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Hello Henley!!

This gorgeous Southern Belle took on New York and literally the world! She put the word "luxury" in front of "family travel" and has created a cult!! And she just had her third baby - gorgeous Nola will no doubt be traveling on her back from now on!

She is the co-founder of the amazing https://www.passported.com and she really will change the way you think about travel - amazing ideas - city guides, itinerary planners, hotel bookings and all the reasons WHY you should travel with kids! And those reasons are all amazing!

She has been instrumental in helping us see the world- and now it's your turn!

Meet Henley Vazquez our favorite- and worlds most gorgeous Vagabond. xx

 

Where you do live and why?
New York City, because it's the best city in the world, obviously! We've lived in Tokyo, Madrid and Boston, and as much fun as it is to try out other places, I love raising kids in NYC. We're lucky to have all the benefits of a big city but to live in a neighborhood that feels like a small town, and to be surrounded by a wonderful community of families.

Your daily routine?
Wake up, kids to school (or summer camp, right now), then off to the office. Especially during the summer when we have lots of Passported clients planning trips to Europe, I'm in a full sprint to work so I can get calls done before the European hotels close for the day. I usually have time to sneak in a trip to the gym before coming home, then it's feed the kids, clean 'em up, snuggle them until they won't let me any more, and then chase them to bed so my husband and I can have a grown-ups dinner before we both spend another hour or so working.

Update: I started writing this before baby #3 arrived. Daily routine right now is feed baby, work until she needs to eat again, feed baby, maybe pass out drooling on my pillow for 15 minutes, change diaper, repeat. I'll get back to that other stuff running around the city and having proper dinners soon enough.



How did you become everyone’s favorite family travel guru- seriously now!!
Aww, thanks! There are so many people out there planning amazing family trips, both professionally and just for their own families, so I'd never qualify myself as the favorite or the best. But my job really is my passion, and I'm very lucky to spend my working hours dedicated to something I love. I believe that traveling with kids and traveling well should be compatible, and I love scouting the hotels, destinations and guides that will help other families make the most out of their vacation time.

Best perk of the job?
The travel, for sure. Even after doing this for more than a decade, I still get excited every time I land in a new place. Exploring new cities and countries never gets old, especially not when you can see it through the eyes of kids.

Best travel advice for families?
Be selfish. Many parents forget to take their own preferences into account when planning their family trips, and they end up with travel plans that revolve entirely around their children. While I'm a huge believer that happy kids equals happy parents, you're the one paying for the trip, and it should balance activities that will keep your kids happy with opportunities for you as an adult to relax and enjoy. Book a babysitter for a date night, stay at the hip hotel you want, not some oversized all-inclusive resort, eat at the good restaurants, not just the chicken-fingers-and-french-fries establishments. Children are much more flexible than many people think.

Smokk love?
I live in these dresses. At this point, I have five of them in different styles, and they are the first thing to go in my suitcase. They work for the office, the beach, the airplane. Also, I wore them through my entire pregnancy and they are exact the sort of roomy attire I need postpartum while I still look nine months pregnant. Smokks maternity!

Favorite destination?
Impossible to choose! Latin America is top of my list right now, and I want to explore more of the countries I've already visited plus fit in trips to Panama and Nicaragua this coming winter. While I love a good beach (St. Barth's always top of my list), these days I'm more into the places that have activities and culture beyond the sand.

What’s next on your travel list?
My summer travel isn't very exciting since I've just had a baby, but I've already got flights to Isla Holbox and France booked for the fall, and probably a return trip to Cuba. I fit in a trip to Morocco this spring, which had been on my wish list forever.

Plane-train or automobile?
I'm a nervous flyer but always plane because it's the only way to get to the places I want to visit! When I'm not flying with the kids, I throw back a couple glasses of wine and then binge-watch a tv series to handle the nerves.

Sun or snow?
Usually sun. I'm a huge complainer when the weather drops below 75 degrees. But over the past few years, I've given the family ski trip a go, and it's been great. Feels so good to actually embrace the winter rather than running from it, and I love how happy and exhausted everyone is at the end of a good day on the slopes.

From 2 to 3 any advice?
Ask me in a few months! I'm still getting the hang of this. When my two were young, I swore I'd never have another, but as they got older and more independent, I started to panic about how quickly they were growing up. So now we have a baby again, plus a 7- and 10-year old. It's all a little crazy I guess, but at least I have two very good helpers when we travel with the little one!

If you could recommend 1 kids camp or travel experience what would it be?
The one travel experience I think is a must for families is finding a way for your children to interact with local kids in the destination you are visiting. If we want to raise kids as global citizens, the best way to start them is by showing them that children everywhere, from Morocco to Mexico to Thailand, are not so different than they are. They don't need to speak the same language to find similarities, to play a pick-up game of soccer, to run around a park together. And if your family speaks another language at home, or your children are studying another language (my husband is from Spain and our kids speak Spanish to him), take them to countries where they can use that language to get to know kids. Seeing my son chatter away with Cuban school kids about their favorite soccer players when we visited Havana last year was a major highlight. We remind them on every trip that although someone's school or home or skin or religion may be different than yours, at the core we are all the same and have more in common than we do differences.

