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Chic Traveler:  Mary Alice Haney

Occupation:  Celebrity Stylist

Hometown:  Los Angeles

Mary Alice Haney is a stylist, editor and fashion TV producer with visionary talent.  Inspired by the gowns in old Hollywood films and on the pages of Vogue, Mary Alice earned her MFA from LA’s prestigious American Film Institute and studied at Parson’s School of Design in Paris.  A job at Harper’s Bazaar then led to a mentoring relationship with industry giant Polly Mellen and fashion editor roles for Marie Claire, GQ and Allure.  Appearing in front of the camera as a makeover show host and behind it as a producer, Mary Alice’s range ensures that she understands the nuances of style across visual mediums.  An avid fan of couture and designers such as Balmain and Tom Ford, Mary Alice also possesses the valuable ability to make elite fashion accessible to viewers of The Today Show and Good Morning America, where she has appeared as a style expert.

Dream destination?


What’s always inside your carry on?

Lip gloss, BlackBerry, eye mask for sleeping.  One pair of heels that go with everything.

What’s on your plane play list?

Country or Frank Sinatra

Your guilty pleasure while traveling?

1st class!

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

I only use Stephanie Johnson bags when I travel.  I use them for make-up, vitamins and toiletries.

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?

Paris always blows me away.  The effortless chic that Parisian women embody always amazes me.

Next on your Stephanie Johnson wish list?

A beach bag!

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

I always like picking up jewelry from different destinations.

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

I love a luxury resort but get bored after a day or two of lying around.  My perfect vacation mixes luxury and adventure.  Skiing, diving, trekking, safari.

The one thing that you cannot leave home without?

BlackBerry, iPad


Favorite pre-travel or travel-friendly beauty routine?

I choose each outfit and then pack.  I always carry on even when traveling for 2 weeks.

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


Go-to luggage brand?


Favorite in-flight pastime?

Watching movies and catching up on emails.

Plane food or bring your own?

Bring my own.  I HATE all plane food.

Current favorite getaway?


Any tips for breezing through airport security?

Don’t bring your children.

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

Get a mani-pedi or a massage.

How often do you fly?

Every other week.

Go-to Flying ‘uniform?’

Beyond Yoga yoga pants, J.Crew t shirt, Rick Owens sweater, and running shoes so I don’t have to pack them.

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




Capri is serious FUN.  I’ve been a couple of times before and always had a great time, and I was pretty sure than no return trip could live up to past experiences.  So happy to report that I was wrong!  In fact, this trip – to celebrate good friend and ThisNext Editor-in-Chief Mary Alice Haney’s birthday –  eclipsed all those that came before and may go down in history as one of the longest dance parties on record (for me at least)!

In truth, this blog is a big fat thank you to birthday girl Mary Alice for bringing us halfway across the globe for the best three day celebration ever!


Número UNO/Número Due

The place doesn’t open till 1:30am so rest up.  We skipped the line and were escorted to a banquet along the wall next to the band.  Yes, we danced on the banquet and yes, we sang with the band!  I loved the drummer who sweetly shared his drum sticks with me and let me play along.  I am sooooo taking drum lessons.  At some point a famous Italian singer took to the piano and serenaded the crowd followed by a song sung by his rocker son.  Not bad for our first night on island!

Taverna Anema e Core

Not as intimate as Número UNO/Due, you access the main room by walking down a flight of stairs with glossy photos papering both walls around you.  Fun to see all the stars that have walked these steps before you, everyone from Tom Cruise to Rihanna (spotted in the lobby at Hotel Quisisana while we were there!)  For Mary Alice they busted out huge sparklers and champagne, a giant poster of the birthday girl herself, a t-shirt with her photo, and flags with her picture were waved by the crowd as everyone danced on large tables opposite the band.  Yes, I danced and sang on stage and the lead singer didn’t seem to mind that I blocked her from view.


The anthem for our trip was most definitely Katy Perry’s Firework!


I traveled with a carry-on as I was only there 4 nights and with so many planes, trains and ferries and yachts it is better not to risk losing luggage!  Chic Jackie O shades are a must.  Large brim hat and bikini are essential.  A simple local beach tote.  A cover-up (I’m way addicted to Letarte).  A seriously sexy halter dress (or 3) with strappy sandals for night.  Done!

For style inspiration, check out Mary Alice’s Summer in Capri! collection on

Want even more Capri?  Check out my next blog for tips on fabulous resorts, delicious cuisine, and out-of-this world sightseeing!


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