Vanessa Rivers grew up on a ranch on the Central Coast of California and attended college at UC Santa Barbara, where she fell in love with surfing. Surfing led Vanessa around the world and it was on one of these trips that she decided to combine her love of the ocean and nature to create an eco-friendly swimwear line, SummerLove Swimwear (as featured in Sports Illustrated) and her private surf lesson company Surf Lessons with Vanessa.

Vanessa lived in London for almost seven years before recently re-locating back to California to live in the  Malibu with her family. She spends much of my time traveling, documenting her adventures on her travel blog Glitter&Mud.

Vanessa has visited over 50 countries and specializes in surf, snow and luxury travel, working with top hotels and brands such as Gansevoort Hotel Group, Four Seasons Hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Nikki Beach and 1 Hotel Group, Google, TUMI, Pepsi Group, and Herbal Essences. She is Co-Founder of the popular global travel community We Are Travel Girls (as featured on Forbes), and is a proud mom to a little travel girl in the making named Sadie.

Vanessa Rivers also comes from Hollywood lineage. She is the daughter of late artist Christi Zabel and rock singer Johnny Rivers, stepdaughter of producer Todd Fisher, step-niece of actress Carrie Fisher, step-granddaughter of Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds, and claims her biggest accomplishment is managing to be semi-normal despite her crazy celebrity family.

Vanessa Rivers and Daughter Sadie



“What makes a woman beautiful is her attitude towards the world.” -Christi Zabel (my mom)

“Well behaved women rarely make history.” -Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

“Hollywood is a place they will pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and 50 cents for your soul.” -Marilyn Monroe

“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

“Never, never, never give up.” –Winston Churchill

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

“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