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Chic Traveler:  Alexandra Youdeem

Occupation: Founder, The Local Foreigner

Hometown: New York

A dual French and American citizen born in New York and educated in France and the UK, Alexandra has relished every opportunity to explore and engage with worlds different from her own.  Recognizing the need for a higher degree of personalization and a more empathetic approach to trip curation, Alexandra launched The Local Foreigner, a one-stop shop for inspiration, insider insight, and comprehensive planning.

Dream destination?

Where the sky and earth merge, the world’s largest mirror, the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia.

What’s on your plane play list?

I am a huge fan of French new wave cinema so I try to download at least one new movie on my iPad before each flight.

Your guilty pleasure while traveling?

Getting at least one deep tissue massage.

Is there a particular destination that inspires your creativity?  

Train rides really arouse my imagination.  Staring out onto rapidly changing landscapes gives me a lot of peace and perspective.

What’s the most stylish city/locale you’ve visited?  Anywhere in particular where the fashion/beauty/women’s personal style really blew you away?

Though to many it may sound cliché- Paris will always stand out as the most stylish city in the world.  Women pull off tomboy chic so well it’s sexy!

If you were introducing a world traveling friend to SJ for the first time, what’s the first piece you’d recommend they buy?

The Jumbo Zip Cosmetic – it fits way more than you think.  I use it to carry all sorts of things my iPad, chargers, wallet, passport… I love it!Alexandra-Youdeem-3

 

Next on your Stephanie Johnson wish list?

The ML Traveler in Mumbai Turquoise.

Favorite travel ritual or souvenir: (Do you always visit a local book shop?  Hunt down the best cappuccino?  Pick up a tree ornament depicting your destination?)

I always try and check out the modern art museum, if there is one – I find it’s the best and fastest way to gain exposure to local pop culture.

Your personal travel style: (Do you like a luxury resort?  A private hideaway?  Do you prefer to lie on the beach?  Explore the countryside?)

I love unique properties – exploring a new destination can be so much more fun if you stay somewhere that has its own story or history.

The one thing that you cannot leave home without?

My 1978 Canon A-1 camera.  It was a gift from my uncle and it takes the most incredible shots.

Your happy place / Favorite travel destination?

That’s like picking your favorite child – but if I had to pick, I would have to say Istanbul, Tokyo, and Copenhagen are among my top 10 favorite cities.

Favorite pre-travel or travel-friendly beauty routine?

Getting in a workout, preferably Rique’s Soulcycle class the morning I fly out.

First drink in the air:  H2O, champagne or OJ?

Champagne :)

Go-to luggage brand?

Tumi all the way!  Knowing that each bag has a GPS tracker gives me peace of mind when checking luggage.

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Checked bag or carry-on?

Carry-on all the way, unless I am traveling for 2 weeks +

On your reading list?

1984 by George Orwell.

Plane food or bring your own?

Bring my own – I get food anxiety, I’m always afraid I’ll be starving on the plane and a bag of peanuts just won’t do.

Window or aisle?

Aisle.

How often do you fly?

Enough to make people think I don’t actually live in NY.

Go-to flying ‘uniform?’

Sweats & a blowout are a must! 

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Jessie-Freschl

Chic Traveler:  Jessie Freschl  

Occupation:  Personal Stylist

Hometown:  NYC

Jessie Freschl hails from a rich lineage of fashionable entrepreneurs, most notably her mother, with whom she ran the operations of her family’s high-end clothing boutique, Gigi of Mequon, in Milwaukee, WI.  As a buyer for contemporary and designer apparel, she has had ample experience working closely with designers to identify what specific trends and styles work for the consumer.  Jessie now brings her expertise to the private sector with her style service FreschStyle, working closely with her clients to cultivate a fashion profile that fits their budget and adapts to their already developed personal style.  In September of 2012, FreschStyle introduced its first ever charity initiative, Covet Closet, aiming to help those in need by cleaning out coveted closets in NYC and selling those clothes for charity.

Dream destination?

Mysore, India

What’s always inside your carry on?

Water, almonds, Aquafor, book I’m currently reading, magazines, music.

What’s on your plane play list?

I usually try and catch up on a good read aboard a plane, so good jazz is a must.  Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue” is a favorite.

Your guilty pleasure while traveling?

If without my children, hands down:   sleeping in.

The Stephanie Johnson bag / bags that always make the trip? 

The Geneva Black Alex Sparkle Cosmetic Bag.  It doubles as a small clutch for the night.

Any tips or must-pack items for making your hotel feel more like home?

I always unpack my suitcase down to the cosmetic brushes in a glass and I set up my space to make it more lived in.  I often bring a small candle as well – Diptyque’s “Figuier” is a personal favorite.

