Category Archives: Summer

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.

Sun Bum

A new addition to our list of favorite sunscreens: Sun Bum.

Garance pointed it out to me the other day during a trip to Ricky’s and we immediately bought a few bottles. It’s got that classic summer at the beach scent, boasts SPF 50 protection and is paraben free. It’s become a staple for all of our outdoor shoots this summer!

Do you have a favorite summer sunscreen?

Tan Lines

We’ve all been there. Fell asleep in the sun. Went for a long run. And the next day: tan lines.

My worst tan line experience happened while I was studying abroad. My friend and I took a boat (a glorified ferry) from Italy to Greece. In the morning, I went up to the top deck to take in the sights and I fell asleep on a bench. Wearing leggings. Fast forward a few hours and I was left with a bright red lower calf cut off by a straight line right at mid-calf. It was the worst tan line you could ever imagine (yeah, worse than the sunglasses tan line most often seen on guys who are too macho for sunscreen). My attempts at “evening it out” on the beach failed and just left me with more awkward lines up and down my legs. It took the rest of the summer for it to fade away and for me to not be embarrassed having bare legs in public…

Now you know I’m not perfect when it comes to staying safe at the sun (see my recent adventure with lava tights) but I have learned a few tricks for helping to fade those baaadddd tan lines (things I wish I had known summer of 2009)…

Exfoliate. This is the big one. Be sure you are exfoliating everyday in the shower, use a loofa with a good (gritty) scrub. It will help to slough off dead skin cells and speed up your tan line fading process. If you’re extra adventurous, try dry brushing (I just started doing it, will report back on my feelings/findings very soon!). Remember, don’t start exfoliating until after your burn has heeled!

Stay moisturized. Just like when you get a bad burn, you want to keep your tan skin hydrated.

Go sunless. This is reserved for seasoned pros (or if you really need to get that tan line covered up fast)– grab your sunless tanner and get to work. I prefer the gradual building sunless tanners when it comes to evening things out (I like Jergens Natural Glow), less risk envolved but it will take a bit more time. If you need a quick fix, try James Read Wash Off Tan, it delivers color right away (but I recommend using it with a tanning mitt for even application).

Okay, since we are all friends here, tell me about your worst tan line. And then tell me your tricks for dealing with it!

PS: This swimsuit is Thapleo Paris!

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…

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.

Au Carré

When it comes to hair in the summer, especially at the beach, I think one of the most beautiful things you can do is cover it up. I love the look of a big, bright silk scarf wrapped around the head, totally hiding your hair– ideal for bad hair days or for wind-proofing your locks…

I have an oversized, vintage, silk Chanel scarf that I found at a thirft store a few years ago (it was only $1, it was a fashion miracle!) and this is exactly how I’m planning to wear it this summer. It’s striking but with a retro feel, like Grace Kelly or Jackie O — two ladies I don’t mind having as style inspirations.

Scarf, Hermès; Earrings, Lokalwear.

Beach Wear

It’s vacation time!!! I managed to pack a super light bag (22.3 kg — I’m writing you from the airport where they just weighed my suitcase) in hopes of bringing back 2 million things from Mykonos.

I love feather-light summer clothes — like this Lemlem poncho, for example. It’s lightweight, sensual, and you can wash it and dry it in two seconds. Perfect for avoiding a suitcase that weighs a ton.

Have a great Bastille Day and yay, summer!!!

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Shady

One of my summer essentials is without a doubt, a hat. When I’m shooting I wear one, when I’m at the beach and even just walking around.

Not only does it offer some extra protection from the sun, but I think a hat, especially something big and dramatic adds a bit of mystery and drama. I love this hat on Neelia. She looks so glamorous and sexy. Of course, I love how that shadow lands!

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.

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

At Rockaway Taco

One of the best spots to spend a hot summer day in New York is at Rockaway Beach (if you get there super early, you can catch surfers riding the waves!). It’s a pretty cool beach as far as “city beaches” go (okay so it’s not Ipanema, but it’s still very nice) it only takes an hour to get there from the city, and a metro can take you there!!! Cool, no?

We went the other day to shoot with Kristyna and couldn’t pass on a trip to Rockaway Taco, the little spot right off the beach. Get the fish tacos and the plantains, you won’t regret it!

Shirt, Everlane; Bandeau, Cosabella; Shorts, Zimmermann; Sunglasses, Elizabeth and James; Bracelet, Ann Dexter Jones.

