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SOME­THING YOU’D NEVER LEAVE HOME

WITH­OUT? A pos­i­tive and grate­ful at­ti­tude be­cause it’s a priv­i­lege to be do­ing what I want to do on a daily ba­sis.

WHAT DO YOU CON­SIDER A MUST-HAVE ITEM

IN ANY HOME? A GOOD DIN­ING TA­BLE, AR­GUABLY THE MOST CRU­CIAL PIECE OF FUR­NI­TURE in the home.

FA­VORITE WEB­SITE/BLOG I find my­self on The Busi­ness of Fash­ion (busi­nes­sof­fash­ion.com) quite of­ten thanks to my sis­ter, who sends me ar­ti­cles that she knows will in­ter­est me.

WHO DO YOU FOL­LOW ON TWIT­TER/ IN­STA­GRAM @beavaldes­de­sign and @pride­of­gyp­sies

FA­VORITE CITY TO VISIT Lon­don!

COUN­TRY­SIDE HO­TELS OR RE­SORTS La Sala­man­dre, in the Loire Val­ley in France; I also loved stay­ing at a pen­sione run by the order of DML Sis­ters just out­side Rome.

TRAVEL MUST-HAVES A sense of adventure, sun­block, and my fam­ily.

VA­CA­TION SPOT Cur­rently Baguio, be­cause as I get older, more and more I find that we re­turn to the places of our youth. It feels like I’ve come full cir­cle when I am able to take my chil­dren to places of my child­hood where they are now able to cre­ate last­ing me­mories of their own. I would also like to go back to Batanes, but maybe when the chil­dren are older and less likely to fall off the soar­ing cliffs!

PLACES YOU’VE NEVER BEEN, BUT WOULD MOST LIKE TO VISIT So many…Naoshima, Ja­pan’s art is­land in the Seto In­land Sea; Bhutan, to see the last great Hi­malayan king­dom; Lake Ohrid, in Mace­do­nia, which is part of Unesco’s global net­work of bio­sphere re­serves; the Kam­chatka Penin­sula in Rus­sia; Ky­oto’s Arashiyama bam­boo grove; Horse­tail Falls in Yosemite Na­tional Park to catch the “fire­fall”; the Bud­dhist tem­ples at Ba­gan, Myan­mar.

WAY TO RE­JU­VE­NATE Med­i­ta­tion and sleep.

FIT­NESS REGIMEN Sim­ply moth­er­hood and run­ning your own busi­ness—it de­mands rig­or­ous men­tal ac­tiv­ity, acu­men, and phys­i­cal stamina. I rinse and re­peat daily!

HAP­PI­EST MO­MENT See­ing my par­ents sur­rounded by their grand­chil­dren.

BEST GIFT EVER RE­CEIVED My

en­gage­ment ring.

GREAT­EST HOPE FOR THE FU­TURE My chil­dren Alonso and Re­nata, and my nieces, Al­le­gra and Emilia.

GUILTY PLEA­SURE Late night Hor­licks with hot milk.

ONE THING FEW PEO­PLE KNOW ABOUT

you It seems I have an eye for draw­ing and photography.

FA­VORITE RES­TAU­RANTS Casa Mono and Hon­mura An in New York City, al­ways with my sib­lings in tow; David Toutain, 29 rue Sur­couf, Paris, a coin toss from my for­mer univer­sity.

ALL-TIME FA­VORITE DISH Koichi Ko­bari’s fresh ikura soba at Hon­mura An.

COCK­TAIL OF CHOICE Cur­rently, The Pur­ple Cock­tail # 4 at Toyo Eatery.

DESSERT The cheese­cake from Hô­tel Costes.

WRITER OR BOOK Louis de Bernieres,

par­tic­u­larly The War of Don Em­manuel’s Nether Parts

(1990), The Trou­ble­some Off­spring

of Car­di­nal Guz­man (1992), and

Cap­tain Corelli’s Man­dolin (1994). Also, the short sto­ries of Vladimir Nabokov and Italo Calvino, for their in­tox­i­cat­ing sto­ry­telling, de­vi­ous wit, and mis­ad­ven­tures into fic­tion.

FILMS Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly

Ball­room, which was his first ever film. A wildly off­beat and en­gag­ing story about a male dancer who turns the ball­room danc­ing com­mu­nity on its head. It even­tu­ally be­came part of the Red Cur­tain tril­ogy of his sig­na­ture the­ater-mo­tif-re­lated films. And Emir Kus­turica’s

Un­der­ground. An epic black com­edy about the his­tory of Yu­goslavia told through the eyes of a weapons man­u­fac­turer in Bel­grade. A slow de­scent into a sur­real sit­u­a­tion as work­ers are kept in an un­der­ground shel­ter pro­duc­ing arms with­out re­al­iz­ing the war has been over for years.

FA­VORITE FORM OF EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

Watch­ing Net­flix’s Chef’s Ta­ble se­ries and ob­serv­ing how my 4-year-old and 3-yearold in­ter­act with each other. Cur­rently en­joy­ing see­ing the chil­dren try­ing to “ne­go­ti­ate” ex­tra TV time.

WHAT’S CUR­RENTLY ON YOUR MU­SIC PLAYLIST? The sound­tracks of Moana and Trolls.

FA­VORITE AC­TORS OF ALL TIME For men, it’s a toss-up be­tween Jeremy Irons and Daniel Day-Lewis. For the ladies, if I didn’t have to nar­row it down any fur­ther then it would be Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, and Emma Thomp­son.

MOST TREA­SURED POS­SES­SION TJ, my hus­band and fa­ther of my chil­dren!

FA­VORITE WORK OF ART A paint­ing that I made when I was 4, which my mother had framed and kept all th­ese years. It now hangs in my sala next to my chil­dren Alonso and Re­nata’s fa­vorite pieces of their own art­work. Also a char­coal sketch of a mother and daugh­ter sculp­ture that I gave my mom on her birth­day. I think I must have been 7 or 8 at the time when I drew it.

FA­VORITE ARTIST The Amer­i­can singer and song­writer Otis Red­ding.

WHO IS A YOUNG ARTIST THAT WE

SHOULD KEEP OUR EYES on? My niece, Al­le­gra Ro­driguez! She’s 9, and her tal­ent is so pro­nounced. She paints and is very ar­tis­ti­cally in­clined.

ART IN­SPIRED

clock­wise from top: The Bea Valdes show­room; Marga’s fa­vorite films; her wed­ding and en­gage­ment rings; the paint­ing Marga made as a four-year-old.

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