The Gilded Girl

By Ashley Del Rio

Sunday, June 4, 2017

#ashlist: The Seven Wonders of the World in 2017

Of the original Seven Wonders of the World, only the Great Pyramids remain. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Colossus of Rhodes have all faded to dust and memory. These, instead, are seven wonders for our time. They are the Acropolis of our day, the Stonehenge of now. Which also means they can be seen firsthand. And so they should. Because the real magic of wonder is not in the thing itself, but in the fact that the more you look for wonder in the world the more the wonder of the world becomes a part of you.

Socrates said: 'Wisdom begins in wonder.' Studies show that the awe induces deeper levels of cognitive processing; it boosts empathy and helps us connect with the world around us in meaningful ways. Art and science are borne from it. Wonder is more than just a good feeling; it is a seed from which our greatest treasures grow. Explore, dream and feed your spirit well.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

#ashtip Where to go this Summer


The South of France is always a good idea.
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

#ashlist: Eight Women Who Are Killing It

I could go on and on and on about all of my girl crushes of the moment. There's Tina Fey, who coined the term "Mean Girl" and invented the idea of women being nice to each other, and who is now coming out with yet another TV show about a woman who is awesome. There's Kristen Gillibrand, who's leading the feminist movement within the Senate. And Anna Wintour, who recently displayed a sense of humour in poking fun at the Met Gala, and a sense of enlightenment by admitting that fashion has often been guilty of being too narrow-minded. And Blake Lively. Because, hello, Blake Lively.

And then there are these girls:


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Friday, April 28, 2017

Am I the Only One Who Cared About Denim Day?


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First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— 

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— 

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

One night in Las Vegas

The Mandarin Oriental is my kind of Vegas.

When planning my travel schedule, I organize U.S. cities into one, two and three night destinations. New York is a three night city because I need one night for casual hole-in-the-wall dining, one night for trendy hotspot dining, and one night for oldie-but-a-goldie dining. Miami is a two night destination because I need one chill beachy day and one loud party day.  Las Vegas is a one night destination because it's a 40 minute flight away from me and because there is only one kind of day or night a person like me can have there. That is, a person who doesn't like nightclubs, gambling or crowds of any kind.
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Monday, April 3, 2017

#ashlist: Worldwide Spa Guide

A steam at the Faena Hotl in Miami Beach is good for the skin and the soul
Disclaimer: I'm really not a spa person. I utterly lack the ability to lie there and relax and, frankly, I just don't understand the appeal. Still, knowing how blessed I am to be able to stay at some of the most stunning hotels in the world, I always try to at least visit the hotel spa for a steam and a glass of cucumber water.

Other Disclaimer: I am not the Conde Nast Traveler. I have not tried every treatment at every spa at every hotel in the world. But I polled all my well-traveled blogger friends, and between us, we basically are the Conde Nast Traveler, so I'm confident this list is pretty legit.
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Saturday, April 1, 2017

#IHaveThisThingWithDoors

Marrakech wins at doors.

Fun fact: I take about 1,000 photos a week. Approximately four make it to Instagram. 

Last night, when the usual insomnia of adulthood combined with a violent case of allergies (yes, violent allergies) kept me up most of the night, I found myself going through the thousands of photos that never got their day in the social media sun. I deleted about 3,000 before deciding to organize them into fun folders according to subject: flowers, sunsets, sunrises, Coke Zero bottles, mirror selfies, truffle fries, and doors. As it turns out, I have 738 photos of doors on my phone. Here are the only eight worth posting on my blog. 
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