Flight Chic's November 2015 Letter 
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This edition of my newsletter includes tips for decorating your home for the upcoming holidays. I also share some of my favorite books, magazines, blogs, websites and other resources for home decor and design tips. Find out my favorite hot spots in London, Paris, and D.C. I also include some gluten-free hot spots not to miss plus tech tips, recipes and more fun. I also encourage you to host a Friendsgiving this year. It's a great way to sit down with your besties and enjoy a delicious meal.  
Here's to wonderful Thanksgiving and chic November!
Until next month,
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Coming Up Next Month: Chic Holidays

Behind the Curtain

Near and Far Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel 
by Heidi Swanson

Man Repeller podcast

Boat Magazine Issue 10 Tel Aviv 
Indie Travel Magazine

Paris I'll Have What Phil's Having
An unforgettable 6-part food and travel series that dishes up sublime fare bursting onto the international culinary scene, hidden delicacies, and a healthy dose of laughs.

The Walk
The highlight of my career is finding time to venture out on my layovers. I had a couple of long layovers this fall that allowed me to visit some of my favorite hot spots. I hope you find some new restaurants and hot spots to add to your to-do list when visiting some of these destinations. 

Spokane, Washington is home to many artisan coffee shops. My favorite is Coeur Coffee House. I love the gift section at Atticus Coffee and GiftsRiverfront Park is a great place to go for a run or walk. 

It's no secret I love Mexican cuisine.
Taco Deli serves the best tacos in Austin. I enjoy checking out local grocery and gourmet food stores when I travel. Central Market in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio is similar to Whole Foods but not as expensive.

I got up early in San Fransico to go exploring for a few hours. I stay at one of the airport hotels near San Fransisco International Airport. It takes roughly 30 minutes to ride the BART from the SFO International Airport to the Ferry Building. I enjoyed coffee at the Ferry Building location of Blue Bottle. I stocked up on some bulk foods at Rainbow Grocery.

I had a layover in Newark. The weather was a perfect fall day so I had no excuse not to hop on a train to the city. It takes roughly 30 minutes from the airport to arrive at Penn Station in Manhattan. I enjoyed a matinee performance of An American in Paris and an evening performance of King Charles III.

I've learning to use public transportation on my layovers. It saves money and is convenient in most large cities. I rode the T from Chicago Midway Airport to downtown Chicago to visit the Chicago French Market. It's not really like the Paris Markets but a few of the vendors are worth checking out. I like Lolli and Pops for artisan chocolate and RAW for healthy takeaway items. I stopped for a coffee break at Intelligentsia and enjoyed dinner at The Little Goat. The Little Goat is one Stephanie Izard's restaurants in Chicago. She won Top Chef. Check the website for cooking classes if you live in Chicago or will be visiting.

I took a last minute trip to London and Paris in September. I enjoyed seeing Nicole Kidman star in Photograph 51. I also loved the musicial, Bend it Like Beckham.  London has some great markets including, Borough Market. My favorite bakery is Violet Cakes. I dined at Yottum Oggoleni's restaurant and deli.  The popular London chef and best-selling cookbook author is opening a location in NYC. Honest Burgers is my go-to spot for a quick meal while shopping. Several locations are located around London. The menu includes gluten-free buns and vegetarian burger options.

For shopping, the magazine selection at Selfridges can't be beat. You can also get a manicure and a blowout. I love the beauty department at Liberty and the food section at Havey Nichols was my favorite. I found a lot of local artisan food products and cookbooks. 

After a couple of days in London, I took the Eurostar to Paris. The department stores are so fancy in Paris. I loved BHV. It's not as expensive as some of the big name stores. For amazing views of the city and a great photo, visit the rooftop terrace at Print Temps. I ate breakfast at Holy Belly. So good! I picked up some delicious juices at Bob's Juice Bar. I loved the chocolate ice cream at Berthillon. I picked up some baking chocolate at G. Detou. This little store is a slice of heaven for people that love to cook and bake. If you go, book That Lou, a scavenger in the Louvre, in advance. You'll love it!

