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Get the Most Out of Your Tax Refund

IfOnly Makes Rewarding Yourself Easy

Spring has just begun and with Tax Day right around the corner, it’s time to reward yourself for a year’s worth of hard work and spend that tax refund money on something memorable. Whether your tax refund is big or small, IfOnly offers a variety of worthwhile experiences at a range of different price points in different locations to fully enjoy your refund.  

Have you ever been backstage at a broadway show? Take IfOnly’s Backstage Tour at ‘Avenue Q’ with One of the Stars, for $100 / person.

Looking to up your fitness game? Experience the PADI Seal Team Training Weekend, for $240 / person, or the Aerial Bungee and Wall Running Taught by a Professional Aerialist/Stunt Performer, for $180 / person.

Or embrace your inner ballroom dancer with a Private Couples Tango Lesson, for $150 / person.

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Casio G-Shock Introduces New MT-G

CASIO G-SHOCK INTRODUCES A NEW CONNECTED MT-G IN VIBRANT RED COLORWAY

Latest Model Unveils New Band and Case Structure with Colorful Accents for Spring  

Today, Casio G-SHOCK announces the latest timepiece to join its luxury men’s MT-G line. The MTGB1000B-1A4 features an all-new bright red urethane band, as well as black IP case with silver and red accents on the dial to provide a combination of style, toughness and practicality.

G-SHOCK’s premium MT-G line adds a hint of sophistication to any look, with the latest watch from the series offering striking red details, the brand’s Tough Movement technology and a lightweight core guard structure, featuring box frame with a carbon-fiber reinforced resin case for a design that can comfortably be worn from day to night.

The MTGB1000B-1A4 includes Two-Way Time Sync technology, which combines self-adjusting Multi-Band 6 Atomic timekeeping and Bluetooth connectivity, which pairs with the G-SHOCK Connected App for an accurate hour/date display virtually anywhere on the globe. The timepiece also boasts tough solar technology for self-charging capabilities and premium features found within all MT-G models, including Triple G Resist to guard against shock, vibration and centrifugal forces, and sapphire crystal to enhance scratch resistance.

The MTGB1000B-1A4 comes equipped with G-SHOCK technology including:

  • 200M water resistance and shock resistance
  • Super Illuminator
  • Dual Dial Display
  • Super Illuminator LED Light
  • Stopwatch and countdown timer
  • Daily alarm
  • Full auto calendar
  • World time (39 TZ + 27 cities)

The MTGB1000B-1A4 will retail for $900 and be available for purchase beginning in May at select high-end jewelers and gshock.com.

About G-SHOCK

CASIO’s shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch is synonymous with toughness, born from the developer Mr. Ibe’s dream of ‘creating a watch that never breaks’. Over 200 handmade samples were created and tested to destruction until finally in 1983 the first, now iconic G-SHOCK hit the streets of Japan and began to establish itself as ‘the toughest watch of all time’. Each watch encompasses the 7 elements; electric shock resistance, gravity resistance, low temperature resistance, vibration resistance, water resistance, shock resistance and toughness. The watch is packed with Casio innovations and technologies to prevent it from suffering direct shock; this includes internal components protected with urethane and suspended timekeeping modules inside the watch structure. Since its launch, G-SHOCK has continued to evolve, continuing to support on Mr. Ibe’s mantra “never, never give up.” www.gshock.com

About Casio America, Inc.

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit http://www.casio.com/home.

Revolution Lofts open in Boston’s South End

Revolution Lofts open in Boston’s South End. Since opening in December 2018, The Revolution Hotel has lured guests in with its edgy design, affordable rates and trendsetting co-working space. This spring, the revolution continues and the hotel is upping the ante with more space and ‘not your momma’s’ pantries. The 14 new Lofts are officially open this month, just across Appleton Street. Ranging in size from 250-528 square feet, the Lofts feature double-beds, queens and king options, some with separate seating areas and Juliette balconies. Each feature TV’s with Chromecast capabilities and fully stocked with local Boston and New England snacks featuring Tazo chocolates, 88acres snack bars, and all the Cape Cod chips you can handle. Room rates starting at $275 per night.

