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Posted on April 21 2020

Recess DressCode Escapism Covid Quarantine Wish You Were Here Fantasy Travel Guide

Days continue to march on as we shelter in place, and things have gotten real: Sweatpants have become the norm, we happy hour via zoom, carbs are our friends, and we've finally caught up on all of our shows. Time is a blur in our isolated vacuums, all of us experiencing different realities while navigating the same uncertain waters.

Our dreams have become more vivid, and we're fantasizing about all of the places we'll go and all of the things we'll do once "free." While the siren call of our favorite boutiques, bars, and restaurants beckon, we're itching for a complete change of scenery- if only in our imagination. There are countless articles, stories, posts, and videos making the case for getting dressed to positively influence our emotional and mental state. It's called enclothed cognition, and it's a real phenomenon. We've taken that wisdom one step further to manifest future adventures with an inspired wardrobe. We've put together our dream travel guide with outfit inspo, so you not only feel great and look the part, but are equipped with recommendations for a future amazing experience. (take notes!)

We've also included items from some of our friends within the vintage community. Please click through the links, check out their stores, and follow their instagrams- they've all got amazing shops! We all need an antidote to sweatpants, face masks, and Amazon- thank you for your support!

Oh, the places you'll go! We miss you all and wish you were here- here on our fantasy getaway, or even here at our store. 

Recess DressCode Escapism Covid Quarantine Vacation Dreams New York City Lights Versace Love Shirt

VERSACE Love Print Shirt
FRANK USHER Pleated Palazzo Pant
MICHAEL KORS COLLECTION Bag, Moss Consignment @mossaustin
CONVERSE Chuck Taylor All Star
 @Converse

 

NEW YORK

Who doesn't love that New York hustle and bustle? While crowded subways, packed restaurants, and standing-room-only bars make up the city's buzzing vibe, our perfect day in the city would consist of a leisurely day wandering the Metropolitan Museum of Art (it's their 150th anniversary!), checking out the current exhibit, strolling alongside Central Park, grabbing lunch at the Chelsea Market, and ending at Employees Only for a drink and bite before falling into the sheets at the beautifully swank NoMad hotel. While you're there, don't miss out on the whole roasted foie gras truffle chicken.

You may find people trying to take sneaky selfies with you in this pop art inspired Love print shirt by Versace when they realize the iconic Robert Indiana sculpture is no longer around. Pair with Converse to pound those museum floors throughout the day and swap into heels for a night of craft cocktails.

 

GO:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
Though the Met Gala has been postponed, you can still tour the museum digitally here. 

 

*You can also check out online exhibits herePast and present exhibits featuring Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, and Elsa Schiaparelli. Check out their YouTube channel for loads of updated content (they've been busy during quarantine!)

 

EAT:

CHELSEA MARKET
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

The NoMad Restaurant
1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
Get the chicken. Trust us.

 

DRINK:

Employees Only
510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
Make reservations, you'll need em.

 

STAY:

The NoMad Hotel
1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
Perfect location to take advantage of a well-crafted nightcap.

 

Recess DressCode Escapism Covid Quarantine Monte Carlo Ruben Panis Sequin Gown

RUBEN PANIS Ombré Sequin Halter Gown
VINTAGE Hoop Drop Wrap Earrings
VINTAGE 3-Drop Earrings, Dina C's Fab And Funky, @dinacfabandfunky
KATHRINE BAUMANN Minaudiére, The Way We Wore @thewaywewore

 

MONTE CARLO

After way too many long, drawn out days spent in elastic waist pants, the opportunity to play out our Bond Girl fantasy decked out in glittery sequins is one we wouldn't pass up. We'd strive to carry ourselves like Princess Grace during the day, wandering her namesake Rose Garden in style before our seawater spa treatment at Thermes Marins. A light lunch of local oysters with champagne at Perles de Monte Carlo will be the perfect apértif before an extravagant Michelin 3-star dinner at Le Louis XV. Come nighttime, we'll be swept into the illuminating lights and sexy drama of GoldenEye with a few hands at the Monte Carlo Casino before diving into bed at the majestic Hôtel de Paris, the sophisticated Princess' favorite celebratory spot.

 

GO:

Princess Grace Rose Garden
Fontvieille, 98000 Monaco-Ville, Monaco

Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo
2, Avenue de Monte-Carlo, 98000 Monaco

Monte Carlo Casino
Place du Casino, 98000 Monaco

 

EAT:

Perles de Monte-Carlo
Quai Jean-Charles Rey, 98000 Monaco
The freshest oysters in Monaco.

Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse à Hôtel de Paris
Place du Casino, 98000 Monaco

  

STAY:

Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo
Place Du Casino, Monte Carlo, Monaco
The 150 year old hotel recently underwent a $280,000,000 renovation.

 

Recess DressCode Escapism Covid Quarantine Vacation Dreams Maldives John Paul Gaultier Mesh Dress

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Soleil Tiered Mesh Butterfly Dress
ANNA SUI Sunglasses, Featherstone Vintage @featherstonevintage
WILLIAM DE LILLO Necklace, Vintage By Misty @vintagebymisty
RICHARD KERR Earrings, The Kit Vintage @thekitvintage
CARLO FALCHI Bag, The Way We Wore @thewaywewore

 

MALDIVES

We're suckers for a beautiful beach, and the Maldives has some of the tops. Granted, it's the one place on this list we've never been, but this is a fantasy vacation, so we're heading to paradise at full-throttle with these recommendations in hand. The shallow turquoise waters of the Maldives lend themselves all kinds of water activities, from snorkeling and diving to parasailing and tubing. Islands are small, and each resort is basically a private island- so pick your vacation based on the resort. Made up of nearly 1200 small islands, the Maldives are a beach lover's paradise, but are also a luxe locale. How to marry the two? A Jean Paul Gaultier mesh dress (sheerly) covers all of the bases. Bright, airy, and perfect for beach weather with a pair of Richard Kerr earrings for day, but still polished and sexy enough for evening dinner dates and midnight strolls on the sand topped with a William de Lillo bead necklace. 

We would start the day with a little yoga over the water before island hopping to some of the local (non-resort) islands and enjoy a barbecue out at a sandbar for lunch. A little afternoon snorkeling and some deckside lounge time before a sunset fishing trip and dinner at the resort. Leave some time to catch a view of the "sea of stars" caused by bioluminescent plankton shimmering in the sea. We'd head off to bed, lulled to sleep by the relaxing sound of soft waves.

 

STAY:

One & Only Reethi Rah
Reethi Rah, North Malé Atoll, Malé 08440, Maldives
Hey, if it's good enough for Idris Elba and the pages of Architectural Digest, it's good enough for us!

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
Ithaafushi Island, 20009 South Male Atoll, Maldives
One of the more recent resort openings in the Maldives chosen by The Points Guy for a special trip is also good enough for us!

 

Recess DressCode Escapism Covid Quarantine Vacation Marrakesh Culture Lucie Ann Metallic Tunic Set

LUCIE ANN Metallic Lamé Tunic & Pant Set
JUDITH LEIBER Long Filigree Plate Necklace
AVERIL Necklace, Featherstone Vintage @featherstonevintage
YVES SAINT LAURENT Bracelet, Arcade Shops @arcadeshops

 

MARRAKESH

As you might remember, Marrakesh has been one of our most favorite travel destinations. We can't wait to go back, and would immerse ourselves in all the vibrant colors, scents, sounds, and smells- a definite head change from our current continuance. A colorful, covered tunic and pant set is appropriate for nearly any setting, so you're ready for anything. An oversized medallion necklace has enough presence to stand up to the shimmering fabric, and a long gold filigree necklace takes it to the next level.

We'd start the day with a beautiful, carb-fueled breakfast at the riad before heading off to the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech. We love soaking in the ambiance and aura of Saint Laurent and could spend hours there. Of course, we'd spend a little time walking the Jardin Majorelle and getting lost shopping in the tangled mazes of the souks before taking a respite in our riad courtyard before dinner. With so many beautiful spaces in Marrakesh, it's a hard decision- but given this is our fantasy trip, we'd splurge on La Mamounia or the Royal Mansour for a night or two to take advantage of their breathtaking restaurant and spa amenities before heading to a smaller riad where we can enjoy Morocco's warm hospitality.

 

GO:

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech (mYSLm) / Jardin Majorelle
Rue Yves St Laurent, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

 

EAT:

La Grande Table Marocaine
Abou Abbas El Sebti | Royal Mansour, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

Cafe Arabe
184 Rue Mouassine, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Get the lamb shoulder!

Le Grand Cafe De La Poste
Angle Boulevard El Mansour Eddahbi et Avenue Imam، Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Order the duck confit if they have it, along with a glass of wine!