5 things your suitcase cannot leave home without?
Smokks, obviously! After that, always a good sleep/eye mask in case blackout shades aren't great in the hotel (helps a lot for jet lag); children's Motrin and Benadryl because when someone gets a fever, it's guaranteed to be at 3 am when you can't go to a local pharmacy; every iPad, iPhone, iproduct I own for kid entertainment along the way; AYR jeans because they don't stretch out and will look as good at the end of a week of travel as they did at the beginning.

Flying with kids? best advice ever please.
Keeping kids busy on airplanes is easy these days with ipads and in-seat movies. The bigger problem I find is with the food choices. I always load up on snacks that will keep tummies full if the airline food doesn't appeal, and then I pack an extra set of clothes for everyone in our carry-on in case tummies aren't happy and someone throws up. No one wants to wear barf on their shirt for an overnight flight. My other must is to force everyone to do a bathroom stop right before final descent. I've had too many emergency pee situations where the kids swore they didn't need to go, right up until it was a bladder code red and we couldn't leave our seats because the plane was landing. I guess flying with kids is all about managing bodily functions...a little gross but true!

 

Henley wears-

https://smokks.com/collections/megsie-womens-dress

https://smokks.com/collections/pennie-dress

https://smokks.com/collections/izzie-dress

 

 

 

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Cruising with Carolyn-


To friends and family we are simply known as the wives! (Even George calls her wife, and I wonder if he really knows her actual name). Meet Carolyn Hrovat, the woman I proudly call BFF and Muse! From an early age I think I've dragged her in  to all my creative schemes- from Art school to now!! And sometimes I think she just says YES so I stop bugging her! (of course she does!)

Actually I don’t even know where to start. This life- our life, is a journey we have really shared together since we met in our teens. Funny, sad, emotional, unbearable, unbelievable, down trodden, riding high, low, birth, death and marriage, and a connection that will see us through to the term of our natural lives.

Apparently I have a lot to say - this according to my other half (George kindly entertains all of this)- and well my wife - I can't top her- she has even more! And the wonderful thing is we've never needed to compete - we speak for each other and the loyalty is unheard of - I mean it's through thick and thin, in sickness and in health. Unbreakable.

We live a parallel life in the strangest ways - our parents were and are our idols - both sets. Siblings are well, siblings- and then there's the go to Big M (brother) - living life large in Surfers Paradise, where this charade once began, and somehow he still manages to get dragged into the carry on which has become “The wives”.

I LOVE this woman!! She is everything to me and looks bloody gorgeous in a SMOKK!-

 Meet the insanely gorgeous inside and out Carolyn-



How does smokks favorite model feel about them-
Aside from them being the stylish brain child of my best friend!-they are pretty, practical & easy to wear, (and have all important pockets!)


Where do you live and why?
In the South of France near to Monaco, because it's the most beautiful & chicest place in the world-it's fun and exciting, and I love the sun!
Prior to buying a property here and permanently relocating, I would come down several times per year over a 10 year period, the visits initially inspired in the name of following the Formula One race and attending the Cannes Film Festival each May.


Where did you do your acting degree?
I did a year at the 'Actors Centre' in Sydney, Australia, but then I was accepted into the 'Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting' in New York City - 3 of the best years of my life, what a ball! I can not describe it! With alumni like Marlon Brando, Harvey Keitel & Robert De Niro you can imagine my excitement at studying there. Upon graduating I joined a theatre repertory and worked with them Off-Off-Broadway for a few years before moving to the UK.

What does luxury mean to you?
A comfortable ambient surrounding, well cut clothes, eating seafood by the sea, good health, sweet friends, not feeling cold! all of these things are a luxury-to me.

5 things your suitcase does not leave home without?
-50+ sunblock for face-even if I'm going to London in winter
-Perfume, I love Acqua di Parma's 'Mirto di Panarea', and Tom Ford's 'Neroli Portofino' in particular.
-Books. At the moment I am very into reading/educating myself with psychology books about personality disorders, don't ask!  LOL!!!!
-Phone charger
-Gym trainers

Train or plane?
Train

Favorite country?
It is a close competition between Italy and France for me. Italy leads I would say because i think it's more dramatic and beautiful, and both of my parents are Italian, so I can speak the language and I identify with the culture entirely. However I live in France (very close to the border of Italy) and I am a total francophile, so I guess I have to figure this out!

