You’ve only spent an hour every day at your desk thinking of sunny skies and azure seas. Before you give in and head off for your annual escape, here’s all the ammo you’ll need to inspire Instagram envy with your holiday ’grams.
Make Marrakech’s cosy and serene Beldi Country Club your base, and head out to get a taste of the best restaurants in the Medina. Summon a resort-ready Rosie Assoulin top that can easily transition from souk to cocktail hour.
As you get ready to take in centuries of history, focus on creating a quick smudgy bohemian eye and a glossy nude lip, staying in sync with the city’s beautiful women. Smudge some Clinique High Impact Custom Kajal in Blackened Brown over your top and bottom lids and coat lashes with black mascara. If the heat causes some kajal smudges, embrace them—we’re looking to create a worn-in sooty eye. The long-wearing M.A.C Versicolour Stain Lip Gloss in Tattoo My Heart will stay on as day turns to night.
By day, take a walk around the Koutoubia Mosque or visit the staggeringly impressive Saadian Tombs. For a slice of history, dine at Le Restaurant at La Maison Arabe established in 1947, which has hosted the likes of Winston Churchill and Aga Khan.
Whatever you do, carve out a few hours for the spa treatment of a lifetime at Les Bains de Marrakech—a luxe, modern hammam. You’ll be vigorously scrubbed down with black beldi soap, wrapped in rhassoul clay and massaged with argan oil—only to emerge transformed, inside and out.
We’re saving the best for last: look no place else for your holiday fragrance; head directly to Marc Jacobs’ Decadence Eau De Parfum. Spices such as saffron, heady florals like rose—one of Morocco’s signature scents, and decadent, deep tones like amber, vetiver and papyrus wood round off this sensory overload of a scent, making it the perfect choice for a hedonistic city escape.
The land of the rising sun is popping up way more than usual on Facebook and assorted social media—not that we would ever need an excuse or a reminder to visit.
Keep your beauty look clean and minimal, with a subtle nod to Japan’s beauty traditions. Though essential scent oils cannot be extracted from Japan’s famed cherry blossoms, we still want to pay tribute to this luscious bloom with our fragrance. L’Occitane Fleurs De Cerisier Eau De Toilette, with its notes of cherry blossom (this note is lab-created, yet exquisite), rose, orchid and white flowers, makes it the perfect offering.
For a day-to-night beauty look, trace on an easy-peasy, flirty kitten eyeliner (the cat eye’s demurer sister). This involves black liner as per usual on your top lid, with the outer end flicked up ever so gently. We use M.A.C Fluidline Pen - Retro Black or Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen – Black for this delicate operation. Make lashes flutter with a few swipes of Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara – Black mascara.
The only other makeup you need is a lip pencil to create cherry blossom lips. On a moisturized mouth, dab and blot M.A.C Lip Pencil in Cherry, for a flushed, blurry shot of colour.
Travel with your lip pencil, because you’ll need touch ups after you get your sake and soba fix. Home-grown label Sacai should help you fit right in with its functional yet experimental silhouettes. With your fashion and beauty looks just-so, you’ll be elegant enough to head over to Jimbocho Den even after a day of seeing the sights, to enjoy its fine dining with a generous helping of improv comedy.
Pack swimsuits by Lisa Marie Fernandez for when you need to Snapchat from the hot springs of Hokkaido. Wear minimal monochromes from Tome as you hit the temple trail in Kyoto. And don’t forget to unwind with traditional tea at the legendary Ippodo.
Capri has seen sartorial hits from Jackie O, so you’re in good company. Plan to saunter through the ancient Roman villas built by Tiberius with appropriately bronzed skin and in breezy separates from Peter Pilotto.
We’re speed queens when it comes to our holiday beauty routine—less time in the hotel room = more time outdoors. But vacation beauty does need to pack a punch (that Instagram doesn’t maintain itself, folks).
For Capri, we’re gilt-tripping all the way. Smooth some Ciaté London Bikini Body Balm on the tops of shoulder blades, on shoulders, down the arms and legs for faux glowing skin. The face gets a dusting of Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder, and we’re mirroring that azure sea view with eyes lined in M.A.C Modern Twist Kajal Liner - New Marine or Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil - Electric Cobalt. Lips are best left nude and effortless: try Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Curviest Caramel.
Take your bronze glow to La Savardina for an alfresco lunch, and wholesome home-style meals. But wait! Don’t leave without a signature scent. Choose a holiday perfume with care, one where the notes are a tribute to your destination. An added bonus: every time you wear the fragrance post-holiday, it will be an instant #tb to vacay days and nights. For our island adventure, we picked Roberto Cavalli Paradiso Azzurro Eau De Parfum, a juice that mimics the heady sensory pleasures of the Mediterranean, with notes of citrus, bergamot and Cyprus.
At gin o’clock, touch up your lips and perfume before you head over to La Capannina and thumb through their exhaustive wine list. Pilotto’s shimmery metallic chiffon dress will only add to the sense of occasion.
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