Author Archives: Garance

Labor Day

Another holiday weekend has me wanting to keep it simple.

A few things i’m looking for and more on my Pinterest.


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At Narcissa

Narcissa has quickly become one of my favorite spots for a meal in New York, especially for brunch– which as you might know, is a big thing here in NY. For many of my friends, brunch is the most important meal of the week, whether it is low key or a total crazy mimosa party. Narcissa is more on the low key end of things (but you can get a pretty good mimosa!).

Not only do I love the food (and their desserts are to die for) but the atmosphere is easy and not too loud. I love to sit out in the backyard, it’s a total escape from the busy vibe just outside the restaurant on Bowery. The other day Janice and her husband, Andrew let us tag along on their brunch date!

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One + One

“But I’ve been doing that for years!!!!”

You know that feeling, right? A trend pops up, it gets huge and all the sudden you are like wait…waiiiittttttSTOP! I’ve been doing that for forever! Seriously forever. Since like, G-ception.

I don’t really know why, but I’ve always worn my earrings only on one side. We can maybe trace it back to not wanting to look like The Laughing Cow, a very popular cheese in France.
Also, wearing two pairs of big earrings made me feel way too proper.

The thing is, I’m doing it so much that people often tell me, with a horrified look : “Miss, I think you just lost an earring!!!”

Anyways, I found a solution to stop people in their tracks when they’re about to tell me I lost an earring: I wear a big one on one side and a smaller one on the other. That way, you can see the unbalance is not an accident, and everybody’s happy. I mean at least I’m happy.

Here are some of my favorites mix and matched earrings!

Short + Curly

This must be one of the first times I’ve seen a short AND curly cut work so well. In my mind, that combination is a synonym with hair disaster.

I’m not saying it would look good on me, but honestly, it’s so adorable and different on Alyosha that it makes me think about all the things I could do with my current (short) length.

Ok, ok – what wouldn’t be adorable and different on Alyosha, I have to wonder…

My hair has grown out a little, and it’s kind of cool, I think. I’ll have to show you. I’ve been thinking about new possibilities for this fall.

What are you doing with your hair this season?

Translated by Andrea Perdue

La Beauté Lupita

I don’t know how I missed this video, but honestly, it’s really worth watching, especially on a blog where we often talk about about beauty and self acceptance.

And to never forget the “deeper business of being beautiful inside”.

This photo is from Lupita’s campaign with Lancôme!


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Summer Recap

It’s the end of the summer, so it’s time for my summer recap, because I miss summer already* and the only way to make summer last a little longer is to talk about summer.

What? I repeated the word “summer” five times in the same sentence?
Yep. As we say in France, when you love something, you don’t count. So here we go, RECAP.

This summer, I…

Was a judge for Project Runway.

It was kind of unbelievable, I agree.

Finding myself on the panel of such a cult show with such famous presenters like Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen and Heidi Klum (super nice) could have stressed me out to death, but I did what I usually do in those situations: I pretend no one is watching me and promise myself not to watch the show afterward so it’s like it never happened.

It’s kind of ostrich behavior, I agree. But it worked!!! I even managed to say a few words without throwing up my snack (sorry for the visual). So, not bad, right?

Plus, I got the cutest text message in the world from my sister Sacha, who’s 20 years old and not afraid to say it like it is. I say, thank you Project Runway for making my sister Sacha very, very proud ;)

text-message

[Translation
Sacha: So you're going to be on a show??? That's huge!!
Me: Yep, it's true. Project Runway.
Sacha: FUCK That's huggeeeee
You didn't tell me!!
You are truly the pride of the family
Soon the city pride
More like national
Me: Ahahaha thank you!!]

Got me some highlights.

Remember when I cut my hair and said that now I would be brave enough to try anything and that my next thing would be to go platinum blonde?
I lied.

I almost did it, though. I went to Clyde’s hoping for sunny highlights (“Put lots of sunshine in my hair, Clyde. Clyde, I want to be blonde!!!”) and when I saw his deer-in-the-headlights look, I lost a little bit of enthusiasm. He suggested that we do caramel highlights instead, which I accepted without hesitation since I love caramel (salted butter caramel).

A little later, I had lovely highlights, and Clyde told me they would get lighter during the summer, which filled me with a suspicious joy**.
And it’s true! Not only did they get lighter, but I also got a tan – and everyone thought it looked pretty, except for my mother who only likes me the way she made me.

Now they’ve gotten so light that I’m on the verge of zebra, but Clyde and I planned ahead for that and we’re going to go back to a darker chocolate color for winter – my caramel highlights will be a good starting point for adding depth (=hair stylist jargon)(but you get the idea, right?)(chocolate fudge brownie)

Summary: I love changing my hair color. Even if it’s very subtle, it’s cool to change colors with the seasons!!!

Moved.

This is crazy, kids: I live alone.

I would love to tell you more about how I feel, but honestly it’s too soon, so I just wanted to let you know that all your messages were really touching.
And I also wanted to say to those of you who wrote to me who are going through the same thing right now, that you shouldn’t be afraid – just let life flow. Sometimes it’s painful, but we always end up finding our way. And you often end up finding yourself along the way too.

That was just a quick little Psychology Magazine side note, now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

(No, but seriously, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!)

I haven’t done the Ice Bucket Challenge (yet).

I thought I might have slipped through the cracks, trying to make myself very small to go unnoticed so no one would challenge me, and I figured that the excitement was mostly over, so I was going to be ok now.

A few people very kindly asked if I would mind if they challenged me and I pretended not to see their texts (sorry @LolaRykiel! I hope you’re not too mad at me!!!) and other people went for it and texted me AFTER they’d already challenged me (“You’re going to hate me, but…”) Yep, @SammyGaga, I hate you, I despise you.

Now, what do you think, should I do it or not? Who should I challenge in return?
(I’ve got 5 hours to decide)

PS = the Ice Bucket Challenge didn’t come out of nowhere, it’s a campaign to support the fight against ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and we can all donate here.

Stopped wearing a watch.

Ok, ok, fine, it’s a very #whogivesafuck piece of information (I mean, except for the watch industry who must be worried that no one really needs a watch anymore because of these damn phones that do EVERYTHING)(like, even in the countryside, people don’t even buy flashlights anymore: they have their phones!!!)(don’t even talk about the map industry now that we have Google Maps!!!)(ok, I’m getting SUPER off topic) but I used to be the kind of person who always, always had the exact time and my watch was always on my wrist, but now time has gotten a little fuzzy and I really like that.

I wonder which watch I’ll fall for next.

Spent 20 minutes in a helicopter.

SERIOUSLY, I MEAN, WHAT! NO, REALLY. It had been on my bucket list for years (not my ice bucket challenge list, mind you) and I had never been in a helicopter before!!!

So this summer, when my family came to see me, we decided to take a ride in a helicopter over New York. For some reason I happened to talk about it to my agent, Walter, and he sent me the following text:

“Oh, but those things crash every two minutes!!!”

So I couldn’t sleep all night (thanks, Walter) even though, logically, I think that if those things really did crash every two minutes, we would hear about it – even so, I spent the night clinging to a helicopter propeller, rescuing my mother from the waves, while trying to save my Saint Laurent bag simultaneously.

