“Home is where the heart is” and while my home is Nashville (Tennessee) there will always be a special place in my heart for Round Hill (Jamaica, W.I.).
After more than 40 visits to Round Hill since 1983, I am going back for the first time in 7 years. I am going back in time, literally and figuratively (as WIFI and Verizon are sketchy there, at best).
I am already dreaming about “Chubby’s” banana pancakes, and the smell of the bonfire that roars on the beach each Monday night; and I can’t wait to go to sleep to music by Harry Bellafonte or Bob Marley or the local tree frogs. I am hoping that the afternoon games of Outburst or Taboo with new friends and fellow “bar flies” at the beach bar still take place. And I know that the sunset will still be the best on earth!
Round Hill is where I frequently saw Ralph and Rikki Lauren, tanned and toned, he, always dressed in a black speedo and “wife-beater” and she, in a black one piece. I remember watching Sigourney Weaver come out of the ocean on the small beach, looking as beautiful as ever, after a rigorous swim. And it feels like yesterday that I was sitting next to Meredith Vieira just after she learned that she had been chosen as the co-anchor of the TODAY show on NBC!!! I wonder WHO will be there next week?
So, as I pack (or more typically, over-pack) my bags, I know that my Taigan favorites will be just “what the doctor ordered” for the perfect holiday, along with Stewart’s Round Hill Special, made with Appleton rum, of course!!!
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Hello again Taigan shoppers!
As promised in our previous post, we are reporting back on the happenings of Paris fashion week for our accessories brand ROARKE New York. The week was extremely hectic and…a huge success! Our new collection of scarf necklaces was received very well at the show, and we are so thrilled, and, completely wiped out!
Our week consisted of many long days full of appointments at the tradeshow, followed by evenings of mingling with clients and friends. For a sneak peak into our booth…check out the action below! You’ll see some brand new styles that will soon be up and running in our Taigan store as well!
Once the show was over, we attended some fabulous parties to celebrate. We also spent a few days enjoying Paris and soaking it up! Trips to the markets, new stores and the fabric district filled our days…along with some bistro lunches and indulgent pastry outings…oui oui! When in Paris, we also have the opportunity to spend time with our French grandmother…she is the elegant cherry atop our sundae!
For some pictures from our trip, see below…and follow us on instagram for more behind the scenes pictures from our travels!
We can’t wait to share the new ROARKE scarf necklaces with Taigan in the coming weeks! Check back in for new styles and more.
Until next time….
Selina and Laetitia
The sisters behind ROARKE New York
Celebrating its 24th year, the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville brings together extraordinary antique and horticultural dealers, magnificent gardens, and world-renowned lecturers. Attendees can purchase anything from plant materials to museum quality antiques from over 150 antiques and horticulture dealers.
The 2014 Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville is the largest show in the country combining spectacular garden spaces, fine antiques, and horticultural items into one outstanding three-day show. Located in the new Music City Center in vibrant downtown Nashville, the show’s 150 exhibitors, renowned experts and fabulous gardens make it the ultimate destination for new and ardent antique collectors, avid gardeners, those seeking design inspiration, and anyone who enjoys a breath of spring in the midst of winter.
This year’s honorary chairperson is Charlotte Moss, multiple award winner and designer of private residences and executive suites all over the world. There are also fantastic lectures lined up for the weekend including Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castles (better known as Downton Abbey), Jennifer Boles, Alexa Hampton, Mario Buatta and more. So pack your bags and head on over to Music City for some education, culture and of course, shopping!
There’s something magical about being in the mountains in the middle of winter. Snowy, peaceful. Somehow it’s quieter, the air lighter, and it dawns on you just how gorgeous nature is. Earlier this month, I flew out to Vail, Colorado with hotelier friends & colleagues to explore Vail, Beaver Creek, and Bachelor Gulch. While I’m not a down-hill skier, I absolutely love strapping on snow-shoes to get out into the back bowls with my camera. And let’s be honest, hot cocoa was made for a backdrop like this.
If you’ve been thinking about a ski vacation, there are still several months left to this season and record amounts of snow! And whether you’re dreaming of Whistler, Vail, or Megève, below are some Taigan finds to have you tootling through those mountain towns in winter-style.
Murdaugh Leather Boots by Peter Nappi | $416.50
Lila Fox is owner of New Orleans-based Constant Tourist Travel, a travel agency & concierge catering to the discerning traveler worldwide. For more information about planning your ski vacation contact Lila at email@example.com.
Venice is consistently ranked among the top cities coveted by travelers the world over. And as a travel adviser I can attest to that. It’s iconic and sexy, from the narrow paths that sometimes end at steps to the water to the hidden squares with their charming cafés tucked away. The small churches and art galleries, and churches that have been turned into art galleries. The cuisine, the style, the way of life that is so different from nearly anywhere else in the world. I recently visited Venice while traveling northern Italy and found myself more in love with the city than ever before. From early morning walks through the gondola docks to afternoons spent sipping cappuccino in St. Mark’s Square to late nights restaurant-hopping with my husband in a quest to find the best pasta… If Venice has always been on your travel list, below are several recommendations for where to stay, where to eat, and what to see – Plus some fabulous Taigan Finds reminiscent of this romantic city.
The Gritti Palace
Authentic & historical Venetian elegance on the Grand Canal.
Bacarando ai Corazzieri
Bohemia meets Italia
A day trip to Murano (known for its hand-made glass) & Burano (known for its hand-made lace)
These colorful towns are easily accessible from Venice via water taxi.
Venetian-inspired Taigan Finds:
The Alexis Scarf by Katie Fong | $276.25
*The lace detail is very reminiscent of the beautiful hand-made lace in Burano.
Reactor Carafes by Orbix Hot Glass | $220
*Colorful glass such as these is what Murano is famous for.
Santa Maria Novella Rose Fragrance by Absolution | $125
*The flowers used in this perfume grow wild in the regions near Venice.
Merlot Kensington Clutch by MORTON + HUDSON| $337.50
*Genuine leather clutches can be found in nearly every boutique, and at exceptional value.
Colorato Mugs by Beipiatti | $25.20
*Beipiatti’s products are sourced from artisans in Italy. Love these classic white cups for cappuccino.
Gabrielle Leather Bootie in Gaucho Reverse by Peter Nappi | $445.50
*Comfortable & stylish for this pedestrian-only city.
Classic Apron with Front Pocket by Savage Interior Design | $74.50
*The stripes remind me of the iconic gondolier tops.
Trolley Travel Bag by Peter Elliot Blue | $1800
*Blue. Leather. Venice.
Classico e Moderno: Essential Italian Cooking by Books & Books | $50
*Every kitchen deserves a great Italian cookbook.
Wine Bottle by William Yeoward | $101
*Whether for wine, water, or juice this classic container is a staple.
Lila Fox is owner of New Orleans-based Constant Tourist Travel, a travel agency & concierge catering to the discerning traveler worldwide. For more information about planning your trip to Venice, Italy contact Lila at firstname.lastname@example.org.