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Bogotá Is So Fabulous It Needs Two Four Seasons Hotels

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Ah, Colombia. The days where international travelers were advised not to travel here are, at long last, finally over. As a result, the capital city of Bogotá has emerged in full glory as one of the jewels of South America. Filled with luxury shopping, beautiful people and charming mercados, a second Four Seasons Property seems quite fitting.

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The new Four Seasons Hotel Bogotá is modern, sleek, stylish and perfectly situated in the uber-chic Zona T neighborhood. Dust off your Vuitton valises, because come April the former Hotel Charleston is set to open joining The Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá, as the brand’s second location in the city.

General Manager Luis Argote, a Colombian native, couldn’t be more enthusiastic, “While each Four Seasons hotel is as unique as its place and its people, the common thread throughout is a passion for quality and signature Four Seasons service that makes every visit memorable.”

If you’ve ever stayed at any Four Seasons property, you know ALL stays with them are memorable.

The Lauren Rotett designed rooms – almost half of which are suites-include custom-made beds, wooden paneling and pale wood flooring.The entire hotel has been remodeled from bathrooms to technological details, with nary a detail spared.

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The spa, complete with Beauty Editor’s French favorite, Biologique Recherche, surely won’t disappoint guests seeking some pampering after a day of shopping or sightseeing. If you indulged in one too many arepas (how can you not?) there’s a Matrix equipment stocked fitness center. FYI, Juanes, Carlos Vives and Shakira make for a great running playlist, trust me! Once you see all the perfect bodies walking around Colombia, I’m pretty sure you’ll be motivated to hit the gym hard. And if nipping and tucking is your thing, Colombia has some of the best plastic surgeons in the world. Beauty is paramount in this country and plastic surgery is de rigeur for women (and men) alike.

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After all that hip shaking at the gym and Googling “best plastic surgeons in Bogotá”-
(let’s be real here), make sure you check out Kuru, Four Seasons Japanese robata dining spot on property. In true Four Seasons style, the restaurant design is stunning, with a two-story glass façade facing Bogota’s gastro-chic, Carrera 13. In true Latin American style, The Four Seasons created a space that encourages staying awhile.
As Argote puts it, “We wanted to create a light-filled space that could offer multiple options for guests to dine, drink and enjoy time with friends and colleagues.”

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In the expansive open kitchen, Executive Chef Pablo Peñalosa and his team will prepare selections of shareable sashimi and temaki from the sushi bar as well as more substantial dishes on the charcoal robata grill. Robata is always a treat, but I’m sure diners will enjoy a few “tocas Colombianas” here and there. It’s a Colombian thing. More memorable to local Colombians is Biblioteca, a one time power breakfast spot in the former Charleston Hotel space. It’s coming back, with a new glass wall opening up to a live green wall, and an incredible 40-plus-foot beaded installation inspired by indigenous motifs providing a colourful backdrop to Chef Pablo’s menu. Another touch of Colombian pride, however slight. The hotel lobby area sits between the two restaurants and is the perfect meeting spot with ample comfortable velvet couches and chic loungey vibe. Aguardiente or café?

Breakfast at Biblioteca

Breakfast at Biblioteca

Colombians also speak what I consider as the most beautiful version of the Spanish language. They have a neutral accent with a pretty, sing-songy type rhythm which is easy for non-native Spanish speakers to understand. They are warm, friendly people who love to have a good time and love all that is fine in life. The Four Seasons couldn’t have arrived at a better time.

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In celebration of its grand opening, Four Seasons Hotel Bogota is offering the Experience More package, which includes a USD 100 hotel credit. For Hotel reservations, call 57 (1) 325 7900 or book online. For restaurant reservations at Kuru, call 57 (1) 325 7900.

Drybar + Blueprint Just Saved NYFW

Fashion Week Must Haves

Fashion week is finally here..are you ready?! I heard about acouple of cool things from BluePrint Juice and Drybar that will make sure you don’t miss a beat this Fashion Week.
So, Drybar hasupped their game this Fashion Week. Basically, they’ve gone all Uber on us and anyone in NYC is better off.

