July. It’s summer, real summer.
Time is slowing down, I always have a half unpacked bag in my living room and the long days are making me feel like taking my time.
In New York, it’s Summer Fridays season. During the summer, a lot of people don’t have to work on Friday afternoons, which gives everyone a chance to escape the city for the weekend.
For me, giving my team this time allows everyone to recharge their energy and inspiration. A lot of times in interviews, people ask me how I’m able to recharge with such a “packed schedule”. I’m not a big fan of this question. It perpetuates the idea that we can’t exist unless we have an exploding agenda. Often, I explain that besides the fact that I don’t yet have children, I have a whole team working with me. With just a bit of planning, I find plenty of time for myself.
And it’s often during those unplanned moments, when I’m wasting time walking around the city, or spending a weekend in the countryside, or visiting with my friends for more than the typical hour and a half, that something unexpected and real happens.
Summer is my favorite time for that. It’s the time of year when I get to see my family, I take the time to read and waste time. I realize what my true needs are, and, as cheesy as it sounds, I reconnect with myself. I get back to nature – whether it’s the beach, the countryside, or the forest.
I try, as often as possible, to get out of the city.
In the summer, I even have time checking my phone, my Twitter, my Instagram. I have a hard time being “external”. For me, summertime is a dream – a season where time is suspended. It’s a time for imagination and traveling within.
Even though I worked during all my summer vacations as a teenager and a student, I still remember the very long French vacations that lasted almost a month. We had time to really feel like we were on vacation. To finish three books. To sleep as much as we wanted. To truly reset our internal clocks. To get to the point where we were almost excited to go back to school and get back to normal life.
At the Studio, summer is the time when we take a moment to ask each other about our hopes and desires, and about new directions. We have workshops where we get together without paying attention to the time and we let our imaginations run wild. We talk about the past year, the things we are proud of, and things that didn’t work as well. We share our ideas, and we finally get to spend time together.
Because it’s easy to lose sight of each other when we work so much. I consider our team to be like a little family, but I’m realizing how even though we are all in the same space, we can still be in our own worlds. That’s why we love our weekly creative meeting so much.
That’s also why, each summer, we try to plan a few days together in the countryside or by the sea (the advantage of having a small team!) so we can really spend quality time together before September has us in its web and our schedules are exploding all over again.
For me, summertime has always been a dream. It’s an important, timeless moment. But what I love most of all is the people who manage to carry that dream with them and make it a reality throughout the year, like Lucy with her van – and lots of other people who are just as cool and inspirational. We’ll be introducing them to you soon, along with the little ways they’ve rearranged their “reality”.
Because living a dream doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have a lot of money. It’s the desire to let your imagination take over, and to make it come true, little by little. Besides fashion, beauty, and all the various topics we talk to you about every day, that’s really what I want to show you. To me, that’s what it really means to have a glamorous life.
This blog has always been a way for me to show you the things and people who inspire me. They guide me and help me to create my own dreams, and I hope they’ll do the same for you, whether it’s through their style, their jobs, or their art of living.
For me, my dream life would be living close to nature, but still connected to the city, surrounded by friends. A life where I can work like a nomad, but also with a team.
In fact, my dream life would allow me to unify all my contradictions. It sounds complicated when I put it that way, but I’m sure it’s possible!
And the closer I get to my dream, the more I want to share it.
So I’d really like to know – what is your idea of a dream life?
Translated by Andrea Perdue