Three days in los Cabos

A friend of mine invited me to a girls only three day stay at Los Cabos. As you may already know, I am a sucker for everything beachy, luxurious and sunny but the general feedback that I got from people who already paid a visit to Cabos was, no beaches, dangerous currents, big waves and full of americans. This 3 day escape change my perspective on Cabos.

We landed sunday mid day at Los Cabos International, a little airport wedged between mountains and desert that already sounded like vacations.

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And were greater by soldats in full “operation desert storm” gear and anti Drug sniffing dogs. That was a first for me and it made me kind of iffy. Narcs, in Mexico? Really????Image

The taxi took us through a scenic road to Hacienda Encantada, a luxury resort 20 minutes away from the airport. Taking a road trip in Baja California sounds like a very good idea, the scenery is absolutely gorgeous and the roads super safe, thank ou doggies.

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So, Hacienda Encanta Resort…Full of americans, yes, it is. Specially during spring break. Not the most luxurious nor authentic place I have visited but overall very comfy and nice. The downside is that the villas are decorated in what americans think Mexican style should be. So full of very dark wood hispanic furnitures, heavy upholstery but the 3 bedrooms villas are spacious and comfortable enough for 8 people. Equipped with a swimming pool and a jacuzzi, they make a perfect retreat should they have an ocean view which ours didn’t have.  ImageImage

The resort has a nice pool and lounging area overseeing the Sea of Cortez but no access to the beach. So yes, it was what my friends depicted, a nice place with beautiful views and pool but no beach and rough surf which got me quite frustrated. i cannot just gaze at the ocean and not set foot on the beach or dive in the surf.

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So the next morning, we spotted a very nice strip of honey sand which apparently belonged to the Sheraton and decided to spend the day there. And we did good. the beach is absolutely pristine, the ocean quiet and the surf christen clear. A bliss!

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This is actually the place where we’ll come back with the kids as they have a mini club, an awesome tropical like swimming pool and no dangerous currents nor rocks. Well, there are some very scenic rocks next to the golf course but they are more scenic than dangerous and are the perfect fishing spot.

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When in Cabos, a boat trip is mandatory. A zodiac is best for whale watching as they are fast and can spot and follow the big mammals within minutes. The Cabos Marina is absolutely lovely and offers a wide variety of speed boats and sail boats. You can even go duty free shopping to the Luxury Avenue Mall where prestigious brand such as Cartier and Salvatore Ferragamo are waiting for you.L1020125

We decides to take a sail boat trip to go see the Arch and Lovers beach, one of the rare spot where an Ocean, it that case the atlantic one, meets a sea, the Cortez one. Spectacular!

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Other very nice Cabos Treats, the restaurants. We went to Las Ventanas al Paraiso to have an exquisite dinner by the sea. Most recommended dish, the vertically grilled Huachinango and I love the white and blue decor.

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Another beautiful place to dine if not to stay is the One and Only Palmilla. An outstandingly romantic hotel, nestled in lush tropical gardens and the perfect place for an intimate yet very chic wedding as they have an onsite hispanic colonial chapel.

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The chef is Moroccan so you’ll be in for a nice spicy, flavourful twist on fish.

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A fabulous 3 day trip which I will do again with my family as there is a ton of stuff to do, to see, to explore. I will definitely stay either at the Sheraton or at Las Ventanas al Paraiso which both have an amazing beach. Then drive by todos Santos for photo shooting and craft shopping and all the way up to La Paz which apparently boats superb beaches with cristallin waters. Los Cabos, to be continued…

Le confident, d’Hélène Grémillon

Voici un autre prêt de mon amie Marie qui n’a pas résisté plus de 48h. Je lis beaucoup, c’est vrai, en moyenne deux livres par semaines, ce qui peut s’avérer problématique en vivant au Mexique. Je sais, je sais, il faut que je passe au Kindle mais c’est tellement bon de regarder la couverture, tourner les pages, sentir les différentes textures de papier, l’odeur d’encre…

Si certains livres comme le dernier Dan Brown, “Inferno” aurait mérité une coupe d’une bonne centaine de pages, “Le confident” en aurait mérité une bonne centaine de plus. Le paradoxe avec un excellent bouquin  est que l’on ne peux s’en détacher et que l’on voit arriver le quatrième de couverture avec une sorte d’excitation mêlée d’apprehension. Oui, les livres en français ou en anglais sont rares chez moi et j’aime les savourer.

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Camille vient de perdre sa mère. Parmi les lettres de condoléances, une étrange lettre non signée. ” Annie a toujours fait partie de ma vie, j’avais deux ans quand elle est née, deux ans moins quelques jours. Nous habitions le même village -N- et je la croisais sans la chercher, l’école, les promenades, la messe.” Sans doute une erreur.

Mais chaque mardi, une nouvelle lettre anonyme surgit, relatant une histoire d’amour impossible sur fond de Deuxième Guerre Mondiale. Camille, éditrice, voit là le subterfuge d’un auteur plusieurs fois éconduit par des maisons d’éditions. Pas bête car elle est happée par cette histoire d’une jeune fille pauvre, Annie, qui fait chavirer le coeur de Louis, amoureux éconduit depuis  ses deux ans. Annie rêve de devenir peintre et refuse le destin classique des jeunes filles de sa condition et de son temps. Elle se lit d’amitié avec la riche Madame M., une jeune femme solitaire vivant pratiquement en recluse dans sa grande demeure. Madame M. cache un terrible secret auquel Annie va être mêlée.

Camille devine peu à peu qu’elle est liée, malgré elle, à ces quatre destins brisés et se met en tête de retrouver ce mystérieux correspondant. “J’ai toujours pensé que les secrets doivent mourir avec ceux qui les ont portés. Vous vous dites sûrement que je trahis mes propres convictions, puisque je vous en parle, mais à vous, je dois tout dire.” Annie, Louis, Monsieur et Madame M… Ces personnages ne cessent de la hanter.