The next day, I was a little nervous (and I’d chosen a Zara bag) but in the end, being in a helicopter was much less scary than being on a plane. You feel weightless, the take off is really easy, it’s really pleasant.
AND THE VIEWS ARE INCREDIBLE!!!! I posted a bunch of them on Instagram, if you haven’t seen them yet…
Well, that’ll teach you not to follow me. Pffff, come on, seriously.

So anyway, I recommend going on a helicopter ride over New York. Experience of a lifetime, I say.

Finally went to Quebec.

I can’t believe it took me this long!!! I was welcomed like a queen and I gained five pounds, just like you should – the food is so good in Montreal!!! I already want to go back, it was fantastic, and it’s only one hour away from New York. I should totally take a helicopter to go there.

Finally went to Germany.

I mean, finally!!! It was great, and there again, everyone was so nice, and it was so beautiful, and so fun, and I ate so many sausages (yep, you have to honor the culture of the country you’re in!) and I already want to go back. Munich – amazing. Next time I’ll go to Berlin!

So, there you go, for now. Long live summer, and if you still have a little vacation left, please enjoy it for me. Send some photos. Finish all the rosé. Big kisses!

Oh yeah, so what about that Bucket Challenge?

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* Like every September, New York Fashion Week is going to fall on us while we still have sand in our hair and we’ll have to put away our sarongs with a tear in our eyes.

** No one should be that happy about the possibility of changing their hair color.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Total Ease

I’ve had a long time love for jumpsuits, even though I don’t wear them very often. It’s one of those pieces that becomes so easy to wear. You can wear it with flats or sneakers during the day and all it needs is a shoe change to wear out at night and dress it up a little bit. Emily even wore one to a black tie wedding last summer and it was totally cool.

I love this one from Isabel Marant on Michele– the perfect piece to go from end of the summer into fall… (Yes, it’s really coming, we can’t keep avoiding it…)

Jumpsuit, Isabel Marant; Heels, Jimmy Choo; Bag, Prada

Back to School

I may not be actually going back to school, but here’s a few things I would like anyways.

Even more ideas on my Pinterest.


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Daphne & Pali

My friends, Daphne and Pali, got married this summer, and it was so beautiful that I wanted to share a few photos with you.

Obviously, I wasn’t there in reporter mode, so these are just a few moments I caught – and a few pictures of Daphne’s dress.

The first dress was hand made for her by Bill Bull, who has been working with Vogue for years and has an old school skill with an incredibly modern eye. The dress is one cut of fabric cut on the bias – so it took 10 fittings to get it to be perfect; every tiny adjustment would change everything. I love it’s amazing, very 90s simplicity.

She also wanted a dress she could dance in, so she and Bill chose a dress from Lanvin – completely different from the first, ultra feminine and super fun.

I’ll let you go with the photos – the wedding was upstate, it was beautiful, full of love and joy and dance and I wish them a lifetime of happiness.

What about you? Do you know what type of dress you’d want for your wedding? Is it something you’re dreaming of?

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Translated by Andrea Perdue

My Summer Bag

I bought that tote at Zara in the spring and it’s been with me ever since. I love it, the leather is great, the color is amazing, and you can throw your entire life in it.

It’s been to Corsica, to Germany, to Greece, to Canada and later today, it’s going to the Hamptons with me. All my other bags are super jealous (the girl who thinks her bags have a soul).

No but seriously, Zara. Too good.

Justify My Love

I don’t know why, but this photo really makes me think of Madonna’s album cover (be ready to dive straight into the 80’s), Like A Prayer.

A total 10’s version (how do you call this decade? The 10’s?) of the cover that made a mark on me so much when I was a kid.

So, obviously, I love the over-the-top jewelry with the distressed jeans. Yeah, even if I have a hard time admitting it because of her recent weird media theatrics that feel a tiny bit sad, I’m a fan of Madonna. So just for you, here is the cover :

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And here is the video as well.

Aaaah, I love it !

Jeweled Bracelets, Givenchy

Tie Dye

Such a pretty shirt — I love the tie dye (especially the blue, it reminds me of fisherman clothes, of Greece, and of vacation) and I’m even wearing one just like it right now!

I’m also a big fan of wearing your bracelets high like this- makes for really pretty arms!

How Short is Too Short?

My mom wears shorts.

Like real shorts. Not bermudas. Shorts almost as short as my 20 years old sister’s, whose shorts are so short that sometimes you can’t really see them under her tee-shirts. All right, all right. Not that short. My mom is chic. And she wears her shorts on vacation.

But still.
I almost feel like I should revise my own shorts proportions.

Well of course she doesn’t wear them to go to work, and she doesn’t have a wrinkle on her knees – but anyways, even if that was the case, I have to tell you that whatever their age, I think people should dress the way they want.

To me, being vulgar or incongruous is more in the attitude than in the clothes.

You can be 20 and be super cute in super short shorts – but also super trashy. A mini can be worn at any age with distinction.

I liked seing Carine Roitfeld in a crop top. She herself a grandma, she’s not scared of contradictions: she says that she chooses longer skirts now. But she goes along with a (discreet) cropped top.

To me, she’s helping us see mature women in a different way. It’s a new way to wear your age, a new freedom to be yourself, and to re-imagine the codes of fashion.

And that’s pretty perfect, because this winter, with the 60’s fashion* coming back, we’re all going to end up in short skirts, whether we like it or not.

What do you think? Do you feel free to wear whatever you want? Do you ask yourself about what’s appropriate to wear for your age?


* Oooooooh, nooooooo, the 60’s fashion is back AGAIN!!! Each time it’s back I want to throw all the editorials with wannabe Twiggy in geometrical poses out the window.

At Indigo Montreal!

I’m heading to Montreal!

And I’ll be at Indigo in Montreal on Tuesday and would love to see you there!

The event begins at 12:00pm with an interview followed by a Q&A. Afterwards I’ll be hanging out afterwards to sign products and meet you guys!

I hope you can make it!!

Kisses!

Tuesday, August 19th, 12pm / Indigo at Place Montréal Trust, 1500 Avenue McGill College, Montréal, Quebec


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Back to Cool

You know that vague feeling you get when summer is coming to an end? When the days start getting shorter and you can’t go out in the evenings anymore without bringing a sweater? When you start flipping through magazines wondering what kind of new girl you’ll be in the fall*?

I like this slightly melancholy and exciting time of year when you can’t believe you’re getting your scarves out already, and you end up putting bizarre things together like in Kristyna’s outfit in the photo.

And besides, I’ll never stop getting excited at the sight of a gray sweater, so…

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*I mean, girls like you and me, anyway. The real fashion hounds have already pre-ordered everything in advance. Are you crazy!?!?

Sweatshirt, Everlane; Swimsuit, Lisa Marie Fernandez; Scarf, Nili Lotan; Hat, Clyde; Bracelet, Victoria Bekerman.

Fall Begins

Its already starting to feel like fall, and I’m looking for sweaters!

Find more of my shopping ideas on Pinterest.


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San Giorgio

Here are a few photos of the hotel where I spent my Mykonos week, the San Giorgio. I loved it. It’s sublime and without showing off, exactly what I like. The staff is adorable and there a little sea access where we spent hours.

You can be lazy there for a whole day without being bored, going from the restaurant to the sea. I would probably go back there, but I think I should mention that even if all the rooms have adorable terrasses, most of them are pretty small (except for the suites, of course – those are wonderful) and the bathrooms are pretty… minimal.

