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Kathleen Beckett
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Kathleen Beckett’s two passions are travel and fashion. She has written about both for major publications around the world, starting on staff at Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour and Vogue, where she penned her own column, FYI: Inside Style. Beckett’s articles have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the London Sunday Times, Town & Country, In Style, Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler and many more. Beckett was also a long-time Contributing Editor to Elle. She was profiling a designer for Elle when she realized there might be men and women who would enjoy the same inner access that she did as a journalist. That experience laid the groundwork for Friends of Fashion, which creates designer events for organizations such as New York’s Harvard Club, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the American Friends of the Louvre, the Four Seasons Hotel, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

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Bali's Nyepi: A Day of Silence Worth Experiencing

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 3:55 PM

Conventional wisdom is to stay away from Bali on Nyepi. Nyepi, which this year falls on March 9, is a national day of silence, the start of the Hindi new year and so a time to reflect on the year past and plan for the year ahead.


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Where London's Locals Like to Eat

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 1:57 PM

Travelers are always looking for the places where the locals go, especially when it comes to restaurants.

During a recent visit to London I discovered not just one, but an entire collection of eateries that fit the bill. They offer appetizing attractions: excellently prepared, regionally-sourced farm-to-table food...good prices... friendly and...

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A Trip to Bath, England: In Search of Jane Austen, Spa Waters, The Royal Crescent, and Mr. Darcy...

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 9:14 AM

It wasn't simply the search for Mr. Darcy that sent me to Bath. Nor was I merely seeking to "take the waters." It wasn't only to walk the ancient streets and marvel at the endless stretches of gracious Georgian buildings. All those reasons had been pulling me to visit Bath...

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Budapest: Hollywood on the Danube

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 6:21 PM

When the movie "Spy" opens June 5, viewers will see Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law flirting in the offices of the C.I.A.

In Budapest.

The Central Intelligence Agency is located in Langley, VA, of course, but the set for it was on a sound stage a few miles...

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A Bucket-List Day at Wimbledon

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 1:29 PM

Last spring when I realized that a business trip to London would coincide with Wimbledon, I decided to cross one more experience off my bucket list and attend what is arguably the world's most famous tennis tournament.

It was all I could have dreamed of and more.

For one thing,...

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Journey to Jimbaran, Bali

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2015 | 6:34 PM

I am sitting stark naked on the ledge of my private plunge pool, enjoying eggs benedict and strawberries with cream served on a tray that floats on water. In front of me are lush tropical plants, a profusion of orange hibiscus and fuchsia bougainvillea. In the distance are the blue...

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Celebrating St. Patrick's Day -- on Cape Cod

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 7:42 PM

On March 17, everyone is Irish. In my case, with ancestors coming from County Down, that's even more true. So when I heard last year that the charming Cape Cod town of Falmouth was turning itself into O'Falmouth Village and partying its little green heart out to celebrate Ireland's patron...

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Spring Weekend in Sausalito

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Business took me to San Francisco...but the pursuit of pleasure lured me across the bay to Sausalito.

The town of 7000 has changed little since I first visited it decades ago when I was a graduate student at Stanford. Its little cottages still tumble down the steep hillside to...

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N.Y.C.'s New Hotel Nexus: Style Arrives in Midtown

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 6:08 PM

There's been a lot of excitement about New York City's hippest hotel nexus, anchored by the Ace, on streets in the upper 20s, east and west. But I'd been hearing a buzz about hotels in midtown, of all places. Traditionally thought of as the home of boring business accommodations, these...

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Panama City Beach Escape: A Weekend of Jazz, Sugar Sands and Waffles

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 10:51 AM

When friends said: "Let's go to Panama City Beach," I must admit I was skeptical. The Northern Florida beach town was notorious for being the Capital of Spring Break ever since MTV started filming the wet T-shirt contests and drunken shenanigans that took over the town every March.

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New Florence Discoveries

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 8:16 PM

I'm lucky to have friends in Florence, so I get to visit there pretty frequently. Every time I go I like to touch base with old favorites -- the frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel, the small boutiques along the Borgo San Jacopo, the stalls in the Sant' Ambrogio Market. But...

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Nantucket: Full of Surprises

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 12:30 AM

For those who think of Nantucket as the kingdom of pink-and-green -- pretty but predictable and steeped in if not stifled by tradition -- you're in for a surprise. While not exactly being rocked by innovation, some creative locals are hard-at-work reinvigorating the island.

I escaped to Nantucket for...

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The Best Beauty Shops of Florence

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 6:14 PM

When I first started coming to Florence 30 years ago, I would always stop by the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella to pick up some favorite beauty products. It was always a treat to be in the shop, with its weighty wood display cases and terrazzo floor under the...

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10 Ways to Be Happy on the Amalfi Coast

(1) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 10:09 AM

There's been a lot written about happiness lately. I've got a surefire way to achieve it: go to the Amalfi Coast. It's not just the gorgeous vistas of terraced cliffs tumbling to a turquoise sea, or the little pastel villages climbing up from the waterfront, or the pasta alle vongole...

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Dromoland Castle: What's New at an Old Favorite

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 6:45 PM

An easy five-hour plane ride overseas and quick 15-minute ride through the countryside can bring travelers from the Eastern coast of the U.S. to another world. It can bring them to the story book setting of Ireland's Dromoland Castle. Dromoland has everything a fairytale castle should, whether the suits of...

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Florence, Italy: 5 Favorite Hotels (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 7:00 AM

I've been traveling to Florence for three decades and have been lucky enough to stay at some amazing hotels. Here, my favorites:

The Torre di Bellosquardo. I first stayed here when it was still a private home, so for me it will always have that welcoming feel. The Baron Franchetti...

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Celebrate The Holidays On The Jersey Shore

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2012 | 10:20 AM

As a New Yorker stranded in California during Hurricane Sandy, I stayed glued to CNN and The Weather Channel watching with dismay the destruction back east. It occurred to me more recently that I had not heard any mention of Cape May, that lovely little town that's a throwback to...

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Florence, Italy: 6 Must-Dos for a Vacation

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 7:00 AM

I have been visiting Florence on and off for 30 years, working on assignments, visiting friends and writing portions of a book on Tuscany. Over the years, I've developed a check-list of favorite things to do (the usual) -- and the best places to do them, which might offer some...

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Calling All Opera Buffs To Italy (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Are there any more perfect settings for hearing an opera aria than a palazzo or piazza in Tuscany? For one month each summer it's possible to enjoy just that, thanks to Daniel Ferro.

Daniel Ferro, the Julliard School's famed vocal coach (he fine-tuned Kathleen Battle, Anna Moffo, Evelyn Lear) has...

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Live Like A Lord And Lady... If Only For A Weekend

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2012 | 9:30 AM

This is what I remember from one of my first brushes with British aristocracy. A little more than 10 years ago I was having dinner with the Countess of Dundee in her Scottish castle, Birkhill, when her daughter Lavinia joined us and told us all about her afternoon. She had...

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