Travel Light Carry On


Summer is finally here. The days are longer and brighter. And the travel itch begins to set in. Here are a few useful and brilliant things to bring along for the journey. Hit the road with these sensible to the sensational curated essentials. Travel Light and Carry On! #firstclasstips


Dr. Alkaitis Organics Travel Kit, Great skincare that keeps skin clean, balanced and glowing is equally important at home and when traveling -when stressors abound. Dr. Alkaitis Holistic Organic Skin Food is made with edible living ingredients, certified organic/biodynamic and wild-crafted herbs, fruits, sea vegetables and virgin cold-pressed pressed plant oils. Effective therapeutic raw health food for the skin. Founder Dr. Alkaitis is a world-renowned physical chemist, research scientist and molecular biologist, whose scientific expertise and extensive research in the healing properties of living plants has resulted in the creation of one the most dynamic holistic personal care lines available to date. The Organic Travel Kit, packed with 8 essential products -almost the entire line, is a results oriented travel necessity. Included is the fabulous Nourishing Treatment Oil for face, hair & body that feels like silk and smells divine. Give your skin the attention it deserves. #therapeuticskinfood


Jane Iredale Dream Tint, Sample Color Kit & Pure Gloss, The definitive year round tinted moisturizer, Dream Tint, works to hydrate, protect and correct your complexion in one step. With a lightweight texture, it creates a soft focus while calming and soothing inflammation and providing UV sun protection, with gentle ingredients for sensitive skin. A favorite amongst Jane Iredale fans for years, this stellar petroleum-free lip gloss with Moringa Butter and Avocado & Sunflower Seed Oils makes lips feel conditioned, moisturized, quenched and nourished. Long-lasting, gorgeous Tangerine is that just right pop of sheer color for a fresh, polished look. With a lovely sampling of some of Iredale’s best-selling makeup, the Color Sample Kit is smart and travel-friendly. An icon in the industry, Berkshires-based Jane Iredale founded Iredale Mineral Cosmetics in the 90’s and was the first to supply the aesthetics industry and physicians with a full makeup-line based on minerals that was good for the skin. #lookgoodfeelgood


Shankara Aromatherapy, Promote wellness, stability and vitality on the go with Shankara Relaxing, De-stressing and Reviving Essential Oil Blends. Three 5ml Aromatherapy Essences in a rollerball for convenient application, beautifully boxed. RELAXING to help ground and calm the mind. DE-STRESSING to soothe and cool intense emotions. REVIVING to wake up and invigorate. Apply to pulse points as needed. Just right for treating stress, anxiety and restlessness, which may arise while traveling. Shankara Ayurvedic skin care products embody an alchemy of East and West concept mirrored in their Lotus-Rose logo. The Rose, a symbol of pure beauty and love in the West. The Lotus, a symbol of wisdom and light in the East, embraces the rose. In Sanskrit, the name ‘Shankara’ means, ‘Pure Beauty with Fully Blossomed Consciousness.’ Behind everything they do is a strong intent to serve humanity, from producing fine, energetic products to the donation of 100% of the net profits to global humanitarian work. #scienceoflife


Iphoria Couleur Au Portable iPhone Case, Your smartphone will be protected traveling and runway ready with the Couleur Au Portable iPhone Case. Inspired by an iconic bottle of Chanel Nail Lacquer, this shock-absorbing TPU just case nails it. Founded in 2012 by Berlin-based designer Milena Jaeckel, Iphoria stands for euphoria in the digital age, for that certain “je ne sais quoi” that transforms the ordinary into a fashion statement, for the excitement of the new and the still unknown. Stylish mobile accessories, designed with passion and produced with care. Iphoria girls don’t compromise, every item is not only fashionable, but also functional. #ifashionforward


Kaufmann Mercantile Briefcase Backpack, This handmade leather briefcase backpack is well-suited to carrying essentials on adventures near and abroad. The design was inspired by the pouch-like bags that can be spotted in Ecuador which leather craftsman Andrew McAteer combined with a pattern adapted from a 1901 British Navy Ammunition pouch. An inner divider keeps documents safe, and an interior pocket is sized to hold passport or mobile phone. The adjustable belt-style straps are attached with brass rivets that allow movement, so the bag can be custom fit to your body, while ensuring that the weight you carry is evenly balanced. A handle at the top of the bag makes it easy to grab from a plane’s overhead storage or to carry by your side if you wish. New York-based Kaufmann Mercantile carries a tightly edited collection of goods from 300 makers from 20 countries, chosen for making the finest products in their class. #oldschoolstyle


