Monday, March 31, 2014

London, England - Vogue Festival 2014 with Valentino Garavani

On Saturday I attended the Vogue Festival 2014 at the Southbank Centre on the Thames here in London. The two-day event, sponsored by Harrods, was filled with interviews and discussions with some of the world's biggest fashion icons, as well as workshops, performances, makeovers and book signing sessions.

Here shoe legend Manolo Blahnik signs copies of his book:

Make-up artists and hair stylists were on hand for beauty makeovers ...

The Vogue Shop was filled with books, posters, jewelry and other goodies ...

Harrods was on hand to whip up green smoothies ...

And the main event on Saturday evening was special guest Valentino Garavani in an hour-long talk with Alexandra Shulman, Editor in Chief of British Vogue:

Valentino spoke about the origin of his favorite color, Valentino red, (inspired by the many women dressed in red at an opera he attended in Spain), his love for London (where he claims you can find the best dressed men in the world), his penchant for gardening (roses being his favorite), his five pugs (he started out with one and when she had puppies they were so cute he decided to keep them all), and his movie The Last Emperor (which he originally hated because it showed him as "hysterical and screaming").

Here Valentino shares his advice on how best to live life (more of a sound bite than a visual, sorry): 

"To believe in what you have, to appreciate what life gives you, to try to be optimistic, this is a very good thing, and ... to be happy."

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Megeve, France - Le Lodge Park

Le Lodge Park, a four star hotel located in the center of Megeve in the French Alps, is a picture perfect alpine hideaway to sleep, spa, drink and dine. Nestled around the corner from the main shopping center and a quick walk from the ski lifts, the log cabin interior of Lodge Park, with its roaring fireplace, tree trunk tables, Scotch plaids, antlers, and cow hide chairs just screams cozy. 

We stopped in after an afternoon of shopping for a champagne aperitivo before dinner:

I also returned the next day to book a spa treatment and have a lazy lunch ....

Black truffle scrambled eggs:

Organic risotto with ages parmesan:

I highly recommend stopping in to Le Lodge Park, whether you choose to stay in one of their beautiful rooms, or even if just for some apres ski action.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Megeve, France - Chalet One Oak

There are certain invitations in life that are just too amazing to decline. Chalet One Oak is one of them. Even though I had literally just stepped off a plane from LA to London, my friends Divya and Tapesh (a married couple) who own Chalet One Oak, told me to ignore the time zone confusion and jump on a plane to Geneva for a weekend at their chalet in Megeve. Boy were they right. The eleven of us who they so graciously hosted for four days had one of the best and most decadent ski weekends of our lives.

A few days before I arrived, CNN voted Chalet One Oak as one of 7 of Europe's Most Luxurious Ski Chalets.

This is the dramatic entrance when you first walk through the door of the chalet (painting of Jay-Z done by the owner, Divya!):

Yes that's a Harley parked in the middle of the foyer:

My favorite design feature of the chalet (as if I could pick just one, riiiiiiiight) is the Swarovski lights that illuminate the hallway walls between bedrooms:

The ski room with boot heaters just off the main entrance. (This is soon going to give way to a bar and an indoor pool!)

Here's a look at the bedrooms on the ground floor. Chalet One Oak has six bedrooms and sleeps 10- 12 guests:

Love the wood and stone combination in all of the bathrooms (and the Bulgari bath amenities):

The master bedroom occupies its own floor on the third level of the chalet and comes complete with a private balcony, walk-in dressing room and fireplace:

How cool is that fireplace?!?

Down the staircase we go (again with that amazing stone and wood juxtaposition) to the main level with the kitchen, two living rooms, dining room, decks and outdoor jacuzzi:

There are 360 degree views of the Alps as well as Mont Blanc:

Outdoor vodka bar:

The hot tub:

Two living rooms, each with their own dedicated fireplace:

I could get used to working at a kitchen sink that has a view of Mont Blanc and looks down on the clouds in the valley below:

Here we are before we head out to explore the quaint little Alpine town of Megeve:

Chalet One Oak is even more magical at night:

This fireplace has a glass back panel so you can see it from inside as well as from outside on the balcony:

Chalet One Oak comes complete with its own staff including a housekeeper, concierge, driver and private chef. The American chef used to work at Michelin starred Meadowood and Manresa in California.

All eleven of us snug by the fireplace:

The food at Chalet One Oak was just absolutely delicious. Each day the chef prepared a monumental breakfast, lunch (for the first day when we were not on the slopes), and dinner. Each menu was themed according to the wishes of the owner and included Moroccan, Alpine and Mexican multi-course meals.

Breakfasts are always my favorite:

 The cutest creamer out there:

Homemade hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows:

Honestly, meals overlooking Mont Blanc every day .... I could get used to this (especially when those meals are being prepared by my own personal chef)!

Chalet One Oak is available for rent and starts at $25,000 per week, complete with staff. You can enquire here.

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