Category archives: Black

Escape to… Havana, Cuba with Jose Villa & Joel Serrato

I’m a big fan of travel photography, especially of places not usually visited by Americans. Here, Jose Villa‘s beautiful photographs capture the soft colors of Cuba and the city that seems trapped in time…

The texture of the walls…

How beautiful are these doors? The chippy paint and the scale of the doors is perfection.

The vintage cars are so beautiful…

Jose said that while most Cubans have very little, they are a very happy, warm people…

And now for the most stunning film by Joel Serrato of Havana, be prepared to be completely swept away…

Ready for your own Cuban escape?! Here are the best places to sleep/eat/see:

Sleep: Hotel Saratoga…located in the heart of Havana, this 96 room 5 star hotel is as much modern and eclectic as it is classic, and has some of the best views of Havana from it’s rooftop terrace (perfect for those warm Havana rights!). Lucky for you, the hotel also has some of the best food/drinks/spa services around. Located on one of the busiest streets in central Havana, Hotel Saratoga offers the perfect combination of luxury and convenience.

Eat: Floridita…opening in 1817, this Havana landmark is known as much for it’s authentic Cuban inspired seafood dishes as it’s famous cocktails. Once named one of the 7 most popular bars in the world  (as noted by Esquire Magazine in the 50’s), Floridita offers visitors to Havana a flash back to Cuba’s former glory days.  Fun fact: Ernest Hemingway was a regular at Floridita back in the day, and is even said to have written his first draft of “For Whom the Bell Tolls” here. Looking to channel Hemingway’s literary genius? Be sure to order a daiquiri, his favorite drink!

See: Often called “The Soul of Havana” by locals, no trip would be complete without a walk along El Malecón. This 4+ mile seafront promenade is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. You’ll find yourself wandering past local Cuban children swimming, taking in the gorgeous ocean views on one side while gazing back across the walkway upon now dilapidated luxury villas from Cuba’s heyday. It’s a truly romantic juxtaposition. Two other visitor must sees? The Havana Capital Building (otherwise known as El Capital) and the Partagas Cigar Factory.

More Prettiness from the Rue Editorial

Calling any of Jose Villa’s photos outtakes seems sort of ridiculous, but here they are, more goodies from the Rue shoot. Above, Santa Barbara at sunset…

For the first setup of the day, I had a few adriondecks brought in from Found, pillows from Yeah Rentals and I brought a funky wicker side table and put my big brass swan filled with wax flowers on top of it.

For flowers, I wanted it to be very loose and very spring… I used lilac, tulips, ranunculus and jasmine vine. The basket was a thrift store find (love the aqua and blue pattern) and the main table’s container was from Anthropologie. Plates, flatware and glassware available for rental for the amazing Casa de Perrin.

After shooting the table and one look on the docks, we moved to the boat…

This dress didn’t make it into the magazine, but I’m obsessed with it! Its Rachel Zoe and the dress moves so pretty in the wind… I accessorized with a few chunky gold necklaces and a gold hammered cuff. Big thank you again to all who helped contribute!

Bridal Market: Vera Wang

Vera Wang’s collection for Fall 2012 was pure couture goodness. The color palette of black and nude definitely gave the collection an avant guarde feel, not to mention the elaborate bodice constructions of the nude gowns.

I particularly love the structured bodice of the dress on the right, that dress will make anyone’s waist look small. So what do you think? Would you wear a nude or black dress on your wedding day?

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Bridal Market: Romona Keveza

The first show I attend was Romona Keveza and it was a show stopper. Inspired by Brigette Bardot, the theme was definitely glamorous, sexy and so very french. I love these bold red evening dresses!

The short white a-line dress is so flirty and fun, it would make quite the party dress. And I love the traditional meets modern take of the two bottom gowns, the  chiffon overlay is so pretty and etheral.

And then there was a string of black dresses and one slinky champagne dress. I love the neckline and the slit in the of the dress in upper right, which one is your fav?