Traveling to Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Beijing, Korea, and Hong Kong with Heys.

We just returned from a two week trip in Asia and Heys luggage once again did not disappoint. We visited Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Beijing, Korea, and the last stop... Hong Kong. That also included a few train rides. Not only did it return back to the U.S. in great shape, it's super lightweight and expandable just in case you need to pack a few extra items from a day of shopping.

Last year I took a little road trip with another stylish Heys suitcase from their marble collection.  This year I went for the Para-Lite 30".  It locks, it spins, and rolls like a charm. 

Luggage doesn't always have to be expensive to hold up. 
Thanks Heys! Rollin' with you has been a breeze!


Janet Gunn + The Grateful Gardenia + Heys

No one wants to be charged extra for baggage weight. Heys is lightweight at just 11 lbs. and is 30" x 19.3" x 13".

We’re always in more than one place, so having these bags to stay organized is a must! Depending on the weather and activities, we don’t have to dig through our luggage searching for an outfit - plus you’re saving space and time.

The Ecotex 5pc Packing Cube Set is made from 18 recycled water bottles. By utilizing discarded materials to create new products, Heys offers an eco-friendly choice for a clean and sustainable future… Love that!

Janet Gunn + The Grateful Gardenia + Heys + Melissa Meyers + Caravan Outpost

Great gift idea for Mother’s Day too. You can also see my friend and blogging partner Melissa Meyers enjoying Heys selection from our road trip last year. Love the striped interior of the Bianco Marble collection!

Enjoy your travels wherever they may take you!

Thank you for reading!




Oh Canada… you’re so lovely.

It was our first family ski trip for the season and we decided to try something new, Whistler Canada. We actually picked a perfect weekend for this Whistler wonderland, the locals told us it was some of the best snow conditions they’ve had in years. It was a quick trip and so worth it.

Janet Gunn + The Grateful Gardenia

Welcome to Whistler - Blackcomb / North America’s largest resort and The Westin. “If you can’t find your favorite terrain here, you can’t find it anywhere.” from the editors of Ski Magazine. They make it so easy to rent and return your equipment. Can-Ski Sports is located on the 1st floor of the hotel. Check in - get fitted and walk right out to the gondola that takes you to the top of the mountain in 25 minutes.

We flew from LAX to Vancouver and drove for two hours to Whistler. We had snow for the last hour and we all agreed it was the most gorgeous snowflakes we’ve seen! Canada is equipped for snowy conditions so the drive was actually enjoyable and beautiful.

Base Layers

Base Layers

Most importantly; have the right gear! It was below zero, so bundle up, cuz baby it’s cold outside. This year I purchased after-ski UGGS all-weather boots and my feet were never cold. The overall dress on and off the mountain is casual.

Kjus  /  Canada Goose  / Frauenschuh /  Poc  Helmet

Kjus / Canada Goose / Frauenschuh / Poc Helmet

If you’re someone who likes to be first on the mountain, take the gondola to the top for first runs and breakfast. Gondola leaves at 7:15 and after breakfast you’ll be on the slopes by 8:15.

Lift ticket pricing

poc helmets

Peak to Peak (not for the faint of heart) is a glass bottom gondola that takes you from Whistler to Blackcomb, where most of the locals ski. This gondola spans the length between the two mountains and the view is breathtaking…literally.

It’s a charming town, all of the hotels are in the middle of the village along with shopping, We found three really good restaurants and a casual wood-burning pizza joint (we ordered in and watched the Oscars with pizza from Caramba.) There are more that 100 dining and drinking options to choose from.


Il Caminetto

Basalt - Wine & Salumeria


Janet Gunn + The Grateful Gardenia

Don’t forget to change your money, Canadian dollars only.

Janet Gunn + The Grateful Gardenia + TopTote

Have you heard about TopTote? Created by Lindsay Albanese this accessory is a necessity when you’re traveling the globe or in your own city. I personally love to wear hats so when Lindsay sent me her new product for my upcoming travels I couldn’t wait to put it into action. It’s so simple and it’s a fabulous idea! I also think it would make a great gift for your fellow traveler.

Janet Gunn + The Grateful Gardenia

If you love to ski and you’re in the mood for an adventure I think you’ll be surprised at the beauty and charm of Whistler. There are 200 trails to choose from and there’s something for everyone. Have a great ski trip if you’re headed to the mountains this season and wear your helmet!