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!

Ligne Blanche

I’ve been on a bit of a white liner kick recently. Not only is it proven to make you look more awake (real scientific fact!) but it also feels fresh and easy. It’s one of my favorite looks for the summer, so I decided to try it out on Kristyna. Just a simple line across the top with a slight flick at the end– voila!

It might become my everyday go to…what do you think?

Laura on her way to work

I love heading to the studio in the morning. I walk, put my earphones on and listen to a podcast (do you know of any good ones?) cross my neighborhood, Washington Square Park and then Soho – and here I am.

What’s fun is that super often, a few minutes before getting there, I see my friend Laura – also on her way to work.
I’m always inspired by her outfits.

So, a second of inspiration, a big hello, and we’re back on our ways…

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Too Much Sun

Last Friday I got a bad sunburn. I know, I know. I tell you all the time how important sunscreen is and I got burnt.

Let me just say that we were out shooting at the beach and I slipped on a rock and fell into the water and afterwards I didn’t reapply sunscreen on my legs. Okay… you’re right… no excuses.

It was a bad burn. The kind that feels like you’re wearing tights made of lava. And because this burn happened while I was wearing shorts, I was left with a very aggressive line across the front and back of my legs. As you know my skin color resembles Snow White, so a burn on me is really freaking obvious (I would show you a photo, but it’s just too embarrassing).

What’s a girl to do? I’ll tell you…

I got home, took a cold shower and slathered on some aloe (which I always keep in my refrigerator, making it the best thing in the entire world). I took an Advil (anti-inflammatory) and went to bed (on top of my sheets because I couldn’t bear to have anything touching my lava tights). The next morning, I applied some witch hazel (a natural anti-inflammatory and surprisingly soothing– it was either this or an oatmeal bath, and I rather keep my oatmeal for eating). I repeated this routine for three days.

Here I am, four days post-burn and things have definitely improved. I don’t feel like I’m wearing lava tights anymore! I just feel like my legs are inside of sausage casings (my skin is tight and dry, so I’m still applying aloe constantly). Now, I’ve got to start thinking about what to do with this very serious tan line…we will talk more about that later.

How do you deal with your sunburn?


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

The Switch

Along with switching over to waterproof mascara, summer also means a new foundation…

I’m making a big effort to swap my heavier winter products for some lighter options. My skin does a total flip come summer, it goes from dry-combination to oily. Just like that. So I started with switching my foundation, which was no easy task. I love my NARS Sheer Glow, but it doesn’t vibe with my skin come summer. I wanted something that was light, with good coverage and that wouldn’t leave my face feeling (or looking) greasy.

After a few weeks of testing everything from tinted moisturizers to powders I’ve found what works the best for me: Chantecaille Future Skin. It’s gel based, so it doesn’t feel like it’s sitting on top of my skin (even when I put it on over my sunscreen) and it’s buildable, so I get the coverage I want. Bring it on summer.


By alex

Heavy Metal

I’ve been thinking a lot about the anklet and all its forms lately.

First, there’s the tiny friendship anklet, braided and maybe with some beads. It has a real summer camp memento feel…but maybe I’m too old for this?

Then there’s the gold chain, subtle and not too cumbersome. This is one I think I could do.

And then there is the bold choice, like this tribal inspired jewelry we spotted on the street. It’s definitely a statement but worn on both ankles it almost feels natural.

I’m not sure I’ll be ready for such heavy duty jewelry this summer, although they would be the most fashionable ankle weights. I’m thinking about trying a delicate gold anklet to spice up my foot game.

Would you wear one?

Waterproof

Like really, really, waterproof.

Waterproof mascara? Check. Waterproof sunscreen? Check. Waterproof iPhone case? Check.

When it comes to waterproofing the rest of your look (I’m talking eyeshadow, blush, even your lipstick) it’s about to get a whole lot easier. This gel seals in any of your powder makeup products and it’s safe to use on your eyes, lips and face. Just swipe the gel over the product, let it dry and you are good to go. That means if you’re beach bound and dead set on rocking a glittlery lid (hey, you never know) it’s not going to budge. Not one bit.

I tested it, and I promise you, it works.

Anastasia Beverly Hills, Beauty Genius Clear Waterproofing Gel.


By alex

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.

My Workout

Lately I’ve been trying to find a good balance when it comes to exercise.

