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My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best. –Winston Churchill

Katie Lara is on a quest to find the best life has to offer. She appreciates luxury and has never been satisfied with anything other than the finest things in life. But as Katie has learned, the best doesn’t always mean the most expensive.  The best things in life can sometimes be found in unexpected packages, new experiences and surprising places. Narrowing down the top choices though can be tough. We find the best of the best–and when it comes to health and home–the greener the better!


And that’s where Katie comes in–after diligent (perhaps obsessive) research to find the best options (be it travel, restaurant, beauty or baby product), Katie reviews and chronicles what she’s learned so her readers can make informed decisions about what’s worth a higher price tag –and essentially where to splurge or secret bargains where you can save. 

katie-lara-acqualina shares recommendations for food, family products, travel, fashion and beyond. While Katie loves the Five Star experience, her quest for the best can uncover amazing products, restaurants or experiences in the most unexpected places that even the most seasoned luxury connoisseur can appreciate!


Katie’s blogging escapades began in 2008 with Smartypanties and then in 2011 with Travelingpanties where she chronicled her luxe travel adventures. Now that she’s a bit older, her lifestyle (and her audience’s) has changed focus. Now a 30-something, mom-to-be living in New York City for over a decade, Katie will share her personal journey to live like a VIP while maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  Looking and feeling like a million bucks is an art…but it can also be exhausting without some help… Katie’s honest (and dare we say hilarious) opinions are guaranteed to be a must-read for all women.

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Katie currently is Forbes’ New York travel correspondent and regular contributor to Huffington Post, Fodor’s, U.S. News & World Report amongst other outlets. She has done it all–college in the Midwest, law school in New York City, worked at Jean Paul Gaultier, Fox News, a corporate law firm, a private practice and currently in non-profit–all while juggling freelance writing–and a family. Katie jets around the world soaking in everything that it has to offer (in the past few years she has been to South Africa, Thailand, Cambodia, Italy, Laos, Vietnam, France, England and man more) and can’t wait for her next adventure.