Travel

B&B

September 13, 2018

This little bed and breakfast in the Hudson Valley looks delightful. Ralph Waldo Emerson, David Thoreau, Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway have all been guests at the Troutbeck. The 250-year-old house just recently went through a re-design, and the look is cozy, chic and littered with nods to its literary past. Have a look at the rooms, so warm and inviting. A thanksgiving sojourn, perhaps?

minimal appeal

September 12, 2018

While this isn’t a home I could live in, I can’t deny the appeal of a spartan, quiet aesthetic. We’re in Seinäjoki, Finland and the house is set among acres of Pine trees. I like the white clapboard walls, a modern riff on the rustic, and the large windows filled entirely with trees. The furnishings, sleek and understated, fit effortlessly into the space. Have a walk around; you minimalists may never leave.

room with a view

July 25, 2018

When you are staying somewhere this beautiful, you don’t need much out of a hotel room. This is fairly typical of Greek island hotels –– whitewashed walls, simple white linen, and a view of the sea. When we were in Syros in June, we happened upon a simple bed and breakfast right on Achladi Beach. There is a taverna ten steps away, and the bay is quiet and beautiful. I can’t think what else one might need.

al fresco

July 6, 2018

I’ve had strep throat for a million days, so not much in me today, but can we all agree that this is a heavenly setting for lunch à quatre? Goodness knows what’s on the menu. Maybe cheese, bread, Ottolenghi salads and lamb kebabs. And wine, lots of wine.

flower power

March 21, 2018

Do I talk about flowers too often? I just couldn’t not share this gorgeous image. I’ve never even seen some of the blooms in these bunches. And I love how she’s taking them home wrapped in newspaper. Well, I clicked through and landed at The Original Los Angeles Flower Market. What a thrill of a place. My idea of the perfect way to spend a morning in la la land.

Cyclades

February 13, 2018

One of my very favourite fashion shoots is Richard Avedon’s 1967 Vogue editorial starring Jeanloup Sieff and Jean Shrimpton in Greece. The light is magic, and the energy between them palpable. This image here of the two of them in Santorini is perfection. I know this light so well. The colours, the textures, the warm wind swirling around them, it’s all so familiar.

Paris, Je T’aime

January 19, 2018

Despite its proximity to London, I’ve been to Paris only a handful of times. But my memories of each visit are very vivid. There was the cruise on the Bateaux Mouches with my mother, when I wore hibiscus pink leather shoes and ate frog legs for the first time. There was the most perfect tarte tatin shared with Jason at a bistro in the latin quarter. We had an argument in the street on the way home, which felt very nouvelle vague. Jason bought me Stephane Kelian shoes and an Eres bra on that trip. Our second visit, eight years later, was equally exciting. This time, I was four months pregnant with our first baby and buying D cup braziers at Le Bon Marché. Somewhere in between the Bateaux Mouches and Le Bon Marché, were two school trips with my very best friends. There was a rather major spat in the Lalique room at the Musee D’Orsay, but other than that we all got on swimmingly. If I recall, we spent most of our free time, sitting in tabacs painting our nails (Chanel had just launched Rouge Noir) eating Camembert and smoking Gauloise. I’d like to take my girls there one day. Maybe we’ll get on the Bateaux Mouches and look at Renoirs, or maybe we’ll sit in cafes and eat cheese all day.

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!

All rights reserved © La Parachute · Theme by Blogmilk + Coded by Brandi Bernoskie