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Fenicia HiltonLa Punta Grill & LoungeCancunBoasting glittering coastlines, soulful cities, pre-Columbian history and a thriving art and culinary scene, Mexico is a destination on the rise. We spent over a month in Central America last summer, where we spent most of our time crisscrossing the Mexican capital from the Baja Peninsula to Riviera Maya – partially in an effort to chase the sun and avoid a highly unfortunate 30-day thunderstorm forecast (note: flexible itineraries are always a good idea).

We began in Mexico City and stayed in Polanco – an area that boasts an array of Michelin-starred restaurants, galleries, boutique hotels shops and museums. There are so many places to visit in the vibrant metropolis, so with limited time, we prioritized four key attractions: La Casa Azul (a museum dedicated to Frida Kahlo), Centro Historico, the National Museum of Anthropology and recently opened contemporary art gallery, Museo Jumex.

Moving to the West Coast, we visited Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos – both vacation-friendly destinations with gorgeous resorts (including the Hilton Los Cabos and Casa Velas, pictured above), beautiful beaches and excellent cuisine. Aside from pool-hanging with Margaritas in-hand, the best thing we did was hire a jet ski in Cabo San Lucas to cruise around Playa del Amor – home to the unique rock formations the Baja Peninsula is renowned for. The markets in San Jose del Cabo are also worthwhile visiting to gage a true sense of authentic Mexican culture.

With a slight detour, we arrived on the East Coast to see the Caribbean in all its azure blue glory. We stayed at NIZUC -an isolated resort located in between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. It was the ideal positioning for day trips to Chichen Itza (one of the new seven wonders of the world), Tulum and Grand Cenote – some of the icons of Riviera Maya.P1020237Cabo sunriseZona Romantica Puerto VallartaIMG_1631IMG_1581Puerto Vallarta plates

 

Mercedes Benz NZ Trelise Cooper 2014Mercedes-Benz New Zealand has announced its Elite Partnership with 2014 New Zealand Fashion Week and recognised Dame Trelise Cooper as the inaugural New Zealand recipient of the ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ accolade.

The brand’s partnership with New Zealand’s premiere fashion event builds on two decades of commitment to the international fashion industry. Mercedes-Benz supports events in 27 countries and is the title sponsor of fashion weeks in New York, Berlin, Sydney and Beijing, and the major sponsor of fashion weeks in Paris, London and Milan.

The ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ global programme recognises designers who demonstrate dedication to the use of quality materials, unique style and innovative design. Past recipients of the prestigious honour include respected designers such as Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Badgely Mischka and Australia’s Carla Zampatti.

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I recently attended Juliette Hogan’s spring / summer media open day and above are some of the styles set to drop later this year. Chic combinations of classic tailoring, floaty silhouettes and muted pastels are used throughout the collection, signaling a nod to feminine, timeless dressing. Above are some of my favourite looks from the campaign shot by Olivia Hemus and styled by the talented Rachel Morton.

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Last week L’Oreal invited us along to the screening of Mademoiselle C at the French Film Festival – a documentary that chronicles the redevelopment of ex-Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld and the production of her new venture CR Fashion Book. The film offers a glimpse into fashion fantasy at its best – there is the beautiful, the theatrical and the supernatural. Above are some of my favourite pictures from recent CRFB editorials. There’s nothing quite like a comeback, and the Parisian style queen has nailed it.

tulumtulum beachtulum ruinscaribbean seamayan ruinstulum mayan ruinstouristsyucatanAn hour south of over-commercialized Cancun lies Tulum, a bohemian wonderland offering culture, cuisine and azure-blue waters flowing in from the Caribbean Sea.

Located on Mexico’s east coast, the eco-friendly beachside area was once home to the ancient Mayan people (300 – 900 CE) – purveyors of the belief that the world would end in 2012. Crumbling temples, columns and hieroglyphs act as Mayan memoirs and are key attractions for first-timers.

Tulum was definitely one of my favourite destinations in North America – a must-visit for any Mexican itinerary.

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New York-based Kiwi writer and fashionista Gala Darling is expressing her positive outlook in a new realm with a jewellery collection designed with a dash of descriptive self-love.

Produced in collaboration with New Zealand Mint Jewellery, the optimistic ‘Moxie’ collection is a fun and colourful range of jewellery full of positive vibes.

And befitting the designer’s name, there is a selection of enchanting words – Darling, Lover, Imagine, Magical, Babe, Dreamer – inscribed in each piece.

Gala designed the collection with her theory of Radical Self-Love in mind. The philosophy is more than an idea, it’s a way of life. Send a love letter to the universe by adorning yourself with a flourish in your daily dress up.

“Jewellery is everyday magic.  We tell stories with our hands, our wrists, our necks, the things we choose to decorate ourselves with,” says Gala.

Moxie, Gala Darling’s first collection for New Zealand Mint, is about how we can harness the power of language to help us construct reality.

With a combination of sterling silver and coloured leather, Moxie can be customised to fit with virtually any lifestyle; mix-and-match it with everything from Cartier to costume jewels.

“Search for the magic in every day. Once you’ve trained your eye, you can’t help but delight in seeing the small and extraordinary things that surround you,” says Gala.

The range is available from NZ Mint Jewellery and selected stockists.  www.nzmintjewellery.com.

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