wear this there: maison lautrec.

the bar at maison lautrec in paris. / sfgirlbybay

back to paris we go again with another wear this there — i mean if not physically, at least via the internet. this week we head to maison lautrec — a quaint bistro located in pigalle that is home to some seriously dreamy dishes and pinterest-worthy surroundings. founded by four friends, and remodeled a little here and there from its classic bistro look, it is now a draw to chic parisians alike. try to blend in with those anna karina-esque gals with this week’s look — it’s all about layering: slip dress over sweater, thigh high boots beneath, and a bright cheery scarf to keep you warm. after all, it’s not spring in paris yet! and lest we forget you must always have your french girl beauty staple on you — nuxe lip balm. this week’s read this there is dedicated to gloria steinem’s latest novel my life on the road which we are briskly charging through.

~ michaela d’artois, vérité published.

table and chairs at maison lautrec. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: maison lautrec. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: shop vérité delta of venus slip dress;pixie market green ballon sleeve sweater; zara soft knit yellow scarf; georgette crimson little black bag; prism i love acid patch; nuxe rave de miel ultra-nourishing lip balm; and ego kyla long patterned boot in black.

leather tufted booth at maison lautrec. / sfgirlbybay

the dining room at maison lautrec. / sfgirlbybay

gold bar stools at maison lautrec in paris. / sfgirlbybay

maison lautrec dining room. / sfgirlbybay

maison lautrec exterior. / sfgirlbybay

vintage barwares at maison lautrec. / sfgirlbybay

the bathroom at maison lautrec. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via the socialite family.

the ace panama.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

Shortly after my trip to Cuba with Victoria, I ventured over to Panama City for a quick couple of days before returning home. My hotel of choice: the American Trade also known as one of the Ace Hotels. Today I’m sharing some snaps I captured of this exquisite property.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

Located in one of the most beautiful landmark buildings in Casco Viejo (old town), the American Trade Hotel retains much of its historic charm with modern luxuries mixed in.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

Each of the terraced rooms looks out onto the charming town surrounding the property or offers views of Panama Bay and the Pacific.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

The bar, cafe, dining room and patio were perfect spots to refuel. I almost didn’t want to venture anywhere else. Local and seasonal ingredients, fresh seafood, juices and cocktails…it was all delish. Loved the sweet corn pancakes for breakfast.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

And there’s also an outdoor pool on the second level to cool off from the humidity. Perfect views of the old town from here.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

The lobby, with its seating areas and stunning tile work, was perfect for people watching. Especially when the piano man performs in the evenings.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

My favorite part of the hotel: the library (pictured at the beginning of this feature). You can catch up on some reading and enjoy drinks from there. Perfect spot to retreat and rest up after a day out on the town. I also think it happens to be the best decorated part of the property and I’m pulling some interior inspiration for my own home from there.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

If you’re venturing off to Panama, a stay at the American Trade is highly recommended. There’s plenty of great amenities to enjoy on site and within walking distance are even more great restaurants, boutiques (especially for Panama hats) and other historical and cultural points of interest.

ace hotel in panama / sfgirlbybay

• all photography by leslie santarina.

at home with: hawkins ny.

HAWKINS NY on domino / sfgirlbybay

for the talented couple behind Hawkins New York, Nick Blaine and Paul Denoly, reviving this 18th-century farm house in upstate new york presented yet another opportunity to blend their unique stylesa process they’re quite accustomed to as the co-founders of their home-goods store, known for its balance of modernity and warmth.

i love the subtle pink palette they selected for the newly restored but centuries-old property, recently featured on domino. i also adore the couple’s many rustic meets modern textural updates, like the paneling Blaine designed for the living room walls, the chair rail they created in the kitchen using copper electrical tape, and the gorgeous vaulted ceilings upstairs. i think if i lived here, i’d split the majority of my time between the vintage daybed turned banquette in the breakfast room and that cozy-looking reading nook! what’s your favorite aspect of this expertly curated home?

