Dublin Daytrip: Museum of Style Icons, Newbridge

“She was so fond of this Pucci dress that she’s said to have ordered one in every colour.”  It’s Saturday morning and I’m on a private tour of the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.  “Rumour has it she’s buried in the green version,” says Anne, the museum guide, gesturing to a demure pink dress once owned by Marilyn Monroe. It comes as a revelation that Monroe was so taken by such a simple,…
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AUTUMN/WINTER EDIT

Making Perfume with Galimard in Grasse

Just like a song or a person, I can associate a perfume with nearly every destination I’ve visited. My discovery in Milan was Prada’s Infusion d’Iris. Bright Crystal by Versace always reminds me of a trip to Reykjavik, while New York will forever be Hypnose by Lancome. It’s easy then to see why I couldn’t take a trip to the fragrant south of France without paying a visit to the prestigious Galimard Perfumery in Grasse.…
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Learning to Waltz in Vienna

It’s New Year’s Eve and all over Vienna, couples are polishing their dancing shoes in anticipation of the city’s glittering Le Grand Bal which takes place this evening in the magical surroundings of the Hofburg Palace. Tonight, the debutantes committee from Vienna’s world-famous Elmayer Dance School will open the ball. After hours of practice and preparation, they’ll glide elegantly around the palace’s Festsaal, making light work of the intricate dance steps. Learning to Waltz 1-2-3.…
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