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White Out

Ok, I confess! I didn’t watch the Emmys…

I did spend a decent amount of time searching the hashtag #emmys2014 on Instagram* to see what everyone was wearing. After 237,485 photos of Julia Roberts in her leg lengthening short dress (by Elie Saab) and red dresses aplenty, the elegant and surprisingly not bride-like ladies in white won spots as my favorites.

Did you watch? Who was your favorite?

From left to right: Kate Mara, Allison Williams and Michelle Monaghan.

*which led me to many OITNB profiles. Hey Piper! Hi Crazy Eyes!


By brie

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

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?

Click on the arrows to see more images…

Translated by Andrea Perdue

The To-Do List

The weekends are for relaxing and to-doing.

You know, making a to-do list and actually doing them. With fashion week coming up and leisurely summer weekends ceasing, I decided this past weekend to really check things off. Things like sewing those couch cushions, sorting through that huge pile of mail, writing thank yous, and deep apartment cleaning.

For me the only way I can complete the task, is to write it down and strike them out as completed.

How do you get things done?

The On the Go Notepad. You can check out the whole collection on GaranceDoreGoods.com


By brie

Happy Birthday Coco!

You can be gorgeous at thirty,
charming at forty…
and irresistible for the rest of your life.

- Coco Chanel

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


By admin

The Del Val #28

$7.5 million will get you this cool and unique house where the movie Less Than Zero was filmed.

Jefferson Hack is neither Dazed nor Confused as you’ll see with this lunchtime interview.

If you’ve always dreamt of seeing your name light up the Parisian night sky, here’s your chance.

This camera is tiny (and cute) and will give you no excuse to miss documenting every little thing in your life…as if you weren’t doing that already, but still.

Who doesn’t want beautiful skin? These girls reveal their secrets and you should keep them on your radar.

This fantastic piece of art was made in 1987 and it’s always a good time to revisit it. If you don’t know it you’re going to laugh throughout at how clever it is.

Honestly, we’re primarily posting this so you’ll see how great Meryl Streep looks in this old photo. But stick around and look at all the interesting people they’ve interviewed over the years…including a certain GD.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

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 ;)

Click on the arrows to see more images…

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.

A Montana Vacation

For my summer vacation, I headed to Whitefish, Montana…

…(along with 28 of my family members!) for some mountain view relaxation!

It was the kind of trip that combined relaxing by the lake with some serious activity– exactly what I love. Here are my favorite things to do, eat and see in Montana!

Road trip: The closest airport to Whitefish is in Kalispell, but if you’re feeling extra adventurous, I say make your journey a road trip. We drove from Minnesota (18 hours each way!) and it was really half the fun. You can hit a few different national parks on your way out no matter what direction you’re coming from. We passed through Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. The badlands (and bison!) are not to be missed.

Take a hike: Head over to Big Mountain and hike the Danny On Trail. The 3.8 mile loop gives you some of the best views of the town and the surrounding mountain landscape. Once you get to the top, take the chairlift back down for more breathtaking views (while giving your legs a rest). If you have extra time, make sure you go to Glacier National Park for some more intense hiking trails.

Hit the beach: I spent most of my time in the water on my trip. Whitefish Lake is gorgeous and the perfect way to cool down in the afternoon (it was 90 degrees everyday). We brought along our kayaks from home and rented paddle boards from Paddlefish Sports in town. The lake is great for swimming, boating and just floating in the sun. The bottom is pretty rocky, so as un-chic as they may be, bring along a pair of water shoes. The soles of your feet with thank you.

Get your raft on: It wasn’t my first whitewater rafting adventure, but it’s definitely my most memorable. We booked a trip with Glacier Raft Company (try to get Jesse as your guide, he was great) and 15 of us headed out on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. I fell halfway out of the raft on some wild rapids, but it was by far the most fun I had on my trip!

Eat, drink, be merry: We cooked most of our meals at our cabins but walked in to town for breakfast each morning. The Red Caboose makes scones the size of your head and they serve Stumptown Coffee. Grab a burger at the Bulldog Saloon (a perfect stop after your rafting adventure) and take some time to check out all the photos on the walls (see if you can find my cousin Patrick on the wall by the bar!). If you’re into beer, the Great Northern Brewing Company is a must. Get the Wild Huckleberry Wheat Beer. Speaking of huckleberries… you can’t go without trying some. My dad and I picked them wild while hiking Big Mountain, but you can buy huckleberry everything (taffy, jam, hot sauce) at most shops in Whitefish!


By alex

The Del Val #27

If we were in London this month we would, like, totally go to some of these films to relive our teenage years.

And sticking with the Brits and film, here are the top 50 documentaries of all time.

And sticking with our teenage past, here is an oral history of The Wonder Years, one of the best tv shows ever which captured those memorable experiences.

Some of you may like pizza. Some of you may like to order pizza easier and faster. If you like pizza and want to simply push a button to order, look into using this app.

Fashion meets GIF, what’s not to love. Ah, cheap, user-friendly technology and what people do with it…

This gripping essay could be made into a thriller right now. Give yourself about 10 minutes to read it, you won’t forget it.

An upcoming auction of unusual, for Christie’s, offerings.

Surprise, surprise, productivity breeds success. How some of the best designers do it.

Many of the models making money for the brands that hire them have this guy to thank for teaching them.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

Film Buff

One of my favorite things to do is go to the movies!

I’m a sucker for BIG screens, surround sound and movie theater popcorn (OK, I might have an addiction to it, worse than Olivia Pope). But sometimes it can be hard to sift through the huge summer blockbusters, so I thought it might be nice to share three smaller films I’m planning to catch. Large popcorn over here, please!

Boyhood: This is a MUST. Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, the film is beyond nostalgic. A story of adolescence and growing up, it feels more like living a life than watching a movie. One-of-a-kind.

Magic in the Moonlight: When it comes to Woody Allen the films are almost always a hit. Emma Stone is seriously growing on me, and Colin Firth had me ages ago. It’s a rom-com about a magician and a clairvoyant. Enough said.

Mood Indigo: A magical, medical love story with the ever endearing Audrey Tatou brought to you by creative visionary Michel Gondry. The trailer alone has me dreaming in a fantasy Paris.

What films are you seeing this summer?


By brie

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.

Weekend Inspiration #181

The ruins of Delos, Greece.

Weekend Inspiration #180

The ruins of Delos, Greece.

