From Paris to L.A. and a tour of the Greek Islands, discover where the Modettes are headed and
how they plan to make the most of the long weekend.
HOLLYWOOD HILLS, LOS ANGELES
TATIANA HAMBRO, FASHION WRITER
“I’ve always wanted to go to L.A.—people come back either loving or hating it. A friend of mine lives there, and her sister lives here in New York, so we thought Memorial Day was the perfect excuse to make it a girls trip.”
Where to Stay: Well, it’s got to be the Beverly Hills Hotel. I can’t wait to see that iconic palm wallpaper.
Where to Eat: Jon & Vinny's is an Italian restaurant started by two of the coolest dudes in town (according to my pal!). They play hip-hop all night and their signature is the 'Ham & Yeezy' (yes, Kanye is a regular). Tenant’s of the Trees is an indoor-outdoor cocktail bar in this cool 1940s building in Silver Lake.
Insider Tip: I follow Mier Gallery on Instagram (great for discovering emerging contemporary artists) so I’m looking forward to visiting in person. I hear the Broad Museum is a must and of course the newly opened Hauser & Wirth gallery.
In My Suitcase: Vintage-inspired dresses (I wish the Rose Bowl flea market was on during my stay), cool slides and as much swimwear as my carry-on will allow.
ELIZABETH LEVENTHAL, GENERAL MERCHANDISING MANAGER, RTW
“Tel Aviv has always been on the bucket list. We are going to visit friends but also for the food—my husband is obsessed with food!”
Where to Stay: The Norman in Tel Aviv is an amazing boutique hotel.
Where to Eat: The Salon (or Ha’Salon) is supposed to be incredible. It belongs to Eyal Shani, one of the best chefs in Tel-Aviv, and is only open twice a week. I am so excited to go!
Where to Go: The Beresheet Spa looks so relaxing, it’s on the edge of towering cliffs that slope down into the Ramon Crater.
In My Suitcase:
I’ll need pieces that take me from walking the city streets in the day to enjoying cocktails at happy hour. The hotel calls for some great poolside attire so swimwear from Lisa Marie Fernandez is a must.
“My fiancé’s house in Quogue has been in his family for about 100 years—it's the ultimate comfortable getaway. Right on the bay overlooking the water, you get the serenity of the Hamptons without "the scene”.
Where to Stay: The Quogue Club has a cute modern, colonial vibe. It has great food and everything you need is within biking distance.
Insider Tip: Stock up on fresh produce at Fruit King—a farm stand that’s open 7 days a week. For evenings, Cowfish is a great bar. Take a boat, dock it right there, and enjoy the ethereal outdoor lighting.
In My Suitcase: I’m keeping it super relaxed: a shoe that's easy to throw on to walk to the market or bike to the beach and a chic bathing suit with an effortless tunic for day.
"I'd never miss an opportunity to visit my my best friend in Paris. Her apartment is in République, which is walking distance from the Marais.”
Where to Stay: André Saraiva's latest project, Hôtel Grand Amour on rue de la Fidélité is a perfect example of Parisian charm with a modern theme. Rooms are customized by a slew of iconic artists like Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton and Carlotta Khol.
What to Do: Take a walk down Rue Charlot in the Marais and stop at Cafe Charlot for a midday coffee. It’s great for people watching. In the evening take a scooter ride to Sacre-Coeur, equipped with a bottle of wine (or two!)—the view of the city from the steps is so beautiful.
Insider Tip: Decadent pastries come to mind when one thinks of Paris, but sadly not for this gluten-free girl. Luckily I've found love at Chambelland Boulangerie where I stock up on olive focaccia and gluten-free pastries for breakfast.
In My Suitcase: My interpretation of 'French chic': a day-to-night dress, chic flats and nothing too flashy!
“My mom and I are off to Greece! We are spending a night in Athens and then heading out to the islands: Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and Patmos.”
Where to Stay: Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens is like staying at The Plaza or The Ritzoffers—it offers the ultimate five-star treatment. (If we were going to Porto Heli, the Amanzoe is the place to stay—think less traditional Greece and more urban zen)
What to Do: Don’t miss Elafonísi Beach in Crete where you'll find pink sand and crystal-clear water.
If you’re in Athens long enough, check out the graffiti art in the Exarcheia area. A friend tells me it’s amazing, and there’s an authentic restaurant called Ama Laxei nearby.
In My Suitcase: The weather (fingers crossed!) should be warm and sunny, so I’m packing a mixture of pieces that will work on and off the beach.