Kinfolk Magazine
A lifestyle magazine that explores ways for readers to simplify their lives, cultivate community and spend more time with their friends and family.

At Home Sarah Style
by HGTV star Sarah Richardson

Capsule Kitchen Challenge
Choose 33 items to cook with for 3 months.

Style Matters Podcast
Listen to decorating conversations with

Listen to the single that's racked over a million plays and counting on Spotify.

The Dressmaker 
starring Kate Winslet

A Year of Cozy
Great ideas for activities, recipes, and DIY projects.
On Your Feet 
A new Broadway musical about Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

Draper James
Reese Witherspoon's Brick and Morter Store in Nashville

Rue Magazine 

Fuku NY
David Chang's Famous Spicy Chicken Sandwich 

Acrea Restaurant
Auburn, AL

Houzz App
Browse thousands of inspirational photos, connect with pros and discover unique products.

A sound app that'll help you focus or rest better.

Justina Blakeney Hygge & West Wallpaper
 My favorite is Nana Pink.
Washington D.C. Travel Guide
Here are some of my top hot spots in DC. I recommend getting up early and renting a bike to start exploring.

On Saturday mornings, do not miss the "blue bucks" pancakes at Eastern Market.

Georgetown is my favorite neighborhood for shopping. Take a coffee break and enjoy the best cupcakes in the city at Baked and Wired. (GF, V menu) Skip the long lines at Georgetown Cupcake for a tastier treat at Baked and Wired.

My favorite museum is the Newseum. Don't miss Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Mitsitam Cafe is a hidden gem,  serving fresh and colorful native foods. This is the place to stop for lunch while visiting the mall.

Union Market is a great option for lunch. My favorite gluten-free bakery in the city is  Rise Bakery located in Adams Morgan. You must try the croissants. I love browsing the selections at Good Wood. It's similar to Anthropology. For dessert, I love Milk Bar. I recommend the D.C. By Foot Tours. You name your price at the end of the tour and pay what you feel it was worth. My favorite is the twilight tour of the monuments. For a quick bite, check out the food truck scene.

To visit the Capitol, you must make a reservation in advance. Read all the details here. Check out the events page at Politics and Prose. So many good author chats and book signings. The Smithsonian also hosts great events. See Rick Steves on Dec. 3 and Chef David Chang Dec. 8. Visit the events page for classes, workshops, lectures and more events.

I just downloaded Actor BJ Novak's app, The List App. Here's how it works: You can make lists of anything, contribute to others' lists, or ask people to help you make lists. These can serve as a travel companion ie., ( "Best gluten-free restaurants in Chicago"), entertainment suggestions ("What Book to Read Next?") or whatever you can imagine.
You will also find lists of various celebrities using the app.
I like to use the search engine to find things to do or places to eat on my layovers. 
I posted a list for my favorite Gluten-free Eats in NYC and plan to add more lists soon. Here's a guide to get you started using the app.


1.    8 easy steps for planning a gallery style art wall.

2.    Download this handy Thanksgiving Checklist.

3.    This Househunting Tumbler Blog is fun to follow. So many cool homes are featured. Great inspiration for design ideas.

4.    Nancy Meyers makes those movies with the nice houses and especially kitchens. Which Nancy Meyers' Kitchen would you choose

5.    Thoughts on the importance of being present. First read this: "Stop Googling, Let's Talk." Then read this: "Put Down Your iPhone!"

6.    28 things you can do now to get ready for the holidays

7.    How to update your wardrobe for fall.

8.    There are many ways in which we can simplify our lives, and we often think we have to change a lot of things in order to make a difference in our life experience. Check out this list of ideas and choose one thing to try and see what happens.

9.     Download the Daily Water app to keep track of how water you're drinking. 

10.   How to get started with the Bulletproof Diet.

11.   Meal planning tips and tricks.

12.  Alice Medrick has written a fantastic article on the virtues of weighing ingredients for baking as opposed to measuring by volume.

13.  Have a flexible schedule and just want a deal on your next flight? Clever Layover will help you combine two round-trip tickets to get you there for the lowest price.

