I’m pretty sure everyone knows by now, I moved to Los Angeles – Venice to be precise, and my life now looks nothing like what it was in New York. The weather is always beautiful, I spend my life on my bike, I go to the beach when I need to recharge, and I work from home, which means I can organize my days however I like, more or less, and I tend to work in cafes a lot.
But of course, there’s no such thing as a perfect life. Working remotely is just about as stressful as working in the studio. The time difference makes things a little complicated. And moving also means finding a house and, in the meantime, living (in our case) in a bungalow that’s super charming but tiny, so it’s definitely testing the limits of our relationship and how much clothing we can keep in storage until it’s finally time to unpack our boxes.
That’s why lately, I’ve decided to dress super simply. Lots of basics, lots of jeans, t-shirts, blouses – things that are easy to mix and match, wash and wear again. It’s the perfect time to try out Sézane’s new line of jeans – they’re great, with well-defined styles, and I can wear them and re-wear them forever, for all different kinds of moments in my life. Moments like…
1. Green juice early in the morning.
A funny thing here is, people get up early. It’s not unusual to meet a friend for breakfast at 8am sharp, or to go to a class at Love Yoga at 7am. Since I’ve always been an early riser, I love that.
2. Work at Superba.
I love Cafe Superba. I can work there while sipping on a Golden Latte (a latte made from almond milk and turmeric, it’s delicious and apparently super healthy). It’s super close to where I live, and well, the only real problem is the giant pastries staring at me, and sometimes I have a hard time resisting them.
4. It’s not our car, it belongs to a friend, but I secretly want a beautiful vintage car like this gorgeous Bronco. Having a car changed our lives. We do tons of things now. We go skiing (only two hours away from LA) last minute, we go watch the sunset in Malibu, and, the crazy thing is, we can run lots of errands without having to wonder how we’re going to get everything back to the house (a little problem in New York life). The first time we filled our trunk with awesome groceries, we were so happy with ourselves, we took photos to send to our parents. It’s the little things…
5. My bike, my life. Being able to ride my bike around is the reason I chose Venice (and for Chris, it was being close to the ocean and being able to surf whenever he wanted) – even though I love driving, there’s nothing better than riding around on the big empty streets under the palm trees… And in Venice, with a bike, nothing is too far. My favorite cafes, the ocean, my spin class (yep, I go to spin class on my bike :)) and also, the beautiful canals, where there’s nothing else to do but admire the little houses next to the water.
6. Sometimes, I go out – I’m learning that LA is super social, there are dinners and things to do every night! That said, the dress code is a lot more relaxed.
7. The ocean. I’m from the Mediterranean, so nothing can ever replace the clap-clap sound of the little waves in Corsica, but the Pacific Ocean is truly sublime, bright and powerful. We go often, whether it’s a big bike ride on the path that stretches from Venice to Pacific Palisades, or to go watch Chris surf, or just to go see what’s happening, because Venice is more than just a beach, it’s a real theater!
When I have a long work day and I start to feel stressed, I put my headphones on and go for a walk on the beach.
There’s nothing better for making the stress melt away, and finding myself again.