If you’re anything like us, your wellness routine takes a nose dive as soon as fall sets in. After months of GOOPing, detoxing and cross training, we are in the mood for some good old-fashioned indulgence, putting the sultry South American city of Buenos Aires at the top of our itinerary. BA excels in all things rojo: red wine (most famously Malbec), red meat (fresh steak from the Pampas, please), red hot dance (it takes two to Tango) and red-blooded Latin Lotharios (think rugged ranchers and polo princes), making it the perfect place to please your palate and and pamper your pleasure center. Just ask the celebs who have jetted down to this glam with a touch of grit getaway. Miley Cyrus was seen antiquing on her world tour stop, while Lady Gaga dined out on local Argentine fare during hers. Jennifer Lopez hit the town decked out in designer duds, and Selena Gomez showered boyfriend The Weeknd in some serious PDA whilst on a romantic stroll. It isn’t just songstresses who partake in BA’s cultural offerings and sophisticated environs, however. Actresses Emma Watson, Margot Robbie (along with co-star Will Smith) and Natalie Portman have all filmed in the capital, but the city’s most memorable cinematic moment has to Madonna doing her darndest to portray former first lady Eva Peron in the lukewarm-reviewed Evita (don’t cry for her, seriously).
It’s not hard to see why this city is nicknamed the ‘Paris of South America’. Cafes and bars line the cobblestone boulevards, many wafting live music onto the streets where Tango-ing duos’ rhythmic sways will have you feeling the beat. Grand hotels, varied museums and historic landmarks built in breathtaking Belle Epoque, Louis XVI, Empire and Art Deco architecture, as seen in trendy Recoleta, certainly bring France to mind. Yet, the crazy colorful facades of Italian-originating La Boca have an essence all their own and even hipsters can find foodie haunts, speakeasies and boho shops in Palermo. Each barrio, or neighborhood, is injected with a distinct flavor, creating something for everyone in Buenos Aires. The best part of a sojourn to the Southern Hemisphere is the reversal of the seasons. On a trip to Buenos Aires, you can still sport your summer favorites (and tan) all while getting your Christmas shopping finished! Make like Justin Bieber and party at the Faena’s Poolbar, which calls for a slinky Saloni sundress and a red lip. For your first tango lesson, why not try a festive and flouncy Johanna Ortiz ensemble, because, who knows who you could meet? During a day on horseback at an estancia, channel your inner @chufy and go gaucho glam in layers of natural neutrals topped with the perfect poncho. Travel alert: the cosmopolitan capital warns of muggings, but you can easily trick those baddies by ditching your Rolex and adding a super secure crossbody – try Clare V.’s version. Style an OTS top from Caroline Constas with Marques’ Almeida super flared jeans and you’re ready for a late night parrilla dinner – and we do mean late, Argentinians don’t even consider dinner until 10PM. But can you blame them? There is simply too much to fit into a BA day, and so many possibilities each night.