Garance, Garance!

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

I have been a fan of her blog ever since I first laid eyes on it,  two years ago. I love her work and often felt we shared an aesthetic. So, when she emailed me out of the blue this cold January to ask to get together and, oh, yeah, take your picture, I had to keep from jumping out of my skin with excitement. She is one of my favorite photographers and you know what it’s like to meet your idols in life!! I had to act cool. Instead, we immediately started exchanging stories and jokes, and hours and hours flew by. Just like that.

© Photo Garance Doré www.garancedore.fr/en/

And then she asked me another favor: would I write a NYC guide? (I am a Gemini, and anyone who follows astrology knows that we are walking databases!) So I had two heart attacks, one after the other!! Just like a teenage girl.

© Photo Garance Doré www.garancedore.fr/en/

Thank you, Garance!!

10 Summer Style Spiff-Ups

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Originaly published on TheHuffingtonPost.com on 17 May 2010.

Whether you’re a city slicker or beach bound — these styles are equally useful for both — here are 10 easy pieces to stay chic in the heat and jump start your summer.

1) Lanvin Silk and Straw Hat. Available at LouisaviaRoma.com

The technology of this hat falls somewhere between a child’s craft project and effortless style. Silk ribbons are shredded and knotted to look like a flower. This would also make a great DIY project with an old panama hat and some satin ribbon as it has a hand-made quality (which is exactly what’s so appealing about it.)

2) St James for Calypso Stripy Shirt. Available at Calypso-cell.com

They took the traditional St James striped blue tee, and gave it a vintage wash for a new take on an old weathered favorite. This is the ultimate Francophile Picasso beachy look that equals instant style when worn over a bathing suit on the beach, or with shorts or white jeans.

3) Chanel Mini Classic Pocketbook. Available at Chanel

Enter "The Tiny Pocket Book"! Lighten your It Bag load for summer, and pair it down. This bag is more like jewelry than a heavy handbag.

4) Christian Louboutin Animal Print Sandal. Available at Net-a-Porter.com

One part pony hair leopard print, one part Grecian goddess, these flats are a step in the right direction from the all-popular gladiator style. The ankle architecture looks great with long, flowy, toe-dusting dresses or short mini skirts. Try them with shredded jean shorts and a t-shirt.

5) Farmer’s Market Carry-Alls: The French Tote and European Wicker Cart and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. French tote available here and Wicker Cart available here.

Farms are bursting with their most colorful, tasty veggies and fruit of the year. Stock up and buy fresh, buy local. Farmers markets aren’t all hippies (who play pan flutes) and vegans. They are the new see-and-be-scene in your local piazza filled with savvy foodies like your stylish self so make sure you know your chard from your chervil and look chic! Read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

6) Alexander Wang Leather Corset Shorts with Front Tie. Available at Shopbop.com

You won’t look like Zena Princess Warrior or a female version of Mad Max in these, I promise. Pair with a ratty white t-shirt or a light blue oxford with rolled-up sleeves and, Voila! you’re “country” with an edge. A fashion forward edge. Also goes great with the striped shirts above and your favorite black sandals.

7) Vince Draped Suede Jacket. Available at Neiman Marcus

Now this may be called a leather jacket but it actually feels more like paper, stretchy paper because it’s so light. But paper is also the wrong word because it’s soft like butter. Whatever you want to call it, this is perfect worn as a cardigan or a jacket over jeans or a pretty floral mini dress. Treat it more like a jean jacket and you’re good.

8) Paul + Joe Sister Leopard Ikat Bikini. Available at Mywardrobe.com

With bikinis, I’m assuming if you wear one then you feel good in one. Bikini Styling Tip: less is more, that is, the less fabric the better. A suit should be snug on you (but not tooooooo snug); if it’s baggy it only gets worse with water! Bikini tops also double as colorful bras with summer sundresses.

9) Vince Denim shirt. Available at Net-a-Porter

Actually this pairs well with your leather shorts and is also a great beach cover up. My boyfriend likes to take his chambray shirt to the beach so he can dunk it in the salt water and air-dry. It creates a nice fade with a dry crinkle.

10) The Princess Sovereign Bike and Berkley Helmet. Available at Adeline Adeline

Slow Transportation is like the Slow Food movement: returning to the joys of simple everyday pleasures in a healthy, fulfilling way. Talk about smelling the roses, this quintessential English town and country bicycle is still handmade in their Stratford-upon-Avon factory. Throw some blossoming pink peonies in the front basket, ring-ring your bike bell and pedal through the streets in a “time stops” romantic elegance. We just hope The Sartorialist spots and shoots you!

Katie Lee cooks it up in Punta Mita, Mexico

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

“50 Best Travel Destinations” I asked great friends to share their favorite travel spots around the globe, both close to home and far, far off the beaten path. Herein are their responses.

