No January blues here as we travel to the Maldives with Penny Goldstone, Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire. Penny shares with us snapshots of her island adventure, stories from her childhood and her journey into the world of fashion.
Photos by Will Goldstone
Growing up in France, what do you admire most about the French culture and what do you takeaway most from it ?
From a fashion point of view, I love the less is more approach to dressing. It’s a bit of a cliché, but Parisian women do know how to curate the perfect timeless wardrobe. I also miss the culture surrounding food. Sharing a meal is about more than just appreciating tasty food, it’s about connecting with your loved ones, talking about anything from politics to fashion, and you could be at the dining table for hours. I never ate in front of the TV growing up.
Parisian and London styles differ so drastically, how would describe your own and how has it been influenced?
I have definitely experimented more with my style since moving to London. The fashion scene here is so much more eclectic and eccentric, and you don’t get judged as much on your appearance. I’ve embraced colours and patterns since living here, but the French side of me tries to invest in some good quality basics too.
Now that you call the England your home, what is your favourite thing about London?
There is so much to love about London, I just love that we’re spoiled for choice, whether that’s restaurants, shopping or musicals, which I’m obsessed with.
What drew you to working in Fashion and how did it lead you to becoming the Digital Fashion Editor of Marie Claire?
I’ve always been into fashion, I used to create scrap books of my favourite celebrity and runway looks as a teenager. I never really thought about doing anything else and so got into fashion journalism through internships, a lot of freelance work and networking. This all led me to my dream job of Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire.
Walk us through a day in the life of Penny at Marie Claire:
I’ll typically start the day with a breakfast with one of my PR contacts to chat about their fashion brands, or a morning event to discover a brand’s new collection. Then I’ll head into the office and write my morning fashion news, which can be about anything from royal fashion to the must-have item on Instagram. I go to the gym at lunch, and then on the afternoon focus on more in-depth fashion features such as designer profiles or shopping edits.
What fun that your job takes you to Fashion Weeks in NYC, London and Paris – what do you most look forward to during Fashion Month?
It’s a very intense period but very fun. I enjoy planning my wardrobe as it’s usually a fun time to experiment with more extravagant clothes that I wouldn’t wear on a day to day basis. I also love seeing what some of my favourite designers have created for the season ahead. Particular London highlights include Rejina Pyo, Roksanda and Simone Rocha. I always love travelling to Milan and Paris for the bigger houses, the Gucci and Chanel shows are always such a spectacle – and the food in both cities isn’t bad either! It’s nice to be out of the office with my team, we lean on each other in times of stress and can always laugh about it.
When you are not at work what do you like to do in your spare time?
I love hosting dinner parties, or catching up with friends over brunch. If I’m feeling lazy though, you can’t beat a day on the sofa watching Netflix.
What is something you never leave home without?
Lip balm and tissues! My friends always make fun of me but I would literally be lost without them.
You are quite the jetsetter with your last trip being to the Maldives! Tell us about your trip, it looked so dreamy!
It is one of my favourite places on earth, totally the paradise you expect it to be with white beaches and bright blue sea. I went there on my honeymoon so it holds a special place in my heart.
We loved how you styled our Classic Silk Slip’s and Cotton Short sets for beach – What are your tips when it comes to styling pyjama pieces for outside the bedroom?
Thank you! The cotton shorts set is perfect to throw over a bikini when you’re on holiday, and for something dressier, I love wearing silky pyjamas or slips. During the day, they can be layered under a chunky jumper and worn with ankle boots or trainers, and at night, they look great with a pair of kitten heels.
Thank you so much, Penny!
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PENNY'S GUIDE TO THE MALDIVES
For eating fresh caught fish with your toes in the sand - The Firepit at Raffles Maldives
For the best cocktails - Lagoon Bar at Vakkaru Maldives
For long beaches and a good variety of restaurants and activities - Vakkaru Maldives.
For a more intimate experience - Raffles Maldives.
Snorkel and take in the amazing and colourful sea life.
Have a cocktail whilst watching the sun set, and if you’re feeling brave, yoga at sunrise.