Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Fashion Week season is upon us, and NYC is all abuzz, but tomorrow I'm sneaking off to Copenhagen to check out a little of their fashion week scene first. This will be my first visit to the Scandinavian countries, so please leave any suggestions on what to see, do, eat, shop, draw in the comments below. Oh and stay tuned for NYFW happenings coming soon...
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Bonjour My Loves,
I hope you are having a fantastic start to 2016!! I returned home to NYC on Jan 7th, and before I could even unpack my suitcase, I was already filling up another one with clothes for St. Barth. I spent a few cherished and exquisite days at the beautiful Le Guanahani (Jan 13th - 16th) in celebration of their 30th anniversary.
Everything about this experience felt like a decadent adventure. I was flown from NYC to San Juan where I caught my Tradewind Aviation flight to the island. You can see my sheer elation boarding the sleek 8 seater in the photo above. My fears over flying in a small plane melted over the exquisite views of St. Barth from above. You can see for yourself below...
And the visual paradise had only just begun. When we arrived at the hotel, it was clear that this was a property that understood its DNA and the feel of five star boutique. Every inch of Le Guanahani is worthy of an Instagram (and you know that's the highest ranking in my books). The redesign, which took place very recently, was centred around the panama hat as inspiration. You can see these design elements in the lobby above and my room below...
Not since Marrakech had I experienced such an emotional response to hotel interiors. This room had my jaw dragging along the floor with every turn. I had an oceanview suite with a wrap around terrace that looked out onto the water. Even my bathtub had views overlooking that sparkling blue...
But what I especially loved about this experience was that Le Guanahani's Managing Director, Martein van Wagenberg, encouraged our group to go out and experience the island and all of its charm. We spent our first morning on a catamaran swimming and snorkelling out around Colombier Beach...
I must have been a sailor in a past life because I'm always most at peace when I'm on the water. Later that same day we rented a car to go out and explore Saline Beach and the town of Gustavia, which is brimming with quaint restaurants and chic boutiques...
We finished the day with an amazing lobster bbq feast under these gorgeous lanterns. If you can believe it, this scene was even more gorgeous in the night when they illuminated the dark sky...
By the next morning I was feeling quite acclimated to the vibe of St. Barth and Le Guanahani. The hotel guests are incredibly stylish, the staff all speak French (like beautiful Parisian French), off the shoulder dresses and lace up gladiator sandals had me so inspired I illustrated the sketch above to remember the quintessential look of the destination...
You couldn't ask for more breathtaking breakfast views from Indigo...
After we finished eating breakfast, we headed out on a personal driving tour of the island. I loved this view of Pointe Milou and the exceptionally beautiful cemetery. The tour helped me to understand more of the rich history surrounding the island and demystified this perception I had that St. Barth is only for celebrities. There is a local culture there that is far removed from the paparazzi lens.
I even got to make a few new friends along the way too ;P! We finished off the day with a one hour massage at the Spa by Clarins and dinner with our whole group at Bartolomeo. I was so sad to leave, but I have a sneaky suspicion, it won't be long before I'm there again. To catch a little more behind the scenes of my adventure, check out my snapchat video below. For those of you who don't follow, you can find me under username: meagan_morrison:
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
I hope you all had a restful holiday with your loved ones. 2015 was such a spectacular year. I traveled so much that I hardly had time to post about it here on Travel Write Draw (a problem, I realize, I'm extraordinarily grateful to have). This past September I turned the BIG 3-0, and to make the milestone even more memorable, I spent five exquisite days at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas to celebrate. The minute I pulled all my photos together for this postcard, the memories came flooding back. This team DEFINITELY knows how to make a guest feel special...
When I arrived at the hotel, I was greeted with the most sensational view of the blue water from their main terrace (see above). After settling into my oceanfront room, Chef Susanto came to my door with a bottle of champagne, and personalized cupcakes, that had my logo and illustrations printed on top (see below)!! Needless to say, I was absolutely speechless. After working so hard for so long in NYC, it was an amazing feeling to be in this beautiful place, doing exactly what I love to do - traveling, writing, and illustrating. AND not to mention, those cupcakes were 100% mouth-watering (I'm still salivating) and the most touching gesture I've ever received.
My only scheduled event that day was a deep tissue massage (such hard work). You can see above a photo from their stunning cabana treatment room which overlooks that immaculate blue water. Between the sound of the waves kissing the rocks, and the skillful hands of my masseuse, I can assure you I have never felt more blissed-out!! I definitely relished in being outside for my massage - so unique to the property met with the perfect natural temperature.
Monday, December 21, 2015
In case any of you are still fretting over what to buy for your besties - or are looking for the perfect pair of holiday shoes - look no further than M.Gemi. Refinery29 turned me onto this Italian brand that makes the chicest, handcrafted shoes, and offers them in new limited styles every week. Starting today you can grab the classic Stellato smoking slipper, that I illustrated above, just in time for their last shipment 12/22. So what are you waiting for?! Happy Holidays #lovemgemi.
Friday, December 18, 2015
I feel like I've only been back from Africa for a few days but already I'm off on another adventure. Tonight is my last night in NYC for the next 3 weeks because tomorrow morning I'm flying to Sedona, Arizona for a Winter Solstice celebration at Mii Amo Spa. I have never been to this part of the US before so naturally I am very excited. And what better way to finish off 2015 than a 5 day spa retreat in the mountains?
I will be sharing the journey on my instagram @TravelWriteDraw as well as my snapchat account: meagan_morrison so get ready to come along with me!!
Thursday, December 17, 2015
This holiday season I teamed up with the amazing folks at Simon Said and Conde Nast Traveler to curate and illustrate a gift guide for the travel aficionado in your life. Click the image above or head on over to the link: http://said.simon.com/meagan-morrison-gift-guide/ to catch the cannot-miss items for this gift giving season!!
Friday, December 11, 2015
I'm so excited to share with you my Illustrated Guide to Tanzania I created exclusively for Conde Nast Traveler!! There are 9 hand-drawn slides including what to wear on your first time safari and what not to miss from the Serengeti and beyond. Check it out by clicking the image above. More to come from the trip.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
My NYC Dolls,
Come join me tomorrow Dec 4 at @DVF's Meatpacking Store (440 W 14th St) from 3-6 PM for custom fashion illustrations in celebration of DVF's 12 Days of Holiday!! I have loved Diane von Furstenberg from the moment I fell in love with fashion, so this is a real dream come true. You won't want to miss this (Illustrations are a gift with purchase). Hope to see you there #DVFHoliday!!