Is there a particular destination that inspires your creativity?

Coming from NYC I never fall short for inspiration in fashion.  So I would have to say escaping to a quiet tranquil place is good for me to decompress and feel renewed.  My last trip to Aspen was so rejuvenating.

What’s the most stylish city/locale you’ve visited?  Anywhere in particular where the fashion/beauty/women’s personal style really blew you away?

Nice.  I spent some time there in college and loved how the women dressed.  It was simple elegance that seemed so effortless and timeless.

Any travel misadventures you’d like to share? 

Never eat a falafel from a street vendor in Dahab, Egypt followed by a night car ride through the desert to Cairo.

If you were introducing a world traveling friend to SJ for the first time, what’s the first piece you’d recommend they buy?

Oh, that is hard one.  I would probably point her to the Mini Pouch.  I have used mine for cosmetics, as a credit card holder, a jewelry case, and for work-related items like measuring tape, pens, and labels.

Next on your Stephanie Johnson wish list?

An eye mask to sleep in when without my children.   :)

What’s your favorite SJ piece to give as a gift?

I love giving a gift in a trio set.  That is how I was first introduced to the pieces.  I would give an ML Traveler, a Medium Pouch, and a Mini Pouch in complimentary colors, but different fabrics.

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Favorite travel ritual or souvenir: (Do you always visit a local book shop?  Hunt down the best cappuccino?  Pick up a tree ornament depicting your destination?)

I love to go into small boutiques and see their offerings.  I grew up working closely with my Mom in our family’s luxury boutique, Gigi of Mequon, in Wisconsin.  So I love walking around and finding like stores in other cities of the world.

Your personal travel style: (Do you like a luxury resort?  A private hideaway?  Do you prefer to lie on the beach?  Explore the countryside?)

I like destinations that offer a bit of relaxation followed by an adventure.  For example, for my honeymoon almost a decade ago, we hiked around an active volcano for a few days and then followed up at an incredible resort that overlooked the ocean in Costa Rica.

The one thing that you cannot leave home without?

A big bottle of water, sunscreen, and my iPhone.

Your happy place / Favorite travel destination?

Warm sandy beaches.

How do you pack for a trip? (Are you a list maker? Do you pack in outfits? Throw caution to the wind and shop when you arrive?)

I pack outfits and try and reuse items differently throughout the trip and of course pack less than more to save room for a few fun purchases to bring home.

Favorite pre-travel or travel-friendly beauty routine?

A manicure and pedicure the day before I head out if time allows.

Go-to luggage brand?

My suitcases are Swiss.  LeSportsac makes great nylon totes.

Checked bag or carry-on?

Carry on alone, checked with kids.

Favorite Airport?  Why?

Zurich, Switzerland.  It is so peaceful and pretty.

On your reading list? 

Currently reading “David and Goliath.”  Up next, “This is Where I Leave You.”

Any tips for breezing through airport security?

If you have children find the line for families, or speak with a security guard.  You can usually always bypass long lines.  Don’t wear much jewelry and keep your outfit easy, down to the shoes.

Window or aisle?

Aisle.

How often do you fly? 

Every other month or so.

Go-to flying ‘uniform?’ 

Comfy jeans, tank, long sleeve shirt, sweater, easy shoes.

Any tips that make frequent travel more efficient?

Try to plan ahead and breathe.

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Chic Traveler:  Mary Price-Nagel

Occupation:  Design and Merchandising Director, Jigsaw-London

Hometown:  Beverly Hills, CA

Mary was fortunate enough to combine her love of travel and love of design with her first job as a European Designer/Couture buyer for Neiman Marcus.  Currently, as the Design and Merchandising Director for Jigsaw-London, she is based in Los Angeles and travels frequently to the head office in London.  At Jigsaw, she launched Jigsaw Green Label, which is designed and manufactured exclusively in America from locally sourced fabrics.  The line is sweatshop free, decreases the company’s carbon footprint and supports local businesses.  She also works as a Tanzanian Development Officer for World Computer Exchange, a charity that provides computers to the developing world.  “If I am not on a plane every six months, I get antsy!  I have an insatiable desire to experience anything new and different.”

Dream destination? 

Anywhere.  My travel motto is ‘have passport, will travel.’  I love being immersed in any foreign culture and foreign language, but am partial to warm water, warm sand, warm sun, and warm people.

What’s always inside your carry on?

Lip balm, iPad, iPhone, plane slippers, travel size Crème de La Mer, hand sanitizer, Jigsaw Kimono Cardigan that doubles as a cozy scarf for chilly flights.

What’s on your plane play list?  

