Now that spring break is here, I’m dreaming about my favorite warm weather locations… One exotic hideaway that instantly comes to mind is a hidden gem on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico - a little surf town called Sayulita (photos courtesy of Claudia Lebenthal, Style of Sport). Discovered in the late 1960s by wandering surfers, this off-the-beaten-path town is quickly becoming a popular spot for its stunning beaches, jungle terrain, snorkeling and fishing, and of course, its surfing.
The ultimate location for anyone looking to live on a surfboard for a few days, it features tame waves for beginners and surging ones for pros. Plus, if you’re down for an eclectic culture fix, you’ll love walking around the town scouting the different shops, filled with bohemian style jewelry, clothing, bags, and swimwear. P.S. You can’t go to Sayulita without heading to Pacha Mama - you’ll fall in love with the gypsy-inspired designs from the stunning Mignot sisters.
Insider info: make sure your trip to Sayulita overlaps with one of the town’s favorite events, the annual Punta Sayulita Classic. This weekend long contest hails some of the top athletes for long board and stand up paddle surfing…
MILLY founder and designer Michelle Smith reports on her recent trip to the remote island of Petit St. Vincent. You may just need to book a trip…
A vacation in Petit St. Vincent is a (much-needed) escape I take with my husband, Andy, and my two children, Sophia and Will. It’s a week for playing in the sun and sand and family time, away from the city.
After two flights and a boat ride, we arrive at our destination—Petit St. Vincent, located directly below St. Vincent. Not easy to get to, but totally worth it.
Known for its rolling hills and gorgeous beach, surrounded by coral reefs, but what I love most is the privacy—no Internet, TV, or phones. Talk about seclusion!
As soon as we arrive at our airy cottage, the kids can’t wait to change into their swimsuits. We run to the water and enjoy the pristine white sand under our feet. (My daughter Sophia, as the inspiration for my children’s line, MILLY Minis, is wearing her favorite new cover-up while I grab my MILLY Fiji bikini and MILLY Guadas tunic. Meanwhile, my colorblock handbag, which doubles as a beach tote is fully loaded with Kiehl’s SPF 30 and beach toys.) We all head to the water immediately to spend what’s left of the day enjoying the water.
I’m a big believer that some sun, sand, relaxation, and rum punch can cure all winter doldrums. After just a short while in the sun, taking in the salty air and the gentle breeze, I’m already feeling completely relaxed.
The nearby hammock is perfect for lounging. I can’t wait for the snorkeling, excursions, island dinners, and dancing-by-moonlight to come.
MILLY founder and designer Michelle Smith (aka “DJ MILLY”) is constantly creating playlists to get the MILLY staff amped up. Fashion Week is no exception. With long nights and lots to do to get ready for the big day (today!), she’s mapped out your perfect playlist to get you in the mood for New York Fashion Week. Download it now!
The legendary fashion photographerRoxanne Lowit got her start in the ‘70s when her friend, the late fashion illustratorAntonio Lopez, gave her an Instamatic 110 camera. Before long, she was establishing herself in the fashion world by pioneering the art of backstage photography at a Halston runway show.
She captured what some call the “golden age” of fashion, when supermodels ruled the world. Feeling nostalgic? Us, too: Lowit’s photos from the last four decades are the subject of the exhibition “Roxanne Lowit: Be Fabulous,” on display through January 18, 2014, at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York.
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5 reservations to make this holiday season while the locals are out of town…
If there’s one thing I love (other than fashion), it’s food! Nothing makes me happier than sitting around a table at a delicious meal with my family and friends. Fortunately, New York has no shortage of must-try restaurants popping up all over the place. Whether you’re uptown, downtown, or somewhere in between here is my list of new restaurants to try. Better book now!
1. OMAR’S. This invite-only supper club is tucked below Omar’s La Ranita restaurant in Greenwich Village. Think cavernous and sexy, with a white marbled bar and mirrored walls. Very Art Deco. If you’re lucky enough to get in, you’ll be too busy people-watching to care about the food. (21 W 9th Street)
2. EAST POLE. From the team behind Lower East Side’s Fat Radish, which I love, is uptown’s coolest new restaurant. It has the same farm-to-table vibe as its downtown sibling but with an elevated ambience and menu. (133 E 65th Street)
3. BUBBY’S HIGH LINE. This standby Tribeca brunch spot is a favorite among families, and one bite of the famous buttermilk biscuits, you’ll know why. Now, a brand new offshoot is opening near the High Line, and is sure to be as popular as the original. Tip: go early or late, or be prepared to wait! (71 Gansevoort Street)
4. PARK AVENUE WINTER. This restaurant changes its design, not just the menu, with the seasons. Winter is decorated with elongated birch branches, raw leathers and white washed woods. The menu pays homage to the owner’s travels to Antarctica. Book a table for a holiday dinner with your girlfriends to get in the spirit.
5.LE BILBOQUET. Upper East Side, rejoice! This French staple near Madison Avenue is back on the scene, literally, after closing briefly and leaving many Manhattanites and tourists with sad, empty glasses of rosé. The new space is the double in size, but the bistro favorites and raucous “Sunday Funday” brunch remains the same. (20 E 60th Street)
Now that New York Fashion Week is wrapped, I’m getting started on my next collection. No time for rest! I’m headed straight to Paris for Premiere Vision, an international fabric show. Now, time to pack.
Here’s my guide to blending in while in Paris—this season, I’m all about the leather.
New York City’s Lincoln Center may be famous for its world renowned ballets, orchestras and its majestic fountain, but twice a year, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, along with the entire fashion industry, descends on the neighborhood. Click through slideshow to discover our favorite places in the ‘hood – what to do, eat and see between shows and around the tents.