I’m in a phase where I really want to move (in fact, I’d like to start a beach volleyball team if anyone is interested) and even though I love yoga — it’s good for the mind and flexibility, but it’s just not enough — I decided to add in a little Pilates (apparently it’s the best exercise out there for women, and honestly, my abs could really use it) and a little cardio (I’m leaning toward rowing ever since Lauren told us about it, what do you think?)

And at the same time, I don’t have the time to spend an hour and a half at the gym every day.

Every time I ask a trainer for advice, I feel like kind of a loser who never works out enough (I’ll tell you about my session with a trainer soon. Pfff I don’t know if I’m cut out for that kind of thing) so I was wondering how you guys organize your gym schedules.
What kind of sports do you do? Do you mix it up? How many times do you work out per week?

Do you feel like you’ve found a good balance?

Translated by Andrea Perdue


By admin

Heat Tech

Hot, humid, muggy. It’s usually what happens in New York when temperatures start rising. Of course, makeup melts, hair puffs and mascara runs on the cheeks, and it’s like that all summer long, and it’s worse if you laugh to tears often (=me).

Just a little bit of runny mascara is fine – but I often find myself with panda eyes and my friends laughing at me (all right, so I have the bad habit of touching my face a lot which doesn’t help)(here is the videotaped proof)(you have the right to laugh). So, me, I’m switching. I’m going waterproof.

My favorite is Chanel Inimitable Waterproof, but at the Studio we also love Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof (Aaaah, Maybelline mascaras) and the L’Oréal Voluminous False Fiber Waterproof Mascara.

Do you switch your makeup when summer comes?

PS: Now I’m going to have to explore the world of makeup remover, because waterproof stays and there are a couple things that Bioderma can’t undo.
PPS: Loving mascara the way Gabriela, in the photo, is wearing it. So beautiful, also because it’s the only thing she’s wearing (I wouldn’t try that with a red lip).
PPPS : Also loving Gabriela’s non-tweezed eyebrows. Yes, agreed, you need a perfect line to rock that. But seriously, it’s so sublime I’d say think twice before taking out the tweezers!

The Del Val #18

Hedi Slimane makes you want to keep your Saint Laurent invitation.

It is not an exaggeration to say his designs influenced hundreds of millions of people.

Um, we’d not be opposed to this being our pool option for the summer.

A charming look at charming NYC bookstores.

Memorable moments in pop culture you’ve never seen before.

The search for the perfect t-shirt is over.

Let a cartoon version of Philip Seymour Hoffman tell you about happiness.

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


By delphine and wes

The Line

When it comes to summer maintenance beauty… the bikini line is little bit of a hairy topic.

Okay sorry, sorry!! I couldn’t resist! But really.

Remember that scene in the Sex and the City movie, where Samantha is appalled at Miranda’s lack of care in that region while on Carrie’s “honeymoon” in Mexico? Samantha says to Miranda, upon sight of her bikini line, “Jesus honey, wax much?”

I always think of that scene when swimsuit season rolls around. Now, what you do with what is under your bikini is one thing (remember what Cameron said?), but I’m talking about just your bikini line area. We go months without thinking about it and suddenly, it hits 90 degrees and it’s becomes the center of attention.

Here at the Studio, we have tried every approach to bikini maintenance and here is what we think…

Disclaimer: It might get a little graphic down below ;)

Wax: I’ve been getting Brazilian waxes religiously every three weeks for just over a year now and I do it year round. Before that I had always shaved, but would get annoying rashes/the hair would grow back too quickly/I didn’t like how scratchy it was, all of that. I have to admit though, that I hate the pain of waxing. I have really strong hair down there (or so the estheticians always tell me), so I’m always red for several hours afterwards, and on a few occasions I’ve even experienced bruising. After 24 hours though, having smooth skin with no hair for a good two and a half weeks makes it worth it for me. – Carolyn

Shaving: IIf my legs are any indication of what the situation is like down there… I have three words to help the visual: thick, dark, fast. I’m Italian. I wax occasionally but having to wait 3-4 weeks for everything to grow in before I go for my next wax is impossible if I plan on getting in a bathing suit. So during summer months I resort to shaving. It hurts, every once in a while there’s an ingrown or some razor burn, but with the rate my hair grows back in (overnight) I don’t have much of an option. – Emily