The Del Val #26

These gorgeous birds won’t fly away.

To celebrate their upcoming 400th title in the series, find a Very Short Introductions topic you like and mix up your holiday reading.

We really like these quick Q&As and know you’ll find one you want to read.

Pressed for time? Super fast crash course on which fashion designer owns what.

You can never get enough advice about making it in fashion from those who already have.

The lure of LA draws another creative person to its sunshine-bathed hills.

The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique was released 25 years ago. Here you are a click away from listening to a remix and all the songs sampled on that classic album.


By delphine and wes

A Cape Cod Vacation

I’m baaaaack!

For the past two summers, I’ve been spending my vacation at my boyfriend’s family home in Wellfleet, Cape Cod. There are lots of beautiful Bauhaus homes, art galleries, and a crunchy-50s-psychoanalyst-vacation-home vibe that’s unlike any other town on the Cape.

Here are a few of my favorite things to do…

The Beaches: We like to park the car at White Crest beach, where all of the surfers go, and (eventually) walk over to Cahoon Hollow beach to have lunch at the Beachcomber. It’s the only restaurant located on the beach and they have a great raw seafood bar and some heavy handed cocktails—the Goombay Smash is their signature drink.

The beaches are all about a 40 foot dune drop from the road, so be prepared to get a good leg workout walking up and down.

The Ponds: Because Wellfleet is towards the tip of the Cape, a lot of the land up there is national seashore and forrest. There are a few big fresh water ponds surrounded by trees that are perfect for a dip after a day at the beach. The water is a lot warmer than the freezing cold ocean, and you can kayak, paddle board or bring pool floats and just laze around. My favorite is Gull Pond—it’s the biggest and has a little beach where you can ditch your stuff while you swim.

The Pier: It wouldn’t be a trip to the Cape without (fried) seafood and Mac’s Pier is hands down the best. They have every variation of lobster, clam and scallop that you could want—fried, on a sandwich, even in a quesadilla. You can hang at the harbor and eat your lobster roll while you watch all of the boats bring in fresh oysters. Then, you can top off your meal with some ice cream, also from the Pier. I treat myself daily with an Orange Whip—soft serve vanilla ice cream and orange juice blended like a milkshake.

Hatch’s Market: If you tire of the fried seafood, you can get it fresh at Hatch’s market, along with some of the best produce you’ll ever find. They were selling organic fruits and veggies before organic produce was even a thing. And as much as I love the Pier, we usually cook most of our meals at home while we’re up there.

Wellfleet Drive In: This place is super old school and I love going, even if we get stuck watching all kids movies. We like to back in for a double feature and bring blankets and pillows to lay on in the back of the car. You have to get there early to get a good spot, but it’s fun to kill time with a game of Scrabble and a huge bucket of popcorn from the concession stand.
On Sunday mornings, they use the parking lot for a huge flea market with tons of great junk.

P-Town: On rainy days, the best thing to do is drive to the Provincetown at the very tip of the Cape. There’s good shopping at Marc Jacobs, hysterical sex toys at Spank the Monkey, and even a theatre production of Snow White and the Seven Bottoms ;)


By emilyn

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

Click on the arrows to see more images…

The Del Val #25

Get to know a bit about Mr Concept himself, Andy Spade. What he can do with a kernel of an idea…

Hmmm, where should you go these last weeks of summer?

You’ll recognize this beautiful piece of music by Erik Satie, and will probably never hear it played sooo slowly.

Your life has just been made 46 ways easier, seriously some of these are amazing.

The New Yorker. The best English-language magazine in the world. Everything published since 2007. Free. Start here.

You may not know the name Chuck Jones, but you surely know his cartoon work.

What’s better, the food or the decor? A dining experience your eyes are certain not to forget.

Because we still like the pink, the title, and the approach: BUTT and Rick Owens from 2011.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

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.

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!

Barneys! Manolo! Vogue!

Take a 9 minute break from your day…

To watch this video showing all the brands mentioned over every season of Sex and the City. It will definitely make you laugh (who knew they said Diaper Genie that many times) and feel a little nostalgic for your favorite (okay, it’s our favorite anyway) show.


By studio

The Del Val #24

Find the channel you want to watch and let the real person editors, not computer algorithms, do the rest.

It’s not often the crew behind Maison Martin Margiela let fans peek around the curtain.

Tons of people love the actor Bill Murray, right? Several artists show us how they do.

Famous fashion photographer Nick Knight talks fashion photographs with those photographed for fashion.

Ah to have grown up in California in the 1950s. While looking, listen to the same music they did. Chuck Berry – Sweet Little Sixteen

If you’re into fashion we believe it’s important to be well-versed in its history, like with this, a French fashion magazine from the 1980s.

She’s the power broker of the creative economy.

Sugar makes you, and you, and you (and too many of us) you know what.

See this color-filled group show before it closes!


By delphine and wes

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.

At Equipment

If you happen to be in Los Angeles…

Check out some of my stationery at the Equipment store!

A big thank you to Equipment for carrying my line! Kisses!

Equipment, 8459 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069

PS: The stationery collection is also available at the Equipment Soho store!


By admin

Happy Bastille Day!

In honor of Bastille Day…

Our favorite Frenchies… in stripes!

Kisses!


By studio

The Del Val #23

Spend just five minutes reading this and you’ll have a new perspective on the world.

You’ve seen the movie Grease, right? Remember the beginning animation sequence? This guy drew it.

Go ahead and interact with one (two, three, four…) of this guy’s super creative websites, he’s made 100 of them!

Prediction #1: You’re going to want to read a new book before the end of the year. Prediction #2: It will be one from this list.

There’s hardly a person on the planet who hasn’t seen one of his movies and many people think they’re trash, yet they make loads of money. Here’s why.

Admit it, you were jealous of your kid getting to spend the night at the museum. Well…now you can!

We love everything about this video: the energy, the style, the voice!

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

Les Vacances

It’s time to take a holiday. At the Studio, we’ve been carefully mapping out our summer vacations for weeks. As you know, Garance is headed to Greece, Italy and Ibiza starting next week and we are…well… jealous. Just in case you haven’t planned your vacation yet and are still looking to get away… I thought we should ask a few of our friends for their vacation plans and tips!

Safe travels!!

Lolita Jacobs, Saint Tropez

“We have a family house a little above the village, it is the house in “And God Created Women”– from the actual from the movie! It used to be an old farm and my parents renovated it with their amazing bohemian taste (well I like to think so). It is very charming, not at all the typical villa. Full of paintings, trinkets, colored fabrics, flowers… My dream house in the South of France.”

Stay: L’Hotel Ermitage is really nice to stay at for a few days for the view and the great terrace at the end of the day. The Hotel Sube, old fashion but very charming.

Eat: I love le Banh Hoi for diner, a Thai restaurant with an amazing vibe and interior. Le Club 55 for lunch, I always have la tarte Ramatuelle with some fresh goat cheese or the crudités platter. Delicious. For a typical aperitif at the end of the day, we always go to La Place aux Herbes, have a glass of white wine and some fresh oysters Chez Madeleine.

Drink: My favorite spot in the morning is Senequier. I go there every morning to have a fresh orange juice and a brioche au sucre with my god father. We read the newspaper (Var matin for him, Vogue for me) and say hello to everyone. St Tropez is a small village and all the regulars know each other.

I also adore having a drink with my mum & dad on the terrace of the Hotel Sube. It is above the harbor. You get to observe the crowd laughing and sipping a Bellini.

Shop: The best shop is by far the beach boutique at Club 55. They have an amazing bathing suit selection, thousands of tasteful summer bracelets and beach dresses. Plus some original pillows, foulards and many other beautiful objects. Perfect place for any kind of gift.

The Place des Lices market on Tuesdays and Saturdays is great for finding the perfect wicker basket, vintage books, antique hunting with my father. There is an amazing candy stand as well, and I have a big sweet tooth.

Do: Swimming in the sea, going out at Les Caves du Roy (don’t forget your earplugs, the sound is outrageous), riding the roads of Ramatuelle on a scooter with my boyfriend and going to the secret beach of Cap Taillat.

Viviana Volpicella, Southern Italy

“My home country, Puglia, in a small town called Marittima. It’s in the southern part of my beloved Puglia. There is an international community there and privacy is the watchword.”

Stay: Rent a house from Tulsi Room in Marittima.

Eat: Corte Degli Aranci, a restaurant in Taviano, another small town.

Drink: An aperitivo at the Harbour Bar in Tricase, a small town on the sea.

Shop: Tulsi Shop. It’s a cute boutique by an Irish friend of mine, Deborah Nolan. She lives in Marittima and she sells cool dresses, sandals and bags that she loves from around the world.

Do: We (my love and I) used to rent a little wood boat (the typical name is gozzo) and we love spending all day along the Puglia coast where you can find small and pure bays.

Kate Foley, Lamu Island, Kenya

“I love that it’s so relaxed. It’s quite hard to get to so it puts people off going! I go to escape work and the hustle and bustle of NY so definitely don’t want to run into a million people. It’s also incredibly beautiful!”

Stay: I stay at a private house but the Peponi, a family run hotel, is beautiful .

Eat: Fresh fish carpaccio and gazpacho.

Drink: Order an “Old Pal” at the Peponi Bar.

Shop: I love Aman a beautiful boutique which sells a carefully curated mix of international and local clothing and accessory brands.

Do: Swim at Shela Beach, wakeboard, sail, eat and relax!

Violaine Bernard, Brittany

“Saint-Cast, a little beach town in Brittany where I spent all my summers growing up.”

Stay: I stay at my grand-parents house where I also love to have a nap under the cherry tree and also pick berries and peas straight form the garden to munch on. This is a great time for me to go there as now I’m a mother, I no longer sleep in the kid’s room!
So the best way to spend your holiday there is to rent a house. There are 7 beaches in Saint-Cast so it’s hard to find a place you can rent out further than a 10 minute walk from the beach.

Eat: Meal time is a very big deal in France. Especially in our house! I actually feel like I spend most of my vacation sitting at the table…
Lunches are usually at home with all the family but the best place to have dinner with friends is at the Jardin Délice where you can sit outside in the garden, that’s usually where we drink too!

Chez Marie is the best for crêpes and galettes, which are Brittany’s specialities. If you want to share seafood with your other half and watch the sun set, go to La Marinière, which is right by the beach and ask for David.

Drink: The best place to get a coffee is La Belle Meunière where you can eat the most amazing pastries (probably in the world!!). Their croissants and pains au chocolat literally melt in your mouth. Just be ready. For a drink or ice cream on the beach though, go to the Lézard.

Shop: The best is to go to the market every Monday where you can find clothes from Petit Bateau (cheaper than anywhere else) and also some vintage cotton and lace table wear. You can get fresh food there also and trying the “Galette saucisse” is a must. Côté Plage is good for home wear and don’t forget to get a few pairs of espadrilles at la Maison Blanche when you arrive. The big Pharmacy is always great to stock up on French beauty products.

Do: Even though it gets very busy during the summer, it’s still quiet compare to other more famous summer destinations in Brittany. Some cliff views still blow my mind (and now probably your Instagram account) even though I’ve seen them all my life. There is a sailing spot as well where you can book few windsurfing lessons. But really the best thing to do there is to explore and lay on the many beaches, relax and eat!

Kate Dougherty, Colorado to Oregon

“I’ll be joining my boyfriend Ben Towill and my brother Patrick Dougherty on a bike journey from Colorado to Oregon. The NY Times has been following them on their cross-country biking ride, which they began in Virginia 5 weeks ago – Ben writing & Patrick taking the photos. All stories are focused on finding healthy alternative farms and people doing inspiring things with food across the States, raising money for a NY Charity called Just Food. ”

Stay: With our tent and sleeping bags on our bikes, we will be camping each night in some wildly beautiful National Parks like Grand Tetons and Yellowstone in Wyoming.

Eat: Lots of energy bars and buffalo jerky.

Drink: Lots of water, cheap beers and of course a Negroni wherever I can find one!

Shop: I will be sending postcards along the way!

Do: Averaging 75 miles a day for this 4 week 2,000 mile adventure, I’d say we’ll just be doing lots of biking, sleeping, drinking, and meeting as many inspiring people as we can along the way.

Lola Rykiel, California

“I’ve been going for solo holidays trips all over the place but since I tried this place, I just keep going back. I love NY lifestyle but it is very stressful and sometimes I just feel like I smoke too many cigarettes, drink too many coffees and spend all my day emailing, texting, answering without interruptions. It is important for me to free-up from these little addictions and reconnect with pure and simple things.
I like the idea of taking good care of yourself. For me holidays are no longer about partying and doing crazy wild things. I want to finally go slow, go to bed early and be in the nature (and get daily massages too!).”

