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The Perfect Weekend in Krakow!

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The Perfect Weekend in Krakow!

GETTING TO KRAKOW

If you are travelling from Warsaw to Krakow, the best, quickest and most comfortable way is to take the EIP (Express IntreCity Premium) from Dworzec Warszawa Centralna ( Warsaw Central railway station). The journey takes 2h 21 minutes. The first-class tickets are between £20-£50 each way depending on how far in advance you book. Seats are very comfortable, with lots of leg space, and you can fit medium size luggage on the overhead racks.

Children’s clothing from the 17th to the 19th century – Wilanow for Young Talents.

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Children’s clothing from the 17th to the 19th century – Wilanow for Young Talents. The exhibition runs until the 31st of October and you definitely don’t want to miss it!

The Perfect Weekend in Sydney

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The Perfect Weekend in Sydney – Where to eat, drink and shop if you love vintage, luxury but only have a couple of days to spare.

I’ve recently returned from a trip to Australia and even though most of my time was spent taking in spectacular sunsets from the picturesque beaches of Perth on the country’s west coast, I did get the chance to go for a weekend to Sydney on the east coast, a city that I now consider to be one of my favourite places in the world.

Now, I don’t know about you but for me traveling to a new place is often incredibly stressful, as I’m forever trying to cram way too much in a day, running like a headless chicken from museum to art gallery, taking in a few brands that I want to write about along the way and at the end of it all, I’m left exhausted! So, this time around, the moment Mr de Merteuil mentioned the idea of us going to Sydney, I suggested that instead of the usual cultural highlights, that I would want us to focus on the best the city has to offer by way of shops, restaurants and bars, throwing in a few obligatory places that every first-time visitor needs to cross off their bucket list.

Wheels and Dollbaby

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Wheels and Dollbaby

Edith Head, the great costumier of Hollywood films, once said that “clothes are the way you present yourself to the world; they affect the way the world feels and thinks about you; subconsciously they affect the way you feel and think about yourself.” A sharp observation which resonates strongly with me, as I firmly believe that a woman says a lot about who she is by what she wears.

I’m something of a chameleon and as Mr de Merteuil will tell you, I have many personalities. One of my favourite personas is the ‘Dollbaby’ and if you haven’t a clue as to who or what I’m referencing then let me help you ‘get smart’ to the term. A ‘Dollbaby’ is, from my personal observations… A strong woman, not afraid to look sexy yet never vulgar, a femme fatale, a vintage vixen, fond of theatricality. She is the epitome of rock luxury and sex appeal.

 

Wilanow for Young Talents – Fashion at the Court of King Jan III Sobieski exhibition

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Wilanow for Young Talents – Fashion at the Court of King Jan III Sobieski exhibition!

I feel incredibly privileged to have been invited to the opening of this new exhibition at Warsaw’s beautiful Wilanow Palace and for me to say this, you can be sure that it truly was something spectacular. Not just to have been given the opportunity to see talented young designers conjure up their most incredibly well-crafted creations, encapsulating the couture court dress of 17th Century Polish King Jan III Sobieski but I was also humbled to have been taken under the wing of Elzbieta Litwiniak, an archaeologist, reconstructor of historic clothing and one of the jurors for this year’s competition.

L’Hotel – The best luxury boutique hotel in Paris.

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Oscar Wilde, perhaps my favourite author, famously once said, “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” Taking his own words to heart, poverty-stricken and in Paris, dear Oscar, nearing the end of his days, moved into a hotel above his means and stayed there until his death in November 1900.

That hotel stands to this day, on the site of La Reine Margot’s Pavillon d’Amor, where it has been a fixture of the Parisian South Bank since 1828. In Oscar’s time, however, at the end of the 19th Century, it was known as Hotel d’Alsace before taking on the name that we’re familiar with today, L’Hotel, and becoming the place to be seen, in the beautiful area of Saint Germain, for the crème de la crème of Parisian society who so often rubbed shoulders with the Hollywood set that included Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, as well as Spanish master of Surrealist painting, Salvador Dali.

Helena Modjeska-Icon of Style. Reconstructions of XIX century costumes

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Once a year, on the day of my birth, I like to indulge my senses, in a way, an act of regenerating, of reminding myself of who and what I am. On one of these occasions, I was taken to Versailles by Mr de Merteuil, waking on the morning in a hotel that used to be the royal stables and spending the afternoon eating macaroons in le Petit Trianon, while watching wildlife drift by in the lazily setting sun. This year it was spent at Wilanów Palace, the former residence of Polish Kings located on the outskirts of Warsaw, which I relished visiting for the opportunity to willfully gratify my taste for art, beauty and most importantly cake.