra battery. GoGo in-flight wi-fi is the best so if the flight offers it I usually spend some of my time surfing the internet and working on my blog. I also have an iPad which is great for reading books.

How do you plan for a trip?
I’m a total planner! I usually research hotels on Tablethotels.com, Concierge.com, Travelandleisure.com and Tripadvisor.com. I research flights on Kayak or through my frequent flier programs depending on where I’m going. I always like to make a list of activities I want to do and places I want to visit and a rough itinerary. Things often change due to weather or other unforeseen factors but it always helps to have a plan.

Favourite things to do/see when you’re in a new city:
Eat local food!

What camera do you carry with you:
I use a Canon G10 and I love it. It’s an advanced digital point and shoot that’s small and light with a wide angle lens, allows you to shoot in RAW mode and offers a lot of the manual settings that you’d find in a DSLR camera. That said after having my G10 for nearly 2 years and getting more and more into photography I’m ready to try my hand at a DSLR and am researching what to buy. I might get a Canon 60D or Canon 7D this year…we’ll see!

Many people want to travel but often don’t – citing reasons like not enough time/money, too busy etc. how are you able to make travel a regular part of your life: 
Just do it! And prioritize what’s important to you. I’d rather take a fabulous trip and have the memories forever than to buy an expensive handbag that I probably won’t want to wear 2 years later. I’m lucky that I get to travel a lot domestically and I make it a point to take one if not 2 luxury vacations a year.

Do you collect anything from your trips: 
I collect seashells from all of the beach destinations I visit. They’re all sort of jumbled together. I wish I would have had the mind to organize them by location so I could remember where each one came from!

Last trip:
Turks & Caicos

Next trip:
Detroit (going home for Xmas!) (Kay’s Note: Whoops! I received Nicole’s answers before Christmas…but I’m sure she has another fantastic trip planned right around the corner…)

Place your dying to return to:
St Barths – I love it there!

Best hotel you’ve stayed in: 
I have a few favorites….I just stayed at the most fabulous resort ever in Turks & Caicos – Amanyara. I also love Le Sereno in St Barths, XV Beacon in Boston and The Chamberlain in LA.

Dream destination:
The Maldives, Seychelles or Mauritius – all remote islands in the Indian Ocean. I’d love to go to Bali too!

Finish this sentence: a world without travel is like…..
…..a world without freedom.


Don’t you just want to go and relax on a fabulous beach somewhere in the Caribbean? Thanks so much to Nicole for participating! I loved reading her answers and have now added the Amanyara in the Turks & Caicos as a place I definitely want to stay at.

BTW tons more awesome Frequent Flyer(s) coming soon. Stay tuned!

+photo credits: all pics taken by Nicole of the blog So Haute and used with permission.

Frequent Flyer spotlights a blogger I enjoy who also happens to love traveling and exploring new places. In Frequent Flyer I ask them a few questions to get their thoughts, tips, suggestions, and travel tales – in hopes of inspiring YOU (and myself!) on future travels. In the Frequent Flyer feature I don’t just talk to travel bloggers – I talk to bloggers of various backgrounds (design, photography, fashion, life…) Some take many quick trips a year, others travel frequently for work, and others take a handful of longer jaunts abroad – but they all have great stories and tips and I hope you enjoy this feature! 

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So Haute August 1, 2020 at 05:45

Kisha! First off – thank you so much for your super sweet and kind words! I’m so glad to have been introduced to you through this crazy, fun blogging world!! I think you are amazing and I’m so excited for your upcoming journey! And another thank you for featuring me in your Frequent Flyer series!! So excited & such an honor!

Global Butterfly August 1, 2020 at 11:00

I collect seashells too! I’ve actually had to smuggle a couple back, since a lot of places it’s illegal. Looooved these pics and interview. The Caribbean is so special.

Rhona August 3, 2020 at 19:45

What amazing places! Makes me want to lie on a warm beach right now. I am heading to Boston later this year and that featured hotel looks amazing! Really great post. So inspiring as I LOVE travel also.

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