Malibu Evenings

Dior in LA

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After the loveliest time seeing LA together with Cartier and then on our own for a short but sweet little while, I was so excited to spend my last couple of days on the West Coast together with my favourite Dior. Dior held their spectacular Cruise show in Los Angeles (more about that in just a little bit) and greeted all of their guests with the most beautiful dinner by the ocean in Malibu the night before. If there’s anyone who can knock my socks off when it comes to events it’s Dior. They think about every single detail and more. A live band was singing and playing for us while guests could play ping pong, foosball or simply enjoy a drink while watching a pastel coloured sky and the sun setting behind the ocean. It was the loveliest start to the most wonderful time and I can’t say thank you enough to Dior for having me for this special event.

Photos by: Hana Lê Van

City of Angels

Los Angeles

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Even though we didn’t have particularly much free time while in Los Angeles, we certainly tried to make the most out the little time we had. As I had never been to California before (and neither had my wonderful photography assistant Hana) we wanted to discover as much as possible before it was time to fly off to the next adventure. We certainly didn’t manage to see everything that we wanted to see (I totally underestimated the size of Los Angeles, haha) but we did manage to see a couple of the things on our list. Obviously, as you can see, In-N-Out Burger was one of the main priorities. Ice creams and strolls around Venice Beach, driving around Beverly Hills, watching the sunset in Malibu, running along the beach in Santa Monica, seeing a little part of Hollywood and a dinner at Chateau Marmont were also ticked off my list during out time! I know, I know, there’s a million things left that we haven’t seen yet but all the more reason to come back one day, no?

Photos by: Hana Lê Van & myself

Cartier in Los Angeles

The Beverly Hills Hotel

I know that this post comes to you with a bit of a delay but to be honest I’ve had to prioritise my health, getting over jet lag and some serious lack of sleep. A month of travelling, which started before Los Angeles eventually caught up with my body, which explains why I’m wiring this from my bed dressed in nothing but a bathrobe. But enough about that! Let’s reminisce about LA and what a wonderful adventure we’ve gotten to experience during the last couple of weeks.

It all started right here, at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. It may come as a surprise to many of you but I’ve never been to California before – yes, that’s right, I popped my Cali cherry with this trip! And what a trip it was… Our adventure begun with a few wonderful days together with the best Cartier team, who had organised everything immaculately – as always – for us all to enjoy a few days on the West Coast.

They took us to the most magical places while in Los Angeles, among them this mansion; belonging to Tony Duquette, nestled in the Beverly Hills area. As you can see, this is not a normal house, sorry I meant mansion. With belongings and details brought from all over the world my eyes almost didn’t know where to look. Waterfalls, wooden frogs, a disco ball, sea shells, Carp fish, Asian statues, corals and stuffed animals were all there (as you could see if you watched my Instagram Story that day). Let’s just say that it’s place I never hope I have to sleep over at in the future…

The big night while in Los Angeles with Cartier was their Panthere de Cartier Soirée where I fell in love with Alicia Keys performing, their deliciously yummy fries (served in little popcorn boxes) and more beautiful Cartier bling.

Lunchin’ in beautiful Malibu was also another favourite moment during our stay, even though we managed to get to Los Angeles just in time for their only rainy week throughout the entire year and the lack of unhealthy food options at the ever so LA-kale-inspired Soho House in Malibu. Despite the grey skies (and missing my fries) we spent the loveliest time together, enjoying the company of friends I haven’t seen in a while and getting our very first look at Malibu. I can definitely see why people tend to relocate to this pretty place!

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Tortilla chip and guacamole by the poolside, enjoying a little bit of sun (in our jeans but ready on our sun beds) was another moment I loved every single part of. This hotel was just the cutest thing I think I’ve ever seen and they also just happened to serve the tastiest guacamole I’ve eaten in a long time. Yum! 

I definitely want to come back to this place in the future – but most likely (and very unfortunately) without Cartier though… We were definitely treated as little princesses while there and I can’t imagine how much organisation, hard work and effort goes into these days, in order for press and digital profiles to experience a new place in the very best way possible. I’ve said it before (remember our trip to Morocco last year?) and I’ll say it again: I adore discovering new and old places together with my Cartier family and it’s something I hope I’ll be fortunate enough to experience many times again in the future.