Laser: My friend told me about getting laser for, well, down there, nearly 5 years ago. She said she’d been doing it for a long time and loves it, more than waxing and shaving combined. My hair grows wicked fast so shaving is annoying and my tolerance for pain is mild but not strong enough for a wax. With laser (thank you Groupon!) you go every 2 weeks for about 8 weeks and you’re pretty much set for the summer. The key is in the planning, since you have to space out treatments. If you’re doing it to get ready for summer, start early. – Brie

Laser + Shaving: I did laser a long time ago and it worked super extra wonders. I’m pale with dark hair so I’m the perfect target for it. It literally changed my life because my hair would rebel against any type of waxing or epilating and I would spend the summer ashamed of the red spots the ingrown hairs would create. It never happen again with laser.

Of course, after a few years, it started growing back sparsely (but very little actually) and for these few lost causes, I just shave. But believe me: as soon as I have time I’ll go laser them again. Actually, I’d like to laser my own body. Just kidding. But my legs and my underarms ? Hell YES. – Garance

A little bit of everything (except laser): I’ve tried almost everything. I used to get waxes, but my skin is ultra sensitive, so the results were less than stellar– if anyone has tips on a good wax for super sensitive, let me know! Shaving irritates me as well (gosh, I’m high maintenance) but luckily, I have pretty minimal/fine hair in that area. When necessary, I grab my tweezers… – Alex

What do you do? Nothing? Everything? Does your routine change for summer?

Also, has anyone tried the at home laser (we haven’t tried it yet)? Is it safe?

PS: These bikini bottoms are by Mikoh!

The Glow

I’m mastering bronzer. Kind of…

I’ve got pretty fair skin. One time I went on a date with this guy (hopefully you’re not reading this, guy!) and he told me I looked just like Snow White. It was a little weird, but the point is: fair skin. So just about any time I reach for a bronzer, it looks really unnatural. I’ve been on a mission to make it work for me because I like to have that sun kissed look in the summer (especially since I’m slathering on SPF 60 and look like I’ve never seen natural light).

But listen up fair skin girls (and other girls too)! I found something that works. Kjaer Weis cream blush in Desired Glow (hello, great name). It’s super blendable (one thing that I’ve had trouble with in the past, is not being able to blend a cream blush/bronzer– they usually leave my cheeks looking rather blotchy) and buildable. So if you just want a super subtle hint, apply a little bit. Want more of a Kardashian glow (yes, I said it)? It’s easy to build up. I like it so much that it’s completely taken the place of my normal blush (Dior Glow, which I also really love for totally rosy cheeks, but right now, I want to be a bronze goddess).

Give it a try, let me know what you think. And tell me what you use!


By alex

Body Language

S#!@. Mother-f#$%&!

It’s swimsuit season.

I didn’t realize quite how un-swimsuit ready I was until I was invited to the beach over the long weekend. I happily accepted and spent the weekend dreaming of popsicles, Rockaway Tacos and the sun. On Friday after work, I tried on my my swimsuit and well, things could’ve been a little bit…better. There was no way I was going to be bikini ready by Monday (unless I found a Groupon for a full body transplant) but I figured, better late than never to get to work.

So I went and asked my friend Lauren, she’s a personal trainer (and a fitness model, so she really gets it), to tell me the best and quickest ways to get in shape for the summer. Now, maybe I’ll be ready by next weekend?

What is the quickest way to get in shape for the summer swimsuit season?

I would focus on total body resistance training and cardio workouts to increase lean muscle and burn fat. You also want to think about doing exercises that target the biggest muscles in your body (ie. your legs and butt) so that you are getting the most bang for your buck with your workouts (hello, squats).

What type of workouts are the best? What types of classes get you in shape fast?

Circuit training and high intensity training are great ways to maximize your time and the benefits from your workouts. You can do both of these types of workouts one on one with a trainer or in a class setting. There is a new boutique gym in town called Tone House that uses intervals and resistance to challenge your whole body in their classes. It is an incredibly challenging workout and I would definitely recommend a class like this for getting swimsuit ready in record time.

If you’re at the gym, is there any kind of machine/exercise you should avoid?

The machines your choose should correspond with your main goals. If you are looking for a total body workout, one machine you should definitely pay attention to is the row machine. This is a machine that is often overlooked, but very effective at challenging your body as a whole. I like to introduce my clients to rowing in the workouts we do together and encourage them to incorporate it on their own as well.

What are the best things you can do on your own (at home)?