Another important thing to know if you’re going there – the hotel is located near a few of the most important clubs of the island, so in the evening, depending on the wind, you could find yourself falling asleep to the rhythm (very distant for sure, but I am crazy sensitive so I thought I should mention it) of techno music.

I still totally adored it, and came back with a thousand decor ideas… And an idea to adopt a cat, too ;)

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A week in Mykonos

I’m going to talk to you one last time about Mykonos, ok one second-to-last time, and then I promise to stop annoying you until next year.
Yeah, seriously – because I’ve obviously decided to go back.

I came home from Mykonos feeling inspired, in great shape, and with lots of wonderful memories…

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The landscapes

It’s kind of surprising at first — the dry, grassy hills that drop into the blue sea. It’s a kind of pure, almost severe, beauty that you learn to love, and once it wins you over, it’s deeply relaxing for the soul.

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The people

The Greeks are known for their art of living, of course. They’re super welcoming, they like to party, and they love to share.

And then there are the hoards of tourists. I mean, it’s not like I discovered the island myself — it’s a VERY touristy place where you can’t find parking and you hear all kinds of different languages spoken around you. But in Mykonos, it doesn’t bother me at all.

It’s summer, it’s fun, it’s busy. It’s all part of the ambiance.

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The style

Especially since there’s a real nightlife in Mykonos, people take style very seriously. And people get dressed up to go out in the evening — they bring out the dresses and heels.

It’s a thing that’s disappearing at an alarming rate, which makes me sad, because I really love it — spending the day at the beach, going back to take a shower, getting dressed up to go out for the evening, and then staying out all night until early morning.

In Mykonos, people still do that, and I love it.

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The rhythm of life

When someone said “meet you at the restaurant at 10:30!” for the first time, it didn’t quite register. In New York, it’s not uncommon to meet for dinner at 7:00 and to be in bed by 10:30.

In Mykonos, you learn to take your time, and you get used to it really really fast. Shops are open until 3:00 in the morning. You can stay at the beach until 7:00, no problem (my favorite time to go to the beach is between 5:00 and 7:00 or 8:00 to see the sunset). You get to the restaurant around 10:00, you start eating around midnight, and leave the restaurant at about 1:30 or 2:00. Then you go out dancing if you feel like it.

Honestly, having long days like that really changes your life.

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The parties

You’ve probably already heard this, since every time I said I was going to Mykonos, people gave me a funny look, but it’s really The Party Island.

You run into tons of kids risking their lives on scooters to get to the clubs, and depending on which kind of beach you go to, you might end up at a kind of rave party with girls dancing in their bathing suits and guys with big cigars. Not exactly my thing, but hey. The good news is, it’s easy to avoid them if you want to. There are also plenty of very very peaceful beaches.

And the other good news is that the party spirit is kind of contagious. People dance in restaurants and bars, the music is good, people want to have a good time and share — getting together for a drink can quickly turn into a party.

I even almost went to see Bob Sinclar’s DJ set one night. Oh, I also almost went to see Julio Iglesias in concert on a beach on another night. Come on, I said almost.

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The food

I don’t think I have to describe it to you in detail, everyone already knows — you eat amazingly well in Greece, and plus it’s very healthy, very fresh, and very simple.

It’s very relaxing, actually, just like the landscapes.

Between that and my daily swim, I came back with tons of energy. And a little thinner too.

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The sky

There was not even one day of bad weather, and apparently it’s like that all the time. The only thing is, it can be windy pretty often. At first, it’s a little strange, but you get used to it. It cools you off when it’s too hot, and it keeps the clouds from sticking around too long.

It makes the weather kind of like this:

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The sea

There’s not a single jellyfish in the sea, and as a Corsican who was depressed to not be able to go swimming in Ajaccio the week before, I have to say, it changes everything. The sea is as calm as a swimming pool, the way I like it (if you like waves, be on your way) and you can go for really long swims with a snorkel and fins. Sublime, cool, relaxing — pure joy.

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The houses

If you know me very well, you know that the white houses in Mykonos, painted white inside and out, with very simple furnishings, are kind of my ideal decor. Tomorrow, I’ll post photos of the hotel where I stayed and it will give you an idea of the style I want for my next house. Total and complete inspiration.

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The islands

I didn’t go to all the islands, but obviously, a lot of people who are looking for a quieter vacation choose a different island than Mykonos. I only visited Delos, a mythical island where you can visit ancient ruins. We went there in a lovely little fisherman’s boat and then went to see the ruins and we went swimming in the clear waters.

Now I want to visit all the islands one by one, of course.

So that was my vacation! What about you? Where did you go?

Translated by Andrea Perdue.

Scott and I

I just want to give you a small note to tell you that Scott and I have decided to separate.

We’ve shared so much of our creative life (and more) with you, our readers, so we thought it was right to let you know about it.
We are still great friends and we’re both doing okay.

I’ll close the comments for this one. Big kiss to you all.


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Jessica on Washington St.

I have a kind of feeling that today, when everybody is wearing ripped jeans, tattoos and studs, being different is being dressed like Jessica.

I’ve always loved these types of silhouettes, super feminine and cinematic – way too complicated to achieve for me (I love my jeans and my sneakers too much!) but I love seeing girls dressed like that on the street and I’m secretly dreaming that one day, a wind of change will take me and that I will become this extremely feminine woman that makes heads turn.

In the meantime, I admire ;)

Lock It

I really like the idea of personalized jewelry – for me, it’s kind of like a tattoo, something that tells a story.

That’s kind of the idea behind Loquet London.

It’s a precious jewel – kind of 70s if you get it with the long chain (I can see it going really well with an open blouse) that you can fill with colors and letters that belong only to you.

I love it.

Translated by Andrea Perdue.


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The Greek Tunic

One of the things to bring back from Greece are the tunics.

You should have seen me going crazy trying everything on at Salachas, the store that carries all these wonderful clothes. Obviously, I had brought a suitcase that was 75 pounds too heavy, but I ended up just wearing these tunics the whole time. Some of you noticed it in the photos of Melissa and asked me where to find them. I don’t really know where to find them online, unfortunately – and part of me thinks that’s kind of cool.

I miss the time when you could go on vacation and bring things back that couldn’t be found anywhere else… don’t you?

Translated by Andrea Perdue.

Style Story / Melissa

Melissa lives between Athens and Mykonos where she runs fashion stores and takes care of her brand, Wildwood. I was there on vacation but I was so inspired by Greece that I couldn’t help but make a little photoshoot with her.

I love the heavy silks, the colors, the clothes inspired by summer and even more, her commitment to quality (amazing) and price (affordable) – let’s just say I came back with heavy luggage! Unfortunately for the moment, you can’t buy on her website (but you can take a look at the collections!) but I hope this post will motivate her ;)

All the clothes come from Wildwood, except the for the traditional Greek tunic (so cool, I brought back three), the basket (Balenciaga), the glasses (The Row). Her bracelets come from Aurelie Bidermann and the blue eye is a traditional Greek good luck charm. The earrings are from Maria Black (here again, I totally copied her and bought the same). Oh, and her shoes are from her other brand, Isapera. Yeah – the girl is busy ;)

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Day & Night

This weekend I’m looking for some pieces that I can go straight from the studio to a dinner in.

Find more ideas on my Pinterest!