NAME:
Katie Lee
OCCUPATION: Cookbook author of  The Comfort Table
TRAVEL DESTINATION: Punta Mita, Mexico
HOTEL: Four Seasons www.fourseasons.com/puntamita
RESTAURANT: El Corral (delicious local seafood), Aramara (Asian/Mexican fusion), or any taco stand in town.
BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT: January through March. The whales migrate though the area during this time. Every morning from my casita I watched whales jumping. Pretty spectacular way to start the day!
ROAD TRIP: Rent a car and spend some time exploring nearby beaches. If you like to surf, there are great waves and not too many people in the line-up. There are several interesting towns to check out as well, like Sayulita and San Pancho, which are only about 20 to 30 minutes from Punta Mita.

Katie's fresh catch of the day! Photo Katie Lee.

Fresh fish at The Four Seasons. Photo Jaunt Magazine.

Punta Mita sunset. Photo Katie Lee.

Julia Chaplin on the Aeolian Islands, Italy

Monday, March 1st, 2010

“50 Best Travel Destinations” I asked great friends to share their favorite travel spots around the globe, both close to home and far, far off the beaten path. Herein are their responses.
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NAME: Julia Chaplin
OCCUPATION: Journalist / Gypset Author / Adventurer
TRAVEL DESTINATION: Aeolian Islands, Italy (a volcanic archipelagio in the Aegean sea between Naples and Sicily)
HOTEL: Raya (Panarea), www.hotelraya.it
RESTAURANT: Da Luciano (on the island of Stromboli) – the pizza is insane, with local capers and olives. The red wine is served with ice.
BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT: June or September
RECOMMENDATION: Don’t go in August!

The islands are situated between the shores of Sicily and Naples, Italy.



The pools at Raya Hotel

The pools at Raya Hotel





Aeolian Islands captured by NASA satellite

Aeolian Islands captured by NASA satellite




Situated between the shores of Sicily and Naples, Italy.




Natalie Joos wakeboards Gent, Belgium

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

“50 Best Travel Destinations” I asked great friends to share their favorite travel spots around the globe, both close to home and far, far off the beaten path. Herein are their responses.

NAME: Natalie Joos
OCCUPATION: Casting Director / Writer
TRAVEL DESTINATION: Gent, Belgium
HOTEL: I stay at my parents’ house in Destelbergen, or at (ex-model) An Oost’s Design and Breakfast B&B.
RESTAURANT: Martino is not swanky at all, and the food is the opposite of delicate but it’s where you are bound to bump into your friends, musicians, actors and artists. Try “Pannekoekenhuis” for crepes and waffles. Gent is known for its signature dish “Waterzooi” which is served in most of the better restaurants. There is really not any place with bad food. Belgians love to eat, and they love to eat well! (Expect to gain a few pounds…. oops!)
BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT: Summertime… Winter gets too wet and depressing.
FURTHER AFIELD: You can take trips to the beach or surf ponds, go wakeboarding on the river (Leie), hang out for hours on the “terraces” in the city and visit other cities like Bruges, Antwerpen or Brussels (all less than 1 hour away by car or train.)  Belgians also love to party so try the nightlife on the Beestenmarkt or Charlatan.

 




"Don't forget to stop by one of the many mobile Belgian Fries shacks. They are scattered all over the country!"









Natalie wakeboarding on the river (Leie) - warm water and barely any traffic so more room to play.

Natalie wakeboarding on the Leie river. "Warm water and barely any traffic, so more room to play!"







Bright and cheerful rooms at Design and Breakfast B&B.







"Martino is one of my favorite places to bump into friends."






Carlo Tagliapietra on Montauk, NY

Monday, January 25th, 2010

“50 Best Travel Destinations” I asked great friends to share their favorite travel spots around the globe, both close to home and far, far off the beaten path. Herein are their responses.
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NAME:
Carlo Tagliapietra
OCCUPATION: Design Director, Toms Shoes
TRAVEL DESTINATION: Montauk, NY
HOTEL: The Surf Lodge www.thesurflodge.com
RESTAURANT: Joni’s, and Duryea’s for lobster rolls.
BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT: Any time the surf’s up!

Colombe Jacobsen on Poggi Del Sasso, Italy

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

“50 Best Travel Destinations” I asked great friends to share their favorite travel spots around the globe, both close to home and far, far off the beaten path. Herein are their responses.

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NAME: Colombe Jacobsen
OCCUPATION: Personal Chef and Food Consultant / Core Fusion Teacher
TRAVEL DESTINATION: Poggi Del Sasso, Italy
HOTEL: Castello Di Vicarello, www.vicarello.it
RESTAURANT: The Kitchen at the Castello Di Vicarello. Everything there
is homemade. Aurora cooks traditional Tuscan recipes with vegetables
from the garden. Olive oil and wine is house-made.
BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT: Late April – early June.
MUST TASTE: Make sure to ask for the aged Balsamic vinegar while you’re there; it’s the best I’ve ever tasted.

