A Beachside Portuguese Retreat

It was 50 acres of lush, pristine land, neighboring friend Christian Louboutin’s retreat, that inspired Countess Noemi Marone Cinzano to make Portugal’s Tróia Peninsula her home away from home. The Argentenia based vintner enlisted longtime friend and designer John Stefanidis to design a modest 2 bedroom getaway from the ground up. I love the beachy rustic feel and the quirky pops of Kelly green, crimson red, cobalt blue and raspberry pink. And leave it to a winemaker to make ensure her dining room doors opened up onto rows and rows of grapevines. The house is charming, modest and simply perfect.

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Natalie Martin Summer 2017

My love of Natalie Martin‘s hand batik printed silk clothing continues . . . Last summer, I practically lived in her gorgeous indigo pieces and this season, I’m smitten with bottoms, like wrap skirts, shorts and lounge pants, in burgundy and red floral prints, some with the perfect pink accents. The lightweight quality of her fabric is perfect for those sweltering summer days.

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Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka

My sister recently returned from her honeymoon in Sri Lanka and stayed for a few days in the country’s central highlands at an incredible resort called Ceylon Tea Trails. The resort is made up of 5 different bungalows that all belonged to British tea-planters during the 19th century. Each bungalow has preserved its colonial-era architecture and is uniquely decorated with period furnishings. Guests staying at these bungalows enjoy a slower pace of travel, soaking in the vistas of Castlereagh Lake and verdant green tea plantations. Of course, tea is a huge part of staying at Ceylon Tea Trails. The property is surrounded by its own tea fields where the tea is picked and processed in a factory. Guests can also take a tour of the factory to learn how tea is made from leaf to cup. Afternoon tea is served every day and each house has a full staff including your own butler, who is there to arrange anything and everything for the guests. The food and drinks are incredible at Ceylon Tea Trails. The chef at her bungalow created custom menus for the guests that featured tea-inspired recipes, like tea-infused chicken, and Sri Lankan classics, like rice and curry. This hotel has a personal and understated luxury and charm that is truly one-of-a-kind! Check out photos from the rest of Karen’s Sri Lanka tour here – you’ll understand why it’s at the top of my travel bucket list!

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Kelly Beeman

Kelly Beeman‘s story is a fascinating one. A few years ago, the self taught Brooklyn based artist, who was only drawing nude figures at the time, decided to peruse Style.com in search of inspiration. It was unchartered territory as Kelly didn’t know much about fashion. But it was a collection from J.W. Anderson that immediately resonated with her, motivating her to whip up several paintings of her nudes dressed in the designer’s resort looks. She shared them with the designer via Instagram, who happened to love her work, and thus began her flourishing career as a fashion illustrator. Kelly has worked on commissions from J.W. Anderson, Loewe, Tory Burch, and Mara Hoffman, and has created fashion editorials for Marie Claire, Vogue and Interview Magazine. My favorite work of hers has to be the Sister series, an editorial where she explores the lives of four sisters and expresses their individuality in the form of fashion.

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