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IN EVERY ISSUE Letter from the Editor 14 #TheModeList: What we Love for Fall 8 Get the Look: Cover Model 18 Model Diaries: Ava Sambora 84
FEATURES FLOWER CHILD: AVA SAMBORA 88 Photographs by Jared Thomas Kocka FALL FASHION: LA FEMME 74 Photographs by Brett Erickson
BEAUTY BOX Top Fall Beauty Trends 20 Dry Shampoo 101 24 The 1,2,3’s of Style Icon Amber Heard 26 5 Hair Trends for Fall 28 How to Add Bodywaves to Your Hair with No Heat 30 The Number One Secret to Second Day Hair 34 Celebrity Body Boost: Dr. Schweitzer 36
COUTURE Hits of The Fall Season 40 8 Style Tips to Steal for Fall 62 The A-List: Sabo Skirt 64 Cherry Pop: Red Hot Fashion Finds 69 What We Love: Golden Thread 70 What We Love: Pink Power 72
TRAVEL Passage to India: From Lost to Found 96
Chloé Lace-Up Tall Gladiator Sandals, $1,370, chloe.com.
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
It’s fair to say that women have an abiding passion for pumps, platforms, sandals, boots, tiny jeweled handbags and that perfect little black dress. Fashion, style, beauty and femininity exists in every culture. Fashion means different things to different people; some recognize it as an art, an expression of individuality and liberation, while others may view it more traditional or something worn for simple comfort. “I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.” —Coco Chanel
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As smart, stylish women with strong, intelligent opinions and an enthusiastic curiosity for the world around you, the power of fashion translates to an inner confidence, stands for finding your voice, your own sense of style, and making it heard. This is not about shouting louder, or judging others; it’s about exploring this power within yourself, being creative and achieving whatever look you can imagine. It is no coincidence that the women’s “power suit” of the ‘80’s was during a time in which many women were entering the workforce. It was that inner confidence that radiated through fashion achieving a greater wealth of inner value, determination and self-worth. In this issue, we celebrate the power of fashion, its key influencers from the Fall runways and the stylists and artists who cultivate the trends and the how to’s in transforming couture into accessible, wearable looks and closet must-haves.
Top by Chagoury Couture; Bralette by Lovers + Friends.
We hope to inspire you with this Fall issue with pieces such as our Designers We Love, Top Trends for Fall, Must-Haves for the Season and our Fall Beauty Basics. Our Cover Model, Ava Sambora embodies pure elegance and a youthful radiance. As she sets off for NYU this Fall with a 4.2 GPA, she illuminates that being smart, graceful and ambitious are some of the the greatest and most profounds assets to possess and that nice girls really do win. Welcome to the issue. Welcome to Modeliste. Amy McCabe Editor-in-Chief
Safavieh Emma Writing Desk, $300, safavieh.com.
Tom Ford Black Cherry Nail Lacquer, $32, tomford.com.
Electric FW03 MINI SS Watch, $250, electriccalifornia.com.
Chloé Roses De Chloé, $95, chloe.com.
Editor’s Lust-List Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion, $29, bumbleandbumble.com.
CapriClear Natural Spray On Moisturizer, $11, capriclear.com.
Chella Beautiful Eyebrow Stencils, $15, chella.com.
Von Zipper QUEENIE Sunglasses, $105, vonzipper.com.
T3 BodyWaver, $149, shopt3micro.com.
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief AMY MCCABE
Executive Managing Editor JILL WINKLER Art Director ALEXANDRA ACHACOSO Design Director MEILANI COTTRELL Contributing Photographers JARED THOMAS KOCKA BRETT ERICKSON DOMINIC PETRUZZI Videography Director BRETT ERICKSON Videographer BLAKE ATIENZA Online Director JEN CARLSON Multi-Media Director CHRISTOPHER LONG CAPISCO MARKETING AGENCY Digital Director SHANNON DANNETELLE Contributing Fashion Editor JOEY THAO Stylist NAZ MEKNAT Contributing Beauty Editors GUIDO PALAU BRITTANY CHAMBERS NIKI METZ DANIELA CRUZ Senior Travel Editor-at-Large & Director of Mode with Meaning LYNNE CHIZZICK Travel Editor MICHAEL MCCABE Cover Model AVA SAMBORA Chloé Delfine gold-tone necklace, $910, chloe.com.
Highlights & Blush
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Two Tone Eye-Opening Mascara, $32. esteelauder.com.
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose, $46. bobbibrowncosmetics.com
Modeliste Cover Girl Ava Sambora is glowing gorgeous. To get her radiant and fresh look for Fall, try:
Lorac Pro Matte Palette. Use the Bare shadow all over the lid and Pink Mauve in the crease. $28. loraccosmetics.com
Aerin Rose Oil, $110. aerin.com
Atelier Pro Ultra Foundation in #3, $34. faceatelier.com.
By Makeup Artist Niki Metz, for 901 Artists
Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Love Bite, $32. charlottetilbury.com
A brushs troke of thick blac k liner on the eyes, sleek pon ytails and a bright red lip, this Fall’s runw ay show beauty wa s a bold ce leb of individu al style. Fro ration m New York to Pa ris, fashion designers embra ced a new independent sp irit—eclecti c and statement m nouveau ta akeup and kes on cla ssic hair styles favored off ered endless o pportunitie s to establish a fresh vis ual identity. H ere’s to fi nding your own origin al beauty voic e this fall!
Graphic Eyes Lanvin
Ponytails Christian Dior
The Big Bang Zac Posen
Red Lips Roksanda
Decorative Accents Carolina Herrera
Bumble and Bumble Blondish Hair Powder $36 | bumbleandbumble.com
Detox Dry Shampoo $20 | sephora.com
Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk $20 | drugstore.com
SHAMPOO As straightforward as the blowout-extending concept seems, thereâ€™s nuance to a good dry shampoo and finally the best advice in how to get the most out of your blowout. The right product will deliver the perfect finish to your platinum blonde or the right amount of grip to a deconstructed braid or sleek ponytail. To that end, here is the ultimate tip for proper application and our favorite dry shampoo products to stock up on.
Volume Powder $32 | birchbox.com
Art of Hair Volume Maker $48 | shuuemuraartofhair.com
Tip #1 Spray an aerosol formula along roots in sections. Wait 2 minutes then run through them with a boar-bristle brush. This allows enough time for the dry shampoo to completely absorb the oils wearing your hair down. Tip #2 Do this trick before bed and then again in the morning when you wake up.
Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender $18 | redken.com
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When it comes to effortless beauty, ease and glamour are not mutually exclusive. Case in point: actress Amber Heard, who always strikes a perfect balance with her her fresh skin and bright lipstick, and a few strategic dabs of highlighter. Hereâ€™s how to capture this chic yet simple look â€”no mirror required.
Go Brighter Than Usual Add a super bright matte blush in crimson or fuchsia on top of a matte red lipstick to offer more dimension. TRY: NARS Cosmetics Blush in Exhibit A $30 | narscosmetics.com; MAC Cosmetics Ruby Woo Lipstick $16 | maccosmetics.com
Multitask Use a fleshy cream or gel blush to dab a little of the color on your cheeks, lips, and eyelids for a soft monochromatic look. TRY: MAC Cosmetics Cremeblend Blush in Brit Wit $22 | maccosmetics.com
Impromptu Highlighter By adding just a touch of gloss on your fingertips and then dabbing it onto cheekbones, eyelids, your cupidâ€™s bow, youâ€™ll get a quick much-needed radiant skin luminosity. TRY: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask $26 | sephora.com
Hair Trends for Fall All of the Fall runways were full of approachable, everyday hair inspiration. From slicked side parts to textured low buns, these looks are the hottest and easiest trends for Fall 2015. 28
1. THE HEADBAND
Headbands are making a serious comeback. From rock ‘n’ roll leather to girly pink, no matter the style they are the perfect option for a no-fuss way to keep your hair out of your face while still looking stylish.
3. THE BEDHEAD MIDDLE PART
Reminiscent of the look you get when you go to bed with wet hair, this look is created by braiding sections of the hair and running a flat iron over them before letting them out—it’s as simple as that.
2. THE DECONSTRUCTED CHIGNON
A chignon got an edgy make-under. At many Fall 2015 runway shows, the girls’ hair was pulled back at the nape of the neck and then slightly tousled into a look that it easily recreated on our own.
4. SLICKED SIDE PART
This style won the runway: A deep side part with wet-looking hair set against the forehead. Get ready to break out the gel, this look was everywhere this season.
