We were in New York during the peak of Storm Jonas. One of the largest Snow Storms to hit New York City in 60 years and the largest Blizzard in 100 years, according to snow fall rates. They had declared a state emergency, with more than 13,000 flights cancelled in relation to the storm, including our flight out of there to Hawaii.
The day before the storm hit, I was lucky enough to fit in a quick shoot with Alexandra Wolf, an extremely talented fashion photographer from Europe, now living in New York. Alexandra is a fashion and lifestyle photographer, who is the lady behind Arielle Charnas, known as Something Navy's incredible Outfit and Street Style pictures around NYC.
It is not easy to find words to explain the feeling from my hands after my gloves came off for that brief moment. Locals I was with laughed at my reaction to the sharp pain of that blizzard frost, yet how could I, a proud local from the Sunshine State really pretend like nothing was happening.
It probably didn't help my feet were not covered either. There was no way I wasn't wearing my new Gucci shoes, aka my treasured Gold Foil Marmont Pumps. Unbeknown to me, these shoes were just about to make it big throughout Fashion Week and I am so pleased I wore them when I did, It felt great to be ahead of the trend that is Alessandro Michele, Gucci's Creative Director.
This time while in New York we stayed Downtown at The Ludlow Hotel, sister hotel to The Bowery. It was perfect for what we needed and a short taxi ride to all our favourite eats. Thankfully we didn't mind being snowed in as there was an amazing Italian restaurant across the road which we happily slipped down to, and I mean literally slipped through the slushy snow. Yes, to answer your first question, there was Dirty French downstairs too, (a popular restaurant that was at the bottom of our hotel) however, after eating breakfast there every morning it was only natural to want something new. On that note, let me know if you would like my top 10 restaurant recommendations in NYC, potential blog post to come.
Bye for now.
Love Britt xx
My mother and I, Francesca were thrilled to finally get back to America and stay at one of The Leading Hotels of the World, Mr C in Beverly Hills. As an Italian myself, I really appreciated the Bellini’s on arrival and signature Italian restaurant downstairs. The interior of the hotel was unique and had a vintage feel. The halls featured pale pink walls, black and white photographs and delightful life size mirrors the moment you stepped out of the lift.
After we got dressed for the day we headed to 'The Grove' shopping centre and had a look around. Later that day Tatjana arrived and thanks to the hotel ' Town Car and Driver' we were able to slip down to Rodeo Drive for some more shopping.
Next stop: Lunch at the Ivy and visiting the Hollywood Hills sign!
Luckily, we had a great Uber driver who took us by car to the sign, it is accessible by street. Anyone who stands in this exact spot in work out gear is telling a tale, as this is not the hike location. (Hense the heels)
After scoping out LA's must sees we decided that for our last day, we would visit Malibu. I was dying to have lunch at this particular Nobu. After hearing such great things and having had dined at Nobu all around the world with my mother, we knew what to expect and were very excited. Francesca and I were thrilled to be showing Tatjana an experience like this one along with many others from our amazing trip. Next stop.. New York!
Love Britt xx
Thanks to Francesca Laspina at Flight Centre Mary St, Tatjana Catic and I were able to visit Castaway Island, Fiji. We were absolutely blown away by the amazing culture, value and authenticity of the island. A magical place it was, where staff act like family and the waves really are the busiest thing in sight.
Castaway Island is managed by Hawaii-based Outrigger Group, one of the fastest-growing, privately-held hospitality companies in the Asia Pacific, Oceania and Indian Ocean regions. Having had visited the Canoe Club property in Honolulu, I could instantly notice the similarities. We were lucky enough to be staying there at the same time as staff from head office in Hawaii, which was great as we were able to participate in some of the island highlights with them. Tribal dances, an island hike, a sunset cruise, a day trip to Cloud 9 and snorkelling around surrounding private islands were all amongst some of the activities in which we were able to experience.
Tatjana and I were so thrilled to be taken to Cloud 9 by a short boat trip for an amazing Day Trip. It was such a great experience. Cocktails on arrival, wood fried pizzas and endless spaces to relax, we knew we had found heaven on earth.
