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Discover New York's Best Kept Secrets

Discover New York's Best Kept Secrets

My home of 18 years, and my constant source of inspiration. I may have left New York City, but it never really left me. Coming back this week reminded me of its incredible diversity and energy, which I’d love to share with you. Here are my picks for eateries, shops, and must-visit places in the Big Apple.

Shop: at Story (a rotating concept store), Reformation (vintage-inspired styles), or Save Khaki United (menswear made in the USA).

See: the Kawakubo exhibit at the Met, lush urban gardens at the High Line, and the best skyline sunset views at the Boom Boom Room.

Love Is Project guide to new york city
Eat: Imaginative, delicious donuts at Du’s, vegan tiki-inspired fare at Mother of Pearl, and the best Mexican food on the Lower East Side at Barrio Chino. Splurge on a memorable meal at Japanese speakeasy, Bohemian, located behind a butcher shop in Noho or Dan Barber’s farm-to-table Blue Hill in the village.

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cocktails for a cause at Coup, beers in paper bags at speakeasy The Back Room, and tipples with a side of (off-key) tunes at Baby Grand.

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Do: If you’re feeling adventurous, play shuffleboard at Royal Palms, attend Adidas’s cool kids soccer tournament, or celebrate like it’s 1920 at the Jazz Age Lawn party.


Discover Bali's Best Kept Secrets

Discover Bali's Best Kept Secrets

I first traveled to Bali 16 years ago, and fell in love with its feminine energy, beautiful landscape, and kind people. With healthy eating options aplenty, yoga and outdoor activities, tropical sunshine, and expat entrepreneur scene, I knew it was my paradise on Earth. In 2015, I waved goodbye to the concrete jungle of New York, and made my home in the lush jungles of Ubud. Whether you’re planning a trip, considering a move, or just letting yourself fall headfirst into serious wanderlust, here’s my guide to making the most of Bali.
Stay: Bambu Indah is a world unto its own. This boutique hotel and home of famed eco-entrepreneurs, John & Cynthia Hardy, is comprised of 11 Javanese bridal homes hidden in a lush forest, bamboo bungalows tucked by the riverside, a glass pagoda and authentic Sumba island style house which resembles a straw Dr. Seuss hat. 

Home is where the Hartland is, over looking the Sayan Ridge. This 2 acre magical villa is truly a home away from home

At Locavore, you guessed it: Classically trained chefs make the most of the island’s exceptional produce in whimsical dishes like Eggplant in Disguise. 

Pray: Rinse away bad spirits under showers of holy water, and receive blessings from a Hindu priest at Tirta Empul Water Temple. It’s literally unforgettable. 

Chase Waterfalls: Explore Bali’s magical northern countryside and literally climb, repel and jump off waterfalls on Adventure & Spirit’s exceptional tours.

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Meditate: Stop by Yoga Barn for a Tibetan bowl meditation, where the ancient sounds of singing bowls are used to send you into a transcendent state.

Get Creative: At Gaya Ceramics for locally-produced pottery, or try your hand at making your during a Throwing Thursday class.

Steam: Take a leisurely late-night lemongrass-scented steam in magical rice paddies at Dragonfly Village. Visit the fire pits in between trips to the pool.

Explore: Experience the wall-less jungle campus made for sustainable learning at the Green School, and visit well-crafted sustainable bamboo homes at the Green Village just a short walk from the school.

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Shop: Bali is home to some of the coolest fashions and brands. Here are some of my favorites...
Quarzia - Pick up a flowy hand made silk batik in silk caftan.
Tradisi - Support indigenous artisans by purchasing handwoven and hand drawn batik fabric from the islands of Indonesia. All profits are spent on community projects.
WE-AR. Sustainable brand - This sustainable yoga and leisure wear brand has the answers to all your needs.
Magali Pascal - French designer in Bali with endless lace and diaphanous creations.
Prisoners of St. Petersburg. - Bold and graphic prints and eclectic finds reflect designer Pete's travels and well honed eye. 

Work: Co-work at Hubud. Surround yourself with a growing number of international digital nomads. 

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Discover Kenya’s Best Kept Secrets

Discover Kenya’s Best Kept Secrets

Kenya is known for its outstanding safaris, but take it from Chrissie: This beautiful country has even more to offer. Her five travel tips will satisfy your wanderlust and have you feeling like a local in no time.


To Stay: Sleep in contemporary comfort at the Tribe Hotel, and shop for locally made goods at the nearby open-air Masai Market.

To Eat: Work up an appetite biking through the Tigoni tea plantations before a farm-to-table lunch at Brown’s Cheese estate, which includes plenty of wine (and cheese, natch).

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To Drink: Throw back some sundowners with the cowboys at the legendary Talisman, then head crosstown for some decidedly urban revelry (and a fresh breeze) at Alchemist Bar.

To Explore: Spend an afternoon at the Kitengela Glass Factory, where locals upcycle glass into whimsical décor that feels straight out of your favorite Tim Burton film.

To Adventure: Escape the crowds in Masai Mara and head north to Lewa Conservancy. Savvy safari-goers love this Savannah, home of the Samburu tribe, where elephants and rhinos can roam freely.

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To Remember: Snag your very own LOVE bracelet, made by fabulous Kenyan women, as a daily reminder of an unforgettable adventure. 

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