5. TUCKED IN TURTLENECK
Runways gave us plenty of flushed cheeks and turtlenecks with the hair tucked in them. It’s as simple as if you’d thrown on a sweater just before heading out and an easy style that looks surprisingly chic.
HOW TO ADD BODY WAVES TO YOUR HAIR WITH NO HEAT By Brittany Chambers
FOR THE BEST RESULTS TRY THE FOLLOWING: 1. BODY BUILDER
Work that body and boost your hair with flexible fullness and hold. Donâ€™t be afraid to use a lot of Kevin Murphy Body Builder ($31) as it is weightless while also being moisturising for your hair so you never get a crunch. kevinmurphy.com.au
2. SMOOTHING BRUSH
1. Use a volumizing mousse in wet hair then allow.hair to either Air dry or Blowdry your hair without a round brush to 90% dry. You need your hair damp. 2. Brush damp hair into a high, top of the crown ponytail. Secure with a ponytail holder
Brushing with a Mason Pearson Soothing Hair Brush ($150) is the best way to distribute the natural oils while exfoliating the scalp and stimulating circulation of the hair follicles. masonpearson.co.uk
3. Pull the ponytail through a medium donut hole.
3. NO CREASE
5. Allow hair to stay in this style for 8 hrs. (You can enjoy this style during the day or sleep in it on a silk pillowcase such as a Savvy Sleeper.)
Kenz Laurenz No Crease Hair Ties ($12 for 20) donâ€™t pull and dent hair and are gentle on your hair unlike traditional ponytail holders. kenzlaurenz.co
4. Wrap your hair around the donut hole and secure with bobby pins
6. After 8 hours take hair down and enjoy! 32
The Number SECRET TO
Day Hair By Brittany Chambers
Camouflage second day hair by adding a headband braid. SPRITZ ON DRY SHAMPOO SUCH AS LUSH NO DROUGHT DRY SHAMPOO. PART YOUR HAIR SLIGHTLY OFF CENTER AND CREATE 2 REGULAR BRAIDS. TIE AN ELASTIC BAND AT THE END OF EACH BRAID. PULL AT THE BRAID TO MAKE THE BRAID BIGGER AND ADD TEXTURE. TAKE ONE BRAID AND WRAP IT BACK AROUND THE HEAD. SECURE WITH A BOBBY PIN. TAKE THE OTHER BRAIDS AND WRAP IT BACK AROUND THE HEAD AND SECURE END UNDER THE FIRST BRAID WITH A BOBBY PIN. VOILÀ! BRAIDED HEADBAND! 34
all in Love with your body, and get the body you love. With over 25 years of dedication toward providing his patients with the highest level of dermatologic care, Celebrity Dermatologist Dr. William Schweitzer has taken the industry to a whole new level of personalized care with all of the latest state-of-the-art, unique and proven techniques and procedure. Through focusing on individual needs, he has been able achieve optimum results through safely performed, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures which aim to improve and maintain a healthy and younger appearance. As the weather is hot and more skin gets exposed, innovative treatments that focus on reducing the unsightly appearance of cellulite and target fat pockets are in high demand. Both men and women have deposits of fat under the skin that are surrounded by fibrous tissue chambers. In women, these chambers are arranged in a different pattern and when engorged fat cells get confined in these compartments it pushes up creating the characteristic dimpling of the skin. Although there are many creams and treatments that promise to be effective in reducing cellulite there is little evidence to support their claim. Liposuction is not a good option for reducing cellulite, as it only targets deep fat pockets and may accentuate the appearance of cellulite and has a lot of down time. The most reliable treatments for cellulite reduction is radio-frequency, which is all the buzz with beauty insiders and A-List celebrities alike. WHAT TO KNOW: ProDerm Image uses two InMode radio-frequency devices to target cellulite, Body FX and Plus. These treatments are both non-invasive, safe, effective with no down time and can be performed individually or in combination. Body FX utilizes radio-frequency energy, deep tissue heating, and suction coupled negative pressure to reduce the unsightly appearance of cellulite leading to improvements in your body contour. both small and large areas of cellulite. BodyFX attacks fat cells, killing them through a process called
apoptosis. Skin is also tightened by this procedure. The Plus uses fractionated radio-frequency energy to stimulate collagen production leading to a smoother contour of the body and to further reduce the appearance of bumpy cellulite skin. These treatments can improve the appearance of both small and large areas of cellulite. WHO SHOULD GET IT: The ideal patient for these treatments are individuals who are looking to re-contour and reshape their body. They should have a healthy lifestyle to help maintain the results. Multiple treatment sessions are required for InMode BodyFX and Plus. WHAT DOES IT COST: Typical charges are $2500-$3000 per treatment area. With the BodyFX and Plus body contouring, results are long lasting. Patients see ongoing improvement, even at 3 months after the last treatment. It is recommended that patients come in for periodic touch-up sessions to maintain their results. WHERE TO GO: Schedule your BodyFX today with Dr. Schweitzer. Having received his medical degree from Hahnemann University in 1984, served as Chief Resident in dermatology at Cook County Hospital for 2 years, and completed his dermatology residency from Cook County Hospital in 1988. Dr. Schweitzer is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. The upscale, luxurious treatment center brings effective and innovative treatments at a highly personalized and customized level. WIth the fundamental belief in addressing individual concerns Dr. Schweitzer provides the most appropriate procedural plan with realistic and honest outcomes and goals. The warm and welcoming staff makes this one of the most sought after med spa experiences in Los Angeles.
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Whether youâ€™re looking to for a new take on interior design, embracing an Eastern influence, heading back to the â€˜80â€™s or finding that ulta-chic feminine layered look, these are the top trends that will be making the biggest impact on our wardrobes this fall.
STATELY FABRICS Fashion designers this Fall referenced fabrics reminiscent of interior chic, from Moroccan rugs to patterns similar to impressive living room decor and brocades.
Photo by: KIM WESTON ARNOLD
Erdem Photo by: YANNIS VLAMOS
Mary Katrantzou Photo by: YANNIS VLAMOS
Simone Rocha Photo by: KIM WESTON ARNOLD
FAUX FURRY ACCENTS Fur embellishments were seen all over the runways. Just a pop of fur trim on pockets, collars, and belts is all the rave this season.
Louis Vuitton Photo by: KIM WESTON ARNOLD
Giambattista Valli Photo by: YANNIS VLAMOS
Photo by: STEFANO MASSE
Balenciaga Photo by: MONICA FEUDI
THE SLIP DRESS This sexy staple is a season must-have providing the perfect luster of femininity to any layered look . Wear it over pants, under a wool sweater, trench coat, or paired with boots.
Photo by: MONICA FEUDI
Prabal Gurung Photo by: STEFANO MASSE
Rag & Bone
Photo by: YANNIS VLAMOS
Boss Photo by: YANNIS VLAMOS
EIGHTIES REDUX Eighties is officially on the way back. Go for glitzy sequin cocktail dresses, bold and brash colors, prints and well equipped shirt sleeves.
Balmain Photo by: MONICA FEUDI
Louis Vuitton Photo by: KIM WESTON ARNOLD
Photo by: YANNIS VLAMOS
Saint Laurent Photo by: GIANNI PUCCI
EAST MEETS WEST From dragons to crimson lace and endless amounts of gold runways were filled with Chinese influence this season.
Photo by: MONICA FEUDI
Alexander McQueen Photo by: MARCUS TONDO
Donna Karen Photo by: YANNIS VLAMOS
Tom Ford Photo by: ALESSANDRO GAROFALO
Fall fashion is in full swing. Without needing to rush out and break the bank on all new purchases, Modeliste has compiled the coolest styling hacks from collections that you can adopt right now with what is already in your closet. Here are our picks for a fresh, fashionable, trend-setting Fall style.
Sabo Skirt SABOSKIRT.com
Founded by the ultimate chic girl-power duo, Yiota and Thessy of Sabo Skirt embody a unique, carefree and youthful take on fashion. Selling a variety of clothes that range from bold to boho with a key focus on looking effortless, Sabo Skirt strives to make sure that their styles are wearable and affordable for our youthful market. With over 50 new styles released each month, Sabo Skirt embodies a very clear style that is constantly driving fashion-forward.
INSPIRATION. Our latest collection that we’ve been working on is Sabo Luxe. We’ve been really inspired by monotone outfits with clean lines, which has become the basis of our new line. TREND-SETTING STYLE. 2015 is a big year for bringing back a lot of the old trends we’ve loved. The hippie / boho style has made a return once again with things like fringe and suede being re-popularised. Loose peasant shirts and long skirts are hugely popular and we’re definitely loving it! Khaki is also a big colour trend this year. We’ve seen the khaki military style being reintroduced by some of the big names in fashion and it’s also been the most popular colour for us this year. INSPIRATION BEHIND CREATING THE SEASON'S HOTTEST AND MOST TREND-SETTING STYLES. We’ve been doing a lot of international travel lately and it’s been incredibly inspiring. We draw masses of inspiration for our pieces from the cities that we visit and the people that we see there. Every place has its unique flare and we love to reflect that in the styles we create. RULES TO FASHION. We only ever wear what we feel comfortable in, as we believe that this is the key to looking effortless. BEING SOCIAL. Social media has been our most successful marketing tool. Our Instagram page in particular has been very powerful and a huge driver in building our brand image and generating sales. Over the years we’ve really gotten the hang of taking amazing pictures using our iPhones. It’s the quality of the posts and the unique content that we generate that has really allowed to grow the page to where it is now. We now have over 1.3 million Instagram followers. There’s definitely a strong correlation between our product sales and how popular their photos have been. When you take a good picture, people really notice. BEST ADVICE. Stay humble and to treat others the way that you would like to be treated. While this is seemingly simple advice, it has become our most important mantra. We came into the fashion industry and business world at such a young age and this advice has helped us to stay grounded with our achievements as well as navigate through the business world with level heads. GREATEST SUCCESS OR ACHIEVEMENT WITH THE BRAND. One of the greatest achievements was reaching the 1 million mark on Instagram. It’s an incredible feeling to have such a strong following of people who share your love for a particular style. It all started with us posting pictures of our clothes and each other. People shared the same love for clothes and our style and it just took off. Another huge highlight would have to be the launch of each of our exclusive Sabo Skirt lines. We’ve just released our second formal range and we also launched Sabo Sport and Sabo Sleep last year. We also have another label on the way later this year, Sabo Luxe! PERSONAL STYLE. Thessy: I’m definitely a minimalist. I love effortlessly simple styles and I also love to finish off my outfits with different watches. I also have a soft spot for bags and dainty jewellery. Yiota: I have a very relaxed style. I love oversized knits, tops and jeans and I’m always mixing up my looks with different style shoes. Ankle boots and denim definitely dominate my wardrobe. THE PERFECT TOUCH OF ACCESSORIES. A watch, hat or even some stacked rings can bring a whole new element to your look. LOVING MODELISTE MAGAZINE. Modeliste effortlessly captures the most inspiring fashion trends, right now. We love that with each issue, you share insight from the frontrunners in the fashion realm.
STYLE ICON. Thessy: I am always loving the amazing style of Margaret Zhang. Yiota: I’m currently in love with blogger Maja Wyh’s style.
LIFE'S THEME SONG AT THE MOMENT. We have Lean On by Major Lazer on repeat at the moment.
THE ULTIMATE WARDROBE MUST-HAVE. A jumpsuit! We love a playsuit and love a jumpsuit even more. It’s a style that we never see go out fashion no matter the season or current trend. It always works!
3 MUST-HAVES THIS SEASON. We love anything casual and effortless for this season. Itâ€™s all about comfort with added features here or there. We are big on basic white tees paired back with a black or white bralette and hat. We love crops with a high waisted skirt or trousers. Always such a flattering and feminine look!
Cherry Pop: Red Hot Fall Accessories
1. Oui Hours Empowered by You Brief Seamless Panty, $26. ouihours.com.
2. G By Gabrielle TANGERINE & TASSEL bracelet, $49. gbygabrielle. com.au.
Sexy, hot and cherry pop. Fall redâ€™s flair accessories gives that perfect burst of color for all of your stylish fashion looks trends.
3. Giuseppe Zanotti Witch booties, $995. giuseppezanottidesign.com. 4. Heshima Kenya Nadia Tomato & Grey Square, $30. etsy.com.
5. ALEXANDER WANG Prisma Envelope Shoulder Bag, $750. barneys.com. 6. Kendra Scott 'Elle' Drop Earrings, $55. kendrascott.com. 7. Samantha Wills Bohemian Bardot Ring - Sienna, $79. samanthawills. com. 8. Forever 21 Wool Felt Fedora, $19.90. forever21. com.
9. Quay Australia Kitti, $40. quayaustralia.com.
Designers We Love
Golden Thread, designed by Jennifer Welker aimed to redefine and provide a fresh take on classic monogrammed jewelry. Through a classic luxe line of customizable jewelry, Golden Thread takes inspiration from architectural and historical shapes and combines classic icons with a modern juxtaposition of personalization and style. Modeliste had the amazing pleasure of catching up with lead designer and founder, Jennifer Welker to chat accessory style, season must-haves and what is on her radar this season. WWW.GOLDENTHREADSHOP.COM
1. Ritzy Arrow Cuff, $112. 2. Ritzy Double â€˜Vâ€™ Ring, $77.
3. CZ Arrow Bracelet, $65.
4. Love Bracelet, $75. 5. CZ Stud Earrings, $55.
6. CZ Heart Pendant, $65.
WHAT INSPIRED YOUR LATEST COLLECTION? I was so very inspired by the architectural lines of the Chrysler Building and its "jewel-like glass crown". I kept sketching and photographing the Art Deco influence of the building and the lines of the triangular vaulted windows. The pyramidal shapes of the Chrysler Building brings an edgy-type-freshness throughout my summer collection. I typically design pieces that are completed with a brushed finish, but this season, I worked more with leaving the metals high polished and shiny; perfect for the light-and-bright-season. WHAT DID YOU SEE AS THE TOP 2015 FASHION ACCESSORY TRENDS? For jewelry, attention to detail, stacking and of course always living by the slogan, "more is more"! WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS ONE OF THE MOST DEFINING AND PLAYFUL FASHION PIECES FOR WOMEN? I think that a versatile, cross-body, colorful handbag is one of the most playful and style-defining pieces a woman can highlight and use in her wardrobe. WHAT INSPIRES YOU IN CREATING SOME OF THE SEASON'S HOTTEST AND MOST TREND-SETTING STYLES? I find inspiration from all over. My husband Ellis and I traveled everywhere before we had children and still try and make it a priority! We travel to London quite a few times a year and I'm always so enamored by the architecture. Same goes for Paris. Seeing some of the most iconic and influential architecture is actually where I draw the majority of my inspiration from in addition to historical pieces, adding a fresh appeal. For example, my maiden name is McKenzie, which dates back to Scotland. We have a family crest and this year, we introduced a crest to the line. The clover shape that's seen in the charms on our new bangles and earrings is timeless, and was actually inspired by Big Ben (in London) and The Louvre (in Paris), as the clover shape is seen in this historic architecture. Without my Southern upbringing, I wouldn’t be who I am today. My ladylike and traditional values have inspired my collection’s southern charm and personalization, while incorporating timeless trends. ARE THERE ANY RULES TO FASHION YOU LIVE BY? That there are no rules! HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO BUILD YOUR BRAND? Using social media has helped us to grow and to engage with our followers; to connect and to share my creativity with those that engage with us. It's an incredible relationship that's developed among social media and building my brand. It's one of the most important tools we use to put out information, news, press, events, new styles, etc and have an enthusiastic, interactive response back! BEST ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED? My mom used to tell me growing up that "I could do anything I set my mind to"….I just never really believed that was true until launching my business and seeing what came of my passion, hard work and perseverance! Norman Vincent Peale has a famous quote that could not be more inspiring or true to me…."Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." Aim high is the best advice I've ever received. GREATEST SUCCESS OR ACHIEVEMENT WITH THE BRAND? I always admired the Middleton style, so I took a risk and sent Pippa Middleton one of the monogrammed pendant necklaces. I knew there was a 99% chance she wouldn’t even receive it, but there was the 1% chance she may. I saw her in the necklace and I couldn’t believe it! It turned out that there were several photos of Pippa wearing the necklace because she wears it so often.Grateful for her launch of my business into the spotlight! STYLE ICON. Coco Chanel of course! HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? My personal jewelry style is "more is more". I love love love delicate jewelry, but I am a total stack-a-holoic!!! I don't just wear one of my dainty rings…I wear six or seven on one finger. I love to take my designs to the extreme a bit…throw on five or six bangles…mix the metals and shapes…I think wearing a variety of tones and mixing the rose, yellow and white gold pieces really updates and modernizes the classic feel of my line while showing your individuality. LIFE'S THEME SONG AT THE MOMENT. Taylor Swift - "Style" - I'm sweet on Taylor at the moment because she's wearing my pieces in this month's issue of Vogue Magazine! :) WHY YOU LOVE MODELISTE MAGAZINE. I love the incredible edge of inspiration and influence it has on fashion's top trendsetters and it's biggest players!
