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The Çesme Peninsula

Guest post by Society babe and Editor-in-Chief of Live FAST Magazine Vivianne Lapointe

The Çesme peninsula is a hidden gem - a seaside getaway on the western Aegean coast loved by windsurfers and wealthy Turkish vacationers who prefer its rural character to the more touristy Bodrum. We rented a car from the Izmir airport and checked in to our private villa in a lovely vineyard that grows shiraz and grenache, less than 10 miles away from the Alaçati center. Walking around the narrow, picturesque cobble streets lined with stone houses, and blue shutters against whitewashed walls, I kind of felt like we were in Greece. We decided to spend the afternoon lounging at the Fly Inn Beach Club, ate some mussels fresh from the sea, had a few tequila shots and took a nap on the wooden beach chairs strategically placed so you could dip your feet in the crystal clear water while you doze off.

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse in Cappadocia

Guest post by Society babe and Editor-in-Chief of Live FAST Magazine Vivianne Lapointe.

In my wildest daydreams, the valley of Cappadocia will always remain this wonderfully understated Turkish paradise we discovered last summer; a mysterious, faraway land of fairy chimneys and mushroom-shaped police stations where young boys sell you fresh squeezed pomegranate juice and hot air balloons are able to take flight 300 out of 365 days. Our experience in Cappadocia would not have been the same without the help and undivided attention of our friends at Travel Atelier, the luxury concierge service that kindly showed us around and shared fascinating stories about the complex history of this whimsical destination. We particularly loved the cooking class with a local family - what a treat to try Manti (Turkish ravioli) for the first time in this context, and to connect (if only through the love of food) with women from another culture. On our first night, we opted to stay at the newly opened House Hotel Cappadocia in Ortahisar, a small municipality with a lively local scene - coffeehouses, barbershops, markets and museums. There, we had the best breakfast of our lives… One of the greatest ways to view the rippling hillsides of Cappadocia is a sunrise balloon ride miles above the sun-kissed earth. A seven AM dip in the pool of the Museum Hotel isn’t a bad way to watch the flight either… Trust me, you’ve got to see this landscape for yourself, especially before the secret’s out.

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Amuse in Cappadocia

Photography by Ali Mitton, Laura Austin, and Vivianne Lapointe | Model Chelsea Schuchman

36 Hours In Istanbul

Guest post by Society babe and Editor-in-Chief of Live FAST Magazine Vivianne Lapointe

I try never to read too much about a destination ahead of landing. I like to experience a city emotionally at first: smell the breeze, eat the food, look at people in the eyes. I didn’t know what to expect out of Istanbul, this complex and iconic gem of the Middle East. Traveling on the last week of July, we were blessed with clear skies and flawless weather. We giggled in the cab as we passed a huge Travolta billboard ad on our way to Taksim. We marveled at the flower beds bordering busy streets, and wondered how it is even possible that a city holding 25 millions inhabitants can be so clean and well kept. The loud, romantic sound of the Muslim prayer gave us goosebumps. We fell in love with the bright red hue of the Turkish flag… What we discovered here is a passionate, emotional culture with so many layers, colors and flavors. Here are some of the highlights from this exciting first leg of our #LiveFASTSummerTour with Amuse!

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Putting on the Ritz

Whenever I have a 24-hour transit and know too well how exhausted I will be when I finally reach my destination, I make a point to book a 5-star hotel. At the luxurious Ritz Carlton on the Bosphorus, we were greeted with Turkish delights and hot apple tea in the lobby. I mean - it’s the Ritz, you know what you’re gonna get: impeccable service and sophisticated amenities, a plush bed and great shower pressure. These little details are worth every single dollar spent when you’re jet lagged. On the first night, a few of us decided to unwind in the cocktail bar lobby to the sound of live music and we all hit the indoor pool first thing in the morning before a memorable first Turkish breakfast. Pictured here also is the property’s Open Air spa, where Chelsea indulged in a little r&r before we checked out.

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

An afternoon on the Bosphorus

On our first day in town, we drove to the swanky neighborhood of Yenikoy to take some pictures of the colorful Ottoman era waterfront houses and explore the European shores of the Bosphorus strait. Upon coming across a lively fisherman’s community, we decided on a whim to ask if one of them would take us on a boat ride. “80 Turkish liras for 45 minutes,” he mumbled in Turkish to our friend Tules, who kindly acted as our guide & translator for the duration of our stay. $27 - that’s how cheap Istanbul is, by the way! On the water, smack dab in between two continent, I remember thinking how crazy it is that if we kept going straight on this river, we could sail straight into Russia.

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Dance the night away at Reina

Hungry from an eventful day on the water, we had mezze at Sur Balik in Arnavutkoy, a fabulous rooftop restaurant specializing in fresh fish and seafood. After dinner, we headed out to Reina, the trendiest nightclub in Istanbul. With a glittering Bosphorus view and a beautiful crowd, it might as well be the sexiest spot to party on that side of the world. Note to self: don’t drink too much Raki, and most importantly, don’t mix it with any other kind of alcohol - the traditional Turkish booze is said to cause memory loss to the point of barely recalling your own name… ;)

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Discovering The Karakoy Neighborhood

Dubbed Istanbul’s cool new district by the Condé Nast Traveler, this colorful part of town is where you can spend countless lazy hours observing life and discovering the city’s bohemian culture: sitting outside at a cafe, checking out art galleries, stalking cats, playing chess, smoking hookah and making friends with the locals.

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Vault Karakoi Hotel

Set in an imposing 19th-century bank, the trendy Vault Karaoke was our home away from home on the second half of our stay in Istanbul. In the penthouse suite, we took a bubble bath with a view before heading down to the Hammam, the best way to cure a Raki hangover (that shit’s real).

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

Amuse x Live Fast Summer Tour

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Photography by Ali Mitton, Laura Austin, and Vivianne Lapointe | Model Chelsea Schuchman

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