Pyrénées, France

Vanessa Seward, Designer

WHAT I'M PACKING...

Cotton jumpsuits and playsuits from APC, strapless bikinis from ERES, and a Nina Ricci vintage white jersey jumpsuit and my gold costume jewelry for the evening.

DURING THE DAY I WILL...

Go to the market, cook, go for walks with my daughter (all exotic, domestic things I never do in Paris!). There are also great hikes and I sometimes go canoeing with friends.

AT NIGHT I WILL...

See friends, catch up with all the movies we missed during the year, sit in our garden facing the mountains and look at the stars!

SUMMER COCKTAIL...

Pimm's with lemonade

GAME I LIKE TO PLAY...

I like organizing croquet tea parties in our garden with my neighbours! I even prepare cakes and cucumber sandwiches.

SUMMER GROOMING TIP...

A Panama hat for the day — folds easily and fits in any bag, protects you from the sun and gives an elegant and cool look. For the evening, Serum de Soie from Leonor Greyl and hot travel curlers and I look like I stepped out of the hairdresser.

TRAVEL TIP...

Always carry a small jar of Smith's Rosebud Salve— great for lips and skin, diaper rash, blemishes, cuticles and hands. Another essential is a little notebook — for new contacts, thoughts, quick sketches and new recipes.

SECRET ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW...

Everybody seems to have more time over there to calculate 60% more of the expected wait time when you go shopping especially at the pharmacy.

ON MY SUMMER PLAYLIST...

"This Summer Night" Robert Wyatt and Bertrand Burgalat.