Karl Lagerfeld Courts Asian Celebs at Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-15 Show

 

Want more proof that Asia’s influence is rising in the fashion world? Check out the front row at Chanel Haute Couture show on July 8.

 

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Front Row (L-R) Mario Testino, Vogue EIC Anna Wintour, Baz Luhrmann, his wife Catherine Martin, CL, a guest, Jung Ryeo-won and Kwai Lun-Mei.

 

Yup, that’s K-pop star CL just a few seats away from the fashion queen, Vogue EIC Anna Wintour. Also in the front row is Korean Australian actress Jung Ryeo-won, Taiwanese actress Kwai Lun-Mei and Vogue China editor in chief, Angelica Cheung.

 

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Korean Australian actress Jung Ryeo-won, Taiwanese actress Kwai Lun-Mei and Vogue China editor in chief, Angelica Cheung.

 

Chanel has always made an effort to reach out to its Asian clientele. Past show guests have included Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi, Chinese Brit Alexis Chung and Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand. This time, CL even got a photo op with the designer himself.  

 

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CL with designer Karl Lagerfeld.

 

Get Ready! 3.1 Phillip Lim’s New Nail Lacquer Collection For Nars Debuts Tomorrow

 

 

Back during the fall/winter 2014 runway shows in February, cool-girl cosmetic brand NARS announced their next collaboration with 3.1 Phillip Lim. And while not all of us can afford Lim’s self-proclaimed “classicist with a bit of madness” clothes, we can certainly get the Chinese American designer’s aesthetic onto our nails.

 

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The nails at 3.1 Phillip Lim’s fall/winter 2014 show.

 

Audrey Magazine got a preview of the collection back in May and we’ve been dying to share the colors with you ever since. The nine shades are perfect for the upcoming fall season, giving you a leg up on the trends.

Anarchy is an opaque cream, which is the perfect cool weather alternative to bright white. Amazingly, it’s flattering on Asian skin tones and actually brightens a summertime tan.

Dark Room is the perfect dark denim color and a nice alternative to darker hues.

Gold Viper — definitely a favorite and probably the first one to sell out — is a hot melange of gold and platinum that really pops.

As a bonus, the extra wide brush of the nail lacquers provide precise control and easy application for the less-than-adept DIY’ers among us. Check out close-ups of some of the colors below.

 

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Anarchy, the perfect cream.

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Get Gold Viper fast — it’s going to sell out!

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Trending in Korea: The Makeup Hotel

 

Korea’s the country known for its pink women-only parking spaces (though China now also has them), so it’s no surprise that the next evolution in female specific amenities now include the so-called makeup hotel.

First, some background.

When you’re visiting Seoul, and it’s cosmetics and skincare that you want, you devote a day to shopping in Myeongdong. Located in a historic section of Seoul, Myeongdong is a makeup lover’s paradise, with store after store of Korean cosmetics brands from the mainstream (Missha, Etude, Skinfood) to perhaps the lesser known (Baviphat, Tonymoly) to the cool (Too Cool For School). It’s almost always crowded with women in groups of threes or fours, loaded down with shopping bags, rabidly speaking in Chinese or Japanese. Add to the cacophony saleswomen in front of every store, calling out in (bad) Chinese or Japanese (and the occasional English), waving a free sample sheet mask, and you’ve got a perfect picture of Myeongdong.

One hotel has taken advantage of its location in the bustling shopping district and one-upped everyone else: The Hotel Skypark Myeongdong’s new women-only floors. Not only are these floors exclusive to female guests, they’re decorated either in a dollhouse theme or like a log cabin in the woods. In the dollhouse floor, the rooms are Malibu Barbie-pink and filled to the brim with chandeliers, tufted pink furniture and flowery wall decals that say “Princess” or “Play House.”

 

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And it’s not just the decor. Instead of the usual cheap-y, travel size shampoo and shower gel, you can avail yourself of an array of full-size lotions and creams from well-known Korean brands. And you don’t get a mint on your pillow at turn down; instead you are greeted with best-selling sheet masks and palettes of eyeshadow.

Oh, but the pink madness doesn’t stop there. Sure, the log cabin women-only floor, designed in collaboration with Korean brand The Face Shop, offers a more nature-inspired experience, with pale green and brown tones, eco-friendly furnishings and organic fabrics. But the rest of the public spaces in the hotel are littered with too-cute little vanities filled with makeup by Etude House, one of Korea’s top-selling makeup brands (and known for their over-the-top princess design). Just think of it as a Sephora-meets-Holiday Inn.

More photos below.

 

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4 Ways The Korean “Ajumma” Is Becoming The New Style Influencer

 

Ajumma: noun, \’a joom ma\ A middle-aged Korean woman, typically identifiable by a mop of tightly curled short hair; loose, mismatched clothing; and a no-nonsense, out-of-my-way attitude.

 

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Cartoon by Emiko Sawanobori.

 

For some time now, the stereotypical Korean ajumma has long been thought of as the antithesis of style — something, as a young Korean woman, you never wanted to become. In Korea, you see them hawking their wares from food carts or squatting on the side of the road, picking weeds. In Los Angeles, I’m being jostled left and right by all manner of ajumma in the produce section of the Korean market. Travel almost anywhere in the world and you’re likely to see a whole swarm of ajumma, dolled up in brightly colored North Face windbreakers and talking super loud over one another. It’s a cringe-worthy sight.

And yet, I’ve been noticing that ajumma style is slowly seeping out into the real world, the non-ajumma world of the rest of us. It’s something Valerie Luu and Andria Lo noticed about San Francisco’s Chinatown senior citizens. Whether intentional or not, it just goes to show — those ajummas might actually know a thing or two. Here, four ways the ajumma is the new style influencer.

 

1. Mismatched prints

Print clashing has been a thing on fashion runways for several years now. But when restaurateur Roy Choi took the mismatching prints ajummas are famous for wearing and turned it into the wait staff uniform for his new Korean restaurant Pot at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles, I knew the ajumma had reached icon status.

 

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Mismatched prints from the fall/winter 2014 runways of, from left, Acne, Duro Olowu and Viktor & Rolf.

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The mismatched prints worn by the hostess at Pot, left, and the wait staff, right, are styled after a typical ajumma, says restaurateur Roy Choi.

 

2. Sun Umbrellas 

 

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Sun umbrellas among the young are already a thing in China.

 

According to the Korean newspaper Joongang Daily, small sun umbrellas, or yangsan, have officially become a must-have among the younger set. In Korea, portable parasol sales jumped by 35 percent compared to last year, with almost half the purchasers in their 20s and 30s. It’s really no surprise, given the obsession with skincare in the country. It’s only a matter of time before this trend spreads to the States. After all, the ajumma has mostly bypassed the sun umbrella these days in favor of the …

 

3. Oversized Visor

 

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I’ll admit — this one threw me for a loop. Sure, visors came down Marni’s spring 2014 runway, but they were so hyper-embellished and sleek, they were actually cute. Sure, golf superstar Michelle Wie wears amply sized visors on the green, but come on, she’s an athlete. Yeah, OK, so Donald Sterling ex V. Stiviano piqued curiosity about the welding mask-like visor that ajummas have worn for years. But I realized visors might actually become a thing when, on a business trip to Korea with other magazine editors, a prominent beauty editor of an American fashion magazine (she’s white) fell in love with the giant visor worn by some ajummas gardening on the side of the road. Oblivious to the so-not-chic connotations, she promptly declared it genius and went out and bought one to wear herself. It truly opened my eyes to the possibilities.

 

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Visor chic at Marni’s spring 2014 show.

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Oversized visors are already catching on in Asia.

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V. Stiviano and the infamous visor.

 

4. Arm sleeves

 

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This ajumma trend has been going on in Asia for some time, and not just among the ajummas. Young women in Asia now regularly wear arm sleeves to protect their skin while driving. But when I saw my Chinese Honduran sister-in-law casually put on fingerless gloves one morning before starting the car, I knew the trend had officially crossed over. Needless to say, I promptly dug out my fingerless gloves, circa 2004, and now keep them in the car. Just in case.

 

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So, is the short, tight perm (or pamma in Korean) next? (It does look like an Asian ‘fro, after all.) I say, when it comes to the Korean ajumma, don’t count anything out.

Incorporate This Asian Skincare Must-Have Into Your Regimen: Skin Lotion

 

The international hit K-drama My Love From the Stars launched a number of trends and worldwide obsessions, from actress Jun Ji-hyun’s lipstick (the mere rumor that her coral-pink color came from YSL caused a worldwide shortage of the shade) to anything from Korean brand Iope, which was prominently displayed in the star’s boudoir on the show. Apparently, you can’t find Iope’s top seller, Bio Essence, in duty free stores at Korean airports because of all the Chinese tourists who are buying the hydrating liquid by the boxful. (And at $60 a pop, it ain’t cheap.)

Iope Bio Essence is a part of that step in any respectable Asian skincare regimen that includes what is called “lotion,” “skin lotion” or, to some old-school Koreans, simply “skin” — a water-like solution for the face used after cleansing.

It’s different from the toner that we here in the States may have grown up with — that harsh, alcohol-based liquid we swept over skin with a cotton ball to wipe off any residual makeup that our cleanser may have missed. (In Asia, a double cleansing method — makeup remover and then cleanser — does away with the need for a post-rinse “toner.”) Rather, “lotion” is a post-cleansing hydrator, usually applied by sprinkling into hands and pressing the palms over the face to ensure proper penetration. It’s a step that “provides hydration to the skin that might be stripped during the cleansing process,” says Diane Nakauchi, skincare expert and CEO of Japanese skincare brand Koh Gen Do. Like a vitamin drink, skin lotion usually has “humectant properties to help hold in moisture,” she adds, imparting a translucency to skin.

Today, Asian skincare companies are bringing these post-cleansing hydrators — whether called “lotion,” “water” or even “toner” — to American consumers, and American skincare companies are quickly jumping on board. And these newest iterations of lotions go beyond just hydrating — some balance skin’s pH levels; others refine and exfoliate. But perhaps the best reason to add lotions to your skincare regimen is what they all do: prep skin so that subsequent treatments can more effectively penetrate skin’s top layer. The result? All those expensive serums and creams work more effectively with less.

If you’re located near Los Angeles, there are plenty of Korean beauty boutiques in Koreatown that have Iope Bio Essence in stock. But you don’t have to fly to Korea or Los Angeles to get a hydrating lotion onto your bathroom shelf. Asian skincare companies available in the States already have a hydrating lotion in their line, and recognizing the brilliance of Asian skincare products, a number of non-Asian companies are coming out with their own versions. With a broad price range, these lotions are something everyone can get on board with. Check out some of our favorites:

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Koh Gen Do Oriental Plants Lotion II: A botanical-based gel-liquid with time-release moisturizing agents from the skincare line used on major Hollywood sets from Dallas Buyers Club and American Hustle to Glee.

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Clinique Even Better Essence Lotion: The line’s first “watery lotion” — inspired by its Asian consumers — hydrates with its breakthrough NMF Complex to increase the production of the essential building blocks of skin’s natural moisturizing factors.

 

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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence: The prestige Japanese line’s cult favorite product contains more than 90 percent Pitera, their signature skin refining ingredient that boosts the skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process. 

 

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Laneige Power Essential Skin Toner: The popular Korean brand, known for its scientifically engineered Optimal Mineral Water in their skin refining toner, as well as the rest of their Water Bank line, is finally available to the American masses at mega retailer Target. 

 

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Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Balancing Water: A gel-like water with white ginseng and mulberry root extract to brighten, exfoliate and balance skin’s pH levels. 