Offered in NYC only (to start), you can now call a Drybar stylist right to your door with the tap of a button on your smartphone. The appointment is booked and paid for directly through the app and clients are able to track the ETA of their stylist on a map, just like Uber! They have over 500+ experienced stylists in Manhattan and priced at $75 for a blowout (including gratuity), it’s the perfect option for a special occasion, or if no in-shop appointments are available. Download the app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drybar/id464998465?mt=8

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Once you get that blowout, you need to keep up the look. BluePrint Juices are your ultimate survival companion this NYFW. Early wake up calls can be a breeze, with BluePrint’s Coffee Cashew Cinnamon Vanilla Juice. This healthy alternative to your favorite coffee drink has 130mg of caffeine, ensuring you’ll stay alert and energized (er, jacked up) throughout the day. As well, BluePrint’s Cashew Vanilla is the answer to a snack or a boost of protein to hold you over between shows. Need something to quench your thirst? The summer heat hasn’t escaped us quite yet, Watermelon Apple Mint will keep you hydrated and refreshed— perfect for the craziness of Fashion Week. Or if you need your green juice fix on the go – try BluePrint’s Green Juice, packed with kale, apple, ginger and more. All products are available online at http://www.blueprint.com or can be found in local Whole Foods and Fresh Direct in NY.

If you’re inspired to cleanse following fashion week – you can use their fall cleanse discount code CLEANSE35 to receive 35% your cleanse order! Uh, yeah!

XO,
Courtney

Why Four Seasons Miami Is THE Saturday Haute Spot This Summer!

New Yorkers have The Hamptons. Bostonians have Martha’s Vineyard. And starting this weekend Miami has SPF Saturdays! I’ll be there and this is why you’ll want to, too..

This Saturday, July 18, marks the launch of SPF Saturdays: Seafood + Pool + Four Seasons

SPF Saturdays!

SPF Saturdays!

at Bahía, the Hotel’s poolside bar and grill. Attendees are invited to spend an afternoon on the 7th floor tropical pool deck for fresh coastal cuisine, with the launch of The RAWBar and a southern-style Seafood Boil – perfect for celebrating summer in this oasis in the city!
The weekly event will take place every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.through Labor Day weekend. During the eight-week series, The RAWBar opens to the public with á la carte offerings of Freshly Shucked East Coast Oysters and Florida Clams, peel-and-eat Key West Pink Shrimp, Corvina Crudo, Lobster and Shrimp Ceviche and an East Coast Mussel Salad.
Prices are pretty reasonable considering the upscale venue and will range from $2.50 per clam to $18 for a half-pound-serving of shrimp. The featured wine-by-the-glass, a crisp Muscadet Sèvre pairs perfectly with the light (and delish!) shellfish menu.
At 1:30 p.m. the southern style Seafood Boil will start with a light salad, followed by family-style servings of Lobster, Pink Shrimp, Florida Clams, Mussels and Crawfish simmered in Cajun-style spices, and accompanied by Sweet Corn-On-The-Cob, Golden Potatoes and Housemade Smoked Sausage.
Tickets for The Seafood Boil can be purchased on http://www.SPFSaturdays-FourSeasonsMiami.eventbrite.com for $65 per person, plus tax/tip and include access to the two fabulous resort style pools. The two-acre terrace at Four Seasons have a resort-style pool, Bahia, a poolside bar and grill offering all kinds of yummy delights and my personal favorite..The private cabanas you can rent for the day starting at $150. The separate Palm Grove Pool is only a foot deep and is shaded by 28 towering Royal Palms with a view of the city and the bay unlike any other hotel pool on Brickell Avenue. If you haven’t been to this chic and luxury hotel, now is the time to check it out. You’ll become an overnight devotee, just like me!
XO, Courtney

8 Entertaining Tips That Are Fabulous In Every Season!

Fabulous Entertaining!

Fabulous Entertaining!

At least half of my on air segments relate to entertaining. Designing, decorating and entertaining are all loosely intertwined and through the years, this has become a forte of mine. From Mexican Food Trucks and French Soirees to Old School NYC Street Food, I’ve done it all! But, the basic tips are always the same. Just yesterday, I shot my Valentine’s Day segment for Better TV and as someone from the crew asked me, “How do you always do this so well?” I started thinking. So, I wrote them down and here they are! Whether it’s a snnow in or a beach bbq, it simply does not metter. And remember, your parties are only as good as your guests. Invite nice people. Nobody has fun with a room full of duds/bitches/drunken fools/obnoxious jerks. Get the point? Great! XOXO

1.Choose a theme
Don’t let the word “theme” scare you into thinking you need to come up with some elaborate and complicated idea that probably only exists on Pinterest! A theme could be anything from Fall Picnic to Appetizers and Appletinis. Establishing a theme, will keep your idea more focused and in the end, more fabulous!