Body weight training is something you can do anywhere including your very own living room. Plus, you don’t need any equipment. Think squats, lunges, push ups, planks – all of these are great foundational exercises that can be done pretty much anywhere. And once you master the basics you can increase the intensity by adding balance, stability elements and/or eventually plyometrics (think squat jumps, plyo-pushups, burpees, jumping lunges).

How often should you be working out?

Ideally, 6 workouts a week would be great! Especially if it’s crunch time! Aim for 2 – 3 high intensity workouts and the others can be moderate intensity or lower (think steady cardio or yoga).

Normally, working out 3-4 times a week is a good goal. You’ll get the results you want and have time to rest and recover in between.

Is there an average time frame in when you should start seeing results?

Generally, 4 – 8 weeks is a good time frame to expect seeing initial results. Of course everyone is different, so each persons progress will vary. It is also important to take into account other factors such as sleep, nutrition and hydration that are critical components to getting you bikini ready pronto.

What is your summer workout plan? Do you go to the gym? Do a class?

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Shot at modelFIT in NYC. Lauren is wearing pants from Garbe Luxe and shoes by Nike.

St. Germain Edible Flower Ice Pops

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Recipe: St. Germain Edible Flower Ice Pops

Ingredients:
- Edible flowers
- Elderflower liqueur (or elderflower cordial)
- Agave

Instructions:
1. Mix 3 cups of filtered water with 5 oz of elderflower liqueur.
2. Add a drizzle of agave.
3. Mix, then pour into popsicle molds.
4. Mix in 3-4 edible flowers, depending on size, and make sure to push some of them down to the bottom of the mold.
5. Freeze.
6. ENJOY!

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Our Favorite Warm Weather Instagrams of the Week

Our Favorite Warm Weather Instagrams of the Week

After a very, very, VERY long winter, spring is finally here to stay in New York City. With the sun shining bright and the warm weather upon us, our Instagram feed is suddenly beginning to look a lot more colorful. Between tropical vacations, blooming flowers and an ice cream cone that looks almost too good to eat, our favorite Instagrams of the week are sure to make your day a little brighter. Make the jump to see all of our picks, and be sure to follow us on Instagram.


hamptons photo diary

stairsPictures by Mattias Swenson

MONDAY. Found these good ol’ pictures from a couple of magical days spent with Nanette Lepore’s lovely family in the Hamptons this summer and thought they might brighten up this dull, grey Monday a bit! Already daydreaming myself back to sunset swims, bonfires and candlelit dinners underneath the stars..

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dagmar swimsuit via fashionsquad.com

seashells via fashionsquad.com

stairway to heaven via fashionsquad.com

Nanette Lepore's Amagansett summer house via fashionsquad.com

Nanette Lepore's Amagansett summer house via fashionsquad.com

Nanette Lepore's Amagansett summer house via fashionsquad.com

nanette lepore shoes

nanette lepore dress

candles

the beach

tunic

hair via fashionsquad.com

sunset swim

by the water

wood

night

bonfire

breakfast

take me to the beach

Nanette Lepore's Amagansett home via fashionsquad

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Nanette Lepore's amagansett home via fashionsquad.com

books

Nanette Lepore's amagansett home via fashionsquad.com

sunnies

turf

dawg

into the blue, carolina egman, outfit, beach,

Santorini memories

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There are those winter days when you absolutely wanna go back to the sun, the beach and the warm season..and all your summer memories flash back! One of the most beautiful places I’ve been to this summer was Santorini Island…Do you remember? As I’d really love to be back to wear a beautiful bikini again, while I’m heading to Miami, I’m thinking it is the perfect moment to show you those photos where i wear a multi-red and white Marianna G piece from the 2014 Cruise Collection enriched with golden details (available in black)… Oh, I can’t wait to dive again in!

Ci sono quei giorni in pieno inverno in cui vuoi assolutamente tornare al sole, al caldo e al mare… E subito ricordi l’estate!
Uno dei posti più belli in cui sono stata la scorsa estate è l’isola di Santorini… Vi ricordate? E vista la mia voglia di indossare un bikini al sole, mentre sto per partire per Miami, ho pensato fosse il momento perfetto per mostrarvi queste foto inedite dove indosso un costume della Cruise Collection 2014 di Marianna G bianco e multi-rosso con applicazioni dorate (lo trovate disponibile in nero in tinta unita)… Oh, non vedo l’ora di tuffarmi di nuovo!

