#BizTravelGals Let’s talk travel hair!

September 30, 2014 - Leave a Response

Welcome to the first #BizTravelGals conversation! Road Warriorette and Carol Margolis of Pearls of Travel Wisdom are teaming up to chat about the important, the mundane, and the fun parts of life on the road. Share in this episode as RW and Carol, both biz traveling gals, discuss that ever critical topic: hair.phyto travel kit

What are your favorite travel hair products? Do you have a strategy for which products to bring on trips?

Carol Margolis: I always travel with my own shampoo, conditioner and hair spray. Sometimes I’ll bring mousse for humid cities if I have travel sizes of this at home. I refill my small bottles of shampoo, conditioner and hair spray in between each trip.

Road Warriorette: Yes! I also always have my own shampoo and conditioner, plus shine serum. I needed hairspray on a recent trip and didn’t have one–I’ll have to add that to my list.

What products do you use at home?

CM: I always like nice shampoos (Redken and now Chi), my husband uses hotel shampoos that he brings home from his trips. So we have his-and-her hair products. I also have my full-size bottles of hair spray and mousse. Living in Florida, the humidity can make my hair flat in no time without these!

RW: I definitely can relate to the impact humidity has on hair. I have to use multiple products at home to avoid the frizz! A shine serum and either a straightening creme or a curling creme, in addition to my beloved Phyto shampoo and conditioner.

How do you feel about hotel hair products? What have your favorites been?

CM: I was recently at a resort in Cancun and they had Chi hair products. Aaaah-mazing! I got online and had big bottles of it waiting for me when I returned home. They even had a Chi hair dryer — BEST I’ve ever experienced in a hotel!

RW: Nice!! I typically stay far away from hotel hair stuff but admit that I hoard the Aveda toiletries from Renaissance hotels. I’ve never (ever) seen a hotel with a good hair dryer though…

CM: Oh, I love Aveda, too! In fact, I actually brought the Aveda bottles home from my trip last week. They were from a Hotel Indigo (IHG property).

Do you style your hair every day, or do you prefer to put it up?

CM: I so wish I didn’t have to style it every day. My long, thick hair takes about 20 minutes to dry and I’d much rather be sleeping. Though in my sleeping hours, I must toss and turn a lot because my hair is all over the place when I wake up. I think in all my years of travel, I’ve only ever been able to get away with ‘yesterday’s hair’ a small number of times. And it’s too layered to put up without it sticking out all over the place.

RW: My hair is so dry that I can only wash it a few times a week. That is lucky, on the one hand, because it means I can sleep later (hah). On the other hand, the dry air in airplanes can wreck even the best blowout. I often choose to just wear it up to get it out of my way for flights and then deal with re-styling it once I arrive.

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Beauty Monday: Indulge with a bath bomb

September 29, 2014 - Leave a Response

Every week Road Warriorette features a beauty product that makes traveling easier. Do you have a favorite? Send it to RoadWarriorette @ gmail.com.bath bomb

With delayed flights, time away from loved ones, and packed schedules, business trips are not conducive to relaxation. That’s why a traveler should be prepared to seize the opportunity if it arises! A couple of weeks ago the Home Warrior and I were in Vegas for a conference at the Mandalay Bay. We were lucky enough to get an upgraded room with a lovely bathroom and large soaking tub. Read more of this article »

Quick Hilton HHonors year-end promotion poll

September 29, 2014 - Leave a Response

You may have heard today that Hilton is asking for your input on their Hilton HHonors year-end promotion.  There are two voting options: You can either vote to earn double points starting on your second stay, or you can vote to earn 1000 bonus points every night when staying Thursday through Monday.

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You can see live results of how your promotion choice is doing after voting.  The winning promotion begins November 1, 2014.

Hilton HHonors is also letting you vote on one of three charities to receive a donation of $200,000 based on which one receives the most votes (runner ups get $50,000 each). Read more of this article »

Posts from the past

September 28, 2014 - Leave a Response

What was going on this week in years past?Post from Past pic

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Road Warriorette Weekend Express

September 27, 2014 - Leave a Response

Hey readers! Got a question or something you want to discuss this weekend?  Here’s the perfect opportunity!  Whether you want to share Weekend Express pican interesting travel story, a packing tip, an etiquette tip, or anything else going on in the business travel world, comment here and we’ll have a discussion.

