Sometimes the best thing about a long weekend is the shortened workweek that follows. Friday's already back, and everybody's got a little extra pep in their step because of it.

Back in my college years, a day in nearby Pasadena was usually spent exclusively in Old Town, perusing the sales racks at Urban Outfitters and stopping off for a bite at the Cheesecake Factory before heading home. My, how times–and my taste–have changed.

Designer Molly Luetkemeyer can escape to her favorite destinations around the world by staying right at home.