PACKAGES & DEALS: CBD Self-care & Memorial Day Getaways- An overnight stay at Portland’s Sentinel hotel are what ‘CBDreams’ are made of. Now through June, guests booking the special overnight offer will receive a CBD self care kit including infused bath salts, gumdrop snacks, infused sparkling water and a topical relief CBD oil roller. The package can be booked online here, with rates starting at $255 per night. Getaway this Memorial Day with Provenance Hotels. Receive 25% off flexible rates at all 14 Provenance Hotels from Boston to Seattle and everything in between. Book now through May 5, 2019 for stays May 22-30, 2019. Visit Provenance Hotel’s offer page or use code MD19 when booking online directly.

New Bars with Side Cars and (Not so) Traditional Tea Service. Aptly named for the temperature of annealing or ‘glass cooling’ ovens, Bar 960 opens at Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington – the epicenter of glass art in the Pacific Northwest. The newly-designed lobby bar takes its design cue from Murano’s glass tones and reflections throughout the hotel. A playful cocktail list whets patrons’ palate with “cocktails on draft,” Chai Side Cars and the ‘King Bee,’ infused with honey from Hotel Murano’s own rooftop hive. The menu largely features sharable plates including fresh shucked oyster, wagyu beef Bar 960 burger and dirty fries – it’s a PNW thing and utterly delicious. And while you’re in Tacoma, make it a walking tour and try other cocktail hot spots Devil’s Reef (aka tiki heaven), En Rama and Camp Bar. For Mother’s Day, take her for tea. In Portland, Traditional English Tea Service is served at Gracie’s in Hotel deLuxe weekly from Thursday to Sunday ($48 per person, includes glass of bubbly) featuring features custom-blended Smith teas, tea inspired cocktails and a traditional menu of tea sandwiches, house-made scones, jams, and pastries. Pets are also welcome here, complete with their own pet-friendly treats. At Headwater’s at The Heathman Hotel, Chef Vitaly Paley’s Russian tea experience includes flights of Vodka and traditional sweets like Zapekanka (Russian cheesecake). Tea service is available Saturday-Sunday, weekly, starting 12:00pm.

NEW ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY PARTNERSHIPS & SUSTAINABLE MEETINGS PROGRAMS. Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery announces partnership with Restore the Mississippi Delta Organization – While 2018 was about looking back at New Orleans heritage during the Tricentennial, this year is about looking forward to ‘300 More.’ Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery is partnering with Restore the Mississippi Delta Organization to raise awareness and funds to support the restoration of Louisiana’s coastal system. By booking the ‘300 More’ package, guests receive 20% off best available rates, with a five percent donation made to Restore the Mississippi River Delta. Rates starting at $107. Learn more about the mission at www.RestoreTheCoast.org.

Dossier Hotel Donates Trees – For every $2,000 spent in guestroom and food and beverage revenue, Dossier in partnership with ‘Friends of Trees’ will donate one native tree to be planted in the Portland region as a part of the hotels sustainable meetings initiative.

ART GALLERY OPENING. The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery + Where Y’Art present “Off The Grid”: New Orleans culture is well documented in a million different ways; notably the food, music, and festivals. The latest exhibit to open at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, with partners Where Y’Art, “Off the Grid” explores the uncommon, the unmeasured, the surreal; a counterbalance to what people think they know about New Orleans. Get to the know the stories behind the people, places and sentiment that shape the New Orleans life and culture. A full list of participating artists can be found here. “Off the Grid” opens Wednesday, April 10 at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery and will be on display through mid-summer.

DESTINATION SPOTLIGHTS. Interested in finding out what’s happening in our destinations? We can help. From the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival (now through April 29) in Portland and the 50th Anniversary of the Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 25-28; May 2-5) in New Orleans to hot music festivals in June like CMA Music Festival and Bonnaroo in Nashville.

