All of my recommendations are for products I have used, or places I have been. I want to introduce you to unique things I've come across in my travels and cool places I've found along the way, to help save you time and hassle, so that you can focus on living your upscale, global life.

Mystical Morocco



Morocco holds a kind of mystical allure.  You feel the 1000+ year history as you wander through the Medina – the old, walled city.  The smell of spices like Ras el hangout – a blend of cardamon, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, peppers and turmeric – and incense waft through the air.  The magical sounds of the oboe accompany the wily performances of the snake charmers in the square. When I had the chance to visit Marrakesh for a yoga/art retreat I didn’t hesitate.  Marrakesh seemed to me like an edgier version of Istanbul.  But there is something to being on the edge that I find intriguing.  It still feels authentic.

I went with a group of women for a week-long retreat which was more a “week-long eat, drink and socialize, with intermittent spurts of exercise” to burn off all the delicious food and drink that we enjoyed.  We were fortunate to have retreat leaders who organized everything, from drivers, to tours of the souk, to restaurant bookings.  I highly recommend having this planned in advance.  It is still foreign enough and the driving crazy enough, that it is more relaxing to have it all organized in advance.


We stayed at the lovely Peacock Pavilions just outside of Marrakesh.  It’s a boutique hotel/guest house run by the beautiful Maryam Montague.  It is worth staying here just getting to know Maryam and her family. She is a dynamo with a list of accomplishments that belie her age.  The main house is like a museum, furnished with treasures she has gathered throughout her travels and her work as a human rights advocate. The guest houses each have individual rooms, decorated in a unique, Moroccan style.  In the mornings we had tea on the terrace before our meditation and yoga in the tent.  It was truly a calming experience to sit in the tent and listen to the sound of the birds and the bubbling of the fountains.  After our morning yoga we would have fabulous breakfasts al fresco and then either head into town for sightseeing/shopping or have an art workshop under the tent as we chatted and listened to music.  A truly magical getaway!

The next retreat is in Bali and promises to be even more fabulous!


HOT Yoga Mats

In life, serendipity results in unexpected consequences. When designer Doreen Hing set out to create a visually stimulating yoga mat, she ended up developing a product that enhanced the users health and well-being, in addition to being visually appealing. I met Hing after my recent move to the Boston area. She introduced herself as a serial upgrader, someone who strives to improve and redesign the things around her. When you meet her you immediately notice her strong sense of style and of self. The former children’s shoe designer for Sam & Libby and Mootsies Tootsies made her imprint, quite literally, on the staid yoga mat industry.

According to her website, while exploring the technology to imprint unique, high-quality photos onto the yoga mats, Hing and the lab discovered the surface coating developed to protect the artwork had increased grip potential when body heat and pressure were applied.

“Grip” is the one feature every “best yoga mat on the market” claims as their unique differentiator. Hing says Plank is the only company that goes deeper than grip — their mats create a two-way “connection.” While grip establishes a simple sense of security between the practioner and the mat, Plank’s patented heat activated technology creates true awareness of one’s proper hand and feet connection & placement. This feedback system teaches practioners how to build the solid pose foundations necessary for holding poses longer. It generates the confidence required to go deeper into poses, and it ultimately transforms every class into an exceptional yoga experience.

The fashionista side of Hing emerges in her choice of images for her mats. According to the Boston Globe, “Hing commissioned Christopher Harting to take iconic photos, which are then screened on recyclable, biodegradable Ecolite material. There’s a mat featuring two handprints in dense shag carpeting – very trompe l’oeil – and a mat that looks like an actual plank of wood, referring, of course, to the yoga pose.”

She goes so far as to outline what her images are NOT – Cute like Pets. Pretty like Flowers. Cool like Clouds
Gag producing, yoga obvious or generic images, e.g. Lotus flowers, OM symbols or inspirational words like ‘Breathe or Karma. You get the idea.

Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Ellen Pompeo, and other celebrities have all saluted the sun on Hing’s Plank mats.

“People fall out of poses, people yawn during class. It’s not all perfect poses and glamorous people in lululemon.”

She’s hoping her mats help yoga students improve their poses while being entertained by her cheeky images.

$20 off Yogacise

Vintage Designer Bags

My friend Jennifer recently invited me to a show for her friend Dylan who is a Korean designer.  I went for the show but I came home with the coolest new evening clutch ever.  It’s a vintage Dior handbag re-designed and personalized by Dylan Ryu.  She takes authentic designer handbags that she finds in antique markets in Paris, London and New York and re-designs them into unique pieces.  I’ve had many comments and compliments on my new clutch wherever I take it.

Apparently, even Rachel Bilson is a fan!
check out Dylan’s line ‘History’ at

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