Jetsetting With Interior Designer & TV Star Roxy Sowlaty
When you are an interior designer and a star of E!’s “#RichKids of Beverly Hills,” comfort, style, and all-around fabulousness are a way of life. Which is why we were excited to ask Roxy Sowlaty a few questions about how her lifestyle translates to travel. Read on to get the designer and television star’s thoughts about planning her next trip, living in the moment, and packing for any occasion!
Q: What type of traveler are you? (i.e., adventurer, cultural explorer, free spirit, rejuvenator, spa aficionado, etc.)
A: I’m a very eclectic traveler. I love a relaxing and rejuvenating beach vacation, but I also love to explore and learn about different cultures. I think one of the most fascinating things about traveling is seeing the different ways people live and the different speeds and styles of different cultures. I am definitely a go-with-the-flow, free-spirited traveler and am always up for an adventure or exploration!
Q: What types of activities do you like to do on your travels? Do you look for a place where it’s quiet and you can relax or someplace that has great activities or nightlife?
A: When it comes to traveling I look for a place that is either secluded and relaxing or full of culture to be explored—or preferably both! I’m not very concerned with nightlife. As long as I am with a good travel buddy or group, the fun ensues wherever we end up.
Q: When thinking about where you will travel to next, what inspires you to make a decision? And what, if any, research do you do about that destination?
A: When thinking about where to travel to next, I have a few places in mind that I haven’t been to and a few places I have been to that I am always happy to go back. The top of my list is a tour of the Greek Islands. I recently visited Porto Heli, a small beach town two hours outside of Greece, and stayed at the most beautiful resort called Amanzoe. It was so beautiful and has given me an itch to go back to Greece and explore all of the other islands. I am not much of a researcher. I like to, instead, contact friends I know have been to a destination I am going to and get some good recommendations.
Q: What is the most memorable trip you’ve taken and why?
A: The most memorable trip I have ever taken was to Tahiti, specifically the island of Bora Bora. We had the most amazing jungle tour with a Tahitian guide named Patrick who would slash fresh fruit off the trees with his dagger; it was out of “The Jungle Book”! And not to mention the beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear water. It was a trip I will never forget!
Q: What is the best food you’ve ever found on a trip?
A: Hands down the food in Thailand. Not only was Thailand one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited, but also the food was just delicious. I could live off of the pad Thai and pad see yew.
Q: What, if anything, do you always take with you when you travel?
A: I am a very easygoing traveler, but I do not pack light (I’m sure that is of no surprise). I like to pack a lot so I can be ready for anything—an impromptu location change or an extended stay. You never know!
Q: What’s your best piece of travel advice?
A: My best piece of travel advice is to be easy going and open-minded, not get stuck on having to do certain things, and just embrace the culture. It’s OK if you don’t go to every restaurant or site on your travel list; it’s more important to be in the moment and enjoy what you’re experiencing.
Q: Is there a destination to which you can’t imagine not returning?
Q: Where are your favorite weekend getaways?
A: My favorite weekend getaways are Cabo and New York City—easy, fun, and always memorable.
Q: Where would you like to travel to next?
A: I really want a beach vacation, perhaps the Maldives.
Q: Tell us about your upcoming project(s)?
A: I’m just working on a few residential projects as well as launching a home candle line, which is currently being sold exclusively through my website. Plus, I am staying busy, having fun, and traveling any moment I can get away.
Roxy Sowlaty’s Bio:
Beverly Hills native Roxy Sowlaty has been working in design since the age of 16 when she started the clothing line RoxTar with her sister Tara. She earned her undergraduate degree from USC’s Marshall School of Business and made the switch from fashion design to interior design, enrolling at Parsons New School of Design to obtain her master’s degree in interior design.
Roxy honed her craft as a freelancer on residential projects in Manhattan and a home in Aspen before returning to California, where she opened her own interior design firm specializing in high-end residential projects. She has also launched an online do-it-yourself interior design website and home goods product line.
In addition, Roxy stars in the E! show “#RichKids of Beverly Hills.”
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