Friday, October 30, 2009

Karl Lagerfeld & Claudia Schiffer in BA

I guess the piles of golden hay spread all over the Grand Palais in Paris for Chanel's 2010 spring show (and Chanel's Fall 2009 campaign, shot in Lagerfeld's country house) were not enough for Karl! Argentina's vast & beautiful estancias , were undoubtedly a great choice for a little more romanticism & country flavor.
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Karl Lagerfeld and ex-super model, Caludia Schiffer, walking around San Telmo, Buenos Aires, before heading to the countryside for the shooting of the new Chanel campaign.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Heartless thieves!!

Yesterday, I was having lunch with three friends at "Como en Casa" and they stole my handbag. Ironically, this ex-convent, upscale café is called "Just like at Home". Anyway, I only realized I had been robbed when I reached for my bag to pay the bill, and saw that it was gone. I had everything in it... my bb phone, my wallet with drivers license and credit cards, make-up, camera, I guess it's pointless to name everything... everyone knows that a girl practically carries her life in her handbag! which is why I'm so sad. I was telling my friend, it's a symbolic pain, I feel stripped and empty and vulnerable. Although Buenos Aires remains a safe city, these things happen here too. And, they can happen to anyone, anywhere. In this case, it happened in a beautiful, indoor patio in Recoleta, where to be completely honest something like this is truly unlikely to occur. But it did, and I want to talk about it and warn others. Here are some things I did wrong.

1. I was sitting far from the door, but with my back to it (in front of me, two friends facing the door) and my handbag was carelessly hanging from my chair, instead of being on the floor - between my legs where it should have been.
2. I was distracted cause this is a closed place that I've been to like 100 times. It has an indoor patio with gates, there are always many people there, and it was noon...
3. I used my phone a couple of times and put it back in my bag - the heartless thieves probably saw that.

What to do if you get robbed? go to the nearest comisaría (police station) and file the report. Not much more can be done.

More useful information:

Capital Federal Police Phone - 911 [same number for the province, suburbs]

Prefectura (Coast Guard)
Phone - 4318-7558, 4318-7400
Address - 2011 Av Macacha Guemes 150

Tourist Police
Phone - 4346-5748
Address - Corrientes 436, Capital

Here's what the establishment did for us:

NOthing! In fact, the waiter told us that this happened before many times. He even mentioned that a person had once used a knife? that's scary. What's even scarier is that "Como en Casa" have done nothing about it. No security cameras, no security people, no warning to their clients (like other places who ask that you take care of your bag) or, sometimes put a thinggy on the chair, so that you can strap your bag to it. Nothing.

What are some general precautions you should take to avoid being robbed?

1. If you are visiting, make sure you leave all valuable things in a safety box at your hotel or rented apartment / villa. Make a copy of your passport and carry that, if needed.
2. Don't fall for the mustard thing, we all know about it. It's an old trick. If someone tells you you have mustard on your jacket, sweater, etc. do like Johnnie Walker, and keep walking!!
3. Don't wear flashy stuff that calls attention upon you.
4. Be careful with your camera.
5. When sitting in a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, always face the door, and be extra careful about your handbag /backpack or whatever you have to be careful about.
6. If sitting in one of those side-walk cafés be super, super careful as you are (obviously) more exposed.
7. As in any big city, just be aware.

I'm sure most people know the above, but just in case.

What will I do about this unfortunate episode? for one thing, be more careful. I've never been robbed before as I'm usually - and naturally- paranoid, but experience has a way of teaching us, doesn't it? I was a mess yesterday, but today I've been thinking that had I been a little more cautious, this could have all been avoided. And, although losing so many things that matter is a real pain, we always have the possibility to learn from our mistakes, and start over. Which is why I'm going to do errands now. I've already canceled all credit cards, phone, etc. Guess I'll continue by getting my ID back.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Andy Warhol, Mr. America in Argentina

Andy Warhol, Mr. America opened on October 22nd at Malba in Buenos Aires. This is the first time so many of his works (170) show here.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Jose Ignacio

Spent last weekend at Arbol in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay. I sometimes think how lucky we are to have such an amazing place so near. I love going at this time if the year, when you can relax and spend time with friends, but without all the crazyness of the high season. Not that Jose Ignacio gets too crazy in the summer, cause it doesn't... (except for the occasional White party, or Chandon, whatever) but for non-stop nightlife there's always La Barra... still, JI gets pretty full, and you have to make reservations for dinner (or even lunch!) and maybe stand in a line for some trivial things like getting a magazine at the kiosk or buying some chapstick at the drugstore... that kind of thing... October, November, and early December on the other hand, are sooooo... nice. The weather is amazing (well, we did get a cold and rainy day) but it was so great!! the perfect excuse to stay in, sleep, eat, sleep, eat a little more, watch a movie, etc. go visit someone, play pool, read a little, whatever you don't do when the sun is out! and if you like kite surfing, then this is a good time to do it!


Monday, October 5, 2009

Welcome to the Jungle!

Loi Suites opened it's doors in Iguazú. The new, luxury hotel located inside 600 virgin hectares of the Iryapú jungle in Misiones provides the perfect base for exploring both the Argentinean and the Brasilian side of the Iguazú falls.

Large suites connected by bridges and floor-to-ceiling, glass windows provide an intimate connection with the natural surroundings. A Namasthé spa built around ancient rocks, is the ideal place for some serious pampering after a day of explorations and activities in the area. The hotel has a pier in the Iguazú river, perfect for those who (like me!), enjoy kayaking.

The design is austere and beautiful, using materials from the area, warm, earthy colors, and exquisite furniture brought from Indonesia.

There is a pool side restaurant surrounded by whispering trees, great for dining al fresco and afternoon cocktails.

Last and most importantly, the service is great! this is one of those places where people greet you by your name, and go to great lengths to make sure you feel at home.
A magical place for adventure and relaxation!

Loi Suites is located 15 minutes away from the falls, 20 minutes away from the airport and just 5 minutes away from Puerto iguazú.