Just had one of the most beautiful, luxurious, and enjoyable weeks I’ve had in a very very long time. To be honest this year has been one of the hardest years of my life. Moving my entire life, my kids, and my business, across the country by myself to a place where I have little to no support was challenging. It caused me to be an even bigger and less balanced workaholic than I was back in NYC, none of which is healthy. My boyfriend’s cancer diagnosis hit me hard, both mentally and emotionally, coupled with a series of fires within my business, ranging between extremely significant to minor that all ultimately took its toll on my mental wellbeing, my body, and my attitude. Step one to making change is being aware that the change needs to be made. I officially consider myself ahead of the game.
That being said, five weeks without my children this summer (a term in my divorce agreement that was part of the stipulation allowing me to move to Florida) left me with a lot of time to think about the problems I need to fix in my life. I need to be healthier, eat better, sleep more, and do all the amazing things that life has to offer other than my work and children. I need more time with my friends and time for leisurely activities, perhaps exercise. All of this led me to Saint Tropez, with a good friend and crew of four other people that I never met. When I tell you the amount of fun I had… I was hanging out with five amazing adults, some two decades older than me, and I couldn’t keep up. I felt like I was back in college, freshman week style. I had the privilege of being tequila and sun drunk on the beach of LVMH’s esteemed Cheval Blanc St Tropez property, ate two lunches at the famed Le Club 55 (see itinerary below), a lunch at Byblos Beach, a lunch at La Reserve, a boat chartered at Cheval Blanc to Nikki Beach for an extended group party, a hilarious and beautiful dinner at Le BanH Hoi, fun dancing at La Quai with my new friends and my old and dear friends who visited me from Geneva at La Plage, a dinner solo (after the rest of the crew passed out from too much day fun, but I had an 8:45 pm call with New York so I had to control my drinking that day). I ran around town photographing the Mediterranean views during sunset, the world’s most beautiful yachts, and people watching in the ultimate place there is to people watch: Saint Tropez. Most days I was up at least three hours before every other human being, so I would have the incredible experience of half sleeping, half working, alone on the beach, on a lounge chair, in a bikini, in the sun, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
With the beauty of the south of France’s landscape in the background, coupled with the magnificence of the Cheval Blanc architecture, it was my definition of heaven on Earth. A combination of alone time, plus time with new friends, good food, beach clubs, lunches, dinners, all sprinkled with more tequila in between led to a lot of amazing experiences, new friendships and unforgettable memories. As you know I derive most of my design inspo from travels, be it the scenery, architecture, food, and culture, so preview my visual diary here. I’m thinking of launching my photography as an entirely new body of work one day. What do you think? Would you love to order my photos at a more affordable price point? Drop a comment below. Welcome to Saint Tropez!