Most airlines tightened up the rules last fall on bags that you can check for free. You're now allowed two, at 50 pounds each. With fees for exceptions approaching the punitive, it's a good idea to weigh your bags on the bathroom scale before you leave home. But what about when you're packing those souvenirs in your hotel room the night before your return? Ricardo Beverly Hills Solutions luggage has the answer: a built-in digital scale. Lift it by the carry handle and the display on top tells you the weight of the bag and its contents, up to 100 lbs. The 25- and 28-inch pullmans are $180 and $200, respectively, at Macy's stores (FD).
A silk Herm?s scarf has long conveyed status and elegance. Now the chic accessory also symbolizes support for rebuilding New Orleans. The French luxury-goods house has reissued a 10-year-old design featuring a tribute to the Big Easy's musical heritage. Herm?s says it's donating a portion of the limited-edition scarf's $320 price tag to the city's Louisiana Historical Society to help restore the flood-ravaged Hines Carousel Gardens amusement area in New Orleans' City Park.
Available in orange, black, or white at Herm?s boutiques and hermes.com, the 36-inch-by-36-inch scarf features bold illustrations of musical instruments surrounded by a tableau of jazz greats and New Orleans symbols. Even though some proceeds go to charity, you can't take the scarf as a tax deduction because objects sold at fair-market price don't qualify.
One of the most popular Web sites has been Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia where users continually update the entries. Now the travel-gossip site TripAdvisor is trying the Wiki formula. Starting Apr. 12, its 18 million monthly users can contribute to the site's guides to destinations around the world. "It's going to turn the travel guidebook industry on its head," says CEO Stephen Kaufer. He adds that ongoing updates will make his Wiki fresher than a Fodor's book could ever be.
An exhibition at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Mass. (wcma.org) is bringing some of Jackson Pollock's extremely fragile drip paintings to the Berkshires. The show, which runs from Apr. 14 to Oct. 1, is a tribute to former Museum of Modern Art chief curator Kirk Varnedoe, a Williams alum who died in 2003. One of the frieze-format paintings, Number 2, 1949, is 16 feet by 3 1/2 feet and was recently restored at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center.