Travel tip of the week:

  • After the mess that happened yesterday in Chicago it’s a good reminder to check your flight status before you leave for the airport.  It’s also a good idea to anticipate delays.  Read my recent post on preparing for delays.

Week in review: Read more of this article »

Travel bag of the week: GRACESHIP London Laptop Bag

September 26, 2014 - Leave a Response

Each week Road Warriorette features a travel bag that hits all of the high notes for ladies on the road: pockets, construction, and (of course!) style.Graceship London When I first discovered GRACESHIP I had a hard time picking between my two favorites: the polished New York or the ladylike London. I featured the New York a few months ago, and now it’s the London’s turn. The gorgeous styling, vintage lines, and ample size make it a great option for the lady traveler. The padded center will hold a laptop up to 15.6”, and there is still plenty of room left over for travel necessities. The reviews are overall very positive, but they do note the color is slightly darker than it looks in the pictures. So much to love about this business travel bag! Available for $208 on Amazon. Be sure to check out my new page with products I recommend for travel!

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Should airline loyalty programs be regulated?

September 26, 2014 - 3 Responses

Oh, the lovely world of federal regulations.  Sometimes we love them and sometimes hate them.  Congressman Grayson, a democrat out9-25-14-3 of Florida, has asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to investigate the airlines’ frequent-flyer program policies.   He specifically wants the length of notice given to frequent flyers when a program is changed investigated.  The DOT came back stating they’ll be auditing these programs to ensure they are complying with their disclosure requirements.

As View from the Wing reminds us:

Under existing law, frequent flyer programs can do anything they want to you. They just have to tell you they’re doing it.

I have to admit, this existing law really ticks me off.   In a Business Week story a spokesman for U.S. airlines’ trade group Airlines for America says the programs exist to thank customers for their business and loyalty.  Well that’s all fine and dandy, but what if you are flying that airline specifically because of their reward program?  When they lower the value of those redemptions what kind of thanks is that?? Read more of this article »

Awesome low-tech solutions to travel problems

September 25, 2014 - 3 Responses

We hear and see airports and airlines making technological advancements all the time.   We’re always looking for technology to take us to the next level and to solve our problems.  If technology can’t fix a problem, then what can??  Turns out technology isn’t always the answer.

Recently I read a story about an airport testing a new way to avoid deadly bird strikes.   One would think there would need to be some special radar system, or some other type of technological breakthrough to prevent these bird strikes.  Think again.  Dayton International Airport is simply growing their grass taller to try and fix the problem.  Their idea is that by growing the grass tall it will deter the birds due to their fear of predators hiding within.  A big problem possibly being solved just by letting the earth do its thing?  Pretty amazing.

Then yesterday I saw a story about KLM using a very technologically advanced method to reunite passengers with items they leave on the plane: a highly technical dog named Sherlock.  Flight attendants find items that passengers leave on the plane then give it to good ol’ Sherlock to sniff and track down the owners in the airport.  Be sure to watch the YouTube video of Sherlock in action.  It’s pretty awesome (also you might cry a little. I won’t judge.). Read more of this article »

TSA Blunders

September 24, 2014 - Leave a Response

Normally when I write posts with titles about airport security, it’s usually the TSA that has made some ridiculous mistake. Alas, this time it 9-24-14-1was me.  It’s like I had never flown before in my life!

Since we were going to be in Las Vegas for a couple of days before the conference started, we decided to bring some wine and therefore check our bags on the outbound trip. Coming home, we had finished the wine and didn’t feel like waiting in line to check our bags so decided to carry-on. It would have been totally fine except for a few things. Read more of this article »

Wardrobe Wednesday: Jack Rogers Chantel Ballet Flats

September 24, 2014 - 2 Responses

Each week Road Warriorette features a clothing item that is great for business travel. Do you have a favorite? Send it to RoadWarriorette @ gmail.com.Jack Rogers flats

Ever since I saw the Lily Jade Madison convertible bag on Putting Me Together (and all of the other lovely Lily Jade bags) I’ve been obsessed with cognac accessories. I’ve decided that in addition to the Madison I also need a pair of cognac boots and flats. (We’ll see if this buying spree actually happens, but a girl can dream right??) These Jack Rogers Chantel Ballet Flats in Oak are a lovely color, and the cutout on the side as well as the scalloped edges add plenty of visual interest. They would go with basically anything, making them a great addition to a business travel wardrobe. Also available in Black and Chocolate, $103-$137 on Amazon.

Be sure to check out my new page with products I recommend for travel!

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