Mission Statement, Hilary Swank’s new line of clothing, is genius. I won’t use the term “Athleisure,” as I think MS is on to something a little different. Yes, you can wear pieces to yoga, work out, the VC meeting, or when you grab that cup of matcha to discuss all of the above. Here’s the thing: you will look chic and feel comfortable. Really. Here’s Swank in her own words, “As part of my design process, I wanted to create elegant clothes that embody and nurture that higher purpose: clothes that allow you to find that perfect balance of movement while working out, in the office, resting or playing.” Need I say more? Oh, they are great for travel! Stand out pieces for me are:
All pieces of the CLOUD line are made from fine gauge jersey with a hint of cashmere. These shirts are perfect layering pieces!
The VA VA VOOM Pants. Napa leather leggings with cut line below the knee for easy movement. Hand washable. Can these be part of my uniform? Love.
The MICRO LIGHT JACKET is wind- and water-resistant with a matte finish and slim cut. Great to wear on the plane or roll it up and throw in your carry-on.
The collection is well-thought out and SO SO SO wearable. I love the energy that Swank and her creative team are putting out there. More please!
Yoga Journal just came out with their list of fantastic yoga retreats for 2017. I will share more, but thought I would start with this one to Baja, Mexico! Here’s YJ’s information:
“Purple Dot Yoga Project with Liz Arch
Where: Baja, Mexico
When: March 25–April 1, 2017
Looking for a way to give back? Sign up for Liz Arch’s Baja retreat. Proceeds will benefit Purple Dot Yoga Project, an organization aimed at raising awareness about domestic violence through yoga. Then enjoy ocean-front eco-lux accommodations and specialty workshops focusing on challenge poses like the inversions and arm balances that have been eluding you.
From $2,095, Thetravelyogi.com
Can’t make it? Practice with Liz Arch in our Challenge Poses online course.”
Spa My Blend by Clarins
Although I don’t get them often, I love a good facial. When I lived in New York City, I was a devotée of Christine Chin. She is a formidable, tell-it-like-it-is (“Oh, does it sting? Good! Beauty is torture!”), skin genius. Period. It’s taken me awhile to find a new place, but I think I just struck gold with the Spa My Blend by Clarins at the Royal Monceau hotel. The design is a sea of white lacquer and mirrored furniture. With so much stimulus hitting us from every direction these days, the minimalism felt clean, crisp and oddly soothing. Plus, I loved the beautiful fresh juices and treats to sample pre-appointment. My therapist, Marine, was a true delight and the real deal. Professional skin diagnosis, an incredible custom protocol for my skin (hence the name, “Spa My Blend“), and (when has this EVER happened) on top of a fantastic facial, the treatment included a hot stone massage for my neck and shoulders. Oh, a hand and and foot massage as well. When the treatment was over… a salted caramel macaron was waiting for me. Hello? God, I felt great.
There are moments as an expat when you love where you live, like where you live, feel like a fish out of water or just want to go home. By the way, these moods can all happen in one day. What helps tip the scale more to love is when you start to have your “network” going. Your friend tribe, your butcher, the fabulous lady you buy your flowers from, your fish monger, your “bio coop,” and on and on. Spa My Blend is officially part of the network. Expats in Paris: what gems are in your network?
Spa My Blend by Clarins, Royal Monceau Paris