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At Marilena’s House

A few images of my friend Marilena’s beautiful house, shot a day she had invited us over for a moussaka.

I love these types of simple and light design – I’ve always dreamt that my home would look like a vacation house.

Marilena is a very famous interior designer in the Greek islands. Plus, she’s an angel. You should check her work here and follow her Pinterest as well!!!

Career / Alison Loehnis

Today’s career interview is with Alison Loehnis, President of Net-A-Porter.

How does a person get to such a powerful position? What sacrifices do you have to make along the way? What does it mean, exactly, to direct a company with 250 employees?
Alison answers all of our questions below…

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in New York City, Manhattan, on the West Side. And I went to Rhode Island for college–I went to Brown.

What did you study at Brown?
I studied art history and I was really art mad, I always thought I would go work in the art business. The year that I graduated, the market was completely dead, so I thought I would always keep art as a hobby, but I should look at other things from a career standpoint. I came back to New York and was here up until 13 years ago.

And what did your parents do?
My mom was in advertising, forever. She actually influenced my early career.

She was on the account management side. Her last role, which she was in for many years, was running this prestige beauty division for Procter and Gamble advertising at Grey.

My father was always in the fragrance business. When I was growing up, he was running the North American Yves Saint Laurent fragrance business. I have photos of him on the beach with long sideburns shooting for Rive Guache, it’s pretty amazing.

He also ran the fragrance business for Mary McFadden, he worked in skincare, then went to Escada, and then he set out on his own, really helping brands diversify into beauty business and creating licensing and all sorts of things. Very entrepreneurial, and all around the beauty business.

Do you have siblings as well?
Yes, I have a younger sister, who now lives in San Francisco as a teacher.

Do you get to see her often?
It’s so hard, especially with the 8-hour time difference, and because she’s a teacher she can’t speak on the phone during the day. So we have to make appointments to speak, but we’re very close and we try to have a reunion during the summer with our kids.

When you were growing up what was your dream job?
It’s funny. When I was really young, really really young, my favorite thing was to go into my grandmother’s bedroom and pull open the top drawer of her dresser and she had this mountain of costume jewelry and it was like a girl’s dream.

And I had this purse that I loved, it was this red and yellow with a yellow pearl on it and I would put that on and wear thousands of necklaces. That was my favorite pastime.

But my dad who was in the fragrance business, was running this business for Mary McFadden who was a designer, and I used to think that that was the most glamorous job. I was like 8. I used to have pictures of her on my desk and I would do drawings. And he was going to a meeting with her and I asked him if he could give her some of these drawings. So I would do sketches, I did a cover of Vogue Magazine for her, spelled Vuge.

I wanted to spend time with the people with the magic markers, and they were on another floor. I wanted to be part of their world.

So what was your first job?
The theme that runs throughout my whole career is looking for this perfect balance of business and creativity. So I knew when I was in school, I studied art history, but my summers — whereas I had lots of friends who worked in investment banking — I thought this is my only chance to explore what I want to do and I could take some chances.

So every summer of college, I worked at the Ralph Lauren store in East Hampton. And I loved it. It was a store that got a lot of attention, it was the “country” store. I was on commission. I loved selling. It was funny because at that point it never occurred to me that I would have a career in retail. I just thought that it was this thing that I loved to do on the side.

Did you jump into fashion then after school?
When I graduated, I looked at all different industries. I looked at magazine publishing, and I did a Condé Nast interview along with so many other people. I looked into the Bloomingdales training program and I tried advertising. I think for me I always had this exposure to advertising, so it probably seemed like a great idea. You are creating this balance because you have to come up with a creative concept or creative execution of a strategic idea to sell products.

So I went to work for Saatchi & Saatchi here in New York, as an Assistant Account Executive in 1992, which was terrific. I worked on General Mills cereals and General Mills at that time was one of the biggest billing accounts, so it was a really spoiled job. I had an office, a secretary; it was really great. And it taught me a lot.

Did you feel prepared for that world after having studied art?
Brown was phenomenal but I didn’t come out with a pre-professional training so at Saatchi & Saatchi I learned how to conduct a meeting, how to deal with clients, how to do conference call reports and all these things.

I spent a year at Saatchi, and while I loved it and was so appreciative and worked with really smart people, I wanted to spend time with the people with the magic markers, and they were on another floor. I wanted to be part of their world.

So from there I started exploring again so many options that I had looked at previously, and I went to work for Hachette Filipacchi [magazine publishers] in corporate communications and that was a great experience.

There were about 33 titles at the time, the business was also launching its custom publishing unit, which was such a new concept. They had this sort of AOL early social media strategy. It was great. I was also responsible for trying to get press on the various titles. So working with the editors to pitching stories, getting publishing coverage, newspaper coverage, etc.

But you ended up working in film for a bit. How did that come about?
So on the side, I also was really interested, extra curricularly, in the film business, and I had a couple friends who were working for agents in LA. I wondered what was that role like, it seemed so interesting to me.

So I started working on the side, for free, for different kinds of production companies writing coverage–basically writing up synopsis of scripts that you would give to the development executives. [They typically read these to get a feel for the project] I felt really honored that they were letting me do this. It was only later in my life that I realized that you could get paid for it. But at the time, it was a symbiotic relationship.

One of the magazines that was in the Hachette portfolio was Premiere Magazine, and the woman who was the editor there was hired by Disney to set up a motion picture office in New York. I had worked with her and she asked me if I wanted to come along with her as her assistant. And I did. It was great because I don’t think she knew that I had this film interest base on the side.

I went to Disney, I started as her assistant and then became the creative executive within a year. Our task was really mining the New York East Coast creative community and coming up with projects and developing them into features. So we met with journalists, playwrights, authors, and we developed a few films [including The Insider and Coyote Ugly] which was great.

It was super, it was a very fun job, and again it meant coming up with a concept that you have to sell in to the studio. And my boss had a straight line in the Disney business so we actually could get things through really quickly.

What came next?
So after about three and a half years, I started to think about what was next. The logical next step would be to move to Los Angeles. I just started thinking about what was going on and meanwhile the Internet bubble was heaving in the background.

I had a call from a guy who started a digital agency working with entertainment, lifestyle and fashion businesses, working on the web build and digital strategy. And he was really eager to have someone come on board with studio experience. So I made the jump into dot-com.

At that stage, the bubble was at its peak. The company was called KPE; it doesn’t exist anymore. I worked on business development and account management. I was working with clients and developing their web strategies. Hearst International was a client here, the UK counterpart was then called National Magazines—they were clients. We did a big project with Unilever and iVillage; we did a pitch for the Ralph Lauren business.

It was really fun and I found myself finding an increasing number of UK based clients. And again it was coming up with strategies, creative concepts to then execute.

How would you explain what a business development job really is?
In that role, it’s getting new clients. So I was working with existing stable clients and then I was also working on pitches to bringing new business. So business growth.

When did you transition over to London from New York?

While I was in college I had spent 6 months living in Florence, and loved the experience living abroad and always thought that someday if I could live abroad again it would amazing.

At that time, KPE had that tiny London office with some clients, and after three years I put my hand up and said, “Okay do you think I can go over and help the London office?”. My boss at the time was great and said, “Okay you can go for 6 months, that’s it. You’re coming back.”

I was a diehard New Yorker, and none of my friends believed that I was actually going until I had my going away party. I got on the airplane literally 13 years ago, stuck my stuff in storage, and moved.

