Category Archives: Travel

Le Coucou New York

Several lovely restaurants have opened in New York since my last visit (I haven’t been back since we got hitched in 2016!) and I’m eager to get back and try them all. Perhaps the most instagrammed is Le Coucou in Soho. Located within the boutique hotel 11 Howard, the stunning space was designed by the celebrated Roman and Williams. Have you visited yet…? I can’t wait to see take in that mural in person. READ POST

Hotel Thoumieux Paris

If you love boutique hotels and the City of Light, bookmark this page. Paris’ new Hotel Thoumieux is situated on the Left Bank not far from the Eiffel Tower. It’s rooms, boldly decorated by India Mahdavi, would make any maximalist’s heart sing. I’m loving the wallpaper, drapery, and patterned carpets—clearly they’ve embraced a more is more approach. The 15-room hotel was created by famed hotelier Thierry Costes, and features multiple places to dine including the two Michelin star Restaurant Sylvestre. Below, explore more of the bold new French destination. READ POST

Gem Palace Mumbai

If you enjoyed my posts on Bar Palladio, Caffe Palladio, and the Jaipur abode of designer Marie Anne Oudejans, then this one is for you. Visitors to Mumbai can now enjoy the extravagant jewels and sumptuous interiors of the legendary Gem Palace in Jaipur. The new outpost was designed by my favorite Marie Anne Oudejans and its emerald green interior has me dreaming of an Indian Oz. Now I’m naturally wishing our October trip to India included Mumbai! I suppose I’ll just have to plan a second Indian adventure. Enjoy the dreamy photos below! READ POST

Norman Parkinson in India

In 1956, fashion photographer Norman Parkinson travelled to India to shoot an editorial for British Vogue. He snapped models Anne Gunning and Barbara Mullen throughout the vast country, from the Taj Mahal to the Jaipur City Palace and beyond. The resulting images, shown here, inspired Diana Vreeland to famously proclaim that “pink is the navy blue of India.” The stunning architecture and landscapes in Parkinson’s photos have me terribly excited for my fall trip to Delhi, Jaipur, and Udaipur. Have you ever been to India…? I’d love to hear your thoughts. READ POST

Irving Penn: Centennial at The Met

Framed in my living room is a poster from a 1997 Irving Penn exhibit in Denmark. Pictured is Penn’s wife and muse, Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, sitting for tea in Morocco—one of my all-time favorite portraits. In 2017, the late American photographer would have celebrated his 100th birthday, and this month, his 70 year career is being celebrated in an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (check out the gorgeous book here). Included among the more than 200 pictures are Penn’s portraits (Picasso, Capote, Deitrich, and more), flower studies, and nudes. Below, are some of my favorite shots from the exhibit. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to google flights to New York…! READ POST