Are you ready to escape the cold and hang in the sun? Haute Street MUSE, Nadin Naumann traveled to Rio de Janiero, a booming city with a pulsating art scene and fast-growing fashion industry. These are our favorite stops in this Marvelous City.
What to do:
Where to eat:
Bar do Mineiro
Located in Santa Teresa is can be found if you walk down from Christ the Redeemer. Bar do Mineiro is a lively, friendly place with old black and white photos of Rio on one wall and bright colorful paintings above the bar. It serves up hearty meaty dishes and a great feijoada (a traditional stew of beans with beef and pork) from the state of Minas Gerais.
Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno, 99 - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20240-290, Brazil
One in Ipanema and another in Barra da Tijuca, Porcão is a churrascaria (barbecue restaurant) patronized by meat-loving Cariocas. This is as typical as Brazilian eating gets, since it's the everyday food of the south. Waiters circle the room with grilled meat skewered on swords.
Av. Infante Dom Henrique s/n | Aterro do Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Located in Roda de Choro, praça Mauro Duarte there are laid-back bars and eateries (sushi, Brazilian, pizzas, sandwiches) set around a fruit-and-vegetable market. Perfect for relaxing and chatting with friends on Sunday evenings from 7pm onwards.
Where to stay:
Contemporary artwork by local graffiti artists brightens up Oztel's concrete-and-white walls, while recycled fittings, brightly colored wall tiles and modern furniture create a hip yet relaxed atmosphere. Situated on a busy road, the building is set back from the entrance, which helps reduce the road traffic noise. Oztel is close to bars and restaurants, but you'll need to hop on a bus to get to the beach – in 15 to 20 minutes you'll be in Ipanema or Copacabana or, in the other direction, the city centre.
More about Oztel HERE!
A calm spot in trendy Leblon, the hostel is situated on Rua Dias Ferreira, one of the city's best streets for bars and restaurants. The hostel is a 15-minutes walk to the beach, 15 minutes to the Lagoa (or lake) at the foot of the Christ statue, and 15 minutes to Ipanema. The decor is contemporary, with a mix of natural colors and simple wooden furniture.
More about Leblon Spot HERE!
This boutique guesthouse has a magnificent view across the Tijuca rainforest, one of the world's largest urban forests and home of Corcovado, which is topped by the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Situated high up in the hills, La Maison is a quiet and relaxing retreat, away from the tourist areas. The decor will make you feel like you are staying in a friend's designer home!
More about La Maison HERE!
1. Family Of The Year-St. Croix
2. The Drums-Let’s Go Surfing
3. Foals-My Number
4. Big Data-Dangerous
5. Daryl Hall & John Oates-I Can’t Go For That
6. Pet Shop Boys-Domino Dancing
7. Daft Punk (featuring Julian Casablancas) -Instant Crush
8. Broken Bells-Holding On For Life
9. Fleetwood Mac-Everywhere
10. Drake-Hold On, We’re Going Home (featuring Majid Jordan)
11. Best Coast-Fear Of My Identity
12. Don Henley- The Boys Of Summer
13. Paul Simon-You Can Call Me Al
14. Freedom Fry-Home
15. Caetano Veloso-Superbacana
Written and Photographed by Nadin Naumann
Oh, Hi, Ojai!
Just an hour and a half northwest of L.A. is this little gem called Ojai. With picturesque hikes (or bike rides), pink sunsets, mom-and-pop shops and nature almost everywhere you look, its no wonder word is spreading fast about the location.
Number one on the list is you must visit Ojai Valley Inn’s spa. Whether you are staying there or not, their spa has a lot to offer from deep-tissue massages to opulence oxygen facials to full body scrubs and polishes. I recommend getting the Rosemary & Sage Salt Body Scrub – your body will leave feeling silkier and more refreshed than ever!
With amazing views of mountains almost everywhere you turn your head, a great way to soak it all in is to go on a hike or bike trail. Depending on where you’re staying, some places offer bike rentals or you can go into town and rent one at the MOB shop.
Bart’s Books is a neat little place that offers vintage rarities, collectible editions and used books. You could spend hours wandering the maze of outdoor shelves.
The brand new Galerie102 (opened in 2013) offers art from L.A. up-and-comers like painter Erin Garcia and photographer Aaron Farley to name a few.
Located in a renovated midcentury gas station, Summer Camp is a fun shop where you can find a fascinating selection of new and vintage home and lifestyle goods.
