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Travel Insider: DJ Alex Merrell

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Travel Insider: DJ Alex Merrell

When Cartier, Mercedes-Benz or W Hotels (among others) need to set the right vibe at a glam occasion, they call DJ Alex Merrell. Playing these gigs has taken the New York-based Vancouver native to places like St. Barts and Morocco – and since she travels over 200,000 kilometres a year, she’s more likely to run into friends abroad. “My biggest frustration has been missing people by not knowing they were in town!” she says. That’s why she’s launching TREC this spring, an iPhone app for frequent travellers that syncs friends’ travel calendars by city. Not on the itinerary? “I avoid clubs! I prefer little jazz bars.”

BLACK BOOK: NEW YORK

Jet-lag lifesaver “The best way to decompress after travelling is the Roman-style baths at Aire in Tribeca. They save my mangled body!”

Night out “The best cocktail in NYC is the bourbon-and-rum-based Start Me Up at the NoMad Hotel.”

Favourite resto to take out-of-towners to “La Esquina has great Mexican food. It’s underground, so it has a speakeasy vibe.”

Daily brew “I’m really into matcha from MatchaBar.”

READ MORE: DJ Alex Merrell's long flight survival playlist

GLOBAL ADDRESS BOOK

Best place to see Mick Jagger “I had a gig in Deauville, France, last year, and he showed up and danced until 2 a.m.”

Top airports “The Cathay Pacific lounge in Hong Kong is incredible, Heathrow has the best shopping and I love Vancouver because there’s a big piece of my father’s [Todd Merrell] art in the arrivals area.”

Best scene “The Hôtel Costes in Paris sets the bar for sexy. You can always find interesting strangers to have a conversation with.”

Jetset getaway “Saline Beach in St. Barts is my idea of heaven. It’s magical.”

Caffeine fix “In Istanbul, I DJed at Lucca, which is a restaurant turned party spot. I drank a lot of Turkish coffee there. It’s like a five-hour energy drink!”

FLIGHT PLANS

“I usually catch the red-eye so I can start exploring as soon as I get to a city. If I’m not sleeping, I chat with my seatmate. I’ve made a lot of friends and business contacts on planes.”

FLIGHT STYLE

“My ‘day job’ is a night job, so I bring killer heels, statement accessories and show-stopping dresses.”

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DJ Alex Merrell's travel must-haves

Travel must-have: Leather jacket

"This structured moto by The Arrivals is a great update to a classic wardrobe staple," says DJ Alex Merrell.   The Arrivals Rainier leather moto jacket ($695), at thearrivals.com.   READ MORE: Travel Insider Maria Giulia Maramotti on the best spots in Milan

Image by: ELLECanada.com By: Sarah Laing Source: Courtesy of The Arrivals

DJ Alex Merrell's travel must-haves

Travel must-have: Lightweight luggage

"My Rimowa salsa luggage in matte black is lightweight and the perfect size."   Rimowa Salsa multiwheel trolley ($625) at taschen.net.   READ MORE: 10 of the best investment luggage sets

Image by: ELLECanada.com By: Sarah Laing Source: Courtesy of Rimowa

DJ Alex Merrell's travel must-haves

Travel must-have: Statement earrings

"These earrings strike a perfect gypsy/glam balance."   Oscar de la Renta gold plated earrings ($225) at net-a-porter.com.   READ MORE: 10 of the best travel sleep sets

Image by: ELLECanada.com By: Sarah Laing Source: Courtesy of net-a-porter.com

DJ Alex Merrell's travel must-haves

Travel must-have: On-the-go fragrance

"Jo Malone travel size Pomegranate Noir Cologne is in my purse at all times and will get past the strictest of liquids rules (Heathrow)."   Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir cologne ($60), at jomalone.com.   READ MORE: How to travel like a beauty guru

Image by: ELLECanada.com By: Sarah Laing Source: Courtesy of Jo Malone

DJ Alex Merrell's travel must-haves

Travel must-have: Dry shampoo

"Klorane dry shampoo is a lifesaver for an early flight after a late night."   Kloreane Oil-Supressing dry shampoo ($18) at salons and mass-market retailers.   READ MORE: 7 things you need to sleep on a plane

Image by: ELLECanada.com By: Sarah Laing Source: Courtesy of Klorane

DJ Alex Merrell's travel must-haves

Travel must-have: Crossbody bag

"Mackage makes great cross body bags which are great for sightseeing – hands free and the arrow closure is pickpocket proof."   Mackage leather and silver mini crossbody bag ($350), at mackage.com.   READ MORE: 15 stylish passport covers

Image by: ELLECanada.com By: Sarah Laing Source: Courtesy of Mackage

DJ Alex Merrell's travel must-haves

Travel must-have: Mascara

"Diorshow Blackout mascara had been a staple for years."   Diorshow Black Out mascara ($31), at Sephora and sephora.ca.   READ MORE: 10 of the best suitcase sets    

Image by: ELLECanada.com By: Sarah Laing Source: Courtesy of Sephora

DJ Alex Merrell's travel must-haves

Travel must-have: Ankle boots

"These Toga Pulla boots segue perfectly from the plane (no laces to deal with in security) to meetings or an adventure when you land."   Toga Pulla buckled ankle boots ($590), at farfetch.com.   READ MORE: Exploring stylish Copenhagen

Image by: ELLECanada.com By: Sarah Laing Source: Courtesy of Farfetch


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