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I’d like to begin with a beautiful classic that maybe you think should be here. Of course I’m talking about Breakfast at Tiffany’s. As you may know, Audrey Hepburn is one of the women I admire and her work in this movie is just terrific: not in vain it’s her most memorable role. Audrey Hepburn herself said that this was her most difficult role, because she was such an introvert girl and Holly is a girl who can eat the whole world with her open attitude.
Do you know that this film is preserved by the National Film Registry of the United States? This entity works to ensure the conservation of movies that has a cultural relevance. It is amazing that Breakfast at Tiffany’s deserves this honor, don’t you think?
Sometimes, when I’m in New York (and if I have the time) I like to visit some of the film locations and of course, this includes the Tiffany and Co. at the Fifth Avenue.
Our next movie is also a classic, and maybe you’d like to sing with me? Pretty woman, walkin’ down the street, Pretty woman the kind I like to meet! Did you know that the song by Roy Orbison inspired the movie? Pretty Woman i s a beautiful love story. Maybe a little bit cliché, but that’s not a problem. A cliché, well managed, could be turned into a story worth to see again and again and again. I read that Richard Gere was ready to turn down the role when he saw a post-it with a note written by Julia Roberts: “please say yes”. And he said yes. You should never doubt the power of a woman! And, just another curious fact: the necklace that Vivian uses during the opera scene, actually costs $250,000 dollars and they had its own security guard looking after it.
I can’t help it. I am a romantic woman and I just have to say, about Pretty Woman: We all deserve someone who save ourselves right back.
Pulp Fiction is our next movie! I think you didn’t see that coming, did you? I also have my Tarantino side (we all should have a Tarantino side). I love how it’s narrated, its humor and irony and how it has inspired other movies and directors (I’m willing to have my own Pulp Fiction-themed video, can you imagine it?).
What do you think that’s inside the briefcase? Everytime I see it, I like to think another new thing, some serious and some more funny, like french fries.
Maybe one day I’ll have the time to see all the movies that inspired Tarantino to make one of its most iconic movies.
Now it’s time for a movie closer to this days (well, maybe not that closer, because it’s from 2010, and that was nine years ago!): The Tourist, where you can see another woman I admire and that inspires me: Angelina Jolie. She always have powerful roles, with powerful women on the screen. I love the Elise’s plot twist, that makes her even a stronger character. I love all of Angelina’s movies, but this is one of my favorites, because even if I am a romantic girl, I also love action!
And last but not least, we have Pride & Prejudice, another movie with a powerful woman in the leading role character. Yes, maybe you’ve noticed by this point: I’m in love with movies that portrays women as we are, strong and delicate at the same time. And I don’t just lovePride & Prejudice for its lovely story, but also for its costume design, made by Jacqueline Durran. And just for another fact, did you know that the movie is settled in 1797 because it was the year in which Jane Austen wrote the first draft of her book? Imagine living in that century and tell stories such as Pride & Prejudice!
Well, now you know. This are a few of my favorite movies. Which one do you like the most?
Hello! It’s time for the final act. The second part of my moroccan journey. I was waiting to get back to this story, so, let’s continue!
One of the things that excited me the most about this trip was the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, a monument to the french designer, his work and all the things that he owed to the region that changed the way he used to see the fashion, and maybe even the world. Thanks to Morocco, Saint Laurent left the monochromatic style and traveled to a way more colorful palette, portraying the essence of the country.
While I was there, inside the museum located near the Jardin Majorelle, acquired by Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980, I could enjoy the first Christo Vladimirov’s solo exhibition in Morocco, which also was his first exhibition in a fashion museum: Femme 1962 – 1968, an ode to the female body and the evolution of the creative process, built from drawings and collages that had never been on view to the public and cohesioned by Wedding Dress, an iconic sculpture made by the artist in 1967. Did you know that Christo said that the moments in which each project is created cannot be repeated? “They are unique. They exist and they are gone forever”. That’s why he uses photographs to keep those instants. This is something we could apply to everyday life: all the moments, once lived, are gone. We should enjoy them as much as we can, shouldn’t we?
