Three days in los Cabos

A friend of mine invited me to a girls only three day stay at Los Cabos. As you may already know, I am a sucker for everything beachy, luxurious and sunny but the general feedback that I got from people who already paid a visit to Cabos was, no beaches, dangerous currents, big waves and full of americans. This 3 day escape change my perspective on Cabos.

We landed sunday mid day at Los Cabos International, a little airport wedged between mountains and desert that already sounded like vacations.

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And were greater by soldats in full “operation desert storm” gear and anti Drug sniffing dogs. That was a first for me and it made me kind of iffy. Narcs, in Mexico? Really????Image

The taxi took us through a scenic road to Hacienda Encantada, a luxury resort 20 minutes away from the airport. Taking a road trip in Baja California sounds like a very good idea, the scenery is absolutely gorgeous and the roads super safe, thank ou doggies.

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So, Hacienda Encanta Resort…Full of americans, yes, it is. Specially during spring break. Not the most luxurious nor authentic place I have visited but overall very comfy and nice. The downside is that the villas are decorated in what americans think Mexican style should be. So full of very dark wood hispanic furnitures, heavy upholstery but the 3 bedrooms villas are spacious and comfortable enough for 8 people. Equipped with a swimming pool and a jacuzzi, they make a perfect retreat should they have an ocean view which ours didn’t have.  ImageImage

The resort has a nice pool and lounging area overseeing the Sea of Cortez but no access to the beach. So yes, it was what my friends depicted, a nice place with beautiful views and pool but no beach and rough surf which got me quite frustrated. i cannot just gaze at the ocean and not set foot on the beach or dive in the surf.

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So the next morning, we spotted a very nice strip of honey sand which apparently belonged to the Sheraton and decided to spend the day there. And we did good. the beach is absolutely pristine, the ocean quiet and the surf christen clear. A bliss!

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This is actually the place where we’ll come back with the kids as they have a mini club, an awesome tropical like swimming pool and no dangerous currents nor rocks. Well, there are some very scenic rocks next to the golf course but they are more scenic than dangerous and are the perfect fishing spot.

L1020085The golf course is absolutely stunning, nestled between the desert, the rocks and the Sea of Cortez and I fell in love with this cactus.

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When in Cabos, a boat trip is mandatory. A zodiac is best for whale watching as they are fast and can spot and follow the big mammals within minutes. The Cabos Marina is absolutely lovely and offers a wide variety of speed boats and sail boats. You can even go duty free shopping to the Luxury Avenue Mall where prestigious brand such as Cartier and Salvatore Ferragamo are waiting for you.L1020125

We decides to take a sail boat trip to go see the Arch and Lovers beach, one of the rare spot where an Ocean, it that case the atlantic one, meets a sea, the Cortez one. Spectacular!

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Other very nice Cabos Treats, the restaurants. We went to Las Ventanas al Paraiso to have an exquisite dinner by the sea. Most recommended dish, the vertically grilled Huachinango and I love the white and blue decor.

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Another beautiful place to dine if not to stay is the One and Only Palmilla. An outstandingly romantic hotel, nestled in lush tropical gardens and the perfect place for an intimate yet very chic wedding as they have an onsite hispanic colonial chapel.

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The chef is Moroccan so you’ll be in for a nice spicy, flavourful twist on fish.

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A fabulous 3 day trip which I will do again with my family as there is a ton of stuff to do, to see, to explore. I will definitely stay either at the Sheraton or at Las Ventanas al Paraiso which both have an amazing beach. Then drive by todos Santos for photo shooting and craft shopping and all the way up to La Paz which apparently boats superb beaches with cristallin waters. Los Cabos, to be continued…

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Miss Dior at the Grand Palais

For two weeks only, Christian Dior will showcase an exhibition around Miss Dior, the first perfume created by the designer in  1947 year he founded his couture house.

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A myth as well as a symbol, Miss Dior embodies Christian Dior’s vision of women, feminine, fragile, delicate yet exuberant.

Following a  traditional collaboration with artists, Dior invited 15 women artists from all over the world to reinterpret this legendary fragrance through its iconic codes as its bottle, its hound tooth motive, its dagger bow as well as its face, Natalie Portman.

There are no pictures yet of the coming exhibition but we can have a sneak preview of what it will look like with this video of the Dior Spirit exhibit actually in Shanghai

For more info on the up coming exhibition, log on to

http://www.grandpalais.fr/fr/evenement/miss-dior#sthash.cIxIKqk8.dpuf

From november the 13th till November the 25th,

Dia de los muertos

Halloween is over, the pumpkins have been carved, the candies eaten, the costumes  put away for next year… On November 2nd, it is time to celebrate the deads . And few countries do it like Mexico where instead of being a sad and mournful day, it is a bright, joyful and colourful one.