HAWKINS NY on domino / sfgirlbybay

HAWKINS NY on domino / sfgirlbybay

HAWKINS NY on domino / sfgirlbybay

HAWKINS NY on domino / sfgirlbybay


HAWKINS NY on domino / sfgirlbybay

HAWKINS NY on domino / sfgirlbybay

HAWKINS NY on domino / sfgirlbybay

HAWKINS NY on domino / sfgirlbybay

• photography by adrian gaut for domino.

cuba, part two: cienfuegos, trinidad + viñales.

photos from part two of my trip to cuba. / sfgirlbybay

at long last i’m back with cuba, part two! so sorry for the delayed post, but there were so many photos to edit, it took me a while to get through them all — and as you can tell, i still had a hard time sharing just a few. cuba has got to be one of the most picturesque places you could ever visit, and it’s hard to put your camera down. if you haven’t seen my post on my trip with coast to costa to havana, it’s right here, and now we’re traveling on to Cienfuegos near the historical bay of pigs — a beautiful beach on the island’s southern shore, and then to the charming city of trinidad — one of best preserved colonial towns in central cuba. we’re also visiting the lush, gorgeous national park that is Viñales valley, and the quaint, idyllic farming community there.

cuban beach. / sfgirlbybay

travel photography from my trip to cuba. / sfgirlbybay

our tour group with coast to costa hit the road from havana en route to Trinidad, but on the way we stopped in Cienfuegos on the Caribbean coast of south central Cuba. we stopped in at a paladar — private homes in cuba where residents cook a family style meal for you, which is not only a culinary treat, it also enables cuban citizens to earn money through private enterprise. coast to costa took us to a dreamy paladar smack dab on the bay of pigs — we immediately jumped from our vans and into our bathing suits and right into the ocean for the most delicious swim. fidel, our host even brought mojitos to us as we stood knee-deep in the warm waters of the bay of pigs. he followed that up with the most delicious seafood lunch served seaside in his beautiful home overlooking the bay. after filling our bellies we swam and napped on the beach for a bit and then headed on to trinidad — one very lazy, but memorable day at the beach.

taxi in cuba. / sfgirlbybay

colorful cuban architecture. / sfgirlbybay

orange wall and decorative window in cuba. / sfgirlbybay

cuban statue against teal wall. / sfgirlbybay

colors and sights of cuba. / sfgirlbybay

we arrived in Trinidad at nightfall and checked into the dreamy three-storied casa particular (private homestays in Cuba, somewhat like an airbnb) just above, complete with a courtyard fountain and rooftop terrace. we got settled and went on a rambling walk through the cobblestone streets of Trinidad (where comfy shoes are imperative!) to the escalinata (staircase) above Plaza Mayor and sipped a cocktail that is as hard for me to pronounce as it is delicious — The canchánchara, a yummy concoction containing cuban rum, honey, lime and topped with a dash of soda water. divine! we woke to a beautiful breakfast served on our casa particular terrace and then spent the day roaming and shopping the colorful streets of Trinidad. the food in the Trinidad cafes we tried weren’t anything worth sharing specifically, but dining and yummy cocktails with our coast to costa travel mates made up for slow service and just meh food — we were so completely surrounded by charm and great company that i honestly don’t think any of us really minded much.

colorful buildings in cuba. / sfgirlbybay

motorcycle in cuba. / sfgirlbybay


travel photography from trinidad. / sfgirlbybay

sights and colors of trinidad. / sfgirlbybay

The next day we visited a beach called Playa Ancón, but we heard technically as Americans, you can allegedly get in trouble for visiting the beach. we had no such trouble and were greeted by a gentleman who offered beach chairs for a few cucs and grabbed beach towels from a cute little palm frond hut. it’s a picturesque little beach near a hotel with soviet block architecture and a distinctly russian vibe. there’s a snack bar with somewhat limited snacks, but it’s all quite delightful, nonetheless. to finish off a lovely day, on the way back to trinidad proper we stopped at an amazing pottery studio called El Alfarero Casa Chichi, run by the Santander family for six generations — it’s a great place to stop for a few locally made cuban souvenirs.