And speaking of enjoy, I really had a good time with the permanent exhibition of the museum: A retrospective of Saint Laurent essential work in a space designed by Christophe Martin. Just imagine been there, within the immersive place, in front of the world of Yves Saint Laurent, getting the opportunity to know more about what inspired him, through garments that have been rarely seen by the world. It’s such a fortune that, since the beginning, the designer decided to archive his pieces and prototypes, so we can have a glimpse to his mind. There are not only clothes, but also sketches and films, music and photographs. It is, without a doubt, and experience worth to live.
It is amazing, you know? To see how Yves Saint Laurent ceased to be the Christian Dior’s assistant to become a creative director worth of this title, that suited him just like a good tailored coat suits an elegant man.
Inside the museum I witnessed photographs and paintings made by many artists, such as Andy Warhol, Irving Penn or Bernard Buffet. Pieces of advertising, commissions made by magazines or portraits of Yves Saint Laurent that complete the experience.
There are also specifications sheets from its collections and patterns and canvas as well. Press kits and invitations, sales books, worksheets, collection boards and, of course, pieces of Yves Saint Laurent’s story, as a boy in Oran and as a man in Paris: indeed, the fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent holds a unique, obsessive collection, one of its kind.
Since the beginning, his collections inspired by friends, such a Catherine Deneuve, or Morocco or China or Africa (the Imaginary Voyages), were controversials thanks to his fame. Did you know that Yves Saint Laurent created a collection named “The Scandal” inspired by Paloma Picasso?
Inside the walls of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, you will find all the heritage of the brand and by the end, you’ll find yourself feeling a little bit closer to the genius behind that heart we see in every collection, the same heart, passion, dedication that he left for us in this world.
“You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.” – Melissa Etheridge.
As a woman, I believe it’s very important to remember all those women who’ve made history and have contributed in building gender equality (although there is still a long way to go), women who’ve made it clear that we’re strong, independent and that we can achieve everything we set our minds to. These are the women who’ve influenced my life, those whom I admire that have set an example of freedom and security through their own lives that we all should possess and project.
Who hasn’t heard of Lady Di? Thanks to her struggle against the stereotypes of the monarchy and her style, she managed to be a female icon. She used her fame to help people by becoming an image for charity campaigns around the world. Lady Di is also a fashion and style icon that continues to set the guideline and inspire royalty in Europe. Without a doubt, a great inspiration in how she wore her looks with style and always keeping her professional image.
Her films are legendary and her acting was excellent. My Fair Lady and Breakfast At Tiffany’s made history and have become a benchmark in pop culture. I can’t deny that they inspire me at a personal level.
Not only did Audrey Hepburn dedicate herself to acting, but she was also UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador and founded the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund to support children with weaknesses. She was a very beautiful woman with unique elegance. I love her style and her passion for fashion.
Sure, you already know that Chanel is one of my favorite brands. The story of her fashion house is very interesting because she didn’t only bring a lot of knowledge and designs to the world of fashion, but also helped free women and proved, in that moment, that she could break stereotypes and could be who she wanted to be, no matter what other people thought about her.
Coco revolutionized women’s fashion by creating more comfortable designs, especially for the working women. She made a new haircut popular, one that was shorter than usual. She was one of the first women to wear jewelry, especially pearls (which I love by the way), and pearls have still remained a part of the Chanel collections.
Its purpose was to transform the extremely uncomfortable clothing that women had already established. Coco Chanel managed to be one of the first women entrepreneurs to opened her first store in 1910. What an inspiration!
Of course, I love the movies she’s acted in like Tomb Raider and Maleficent, where the main characters are strong women who tell the world “Here I am and I and I can take you down.” Angelina Jolie has a lot of personality and strength. I admire her generosity very much. She’s an actress, model, mother of six children, and a women’s rights activist. She’s made several charitable organizations to help children affected by AIDS and founded the National Center for Refugees and Immigrant Children. She’s a great example for many women and teaches us how to face obstacles that come into our lives. She has already, in her life, undergone a double mastectomy to prevent cancer and because of this, she helped many women to get informed and take care of themselves.
