I flew home to Stockholm today to pick up my kids at Odd’s house. Lovisa and I are flying with them every other week. Two weeks in France has gone by so quickly! And there’s another three weeks to go! I really don’t want it to end. I’m so in love with the house and everything there. Anyway, Mikaela helped me get ready and then I had dinner with another Michaela. We met up at Strandvägen 1. It was pouring down with rain and it was so cozy to sit and watch the rain.
My beautiful, wonderful friend.
I have something to tell you.
I ordered steak tartare! I haven’t eaten meat for nearly three years (except fish) but I suddenly had cravings for meat and beef. I’m a strong believer that the body will tell you what it needs so that’s why I ordered it. It was so delicious. I have no idea if I’ll start eating meat again but if that’s what happens then that’s fine.
Hello house! I’m driving to Sheila’s country home tomorrow to spend the day there and to hug her and the kids before I pick up my own kids (at 4PM) and fly back to France. It might sound compliated with all these trips but it’s really easy for us. Pancakes at the VIP and the three hours to Nice. The girls will pick us up from Nice and drive to the house. Just like last time. I already can’t wait until I’m back but I’m happy that I had time to see my best friends in Sweden for a short time.
It really feels like vacation now. Nothing I have to do. I woke up at 1.45PM yesterday. Crazy. I’m hanging out with people whose company I like, eat delicious food and enjoying peace and quiet. I tried a new restaurant on a yacht yesterday, it was called Jaan. The owners picked us up at the harbour in Saint Tropez and took us to the yacht where we tastes eight dishes (French and Indian cuisine, unexpected but fun) and watched the sunset. It was so sweet of the owners to ask if I wanted to try their food and I can truly recommend it from the bottom of my heart. The couple behind the restaurant are awesome and brave, I’m crossing my fingers for future success!
Today, I had lunch at Lou Lous new restaurant here in Ramatuelle. It was actually better than Club 55….my new favourite regular haunt!
Bellinis on deck before dinner
It looks like salmon or tuna but it was the most delicious watermelon I’ve eaten.
Desserts every day…..Yum! The kids are back on Monday and on Wednesday I’m going to attend Elton John’s charity gala in Antibes. There are lots of fun invitations coming my way!
Before my vacation started my brain was overflowing. There was so much going on in spring, so many hours of work and little sleep. I took over Simon’s role which gave me a lot to do and we begun recruiting a new CEO. Marisol started working for us in the middle of chaos when our office move was a disappointment. I was quite sad because I’d been looking forward to it for so long. At the same time we signed an office space in NYC without really knowing what we would work with over there.
Between thousands of trips, on a jet between Stockholm and Oslo we came up with the idea for the agency in NYC. Since then we’ve kept working on it and we already have our first co owners and clients. You’ll hear more about it later on. I’m so used to talking about everything but it’s a bit different now and more at stake so everything needs to ve 100% ready. It’s fun to learn about company building in the USA
At the same time I decided to start a foundation and I have. Isabella Löwengrip Foundation. The idea is to support young people with big dreams. While I’m growing as an entrepreneur I want to give other people the opportunity to grow with me. The opportunity will live on after me and that’s awesome. There’s a lot of paperwork to finish now and I’m so grateful to get help from Nordea. They are stars. Everything is going to be launched on the 21 October.
Then I had a summer program on the radio to write and publish. And bookeeping to close. We doubled there.
Expressen also monitored every step I took. Three of their journalists worked on something they thought was an expose. That I dated a man who paid for everything. House, cars, summerhouse and even my clothes (!). It’s not often that I react to media and it’s so sad that you do want women to succeed and when you do it’s always assumed that a man is behind it all but I am a self made millionaire.
My decision to stop working with Swedish media was easy. I understand that newspapers are going to use my social media channels but I won’t give any interviews for several years. It’s time to focus internationally and on the USA. There’s another attitude to women’s expansion over there.
Regarding my dating, of course I’ve met amazing men over the years both in Sweden and internationally but it’s not their capital I’m interested in. I appreciate and look for understanding about my priorities and life choices. I’ve got enough money and independence and it’s the best feeling ever.
I have three more weeks of vacation but then it’s exciting times ahead. Two days coference with Löwengrip Invest to welcome a new CEO and then we’re off to NYC to move into our new apartment. Then I have a week in Sweden with Löwengrip Beauty and the foundation and then it’s back to NYC. That’s what my life will look like, it’ll be Sweden weeks and USA weeks. Thinking about it makes me happy and the kids will be spending Fall break in NYC. They’ll love the city.
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