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Swimwear Marianna G 2014 Cruise Collection

Photos by Andrew Arthur

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Visual diary: Bye bye summer

Style Slicker 1

Style Slicker 2

Green Park

Mayfield 2

Mayfield 1

London 2

Style Slicker - MCM

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London 3

Brighton 3

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BA Beachside Brighton 7

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The summer has been great, I mean really really fantastic, our first proper summer since 2006, I haven’t even had my first summer holiday abroad yet, not until after London Fashion Week which is just around the corner.  I’m going to North Cyprus with my siblings for a week, CAN NOT WAIT!

1,2, 3 & 5: Mini picnic break in Green Park, wearing a stripe top from Uniqlo, scuba skirt from ASOS, sunglasses from Topshop, mint bag courtesy of MCM, watch courtesy of Folli Follie.  6, 7 & 8: Visiting Mayfield Lavender in Surrey.  9 & 10:  Late luncheon at Aubaine, Heddon Street.  11 & 12: Wearing mens cricket sweater from Uniqlo, leather skirt courtesy of Muubaa, socks and sunglasses both from Topshop, wedged trainers from Ash, watch courtesy of Folli Follie, and satchel bag courtesy of MCM.  13, 14, 15, 16 & 17:  A stroll along Regents Canal in Warwick Avenue.  18 & 19:  Sunny Brighton.  20, 21, 22 & 23:  Moroccan dinning experience 100ft up from the ground, with British Airways and Morocco Tourist Board.  24:  My view, overlooking the burnt West Pier.


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Julia & Tuesday

Julia is a writer and spends her summers in Montauk with her family – I wanted to meet her because I really love her series of books, Gypset, and her bohemian aesthetic.
Here she is at Ditch Plains Beach with her wonderful daughter, Tuesday…

Today is Labor day in the US, the day off that officially marks the end of summer with fashion week starting this week. I already miss the beach, even with a soft white mist…

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On The Street….Tompkins Square Park, New York

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Early Morning in Montauk

What I love about Montauk is that the beach culture is totally different than anything I’ve known before, the Mediterranean or even California

What I love the most is to go out early in the morning. The days in Montauk often start in a light fog, which gives a pretty magical, soft atmosphere. You can grab a café at the beach truck and go sit on the beach, do a few stretches or watch the surfers walk towards the sea and disappear in the mist. They arrive there very, very early as it’s supposed to be the best time for waves.

You stay for a while, meet people that are also there in a sort of daydream. That’s where I met Ipek, who’s the designer of a brand of swimsuits and beachwear, Kiini. After talking a little bit, we decided to have a barbecue together (us and our friends) that same evening.

Ahhh, I’m gonna miss summer !

Counting the Days…

Argh, there. 15th of august is behind us.
That weird moment where I read magazines that are full of coats while I’m having a coconut on the beach, that moment where I make wishlists of what I’d like to wear in september. And where I say “But can you believe that fashion week is in two weeks ???!!!”. The truth is it’s also the moment where I should go shopping, because in New York, after the 1st of September all the best clothes are out of stock.

But you know what ? I’d rather believe in summer a few more hours…

On my list, this Phillip Lim purse. I saw it on Preia the other day. I like it’s shape, it’s simplicity and its gold hardware. Next week – once I’ve put my family on the plane, I’ve just spent the most exhausting and cool week taking them all over New York – I’ll show you my wish list of what I’d love to wear in september.
Have you started your wishlist ?

Montauk Postcard

I’m spending the last few days of summer with my family in Montauk
Where are you vacationing?
Kisses!!!

This Morning at Ditch Plains, Montauk

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Morning Surf, Montauk

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Beach Wave Dreams

I have straight hair. Suuuuper straight…

It dries totally straight (I know, I know, I shouldn’t be complaining…we all want what we can’t have, right?)… and then it just sits there on my head, looking, well, straight.

When summer comes I get extra annoyed at my straight hair when I see all these cool girls with effortless beach waves walk around the city with their cute boyfriends (the boyfriend part isn’t really relevant here) and I find myself trying just about every product I can so that I can have those same waves (I blame you, Blue Crush + Kate Bosworth!).

