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2011 June 20
Our travel guru Rebecca Minkoff returns from yet another vacation with the inside scoop on what to do and where to eat and stay.
"This week, I’m embarking on the fantasy part uno of my big ol’ fashioned summer vacation. (Why fantasy, you say? Because I am banned from traveling to faraway places just in case my little one decides to come early!) While part of me wishes I was flanked by Chevy Chase and Beverly D’angelo , navigating the slapstick repercussions of one awkward situation after another, my summer vacation is much less National Lampoon and much more Minkette in the sun, on the beach, by the pool—you get the idea—in sunny Costa Rica! This trip came courtesy of my gorgeous husband, who has long had an affinity for Central America—I’m just along for the ride… and the beach, and the food, and the dazzling scenery.
The way I see it, you can go two ways when traveling to exotic foreign countries—take it easy under the security blanket of a resort / hotel compound with a spa and a concierge (which I am ALL for, most of the time, you all know this), or you can venture off on your own, forge your own path, and actually plan your own vacation! When traveling to Paris, London and other glossy metropolitan cities, I love me a cushy hotel, OBVIOUSLY. But when I’m hopping off the grid for awhile for the sole purpose of recharging my batteries and slowing things down a bit, I want to make the experience as authentic as possible. Base camp Costa Rica came to me after a few hours of poking around on the incredible vacation planning resource, Homeaway.com. It’s essentially a lookbook of vacation homes all over the world with a dream vacation house for everyone, no seriously, EVERYONE. It all just depends on your personal budget and idea of a fabulous vacation. We opted for the very secluded and totally stunning Jade House for our trip because there is no excuse for skimping on ocean views when in Costa Rica. You need them! Travel to the Puntarenas area of Costa Rica couldn’t be easier. After a totally pain-free direct flight to San Jose and a quick hop skip and a jump (unless you’re scared of little puddle jumpers) over the exceedingly lush rainforest, complete with waterfalls, hidden lakes and verdant green mountainsides, on a Sansa flight, you touchdown in Quepos. Make sure to tell your car rental company to meet you at the airport, hop in your ride and head off to your fully stocked, gorgeous, Beverly Hills-esque Oceanside manse. SWOON!
After arriving at The Jade House and taking in the view while spotting a monkey, a toucan and a sloth, I decided it was time to dig into some local Costa Rican fare. I’m pregnant, show me the food! The locals here swear by Bar Jolly Roger, which happened to be just down the road from our house. This local pirate-themed (when in Rome?!) restaurant is owned by a warm, delightful Southern family. They pile the charm on from the moment you walk in the door and proceed to pile every dish they serve with just as much love and care. Maybe it’s the true local down home vibe of this place, but it’s one of those kinds of places where you want to linger, savor, and remember. After a long day of travel and eating, we head back to our palace and enjoy one of the three infinity swimming pools and call it a night early.
Day two began (a little on the late side) with brunch at the UBER LOCAL spot, Tortilla Flats in the surfer town of Dominical. Who knew I’d fly all the way to Central America only to have lunch at my fave West Village Mexican spot? Small world. This very friendly local haunt is always stocked with surfers talking shop and munching on the most damn delish nachos and fish tacos I’ve had in a fortnight. You can sit for as long as you want, burrowing your feet into the sand, listening to the rain forest happen around you, while watching the Pacific Ocean pushing against the coast. It ain’t so fancy, but it’s magic.
I was ready for a little rest and relaxation—I’m 6 months pregnant, after all! We headed back to the Jade House for a sun-soaked nap and prepared for a real adventure… What are we going to do to get our adrenaline flowing? Tune in next week for my Costa Rican fiesta excursion part dos!
2011 June 20
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Calvin Klein Collection hosted a party to celebrate men's creative director (and total sweetie) Italo Zucchelli's Spring 2012 runway show in Milan yesterday. The event was held on the grounds of Calvin's European headquarters and drew guests like Joe Jonas, Jesse Williams, Brad Goreski, Francisco Costa and Kevin Carrigan. But we wanna know: How do we get our hands on Italo's Marky Mark t-shirt? Love! Check out some pics in our Gallery.
2011 June 20
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Men's fashion week in Milan kicked off over the weekend, and by the looks of things, Dolce and Gabbana are in a fedora mood. That's what you're looking at in this pic, right? All right, all right—this might be our subtle way of providing you with some eye candy on a ho-hum Monday afternoon. Chic cares.
2011 June 20
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At last! AT LAST! Tavi Gevinson's first contribution for xoJane.com has finally arrived. America's girl next door gives us her take on "What's in My Bag"—but the locker edition, loves. OMG! What do we learn? Tavi keeps tap shoes, a blue wig, Play-Doh, baseball cards, and a veil in her locker. We repeat: A veil! There are also some "normal" items in there like a French dictionary and a copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream, but we know you don't care about that. Tavi shares: "You know that kid in movies who opens their locker and stuff just falls out and knocks them to the ground? That's me!" Someone call Hoarders! P.S. Do those books look read to you? Study up, darling!
2011 June 20
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Vanessa Minnillo isn't our usual turf, but we're making an exception today because this press release revealing all the details of her Vegas bachelorette weekend is too hilar to keep to ourselves.
"Hi there! Let me know if you can get in a PHOTO of Vanessa Minnillo celebrating her bachelorette party in Vegas this weekend! Link to download FREE PHOTOS below! Most important thing to mention is Marquee Dayclub! Thank you!
Vanessa Minnillo celebrated her upcoming nuptials with a weekend in Las Vegas. The bachelorette party began on Friday at LAVO with dinner and dancing at the hot spot. After a round of shots and a feast of signature Italian dishes, the bride-to-be and friends took over a VIP table where they danced to the sounds of DJ Politik. She jumped into the DJ booth, taking the mic and telling the crowd, “I’m about to get married. I’m about to get a ball and chain…but not yet and tonight’s my bachelorette party!” She also invited the first person who came to her table and showed an ID proving their birthday was Thursday, Friday, or Saturday could come join her table – an offer she made good when a club patron celebrating his birthday approached the table with his girlfriend.
Surprises were in store when Minnillo was serenaded by a midget impersonating her fiancé Nick Lachey. The pint-sized performer sang a song from Lachey’s former band 98 Degrees while removing his shirt. She was a good sport and donned the traditional bachelorette sash and crown while celebrating.
The party continued on Saturday at Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as Minnillo and the group commanded a cabana at the roof deck pool party. Always the gracious hostess, she found a bachelor celebrating his own upcoming wedding and invited the groom and his friends to take a dip in her cabana’s infinity Jacuzzi. The future Mrs. Lachey was treated to a cake topped with a sugar ring from Gimme Some Sugar as she danced around with her friends and posed for photos, showing off make up from Violet Hour Hair | Nails | Beauty at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas."
2011 June 20
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What's not to love about this sweet shot of Johan Lindeberg hugging a horse this weekend at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich, CT? This is going to melt the heart of a certain someone at our very own Chic Report HQ.
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