TRAVEL STYLE · 1 AUG 2013
Hello everyone! My apologies for being off the radar for a long while. I wish I knew beforehand how time consuming planning a wedding would be. Luckily, the endless hours of searching the internet paid off and I'm thrilled to say everything turned out the way we had hoped for our wedding at The Raleigh Miami Beach.
Now that Spence and I are back from our mini honeymoon, I thought a story on Gypset Style perfectly fit the bill. This type of jet-set meets boho travel style inspires me at the moment, as we’ve been living out of a suitcase for the last four months. While we aren’t soaking up the sun on the beaches of St. Tropez or strolling through the endless miles of Marrakech’s medina, we have learned the art of wandering a bit better. And certainly how to pack a lot better (more to come on that later). What does the term Gypset actually mean?
Gyp·set n. A group of people that have perfected a high-low approach to life that fuses the freelance and nomadic wile of a gypsy with the sophistication and global references of the jet-set. It's an alternative way of traveling and living that’s based more on creativity than money.
Now, that's an idea that I can get behind.
Since Hurricane Sandy we’ve been living in the Dream Downtown, a celebrity hotspot known for attracting the post-Lavo brunch club to the heights of their PH-D Rooftop Lounge. While a Marriott Residence Inn or Hilton may have been a more sensible option, the team at the Dream Downtown took fabulous care of us and didn’t kick us out during the peak holiday season (unlike many hotel chains, including the aforementioned).
Plus, when else can you enjoy a Saturday night Netflix binge session, then to look outside and see Justin Bieber walking into your temporary home?
It’s crazy to think that in 2013, we stayed in hotels for about 150 days. Not an ideal choice, but these boutique hotels will always have a special place in my heart. While we got married at The Raleigh in Miami Beach, we actually stayed a few doors down at The Surfcomber. Part of Kimpton Hotels, this South Beach boutique hotel was the stomping ground for our pre and post wedding parties, late night swimming sessions, and a gorgeous meeting area for everyone (from all aspects of our lives) to come together and laugh, dance, and smile over mojitos.
I’ve always been obsessed with traveling and hotels – even since I was a little kid – and my favorite chain was always Holiday Inn. I always looked forward to the distinct pool smell that wafted through the halls, it meant it was vacation time, and that my brother Blake and I could swim uninterrupted for hours.
In the picture above: Gypset Hardcover Book + Greek Dashiki Weekender // Elizabeth Cole Jewelry Fishbone Crystal Earrings // Emi Jorge Blue Conquistador Clutch // NAMU Stingray Business Card Holder // Trina Turk Gold Babylon Ring // Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 // Leilani Bishop Orange Blossom Sample Fragrance // Otrera Evil Eye Scarf // India Hicks Island Living Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy // Missoni Home Jamelia Beach Towel // Marrakech Sunset photo by Erol Şahin