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Sailing on a Catamaran in the British Virgin Islands

TRAVEL: A family sailing trip to the British Virgin Islands for Thanksgiving last year, was the highlight of 2019, a tough year, yet ending with an authentic emotion of unforgettable thankfulness. Positive thinking is a powerful healer, and as my husband battled stage-three cancer, after diagnosis in February, we focused on the final outcome; his excellent health and a Catamaran sailing trip to the British Virgin Islands.

Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands

My fave snapshot, Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada, British Virgin Islands.

After multiple sessions of chemo and radiation therapy, for my husband, the only goal that mattered was feeling the tropical breeze, eating fresh seafood, and soaking up every family moment with fun and frivolity. This well-planned vacation would be a trip to remember, floating between St. Thomas and St. John, and around the smaller British Virgin Islands surrounding Tortola.

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Destination: Marrakech, Morocco – part three

TRAVEL: Most eagerly anticipated, our final destination in Morocco, the exotic Marrakech did not disappoint. Upon arrival from Essaouira, we stopped for lunch at the Grand Café de la Poste, a colonial-style restaurant with a très French bistro menu. A happening spot where Français is the prevalent language, as opposed to the Arabic and Berber conversations we had previously listened to in the High Atlas Mountains. The restaurant was buzzing with a film production crew, camera equipment, and lighting et al. covered the façade of the cafe (apparently filming John Wick 3 – Keanu where are you!). With the chatter of French around us, lunch was served, a delectable salad niçoise avec French fries and a refreshing glass of pinot grigio, I almost thought I was in the south of France. We loved this sceney little hot spot!

Balcony view, La Mamounia hotel

Balcony view, La Mamounia hotel

Onward to our hotel, we checked in at La Mamounia, situated inside the pink walls of the Medina. A national treasure and formerly a cherished destination spot for Winston Churchill after the war, hence the aptly named Churchill Bar. With its lush garden abundant in flowers, fruits, and birds, with the interior decor elaborately abundant in Moorish design, I’ve decided that La Mamounia is now one of my favourite hotels. The balcony view from our room overlooked the High Atlas Mountains, a picturesque reminder of where our trip began, and the early evening sunset was breathtaking with the soft singsong of birds juxtaposed with a call to prayer beckoning across the city.

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Books to Covet: Vitamin T, Emily Summers, Balenciaga

DECOR: One can never covet too many coffee table books, and I’m partial to table tomes that nurture my knowledge for art, fashion, and design. To wit, all recently published, this selection combines that requirement with Vitamin T, Emily Summers and Balenciaga.

Emily Summers, Distinctly Modern Interiors

Emily Summers, Distinctly Modern Interiors

Emily Summers: Distinctly Modern Interiors, by Emily Summers, publisher Rizzoli, February 2019

Art and design coalesce within the pages of this tome, a testament to the talents of Dallas’ very own AD100 interior designer Emily Summers. A current favourite, this tome reflects the cool subtle connection between art, interiors and architecture⎯a trifecta of modern marvels that typify the inspiration mantra for Summers. With a nod to minimalism and modernism both furniture and art alike, the title of this tome summarises the collective of client projects perfectly. Available in hardcover, price: $50.

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Destination: Essaouira, Morocco – part two

TRAVEL: From the High Atlas Mountains, our journey continued in Morocco last November as my husband and I travelled to Essaouira a small coastal fishing town on the Atlantic coast. The drive was entertaining, the highlight, of course, a gathering of goats perched in Argan trees. Ruminating for hours, these acrobatic goats are mostly situated for the enjoyment of passing tourists, although this is a fruitful life skill the goats have developed to nibble on their favourite Argan nuts.

Goats in an Argan Tree

Goats in an Argan Tree

Just under a three-hour drive from the mountains to the coast, we checked in at the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, for a two-night stay. Essaouira is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its mid-16th-century architecture, a fortified seaport with the town tucked away in the Medina walls. This photo below has a great view, taken from the fortress, with the port below yet overlooking the Medina.

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Creature Comforts at Home with the Haas Brothers and Little Monsters

DECOR: So I’ve had a little secret obsession with the wildly weird Haas Brothers for a few years now, which I would aptly describe as an oddly romantic infatuation for their otherworldly masterpieces. While I covet a quirky little creature, I mean sculpture, some weird eyeless beast that could be considered scary yet somehow seems adorable— now I can acquire their artwork as an object of décor!

Haas Brothers for L’Objet and Bergdorf Goodman

Haas Brothers desert inspired homeware collection

Last summer, while chilling in the cooler-than-Texas temperatures of Aspen I visited the Colorado base for the Marianne Boesky Gallery on South Spring Street. I was thrilled to see that the contemporary white cube space was exhibiting a show for the Haas Brothers titled, Stonely Planet.

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Destination: High Atlas Mountains, Morocco – part one

TRAVEL: Casablanca, Tangier, Fez, or Rabat; a hard decision but we decided Marrakech would be our first visit to Morocco, beginning at the High Atlas Mountains, then to Essaouira, ending our trip at Marrakech. And, there is nothing more exhilarating than planning a last-minute vacation to a bucket list destination. Two weeks before departure, I curated a well-planned itinerary for a seven-day trip, which was also my first trip to the continent of Africa.

As everyone in America celebrated Thanksgiving with family, my husband and I soared across the Atlantic with a quick overnight stop in London connecting onto a British Airways flight where we flew three and a half hours to Marrakech. Easy!

Kasbah Tamadot in the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Kasbah Tamadot in the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Just less than an hour from the city, the drive to the High Atlas Mountains is breathtaking in a nomadic sense as the dusty road winds through Berber villages. The only inclination that this is a modern-day — villagers still have a smartphone attached to their heads.

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