Northern Vietnam

The next stop after Cambodia: Northern Vietnam. We spent the first couple of nights on a privately chartered boat, traversing through multiple clusters of limestone islets that make up mystical Ha Long Bay and occasionally taking a break from the stunning scenery to explore cavernous caves, visit floating fishing villages, and kayak to hidden lagoons. Bustling Hanoi, a stark contrast to serene Ha Long Bay, was next on the itinerary. I took great pleasure in walking through the streets of The Old Quarter amidst the abundance of scooters, plethora of street food vendors, and boundless shops selling textiles and handicrafts. And the only way to keep up was to sustain oneself on deliciously sweet and fragrant Vietnamese coffee . . . lots of it.

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Stella McCartney Pre-Fall 2013

The scene was set for Stella McCartney‘s pre-fall presentation at Americas Society Art Gallery on Park Avenue. While drinking champagne and playing games of Scrabble, models were sketched by artists at easels donning outerwear of exaggerated proportions, patterns of strips and jacquards, well-tailored separates in brilliant color combinations, and colorblocked eveningwear. Effortlessly playful and oh-so minimally chic, the collection indeed addresses the need of every modern woman’s wardrobe. Honestly, so good!

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DIY Shell Earrings

The chilly climate has hardly deterred me from incorporating a bit of tropical flair into my winter wardrobe. Inspired by Kelly Wearstler‘s metallic shell earrings from her upcoming spring collection, I’ll show you how to transform a couple of simple shells into a pair of beachy stunners. Vamos a la playa!

You’ll need:

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