Handbags: Céline Micro Luggage Smooth Calfskin in Black, Yves Saint Laurent
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Taupe or Red Suede/size 9, Jimmy Choo size 9
Jewelry/candles: Cartier I & II, Fornasetti Candles I & II, Diptyque I & II
Drink: Vintage Burgundy reds, Reds from Tuscany, Champagne, San Pellegrino or Perrier
Retail therapy: Sephora, Barneys New York
Lingerie: I.D. Sarrieri, Fleur du Mal, Coco de Mer
Other: Hermès Scarves
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To stay: Peninsula, Ritz-Cartlon, Waldorf Astoria, Langham, Sofitel, Park Hyatt, Four Seasons, Londonhouse, Chicago Athletic Association, St. Jane

To eat: RPM Steak, goosefoot (Contemporary American), Alinea (fine dining), Brindille (French), Maple & Ash (Steakhouse), Blackbird (American), Next (fine dining), NoMi (New American), Smyth (New American), El ideas (American), Boka (American), Roister Restaurant (New American), Everest (French), Spiaggia (Italian), Marchesa (European), Oriole (New American), Schwa (New American), Elske (American with Danish influences), Entente (New American), Sepia (American), Parachute (Korean), Elizabeth (American), Prosecco (Italian)

To do: Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Design Museum of Chicago, Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Green Mill, The Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Botanic Gardens

New York

To stay: Nomad, Beekman, Greenwich Hotel, Bowery, Ludlow, Baccarat

To eat: Eleven Madison (fine dining), Nomad Restaurant (New American), Atera (New American), Aquavit (Scandinavian), Marea (Italian), Dimes (New American), Jean-Georges (Haute French), Atoboy (Korean), Estela (New American), maialino (Italian), Flora Bar (Seafood), Gabriel Kreuther (Modern French), Aldea (Portuguese), Per Se (French), Contra (New American), The Modern (New American), The Finch (American), Nix (Vegetarian), Marc Forgione (American), Babbo (Italian), Meadowsweet (New American), Del Posto (Italian), Aska (Scandinavian), Madama VO (Vietnamese), Hudson Clearwater (New American), Bessou (Japanese)

To do: Met Opera, New York City Ballet, Met Museum, Whitney Museum, MOMA, Met Breuer, Museum of Arts & Design, Frick Collection, Birdland Jazz, Blue Note, Jazz Standard

San Francisco

To eat: Benu (New American), State Bird Provisions (American), Gary Danko (French), Atelier Crenn (Modern French), Saison (New American), Lazy Bear (New American), La Folie (French), Sons & Daughters (fine dining), Frances (American), Octavia (New American), The 1881 (California-French), Commonwealth (American)
To do: MOMA, Asian Art Museum, Museum of Craft & Design


I’ve been to several countries already and hold a passport scattered with stamps. There’s still so much of the world I want to see. Of course, I am always happy to take suggestions off this list.
Croatia, South Korea, Ireland, Scotland, Portugal, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Czech Republic, China, Japan, and Argentina