Travel

house on a cliff

August 30, 2017

There’s something about this house, in all its majesty, that looks like it could topple off its perch at any moment. To be sure, Cliff House has had a dramatic life, including numerous fires and explosions. These days, a very different structure sits on site, hosting weddings and Sunday buffets. But the drama and romance remains in the view, which is simply breathtaking.

 

Off the Block

August 15, 2017

I’ve admired the work of Hope and Lily Stockman for some time now. The California-based sisters run a textile company called Block Shop that creates stunning fabrics while providing gainful employment to a community of printers, dyers, carvers and weavers in Rajasthan. The designs are theirs –– they draw inspiration from life in both Los Angeles and Jaipur –– and everything is made by hand in India. Bock Shop donates five per cent of its profits to community healthcare initiatives. I like these bold prints a lot, and I think most meals would look better on a dolly runner. Have a look at the images in their gallery –– it’s all very inspiring.

Sposa

August 11, 2017

I love weddings; I love seeing how a couple’s style is reflected in their choice of outfits, music and cake. This summer, culinary artist, Leila Gohar married her magazine publisher love, Omar Sosa in the magical region of Andalusia. There were many dresses, including a dreamy Simone Rocha, a magnificent donkey ride, (complete with red fan and white lace parasol) fig tart (in place of wedding cake) and a beautiful dinner in a bull ring. One for the books. Olé!

Capri

August 10, 2017

Stark white, with pops of juicy colour, this rental property on the island of Capri is such a delight. There are just enough tchotchke –– flowers, vases, glass birds and gilded mirrors –– to make the place feel like a home. I adore the fuchsia/turquoise mix in the master, and the tiles in the kitchen pop beautifully against otherwise minimal surfaces. And the bougainvillea, the lemon trees, the views! I’d be your house guest any day.

 

Time of my life

July 27, 2017

In honour of the 30th anniversary of the release of Dirty Dancing, we’re planning a holiday to the Catskills. Not really, but when I realized my all time favourite 80s movie was filmed there, it made our roadtrip all the cooler. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve imagined myself being lifted into the air by Johnny Castle. What a looker; so intimidating. I knew every word of the soundtrack by heart, and Baby’s delicate pink frock was the prettiest thing I’d ever seen. I can’t think of another film that whisks up teenage emotions like Dirty Dancing does. Big girls don’t cry? Show me that finale, and watch me cry like baby.

Bella Italia

July 26, 2017

Swimming pool, Cypress trees, yellow stripes — sign me up. I’ve never been to the famous Il Pellicano, but this scene looks pretty divine. All she’s missing is an audaciously big sun hat and a glass of Campari.

 

Oh, Canada!

June 30, 2017

I moved to Canada over 15 years ago, and I am very grateful to all the wierd, warm and wonderful people who have coloured my world. This weekend, we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with beaver tails, beer and burgers. It will be quintessentially Canadian,  or as close to it as a Greek and an Italian can pull off.

 

desert flower

May 26, 2017

I was looking at desert images after a rainfall –– the Badlands region in the American West and the Atacama Desert in Chile. In the Atacama Desert, flowers normally bloom every five to seven years. What a majestic sight to see a normally arid, barren desert bursting with colour.

Small talk

April 12, 2017

There is so much to love in this seaside photograph by David Alan Harvey; The pops of tomato against the sky and denim blue, the gaggle of girls chatting away, the beautiful old pram and charming parasol. The photo was taken in Bermeo in the Basque Country in 1977, (hence the bell bottoms) and it’s just the sort of wonderful everyday scene you happen upon all the time in small European towns. It’s possible that these women have known each other since childhood. And just as likely that the couple’s fathers met in nursery school.

 

 

 

Pink Rock

February 3, 2017

If you close your eyes and imagine sea the colour of an aqua marine, and chalky white cliffs speckled with the softest pinks and corals, this is Polyaigos. It’s a speck of an island in the Cyclades, just next to Kimolos, and it’s only inhabitants are goats. Polyaigos translates as “many goats.” I’ve been to Polyaigos by boat a couple of times, and it’s truly the most exquisite beach island you’ll ever see. This image here reminds of the rock, only I doubt you’d find sand this soft and fine.  Aphrodite in pink silk, however, you may find.

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