Writer Erin Hazelton grew up in a small town on the coast of Massachusetts and spent her summers on the southern coast of Ireland. The beaches of her childhood were cool, rocky and romantic, which is precisely how she would describe the short stories and novel she is currently working on.
Erin's background is in fashion. She spent nearly a decade reviewing fashion shows, profiling designers, and reporting on trends before having her children, Henry and Emmanuelle. Since then she started a blog called The People I Like and is endeavoring to write fiction. Erin and her family recently moved back to New York City after spending two years in rural France. While she misses the charms of France and, most notably, the warm beaches of the South of France, she is thrilled to be back in New York where, she says, everything runs much more efficiently. She is also once again at liberty to overdress for most occasions, which she's been known to do, no sideways looks or high heels getting stuck in the muck.
What’s your favorite swimming technique?
What’s the best hot springs experience you’ve ever had?
I’m not at liberty to disclose that information.
What’s your secret to the perfect tan?
Jergens Natural Glow + Protect SPF 20. That’s the only way I’ll actually "tan"...
Where did you last wear a Seilenna swimsuit? And what did you like about it?
I wore my Seilenna surf top in Costa Rica. It made me feel incredibly sexy, even though, technically, I was more covered up than most of the girls on the beaches there. I think it’s the zipper down the front...
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What do you like to wear over a swimsuit?
A giant Hermès scarf.
Dive or cannonball?
What are your packing essentials for a day at the beach?
Clarins UV Plus HP SPF 40, a woven sun hat, my Finlay & Co. wooden sunglasses, a giant scarf and beach toys for the kids.
One piece or bikini?
It depends on my mood. A one piece is more glamorous and a bikini more sexy.
What’s your favorite hotel pool and why?
There is a place called Chalet 1864 up in the mountains near our house in France. I think it only has four rooms, but it has the most perfect little indoor, saltwater, heated pool. It’s inside a small chalet, so you are surrounded by wood, but then one side of the chalet is entirely glass so that you can see the snow-covered mountains all around you. I can’t think of a pool I like more than that one...
Be honest: do you go to the beach to swim or to tan?
Neither! I go to watch my kids, or, if I’m lucky, to read a book under an umbrella and sip a margarita.
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