Stay: The Pearl Laguna, a health detox meditation retreat. A beautiful lush farm, in the hills of Laguna, California.

Eat:An alkaline diet. Vegetarian fresh meals home cooked with most ingredients grown in the gardens. No sugar, no meat, no fish, nothing that is not whole, but we do eat delicious goat cheese and fresh eggs from the farm as well as plenty of fruits and veggies, all locally grown and very tasty.

Drink: Homemade juices, every day there is a different kind: pear and cucumber, clementine and watermelon, and green juices. A lot of alkaline water that is part of the detox too, No rosé, no lattes, no diet coke. These are the enemies!! When I come back to the city I still try to keep away from them. I last one week maximum. MAXIMUM.

Shop: The detox is about detoxing from shopping! So there is nothing to buy, except Katresha’s skincare that is sold at the farm and I always buy every product.

Do: Meditation in the morning for one hour, Hike 3 hours a day (that’s hard), cut off my phone and Instagram (detox of social media addiction), swim in the sea (the salt and the sea are really good to clear bad energy), get massages everyday (it is part of the program), relax, read, try to give myself some time away from the city and to be in contact with nature.

Caroline Issa, Ibiza

“I love Ibiza because, despite it’s party animal reputation, up in the hills tucked away it is an oasis of beauty and relaxation. Counter-intuitive, I know – but absolutely true. Plus the food! Delicious! I’ve been going for the last 5 years and love that if we want to socialize we can dip into it, or just rest, read and eat up in the hills amongst the amazing greenery and enjoy.”

Stay: Up in the mountains in my friends’ Stefano and Monica’s amazing villa, far away from the craziness

Eat: La Paloma or my other favorite, but that one’s a secret so I can still get a reservation!

Drink: Margaritas by El Chiringuito beach.

Shop: Usually the local supermarket for evening BBQs!

Do: Stay by the pool and swim, read and stuff myself silly!

Cisco Gorrow, Bali

“I try to soak up the sun, surf, relax and enjoy the beautiful & gentle Balinese people and culture.”

Stay: In my eyes, there are three main places to stay when you come to Bali. The Bukit is the furthest southern tip of Bali. Here you can find the best surf reefs & biggest waves and great views of Bali. The second place is Canggu which is close to Seminjak. I prefer the more quite Canggu area. Here I stay at Villa RedDoor. In Ubud, I usually stay a night or two at the Como Shambhala Estate.

Eat: I spend most of my time in Canggu where I usually have my breakfast after my morning surf at Old Man’s located on Batu Bolong which is a laid back beach hang out. They make the best avocado on toast. If I don’t have time to make my own lunch and I am ok to deal with the traffic, I go to my all time favorite place in town called Zula. If I feel like an Indonesian fine dining experience for dinner I go Bambu. The food here is light, spicy and exciting.

In Ubud most places are Yogi friendly and mainly vegetarian and vegan. This is Bali’s capital for the health conscious food movement. In general every Warung serves fresh food and freshly squeezed juices in Ubud so you cant go wrong.

Drink: For some live music and a good crowd, I swing by Old Man’s on a Friday or Sunday night. For a nice cocktail and a great view, I go to KuDeTa in Seminjak. When I’m in Uluwatu, I have a sundowner at Single Fin.

Shop: My favorite shop to stock up on sarongs (you can never have enough!!!), beautiful silk shirts and scarfs, is Kalyan in Seminjak. If I need anything for the beach from bikinis or surf accessories I go to Drifter which is a local surf concept store where you can generally find something good.

Do: I like to kick start my day with an early morning surf at Batu Bolong or a yoga class at Samadi Bali. We do day trips to Balian for great waves, Padang Padang for beautiful white sand beaches & great surf or Belangen for a nice uncrowded tropical beach. If I want to pamper myself I go to Devira for a massage or call them for a home visit.

Download

I download all my magazines — it’s one of the mini-revolutions of my life these past few years (hey, I said MINI revolution ;))

Because seriously, you have to know — life isn’t easy for someone who’s addicted to magazines.

You can love magazines, but they’re a pain — they pile up, they take up space, they collect dust, and when you need to find something — “what was that great hotel in Italy I saw in Vogue, again?” (the reason you kept the magazine in the first place), you can’t ever find it.

There are times when you move and you suddenly have to get rid of your magazines — or like me, you can’t resist keeping two boxes of them (and you write “BOOKS” on the boxes to avoid getting the stink eye from the mover who doesn’t get, just like your boyfriend* and your mother, how you can weigh yourself down with such futile things).

*But actually, Scott is different — he’s even more addicted than I am — he’s got binders with all his favorites pages that he’s kept since he was a teenager. I like to not rip out any of the pages, I love magazines in their entirety, with the ads, the horoscopes, and all.

Even so. At the back of my closet, I’ve got a box of 20 ANS, a great french magazine that doesn’t exist anymore and that I am so happy to have kept (Emmanuelle and Carine used to work there!!!). Those of you who grew up with 20 ANS will understand how precious that treasure is.

But now, I download them.

Because not only can I finally say goodbye to all the pounds of paper and embarrassing moving days, I can also have quick access to all my favorite magazines, all the time, wherever I am, FOREVER.

Just thinking about that almost gives me an orgasmazine.

I mean, I guess I won’t get the pleasure of the old dog-eared paper that smells like summer ’97.

Oh well! I’ve got books for that.

What about you, do you download magazines or not?

Translated by Andrea Perdue


By admin

A St. Croix Vacation

Being the first to leave on vacay at the Studio was pretttttttty great!

After much research (Googled: best beaches in the world) my man and I decided upon St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands.

Here’s a few helpful tips to traveling to the island…

Take the Bio-Luminescent Tour: The what?! We ventured out into the ocean at night to see dinoflagellates (aka oceanic plankton that glow when disturbed) in a clear, see-through kayak. It was INCREDIBLE. Our tour guide even caught some jelly fish that lit up when you touched them!

Explore the Beaches : Each one is surprisingly different. Filled with huge shell scraps to the shore. White sand into the water. Hikes from the hills down to the beach. Even rocky areas suited for snorkeling! Plus, for whatever reason, this vacation had me inspired to take runs on the beach near our house in the morning and do some yoga along the shore. Completely undisturbed – basically your own private exercise beach. No gym membership required.

