Ever since a Chico’s store opened in my hometown of Evansville, IN, in the early 2000s, my wardrobe has increasingly been filled with Chico’s clothing and accessories. I am truly a Chico’s girl! The classic styling with just enough trendiness to not be boring and stodgy suits me, and many of my Chico’s pieces more »

“Stow Away,” my article on a Star Clippers Mediterranean cruise, published in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, received Finalist honors in the 2015 Awards Competition of the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA). The category was Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: Cruises. The cruise departed from Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands off the more »


Anne McAlpin, nationally known packing expert and author of Pack it Up: Travel Smart, Pack Light, travels more than 100 days a year and averages 12 flights each month. She has visited 78 countries on six continents, including lots of tropical islands. In a recent interview she shared specific tips on what to pack more »

“What is your favorite island?” Because of my experience in traveling to tropical locations, this is a question I’m often asked.

Others are: “I want to go somewhere…

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