Musical Sunday: No Fear of Heights, Katie Melua

Today’s Musical Sunday entry is strictly speaking not a travel song. But it’s featured in the film The Tourist, which basically chronicles the disruption then disintegration of Johnny Depp’s (Franky) European holiday by Angelina Jolie’s Elise character. I watched the film which was shot in Venice and Paris for the first time last week, and must confess I found it largely unremarkable, until Katie Melua’s No Fear of Heights came and saved the day.

Of lazy Sundays and shea butter obsessions

I had great plans for today. I was going to roll out of bed in my own sweet time — no screeching alarm clock to interrupt my detailed, lofty dreams –watch The Andrew Marr show then go jogging at Hyde Park in the name of keeping my New Years’ resolution. Then the rest of the day would pretty much take care of itself the way other Sundays before it have done.

Tripping with: Jessica Lowndes

Vancouver-born Jessica Lowndes is best-known for her role as Adrianna Tate-Duncan on the TV series 90210, where she plays a teenage former-junkie pregnant high school student/actress. The 23-year old was originally meant to have a recurring guest role on the series, but her character was so popular with the fans that she was taken on as a regular. Few people however, know that her first love was singing. Luxury Travel Beat touched base with the actress when she was recently in London to promote her music.

Exclusive: Tripping with Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese started her career as a stripper called Heather Sweet in one of Los Angeles many bikini clubs. The former blond girl from a farming town in Michigan rose to international prominence in the early 2000s, in part due to her marriage to and subsequent divorce from Marilyn Manson, but largely thanks to her Hollywood Golden-era look and burlesque routines. Last week, the 39-year old queen of burlesque was in London to launch her fragrance Dita Von Teese at Liberty London. Luxury Travel Beat caught up with her to talk to her about her extensive travels.

Hotel Review: Le Bristol, Paris

In May this year, France introduced the Palace distinction, a title which only the best of the best luxury hotels in the country could decorate themselves with. The Le Bristol Hotel, located midway along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré – the gilded avenue in the overtly posh 8th arrondissement that is home to world-class fashion emporiums and the Élysée Palace – had the honour of being the first hotel in the country to clinch the title. Luxury Travel Beat went to Paris to find out what the fuss was all about.