MODW: What prompted you to pursue your Masters Degree in Art History in Florence after completing your degree at Loyola Marymount University?
VIVIANA: At the time - my love for 15th Century Florentine Art. The school was in the hills of Fiesole so the ride up to classes everyday was amazing. I lived 5 blocks away from LAcademia, where Michaenagelo´s David is located. Everything I studied was there for me to explore. I must add that my love for everything Italian, language food, wine, and at the time my Florentine boyfriend, all had something to do with this. And also a generous parents who paid for my studies.
MODW: Did you ever imagine that your path from pursuing a major in Art History and Communications minor would ever lead you to become the PR & Communications Director at Costa Careyes?
VIVIANA: Never, it was Destiny. Actually a tarot reader has told me in Italy....... “one day you will live next to the ocean, and be by the side of an elderly man with a crystal eye and meet many wonderful people from all over the world, and the love of your life......now it all makes sense...
VIVIANA: Having been raised in Mexico, as an only girl (I have two brothers) being in a sorority was fantastic. I made wonderful girlfriends, who were all smart, beautiful, cool, and with their heads on their shoulders. They were source of great support, and inspiration while learning how well women work together. They also taught me that even if you came from a family with money, you must always work and be self sufficient, always.
MODW: How did you end up in Careyes, Mexico?
VIVIANA: After 5 years of being an Art Dealer, I came to Careyes to a Chinese New Years party and various circumstances changed my life forever: my partner in the art gallery went to live to Mexico City, my father died of cancer, and I gave myself time off. A good friend lent me his casita in Careyes, and I went from heels and perfect hair, to bare feet and sarongs, just like that! Nature completely seduced me, gave me strength and I ended up working for an amazing, creative Italian man (who has a crystal eye) for the next years of my life!
MODW: Has your perspective on life changed since moving to Careyes?
VIVIANA: Having been here for more than 20 years, working and doing projects, I see life with all its complexities in the end as very simple. I love the city, I love beautiful things, but I feel no need buy them. I am actually very happy with very little, and also feel that we need to age with grace and be as natural as we can.
MODW: What is the lifestyle like down in Careyes, Mexico?
VIVIANA: Very special, the community of residents here is fantastic, diverse, from many countries who all share a love for this place and for Mexico. I think almost everyone shares a similar aesthetic, and love for nature, simplicity in a very chic way. Everyday you meet amazing people, you have lunch and dinner at spectacular homes, but everyone is very relaxed. I have met some of my best friends and girlfriends in Careyes, they are all interesting, beautiful and with an incredible sense of style.
MODW: What's your favorite place to travel outside of Mexico?
VIVIANA: I've travelled a lot in Europe, Egypt, Israel, Greece, Russia, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, Canada. Next on my list is Madagascar.
MODW: My typical day starts...
VIVIANA: Warm water with lemon, 30 minutes of chanting/meditation, and then off for a long walk with our Chihuahua, Gigio, near the beach or in the jungle trails. Then back home green juice or a mixed berry smoothie. I make a point of not looking at my emails until I have devoted at least 1 hour to myself, if not I am hooked for the rest of the day! Like wise in the evening.
MODW: Who is your favorite Fashion designer?
VIVIANA: Because I live on the beach; I like Heidi Merrick, from Caifornia, Antique Batik & Isabelle Marant from France. For city wear and evening dresses, Julia & Renata, incredibly talented Mexican designers. Givenchy new spring/summer 2014 long evening shiny dresses with flats would look great in Careyes.
MODW: What are your hidden shopping gems?
VIVIANA:I love the aesthetic and quality of Kendall Conrad, and her small shop in Venice Beach, California. In Sayulita, the “Pacha mama” boutique of Nathalie Mignot of Les Gazelles, for their black pearl jewelry, and one of a kind handmade colorful handbags. Online Taiana Geiffer of Taiana Design/ Abraxasrex Jewelry of Paris Kain.
MODW: My downtime is ...
VIVIANA: On a daily basis long walks on Teopa Beach, swimming in Playa Rosa bay and occasional mud baths and nude sunbathing in one of the virgin beaches of Careyes with my girlfriends. I also love to take time off and go to Haramara for a couple of nights and amazing yoga retreat near Sayulita.
MODW: Favourite restaurant in the world?
VIVIANA: In my hometown, Anita Li, the food is delicious, and the decor and mood very fun!
MODW: Has there been a moment in your life that has majorly impacted on your life?
VIVIANA: Yes, meeting Gian Franco Brignone the creator of Careyes and working by his side many years. He taught me to feel through seeing, and to give thanks to the Universe, everyday. At 87 he is one of the most stylish men alive!
MODW: Beauty Secrets?
VIVIANA: As natural as possible, but high end. I love products from ISun, 100% natural. No sunscreen, I only go in the sun in the early morning or late afternoon, rest of the day I wear a hat. For evening, Josie Maran´s Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation is amazing, and lip & cheek stains & eyeliners, from Hourglass cosmetics. YSL nail polish. Organic coconut oil as body moisturizer (I put it in beautiful glass bottles and use daily).
MODW: If there is something from your life experience to date that you would want to share with other women, what would it be?
VIVIANA: As women we must listen to ourselves, to our Intuition; What do I want? How does this feel? Once you listen to what you feel it all unfolds.
MODW: What makes you happy?
VIVIANA: Waking up every morning next to the love of my life my partner Diego. Being grateful, everyday. Having lunch with friends at Playa Rosa, & sunset swims.
MODW: What keeps you young?
VIVIANA: My passions, the simple life, 9 hours of sleep, and quitting bad habits a long time ago....but still having fun!
MODW: How does living abroad differ from living back in the US?
VIVIANA: I only lived in the US when I was a student, and then back and forth to visit family and friends. But I truly love the family values, creativity, and easy going way of life in Latin America. But the world is small now, I don't see frontiers.
MODW: Where is the first place you take your guests who've never experience Careyes before?
VIVIANA: A sunrise walk on Teopa beach and sunset at the magnificent land sculpture Copa del Sol....you see eternity!
MODW: Aspirations for the future?
VIVIANA: Yes, building our new home in the jungle, and doing Art projects for with the local communities through the ?! Careyes Foundation, and the Art Program I am Directing now.