Go to the Deep End: You literally walk not 5 feet into the ocean from the beach, and BOOM. A coral reef drop off filled with life. We were lucky enough to even catch a massive school of fish to follow along (as the locals suggest you do). For a $10 rental of a snorkeling mask, its more than worth it. And there are small tikis with lounge chairs to rest in after the swim.

Eat, Drink and Eat some more: Savant is maybe the coziest restaurant in town. The candle lit, vine draped old walls make for a most romantic atmosphere. Tutto Bene is the perfect spot for late night (10pm – everything closes early!) artisan pizza. For breakfast, try The Avocado Pitt – a more local spot that serves a traditional spread. Oh, and a personal favorite having nothing to do with island, was my re-discovery of Kings Hawaiian bread at the local market, a sweet loaf of bread I ate every morning, for snacks, for in-between lunch and dinner…. and on the way to the airport.?

Be Prepared to Stay Left : You have to drive on the left – which may or may not be difficult for some to remember coming from the US.

Animal Planet: On this trip, I saw some 100 geckos, a caterpillar the length of a water bottle, egret birds, an iguana nearly 3 feet long, and while snorkeling the biggest sting ray I’ve ever come across. Oh! And don’t forget all the friendly neighbor dogs. We had a standard poodle named Calypso on our property.

Bob Marley: A party island this is not. However because its the Caribbean, Reggae is abundant and we found ourselves on the other side of the island for the Fourth of July at Rhythms, a Reggae restaurant/bar/hangout on the beach where we watched fireworks while listening to some Marley, a perfect ending to our verrrry chill week.


By brie

A St. Croix Vacation

Being the first to leave on vacay at the Studio was pretttttttty great!

After much research (Googled: best beaches in the world) my man and I decided upon St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands.

Here’s a few helpful tips to traveling to the island…

Take the Bio-Luminescent Tour: The what?! We ventured out into the ocean at night to see dinoflagellates (aka oceanic plankton that glow when disturbed) in a clear, see-through kayak. It was INCREDIBLE. Our tour guide even caught some jelly fish that lit up when you touched them!

Explore the Beaches : Each one is surprisingly different. Filled with huge shell scraps to the shore. White sand into the water. Hikes from the hills down to the beach. Even rocky areas suited for snorkeling! Plus, for whatever reason, this vacation had me inspired to take runs on the beach near our house in the morning and do some yoga along the shore. Completely undisturbed – basically your own private exercise beach. No gym membership required.

Go to the Deep End: You literally walk not 5 feet into the ocean from the beach, and BOOM. A coral reef drop off filled with life. We were lucky enough to even catch a massive school of fish to follow along (as the locals suggest you do). For a $10 rental of a snorkeling mask, its more than worth it. And there are small tikis with lounge chairs to rest in after the swim.

Eat, Drink and Eat some more: Savant is maybe the coziest restaurant in town. The candle lit, vine draped old walls make for a most romantic atmosphere. Tutto Bene is the perfect spot for late night (10pm – everything closes early!) artisan pizza. For breakfast, try The Avocado Pitt – a more local spot that serves a traditional spread. Oh, and a personal favorite having nothing to do with island, was my re-discovery of Kings Hawaiian bread at the local market, a sweet loaf of bread I ate every morning, for snacks, for in-between lunch and dinner…. and on the way to the airport.?

Be Prepared to Stay Left : You have to drive on the left – which may or may not be difficult for some to remember coming from the US.

Animal Planet: On this trip, I saw some 100 geckos, a caterpillar the length of a water bottle, egret birds, an iguana nearly 3 feet long, and while snorkeling the biggest sting ray I’ve ever come across. Oh! And don’t forget all the friendly neighbor dogs. We had a standard poodle named Calypso on our property.

Bob Marley: A party island this is not. However because its the Caribbean, Reggae is abundant and we found ourselves on the other side of the island for the Fourth of July at Rhythms, a Reggae restaurant/bar/hangout on the beach where we watched fireworks while listening to some Marley, a perfect ending to our verrrry chill week.


By brie

The Del Val #22

The road to becoming Anthony Bourdain’s (who many people think has one of the coolest jobs on the planet) assistant.

The beloved children’s book character Madeline is 75 this year. See this exhibition of her creator’s original artworks and then be sure to head here after.

We are ALWAYS amazed and inspired by the obscure books they find.

This came out 50 years ago and you’ve likely never seen it on the big screen. It’s recevied a stunning restoration so you should.

Speaking of films, here’s a new documentary about America’s most famous movie critic and we hear it’s thumbs up all around.

With the whole world currently riveted by football/soccer, here are cool gift ideas for that person in your life who is the biggest fan.

Many people across the US are going to be moving through airports this weekend. Here’s a classic soundtrack if you are.

And many people will have a drink this weekend as well. Don’t forget the watermelon in yours.

Not new, but maybe new to you: Our favorite postcards.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

Summer Books

We are quickly approaching our summer vacations here at the Studio and we keep asking each other: What are you reading? Do you know any good books?

I just keep recommending Gone Girl to everyone who asks (which I mean, have you read it? So good!) but I decided we needed to get a list from a few people that know books, like really know books…

So, here’s what our bookworm friends had to recommend!

Read it at the beach: The Vacationers by Emma Straub
This smart beach read chronicles a New York family’s vacation in Mallorca. Be sure to soak up this dazzling book in the sun.

Pack it on your road trip: California by Edan Lepucki
Terrifying and engrossing, a near-future novel that covers the distances we travel for the people we love.

Take it on your international flight: I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum
Set in two of our favorite destinations— Paris and London.

Totally okay to read at the hotel bar: The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill
Hip, stylish, and sophisticated, O’Neill will have you practicing your French on strangers all night.

Read it with your best friend: Friendship by Emily Gould.
Step 1: Read together. Step 2: Talk about it. Step 3: Hug it out.

You’ll want to read it twice: 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
This jazz song of a novel, out in August, will have you dancing through waning days of summer and dreaming fondly of sweaters and Christmas lights.

Will make you laugh and cry: The Book of Unknown Americans By Cristina Henríquez.
Gorgeously complex and moving, a love story that will break your heart.

What is on your summer reading list?

PS: If you are looking for books to read in French, click on the FR at the top of the blog to see the list!

Two Dots

We have a problem.