I’ve tried a lot of different sea salt sprays, some have kind of worked (I miss you John Frieda Beach Blonde Ocean Waves! It’s now discontinued…), some have worked for a few minutes and some just leave me with coconut scented locks and not much else. Emily had good luck with the Bumble & Bumble Surf Shampoo and now she basically has Kate Bosworth waves all the time (B!#$%).

So, help a straight haired, Blue Crush obsessed girl out and tell me how you achieve ultimate beach waves. Ready, set, go!

Clouds

I love white for summer because it’s soft and fresh, but I think this is even fresher than fresh.

This bleached shirt… Doesn’t it make you think of clouds? It’s from Anthropologie. I love it…

PS : Can we talk about my secret love for Anthropologie? The clothes aren’t really my style, but I could spend hours in there, looking at the books, dishes, soaps, and I think I could spend all my money on…bowls. Yep, I love their bowls. I’m crazy about Anthro bowls. I have way too many bowls, but who cares. I can’t stop. Just keep on bringing on the bowls, Anthro, I’m there.

PPS : The white jeans are from J.Brand.

Summer Vacation

Summer is my adored vacation. I love the looong days and the relaxation mania that gets everyone (me first) (I sort of kept a very French attitude towards summer), the rhythm that slows to the max. I just came back from Bali and I am already feeling that spending a summer without going to Corsica is going to be tough… I’ll see.

I also love summer fashion, pareos for every second, hippie tunics to throw over a swimsuit and sheer everything because we’re so tan. Don’t even get me started on salty hair and freckles. And monoï smells. And the taste of tomatoes. Ok, stop me or it’s going to take hours.

So, this is the sexiest and the coolest season and I almost start to have summer nostalgia as soon as August is around the corner.

What’s your favorite season ?

The Eternal Beginner

I just signed up for yoga again. Yep!

This has to be the 36th time I’ve stopped and started again.

It’s always the same thing. I get super motivated…

The teachers get on my nerves with their questionable life philosophies and the students get to me to with their devoted auras and their “I’m so much more zen than you” attitudes but I just decide to roll with it.
Each time, I feel terribly out of shape, non-flexible (I’m the girl in the back with like 7 blocks), non-focused and non-resistant.

I get so bored so fast that I end up awkwardly careening my neck around to stare at the clock every three minutes. I can’t do wheel or dog or pigeon or other bird-name positions.

I get better. Then I get worse. I stop for a while and then get totally into it again. And then one day, I get fed up enough to say “I’ve had it!” to all the spiritual woo woo and get back to simple exercise.

Which works for a few months until… I suddenly get the urge to go back to yoga.

It’s been going on like this for years. It’s so funny, this vicious cycle… I always come back to it. I’ve never found a form of exercise that soothing and that beautiful, and that has taught me as much as yoga has.

Thanks to yoga, I learned focus. I also learned how to let go, the pleasure of feeling my mind and body become one (for a few seconds at least…), I learned to stop being so caught up in outside forces. I learned to breathe, and through that, release whatever fears and insecurities I have, and so many other things that have nothing to do with exercise.

So I’ve come to accept that I’ll be the eternal beginner.

I mean, little by little, this discipline has found its way into my heart and without realizing it, yoga has become part of my personality. It’s given me a strength and mental flexibility of which I never would have thought myself capable.

You don’t need to be a bona fide yogi for any of this (although I can’t tell you how proud I was the first time I held a crow pose). You don’t need to be good. Relaxing isn’t it?

You don’t need anything actually.

Just go to class, turn off your cell phone, try to quiet some of the constant mental jabber, and do your best.

Just be present, like all the yoga teachers say.

Soooooooo annoying, dammit, I know.

But sometimes, when I actually am able to leave my cynicism at the door (with my cell phone), it’s so so so so so incredibly rewarding.

High

I love this bathing suit. I love it for the print, the material, and for the big bottoms, that to me, are so chic and sexy.

So it was great on Laine, in this photo, but you know what I realized? I realized that often, the people who aren’t super comfortable in their own skin (No, I’m not talking about myself. Of course not. Why would you think that?) choose bathing suits that cover up a little more because they have the impression that the extra fabric will hide their complex… When really, the most flattering thing is to wear the least amount of fabric.

It’s true! I promise!
A pair of round butt cheeks are much prettier out and about than covered in mounds of fabric, don’t you think?

PS: The swimsuit is by Adriana Degreas, a Brazilian brand!

On the Street…..Houston St., New York

 

Blue shoes with this look? Click on the arrows to see.