Sitting here in Tulum, Mexico, for the last few hours, it´s strange to think that tomorrow we will be back in cold and grey Copehagen. But at least I can take the images and colours with me. We use colours that surround us. In Denmark obviously that would mostly be earthy colours, but why not throw a little Mexican colours in, to brighten up you life, without going all "Sombrero e Tequila".
It´s been raining all day :-P
When it gets to me and I just want to escape, I go for a little walk and find myself at Tage Andersen. Perhaps Denmarks best flower artist. This mystic place full of decorations, flowers, cages with live birds, caves and stairs leading to secret places draws me. Here you find such beauty, inspiration, originality and fantasy. If you have the time you can spend hours studying the details on each object. And you go out from there with lot´s of energi and a smile on your face.
If you feel like a good piece of cake and a hot coffee or chocolate, you MUST swing by Royal Smushi Cafe near the pedestrian street "Strøget" of Copenhagen. This magnificent place feels like jumping strait into a H.C.Andersen-Candy-Floss- Sugar-Tivoli-cave. So great for both adults and children. Inside you will also find sweet decorations and books for the house.
The last day of our vacation we treated our self to a great lunch at Le Cap Horn. A MUST when in Courchevel ! This amazing decadent restaurant is like walking on to a movie set. You are met with loud dance music on the terrace, really glittery looking people, very nice looking staff and a 6 ft. Swarovski skull!!! Inside you are, right away, presented with the opportunity to purchase a pair of 14 ct. earrings from Moussaieff, if you should feel the need for that, after a great lunch of ousters or their famous chicken or the choice of one of their more than 600 listed wines. Or if you don´t have the ´trillions´ you would need for that, you can do what I did, ....... just dive into the best desert table, know to mankind, which has everything from home made crepes, mini ice-creme cone´s, amazing fruitcakes to the most wonderful chocolate mousse. At Le Cap Horn, the vibe is great, friendly and fun. It´s the perfect playground for grown-ups, with a "little" extra to spend :-)
Since forever, we have as a family been going skiing between Christmas and New Year. Usually in places like St. Moritz, Val Dísere, Meribel, Verbier, Sestriere ect. Parents, cousins, nephews, spouses, siblings, minimum 16-18 at the time. And I am sure the groupe next year will be even bigger, ......right mom? This year we chose Courchevel for the first time in many years, for its great skiing when you are a mix of good to great skiers. Brilliant slopes which are cleaned well every night, great restaurants and bars directly on the slopes, fantastic shopping, wonderful Chalet´s to rent and great hotels and spa´s. Sadly, since I had a very bad accident skiing 15 years ago in Italy, I have not been able to ski. I would stand there every morning waving goodbye to all the others who were so lucky to go up the mountain, and then I would spend the rest of the day making lunch reservations, spa bookings, drinking vin chaud, buying hot chocolate for cold kid´s, making dinner plans and so forth. Not bad, BUT still ! Finally this year I decided it was time to try skiing again. My doctor had given me the ok the year before. The weather and slopes were too good to be true. At first a little stiff but on the second day I got the rhythm back in hips and knees. And it didn't look to bad at all ;-)
Hotel Chocolat, in the center of Copenhagen is the perfect little spot to go and treat yourself to a wonderful cup of hot creamy chocolate or an nice bag of sweets. Hotel Chocolat's elegant facade with it's lovely blue color draw you to the nicely decorated entrance where you can relax and enjoy while watching life going by on Strøget ( the pedestrian street of Cph )
Hotel Chocolat, click here
After many years, and a lot of packing, finally I have understood what´s really important.
It´s not that golden top I thought I could not live without, but instead these maybe boring but practical things, which makes my life so much easier, when away from home ….It´s not sexy, but useful ....
1.Between me, Oliver and Luca I have counted minimum 7 Apple devices and we fight constantly for plugs in hotel rooms.
2.To make absolutely sure to have a nice sleep, I love to bring my own pillow.
3.Enough panties are essential ! I change outfit up to 3 times a day, and I like to be refreshed inside out.
4.I hate mixing clean with used, and will always bring a laundry bag for this reason.
5.My Clarisonic is a MUST to clean my face and neck morning and night.
6.Very often dryers in hotels will only heat up the bathroom but not dry your hair. I always bring my BaByliss, which folds up and takes very little space.
7.When traveling by car I find this Universal charger useful, because within a couples of hours I have been taking a thousand pictures and my iPhone will need a little "juice".
Have a nice trip
First Cash&Rocket tour 2012 Paris.
We are ready to leave for Milan.
Miss Lily Becker & Miss Jo Wood.
The lovely Lady herself, CEO and founder of Cash&Rocket, my energetic cuz, Julie Brangstrup Watts.
I had car #002.
My little RED Porsche :-)
Miss Lily and I, ........we finally made it to Paris after a few diversions :-/
Miss Jodie Kid.
La bella Sig.ra Beretta & Sig.ra Olivia with so many other lovely ladies.
Beauty herself, my baby cuz, Melissa.
My privat pictures from Cash&Rocket tour 2012.
I was invited to the NET-A-POTER and Cash&Rocket, launching party of "Cash&Rocket tour 2014" which runs in june, ....in London tonight.
Sadly I could not join, but I know my sister, Marie Louise Brangstrup Schmidt, the founder of North, is there with a big smile on her face sipping drinks mingling with the most interesting people in London, even as I write.
I feel a tiny bit jealous :-)
Cash&Rocket was founded by my cousin, Julie Brangstrup Watts, to bring fashion and luxury brands together in order to make a difference to global issues;this empowering, female tour, supports and helps women and children in third world countries.
Each year Cash&Rocket has a new charity partner.
I myself, drow in the first Cash&Rocket tour in 2012. The charity partner that year was (RED).
(RED) engages business and consumer power in the fight against AIDS. To date, (RED)partners and events have generated more than 180 million US dollar for The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
It is a great way to engage a large group of very interesting and fantastic women to go together in doing something important for a very worthy cause and at the same time having a lot of fun on the way through the cities of Europe. Every evening enjoying cocktail parties or wonderful dinners, in elegant dresses, after being on to road in jeans and t-shirts for hours and hours.
I had the time of my life, meeting so many beautiful women and getting to drive my bright red Porsche from London to Paris to Geneva to Milan ending up in Monte Carlo for the big final dinner and the auction to raise money for (RED).
Cash&Rocket, click here
(RED), click here
NET-A-POTER, click here
North, click here
Beautiful bathroom in #103 at Blakes, all in a great mix of mable, gold, calm colors, steel, classic paintings.......the list goes on and on. I just love the English way of over decorating. They know exactly how to mix...........maximalism at it's best. I just went on vacation with my family in London.My husband and I used to stay at Blakes back in the days, and it was lovely to revisit and have some good memories back.
Blakes, click here