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A visit to the Vitra Campus (Switzerland)

A visit to the Vitra Campus (Switzerland)

About 16 years ago, I was working for Universal Pictures International when the company started to refurbish the offices. During the renovations, they threw away two brown leather chairs (these). At the time, I wasn’t aware of what they were (Eames Aluminium chairs). I just loved how they looked (beautifully designed) and I thought they would look great with the first ‘grown-up’ piece of furniture I had bought: a Robin Day leather sofa (do you remember when Habitat had it in-store!?) to furnish my flat in Stoke Newington. Little did I know that they were designed by Charles & Ray Eames and produced by Vitra. Since then, I have developed a profound love for Charles & Ray Eames’ designs and consequently for Vitra so I was super excited to fly to a two-day press trip to the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, just outside Basel, Switzerland, which turned out to be pretty full on, very tiring but also very inspiring and interesting. I’m sure most of you have heard of Vitra and Charles & Ray Eames but you …

Collective Soul & Nouvelle Vague in Hossegor

Collective Soul & Nouvelle Vague in Hossegor

There are a few shops I always take great pleasure in visiting when I’m in Hossegor such as Bensimon-Home Autour du Monde which has a great selection of fashion & home accessories, Billabong because I love everything they do and their latest Warhol surf collection is awesome, and of course Collective Soul which remains my favourite concept store. I first discovered Collective Soul when they opened two years ago (see first post here). Last May, Valerie, Founder of the Collective Soul started sharing her wonderful creative space with Bérengère an Interior Designer who also runs Nouvelle Vague, an interior design shop, so I thought I would show you the new set up for your next visit in Hossegor ;-) Since Nouvelle Vague opened in May, the collection is quite small but the shop has some lovely pieces to create a boho, relaxed, carefree look at home like this white cotton chair and black stools by Madame Stoltz, some beautiful boucherite rugs and nice mirrors and everything fits nicely with Collective Soul’s collection. On the Collective Soul front, Valerie offers …

Grand Pigalle Hotel, Paris

Grand Pigalle Hotel in Paris

I usually stay with my sister when I go to Paris but last week I spent one night with my friend Catherine at the Grand Pigalle Hotel. I hadn’t spent some time in Pigalle since I moved to London 19 years ago so needless to say that the area had changed a lot. South Pigalle (now called SoPi by hipsters) is a great district that has a lot to offer.

A wonderful & inspiring back garden

A wonderful & fun boat trip to the Cap-Ferret

Two days ago, Mila and I took the boat to spend the day with Catherine who was staying with friends in the Cap-Ferret. Taking a boat trip to the Cap-Ferret for the day is one of my favourite thing when I’m in the Bay of Arcachon. It feels like a mini adventure and it’s a really nice way to spend the day and do something completely different. You can get a ride from Le Moulleau, Pyla or Arcachon and crossings varies between 20 min and an hour and will drop you at different spots on the island. 

Practical tips when travelling with kids to Barcelona

Travelling with kids to Barcelona

If you’re travelling with children this Summer and are looking for a sunny place with great kids facilities, private beach, top-notch customer service, a gorgeous spa and the chance to combine great food with culture,  I just have the place for you!

10 of the coolest beach bars in the Bay of Arcachon

7 of the coolest beach bars in Arcachon

We are enjoying the most gorgeous weather at the moment and spent last weekend at the beach going from one bar to another to make the day lasts longer. If you are planning to come to this side of the world, here are the coolest beach bars in the Bay of Arcachon where we love to hang out. I have listed 7 (all kids friendly), one to try every night of the week…Enjoy!

Travelling to l'ile de Ré, France

Travelling to l’ile de Ré

Last week I joined a blog trip at the last minute. One of the Bloggers couldn’t make it and Eve from Minireyve kindly suggested my name. I wasn’t planning to travel again so soon, given I had just been back from a press trip in Spain which was great but very tiring. I was indeed looking forward to some down-time, to eat better and stick to my running programme but I love l’ile de Ré and I hadn’t been there for a very long time so I thought…carpe diem. We have one life and this year, I want to live mine to the full and seize whatever opportunities that come my way.

Elodie's gorgeous & cosy Parisian flat

Elodie’s gorgeous Parisian flat

A couple of weeks ago, fresh from returning from San-Francisco, I then headed to Paris to take back my niece Lily after she had spent the holidays with us in the Bay of Arcachon. While I’m still finding my marks, this not so planned ‘gap year’ in France has been fantastic to see more of my family and old friends. I love staying in my sister’s flat. It is such a cosy, beautiful space with a real feel-good, happy vibe to it yet, the happy vibe was not a given…