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Tory Burch Exotica

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Sexy on the Beach

Phuket one-piece swimsuit by Melissa Odabash

The weather’s getting cold and it’s time to start thinking about where to escape and more importantly, what to wear when you get to paradise.  Former swimsuit model-turned-designer and celebrity favourite Melissa Odabash, recommends packing one swimsuit in your carry-on bag.  In case your luggage is delayed or missing, you can still hit the beach without worrying about finding the right bathing suit.  Odabash is responsible for making the Victoria’s Secret zebra print bikini which became the best-selling item in their 1998 catalogue.

Here are some of my beach essentials with samples from her 2011 collection.

1. Sexy bikini that’s one size too small.  According to Odabash, less fabric makes you look smaller.

Seville bikini

2. Glamorous cutout one-piece that can work double-duty in the evenings paired with silky trousers.

Marbella Brown Sugar

3. Loose, flowy jumpsuit for walking to your spa appointment.

Virginia Bandeau Jumpsuit

4.  A fashionable wide-brimmed hat to protect your beautiful face.

Jemima Hat

4.  A floor-skimming kaftan that can be worn on the beach and off.

Coleen kaftan

5.  Pretty cover-ups that work as dresses.

Ayesha kaftan

 

Here’s the entire sexy collection from the Melissa Odabash show at the W Hotel in Miami.

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LV – Crème de la Crème

I haven’t blogged for a few days so I thought this post should be extra delicious.  Louis Vuitton‘s preview video of their 2011 Paris City Guide is mouth-watering as it shows variations of the Saint Honoré – “a genuine Parisian cake.”

The 2011 European Edition Box Set is to be released on October 15th and will feature seven new cities including Oxford and Porto Cervo.

LV has been publishing these stylish city guides since 1998 and provide a wealth of information for the discerning traveller.  Globe-trotting has never been so delectable!

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The Suite Life for Eloise

The Plaza Hotel is a New York landmark and one of my favorite places to stay in the city.  If I was six years old, I would want to check into their recently opened Eloise Suite, based upon the mischievous character in Kay Thompson‘s book who lives at the Plaza.  It’s designed by Betsey Johnson in her typical fun and whimsical style that would make any little girl giddy with delight.  The two bedroom Suite provides ample room for children and their parents at a rate of $2350 per night. The fun extends to other areas of the hotel dedicated entirely to the world of Eloise where modern day mini-divas can relax in the Tea Room, get primped in the Beauty Salon and attend Charm School.  I can’t imagine them ever wanting to leave.

A perfect mirror for making sure you look glamorous. Not that you wouldn't already. Especially when you are six.

Well, if one has to have a bawth, one might as well have it here.

Eloise's desk and chair and many boxes of goodness-knows-what.

(All images via Plaza Hotel)

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Fashion Exotica

The first international Istanbul Fashion Week ended yesterday with a multitude of celebs in attendance.  Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field, Anna Kournikova and supermodels like Alessandra Ambrosio and Alek Wek were seen in the front row.  Turkey is hoping to bring Istanbul to the forefront of fashion.  And why not?  Istanbul is a city rich with gorgeous textiles and young designers ready to make their mark in the fashion world.

I was there only last summer wandering the Grand Bazaar, sipping Turkish tea at the Aruna Cafe underneath the Galata Bridge and wandering the gardens of various mosques and palaces.  But it already feels like ages ago and I’m longing for another visit to this magical city.  If you are planning to go anytime soon, check out the New York Times 36 Hours in Istanbul.

Koton S/S 2011 (image via Styleseeking Zurich)

Gizia S/S 2010 (image via Istanbul Fashion Addict)

Bora Aksu S/S 2011 (image via Styleseeking Zurich)

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Fit for a King

King Mohamed VI of Morocco has not spared any expense in welcoming guests to his sumptuous new hotel, Le Royal Mansour which is comprised of 53 luxurious riads in the old medina of Marrakech. Nestled within 8 acres of fragrant gardens, each riad comes with its own rooftop pool and enchanting views of the Atlas Mountains. There are underground tunnels within which staff operate, discretely handling the needs of discerning globetrotters.  A luxurious Moroccan spa and hammam, library, 3 Michelin-starred restaurants and private butler service are some of the features of this property. A magical experience awaits for $2100 to $28,000 per night, depending upon size of the room.

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