Thank you Shoutout L.A for this interview! Find full article on their website here.
We had the good fortune of connecting with Audrey Tasiaux and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Audrey, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Fair is to say I am not a reference of balance, equanimity, and definitely not… a Homo Habitus! But here are my small daily rituals that radically makes things easier for me.
One thing at a time! No more writing emails on the toilet or hopping on calls while making lunch!
Sleep hygiene – although I’m never against a good heavy rave from time to time, I am a complete disaster when sleep deprived! You will rarely find me at a late-night event during the week. Your Uber has arrived, Cinderella!
Early to bed, early to rise! Morning glo(w)ry! I wake up at dawn (around 5h45) and go straight out the door for a fresh walk. There is something magic about early mornings – the smell of fresh croissants, other early birds on a jog smiling at you, the real birds’ symphony, that unique serene atmosphere before the city starts beating its drums.
Cold showers & cryotherapy – the endorphins euphoric boost is pretty powerful. And when I’m back in Monaco, morning swims in the sea – a cup of coffee for the soul!
Eating the Rainbow. I am careful about the food I put in my body. Because my mood, creativity, stress & fatigue-resistance are at their peak when I nourish myself with fresh, vibrant colored, full of life, seasonal / local foods.
I’m obsessed with bone broths at the moment!
On that note, I am surprised Nutrition isn’t taught as an integral part of schools curriculums – as equally valid as maths, sciences, history, economics. Because of food’s central, multifaceted roles in daily life across all cultures, social, agricultural & foreign policies, I’m sure a lot of 21st century illnesses (from widespread depressions, chronic & metabolic diseases to environmental sustainability) would be avoided. But that’s another debate.
To-do-lists & Marie Kondo-ing everything! My boyfriend thinks I’m a maniac but my to-do lists are my bffs that keep me away from slipping through the cracks. Think big spring clean, all year round!
Revitalizing in Nature, definitely. Whenever I can, I’ll go on a hike, swim in the sea, horseride or simply walk barefoot on the grass. What’s more, it’s free!
Mini digital detoxes. No computer enters the bedroom (aka. Le sacred sanctuary) and phone is off right after dinner. Spoiler alert: the world does keep on spinning around, even with phone in airplane mode!
Dates with myself, 1h a day – a non-negociable, no matter what or how busy the day is. Wether going to the museum, reading a book in the sun, paint, or crafting my own little essential oils potions while listening to Chopin’s Spring Waltz full decibels in my salon – to each their own…!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We are a sustainable luxury brand crafting limited edition pieces in our Parisian atelier. Hero, statement pieces celebrating freedom of movement, Mediterranean art de vivre and French artisanship. The road was bumpy but worth it all the way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would definitely start with an early morning hike up to Eze Village and have a cappuccino at Chateau Eza superb terrasse overlooking the Mediterranean. Then visit Fragonard’s perfumes factory where centuries-old processes of essential oils extractions are exposed.
We would then go to La Mala breathtaking creek for a swim in cristal-clear waters, before heading to Nice old town flower market.
Lunch in the sun at La Petite Maison de Nicole – the traditional petit farçis, beignets de courgettes & aioli are to die for! – a non-negociable!
We would then head to Fondation Maeght Art Foundation in St Paul de Vence – one of my favourite places on earth where an extraordinary marriage of Josep Sert’s arc-and-plane architecture, Chagall’s mosaics, looming sculptures of Miro, Giacometti & Moore meet pines, vines and Braque’s fish mosaic tiled pool.
We would then head back to a stroll & typical ‘socca’ tasting at Menton’s colorful tiny before jumping into a pair of chic silky ensembles (Diana d’Orville, of course!) and head to La Vigie for Lychee Martinis al fresco or a pétanque-vino with friends at Le Cabanon by the sea.
Dinner would be at legendary Le Grill of Cap Eden Roc where Chef Christophe Marc sublimates Provençal recipes.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Institut Français de la Mode in Paris who believed in Diana d’Orville from an early stage & boosted the saga to new levels.
All the authors of books that made me dream since early childhood. My latest passion is for all Stéphanie des Horts novels. Extremely well-documented historical frescoes about incredible (often scandalous!) women who defied conventions & didn’t give a single jot about standard etiquette! You can find her interview on our recently launched ‘Diana d’Orville The Podcast’ on Spotify.
My family. That always supported me whatever new strange, fairly niche project I was coming up with. The condition was ‘whatever you chose to do, do it well.’
The strong women who surround me and keep inspiring me. Women who devour life and conquer the world in their own beautiful way. Number one is my grandmother, Diana d’Orville, whom I tribute my brand to.