The Pink List
Fall Wardrobe Must-Haves Jenny Levitz of Pink Lagoon, founded her boutique founded on the principle of wardrobe design and styling to build a closet that perfectly fits a woman’s lifestyle. With the belief that a wardrobe should be built on a selection basic essentials in which every woman should have in their closet, a solid foundation of staple pieces - from a great white tee to a mix of denim styles to an essential cocktail dress. Added to this are key accessories that allows your closet and style to constantly evolve. Jenny Livits’ vision is to help people style their own complete looks while maintaining a well balanced wardrobe that works season after season. “Through blendiang high-end with casual, and mixing price points and brands, you can really create a wardrobe suited to your own lifestyle.”
1. ULLA JOHNSON
Longer hemlines are a trend that we are embracing to the fullest! Look out for dresses in rich shades like bordeaux and navy.
2. BROCHU WALKER
Trade in your summer tees for sleeveless knits! Turtlenecks add instant polish to any look.
3. JULEZ BRYANT
Rose Gold looks so fresh against Fall tones. Throw on layered Julez Bryant necklaces for a seasonal accessories update.
4. J BRAND
Skinny jeans are a Fall wardrobe classic! We love this gray pair from J Brand.
5. VERITAS TEXTILES
Worn over your favorite tee, these patterned scarves are Fall’s must-have accessories! They’re super cozy, too!
Photographed by Brett Erickson Styled by Brandon Nicholas
Lingerie Sets by Jess Stramer; Robes by Tales for Esther
Dress by Ganaho Label; Shoes by Jeffrey Campbell; Earrings by Kate Young
This page: Lingerie Set by Jess Stramer; Robe by Tales for Esther Opposite page: Body Suit by Tale for Esther; Shoes by Vince Camuto
Rings by Amanda Leoparde; Ear Cuff by Nasty Gal
Shoes by Shoe Cult for NG; Swimsuit by Lip Service; Jacket by ASOS
Hair Stylist Madison Blue Makeup Artist Melissa Christine Model Jesica Ahlberg
AVA SAMBORA Seemingly unaffected by growing up amidst Hollywoodâ€™s most A-List celebrities, with bombshell beauty Heather Locklear as her mother and her father being Platinum songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Richie Sambora from Bon Jovi, Ava Sambora is nothing short of graceful, classy, and your typical girl next door whose welcoming smile makes you want to befriend her instantly. Ava, not only embodies a natural and radiant beauty, legs that appear to go on forever, but also with a 4.2 grade point average, has big plans heading to NYU this upcoming Fall proving that nice girls really do finish first.
Chagoury Couture top and skirt, Alejandra G. Shoes, Haati Chai necklace.
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Written by LYNNE CHIZZICK
India beckons with its mystique of unimaginable beauty, monumental feats of architecture and design, and a colorful past and present intertwined with epic history, religions and cultures. India can be daunting. It is a destination so awe-inspiring in the scope of its treasures that it is easy to feel lost and overwhelmed when planning a visit to this huge, diverse subcontinent. India presents a spectacular array of wonders, historical and natural. Its wealth lies in its architecture and antiquities, distinctive crafts and artisans, and, above all, the beauty and diversity of its people and cultures. India offers endless possibilities for every tourist. Choices and decisions of when it is best to travel, where to go, what to see and how to manage travel across distances, can perplex even the seasoned traveler. While it is truly impossible to capture all that India offers, determining a focus is a challenge. 96
Women travelers are choosing India, seeking adventure and immersion in cultures ancient and vibrant. Whether traveling alone or with friends, in couples or families, India offers experiences from cooking and crafts, nature safaris, yoga and wellness, shopping bazaars, explorations and action travel to hiking, biking, horseback riding, and miles of beaches. Whether planning a first time or return trip to India, women travelers are discriminating in taste, diverse in age and interests, travel savvy and safety conscious. Feeling lost and overwhelmed with travel guides and websites featuring a bountiful collection of â€œmust seeâ€? monuments capsulized in factoids, resisting the large group standardized check-list approach to rapid fire quantity sightseeing over quality touring, I was intrigued and drawn to a unique name and concept......From Lost to Found Travel.
From my first conversation with owner, Allison Rulon-Miller, I truly went â€œfrom lost to found.â€? I found what I was searching for in a personalized travel concept, a kindred spirit dedicated to creating an itinerary that provided a sense of discovery for my first visit to India, filling my days with sights and experiences designed to enlighten, conscious of my wide range of interests. In 2009, after a successful career in the business and financial world, Allison decided to pursue her passion for all things India and launch a travel company that specializes in this remarkable country. Her studies and commitment have connected her to top guides and created a partnership that aims to bring Western travelers an experience that meets their interests and expands their understanding of India, past and present. Her partner in India is Mr. Subhamay Banerjee of Indian Tourism Pvt. Ltd., whose expertise in Indian history, religions and iconography is recognized across the travel industry. Together they develop custom itineraries that match each traveler with their specific interests, blending visits to familiar tourist attractions with explorations of undiscovered destinations. Some of the innovative themes around which they have developed itineraries include Body Art and Adornment, Horticulture and Gardens, Ancient and Modern Architecture, The Durga Puja Festival of West Bengal, Crafts and Textiles, Photography, and Creativity and Wellness. In 2013, they managed the first trip to India by the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, the oldest horticultural society in the U.S., with a repeat visit scheduled for 2016. Discovering India meant I wanted a sampling of it all...and Allison managed to make that dream come true. With humor and dramatic flourishes, master storyteller Mr. Banerjee weaves the story of India through its history and mythology. As he engages and entertains his audience, guiding us through unexpected pathways, Subhamay illuminates the beauty and wonders, forts and palaces, personalities and intrigues, temples and mosques, stretching across a landscape scarred by invasions and conquerors. Together, and Subhamay make a team that bridges many aspects of India, creating an unforgettable experience. 98
Bangla Sahib Sihk Temple
My journey, like most who first visit India, began in the Delhis, Old and New, followed by the requisite pilgrimage to Agra and the iconic Taj Mahal. From there, I chose to explore India through its arts and architecture with an itinerary that crossed the north of India through the state of Rajasthan, capturing the rich history of the Mughal invasions and the intersection of Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Jain religions and cultures. The map of my journey reached from dynamic Delhi to the colossal architectural achievements of Agra, to the walled city of Fatehpur Sikri, the citadel of Amer, the fascinating beauty of Jaipur, the natural wonders of Ranthambhore National Park, the famed fortress of Jodhpur, the cuisine of Rohet and the beautiful palaces of Udaipur. New Delhi, the beginning. Arriving fatigued after a day of flights, The Lodhi hotel offered perfection for the weary traveler (thelodhi.com). Named for the dynasty that ruled Delhi before the Mughal invasion, modern and traditional elements on the exterior and throughout the hotel create a harmonious and relaxed setting. The room was extraordinary, encompassing comfort and design throughout. But it was the inviting private plunge pool and the luxury of crisp linens on the double poolside lounge that set The Lodhi apart and above all others. Outside, the night sky was alight with splashes of distant colorful fireworks indicating wedding celebrations across the city. A dip in the warm pool eased body and mind as the noises of the city faded in the distance. Refreshed and eager to begin my first day exploring New Delhi, I began by acquainting myself with
Left to Right: New Delhi Raisina Hill; Delhi Raj Ghat - Gandhi’s cremation site; The Lodhi
the amazing amenities of The Lodhi. The lobby and corridors are galleries of artwork by prominent Indian artists provided in partnership with Apparao Galleries of Chennai. This introduction to the beautiful art and sculptures of the present formed a connection with India’s rich artistic past. Considered the top boutique hotel of New Delhi with only 39 rooms, no detail is overlooked. The fully-equipped gym and fitness center with personal trainers, outdoor lap pool, tennis courts, yoga and Pilates studios, and poolside café were far beyond my expectations. A separate garden floor, full-service spa with an enticing menu of treatments promised tranquil relaxation foreven the most stressed traveler. A library, boardroom and cigar lounge complete The Lodhi picture, with the Delhi golf course, Lodhi gardens, Humayun’s Tomb and the Red Fort nearby. The Lodhi offers top cuisine with Executive Chef Ritesh Negi designing an eclectic menu of the best of contemporary Indian, regional specialties, and shared family recipes. Preparation is a performance art in the central kitchens of its glassedin two-story On the Waterfront restaurant over looking the tranquil reflecting pool. Or opt for the more casual Elan for indoor or courtyard dining. A separate bar and lounge brings comfort and design for relaxation for the business traveler and tourist, and an unexpected island with a glass pavilion is available for private parties and functions. The Delhis are an introduction to the historic past of India, the imprint of conquests reflected in the architecture, religious monuments, and the faces and dress of the people.
