One of our secrets to traveling is to pack a good beanie and scarf. They keep you warm, and easily double as an eye mask. The combination of the two is in our experience essential to staying warm on flights and not only falling asleep, but staying asleep given all the commotion on a longhaul flight.

Here’s where Buff comes in. First, Buff offers what it calls “a multifunctional, tubular accessory,” we’ll call it a circle shaped scarf. In the few months that we’ve had it, we’ve fallen in love with it. Unlike traditional scarves it won’t fall off your neck. And you can easily roll it up to your face and just disappear. Moreover, it’s made out of merino wool, which is designed to wick moisture and keep you cool when hot, and warm when cold. While its not as soft as cashmere, its not scratchy either. There’s a video here to see how it can be worn in a variety of different ways.

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The beanie is also made out of merino wool and is also terrific. Both products are available in both a light weight merino wool - more appropriate for typical/daily use; and a mid-weight merino wool which would be more suitable for a proper cold day. The lightweight merino wool scarf and beanie haven’t left our travel bag since we got our hands on them.

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REVIEW: Punkt MP 01

It comes as no surprise that we are increasingly attached to our mobile phones, perhaps more so than any other object. On average, we touch our phone over 2,000 times a day. Given that, it's no surprise that we're increasingly checking our phones for notifications or the latest updates from social media. Yet, for those that are seeking to disconnect, Punkt's MP 01 offers a compelling alternative. 

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INTERVIEW: Petter Neby, Founder and CEO of Punkt.

Punkt. is arguably leading the charge towards a more decluttered technological world. The company offers high end electronics with a unique design simplicity to help us unplug. Punkt. has recently become more well known for its mobile phone, the MP 01, that eschews any "smart phone" features and is an essence a pure mobile phone. We had the chance to interview Punkt.'s Founder and CEO Petter Neby and learn more about Punkt. and how the MP 01 came to be. 

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48 Hours: Paris


While many hotels serve as a place to anchor your luggage and to place your head on a pillow, Le Narcisse Blanc is not one of those hotels. When you cross the threshold into its rooms, even the most frequent of travelers can be gobsmacked. It may very well have the nicest hotel rooms we've ever stayed in. In fact, the rooms are so elegant, that we took pains to not disturb them too much and removed are shoes and neatly put away our belongings. It's Parisian chic done meticulously well. And if that weren't enough, the have a very nice spa and swimming pool that one should definitely take advantage of. 


There's no shortage of great bakeries in Paris, but arguably the best croissant is the one nearest to you. Rest assured Douceurs et Traditions, a five minute walk from Le Narcisse Blanc, has fabulous croissants. The bakery was rated as the number three best croissant maker in 2014

Dinner: Keziah

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France has a rich tradition of ethnic North African cuisine which is often overlooked. Don't make that same mistake. Keziah has incredible Moroccan cuisine served in an informal, family friendly, atmosphere. Be sure to order the tajine, and the bastilla. And of course finish the meal with some traditional Moroccan mint tea.

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While Germany may be known for its automative exports, Hiltl trousers maybe the BMW equivalent for German trousers. Established in 1955 Hiltl may arguably be Germany's finest trouser brand, but remains relatively unknown outside of Germany.

That should change now. In 2016, NORD Holding acquired Hiltl and has decided to inject some new energy into a German heritage brand with the appointment of Andreas Wolfer as the new Managing Director.  

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