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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 styling shoots, including our covers. A former fashion editor at ELLE magazine, Kristen’s favorite place to be is on a beach, cocktail in hand.

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 […]

Guy Savoy on Winning the Lifetime Achievement Award

By Kristen Shirley

The first thing chef Guy Savoy says to me is, “Merci.” Savoy is a world-renowned chef, proprietor of one of Paris’s most swoon-worthy restaurants and the winner of Elite Traveler’s Lifetime Achievement Award, yet his first impulse is to give thanks. This humility coupled with fierce pride in his team, his purveyors and France’s prestigious gastronomic traditions define his approach […]

Michael White on Marea, the ‘Italian mecca of the Midwest’

By Kristen Shirley

Since it opened 10 years ago, Marea has become a cornerstone of the New York dining scene. Chef Michael White’s coastal Italian cuisine has won many accolades over the years, including two Michelin stars and, when it opened, the James Beard Award for best new restaurant. White isn’t one to rest on his laurels, though, and this year will open […]

The Best Luxury Sunscreens For This Summer

By Kristen Shirley

On the hunt for the best luxury sunscreens? Whether you’re looking for sun protection for your face or body, or the best sunscreen to wear under makeup or to the beach, we’ve got the perfect sunscreen for you. A dermatologist’s best advice is usually to wear sunscreen every day. With our roundup of the best sunscreens for your face and […]

Eric Ripert Announces Cayman Cookout 2020 Lineup

In an exclusive lunch at Le Bernardin, chef Eric Ripert announced the dates and lineup for the 12th annual Cayman Cookout, a four-day food festival held at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. Cayman Cookout stands out for its relaxed, yet exclusive atmosphere: The hotel is open only to guests who have purchased packages to the Cookout, ensuring an intimate and family […]

Style Guide: Mesmerizing Moonstone Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

Moonstone’s adularescence (the light-scattering phenomenon that gives it that brilliant glow) is why the gemstone has been considered good luck for centuries — it was given its name because it resembles a full moon hiding behind a veil of clouds. The silvery, pale-blue hue is mesmerizing, and there’s no size or placement of moonstone too insignificant. Of course, moonstone surrounded […]

Natural Wonders: Jewelry Inspired by Nature’s Curves

By Kristen Shirley

Faceted gemstones and delicately cut diamonds will always have a place in your jewelry collection — but sometimes the most beautiful and intricate pieces are those inspired by the natural lines and curves of the Earth. From Coomi’s ancient Roman glass with its weathered patina — dating back to the 1st century AD — to Jorge Adeler’s marvelous citrine ring […]

Doutzen Kroes on Saving Elephants in Style

By Kristen Shirley

After appearing on the world’s most prestigious runways and in countless ad campaigns, supermodel, philanthropist and activist Doutzen Kroes lends her famous face to an urgent cause: saving Africa’s elephants from the ivory trade. As the global ambassador for Knot On My Planet — a campaign directly benefiting Elephant Crisis Fund, where 100 percent of the funds raised support projects […]

Where to Dine, Stay and Explore in Scottsdale

By Kristen Shirley

The desert is not dead — certainly not in Scottsdale, Arizona. Located on the outskirts of Phoenix, the city sits next to some of the Southwest’s most pristine and accessible desert landscapes. It has a lively nightlife scene, which means you can have a fun, outdoor vacation that isn’t overly healthy, and enjoy a dose of culture as well. Scottsdale’s […]