Inspired by a mesoamerican tradition, Dia de los Muertos or Day of the dead in Mexico has been classified by the Unesco as unmaterial patrimony of the world

People mount altar in their home to celebrate their lost ones with a framed picture of them, their favourite food, “pan de muertos” literally bread of the dead which is an airily soft brioche dusted in sugar, orange flowers, cut out paper symbolizing the air, sugar skulls and candies.

IMG_3554Some cities have raised the bar of their celebrations, such as San Miguel De Allende where Artist Veronique Pittman, a firm believer in the power of the lessons taught on the day, teamed up with fellow artists and designers, as well as the San Miguel de Allende community, to launch La Calaca, an arts and culture festival exploring the themes and promoting the spiritual traditions of Dia de los Muertos. The Calaca festival ends up tomorrow so you can still rush there if you live in D.F.

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One of the nicest and biggest altar in Mexico City is the one put up for Diego Rivera in its Mausoleum. Highly recommended if you still haven’t seen it, it should be displayed for at least another week.IMG_3521

 

But even if you don’t live in Mexico, you cannot have missed the growing trend of skulls in design and fashion. From cufflinks, to cushions and sweaters, they are everywhere. As for me, they seem to haunt my living room, check for yourself

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Alexander McQueen Savage beauty book by Rizzoly available at

http://www.amazon.com/Alexander-McQueen-Savage-Beauty-Metropolitan/dp/0300169787

The Skull Style Book available at CLICK or on Ahalife as well as a amazing selection of skull objects

http://www.ahalife.com/globalsearch/query?query=skulls

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http://www.monicacalderon.net

 

 

 

Bauhaus at Blend

When you think of Bauhaus, you generally refer to the Weimar school that gave its name to one of the most influential current in architecture, design and art that ruled between the two world wars.

But yesterday, we were invited at Bahaus by Jennifer Beick Keller, the gorgeous blond amazon that manages this design firm representing some major brands such as Arper, Artemide, Artifort, Baccarat, Emeco, Flos, Herman Miller, Knoll, Moroso and Roll and Hill.IMG_3915

Located on the second floor of Blend Design megastore, Bahaus showcased for this special occasion some of its statement pieces  with the most spectacular one being a gigantic chromed pendulum supporting a crystal chandelier umbrella on one end and a leather sand bag on the other, the “Mary Poppins”. Jennifer told me that they were only five pieces of them on the market. Lucky few buyers…

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Another beautiful piece by Baccarat was a clear, taupe and pale pink crystal chandelier that recalls the 19th century french boudoirs.

IMG_3927Contemporary Starck for Baccarat chandeliers and candle holders shared the space with  iconic design pieces that collectionist would die to have in their home. l personally think that this petite oval Saarinen side table will be very pretty next to our white Barcelona chair.

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To lear more about Bahaus, visit the Blend Design store located at

Palmas 520, C.P. 11000, México, D.F.
Concept Store & Showrooms

Horarios:
Lunes – Viernes: 10:00 am 8:00 pm
Sábados: 11:00 am 6:00 pm

Or visit  http://www.blendmexico.com/wordpress/?page_id=369

Paris Photo Fair from Nov.14 to 17th at the Grand Palais

The 19th century glass and steel roof of the Grand Palais will hold the 17th Edition of Paris Photo Fair from November 14 to 17, 2013, gathering world’s top galleries and photobook specialists.

On November 15th, Sothebys will auction some major photographs, a highly anticipated event of theParis Photo fair. This auction reflects the high standards of the private collectors and dealers that the fair attracts, and  experts will present highlights from every period of the history of photography.
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Irving Penn
Mouth (for L’Oréal)
New York, 1986
Estimate €150,000–200,000

For more information, please visithttp://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2013/photographies-pf1320.html#&i=0

Read more at http://www.parisphoto.com/#1Z3AmKWxmRoVlT9l.99

Design in a container

Well, it is generally true that young designers, although very talented, may struggle to showcase their pieces and find retailers. The city of Mexico solved this problem last week end, allowing designers to exhibit their work in containers, yes, the same ones we, expats, use to move our belongings from one side of the globe to the other, and the result was amazing. Hundreds of people came to discover and buy  artwork from new talents or more recognised one such as Tom Dixon.

A great majority of exhibitors featured furniture and rooms inspired buy the 60’s, a Mad Men influence ?

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One of my great founds is this macro floral “point de croix” tapestry and pouf hand made in India and designed in Spain that doesn’t say granny at all and would seat very pretty in my living room, honey?

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For more informations on Mexico design week program, go to

http://www.revistacodigo.com/design-week-mexico-2013-agenda/