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CELEBRATING ASHLEY HICKS’ BUCKINGHAM PALACE: THE INTERIORS

I’m absolutely thrilled to share with our WIJW readership Ashley Hicks’ tremendous new tome, Buckingham Palace: The Interiors (and it’s  just in time for Season 3 of The Crown to help you get in the spirit of things!). Hicks has beautifully captured the royal splendor of Buckingham Palace in his wildly rich and superbly executed photographs – a compendium of the ultimate in Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian styles.

From Ashley Hicks’ Buckingham Palace: The Interiors.

It really looks like Hicks photographed these interiors using only natural light, and if he did augment anything with artificial help, it is imperceptible. Either way, it is a testament to his art!

From Ashley Hicks’ Buckingham Palace: The Interiors.

I can say that this work is certainly the freshest, most dynamic and vibrant portrayal of Buckingham Palace that I have ever seen. Hicks takes us on a private and unforgettable virtual tour, choosing all the best views from the Grand Staircase to the opulent State Rooms. He creates an absolutely ravishing royal tale with a unique take on so much of Buckingham’s history.

From Ashley Hicks’ Buckingham Palace: The Interiors.
From Ashley Hicks’ Buckingham Palace: The Interiors.

Needless to say, this is a must-have addition to one’s library. For the dreamers, decorators, and royal enthusiasts, there is something for everyone. It’d certainly be a glorious gift for your beloved ones, and (as I’ve hinted above) fans of The Crown as well! Pick up your copy here: Buckingham Palace: The Interiors

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!