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SBH: Where to lay your head

There are many wonderful hotels on St. Barth, but I am not going to tell you about them. Whether you want to come here alone or with a large group, renting an apartment or house will almost always be less costly. As well, I personally believe it makes for a more relaxed trip since you have your own space. If you are concerned that you will have to clean and shop everyday of your vacation, put that thought out of your mind because most of these properties are professionally-managed and offer soup-to-nuts concierge services. I have used the same leasing agent for years and she's never let me down. Ellie Bettle at Travel Keys is a bit of Villa Rental Goddess....

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62 Days in Paradise

Everyone's definition of paradise is different. For me, it's some place where I can scuba dive, take too many photographs, have great food, and selectively disconnect from it all. St. Barthélemy is that place for me.  Before you jump to conclusions about St. Barth — as I did before I first visited — understand that, as with most things, the perceptions and reality don't equate. Upon my first visit here, I assumed that there would be a slew of celebrities dripping with couture and render me side-eyeing and loathing paparazzi. Not the case at all. Certainly there are people here that you will be hard-pressed to not notice. However, that is likely by personal design via jewelry, clothing, and yacht selection. Yes,...

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Halloween, Art, and History

Very happy to be taking part of the 250th Birthday Culture and Arts Festival at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Upper Manhattan, New York, NY. Starting at 11 A.M. on Saturday, October 31st, this all-day event takes place at the oldest home in Manhattan and will feature several artists and artisans.

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New Site

The new website will be live in early November 2015. I will be updating the products and news during the leading weeks.

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Zale Parry

I've long admired Zale Parry's work as one of the earliest female underwater photographers. She had led the way for those who have followed in her flippered path. You don't hear too much about her outside of the diving circles and that's really too bad as she's done a lot for the sport and a great deal in inspiring more women to take it up as well.Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Zale, the oldest of seven children, became a pioneer in the skin and SCUBA diving worlds in the late 1940s and early 1950s. She was famously a Sports Illustrated cover girl in May 1955 and was, at the time, one of first certified SCUBA instructors. As a very accomplished underwater photographer, she became the first woman...

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