Delhi has not always been the capital, but has been successively built, destroyed, rebuilt and left to ruin over centuries. Tombs and fortresses, temples and palaces, and the regal creations of English governance exist side by side. Though not impressed by the traditions of historic Indian architecture, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker incorporated some elements of Mughal and Hindu design in the Edwardian facades of British rule. Designed as the showcase of British Imperial power, order, and style, New Delhi exhibits the wide boulevards, gardens, and dominating prominence echoed in its neo-classical government buildings. Inaugurated in 1931 with all the pomp and display Britain flaunted at the height of The Empire, New Delhi stands in sharp contrast to the colorful chaos of Old Delhi, which has survived since it became a Mughal capital in 1638. Since India’s independence in 1947, the government has co-opted these buildings, the Parliament, and presidential palace and imprinted the face of modern India on these vestiges of colonial rule. Religion features prominently when touring the Delhis, from the most prominent Sikh Gurudwara in Delhi, to the Jami Masjid, India’s largest mosque built in 1656 by Emperor Shah Jahan (of Taj Mahal fame), to the amazing lotus shaped Baha’i Temple emerging from a hillside to be viewed from the city, and the many Hindu shrines and statuary. 99
My first encounter with exquisite inlaid marble was at the famed Humayun’s Tomb, and my wonder at the beauty of this art form in architecture never diminished from that first day. I marvel at its intricacy, the detailed patterns and design. Watching the painstaking detail of its artisans on the next step of our tour in Agra gave me even greater admiration for the monuments that have survived time and onslaughts and continue to inspire craftsmen whose families have carried this tradition forward for centuries. A pause at Raj Ghat, the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation following his assassination by a Hindu fanatic, is an opportunity to reflect on the history of his peaceful civil disobedience that brought down British rule in India and inspired Martin Luther King Jr. and civil and human rights advocates around the world. Many have tried to describe the adventure of riding in a rickshaw through the maze that is the Chandi Chowk, through narrow openings in throngs of people... shoppers, hawkers, beggars, tuktuks, motor bikes, carts pulled by men or donkeys or horses Delhi Market and, of course, the meandering, omnipresent, sacred cows. It must be experienced, the overpowering kaleidoscope of color, cacophony of sounds, and indescribable smells that bombard and penetrate the senses. For the uninitiated it is overwhelming, either positively with a sense of life and energy seldom experienced or... A walk through Karol Bagh bazaar presents the opportunity to window shop and encounter the multitudes. While you can be besieged by the curious, the emphatic, the unrelenting, the jostling and demanding, this dimension of humanity is the reality of India. Triumphantly reaching our destination, we enter a world of breathtaking beauty and creativity. 100
Ahujasons is known as the home of the finest pashmina shawls in India and the row of men behind the counter display with finesse the finely stitched wondrous art of pashmina, some worth thousands of dollars. We are honored with a viewing of early pashmina works, the “real” pashmina, made from ultra-fine cashmere wool from a rare breed of Himalayan mountain goat. Exquisite in stitching detail, endless stacks of pashmina shawls, from silk and woolen threads, cashmere, handmade lace, and designs traditional and some more modern, leave us in awe. Behind this simple, unpretentious façade lies the history of this hand craft collected from families steeped in its traditions. The discipline of its processes, dyes, designs, and its unique stitches are passed on through generations. It is captivating and spellbinding to see and appreciate the beauty and wealth in this seemingly modest shop. This is my first awareness that the bazaars conceal many wonders that I will discover to my amazement as I follow Allison and Subhamay into the mysteries and marvels, the mazes and magic of India. Agra is the Taj Mahal and yet it is so much more. The iconic wonder of this amazing tomb so celebrated in its whiteness and perfection, its symbolism of beauty and eternal love in death as in life, its symmetry and flawless proportions, does not disappoint in reality. It is awe-inspiring and breathtaking even when shared with so many others. We are traveling in April and the beginning of the summer heat means fewer crowds yet still bearable temperatures. This meant more time to study and learn of its history and its secrets. So many visual illusions contribute to its seeming perfection. I was mesmerized as the guide revealed the three degree tweaks that make the minarets seem
perfectly straight from every angle, the design tricks that make the columns appear fluted, and the Arabic writing that appears smaller as it moves to the top. I am grateful that we first visited the extraordinarily beautiful jewel box tomb of Iâ€™timad-ud-Daulah, better known as the predecessor of the Taj or the Baby Taj. It is lesser known but its magnificent artwork and inlaid marble is a wonder that is uniquely stunning in its own right. Walking through the Moonlight Garden, Mehtab Bagh, on the opposite side of the river meandering by the Taj Mahal, gave a unique colorful perspective as the sun began to set. The white marble domes and minarets were cast in a pink and gold aura that was breathtaking. We watched unhurried as we few remaining devotees were treated to a vision that will remain a lasting memory. Our day had been filled with sights and experiences that swirled in my mind as we headed to our welcome respite at the lovely new guest house, Agra Luxury Home Stay, awaiting us. Just a short distance from the city center, it stood out as new, fresh, quiet and separated from the crowds and traffic noise. Devender Bhati, owner and tour operator, personally greeted us and led us through the modern sparkling entry to our spacious and comfortable rooms. With only eight rooms, it conveyed Indian hospitality and a homey atmosphere. The delicious home cooked vegetarian meals were a lovely treat, with fresh vegetables, curries, traditional favorites, and a delightfully relaxed family style gathering place for dining. This enhanced homestay experience, reasonably priced, newly-built, clean and comfortable, with the most welcoming and accommodating staff, created a perfect retreat from the action in Agra (agraluxuryhomestay.com). A visit to the imposing red sandstone Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1575, convinced me that the Mughal style of architecture demonstrated a beauty and simplicity as an art form that is intriguing. My admiration and fascination began at the Agra Fort, continued and grew as we visited several famed fortresses and palaces while crossing Rajasthan, each with amazing carvings, inlaid marble artistry, and a wealth of stylized design elements that have survived the onslaught of historic events.
Top to Bottom: Inlaid marble workshop; Greetings from Agra Luxury Home Stay.
