My favourite room in my house is the kitchen. My family is from the south of France but with Spanish roots, and food is so important for us – it’s the link between people. We recently moved to Stanley on the south side of Hong Kong, where we are renting a house. It reminds me of London, and while it’s not the most amazing kitchen I’ve ever had, it’s bright and familial and I enjoy spending time there.
The accessories I would never part with are my Cartier Tank ring and the Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra necklace that Michael gave me for the births of my two daughters. They are engraved with their names and birthdays and are very precious. Ring, from £1,900; cartier.co.uk. Necklace, from £4,450; vancleefarpels.com.
The best gift I’ve given recently was a special vintage Rolex watch to Michael for his 45th birthday. It’s from 1962 and so elegant, with the flat design of the old models and a beige face with Roman numerals. rolex.com.
The best gift I’ve received recently was a surprise dinner made by my daughters. My husband was travelling on my birthday, but when I came home from work they were waiting for me. They had put candles and flowers everywhere and served lasagne and wine. The way they did it and the effort they put in was an amazing surprise.
The people I rely on for personal grooming and wellbeing include David Mallett in Paris, for my hair – his main salon is in a beautiful apartment decorated with taxidermy and the team is lovely; it feels like a family, but at the same time it’s very professional. For facials, my go-to is Olivia from Joëlle Ciocco, who comes to my hotel and gives me a treatment using essential oils and deep-tissue massage. In Hong Kong, I go to Flex Studio multiple times a week to get my endorphins going – I’m a big fan of TRX and Pilates – and I also work with a great acupuncturist called Annie Wong when I am tired or need to relax. HK$200 per needle; Annie Wong, Virtue Herbal Medication Health Centre, Unit 11/f Park Commercial Centre, 180 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Tin Hau, Hong Kong. Cuts from £250; David Mallett, 14 Rue Notre Dame des Victoires, 75002 Paris (david-mallett.com). Flex Studio, 3/f Man Cheung Building, 15-17 Wyndham St, Hong Kong (flexhk.com). Signature facial, £570; Joëlle Ciocco, 8 Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris (joelle-ciocco.com).
An indulgence I would never forgo is my weekly home massages with my favourite masseuse, Janet Drewery. It’s a habit I started in London and it’s a nice moment to transition between the weekend and the working week, which you can then enter, energised. +852-9507 2130.
The beauty staples I’m never without are Joëlle Ciocco’s Crème Emulsionnante cleanser and Mat Reverser cream, a complexion-correcting treatment that really suits my skin. I love Caudalie’s Huile Premier Cru, a beautiful multipurpose facial oil, and have used YSL Volume Effet mascara and Laura Mercier concealer for years. I have a basic routine and I don’t deviate from it. Caudalie Huile Premier Cru facial oil, £49 for 29ml; caudalie.com. Joëlle Ciocco Crème Emulsionnante, €62 for 50ml, and Mat Reverser, €128 for 30ml; joelle-ciocco.com. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer, $35; lauramercier.com. YSL Volume Effet mascara, £26; yslbeauty.com.
The last meal that truly impressed me was at Ecriture in Hong Kong. It was opened late last year by Maxime Gilbert and awarded two Michelin stars a couple of months later. The food is French with an Asian twist and it’s mind-blowing – especially the Hokkaido scallops layered with black truffle and seaweed. It’s an incredible experience as it’s in Central with a view right over the city. lecomptoir.hk/ecriture.
If I didn’t live in Hong Kong, the city I would live in is London. I was sad to leave; we had the most amazing time and it feels like home to my kids. Roka was one of my go-to restaurants for the delicious Japanese food. And for groceries, Whole Foods Market. I had one close by, and would always go there for vegetables and fresh juices: I’ve missed it since moving to Hong Kong. Gail’s Kitchen has the best bread, and we love Chinatown, specifically the Golden Dragon for its Peking duck. Gail’s Kitchen, 35-37 Parkway, London NW1 (gailsbread.co.uk). Golden Dragon, 28-29 Gerrard St, London W1 (gdlondon.co.uk). Roka, 37 Charlotte St, London W1 (rokarestaurant.com). Whole Foods Market, 49 Parkway, London NW1 (wholefoodsmarket.co.uk).
If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be a photographer, chef or interior designer. When I was a child, my mother would always make us stop and look at everything around us, and I think it opened my eyes to the simple but beautiful things in life.
My favourite website and app are Ohmycream.com, for a really great selection of beauty products, and Relive, an app that tracks journeys in 3D. In Hong Kong, we like to hike at weekends, and it allows you to add photos as you go along and makes a video of your trip. ohmycream.com. relive.cc.