A great breakfast spot is Knead Baking Company where the bread is made fresh daily and you can get anything from an egg and cheese sandwich to a tart to some house-made granola.
For lunch try local’s favorite Hip Vegan or The Farmer and the Cook. I highly recommend the Hip wrap with rice paper at Hip Vegan, which was absolutely delicious. The Farmer and the Cook is an all organic restaurant, store and bakery that has some amazing menu items as well. Don’t leave without having one of their cupcakes.
For dinner try the The Ranch House or Deer Lodge. The Ranch House is famed for original award-winning cuisine and has a gorgeous garden setting next to streams and lush foliage. Deer Lodge offers nightly live music and a great farm-to-table menu.
The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is a great option if you are looking for a luxurious getaway. Many of the rooms feature fireplaces, private balconies or patios overlooking the golf course and surrounding mountains. There are also several activities to do including dining at one of the restaurants on site, roasting s’mores night, creating your own perfume at the apothecary, yoga, golf, live entertainment and more. Price per night starts at $309.
A more affordable option is the Ojai Rancho Inn. Recently redesigned, this inn offers bohemian style decorations and rooms with a Jacuzzi or kitchen. Pets are also allowed to stay for a small fee. Price per night starts at $109.
Ojai won my heart when I visited, and I’m sure it win over yours too!
HAUTE STREET MUSE, Nicole Lenz shares some positive daily affirmations to help make your dreams come true.
I love myself!
I am always in a good mood and feeling happy.
I am at my optimum health.
Success flows to me easily.
I am a success magnet!
Wake up in the morning and repeat these to yourself aloud. Write them down and as you go about your day have them silently repeat in your head. Watch yourself become more confident, self assured and in alignment with your destiny to a bountiful beautiful and blissful you.
Haute Street MUSE, Emma Holly Jones shares her insider tips for a relaxing Barbados getaway!
"The Caribbean, Barbados is such a small beautiful island and the people there are a lot of fun. It becomes almost your own personal paradise."
- Emma Holly Jones
Some things that you must do when visiting Barbados...
Near Holetown on the island's west coast, this is one of the best-kept secrets in Barbados. Small but perfectly formed, it offers great food and a rustic, simple beach-bar vibe.
It’s hard to find, so look for the Fairmont Pavilion and the very chic Lone Star Inn -- it's between the two, behind a lime-green house with a “Dive Barbados” sign.
Appropriately, the bar specializes in fresh fish, including the flying variety.
Watch a polo game
Barbados Polo Club Cheshire Tournament 2014 DATES: Mar 2nd, 6th, 9th
Barbados Polo Club
Phone: (246) 432 1802
EMAIL: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more on 2014 Polo Matches and Polo Tournaments in Barbados go tohttp://www.funbarbados.com/Sports/Equestrian/polo.cfm
Enjoy a long lunch at Lonestar
Address: Mt Standfast, Barbados
Kodi's at it again but THIS time she's giving viewers the ultimate #DIY advice for the being the Best U and it's as easy as H - 2 - 0!
H 2 the O!
We hear it all the time, “drink your water!”
When my friend's 9-year-old asked, “Why?," I knew some of the reasons but not enough to satiate his curiosity. Here are just a few reasons why you should drink the ol’ H 2 the O:
- You’ll die without it. Wow! Way to be harsh, but it's true! The human body can go only 10 days without water, nearly 4-6 without food. Reason #1 to drink up.
- It's like bubble wrap for your brain. The body is about 60% water and the brain is about 70%. Water provides a cushion for the brain and the spinal cord. Who knew?
- You know when your body is saying “feed me!” and you just ate? It could be the body saying “feed me…water” because often it’s the same trigger. Not a diet trick, a lifestyle trick. So every time you sit down to eat, start by inhaling a humongous glass of water.
- Skin baby skin! Dehydration shows in the skin. Slather on all the moisture you want but the cheapest & the best way to look refreshed + nourished is by drinking the good stuff. The other good stuff - it balances the good wine.
- I'm going to put this as ladylike as possible - it cleans you out...enough said.
- Water alternatives - You can also do coconut water (super hydrating) or lemon water (try HOT lemon water in the am). I mean hellllo detoxifying.
Now I'm getting wild AND thirsty....see you at the drinking fountain!!!
