Beach Hopping in St. Barth

Eleven years later I finally return to the très chic French island of Saint-Barthélemy—St. Barth. The first trip, a sailing celebration for New Year’s Eve introduced me to the fact that I was not destined to become a worldly sailor. In 2004, my husband and I sailed from St. Martin to St. Barth in 10ft swells (I gripped any protruding handle that I could find on the 55ft sloop and held on dearly at a 45-degree angle), and I arrived at Gustavia dock a perfect shade of green, our captain, however, looked like a happy present-day pirate. I decided that the next trip to St. Barth I would keep my feet firmly on the ground. So this January started with a winter getaway to the Caribbean sans a sailing yacht.

View from our WinAir plane arriving at St Barth

View from our WinAir plane arriving at St Barth.

The fifteen-minute flight from St. Martin’s Princess Juliana Airport to St Barth, via Windward Island Airways, (WinAir) provides an exhilarating landing, not for the faint-hearted. Once I recovered from the Twin Otter’s dramatic descent, I remembered that the less than 10-mile square island is super-small, and small cars make the best transportation—the Mini Cooper convertible we rented was a perfect island shade of pale blue.  More

Dries Van Noten at Musée des Arts Décoratifs

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So imagine walking into the mind of Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, and peeking blissfully at his eclectic musings of fashion and art—symbolically mesmerizing, and collectively vibrant and creative. Well, a trip to the City of Lights might satiate said pondering. 

Dries Van Noten Fall 2014

Dries Van Noten Fall 2014

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Artful Inspirations…

Spring 2014 runways produced an abundant kaleidoscope of color, with monochromatic canvases of black and white, and serious flirtations and conversations where art popped profusely. Time to reminisce over last September’s runway stories and get that must-have spring shopping list ready. This season, have fun, get colorful, and get inspired by art.

Calvin Klein, Chalayan, Chanel, Libertine

Calvin Klein, Chalayan, Chanel, Libertine

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Recreational Renegades…

Sporty, biker or mini….as designers prepare for the arrival of Fall 2014 next month during fashion week I decided to muse upon on the arrival of spring, and reminisce the style forecast that will hit boutiques soon. A playful ambience captured the essence of spring/summer 2014 across multifarious themes, with a bold focus on sporty styles that resonate from adventurous casual layers, to evening chic—tough, yet well-edited and refined.

Opening Ceremony, Timo Weiland, Sacai

Opening Ceremony, Timo Weiland, Sacai

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The Return: Let the Chanel Storytelling Begin…

Circa 1954 in Paris, a most precarious moment for Gabrielle Chanel as she presented her post-war collection at the age of 71—a collection that was ill-received by the French press. This moment in time is the beginning of Karl’s storytelling that will unfold in a 30-minute Technicolor movie titled The Return, to be presented just prior to his Paris-Dallas Métiers d’Art show on December 10 at Dallas Fair Park.

Geraldine Chaplin Portrays Gabrielle Chanel

Geraldine Chaplin Portrays Gabrielle Chanel. Photo by Olivier Sailant

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Homes and Tomes with Tadao Ando, Jan Showers and Aerin Lauder

Architectural design, glamorous interiors and beauty from within—three very different people, three very different books, yet each one shares the same desire—to create the perfect home.  

Since I am currently obsessed with anything to do with architecture, interiors and creating a beautiful home (my husband and I are currently renovating a mid-century modern ranch, so more to come on that later), this home selection of coffee table hardcovers is apt in every way.  I’ve met two of the authors, the lovely Jan Showers is every inch as elegant as you would imagine, and Aerin Lauder is sweet, sassy and supremely sophisticated. Alas, I’ve never met Mr. Ando who is the subject of admiration for author Philip Jodidio.

Modern, glamorous and beautiful, these three books will certainly inspire your domicile desires. 

Tadao Ando Houses by Philip Jodidio

Tadao Ando Houses by Philip Jodidio

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Rising Stars 2013: Fashion Group International of Dallas

A flock of fashion patron’s descended upon the Hilton Anatole’s Gossip Bar last week for the Fashion Group International of Dallas 2013 Rising Stars announcement party, and black seemed to be the shade de rigueur, no surprise there—yours truly included! 

FGI Dallas Announcement Party Hosts, Bri Crum, Chuck Steelman and Katy Messersmith

FGI Dallas Announcement Party Hosts, Bri Crum, Chuck Steelman and Katy Messersmith

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