I just got back into town from holiday travel and had such a time! first stop was new york where I was introduced to the many offerings of brooklyn by my brooklyn-born boyfriend saundi. if you're looking for a creative and unique gift including boutique clothes, curios and knick-knacks hit up red pearl on bedford. hungry? don't miss grimaldi's for pizza and for the best cup o' joe and new york black and white cookie, try cranberry's in the heights. delish. for the tech headz, the mac store in soho is helpful, quick and filled with friendly workers and the best apple accessories. if you're on long island and in need of a mani/pedi, jessie's nails on portion road in ronkonkoma is an inexpensive luxury and worth the trip if you're in the surrounding area. next on our holiday tour was miami. ay mami. the standard miami is perfect for a hip drink and great yoga on the bay (take a cab though because parking's a bitch). the gals in miami know how to rock a look that's cool, loose and classic. you can find the best in chic linen pants, sexy tops and studded sandals in the bal harbour shops and for food, give soyka's a go for a comfortable and loungy open space with yummy food. 2008's bell has rung and we're back in L.A. to kick off the new year in style. please join me.