 

 

The Theme for Next Year’s Met Gala? All About China

Fashion’s been going East for some time now. Giorgio Armani put on a grand extravaganza of a show in Beijing in 2012. Tory Burch made a push for the Asian consumer when it opened stores in Tokyo and Manila in 2009 and then its first store in Seoul in 2010, quickly becoming the must-have label for well-to-do housewives in Asia. And Diane von Furstenberg made sure she had a few Chinese celebrities prominently front and center in her latest fall/winter runway show. So it’s only further proof of fashion’s love affair with the Asian consumer that The Costume Institute has announced that next spring’s exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is going to be “all about China,” according to WWD.

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Liu Wen in Zac Posen.

As the top Manhattan social event and annual fashion exhibition, the Met Gala already has a strong Asian presence, with Asian American designers like Vera Wang, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang accompanying their finely dressed celebs; Asian American celebs Maggie Q and Olivia Munn; hot Chinese models-of-the-moment Liu Wen to Ming Xi, as well as the Thai American model wife of John Legend, Chrissy Teigen. In addition, Chinese designer Min Liu of fashion label Ms Min attended the gala, courtesy of Hong Kong department store Lane Crawford.

Clearly, we can expect that Asian presence to increase next year. Scroll down to see some of the looks from this year’s gala.

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Ming Xi in Michael Kors.

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Olivia Munn in Diane von Furstenberg.

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Fei Fei Sun in Tory Burch (shown here with Marina Rust and the designer).

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Maggie Q in Zac Posen.

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Chrissy Teigen in Ralph Lauren Collection.

 

Liu Wen impact photo by Phil Oh. 

 

How To Do Glossy Lids For Asian Eyes

 

When it comes to beauty trends coming down the runway, it’s few and far between for us to find a trend that actually looks and works better on Asian monolid eyes. But — finally! — we found one: glossy lids.

Now, there are plenty of trends that I write about that just aren’t for me, and I thought eye gloss was one of them. That is, until I tried it. I’ve decided I’m no longer a shimmery eyeshadow person (it seems to make my eyelids look puffier), but I love the effect of eye gloss. As seen on Asian models on the runways, this trend looks especially good on Asian eyes since we have so much more, er, visible real estate on our lids. The trick is in how you wear it.

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Model Liu Wen has the perfect eyes for glossy lids.

Here’s a tutorial on the best way to wear eye gloss.

1. Primer is key. You can use one specially made for the eyes, but generally any primer will do. I use Sensai Eyelid base (it adds a nice natural sheen) and I also like Koh Gen Do’s makeup color base, which comes in different colors to combat, say, redness or sallow skin.

2. Curious about all that pink eye shadow on the runways? This is the time to wear it. For some reason, beige-pinks and mauves look really good with eye gloss and the shine does away with that “I’m sick” factor. I find that a cream shadow works best since its staying power surpasses powders. I use M.A.C’s Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Stormy Pink — it’s a nice mauve color that hints at trendy pink but doesn’t make me look like I have a cold. It’s also easy to apply with the fingers and it has some serious staying power. Apply on the entire eyelid (up to where you can feel your eyeball ends), even if you have monolids.

3. Keep mascara and eyeliner waterproof. A tube mascara is best (like Fairydrops)  since even oil won’t take it off, and I love Maybelline’s Ultra Liner.

5. Once you’re completely done with your eye (mascara, liner, etc.), put a dab of eye gloss on the back of your non-dominant hand. Keep your eye open and with your dominant hand, place a thin dab of gloss on the upper half of your eyelid, the part of your lid that is visible when your eye is open — but just the center! Do not smear, do not rub in, do not swipe, and do not go near the corners of eyes or lashes — the gloss will eventually spread on its own. If you did it right, the gloss will not be affected when you blink (in other words, it’s not on whatever lid crease you have).