OfAntique Yoga Mat Bag, An artisan leather yoga bag lined with 100% Thai silk with gorgeous embroidered textile design was inspired by the baby carrier used by the baby carrier used by the Hill-tribe people from Southern China 40-80 years ago. Conceived in 2011 during a voyage to South East Asia with her children, designer Rita Bastos fell in love with the amazing antique textiles and its legacy techniques. As such, the hand-blended, naturally concocted dyes, exquisite woven silks and outstanding embroideries, ignited her imagination to create a limited portfolio of one-off high-end artisan bags. Fusing exceptional craftsmanship with timelessly stylish designs, the portfolio appeals to the chicest global nomad, a person who seeks elegance, inspiration and authenticity, to house their beloved wares. All pieces from OfAntique are meticulously crafted by hand in Bali. Weave a story of tradition and culture and bring a luxe edge to your practice and travel. #artofthetextiles


Emilia Travel Set by Sofiacashmere, Traverse the globe in luxurious style and unparalleled comfort with this three-piece cashmere travel set which includes blanket, sleep mask and zip bag set, that will make even the most tedious layover or long flight feel manageable and restful for the sensitive traveler. What started as a family business over sixty years ago, Sofiacashmere is one of the most notable purveyors of luxury goods in the cashmere industry. Specializing in sweaters, coats, home goods and travel sets, this distinctive knitwear brand only sources the finest cashmere from Mongolia and China. #superchic


Rachel Brown Kabbalah Dog Tag Necklace, Gold Vermeil plated Stainless Steel Dog Tag with Swarovski Crystals and Ana Bekoach (creating miracles) prayer engraving -Kabbalah prayer that connects our soul to the forces of creation, purifying our physical and spiritual life for the creation of miracles. In today’s society, spiritual jewelry offers a sense of serenity in a hectic world. I like to travel with just one striking and talismanic piece. Spirituality and style merge beautifully in the artisan Kabbalah jewelry collection of New York-based gemologist Rachel Brown. Well-crafted pieces that are etched with prayers, meditations, sacred messages, and symbolic meaning that emanate elegance and good energy. Blessed jewels for the journey. #ancientspiritualwisdom


Jiva-Apoha Amma Body Oil, ‘Amma’ is ‘The Divine Mother in Sanskrit.’ This feminine spirit is the part in us all that is generous and extraordinary, and the breathtaking beauty and simplicity of Amma Body Oil brings that into focus. Herbaceous, Rosy Palmarosa marries with smooth Sandalwood and hypnotic Indian White Jasmine for the perfect meditative body treatment oil. This blend is a blues-chaser of the highest order, and places euphoria squarely within your grasp. Always carry your signature scent with you to keep grounded and balanced. Amma is one of the truly sacred oils created by ‘Rolling Stone Shaman’ Angela Shore of Jiva-Apoha. Masterfully combining Native American techniques with Ayurvedic knowledge and throwing in a touch of swagger, Shore blends and infuses her oils with intention, healing and grace. Anoint your body with the extraordinary healing powers of these oils and get ready to be transformed, and fall in love. #sacredselflove


Aromaflage Wild Botanical Fragrance & Insect Repellant, Aromaflage is an ingenious fragrance that also repels insects. Wild is the perfect healthy alternative, plant-based travel fragrance that lets you live your outdoor lifestyle and keep the bugs at bay while caring for your skin -free of DEET, parabens, and sulfates. From the Southeast Asian jungle, Aromaflage Wild combines notes of Cardamom, Cedarwood, and Spruce. An earthy, Green, sophisticated, seasonal must-have. Also available in the signature Aromaflage botanical scent that combines notes of Citrus, Cedarwood and Vanilla for an aroma that too is perfect for Summer.  Aromaflage was founded by husband and wife entrepreneurial team Michael & Melissa Fensterstock to create a sustainable, innovative company focused on delivering value to customers while also supporting the developing world. Don’t leave home without one of their botanical aromatic multi-taskers which take form in purser, flagship bottle, bracelet, or soy candle. #botanicalbugsbegone


101 Places in Italy: A Private Grand Tour: 1001 Unforgettable Works of Art by Francis Russell, This well-informed selection of the most rewarding towns, cities, villages, and individual monuments in Italy is the definitive guidebook for the discerning traveler. The author has been visiting Italy for over fifty years, and is the perfect companion for those who want to know about more than the obvious attractions. As well as covering the finest sights in the major tourist centers of Rome, Florence, Venice, and elsewhere, Francis Russell discusses and describes the neglected, or little-known, masterpieces that are still to be found across the Italian peninsula.

