Since launching Louella Odié last year, Mum and I have said over and over how lucky we are to have wonderful friends who have supported us and believed in our little company as much as we do. So for our six-month anniversary in business, we decided that we should celebrate some of the key people who have flown the flag for us.
First up is my very good friend, yoga mentor and kite surfing partner-in-crime, Lois, who is based in sunny Antigua. It was her birthday very recently as well, so there couldn’t be a better time post this :)
I met Lois when we were both involved in a round the world yacht race in 2009. I was racing from the UK down to Brazil, and she went even further, clocking up 15,000 nautical miles by racing from the UK – Brazil – South Africa – Australia. Our joint love of the ocean, whether on it or in it, sealed our friendship beyond the race.
After the big voyage was over our lives went in very different directions as I ended up working in Hong Kong, and Lois joined the glamorous super-yachting world, working on super yachts everywhere from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean. We have made it a yearly tradition to meet up somewhere exotic around the world, and so we have found ourselves on yoga retreats in Bali, on month-long, all-girl surf trips and kiting off glorious, remote and empty beaches in Antigua last year.
Lois has become our Louella ambassador in the Caribbean whilst she has been based in Antigua for the past few months, and here are a few of my favourite photos she has sent back. Happy birthday Lo!