Lush and tropical Indonesia is an ideal mix of luxury, budget, developed and undiscovered. With amazing beaches, magical temples and fancy Balinese villas, it’s easy to understand why surfers and travelers from around the world love the islands of Bali and Lombok. Rachael Peeters (@RACHYVANAMSTERDAM) takes us on her journey through BALI & LOMBOK INDONESIA!Read More
Hello magnificent Muse Diary readers,
Hope you all enjoyed the last health post and took one minute to honor your bodies. How did it feel?
This week I will share with you a little move you can do absolutely anywhere! It targets the obliques (that lovely area on the side of your waist) and all you have to do is crunch to the side!
There are a few key things to remember:
- It’s not about using momentum, but about actually making a conscious effort to use the oblique for the crunch. Really squeeze it together to bring your ribs down and to the side, with a slight release on the way up.
- The more reps the more efficient, but just doing a few will do your body good.
- Add weight! We use our weighted U bar, either the 4 or 8 lb. I also do this when I’m sitting in traffic, cranky, cursing and need to do something so I feel like I’m in control. Naturally an oblique crunch does the trick!
- Use a hand weight. Use a water bottle. Use your purse! We all know we stock those things to the max, let’s make it beneficial. Try this and start to feel the sides whittle and tone.
Happy healthy toning MUSE-ers
Haute Street CONTRIBUTOR: Rachael Peeters (aka @Rachy_Van_Amsterdam) shares the ultimate insider guide from where to stay & what to see while on her memorable adventure through NEPAL.
"Nepal is one of the most magical places that I have ever been! The air smells like curry and incense, the people are warm and friendly and amidst the chaos of Kathmandu, is a melting pot of people from mountaineers and hippies alongside the Nepali’s that play music from their shops. Perhaps what I liked most about Nepal was the sheer gratitude and warmth of the people, always offering a piece of advice or a helping hand."
- Wander around Kathmandu’s Thamel district at night to see the city illuminated sometimes only by motorcycles and lights strung between the buildings—Nepal has scheduled power outages for a few hours every morning and evening.
- Get lost in the streets around Bhaktapur and Patan, two UNESCO world heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley.
- Explore the many Tibetan Buddhist temples around Bodhnath Stupa then hike up to Kopan Monastery for a view of the valley. If you have a few weeks, join one of Kopan’s month-long meditation retreats.
- Escape to lakeside hippie retreat, Pokhara, for a week of meditation classes, camel and yak sightings and yoga classes. Twice daily classes at Himalayan Yogini for only $4.
- Rent a boat in Pokhara and float on Phewa Lake. Get a boat in the morning to catch a crisp reflection of the Himalayas.
- The monkeys swinging around the temples and shrines of Swayambhunath—which is conveniently referred to as ‘Monkey Temple.’
- Walk around (and on) the amazing Bodhnath Stupa and witness the Buddha’s ‘all seeing eyes’ up close.
- The view of the Himalayas from a Buddha Air flight headed towards Pokhara (only a 20-minute ride and mountain views the entire way!).
- Explore Pokhara by bike, first pedaling up through Old Pokhara and ending at the Tibetan settlement way up in the hills. Then enjoy the downhill cruising back to town.
- Relax on one of the many temples in Kathmandu’s famous Durbar Square as the sun sets (yes you can watch all over these beautiful buildings!).
- Delicious Nepalese dumplings called ‘momos’ everywhere you can possibly find them.
- Find Pokhara’s Madhushala restaurant for the best butter chicken and garlic naan I’ve ever had.
- Try yet another Nepali dish ‘chicken chilly’—have a Gorkha beer handy as this chicken, pepper and onion stir-fry can be insanely spicy.
- Drink Everest beer at one of Thamel’s many happy hour hippie hangouts in Kathmandu.
- Sip on ginger or mint tea at Pokhara’s Jiwa Café and Spa’s lush lakeside garden.
Written and Photographed by : Orit Garbourg
Haute Street MUSE, ORIT GARBOURG takes us away to magical TULUM & PLAYA DEL CARMEN in MEXICO! Here, she shares with us her essential travel tips along with her recommendations of the best places to stay and where to find the most delicious authentic comida in town. Adventures await! ALO let's GO!
- Bring a small flashlight –It’s nice to have one at night, as there are no streetlights on the main road.
- Use biodegradable sunscreen for your face & body (50 SPF) – Mexico works very hard to protect their Cenotes, as these are the area’s major source of freshwater. When tourists swim in them with lotions and sunscreens, the chemicals in these products inevitably enter the local population’s drinking water supply; also they can poison fish, sea plants, and other delicate marine life. Always GO Green!! Alo.
