I recycled my roaring 20's Red Flapper costume yet again! The Library Bar at Gild Hall Hotel in the financial district proved to be the perfect backdrop for my 1920's get-up before jumping in a cab to meet Fidel Castro and Tom Cruise at another party. What are you guys dressing up as and doing for Halloween?
NOWNESS = Luxury storytelling. Each day, showcases an exclusive premiere of the most inspiring stories influencing contemporary culture and global lifestyle, previewing the latest in fashion, travel, gastronomy, art, film, music, design, and sport. What a cool concept, I love it! Check out this video for more insight on the person behind the subject of my last post. Working on a busy design job so I'll be back in a few days, in the mean time, enjoy!
Yesterday I finally got the chance to visit the Museum at FIT (my university! heey) for their exhibition on the private collection of Daphne Guinness. Phenomenal! There are so many gorgeous, glittery, sculptural pieces – many by Alexander McQueen who she was very close with, Azzedine Alaia, Lagerfeld, and some of her own creations. Guinness' style and expression go far beyond fashion and lean more toward the realm of art when seen up close. Definitely check it out if you're anywhere near NYC, you have until Jan. 7th!
Such was the case on this first evening of mine in Cappadocia, Turkey. Off I went with this supposedly trained equine that began making abrupt jolts almost as soon as we started. She then finished me off by suddenly trotting/galloping? down a rocky hill that lead to more treacherous curves where I could have fallen over the cliffside and croaked, buried beneath a 1000 lb horse. Thank GOD for my lightning-fast, ninja-reflexes (aka, yelling "F**K!!" as I began sliding off the saddle and holding on with a pro-wrestler's grip.) Then I remembered it was my own foolish fault for riding a horse that used to be wild with minimal riding experience.. Kinda' forgot that little detail when I got on.. but evidently, I lived!
An 18th-century riverside town in the haunted Hudson Valley, I got lost in a corn field, chased by pirates, caught in a web of spiders, felt haunted at a house, almost stomped on by fighting dinosaurs, attacked by a swarm of honey bees, and was stalked by disembodied heads. Can you brave a night time stroll through the 4000 carved pumpkins at the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze? Watch out for the headless horseman in the next town over... hehehe..
Scents have the ability to transport us to another place or time, for example, how the smell of jasmine always takes me back to Tunisia. Enter Tom Ford's Jasmin Rouge.. not only do I love the uber-sophisticated design, color and packaging, but the aroma inspires me to look ahead to my next possible far-flung destination. Here's a round up of fragrances to get you ready for your next travel adventure.. just follow your nose ;-P
1. TOM FORD, JASMIN ROUGE / Tunisia : All of his fragrances seem to take you to some exotic locale.
2. CHANEL, CUIR DE RUSSIE / Russia : Inspired by the country with the most billionaires in the world, this limited edition scent is dominated by rich leather and birch. Did I hear power lunch?
3. CREED, ROYAL-OUD / Persian Palace : A unisex scent with elements of a royal Persian palace and opulent base note from India. 5% of proceeds benefit children's health clinics in the subcontinent.
4. IF, BY APOTHIA / Los Angeles - One of my favorite fragrances ever! First place I ever found it at was Fred Segal on Melrose. The L.A. based perfumer also has a fantastic boudoir candle to help transport you to the west coast.
Venice holds an unmistakable romance– winding canals, gorgeous Juliet architecture and narrow cobblestone streets that make it the perfect place to lose yourself with or without a love. Though the love affair often has more to do with the city of Venice itself..the history, the art, and the mysterious secrets it's managed to elude. Now to get rid of all the mobs of people :-P. Here are some of my favorite shots from one of the most intriguing cities in the world.
Though best known for its Leaning Tower of Pisa, this medieval town has tons more to see and do and has managed to retain that enchanting old appearance. The famous tower was built as a bell tower for the 1000 year old Duomo right "next door" which is full of amazing artwork and sculptures. The buildings (including the round Baptistery) combine Moorish, Gothic and Romanesque architectural design and just outside of the Piazza dei Miracoli, a walk along the gorgeous Arno river and through the town are just as nice, if not more. And did I mention how delicious the food was? Yeah, go. LoL
When to Go: Avoid the crowds and go during off season, late Sept - Nov. and May- Jun.
The Middle East practically invented the all-in-one shopping extravaganza thousands of years ago with their souks (markets) and grand bazaars. They're an excellent place to take in local culture and you can find anything here – offerings run the gamut. They're like small independent cities within a city and one of the coolest places to check out. Here are some of the best I've seen so far.. (I can only imagine the one in Marrakech, Morocco!)
I came across these terrific pieces from Lebanon on Honestly WTF a few weeks back and they were right.. "WTF, how can anybody not notice them," They're so unique! Bokja design duo Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibriall work in Beirut with artisans to reupholster furniture with vintage Middle Eastern and Asian textiles. One of these pieces, and your good to go with bringing some instant cool to your pad.. Aren't these great?
Bokja, Mukhallassiya Street, Bldg. 332, Saifi Village, Beirut, Lebanon, Phone 961-1-975-576
There's a distinct smell about Tunisia in North Africa.. Fresh jasmine everywhere – in the markets, on the streets, and I was given a number of fragrant flower necklaces as a sign of welcome. Supposedly, a man who wears jasmine on his left ear indicates that he's single and proves his love by offering white jasmine while giving someone an odorless winter jasmine is seen as an arrogant lack of respect. Interesting right?
Anyhoo, as usual, I didn't spend nearly enough time in Tunisia since I was only there for a few days for a wedding. The bride (who's American) got henna on her hands and wore an embroidered gold wedding piece passed on to her by her mother-in law. I did get to Hammamet and Sidi Bou Said (pronounced sah-eed) which were fantastic. The architecture was beautiful and the Tunisian people could not have been more accommodating and generous. I found this authentic yellow kaftan dress and was sold with the intricate hand embroidered design of the front. What do you think, do I blend in well with the locals? LoL..