The author chooses and explores palaces and gardens, city squares and lonely churches, frescoes and altarpieces, great museums and tiny ruins that together provide a richly textured portrait of a country where the history and patterns of civilization lie more thickly than anywhere else on earth. This book will enhance and enrich the visitor’s experience of the most visited country in the world, by virtue of its sensitivity, its wisdom, and its deep knowledge, and by means of its vivid, eloquent, and entertaining exposition. A must-squeeze-into-hand-baggage or backpack. #bravissimo

World Of Interiors


The New York home décor of Vogue international editor at large, Hamish Bowles, is featured in the November 2014 issue of World of Interiors. Bowles, world-renowned for his keen aesthetic and vast personal collections -from antiques to couture he’s amassed over the decades trawling the globe, is the European Editor for Vogue and one of the most respected authorities on the worlds of fashion and interior design. He writes feature and fashion stories for all parts of the magazine as well as overseeing the lifestyle and interior design features, and acts as Vogues’ liaison to the European fashion markets.


In the library of Hamish Bowles’ Manhattan apartment, decorated by friends Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori Rimini, protégés of the Italian design master Lorenzo Mongiardinothe, the marmalade Sister Parish tufted sofa, after a design by Syrie Maugham, and the amethyst William IV settee -found at Christie’s New York, are both upholstered in silk velvet, custom-dyed by Studio Peregalli -the masters of making interiors look brilliantly timeworn, buttato lì. Photography by Simon Upton. Covered with pediment-topped bookcases crammed with works carefully organized into biographies, fashion and decorating. “We were going for something Proustian,” says Hamish. It has a wonderfully collected look, as most pieces were lovingly acquired during Hamish’s travels, each antique with its own back story, plays an integral part in the creation of timelessness throughout the interiors. Assolutamente meraviglioso!


Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People Hardcover, by Hamish Bowles (Introduction), Calvin Klein (Foreword), October 30, 2007.

Like Studio Peregalli interiors, some books are classics and never go out of style. Two such examples are The Invention of the Past: Interior Design and Architecture of Studio Peregalli, and Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People by Hamish Bowles. Lavishly illustrated in full color, Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People is a voyage through style-makers’ private realms around the world. A book that takes you into exquisite rooms and gorgeous gardens from 36 unique homes, captured by such celebrated photographers as Miles Aldridge, Cecil Beaton, Jonathan Becker, Eric Boman, Oberto Gili, François Halard, Horst P. Horst, Annie Leibovitz, Sheila Metzner, Mario Testino, Tim Walker, and Bruce Weber, among many others. Bringing to life interiors and exteriors, modern and classical, that are both inspiring and transporting. Writers Hamish Bowles, Joan Juliet Buck, Dodie Kazanjian, Eve MacSweeney, Julia Reed, Marina Rust, and Vicki Woods take us behind the scenes to give us an intimate view of the owners and how they live, at all points of the décor spectrum.


The Invention of the Past: Interior Design and Architecture of Studio Peregalli Hardcover, by Laura Sartori Rimini (Author), Roberto Peregalli (Author), Hamish Bowles (Foreword) October 11, 2011.

The Milan-based interior design and architectural firm Studio Peregalli presents their breathtaking environments that capture the classic elegance of the past. Partners Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli have a distinctive ability to work in virtually every historical style-from Renaissance to Victorian-to create interiors that are atmospheric and magical, conjuring up a real or imagined past. The Invention of the Past profiles the firm’s domestic and public projects, including residences for such leading families as the Etros and the Zegnas. Organized by house elements-facades, libraries, dining rooms, bedrooms, and other spaces-the book focuses on their opulent and whimsical furnishings and old-world craftsmanship. Studio Peregalli juxtaposes authentic works of a particular period with replicated pieces to create an illusion that becomes something real and evocative. The book features beautiful color photographs of their oeuvre, along with reproductions of drawings, maquettes & plaster models.