- Bug spray - There are mosquitos EVERYWHERE. Use "OFF" spray to avoid them.
(recommended by the locals).
- Drinking water - Do NOT drink the water in Mexico, that includes not opening your mouth in the shower, brushing your teeth with a bottle of mineral water and avoiding ice cubes in your drinks unless you make sure they are drinkable.
- Do Not fight the humidity – You will lose!
There are two main parts to Tulum (1) The Beach & (2) The Mexican Village.
- Go to the beach – All the beaches in Mexico are public, and they are impeccable. Golden sand, coconut trees, old fashioned boats scoot out to the reef laden with divers, Mexican families play in the waves, fishermen try their luck catching some fresh fish from the Caribbean - just feels like heaven.
- Extreme Tulum- There are well-organized tours in Tulum, super fun experience. That includes snorkeling in the blue Cenotes (the most famous one is the pet cemetery, located 50 feet below the earth surface), zip-lining across the jungle, cliff diving into crystal clear Cenote, visiting Tulum’s Mayan Ruins, hiking in the jungle, bumping into wild animals, and having a four-course meal in a traditional Mexican restaurant. If you get lucky they will also let you play with the monkey. And it only costs $120 per person.
- A night out in the Mexican Village that is also called The Town - The Mexican village has a totally different vibe than the beach resort. There are bars, restaurants, shops open 24/7, guitar players entertaining some passers by on the main road, and live music coming out of the bars. Do not be afraid to interact with the locals; maybe one of them will give you a salsa lesson and a cerveza de Victoria. BOOM!!!
- Tulum has an astonishingly good variety of food, from local tacos and tamales to cuisine that competes with most restaurants in New York and other major cities; all the while remaining completely bohemian, unpretentious, and chic.
- Connect with nature – Meditate & practice yoga at the beach. Clear your mind, breathe, don’t think about work or anything that stresses you, reconnect with your senses as you explore the crystal waters and the jungle of Riviera Maya.
- Hartwood – Run by two New Yorkers formerly of Peasant and Vinegar Hill House, their seasonal, market fresh menu changes constantly, and all the good is prepared in a wood burning oven or grill. Great cocktails. Check it out on Thursday night if you’re in town. (Open for dinner only, 7-11pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday).
- Posada Margherita – Run by two childhood friends from Italy, this cozy joint is situated right on the beach and offers up handmade pastas (including Gluten-free), and fresh seafood. The best part: none of the food leaves you feeling heavy.
- Waye’rest Bar – For the coolest live music spot in town, there’s no doubt Waye is the place to be. Led by Silvestre on the trumpet, the house band plays a groovy combination of jazz, reggae, and salsa that keeps the party booming all night long. A diverse crowd of locals and tourists, young and old, are all in attendance at this electric fiesta. As well as great music and a fun crowd, this magical place has free entry, cheap drinks, and the friendliest staff in all of Mexico.
- Rosarita – Hands down, Rosarita is the best place in town to get fresh juices. For only 13 pesos ($1 USD), you can get the best tasting juice of your life made with exotic fruits and plants like chaya and cactus. Not to mention it is open 24 hours and Rosalita has the best smile in town!
- Tamales Don Taco (Food Truck)- Amazing taco y tamale cart on the corner of Tulum Ave and Centauro Nte. Open in the morning through lunch and then closed after lunch and open again later in the day, around 5pm for dinner. This little stand is not to be missed. Steamed in banana leaves, these tamales are so moist and the masa is beyond flavorful. You can get the requisite chicken or pork, but I go for the egg-stuffed tamale con chaya. Just choose a chair and place your order, or point to someone else’s food if you don’t speak Spanish. You’ll be asked if you want it drenched in salsa. Say Sí, por favor. Alo
The BEACH /CABANAS TULUM (joined hotel)
Location: Boca Paila Road - 7 km - The rooms are just steps away from the beach and have 2 beds each. $155/night. The minimum stay is for 3 nights. If you choose to stay for 4 nights, you will receive a 15 % discount off the room price for the entire stay, and 25% off for 5 nights or more.
Sheck is a laid back hostel with a gorgeous garden to relax. Meet people from different places around the world or even enjoy a delicious cocktail and party at the bar all night long. There’s no doubt it is a great atmosphere for backpackers. A big modern kitchen where you can cook at any time of the day, free Wi-Fi, and hammocks to have a siesta in the middle of the day all make you feel like you’re in paradise. Your stay also includes a free hot breakfast and, of course, drinkable water. Only 160 pesos a day (13$) for comfortable beds and hot water.
