Off the Beaten Path in Saint Tropez with cShashona
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Favorite Luxury Hotel on the French Riviera and Why?
The Althoff Villa Belrose. Nobody does elegance quite like the French, and this 5-Star hotel is the perfect chic beach escape. The vista is an experience unto itself, with the Cote D’Azur in the background, and where the fresh sea air invigorates your body, mind and soul. It doesn’t hurt they make the best champagne cocktail, which I like to sip while dipping my toes in the expansive swimming pool. The charming winding streets of Saint Tropez are just a stone’s throw away where you can shop and have a light afternoon lunch with a paramour.
What are the sights and sounds that inspire you as an Artist?
The romance of the beaches where the unexpected always happens. I’ve seen pop-up fashion shows with women modeling fur coats under the quintessential Saint Tropez orange beach umbrellas, and have been lucky enough to catch live music. The attitude is very laissez- faire, where anything goes – don’t take life so seriously.
Traveling to Saint Tropez inspired my French Connection and Free Spirit jewelry collections. One of my favorite pieces is my Epris Bleu and Noir Necklace, designed with an elegant octopus, which captures the spirit of creativity, illuminating the hidden powers within each of us. Beauty of the sea—captures the eternal essence—a fantasy gracefully shimmers the neck with gems – a composition of symmetry offering abundance and blessings to the wearer.
What did you learn from spending time with the locals?
That’s easy: Live well, Eat well, Enjoy Life! The trick is to take that philosophy home with you.
What’s your go-to signature look while traveling here?
When I first went to Saint Tropez many years ago, it was the first time I saw women wearing high-end jewelry with their bikinis – on the beach! It taught me you can be elegant and fashionable in any setting, and that diamonds are the perfect complement to a day at the beach.
Spending time on the French Riviera opened my eyes to the pleasure of simply cooked food. My favorite local dish is a fresh grilled piece of fish with vegetables.
Celebrities like Jay-Z and Beyonce, Leonardo DiCaprio and Serena Williams come to Saint Tropez on their enormous yachts, which are actually too big to pull into the harbor. While impressive, my favorite memory is seeing the elegant 257-foot Revson yacht, owned by Charles Revson, the founder of Revlon cosmetics. What most impressed me the most was how particular he was with the staff, who were all the same height and dressed in tailored crisp uniforms. This is the ultimate in high-society style.
Cook in Style with cShashona:
Experience the South of France at home wearing my Epris Bleu and Noir Necklace while preparing my Marseille- style Roasted Red Snapper.
cShashona’s Roasted Red Snapper Marseille Style Recipe:
1 whole red snapper
Salt & pepper
1 Sprig rosemary
1 stalk fennel
1 cup of white wine
Salt & pepper rosemary and fennel
In a skillet heat oil and add fish
Cook 4 minutes on each side
Place fennel inside fish
Place pan in preheated over (350) for 20 minutes
Serve with lemon, a drizzle of olive oil and parsley for garnish.