Château de Stylist

Stylist Chateau - This French Life

A few days ago, I along with several wonder women, found myself trundling along in a sparkling air conditioned coach through the beautiful Loire Valley, watching *those* last two episodes of Sex and The City, eating French sandwiches, drinking French water and admiring the French scenery en route to our home for the next few days – Chateau de Jalesnes… which was even more stunning than we could have ever imagined…

Chambord

Chambord cocktails on arrival…

Chateau de Stylist

The keys to our beautiful rooms…

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

On the first night we had drinks on the terrace before dinner… the cocktails were Chambord creations and the view was…well…

Chateau de Stylist

THE VIEW (Yes, that’s our pool)

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

Stylist have partnered up with Chambord to create a very special issue of their magazine, dedicated to all things ooh la la, and in order to do it authentically they decided to go to France. Bon idée.

They packed up their office and moved the entire editorial team to a beautiful Chateau, which they transformed into ‘Chateau de Stylist’… From here, they were going to create a special issue of their magazine and I, along with some other bloggers and lucky competition winners on the magical mystery coach, had been invited to go along to get involved with every aspect of it.

This included features meetings, Life Lessons, cocktail masterclasses, watching the fashion shoots unfold and generally experiencing 48 hours of French indulgence with them and Chambord. What a chore.

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

The catering was exceptional – by Ginger Jar

Life Lessons with Freddie Harrel

Life Lessons with Freddie Harrel

Chateau de Stylist

Lisa Smosarski - Editor at Stylist, London

Lisa Smosarski – Editor at Stylist, London

Audrey Diwan, editor of Stylist, France

Audrey Diwan, editor of Stylist, France

This is all because Stylist have a long standing wish to be a little more French, and I would say that box has been well and truly ticked. A highlight for me was the magical woodland picnic we stumbled upon one lunch time… it was as if Alice herself had been at work with the Mad Hatter… so beautiful, so Stylist, so French…

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

Emma Block was with us, illustrating each magical moment every step of the way…

Chateau de Stylist

Food by the very clever Ginger Jar

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

Our glorious French adventure was topped off with a Chambord cocktail masterclass, a candlelit cinema in the chapel and drinks by the pool as the sun went down…

Chateau de Stylist

Forever Yours Betty & Kavita Cola learning the ropes…

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

Pippa Bugg was a total pro…

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

Swanning about…

Chateau de Stylist

Chateau de Stylist

A huge thank you to Stylist and Chambord, for the amazing hospitality – we all had such a wonderful time and I am pretty sure I can speak for everyone when I say we wish we could all go back!

I believe that this special issue of Stylist will be out this week, so keep your peepers peeled – I can’t wait to see it.

The cherry on top was the beautiful grand piano in the chateau – I got to tinkle the ivories while everyone sang at the tops of their voices with their newly found French confidence…

chateau de stylist

Picture: Poppy Dinsey

C’est magnifique.


 

I was a guest of Chateau de Stylist, but as always, thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

This post was shot on my LEICA D-LUX – dinky but dynamic ;)

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5 thoughts on “Château de Stylist

  1. This looks amazing! Definitely going to keep my eye out for the latest copy of Stylist, I love their magazine and website! x

  2. Words cannot CONVEY how envious I am! What an amazing trip! I’m a huge fan of Stylist and can confirm that, from a reader’s perspective, they’re now more french than a baguette in a beret.

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