And best of all, they also have a contract with a bike store (3 blocks away from the hostel) that rents out bikes for only 50 pesos ($4). Most places in Tulum charge $10 minimum a day.
Playa del Carmen is a commercial place with a lot of clubs, bars, and new restaurants that line 5th Avenue, the main road in town. When you first step off the bus from Tulum you might not believe you’re in Mexico anymore until you find out you can’t throw any paper into the toilets. None. The streets are lined with people all day and all night smiling and drinking and shopping and clubbing like there is no tomorrow. Here are some of the things you might find interesting in Playa.
- Great sports activities at the beach include kite-surfing, diving in the Caribbean, and jet skiing.
- There’s a great selection of traditional Mayan handmade clothes, rugs, and pillow cases made of wool and cotton.
- Take the ADO bus to Akumal where you can swim with the turtles, enjoy the luxurious beaches and relax.
- Clubbing in Playa is very famous. It’s a party town. People stay up all night long drinking beer on the streets. You can’t even walk on the streets during the weekend. It’s just one giant fiesta.
- The best comida in Playa can be found at the authentic Mexican restaurants, the ones that serve quesadillas and tacos or the ones with the big mamas who cook tamales on the streets. They don’t even speak Spanish; they speak Mayan. Be careful of the spicy sauce because it’s deadly. Get a fresh, young coconut when you finish your meal and just drink it, cut it, and eat it. Boom.
The Yak – The friendliest hostel in Playa, only 5 minutes away from the beach. Every day they have different activities, from diving and snorkeling trips in the Cenotes to movie and mojito nights in house. They teach you how to make mojitos or falafel. And it’s not even the Middle East. It only cost 180 pesos ($15 US) for a room with a private bath and the breakfast is amazing. It’s run by two Kosher guys from Argentina. And it makes you feel safe and sound, like home.
+52 1 984 148 0925
Calle 10 Nte Bis, Entre Av. 10 y 15
Playa del carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Fitness guru, actress & Haute Street MUSE, Kodi Kitchen gives insider #DIY fitness tips that you can work into your day-to-day routines, aiming to help you be the BEST U that you can be.
Kodi’s Fitness Studio, BEST U is slated to open this February in Los Angeles.
(Best U 931 n fairfax, West hollywood , ca 90046)
Bon’jour Haute Street readers,
I love being a part of the Haute Street family and when I was asked to write a little bit about health I was elated I got my first workout outfit when I was a 1 year old. Yup, 1 yrs. old! Do I remember? Naturally, not… but I can give the photographic evidence! It’s safe to say that my mom instilled in me at a young age a love of movement. I say movement because working out isn’t something as specific as going to the gym for two hours. It's true benefits lie simply in movement. One of the things I am most adamant about is that it doesn’t have to be any length of time. One minute can make a difference! When I am waiting for the coffee to boil in the morning, I do some sun salutations! Washing dishes? I do calf raises! I am going to start to include each week one small move that you can incorporate through your week through one minute intervals. The benefit is change - whether it be toning your booty or adding some flexibility to your hamstrings.
So let’s try it! Your task this week is to incorporate calf raises into your daily routine! This will allow you to be more mindful of the moments you give to your body and to yourself. It doesn’t take a lot to make a change. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- When doing calf raises pay special attention to your booty, inner thighs and legs. Really squeeze them as they rise.
- Try to avoid coming all the way down, this will force you to have to incorporate balance. And let’s be honest, we can all use a bit more balance, right?
- Need some variations? Put your feet in parallel, so that they make a “v.” Toss a pillow under to induce more balance… C’mon, I dare you!
- While brushing your teeth, doing dishes, waiting for that hot date to come pick you up. Give yourself these minutes, because it is truly the little habits that make the big difference.
Written and Photographed by Rachael Peeters
Croatia - a beautiful destination located on the east side of the Adriatic Sea, east of Italy. Croatia is a must-see destination that provides glamour and authenticity to it's guests. View our Haute Street CONTRIBUTOR: Rachael Peeters a.k.a. @rachyvanamsterdam's TOP 5 spots to EAT, SEE, & DO while in the beautiful country of Croatia!
- Freshly grilled fish on Hvar’s many outdoor terraces.
- Serbian ćevapčići, or seasoned grilled meatballs stuffed into fresh flatbread topped with vegetables and garlic sauce.