I developed an even deeper admiration for the intensive process of inlaid marble production, parchin kari, on a visit to the workshop of the Agra Marble Emporium. I marveled at each aspect, watching the design set out and transferred onto the marble indicating specific colors; the technique of precision cutting with tools created for each specific cut; the shaping of the pieces, some miniscule, of stone and precious gems; and the exacting inlay fittings set and made permanent. Lapis, malachite, jade and cornelian, turquoise, amethyst, tiger eye, coral and shells are hand set. Men sit crosslegged, timeless and covered in white marble dust, fingers tuned to their motions like practiced pianists. The art of filigree carving is spellbinding as craftsmen position and enter the marble with meticulous care, creating curves and intricate designs. Calloused fingers gently bring life to the stone formed millions of years ago and crafted through generations. Having the opportunity to watch this process provides a unique appreciation when viewing the finished products, ranging from jewel boxes and pendants to dining tables and framed mirrors, which are beautifully displayed in the Agra Marble Emporium and the Subhash Emporium. 101
With thanks to Allison and Subhamay, I continue on the path of discovering the splendor and heritage of Indian arts and handwork. We follow a heavily trafficked, winding, semi-paved road leading to a modern shop that was more gallery and museum, Kohinoor Jewelers. Along with their exquisite jewelry, the Mathur family has partnered to showcase with pride the technique of zardozi embroidery which has been practiced and perfected by men in a select group of families in this region. From handbags to staggering wedding garments, from fashion clutches to coronation gowns, the current representations of zardozi - textiles embroidered with silver and gold thread, affixed with jewels and gems - are beautiful. But it is what lays beyond closed doors that beckons me. The patriarch of the most prominent family, Padmashri Sheikh Shams Uddin (1917-1999), originated a unique branch of zardozi embroidery which incorporates rich naturalist themes in three dimensions. His legacy is a priceless treasury of embroidered masterpieces of Asian and African birds and animals that are showcased here. With breathtaking accuracy, his stitches capture nature in 3D with the eye and appreciation of the naturalist he was. Animals emerge from the canvas with striking realism. The color is protected in the climate and light controlled gallery where each of his masterpieces is individually enshrined. This awe-inspiring display captures the muscles and movement formed through layered stitches, the feathers vibrant with motion, flowers and plants intricately detailed. Jewels, pearls, and semi-precious stones are an integral part of the design. His zardozi Taj Mahal is a famed representation that is considered priceless. But his surprising portrayal of a lifelike Jesus as shepherd, which appeared to him in a dream, is reverent and without equal. The stitches softly create a dimensional portrait of gentle compassion as He cradles a lamb surrounded by His flock. It has only left India once to be exhibited at the Met in 1987. Remembered as the most nerve-wracking experience, it may never leave again. It was such an honor to view his astonishing accomplishments and the Kohinoor experience (shamsembroidery.com). Top to Bottom: Entry gate to the Taj Mahal; Patio view of the Agra Luxury Home Stay; Handpainted elephant
The long drive from Agra to Jaipur was broken up by an excursion to the walled city of Fatehpur Sikri, another architectural feat that blends Islamic, Hindu and Jain elements. Built as the capital of the Mughal Empire between 1571 and 1585, it reflects a unique beauty and harmony between these cultures. Sandstone and marble, archways and onion domes, magnificent in its scope and artful carvings, it actually was abandoned until it was rediscovered by an 1892 archaeological expedition and restored to a semblance of its natural beauty. Another side trip introduced me to the wonders of a little known architectural achievement, the Step Well of Chand Baori in the village of Abhaneri. Constructed in 800 AD, it descends over 100 feet in the ground, and was used as a reservoir for water and as a recreational retreat for royalty and the community. It was commissioned by King Chanda and dedicated to the Goddess of Joy and Happiness, Harshat Mata, in the adjacent temple. Its stone steps surround the four sides, over 13 stories deep with over 3500 narrow steps, making it one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India and the most famous, featured in films including The Dark Knight Rises, The Fall, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Our lovely lunch as we traveled was in the cool comfort of The Birderâ€™s Inn. Located at the gateway to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary known to the international community of birdwatchers, this pleasant stop was a delightful interlude with traditional favorites of Indian cuisine. It also offered guest house accommodations for travelers seeking a longer stay. But our destination was Jaipur and I was anxious to savor the Maharani experience at the Raj Palace Hotel, a boutique luxury retreat and award-winning heritage hotel built in 1727 (www.rajpalace.com). A palace stay is a musthave indulgence when touring India, and The Raj was true to its expectations. The splendor of palatial living converted by modern day royals into hotels can be affordable especially in the low season and is usually worth the splurge. My Maharani delights included a deluxe room with a balcony overlooking the gardens, a deep soaking tub with fragrant soaps and lotions for
the bath, dining in a ballroom sized dining room under chandeliers of gleaming crystals, delicious custom made entrees, the luxury of a spa side swimming pool tucked in a garden cove, attentive servants, and a tour of the rooms for an opportunity to see the glassed cases filled with intriguing personal effects, clothing, and mementos of the former residents. Morning brought attentive servers and a luscious breakfast of a vegetable omelet, fruits, and choice of fresh pastries. Pampered and prepared for a day of rigorous sightseeing at the Amer Fort and Palace and the acclaimed City Palace, I am also looking forward to the famed shopping and gawking at Jaipurâ€™s awesome bazaars. I was ready to set off for a day of touring. My regal turbaned doorman urged me to ride the elephant up the hillside to the Amer Fort and Palace, our next stop. The temperature was already soaring, so I opted for air conditioning as far as possible, and the colorfully adorned elephants plodding up and down were probably grateful for one less tourist. After a year in Africa, I found the Indian elephants to be domesticated and tolerant of passengers, decoration, baubles, and paint, quite different than the wildly free variety of my African safaris. The impressive fort and palace dominate the hillside and must have been formidable to invaders throughout history. The huge arched gates easily accommodate elephants in royal procession, now carrying tourists up the steep winding road. Wander the maze of palaces, gardens, and temples with mysterious passageways and pillared halls, many ornately carved and designed with glass mosaics and mirrored tiles. The current home of the Jaipur royals is the City Palace where their flag indicates they are in residence and museum collections of silver adornments, royal costumes, palanquins, carpets, miniature paintings, and all manner of beautiful art treasures are displayed in richly decorated rooms. Peacocks, the national bird and treasured symbol through millennia, are displayed in full splendor, adorning columns and archways, mosaic panels, weaponry, and royal robes. Do not miss! 103
Jaipur is a richly vibrant city saturated in history and commerce. Marketplaces are separated into streets featuring jewelry or textiles, carvings or crafts. Here is the renowned M.I. Road where the elite of the jewelers’ emporiums of Jaipur shine behind unpretentious storefronts. Royalty and movie stars, business tycoons and world leaders have frequented The Gem Palace, prominent jewelers through seven generations of the Kasliwal family since 1852. Their guest book is a Who’s Who of celebrities past and present and their treasury of jewels, pendants, bangles and rings is staggering. Every aspect of the jewel trade, every detail in cutting and setting, and elements of creative jewelry design is directed on site within the extended family. This proud heritage was passed on to brothers Sanjay and Munnu and now to their children who have established two Kasliwal shops in New York City as well.... Munnu’s son, Siddarth, on East 74th Street, and Sanjay’s children on Madison Avenue. We spent a delightful hour with the new generation represented by the delightful Samir. Born in Italy, Samir blends the charm and vitality of his unique parentage representing a romantic merger of the Italian and Indian gem dynasties. With his father, Sanjay, he welcomes guests to The Gem Palace and speaks the language of the jewel world, but is equally conversant in vintage cars, European tastes, American music and celebrities, food and fashion.
Samir at Gem Palace
He displays the wondrous jewels seen at the Academy Awards, weddings, and coronations around the world and is discreet about purchases by The Gem Palace frequent flyers. He is also involved in the New York store operated by his sister, Shalini (firstname.lastname@example.org). The future of The Gem Palace is rocking, and a visit puts you in the ranks of British Royals, Arab princes, Oprah, and savvy Indians here and abroad. The block prints of Anokhi are an age old art form that is preserved and showcased in the museum at Amer and in the beautiful store of Anokhi textiles in Jaipur. Colorful block prints adorn saris and duvets, table coverings, dresses and bags. The craftsmen who create the pattern blocks with tiny tools and precision, work in traditional and modern design. The colorists insure consistency and seamless patterns. Both represent and continue the family trade practiced for generations. Off the beaten path: Jaipur is home to the Jantar Mantar, the best preserved astronomical observatory in India. Built by Emperor Jai Singh II in 1727, it has continued with precision to the present. Whether you follow your horoscope religiously, are an astronomy enthusiast, or neither, this is a most amazing site. This complex is a scientific phenomena with 19 architectural astronomical instruments constructed of giant stone and metal used to calculate time, draw up astrological charts and horoscopes, map the positions of the planets and stars, and forecast weather, eclipses, and solar events. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site that features the world’s largest
sundial. The design is based on ancient Hindu and Sanskrit texts. Hindu culture depends on the accuracy of celestial forecasts in determining all auspicious events beginning at birth. The relative position of all astrological signs in the night sky is demonstrated by the unique, size, angle and positioning of the individual masonry structures and walking through this true space and time machine is amazing. The calculations determine the sunâ€™s position at noon at four observatories around the world, the times of sunrise and sunset, and the angles of the earth, moon, planets and stars. WHERE TO STAY An alternative to a palace stay is the affordable comfort and friendly informality of the Ikaki Niwas guest house of Jaipur (ikaki.in). The casual comfort of this lovely guest house and warm welcome of J.D., Jaideo Singh Rathore, and his lovely wife, Devika, made this an enjoyable and funfilled stay. J.D. is committed to the healthy organic lifestyle and an environmental consciousness. He has an organic farm outside Jaipur where he grows the fresh vegetables served at Ikaki. J.D. is passionate in his hope that his small step toward a healthier mankind and cleaner environment will build an awareness that will spread in India. The food is delicious and Devika demonstrates traditional Indian cooking on the airy terrace, with guests invited to try their hand Ikaki Niwas Jaipur
Blue pottery of Jaipur
at chapati and other staples. Home-cooked meals are included. Popular with Western and Indian guests, the atmosphere invites people to mingle, laughter resonates, and conversations broached all the taboos of politics, culture, and religion. Rooms are spacious, quiet, and comfortable with elements of regional dĂŠcor. Located next to a park with a lovely walking/jogging path, guests enjoy private baths with hot showers, television, a handy writing desk, and a rooftop swimming pool making this a highly-rated stay in Jaipur. The best known Blue Pottery of Jaipur was the signature work of the late Mr. Kripal Singh Shekhawat. At Kripal Kumbh studio, his daughter and students have continued his legacy and his home remains a showroom of many of his famous pieces and award-winning designs. Blue Pottery can be viewed and purchased here, and it is humbling to be invited to see his many awards and recognitions with his widow and daughter. Classes are also held with his daughter and students teaching his techniques and ensuring they are followed and remembered always. TIGER SAFARI Ranthambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur, once the hunting ground of maharajas and colonials, is now a wildlife sanctuary and protected home of the magnificent Bengal tigers of India. These elusive endangered animals are revered and each morning and afternoon safaris photo ops, the tigers eluded us on each of our safari ventures. 105
Dining is the ultimate five star experience each night. Magical lanterns light the pathways and the night calls of birds harmonize in the jungle surround. Appetizers served around the fire pit bring guests together to share game sightings and travel adventures. Clay ovens cook traditional Indian fare to perfection and the addition of the fresh organic vegetables and fruits from the Sher Bagh farm and organic herb and vegetable garden delight and satisfy. The breakfast and luncheon menus offer a variety of healthful selections, a buffet or even a custom omelet overflowing with vegetables. Dining at Sher Bagh is divine. DESTINATION JODHPUR
Top to Bottom: Sher Bagh luxury campsites; inside the Sher Bagh luxury tent.