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Louis Vuitton Summer 2019 Collection

Louis Vuitton Summer Capsule Collection to Add to your Wardrobe!

Spring may have arrived, but I’m sure you are already thinking about your summer wardrobe and the trendy pieces from Louis Vuitton you can’t wait to add to complete your full look! The latest leather goods offerings from Louis Vuitton are here in the Summer Capsule Collection.

The collection features Vuitton’s iconic bags, the Speedy, Neverfull, Keepall, and more, transformed with kaleidoscopes of contrasting colors. Oversized or miniaturized, the iconic LV motif has been revisited in a sun-kissed graphic style.

The collection celebrates the spirit of travel and is the perfect Summer companion.

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Wine and Wildflowers

Wine and Wildflowers Make Gatlinburg The Perfect Spring Destination

By Patrick T Cooper

What is on your travel list for spring? Here is your specific guide to EAT, STAY, and PLAY in the  Great Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg, Tennessee may have fallen under your radar. However, I have two reasons you should answer the call to action by The Great Smoky Mountains. I will humbly admit Gatlinburg, Tennessee was a sleeper for me. Beyond the fanfare and huge presence of the legendary Dolly Parton I was unsure what to expect from my visit. Fortunately, I was enamored with brilliant southern hospitality and a warm embrace during my visit for the Smoky Mountain Winefest Weekend and the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. There is gallons of the good stuff (wine) in Gatlinburg and tons of activities that will have you returning seasonally to build a lifetime of memories.

Eat

When all is said and done wine tasting and hiking, then walk a half block from the hotel to the Log Cabin House. The food and service are unparalleled. Seriously, there a tons of dining experiences in walking distance from the hotel, I decided to patronize this establishment three times over my weekend stay. From my first dining experience, it was as if I met an old friend from the moment my server greeted me. Did I mention, the joint has the absolute best hash browns known to man. Take my advice and sprinkle your belly with this delightful southern dish you will not be disappointed.

Stay

Whether you are a solo traveler or with family and friends the convenience of being downtown Gatlinburg is a definite advantage. While the Swiss themed chalets and cottages in the mountains quite tempting, it is best to opt for the convenience of the Courtyard Marriott so that you may drink responsibly. Literally, steps away from the city center you can nestle down and perhaps stumble back to your hotel after dinner and enjoying local attractions. By the way, the indoor and outdoor oversized fireplaces make this hotel cozy, chic, and comfortable for fireside chats with friends to recap the fun of the day.

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Smoky Mountain Winefest Weekend

Who is ready to sip wine? We will not twist your arm but the local wineries make it easy to indulge. Wine is about what you love and by far my favorite wine find during this travel excursion was Tennessee Homemade Wines Proper Peach. Considering I’m a Georgia native it is only fitting that I gravitated to the acidic bliss of  this beverage. The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts serves as a cool backdrop for this friendly event paired with delicious local fare. Grab your tickets and get to Smoky Mountains. Click here for more details about Smoky Mountain Winefest Weekend

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Don’t forget to wear your most comfortable shoes or footwear suitable for hiking in the great outdoors. Porters Creek Trail is phenomenal. While the hike is not arduous the rocks and  slippery paths require support to keep your feet firmly planted. The multitude and medley of exotic colors are will have you in heaven. The tour guides are passionate about educating you on the different species of wildflowers which will have you engaged the entire experience. Be sure to fully charge your camera as the flowers make for the most brilliant natural photography. Click here for more details about the Wildflower Pilgrimage

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MAD MUSEUM

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) presents an annual exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry called LOOT: MAD About Jewelry. Returning this spring (April 9 – 13), it will feature work from 55 artists from 18 countries (South Korea, UK, Finland, Chile, Scotland, Spain, France, Italy to name a few). These hand-picked artists specialize in different techniques and use unique materials such as glass, wood, metal, embroidery, horse hair and latex. Open to the public during museum hours – April 9th – 13th from 10am – 6pm.

