Just Cos Beauty Comes From a Bar

Beauty. Last December, a coterie of beauty devotees gathered at Grange Hall for a pretty little lunch hosted by Tina Craig, in honour of Lily Garfield founder of Cos Bar, a speciality cosmetics retailer.

On our introduction by Ms Craig, we chatted, and of course Lily was charming, demure and appropriately fervent about an industry she’s spent the last 40-years conquering. I shared with Lily that I frequented the Cos Bar every visit to Aspen; her original boutique offers a much-needed concept, situated so far away in the Rocky Mountains. Lily shared that she had wanted to break into the Dallas market for many years, but finally found a great location. Amidst a fine feast with friends, our beautiful chatter continued—Tina introduced Lily to Dallas, and Dallas to Lily, and we all bonded over creams, potions, lotions, fragrances and lipsticks and waited for the new store opening.


Project Athena Foundation: I am a Goddess

Technically speaking I am a Goddess, and who doesn’t want to be a goddess! But the title of Goddess is the term used for fundraisers of Project Athena Foundation. A non-profit organization that helps women survivors of a medical setback achieve their inner Athena—recovery through training to participate in an endurance adventure.

Renee Rouleau, Gail Davis, Max Trowbridge

Renee Rouleau, Gail Davis, Max Trowbridge at Riverplace Nature Trail, Austin

At the end of August, I will check-off my bucket list a hike across the Grand Canyon, thanks to the 16-week training schedule and the supportive coaches at Project Athena. On August 28 I will hike from the South Rim to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon—a 24-mile hike in one day starting at 1 am until we finish.


Viva Arte Viva at Venice Biennale, an unbelievable visit

TRAVEL: Viva Arte Viva, the theme for Venice Biennale 2017, and the reason for my first trip to Venice. The lagoon city, a maze of waterways and narrow cobbled paths is enchanting, to say the least—but this visit was extra special, coinciding with an art tour curated by Dallas Contemporary.

Damien Hirst, Venice Biennale 2017

Damien Hirst, Grecian Nude, 2017

The water taxi docked at Palazzo Venart just after midnight, and beneath the moonlight, the Grand Canal and garden entrance to the hotel looked hauntingly spectacular. The once Venetian palace, Palazzo Bacchini della Palme, recently renovated into a five-star hotel would be home for the next five nights. I arrived in Venice ready for a Monday morning kick-off, along with an art posse from Dallas for pre-opening activities of the Biennale.


Beach Hopping in St. Barth

TRAVEL: 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.


India: A Trip to the Golden Triangle

TRAVEL: Two years ago I travelled to India with Ben, to visit the Golden Triangle, so yes this post is way overdue! I am getting ready for another amazing trip, so I thought I would finally share a few great photos that I took from India.  For me, vacations are about exploring the world, not sunbathing by the pool, very bad for your skin, and boring!  The best part of this trip was the very beginning—meeting my IT team in Delhi, and finally putting a face to the name after six years of communicating via email. After visiting the Delhi office, Ben and I began our whirlwind trip, named by travellers as The Golden Triangle—we travelled from Delhi to Agra, across to Jaipur, and back to Delhi.

Qutub Minar in Delhi, India

Qutub Minar in Delhi, India