palm frond hut in cuba. / sfgirlbybay

Playa Ancóna in cuba. / sfgirlbybay

after a few tranquil days in trinidad, it was time to return to home base and we headed back on the road to havana. but not without a wonderful stop for surprise mojitos in Cienfuegos at a cute beach cabana called punta gorda — a must stop for the best mojito i’ve ever tasted and pretty views of the coastline.

green inspiration in trinidad. / sfgirlbybay

after a day back in havana, we got back on the road for a short drive and a day trip to the Viñales valley, about a three-hour drive from havana on the highway and then a winding, but really scenic drive up and into the valley — so well worth the drive. we made for the prettiest rest stop ever, above the beautiful pastel pink Hotel Los Jazmines and then met our team of horses for a ride along a lush green trail to a tobacco drying farm where we learned how to roll cuban cigars — such an authentic and unique adventure! i was slighting intimadated to get onto a horse after many, many years, but they were gentle if not a little meandering, but knew the way so it was all perfectly safe and so much fun.

pastel pink Hotel Los Jazmines in cuba. / sfgirlbybay

from the tabacco drying house, we rode the horses to the tiny blue house in the photo just below where our kind hosts madly squeezed sugar cane juice in something akin to vintage wringer washing machine. they then mixed up yet another divine cuban cocktail for us — they hollowed a freshly picked grapefruit, added a dash of honey, then the sugar cane juice and topped it off with cuban rum. the more you squeezed the grapefruit, the more grapefruit juice was released for the freshest drink i’ve ever imbibed.

cuban ladnscape. / sfgirlbybay

colorful lodging in cuba. / sfgirlbybay

cuban beverages and fruit. / sfgirlbybay

cuban green and yellow bananas. / sfgirlbybay

after a horseback ride back up the valley trail, we headed towards our last stop — a late lunch at the incredible organic farm and Viñales restaurant Finca Agroecologica El Paraiso. if you should ever have the unforgettable pleasure of visiting the Viñales valley this is a must-visit, not only for the delicious homemade, family style meal, but for a tour of the inspiring organic farm and one of the best sunsets i’ve ever waited for. and that was our last stop before heading back to havana. if you’d like to find out more about traveling to cuba, check out my havana post, and hop over to coast to costa’s site to find out about their upcoming trips. i can’t say enough wonderful things about their tours and would highly recommend going with a guide while cuba is still rather new for americans and pretty much uncharted territory. they’ll take you on an adventure you’ll never forget, and make you feel safe and well-cared for along the way!

organic farm restaurant in cuba. / sfgirlbybay

the sights of cuba. / sfgirlbybay

organic farm and Viñales restaurant. / sfgirlbybay

creative coupling.

apartment in paris with oversized art and modern furniture. / sfgirlbybay

the eclectic decor in this apartment in paris, recently featured on socialite family, is the beautiful result of the creative coupling of Pierre Le Ny and Émilie Urbansky. the couple explains their approach to decorating their home as a perfect partnership: he shows her things, and she makes him discover others.

Pierre is a both a gallerist and artists’ manager at Modernist and Émilie works as the manger of image for sony music entertainment. And while their home is a stylish mix of both of their interests and personal tastes, Pierre admits he chose all of the furniture, inspired mostly by his love of 20th century French design, and Émilie selected all of the decorative objects, such as the photos, plants, etc. the cheerful blue wall color in the living room, however, was a mutual decision.

if the playful yet sophisticated home they created together is any indication, it seems as though these two perfectly complete each other. and it’s safe to say, we’re in love!

unique painting on bright blue wall with stacks of wood. / sfgirlbybay

eclectic modern french decor. / sfgirlbybay

cheerful and modern living room in paris. / sfgirlbybay

unique decor in paris apartment. / sfgirlbybay

paris apartment featured on socialite family. / sfgirlbybay

modern living room decor in paris apartment. / sfgirlbybay

modern french home furnishings. / sfgirlbybay

eclectic and modern paris apartment. / sfgirlbybay

cheerful kitchen decor in paris apartment. / sfgirlbybay

unique collection of decor in paris apartment. / sfgirlbybay

bright and modern paris apartment with eclectic decor. / sfgirlbybay

framed photographs and small modern desk and chair. / sfgirlbybay

• photography via socialite family.