April 26, 2013
April 08, 2013
The list grows longer daily, doesn't it? Now I have a craving to see the Caspian Sea from the comfort of my impossibly shiny room at the Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel in Baku.
Where exactly is this, you ask? I've provided a map in addition to the jaw dropping photos. Suffice it to say it's a long way from home, which only adds the the allure.
But let's pause for a moment to admire that glistening entry corridor with shimmering chandeliers and metallic wall sculpture. It's mesmerizing, which is likely par for the course for a luxury hotel such as this.
From standalone cottages to perfectly appointed rooms, this beautiful hotel property shines bright like a diamond.
See more amazing properties at Kiwi Collection...
November 28, 2012
As the holidays approach I begin to think about people, places and things that I love. While its natural to spend Christmas with the family at home, I dream of relocating our fete to a faraway destination. Rome for the holidays? Why not. Paris for New Years? Sounds brilliant. It combines the people I adore with the cities I love. But...convincing your entire family to agree is another story. A girl can still dream, can't she? ;)
In the meantime I'll let this lovely snowy photo take me on a mental vacation. Ciao, bella!
September 07, 2012
The beautiful Casa Talia Resort Hotel in Sicily. Seems I've found the sudden need to encourage my husband to reconnect with his Sicilian relatives!
August 24, 2012
Planning your Labor Day getaway? Here are a few swanky hotels known for their solicitous waitstaff.
July 31, 2012
I don't want to be a total buzzkill, but summer will at some point come to an end. That means those pretty espadrilles and sparkly flip flops must be neatly tucked away for a season or two. Not to worry... fall means skinny jeans, fabulous jackets and pretty pumps. First on my list of needs is this uber neutral pair of Jimmy Choo "Shaw" patent leather pumps. Peeptoe, of course, as my little toes still crave the fresh air.
For those of you headed to HIgh Point in October, consider your choice in shoes quite carefully. Aside from the occasional bike rickshaw ride (for which I am EXTREMELY grateful), it's mostly a full-on walking experience. Choose wisely!
July 09, 2012
My husband will be the first to tell you I have an Italian soul. That means a lot coming from a Sicilian. And while I can't find any ancestral proof that we originated from L'Italia, I assure you that there's no place on this planet that resonates with me more than Italy.
The people, the energy, the architecture, the art... everything. And I haven't even tapped the topic of natural beauty. When I have made my millions stateside I assure you' I'll be packing it up and moving to the Amalfi to spend my days in a dream-worthy villa overlooking the sea.
Until that day manifests, I'll torture you and I both with photos and posts of this nature. Why? because it hurts so good!
Today's incredible photos come to us courtesy of Architectural Digest. They taunt and tempt us with the announcement of eight recently opened hotels that are "perfect spots for a couple's getaway." That may be so, but I'm tempted to go all Brangelina and bring my brood to each of these incredible spots.
If pressed to answer which ones I love best I'll declare my love for the 20-room Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa on the Amalfi Coast (good LORD is it magical!) and the apricot-hued Relais Villa Vittoria overlooking Lake Como. (I think it's safe to assume that all of us, married or not, are always up for good Clooney sighting.)
Of course you can never ever go wrong with a St. Regis... especially one in Florence overlooking the Ponte Vecchio. I also feel as though I have unfinished business in Florence because of all the cities we've visited in Italy, this one was one where I felt the most rushed.
Why do I do this to you on a Monday morning? Because it is your responsibility to pursue your passions and your dreams. And mine are of speaking fluent Italian, having a villa or two abroad (you read that right) and traveling the world with my fun little family.
So... I'm off to do what it takes to get us there. How about you? Where do you need to be?