THE BETSY HOTEL

The best way to describe The Betsy Hotel is the following: it is an oasis of elegance and tranquility in the heart of buzzing South Beach, Miami.

Staying in this iconic property is like going back in time, in a very good way. If you are nostalgic of the Art Deco era, Miami’s golden age and like the Cuban appeal, this is the place for you.

First the decor is a mix of vintage inspired elements and modern pieces. Every detail has been thought out carefully. The lobby is so pretty you will actually want to hang out there for hours, especially when the hotel’s talented pianist is playing some jazz tunes…

The restaurant is tastefully decorated, with very comfortable chairs and pleasant aesthetics, in keeping with the warm atmosphere of the hotel. There are orchids and palm trees everywhere you look.

The rooms are minimalistic but very cozy, characterized by predominately present neutral hues and natural materials such as cotton sheets, stylish wooden shutters, jute carpets. The bathrooms are spacious, clean, newly renovated, with Malin and Goetz toiletries. Nice touch…

The hotel is divided into two buildings, an older colonial one and an art deco one, joined in the middle by a “Ball Bridge”, an eye catching piece of art, observable from the outside.

At The Betsy Hotel you can enjoy two swimming pools, one on the roof top with amazing views over the Historic Art Deco district and another one sheltered and located in their magnificent patio. And if you prefer the beach, all you have to do is cross Ocean Drive to a an astonishing stretch of white sand, where you are given a free sun bed for the day as a guest fo the hotel.

The food is exquisite and refined but unpretentious, with a mix of sophisticated dishes and American classics. I would highly recommend The Betsy Crab Cake and the Boucher burger.

And finally the service is beyond excellent. The staff was extremely helpful, which is highly appreciated when you are travelling with children.

In a few words, The Betsy Hotel is perfect if you are looking for a classy, boutique style, and relaxing place to stay. Basically my kind of hotel.

 

The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

 

Photography by Tatiana Katkova 

 

 

 

LONG TIME NO READ…

Hi guys,

I know, I haven’t written on the blog in a long time…

Blame it on multiple friends and family visits, travel, personal matters (not problems),  a hectic schedule… basically blame it on life!

First there was our very long trip to London then Cape Town, followed by ski trip in the Catskills, followed by a series of visits and events. I have to say I am enjoying this busy life!

Having said that, I stayed very active on Instagram so make sure you keep an eye on my profile for daily updates. In the meantime, I am rounding up some of my favourite looks in here.

If you have any questions or if there is any topic in particular that you want to write and post about please let me know… I am more than happy to listen to fresh ideas, let’s have an constant open dialogue!

At the moment I am doing a series of fashion and food shoots, let me know what you think of them, any feedback is welcome!

 

 

 

NYFW 2018

You have no idea how excited I am to attend my first NYFW! It is a dream come true.

Thank you Revolve for always looking after me, and thank you New York for the warm welcome!

This is one of the looks that I wore, I hope you enjoy the images, and you can shop my outfit at the end of the post.

See you at LFW!

 

Photography by Chaima Photography

 

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JOUR/NÉ

I LOVE discovering new brands, especially when they are as special as JOUR/NÉ.

JOUR/NÉ designs are made for active women who want to wear functional but also creative pieces, from dawn until dusk. The brand embodies the “chic a la française”, modern yet elegant, simple yet sophisticated. The attention to detail is striking and the quality is top notch.

Today I am wearing one of their statement pieces: THE bomber jacket. Let me rephrase, THE BEST bomber jacket I have ever won. Truly. Honestly.

This jacket is a paradise for senses: it looks great, smells good, feels incredible, Made of the best possible satin fabric in the most amazing combination of colours and prints, it is so comfortable. People couldn’t help themselves but stop and stare. There is nothing else to be said. You know you are wearing the right outfit when you constantly get asked in the street where you got it from.

I am so honored and so pleased to have been part of the JOUR/NÉ journey. JOUR/NÉ means DAY/BORN.