“Always be true to yourself, don’t let anyone distract you from your goals” – Michelle Obama.
She has incredible determination to make a change in the world and this is why I feel she is a great role model. I think she’s a woman who has earned everything she owns through hard work and by constantly studying. She created “Let’s Move!”, a very interesting campaign dedicated in promoting a healthy lifestyle with the right food and exercise aiming to end childhood obesity in her country.
I love the pan de muerto. I could eat it all year, don’t you? And as I look for the best french fries every time I travel, during this spooky time I like to try pan de muerto in different places and discover its new flavors and presentations. That’s why I put to work and researched the best places in Mexico City to enjoy this tradition of my country.
Comal de Piedra
This restaurant descends from a Canadian tradition and is led in Mexico by Othón Gayosso. It is located in the Roma neighborhood, in Colima 65, and the space is the perfect combination of contemporary and rustic. In this season, Comal de Piedra offers a delicious, super spongy bread with a very rich concentration of the orange flavor that all good pan de muerto should have.
In charge of Elena Reygadas, Rosetta is a restaurant with a bakery that presents different options of pan de muerto, from the traditional with sugar, to a version sprinkled with totomoxtle ashes (the dried leaf that surrounds the corn). Rosetta is a space full of traditional elegance, perfect to enjoy your pan de muerto with a cup of hot chocolate (and if you really want to try it, you can set it aside by phone).
Rosetta is also located in Colonia Roma, in Colima 166. (Why not try the dead bread of Comal de Piedra and then stop by Rosetta?).
With different branches such as Polanco, Lomas, Altavista, Satélite, Condesa… the strong point of the Maque cafeteria is the traditional bread, so the pan de muerto with orange flavor is the best option for this days. And if you’re already there, you can try all different breads they have. How about this November? Think about it: a cold morning, a cup of coffee and its very well-known conchas. I think about it and I want it now!
If you are looking for a super healthy option, without gluten, without sugar and without additives, La Otilla is the best option to enjoy a pan de muerto with orange and cardamom flavor. With flour made from chickpea, tapioca, rice and corn, there are vegan and traditional dairy-free options.
In addition to being able to visit their different branches in Mercado Roma, Lomas or Bosques, you can also find their family size pan de
Café Ruta de la Seda
A classic from Coyoacán, Café Ruta de la Seda offers many, many delicious versions of pan de muerto, all perfect to combine with its coffees and chocolates. There is matcha pan de muerto, or the traditional one of Oaxaca: the yolk bread scented with green anise, or the pan de muerto scented with pure orange blossom water and orange zest, with 80% certified organic ingredients.
The establishment at Av. José Barrios Sierra 540, has a wonderful pink decoration, which extends to its pan de muerto with chocolate bunny, belonging to the designers González Helfon, who extend their good taste to the bakery.
As I’ve mentioned on many of my posts before, fashion week is a very busy week because I have to attend fashion shows, parties, appointments, and create new content at the same time. That’s why I thought it would be a great idea to share some fun facts about the “behind the scenes” and everything I need to do to get ready when I go to fashion week.
1. Making outfits.
I start planning my outfits about a week before Ieaving. I look for some inspiration to give me ideas on what I’m going to wear for each fashion show. This way I only pack the things I know I’m going to use, therefore this certainly saves me a lot of time when I’m getting dressed.
2. Planning & Timing.
Having a digital organizer with a reminder alert is essential because it helps me to remember each event. It’s very important to always set the schedule in order to attend most of the appointments. I try to confirm only the ones that interest me the most and that I think I can make it. The truth is that there are so many of them that it makes it impossible to get to sometimes.
3. The car is your backstage and the trunk is your dressing room.
Definitely not everything is pure glamor. When I got stuck between events and traffic, I usually decide to take my outfits in the car so I can change into them while I’m going from one event to another. Most of the time, fashion shows are delayed and everything turns into madness. The truth is that you can rarely arrive to the show on time, so you’re lucky if it’s delayed because on the contrary they close the door on you.
