Spring has sprung

Time to get my legs out!

I am very much a summer person, so as soon as the first signs of spring start showing themselves, I immediately feel better, brighter and more energetic. And now it feels like finally we’re emerging from the cold winter as the sun is shining, the weather is heating up, the flowers are blooming everywhere… spring has sprung! There’s no place more beautiful than Ibiza in the springtime and I can’t wait to get back to the island and experience it next week.

My first ever trip to Ibiza was at this time of year actually, around Easter at the time the seasons started to change in 1996. I remember coming to the island with my best friend Valeria – we were so excited to get here and spend time by the seaside, but we were quite shocked to discover it was still cold, even though the sun was shining. We spent ten days driving up and down the island on a little bike and I was freezing the whole time because I had packed as if I was going to the Maldives! But I really loved that trip, because it’s when I truly fell in love with Ibiza…

There is an old saying that Ibiza either attracts you or rejects you. It has always attracted me and I feel like we have been in a long-distance relationship together for over 20 years. There have been times when I might have cheated on the island – sometimes I think I can go and live somewhere else, but my love for Ibiza always brings me back – but it has never cheated on me. It’s always here for me. It’s like my rock – a big, Es Vedra shaped rock in the Mediterranean!

Ibiza is where I found my true essence. It’s the place where I have made some of my biggest life decisions; it’s a place where I can find the relief I need and a place where I am constantly inspired. It is restorative for me. For example, it was in Ibiza that I decided I didn’t want to be a psychologist, and it gave me the space and time to start designing fashion. It was here on the island I decided to go away and start my own brand in London. And it was at the Space Ibiza Closing Party in 2016 that I realised I wanted to stop selling my bags at Fashion Week and start selling independently, which is one of the best decisions I ever made. Most importantly, Ibiza is also the place I conceived my greatest creation… my daughter Mia!

The fact is, I feel so free here. Even the way I dress changes when I touch down in Ibiza – I start dressing like I am in love. I wear all the same clothes I usually wear every day, but I style them differently, I wear different combinations and come up with new ideas. It’s dressing from the heart, and dressing for myself. Right now, I am looking forward to dressing for summer – it’s time to get my legs out! These days, I don’t stress with crazy diets or anything before summer – that kind of thing is for when you’re in your 20’s (though I do find the time to get my legs waxed of course!). I am totally happy with who I am. I’ve found my balance.

I feel like I am returning to my origins this spring, returning to Ibiza at the same time as I discovered it so many years ago. Only this time, I am putting down roots. If you’ve been reading my blogs, you’ll know we’re busy getting ready to open my shop and right now I am controlling the project from abroad… like another long-distance relationship! We’re planning a soft opening at BB’s Temple on Thursday March 29, 2018 (keep your eyes on my Instagram for the exact details and please pass by!), just in time for the Easter holiday period.

At Easter, the mood in Ibiza feels so true and authentic. It’s less touristic, and the kind of people who come to the island also have a good relationship with Ibiza (our polyamorous lover!) and everyone is full of ideas and excited to start new projects. You get a real sense that the season is about to begin. It’s impossible not to get caught up in the vibe. It’s come around so quickly – I haven’t even found a home for the summer yet! But I know home is where the heart is, and my heart will always be in Ibiza. My darling island, I’ll be home soon…