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India Hicks’ Stylish Island Life Can Be Yours: Her Exclusive Curated Event

27 Jan

Text, Vivian Kelly

Video Generously Provided by LaForce & Stevens Public Relations

I’ve always admired India Hicks’ elegant easy breezy appearance and manner, probably a result of her diverse life experience ranging from roughing it, backpacking around the world, to the polar extreme – serving as Princess Diana’s bridesmaid. I met her years ago, at a Michael Kors casting and she was just as she appears in public, down to earth and refined – someone you want to get to know better.

 India, at Princess Diana's Wedding. She is second from the left.

Speaking of royalty, India is from a family of design royalty. Her Father was the late David Hicks, whose work The New York Times*  characterized as “relentlessly organized, color-clashing home interiors were the acme of jet-set chic in the 1960’s”.

She’s not just an annoying “the daughter of famous person X; India is down to earth a a working royal. India has some notable projects to her name, such as the hotel in the Bahamas she restored.

These images are from a wonderful site [Life of Style] I found late last night, which I’m now following.

India Hicks' Modernized Version of Babe's Round Hill Retreat

Babe Paley’s Round Hill Retreat – circa 1959

*FUN POLL: Play Interior Designer with me – which version of this glorious Round Hill home do YOU prefer?

A well-known example of her work is the  re-design of Babe and William Paley’s former Jamaican residence. Yes, it WAS beautiful when Babe was in charge of the decor in 1959, but India has updated it and softened the decor.

In the video below, India  talks about her design aesthetic. 

After watching this, are you thinking, “Wow, her home is beautiful, but how am I ever getting some of that for my home?”

Answer:  Until today, it was tough to do unless you

made the trip to the Sugar Mill Trading Company, India’s  cultishly revered boutique on remote Harbour Island in The Bahamas.  in other words, it was a super-insider thing.

Not any more!

As of today  Friday, January 27th at 9:00 AM PT / Noon ET, India shares hand-picked global goods with MyHabit.com members through an exclusive curated sale featuring carefully selected styles for him, her and the home at up to 60% off .

Some of the  island-inspired items for sale include: a silver seashell pendant, tie-waste tunic and beaded sandals, as well as luxury linens, throw pillows, trays and more from brands such as Thomas Paul and French Laundry.

A Few of India's Curated Items

* For more on the Jamaican Get-away, visit lifeofstyle-lifestyle.blogspot.com 

It’s Friday, shop till you drop!


Vacation, vacation! Via Spiga’s “The Vacation That Keeps On Giving.”

15 Jul

Text, Vivian Kelly

When this email from Alison Brod PR hit my Blackberry, I had an LOL moment.

It said:             “Need a vacation?” 

Uh, yes, but….we all need to keep on working and MAYBE we can EVENTUALLY take a really great one.

No worries. Via Spiga’s just launched a contest that gives you the chance to play at being part of the jet set if you win. It’s called, The Vacation That Keeps On Giving Facebook Contest

All you have to do is: Share photos from a past getaway for a chance to jet-set off to another fabulous destination

Ready, my frugal fashionistas? 

Here are the directions:

Upload your very best vacation photo to the Via Spiga fan page

(image does not need to include Via Spiga shoes)

What You Can WIN:

1st PRIZE: One lucky Grand Prize Winner will receive a $500 American Airlines voucher, plus a pair of Via Spiga shoes

 2nd PRIZE: One runner-up will receive two pairs of Via Spiga shoes

WHEN: Contest begins Thursday, July 14th at 9:00am EST and ends Wednesday, July 20th at 1:00 pm EST.

VISIT:  http://www.facebook.com/ViaSpiga


 There’s only one question left – where will YOU go if you win? 

On my list: Cap D’Antibes, and Capri,  because I fell in love with those two designations after daydreaming over the books, Hotel du Cap EdenRock Cap D’Antibes and In the Spirit of Capri at the Assouline Shop at the Plaza Hotel last night. Bon Voyage et Bonne Chance!