Un premier récit bouleversant et magistralement écrit. Un village français, un Paris occupé et un terrible secret pour lequel quatre personnes ont sacrifié leur vie.

Et puis Paulette… de Barbara Constantine

Après avoir lu plusieurs critiques élogieuses sur amazon et sur les conseils d’une vendeuse de la Fnac, j’achetais deux exemplaires de ce livre. Un pour moi et l’autre pour ma grand-mère. Je n’eu jamais l’occasion de lire le mien, l’ayant offert à une amie. Selon la jeune femme de la Fnac, toujours elle, c’était le roman à offrir par excellence…

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Je rentrais donc à Mexico City où les livres français se troquent au prix du caviar avec mon envie de Paulette. Heureusement, je découvrai que mon amie Marie avait les mêmes goûts littéraires que moi. J’ai dévoré Paulette en moins de 48h, et encore, c’est bien parce qu’il fallait que je m’occupe de mes trois enfants, de mon mari, des repas etc. Seule au coin d’un bon feu avec une théière à portée de main, elle n’aura pas tenu l’après-midi, Paulette.

Ferdinand, veuf, vit seul dans sa grande ferme récemment désertée par son fils, sa femme et ses Lulus (Ludovic, 8 ans et Lucien, 6 ans) partis s’installer au village où ils tiennent un restaurant. Mais Ferdinand ne s’habitue pas aux grandes pièce vide et au silence et, contre toute attente, recueille sa mystérieuse voisine pour combler sa solitude. De fille en aiguille, la ferme se peuple de personnes que la vie n’a pas épargnées. Générations et bêtes en tous genres cohabitent non sans heurts mais la ferme reprend vie, se remet à fonctionnerez chacun reprend goût  au quotidien.

Un plan “solidarvioc” qui met du baume au coeur à tous ces êtres cabossés, chahutés par la vie, laissés pour compte de la société qui, petit à petit, retrouvent un sens à leur existence.

Ce récit n’est pas sans rappeler l’immense succès d’Anna Gavalda, “Ensemble, c’est tout” qui abordait le même thème. Comme quoi la solitude et l’isolement semblent être les maux communs de notre société. Un style simple, efficace. Des chapîtres extrêmement courts, de quelques pages à peine. Nous sommes très loin de Proust mais c’est rafraîchissant, tendre, émouvant.

A lire un jour de pluie avec un très bon Earl Grey et une tarte fine aux pommes.

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Nicolas Ghesquière debut at Louis Vuitton for FW 2014-15

This must have been the most anticipated show of the Paris Fashion Week. After 14 years as Artistic Director of the iconic monogram firm, Marc Jacobs led place to Nicolas Guesquière, ex Balenciaga.

The invitations came in a black Taïga enveloppe, each monogrammed to the guests initials. Very classy and thoughtful

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On each seat was a note simply signed Nicolas expressing his gratitude for being here today. “Today is a new day. A big day,” “You are about to witness my first fashion show for Louis Vuitton. Words can’t express exactly how I am feeling at this moment…”

Freja opened up the show with some greasy looking bangs and a very 70′s Ally Mc Graw look, meaning short skirt, thick fabrics, empire waist and knee high boots.1625561_10152112329317562_453462723_n

I am not a big fan of the 70′s look with geometric patterns in brown, orange and red, thick and rigid fabrics looking more like upholstery fabrics than ready to wear ones.00110h_1280x1920 00150h_1280x1920

And some silhouettes strangely reminded me of Star Trek…00200h_1280x1920 00240h_1280x1920

 

Ski Sweater anyone? This will be a smashing hit next season in Courchevel, I can guarantee it!

00140h_1280x1920A lot of designers opted for tiny waists and flirty skirts, a feminine and juvenile silhouette. I love the ankle strapped boots but being short, will probably not wear them with a short skirt but rather with pants to elongate the silhouette. The contrasted color and mix of patent and matt leather will make these boots some very coveted pieces.

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Not a big fan of the bulky knitted empire waist skirt either, especially matched with a shiny leather tiny top and greasy bangs.00280h_1280x1920

In this look I couldn’t help but wonder if Mr. Ghesquière was fan of the cult french series “Les Deschiens”. Come on, are we really going to wear this?00420h_1280x1920

But there were pieces I really liked, like this casual look. I love the shinny leggings, the monochromatic look, the loosely hanging belt and the sheering black coat.

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Or this beautiful belted tweed coat with leather details. So 70′s chic…00340h_1280x1920

And this gorgeous black crocodile one.00260h_1280x1920The cocktail dresses looked like a mix between Laura Ingals and Balenciage and the hip slits looked weird and not really practical. What kind of panty are you going to wear under this?00360h_1280x1920

I could definitely picture Courtney Love emerging from a bar completely waisted wearing this look. It is the combination between the “U” neck, the nude hue, the excess of zips, the platinum hair, and hazy eyes of the model that reminded me of her, no?

00450h_1280x1920Well, so much expectations for a rather disappointing show which no one in the industry will dare to qualify this way. But hey, look at Charlotte Gainsbourg back stage with Nicolas Ghesquière wearing a piece from his debut Louis Vuitton Collection. Doesn’t she look like she had a car accident and is wearing a neck collar?17_nicolas_ghesqui_re_et_charlotte_gainsbourg__2__446957941_north_883xThis is only a debut, the good thing is, it can only improve from here. Let’s not forget it, Mr. Ghesquière is an amazingly talented designer, he just needs some adjusting to the big power house which Louis Vuitton is.