4. Relaxing beauty advice.
I love to spoil myself and to take care of my skin. I start to relax by putting on a mask to moisturize and prepare my skin for my makeup looks while I’m on the plane. I always carry many masks with me and put them on before putting on makeup or before bedtime. This really relaxes me a lot.
5. Avoiding jetlag.
Jetlag is always your biggest enemy when you travel. I do many things to deal with it in order to feel well for example, I keep myself active during the day, adjust to the new timezones, exercise in the morning, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and “try” to eat healthy…yes I mean “try” because there are moments when I don’t have time to eat and the fastest option is a drive-thru for a burger or french fries.
Paris is an amazing city, not only in terms of fashion, but also for its wide gastronomic offer. That’s why I decided to make a selection of what I consider the best restaurants that I can’t miss out every time I visit the city of lights.
A small but lovely place. The decoration is the collection of the old toys of Ferdinand, the son of the restaurant’s owners. I recommend booking in advance, because it is always full. This place is known for its delicious burgers and churros for dessert, which although they don’t compare with those in Mexico, it’s worth trying.
The iconic Hôtel Costes restaurant is located on Rue Saint-Honoré. It has a sublime decoration, a relaxing atmosphere, and a unique aroma. And of course, the food is delicious!
My favorite dishes are the spicy lobster pasta, tomyam chili sea bass and a cheesecake for dessert. I always ask for a table outside because what I enjoy the most is watching people go by, admire the outfits and the celebrities who arrive and leave. I never miss the opportunity to shop around the fragrance and flower shops inside of this hotel.
It belongs to the same owners of the Costes so they share the same menu. This is a very good option for lunch, because the food is delicious and healthy. It’s visited by celebrities and models, especially during fashion week. It’s located on Avenue Montaigne, one of my favorite streets for shopping. It has a very nice patio, perfect to relax and have a refreshing drink while enjoying a Parisian sunset. Every time I am there, I feel in my own movie.
This particular restaurant is inside the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in the Palais du Louvre. I love the atmosphere and artistic decoration because it’s so elegant and Parisian. It was designed by the architect Joseph Dirand who’s known for his minimalistic work and graphics.
There’s nothing better than a good meal with a beautiful view. I always ask for a table on the outside to observe the Louvre gardens while enjoying the best black truffle pizza.
La Maison du Caviar
It’s the perfect place to have a wonderful sit down dinner, listen to good music, and have a fun time. It’s elegantly decorated in a vintage style. The dishes are all gourmet. I highly recommend the spaghetti with caviar and their delicious variety of desserts. I will let you discover which one is the best.
It’s a very beautiful, elegant and special place. They offer the same type of food as the previous one I mentioned, but without a doubt, you must taste the potato with caviar as well as the blinis and the salmon. Caviar Kaspia is the best! There is a store under the restaurant where you can find the best caviars.
Diep, in my opinion, is the best restaurant in Chinese food. The decor and atmosphere transport you to Asia. They have unique flavors. My favorite dishes are croissants frits with shrimp, chicken alla citronelle, rice, springrolls, and mixed dumplings.
Café de Flore
This is a classic place to visit in Paris. It’s located on Saint-Germain. This place was visited by important personalities like Jean-Paul Sartre, Tina Turner, Ernest Heminway, Picasso, and Karl Lagerfeld. I enjoy drinking coffee with a french croissant and a good conversation (of course, you can’t miss taking a picture there).
It lives up to it’s name. You’ll find the best escargots in all of Paris. Trust me, you wouldn’t be brave enough to name your restaurant “L’escargot Montorgueil” if you wouldn’t serve the most exquisite snails in the city. It has become a signature dish. If you find youself in Paris, you have to try them.
Traditionally, by far this is one of the best and most amazing restaurants in Paris. They offer a meat dish that has made thousands of people fall in love with it. The success of this dish is the sauce of butter and spices, also accompanied by french fries… my guilty pleasure.