- Delicious black risotto flavored with squid ink.
- Thin-crusted pizzas—Croatia is just across the sea from Italy!
- Smoked and seasoned sausages from all over the Dalmatian coast.
- The old town of Split while you wait for your ferry to the Croatian islands.
- The view of Mljet Island from the top!
- The giant yachts docked around Hvar harbor.
- The view of Dubrovnik from the city walls.
- The wineries around Southern Dalmatia.
- Rent a small boat and tour the islands and inlets around Korcula. Then dock the boat and go for a swim!
- Walk around Hvar and swim in the multi-colored blue water. It's the bluest water that I’ve ever seen!
- Rent a bike and explore the island of Mljet. The lake in the middle of the island is a protected nature reserve and is absolutely gorgeous and peaceful.
- Stay at Family Stanos Guesthouse in Dubrovnik. The guesthouse is owned by a friendly (and funny!) Croatian and his family. Bonus: the guesthouse is affordable and just right outside of the city walls.
- Enjoy a bottle of wine at twilight inside Dubrovnik’s old town. Lanterns illuminate the streets when the sun goes down.
- Buy your ferry tickets as soon as possible during high season (summer). Ferries do sell out. Keep in mind that ferry tickets can only be bought the day of travel.
- Walk around Dubrovnik’s old town city walls early during in the morning or late at night in the summer to avoid the sweltering heat.
- Guesthouses are very popular all over Croatia. Sometimes you might get lucky and get offered locally made Croatian liquor by the owners.
- Island-hop! The blue sea is a beautiful backdrop for the red-roofed old towns of each island you pass by.
- Check out The Yacht Week! A weeklong yachting and party week for young people looking for sun and fun which takes place most weeks in summer.
Monteverdi isn’t just a hotel, it’s a village: with cobbled mediaeval streets, an ancient church, and a peaceful pool. Flowers bloom prettily in the sprawling gardens, where guests loll by the pool and chef Paolo plucks spices, herbs and vegetables to serve up in the little enoteca. As if this weren’t traditionally Tuscan enough, there’s also a fully excavated 12th-century castle, discovered by the owner.
Haute Street: What inspires you about ART BASEL?
Abbey Drucker: The talent brought from around the world to South Beach for Art Basel is inspiring for me as I am working on a solo exhibition now. Seeing emerging and iconic artists together in one city to celebrate the arts is really incredible. On another note, you can't beat the fact that we're sitting on a beach in the middle of December!
HS: What shows were highlights for you?
AD: There were so many great shows! My highlights include, Nada, Pulse, Art Basel, Perez Art Museum Miami, Margulies Collection.
HS: What was the crowd like that attended ART BASEL this year?
AD: International Artists , Curators, Art Dealers, Collectors and Galleries all gather on South Beach and the streets are filled with the chicest woman.
HS: Any new Artists that we should keep on our radar?
AD: I loved Zanele Muholi, A Photographer from South Africa. Her portraits are timeless and compelling.
HS: Another draw of ART BASEL - the PARTIES! Can you tell us which ones were your favorites?
AD: There were so many! Some of my favorites include: Vernisage - Opening Night of Art Basel, W Magazine party at PAMM, Kanye West/ Surface Magazine Lecture Series, The World Premier of "A Portrait of Marina Abramovic, Freehand BBQ, Dinner for the 20th Anniversary for Juxtapoz Magazine hosted by Shepard Fairey, Christian Louboutin opening with Chelsea Leyland and Calvin Klein party with the Art Production Fund at The Webster.
HS: Can you share some of your favorite creative moments of 2013?
AD: This year I was more focused on observing the art and visiting Galleries. I am working on a fine art series of Mexican Women that will be launching in 2014. My goal this year was to take it all in and focus on my art.
HS: Of course, we have to know, what was your favorite outfit that you wore and where did you wear it to?
AD: Opening Night to A Portrait of Marina Abramovic by Matthu Placek. I wore a vintage, cream vintage halter top and pencil skirt red lips to top it off.
HS: And can you share your lipstick color?
AD: NARS Dragon Girl or Bobbie Brown Sheer Gloss
HS: Did you get any sleep?
AD: Not really! There is so much energy in the city that it's hard to sleep, even if you come home at a reasonable hour. The key is balancing the late nights with yoga and juice to make your days last.
HS: What were your favorite restaurants?
HS: What are the essentials while in South Beach for ART BASEL?
AD: Bikini, Camera, Red Lipstick, Black Heels and a note book!
