If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I just spent a week in Asia, specifically Beijing and Hong Kong. I’ve put together some highlight photos as well as my recommendations in case you make it to that part of the world. Enjoy
Top 5 Sights to See in Beijing
Great Wall-I suggest driving the extra half hour to the Mutianyu Section for no other reason than you take a chair lift up and toboaggan down (SO.MUCH. FUN.-see outtakes!)
Tiananmen Square-Not a whole lot to see, but a historical site, nonetheless. It was built to hold a million people and it feels it-so vast and wide. It was fun to see the Chinese Soldiers march and change guard.
Forbidden City-We got there late and it was freezing, but… read more
I’ve started doing my research for my Holiday trip to Hong Kong and Beijing. I came across a store in Hong Kong’s NOHO district by the name of Earth-a collection of amazing pottery and ceramics-much done by ceramicist Solmuk Pantiboon. How beautiful is this bowl-the texture, color, and delicacy blow me away. Stay tuned as I uncover more fabulous finds.
Besides having a comfortable bed with fresh, crisp linens, a few amenities make a world of difference when creating an inviting guest room. It’s important to make house guests feel comfortable in the room they are staying in-so they don’t constantly need to be asking for things. Here’s a good start….
A quick post today. Work has been nutty, I leave for vacation soon (see below), and these are the things I’m looking forward to.
A family vacation to Maui-leaving tomorrow. I’m ready for a little sun and relaxation.
Just what is missing from the Brentwood Country Mart-an upscale market/larder. Farmshop , Jeffrey Cerciello’s latest venture will fill the void. It should be great-he is the chef behind Bouchon and Ad Hoc.
Camel is dominating the Fall runways, and I’m looking forward to punctuate it all with shots of Hunter green.
I love this tote from J. Crew.
The Renzo Piano designed Resnick Pavilion at LACMA opens in… read more
I apologize for my lack of posts-work got busy and I felt uninspired. Here are my favorite essentials that would make any summer day feel like a much deserved vacation on a beautiful beach somewhere in the world.
I travel a fair amount and I’m always curious about what to see, where to shop, where to eat, etc. But I have pretty specific taste and I’ve come to rely upon some really great sources that meet my needs as a traveler. I’ve traveled a few places with some of the guides and have newly discovered one or two, so I think you will enjoy these guides as much as I have.
I recently watched It’s Complicated, and like many of you immediately fell in love with the set decoration. The house is amazing, but I really loved the Bakery/Marketplace Meryl Streep’s character owns. Then I went to Atlanta over the weekend and walked into Star Provisions and I felt like I was on the It’s Complicated set. So I decided to round up my favorite marketplace/cafes. They all have a similar aesthetic-a bit industrial, a bit rustic, with a modern yet traditional sensibility. There is something about industrial lighting, communal, rustic tables mixed with great chairs and really good food that makes me happy.
I had a great time in New York celebrating my 31st birthday. Spent the most beautiful Saturday strolling up Madison Ave ducking into Barney’s, Bergdorfs, and J. Crew. Spent a rainy Sunday in SoHo lunching and shopping some more. I made the decision to unplug while I was away and therefore came back with not one picture taken on my camera, not one new NY-centric blog post, and barely a tweet. And guess what-it feels great. I love being constantly connected, however, it is just as nice to take a little break and live in the moment rather than think about my next post, tweet, or what pictures I feel like using. However, here are things that refreshed and recharged me while I was away.
This Earth Day marks the 40th anniversary of this very important mission to help our planet. In the past 40 years Earth Day has become much more than a day to promote recycling. It is a day about learning the core issues behind Earth Day-conservation, climate change, and a greener way of life. It is also about taking action, so how do you plan on celebrating Earth Day this year? I’ve rounded up a collection of my favorite Earth Day endorsed products.
Certain parts of Mexico have had a long history as a creative enclave fueled by passionate artists and bohemian expats. Mexican textiles, arts, and pottery have long been inspirational from Frida Kahlo’s bright paintings to traditional woven textiles to traditional artisan trades re-imagined by contemporary designers. The beauty, creativity, and resurgence of “what is old is new again” of Mexico is definitely on my radar as a boho-luxe treasure chest.