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BIRTHDAY BLISS

Dressed to celebrate myself, I’m sporting a Taroni royal blue silk moire kaftan made by Olas in Tangier, Tom Ford era Gucci ruffle and lace tuxedo shirt, Tom Ford tuxedo pant and silk brocade slippers, Le Noeud Papillon black silk bow tie and cummerbund, Seaman Schepps rock crystal, diamond and onyx evening set, Cartier Tank Divan, and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.
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Another year has passed and for some reason this one felt a bit challenging. Birthdays can often find one becoming somewhat self reflective – and if one isn’t careful, that introspection can easily lead to an unhealthy level of self criticism. For instance, this birthday found me fixated on career and life goals that haven’t been reached – a thought spiral that left me in a pretty foul mood. The day was spent mostly on my own, which was probably a good thing as it gave me an opportunity to sit and examine those thoughts and feelings. I decided to enact a little self-help exercise: writing to myself from a higher plane. From this more elevate perspective, unencumbered by niggling negative thought-spirals, it was easy to see that marvelous manifestations abound! Just a little shift really can be a powerful thing. We create our realities, and telling a better story is a good place to start – helping to ease negativity’s grip. This, all was followed by dose of mindfulness, (i.e. resting in the here and now). Being present allows us to put down the baggage of disappointment, incessant comparison with others, and everything else that is at odds with this quite divine moment – after all, “now” is all we ever have! This focus brings with it natural gratitude and amazement. It’s an energetic state of mind, creating fertile conditions for good things in our lives. Feelings of being less than, lack, and limitation magically transform into abundance.

Birthday dinner at Majorelle

Of course there are external things one can do to cheer up too – and getting dressed nicely for dinner in my new kaftan from Tangier for a marvelous dinner at my very favorite Majorelle here in town certainly elevated everything. In the end, I did indeed experience some Birthday bliss! 

Inside Tangier: Houses & Gardens

The release of my brilliant friend Nicolò Castellini Baldissera’s tremendous tome, Inside Tangier: Houses & Gardens, could not have been timed more perfectly. As you know, McBee and I have just gotten back from a most terrific holiday in Tangier, and I’m happy to see that our posts and Instagram images have been creating some buzz and excitement about this enchanted place. Now that we’ve perhaps wet your appetite, we beseech you to sink your teeth into Baldissera’s new book! We’ve included some of Guido Taroni’s spectacular photos below. You’ll find many many more when you add this sumptuous book to your library!

Inside Tangier – Dar Zero
Inside Tangier – Dar Zero
Inside Tangier – Dar Zero
Inside Tangier – Villa Mabrouka – Yves-Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge
Inside Tangier – Villa Mabrouka – Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge
Inside Tangier – Gazebo Veere Grenney
Tebarek Allah – Umberto Pasti and Stephan Janson
Inside Tangier – Casa Tosca – Nicolo Castellini Baldissera
Inside Tangier – Cliff House – Madison Cox

We’ve mentioned here on WIJW that much of the real splendor of Tangier exists behind closed doors – hidden to all but those who reside there and a rather select inner circle – so we consider ourselves extremely blessed to have exquisite friends like Monica di Valmarana and her husband Richard Conahay who have helped to open many of those doors for us. Now, thanks to the efforts of the super chic and multi-talented Nicolo Castellini Baldissera and the superb photographer, Guido Taroni, everyone can tour some of the most glorious, exclusive, and dreamy Tangier homes. The book is absolutely stunning. Click here to pick up your copy of Inside Tangier: Houses & Gardens. It’s a must have!

IN TANGIER AT VILLA JOSEPHINE

Arriving at Villa Josephine, I’m sporting an Orlebar Brown Bond 007 sage linen safari jacket, linen voile shirt from De Valsco, Ralph Lauren Purple Label white cotton cargo pants, Tom Ford Wilton chain loafers in zebra, Hermes Cape Cod Deux Zones watch, Lock & Co, Tuscany fedora and my fragrance is Mandini Tangier Gardenia.

After our last superb stay at Villa Josephine we simply had to return! We had a fairly full trip schedule this time around, so it was a welcome place to decompress. In fact we didn’t leave its glorious grounds for three whole days!

A pre dinner stroll at Villa Josephine – Tom Ford mango seersucker suit, silk pocket square, persimmon velvet ikat slippers, Gucci Moroccan style tunic shirt, Hermes Cap Code Deux Zones watch, and my fragrance is Madini Tangier Gardenia


We had breakfast, lunch and all but one dinner served on the tremendous terraces – and even managed to have a few friends there for cocktail hour. Villa Josephine felt like our own home in Tangier. One night, we treated ourselves to dinner in the divine dining room – with after dinner drinks al fresco under the stars to bask in the beauty of the place.

Villa Josephine
Villa Josephine
Villa Josephine

The place has a flavor of the French Riviera with an African twist – Villa Josephine really is unique amongst Morocco’s maison d’hôtes. There is no other place like it in Tangier. Now with Jasper Conran opening Villa Mabrouka (the former home of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge), there might be some competition! We’ll be sure to try it on our next visit to Tangier, but suffice it to say, Villa Josephine will always be very special to us and we look forward to many more visits.

Afternoon coffee on one of the many terraces at Villa Josephine Tangier. I’m sporting a Lock & Co “Tuscany” fedora, a De Velasco olive linen shirt, Ralph Lauren brown floral chintz shorts, Gucci leopard espadrille and a Hermes Cape Cod Deux Zones watch.
The grounds of Villa Josephine.
Lounging at Villa Josephine.
A farewell-to-Tangier stroll in the glorious gardens of Villa Josephine. I’m wearing a Tom Ford Ivory silk Spencer jacket, white cotton French cuff shirt, linen,silk floral pants, persimmon velvet ikat slippers, Hermes coral silk pocket square, Cape Cod Deux Zones watch, Seaman Schepps cufflinks in shell with coral beads, and my fragrance is Madini Tangier Gardenia.

On our way home, we had one final night in Morocco – we took the high speed train to Casablanca to catch a direct flight to New York the next day – we arrived in time to pay homage to design legend Bill Wills at Rick’s Cafe – one of his last projects and certainly one of the best meals we had.