I kept working with magazine companies and did some pitches for the fashion businesses, and after about 2 months I got the call saying, “We’re going to close the London office, will you come back?” and I said, “Thank you so much but no, I’m going to stay.”
The guy running the London office said he would buy up the business and that I should stay.

So I stayed on for a few months, and then I had the realization that I would really like to go work brand side, and working with clients was terrific and it diversified my experience but I really wanted to work for a brand.

Then I went to work for LVMH on Thomas Pink [a men’s shirting company] specifically, originally running sales and then running sales and marketing globally. It was a great experience, tons of international experience: opening stores in China Turkey, Thailand, US, working on branding, going to a dot-com business. And it was lovely to be part of the group.

I had been a customer, and I loved all my jobs; I love selling, I love focusing on the customer, I love focusing on the brand and the whole consumer proposition. And my dream was one day, if I could also work across all of these disciplines on a product that I was seriously passionate about, that would be amazing.

So how did your job at Net-A-Porter come about?
I spent 5 years and a bit at Thomas Pink. I was on maternity leave, getting ready to get back to work, and I had a call from a headhunter who I knew and said, “Alison what are you doing?” and I said, “I just had a baby, just doing that.” She said why don’t you, you know, come in and have a coffee. And we had a meeting and asked if anything opened up at Net-A-Porter what would I think. I basically bit her hand off with excitement, I was like “yes!”

I had been a customer, and I loved all my jobs; I love selling, I love focusing on the customer, I love focusing on the brand and the whole consumer proposition. And my dream was one day, if I could also work across all of these disciplines on a product that I was seriously passionate about, that would be amazing.

She very kindly arranged a meeting with Natalie and me, and they created a role for me, which was Vice-President of sales and marketing. That was 7 years ago.

So what did you do in that role?
I was overseeing all the customer touch-points other than the buy. So it was marketing and PR and brand and content, and the sales teams and customer care, and the creative. And two and a half years ago I became President.

I would always joke when I first joined that when I had my first child, Net-A-Porter was my window to the outside fashion world. During naptime, the first thing I would do was go to Net-A-Porter, without fail. I had memories of working at KPE and having the Daily Candy email announcing Net-A-Porter. I remember it and being so incredibly excited.

And what is your responsibility as President of the company?
So, beyond the Profit & Loss [financial] responsibility for the business, I’m responsible for the strategic direction of the business, and our growth. Strategic Direction is the best way to sum it up.

How do you go about working on that?
It’s really a combination of things. We are blessed with a lot of data, which is vital to decision making, but a lot of fantastic idea generation is the result of amazing teamwork and brainstorming. We look at the market and trends and we always go to our customers – they are a great source of information and inspiration and everything we do is for them.

How has the company changed since you started?
There’s been so much change. We turned 14 yesterday, but the business has really retained quite a bit of its entrepreneurial spirit.

The Manhattan office is now three and a half years old. We opened in Hong Kong. We introduced beauty. We translated our sites, and of course we launched our print magazine. There’s been so much happening.

For me, it’s such a joy to come to the US too, because it’s coming home. But if you go to any of our offices around the world, they look identical; so if you were on a videoconference you actually wouldn’t even know where the person is you’re talking to. They have the same chandeliers, chairs, everything.

Why is that?
Natalie Massenet has always had a clear and wonderful vision of what a fantastic company should look like. The open floor plan and clear glass walled meeting rooms allow for transparency amongst the teams. We don’t like to distinguish ourselves as six different offices but rather one global team – you could be video conferencing between London and New York or Hong Kong and the backgrounds are almost indistinguishable.

It seems like throughout your career a lot of your work has been in more corporate environments. Is that something you enjoy and feel you thrive in?
Net-A-Porter when I joined, when I compare the business 7 years ago to the size we are now, it actually didn’t feel very big. And I would never describe our business as very corporate.

I feel I’m pretty adaptable, so I’m quite happy. What’s great about my work now is I can work in very small teams and we have small teams around the business so you can feel like you’re in a small organization within something that’s a bit larger.

Do you wish that you had gone to business school?
I don’t. I’m sure I would have had a great time, but I don’t regret not going. For me the best experience I’ve had is working across a number of different industries and in couple different countries now, getting great international exposure, and that has been my business school. I would never nearly suggest that I know everything, and I’m still growing and still learning and as long as you’re in your career and you still feel stretched in the right ways, that’s so gratifying. I’ve had great mentors as well.

Is there someone in particular that you feel has been a really strong influence on your career?
In my Net-A-Porter history, Natalie has been incredibly inspiring and motivating and such a super role model, not just for me but also for women everywhere.

Prior to Net-A-Porter, my mentor at LVMH was the man that hired me called Francois Steiner. He was a great boss and has become a good friend. He really took a chance on me, hiring me for a sales director role within a brand coming from this digital agency, coming from magazines, coming from advertising. It wasn’t obvious. He is the one who really saw this certain narrative in my CV as it was then and thought, I’m going to take a chance on you.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten?
I think the advice goes back from even earlier. I went a girls school in New York for 12 years, it was a small school called Chapin. We had this phenomenal headmistress and the one thing that she said in first grade was, “Women and girls you can do anything. One day there will be a woman president. You can do anything.”

If you set your mind to it, you can do anything. It’s embodying so much confidence and so much belief.

We definitely have the parents who put the kids to bed and have a glass of wine and are shopping, around 8:30-9pm.

What’s an average day for you?
Lots of team, brand and budget meetings, creative concepts, bringing new things to market.

We [recently] launched this section on the site called Net-A-Sporter. We’ve identified that there’s a sort of a gap in the athletic wear market. And for our women and our customers who spend so much time looking at beauty and fashion and want to look terrific and style is important, they want an opportunity to look stylish while they’re working out.

So for example, a typical day would be sitting talking about what is this concept, what is it going to look like, having the buyers share with me what their vision is, the editorial team coming to the table and saying this is what we’re going to do. We spend a lot of time talking about content, talking about technology and social. So I think the short answer is no two days are the same. The constant is we’re always thinking about the customer. We’re always technology focused, always product-focused and content-focused. We’re always trying to figure out how we can get better.

Everything moves so quickly now, has strategy and planning become more difficult when trying to keep up with the pace of fashion & technology?
I think that you can have an overall arch ambition and you just have to be nimble. Technology is amazing but it also can be onerous and as soon as something new launches we don’t always jump on board. With all these new platforms launching we have to think what’s the right and what’s wrong for our customer, where is she going go?

So yes, you can do a certain amount of planning, you can do financial forecasting, the potential that you see for the business, but the execution certainly evolves.

Who makes up the members of your team?
So within Net-A-Porter world we’re just under about 250 people. Our group has the three brands: us, The Outnet and Mr Porter, and we do share some resources like HR and IT.

On my team, I have our editor-in-chief, Lucy Yeomans, who is terrific. She is responsible for Porter Magazine and The Edit, and she has Jenny Dickinson, the Senior Editor of The Edit. On the marketing side, I have Lisa Bridgett who is overseeing all the sales and marketing functions globally. I have on the buying side, Ben Matthews and Sasha Sorkin, who are overseeing the buying team. And I have the head of e-commerce Agnieszka Kij who is responsible for the site and accessing new technology and what can we be doing better. Then I have David Olsen, based here in the US, who runs our beauty business.