We waited as the monkeys warned us of tigers nearby, but we were disappointed he/ they headed deeper into the jungle forest to hunt. Score one for the monkeys, zero for us. WHERE TO STAY Sher Bagh, in the SUJÁN group of hotels, is the highlight of luxury, a tent camp with every convenience and amenity within the intimacy of the jungle setting (sujanluxury.com). With only 12 private air conditioned tents, the style of the camp is reminiscent of the 1920’s when the Raj period was at its height. The library and bar are furnished in the Edwardian style of the times, with leathers and woods, desks and lighting that transport you to the times of the future King Edward VIII’s celebrated tour of India. Now the Library welcomes the computer age with wifi convenience. Overlooking a jungle clearing, the swimming pool beckons as a cool and refreshing retreat. Sunbathers can relax, rest and read and your wish from the nearby bar will be quickly granted. A jungle spa treatment can be scheduled for the ultimate in relaxation. The comfort of Sher Bagh’s accommodations is legendary, with bed and soothing shower to luxuriate in after dusty safari game drives and ventures onto jungle paths. Each tent is hand stitched, safe and secure. 106
The road trip to Jodhpur from Sawai Madhopur is a lengthy seven to eight hours. However, stops along the way made the trip well worth it, and the view of the countryside allowed a glimpse into the harsh life of the farmers along the eastern border of the Thar Desert, the natural boundary between India and Pakistan. Admirers of Rumi, the Sufi poet renowned for his lengthy, beautiful poetry of mysticism and love, will be fascinated by Dargah Sharif, tomb of the 13th century Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, in the town of Ajmer. The Mughal emperor Akbar and his grandson, Shah Jahan, demonstrated their devotion with the construction of this complex of mosques, prayer rooms, shrines, Jodhpur Market
and areas designed for music and dance. Pilgrimage to this shrine is an incomparable experience. We are fortunate to be here this week in April, inundated with all that a pilgrimage celebration brings. Colorful flags fly above the narrow streets leading to the mosque shrine; crowds gather at the ablution fountains; shoes are removed and somehow retrieved; throngs of faithful present offerings of flowers and gifts for blessings in return. Gold and silver and red threads are hung as prayer requests for health, fertility, prosperity. And everywhere a river of color with the continous flow of bright saris and scarves, T-shirts and robes, embroidered Topi caps and turbans, moving en masse to the beat of drums and chanting. Another stop, another wonder. The Hut of Two-and-a-Half Days, Adhai-Din-ka-Jhonpra, is a mosque historically known for its seven beautifully carved arches leading to an imposing colonnaded hall. The oldest surviving monument in Ajmer, it began as a Jain temple in 660 AD. It is an artistic tribute to latticework carvings in design and writings.
When opened, they display the full panorama of the Fort and resemble Mughal jharokhas often used for royal thrones. When closed, they create privacy while still allowing cool air to circulate and inviting speckled natural mood lighting to shelter the luxurious spacious rooms with king-sized bed, sitting area, writing desk, flat screen TV, wifi, and beautifully appointed bath with glassed-in shower and soaking tub. Aaah. The large central courtyard houses the three restored heritage buildings, the lovely boutique shop and spa. The indoor and terrace dining are adjacent to the pool with cabana lounges facing the cliffs of Mehrangarh. Rudyard Kipling described the Fort as “the creation of angels, fairies, and giants.” He may have also used those words to describe Raas Jodhpur (raasjodhpur.com).
JODHPUR – WHERE TO STAY The Mughal architecture captivates, none more than the Mehrangarh Fort magically lit in the darkness suspended above the city of Jodhpur. Viewed in awe of its majesty from below in my room at the beautiful Raas Jodhpur hotel, it rules from its imposing rocky promontory. This boutique hotel with 39 rooms is a gem hidden in a garden wonder. Dining under the stars with candlelight bathing the terrace, you are transported to a magical kingdom. The cuisine blends traditional and modern, Indian and western, fragrant and tantalizing with savory and sweet. Delectable and satisfying, dining at the Raas was superb. The architecture of this amazing structure in the context of the ancient walled city of Jodhpur is a feat of loving respect for the old and its ability to meet modern luxury. Materials and workmanship have captured the beauty of the original historic structures of Jodhpur sandstone and incorporated design elements with authenticity. The shuttered windows which shelter the privacy balconies are made of traditional sandstone latticework or jali.