6. I’ve found that the best eye gloss is one that is more sticky than slippery. We featured Rouge Bunny Rouge‘s eye gloss in our summer issue and it really is good, with a good amount of stick (it looks like clear lip gloss) but made for the eye. A tacky lip balm also works well, like VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Lip Balm. Other options like Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream imparts a nice gloss, but I find it more slippery and it will eventually smear faster. For a more subtle look, I like Koh Gen Do’s Face Balm, which has tons of skincare benefits so you can feel good about applying on your lids.

Just remember, until someone invents a non-moving eye gloss, eye gloss will slip on your lid eventually. I wear a cat eye liner and I find that after a few hours, the flick at the end will be a little smudgy. Just clean up with a Q-tip or your finger and reapply. The point of a glossy eye is to be a little smudgy and sexy, so don’t fret too much about it. It’s a super cool look that will have your fashion friends oohing and ahhing. Good luck and let us know how you like it!

 

 

Top 5 Ways to Dress Like Jamie Chung

If you ever need style inspiration, especially during the sweltering summer months, look no further than actress Jamie Chung. The recently engaged starlet has been showing off her increasingly paparazzi-worthy personal style of late, and we are seriously impressed. We break down her best outfits below and make it easy for you to replicate the look for yourself.

1. Distressed Shorts + Preppy Blazer

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Chung nails the high-low look with perfection with this outfit. A chic preppy blazer gets twisted with distressed cut-off denim, instantly making the otherwise Coachella staple meeting-worthy. Her shoes add a perfect pop of color and are chunky enough to balance the casualness of the shorts. (No spindly stilettos will do with shorts this short.) Her slouchy tee is nice, but she could have taken it up a notch with a nerdy-chic button down (perhaps an ugly-cute floral!). Nonetheless, the entire ensemble really works, down to the loosely tied back hair, tribal-style clutch and a casually tossed on long necklace. We love it!

2. Crop Top + Midi Skirt

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Crop tops are everywhere this summer and the one piece you need to add to your wardrobe to really up your style game. But another must-have piece that will carry you well into fall is the midi skirt (it hits mid-calf). Most pooh-poohed the midi skirt as too dowdy when it first appeared on runways a few years ago, but the crop top is the perfect foil to this sometimes-difficult length. That tiny sliver of skin (well above the belly button, an area most women don’t have a problem with — see Mindy Kaling’s version here) balances the modesty of a high waisted midi skirt. Pair it with ankle strap heels and a beaded clutch, like Chung here, or add some edge with your loudest ankle booties and a structured shoulder bag.

3. Denim Shirt + Lace Skirt

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This might be one of my favorite outfits on Chung — and it’s not even my own personal style. Denim shirts have been having a moment among a certain style contingent, and Chung shows why. It’s just so cool paired with a super girly lace mini. And she even made it cooler by pairing it with stone colored ankle boots. Tough-girly-edgy — it’s the perfect masculine/feminine balance. Wear this look to work, out to dinner, shopping — it just may be the perfect summer outfit.

4. Jacket Over Shoulders

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This is a great look for day-to-night. Wear the jacket with shorts to work for some polish. Then take off the jacket and wear it over your shoulders only for a very street style look for dinner. It somehow gives your look a less buttoned-up feel. (And if you decide to hit a club after dinner, just leave the jacket in the car!)

5. Romper + Booties

 

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Does it get any easier than a romper for summer? Throw it on and go. It’s light and breezy and it looks more now than a floral minidress. Just one rule: pair the romper with ankle boots and you instantly have light and breezy and fashion-y.

What’s your favorite look on Chung?

 

(Photo courtesy of Jamie Chung’s official blog)

Top 5 Ways to Dress Like Mindy Kaling

 

Actress, writer and producer Mindy Kaling has seriously upped her fashion game since she appeared on Audrey‘s cover a few years ago. Credit her stylist on one of our fave shows, The Mindy Project, but Kaling’s been taking more risks with some seriously inspirational results. Best of all, she’s showing all of us that we can rock the trends with the best of ‘em, curves and all.