Within the team, they’re all incredibly talented. They work very well together. It all starts with the product, but the question is really how do you bring that product to the customer. How do we make her fall in love with it through content? How do we make sure that we’re showing her the product in the clearest way possible through the site, and what kind of technology can make that happen, and what kind of brands are we bringing on board, what kind of platforms are we using?

It’s a lot to be thinking about constantly…
Yeah, but it’s great. The business is so energizing. I usually describe myself as pretty energetic but the business I think is infused with [the same energy.]

How closely are you involved with working with the other brands?
Day-to-day not very often. I was involved with the launch of The Outnet in terms of branding; I was very involved with launching Mr Porter, which was definitely a career highlight.

I have a very close working relationship with Ian Tansley, who runs Mr Porter and with Stephanie Phair who runs The Outnet. We make sure the teams are collaborating in the right way. I’m Net-A-Porter focused but I always have this group in mind.

Can you explain your relationship to Natalie and how you work together? What are the differences in your roles and how it influences the work that you do?
I have a great working relationship with Natalie. She is so inspiring and if you ever get stuck on an idea, she is a fountain of ideas, a fountain of energy. She is the perfect person to brainstorm at all times.

Natalie is responsible for the whole group and is working across all three of the brands and looking at other opportunities for us as well, whereas I’m tasked with Net-A-Porter.

What do you think the biggest challenge of your job is?
I’d say the challenge, which is an addressable challenge, is focus. As a business, we love opportunity and tend to go for it. And there is so much opportunity out there and the notion of knowing that you can’t do everything at once can be super frustrating. And also wanting to bring these things to market quickly enough.

What do you enjoy the most?
I’d say the people: my team and the people I get to work with. One, it’s the team that makes it all happen. And two, it’s just a delight to spend time with them, and I feel like the idea generation is phenomenal.

As your role has changed within the company and become a bit more of a public one, how has that impacted the way that you work?
I think in terms of the way I work, it’s enabled me, it’s forced me to take a step away from the detail, which certainly was a challenge at the beginning because I love the detail, and anyone who works with me would smile if they heard me say that.

You’ve worked in the UK and in New York. What are the biggest differences between working between the two?
It’s funny, I think the differences are fewer that they were when I moved originally.
I think the pace. New York always felt a bit more hectic. I think that being in London there’s much more of an international lens. You looked at things on a more global scale. But I think that’s changed too.

Do you think that there are systems within the fashion industry that feel not up to speed with the way everything is moving?
I think one of the things we’ve been pretty vocal about is that the fashion cycle doesn’t always make sense. There’s this idea, coming back to the customer, that it’s really hard in most places for women. If you wanted to buy a summer dress right now you would have a problem.

This is why for us, in our proposition, we want to give women a buy now, wear now option. Of course you’re going to have a customer who’s interested in a coat right now and that’s terrific because we have that for her, but equally we also have vacation stuff all year round. It’s also speaking to a global customer base

Have you seen any really interesting patterns in the way that people are shopping?
The things that I always find fascinating are the hours to which people are shopping. We have screens in our office with Google Earth, and every time there’s an order it shows up. We don’t see who is purchasing but we see the city and the product.

It’s great because I get in the office in the morning and I will see earrings being sold in California and I work out the time that it was purchased and I’m thinking wow, and I’m wondering why, and what was she doing. We definitely have the parents who put the kids to bed and have a glass of wine and are shopping, around 8:30-9pm.

Has working in e-commerce changed the way you shop for yourself?
Absolutely. I do almost all of my shopping online and working at NET-A-PORTER has raised my expectations of service; now that I know what it takes to offer world class service I don’t take it for granted but it’s something I expect every time I shop.

How do you balance work and family?
I think that balance is essential. For me, it’s essential to my being happy and performing and everything else. I am very very close to my family.

I do travel, but I think I travel smart in that I have very intense trips to get a huge amount done. Then when I get home, I have two small children, the important thing is that I’m there for them and that we get quality time together. And I’m here for all the important things. I’m very lucky because I live right near my office, so that certainly helps.

I get so much satisfaction out of my work and I’m so energized, I think that also has a really nice effect on me as a mother. And I think that I am so satisfied as a mother that that also helps me tremendously in my work.

How do you disconnect from work?
I think turning off is very important, during vacations, at night, on the weekends. I do exercise, I love running and I do Pilates when I can. For me the number one way to turn off is spending time with my kids, so if we’re building Lego, playing scrabble, and we go to the country a lot which is great. It’s an instant way to disconnect.

What would your advice be to people who want to be running great businesses one day?
I’d say make sure you love what you’re doing. I’m always floored when I meet young women who know exactly what they want to do. So if you do know exactly what you want to do, it’s important to think about at what your trajectory is going be.

But also looking at different experiences and trying different things. The one piece of advice that I always give people is if you know what you want to do and it’s not what you’re doing right now, go for it. Just because your CV might say one thing, there’s no reason why you can’t go for something else. I think sometimes taking a path that isn’t a straight path but a windy path where you get your experience in a few different places, is great.

And don’t be afraid to ask questions – just going out there and just absorbing lots and lots of experiences and trying to get as much under your belt as possible.

What do you look for in someone that you’re hiring or someone you want to work with? What are the key qualities that you’re searching for?
Beyond the disciplinary skills, which go without saying, they don’t necessarily need to come from a fashion or luxury background. In terms of personal qualities, it’s energy, people who are idea generators, people who love the customer, who are fanatical about the business, and who are lovely to work with. We are surrounded by people who work really hard but also have a sense of humor, and it’s a delight to be around.

What is your dream for your career?
I’d say continue to be really happy and fulfilled.

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Tim Goodman, Art Director
Jennifer Vitagliano, Restaurateur
Kristy Hurt, Human Resources Consultant

Le Rêve

The code name of this post was “drunk at the bar” but I chose to call it “Le rêve” (the dream) because this place instantly became my favorite in the world to have drinks.

We went there with my friends Carole and Marilena, the evening before we left. The Caprice is in Little Venice, Mykonos. The design is sublime, minimalist and happy, very Greek. The music is perfect, from Billie Holiday to Pharrell, and you find yourself dancing on the tables without even realizing. I mean even more so if you ordered delicious cocktails before.

The Caprice is located exactly in front of the sunset. The idea is to get there a little before and to take your time. When the colors turn to orange and red and the atmosphere becomes softer, everyone gets in the windows or on the small pathway between the bar and the sea and takes pictures, chats and shares drinks. It’s really the best moment ever.

And then, you’re totally drunk and you dance on the tables.

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Le Caprice, Little Venice, Mykonos.
Marilena and Carole are wearing tops and shirts from Wildwood, our friend Melissa’s brand that I will tell you about very soon. I am wearing a dress from Ten over Six.

Details from Mykonos

Ancient Greek Sandals, Thais

Sunrise Surf

I totally live a dream life of surfing*, and the other day I think I understood why.

Not only does becoming a good surfer take a lot of hard work, but you also have to wake up early.

We went to Rockaway with Ashley, Bailey and Jessica the other morning to catch the first morning waves. Five in the morning, big smiles (and great style too), it kind of made me rethink my life priorities**. And watching them walk on the beach with the first rays of sun, throw themselves into the ocean and come back to the city a few hours later as New York is still sleeping, you realize that once it gets in your blood, surfing must be pretty powerful. A real passion.