I have eclectic music taste – everything from Mozart to The Moth podcasts.  One of my favorite pre-trip rituals is updating my playlist.  My last ‘travel’ mix featured Friendly Fires, Poolside, Rae &Christian, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Bonobo and Disclosure.

Your guilty pleasure while traveling?  

Sleep.

Any tips or must-pack items for making your hotel feel more like home?  

Not very sexy, but I always travel with eyeshades and ear plugs.  Noisy neighbors, elevators or annoying blinking electronics can ruin even a 5 star experience.

Is there a particular destination that inspires your creativity?

When I feel like being a culture vulture, it’s New York.  With the world’s best museums, dance and music performances, art galleries, and unique shops, it is like culture camp.

What’s the most stylish city/locale you’ve visited?  Anywhere in particular where the fashion/beauty/women’s personal style really blew you away? 

With the ubiquitous nature of media today, style has become homogenized around the world.  To me, the only cities that foster true creative personal expression in a sophisticated way are New York and Paris.

Any travel misadventures you’d like to share? 

My very first trip to France was with my cousin, Matt, and dear friend, Bryan.  We weren’t savvy travelers, we spoke little to no French, and, as it was the early 90’s, we had no smartphones or internet.  We also had no reservations and no plan.  We had rental car and a map.  Period.    At the end of each day, we would pull into a city and follow the signs to the Hotel de Ville in hopes of finding a place to stay.  Each time we ascended the steps and knocked on the door of the grand Hotel de Ville, there was no answer.  We couldn’t understand how or why largest and most central hotel in the city would be closed in every town we visited?  We finally consulted our French/English dictionary to discover “Hotel de Ville” means City Hall.   To this day, we joke about staying with the Mayor.  Regardless of that mishap, or maybe because of it, we found ourselves in the most amazing little villas and inns.  Note to self:  don’t over plan. Always leave room for discovery and adventure.  It is the magic of travel, or at least a good story.

Next on your Stephanie Johnson wish list?  

I love the Jumbo transparent zip cosmetic in orange or pink.  So much more chic than zip lock baggies for your carry-on liquids.

What’s your favorite SJ piece to give as a gift?

I love the Tinseltown Rose Gold Medium Flat Pouch.  Perfect for stashing special, small goodies and can double as an evening clutch.

Is there a favorite possession you’ve acquired during your travels?  What is it?

A small agate stone given to me by a healer in Zanzibar.

Favorite travel ritual or souvenir: (Do you always visit a local book shop?  Hunt down the best cappuccino?  Pick up a tree ornament depicting your destination?)

I always try to find a local flea market or open air market.   I also like to pick up a small stone, shell, or leaf – something small and indigenous to the place I visited.

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Your personal travel style: (Do you like a luxury resort?  A private hideaway?  Do you prefer to lie on the beach?  Explore the countryside?)

It depends on what I need in my life, peace and quiet or inspiration and adventure.

Your happy place / Favorite travel destination?

Africa.

Do you have a favorite menu item you indulge in when you’re on the road?  Perhaps a dish or a type of cuisine you can’t get back home?

If it is local, vegetarian, difficult to pronounce and you definitely can’t get at home, I’m in.

How do you pack for a trip? (Are you a list maker? Do you pack in outfits? Throw caution to the wind and shop when you arrive?)

I travel light so I work around several basics and wardrobe staples.  I’d rather have items in heavy rotation than deal with heavy luggage.

Go-to luggage brand?

Tumi.  I have had one piece of Tumi for 25 years.  When it is on its last leg, Tumi refurbishes every time to perfection.

Checked bag or carry-on?

Carry-on.

Favorite Airport?  Why?

Long Beach.  I love the old school, outdoor, board-from-the-tarmac experience.  It feels like a resort airport, like a throwback to a different time.  Malpensa in Milan and Madrid score points for great architecture and design.

On your reading list? 

Zanzibar Chest by Aidan Hartley, The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane.

Plane food or bring your own?

I always bring snacks.  Before a long-haul flight, I pre-order a vegetarian meal.

Do you arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare, or are you the last-minute type always racing to catch your flight?

I like to walk on board as they are shutting the airplane door.

Window or aisle?  

Aisle.

How often do you fly? 

In fits and spurts.  Every month to once every 6 months.

Go-to flying ‘uniform?’ 

Jigsaw leggings, Jigsaw silk trim jersey tunic, Jigsaw Kimono cardigan and Converse.

Any tips that make frequent travel more efficient?  

When in doubt, pack black.  If you think you ‘might’ wear it, you won’t.  Leave it at home.

Do you work in-flight or use the time to unwind?  

Unwind.  With no phone and no internet (for now), it is the only place I get to unplug guilt free.

Interested in helping World Computer Exchange?  Visit:  https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?cid=12465

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