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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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Angella-Nazarian,-Egypt,-SwChic Traveler:  Angella Nazarian

Occupation:  Author, Public Speaker, Travel Enthusiast

Hometown:  Beverly Hills via Tehran

Angella Nazarian is the best-selling author of Life as a Visitor and Pioneers of the Possible: Celebrating Visionary Women of the World.  She speaks on topics related to women’s growth and is the co-founder of Women A.R.E. (Aspire. Respond. Engage.)  She loves to travel with her family to exotic locales and take photos.  www.angellanazarian.com

What’s always inside your carry on?

Lipstick, sunscreen, sunnies, a good book or two, and my iPhone.

What’s on your plane play list?

Cesaria Evora, Daft Punk, Gotan Project and Avicii.

Your guilty pleasure while traveling?

I’m a big foodie, so I won’t deny myself the pleasure of good food and desert and drinks.

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

My favorite is the ML Traveler bag.  It has lots of compartments to keep all of my makeup and creams organized.

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

A scented candle is always a nice touch.

Is there a particular destination that inspires your creativity?

Anything that is close to nature.  My two most memorable trips have been my African safari and my trip to the Amazon.

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?

I would usually say Paris, but this year I just returned from the Royal Ascot races in London, and the women’s fashions were chic and sophisticated, yet very modern and edgy.

Any travel misadventures you’d like to share?

My family and I planned a great trip to Argentina one year.  The only problem was that we got stuck in our hotel for two days when they were ousting their president.  The whole town was closed and we heard rioting in the streets.  We promptly shortened our travel and went to Iguasu Falls in Brazil.

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 Fiona Dome Cosmetic is the perfect size to grab and go.

Next on your Stephanie Johnson wish list?

The Mini Pouch in Everglades Turquoise – very chic and compact for traveling.

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

The Mary Alice Tote.  You can use it for the beach, or your carry-on.

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

The first year of our marriage we went to Sweden and purchased a beautiful Biedermeier sofa and shipped it home.  We enjoyed it for many years.

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 am on the hunt to find the best local desert, and I’m proud to say I’ve been successful on many occasions!  It’s always a treat to discover new tastes.

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 prefer to have an adventure with a sense of comfort.

Your happy place / Favorite travel destination?

We usually don’t go to the same location often, but for the past few years we have made a point of staying in St. Jean Cap Ferrat in the South of France.  Paloma Beach is one of the most picturesque small beaches around.

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 and dress in layers.  It’s always fun to find something new while visiting a new place.

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

Bloody Mary Mix with extra lime!

Favorite Airport?  Why?

In China, the Beijing Airport was spectacular both in terms of scale and design.

On your reading list?

Maya Angelou has written five biographies and I’m currently reading number three.  She has wit, wisdom and is an incredible storyteller.

Window or aisle?

If it’s a red-eye, window; all other occasions – aisle.

How often do you fly?

I fly at least once a month.

Any tips that make frequent travel more efficient?

I try not to check any bags.  It saves an incredible amount of time.

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Chic Traveler:  Sally Horchow

Occupation:  Broadway Producer, Curator/Host of www.verygoodlooking.com

Hometown:  Los Angeles

Dream destination?

Dream destination I love to go for vacation:  St. Barth’s, Nantucket

Dream destination I have never been to:  South Africa

What’s always inside your carry on?

Socks (for going through security and wearing on a cold flight), my SJ cosmetic bag with mini versions of my make-up for touch-ups, and my first generation iPad (loaded with plays to read and past episodes of Girls, Mad Men, and Downton Abbey to watch).

Your guilty pleasure while traveling?

Room service breakfast in bed!  Such a waste of money, but such an awesome indulgence!

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

ML Traveler!

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

A sachet for your unmentionables, small portable iPod speakers to play your own music.

Is there a particular destination that inspires your creativity?

Anyplace new.  NYC always.

What’s the most stylish city/locale you’ve visited? 

Paris and Hong Kong, natch.

Anywhere in particular where the fashion/beauty/women’s personal style really blew you away?

Copenhagen had surprisingly stylish folks.

Next on your Stephanie Johnson wish list?

A shape named after me!  (I know so many of the other ladies; I have serious jealousy issues about it.)

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

Medium Zip Cosmetic.

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

My custom-made orange hand-embroidered table runner (extra long for my long dining table!)

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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 always take a walk around the neighborhood upon arrival in a new place – even if just around the block.  New ritual souvenir when traveling with my boyfriend: a charm for the bracelet he gave me.

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

Small luxury resort on an island beach with great dining options abounding.

The one thing that you cannot leave home without?

My old-school Canon Sureshot

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 for each planned day, outfit-by-outfit.  Very strategic.  Takes hours, a separate hanging rack in my guest room, and a clear head!

Favorite pre-travel or travel-friendly beauty routine?

I like to take a shower the night before I travel and then dry my hair in the morning before leaving for the airport.  I wear basic make-up until just before the plane lands, when I apply mascara, etc.

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

H2O, or a glass of red wine if an overnight flight.

Checked bag or carry-on?

Carry-on as much as possible – sending other luggage ahead via LuggageFree.com.

Favorite Airport?  Why?

ACK (Nantucket) – Because I’m always so happy when I get there, and it’s so mellow and small, it makes it easier to deal with when I have to leave.

On your reading list?

New books I have pre-ordered on Amazon:  Malcolm Glawell’s David and Goliath, and A. Scott Berg’s Wilson.

Favorite in-flight pastime?

Catching up on magazines; I love watching the Boing Boing Network on Virgin America.

Any tips for breezing through airport security?

Get TSA Pre and Global Entry.  Life changing!

Window or aisle?

Aisle for sure.  I get up every 25 minutes in a flight, if only to stretch my legs.

Your flight’s delayed:  best way to kill time at the airport?

Drink wine.  What else is there to do?

How often do you fly?

Every two weeks.

Go-to flying ‘uniform?’

It changes every few months, but my latest is: Vince khakis (no belt needed), tank top with a “shelf” (so as to avoid wearing an uncomfortable bra), J. Crew soft cotton button down, camo scarf from Urban Outfitters (to pull outfit together/doubling as extra warmth), Cole Haan black flats with rubber soles.

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