July 22, 2014
Photography by Christopher Santos
As promised, I’m going into a bit of detail about my trip to Vichy with sisterMAG . Now, you already know I fell in love with the city of Vichy, but I also fell in love with the product itself. Why you ask? Well, for starters, I have always been a big supporter of premium cosmetics companies that are actually worth spending the money on – Vichy is one of those brands, and to be honest I really had no idea before this trip.
A little history: The city is surrounded by volcanic activity, which is the direct cause for many of the thermal springs that exist in and around Vichy. This thermal water is the only water used in the products’ formulas.
So, what’s so good about that? Hot spring water contains 15 natural minerals + antioxidants that are absolutely amazing for any woman’s skin! This is something that science can’t recreate, and I love when mother nature takes the spotlight. The spring water is not only used in products, but the whole city drinks it, baths in it, and cooks with it… yes, I tried a water sorbet.
We were lucky enough to stay at the Vichy Spa Hotel Les Célestins, which I highly recommend staying at if you ever need a spa vacation in the countryside of France. Le sigh, don’t we all! I was able to experience a Vichy thermal bath treatment and a skin consultation that consisted of the most amazing facial ever. I swear my skin is still glowing and I now have a full range of products to use in my daily skincare routine. You know I don’t discuss anything but the truth on Not Your Standard, so believe me when I say I’m in love with this brand.
A big thank you to sisterMAG and Vichy for being the best hosts!
July 21, 2014
Top: Few Moda
Bag: Zara (coveting this one)
Sunglasses: Elizabeth & James
Photography by: Christopher Santos
I’m back from my trip to Vichy, France and feel completely refreshed and inspired. The lovely team at Vichy and sisterMAG hosted five of us bloggers for the past few days in one of the most beautiful small towns I’ve ever seen. Before this trip I had no idea that Vichy products were actually named and came from their own city. I’ve learned so much about their amazing thermal spring water-based products and can’t wait to share the details. I will dive further into all that in tomorrow’s post, but for now here is my day 1 outfit from my trip. Besides being pleasantly surprised by the attentiveness the Vichy brand places on all their products and ingredients, I was even more surprised at what a charming city Vichy is! I fell completely in love with this small town — it was breathtaking while still remaining quaint and charming. I’m looking forward to showing you much more of my trip throughout the week.
July 17, 2014
Every time I go to Paris, I fall in love with the city all over again. You look around and think, the French really got it right. I was only in Paris for a few hours and we made one very important stop: Ladurée, of course! They are known for their macarons, but to me what really stands out is the beautiful branding of this pastry shop. No detail is left unnoticed, and it truly feels like you stepped back to something very Marie Antoinette!
My next stop was the beautiful town of Vichy for an amazing two days of spa treatments and to learn about one of the world’s most iconic beauty brands with the sisterMAG team. More to come on that later! In the meantime, you can follow along on Instagram.
July 16, 2014
Tee: COS (similar here)
Shorts: Vintage Levis (love these here)
Shoes: & Other Stories (similar here)
Hat: KaDeWe (similar here)
Watch: Larsson & Jennings
Sunglasses: Elizabeth & James
I’m off to France today, so naturally I found it fitting to wear some stripes on the blog. I’ll be spending a few hours in Paris before heading to Vichy by train to learn about and immerse myself in one of the world’s most iconic beauty brands. I’ve been told thermal spa water from the town’s hot springs is the only water source used in Vichy products, so I can’t wait to see the process and take in the experience first-hand. I’m really looking forward to escaping the city for these few days and will keep you updated through my Instagram!
July 15, 2014
I’m off to France early tomorrow morning with SisterMag to learn all about the origin of one of my favourite skin care products, Vichy. I would like to think of myself as a fairly organized person, which is why I tend to get everything for my flight ready and laid out a day or two before departure. Let’s start off with my carry-on essentials:
1. Porter magazine - I’m quite picky with what magazines I will spend my money on. Porter Magazine has quickly become my new favourite — well-written articles, interviews with inspirational businesswomen, fashion and lifestyle.
2. Sleeping mask – because you can shut off from the world and that horrible plane lighting.
3. iPhone + Frends headphones – good music, good vibes!
4. Healthy snack – there is nothing I hate more than airport and airplane food. Since my flight from Berlin to France is just a short one, I just packed a light snack consisting of dried dates, golden berries and walnuts.
5. L:a Bruket hand cream – my skin gets so dry when flying, so I’m constantly putting on creams to keep my skin happy.
6. #GIRLBOSS- my new favourite business book! I’m halfway through and I’m absolutely loving the inspiration and raw truth that Sophia Amoruso (Founder of NastyGal) shares with us.
7. Blush + Mac Bronze Bronzer – for quick touch-ups without having to carry around your entire makeup bag.
8. Half n Half Mac Lipstick – my favourite everyday lipstick. Neutral and soft.
9. Glass Water Bottle - stay hydrated! It’s so easy to forget to drink water when travelling, but I find this to be one of my biggest essentials.
And now for the outfit part. I like to travel casual, as I’m assuming most do, but that doesn’t mean yoga pants, sweat pants, or any kind of activewear that could be worn at the gym. It’s easy to be comfortable while still looking chic; I opt for skinny jeans, a striped tee, comfortable bra, Nikes and a good hat to hide any early morning imperfections.
Shop my travel essentials here: