Jul 28, 2015

Étourdissant Cartier

I haven't felt this speechless in a while in trying to start a blog post. I'm afraid, of course, that my writing won't even begin to do the experience justice. The experience being my whirlwind French Riviera trip to celebrate Cartier's High Jewelry collection, Étourdissant Cartier. My speechlessness is somewhat fitting, given that there is no real word or translation for "étourdissant" in English. It can be loosely translated as something stunning that might blow you away or make you feel dizzy or faint. And that it did. The scenes that passed by me seemed to be straight out of a dreamy world that only live on Pinterest boards and imaginations. What I can do is share with you some moments (which was incredibly hard to narrow down) from those otherworldly 48 hours or so.

Above: Setting the scene – we took countless boat rides and ended up on either beautiful islands or majestic estates.
Below: The site of the jewelry presentation (with over 400 striking pieces) was in a residence with sprawling gardens that led right out to the sea. With all the sapphires (including this head-turner of a piece), emeralds, rubies, onyx, coral, and diamonds (and more!) in one place, I walked through the rooms almost in a daze.

Leave it to Cartier to pull off a surprise helicopter adventure that took us to the top of a mountain where there was champagne and sweets waiting for us, all without a hitch. This was actually my first time in a helicopter and I couldn't have asked for a better way to see the scenery (and stalk the STUNNING homes in the area from the air).

When you think it couldn't possibly get any dreamier, it does. Because a vintage Citroën DS ride to Picasso's last residence where the sun is setting perfectly over the hills is more picturesque than anything I could conjure up in my wildest imagination. I hate to sound braggy, but my god, there's no other way to talk about this setting.

It's truly a treat to experience the level of attention and detail that a house like Cartier puts into everything they do. A big 'Merci' to them for the incredible memories and inspiring adventure.

Jul 22, 2015


I'm back from France but unpacking and repacking for an editorial travel job up in CT for the next few days. I am dying to work on a longer blog post from my trip, but barely have enough hours in a day as it is, so will gently put it on hold for now. I love the recent colors on my Instagram feed so much that I'm so sad to break it and have to start posting sad grey, not so vibrant things again. On the flip side, I've really missed my morning coffee routine (have had way too many terrible, expensive espressos) and am so thankful to have that for a day or two again. After CT, I'm headed to SF for a wedding and a proper west coast trip... already dreaming of the west coast light and Big Sur.

Though I love being on the go constantly, everything has basically exploded over my apartment and I feel like I'm constantly trying to catch up in the interim, and still trying (or failing) to meet the demands of my job. It's a tricky balance and not actually all that fun and games despite the carefreeness that might be portrayed on social media. In the end, it's still incredibly fulfilling and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Jul 15, 2015

Off to the French Riviera

I've been looking forward to this trip for what feels like forever now. It's a quick one, sadly. Two nights in Cannes, and two nights in the Antibes area. Nonetheless, I could not be more excited. I still haven't finished packing (flight is tonight), but instead took a few snaps of the general vibe of my packing (priorities, right?). It's a little tricky since I do have to bring some slightly dressier clothing for the events I'm attending, but I'm still refusing to check a bag; everything must fit in a carry-on.

Since I'm taking a red-eye, I like to be comfortable without looking like a slob. I prefer softer bralettes on these flights, like this one. I always opt for jeans (these are nice and thick with a mid-rise) and any easy top that won't wrinkle. I recently got this hand cream at a friend's recommendation and love the smell and thicker texture. Perfect for flights. This book will be my in-flight and any downtime-on-the-beach read. I was a huge fan of Emma Straub's The Vacationers, so I wanted to try one of her others. Of course, I keep my travel camera (which looks like it's gone down in price a bit), Smythson notebook, and mints with me in my personal bag as well. Still debating which shoes to actually wear on the flight, but it's between these and simple black flats.

I haven't bought a new swimsuit in years. I just don't do the beach/pool/lake whatever thing very often. I thought this was a ripe opportunity to get one that doesn't cause wardrobe malfunctions like my current one does... (learned that the hard way). I happened to find this reversible one-piece at a boutique in Soho just the other day, and found it super comfortable with nice modest coverage. I know I sound like a granny, but I'm just not into the skimpy stuff. This hat might be wishful thinking. Not sure I'll actually be able to fit it in the carry-on. And I just realized the sunscreen rolled over while I shot this; this is what happens when you're racing against sun moving behind clouds and not paying attention. Styling mistakes! I bought these sandals over a year ago and never actually have worn them (again, this goes back to my lack of beachy travels). I do like how simple they are, but wish I had gotten them in a natural/tan color instead. By the way, Matches definitely has the best pries for these, if you are in the market for a pair.

And of course, more stripes. Easy shorts (from my last post). And a worn-up pair of sandals that can handle more beating (newer version here). Though it's pictured here, when I travel I usually don't bring full-size perfume bottles. I'll try to take a tiny vial of whatever it is I want. Now, I should probably actually pack my bag!