These are some of my favorite spots on my first trip to Madrid. I stayed in the neighborhood Las Letras which is super central and close to everything. This is also the neighborhood where Spain's greatest literati have lived.
- Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza - Definitely my favorite museum in Madrid so far. It's the second largest private collection of art in the world.
- Museo Sorolla - SO SO sad I ran out of time to go here. Go!
- Prado - The main national Spanish art museum.
- Reina sofia - Check out Picasso's Guernica.
- Palacio de Crystal - Walk through the beautiful Buen Retiro Park to arrive to the glass palace.
- El Imparcial - Cutest ground floor gift shop, gorgeous second floor restaurant!
- Sala Equis - Next door to El Imparcial is this hidden theater with a full bar and tapas. Watch a movie and chat in this super cool space!
- Sabores de Espana - Stop here for a quick vermut and a snack of tasty spicy olives and other tapas. Huge selection of tiny beers too!
- Hola Coffee - As seen in Vogue - super delicious cafe con leche + pistachio lemon cake.
- Central Cafe - Live jazz every night.
Toledo - Take a day trip here! Super easy to rent a car and drive one hour to tour the Cathedral, eat some marzipan, and take in the view with a drink at Parador de Toledo.
To keep your skin summer ready (actually all year around) my favorite shower essential is the Salux Exfoliating Body Towel! Use it with your shower gel or soap and lather it up. Exfoliates your entire body daily and reaches the hard areas like your back. It never gets gross like those shower puffs. I always travel with one and keep one at home. If you want a deeper exfoliation then go for the Salux Super Hard Towel (also available at The Brow Bar). They are even longer in length and great for guys.
*Do not buy the imitators, they are not the same!
I just discovered this amazing Euthymol Toothpaste on my recent trip to Europe. It's made in Ireland but I found it in my friends bathroom in Barcelona. The packaging is so cute and vintage, and the best part is when you squeeze the pink toothpaste out of the tube, it has a sweet mint flavor that may have a slight root beer taste. It's also fluoride free with antiseptic ingredients. Keep your mouth fresh and your bathroom chic!
The best Eyelash Curler is made by Shu Uemura! I've had mine for over ten years. They discontinued selling Shu Uemura in the US stores but you can still order them online. It comes with only one silicon replacement pad, no worries because Shiseido sells a pack of two replacement pads you can order online or buy at their counter.
If you're still using cotton balls, cotton rounds, or cotton pads made in the USA this is going to be a real game changer. Cotton balls never have enough surface area, soak up too much product, and the cotton rounds/squares have hard edges that scratch the skin. My favorite cotton pads are the Japanese MUIJI Unbleached Cotton Pads. Super soft, no hard edges, enough surface area for toner and makeup removal.
Whenever I travel I look for the best way to minimize and go lighter. I try to always travel with just a carry on suitcase. My favorite is the Lipault 4 wheel 22 inch carry on. Super light and flexible so you can cram anything in it. The four wheels are super important, what ever brand you buy, because you will be able to get through any aisle, and in and out of any bathroom stall with ease. I also own the Lipault 28 inch packing case, for when I travel on long haul flights. No point in getting the 26 inch medium size, since you have to check it in regardless, go bigger.
Next, the hairdryer! When you have a lot of hair it's the worst to have damp and frizzy hair. I love the Conair Travel Smart Folding Hair Dryer. It's so light, small, and fits in the palm of your hand! You can also adjust the voltage setting for international travel.
Lastly, two other items I love, especially when you know you may be buying alot on your trip. The Samsonite Tote-a-ton Duffle Bag is very light and folds right up, slip it in your carry on just in case, and check it on your return trip. I also bring the Orbsgo Digital Luggage Scale. This way I can check the weight of my luggage in the hotel room so I don't have to be stressed out and rearrange my luggage at the airport.
My favorite two skin supplements I take daily are New Chapter's Omega 7 (Seabuckthorn) and Now Foods Astaxanthin. Omega 7 is made from the seabuckthorn berry. It's great for skin and helps to stimulate hair & nail growth (great for sparse brows). Astaxanthin helps to make the skin more resilient to sun damage, fight wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation. You will also notice your skin texture change after a few weeks, as well as less dry eye.
Just uploaded two of our shoots for L'Officiel China, the April 2015 issue, with models Hou Meng Die and Tian Yi.
Producer Sarah West
L'Officiel China January's 2015 editorial shoot featuring model Tian Yi from IMG. Just had some time to publish the images today. Enjoy!
Producer Sarah West
Just received the new images model Lars Burmeister starred in for the new Vicutu campaign in NYC I produced.
We shot the cover of FHM China in NYC, with super model Anne V. and Reid Prebenda, in the Trump Soho Hotel. NQ Nail Queen did Anna's manicure. Body art was done by Jenai, which you may recognize her work from the most recent ad of Victor & Rolf's latest Bon Bon perfume ad.
Just wrapped a great week of new catalog shoots for two brands in NYC. Worked with supermodel Lars Burmeister, one the top male models. You might recognize him from his ads with Givenchy. We also shot models Clair Westenberg and Daria Popova, beautiful girls!
Just received photos from a story I worked on for Cosmopolitan China, in the January issue!