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A Jewelry Designer’s Spanish Getaway May Just Be All You Need to Finally Unplug

You’re going to want to book a flight to Mallorca stat.

By: Noah Lehava

For most of us, the idea of “shutting off” is just as elusive as 2017’s favorite mythical horned horse, ahem, the unicorn. For others, it’s a new concept they’re trying so hard to figure out. But for Dannijo co-founder, Danielle Snyder, taking a break and ~really~ disconnecting from her job is, well, part of the job, and has been for years. She’s made sure of it. For Snyder, that sort of getaway (the real kind!) entails lots of rosé and paella, taking a dip in the Balearic Sea, shopping the quaint markets and, of course, time with friends on the Spanish island of Mallorca. It might just inspire you to finally disconnect.

“A 25-year-old Lauryn Hill gave a speech in 2000 where she talked about how the music industry was a microcosm of the world—how because she wasnt in the studio right now, everyone in her world thought she was crazy. How she ‘should have been’ putting another album out, that ‘time was running out,’ and that ‘there was a certain window to make music.’ She reflected, ‘For a little while I listened to that, and I was in the studio working real hard trying to get it done. Music was created, definitely music I think people would appreciate, but it wasn’t my best. It wasn’t my best because there was no substance, and there was no substance because there was no experience. I’d gone from the studio to the stage, back into the studio again. The only reason why The Miseducation was the album it was, was because of a myriad of experiences that took place before the production part, before the creation.’

“What she realized in that moment was that she couldnt create and not live, and that she couldn’t be in this vacuum of creativity without life. Ever since I watched that speech, Ive changed my view on vacation and down time. I now know that I dont just want it, but that I need [it] to fuel my creativity.

“My most recent getaway from ‘the studio’ was a trip to Deia, Mallorca, with my friends Rebecca and Todd Cohen. It was a family vacation, which meant it was the perfect way to unwind, relax and take in new experiences and energies.

“We drank rosé, OD’d on paella, basked beneath the Balearic sun, and found plenty of Mallorcan mementos to update our bohemian wardrobes. I hope this little album serves as a mental break for you—and that you take 10 minutes away from your ‘studio’ to come away with me…”

“We stayed at a beautiful home in Deia and spent part of the early evenings lounging around the pool until dinner time. The sun didn't go down until after 9 pm!”

“We drove to the nearby town of Valldemosa and walked the charming streets. I bought baskets for myself and some white summer dresses for my niece, Margaux.”

“Catching some afternoon Balearic sunshine by the pool.”

“Every day we’d have a big family-style lunch. My friends Rebecca and Todd discovered an incredible chef named Lola when they were last in Ibiza. She cooked the most spectacular meals for us throughout our stay in Deia.”

“More of Lola Vinagre’s deliciousness.”

“Having a good rosé-enhanced laugh post lunch with Rebecca. Our friend Dean Isidro capturing the moment as always.”

“Rebecca has the [clothing line] LoveShackFancy, which I live in, so we always have fun playing dress-up in each others’ designs—especially when the light is just right.”

“Every evening (yes, it’s that bright in the early evening) we’d have rosé and play Todd’s latest playlist. He and I are always trying to one-up each other in the music department. We’d all dance until the sun went down, have a long, delicious dinner, and watch movies until we passed out.”

“In my element; captured by Dean Isidro.”

“Inside Sa Foradada.”

“The mouth-watering paella at Sa Foradada.”

“My first serving of paella at Sa Foradada, quickly followed by a hefty second, and washed down with some sparkling water and a second glass of rosé. When I’m on vacation I love to enjoy the local food and drink, so I tend to incorporate exercise into my trips so that I can indulge without having to feel guilty. I love walking everywhere and morning runs to explore the surroundings. I also enjoy yoga amidst beautiful scenery, swimming in saltwater, and anything to get the blood flowing.”

“Rebecca and I walking back to the boat after a blissful afternoon at Sa Foradada.”

“We took a boat to Sa Foradada for some of the most incredible paella I’ve ever had. I love the vibrant colors and rustic charm of this port.”

“The fruit in Deia was like a slice of heaven. We’d snack on it throughout the day between meals.”

“I found an adorable shop called Mulata Soller in the nearby town, and bought this incredibly ornate bohemian bag. It went so perfectly with all my silver DANNIJO that I couldn't resist!”

“La Residencia is one of the most charming and magical places. We had a lovely afternoon lunch there.”

“A delicious salad at La Residencia.”

“A DANNIJO still life (and also a sneak peek from our upcoming SS18 collection).”

“The best espadrilles shop in Soller! I stocked up and got some for my sister, my brother, and two pairs for myself.”

“GELATO HEAVEN in Valldemossa.”

“With the dream team (Dean Isidro and Rebecca Hessel Cohen). Missing Todd, who was downstairs DJ-ing.”

“Portside in DANNIJO, vintage and LoveShackFancy.”

“Eating my way through Deia, one small bite at a time. Epic Tortilla Española appetizer at La Residencia.”

“In my Balearic-inspired body jewelry.”

“Post-lunch photo shoot with Scarlett, who just turned four. We took turns posing with the fruit. She’s pretty good with the iPhone!”

“First course from another one of Lola Vinagre's epic meals.”

“En route to Sa Foradada with Dean.”

“Coconut-strawberry pops in the town of Soller with Nancy, Stella, and Rebecca.”

Photos: Danielle Snyder

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