It looks like a common building from the outside, but as soon as you go through the door, you have been transported to a classic Italian restaurant. Tables with white tablecloths, velvet benches, and mirrors are part of the decoration. The best dishes are penne alla arrabiata, scallops, and burrata. Delicious is an understatement!
Well, let’s lay all the cards on the table. When in Paris, you must to try typical french food. No need to travel all over to eat a hamburger (ok, maybe you do. Just one, or two burgers with french fries). Le Voltaire is one of the best options to explore the traditional dishes of the city of lights, as well as their amazing wines, french fries, mashed potatoes, foie gras, and scallops.
As you may have noticed, there’s a job that I take very, very seriously every time I travel (serious enough to break my diet). Anyone you ask that is close to me, will tell you that I am an official french fries taster. I ask for french fries at every restaurant that I go to. I can’t avoid it, it’s part of this dirty job, but someone’s has to do it. Lol.
My birthday was in May. I’m Gemini, did you know that?
Although that was a couple of months ago, I would like to talk about what I did to celebrate that I had another wonderful year on this planet: this May, I visited the Pearl of the South.
Marrakesh is one of the imperial cities of Morocco and among the many reasons that exist to visit it, there is one that called my attention especially, that made me very excited to know and that doesn’t disappointed me at all. But we’ll get to it.
Marrakesh, like other imperial cities, is divided into two parts: the old city, or the great Medina, and the new city, made by the French, and where the nightlife and spaces for tourists to stay are concentrated. Both parts of the city can feel very different, thanks not only to the fact that they are governed by different rules, but also to the way in which they have been maintained over the years: the ancient city must keep alive the tradition of Morocco and its most precious jewels (its buildings), while the new city can evolve along with the rest of the world.
My hotel was in the new city, of course, but that was not why the experience was less Moroccan. For this trip, I stayed at the Royal Mansour hotel, and just like in the old city, I was delighted by the whole atmosphere. Its colors and shapes, its food and experiences like the spa or the pool and the garden, the rooms, representations of the riads. Behind every door of the palace, I felt I found a place lost in time, preserving the beauty of the past.
The elegance with which the Royal Mansour embodies the traditions and soul of Morocco in every detail, from the reliefs on the doors, the patterns on the sofas, canopies and curtains, to the tapestry and the beautiful carpets, are not easy to describe in words. It is something that undoubtedly has to be experienced first hand. But I can say that I felt part of a world that could only exist within One thousand and one nights.
While at the hotel, I wanted to experience something completely Moroccan and the answer came from the spa and its hamman, which is how Arab bath houses are known. Such places began with the Romans and, over the years, spread to Turkey, Morocco and, well, all of Asia in general.
The Royal Mansour treatment consists of a hot marble bath, which is followed by an exfoliation with black olive and eucalyptus soap, a rasul mask and 100% natural clay. This in order to detoxify, relax the muscles, free the airways and open the pores. Living the Royal Mansour spa is enjoying an experience that takes you to a place of harmony and relaxation impossible to find in another part of the world.
Some extra information about me is that I love carpets and rugs, so the Medina’s bazaar was my little piece of heaven in Morocco. I could not help getting out of there with furniture to decorate my house.
You could not miss a visit to the Bahia Palace, built in the 19th century by Si Moussa, and thought to be the largest palace in history. The Bahia Palace maintains the memory of the country’s culture. With parts of cedar exhibiting lovely patterns —for its complexity—, and hand-painted ceilings, you can still feel the lives of those who once inhabited it. What surprised me most was the harem of the palace, in which there was a room for each of the wives of the great vizier of the Sultan.
During my visit to Marrakesh, I visited herbal stores, where I found oils and essences that keep the delicious aroma of Asia. I lived an experience of 100% Moroccan tea and also visited catacombs, more adorned the higher your rank in society. I was in Le Comptoir and I experienced belly dance in its origins, in addition to having a delicious traditional meal in La Mamounia. But, among these many places and experiences, there is something in particular that captivated me, the reason for my trip to Morocco: the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.
And to speak well of it, I will have to do it in a separate article. I have so much to say, and I can’t wait to share it with you.