Travel March 2013

Destinations, product picks and getaway tips.

Rachel Kalina

Beautiful Books

Keep your tech in check with Plus Motif. These cases are available for e-readers and come in a variety of expressive designs. Along with a notepad and pen, tote your favorite e-books in style. Check out to find the cover that fits you best.

Gotta Get Away

Heading to the West Coast? Check out San Francisco’s National Park the Presidio, which offers hiking, rock climbing, swimming, biking and other activities. Spend a night or two at the Inn at the Presidio, the first hotel built in the area. Embodying the style of Georgian Revival, the eco-friendly hotel provides families with a historic and comfortable backdrop in which to relax. Visit to discover current vacation packages.

Arm Candy

While you’re out and about as a tourist, take along a cute Salvador Kitti wristlet to safely keep track of valuables. Tuck your phone or camera into tiny bag that boasts a painting of an elephant, giraffe, penguin or other adorable animal on water-resistant microfiber. Feel good about your purchase from as a portion of the proceeds benefit wildlife conservation projects.

Wandering Wardrobe

On your family’s next jaunt to a tropical locale, mom can look her best on the beach with a lightweight, colorful dress from Nieves Lavi. The label is loved by mothers like Jessica Alba and Kelly Ripa. The resort collection is available at

Illness May Occur

Be prepared when sickness strikes on the road with Mommy’s Medicine Cabinet. This kit contains the most commonly used medicines and first-aid products you might need during an emergency— all within a patterned purse. The bags cater to the specific ages of your children and are available at

This column appeared in the March 2013 issue.