Ayurveda Journey


 Ayurveda Health Retreat, Tuscany, Italy, August 24-30, 2014, Five nights at a stunning 17th century eco-villa surrounded by 750 bio-dynamic acres of rolling hills, forests & vineyards. Bucket list worthy retreat. California-based Ayurvedic author and expert, Talya Lutzker, a certified Ayurveda practitioner, yoga teacher, and professional chef and author of two Ayurvedic cookbooks, including the newly released, The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen: Finding Harmony Through Food, and Gayle Olson, yoga teacher and author of The Yoga & Fitness Guide for Women, are hosting an Ayurvedic Health & Yoga Retreat in Italy. An exotic exploration of Ayurvedic cooking and Ayurveda as a foundational, do-it-yourself medicinal path you can incorporate into your everyday life, and Hatha, Iyengar and Vinyasa-inspired yoga classes will be taught in an ancient shala, overlooking Tuscan hills and groves. Doesn’t get much better than that!


Originating in India thousands of years ago, Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. Ayurveda is made up of two Sanskrit words: ‘Ayu’ which means life and ‘Veda’ which means the knowledge of. To know about life is Ayurveda.

Located in the heart of Tuscany, between Florence and Siena near the famous medieval towns of Volterra and San Gimignano, this beautiful villa and retreat center could not be more perfectly situated for privacy and nature, while granting access to charming villages for shopping and sight-seeing. The meals -featuring organic, vegetarian and Ayurvedic, farm-to-table fare, are served on a terrace overlooking a lake. The produce and grains are grown on bio-dynamic land or sourced from neighboring organic farms. Bread, honey, jams, wine, olive oil, soaps, toiletries, and other herbal products are all made from natural sources from the estate and the surrounding areas. A Mediterranean-Style Yoga Retreat that blends good health with good living. Designed as a healthy holiday that promotes physical health and well-being, while immersing you in an old-world appreciation of culture, slow-food cuisine, connection to the land, and the value of a good siesta! For information on this journey and more visit Exotic Yoga Retreats.

Time(less) Travel(ers) Tote


Burberry Prorsum Antiqued Traveler Bag -From the Spring/Summer 2013 Menswear Runway Collection, 100% wild dyed Alligator Mississippiensis, USA, Made in Italy. New from Burberry -the global brand with a distinctly British attitude, comes this gorgeous over-sized alligator leather traveler bag with an elegant antique finish, expertly hand-crafted by Italian artisans. Each bag has an individual appearance, alligator leather shoulder strap and equestrian belt detail with vintage padlock closure, oversize cut-out leather zip pull and luggage tag key holder. Modern feel, although still withholds a timeless essence that turns this into worthy investment. Off-the-charts-in-all-respects-masterpiece-this-truly-takes-Burberry-to-new-heights! I ♥ Burberry future classic.

Bellagio Center


The Bellagio Center, also known as Villa Serbelloni, is situated above the small town of Bellagio Italy on hilly acres of park and garden located on Lake Como -the foothills of the Italian Alps. The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center regularly hosts policymakers, professionals, and thought-leaders, from around the world, for residencies, conferences, and candid, innovative exchanges of ideas. Former Bellagio residents have included writers Maya Angelou, Michael Ondaatje, composer Eve Beglarian, and contemporary artists Mona Hatoum and Alexander Apostol. Participants in the center’s conference program have included Nobel Laureates Henry Kissinger, Rajendra Pachauri, Shimon Peres, and Joseph Stiglitz.

The Foundation seeks applications from outstanding creative artists at all career stages with a record of significant achievement in their fields. Videographers, filmmakers, novelists, playwrights, poets, visual artists, and artists in performance art and multimedia from any country are welcome to apply. Projects in all fields are welcome, but there is a particular interest in projects that are inspired by or relates to global or social issues. The Arts & Literary Arts Residency competition opens on October 1, 2012 with a deadline of November 29, 2012. For a possible residency between August 19, 2013 to November 29, 2013. See Application Overview & Guidelines: here


The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center’s mission is to promote innovation and identify impact-oriented solutions to critical global problems. The Foundation, through conferences and residency programs, supports the work of scholars, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners who share in the Foundation’s pioneering mission to “promote the well-being of humanity.” The Center has launched major initiatives to strengthen global health systems, bolster resilience to climate change in poor communities around the world, mobilize an agricultural revolution in Africa, rebuild New Orleans in the wake of Katrina, strengthen the economic security of working families, and shape smarter, more sustainable transportation policies in the United States. This legacy, the serene work environment on the shore of Lake Como in northern Italy, the diverse groups of people, and the promise of future achievements make Bellagio an inspiring and productive forum for fostering positive change.