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Kind

This summer, I lost some weight.
I didn’t do anything in particular, I just got lighter without even thinking about it.
In one month’s time, I got back to my normal weight, without doing anything at all, and since then I’ve stayed the same.

For those of you who follow me, you know this subject had actually been bugging me for the last few years – I had been going around with about 10 pounds more than I weigh now, sometimes more, rarely less.
It felt so weird to me – I didn’t really feel like myself. Even weirder since my New York friends hadn’t ever seen me any other way, so when I talked to them about it, they’d always say, no you haven’t changed at all, you look great!!!


I had tried a few things to get back to my normal weight (not skinny, just me) and we talked about it – but I’ll never be a pro at diet torture, and even less at juicing and all the other silly things I thought of at times, like when I had to fold my mauve leather YSL skirt and put it way in the back of my closet so I wouldn’t see it anymore, since it didn’t close anymore and I hated it, the stupid thing.

I tried to accept my new body (honestly, naked, it was rather pretty and sexy, just heavier and more difficult to dress up) and I did tons of exercise, but nothing changed the fact that I just didn’t feel like myself.

I know what you’re going to say.
With all the changes in my personal life lately, it’s not surprising you shed some weight. And you know what? You’re right.

That’s exactly what I want to talk to you about.
Not my personal life so much. What I mean is that my breakup is just the visible part of a much larger change of cycle. Not premeditated at all, but still pretty deep.

So the fact that I suddenly got myself back really made me think.

I thought about all the times I told myself I’d started the unavoidable weight gain that happens after 35 and that there was nothing I could do except become a crazy food maniac.
I thought about all the times I told myself that my problem was that I didn’t have any will power (I even tried to work on my will power and motivation!!! I bought a book on it!!!) and all the times I hated myself for that.
I thought about all the things I had held against myself when actually, it wasn’t really me deciding any of those things – that’s what I’ve finally understood.

Because actually, what happened is that my body was telling me (and others) something.
Not anything good or bad, but that during that time in my life (which was a great time in my life, by the way – just because you gain a little weight doesn’t mean you’re unhappy), that’s just the way I was, what I was manifesting.

I’m still really surprised when I weigh myself. I feel much better in my skin, much more myself, and I think it’s important to say that our bodies reflect the things we are experiencing in life. And if you’re feeling uncomfortable, there may be things to explore, if you feel ready, without stressing out about it.

To not automatically believe that our body is a battle field – but more a reflection of what we are inside.

There’s no point waging war against yourself, despite the many completely freaky examples of pregnant women going back to their natural weight two weeks after giving birth, or the pseudo-role models who show people how to conquer their bodies as if they were hostile territories to rule over, when in fact, it’s just a matter of communicating with yourself deep down. And of course, of looking at ourselves with kindness.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Flying Over New York City

This summer, for the first time in my life, I rode in a helicopter.

It had been one of my dreams in life, I don’t really know why – and it was when my family came to visit me in New York that I finally decided to go ahead and do it. It’s very easy to take a helicopter to fly over New York – you just have to go to the heliport… It’s a bit expensive, but a great gift if you dream of seeing the city like you’ve never seen it before.

Helicopter NYC

A lot of people totally scared the hell our of me before I went (“You’re going to crash!!!” “Those things will explode against a building if there’s even the tiniest bit of wind!!!”)(let’s just say that people who are afraid of heights don’t go easy on you when it comes to convincing their friends not to risk their lives) so even though I do have a little bit of a dare devil in me, let’s say I was quietly freaking out.
But hey, it’s very organized and regulated, ok, and hoards of tourists show up to do it every day, so in terms of danger, the risk is probably close to zero. But still.

You’re going to think I’m crazy, but the thing I was most excited about was the take off. I’ve always had a thing for the propellers, the wind, the noise… And that crazy forward motion the helicopter makes when it leaves the ground. I thought being inside must be kind of like riding Space Mountain. And I LOVE Space Mountain…

But I was a little disappointed, because you actually you don’t feel anything at all. You take off from the ground like it’s some kind of magic, and a few seconds later, you’re flying over the Statue of Liberty.

Helicopter NYC Statue of Liberty

And that’s when it starts to get really amazing. I won’t tell you much more about it – I’ll just share a few photos with you. It’s beautiful, it’s sublime, it’s magical. You feel so small and big at the same time, it’s like you could take the whole city in your hand. You can see the full expanse of Central park, the full height of the city, the beauty of its bridges, and the incredible romanticism of it all. It’s simply sublime.

Helicopter NYC Skyline

You have to do it at least once.

If you’re not afraid of heights, of course.

Big kisses!

