It recently occurred to me that after the new website launched, I never really took the time to introduce the Savvy Home Shop: our favorite items from around the web (#scatterbrain). If I’m being completely honest, there was also times when I was a little lazy at updating it regularly. No more! The shop is stock-full of new items I’ve been loving these days, and these are just a few of them. Go explore the rest!
Martinique is one gorgeous island. Rustic? Yes. Full of character? Absolutely. I barely saw an inch of a resort from across a bay. The vibe is more filled with authentic villages, daily lives (and very scary roads!) than luxury resorts. My family rented a villa perched on a cliff above a fisherman’s village called Anse d’Arlet, which basically constituted of a creole restaurant, a pizza joint, a bar/grocery store/funeral home(?), a pharmacy and an adorable rustic church facing directly across the pier.
My morning routine consisted of walking (sometimes running) down the hill to the village—past the fishermen selling their fresh catch of the day—to the bakery for fresh croissants, then walking back to the only oceanfront restaurant and grabbing an iced latte (I was ordering café au lait with a tall glass filled with ice cubes on the side—what a tourist). The rest of our days were filled with poolside fun, exploring the neighbouring towns and beaches, watching the kids play in the sand or the dog napping in the sun. Lots of games of crazy eight countdown and backgammon were played. Lots of rosé was consumed.
I’d say I came back completely refreshed, which is mostly true, except I scraped my knees pretty badly trying to take a picture while walking and broke my phone in the process (I blame the above-mentioned scary roads—literally super deep gutters in the middle of the sidewalk). I learned the hard way that watching your step is essential there. The island has a distinct French flavor (with a creole twist). In many ways, it could pass for a very tropical south of France. On our fourth day, we discovered Ti Sable in the neighbouring town and adopted it as our hang out spot. We were beyond happy to sit around their beach chairs and eat orders upon orders of accras (delicious fried cod balls) with rosé on the side. Isn’t that what vacationing is all about?
I’m back to the cold after a week in the sun and, let me tell you, it doesn’t quite feel like Spring here yet! But that’s not stopping me from lusting over a few items that would be perfect for Spring in the city: metallics, soft tones and a touch of fur.
It’s officially in Tropical Month around here. Not that West Hollywood is tropical in the slightest, but there’s something about the palms, the painted ceramic tiles, the bright colors, the bougainvillea in Heather Taylor‘s West Hollywood home that just feels tropical. It feels like you could transplant this home and drop it in Tulum or Martinique (yep we’re still talking about this gorgeous island this week) and if wouldn’t look out of place.
Here’s the common thread between West Hollywood and (part of) the tropics: it’s breezy and beachy in nature, and it has a distinct bohemian easy-living flavor. Ok, maybe not so bohemian if you’re walking down Rodeo Drive during a filming of Real Housewives, but you catch my drift. California is bohemian in nature, much more than, say, Palm Beach at Christmas. Since the 70s are back, it’s the perfect time to bring a little California flair to your home.