For more information visit their site here.

Diamond Valley Lake Super Bloom

Biggest Super Bloom in Over a Decade Expected at Diamond Valley Lake Wildflower Trail Opens March 2

On the heels of record rains, officials at Diamond Valley Lake anticipate the biggest super bloom in over a decade in the coming weeks. The most jaw-dropping views will be from the Wildflower Trail, which opens March 2 and is accessible from the Diamond Valley Lake Marina.

“This is the payoff from all that rain,” said Kelly Lam, director of marketing for Basecamp Hospitality, which operates concessions at Diamond Valley Marina, Lake Hemet and 20+ parks across the western U.S. “We’re already starting to see flowers, and by mid to late March we anticipate this super boom to be way better than it has been in over 10 years. The lake is higher than I’ve ever seen it, too, and the fish are thriving, so it’s a great time to plan a trip out here.”

The seasonal Wildflower Trail, located in the Southwestern Riverside County Multi-Species Reserve protected area, and open Wednesdays through Sundays, will soon burst with color, from red Indian Paintbrush flowers and yellow Tidy Tips sunflowers to deep pink Red Maids, orange California poppies, blue arroyo lupines, purple Canterbury bells and white Forget-Me-Nots. The flowers should last through April along the hillsides of the lake trail, a 1.3-mile loop that is considered easy to moderate.

Basecamp recently made improvements to the lake for visitors to enjoy, including new, permanent marina restrooms and may soon include longer hours for approved activities in early mornings and evenings. Entry fees into the marina are $10 per car, and trail access costs $3 per person—and includes a map of the wildflowers and wildflower guide. You can also view the flowers by renting one of the bass or pontoon boats, for fishing or relaxing, at the marina. Get started at the Diamond Valley Lake Visitor Center, home to the bones of Max, the largest and most complete adult mastodon to be uncovered in the western United States. So many mastodons were found here that the area is known as “the valley of the mastodons.”

The visitor center is open weekends from 10 am to 4 pm and also features information on what it took to build three dams the size of those at Diamond Valley Lake, including videos and photos of the astoundingly large equipment used on the project.

Sports Tours International Spring Marathons

Sports Tours International Invites Runners to Back-to-Back April 2019 Marathons in Rome and Paris

Two European capitals are gearing up for April 2019 when hordes of marathoners create their own spectacles while running through the ancient streets first of Rome and a few days later of Paris.

In 2018, the two cities combined hosted some 56,000 runners who took up the challenge of cobblestone streets and promenades flanked by some of the world’s most remarkable antiquities and architecture.

Sports Tours International, the pros at securing hotel packages and entry into prestigious running and cycling events around the globe, again this spring has lined up hotels (breakfasts included) convenient to the marathons and the services of its seasoned reps who will pamper and prep runners in advance of these events.

Rome Marathon 2019 is first up on Sunday, April 7. Every year 16,000 runners from over 130 countries come to Rome to explore ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum during the Maratona di Roma weekend. Runners may obtain in advance a three-night (April 6-8) plan that includes overnight accommodations for three nights at the four-star Mercure Centro Colosseo, daily breakfasts, local assistance and a pasta party with beverages. The per person rate is from £529. Sports Tours International can also book entry into the marathon from now through Feb. 28 at £75 and from March 1-25 at £85. For details see here.

After running in the Eternal City, marathoners have until April 12 to get to the City of Lights for Paris Marathon 2019 on April 14. Sports Tours International stands ready to arrange accommodation in other places along the way. In Paris itself packages are available for two, three or four nights with two hotel options from £219 per person. With accommodation and daily breakfast come running rep services and guaranteed entry into the race. An early booking entry fee available for a limited time is £75 per entry. Staff service on the Paris Marathon includes a Marathon race briefing, daily hotel visits, an escorted trip to the Marathon Expo on Friday and Saturday and an escorted trip to the Marathon start.

