Blog - Rima Suqi
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Park it!

I'm in Chicago staying at what is, hands down, the most functional, thoughtful room I've ever stayed in (work-wise, not leisure-wise). I'm at the Park Hyatt - I've never stayed at a Park Hyatt but given the option in the future, I would do it again. Why? The little touches in the room - the fact that the closet opens both from the hall AND the bathroom. The fact that there's an upholstered stool in the bathroom so you can actually sit on something other than a toilet while you blowdry/do makeup/pick blackheads, whatever it is you do there. The...

Off the Hook

I was in high school during the height of preppy fashion. And because we had a dress code, the only way to tell how rich a family a kid came from was by his/her polo shirt. Did it have a crocodile? A guy on a horse? A weird ram-like thing? They all conveyed a certain status that my family didn't (a) have or (b) partake in. We wore Sears or JC Penney. These days there are many more options but Homewaters Clothing has found a niche that I find worthy of telling the world about. Started by avid fishermen (and...

Eye Do!

I am not an early adopter of anything. When I decided to have lasik eye surgery I was one of the last of my friends to do so. While I did wait forever, once I decided, that was that. And once I called Ettaleah Bluestein's (her real name, I swear) in Charleston, SC I knew she was "the one" to do it. Unlike so many New York operations, Bluestein isn't a factory. She only does surgeries once a week, she has food in her waiting room (no, really), and she called afterwards to make sure I was doing well....

Road Warrior

As a swimmer, I quickly found out that exercising while on the road was not going to be easy. Sure, hotels have pools but they are almost never long enough to actually do a proper swim workout or if they are the right length, they are usually outdoors in warm climates and the water is too warm (one exception: The Four Seasons Hualani, 25 meters and perfect temperature). So I reluctantly became a treadmill person. i cloud At first I was bored out of my mind but then I was told about iTrain - workouts you download...

Get down on it

I'm lucky. My travel has taken me to some gorgeously warm destinations lately. Unfortunately I need some sort of coat to get me to the not-so-warm airport, and keep me warm when I return with my rocking tan but have to wait for a cab. And wait and wait. In the cold. So I dug out this jacket I bought last year for my Kilimanjaro climb. This specific one is by Cloudveil and called Bivouac. I believe it's discontinued, but still available online from various retailers (just google it). The point is that it is super warm, and...

weee PC!

I've been stalking this computer ever since I read about it six months ago. And two days ago, I got it. Why? Because I'm sic of lugging a mac laptop around the world - it weighs too much and I don't need every single bit of personal information with me when I travel. All I really need is email and word processing. And now I've got it in a teensy package that weighs almost nothing. It's everything the reviews say - wifi works perfectly. Keyboard, at 7" is a bit small but I'll get used to it. link...

Shaken, stirred, whatever

....when you have this glass? I mean, does it really matter if it's even a martini? Wouldn't, say, a POM spritzer look fabulous in it? Yes, it would. This is the latest in the Inside Out series by AlissiaMT, whose champagne glass (from the same series) I wrote about for Best Bets online (see nymag.com). As with the bubbly glass, this one is double-walled meaning your beautifully chilled drink stays that way (no hand warming). And, since it is stemless, it's perfect for those of us with teensy shelves that cannot hold tall, lean glasses. A win-win all around, for...

The nose knows. Or does it?

I was recently sent this "Cannabis" candle by Malin & Goetz. What a way to get a person's attention? Would I reap the benefits of said scent now legally? I lit it up and waited. And waited. And what i smelled was ...

Reaching new heights

My shoe obsessed friends and I have been bemoaning the lack of shoes this season. We're not adverse to plopping down the Amex for a shoe we love, but there's no shoe we love. None. Nada. Zip. I've searched from Bergdorfs to DSW and have come up empty handed. And footed. But on a recent trip to Houston, I trolled the Galleria with my friend Gail (not be confused with Oprah's best friend Gail) and found these at Steve Madden. In a word - gorgeous. They look like $900 shoes - and we should know. The...

Multi tasking

It's no secret that I love lighting. Lamps, to me, are like the shoes of a room. They make or break it, just like shoes make or break an outfit. This is my latest favorite, discovered at the NY Gift show in the Droog booth. It's by Dick van Hoff for Makkum and is unfortunately, at $695, a bit pricey (thank you, Mr. Euro). But still gorgeous to look at. ...