Category Archives: Travel

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

The Ned London

London has a new hotel hot spot and it’s name is The Ned. Opened last month by Nick Jones of Soho House in collaboration with the Sydell Group (the folks behind New York’s Nomad), the new hotel and private members club is housed in an enormous former bank, a stone’s throw from the iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral. In addition to its 252 guest rooms, The Ned also includes restaurants, bars, a spa, a gym, a barber shop, and a rooftop pool with views of the Shard and the London Eye. Below, enjoy a peek of the much buzzed-about new property. READ POST

20 Books to Read Before Visiting India

I had so much fun compiling April’s post about Russia (thank you for your feedback!), that I thought I’d create a reading list for my upcoming trip to India as well. In October, Simon and I are headed to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Udaipur and though it’s six months away, I already have a countdown (love the Dreamdays app!). Below are the books I’m hoping to read before our autumn India adventure. READ POST