HS: What was one memorable thing that made you laugh out loud during your trip?
AD: A spontaneous photo shoot with my friends on the beach after a long day of sunshine. It was the perfect ending before heading home.
BOLOGNESE WITH BAROLO WINE & BLACK PEPPER
A RACHAEL RAY RECIPE
Our MUSE of the MONTH, Brittney Cade Dirnt, understands the importance of a hearty home cooked meal. Here, she shares a treasured recipe perfect for entertaining during the holidays. Not only did she master this special recipe but it was taught to her by Rachael Ray herself!! #SWOON
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
1/2 pound pancetta or guanciale, cut into small dice
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 pounds coarsely ground beef chuck
Coarse black pepper
Kosher or sea salt
A couple of sprigs each of rosemary, sage, thyme, tied into a bundle
1 fresh bay leaf
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1-2 small ribs celery, finely chopped
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 cups Barolo or other dry red wine
1 can San Marzano tomatoes (28-32 ounces)
2 cans beef consommé
1 cup whole milk
1 pound pappardelle or bucatini pasta
Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (for a nutty flavor) or Pecorino cheese (for a tangy flavor), for topping
Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat with the EVOO, two turns of the pan. Add the pancetta or guanciale and brown to crisp; remove and drain. Melt the butter in the pan; pat the meat dry and add it to the pan. Brown well; season liberally with coarse black pepper and a little salt. Add the herb bundle and the bay leaf, carrot, celery, onion and garlic. Stir to soften a few minutes; add the tomato paste and stir until fragrant. Add the wine to deglaze and reduce by half. Add the tomatoes and consommé. Break up the tomatoes a bit, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 30 minutes to break down the tomatoes. Stir in the milk and simmer for 20-30 minutes more over low heat while you cook the pasta.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt the water and cook the pasta to al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the starchy cooking water before draining the pasta.
Combine the starchy cooking water with the sauce and pasta. Serve in shallow bowls and top with cheese
"I love to cook with Rach, she's not only an inspiration in the kitchen but has an extremely giving heart... we LOVE her." - DECEMBER MUSE, Brittney Cade Dirnt
Our Miami travel guide for all things Basel
The art, the fashion, the parties & the international jet set crowd all converge on Miami Beach & surrounding areas for one week every year… Basel Miami Beach is officially from December 5th – 8th.
Here’s our Basel preview and your guide to the best of the best!
- Art Basel Miami Beach – at the convention center, this is clearly the main draw. The VIP previews start on Wednesday, December 4th, and open to the public starting December 5th. Top contemporary galleries from around the world exhibit here, including Gagosian, White Cube & Pace.
- Perez Art Museum Miami – The brand new $220 million, Herzog & de Meuron designed-museum holds its ribbon cutting ceremony & opens to the public for the first time on December 4th at 9am. The premiere gala on Saturday, December 7th promises to be the highlight of this year’s festivities.
- SPECTRUM Art Fair – SPECTRUM is bringing Michelangelo’s David along with hundreds of other paintings, sculpture & limited edition prints directly from Florence. Not exactly contemporary…but who wouldn’t want to miss a photo opp with David & palm trees!
- Tracy Emin: Angel Without You at MOCA – the UK artist’s first US exhibition will be opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art on December 4th. On view will be her neon works, as well as rarely screened film Why I Never Became a Dancer.
- Wynwood Walls – The center of street art, the Wynwood Walls is a must-see, unique experience. This year the Walls will open a show dedicated to female street artists, featuring original work by some of the world’s best. Artist Kenny Scharf has also designed a memorial garden slated to open on December 6th, what would have been Wynwood pioneer Tony Goldman’s 70th birthday.
It wouldn’t be Miami & Art Basel without the parties… here are our top five (by invitation only):
1. UNTITLED Preview Hosted by Marina Abramovic, to benefit Elton John Aids Foundation and Marina Abramovic Institute. Monday, December 2nd.
2. MOCA + Vanity Fair Party in honor of Tracy Emin’s exhibition “Angel Without You.” Tuesday, December 3rd.
3. Absolut Art Bar with Ry Rocklen, followed by Art Basel Miami Beach Vernissage. Wednesday, December 4th.
4. Fendi Casa, Luxury Living & Casa Vogue Brazil. The entire Design District will be hosting events & previews this evening, perfect for party hopping. Fendi Casa’s annual bash never disappoints. Thursday, December 5th.
