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Visiting Marrakech was on my bucket list for the longest time, and an invitation to spend a few days under the Moroccan sun at the Royal Mansour came as a blessing. Oh, what a trip it was! It was truly one of the most beautiful experiences of our lives.

Royal Mansour, a property of timeless modern design embodying the spirit of Morocco, is firstly owned by the King of Morocco. It was built by 1,500 artisans and is an ode to Moroccan architecture and design, showcasing the best of the country’s craftsmanship. There are no elevators, no carts, no rooms, and no crowds here. Instead, the property is made up of 53 private riads (it’s the only all-riad property in Marrakech), in which each accommodation is made up of three floors, and each has a courtyard and a rooftop plunge pool. There are also ten staff members per guest which is pretty unheard of. Extensive gardens of olive trees and rose bushes overflow throughout the property. This is an impeccable haven amidst a bustling city.

Door to our riad!

Cuyana Dress, Jil Sander Bag, Charles and Keith Shoes, Janessa Leone Hat

The path to the Spa

Altuzarra Dress, Chanel Slides

The stunning Spa Royal Mansour is 27,000 square feet and consists of private suites, hammans, Watsu pool, and more. Three-stories of intricate white latticework surround an open area where guests are greeted and offered juice or tea while they await their treatments. I received my first hammam experience (similar to a traditional Korean sauna scrub), a Takhlita hair application, ceremonial massage, Bastien Gonzalez manicure, topped off with a blow dry (they call this “brushing”). I left feeling like a Queen (with a capital Q!).

Breakfast in the courtyard of our riad one morning

Asceno London Top, Asceno London Trousers

 

Sea New York Dress, Golden Goose Sneakers, Gucci Bag, Celine Sunglasses

Sézane Dress, Golden Goose Sneakers, Cult Gaia Bag, Celine Sunglasses

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Flatiron

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Lower East Side  Flora Bar
Upper East Side

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Koreatown

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Bushwick  Ole & Steen
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Thank you Daniel Humm and EMP for the birthday cake of my dreams – matcha and strawberry!

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We had the pleasure of spending Memorial Day weekend doing something we’ve never done before – committing to absolute relaxation and being immersed in our wellbeing. We were invited by Shou Sugi Ban House in Watermill, New York to experience their 5-Day Recharge, an extended wellness retreat offering five days of relaxation, rejuvenation and self-care. Hidden behind a gate revealing a giant Buddha as soon as you enter, the property lives on 3 acres and is comprised of 13 guest studios—all of which are designed by local architect Debbie Kropf as well as an all-female design team.

The first night we had healthy dose of fresh brook trout, seasoned potatoes, and mushrooms. The culinary program was designed in collaboration with Michelin Star Chef Mads Refslund, which allows guests to experience an inventive, plant-rich, seasonal menu, designed to heal and sustain. All the ingredients are locally sourced, organic foods based on hyper-seasonal collaborations with local farmers as well as from on-site gardens. Executive chef Jacob Clark was present for every meal and I loved how passionate he was about the menu, and was a joy to hear about his culinary journey as well as the property’s no waste policy.

Tea Ceremony in the Healing Arts Barn

Gentle Stretch and Breathwork in the Meditation hall

Waking up bright and early at 7am, we started everyday with a tea ceremony and a gentle stretching class, followed by a more traditional workout class concentrating on form and functional movement. Honestly it’s been a few years since I properly worked out, so it left me really sore for a few days, but it felt really, really good.

Breakfast in the Main Barn of eggs, housemade tofu, yogurt, miso soup

After breakfast we headed to nearby Flying Point Beach for a Guided Beach Walk.

Jil Sander Dress, Loewe Bag, Eric Javits Hat, Celine Sunglasses, Azlee Necklace

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Frieze New York

Frieze Art Fair in New York is held on Randall’s Island and is always an inspiring visit.

 

Ceramics by Otani Workshop at Kaikai Kiki Gallery

Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro Gallery

Wearing Sézane Dress, Nike Shoes, Burberry Bag, Janessa Leone Hat, Celine Sunglasses

Alex Katz

  Object & Thing

OBJECT & THING is a new art and design fair for objects founded by Abby Bangser, the former artistic director of Frieze for the Americas and Asia.

