A quick flight from Barcelona at 7am and 50 minutes later we arrived in Ibiza. Ibiza is known for its mega clubs (Pacha, Amnesia, Space) but we chose to experience the history, culture, food and beaches. We stayed in the old city named Dalt Vila at Hotel Mirador. Set atop the cliffs. After many wrong turns and circling the city for an hour we finally came upon this magical place. Below is a list of must do’s in Ibiza:
1) Rent a car and really embrace the island. This was a disaster at first but once I became familiar with the street names and functions of the roundabouts, I was cruising.
2) A map is a must. Forget your iPhone and grab an old fashioned map.
3) The hippie market named Las Dalia’s is a tourist and local’s favorite. The items ranged from jewelry, to house music CD’s, handmade clothing and shoes. We met an interesting Italian hippie who gave us a plethora of knowledge on patchwork bags!
4) After walking through the old town of Ibiza and checking out the walls that used to protect the coastal city, we settled into a restaurant named La Olivia Or Tentazione (both were fantastic). We sat outside and watched the street performers and listened to the guitarist. We dined of course on “pata negra y pan con tomate”. My favorite snack of choice fresh Iberian ham and tomato topped crispy bread. Yummy!
5) For a chill, relaxing night out we dined at KM5, which was about 20 minutes from our hotel. It had a DJ spinning cool tunes while people drank and ate either from their dinner tables or couches surrounding the space.
6) Finally, we spent a well-deserved day at the beach club named Blue Marlin. We rented 2 beach chairs, popped a bottle of rose and began designing the Spring Summer 14 collection.
Looking forward to debuting our new collection in September! -MRA
By day 2 of Barcelona, we were feeling a bit jet lagged. Since it was our last day here- we knew we had to power through! We went to La Sagrada Familia, and it was absolutely breathtaking. Photos do not do it justice, the attention to detail in every single aspect is stunning. After taking that in, we took a cab back down by the beach so that we could take a cable car to get the views of the city. After waiting in quite a line we realized we were actually terrified to do this. There was no turning back though, before we knew it we were on the cable car and it really was the best way to see views of the beach and the entire city. After those two adventures we decided it was time to chill and went to an amazing relaxed restaurant down a small alley off of one of the major shopping streets. The restaurant was called Boca Grande and the ambiance was great- exactly what we needed! We stopped into Zara which is much different from in the states. I’m pretty sure Melissa bought out every pair of elastic waistband pants and I picked up a few denim pieces including overalls! After our quick shopping excursion we decided after all of the sightseeing and traveling that we deserved massages. The spa located on the 43 floor at the hotel Arts is A+ and once you are done they put you in a room where you can relax and stare out at the Mediterranean! After the massages we got dressed and went to a very chic restaurant called NUBA. The food was amazing and the restaurant is decorated super modern even including rose gold chandeliers. We definitely could tell that once it got late the place went off- but our flight to Ibiza was at 7am so it was bedtime for us!! Overall our Barcelona trip was full of culture and inspiration and is a city everyone should visit!
As my plane touched down late Wednesday evening, the rain was pouring and I was tired from traveling. I tried to gather my bag but my bag had missed the connection. I found this out via a text message from British Airways which I thought was an amazing use of technology therefore allowing me to leave the airport instead of staring at the baggage carousel to find out 30 minutes later my bag had not made it. I arrived to the Hotel Arts by the sea. I grabbed a quick dinner with Kelsie at a quaint tapas place named L’Ostia and hit the bed to get rested for our first day of sightseeing. We met for breakfast in the hotel and reviewed the SS14 concept, styles and fabrics. We then headed out into the city. We descended upon the old city and visited the Santa Maria Church which was built by the people. We walked the streets of Born and found the most adorable children’s store named Sugarfreaks. The owner was a young women with an adorable little baby girl who was a fashion photographer turned store owner. I bought my son an elephant graphic tee. Super cute! We wandered the streets and came across another Spanish store carrying both men’s and women’s named Miriam Ponsa, who recently won best new Spanish designer. I bought the most amazing chambrey drop crotch pants. I cannot wait to wear them. Then we went into the Picasso Museum in which we saw his life from the early 1900′s to mid 1900′s. It began with his pencil sketches, thru to his blue period and ended with his interpretation of Las Meninas. We then lunched at Tapio which is headed by a one Michelin star chef. We ate a large plate of Iberian ham which I am a fan of and some tomato bread and washed it down with a yummy glass of wine. Finally, we ended the day at the Parc Guell, where Antonio Gaudi lived in the mid 1900′s while he was finalizing the park. We walked through the streets post park and stumbled upon interesting shops. Needless to say, we covered a major part of the city on our first day. Excited to see how we translate everything into our SS14 collection. -MRA
I attended a charity luncheon in Las Vegas this past Monday at The Wynn Resort. The event named A Flair for a Care benefitting the Nathan Adelson Hospice center in Las Vegas which provides hospice care and support to families whose loved ones are battling life terminating cancer. The event draws the Valley’s “whose who” in Vegas Real Housewives, Casino Executives wives, Vegas Socialites and locals alike. Each year the hosts of the event partner with Neiman Marcus to bring a national or international fashion show to the Las Vegas community. The years past they have showcased Kaufman Franco, Michael Kors and countless others. This year I had the pleasure of seeing Roland Mouret. The runway show was a condensed version of the Fall 2013 collection that recently showed in Paris in March. The silhouettes were geometric in shape and color blocked in creative ways using colored animal prints as well as leather. My favorite item of the show was a hot pink jumpsuit with a small back cut out. It was such a vibrant color and sure to make a statement. Seeing a runway show up close and personal was amazing and even more amazing is my mom told me today that she bought me the jumpsuit! I am one lucky girl. Now I need a black tie event or better yet maybe I need to throw one! MRA
Melissa asked me to be guest blogger and I am happy to write an entry for her.
We have a furniture shop in Los Angeles called Grace Home Furnishings and we have been open 13 years. I have worked with Melissa here in Los Angeles and,most recently, with her mom down in Del Mar.
I am currently working on a project I thought would be interesting to those who follow the Beckley blog.
This Fall we will be designing a room for the Greystone Design House in Beverly Hills. The theme is Titans. I chose a fashion titan- Halston.
Halston was the first international fashion superstar . A master of detail, cut and finishing, his devotion to simplicity and elegance of line was so pure that he zealously avoided the usual necessary items like zippers and buttons. The first fabric that became his trademark was called Ultrasuede. Halston designed the simple shirt dress which was one of the most popular dresses in America in the Seventies and conveniently it was also machine washable. In the mid-’70s, at the height of his success, Halston became an international legend and the king of New York nightlife.
When I think about Halston I think both glitz and glamour yet at the same time it is amazing how he achieved it with such simplicity of design. The overall design aesthetic for the interior will keep the furniture simple and let the fabrics and materials create the drama. Everything will be in neutral tones. Being true to the 70’s, I will have pieces made of lucite, a simple sueded parsons desk, some faux fur, brass accents, smoked mirror, and maybe just a few sequined pillows. It should fun.