This Wednesday’s Wear This, There features the stylish Annika of According to Annika, wearing a gorgeous sparkly blazer from a new line called Disco Pony. Annika mentioned that she wore the blazer when going out at night and got a lot of compliments – probably because it’s a stunning jacket – wearable art in its’ finest form. I thought someone so fashionable should head to a locale (before hitting the town, of course) that was equally as chic. Skopik & Lohn, in Vienna, Austria, is a restaurant renown by global foodies for the cuisine – but let’s face it, I’m more interested in the abstract painting covering the ceiling. Simply amazing. I studied abroad in Austria and I could kick myself for not going to Skopik & Lohn, but perhaps you’ll head over if you find yourself in Vienna? Bon voyage.
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I know, I know, I talk way too much about Ireland… but it’s seriously the best place I’ve ever been. Even though it’s not your typical “beach vacation,” I’d choose to go back there in a minute. I came across this wedding shot by Cooper Carras (a genius photographer!) and was absolutely stunned – not only by the gorgeous images, but by the modern vintage interiors. So chic!
The Bellinter House, where the wedding was located, is just outside Dublin in Davan, Ireland. I didn’t get a chance to venture that way when I was over there (we mostly drove around the coast) but I’d love to go back. How beautiful is the hotel?
Do you read Oh Happy Day? It’s one of those blogs that’s been around forever and it never ceases to amaze me with its’ daily dose of inspiration. Owner Jordan’s DIY skills are outrageous! Jordan recently moved to Paris for a year and has been reporting back with all of her carefully curated Paris finds, so if you’re planning on heading to la ville-lumière anytime soon you should heed her advice. I’m planning on going to Paris soon because I’m going to win her Paris trip giveaway, which includes a tour of the city with Jordan and a few nights stay at the lovely Mama Shelter hotel. I thought I would share this lovely opportunity with you readers so you can enter as well! Just keep in mind, I’m going to win.
Arden Wohl, Pastry Chef at Aureole
Vogue recently teamed up with the Coveteur, one of my favorite fashion/lifestyle picto-blogs to snap photos of creative people’s Memorial Day weekend bags. I thought the editorial was perfect to feature on the Escape Artiste, since the merging of fashion and travel is something I like to focus on.
Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss
There’s three types of people when it comes to packing a bag for a vacation. First are the over-worriers who analyze the weather 24/7 at their destination and spend hours pain-stakingly putting together their outfits and essentials. Few fall into this category, but it’s quite emotionally exhausting. The second type is the lazy crowd – these people procrastinate packing until the very last minute and usually end up bringing 2+ suitcases full of mismatched, random pieces that may or may not work together. That’s why they bring a lot of items, in the hopes that a few might work out. The third category is where most of us fit in, which is somewhere in the middle. Regardless, packing isn’t very fun. The people Vogue highlighted seem to really edit their belongings and aim for a minimalist approach to packing – making sure the few things they bring can be used in a variety of situations.
Chloe Malle, social editor at Vogue
I particularly love Chloe’s Comme des Garcons wallet, which I’m hoping to get myself soon, and Emily’s Equipment pale-blue blouse. The blouse almost looks chambray but it’s really silk, so it can be dressed up or down. Same go for Arden’s espadrille heels and Chloe’s watermelon flats. Wouldn’t it be lovely if packing always looked like this? Check out the full article at Vogue for product details and quotes from the ladies on where they headed this past weekend.
Happy Memorial Day weekend! The boyfriend and I are taking a bit of time away from it all and are going camping and whitewater rafting in upstate NY. Of course I have to be stylish, even when I’m in the middle of nowhere. I’m wearing a cute anorak (much like this one) and my Hunter wellies. I wish our tent looked like this fun fabric confection, but I think we’re going with something more utilitarian. I hope you have a great holiday!
Chanel held their Resort 2012 show last week at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes, France. The hotel is supposedly one of the most expensive in the world – and you can see why. The gorgeous pool, view, and the fact that everything comes with a French flair is enough to make anyone want to go – not to mention the fact that Chanel clothes were involved! I guess my invitation got lost in the mail, but Karl should have known better… where else can you go on the web for fashion, travel, and fabulousness? I would have taken some good pictures, ya’ll.
Can you believe it’s Friday already? I can’t – I’m headed back to New York next week and the past few days have been a blur of packing and random freelance projects I’ve come across. My apologies for not posting regularly, and for the inevitable sporadic posting that will follow next week – should be back to normal in a bit. Anyway, I hope you have a great weekend… I hope it’s filled with many dreams of faraway places, inspired by the work of Natalie Obradovich. She has a great Tumblr and is seriously one of the most talented photographers I’ve ever come across on the internet. I hope she offers prints soon because I’d love to hang some of these up on my wall! All of the pictures on this post are Natalie’s work – please head over to her Tumblr to see lots more of her photos!