We can’t stop playing Two Dots on our iPhones. And by we, I mean Emily, Erik, Garance and myself. Emily was the one that told us all to download it, so I blame her for the fact that I haven’t looked up from my phone in days. I never thought I would get so addicted.

The point of the game? Connect the dots and sink the anchors.

Have you played it?

PS: I’m on level 25 and totally stuck. Help!


By alex

Summer

It’s summer. Real summer. It’s hot out. The days are long and you can be lazy without having to make any excuses. I love it, I love it. Plus, it’s the Fourth of July this week, which means it’s a vacation week in the US. Only Friday, but it (finally!) feels like time is slowing down.

Here are a few of the things I like to do in the summer…

- Imagine that summer is forever.

- Use oil everywhere. Yep, in the summer, I switch and use oils for everything. I put oil in my hair, on my body, on my nails, everywhere. All that matters is that it makes my skin feel like satin and makes me feel like I’m on vacation. So they have to smell like summer.

Right now, I’m using three kinds :

Darphin Huile Nourrissante Toucher Satin for the body.
L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil for my hair.
NARS Monoi for everything else.

- Eat fruit all day.

- Walk around my neighborhood after work. With a friend, or with my man, walking around the Village at the end of the day is amazing. We sit on the steps of a brownstone, spend hours chatting, it’s soooo nice.

- Drink rosé. Just because rosé proves it’s summer (the rest of the time, I prefer red wine).

- Make new friends. It’s strange how people relax in the summer. They’re more open, they take their time. It would be so nice if it were like that all the time.

- Go around with a huge bag and never take anything out of it and end up finding weird things in it at the end of the year like sand, toothpaste, a telephone number with no name, a pair of panties, etc. End up with hernia.

- Rotate between about five outfits: three “daytime”, one “evening”, one “beach”. That’s it. Relax about my wardrobe.

- Spend the summer checking the summer sales.

- Sleep all day with the window open, telling myself: “Aaaah it’s so pretty out…I’ll just stay in one more hour…”

- Make huge plans for back to school, as if September were a faraway land full of promise.

- Keep wearing the same sandals as in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010. Think about all the memories of vacations I’ve gone on with them (even the time when my bottle of monoi oil spilled all over them – and my sandals absorbed ALL of it, protecting my clothes from catastrophe and giving my sandals a deep hydrating treatment that made them look great. Ok, so maybe they changed color, so what?) (ok yeah, that’s the downside of oils).

- Freak out about having to wear a swimming suit again Ah no, sorry, I just don’t like it. Not in the list.

- Wake up with the sun, around 6:30, take my time eating breakfast and still have time left before starting my day.

- Drink some beer on account of this is the World Cup.

- Love the sun, but walk in the shade.

- Get my watercolors and notebooks out. Dry flowers in them. Paint in them and write down all my big after-summer plans.

- Read.

- Make lists.

- Daydream.

- Go on vacation!!!

… This summer, I’m going on a tour through Italy, Greece, and Spain. I can’t wait!!! What are you doing this summer? Do you have any plans?

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Inspirations, Dries Van Noten

The Dries Van Noten exhibition, Inspirations, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, is one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen this year.

The way it’s curated is sublime — it’s full of treasures. Dries Van Noten never stops showing his work – he wanted to reveal the path that led to his inspiration. The clothes are presented with art, with Picasso, with Vasarely, videos, newspaper clippings… and it’s all integrated into his love of gardens… It’s such a rich show, it would be impossible to describe it to you.

I had gone there to photograph it for you, but something that rarely happens to me happened this time – on my way back home, I lost all the photos. After totally losing it and not being able to even talk about it until today shedding a few tears, I decided to get philosophical about it. It must mean that this show is just made to be seen in person.

The dates of the exhibition have just been extended – of course – to the end of October.

Having the luck to be invited into this unique, brilliant, marvelous and generous creator’s world is an opportunity not to be missed!

It’s really worth the trip.

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And for those of you who can’t make the trip, there’s a beautiful book to accompany the exhibition. Click on the arrows to see all the photos.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

The Del Val #21

Remember these words and then spend time going through his archive, he’s one of the consistently best Tumblr-ers we’ve come across.

Put this on in the background this weekend while you’re having breakfast. Trust us.

Who swoons for Koons? We do. Do not miss this major restrospective or the great accompanying book.

Anna Wintour has a bit of experience, so when she gives advice it’s best to listen.

Short videos of fashionable neighborhoods around the world.

If you love modern photography then you must know Garry Winogrand’s work…but don’t go until after June 30 so you can also see this by Sol Lewitt!

What mood are these designers in? Let them show you.


By delphine and wes

At Rachel Comey

This week I stopped by the new Rachel Comey store in Soho, it’s her first flagship! The interiors are so modern and feminine, there’s even carpet on the walls of the dressing room. I really like the vibe inside and it’s so nice to shop when you have great light!

PS: That’s Diane the store manager and Lina in photos! The store is designed by architect Elizabeth Roberts and interior design by Charles de Lisle.

Rachel Comey, 95 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012

At Rachel Comey

This week I stopped by the new Rachel Comey store in Soho, it’s her first flagship! The interiors are so modern and feminine, there’s even carpet on the walls of the dressing room. I really like the vibe inside and it’s so nice to shop when you have great light!

PS: That’s Diane the store manager and Lina in photos! The store is designed by architect Elizabeth Roberts and interior design by Charles de Lisle.

Rachel Comey, 95 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012

Pot Time Stories

Ever since weed became legal in some American states, I feel like I’m living in a cloud of smoke all the time.

Ok, that might be an exaggeration.

But seriously. It’s like everyone in the world smokes, smoked, or is about to smoke pot; and below my apartment, it smells like weed for miles around. For a minute there, I thought it was coming from the windows of the university campus nearby (I live in the neighborhood by NYU) but no, it happens to be a couple of retired people who love to smoke a little joint on the steps of their building at the end of the day (so they told me with a wink).

It’s not even legal yet in New York, guys. Wowowo, come on.

It doesn’t matter to me either way: I don’t smoke.
I know, it’s anti-rebel and anti-cool, but let me tell you for two seconds what it does to me…

Marijuana came into my life on a summer evening.

I was with my skater friends (I won’t tell you how young we were – it’s shameful) and one of them (one of the new guys, who was older, more handsome, and a better skateboarder than the other guys) took out some kind of brown thing (hash, which is more common in France than in the US, where people tend to smoke weed)(and is, in France as well, mostly illegal) and started rolling a joint.

