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Kristen Shirley

Kristen Shirley

Kristen is the luxury editorial director at Elite Traveler and regularly travels the globe looking for the hottest destinations and most decadent hotels, testing new private jets and sourcing the best fashion, watches and jewels. She also has deep connections to food, wine and spirits, frequently interviewing the world's best chefs and most prestigious winemakers and distillers. A former fashion editor at ELLE magazine, Kristen’s favorite place to be is on a beach, cocktail in hand.

Women’s Fashion: The New Denim

By Kristen Shirley

Denim is anything but basic when designers play with volume and ruffles, or when it appears on something unexpected, like an elegant sandal. Don’t be afraid of wearing head-to-toe denim; it’s the ultimate street-style look. Above: Roger Vivier Viv Croisiere Patch Clutch, $1,250, Roger Vivier in New York, +1 212 861 5371, rogervivier.com Above: Maggie Marilyn denim jacket, $690, maggiemarilyn.com […]

A Voyage with Gurney’s Resorts

By Kristen Shirley

One of a Northeasterner’s most difficult summer dilemmas is choosing between the pristine shores of New England and the glamorous scene in the Hamptons. In a newly launched package, Gurney’s Resorts offers a trip that gives you the best of both worlds. Begin your journey in one of the Hamptons’ newest hotels, Gurney’s Star Island in Montauk, New York, then […]

The 9 Best Suites in Tokyo

By Kristen Shirley

As the 2020 Summer Olympic Games draw closer, Tokyo is positively buzzing. Hotel renovations are underway, new restaurants are opening and, of course, stadiums are being built for the competitions. Whether you are picking a hotel for an Olympic stay, or hoping to visit before the city is inundated with sports fans, you will find the perfect place in our […]

Spa of the Week: Spa Solage

By Kristen Shirley

While much of Napa Valley — spa treatments included — is all about wine, wine and more wine, Solage Spa at Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection in Calistoga, California celebrates its unique setting near natural hot springs in its spa. The 20,000-sq-ft oasis includes a bathhouse with geothermal pools (where you can get a glass of wine, don’t worry), as well […]

Travel Diaries: Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin

By Kristen Shirley

Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of three-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Bernardin in New York, travels far and wide to find inspiration for his menu. Japan holds a special place in his heart, especially Kanazawa, a charming city in central Japan. Ripert says, “It’s a region that epitomizes the elegance, seasonality and local bounty of Japan. A meal here is not just […]

Luxury Men’s Accessories for Summer 2019

By Kristen Shirley

Celebrating the release of the Summer Issue, Elite Traveler brings you the ultimate selection of luxury men’s accessories. Into the Wild If it’s an all-American getaway you’re after, gear up with pieces perfect for roaming the Wyoming wilderness or plains of Montana. Retire from your day outdoors with Michter’s bourbon, fire-charred in American oak barrels, or Pappy van Winkle’s buttery-yet-fruity […]

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing in Style

By Kristen Shirley

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon in true Texas style with an over-the-top experience that brings you behind the scenes of NASA’s Johnson Space Center and up close and personal with an astronaut. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston is determined to commemorate the lunar landing […]

Flight of Fancy: Lunch with Flamingos

By Kristen Shirley

Take a break from game drives during your Tanzanian safari and fly by helicopter to Ol Doinyo Lengai, an enormous active volcano whose lava moves more quickly than a person can run (good thing you’ve got a chopper on standby), to enjoy the most dangerous glass of champagne you’ll likely have in your life on the volcano’s rim. After your […]

Four Luxury Women’s Skeleton Watches For 2019

By Kristen Shirley

To best show off the miniature machine on your wrist, look to a skeleton watch. These timepieces do not have dials, so the mechanics are on full display. Watchmakers remove as much metal as possible from a movement, allowing you to admire the inner workings of your timepiece. The most talented do more than just remove metal: They perfectly finish […]

Spa of the Week: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

By Kristen Shirley

There are dozens of perfect places to relax in Hawaii, but it’s difficult to imagine a more tranquil spot than Hualalai Spa at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. A lush, tropical oasis sprawls over the grounds, offering traditional and wellness-oriented therapies and treatments in intimate outdoor spa hales (traditional wooden structures). Be sure to arrive early to allow yourself time to […]