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29th July 2014  |  Accessories, General fashion

Summer sandals

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Lazy days in the south of France.

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I love discovering new unusual brands especially if there is a passionate story that underpins the philosophy of the creation. So when Maria Oliveira introduced me to her fun brightly coloured sandals I knew they would be ideal for the beaches of St. Tropez.

Maria has had a lifelong passion for shoes, and was inspired to design and launch her own collection during a trip to see family in Sri Lanka. It was, therefore, natural that she should want to have her first designer shoes collection made there.  Read more about Maria’s story here.

Check out the fun Oliveira shoe collection here

 

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Now for the evening . These unusual shoes are so stunning and different, but also comfortable – “my ‘sensible’ shoes with heels” to quote Maria.

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There is a strong sense of community in the business with a commitment to allocate a share of their UK shoe sales profits to schemes to improve the lives of people in Sri Lanka.

Shoes with heart as well as style.

Don’t forget the protective sun hat, sunglasses and wrap if you are heading for the beach.

28th July 2014  |  Fashion Flash Monday

Fashion Flash Monday

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Good morning all.  This week I am delighted to announce that our Fashion Flash host is the gorgeous Pam of Over50feeling40. She is an inspiration to us all. If you want to boost your confidence, feel great about yourself and learn how to create your own personal style hers is the site to add to your favourites list.

Plus don’t forget to check out all the other experts in their field to learn more about fashion, beauty, fitness, health and general wellbeing by clicking here

24th July 2014  |  Life in France, Style inspiration

Scarves and cool summer linen

Today I want to talk about scarves glorious scarves in all their forms from pareos to kikoys (this is apparently what they are called in Africa) from beach wraps to sarongs. In my opinion they are the most essential item to pack or buy for when you go on holiday.

They role, scrunch, squash and fit into the smallest of spaces. They can take you from early morning to late at night in all their many permutations. You just need a brightly coloured length of cotton, linen or silk and lots of imagination and inventiveness to turn a simple ensemble from ordinary to fabulous.

Now would be a good time to stock up as many are in the sale and they never go out of fashion.

 

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I have also been asked about the origins of my cream linen skirt and top that I showed in my last post and again here. They are so old that I don’t remember where I bought them or who they are by. They have given many years excellent service and will probably do many more. I have done some research and have found some similar pieces.

I found some simple tops at John Lewis here here and here and a particularly nice one here. Plus a lovely silk camisole at Nordstrom in the sale here

Linen skirts at Nordstrom here and here and here

For some tips on how to wear summer scarves check out Anne Touraine’s blog here.

How do you wear yours?

 

 

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22nd July 2014  |  Accessories, Fashion 2014

Sandals and comfortable feet

In my world these two components should definitely go together. There is nothing that can spoil my day more that wearing a pair of uncomfortable sandals that rub painful blisters.  I also need them to be fairly substantial and supportive of my feet.

I was a fan of the “Birkenstock” sandal the first time round and so was glad to see them return to the fashion forefront.

It is no surprise then that I love my new “heavenly feet” sandals available here. They have a formed footbed which gives arch support and it really feels as if I am walking on air. I have been wearing them non stop both in London and here in France. I find that they work just as well with a long summer dress as with jeans.

 

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They have been great for wearing on the beach.

 

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21st July 2014  |  Fashion Flash Monday

Fashion Flash Monday

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Greetings from France.  This week I would like to welcome Mary Lou of Second Lives Club as our Fashion Flash host.  She is an inspiration to us all and an example of how to live the second half of our lives to the full . She also gives plenty of examples of women who have done just that.

Plus don’t forget to check out all the latest news and views on fashion, beauty, health and lifestyle from the Fashion Flash group of experts by clicking here.

18th July 2014  |  France

One day in the South of France

Yesterday we took a trip into the hills and discovered the picturesque village of Gassin. It is set right at the top of a hill with a glorious view of the Gulf of St Tropez and the surrounding countryside.

I love the clear blue skies at this time of year.  The way the sun and the shadows chase each other round alternately shedding light and shade onto the traditional village houses.

 

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Mr. P. A solitary figure in a shady narrow passage between the houses.

 

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The flora and fauna of the area

 

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Our delicious Provencal lunch!

Now to the evenings entertainment in the village provided by the “grimaldines”.  A classic french combination of mime and dance. My favourite “spectacle” was the dancing horses.

 

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Wishing you a fantastic week-end wherever you are.

15th July 2014  |  Accessories, French fashion, Style inspiration

Classic stripe Breton top

One of my favourite pieces that I wear nearly every day both in London and in France is my treasured “Breton”. It is such an easy slip on and go top.

 

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I bought my Breton in St.Tropez market however they are widely available at various price points. One of the best ones are by Boden here and here. Necklace also from the market similar here. Panama hat similar here.

 

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14th July 2014  |  Fashion Flash Monday

Fashion Flash Monday

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I seem to be loosing track of time during the long lazy days here in the South of France however I have remembered that It is Fashion flash Monday today.

This week it is hosted by the lovely Jackie at Agingbackwards. Jackie does all the research for us on matters pertaining to the latest beauty and anti-aging news. Pop over and check out the useful hints and tips on how to look and feel great at any age from the Fashion Flash group here.

11th July 2014  |  Style inspiration

How to wear the new patterned trousers

Have you ventured into the patterned trouser trend this season? I thought I would experiment and see if I could integrate a pair into my wardrobe.

The first pair I chose were a dark navy with a light cream print. I kept the rest of my outfit as classic as possible in both colour and style so as not to confuse the eye. I have also worn them more casually with  a plain white shirt.

 

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Navy jacekt with print trousers

 

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The trousers are from TKMaxx similar here coat from last year similar here Navy sling back shoes similar here T shirt by Gap here Clutch bag similar here Black necklace similar here

The second pair were a light blue with a small diamond pattern which I teamed with a plain white shirt. I have also worn it with a light blue shirt and also my long line light blue linen jacket from last year.

 

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Trousers from TKMaxx similar here  White shirt here and here grey sneakers similar here and here

Photos by photographer Daisy Mae. Check out her Facebook page here

8th July 2014  |  Jewellery

Do you or don’t you when it comes to diamonds?

Real or not?  Can you tell the difference?

I am referring to jewellery. If you possess real jewellery equivalent to the “crown jewels” by all means wear and enjoy them. However you could consider choosing another option and that is to supplement  with convincing “look alikes”  (and many very wealthy women do just that). They use simulated stones so similar to the real thing that nobody would ever know.

You might be asking yourself why would I do this. One good reason might simply be security.  Many of us travel frequently these day whether for business or pleasure and the risk of losing or horror of horrors having precious items stolen could be good enough reasons. Also as most insurance companies now charge extremely high insurance premiums for “worldwide” cover travelling with your “lookalikes” could save you a few £s or $s.

 I do possess a real pair of diamond studs that I was given many years ago however on  a day to day basis I wear my “lookalikes” unashamedly. Whether people think they are real or not does not bother me. I know what they are and therefore wear them more often and travel anxiety free.

When I attended the press day recently to introduce the new Bouton collections I was particularly impressed with the small diamond like studs made of simulated stones. They looked chic and elegant in their own right, not at all paste like.

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A selection of simulated stone jewellery available from Bouton here

Stud earrings available here

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Would you or wouldn’t you fake it ?  Do tell

This is not a sponsored post however I was sent the earring for review.

100 facet group shotresized 100 Facet Earrings £70.00 www.bouton.co.uk

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