Firstly I'd like to wish all visit to my website and clients a Happy New Year!
I'm really excited about 2017 and the months ahead. Last year was quite a big transitional year, I moved to the French Riviera and starting developing Native Native in the South of France. I also worked with some great clients on events in Paris as well as some fascinating location scouting projects.
2016 ended on a high with a shoot before Christmas in collaboration with the talented photographer Maya Marechal and Julie and Jessica, the wonderful founders of Save the Deco. I can't wait to share some of the photos with you but here's a behind the scenes snapshot of the cocktail menu for our New Year's Eve party.
So as we welcome in 2017 I've started thinking about some goals that I'd like to achieve this year...
I'm looking forward to more creative ventures and collaborations with other creatives and owners of small businesses like myself. One of the goals of this year is to do more of the work I enjoy, it may sound obvious but it has taken me this long to realise that it's essential to living a happy life and being more fulfilled!
I'm also planning to develop my photography skills this year. I find the light and the beautiful villages and landscape on the French Riviera so inspiring that I want to continue to enjoy discovering new places in the region. Instead of making New Year's Resolutions I've decided to make a bucket list of places to visit.
Here are some of my favourite places I visited last year on the French Riviera to inspire you, I highly recommend them if you're in the area!
1. Saint-Paul de Vence - every time I visit this quaint village it feels like I'm in a time warp and back in the Belle Epoque (I'm not even joking).
2. Château de la Napoule - this has to be one of the most beautiful residences on the coast, the Château is architecturally stunning and its terrace has a 180 degree view of the sea which is literally breathtaking. I was lucky enough to be given a tour by the Director when it was closed to the public.
3. Cap d'Ail - Plage Cap Fleuri is slightly off the beaten track and a bit more chilled out than other packed beaches on the French Riviera during the summer. You can really enjoy the tranquility of the sea and the blueness of the sea is quite remarkable.
4. Île de Lérins - these two islands are like something from the Caribbean. You hop on a boat at Cannes and can spend the day exploring the little coves and crystal clear water. The best time to go is in the autumn and Spring to avoid the crowds, there are also some great surf spots around the islands.
5. Antibes - Plage de la Gravette is by far the best beach in Antibes and is a great place to enjoy the pastel pink sunsets. It's also amazing to see keen swimmers having a dip on sunny days during the winter months without a wetsuit!
You can check out some of the places I've visited so far on Instagram. This week you can follow my 'Week of Wanderlust' inspired by the French Riviera to combat the January Blues feeling after the Christmas break.
Which destinations are on your bucket list for this year?