Summers most luxurious purchase?
For me this year, it is my pink Fendi cat eye sunglasses


Best thing about traveling?
Nothing, I hate the literal act of travelling, it's boring and I can not stand public transport of any kind. Not to sound like one of those annoying 'been there done that' people, but I have travelled so extensively over the last 15 years that I could care less to do more of it...living and working on the Riviera is like a permanent holiday, and I'm so happy here that I don't like leaving!

How do you feel when you wear a smokk?
Feminine for a change

Favorite shampoo?
Phyto for curly hair

Must have beauty products?
Bioderma all the way

The perfect way to sun bathe?
Covered in olive oil

What makes you laugh?
So many things, I'm always laughing. Maybe mostly my well chosen friends! They are all mental & really entertain me, nothing ordinary or dull about any of them!

Best sunblock?
Bioderma makes a nice one with a golden tint.

Best beach in the world?
Paloma beach in St Jean Cap Ferrat around the way from me-for true Mediterranean glamour & emerald sea,
And a beach in Antigua that i can not recall the name of!

5 favorite things you love right right now?
1-My scooter/His motorbike - I feel an immense sense of freedom when i ride along up high on the cliffs here, sun beaming down and turquoise water surrounding me, it is like flying! On Sundays I switch to the back of my boyfriends 1000 CC motorbike, still like flying but in a frightening way lol! I just love wheels and freedom basically.
2-Fresh light purple roses from my local saturday morning market
3-My boyfriend
4-French & Georgian wine
5-That is is finally summer!




Best memory as a kid-

There are many great memories, but I like the funny ones - around the age of 5-I cut off the hair of every single doll I owned at the time, super short-and there must have been close to 100 of them i had a 'toy room' and it was loaded with dolls of every size. My mum was a hairdresser & my inspiration, I used her professional scissors to do it as well-it may have been the only time she ever shouted at me, but being a natural rebel I was high on fun.

What you love/d most about your mum?
Too many things to list, but she had to have been the least judgmental person I have ever known -still to this day, and i have met a lot of people! She was very 'live and let live' and everyone - without exception- loved her, a super kind and soft woman.

Favorite sport?
Formula 1

Beach or Snow?
Beach of course are you crazy? Why would anyone want to feel cold

The wife code!!!
What you love most about your BFF/Wife hahaha !!
Her blind faith & blind loyalty. Plus her amazing bottomless listening skills even when I repeat myself or talk crap!

Your most valuable lesson?
That you can hold on to absolutely nothing, everything will change, and pass, always.

Best meal ever?
Waaaay too many to choose from but the one that I recall most is a fish at the restaurant 'Da Vincenzo' in Positano - Italy. Everything on the plate, indescribable. Although I'm not a 'foodie' at all, I could have toast with avocado & be almost as happy. If it's healthy then I like it.

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Meet Audrey-

The totally divine Audrey Sammon is a real favorite of ours! Not only did her amazing mother Laura (you can read about her on our blog) support us from day 1- she gave us Audrey!! Pompie and Audrey have been "soul sisters" as they love to say since the day they were born. They love like sisters and they fight like sisters, and they make up like sisters. It's a really wonderful relationship seeing them grow together. We love Audrey so much for so many reasons - She is real delight to begin with! Dynamic and direct, charming and compassionate and I have to say, one of the many many things I personally love and admire about her, is her undying love for animals! WOW!! She loves hard- and it really is amazing to see, the love and devotion she shows toward her pets, Arthur, Ebenezer, Charlotte, and Emmett- a testament of a real devotion.

Miss Audrey we salute you!! (and love you a  whole lot too!) xx

 

Favorite holiday thing to do- no matter what holiday-

CHRISTMAS!! I like to get presents!! And also put out cookies for Santa.

Best place to visit-
Hanging out with my Michigan friends at their lake houses!

The most exciting thing you learnt at school this year-
Math - it's easyish-hard. Math games are my favorite.

Best play date ever-
The first time I ever went to Amanda's place (a new friend from the new school). Her room had a penguin swing!! And doing fashion shows with Pompie when I was little.



The most fun you’ve ever had in summer -
Visiting Disneyland.

The best things your mom has taught you to do-
How to draw a star!! And how to wrap presents. And how to wait!!



Dads best baking recipe-
Sugar cookies with raspberry icing!! ALL HIS COOKIES  (I think we might need this recipe Mike!!)

The most memorable story your grandparents have told you-
(Mom note) We realize the grandparents have not shared a lot of stories lol!!

What summer means to you-
HAPPY! And being warm



What you're looking forward to in grade 2-
FUN
Having a class pet - a centipede!!

Your favorite dinner-
Fish sticks with a dinner roll (or a "bun-bun") with strawberries!!

Best kid thing ever-
Cake and custard. 

Why you love Smokks-
The (jersey) fabric is soooooo soft - I want to wear it all day!! And all the fun patterns.
Also, that you guys make them! 😊 YAY

Audrey wears-

Lucie-wiltshire/Winnie- wilthire/Winnie-Mauvey/Whirlie-pink

 

 

 

 

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