Beyond what was already the perfection of Raas, we were delighted to be led to a historical surprise discovered right “next door.” An ancient stepwell is being cleared and restored to its traditional beauty, a treasure that enhances the wonder of Raas and its Old City charm. The nearby Sardar Bazaar bustles with shops and food markets, and bangles glitter as far as the eye can see. Tailors await tourists and traditionalists longing for the unique custom made trousers known as jodhpurs. Fitted and made to measure, they are delivered to your hotel room in one day. Street carts carry goods, pushed by men or pulled by peevish donkeys through the cobblestone streets, and friendly shopkeepers call out eager to show their wares and do a bit of bartering. Cooking stalls steam with aromas sweetening the air. An occasional cow or camel makes an appearance and motor scooters careen around tuktuks and pedestrians. This is India. 107
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View of the Merangarh Fort from Raas
The road up to the gates of the Fort is a steep climb, four hundred feet above Jodhpur. Begun in 1458 by Rao Jodha, founder of Jodhpur, the Sun Deity Fort was restored and rebuilt into the triumphant fortress we see now from 1638 to 1678 by Emperor Jaswant Singh. The varied styles and additions are evidence that every subsequent ruler of the Rathore Dynasty left his mark in its many palaces and courtyards. Awe-inspiring in beauty and strength from its lofty heights and impenetrable walls, the Fort is an architectural wonder structurally and artistically, a tribute to the enduring craftsmanship and stonework, sculptures and carvings, towers and archways, this culture has given the world. From this vantage point, the blue city of Jodhpur lies below in humbled homage to its defender and distant vistas are viewed across hills and valleys and plains where defeated armies once retreated through history. Forever undefeated, this fortress still stands as a symbol of Rajasthan, its power and glory. DESTINATION: ROHET This region is the historic home of a famed tradition of weaving and we were invited to the home of Roopraj Prajapati for an opportunity to watch the art of handcrafting Dhurrie rugs, the magic carpets of India. Woven from cotton or wool using vibrant organic dyes or the more subtle palette of modern dyes, the designs of dhurrie rugs have been carried forward by generations of weavers. Elegant carpets, heirlooms, masterpieces reflecting themes of nature, stalking tigers and flaunting peacocks are displayed with pride. Roopraj has organized a collective of families that combine traditional and modern designs and motifs, customizing and innovating as they market across the world. We watched reverently the beautiful symmetry of husband and wife, Roopraj and Naino Devi, sitting together as their callused fingers fly across their looms in harmony, her lyrical voice a musical murmur echoed through time. 108
Rohet Garh is a peaceful retreat in India, colonial style (houseofrohet.com). Its natural setting with garden courtyard, roaming peacocks, and lovely swimming pool in a private terrace, overlooks a vista of arid desert and a charming reservoir lake. The ambience of comfort and tradition is found throughout, from the sitting room antiques and art, the rich woods of the bar, to the distinctive décor of each room and suite. Sinking into the sumptuous pillows of my window seat with peaceful views of the lake’s colorful birdlife, I drifted in a most exotic timeless dreamworld. The cuisine of Rohet Garh is known to culinary experts and provides classes and workshops in classical Indian cooking, traditional regional and unique specialties. Their cookbooks are offered for sale throughout the region, including The Cuisine of Rohet Garh and Quick and Easy Rajasthani Cuisine. Demonstrating the preparation of a multicourse meal of curries and Indian favorites from appetizers to dessert prepared seamlessly using only two gas burners, the Chef Kadar Khan had us spellbound. Dining at Rohet Garh is a luscious experience and brilliant performance art. From the hotel we embarked on a jeep safari to view the abundant local wildlife, blackbuck antelope, peacocks, soaring eagles, and furtive foxes and cervil cats. Most memorable was a visit to our driver’s homestead in the community of the Bishnoi people. The entrance of the Rohet Garh
This little known group are the true original Tree Huggers, environmentalists with a devout reverence for all life as sacred and protected. The esteemed elder dressed in white, sat with us to share the history of his people through our interpreter. When the Emperor chose the location of his fort, his soldiers were ordered to level the forests and bring forth all the timber for building his fortress and palaces. When they entered the Bishnoi community, the people resisted and fled to protectively hug their sacred trees. The soldiers killed the martyrs and decimated the forests, leaving the land barren for years. The Emperor was furious and issued an edict to protect and respect the Bishnoi people and their lands for all time, and this small minority continues on with their traditions intact. Strict vegetarians, they will not even eat carrots or other root plants that are killed when harvested. Each day they feed the ants and bees, the cows and crows before they eat themselves. The milk and dairy products sustain them and their gardens thrive. Respect for all that is sustainable is a tenet of their faith and they would never consider desecrating God’s earth with litter. Their village is immaculate and the children play peacefully, a lovely tribute to their culture of coexistence with the earth and all its creatures. DESTINATION UDAIPUR The journey to Udaipur leads us to two significant religious holy sites. The first stop is the 15th century temple complex in Ranakpur, one of the five great holy sites of the Jain religion. Jainism emerged as a faith following a creed of non-violence and asceticism, truth, non-possessiveness, chastity, and no stealing. Its tenets were widely espoused in the 6th century B.C.E. by Mahavira, likely a senior contemporary of Lord Buddha. It incorporates many aspects of Hinduism including karma and reincarnation, but rejects the caste system, the Vedic scriptures, and god as creator or destroyer, believing the universe and everything in it is eternal and everyone has the ability to realize the infinite, or the potential to realize the god within.
The central temple is a forest of exquisite white marble pillars each adorned with carvings representing floral themes. It is subtly lit with filtered sunlight shimmering on filigreed pendants creating a spiritual enclosure reflecting the sacred harmony of nature and man. Our next visit is the magnificent Hindu temple complex of the deity Eklingji, a form of Lord Shiva. The architecture of the 108 temples begun in 971 AD blends elements of each of the subsequent dynasties, scars of invasions, elegant carvings and representations of deities throughout. Having Mr. Banerjee’s knowledge and commentary as we traversed this landscape of diverse and fascinating destinations has been enlightening as he helps make the puzzle pieces of India’s complex religious and political history fit together. WHERE TO STAY Hotel Fateh Garh is astounding. Perched like an ancient palace on a hilltop, its panoramic views of the city of Udaipur overlook the exemplary City Palace, lakes and gardens below. Yet, in all its majesty it is surprisingly new. Fateh Garh encompasses vestiges of the past in its historic doors, traditional motifs, and homage to traditional palace architecture found across Rajasthan. It surprises at every turn... a terrace embraced in sun by day becomes a stargazer’s delight with a telescope provided for optimal viewing while dining in candlelight. Buddha sculptures grace the upper pool. The architects skillfully captured a feeling steeped in history with the cooling courtyard design and artful seating, the luxury of a regal lobby sitting area adorned with antiques and modern art, and included the historic stepwell design in the descent to the lower swimming pool. A harmony of traditional and modern unites all aspects of this palatial hotel (fatehgarh.in). City Palace Udaipur
Left to Right: The pool at Fateh Garh Hotel overlooking Udaipur; Udaipur City Palace
The rooms are spacious with huge windows framing views of valleys dotted with green farmlands, distant small villages, and white temples peaked on surrounding hills. Every amenity has been thoughtfully provided. Its spa provides a welcome retreat with a menu of delights that treat body and mind after days of travel. Fateh Garh is magic. Our days in Udaipur are spent contemplating the City Palace which is the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. Built over four centuries by 22 different Maharanas, it is now a maze of museums housing collections of Mewar miniature paintings, royal silver, transports, royal costumes, weapons, crafts and décor. Temples provide an insight into the spiritual alongside the material. A sunset boat ride provides a close look at the floating palace on Lake Pichola and a stop at the garden island palace retreat built in 1620 which was a refuge for the prince who was to become Shah Jahan. We are also treated to a view of our own palace hotel dwarfed by distant mountains yet sparkling in the sun’s last light. My final ventures into the wonderful bazaars, after wandering through history at the Bagore ki Haveli museum, bring an end to my Udaipur excursion with all the colorful sensory drama I have enjoyed throughout. After cultural super saturation from my amazing immersion in India through these weeks, I gratefully found the wonderful closure I sought at the Shreyas Yoga Retreat and wellness center on a beautiful acreage outside Bangalore (www.shreyasretreat.com). 110
I am thankful that I took this From Lost to Found advice from Allison Rulon-Miller and found in the tranquil beauty of Shreyas time to pause and process the mind-boggling wondrous sights and the sensory overload that is India. Some opt for the rigor of an ashram as they explore India, but for me this journey of discovery-filled days could not have concluded more perfectly. A time for reflection in the quietude beyond blaring horns and overwhelming throngs allowed for a comforting journey of inner discovery. For India is also a spiritual smorgasbord displaying a multitude of paths to enlightenment, diversity of religious beliefs and worship, and innumerable versions of deities. At this cluttered intersection of the world’s major religions, harmony seems possible within the chaos of colliding beliefs. At least it did in the days at Shreyas where peace reigns. Shreyas Retreat attends to the wellness of Mind, Body, and Spirit and the needs of each individual who enters this retreat. Some seek solace and solitude, healing in body or spirit. All are given according to their needs, health being the overarching goal. The practice of yoga at every level from beginner to expert is central to each guest and staff member and is offered each morning and afternoon. Discovering your body’s potential is a daily measure of your growth and inner awareness as you are guided from the beginning by the resident doctors who design a personal program to promote wellness and harmony, and the immensely knowledgeable specially trained staff.
The spa provides ayurvedic massage, traditional and western treatments. Scrubs and oils invigorate and purify and your skin feels renewed and muscles awakened. The organic garden welcomes guest participation as a helpful contribution and therapeutic exercise in planting and harvesting, watering and weeding, connecting through the rich soil. Meditation, group and private, and choral chanting enriches each day. Entertainment choices include a vast collection of movies screened in a theater room, a cricket net with bowling machine, a 25 meter lap pool with Jacuzzi, and a steam room as well. Jogging trails and fitness programs complete all that Shreyas offers. The daily cuisine is healthful, nourishing, and spiritually enriching. Some guests choose carefully guided cleanses, juices and teas. Dining together with new friends is filled with humble gratitude for the earth’s bounty yet an awareness of the poverty and hunger that lies beyond this protective enclave is also recognized. Mr. Balaji, whose skillful management of this Relais & Châteaux property has incorporated an element of voluntourism, emphasizes giving back to the community through a partnership with a local orphanage. Each guest is invited and encouraged to participate in meeting the children and donating time, material goods such as school uniforms, shoes, household items, or monetary gifts. This connection brings a wonderful final closure to the Shreyas experience. A passage from the beauty and reality of this country feels complete. I have left so much of India undiscovered, I know I will return. • FromLostToFoundTravel.com Ornate details of the Udaipur City Palace
Top to Bottom: Shreyas Retreat’s organic garden; Shreyas Retreat’s 25 meter lap pool
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