To make the jacket stand out I have styled it with a pair of black J Brand cropped flares jeans, red velvet boots by Sam Edelman (matching the red collar and sleeves), a Gucci belt and a Hermes Kelly bag.

 

Photography by Tatiana Katkova

 

 

NO JANUARY BLUES

Good morning world!

 

I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend.

We have been so busy lately with the unpacking of the 300000 boxes which shipped from London (who needs that much stuff???) and the installation of new furniture in the apartment. Time is flying by and I have just realised that January is nearly over!

Today is Hubby’s birthday, we went out for a really nice meal at The Lambs Club last night and indulged in an amazing feast! I will be posting a mini review on Instagram soon so keep an eye out for it. Today we have planned a relaxing family day including a brunch and some play time in the park.

In the meantime, here is an outfit that is representative of the current New York weather: one day it is super cold and snowy and the next it feels like Spring! I love how temperatures evolve in brackets of 15-20 degrees at a time. Last night for example, we walked to dinner and the air was so pleasant and warm, we were wearing light jackets. However we are excepting snow on Tuesday, it’s incredible! Luckily, we still have three weeks until we fly to a sunnier destination that I cannot wait to share with you!

So as I wrote above, my outfit is a mix of warm items of clothing and bare legs! My jacket is from Zara (current collection) and my bag by Chanel (last year). You can shop everything else at the end of the post.

 

 

Photography by Tatiana Katkova

 

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LIFE IN NYC

Hello lovely people,

 

I haven’t been posting much on the blog lately as I have been very busy with the move and settling in. But hopefully things will go back to normal soon!

Life in NYC is great, I have to say we are loving every bit of it. We live in a busy area but also near Central Park which is great for escaping the city buzz. So far we were able to walk almost everywhere, and it was very easy finding everything we need.

So last night was a very hectic one for us! Around 7pm, a fire started on the 8th floor of our building (we live on the 12th). The fire alarm went on and when we opened our front door there was so much smoke outside that our first reaction was to leave the apartment and run down the stairs because (we didn’t know where the fire was at that point). I was carrying Hugo and Chris (hubby) grabbed the cats and put them in a suitcase! There was so much smoke in the common areas we could barely see or breathe. The worst was of course around the 8th floor and I started to panic thinking it was going to be that bad the whole way down! Luckily it cleared up after floor 6.

We finally reached the ground level where many other residents were waiting.  Then FDNY was here: 4 fire engines and about 100 firemen (no joke!)…. It was an impressive demonstration of a rescue mission! Men at work in a very orderly manner with tools, axes, hoses, helmets and radios… Hugo thought it was a super fun game while the poor cats were meowing so loud in the suitcase! The fire, which source was a tenant action / accident, was then extinguished in the matter of minutes.

Thankfully, everyone was safe, a couple of people (the residents of the apartment that caught fire) were lightly injured. All in all it was an exciting but scary experience and it was such a privilege to be able to witness FDNY in action, I have so much respect for them!

So that was a bit of gossip and action of the day, now back to fashion!

I am wearing a brown and taupe look today (we don’t see so much brown anymore these days!). My faux fur coat is by Zara (this year), my bag is by Louis Vuitton, my earrings by Soru Jewellery and I have linked everything else at the end of the post! This look is the proof that you can easily mix high end and high street and look like a million bucks!

 

Photography by Tatiana Katkova

 

 

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SETTLING IN!

Good morning lovely people!

 

I hope you are all having a good week, it is still very early here in NYC, and temperatures are still very frigid.

It seems like the  start of this Winter has been the harshest since people can remember, especially in the sense that it has been very cold for a long period of time. Just what we needed for our first few weeks in the city :)!

Jokes aside, we are loving life here. We have received some more furniture yesterday so our apartment is finally starting to look like a home. I will do a tour when everything has arrived including our things shipped from London, they must be somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic as we speak.

