Ah, to dream…what a beautiful thing! These bons mots by Aristotle resonate profoundly with me, as I find myself savoring the bliss of accomplished goals and dreaming bigger dreams than ever before. I can’t imagine a life without dreams and I hope to never lose the courage to chase after them.

Ah, to dream…what a beautiful thing! These bons mots by Aristotle resonate profoundly with me, as I find myself savoring the bliss of accomplished goals and dreaming bigger dreams than ever before. I can’t imagine a life without dreams and I hope to never lose the courage to chase after them.

This fantasy weekend is actually half reality, as I will be spending this Saturday in Napa Valley with a group of friends! I could actually spend every weekend in Napa, and during the warm Summer months that’s exactly what I do. I love the fact that I can drive a few miles from my home and feel like I’m a world away: beautiful rolling hills, gorgeous wineries, people from all around the world, and wines for every taste and occasion.
My perfect weekend in Napa consists of an early drive into St Helena’s Dean & DeLuca for a cup of mocha, then heading to the serene gardens at Frog’s Leap and spending a quiet moment with my hubby. After that, we like getting in our in our car and driving, with no specific destination in mind (this has allowed for some wonderful serendipitous discoveries that are off the beaten path). At some point we like to make a stop at Mumm Napa for a glass of bubbly (their sparkling pinot noir is my fave!). After we’ve had our fill of staring into the landscape, we drive up to the bistro at Auberge du Soleil for a delicious lunch. The view from their terrace is like no other and it is not rare to spot a celebrity lounging at their pool. And what could possibly make this weekend even more perfect? An overnight stay at the Bylund Country Villa, of course. Cheers to a wonderful weekend!
What to pack: Roberto Cavalli summer dress, Roberto Cavalli for Target sandals, Roberto Cavalli sunnies, Tory Burch Maya cuff, gold earrings, Singer ‘Getaway Ebony’ weekender bag.

This fantasy weekend is actually half reality, as I will be spending this Saturday in Napa Valley with a group of friends! I could actually spend every weekend in Napa, and during the warm Summer months that’s exactly what I do. I love the fact that I can drive a few miles from my home and feel like I’m a world away: beautiful rolling hills, gorgeous wineries, people from all around the world, and wines for every taste and occasion.

My perfect weekend in Napa consists of an early drive into St Helena’s Dean & DeLuca for a cup of mocha, then heading to the serene gardens at Frog’s Leap and spending a quiet moment with my hubby. After that, we like getting in our in our car and driving, with no specific destination in mind (this has allowed for some wonderful serendipitous discoveries that are off the beaten path). At some point we like to make a stop at Mumm Napa for a glass of bubbly (their sparkling pinot noir is my fave!). After we’ve had our fill of staring into the landscape, we drive up to the bistro at Auberge du Soleil for a delicious lunch. The view from their terrace is like no other and it is not rare to spot a celebrity lounging at their pool. And what could possibly make this weekend even more perfect? An overnight stay at the Bylund Country Villa, of course. Cheers to a wonderful weekend!

What to pack: Roberto Cavalli summer dress, Roberto Cavalli for Target sandals, Roberto Cavalli sunnies, Tory Burch Maya cuff, gold earrings, Singer ‘Getaway Ebony’ weekender bag.

Roost is the visual journal of food stylist Caitlin Van Horn, a self-declared Anglophile with admirable determination for a healthier—yet flavorful, living. A few years ago, her husband’s Crohn’s disease diagnosis sent her on a journey towards a diet free of all grain, sugar and processed foods; a challenge she conquered with healing recipes full of flavor. Caitlin’s photography inspires me and transports me to another place. I am mesmerized by her moody aesthetic, the rich backdrops, the jewel-tones, the decadence of her meals, and her captivating writing. I feel a special attraction for dark still life compositions, reminiscent of Dutch paintings, and Roost truly satisfies that craving in me.

Scotch & Soda opened its new doors in San Francisco a couple months ago, and I couldn’t be more excited to have them right across from my office. The shop is nicely designed and stocked with super-cool fashions for men and women. I am particularly excited about their men’s clothing because shopping for my husband is one of my favorite things to do! Valentine’s Day may be the perfect excuse to go shopping… It will be difficult to choose, but I think my first purchase will be one of their impeccably-tailored shirts.

All items shown are Scotch & Soda, except for sunglasses (Ray Ban) and shoes (Cole Haan)

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My jaw dropped when I saw a picture of artist Joana Vasconcelos’ rendition of this helicopter designed for the late Marie Antoinette (currently in exhibition at Versailles). I just couldn’t believe the genius of it, the outrageous splendor, the unapologetic excess, the fitting impracticality of it… So perfectly appropriate for a queen! I keep staring at the images, dreaming of touching the soft, pink ostrich feathers while being blinded by its gold frame. Should I be given the choice of a riding a spaceship to the moon, or Marie Antoinette’s feathered helicopter to the Opera in Paris, I’m pretty sure it’s the latter I would chose.

{Via io9.com}

These gorgeous plates were designed by Italian artist Piero Fornisetti, and they became the object of my obsession  the moment our eyes met. The face that adorns them belongs to Lina Cavalieri, an opera singer whose image became Fornasetti’s source of inspiration. He went on to create over 350 variations of her face and applied them to objects such as plates, pillows, trays and vases. I love the haunting stare, the mysterious costumes and the touch of whimsy, which makes it hard to settle for just one, but ideal for a collection. It is now one of my goals to one day have a nicely curated group of Fornasetti plates hanging on my walls, and this one is first on my list!

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Everything is possible in a fantasy weekend and this is how I envision mine to unfold: I am whisked away to Paris (via private jet, of course!) and checked into the Four Seasons George V for two days of complete decadence. During that time, my love and I will enjoy a long visit around Versailles, indulge in all things sweet at Ladurée, kiss in small alleys, and sip wine at a small café.

At night, we’ll have a private dinner at the Eiffel Tower, dressed up to the nines. When it’s time to come back home, I’ll have two extra Louis Vuitton trunks to carry all the fabulous shoes I bought. Très chic, non?

WHAT TO PACK {Sightseeing} Vintage Hat, Tom Ford Sunglases, Guess Blouse, Raoul Shorts, Kate Spade Bangle, Gucci Sandals {To Dinner} Eli Saab Gown, Cartier Diamond Watch, La Perla Lingerie, Louboutin Heels, Chanel Lipstick

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Anagrama is a design agency with enough creative talent to go around the world. Their work is a feast to my designer eyes and the fact that they are located in Mexico fills my heart with pride for my home country. Their designs are not only beautiful, but intelligent, cohesive, practical and relevant. Their design sensibility is the perfect answer to any project requiring a full-branding experience: from identity, to packaging, to the exquisite interiors. I would love to one day visit their offices in Mexico, but until then, I will continue to admire their fabulous work from here.