After a few hours on the floating platform, more boats started to arrive and we decided it was time to head back to what felt like our very own private island. We were pleased to find out that around the other side of the island there were local goats living peacefully! We only saw a brief glimpse of them however loved the idea of it, how tropical and untouched it seemed.
Above: Wearing Camilla With Love Pants and Plumeria Swimwear Top
We were very sad to leave such an amazing place, the island sang us our very own farewell song which made us shed a tear. Out of all the places I have been in my life, this is one of my favourites. I will definitely be back to visit..
Much Love, Britt xx
My Mother Francesca and I flew to Hanoi, Vietnam via Singapore on Singapore Airlines early last month. My Mother is a Travel Manager at Flight Centre, so we were lucky enough to have a great trip planned ahead of us. We arrived at The Sofitel Metropole Hanoi and were instantly in awe! It really was one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in.
Due to the type of room we had, a private Butler kindly escorted us to it and offered to unpack our bags, which we kindly declined. We had the most amazing view out the window from our suite. It felt like we had two holidays in one, it was great being able to explore the culture of the city streets and then be able to experience the french influence of our hotel.
Buffet Breakfast really was the absolute highlight. Any thing and everything that you could image, they had it. I really enjoyed the french influence of Vietnam, the croissants and my meatless Pho Noodle soup were so delicious.
Thankfully, whilst in Vietnam we were looked after by Flight Centre’s affiliate Asian Tour company Buffalo Tours. We were showed all of Hanoi’s highlights, including the French Catholic Church, Taoism Temple, amazing local cuisine and hidden cafes.
Above: Four Story Hidden Cafe and the most AMAZING Fresh Pho Rolls!
After a few days relaxing in Hanoi we took a car ride to Ha Long Bay. It was really beautiful and definitely worth the drive. We stayed on a private 6 Cabin, 5 Star Cruise. Every meal on board was amazing, with a 4 course menu to choose from. There was also a Library, Gym and Sauna on Board, I however failed to use any of these features as any spare time we had was spent napping.
Above: Morning Tai Chi
Exploring The Rock Caves
On one day we were taken to a surrounding island to climb the mountain. I decided to call it quits half way up and ran down for some fresh coconuts.
Above: On a row boat to visit the floating villages.
I absolutely loved our trip to Vietnam. Special thanks to Flight Centre, Buffalo Tours and my beautiful mother Francesca Laspina. To contact her for an amazing trip like this one email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Love Britt xx
My gorgeous Friend Tatjana Catic, Model and Blogger arrived to Australia for the first time a few months ago. I was delighted to have her stay with me at my Hilton Apartment on the Gold Coast, and of course show her around. We spent our first few days relaxing by the pool and had the pleasure of being looked after by Dream World AU, taken on a private tour of the Big Brother House and visiting their top attractions.
Above: Tatjana and I wearing Triangl Swimwear bikinis, lying on our 'The Beach People Towel'.
We were delighted to meet up with Fitness and Health Guru Camilla Akerburg! Where we then headed out for dinner, dessert and drinks. After a few days on the Gold Coast Tatjana sadly had to leave for Melbourne, we had such a great time together we were sad to say goodbye so soon. Luckily, and presumably - I of course ended up joining her in Melbourne! We arrived and were greeted by Skinny Me Tea Social Media Manager, Sarra Essa, who showed us the most amazing hospitality!
Wearing: Herve Ledger Dress and Miu Miu Heels, Tatjana wears Sisters the Label Playsuit
After having a few fun days at the Gold Coast and around beautiful Melbourne, our next stop was Sydney!
I absolutely loved my visit to Cairns a few months ago. I visited a close friend of mine, Jacqui (who I mentioned in one of my last posts) She is lucky enough to live on the esplanade, which made afternoon walks that much easier.
We decided to go to Fitzroy Island, which is only a short boat ride away from the Cairns Ferry Terminal. It was very beautiful, however we were unable to swim due to the “Stinger season”. Travelers Tip: Wear shoes on the beach! The coral is certainly no sand.
Above: Wearing my Print and Textile Design for Sabo Skirt.
