Michelle Rago, Ltd.—Blog

Team Rago Instagram goes live! (…because behind the scenes really is the bomb)

March 26th, 2014

I am so excited to announce our new “Team Rago” Instagram !

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I have loosened my grip and turned over the reigns to my peeps for a behind the scenes perspective…because behind the scenes really is the bomb. Trust me destination planning is exhausting, physical, strenuous and sometimes downright scary. But between it all we always manage to have a laugh and appreciate the gift that has been given.

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Soooo, I’m gonna kick back (just a little) and have them share their experiences of where we are in the world and what we are up to…

from their perspective.

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Meet the faces behind the magic, Brittney & Alessandra.

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 I have taken the liberty of scouring my photos so that I can share how fab they are with you and to embarrass them just a little bit.

Something about my girls….one thing for sure is…they both love the beach.

Eh hem… I took this shot on the big island of Hawaii of Brittney -could be a Miss Hawaii calendar!

(this is day 8 of a job and trust .. she is wiped out)

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Alessandra is from the Bahamas and has braved this winter in NYC. Why she hasn’t retreated home I’ll never know!

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Social media is a gorilla of a job when you’re an entrepreneur, so the assist from them both will be amazing.

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…I’m sure they will both surf through it!
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So, whether they are trying their “first” oyster…
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Or getting ready to talk the client off the ledge from the backseat of a helicopter…
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Or… painstakingly trying to explain to me what the hell is happening inside that damn computer.
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The rest is up to you… follow them.

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They are delightful and funny and make everyday worth it.


Thank you in advance for being supportive!

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Go Team Rago!

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Bisous, Michelle

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How might you accessorize a Minimalist Design retreat?

March 4th, 2014

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Here’s a fun game to play…

This cold has driven me indoors today. During my confinement I came across this minimalist hotel design from Portugal and started to dream about how I might add my touches to make it a bit more homey. I love the sand floor and of course imagine it would be tucked right near the sea.

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Of course, add gorgeous garden roses for a pop of color and the dreamy fragrance.


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Here are some playful place matts and a cane chair back for some chic design touches.

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 I love linen flags and think they add a festive touch for the ceiling and are very inviting for guests who pop by.

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Always have chilled wine…

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Shop at the farmer’s market and leave the bag on the counter.


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Collect iron pots and host a seafood dinner.

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Love this cardboard side table and comfy furniture for the great outdoors.


Tal Ilany and Justin Seweryn

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The magic of a fire-pit at night is sure to cap off any evening.


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What little cottage in the world might you accessorize?



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Pass the bouquet please…

February 19th, 2014


So much energy and labor goes into the design and construction of the bride’s bouquet (never mind the bouquet was originally a prop to distract the unmarried girls from ripping the bride’s dress to shreds!) Once carefully picked and composed it is delivered (hopefully beautifully packaged) to the bride in the quiet of her room before the ceremony.

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Photo: Angela Talley

Planning & Design: Michelle Rago Destinations

Delivering the bouquet should be dine with reverence. The bouquet is the first thing on the wedding day that the bride touches and sees come together from her vision. It should be done with the utmost professionalism and kindness.

Tal Ilany and Justin Seweryn

Photo: Christian Oth

Planning & Design: Michelle Rago Destinations

 It is a beautiful moment not to be over looked between planner/designer and bride. She will get butterflies of excitement for the dream about to become reality when she holds the bouquet for the first time.

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Phot0: Christian Oth

Planning: State of the Art

Bouquet: Michelle Rago Destinations

Make sure the petals are not bruised. Make sure the ribbon is evenly trimmed. Make sure the bouquet is not dripping with water. Know the names of the flowers.

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Photo: Robert Evans

Planning: Michelle Rago Destinations

Bouquet: Preston Bailey

Be proud of your all you have achieved in creating the design and making her vision come true. Have that pride lead the way … when you pass the bouquet.

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An Open Letter to Philip Seymour Hoffman

February 3rd, 2014

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I casually met Philip Seymour Hoffman at Corsino while having dinner at the bar with a friend. He was with his son and his cell phone was out of juice so my friend lent him hers to make a call. We chatted for a few minutes-established we were members of the same social Club and basically exchanged casual New Yorker niceties.

I am so, so sad about his death because he was a brilliant actor whose films I always made a point to see and of course because he leaves behind a wife and children.

The manner of his death was ugly. That is not the way anyone wants to leave this world. I have had many people in my life who have suffered from addiction and suffer from addiction and I do not wish it on anyone. It is all consuming and colors everything with difficulty.

I believe when you die…you see everything. I have convinced myself you are basically sitting on a cloud with your chin in your elbow contemplating what happened. Whenever things have gotten really rough or I am super afraid to confront a situation head on… I say to myself… I do not want to be sitting on “that cloud” in heaven pissed at myself for being afraid or incapable of managing a situation. That vision drives me as silly as it may seem.

I have anonymously ridden in elevators with Philip Seymour Hoffman, crossed the street and eaten in the same restaurants over the years. He was a guy you would absolutely want to invite to a dinner party. He seemed the quintessential New Yorker I liked just having him messing about the city I have grown up in.

Maybe it’s snowing today to just make New York brighter for a few hours…I don’t know. But Philip… if you can indeed hear me…I will always remember you with a wry smile and admiration. I am sorry there is no turning back from your choices but as with all the delightful aspects of your life I have enjoyed…I will honor the result of your struggles as lesson to be well respected.

And of course next time I am at Corsino I will raise a glass to you buddy.

Your fellow New Yorker…


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Michelle Rago Destinations’ Sneaky Spot for February

January 28th, 2014

The Oasis at The Little Nell 

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My philosophy is…if it’s gonna happen…bring it.

This winter has been chock a block of snow and polar vortex a**-biting cold.

My prescription is…lean into it!

Close your eyes and try this snowy, bubbly dream on for size…

….gliding down the slopes of Aspen, the last thing you would expect to stumble upon is a champagne bar…but that’s that’s exactly where your skis will take you. The Oasis, Aspen’s version of a “pop up” bar, is The Little Nell’s mobile champagne bar located in alternating secret spots on Aspen Mountain.

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The “oh so fabulous” champagne bar is dedicated to serving up glasses and bottles of Veuve Clicquot, as well as caviar and local potato chips. There are umbrellas to shade you from the sun, lounge chairs to well…lounge, and a solar-powered sound system to shake your groove thing.

When things really get hopping The Oasis has been known to offer light nibbles from guest chefs, a putting green during the Masters Golf Tournament and local DJs (as if it needed anything more than Veuve Clicquot to make having a glass of champagne more glamorous.)

Most don’t know it, but The Oasis is also available for private use. With a minimum food/beverage purchase, the bar can be placed in a variety of locations on the mountain. Have a group that’s big into skiing? Place the bar near an expert ski run. Having a winter wedding welcome party? The bar can be placed at the top of the Silver Queen Gondola so non-skiers can also enjoy the fun.  

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The bar only operates during the spring ski season and will return to the slopes mid-February (President’s Day Weekend). Its open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until the slopes close mid-April.

The secret location is shared each week via Twitter from @TheLittleNell.

The time is nigh….

All we can say at Michelle Rago Destinations is…bottoms up!



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