5. Paper Magazine x TIKI Disco, rooftop at the Gale Hotel. Friday, December 6th.
- Catch at James Royal Palm
- Katsuya at SLS
- Cecconi's at Soho Beach House
- Dolce at Gale Hotel
- Michael’s Genuine (Design District)
- Soho Beach House
- The Standard Hotel & Spa
- SLS Hotel
- The Setai
- Gale South Beach
- Don’t plan on making it to more than 2 events per evening, & stick to one (general) neighborhood!! Traffic between the beach & mainland Miami is always horrendous during Basel, so be sure to plan some nights on South Beach & separate evenings in the Design District and Wynwood, to make sure you get the best of all worlds.
- There are many great satellite art fairs in Midtown Miami – Red Dot, Scope & Art Asia to name a few. Definitely spend an afternoon here for more “affordable” & lesser known, but equally fascinating art.
- Try to go to the art fairs during weekday afternoons if possible. Saturday & Sunday are a zoo!
- Rumors are the two main roads on Miami Beach will (not sure why??) be closed during Basel week— Collins Ave. & Alton Rd. Give yourself a good hour to get anywhere, & make use of the side streets locals love— Pine Tree (Northbound) & La Gorce (Southbound) Drive… shh… don’t tell anyone we told you ;)
Hemingway called it “a moveable feast.” Paris, La Ville-Lumière or the City of Lights, is a beautiful destination no matter what season you go. I recently went during shoulder season and was still awed by its glory. Croissants, baguettes, macarons, Saint Laurent, Chanel and many more – what’s not to love!
France’s iconic capital has a lot to offer and I’m breaking it down for you right here.
- Two of the most iconic things you must see when you are in Paris include The Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. If you get a chance, go all the way to the top of the Eiffel for some amazing 360 views of the city.
- The Louvre Museum is home to one of the most famous and recognizable paintings, Mona Lisa. However, don’t just go for that, there are halls upon halls filled with glorious paintings – some as large as an entire wall.
- Jardin du Luxembourg is the second largest public park in Paris and also houses the Luxembourg Palace. Not as grand as the Palace of Versailles (which is a huge must see), but the grounds are still absolutely gorgeous. It’s a great place to sunbathe, eat a picnic, or bring kids to play with the remote boats on the little pond. If you’re looking for grandeur then definitely go to the Palace of Versailles. There is so much to stay about this place but my favorites were the Hall of Mirrors and the garden in the back.
- Add Lover’s Bridge to your to-do list if it’s not already on there. Buy a padlock from a seller at the foot of Le Pont des Arts, or bring one with you, and you could write your name along with your lover, friend, or family member’s name and attach it to the bridge before tossing the key into the river below!
- A really popular way to see the top landmarks in Paris all in one shot is to do a boat tour along the Siene River. Not only is this easier on your feet, but in a little less than two hours you see much of Paris and the views are perfect.
- If you’re looking for something sweet, you have to go to one of the Ladurée shops in Paris. Famously known for their macarons, you can’t go wrong no matter what you choose on the menu.
- For some amazing artisan bread, check out Eric Kayser.
- French food is very delicious, so it’s hard to pick a top restaurant to go to while you’re there. However, here are some of my favorites: Bistrot Paul Bert, Septime, Chez Casimir, Semilla and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon.
If you’re staying for a while, I suggest staying at an apartment offered through services like OneFineStay or Airbnb. I booked my apartment through OneFineStay because not only do they give you an iPhone to use during your stay but they have a 24/7 concierge service, so it’s very much like staying at a hotel but for more bang for your buck since you are getting a whole apartment for around the same price as a hotel room.
If you’re more comfortable in a hotel, I recommend MAMA Shelter.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the surrounding area has all of your top shops. Whether you want to do some upscale shopping (think Cartier, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, etc.) or shop at stores like Gap, Zara and H&M, this is the spot where you can hit every kind of store. Ladurée is also located on this avenue if you’re looking for a sweet stop.
Je t'aime, Paris!
Haute Street went behind the scenes with DJ Michelle Pesce on Good Morning America for DJ Fridays.
From glam prepping to the live newscast, the whole event was full of energy and excitement. Michelle played top dance hits like Burning Up by Madonna, Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars, How You Like Me Now? by Heavy, and more. The team got the opportunity to hang out with the anchors, Robin Roberts and Josh Elliott, as well as Elizabeth Banks and Lenny Kravitz who were there promoting Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Here is a look at some exclusive behind the scenes shots!