Last year, we spent a wonderful week in Vietnam's Hanoi, Bai Tu Long Bay and Hoi An areas admiring the gorgeous landscapes, exploring the cities by dodging motor bikes (on foot!), eating delicious and spicy pho and drinking lots of Vietnamese coffee. Although it has been a year since I visited, the past couple of months I have been getting a lot of emails asking for Vietnam travel recommendations. This has inspired me to do a two part post on where to stay in Hoi An and also where to eat in Hanoi and Hoi An. I am thrilled that people are looking to visit such a beautiful country and that they are entrusting me with travel recommendations. While in Hoi An, we stayed at a boutique hotel not too far from the Hoi An center, Maison Vy. It was one of those hotels that feels like home. Incredibly welcoming, friendly and genuine staff made the stay a pleasant ease. The pool was a wonderful way to cool off during the scorching afternoons and the complimentary breakfast was beyond our expectations. Enjoy freshly made soup noodles, pastries, exotic fruits and of course, strong Vietnamese coffee. Their cafe is open during the day as well and a nice, cool spot to enjoy an afternoon coffee or snack. Maison Vy is truly a little gem of a place and a sure recommendation when traveling through Hoi An. Stay tuned for the next post on where to eat and have coffee in Hanoi and Hoi An...
Dec 21, 2016
This is a bit of a departure from what I typically post about, but I figured it's always a good idea to share some happy news. On October 22, 2016, we got married! I've been eagerly awaiting to share some images and alas they have arrived (thank you Stephanie Brauer Photography!)! I also thought it would be fun to talk about how perfect your wedding can be when you decide to let go, let the day unfold and embrace the imperfections.
I would like to extend a special thank you to Stephanie Brauer Photography for photographing our wedding and to our friends and family who were indispensable with planning and executing the day. A very special thank you also to my uncle who was the absolute best officiant.
Details (Bride): dress by Leanne Marshall, capelet by Ivy & Aster, shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood
Details (Groom): suit by Thom Browne, shirt and tie by Liberty London, vest by Junya Watanabe for Comme des Garcons, shoes by Grenson
Dec 12, 2016
Over the past few years, I gradually began changing the way in which I shop for clothing and accessories. Continuously purging items that I do not wear or use, I cleared my closet and made room for timeless items of better quality.
I have thus always been attracted to Cuyana's message of "Fewer, Better" - owning fewer items of better and lasting quality. In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, Cuyana asked me to recommend some items that would make great gifts. For those interested in incorporating the "Fewer, Better" model into gift giving this year (or if you need a quality, timeless gift for yourself), here are a few recommendations:
Oversized Bucket Bag: Great for a city-dweller constantly carrying reading materials and (in my case), a small camera. A mini version is available for those who do not need to carry so much
Warm Cashmere Scarf: A scarf soft and warm enough to get one through a brutal winter (this quickly became my go-to in the recent frigid NYC weather)
Soft Wool Cashmere Coat: A chic and (very) soft spring / mild-fall coat, that is reversible
Wool Cashmere Boatneck Sweater: Warm, but not bulky...a sleeker alternative to a winter sweater
Happy Holiday season!
Happy Holiday season!
Dec 1, 2016
The first thoughts that came to mind when I saw the Movado Ladies Ultra Slim, were "sleek, rich and luxe". The narrow design is sleek-looking and pleasurable to wear. The blue-faced watch really grabbed my attention; I found the dark chocolate-toned straps paired with the navy-colored face to be a unique combination for a watch, as it adds rich and luxurious colors to any ensemble. Try pairing it with lighter-colored neutrals so it pops, or even with darker greens, camel and navy for an over all rich fall/winter color palette. I was so attracted to this color combination, that this watch was the inspiration for the moodier environment and tones of this shoot.
Side table, mirror, vase and container by Menu
Nov 13, 2016
I've been in Cambodia for almost two weeks now photographing a very special project (more to come on that later!). On a day off last week, I visited the temples of Angkor Wat. While the structures themselves are impressive, I found it much more fulfilling to admire the details and textures - my little way of finding some peace amongst the large crowds.
Oct 28, 2016
Eager to get out of the (surprisingly) chilly October weather, I scurried into the lobby of the Charlotte Marriott City Center. Checked-in by friendly staff, I rushed to my room to take a warm shower and to bask in the late-afternoon sunlight, spilling through the window.
The newly renovated hotel is a soothing combination of earthy tones and minimal design: a polished and calming space to work and relax. No need to venture far for coffee, as there is an entrance to Coco and the Director on the ground floor. Enjoy a cup of locally roasted coffee and browse their shop filled with unique local goods.
In the colder months, head back upstairs to enjoy the relaxing room. If feeling indulgent, snuggle into the soft covers and watch an old flick (one can sign into their own Netflix account on the large TV). Before heading to a later dinner, stop at the hotel's Back of the House Pop-Up for a speakeasy-style cocktail or at the Bottle Shop to enjoy a bottle of wine with friends.
Most of all, enjoy the colors, the textures and all of the elements that make the rooms an enjoyable place to slow down, to relax and to just... be.
Credits: Cuyana Tote, Everlane Mockneck, Sezane Silk, Jil Sander Pumps (similar), Sezane Skirt, Sezane Shoes, Alfie Douglas Pouch, Muji Scarf, Dusen Dusen Sunglasses, Larsson & Jennings Watch, Still House Necklace
Sep 23, 2016
It's the time of year where we still experience dramatic summer light, and where the summer stickiness has subsided, allowing us to wear something other than sandals and tanks. As summer is my favorite season, I am slowly (slowly) transitioning into fall by wearing this Lemaire-Uniqlo dress and Maison Margiela peep-toe ankle boots. This bag (black version, on sale) by Zac Posen is a sturdy yet compact option to hold essentials like a small camera, iPhone 7 plus, and a couple bright pink fall lipsticks.