LV Cruise in Japan

Kyoto

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When travelling so intensely it's almost difficult to really understand what you actually get to experience... The Louis Vuitton Cruise show in Japan is a great example for something like this. When I think back at this experience it's almost like a blurry, sparkly fog in my brain... Everything happened so quickly and was so magnificent that it was almost impossible to let it all sink in. Can you believe that they actually managed to have their Cruise show at a museum, nestled among the Japanese mountains outside of Kyoto? I got chills and goosebumps all over when walking into this venue and the only thing I could hear was the iconic Louis Vuitton show music along with little birds singing among the trees. It's so hard to describe this experience and I don't even think photos does it all justice... But it was an experience I will remember forever (including the dinner including real geishas afterwards). You can see more moments from the show right here. Thank you again Louis Vuitton for having me, this was just unreal. 

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Welcome to Kyoto

Louis Vuitton in Kyoto
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After a wonderful time in Los Angeles, we jetted off to Japan. Kyoto to be a bit more precise. This was my first ever taste of Japan as I've never ever been before but I can hopefully say that it won't be my last. This place and country is one that has intrigued me forever and I can't believe I've finally seen it with my own eyes now. Ever since I read the book Memoirs of a Geisha as a teenager (I know, a bit of a cliché but still!) I've been wanting to experience this place and its rich history. Even though we only had three days in Japan (insert happy sweating emoji right here 😅) Louis Vuitton – who I was there together with – definitely made sure that we got to experience as much as we possibly could. Hopefully you guys followed along through Instagram Stories during this time because it was really something special... One of the places we got to visit was the place you can see above, called the Golden Temple (also known as Kinkaku-Ji) and let's just say that even though we arrived around 8/9am in the morning this place was busier than the Parisian metro usually is around 5pm when everyone is ready to head home from work (insert another happy sweating emoji right here). 

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Dior Sauvage

Dior in LA

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To end our amazing trip to Los Angeles I attended the Dior Cruise show, which took place among the mountains outside of Calabasas. First of all, I had no idea that nature like this excited just a short trip away from the centre of Los Angeles. Secondly, I've never seen anything like this in my life. After attending two previous Cruise shows by Dior (my first ever right here and the second one last year in London), I definitely know that the brand puts on a show like nobody else and has an eye for detail that I'm constantly in awe of, but never did I think that they would pull something like this off. It was like stepping into a dream. In the middle of a field. In the middle of the mountains. 

The models started walking the second the sun started to set and everything just timed out perfectly as Rihanna made her way through the crowds and the dust to take her seat. The view was something out of this world and every single piece just went so well with the nature around us. Once the final model stepped off the "runway" (more like road of sand and dirt) the sun had set over the mountains and quickly after serving us delicious fries, Solange took the stage and all of a sudden you're in a star studded concert in the middle of nowhere. Yes, definitely another pinch-worthy moment. 

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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.

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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?

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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.

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