 

STAY:

La Mamounia
Avenue Bab Jdid، Marrakesh 40040, Morocco

Royal Mansour
Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti، 40000, Morocco

Riad Les Yeux Bleus
7 Derb Elferran, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

Riad BE Marrakech
Derb Sidi Lahcen o Ali 23 Bab Doukkala, Medina, Marrakech 40030 Morocco

 

Recess DressCode Escapism Covid Quarantine Vacation Palm Springs Vintage Crochet Net Dress Pucci

VINTAGE Crochet Net Dress
BEN AMUN Double Daisy Earrings
PUCCI Scarf, Amarcord Vintage @amarcordvintage
CHRISTIAN LACROIX Slides, Aralda Vintage @aralda.vintage

 

PALM SPRINGS

We love a good a Palm Springs getaway- far enough to feel like a world away, but close enough to ensure no extreme planning necessary. Whatever plans you do make are easy...have breakfast, lounge by the pool all day, lunch, cocktails, dinner, repeat. Of course, we also recommend a day of mid-century furniture and vintage shopping- you just may find that perfect Lucite table, Milo Baughman etagere, or 70s brass wall decor. A day of hunting calls for an enjoyable meal at Workshop before heading back to the hotel for a nightcap at Counter Reformation. We love staying at the Parker Palm Springs, this place has it all - it's great hotel for walking the grounds and sipping cocktails surrounded by superb architecture and decor. Be sure to have a meal at Mister Parker's while you're there.

We also love the photography of Slim Aarons, especially his "Poolside Gossip" shot in Palm Springs- a showcasing the good life, a seamless integration of great taste and style in fashion and architecture. Aarons described his work as "photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places."

A sparkling pool surrounded by sunshine and palms begs for an outfit of equal brightness. We'd wear this sheer net dress over a white bikini for poolside cocktails as a Slim Aarons photo come to life.

 

GO:

Palm Springs Architecture Tour
323.578.6025

 

SHOP:

The Fine Art of Design
73717 CA-111, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Beautiful designer dresses and fun accessories.

Gallery24Jewelry
457 N Palm Canyon Dr #9, Palm Springs, CA 92263
Contact this vendor for an amazing collection of vintage designer jewelry.

 

EAT / DRINK:

Workshop Kitchen + Bar
800 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Rooster And The Pig
356 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Mister Parker's / Counter Reformation
4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

The Pink Cabana
44-985 Province Way, Indian Wells, CA 92210

 

STAY:

Parker Palm Springs
4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Korakia Pensione
257 S Patencio Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262
This beautiful hotel is a hidden gem for those in the know.

Sands Hotel & Spa
44-985 Province Way, Indian Wells, CA 92210
Venture a little further out to Indian Wells and stay at this Martyn Lawrence Bullard designed hotel. Lunch at the The Pink Cabana is a must.

 

Recess DressCode Escapism Covid Quarantine Vacation Positano Coastal Teri Jon Batwing Dress

TERI JON Floral Print Batwing Dress
ESCADA Mini Crossbody Envelope Bag
CHANEL Sunglasses, Arcade Shops @arcadeshops
YVES SAINT LAURENT Belt, Amarcord Vintage @amarcordvintage
NORMA KAMALI Sandals, Via Davia Vintage @viadaviavintage

 

POSITANO

The charm of the Amalfi Coast can't be beat. Positano is the picturesque cliffside town of our dreams, perfect in every way. Spectacular ocean views set between vibrant, technicolor homes beg for you to be just as attractive. We would start the day with a morning hillside hike, taking in the magnificent views from the Path of the Gods trail while getting a great workout. After a quick shower, throw on an effortless floral dress and take a leisurely lunch to rest those legs before wandering the narrow winding streets that curve up the mountainside. After working up an appetite for a wonderful pasta dinner, finish it off with a limoncello digestif before a nighttime stroll. This is the place to slow down and enjoy being in the moment.

A chic pair of Chanel sunnies, YSL rope belt, and fun (yet walkable) sandals are the workhorses that will see you through the trip, while a breezy floral batwing dress in a fun, bold print is the perfect accessory to those colorful cliffs.

 

GO: 

Path of the Gods Trail
All Trails Map

 

DRINK:

Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi
Piazza Duomo 39 | Supporto Dei Ferrari, 4, 84011, Amalfi, Italy
Considered to be one of the best small batch/homemade limoncello.

 

STAY:

Il San Pietro di Positano
via Laurito, 2, 84017, Positano Italy
It's ALLLL about that view!

 

BON VOYAGE!

 

 

Recess DressCode Escapism Covid Quarantine Collection Wish You Were Here

Art & Content by Erica Sanae
Creative Direction by Marie Monsod