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Monday Eve

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Monday, Happy Monday from the Paris of the Midwest! Sunset rays shine bright here. Have a wonderful evening, cheers!

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Hotels open their pools to 'daycationing' visitors

Hotels open their pools to 'daycationing' visitors | Cultural Trendz | Scoop.it

In New York, two Gansevoort hotels offer "Get Away For A Day" packages ($300) that provide pool access to non-guests — along with a facial, massage, fitness class, complimentary gift bag and even a poolside cocktail.

With the mercury rising, millions of Americans are looking forward to traveling to destinations where they can relax and lounge around hotel pools, beaches and spas.

But maybe you don't have to go far from home to experience the leisurely resort lifestyle. Some hotels are opening their pools and other amenities to non-guests, who can enjoy a mini-vacation without booking a trip, hopping a flight — or even paying for a room.

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The trend, dubbed “daycationing,” is a win-win situation, says Mike Stitt, vice president and general manager at travel-deal website Travelzoo, which offers a variety of such deals: “The hotel gets an incremental guest, and the guest gets a great day at a luxurious pool.”

At the Revere Hotel Boston Common, for example, day visitors can join hotel guests at the 7th-floor pool and adjacent Rooftop @ Revere lounge for $30 a day or splurge on a cabana starting at $300.

“It’s a little bit South Beach, a little bit Vegas,” said Bryan Barbieri, public relations director. “We want to become a destination for people from all over but also for the people who live here because they become your best brand ambassadors.”

Of course, booking a room has rarely been a prerequisite for enjoying the amenities at most hotels. A credit card generally is as good as a room number when it comes to ordering food, drinks or spa treatments.

These days, though, more hotels are jumping on the “aquatic daycation” bandwagon. Earlier this month, The Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, D.C., opened The Rooftop terrace and pool, offering day passes for $25. In June, the Hotel del Coronado launched Del Beach, which gives non-guests access to beachfront daybeds, luxury lounge chairs and cabanettes for $20 to $200.

Others offer pool access as part of plusher — and pricier — spa packages. In New York, two Gansevoort hotels offer "Get Away For A Day" packages ($300) that provide pool access to non-guests — along with a facial, massage, fitness class, complimentary gift bag and even a poolside cocktail.

    “There’s very little marginal cost for the hotel to invite 10 or 15 people to the pool, and there’s actually pretty considerable upside.”

Along similar lines, the Four Seasons Hotel Austin gives resident Texans and other visitors a shot at the good life with its “Daycation” package (starting at $165), which combines pool access with a 50-minute spa treatment, lunch in the hotel restaurant and use of the steam rooms and fitness facilities.

“It's one of our most popular packages for locals and visitors who aren't staying at the hotel but want that resort-like experience,” said spokesperson Kerri Sholly.

Specific offers aside, it doesn’t take an expert in revenue management to understand why hotels are willing to open their aquatic havens to the hoi polloi.

“There’s very little marginal cost for the hotel to invite 10 or 15 people to the pool, and there’s actually pretty considerable upside,” said Stitt. “People who spend the day will probably buy lunch, order drinks or maybe even splurge on a cabana.”

People, for instance, like Suzanne Garber, a Philadelphia-based travel executive who spent just such a day during a girls’ weekend in Miami a few years ago. Although they stayed in a condo, they decided to spend a day at the nearby Mandarin Oriental, where their experience proved both soothing and serendipitous.

“A friend and I had a massage, lunched by the pool and even sunbathed next to Roger Federer and family,” she said. “It was a relaxing, enjoyable day, and we didn’t have to spend several hundred dollars for a room.”

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Shine bright

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Some people truly are bright lights. ❤

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Photos: Best Cosplay | San Diego Comic-Con 2014

Photos: Best Cosplay | San Diego Comic-Con 2014 | Cultural Trendz | Scoop.it
From Batmen to "Star Wars" characters, here's what people wore to the four-day convention.
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Comic-Con's very first "geek couture" fashion show is incredible

Comic-Con's very first "geek couture" fashion show is incredible | Cultural Trendz | Scoop.it

Fangirl apparel company Her Universe has teamed up with teenage outpost Hot Topic and Nerdist Industries to present Comic-Con’s first ever fashion show “Geek Couture.” The Her Universe Fashion Show will feature 36 different looks created by 36 designers. What’s special about this is that the two winning designers (one of which is chosen by a panel of judges, the other by the audience), will co-design an exclusive collection with Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein for Hot Topic!

Her Universe also provided a variety of suggestions (provided below) for potential looks. There seems to be an emphasis on actual wearable fashion instead of cosplay, which is what you’d normally find at a con, which is refreshing especially since “Geek Fashion” usually tends to fall into either cosplay or … t-shirts. Not only is presenting more wardrobe options extremely savvy, so is the push towards actively courting female fans.

Fan favorite Loki makes an appearance in a smart overcoat, with gold and green embroidery. His signature horns make an appearance as a fun little hat that wouldn’t seem out on Princess Beatrice‘s head. Is it just me or are Loki’s shoes giving major “Maleficent” vibes? Meanwhile Doctor Who’s Tardis is transformed into a lovely cobalt blue coat dress.

Hold the phone, this Grecian Captain Kirk dress is so so wearable and doesn’t hit you over the head with classic Star Trek references. Serious Trekkers will appreciate the nod to “Who Mourns for Adonais?“. In the other corner, this Bumblebee from the Transformers outfit seems like it wouldn’t be out of place in Misty’s (of Pokemon) closet either.

After seeing the sketches, we thought we knew what we were getting into, but let’s just say that we were completely blown away by the looks that made their way down the San Diego runway. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite looks below.

You know, I’ve never thought I would use the word beautiful to describe Wolverine, but I just did, and here we are.

This Mystique look channels Kevin Wada’s redesigns of the X-Men costumes in the best possible way.

Another look. Mystique as the Barbie that I’ve always wanted. Eat your heart out, Jennifer Lawrence.

There’s an Iron Throne gown. Iron Throne, gown. That’s all.

To no one’s surprise a Loki outfit did make the runway. The horns as feathers, are a cheeky little touch.

A super 70s Luna Lovegood look.

A “Little Mermaid” dress that isn’t a mermaid dress. Nice clamshell, Ariel.

This robotic Cylon-gown is also giving me a little KITT from “Knight Rider”.

Delorean-inspired separates that wouldn’t seem out of place in “Drive”. Am I right? Did I mention that this outfit takes 1.21 gigawatts to start up?

Regina! Full disclosure, I watch terrible television, and this dress would not be out of place on “Once Upon A Time” or on Lana Parrilla’s frame.

Not surprising the winners were the looks from “Back to the Future” and “Once Upon a Time”.

For those of us playing at home not at San Diego Comic-Con you can follow the following hashtags: #HTConWatch, #sdccgeekcouture. More importantly, check out MTV’s Comic-Con coverage right here.

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