The Paris Marathon, attracting over 40,000 runners annually, was established in 1977 during the beginning of a craze for big city, international marathons. There are now more than 23,000 runners from abroad, making up 40 percent of the field. The 26.2-mile running and sightseeing journey begins on one of the world’s most famous streets, Les Champs Elysées. From the foot of the Arc de Triomphe the route heads towards the Place de la Concorde. From the Rue de Rivoli runners sweep through the Place de la Bastille. Then comes a glimpse of greenery in the Bois de Vincennes which has views of Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower before reaching the finish line on the Avenue Foch.

Sports Tours International’s operations executive Simon is a huge fan of this race. Find out why he loves it here.

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Sports Tours International suggests booking race packages early. For more information, available packages, space availability and reservations please visit online, email: sales@sportstoursinternational.co.uk, or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.

Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Our experience will make yours, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling events, triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality.

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VIRGIL ABLOH × LOUIS VUITTON SS19

On Thursday, January 17, Louis Vuitton celebrated the launch of their Men’s Spring/Summer 2019 collectionVirgil Abloh’s debut with the house. 

 

The Miami Design District store hosted a private launch preview event of the highly-anticipated collection where guests were given an exclusive look at Virgil’s first collection before it was made available in 30 select stores globally on Friday, January 18. Drawing inspiration from “The Wizard of Oz”, the unique design of a yellow pathway led up to the entrance of the boutique, perfectly in tune with the vibrant colors from the collection. 

 

Notable attendees included: Founder of IPC Nathan Browning, Founder of Del Toro Shoes/Co-Founder of @TheOfficeMIA Matthew Chevallard, Tommy Cabrerizo, Christiaan De La Fe & Model Melody De La Fe, DJ Brendan Fallis, CEO & President of DACRA Craig Robins, Art Curator Vito Schnabel, Influencer Aureta Thomollari, Artist Typoe, Influencer Sandy Meyer Woelden, and more. 

The pop-up will be open to the public from January 18 – February 10, 2019 at the Louis Vuitton Miami Design District boutique

Devon Gilfillian: Winter Wonderland

Devon Gilfillian ushers in the holiday season with an infectious, soulful take on Winter Wonderland. Download it here!

“I decided to cover ‘Winter Wonderland’ because it takes me back to being a kid in Philly, watching inches upon inches of snow fall to the ground and praying for those three extra snow days to be added to Christmas break,” explains Gilfillian. “It takes me back to Pops making silver dollar pancakes on Christmas morning, and singing Bing Crosby’s version of this tune. I wanted to hold on to the nostalgia I feel from this song but also put a modern soul spin to it.”

Hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the most exciting young artists in Nashville’s burgeoning soul scene, Gilfillian will close out 2018 with a December 6 show at Academy Center of the Arts in Lynchburg, VA, where he will open for Mavis Staples, and a performance at Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville.

He will join Brothers Osborne on the road next spring. The run kicks off on March 21 at The Fillmore in New Orleans and includes an April 3 show at The Novo in Los Angeles. Gilfillian will also perform at the 2019 Shakey Knees Festival in Atlanta. See below for itinerary. Tickets are on sale HERE.

Winter Wonderland follows the singles Truth, High. and Troublemaker. Troublemaker, which was praised by Rolling Stone as a raucous heaping of swampy soul and rock, was heard during 2018 NFL Draft programming/advertising. Gilfillian performed the national anthem before Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Gilfillian, who is featured in the Frye Americana Roots campaign and was recently named as a Southwest Airlines “Artist on the Rise,” grew up outside Philadelphia and moved to Nashville to pursue music full-time. In 2016, he released his debut EP, which NPR Music said, “captures his exuberance and musical openness, setting the stage for what promises to be a brilliant career.” Gilfillian is currently working on his full-length debut.