1. Crop Tops

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Seriously, who says you have to be model thin (or 20?) to rock the crop top-high waisted skirt trend? Kaling is spot-on and gorgeous in this emerald outfit by Topshop. It’s all about that sliver of skin and below-the-knee length that makes this trend do-able for all ages and sizes.


2. Riotous Prints

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Thanks to the last five years of surreal, eye-popping prints courtesy of designers Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou, loud clashing prints are now everywhere. Thanks to Kaling (and her to-die-for dress by Clover Canyon), loud clashing prints are clearly for everyone.


3. In Your Face Color

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If you haven’t learned anything from Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o’s whirlwind awards season wardrobe, learn this now: super saturated color looks gorgeous head-to-toe. Bonus points if you’re lucky enough to have Kaling’s skintone, in which case, every super saturated color looks amazing on you — no accessories necessary.


4. Bell Skirts

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No one can go wrong with a bell-shaped skirt with a cinched in waist and colorful heels, regardless of size. It’s perhaps the greatest camouflager ever. For a more of-the-moment update, try one in a just-below-the-knee length paired with your loudest heels.


5. A Body-Skimming Shift (Plus Punk Rock Shoes)

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Some commentators have dissed Kaling’s spiky red booties, but we adore the look. Punk rock booties are the perfect foil to a girly black shift dress. An outfit always looks better (and more fashion-y) with one slightly-off twist or element of edge. Bravo, Mindy!

Hot Destinations To Put On Your Bucket List: Ko Lanta, Thailand

 

In Audrey‘s Summer 2014 issue, we asked five tastemakers to give us a glimpse into their must-go destinations around the world. Here, Audrey EIC, Anna M. Park, shares one of her favorite places, Ko Lanta, Thailand.

Travel philosophy: Where next?

Why: An island two hours away from Krabi (an hour by car, another hour by speedboat) on the Andaman Sea, Ko Lanta has just enough amenities to make it a vacation without the massive crowds now ubiquitous in most Thailand beach spots.

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Stay: Pimalai Resort and Spa reigns over a stunning stretch of almost-isolated beach on a gorgeous cove. Sunsets are to die for and service is impeccable. We had just gotten off an all-day boat tour of the surrounding islands when we realized we had left our sandals in the boat. (The boat was long gone to the next hotel.) We informed the front desk and by the time we were only halfway to our villa, one of the hotel staff had our sandals in hand.

The two-bungalow villa at Pimalai Resort.

The two-bungalow villa at Pimalai Resort.

Eat: If staying at Pimalai, forgo the hotel restaurant and try the restaurant down the beach called Same Same But Different. At night, it’s dark so look out for their brightly lit bamboo sculptures in front. I’ve never seen a bartender take such care in making a mojito (a good one, too), and they’ll prepare the fresh fish of the day any way you like. Prepare for a wait if you don’t have a reservation.

Rustic beachfront restaurant Same Same But Different offering fresh fish prepared any way you like and the best mojito on the island.

Rustic beachfront restaurant Same Same But Different offering fresh fish prepared any way you like and the best mojito on the island.

Do: Rent a scooter and head over to the smaller island Ko Lanta Noi via car ferry. On the other side of the island, hire a long-tail boat to take you to Ko Talabeng, a breathtaking limestone island replete with hidden caves, deserted stretches of white sand and stunning coves. You’ll likely be the only ones around. Afterwards, get a $10 60-minute massage offered everywhere.

The deserted island of Talabeng -- pull up on your own little sandbar.

The deserted island of Talabeng — pull up on your own little sandbar.

Unforgettable: As we scooted around the island, we found a small handmade sign advertising food. After climbing down a hill, we found a rustic wooden platform perched precariously over a cliff. A young woman emerged from the adjacent shack — we could hear her kids inside — and took our order. Watching the sunset while slurping down the spicy, sour, ubiquitous tom yum goong soup in this gem of a find was heaven.

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This story was originally published in our Summer 2014 issue. Get your copy here.