Home cooked meals at Costello di Vicarello

Home cooked meals at Costello di Vicarello.

The kitchen and interior.

The kitchen and interior.

Castelo's fresh pecorino.

Castelo's fresh pecorino. Photo Colombe Jacobsen.

The infinity pool.

The infinity pool.


The garden.

The garden.

Dinig al fresco. Photo Colombe Jacobsen.

Dining al fresco. Photo Colombe Jacobsen.

Photo Colombe Jacobsen.

Photo Colombe Jacobsen.

Luigi Tadini on Puebla, Mexico

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

“50 Best Travel Destinations” I asked great friends to share their favorite travel spots around the globe, both close to home and far, far off the beaten path. Herein are their responses.
LTadiniPuebla, MexicoNAME:
Luigi Tadini
OCCUPATION:
Editor, Paper Magazine; Vice President, Tadini Jewelers
TRAVEL DESTINATION:
Puebla, Mexico (a UNESCO World Heritage site).
HOTEL:
La Purificadora, www.lapurificadora.com, is conveniently located in the heart of the historic center.

La Purificadora. Photo Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times.

La Purificadora. Photo Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times.

RESTAURANT: The hotel has excellent contemporary cuisine and a fresh breakfast. Also head to nearby Casona de la China Poblana’s where you can enjoy a delicious poblano meal on a beautiful patio.

Pueblo is famous for traditional Poblano mole sauce.

Pueblo is famous for traditional Poblano mole sauce.

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT: January, when the weather hits 80 degrees during the day and a comfortable 40 degrees at night.
MORE: The New York Times did a great slideshow of Puebla; see it here.

Luigi in Puebla. Photo Luigi Tadini.

Luigi in Puebla. Photo Luigi Tadini.

Plaza de la Constitución in the old city. Photo Luigi Tadini.

Plaza de la Constitución in the old city. Photo Luigi Tadini.

SITE SEEING: For those seeking a little culture, Puebla is home to 365 gilded baroque churches, Aztec pyramids, and awe-inspiring 17th century libraries. Here are some highlights:

Biblioteca Palafoxiana – 17th century residence of an important Bishop, now used for cultural events and the magnificent second-floor library founded in 1646. The vast and ornate room holds 50,000 volumes.

Museo Amparo – Among Mexico’s most extensive private collections of pre-Hispanic and colonial art.

Escuela de la Talavera Poblana – Artisans from Talavera, Spain brought their ceramic techniques to Puebla back in the colonial era. Today, dozens of local artist studios continue to produce the vivid Talavera pottery: colored tiles and dishware are featured and for sale at the schools courtyard and shops.

Capilla del Rosario – Puebla’s most dazzling chapel, built in 1690 is the tantamount of Mexican Baroque architecture features the use of onyx and an altar made entirely of gold.

Capilla del Rosario chapel. Photo Luigi Tadini.

Capilla del Rosario chapel. Photo Luigi Tadini.

Catedral de la Concepcion Inmaculada – One of Mexico’s largest churches is also located in the historic center’s square, a perfect place for an afternoon drink and for people watching. The interior of the impressive monument features 14 chapels and an unparalleled display of colonial religious art.

Hotel Meson Sacristia de la Compania. Photo by Meson Sacristia.

Hotel Meson Sacristia de la Compania. Photo by Meson Sacristia.

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Cupcake Alert!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Last night at a lovely cocktail party at the John Robshaw’s showroom, I sampled the most delicious mini cupcake I have ever consumed. And then I ate another. And another. Move over Magnolia, Tully’s Bakery’s cupcakes are gluten free (and preservative-free), golf-ball-sized yummy bombs! I’m not a sweet tooth at all but these bite size bundles of deliciousness are perfect. Tully’s Gluten-Free Bakery 338 East 11th Street, NY, NY.

My favorite are the chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese icing.

My favorite are the chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese icing.

Graham Guerra on Mornington Peninsula, Australia

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

“50 Best Travel Destinations” I asked great friends to share their favorite travel spots around the globe, both close to home and far, far off the beaten path. Herein are their responses.
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NAME: Graham Day Guerra
OCCUPATION: Artist; Rhode Island School of Design Professor
TRAVEL DESTINATION: Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
HOTEL: Limetree Hideaway at Dunns Creek Estate’s in Red Hill
WINE TASTING & RESTAURANTS: Spend an afternoon enjoying the small plates and local wine at Foxeys Hangout Wine Company, then head to Merricks General Store to stock up on more wine for the evening. A trip to Red Hill’s La Petanque is worth it for the pork belly alone. Don’t miss TGallant Cellar Door.
BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT: Late October to mid December.

Point Nepean, Mornington Peninsula, Australia

Point Nepean, Mornington Peninsula, Australia.

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Vineyards

Vineyards

Foxeys Hangout Wine Company

Foxeys Hangout Wine Company

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