While some girls are content with simply being the belle-of-the-ball, Clare Vivier has a far better title: belle-of-the-bag. Here, she talks to us about how she entertains herself during long flights, her favorite childhood travel memory, and her dream of a ‘tennis’ vacation.
How often do you travel?
I end up traveling for work all the time–usually it ends up being around twice a month. During the summer, when my son’s off from school, we always take an extended trip to France, where my husband is from.
Favorite destinations to travel to?
Paris, Tokyo and the Yucatan in Mexico.
What brand of luggage do you use?
Rimowa. It’s expensive but, if you travel a lot it’s sooo worth it.
What brand of carry-on do you use?
What brand of camera do you use for travel?
Aisle or window?
An aisle seat so I can get up and down as often as I’d like.
Preferred in-flight beverage?
Sparkling water with a lime, but if I feel like living on the edge, I’ll have a red wine (risky because a headache may ensue).
How do you entertain yourself at 35,000 feet?
Gogo InFlight is my friend on domestic flights so I can be online and work, but I definitely watch movies when I can. I also bring too many of the latest issues of my favorite magazines–from Paris Vogue to L’Officiel Hommes.
What’s your go-to uniform for the plane?
I try to find a balance between comfort and chic. I appreciate when people look nice for travel. I always have a big cashmere scarf with me to keep warm when the plane cools down. I’ll wear jeans and a button down shirt, and some Birks. Then I’ll stuff a cozy sweater and a pair of socks for once I get on the plane.
What are the travel essentials you never leave home without?
My laptop (a MacBook Air–lightness is key), Beats by Dre headphones, and an eye mask.
How do you deal with jet lag?
The eye mask and ear plugs definitely help. I also stock up on Donormyl when I’m in France (which you can buy over the counter there). It really helps me sleep 8 hours when I arrive somewhere.
Favorite items to order from room service?
For as much traveling as I do, I don’t really indulge in a lot of room service. But I will order soup, if I arrive late at night.
What beauty essentials do you travel with?
I usually bring Decleor cleansing milk with me, which is really gentle, and I love how nourishing Decleor’s Aroma Night Balm is on my skin when traveling. On the plane I always have Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm and Kjaer Weis lip tint in Romance to give me a little bit of color for when I land.
What are your favorite clothing & accessories to pack?
My Marni short sleeve duster, which is really the perfect length and great for any season, my Birkenstocks, and a comfortable heel. I’ve been wearing my gray Avril Gau stacked heel sandals a lot this season. I bought them on my last trip to Paris at Le Bon Marché–they’re just perfect.
Are you an overpacker or underpacker?
I don’t want to brag, but, ahem, I am actually a pretty precise packer.
Have you ever had a travel disaster?
When I arrived in New York with my son and left my wallet on the plane. I didn’t realize it until we were about to exit the airport and couldn’t get back through the terminal to retrieve it – no cash, credit cards or identification – real nice.
Favorite find/souvenir from your travels?
I picked up a few great pieces of clothing in Seoul when I was traveling through Korea a few months ago. And I always find great shoes in Paris.
Favorite childhood memory of traveling?
Going to New York for the first time when I was 13 with my dad. I flew by myself and took the bus into the city to meet him at the hotel. I felt so grown up! I’ll never forget crossing the bridge into the city and seeing fireworks going off above the skyline – it was magical.
Travel destinations on your bucket-list?
Somewhere really tropical is sounding great right now–like Bali–somewhere where the water is so blue. I’ve also been dreaming about a true “tennis” vacation, where I play tennis for two hours every morning and then get to do nothing the rest of the day with fresh, delicious food prepared for us daily.
Clare Vivier photographed with her son in the south of France