We all tried it, obviously: I don’t have to tell you about the pressure to be cool when you’re in a group of skaters. It’s hell. Saying no would have immediately ruined the vibe.
So I tried it. I hated the taste but I didn’t say anything, and then it seemed like it wasn’t really doing anything to me. A few hours later, we left with two friends who lived close to me, and once we were away from the beautiful, older, and more experienced skater (ok, let’s call him BO&MES) out came the real talk:

Me: “It doesn’t even do anything. It sucks. Plus, it tastes disgusting.”
First friend: “I like the taste, but it doesn’t really do much. Alcohol is way stronger.”
Second friend: “Are you guys crazy!!! It’s SO coool, I love it so much, this feeling, omg it’s amazing (ok we probably didn’t say omg back then, probably something more like “this so rocks”) I wanna buy some!!!”

I thought he was exaggerating slightly, but I didn’t want to kill his vibe.
When I finally got home, I had this weird hunger.
I ransacked the kitchen, and then went to sleep.

A few months later, that second friend had dreadlocks, was listening to Bob Marley (who he was calling “Bob”, of course) all the time, and spent a lot more time rolling (joints) than rolling (on his skateboard). Uhuhuh.
That’s when I figured out that for some people, that kind of thing automatically becomes a life style. And pretty caricatural, for some.
I started to hate “Bob”.
But since I like to persevere even with things stupid, it took me a few more years to really understand that it just wasn’t for me. I also have to report that since after that night on the beach with BO&MES, I had the weird feeling that pot was following me around wherever I went. Suddenly it was showing up with all of the people I was hanging out with. Was it a trend, was it just growing up or was it that all the people around me where bad seeds?

My skater friends. My musician friends. Friends at school. My boyfriends. My girl friends. My friends’ parents. Everyone was smoking. Was I the only one not having fun or were the others also pretending?
I felt like I was not invited to the fun pot high – I totally had GanjFOMO.

Why didn’t it work for me?
How come every time I took a drag, I immediately felt intense nausea, and then wanted to eat everything I could get my hands on, especially cookies, and then I’d get an irresistible urge to sleep?

[I would fall asleep pretty much anywhere. I would feel the sleepiness come, and sneak out to any place I spotted. My friends were used to finding me comfortably dreaming in other people's bedrooms (alone, of course, what were you imagining?) In other people's bathtubs (empty, of course, and yes it hurts your back). On the couch right in the middle of the party. On top of a speaker during a rave party, etc...]

Anyway, I persevered.

- I tried having someone shotgun it to me. It’s still as gross as a joint, but at least it’s kind of sexy, I thought to myself as I asked BO&MES to do it.
Result: Ok. It’s sexy for about two seconds. But it burns and it’s twelve times stronger. So for me it was nausea + cookies + sleep, but three times faster.

- Then I tried weed. I mainly remember laughing so hard I peed my pants, followed by major nausea. I spent the night feeling anxious and pouring sweat while I watched the ceiling change shapes. “Oh yeah, that skunk weed is kind of strong” my friend said right after I’d taken a hit off the joint.

- Then I tried a bong. Ok actually I didn’t: I saw my friends do it and it depressed me. It seemed too much like a drug thing.
Besides, just the second hand smoke in that room was enough for me to send me to my nausea + cookies + sleep combo.

- I finally learned my lesson and half pretended to smoke (I hadn’t yet acquired a personality, which really comes in handy for saying things like “no thanks, I don’t smoke”) and half took on the role of the one who rolled all the joints for everyone (rolling joints is a great pastime for not getting bored when your friends are completely stupid because they’re smoking joint after joint)(This was before Angry Birds) so I tried rolling a twelve paper joint one night when a friend had the great idea of doing a joint rolling contest (these were some high quality friends)(the worst part is, you’re probably imagining a group of dirty punk kids, but we weren’t like that at all! most of them were law or med students)(okay, everybody knows med students are the worst)(let’s just say all the marijuana was to help deal with the pressure of school) and I had the brilliant idea that I’d be the one to win the joint rolling contest (that was a high quality Garance).
Result: When you manage to roll a twelve paper joint and you win the joint rolling contest, you’re pretty much obligated to smoke it. Nausea x 12, cookies x12 (boxes of Oreos), sleep x 12.

- Then I tried eating it. We made a pot brownie, as I was telling myself that maybe it was because I was smoking it that it wasn’t working for me. And with that, I can’t even describe the feeling, it was like suddenly I was flying, I was completely flaccid, it was like my body was getting away from me. It seemed kind of funny on the inside, but on the outside I have no idea what I looked like. Everything seemed hilarious. For no reason.
Basically, we just laughed for no reason. Does laughing count when it’s for no reason? (And other philosophical questions I asked myself as I was waking up 20 hours later with a major pot hangover).
Then afterward, nausea and sleep (I’d had enough sweets). Honestly, it was pretty pointless.

And after that, I finally understood once and for all: marijuana makes me hungry and puts me to sleep, so basically it makes me fat and boring. SO MAYBE IT WAS TIME TO STOP WITH THE NONSENSE.

I quit. I found my personality. I became “the girl who doesn’t smoke” (my personality has other sides to it, but that’s a topic for another day) and I wasn’t afraid to say so. So much better. So much funnier. Cooler. Better parties.

I don’t judge anyone else for doing it, I still love my friends who smoke and fortunately, as time has gone by, they don’t do too many joint rolling contests anymore. I just know it isn’t for me.
I’m a wise person now – and I know that, as Bob Marley used to say:

“The day you stop racing is the day you win the race”.

Oh yeah, by the way – “Bob.” Now that I don’t smoke anymore, I loooooooove him.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

The Del Val #20

If you love licorice, this is the caviar of it.

Every woman knows this tale and this is a cute, funny version of it, period.

COS is coming to America and here are 50 things they love about us/US (get it?).

A charming little video which makes Carven even more charming.

You’ll glow inside and out with this magic granola.

Even if your feet never leave the ground you can apply “Keep on Pushin’” to your life.

2 for 1: Look at what is offered at this great store in LA, and then stay to watch the excellent McEnroe/Borg documentary in preparation for Wimbledon.

If you’re in need of some creative inspiration, or just appreciate good design, spend some time looking around here.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

Park Life

Have you ever been sunbathing at the park?

