Travel Junkie Diary of USA

Natalya Kanj

Sunday, April 28, 2013
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We are in Dallas with one of the sweetest and friendliest person we know and love, Natalya Kanj, Sub-Editor for Five Five Fabulous. A fashion blog between two sisters who continue to document their fabulous journey through fashion between their favorite cities, London & Dubai.

Graduated from London College of Fashion in June 2012, Natalya has since fully immersed herself in the world of interning with top tier fashion houses.

She gained vast work experience at Diane Von Furstenberg, LCF and Myla to name a few and has reaped the rewards by landing her dream job, working in the HQ of a luxury British brand. She frequently travels between London, Paris and Dubai to fulfill her newly appointed role. This TJ is such a diva when it comes down to travel, we were as surprise and excited to hear about where she chose her favorite destination so far!

 

Here is her diary

 

Destination Dallas, Texas

Stayed at The Joule hotel, downtown

I stayed in a suite, it was incredible. I arrived late at night so I went straight to the hotel and checked in, the service couldn’t have been better. Once I got up to my room I noticed that there was a separate bathroom to where you shower with frosted glass everywhere. The room was super high tech, there was one remote that did everything for you.

Month March

In your suitcase I was in Dallas for work but luckily I can wear whatever I want seeing as I work in fashion. Before I headed to the U.S, I was quite confused over what to pack as I knew it was going to be freezing in NYC and hot in Dallas. I packed everything from my Steve Madden studded boots to keep me warm to my Chanel espadrilles for when I was in Dallas.

Dined at On my last night I went back to Highland Park and had dinner at a Mexican restaurant. I sat outside again so I could take in all the heat before I left to go back to freezing cold London. The food was fabulous, I ate way too many nachos and to start with and then had chicken enchiladas  I drank jalapeno infused margaritas as they were highly recommended by the waiter. On one other evening, I also went downstairs to have some dinner at Charlie Palmer, I opted for the salmon, it was the most incredible salmon I’ve ever had and the service was impeccable.

Shopped Highland Park had every shop you could think of, I did too much shopping in New York so whilst I was there I didn’t buy much. I did spend around an hour in Christian Louboutin coveting some patent pink stilettos, they were to die for.

Diary  When I woke up the next day the weather was perfectly warm, I had breakfast on the terrace downstairs. I wanted to relax before my appointment so I was driven to Highland Park. This was the ultimate shopping destination, it had every store you could think of from Jimmy Choo to Scoop. It was all outside and music played through speakers as you strolled from shop to shop. I then had lunch outside in a lovely courtyard, this time I had scallops. I then shopped a little before heading back to my hotel.

Tips Visit Reunion Tower observation area, the fair park, the aquarium and the historical Swiss Avenue and their Victorian houses

Mode of travel Emirates to NYC then Delta Airlines to Dallas

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  • This month, I asked the universe to help me in the practice of ‘letting go gracefully’ and I turned towards my Ashtanga practice. It has been more consistent than I can ever remember and I thank my teacher for navigating me. 
My mat has always been my private mirror ...Showing me my strength and weaknesses and my ability to push through when I’m stuck. It has me flirting with patience and, hope that one day, I might acquire it. It has been helping me shift my perspective and release the ‘need to control everything’ side of me... but still keep the organized side of me. 
Letting go is part of my healing process, whether it’s a posture that I need to fall into or catching my breath... because healing, is my responsibility... and no one else’s. 
These series of photos reminds of me a moment of achievement. The moment I’ve always wanted to sail in the Arctic dream a year ago, turned into a reality.
  • I love how so many of you played the exercise on my instastory. Wether it’s real or not, it’s nice to get to know a little more about you. 
I found love, success, happiness. Then found power, money, experience 🤣 
Did you also manage to find more words?
  • The bravest thing I’ve ever done was be a mother and learning to deal with fears I never knew existed... most of all, when I see her, I see the evidence of how strong I can be, and I remind myself: You’ve got this. 💫
  • The midnight sun is slowly making its way into the arctic. One of the world’s greatest phenomenon. Where the sun never completely sets and is visible day and night. Have you ever seen it?
I struggle to find the words to describe this feeling, because no words are strong enough. This was taken a little past midnight while sailing in the arctic on our @travelwithtjd - We are launching more TJD trips like those for you to join and experience it together. Follow @travelwithtjd to find out more on how you can join ❤️
  • I get asked constantly for advice on the best resorts in the Maldives that is children friendly. For me, it’s not only about the facilities but also the trust that’s built with the staff and the program they have for kids each day. Chloe loved it here, made new friends and cried when we left. That’s why I find it easy to always return to Joali. 
What’s your favorite island in Maldives?
  • Italy: A series of few images I took years back when I visited Florence. I remember the highlights of my trip: The gorgeous @fsflorence - Cinque Terre - A moment where I felt I lost all my inspiration - The magical sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo. 
What are your favorite things to do in Florence?
  • Throwback to almost 3 years ago. A friend asked for my recommendation for Bali and it brought up some memories. So found this picture. It’s one of my favorite places in Uluwatu and one of my favorite summer! Happy Sunday 🐰
  • The island’s Manta Tree house, designed by one and only Porky Hefer. It’s 5 meters in the air and a wingspan of almost 15m. The 50m tail of the manta is a suspended walkway leading up to body which seats up to 10 people! One of the many art pieces in @joalimaldives - I’ve never seen anything quite like it!!!
  • I’ve been trying to (really focusing more this time) to wake up and sleep with affirmations. It used to help me a lot in the past then somewhere along the way, I stopped for a while.
I’d love to read what’s yours!! Everyday, I try to read and write new ones so here goes mine for today and I hope it resonates with you 💕:
“If I want it, I can attract it” Abraham Hicks
  • I am always surrounded by love (and water) because all I see is love 💕 
Happy Easter everyone!
  • A huge shift in my energy today as I start working on our next @travelwithtjd - Scandic countries holds an exhilarating amount of joy and peace in my heart, which I’ve learned not to search anymore for reasons to explain it, because some things cannot always be expressed in words. 
We have recently launched Sweden’s Arctic experience on @travelwithtjd other than Finland, Iceland and Norway. The link is in bio if you like to join our polar journeys and have an adventure of a lifetime. Only 2 spaces left for Sweden. Hope to see you on our TJD trips! 
Photo by @dennisstever 
#TravelwithTJD
  • Sunrise view from my room facing the Athenian Riviera from @fsathens from Arion side of the building which is more laidback.
I have to admit though, it’s good to be back home and back to a routine. I tend to pick up emotions from the people and environment around me, and from time to time, it’s good to be grounded. Thank you Four Seasons for a wonderful experience and congratulations on the opening! ❤️