Close
Kristen Shirley

Kristen Shirley

Kristen is the luxury editorial director at Elite Traveler and regularly travels the globe looking for the hottest destinations and most decadent hotels, testing new private jets and styling shoots, including our covers. A former fashion editor at ELLE magazine, Kristen’s favorite place to be is on a beach, cocktail in hand.

Color Play: Statement Making Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Make a statement in single-color jewelry. From a high-jewelry masterpiece with 161 carats of yellow diamonds to earrings with amethyst and matching purple enamel, there’s a piece to suit every occasion. Tiffany & Co bracelet in platinum with 133 carats pink sapphires, price on request, Tiffany & Co in […]

The Most Stylish Men’s Travel Watches

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. We take a deep dive into the world of travel watches. Whether you need to see all 36 time zones at a glance or simply know what time it is at home, you will find the perfect watch here. Hour Hands First designed to help pilots keep track of […]

The Best Nautical-Inspired Resort Fashion

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Take to the high seas in nautical-inspired resort fashion. From blue-and-white stripes to anchors, ring buoys and rope details, there’s an ocean of possibilities. MSGM sweater, $625, skirt, $430, msgm.it

The Best Women’s Watches for Winter Sports

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. An active winter getaway requires a watch that can keep up, whether you’re hitting the slopes or the surf. There’s no need to sacrifice style for function with one of these brightly colored mechanical watches. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore selfwinding Chronograph This ladies Royal Oak Offshore packs quite […]

The Elite Luxury Guide to Mustique

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of Elite Traveler. Few places on Earth hold the same mystique (sorry) as Mustique. When you tell people you’re going, you’ll receive either a blank stare or a look of intense jealousy. One of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets, the island was purpose-built as a playground for the rich and famous, far from […]

Métiers d’Art: Captivating Timepieces for Women

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Bringing art to one of the smallest possible canvases — a petite watch dial — expert artisans use enamel, miniature painting with single-hair brushes and even identical reproductions of larger artworks to decorate the dials of these beautiful timepieces. Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Ronde de Papillons The luxury […]

Ready for Takeoff: the HM9 Flow by MB&F

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. MB&F’s fans rabidly wait for the release of each of its fantastical horological machines, and the recent release of HM9 Flow does not disappoint. Pulling influences from the sensual, curving lines of 1940s and 1950s cars, and the smooth aerodynamics of a jet engine, MB&F combined and transformed them […]

The Ultimate Luxury Guide to Vail

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. When three army vets and a uranium prospector founded Vail in the 1960s, they couldn’t have possibly dreamt that it would become one of the largest and the most storied ski resorts on Earth. As word spread and the village grew around the slopes, it was expressly designed to […]

Beautiful Briolettes in Fine Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. The faceted, teardrop-shaped stone brings a sense of playfulness to any piece of jewelry. We love how clusters of the stone shimmer and shake, whether adorning a stunning watch or dangling from a ring or necklace. Chopard Copacabana necklace in 18K white gold with 282.79 carats sapphire briolettes, 27.35 […]

Suit Up with Glamorous Tailoring

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Who says tailoring can’t be glamorous? With interesting details and fabulous jewels, you’ll be the chicest one at the party. Alberta Ferretti blazer, $748, linen pants, $675 belt, $345, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, +1 212 753 4000, albertaferretti.com