In New York in the summer, parks are like real beaches. It’s so hot people throw themselves in the fountains. It’s cool, joyful and you can even buy popsicles, but I’d never do it (well that’s because I don’t sunbathe, so the only thing that would be left to me would be fountain bathing) – let’s just say I’ll wait for the beach.

That said, it’s an atmosphere we’ve wanted to capture on the blog for a long time… So, here is a park-beach trip with Caroline and Sarah.

Would you do it ?

On Caroline: Swimsuit, Melissa Odabash; Bracelets, Jennifer Fisher; Sunglasses, Stella McCartney; Bag, Samuji; Towel, Nine Space.
On Sarah: Swimsuit, J.Crew; Sunglasses, Oliver Peoples; Cuff, Vintage; Friendship Bracelet, Lucy Folk; Towel, Nine Space.

Olivia & Steph at Baz Bagel

A few weeks ago, Bari Musacchio opened a super cool new bagel shop in the LES.
Look at this wallpaper!!! I’d make a shirt out of it.

So. As you know, New Yorkers love their bagels and now we can swap our corner coffee cart for Baz’s. We went over with Olivia and Steph (this PINK Saint Laurent bag! These sandals!) the other day to check it out and of course, taste the bagels (they have a gluten free option!)– really, even for a newbie, they’re super good.

A recently introduced bingo night makes it a spot you want to hang out day and night. Try the mooch :) and if you happen to be in the mood for dessert, the french toast is delicious!

PS : Oliva and Steph own a cool shop called American Two Shot!

On Olivia: Sweatshirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim; Jeans, vintage Levi’s; Sandals, Fendi; Bag, Saint Laurent. On Steph: Jacket, Worth; Bag, Givenchy; Shoes, Saint Laurent.

Baz Bagel, 181 Grand Street, New York NY

The Del Val #19

We particularly go for the cute plush Sharpies, but you’re sure to see something you like as well.


That old man on Burt’s Bees products? That’s the real Burt! A new documentary about him.

Gia Coppola directs a peach of a video for Blood Orange.

Some people are highbrow, some lowbrow. Those who are brave can try no brow.

There is a new issue of one of the best magazines in the world you’re not reading.

Everyone who is anyone in the fashion world over the past decade has sat before his lens.

MoMA adds an app to their permanent collection, the first time ever.

Sit down for a lengthy interview with fashion’s queen of journalism, Suzy Menkes.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By admin

Photographing Sarita

The cover of Grey magazine!

When Valentina, from Grey magazine, asked me if I’d like to shoot Sarita Choudhury for the cover, I was like : YES!!!
Not only do I love Grey, but having the chance to shoot someone like Sarita is really too good.

She has a very special magnetism in Homeland. And it went the same way in front of my camera.
She knows how to let go, to be confident and creative – an actress that’s not about control freaking but more about giving herself… What a great day!

Here are a few photos. Big kisses!

Grey Magazine, Issue 10 Spring/Summer 2014

Click on the arrows to see more images…

An American in Venice

Everyone has a favorite Penn right?

Ok, well in case you can’t decide, a retrospective of Irving Penn’s work is on display now until December at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice (on the canals!). From his iconic black and white imagery (the likes of Truman Capote) to the softly vibrant flowers, there is no shortage of favorites to choose from. Mine? The corner portraits, Marlene Dietrich as the stand out.

Irving Penn at Palazzo Grassi, Dorsoduro 2, Venice


By brie

Word

There are some words that really, really get on my nerves.
Especially ones that are used to label, minimize, or condescend, and basically, any time words are used to put kind of an ugly label on things when it’s just not necessary.
For example…

Princess

“Oh, she’s such a princess.”
Hearing a guy say that gives me the chills. I can’t even really explain why.

Cougar

It was already kind of lame back when it was just used to describe women who were attracted to younger men, but it’s even worse now that it’s used for (pretty much) Any Woman Over Forty.

It’s annoying because it categorizes women in a way that no one ever does with men, who we continue to find sexy at any age, no matter how old their partner is.

Yesterday, I went to see Edge Of Tomorrow (this way you know you shouldn’t bother going to see it even if Tom Cruise is pretty funny at the beginning which is a nice suprise) and [spoiler alert] [Ok, I mean, it's not like we didn't see it coming] Emily Blunt (31) and Tom Cruise (51) make out in the movie and no one raises an eyebrow.

What would people have said if it were Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher? Cougar!!! Argh.

Plus size

Ah, the infinite creativity it must take to not say it like it is.
I understand you can’t exactly open a “fat” section in the store, but the expression plus-size is just plus-annoying. I say curvy. Not much better, I know.

Fashionista

Even though I don’t really know what else to say when I want to talk about a girl who likes fashion, I never really liked the word fashionista (But I do like Fashionista with a capital F, the website) even worse now that it’s used in a way that’s not even funny anymore, all over the place and in the most condescending way possible: “Fashionista alert! Sample sale this weekend!” crrrrriiiinge.

So now the problem is — what to call a girl who likes fashion? Who knows.

Bitch

Ok I admit I say it sometimes, but always as a joke, like – yo, bitch, but it depresses me anyway, for a reason that makes Alex burst out laughing every time: I love dogs, and therefore I love bitches.
I’m tired of people insulting them. They didn’t do anything!

Vagina

I hate the way this word is used in the US. I’ve already talked to you about that here. But I guess something is lost in translation because my American friends seem super comfortable using the word vagina to describe their pussy [and they use the word vagina A LOT].

So I say pussy, the literal translation of the French word chatte, and everyone looks kind of shocked – I think it’s a super trashy word in the US.

Is she on her period or something?

Too true (and too painful)(I take Advil) to not be extremely annoying coming out of the mouth of a man who can’t understand. And even worse when it comes from a woman, who can understand.

Yes, I’m on my period. Shut up.

Kimye, Brangelina

Ok, maybe this doesn’t annoy me that much, actually. Compared to the expression above, it’s even kind of cute. Right? What do you think?

Obsessed

And all the words that go along with fashion-related hysteria that I commit myself way too often: “I’m dying for those shoes! Omg, dying!!!” “SO obsessed!!!” “Scatter my ashes at Bergdorf Goodman!!!” (um, really, you like shopping THAT much?)

Ok, fine. I know I say things like that every day. What? I never said I didn’t annoy myself, too!

So what about you? What words get on your nerves?

Translated by Andrea Perdue.