Do you have anything that pulls you out of bed?

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* I’ve been dreaming about surfing forever and never actually tried – well I did paddle this year so… – all right, not the same at all.
** Like when I wake up at 7am to go to yoga I’m so proud of myself I talk about it all day and in the evening I get drunk just to celebrate.

PS: Some have found a solution for the ever perfect wave. A perpetual wave, on a river, in Munich. Incredible!

On Bailey: Swim top, Maui Girl; Swim bottom, Acacia; Wetsuit, Roxy; Sunglasses, Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane; Sweatshirt, American Apparel; Board, Yater from Rockaway Beach Surf Club.

On Jessica: Hat, O’Neill; Swimsuit, O’Neill; Wetsuit, Roxy; Shorts, American Eagle; Sunglasses, Carrera; Board, Almond.

On Ashley: Swimsuit, Roxy; Wetsuit, Cynthia Rowley; Shorts, Suger; Hoodie, T by Alexander Wang; Sunglasses, Carrera; Board, Con.

Details

Glasses, Triwa; Pouch, Smythson; Lotion, Dyptique; Necklace bought on the streets of Mykonos.

Prints & Overalls

Obviously, now that August has arrived, I can’t help but look at the fall collections.

I make plans for my wardrobe, imagine the new September me, and then when September finally comes, I’m so busy that I end up having to keep wearing all the summer clothes I’m totally sick of…I don’t have to explain it to you, we all do that.

Ok, it’s August 4th, so maybe it’s a little early, but all I know is I really want rompers.

Which reminds me of the photo shoot I did last spring for Ç Façonnable, the brand my friend Mira designs. We shot the photos with Candela, who you also know from seeing her here.

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I really like the super comfortable aspect of everything she designs and also the fun side she brings to the collections, with the prints and embroidery (like on that amazing jacket in the first photo!) She’s obviously crazy about rompers, since they’re the most comfortable thing in the world (except at times like this). I don’t know if I could do the blue foral one, but I think it’s perfectly cool (and perfectly light enough) for a September afternoon.

What do you think? Should I embark on a floral romper adventure?

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Weekend Inspiration #181

The ruins of Delos, Greece.

Weekend Inspiration #180

The ruins of Delos, Greece.

Summer Weddings

Summer is the season for weddings.


I’m always looking for something simple and classic to wear. Here’s a few more ideas!


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From Mykonos: A cat playing with Carole’s bag

Carole’s bag, Balenciaga and towel, Pierre Louis Mascia.

Melissa / Mykonos

Vacations with friends in Mykonos are wonderful – even more if one of them knows the island by heart. Melissa lives between Athens and Mykonos, where she owns Free Shop, very cool store that carries Sacai and Balenciaga as well as her own brand that I love, Wildwood – I will tell you more about it very soon :)

I’ve been in Mykonos for a few days (it’s going way too fast!!!) and thanks to Melissa and my other friend, Carole, I really feel like I’m in paradise. I thought it could be nice to share, so here is Melissa’s City Guide!

What three words best describe Mykonos?
Wild, dry and full of light.

What is the easiest way to get around the island?
A big old jeep you can trust to take you through tiny, bumpy roads and sandy beaches.

And what is the best way to get to the island?
Airplane, just a 20 minute ride from Athens and super views from above.

Where should you stay?
I just visited San Giorgio this summer which I found quite interesting especially if you are traveling with friends or in love. Belvedere Hotel in town is always a great luxury retreat and a breath away from the busy town. Santa Marina if traveling with family. Renting a house is always a great option too – and there are some spectacular houses in Mykonos you may rent.

The best beach?
Agios Sostis. Unspoiled, full of energy, clear, rejuvenating water and the best little restaurant in the world, Kiki’s to top it all up. There is always a line at the restaurant, because they don’t take reservations – but it’s totally worth it!

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The best restaurant for…

A leisurely breakfast: Early in the morning, any restaurant in ‘yalos’ or else the port of Mykonos town, where you may come across all sorts of local people, fishermen selling produce, lost tourists in need for directions, and vivid colors and sounds.

A big lunch: Alemagoo in Ftelia Beach which is great for lunch with friends as you can combine swimming, eating, or just cocktails and lounging in a really beautiful setting. The tavern in Fokos beach is exceptional, quite simple and raw, with delicious dishes and beautiful ceramics you can buy – a super destination for escaping the buzz of the island. Lamed in Agia Anna is also a great location for a light Mediterranean lunch and a little beach just in front where you can enjoy the last swim of the day.

A traditional Greek dinner: Maerio in town for Greek food, Nikolas taverna in Agia Anna beach for dinning on the sand almost touching the water and Sea Satin for a fun ‘Greek night’ with dancing on tables included.

What is the scene like at night? Where should you go to party? And where should you go if you don’t want to party?
There is a huge club scene in the beaches near Paradise, and in town, which I have no clue about as I am not the ‘clubbing’ type. I prefer smaller venues like Jackie O’ in town, 100% fun guaranteed. Astra is one of the coolest bars in town, it has been there forever and Babis the owner is a must see figure. Interni Restaurant is super fun as it may combine a great dinner and lots of dancing after 12:00. And of course Nammos beach for hardcore partying and people watching.

If you don’t want to party – try avoiding the town and have a lovely dinner at Matsuhisa in the Belvedere Hotel listening to cool music by the most amazing, iconic dj.

Don’t forget that lunch and diner are pretty late affairs in Mykonos. If you go to diner at 8, don’t be surprised to be the only one in the restaurant! People go to dinner around 10 – 11. You get used to it very fast…

A place to pamper yourself:
Don’t pamper yourself, just go to Dhlos island to watch the ancient ruins and take in the most amazing light in the world, swim in the island near by called Rinia, it’s a mystical experience that will do much more than any massage or spa for both body and soul.

The best views of the island:
Kitsch but true: Little Venice for sunset.

Don’t leave without eating:
Sea urchin at Spilia Tavern in Agia Anna.

The best souvenir to bring back:
Greek kaftan dresses from Salachas in little Venice and an evil eye charm from any local merchant.

What time of year is best to visit?
September is beautiful in Mykonos. Calm, less windy than in the summer and full of beautiful people.

Click here for more City Guides.

Ana’s Exhibition

Right now in New York, Ana Kras is having an exhibition of her drawings – it’s another side of her artwork, remember those cool lamps she created?

The series is called Mothers With Spoons and Relationships. It’s interesting to be immersed into her world for a little time. She told me that some people write in a diary, but she draws– I love that!

If you happen to be in New York, you can view her work until August 10th.

Ana Kraš, Mothers With Spoons and Relationships, Ed. Varie, 618 E. 9th St., Thursday-Sunday

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Mix & Match

I think we should always be able to buy bikinis separately. First because of sizes – it’s pretty rare to be the same exact size on the top and on the bottom.

But most of all to be able to play around with mixing and matching them all summer long! Here are three ideas I love. On these words, I’m off to the beach ! Big kiss !

Anna wears: 1: Top, Norma Kamali; Bottom, Cynthia Rowley; Clutch, Wax + Cruz / 2: Top, Lenny Niemeyer; Bottom, Heidi Klein; Necklace, Finn; Sunglasses, Rayban / 3: Top , Zimmerman; Bottom, Zimmerman

Sleep No More

Looking for a good pair of pajamas to really relax in this weekend.

