Southern California sunset

There is a place for Sunrise- the first sunrays reviving the tumult.

And there is a place for Sunset- the one place where the ocean engorges the sun, leaving behind unearthly arrays of colors. The photos are a sunset sequence at the Santa Monica beach. The beauty is behind words. I could not take my eyes off the sky and I teared for being a witness to such beauty…

 

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A speckled glimpse of New York City in December

New York City owns me each time I come back to it. With every visit, I immerse into its crowded venues, its street food and high end restaurants, its magic displays. This time it felt even more alive. It is the city of limitless mingling of races, traditions and beliefs, where every corner speaks its own story.

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Chicago from up in the air

It’s summer and Chicago is boosting with life!
Everything is green, everything is fresh and the concerts, plays and musicals are more numerous than ever.
Here is a collection of photos from up in the air from my most recent trip outside the city of Chicago, a city that I absolutely love and respect for all it has to offer, for its pulsatility and its grandiosity.

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Blossoms and colors in our nation’s capital

It is by pure coincidence that I happen to be in Washington, DC at the right time for this year’s spring miracle. Each time I visit DC, I go to one or two museums, to the bohemian yet sassy Georgetown and I try out some of the new culinary popups.
This time though my visit is special. I want to spend more time outside walking, seeing, smelling, feeling the spectacle of spring. My heart is full.

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What an amazing performance

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What an amazing performance!
Soloists of the National Chinese Traditional Orchestra performed at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in celebration of the Chinese New Year.
Such a powerful astute sensitive representation of Chinese music!
The words are not enough. I will stop here..

A memorable overlay in Amsterdam

If you have to change the plane in Europe, Amsterdam may be a very good choice. The train takes you from inside the terminal to “Centraal” (Downtown) in less than 15 minutes. Once you step out of the train station, a beautiful city with loads of history, unique architecture and cobbled streets crammed between water channels, opens right in front of you. Restaurants, terraces, pubs, bars, museums, churches, parks and quaint hotels are bordering the bicycle crowded alleys.

However,…

Amsterdam is a pervert city… in all ways.. the day in Amsterdam is relaxing, calm and surrounds you with the beauty of the 16th century architecture and the paintings of the Golden Age. Your stroll at dusk will turn your head in all directions. Thousands of people on the street, crowded restaurants, museums open until the late sinful hours, the show windows of the Red District, all will dazzle you, will energize you and make you believe there is no other place like this on the planet. And there is none..

I invite you all to immerse in the city of Amsterdam…a genuine European stylish experience, diverse and unique. It will make you let go of your inhibitions, blend in and wish to return soon or stay for good.

My photos were taken early in the morning. People were scarce, likely prepping for another crazy night. But the city was beautiful and unbothered. Enjoy, and I dare you to experience on self the Amsterdam night!

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The sound of Jazz in Chicago

Millennium Park is a symbol of Chicago. Throughout the summer, its stage is home to local and renowned national and international artists in plays, music and dance. From big festivals to small get-togethers, Lake Michigan shore welcomes its visitors at every step.

Not rarely, I find it difficult to choose among the many events that take place every night in Chicago; however, one can never go wrong with a bicycle ride along the shore and dinner and drinks on the grass in front of the stage, at Jay Pritzker pavilion.

This weekend hosted the annual Chicago Jazz Festival, a three day event, integrating a wide variety of jazz.

Along the years, many world-renowned jazz artists have performed here, to the delight of both Chicagoans and tourists.  Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding shined the stage yesterday evening, along with many other amazingly talented artists from all across the globe.

I caught a glimpse of the spectacle in a few photos that I hope you will enjoy.

Mark your calendars for next year!

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Ode to the Jumpsuit

 

Alright gals :), which one of you is not crazily in love with The Jumpsuit this summer?

Here’s to the gorgeous sunny days, the ones that call for the beach, margaritas… and a jumpsuit!

I am the lucky owner of a collection of cotton, silk, linen, monocolor, colorblock and bright jumpsuits..and the jumpsuit has become my number one “go to” this summer. You can pair one with heels or pumps for a posh look, wedges and flats for a casual one and even flip-flops for unlimited comfort. The Jumpsuit goes with everything and, depending on how you set your mood, it could give you a natural, elegant or girly efortless look.

The following is a selection of jumpsuits from three of my favorite relatively affordable brands (Anthropologie, VinceCamuto and LillyPulitzer), that hopefully will be inspiring…

For the love of the jumpsuit!:)

 

http://www.lillypulitzer.com/product/entity/7193.uts?keyword=jumpsuit&swatchName=Spectrum+Blue+Tide+Pools

http://www.vincecamuto.com/halter-jumpsuit-with-keyhole/V4P3806.html?dwvar_V4P3806_colormaterial=810%20POLYESTER#q=jumpsuit&sz=14&start=1

http://www.vincecamuto.com/jumpsuit-with-neckline-beading/V4A4336.html?dwvar_V4A4336_colormaterial=310%20POLYESTER

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/30216626.jsp?cm_vc=SEARCH_RESULTS#/

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/4123237435135.jsp?cm_vc=SEARCH_RESULTS#/

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A weekend in Boston

Boston means more to me than a historical beautiful town of the East Coast. Boston is the city where I spent many days and nights, where I made priceless memories, where I keep dear friends; it’s the city to which I will always return to with a full heart, emotions and excitement; thus is no wonder that I chose to return for a weekend, with a defined plan in my mind: a little roaming around the streets, lunch and cappuccino in the North End, oysters at the Union Oyster House- the oldest tavern, a cold beer at the Irish pub next to my old apartment, and a ferry to the Cape. I loved every moment and my only regret was that the weekend went too fast.

If it’s raining when you land in Boston, the air becomes saturated by oceanic salty watery vapors. The smell of the ocean stayed with me while walking around the Common- the oldest park in the country. I used to walk in the park every day, on my way to and back from work, and the trees, benches, statues, flowers brought memories of happiness. I then went ahead to the enchanting Newbury street where I had to stop for tapas and sangria; I then walked around my old neighborhood of Beacon Hill with its narrow streets and brick sidewalks, and that brought even more precious memories of the evenings when the gaslit aisles transferred me to a fairy world.

The next day, lunch was exceptional, just as I remembered it, at Trattoria Il Panino. I ordered “the usual”: shrimp al limoncello and penne puttanesca. If you find yourself in the North End and don’t know which of the fabulous restaurants to choose, you cannot go wrong with the above. Obviously, a lunch in the Italian neighborhood is incomplete without a tasty espresso or chocolate flakes cappuccino and a slice of home made tiramisu at Caffe Vittoria.

Since I used to live in Boston, I did not go for the touristy attractions, but if you are a first time visitor, there are many historical sites that you have to set foot in, and everything is clustered and walkable. You also have to cross the bridge over the Charles River, to MIT and the Harvard campus. And, if you are like me, and a trip to Boston is not complete without a ferry ride to a nearby island, then make sure to include that on your tour as well.

I am posting some pictures from Boston to follow along and I will return with more of the Cape at a later time. Enjoy! and if you haven’t done it so far, plan a trip to Boston “as soon as humanly possible”!:)ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage