That Perfect Summer Isle

 

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image4An adventure this weekend reconfirmed my notion of summer. Cuttyhunk, in my opinion, is the epitome of an idyllic summertime landscape. Cuttyhunk is the outermost island of the Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts, just 1.5 miles long, who plays host to 52 full-time residents and a bounty of boaters and island hoppers in the warmer months. There are hardly any cars on the island, but plenty of golf carts driven by those carefree inhabitants. Rugged rugosa shrubs scatter the perimeter of the picturesque harbor and beaches, and historic homes dot the lush hills. Any spot on the island offers a special vantage point, whether it may be sand, architecture or a glimpse of the nearby Vineyard Sound. The surrounding waters have been known for shipwrecks and a plethora of striped bass for eager fishermen. Above are a few captures from the excursion.

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Girl Crush 3.0: Mimi Thorisson

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I discovered Mimi Thorisson on Condé Nast Traveler’s Instagram page. It didn’t take much to lure me in; her style and essence is elegantly chaotic, defined by a landscape so pure and bountiful. Mimi’s reality is in fact particles of my own fantasy I dream of living; she has made the bucolic an active ingredient in her own life.

Mimi and her Icelandic photographer husband, Oddur, left Paris to live in the countryside of Médoc, France several years prior. At the time, they were seeking more space for their growing family (now comprised of seven children and 15 dogs). The region of Médoc, wrapped in a blanket of some of the world’s most expensive and prestigious wine villages, is a six-hour drive from Paris, a landscape that will taunt even the most urban dwelling soul. After settling in to their stone farmhouse, Manger began to take greater shape. Manger is Mimi’s labor of love, a blog that has flourished greatly since its inception that chronicles her family’s life, largely centered around the seasonal foods that come from their surroundings. Each photograph, taken by Mimi’s husband, is handsomely furnished as if each one were an invitation to Mimi’s table in France. Manger has quickly snowballed into the success of Mimi’s French TV Show, La Table de Mimi, and her new cookbook, A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse (it debuted last fall).

A writer from Condé Nast Traveler wrote a piece on the french beauty after visiting her home, describing her farmhouse as a ‘Rembrandt still life.’ As evidenced by the photographs above, Mimi’s life is full and vibrant. It is certainly one to envy but perhaps one that proves following your heart can lead to all the satisfaction one could dream of, Rembrandt-esque, indeed.

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Le Postcard

lepostcardStephanie Steinman (above) has created Le Postcard, a site that profiles the travel habits of wordly influencers. See below for a sneak-peak.

lepostcard1Jessica de Ruiter dishes on her farm life in Canada. She feasts on river trout with her family and relies on the property’s well water to keep her skin glowing…more here.

lepostcard2Jeanann Williams heads to Greece for a girls trip with her teal luggage et al…more here.

lepostcard3How fitting…one of my favorite jewelry designers in one of my favorite locales: Aurélie Bidermann plays in Positano…more here.

lepostcard5Sabine Ghanem heads to Harbour Island with her lover and friends. See what she did aside from the reggae and snorkeling….see here.

meredithmelling-550x550Meredith Melling opens up about how she pines for Pringles in hotel mini-bars and how she dreams of a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Tennessee… (that makes two of us)!

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Jakobs of Gotland

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My trip back east allowed me to relish in many simple pleasures I missed. As I return to my routine, I find myself day dreaming of another escape. This restored farm house on the Swedish island of Gotland is nestled among 2 acres of green gardens, a bike ride away from the sea and thoughtfully dusted with beautiful interior pieces in true Scandinavian style.  Known as Jakobs of Gotland, this property is available for rent by the long weekend in winter, or week in summer.

Naturally, my stay at Jakobs has already been sorted out in my head. I have visions of reading on the terrace in a white chemise, only glancing away to watch the branches on the trees sway in the morning breeze. In the late afternoon, I’ll bike ride to the sea for a long swim before supper, returning to visit the sauna in the barn. Then, I’ll retreat to the garden to pick herbs, flowers and produce for supper outside and dine with acquaintances I’ve met in the nearby town of Visby. When the laughter and dim candlelight subsides, I’ll retreat indoors for a glass of scotch or port, my eyes fixated on the glow of a hearty fire…It seems every day at Jakobs is a verse out of a pastoral poem.

Learn more about Jakobs of Gotland here and be sure to see Net-A-Porter’s feature as well! Owners Anna and Andi are lovely as ever and available via email to address your inquires.

(Photography credit: Ken Kochey and Katarina Grip-Höök’)

 

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