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AYR Jacket, Erdem Dress, Loewe Bag, Celine Sneakers, Gucci Sunglasses

Pause NY Top, Givenchy Skirt, Gucci Shoes, Loewe Bag, Gentle Monster Sunglasses

Sézane Dress, Loewe Bag, The Row Shoes, Oliver Peoples Sunglasses

AYR Jacket, Sézane Dress, Chloé Boots, Fendi Bag, Celine Sunglasses, Simone Rocha Hair Clip, Azlee Necklace

Acne Studios Sweater, SEA New York Pants, Gabriela Hearst Boots, Demelier Bag, Céline Sunglasses, Cartier Watch

Aritzia Jacket, Doen Dress, CHANEL Shoes, CHANEL Bag, Azlee Necklace, WWAKE Necklace, Hirotaka Earrings

 

LIE Collection Jacket, J.W. Anderson Dress, Rothy’s Shoes

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Views from my room at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

My first trip to Hong Kong last month was a world of the unexpected. I was a guest of Four Seasons to celebrate the “Pop Down” event series, a unique take on the familiar Pop-up concept. Four Seasons Pop Down Hong Kong was the fourth in an innovative series of immersive global events in unexpected locations, each with unique themes brought to life by a select team of Four Seasons artisans and visionaries from around the world. The series was first launched in Toronto in 2017, and since then have also taken place in Philadelphia (September 2018) and Miami (December 2018). I love that was the theme was inspired by the wonderful belief that life is richer when we truly connect to the people and places around us.

Chinese breakfast of congee, dimsum, and stir-fried noodles for in-room dining

The Row Top, St. John Skirt, The Row Shoes, Wandler Bag

A ‘sweet’ treat – dessert disguised as breakfast

Over 800 metres long, the Central–Mid-Levels Escalator is the longest escalator in the world.

Our first full day in Hong Kong went by in a whirlwind! We spent the morning on a local culinary exploration of the city, mainly in Central Hong Kong. The scenery and cityscapes were like none other I have ever seen. So much contrast and so many layers.

Lan Fong Yuen, where milk tea originated

Barneys New York Dress, The Row Shoes, Jil Sander Bag, Loewe Sunglasses, Simone Rocha Hair Clip

Egg Tarts at Tai Cheong Bakery

The most “Instagrammable” wall in Hong Kong

Man Mo Temple

Local chocolate shop

Coffee roastery noc

Tsui Wah Restaurant for dumplings and noodles.

Yum Cha for creature shaped dimsum. It was really, really good!

Philip Bischoff making his amazing drink.

The evening started with a master mixology class with only the best! Mixologists from Four Seasons Bangkok, Four Seasons Seoul, and Four Seasons Hong Kong created their cocktails for an advance sampling of the Four Seasons Pop Down menu.

Sushi Saito at Four Seasons Hong Kong

After cocktail hour, we were guided through a tasting of 3 Michelin Star restaurants. There are 8 Michelin Stars all under one roof at Four Seasons Hong Kong, and we had the chance to try them all in a span of 3 hours. We left sooooo full and tummies satisfied. First stop was Sushi Saito, an outpost of the original location in Roppongi in Japan. Chef Kenichi Fujimoto’s omakase was absolute heaven.

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Kuho Coat, Isabel Marant Sweater, Petite Studio Pants, The Row Boots, Fendi Bag, Celine Sunglassses, Simone Rocha Hair Clip

 

Casa Perfect New York by The Future Perfect

Khrisjoy Jacket, Dries Van Noten Top, Balenciaga Sneakers, Valentino Bag, Celine Sunglasses, COS Beanie

 

The Armory Show

Jil Sander Coat, C/meo Collective Dress, Fendi Bag, Comme des Garçons Shoes, Hermes Hat, Celine Sunglasses, WWAKE Earrings, Louis Vuitton Necklace

The Vessel in Hudson Yards

 

Erdem Coat, Sézane Dress, Valentino Boots, Chanel Bag, Celine Sunglasses, Miu Miu Headband, WWAKE Earrings, Louis Vuitton Necklace, Cartier Necklace

 
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Perry St in West Village
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RSVP via Tock Freds at Barneys New York in Upper East Side
RSVP via OpenTable Eleven Madison Park in Flatiron
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Thank you Daniel Humm and EMP for the birthday cake of my dreams – matcha and strawberry!

Bar SixtyFive in Midtown West
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