After my recent trips to warmer climates like the Yucatan and Hawaiian tropics, and some local exursions to Napa Valley, New York, and LA summertime fun, I was pointed in the direction of Costa Rica. One way to describe it is “Paradise Lost”– a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. The luscious jungles and best surf beaches in the world, historic volcanoes, hidden waterfalls and biodiversity that is still untamed. And man, did I “hit the ground running” in my Landrover Defender like Dora the Explorer, driving hundreds of miles and many hours, just to witness the majestic power of nature and beauty of our amazing planet! It’s pure magic I say, miracles abound! Enjoy the journey, wherever it might take you!
I have heard so many great things about Mexico and its culture, customs and history, but had no great desire to visit anywhere south of the border until two weeks ago – Tulum loomed on my horizon with its warm and mysterious invitation. And as my friends call me “Dora the Explorer”, I just could not refuse the possibility of being somewhere new yet again. So off I flew to the Yucatan, specifically Quintana Roo, the coastal strip covered in jungles and beautiful beaches, with posh boutique hotels and welcoming staff, daily yoga practices and local rituals and amazing ethnic food, not to mention the booming night life amongst Tulum ruins and antiquity. Pictures speak louder than words, so get charmed and live these magic moments with me… Blessings!
Time to travel to Venice in May and the Biennale Arte 2019,showcasing the best curated collections and artists of the world. This Year, it has been titled “May You Live In Interesting Times,” not a Chinese curse per se, but rather an appropriate summary of our current time paradigm. I believe that it is most probable that we live in some sort of parallel universe multi-verse with so many distinctive styles, references and perspectives; with layers upon layers of interpretive meaning. We are as a species, true channels of these shifts and tonalities, and correspondents of multiple realities and hidden worlds, as we are the real connectors of everything with everything else. Per our usual, me and my bestie Lily Kay, put on our “art critic” hats and attended Art Biennale and Arsenale, not to mention some exciting parties for artists, fashion houses and friends in the city that was once considered the centre of the Art World. Well, it might just become that again, and let us not worry about it going under water yet, although we could not help but cry during Puccini’s opera “Turandot” at the Teatro La Fenice Venezia – it was just too beautiful and lovely! These are truly fascinating times we live in! Let us embrace the future, present and not forget history. And don’t forget to stop over in NYC to catch Bjork, the Russian Ballet and more Fashion along the way. Enjoy!
When it is time to go, it’s time to go! Even if it’s before Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix ( we have covered that already not so long ago). “Girls just wanna have fun” as they say, whoever they are, although I am in complete agreement there. So I grab my bestie Lily Kay, my constant travel companion and undeniable source of creativity and diva of Fun, and we teleport to South of France again, this time for some peace and quiet, and exploration of parts we did not get to before before. Of course, we always do it in style, jumping from one resort to the next, one little city to another little country, from Nice to La Reserve de Beaulieu, to Monaco Monte Carlo crashing at Hotel Hermitage, to Grand – Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, to Villerfranche-Sur-Mer and much much more. And don’t forget the pit stop in the city of all cities, my New York to wander the streets and hang at concerts like the Muse at Madison Square Garden, Charlotte Gainsbourg in Brooklyn, La Traviata opera at the Met and so much more, before Angel City! Enjoy the trip through the visuals! XOXOXO
Summer is gone, but the Fall is around the corner! With the Autumn Equinox – the best holidays are right before us. As for my old-time love of themes and costumes – I am seriously musing on my new Halloween ensemble. Do I foresee more travel, travel and travel with Columbus Day in October? But Yes! Of Course! So why wait for Thanksgiving Day to express our gratitude when everyday should be happy, joyous and free? We live in an abundant world full of love, lessons, gifts and magic! Let us not forget Christmas and New Year with all its splendour and magnificence. But I am thinking ahead! Oh… do you want to see my spaceship?!?
I heard this saying that if “you put yourself out there,” then things will naturally happen and happen they will! But the proverbial question is – “Where is There?” In my experience, though I always claim that “I am from the future” – “There” is anywhere anytime anyhow I find “my way.” It’s not a riddle, just a way of being, a lifestyle, a choice. I like travel, I like art, I like music, I like people and places and things that aspire me to be at my best, and do the best. And of course, I love to share:) My recent travels from coast to coast depicted here: LA lover/NY lifer, Montauk and Nantucket, Palm Springs and the Cali beaches. Drive baby drive, Come Fly With Me, Keep Sailing and repeat! Enjoy your summer and don’t forget to smile!
The Winter seemed too long this year, and finally Spring has sprung. Between LA and NY – we’ve got it covered, tulips and poppies, all in bloom. I have missed NY and on my last visit in May, I felt my connection even stronger. La is home, NY is my heart. I guess Home is where the heart is, or the heart makes its home wherever it might be. What a concept, what a mystery… Enjoy the pics of my two fave cities… More to be revealed.
Spring is almost sprung and March is here! I pride myself in the fact that I am a March baby, the month of the creative folk and the magical ones who are always dreaming. I have been so blessed to be able to collaborate on some amazing work with my colleagues in film, photography, music and art on both the West and East coasts, and finally see these projects come alive, published and recognised in the media. Here is a collage of my personal and work medley full of color! Enjoy and Happy Birthday to all the dreamers!
It’s Christmas time everyone, and the New Year around the corner! Have you been naughty or nice, do you like sugar or spice? All of the above for me! While Santa is busy with his annual reviews and the verdict is not out yet, I wait for no-one and I hop on that NY jet to get closer to Santa’s arctic headquarters with a layover in LA for some defrosting. First to Germany, Munich to hit some Xmas markets and the high fashion street for shopping, and then to Spain, Barcelona to eat tapas and learn some flamenco while watching Carmen at the BCN opera house! Still pondering on what gifts the year ahead has in store but still not done with 2017… Shall we find out? Here we go…
“I know that I have died before – once in November.” This quote is very apropos as the year 2017 is winding down, and we just passed the month of the Dead (October aka Halloween ) into the month of November aka “Giving Thanks” and heading into December, the month of Dying and being Born again. I am, after all, in the business of Resurrection. As I take this month to self-reflect over the past events and things yet to come, I am amazed at all of it – my work, my family, my old and new friends, my fantasies and manifestations. Please enjoy some glimpses into my wonderland! See ya around the bend…