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  • A Visit to the Pollock-Krasner Studio…

    Visiting the Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) and Lee Krasner (1908-1984) house and studio in the woods of Springs, in East Hampton, was a very special and touching experience. I have always admired Pollock’s and Krasner’s work, but experiencing the place where so much of their art was created, was so very moving… The couple moved there from New York trying to find a “healing place” from Pollock’s struggle with depression and alcoholism. In this small studio, full of beautiful light, in this secluded area of East Hampton, some of Pollock’s best Abstract Expressionist pieces were created. After his death, Krasener continued her amazing work here as well. To walk over the paint-splattered studio floor where Pollock’s footprints are still visible, surrounded by the silence and stillness of the woods… sooo beautifully inspiring and emotional!!
    Will post about the residence in a future post…

  • Black Swan Antiques…

    What I love most about traveling is the thrill of discovering places that have long been there and you have not been aware of…
    Black Swan Antiques in Sag Harbor was such a discovery!! It’s like going on a treasure hunt in this wonder of a store full to the brim with oil paintings, furniture, antique mannequins, “Americana” folk-art, sea-inspired pieces, vintage signs and  decorative items and sooo much more!!  Every corner with an exciting, inspiring surprise . This has been a true Sag-Harbor experience that is now on our “to return” list when in the Hamptons…

  • Gucci Décor…

    Home with the Alessandro Michele touch!  For all the Gucci lovers, like myself, the Italian iconic fashion house is introducing Gucci Décor this coming fall. Decorative items, furniture pieces, pillows, candles and much more, designed by Alessandro Michele. The Midas touch now also for your home… J’adore!!

  • La Perla…

    La Perla… it had been on my wish list way too long;  a visit to La Perla. This was the right moment. Secluded in the heart of Old San Juan for so many reasons, a community that is slowly opening up!! Visionary community leaders like Yashira Gómez and Coco, which I was so happy to meet, will surely see that it happens!!

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Share

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  • One Kings Lane Southampton…

    One of the perks of visiting The Hamptons during the summer months is discovering the great stores that “Pop-Up” just for the season. Loved the online home decor and interior design retailer One Kings Lane first ever physical store opened in Southampton! Being in the Hamptons, it has a lovely beach, relaxed style,  just stunning! And such an inspiring merchandising and visual design!!

  • Seated Ballerina…

    We were soooo lucky to see this amazing art installation on our last trip to New York;  such a great surprise!!
    “Seated Ballerina” by Jeff Koons, the art installation in Rockefeller Center was such a breathtaking piece to see and  experience. At 45 feet high, the inflatable sculpture is Koons contemporary interpretation of the mythological goddess Venus. A prodigious, beautiful art work that makes you stand and stare in awe!!

  • Regal East Hampton…

    We recently visited the lovely town of East Hampton, called “America’s most beautiful village” discovering and revisiting some of the spectacular places to see around town..
    The village of East Hampton, settled in the 1660s, was one of America’s first English settlements, and still maintains the mix of history and grandeur that makes it so unique and special. Love, love the impressive, regal, elegant white houses you can find in almost every street with impeccable lawns and the most lovely landscaping you can ever imagine; just a dream!!

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  • The Felt Bodega…

    There’s a long list of exciting and cool Pop-Up stores and special installations going on this summer… a lot to see!!
    The Felt Bodega by British artist Lucy Sparrow at the Standard High Line hotel in New York tops my list!! The New York  Bodega where any and every item you can imagine seeing in your corner store, and more, is made of felt.
    Quoting Sparrow about the idea behind her art installation: “I want the work to make people think about the loss of community spaces when these small shops disappear”. Colorful, creative and cool!!

  • New York’s Flower Market…

    I so much enjoy visiting New York’s flower market on 28th Street early in the morning, especially during the spring months..
    The hustle and bustle of florists, buyers and floral designers; the color explosion of the most amazingly beautiful blooms, the fragrance, the lush greenery…
    I looove looking at the shelves where florists stack-up their selection of flowers and greenery and imagine what the final project will look like. Creativity at work; sooo inspiring!!

  • All the Pinks @ Pietro Nolita…

    It must feel like pink paradise for all the pink lovers out there…
    The recently opened all pink ’50s style diner-bistro serving Italian dishes in New York, is already a favorite of the fashion crowd.
    The walls, tables, lighting, chairs, dishes, plant pots, even some of the items in the menu a different shade of pink !!.
    Pietro Lolita is a fun, kitschy place to visit. An experience if you are in the neighborhood and looooove pink!! 174 Elizabeth Street, New York.

  • Rafael Rivera Rosa: Mirada Extendida…

    I recently visited and so much enjoyed the exhibition  “Rafael Rivera Rosa: Mirada Extendida” in the Museo de Las Américas in Old San Juan…
    This retrospective exhibition on the amazing work of Puerto Rican artist Rafael Rivera Rosa is visually captivating, powerful, colorful, strong and so unique !! Strongly recommend a visit to all art lovers!!

  • Lost in Wanderlust in New York…

    I have been lost from my blog in the past days…
    Have been lost with wanderlust in New York!   Too many things to see and cover;  exciting Spring exhibitions going on in the city that never sleeps! Will share details in the next days.. stay tuned!!

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  • Trapiche…

    Loved this place!!  What a treat on a hot day through Old San Juan, or any day really, it is that good!!
    Creamy, artisanal gelato in original tropical flavors made with fresh local fruits like “Coco Pá los locos”, “Piña Colada”, “Guayabita” or classic delights like coffee, nutella , vanilla;  just as creamy and delicious!! Loved, loved the coffee gelato!!
    This small store is sweet and bright; where you are still greeted with a smile..  J’adore!!

