my husband will never let me hear the end of it – it was him, not me, who discovered the amazing gem of a hotel for our easter getaway. while looking up family-friendly destinations in the south of france – combining nature with a good dose of comfort for the ultimate weekend of lazy relaxation – he came across CHATEAU ST PIERRE DE SERJAC. renovated in 2016, the domain looked incredible right from the very first photos he forwarded me, and it didn’t take long before we were anxiously awaiting a reply to our mail inquiring about availability. lucky for us, easter break is a bit too early for mass tourism, and we were able to book our first choice – a little house with a private garden and pool.

i feel like i can’t even begin to describe how perfect this place was, but i’ll try anyway. the genius of renting a little house on a hotel property is that you can feel as comfortable as (or more than) at home, but you still get to enjoy the perks of hotel services. while our private garden was perfect for breakfasts al fresco, cozy barbecue dinners and catching up on some reading while juliet took her daily naps, the big communal (and heated!) pool was perfect to keep juliet entertained whenever the sun came out.

we mostly enjoyed the privacy of our own little home-away-from-home, but did take advantage of the really good restaurant. while the kitchen in our house was as well-equipped and spacious as we’re used to, on the first night we didn’t really feel like tiring ourselves out. we so enjoyed the dinner we had at the restaurant that night, that we decided to order the same dishes in for the last night, and we enjoyed them by our fire place as we saw the sun set.

that’s right – bbq, wood stove, fully equipped kitchen, garden and terrace with views on the nearby vineyards… there was no reason whatsoever for us to leave the little house, let alone the domain. apparently in summer they organise all kinds of kiddie-proof activities to keep your offspring occupied so you can truly enjoy some down time, and so obviously i want to move in. honestly, the hotel staff was so nice to juliet (and to us!) we felt like we were visiting relatives. add to that the always-wonderful-always-incredible CINQ MONDES spa right there on the property, and you’ll understand why we’ll be emigrating just as soon as we can locate that darn winning lottery ticket.

we stayed in a lovely little house on the domain of CHATEAU ST PIERRE DE SERJAC • juliet is wearing a MINGO KIDS legging and sweater, i am wearing LEVI’S MADE&CRAFTED jeands and a YAYA sweater • all photos by stephanie duval and matthias rabaey

Marmar In The Snow

April 6, 2017 • KidsLife

it hasn’t snowed around here for weeks now, and though i am so happy and excited to transition into spring, i am a bit nostalgic for the beautiful snow days we had this winter. everyone seems to be leaving on their very last skiing trips of the season, so i’m using that as an excuse to photo dump our excursion with the cutest snow bunny of all time.

finding a pretty snowsuit for little ones is quite the challenge – at least if you’re not into rainbow-colour-compositions or cartoon prints. but if there’s one brand i have always been able to count on since juliet was born, it’s MARMAR. i discovered the brand thanks to their evergreen collection of gorgeous modal rompers, tees and leggings, and when juliet grew a little bigger, i started loving their seasonal collections, too. their prints are always amazing and the quality is exceptional.

silly me had never noticed they also have a range of outerwear and even winterwear, but once i realized, i was beyond excited to try it out. in the photos above juliet is wearing their ollie snowsuit, and it is every bit as warm and cozy as it looks. i love that it comes in beautiful, muted and classic colors – nothing like the garish hues you see in most skiwear brands. i’m secretly hoping the size two will last her another season, as it was slightly too big for her now (but all the more cozy and warm).

i think part of me wanted to have kids just for this moment – seeing my tiny nugget all wrapped up, monkeying around in the snow with her dad, never flinching when he sled down the hills with her, always yelling ‘encore!’ it was such a fun day that we’ve since invested in a real, wood sleigh and i’ve made a mental note to buy decent snow boots and gloves for juliet next winter, so we can start having some snowball fights, too. as long as we’re living 20 minutes away from that fairytale like winter wonderland, we’ve decided to try and enjoy it as often as we can.

so there you go with this official goodbye to winter – see ya in a few months!

juliet is wearing the MARMAR ollie snowsuit • all photos by stephanie duval

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