28 days of fun, 28 days of sun, 28 days of catching up with friends, 28 days of partying, 28 days of little sleep but the best 28 days e-v-e-r.
As I was finalising my Hamptons photo album online (the idea that I hadnʼt done it since last Summer was driving me crazy! I had to to do it before I was embarking on the Summer of 2013) I was silently wishing I was going back to the Hamptons for another chilled, quiet, stress free Summer.
It was my son Oscar who suggested he wanted to go to Ibiza as he had never “consciously been” (he went the first time when he was two years old and I was seven months pregnant with his brother Arthur). A lot of his friends were there and he wanted to go there instead of the Hamptons, which he had liked but as he put it "thanks mom, loved it, but I feel like a change this year”. So Ibiza it is...
After the hell of packing for myself (am I taking too many 'dressy' dresses? How many shoes do I really need? Kids stuff (waaaayyyyyy too much) and carefully packing my “Wholefoods on wheels” suitcase as I have just come back from my pre-Summer Thailand detox and am still in full 'health' mode… I am ready to go.
Ibiza has many sides to it, some never go out and some go out. The energy on the island is just one of a kind. It is renowned for it and for the first time I truly get it. I have been going for the past 10 years on and off. Sometimes for quiet times, sometimes for party times. And this time I did it all. And the energy has kept me going, truly.
Es Vedra is said to be the third most magnetic spot in the world after the Bermuda Triangle and the North Pole.
And also said to be the tip of the sunken civilization, Atlantis, known also to have positive healing and for its inspiring creative energy.
The kids were in heaven with so many of their friends on the island.
But let’s talk fashion. Well anything goes in Ibiza. Some people go for dinner in flats and cut off shorts and some wear long hippie dresses. Or sexy little dresses and high heels for the clubs. But not all the clubs have the same clientele. My favourite DC10 is soooo coool. It is not for everyone - warning sign! Full of cool boys and cool girls. Very underground, I felt like I was in a Vanity Fair spread. And the DJ line up, well simply the best and coolest. Fell in love (or in trance more) with The Martinez Brothers - cool DJs from California.
So what does one wear there? I went for something that could not go wrong: Isabel Marant suede mini skirt and a t-shirt and Chloe wedges with a bit of cool jewellery (all Rosa de la Cruz).
Another night I repeated a similar look with a chiffon Isabel Marant mini with another t-shirt and Marant belt. Tres rock chic. Lots of the girls there wear cut off denim shorts with little bandeau or cropped tops and wedges or sneakers. Ditto for Amnesia, same kind of look or a bit dressier.
Pacha is dressier for sure, more commercial so attracts different people.
Ushuaia, another favourite because it has a great line-up, and is open air, starts at 8pm and finishes at midnight, and is also pretty casual. I had the best night with a group of us there when we went to see the last one standing of the former Swedish House Mafia, Sebastien Ingrosso. What a blast we had!
For dinner: well at Cipriani you see it all. The super super super mini with the longest legs e-v-e-r. But you see sequins (not for me), mini leather skirts with short cropped top as my girlfriend Claudia was wearing (super cool, chic and sexy). Or Alaia but the short, fun kind.
I wore my new Versace a bit and it was fun and perfect for Ibiza. Other outfits were black mini leather skirts with Saint Laurent grey t-shirt (the best £250 ever spent on a t-shirt! perfect cut and perfect fit), black leather Alexander Wang dress, Mini Neil Barrett black leather skirt with Alexander Wang t-shirt. I wore my black suede Jimmy Choo ankle open toe booties the most as well as my (old) Balenciaga gladiator heels.
These outfits old and new with weekly blow dried iron straight hair (think Jane Birkin 60s hippie look) were easy, effortless and sexy.
For the beach, the new Agent Provocateur black zipped bikini was fab as well as my Lisa Marie Fernandez pieces. Everyone commented on my pink terry one which was very 70s.
I love LMFʼs pieces, the cut is not always great so it all depends on how skinny you feel when you wear them! But otherwise it's a cool brand.
For the beach I mostly lived in my Jens Pirate Booty pieces and I bought a lot of new pieces at my favourite beach shop in the word Shanti which is owned by the lovely (and fellow Belgian) Chantal which is located on Blue Marlin beach.
I have bought from Chantal for ten years now and she has the best selection of sexy, fresh and cool beachwear. I bought more Jens Pirate Booty pieces and two super cool bikinis from a new Mexican brand called Coco Safari.
It was easy and hard to leave Ibiza. Easy because I was beyond exhausted and hard because it was the best four weeks ever but the Summer is not over yet and I shall return and put my dancing shoes back on!