14.  Download this Autumn Dinner Party Checklist.

15.  The three best travel containers.

16.   Fall decor inspiration to transform your home for the cozy season.

17.   A beginner's guide to buying cool and affordable art.

18.    How to hang a picture properly.

19.    Decorating secrets to steal from a home stager.

20.    Why women compete with each other.

21.    How to find your ideal skirt or dress hem length.

22.    Giada De Laurentils' tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving.

23.    The New York Times learn to cook guides are very helpful. Check out this one on how to make a pie crust.

24.    How to host an amazing Thanksgiving.

25.    Support Small Business Saturday on November 28 and receive a statement credit from American Express.

26.    This interactive Thanksgiving Menu Planner will help you plan a mean to please everyone.

27.    Friendsgiving Menu Ideas 
1.  Paper Goat Post  is an adorable stationery store that recently opened in Ivanhoe Village. Workshops are held on Wednedays. Check out the class schedule here.
Nov 4th - DIY Floral Crowns 
Nov 11th - Modern Calligraphy 
Nov 18th - Intro to Handlettering 
Dec 9th -
Chalk lettering Make & Take 
Dec 16th - Brush Lettering

2.   Join Eileen Tongson of Farmgal Flowers for "Thanksgiving Flowers and Wine" at East End Market.  The FarmGal will demonstrate how to make a fall centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table with seasonal flowers. Attendees will create centerpieces to take home and enjoy. Register here.

3.  Iron Chef Morimoto's restaurant is open at Disney Springs.

4.  Best-selling author John Acuff will be in Orlando on Nov. 16. Register here. John will be discussing his latest book, "Do Over." If you are not happy with your current job or looking to make a career change, this may interest you. If you can't attend, pick up a copy of the book.

5.  Universal studios is celebrationg their 25th anniversary with concerts all month long including Colbie Caillat, Carly Rae Jepsen, Daughtory and more.
Here's a selection of my favorite home decor and design books.

The Kinfolk Home
by Nathan Williams

A visit to 35 homes around the world that embody the values of slow living.

Loveable Liveable Home
by John and Sherry Peterski
The husband and wife behind the popular Young House of Love book and blog.

(Ideas for remodeling a home and if you have young children.)
Elements of Style
by Erin Gates
Packed with advice, inspiration, ideas, and lessons learned about designing a home that reflects your personality and style.

The Shopkeepers' Home
by Caroline Rowland
An interior decorating book featuring some of the world's retailers and their stylish homes.

Modern Mix 
by Eddie Ross
Modern Mix cracks the code to navigating thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets with confidence. Funny and insightful, Eddie is like a trusted friend on the front lines of flea markets and thrifting, telling you what to look for, where to find it and how to restore it. Then he shows you how to use color and pattern to infuse your finds with a fresh, playful spirit, combining high and low, new and old, classic and modern elements into a warm and inviting style that expresses your personality.

The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes
by Justina Blakely

Styled Secrets for Arranging Rooms From Tabletops to Bookshelves
by Emily Henderson

Chic Bourtiquers at Home
by Ellie Tennant
Interior Inspiration & Expert Advice from Creative Online Sellers

Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home
by Maxwell Ryan

Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating
by Lauren Liess

1.    Not sure if your food is gluten-free, test it at the dinner table with the Nima Sensor.

2.    Karen Morgan's Blackbird Bakery is now open in Austin, Texas.

3.    No Glu Bakery and Restaurant is now open in New York City at 1266 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side. 

4.    Gluten-Free Wish List by Jeanne Sauvage is the new release by the blogger behind the blog Art of Gluten-Free Baking.

5.    If you live in or near Los Angeles or will be visiting, Sweet Laurel Bakery is hosting a grain free pie and floral making workshop on November 21 12:00-3:00 PM.

6.    By the Way Bakery opened a third location in the Upper East Side at 1236 Lexington Ave. in NYC. Everything is GF and DF. The cakes are her best items. 

7.    Where to eat gluten-free in Hong Kong.

8.    Little Gem Resturant opens in November in San Francisco's Hayes Valley. (all menu items are cooked without gluten, dairy, and refined sugar.)

9.   The best gluten-free options at fast food chains.

10.  Craft Kafe is a 100% gluten-free cafe and coffee shop in St. Petersburg, FL.
Here's a selection of my favorite gluten-free hot spots in Paris.

No Glu
restaurant and bakery
2nd arrondissement

Chambelland Boulangerie
GF bread and desserts
11th arrondissement

Helmut Newcake
bakery and cafe
10th arrondissement 
*arrive early items sell out fast

La Cantine de La REcyclerie
18th arrondissement
gluten-free menu

organic and has a lot of gluten-free, vegetarian options Vietnamesse menu
1st arrondissement

Le Stand
a little shop selling juices, soups, and salads in the Marche des Enfants market

3rd arrondissement
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7.    Recipes I Love  Milk Bar's Crack Pie + S'mores Ice Cream + Chocolate Chip Georgia Pecan Pie (Paleo + GF) + Pumpkin Oat Waffles (GF) + One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls + More!

8.     Link Love: Link Between Wearing Bras and Breast Cancer + 5 Tips for Writing Thank You Notes + How Birth Season Affects Personality + Bradley Cooper's Cooking Skills

9.    Recipes I Love: 7 Up Pound Cake + Smokey Sloppy Joes + Tuscan Kale Salad + Gweneth Paltrow's Candy Bars (delicious)  + Chili Con Carne

10.  Link Love:  Ina Garten + Understanding Estrogen + Organizing Kid's Rooms + Guide to the Gut

11.  Link Love: San Fran Guide + Beauty Bloggers on YouTube + How to be a Good Hostess + Hormonal Sleep Problems + Phone Fraud + How to Fix Yellow Nails

12.  Link Love: Flight 93 Visitor's Center + 36 Hours Portland + How to Talk About Suicide + Guide to AirBNB

13.  Link Love: 36 Hours Boston + How to Streamline Email + Bra Fittings + Ultimate Jean's Guide for Every Body Type

14.  Link Love: How to Get Free WiFi in Airports + Free Food on Your Birthday + Best BBQ in USA + Genetic Tests for Breast Cancer

Canvas Home Store

BC Carpet and Home

ulu and Georgia

ne King's Lane
online marketplace offering discounted items

Josh and Main
online marketplace offering discounted items

French brand decor and lifestyle brand just opened a flagship location in NYC's Flatiron District.

Serena and Lily

For me, Instagram is a little too perfect at times. Snap Chat consists of short videos that are only available for 24 hours then they disappear. You do not have to follow just people. Many brands are on Snapchat. BTW, my username is flightchic, and I would love to follow your snaps so send me a message or follow, and I will add you. Here are some others to follow:


If you're new to Snapchat, here are some great tips to create fun content. There are a lot of good tutorials on YouTube.
1.    The best way to organize all your digital photos

2.    Press and hold the Like button in Facebook Messenger to increase the size of the thumbs up icon.

3.    When you listen to a word or a sentence in Google Translate for the second time, it plays at a slower speed.

4.    On any video in Instagram, if you press the volume up button on your iPhone a "tap video for sound" banner will subtly appear.

5.    How to set up an iTunes library on a network-attached server. Free your iTunes media from the shackles of a hard drive on your Mac.

Periscope for Beginners

7.    How to use Apple Wallet from the lock screen.

8.    How to recover lost or deleted files.

9.    Mac time-saving keyboard shortcuts.

10.  The secret trick to downloading full-resolution Instagram photos.
Follow these design bloggers for inspiration and tips! I recommend downloading the Bloglovin' App or Feedly to follow all of your favorite blogs. Read this article for tips on using Feedly. I am often asked how I find time to read so many blogs. It's easy. Just use an app or reader. You browse the posts and click on the stories that interest you.

Apartment 34

Design Sponge

Decor 8

Emily Henderson

Design Milk

The Jungalow

Apartment Therapy

Style Files

SF Girl Bay

Magnolia Homes

So Haute Style

Pure Style Home

Cote de Texas

La Dolce Vita

Made By Girl

House of Turquoise

Coco Crazy
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