Vanessa Rivers is the daughter of painter Christi Zabel and singer Johnny Rivers, step-daughter of producer Todd Fisher and soap queen Catherine Hickland, niece of Carrie Fisher, granddaughter of Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds, and claims her biggest accomplishment is managing to be semi-normal despite her crazy celebrity family. Besides being a survivor of Hollywood Vanessa also designs her own sustainable swimwear line, SUMMERLOVE SWIMWEAR, teaches private surf and snowboard lessons, and writes for Glitter&Mud Travel.


Vanessa grew up on a solar powered eco ranch in the central coast of California. While attending UC Santa Barbara her love of nature led to a passion for surfing. After graduation she started her own company giving private surf and snowboard lessons, Surf with Vanessa. She has worked as a private ski and snowboard instructor at resorts such as Northstar at Lake Tahoe and Big Bear, and was featured as a celebrity instructor on THE BLOCK reality TV show, with pro snowboarder Marc Frank Montoya. 

Surfing led Vanessa around the world exploring Mexico, Hawaii, Costa Rica, New Zealand and Australia and it was on one of these trips that she decided to combine her love of the ocean and nature to create an eco swimwear line. Inspired by her travels, surfing and Santa Barbara, the California beach town she calls home, this fresh, new line of mix and match separates makes going green fun, flirty and affordable. SUMMERLOVE SWIMWEAR is produced in California and designed with a new advanced sustainable techno-fabric made with ECONYL -100% regenerated polyamide fiber from post-consumer materials -which is luxuriously soft and very durable, offering a wide range of benefits that are set to revolutionize the swimwear industry.
Vanessa is currently based out of London, lives part-time in California, and spends much of her time traveling, documenting her adventures around the world at Glitter&Mud Travel.
“I write about places I visit, dining, nightlife, hotels, art, fashion, exercise, products I love, beaches, bikinis, people I meet on my travels, and things that inspire me and make me laugh. Life is short so I try to have as much fun as possible, be kind to everyone I meet, and just appreciate and enjoy everyday. I hope my stories inspire people to live life to the fullest, and never give up on their dreams.”
Just testing out the tub! =) Ohla Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

Just testing out the tub! =) Ohla Hotel, Barcelona, Spain


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“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” -Winston Churchill

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming – “WOW – What a Ride!” -Anon

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain