Latin American elegance, that’s Eva Zissu. Born in 1954 in Caracas, Venezuela, she radiates energy as if she were a thirty-something. Today Eva shares her life & style in Portraits no. 10.
She loves to create, is a hardworking woman and does exactly that what she loves to do. The perks of being older, she says.
This grandmother of two boys, and mother to daughter Corinne (36) and photographer son Herman (35), divides her time between two wonderful places: Miami and Aruba.
After elementary and high school in Beverly Hills, California, she went to dental school but had only one passion. Yes, fashion. A women of many talents today: tunic designer, owner of fashion boutiques (one in Ritz-Carlton Aruba) and she is about to open her very first luxury boutique hotel, also on Aruba.
The life philosophy of Eva is that no matter what you have, whether a lot or little, share your positive things with others. Your wisdom, life learnings or material things. As in do not do to others what you do not want te be done to you.
How do you feel about being over fifty?
I feel great, being over fifty did not stop me from doing what I did while I was forty. The contrary I would say, I started new things. I love every day of my life, I am very motivated. Also in case of a setback, I see what I can do to change it and move on.
Which age is your favourite time? Would you like to go back?
I think my favorite age was around 45. Yes, I would love to go back to that age. To that feeling of owning the world.
What would your ideal day look like? No restrictions.
For me every day feels like an ideal day. I really try to make it one, every single day! That’s my mission in life. Luckily I live in surroundings that help. Sun and beach are never far away.
A place I like a lot is … my bed. I like to read the news after I wake up, check Facebook and Instagram, connect with my loved ones via Whatsapp, have breakfast in bed and start working from there.
Then I take the car and pass by my shops, check with staff and stock. Sometimes I stay and advise a client, love that. To move on to my new hotel and help with the finishing touch. We’re in the proof sleeping phase. So excited! Wouldn’t want my ideal day to be any different, except maybe for some extra hours a day and spent more time with my loved ones as well.
From which experience did you learn, what made you stronger?
Believe it or not, I was always a strong kind of person. The experience that has made me even stronger, just happened to me only 6 months ago. I was ready to open my boutique hotel in Aruba – Ocean Z – after 3 years of working day and night, when all of a sudden my neighbours took me to court to prevent the hotel from opening. Long story short, it was 6 months of fighting in court and we won. After this hardship I not only realised how strong I am but also who my real friends are. The hotel will open next month.
What is your golden beauty trick or favourite product?
My positive mind and a little help of Clarins Day Mosturizer.
Which book/film/music shaped/changed you and why should we read it?
The book ‘All the light we cannot see‘ by Anthony Doerr, it just is a beautiful story about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. It takes me back to the history we cannot and must not forget. It’s full of beautiful metaphors, two great parallel stories in the time of Hitler. A Pulitzer prize-winning book.
No surprise, I like Latin romantic Music. And when in a good goofy mood believe it or not reggaeton, Caribbean reggae. Also love Pharel and Christina Aguilera.
Who should we follow on Instagram?
- @gourmetartistry Love the plates decoration
- @iskiaonline Venezuela’s oldest bridal and gift store
- @caterinavalentino My dear friend. Blogger, actress and journalist
- @danymizrachi Israeli fashion designer
- @oceanzaruba You know why, my latest love!
What’s your favourite destination/hotel/museum/restaurant in the world?
- Destination : Porquerolles, a small island in the French Riviera
- Hotel : Le mas du Langoustier, also on Porquerolles. Beautiful place with great food. And great memories too.
- Museum : The Louvre in Paris, inside and out.
- Restaurant : There are sooo many restaurants that I love. To name one: Casa Tua in Miami.
What’s your signature dish? The one that makes your friends demand a seat at your dinner table.
Magret de Canard. Duck, yes.
Which childhood dish best represents the time and place of your youth?
Meat and mashed potatoes. Cut in small pieces and mixed together. That’s what I remember.
Trivia time, make a choice and share your favourite brand:
- Nailpolish or Lipstick?
Lipstick. Always Chanel, in natural colors.
- Heels or Flats?
Heels. Rockstud Valentino medium size heels. And any great looking flats, mostly flipflops. Actually my favorite is Uzurii , a Dutch brand.
- Dress or Trousers?
Tunics, in my case. I’m always dressed in my own EZ tunic or kaftan. Island chic it is! And I love a good pair of jeans with my Valentino heels.
- Coffee or Tea?
- Swimsuit or Bikini?
Bikini. Oh my, do I have lot’s of them…
featuring image by Leo Reinfeld
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