2. Plan your menu
Whether you’re serving up ribs and slaw or an elegant spread of hors d’oeuvres, you need to plan a little! Have most of your food and beverages necessities bought and ready to go 48 hours before the party. Items like bread and pastries should be bought the morning of for freshness. Don’t be afraid to delegate!

3. Slow Down & Keep It Simple
Complicated parties make for complicated hostesses
and nobody likes to see a frazzled hostess. By keeping your food and drink offerings delicious but simple, you look and feel better and spend more time with your guests, which was the original idea! Start your cooking in the morning with one or more Crock Pots ensures you have more time to get ready and relax before your fete begins!

4. 5 Minute Decor
Regardless of your theme, there’s a 5 minute decor solution..Candles and flowers are pretty and appropriate in every season-plus they smell great! In the fall, you can never go wrong with pumpkin, cloves and mums. In the winter, evergreen an cranberry are instant mood lifters! These little details go a long way!

5. One Signature Drink
You can brew a warm apple cider or have one fabulous cocktail. Either way, have one basic drink that works with your theme. Have a platter of drinks by the door and greet everyone with a glass as they walk in your house.

6. That’s entertainment
Parties without music are awful. You son’t need a professional DJ, just a good playlist from iTunes, Spotify or Pandora will do. As you and your guests are gathered around the kitchen island drinking, eating and laughing, make sure they have something to move their hips to.

7. Send your guests home with a pre-printed recipe and a cute “to go” box
Maybe you made your mother’s legendary beef stew or your infamous pulled pork and everyone wants the recipe..Send your guests home with a little extra and a recipe card so they can make it, too! You can print them up or write them out, punch a hole and string them to the bag.

8. Share the memories
The best parties are those where you get together with family and friends and have a delicious meal and some laughs. Take a group photo and make it into a thank you card online. Inexpensive, cute and undeniably fabulous!

My Latest Home Makeover on NBC’s Open House NY: My Shopping List!

This morning, hopefully you caught my latest home makeover on NBC’s Open House NY.  This was one of my favorites in the past year! I bet you were swooning over some of that stuff, right? Ha, I know my people! No worries, my lovelies..Also, I am double excited since my Courtney Cachet pillows made their first national TV appearance today with two more coming this week!!

This week, I’ll go into more depth of exactly how I did it in my other outlets, but for now I wanted to provide you with the coveted shopping list! Even though things come together “In just one day!”, I take a lot of time selecting just the right pieces when decorating each room. I work with great companies and always look for a mix of vintage, quality, high end and toss in electronics and a few trendy/budget pieces that won’t break my heart when they break or go out of style like last year’s Prada..

If you want to score some of those fab pieces from the show, here you go!

FURNITURE:

Sofa and chair are the Reid Sofa and chair from American Leather

Loloi Rug is the Charlotte  in Peridot (softest rug I ever felt under my feet!)

Bar cart, side table and vintage Murano and brass decor are all from One Kings Lane

Side Tables are from Ikea

Ottoman is from Home Goods

TV Console is vintage

DECOR:

Pillows are all Courtney Cachet for Peking Handicraft (of course!) They are available nationwide. The complete line is available on the Designer Pillow Shop

TV Picture Frame is from Media Decor

Wallpaper is from Brewster Home

 Kenneth James’ Suzani by Eijffinger®: Pink Ethnic Stripe  and the Kenneth James’ Suzani by Eijffinger®: Arboretum Gold Geometric Trees Both are available at Jankovic in NY and Brewster Wall Coverings

Overlay fretwork are all from Overlays

Remote Shades are all from Lutron. They are the Serena Shades in Monaco. I SWEAR by these!! You should have them in every room..

Lamps are vintage from One Kings Lane

Bamboo bench is vintage

Spray Paint is Rustoleum-the only true gold spray paint I will use

HP Touchsmart Computer (this was way cool!)

Sonos Paly 5 Music System

Touchscreen Universal Universal Remote is by Logitech

 

On this gorgeous Sunday in New York-or wherever in the world you are-I hope you enjoy your day with whomever brings you joy and and a few good laughs. I’m off to take Brooke to her first lacrosse game!

Thank you and God bless.

XOXOXO

Courtney