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After surviving the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, Petra Nemcova turned tragedy into triumph with the 2006 launch of Happy Hearts Fund (HHF). Designed to help children affected by natural disasters, HHF has built or rebuilt more than 70 schools in six countries. Now, Clinique has teamed with Nemcova on a limited-edition Happy scent and T-shirt, whose partial proceeds will be donated to HHF. Nemcova, who divides her time between New York, Los Angeles and London, shares her favorite places to revitalize when she’s not on the road.
Airline: United Airlines is the official airline of Happy Hearts Fund. We travel a lot, and they have very convenient options. They sent their airplanes to help in Haiti, and I respect a company that wants to
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App: Skype, so I can stay in touch with my friends and family.
Restaurant for Business Lunch:
NYC: I am more of a downtown girl, so I like the lounge area at The Mercer hotel. Uptown, I love Milos, because it’s so healthy and fresh.
147 Mercer Street; 212.966.6060
125 West 55th Street; 212.245.7400
London: The Berkeley hotel and the Blue Bar for drinks.
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge; +184.108.40.20635.6000
L.A.: The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel. It’s classic, beautiful and perfectly located.
9641 Sunset Boulevard; 310.887.2777
Restaurant for Business Dinner:
NYC: Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar. I just discovered this beautiful place.
9 Crosby Street; 212.389.1000
London: Nobu is always great!
19 Old Park Lane; +220.127.116.1147.4747
L.A.: Il Pastaio is great for food and absorbing the outside ambience.
400 North Canon Drive; 310.205.5444
HEALTH & BEAUTY
NYC: Juhi Singh has fixed things that you think are unfixable. When I was on DWTS, I had so much pain, but after just one treatment, I had no pain for the next several weeks.
NYC: Bradley Irion at Artists by Timothy Priano (styling); Richard Wellman at Patrick Melville Salon (color). Richard saved my hair many times. Without him, I would probably be bald.
Wellman: 45 Rockefeller Plaza; 212.218.8650
L.A.: Stephanie Pohl at Salon Republic.
L.A.: El León Spa gives a great escape.
8217 Beverley Boulevard; 323.782.9582
L.A.: Physique 57. My body cannot feel better than after a Physique 57 workout.
320 North Canon Drive; 310.271.0570
Band: The love of my life will always be U2.
Book: Conversations With God, by Neale Donald Walsch. It always empowers me. You can read it 10 times and learn new things.
Chocolatier: Green and Black’s Dark 85%. Very smooth, and you can get it in many countries all over the world.
NYC: Richard Salome Flowers
1034 Lexington Avenue; 212.988.2933
70-72 Old Street; +18.104.22.16851.5505
L.A.: Tic-Tock Couture Florals
1603 North LaBrea Avenue; 800.893.6688
Restaurant for Celebrations:
London: Lemonia. Such a great feel, such good food!
89 Regent’s Park Road;+22.214.171.12486.4454
L.A.: Koi. Delish.
730 North La Cienega Boulevard; 310.659.9449
Stationer: Smythson of Bond Street. So timeless.
4 West 57th Street; 212.265.4573
Trainer: Oscar Smith
Amanjena Hotel in Marrakech, Morocco. The lake, the scents, the dates—perfection for all the senses.
Ananda Spa in the Himalayas. Amazing ayurvedic treatments.
Frégate Island in the Seychelles. Such a magical eco-retreat! You go to the gardens, pick your vegetables, catch your fish and your lunch is ready.
Île-â-Vache Island in Haiti. It is a “pearl” island with a freshwater lake, a bird reserve, white beaches and incredible Haitian music.