A few of my picks and more on Pinterest!


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The Summer Shirt

Say hello to my summer bff, the white shirt.


Or white tunic, or anything that’s white, lightweight and covering at the same time. It’s perfect because it breathes, protects from the sun and above all is super sensual.

I love!

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PS. Caroline‘s shirt is from Creatures of Comfort!

Sport de Plage

I love the kind of quirky but very chic accessories that are popular right now with all my favorite designers.
It’s a totally unnecessary luxury – and that’s why it’s so perfect.

Click on the arrows to see all the photos – I don’t know why, but the Isabel paddles are my favorite right now (since beach paddle ball is my FAVORITE sport in the world, and throwing myself in the water like a crazy person is my favorite activity in the world) or maybe the Eres jump rope, just because the natural leather is so incredibly gorgeous.

What’s your favorite? Who’s up for a game of paddle ball with me?

On Anna: Swimsuit, Lisa Marie Fernandez; Sunglasses, 3.1 Phillip Lim; Watch, Swatch; Paddle Board Set, Isabel Marant / Swimsuit, Baba Jaan; Beach Ball, Alexander Wang; Sunglasses, Ray-Ban / Swimsuit, Mikoh; Shorts, Dolce & Gabbana; Jump Rope, Eres.

Translated by Andrea Perdue.

On Howard & Crosby

This might be my favorite corner in New York. Opening Ceremony and Isabel Marant across the street, Smile To Go (get the chocolate chip cookie, trust me) around the corner. Lara and Evanne picked a good spot to hang out :)

Valise d’été

Here are a few of my favorite things I took with me for the summer…

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Of course, there is always a lot of white, like this super cool shirt and my Common Projects sneakers and jean shorts that are perfect for throwing on for some paddle ball. But hey, it’s Greece and I needed to add a little bit of color to my wardrobe for this trip, so I went with this pink Isabel skirt and this orange one-piece from Eres.

A simple tote, embroidered pareo, my gold Sonia Rykiel belt that I’ve had forever, those beautiful coral earrings from Aurélie and a travel watercolor set in case I feel inspired! It’s so cool to be able to bring my stationery with me too, I really love it.

Ok, so maybe my suitcase wasn’t really 22.3 kilos by the time I added some of the items not pictured…but these are my favorites that I wanted to share with you!

Summer Jewels

This summer, I started wearing delicate, colorful jewelry. It’s weird, it’s something I never would have worn last year – too girly, almost cheesy. But all of the sudden, I like it now.

What do you think?

Le Maillot

Remember Ipek? I met her last summer in Montauk and she had just started a line of bikinis called KIINI. I immediately loved the bright colors, crochet details and simple design.

I also love that they are sexy on a lot of different body types!

Click on the arrows to see more images…

Stay Fit

A few things I’m shopping for to help me stay fit while I’m away.

More on my Pinterest!


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Denim Days

I’m declaring it the summer of the denim skirt.

Okay, maybe that is kind of a big call, but I’m seeing a ton of them lately. This one on Jana is ultra chic, super tight and super high-waisted. I like mine a little bit baggy, lower on the waist, a bit distressed, the kind that feels like it’s been really lived in. Whats your denim skirt style?

Travel Beauty

So, I packed light for my trip… but I still managed to fit all of my favorite summer products! A tiny bit of makeup, my skincare products (SPF! Hats!!! Scared of the sun girl), a cool cleansing water from NARS (as much as I love Bioderma, their packaging, you know…), my hair oil that I told you about (in a slick travel tube to prevent spilling), a brush set… I think I’ve got it all.

For the things that don’t need to be “applied generously every two hours” (I’m looking at you SPF!!!), vive les travel containers.

What are some of your travel beauty essentials? What do you always pack?

In my bag…

Diptyque Rose Candle: Because it makes me feel at home anywhere in the world, therefore more relaxed, therefore more beautiful (girl math).
Chanel Blush: Who can live without Chanel and without a blush?
Chantecaille Travel Brush Set: I do everything with brushes now, even concealer.
Clinique Chubby Stick in Richer Raisin: My favorite colooor!
Beauty Counter SPF 30 for Face: Ok, so it’s a little thick but what!!! There are no parabens in it! Not so easy to find for a good SPF.
NARS Jungle Red Lipstick: In case I have a party…
Elizabeth Dehn x One Love Organics Mist: Unecessary, so basically just pure luxury. Love it.
Darphin 8 Flower Nectar Oil: Because summer, because oils.
Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow: In case I have a party…
Dolce & Gabbana Bronzer: So I’m afraid of the the sun, I need to find my tan somewhere, you know ;)
NARS Makeup Removing Water: Chic alternative to Bioderma.
In a travel container, Beauty Counter Glow Scrub: You’ve got to scrub regularly for a more even, beautiful tan they say.
In a travel container, Darphin Vitalskin: My summer face lotion, light, comfortable, and easy like a white shirt.

Bonjour from Corsica

A little layover in Corsica to say hello to my family and let my nephews jump on me – the weather is perfect and today, my only goal in life is to read a good book and to get on a paddle board.

Yesterday I spent the day on the beach of Capo Di feno, where there is no reception at all.

It’s actually perfect, you send message before going “Ok, we’re leaving, meet us there!” and then it’s total zen, noone can reach you. No more “emergencies,” no one glued to their phones, no 1000 texts to get you to do something. It feels good and even if it’s only for a few hours, I really call that a vacation.

I had tried last summer to have a fully phone off vacation. I had gotten super organized and everybody around me knew I would be unreachable and you know what? It turned out to be more stressful than anything else.
So now what I do when I’m on vacation is check my emails in the morning for half an hour, answer urgent matters and then not worry about it for the rest of the day. Of course I can’t help Instagramming when it’s super gorgeous – but that’s it.
Oh, and I take advantage of long days at the beach to have mini tech-rehabs.

I found it’s the best balance for me. What about you? How do you deal with your phone during the vacations?

PS – The photo was taken on the Capo Di Feno beach, at Pierre-Tou’s restaurant (Le Pirate), my favorite place to end a long summer day.

Bonjour from Corsica

A little layover in Corsica to say hello to my family and let my nephews jump on me – the weather is perfect and today, my only goal in life is to read a good book and to get on a paddle board.

Yesterday I spent the day on the beach of Capo Di feno, where there is no reception at all.

It’s actually perfect, you send message before going “Ok, we’re leaving, meet us there!” and then it’s total zen, noone can reach you. No more “emergencies,” no one glued to their phones, no 1000 texts to get you to do something. It feels good and even if it’s only for a few hours, I really call that a vacation.

I had tried last summer to have a fully phone off vacation. I had gotten super organized and everybody around me knew I would be unreachable and you know what? It turned out to be more stressful than anything else.
So now what I do when I’m on vacation is check my emails in the morning for half an hour, answer urgent matters and then not worry about it for the rest of the day. Of course I can’t help Instagramming when it’s super gorgeous – but that’s it.
Oh, and I take advantage of long days at the beach to have mini tech-rehabs.

I found it’s the best balance for me. What about you? How do you deal with your phone during the vacations?

PS – The photo was taken on the Capo Di Feno beach, at Pierre-Tou’s restaurant (Le Pirate), my favorite place to end a long summer day.