If it’s not bad enough that missing out on Coachella this year means missing out on some of the best music, fashion, and overall culture mix that the planet has to offer, it also means that you’re missing out on one of my favorite places – Palm Springs. If you love anything & everything mid-century modern, like I do, then Palm Springs is your playground. It’s host to some amazing hotels, like the Viceroy (I featured its’ sister resort in Anguilla here), the Riviera, and the Colony Palms, among many others. My favorite out of the bunch has still got to be the Parker, solely based on their amazing entryway, below. (I kid.)
If you read any event/wedding design blogs, you’re familiar with the Parker. It’s the perfect place to hold a destination wedding, since there’s loads to do in Palm Springs – not to mention the Parker photographs beautifully. The design of the hotel is stunning, and the pattern-obsessed girl that I am really swoons when it comes to the details, like the black and white striped umbrellas you can lounge under.
As tempting as it would be to not leave the grounds during my entire stay, I’d have to make sure to take a Palm Springs Modern Tour by car with a local expert on the area’s retro architecture. And, being as I’ve started a collection of antique mid-century modern furniture, I’d definitely have to stop at the many antique dealers around town to get a piece or two. In order to have a good time shopping for a new credenza, I’d have to conveniently forget how much shipping would cost to send something back to the East Coast, though.
Maybe the Parker would let me borrow this antique Moroccan wedding blanket for my room back home? I’ve been searching for one for ages, and I’m sure they wouldn’t miss it. I’ll take those lamps, too.
Eventually I’d have to come to my senses (a dip in the pool always helps me clear my thoughts) and realize that the only way to prolong my stay in this piece of heaven would be to move out to Palm Springs indefinitely. While looking for my mid-century dream home, you can bet I’d take up at the Parker.
all photos courtesy of the Parker Palm Springs
Hey! It’s wanderlust Wednesday – (not the overused Travel Tuesday, note!) I’m going to be bringing you my favorite spots around the globe every Wednesday. One of the reasons I started the Escape Artiste was to highlight chic, well designed hotels & destinations that in-the-know, fashionable young things like myself (I kid – slightly) would enjoy going to. I love sites like Jetsetter and Mr. & Mrs. Smith – they’re hard at work curating, but I like to read about places & spaces on blogs, simply because I enjoy reading about things in less commercial settings. The goal of the “escape to” section is to accomplish that – and when possible, to provide you with a first hand account of the destinations. I’m hard at work becoming a fledgling freelance fashion/travel writer, and hopefully I’ll get my chance to visit some places soon, but for now I’m highlighting from afar.
I’m a huge Kelly Wearstler fan – in my dreams, I’ve had Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (the architects responsible for the stunning Apple stores) design me the perfect modern, minimalistic abode and Kelly has decorated it to the T in her signature Hollywood Regency style – but paired back.
In between lounging on the beach and napping in my oceanview cabana, I’d make sure to check out the Viceroy’s five (!) restaurants, which feature locally grown produce & locally caught seafood. I would also book an appointment at their spa and get their “World Traveler” treatment – aptly named, and it’s supposed to target areas that receive the most stress when traveling.
Have you ever seen a beach resort look so chic and elegant? You won’t find any kitschy coral or seashell-filled candles at the Viceroy Anguilla. I’d go there in heartbeat. I think I’ll start packing my little orange suitcase now, just in case.
Have you been watching the latest season of Top Chef? I’m a fan of the show – I’ll watch a season, skip a few, and then get back on board… sometimes reality shows can get monotonous but I’ve really enjoyed the show this season, particularly because they brought back all of the chefs that viewers loved from previous seasons. After a few really dramatic episodes these past few weeks, tonight is the finale! Richard Blais is battling it out with Mike Isabella. I’ll admit that I’m rooting for Blais, since Mike’s attitude is just way too big-headed for my liking and I think Blais is more talented, but, I wouldn’t mind Mike winning because he used to be the head chef at one of my favorite D.C. eateries, Zaytinya. Back when I lived and worked in D.C., I’d go to Zaytinya a few times a month for their great happy hour and the occasional meal since it was really close to my office.
Mediterranean food is easily one of my favorite cuisines – it’s so fresh, light, and healthy! If you’re in the D.C. area, I’d definitely recommend checking out Zaytinya and ordering anything off the menu, and don’t forget to order some pita & hummus – the pitas come in these pretty pillow-like sticks and they’re light, fluffy, and delicious. Mike Isabella is no longer the head chef there, but when he was, the food was excellent, so I guess I can begrudgingly let him have the Top Chef title if he wins it – hopefully he doesn’t gloat too much!
Zaytinya’s outside porch and stuffed quail with roasted red pepper & feta cheese from Eva Fung via Flickr