Occupation: Author, Public Speaker, Travel Enthusiast
Hometown: Beverly Hills via Tehran
Angella Nazarian is the best-selling author of Life as a Visitor and Pioneers of the Possible: Celebrating Visionary Women of the World. She speaks on topics related to women’s growth and is the co-founder of Women A.R.E. (Aspire. Respond. Engage.) She loves to travel with her family to exotic locales and take photos. www.angellanazarian.com
What’s always inside your carry on?
Lipstick, sunscreen, sunnies, a good book or two, and my iPhone.
What’s on your plane play list?
Cesaria Evora, Daft Punk, Gotan Project and Avicii.
Your guilty pleasure while traveling?
I’m a big foodie, so I won’t deny myself the pleasure of good food and desert and drinks.
The Stephanie Johnson bag / bags that always make the trip?
My favorite is the ML Traveler bag. It has lots of compartments to keep all of my makeup and creams organized.
Any tips or must-pack items for making your hotel feel more like home?
A scented candle is always a nice touch.
Is there a particular destination that inspires your creativity?
Anything that is close to nature. My two most memorable trips have been my African safari and my trip to the Amazon.
What’s the most stylish city/locale you’ve visited? Anywhere in particular where the fashion/beauty/women’s personal style really blew you away?
I would usually say Paris, but this year I just returned from the Royal Ascot races in London, and the women’s fashions were chic and sophisticated, yet very modern and edgy.
Any travel misadventures you’d like to share?
My family and I planned a great trip to Argentina one year. The only problem was that we got stuck in our hotel for two days when they were ousting their president. The whole town was closed and we heard rioting in the streets. We promptly shortened our travel and went to Iguasu Falls in Brazil.
If you were introducing a world traveling friend to SJ for the first time, what’s the first piece you’d recommend they buy?
The Fiona Dome Cosmetic is the perfect size to grab and go.
Next on your Stephanie Johnson wish list?
The Mini Pouch in Everglades Turquoise – very chic and compact for traveling.
What’s your favorite SJ piece to give as a gift?
The Mary Alice Tote. You can use it for the beach, or your carry-on.
Is there a favorite possession you’ve acquired during your travels? What is it?
The first year of our marriage we went to Sweden and purchased a beautiful Biedermeier sofa and shipped it home. We enjoyed it for many years.
Favorite travel ritual or souvenir: (Do you always visit a local book shop? Hunt down the best cappuccino? Pick up a tree ornament depicting your destination?)
I always am on the hunt to find the best local desert, and I’m proud to say I’ve been successful on many occasions! It’s always a treat to discover new tastes.
Your personal travel style: (Do you like a luxury resort? A private hideaway? Do you prefer to lie on the beach? Explore the countryside?)
I prefer to have an adventure with a sense of comfort.
Your happy place / Favorite travel destination?
We usually don’t go to the same location often, but for the past few years we have made a point of staying in St. Jean Cap Ferrat in the South of France. Paloma Beach is one of the most picturesque small beaches around.
How do you pack for a trip? (Are you a list maker? Do you pack in outfits? Throw caution to the wind and shop when you arrive?)
I travel light and dress in layers. It’s always fun to find something new while visiting a new place.
First drink in the air: H2O, champagne or OJ?
Bloody Mary Mix with extra lime!
Favorite Airport? Why?
In China, the Beijing Airport was spectacular both in terms of scale and design.
On your reading list?
Maya Angelou has written five biographies and I’m currently reading number three. She has wit, wisdom and is an incredible storyteller.
Window or aisle?
If it’s a red-eye, window; all other occasions – aisle.
How often do you fly?
I fly at least once a month.
Any tips that make frequent travel more efficient?
I try not to check any bags. It saves an incredible amount of time.