Hello, friends…I hope you have all had a great week! I am writing this through the hurricane — we currently have power on “this side” of our street (it’s been on and off, and is now off on the other side)…but the rain sure is coming down hard.
Here’s this Sunday’s seven in wine, food, style, design and travel:
A quick slideshow with 11 design trends to note for fall — from curved sofas to black accents in the kitchen to mixed materials and maximalism, these trends were amassed from the global design landscape. The curved sofa reminds me of the one I love from CB2 x Goop.
If you’re like me and prefer to vacation without kids, a growing number of adults-only cruise lines are catering to travelers who feel the same way. When Virgin Voyages launches the first of its three cruise ships in 2020—the 2,860-passenger Scarlet Lady—it will require that the kiddos stay ashore by instilling an adults-only policy onboard. In addition, U by Uniworld and Virgin are also making things official.
This quote made me laugh—“Let’s face it, even parents could use a holiday from their little ones sometimes; to relax, order a glass of wine and dedicate all of their attention to the voyage at hand…sans the unpredictability of kids,” Virgin Voyages wrote on its site. True!
Helsinki has opened a new design museum called Amos Rex — and it’s located underground! Five distinct domed skylights act as windows, while the art is on view below ground. Above ground, the skylights appear to be island-like mounds in the urban square, which passersby can climb onto for epic selfies. The skylights also have pipe-like windows that allow people aboveground to peer down into the exhibition space, sparking curiosity about the art that lies below. Super-cool.
In other Finland news, there’s an island off the coast purchased by Kristina Roths, a former computer scientist, called SuperShe Island, and no men are allowed. Women go there to tiny “recalibrate without distractions”—meaning men—at a rate of $4,675 per week. It’s a Nordic paradise banning temptation (in addition to men, sugar and alcohol are also on the “no” list), where women who meet a strict set of membership criteria can reinvent themselves. In addition to Michelin-starred chefs and experimental networking, the exhaustive seven-day itinerary features paleo breakfasts, farm-to-table lunches, Ayurveda, Finnish sauna, all types of yoga, kayaking, meditation, massages, facials, and forest bathing.
The New York Times’ has a guide full of tips on how to be better at parties. I thought this was really interesting — whether you love them or could leave them, parties are important and are a part of everyone’s life. So here’s to partying better!
After losing his restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower last month, Alain Ducasse, the world’s most Michelin-starred chef, will open a floating restaurant called Ducasse Sur Seine on a boat docked in front of the Eiffel Tower. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner for 200 people. Each meal will last about an hour-and-a-half and take guests on a floating tour up and down the Seine past not only the Eiffel Tower, but several other famous Parisian landmarks, including the Notre Dame cathedral. Get the details.
And in other yummy news, have you ever been confused by all the options for cooking oils? This guide ranks oils according to the saturated and unsaturated fat, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat and medium chain triglycerides they contain. Or, if this is confusing to anyone…(me!), you can just assume that these are ranked by overall healthiness. See the ranking, including where my favorite olive oil, fits in!
I had a lot of reader submissions this week — so thanks to you all who sent in links! Have a great rest of your Sunday. Sending lots of good “power-on vibes” to those in South in the storm.