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29 July 2010

Where do you go for a weekend at the Med?

Swim from Varigotti’s beach to access the hidden 100-meter strip of fine sand at Punta Crena and sunbathe in privacy.

For a quick visit to the Italian seaside I visit the fishing village Varigotto near Finale Ligure. Only two hours from Turin you have everything you need for a lovely day at the sea. You can relax at the Varigotti beach or be more active and climb or hike up the Ligurian hills to admire the stunning view of the sea coast.

In the morning I get strawberries from the market for breakfast and for lunch and dinner I enjoy fresh seafood and a slice of farinata, a delicious local flatbread made from chickpea flour. At night I go for drinks with friends at the Bar at the Hotel Punta Est. The Bar overlooks Finale Ligure and the sea. What else do you need for a perfect day in July.

23 July 2010

The perfect summer dress

All you need in July is a perfect summer dress, some picked flowers and the smell of fresh mint in your nose. I buy my favorite dresses at vintage shops and antique markets wherever I go and I pick flowers from Regent Park (secretly) when I go for walks in London or from a flower field in the countryside.

© All artwork this time by Greta Tschierschwitz
15 July 2010

10 things I want to do in July

Book your journey to Istanbul with Art & Culture Travels. The next trip “Istanbul Interiors” with Hasan Cobanli will be from the 1st to the 5th of September. In a small group of no more than nine participants Mr. Cobanli will show you a unique side of his city.
IRMA AT THE HAMAMSI prefer the traditional Turkish bath like the century-old Çemberlitas Hamami which you approach through an archway in the old centre of town. If you are less adventurous, try the Traditional Luxury Treatment at the Spa of the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul by the Bosphorus.

  1. Enjoy the sun and relax on a striped cotton matelas on my favorite Plage in the south of France.
  2. Have a garden party with hundreds of lampions in the trees.
  3. Make my garden an oasis in the hot city and buy plants at Clifton Nurseries.
  4. Cook a summer dish from Skye Gyngell, like for example roast chicken and bread salad with sour cherries and roasted red onions.
  5. Go swimming at least once a day at a nearby lake or a huge pool.
  6. Eat fresh French apricots for breakfast.
  7. Try a new scent, like for example Ylang Ylang by Reminiscence Paris.
  8. Go for walks in the dark and chat with other dog owners under the clear night sky.
  9. Visit museums and look at contemporary art in a cool atmosphere.
  10. Have a long siesta in a shady place with a good book in my hands, for example “The more I owe you” by Michael Sledge, a novel about the Brazilian life and love of the poet Elizabeth Bishop.

6 July 2010

..... for a hot summer in Istanbul


  • Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate for my face
  • Milk Thistle 300 mg from Boots for a good night’s sleep
  • Nail Polish by Essie, St. Lucia Lilac on my nails
  • Iso-Urea by La Roche Posay for my firm legs
  • A bottle of still St. Leonard Mineral Water for my mind
  • Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer for my eyes
  • Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50PA+++ UVA against the sun
  • Aveda Hair Brush for my shiny hair
  • Tooth silk for my teeth

2 July 2010

IRMA arrives in Istanbul for a weekend with friends

The pool on the 47th floor is an oasis of calm and the view is of course stunning.
Whenever you feel tired, visit the spa on the top floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel. The view makes you believe that you have finally arrived in Tokyo and the fresh water in the pool wakes up your mind.
Going out in Tokyo means looking your very best. I will start the night at B BAR MARUNOUCHI a sexy lounge located beneath the Baccarat Boutique, which serves expertly mixed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
The stylish B Bar in Tokyo
I am taking it easy after my exhibition at ISETAN in Tokyo and treat myself to  a slice of poetic bread at Rivernananco.
The poetic bread
Garden and pool at Gazelle d’Or in Taroudant, Morocco
Me at the Hillside Terrace Gallery in Tokyo, enjoying the evening.
Irma exhibiting her work at the Hillside Gallery in Tokyo, sponsored by ISETAN.
I am relaxing somewhere very warm At the Gazelle d’Or in Taroudant, Morocco, on my new A.P.C. carpet. Perfect for a moment at the pool.
Kris Jewelry summer 2010 collection
Viceroy Santa Monica – the perfect beach retreat in Los Angeles.
“Into My Soul,” Dee Dee Bridgewater & Gabin“Carmencita,” Devendra Banhart“Fly Me to the Moon,” Julie London“Get Up… Carmen” [Radio Edit], Waldeck“Tomorrow Is My Turn (L’amour C’est Comme Un Jour),” Nina Simone“The Cat,” Jimmy Smith“Room Service,” Fischer-Z
Okra fried in gram flour with chilies Turbot roast with coconut and curry leaves and fresh ginger pickle Mangos, cherries, figs and peaches all baked together with rosewater & cardamom
IRMA lunches today at THE DOCK KITCHEN. A new sectret location at the old Virgin recording studios on the Grand Union Canal in London. Chef Stevie Parle offers today:
I just saw the latest wall installation by the Brazilian artist Rosilene Luduvico in Berlin at Galerie Zink, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 24. I like her focus on the interpretation of trees.
Trees are the perfect place on a hot summer day.
Prints by Josef Frank
Dutch-born designer Michael van der Ham incorporates shapes from different decades in fashion, using clashing textures, prints and colours to further the collage effect. I noticed him last year at the London Fashion Week and whenever I have the chance to wear an oustanding dress, I pick one of my collage dresses.
All you need to add to a strong summer print are dark and heavy eyebrows.
I like my vintage Marni summer dresses and I will always hang on to them because the older they get the more value they have.
Perfect for a Friday night out: 360 Istanbul
I just got back from Art Basel where I looked at a lot of art and people. My favorite piece is by Jack Pierson, the installation ROMANCE which he made in 2009 and showed at Art Unlimited a couple of days ago in Basel.
Arty party people at Art Basel

Whenever I travel to a city  I have not been to before I will make sure to spend the first night in a restaurant with a stunning view.
My choice in Istanbul is 360 Istanbul, the poshest New Ottoman restaurant in the bohemian quarter Beyoglu. The place is packed every night with visiting supermodels and their oglers and of course the view is the best in town.


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