Lady at the Matisse Cut-Outs Exhibition

It’s an exciting week for London! The city is abuzz with anticipation for the four-day Easter bank holiday weekend, and seemingly everyone has big plans. But there’s something to look forward to even before school lets out: the opening of the greatly anticipated Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition at the Tate Modern on Thursday. I got a special sneak preview this morning, and here’s what I found.

Matisse Cut-Outs Exhibition at the Tate Modern

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Lady Staycations in Westminster

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in New Zealand this week with Prince George. Minute-by-minute updates of the eight-month-old’s first royal tour are all over the London papers, making it impossible not to think about the trio everywhere I go. That includes Westminster, where Will and Kate got married three years ago this month. But instead of fighting the media frenzy, I’ve chosen to embrace it with a staycation right by Westminster Abbey, the royal wedding venue.

Houses of Parliament in London

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Lady in Durham

Anyone that has taken a train up the east coast of England knows that when you get to Durham, something amazing happens. Out of the corner of your eye, you see a shape in the distance that catches your attention. You look out the window at a hulking stone mass on the horizon, then you do a double take. Because Durham Cathedral is one of the most amazing sights you’ve ever seen.

Durham Cathedral in England

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Lady’s Moroccan Cooking Videos

My epic foodie trip to Marrakech last week included a great cooking lesson. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try making the recipes at home. I shot two videos—one video showing how to make couscous and one video showing how to make a cardoon salad—that can get you cooking Moroccan food.

How to Make Moroccan Couscous Video

Here’s the video showing how to make authentic Moroccan couscous from scratch, including an explanation as to why it tastes so much better than the boxed kind:


If you can’t see the video, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgHxqNI5_A0

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Lady in Marrakech

It’s sunset in Marrakech. On the roof terrace at Dar Les Cigognes riad, the scene is spectacular. The sinking sun makes silhouettes of giant storks nesting on the rose colored walls of the royal palace, and a long table is set for dinner under the Moroccan stars. I’m offered a glass of local wine, and as I put my nose to it, I breathe in a terroir redolent of exotic spices and souks.

Rooftop of Dar Les Cigognes Riad in Marrakech

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Lady in St Martin’s Courtyard

JoJo is a miracle worker. She really knows how to get the knots out of my perennially stressed shoulders. As she massages my upper back, she doesn’t cut corners. JoJo singles out every knot and wages a gentle war until it surrenders. It’s exactly what I hope for in every massage I get. No wonder she works at a day spa called Relax in the heart of Covent Garden’s St Martin’s Courtyard.

Covent Garden Academy of Flowers in St Martin's Courtyard, London

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Lady in Rancho Santa Fe

Mention Rancho Santa Fe to someone in San Diego and you’re bound to get a memorable reaction. “It’s where all the golf courses are,” some say. “It’s where all the rich people live,” others claim. “It’s where my favorite spa is,” my brother’s mother-in-law tells me. And it’s that last one that gets my attention. Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa is her favorite place to relax and rejuvenate, and I have a feeling it’s going to be mine, too.

Rancho Valencia Hotel in Rancho Santa Fe

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Lady in Paso Robles

There’s nothing quite like taking a road trip in California. The bright sun, the beautiful coastal scenery along the state’s iconic Highway 1, and the golden beaches make it one of the most popular routes in the world to travel. But there’s one catch. With so many wineries up and down the coast, it can be hard to stay focused on the road. That’s particularly true in Paso Robles.

Vineyards in in Paso Robles

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Lady at Hearst Castle

If you made millions as a media mogul, how would you spend your fortune? Would you buy a private jet and travel the world? Use it to live the life you’ve always wanted? Give it all to charity? If you were William Randolph Hearst, you would build a castle. Hearst Castle.

Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle

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Lady in British Columbia

British Columbia is bigger than it first appears. I used to think only of Vancouver when the westernmost Canadian province was mentioned, but every time I go I discover another destination worth visiting. On my most recent trip it was Whistler, but on previous travels throughout British Columbia I have found a depth and diversity I never imagined, and now my list of places to visit in BC grows longer all the time.

Victoria BC, Canada

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Lady in Vancouver

There’s something about the west coast of North America that I can’t get enough of. From San Francisco to Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, the laid-back culture and good food and wine are the perfect combination for a great life. This is particularly true in Vancouver, where things just keep getting better.

Rainbow Crosswalks in Vancouver's West End

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Lady in Whistler

I come from a long line of unemotional women. Both sides of my family feature females with less emotional capacity than bricks (and that’s being mean to the bricks). As such, I tend to avoid things that are overtly feminine or super girly. Which is why I’m a bit nervous when Destination British Columbia invites me to participate in a women’s ski camp in Whistler, Canada.

Skiing in Whistler

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