Month: August 2015

Sleep like Viennese Royalty…even if just for a night!

To live or sleep like a Viennese

To live or sleep like a Viennese Hapsburg in modern times has become somewhat realistic thanks to some luxury hotel chains in Vienna, Austria.  The Hapsburg Dynasty is known for it’s opulent and luxurious architecture all over Europe. Along with the architecture came the craving for the arts and music to fill their masterpieces thus creating one of the most important royal houses of Europe…in life and in death.

As the wife of an Austrian Diplomate

As the wife of an Austrian Diplomate, I have become to love the Austrian culture and Vienna rates as my #1 must see places in the world. With cooler weather, wine harvest season and Halloween around the corner I thought I would highlight some of the “not so obvious” things to do while in Vienna, Austria during the fall!

Let’s start with your hotel stay. Whether you book the presidential suite or just take a stroll thru their grand lobbies…these hotels should certainly be on your tour schedule in between the museums, concerts and coffee shops!

Golden opulence at the Palais Coburg.
Golden opulence at the Palais Coburg.
Sleep like a queen at Hotel Sacher in one of their stately appointed rooms.
Sleep like a queen at Hotel Sacher in one of their stately appointed rooms.
The Park Hyatt was the former headquarters of the Austrian Monarchy Bank.
The Park Hyatt was the former headquarters of the Austrian Monarchy Bank.
Prince of Wales Suite - Entrance at the Hotel Bristol.
Prince of Wales Suite – Entrance at the Hotel Bristol.

September is the time of the year for wine harvesting. There are many festivals and a perfect time to head into the neighboring hills of Grinzing and Klosterneuburg where you can sip Sturm, Zweigelt and Blauburger while enjoying a beautiful view of the city and the Danube.  Wondering what Sturm is? It is a semi-fermented grape juice from the first grape harvest of the season. It’s low in alcohol and marks the official start of autumn!

Typical Austrian brettl-jause (selection of cold cuts & cheeses served on a wooden board) served with an Austrian white wine.
Typical Austrian brettl-jause (selection of cold cuts & cheeses on a wooden board) served with an Austrian white wine.

With Halloween around the corner what better way to spend October than visiting the final resting place for the members of the Habsburg Empire known as The Imperial Crypt (German: Kaisergruft). It is located beneath the Capuchin Church and monastery, which is located on Neuer Markt square (Inner Stadt), near the Hofburg Palace. The bones of 145 Habsburg royalty, plus urns containing the hearts or cremated remains of four others, are here, including 12 emperors and 18 empresses. The metal caskets or sarcophagi styles range from simple to the über exuberant rococo.

Imperial family sarcophagi
Imperial family sarcophagi
Detail on one of the many sarcophagi for the imperial family.
Detail on one of the many sarcophagi for the imperial family.

Last but not least one must take a stroll or a horse drawn ride thru the Vienna Central Cemetery (Central Freidhof). It is so large that it hardly seems possible to be able to discover all of its intricacies and renowned burial sites. Be sure allow time for this must see spot. Fall is perfect when the temps start to chill the air. Austria’s most famous artist and musicians are buried here.

Beethovan and Schubert along with artist Gustav Klimt are buried at the central cemetery in Vienna.
Beethovan and Schubert along with artist Gustav Klimt are buried at the central cemetery in Vienna.

I hope you have enjoyed just a small sampling of what awaits you in Vienna, Austria. Sleep like a royal…

Southern Charm takes St. Barths

St. Barths known for it’s jet-set travelers, celebrities, yachts, lux villas, fine dining and insane shopping was the perfect destination for a recent southern girls get away. When deciding where our group would take a much needed break, St. Barths was the obvious choice. We loaded our Louis Vuitton luggage, Hermes birkins & Celiné clutches and off we went to spread a little Southern Charm!

 

Packing & Shopping 101: Less is more…the shopping there is crazy chic and if you hit in May you can grab some great deals. I scored many silk #Pucci caftans and fun cover-ups. I am ready to take on any lux fashionista with a southern attitude. One of my favorite things to take home from the island is its famous oil & lotions St. Barth Ligne…yummy.

 

 

Dining 101: If your renting a villa, as we did, go ahead and give Maya’s Catering a call or your villa concierge at St. Barths Properties can assist you. This is a sampling of our dinner reservations. Don’t forget to hit Nikki Beach for a little extra fun!!

  • Bonito Friday evening 7 or 7:30
  • Ti for 9:00pm show Saturday evening
  • La Playa Sunday evening 7-7:30
  • Bagatelle for Sunday brunch
Bonita for chic dining
Bonita for chic dining
Ti for a little fun
Ti for a little fun
Maya’s To Go
Maya’s To Go

Accommodations: We rented a three bedroom villa with all king size suites from St. Barths Properties. Highly recommend their services. There are also many beautiful hotels on the island. Some of my favorites are Eden Rock and Hotel Le Toiny for an über chic stay.

Hotel Le Toiny
Villa Wide View available thru St. Barths Properties.
Eden Rock St. Barths

We look forward to hearing about your stay in St. Barth’s. Please leave us a comment on your favorites spots in St. Barth!

Holy Chic

The latest styles to hit the streets are “HOLY”, you know the kind with holes that show just enough skin that makes you yell #Hallelujah. From prints to lace to sheer…the newest trend that’s changing the game in fashion is holes, grommet and dots creating an incredible illusion. Tattered boyfriends jeans lined with holes are becoming the most needed piece of clothing to perfect that effortless street style. Diane Von Furstenberg is creating adorable dresses with grommeted detail and the polka dot illusions with a stain finishes. Other designers such as Mulger, Alexander Wang, and Proenza Schouler are also digging the new trend, and it’s only a matter of time until the “Holy” effect takes the fashion scene by storm. My favorite right now is Self-Portrait. Goggle them and you will find out why!
Thanks for dropping in…until next blog…ARZ