From perilous escapades in Equatorial Africa to wondrous adventures in the Chilean Altiplano, my vivid imagination and I have clocked years in faraway lands. So much so, I often feel nostalgic for places I’ve never been. I love to envision what treasures I’d bring or pick up along the way. After all, a girl must be both peripatetic and chic! Here are five places I’m currently wander-lusting after:
STAY: Shompole, Kenya
INSPIRATION: Karen Blixen’s starched whites and colonial khakis in Out of Africa.
BRING: Leica x Hermes Camera, Peter Beard Collector’s Edition Book, Borsalino Safari Hat, Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Safari Jacket, Vintage Louis Vuitton Trunk, Rag and Bone Skirt, Pamela Love Necklace, Ann Demeulemeester Shoes
STAY: Sharq Village & Spa, Qatar
INSPIRATION: The opulent golds and deep burgundies of the dusty souks along the Ancient Silk Road.
BRING: Prada Sombrero, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick, Balmain Dress, CELINE purse, Repossi Ring, Yves Saint Laurent Sandals, Balmain Leather Jacket
STAY: Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, Chile
INSPIRATION: Carmen Miranda’s colorful exuberance in The Gang’s All Here.
BRING: Prada Fur Stole, Prada purse, Dries Van Noten Skirt, Prada bracelets, CELINE sandals, An Anthology of Odes by Pablo Neruda, Wayuu Taya Mochilla Bag
STAY: Heidelberg Suites Boutique Hotel, Germany
INSPIRATION: The effortlessly chic Diane Kruger.
BRING: Dior Ring, Daisy Knights Antler Necklace, Chanel Pearl Drop Nail Polish, Chloe Dress, CELINE Bag, Giambattista Valli Pumps, Burberry Prorsum Coat, Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire, Bauer Audi DPS Turntable
STAY: Hotel Casa Fuster, Barcelona
INSPIRATION: The passion and drama of Pedro Romero, the most famous matador in Spanish history.
BRING: H&M jacket, Isabel Marant Leather Pants, AllSaints Harness, Miu Miu Clutch, Repetto Loafers, Haider Ackerman Suite, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, Manuel Contreras Guitar, See by Chloe Blouse, Alexander McQueen Scarf
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