Flatlay featuring my phone case design for The Dairy and my Textile Design for Sabo Skirt.
Walking along the beach wearing Seafolly Swimwear and Sunglasses.
The next day we drove to Palm Cove, which is about a half an hour drive from Cairns. It was a nice change of scenery and I found the palms very cool. These trees are located at the very end of the strip of shops along the road. Swimming is not great, unless you are a fan of staying within the nets. If I was in the area, I would definitely come back here.
We drove to St Moritz in Switzerland from Milan. After hours of magical adventure, we arrived to a beautiful town, filled with cobblestone streets and falling snow flakes. Pictured above, I am standing in front of the 100 year old Swiss Bakery.
After exploring the town, we were so excited to start our skiing experience. If I am being honest, I spent more time at the Audi Quatro Bar sipping hot chocolate than I did on the slopes. At first I despised it, the boots were heavy and the visibility poor. That does not take away how breath taking it was to be up so high, feeling as though I was on the edge of the world.
We were lucky enough to meet an old man named Willy, a medical engineer with the most intriguing life stories. Willy had been visiting St Mortiz for the past 50 years in a row. He walked us down to the frozen lake, a scary and thrilling experience it was to be walking on a bed of ice.
My mother Francesca, rocking her latest KENZO purchase while roaming the streets. We absolutely loved St Mortiz, it was the highlight of our three month long european holiday.
After arriving in Nice we walked to the pier and chose a beachside restaurant to have lunch. We had little choice as it was winter and not everything was open, however I couldn’t complain one bit with our decision!
For starters, we ordered Calamari & Artichoke Salad along with The famous Nicoise Salad. It was so delicious! Mains included, Spaghetti Vongelli and Veal Cutlet, my parents absolute favourite. It is safe to say we ordered these meals in every town we went to, each embodying different flavours with succinct similarities in texture.
We woke up the next morning and drove to Monte Carlo, Monaco. One step onto the streets and I could already see what I was expecting, pure luxury. After some walking, we found ourselves at the most amazing shopping centre. It was Christmas time, so the decor was even more beautiful than ordinarily. I was thrilled to be walking by such beautiful stores, it didn't take me long for a bold pair of Giuseppe Zanotti Heels to catch my eye, I loved them so much I had to stop and take a snap! Who knows when I would next see them again.
From Morocco, we flew into Milan for an adventurous road trip. First stop.. The Italian Coast! We drove into Portofino, and enjoyed a beautiful walk from our hotel to sample their amazing cuisine.
I was so inspired by all of the coloured buildings, I had never seen anything like it in my life. Thankfully it was winter, and we really were the only tourists in site. Such a great way to see the coast without all of the hoards, yet not as magical.
We then drove to The Cinque Terre, and rode the train to see what each of the five towns had to offer. Next Stop…. Nice, France.
It was late at night when we arrived to our Riad in the Old Medina of Marrakech, Morocco. I was in total awe by the interiors of the lounge area, such a great space to enjoy the contrast of new my mac laptop admits such raw and traditional surroundings. I must make note, at that point in time, it wasn’t as magical as it may appear. I was still trying to come to terms with what I had witnessed take place on the other side of the walls, where alley ways were full of old local men, speaking arabic alongside ferral cats scurrying about.
I do know that I remember waking up and seeing things in a different light. I walked up to the top of our Riad for breakfast and was amazed by how beautiful the city seemed, being up there was so surreal. Reflecting on the above picture I am happy to have witnessed such flawless and simple exteriors, the pretty pastel tones of the walls, their traditional trimming and a few nude coloured woven cushions.
After passing through the souks, we arrived at a cafe. I soon found the most amazing feature wall I’ve seen in my life! Naturally, I had to stop and grab a few photos, of course I received a few stares.. (I certainly did not care, the things we do for Instagram)
Aside from the architecture, the highlight of my trip was getting to see such a unique array of Moroccan market ware, from the lanterns to the bowls and trays. I can safely say that next time I’m in London I hope to definitely fly to Morocco for a big shop, stocking up on cushions, rugs, trays and more.