• Tips For Eco Chic Travel

    The more travelling you do, the more wear and tear your poor old suitcase has to put up with. Cheaper brands tend not to last all that long, so when the time comes to invest in a new suitcase, it could be worth investing in luxury suitcases that not only look fantastic, but also compliment your look.

    Eco Friendly Disposal of an Old Suitcase

    What happens to old suitcases? Usually they end up in a landfill site somewhere, which isn’t exactly good for the environment. However, there are alternatives. You could donate your old suitcase to a charity shop if it is still fairly functional. Or, you could recycle it into something else, such as a pet bed or storage receptacle. But whatever you do, please don’t throw your old suitcase in a landfill site.

    Choosing a New Suitcase 

    It’s a tough job finding a suitcase that ticks all the boxes. Like most people, you probably need a suitcase that has lots of handy storage compartments, is not too heavy, and can easily be manoeuvred around a baggage hall when you are running to the check-in desk to catch a last minute flight.

    Luxury suitcases are a cut above the rest of the brands in terms of style and quality. If you invest in a designer suitcase, you will end up with a super strong, stylish piece of luggage that does the job. Brands such as Rimowa will not fall apart after a few trips somewhere exotic. Instead they are built to withstand the stresses of long haul travel through multiple time zones, so you won’t have to worry about recycling your old case very often.

    Finding the Right Look

    What kind of traveller are you? Before you go shopping for a luxury suitcase, think about the type of person you are and what look you want to portray.

    • Young backpackers tend to travel fairly light, often with a couple of changes of clothing and essentials, and that’s it. If this sounds like you, a small, lightweight rolling cabin suitcase is a good choice. Look for a luxury brand in bright, fun colours that matches your chilled-out vibe and hippy pants perfectly. This suitcase will stand you in good stead whether you plan on spending time working in an eco-resort in South America or volunteering at a chimp rescue centre in Indonesia. 
    • Business travellers need understated luxury and plenty of space for their belongings on long, interminable trips to business meetings all over the world. Look for a classic style of suitcase that matches the understated elegance of your business fashion look. Go for classic rather than contemporary.
    • International jet-setters tend to go for glamourous brands because it suits their glamourous lifestyle. Look for high-profile designer brands with lots of bling. Your luggage doesn’t have to match your look because your look changes on a daily basis and besides, you carry so much luggage, it doesn’t really matter anyway

    Don’t forget to off-set your carbon usage by planting a tree when you return home. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks!

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  • When your sweet tooth hits and you’re craving a treat….look no further than the friendly streets of Los Angeles and New York City!

    Here at Raintees we’ve rounded up a selection of decadent bakeries that also offer vegan and gluten free mouth-watering delicacies. So, read up and prepare yourself for these goodies.

    Los Angeles is the home of Hollywood, glorious beaches, beautiful people, but more importantly the land of sweet bakeries.

    On every corner, you will be sure to find a unique confection that will satisfy your taste buds, and one that is of course Instagram worthy.

    Los Angeles

    Breakaway Bakery

    Breakaway Bakery is the place to go to if you’re looking tasty breads, cupcakes, sticky buns, and cookies! At Breakaway Bakery take a bite or two of their maple, chocolate chip, snicker doodle, and cocoa cinnamon vegan cupcakes. If that’s not your style, experiment with their variety of home-made vegan donuts! One of their specials is a vegan-salted chai caramel (that pairs decadently with any coffee). You can even take home frozen batter or dough to whip up your own treats at home.

    Whisk Gluten-Free Bakery

    Founded by sisters Lynn and Stephanie, Whisk Gluten-Free Bakery offer decadent vegan and gluten free goods. The sisters have handcrafted unique cupcakes with quirky names that are sure to please.

    Try the PB & J (vanilla cake filled with strawberry jam and topped with peanut butter frosting) to relive your childhood, or take a bite out of The Margarita (vanilla cake topped with a tequila lime frosting and a dash of salt) before you hit up happy hour.

    Whisk Gluten-Free Bakery also allows for custom orders and will deliver to your door!

    Semi Sweet Bakery  

    Semi Sweet Bakery, which is located on 105 E 6th Street, serves up fresh home made treats that are in high demand! The bakery opens promptly at 8 am, so be sure to make your way over for their very own crullants! These pastries are the perfect combination of donut and croissant and come in a variety of flavors: original glazed, crème brulee, strawberry and cream, and many more!


    Proof Bakery 

    Proof Bakery is the place to go French classics- think croissants, pain au pommes, brioche toast… (is your mouth watering yet?). In addition to pastries, you can also find savory quiches and sandwiches to also whet your palate.

    Check out Proof Bakery at their brick and mortar store front located on 315 Glendale Boulevard and check out their daily menu!

    Sweet Lady Jane

    Sweet Lady Jane offers everything from elegantly decorated layered cakes to specialty macaroons (featured right below!) and hazelnut mousse cups!

    So, if you’re in need of a decadent cake for an upcoming holiday party, order their festive red velvet layer cake- Or serve up one of Sweet Lady Jane’s Pecan Pies! You can pick up these cakes (check out the energizing cappuccino cheesecake below), and check out biscottis, ruglahs, and lemon bars at the brand’s various locations!

    New York City

    Blossom Bakery

    If you find yourself strolling along Ninth Avenue this chilly winter stop by Blossom Bakery and warm yourself up with a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie or two. Blossom Bakery serves gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip and gluten free chocolate mint cookie, so they have your gluten-free needs covered!

    If you’ve fallen in love with Blossom Bakery you can have them cater your next event (all that holiday baking stress will be taken care of)! Blossom and Bakery has a variety of seasonal pies, traditional cakes and cupcakes, and cookie platters that have yummy gluten free options.

    Life Thyme All-Natural Market         

    Life Thyme is an all-natural market located on 410 Sixth Avenue! Check out their gluten free kosher vegan bakery and pick up an apricot cranberry scone, a tollbooth cookie, or a slice of chocolate cake to brighten up your day. Additionally, you can find delicious options in their juice bar, salad bar, and deli shop!

    Peacefood Cafe

    Peacefood Café is a vegan kitchen and bakery that serves up freshly prepared macaroons, cheesecake, banana bread, and pies! All of the desert options are egg and dairy free and many of the treats are also gluten free. Peacefood Cafe is located right on 460 Amsterdam Avenue @ 82nd Street and also has a location downtown at 41 E 11th Stree @ University Place!

    About the Author: 

    Originally from Washington D.C, Natasha is an undergraduate at Columbia University. She is currently pursuing an International Relations and Environmental Science track and hopes to study abroad in Paris this summer. When she’s not in the classroom or in the study room of Butler Library, Natasha can be found running through Central Park, exploring NYC, and trying to face time her dog, Buddy. Check out more of her Raintees posts and stop by her blog  for more! 




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