People ask me what is the main difference between London and New York. I would say, New York was built for the comfort of men. It is such a practical city, everything is functional, there is a ton of space and when things are broken they get fixed very quickly. The service is generally very good, and it is very easy to get things done such as post a letter, buy a hammer, hail a taxi, or even find appropriate child care (which in London is a massive hassle).

So all is all, we are absolutely loving it here! I will of course keep you updated on how things go, in the meantime, here is a first look from the streets of NYC, I hope you enjoy the images, you can also shop my look at the end of the post!

 

Photography by Tatiana Katkova

 

 

THE BLACK JUMPSUIT

 

Sometimes all you need is a black jumpsuit. It is the most versatile garment after the classic LBD and an original substitution to it. You can dress it up with a pair of patent leather pumps and a clutch bag or wear it more casual with trainers and a cross-body bag.

Today, I bring to you the most flattering jumpsuits by  TEOTOKI.

Designed by the talented Emelie Von Hofsten (who was inspired by her mother’s Studio 54 wardrobe !!!), they are destined to modern women who want to look but also feel good.

I am wearing the Tatiana jumpsuit in ink black, so elegant and so comfortable. It is handmade, crafted out of one piece of crepe fabric and it comes with a separate belt that you tie in whichever way you like. I am wearing mine quite high up to elongate my legs. The fabric is so soft and creases very little, and there is tie behind the neck and an open back for a subtle sexy touch. The best aspect of this unique garment is, on top of giving me a very sophisticated silhouette, It allows me to move around with ease and no restriction.

This jumpsuit is the perfect wardrobe staple, made with love to be worn on all occasions and most importantly to make you feel empowered and confident. It is such a timeless and tasteful statement piece that you will keep forever.

 

Photography by Tatiana Katkova

HELLO 2018!

Happy New Year lovely people!

I wish you and your families health, happiness and many exciting moments for 2018, because what would life be like be without excitement?

For me, it will be all about transition but also about new beginnings. New city, new life, new work opportunities, new encounters, while cherishing and nourishing my previous friendships and business partnerships, because there is nothing better than a long term relationship!

I would like to thank all of you, for your support and love, nothing would be possible without you. I would also like to thank all the brands and companies who believed in me, it is such a great feeling to know that my work is appreciated and that I am doing something (at least) right!

I don’t usually have new year resolutions but this year I decided to have one: take risk and share more. I have always been very quiet about the private aspects of my life but this will finally change this year. What are you resolutions?

So the first look of the year is the first one I shot in New York since we moved here, and it is courtesy of my Revolve family who has welcomed me so warmly into the USA.

It is red, it is elegant and mostly importantly it keeps me warm, because I don’t know if you have heard, we are having a few VERY cold days here (it was the colder New Year’s Eve in 70 years I think)… The coat is of course made of faux fur but  it is so incredibly soft! I hope you enjoy these images shot in Central Park, you can also shop my look at the end of the post!

 

Photography by Tatiana Katkova

 

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GOLDEN GODDESS

Good morning from New York!

As you might have seen on Instagram, we have now landed in the Big Apple and moved into our new home. I haven’t had time to post much since there is a lot to do here but I promise I will update you soon!

In the meantime, we have now officially started the Christmas week, so celebrations are in order. I say that while we have very little furniture in our apartment, let alone seasonal decorations!

However, nothing will stop me from dressing up for the end of year festivities! I am wearing one of my favourite looks of the year courtesy of the talented British designer Emma Wallace. It is such an elegant and statement look, I feel like a golden goddess! The outfit consists of an asymmetrical crop top and a golden maxi skirt, a great alternative to the classic gown.

Emma Wallace’s designs are minimalistic, a blend of Western heritage and Eastern influence. She mixes up modern lines with traditional cuts. All her creations are available to shop here.

I can now wish you and your families, Happy Holidays and a fabulous New Year filled with health and happiness. Thank you so much for the love and for reading and following me during all this time, I wouldn’t be here without your support!

See you in 2018!

xx

 

Photography by Kate Dyomina