Translated by Andrea Perdue


By admin

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

Air Dry

Not only is it time to start prepping our wardrobes for fall, but beauty routines as well. There is one big part of my summer routine I’m not ready to part with: air drying my hair.

I haven’t picked up a blow dryer in almost 5 months. Once the weather hits 55 degrees I stash it away and let Mother Nature do the work. I love being at the beach, going for a swim, and sitting out in the sun letting my dry (with that perfect French texture, you know what I’m talking about). I’m even going to miss the wet look that is more than appropriate when sitting beach side…

My Summer Bag

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

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

No but seriously, Zara. Too good.

Justify My Love

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

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

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

Madonna-Like-a-Prayer

And here is the video as well.

Aaaah, I love it !

Jeweled Bracelets, Givenchy

Training in Santa Monica with Nike

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Summer means relax but you don’t have to stop completely. My holidays in LA are the perfect situation to push my limits and improve my training skills. I had the chance to do it with Nike on the amazing beach of Santa Monica, under the magical atmosphere of the sunset lights… These kind of exercises can be done with a trainer or even alone with the N+TC app by Nike, that allows you to have a virtual personal trainer for every kind of need or every kind of workout.

Estate è sinonimo di relax e staccare la spina dai miei impegni lavorativi ma non significa fermarsi. Le mie vacanze a LA sono infatti anche il momento per spingere sempre più in là i miei limiti e migliorarmi. Ho avuto la possibilità di farlo nella suggestiva cornice di questa città, in questa spiaggia a Santa Monica dove mi sono dedicata ad una sessione di Yoga con Nike in questa magica atmosfera alle luci del tramonto… Questo tipo di esercizi possono essere svolti con un trainer oppure anche da soli grazie ala N+TC app di Nike, che permette di avere un vero e proprio personal trainer virtuale per qualsiasi esigenza o tipo di allenamento.

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I was wearing:

NIKE DRI-FIT KNIT LEGGINGS 
NIKE GYM SEAMLESS BRA
NIKE SHRUG CARDIGAN
NIKE STUDIO WRAP PACK 2 PRINT SHOES

NIKE RUN LUNAR T-SHIRT
NIKE LEG-A-SEE JDI LEGGINGS
NIKE AIR MAX LUNAR1 SHOES

Find my looks on Nike.com

Photos by Andrew Arthur

Back to Cool

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

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

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

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

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

All Made-Up

Let’s talk about wearing makeup at the beach…

I try to keep it minimal. On an ideal beach day, I swipe on some waterproof mascara, a little bit of lip balm and of course, my SPF. I look at my beach day as a time to let my skin breathe a little bit and I like that my freckles start to show.

When it comes to lipstick in my daily life, I’m a big advocate; but at the beach, I’ve always left it behind. Now that I’m seeing it here, on Neelia, I’m starting to reconsider. It has this super glamorous feeling that I think is pretty cool…

What about you? Are you wearing full makeup at the beach?

Sunglasses, The Row.

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.

The Greek Tunic

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

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

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

Translated by Andrea Perdue.

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 French Braid

It might not actually be French, but I still like it.

French braids make me feel really nostalgic. I think about summer camp, wearing them in my hair for the whole week just to keep my hair off my face, high school football games when matching French braids were the only way to go. This summer, I’ve been back in a French braid mindest. The other weekend I went upstate to my friend’s farm and sported a French braid (thanks to her expert braiding abilities) for the weekend. My hair was off my face, it was more secure than any ponytail I could create and after sleeping in my braid (that’s right) I didn’t mind the little baby hairs that came out around the edges. It felt fresh, young and ideal for hot summer weather.

Doing it on myself is trickier than it looks, but I’m working on it.

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

Beach Blonde

Like Garance, I’ve always wanted any other hair color than the brown that sits on my head. This has resulted in experiments with highlights (remember those ones you would do at home and pull through the cap? Yeah, I did that), ombré and all over color.

In the summer, I always get extra jealous of my blonde haired friends whose hair gets even lighter in the sun, while my hair just gets… hot. I’ve always stayed pretty far away from summer hair lighteners, like Sun-In, for fear I’d walk away from the beach with carrot orange locks (it contains Hydrogen Peroxide). But this summer, my blonde hair envy has reached new heights.

I asked Carolyn from the Studio (who has really pretty much perfect blonde hair) for her secret to summery platinum strands and she said it’s all about the lemon juice. She uses half of a fresh lemon and squeezes it all over her hair before she hits the beach. But be careful, because lemon can dry out your locks, so be sure you’re using a moisturizing conditioner or try a weekly hair mask (Carolyn likes this one from Fekkai).

Do you have a summer hair secret?

Mix & Match

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

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

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

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.