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  • Celebrating Earth…

    Couldn’t find a better way to celebrate Earth Day today than sharing my latest home delivered box of fresh fruits and vegetables from  the “Al Sol De Hoy” agriculture project,  grown with love in Puerto Rico..
    Pineapple, “happy hens eggs”, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, eggplants, plátanos, pimientos, cucumbers, sal de curcuma..
    From our earth to all of us!!  Happy Earth Day, friends!!

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  • The Sensuous Flowers of Georgia O’Keeffe…

    The bold, sensuous, luscious, fascinating, distinct, magnified flower paintings of renowned figure of American modernism Georgia O’Keeffe, in a not to be missed exhibition… “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern”, at the Brooklyn Museum in New York..
    Few artists have imagined flowers like O’Keeffe… just breathtakingly beautiful!!

  • Happy Easter!! Felices Pascuas!!

    May you have a happy and blessed day today, friends!!
    Photo: Guy Bourdin, 1970

  • Candid Photos on a Holy Friday…

    I love following our tradition of visiting The Seven Monuments on Holy Friday, when I’m home during Holy Week..
    Just as much as the spiritual experience, just as much as the lovely flowers, I enjoy the expressions of faith and humanity found in little details like these… hope you enjoy!!

    Saturday, April 15, 2017 Share

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  • The Breathtakingly Beautiful Virgins of Sevilla…

    For me, to think of Holy Week, means to think of Sevilla, and the breathtakingly beautiful images of La Virgen Dolorosa, the weeping, suffering religious figures of the crying Holy Mother, seen especially during Holy Week; admired and revered by the faithful from all over the world…
    There are so many wonderful virgins in Sevilla… each so beautiful and extraordinary!!  Just to name some of the ones I love and find hauntingly beautiful: La Macarena,  Esperanza de Triana,  Virgen de las Angustias,  Virgen del Socorro,  Virgen del Rosario, Virgen de Guadalupe,  Virgen de la Paz,  Virgen de la Victoria,  Virgen de la Trinidad,  Virgen de la Candelaria,  María Santísima de la O,  Virgen de la Consolación.
    You will see many of them during the Holy Week Processions in Sevilla taking place since Monday, and ending Friday with one of the most awaited and loved, La Virgen de la Macarena.

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Share

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  • Tinsel…

    I recently received a message that one of my all time favorite stores has lost its lease and will be closing soon…
    Ohhh noooo!! Such a New York institution, such a marvel of a store!!
    I had the privilege of visiting the original store, when Arch Bergoffen, its founder, would greet you surrounded by a never ending sea of boxes, trimmings, ribbons and every imaginable adornment you can think of !! Memories that never fade, being so powerful and unique. His granddaughter, Marcia, received this jewel of a store, and made it even better; a must visit place, a trimming emporium in the garment center.
    I could spend hours in admiration of every unique item; the most beautiful vintage trimmings, flowers, ribbons, tassels, appliquès, passementaries and amazing art pieces.
    Will miss you, Tinsel…  Thank you for the memories, and all the treasures I found through you!! I really hope you will be able to relocate, again !!

  • Welcome Spring!! Bienvenida Primavera!!

    “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”
    -Pablo Neruda

    Monday, March 20, 2017 Share

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  • Franca Sozzani’s World…

    I never met Franca Sozzani, but in some strange way, I feel like I knew her for a long time…
    Her passing last December left me so, so sad, like I had lost a special friend, knowing that I would always miss her amazing talent, her art, her groundbreaking fashion inspiration…
    For more than three decades the editor of Italian Vogue presented fashion as art, breaking rules and barriers as no other in her trade. In editing my never ending pile of fashion magazines, I could never part with her renderings of Vogue Italia… they were, and still are, so very unique and special!
    She opened the doors of her new, recently remodeled home in Paris to Architectural Digest just weeks before her death… an amazingly beautiful Pied- à- Terre that reflects her passion for art and design… just a glimpse of Franca Sozzani’s world…

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  • El Horno de Pane…

    Our daily bread…
    I loved, loved this recently opened bakery where you can feel the passion for bread the moment you walk in!!
    Ahhh… the sweet smell of freshly baked, artisanal bread greets you at the door… baguettes, ciabattas, croissants, chocolate breads, sourdough, brioche and so many others with a menu of more than 20 types of wonderful breads changed daily, to fill your heart desires!! You can see magic being done right there through clear glass windows. The Gustos coffee bar is great as well. A must visit for all bread lovers!!
    El Horno de Pane, Montemar Plaza, Hato Rey, San Juan…

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Share

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  • Diptyque’s Heavenly Store…

    Not only are Diptyque’s fragrances heavenly, their jewel of a store on Bleecker street in New York has to be, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful perfume stores ever!! Perfectly done luxuriousness!!
    British based designer Christopher Jenner envisioned this marvel of a store for the Parisian house of perfumes and candles inspired in the Art Deco style and the heritage of the brand.
    Gold starburst ceilings, hand painted mirrors, side mirrors painted with iconic images of Paris and New York… are just some of the beautiful details that make this small jewel of a store a must stop when in New York!!

  • In Blue by Arnaldo Roche…

    These blues I love!!
    Visited Puerto Rican, internationally acclaimed artist Arnaldo Roche’s exhibition at Museo de San Juan: “In Blue: Signals after touch”; “En Azul: Señales después del tacto”, and it was an overwhelming experience! Just the size of the art pieces exhibited make Roche’s strong, dramatic, imposing style even more impressive. Using a monochromatic blue palette they are not only striking , but beautiful!! Just stunning!!