Photos by: Hana Lê Van & myself

South of France with Chanel, Part II

Côte d'Azur
Côte d'Azur
Côte d'Azur
Côte d'Azur
Côte d'Azur

Besides attending the Hyères festival we also drove to Saint Tropez for the opening of the new Chanel pop-up store. Personal fact about me: I'm not a bit fan of long car rides since I tend to get a little bit dizzy after a while, which makes the French Riviera a tiny bit difficult to navigate – even though the view along the rode can be pretty spectacular. When I saw a glimpse of the turquoise water and a little path leading down to a quiet beach I couldn't contain my excitement and had to scream "stop the car right here!" to our driver. I blame it on needing a little pause and some fresh air but actually it was more for being able to walk barefoot in the sand and dipping my toes in the Mediterranean sea for the very first time this season! There's something about being close to the sea... It just makes me feel so incredibly happy and peaceful. 

Saint Tropez
Saint Tropez
Saint Tropez
Saint Tropez
Saint Tropez
Saint Tropez
Saint Tropez

Before attending the store opening we had half a day to stroll the streets of Saint Tropez and believe me, we used every little second of that time in Saint Tropez. I haven't been back in 7 years. No, that's a lie. 10 years now. That's just crazy. The adorable pastel coloured streets haven't changed much and neither have the flashy yatchs or cars circling around the city – they're all still there. I can't even imagine how busy this little town gets during the summer and the month of August when the streets already looked quite crowded in April... I'm pretty sure Ylenia (who accompanied me as my photography assistant during the trip) and I were in pastel colour heaven while visiting this place. Look at all of that pink!

Chanel pop-up store
Chanel pop-up store
Chanel pop-up store
Chanel pop-up store
Chanel pop-up store
Chanel pop-up store
Chanel pop-up store

Saturday evening we discovered the Chanel boutique in Saint Tropez and oh. my. lord. It's out of this world. I don't even think it's possible to call it a boutique. It's more like a huge mansion or a villa if I could describe it. Every year they open up a little pop-up shop in the pool house across the garden and this evening we had the chance to celebrate this little occasion. I've already noted down several pairs of shoes and bags I definitely need to upgrade my closet with... 

It was the loveliest ending to this little tour of a small part of the French Riviera together with Chanel and it felt so good to feel the sun in my face again. Merci beaucoup for the most beautiful little getaway! 

Photos by: Ylenia & myself

South of France with Chanel, Part I

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Bormes les Mimosas with Chanel
Bormes les Mimosas with Chanel
Bormes les Mimosas with Chanel
Bormes les Mimosas with Chanel
Bormes les Mimosas with Chanel
Bormes les Mimosas with Chanel
Bormes les Mimosas with Chanel
Bormes les Mimosas with Chanel
Bormes les Mimosas with Chanel
Bormes les Mimosas with Chanel

I just came back from the loveliest couple of days in the South of France together with Chanel yesterday. My body is completely exhausted after working myself to the bone before leaving and running around all day and staying up until early morning to finish work and edit photos. Phew! But boy it was absolutely worth it. I travelled to Hyères in the South of France to attend the International Fashion & Photography Festival in during a couple of days, which is an event I've always heard lots about but never had the chance to see with my own eyes until now.

After a few rainy days in Paris I can't describe how lovely it was to see both the sun and the sea again. I hope you don't mind me sharing the experience here with you. There were so many beautiful things to capture and so many activities, shoots and events during just a few days – which resulted, as you can see, in an overflow of images. 

Villa Nailles
Villa Nailles
Villa Nailles
Villa Nailles
Villa Nailles
Villa Nailles
Villa Nailles
Villa Nailles
Villa Nailles
Villa Nailles
Villa Nailles
Villa Nailles
Villa Nailles
Villa Nailles
Villa Nailles
Villa Nailles
Villa Nailles

The festival happens every season and this year they organised it for the 32nd time. The festival takes place at Villa Noailles, just outskirts of Hyères and has a view to die for (therefore so many snaps of pretty landscapes – again sorry about that). It's a place to come together, be creative and share a lovely moment together. There's a little bit for everyone I would say, including art, fashion and photography (plus a pretty epic gift shop and coffee truck). A favourite was definitely one of the finalists for the accessory price (look at those incredible glasses) and the photography exhibition by Tim Walker

Another highlight was getting to try out embroidery on our own for the very first time. With none other than the staff from Lesage (remember this?). I can't say that I'll have a future in the craft anytime soon but it was definitely interesting trying it out and by doing so even getting more respect for the profession (if that's even possible). I have to say that the work that goes into the pieces they create is just insane... 

Hyères Festival
Hyères Festival
Hyères Festival
Hyères Festival
Hyères Festival

10 designers were selected to show their collections in Hyères to some of the most important and influential people in the industry. Can you imagine that pressure? It was so exciting and interesting to see so much young talent, crazy ideas and combinations I've never seen before (both good and bad). The show ended with last year's winner, Wataru Tominaga, showing the collection he was able to create together with Lesage (remember when I went there last year for a look behind the scenes of the making of the Chanel Haute Couture collection?). 

Photos by: Ylenia & myself