Life in our french village

One thing I love about our village at this time of the year are the festivities. It is so hot during the day that most of us keep to the shade and try to stay cool. However in the evening we come out to play. During the month of July every Tuesday we are entertained by the “Grimaldines” and a music concert at the “ancient chateau”. There are often acrobats, comedians and dancers. Each evening has a different theme. Last Tuesday there were dancers, musicians and acrobats to entertain us.

Villagers wander round the narrow streets or gather in the main square. We usually meet up with friends for a glass or two of wine. I like to wear one of my maxi dresses. I find them cool and comfortable.

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Nordstrom anniversary sale 2017

This post is primarily for my USA readers. Tips on how to plan/shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.

The Nordstrom anniversary sale is the best sale ever. I can’t believe that they will be discounting the latest Autumn 2017 collections.

The Anniversary Sale works differently than your typical sale. Instead of the items starting off at full price then being discounted, they start on sale, then go up to their original price on August 7th.

This just does not happen in Europe. If you live in the US and have an account at Nordstrom you can get early access beginning today. Popular items sell out fast so early access makes a difference. You can apply for a card HERE however it may take a few days to process. I wish that I could be a cardholder (not available if you live outside the US).

When the sale opens to everyone on July 21st I intend to check out Eileen Fisher; as I know my size in this brand. I will also be exploring the accessories section. Nordstrom ship internationally and make life easy by handling postage and duty costs up front.

Despite the current hot weather some of us like to plan our wardrobes early. For those with a practical mindset you might like to make a list of items that need replacing. Alternatively you could dream a little and choose items that you would love to have in your wardrobe but can’t afford at the normal retail prices. You never know you might be lucky and an ideal piece in you size is waiting to be popped into your shopping basket. If you are not yet sure what your “Autumn look” will be you could check out their comprehensive catalogue for inspiration. I find that accessories such as handbags jewellery and possibly shoes are always a good option.

Nordstrom Anniversary sale 2017 handbags

Brands I favour are those that I am familiar with as they are available in the UK.

I find it is usually a good start to check out brands that you like and buy from. The tried and trusted always works better in sales. This is not the time to go for “wanton experimentation”. In my opinion it is best to stick with the perennial classics.

You might like to take sneak preview of some of the Anniversary sale discounts 

I will be back shortly with a few of my favourite Nordstrom Anniversary sale picks. Then on Saturday I will posting news and views from St. Tropez and festivities in our village. Join me again then.


Travel comfortably transitioning cold/hot climates

Travel comfortably transitioning cold/hot climates. When travelling from a cool destination to a hot one, or vice versa, is always a sartorial dilemma. Either you start your journey freezing cold or walk down the airplane steps on arrival and break out into a hot sweat before you reach the tarmac. I think I might have found a way to solve this problem………..

Details of Above:

Ethnic bracelet // Blue dress many years old by Sofie D/Hoore new version similar // pom pom hat // navy trousers/jumpsuit // silver sandals // Instant mineral SPF45 powder// Mac lipstick

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Ethnic bracelets make chic holiday accessories

Ethnic bracelets make chic holiday accessories. Ever since Brigitte Bardot appeared on the scene in the 1950’s St. Tropez has been known as a chic and hippie village on the Cote D’Azur.

Et Dieu… créa la femme was filmed there in 1956. Briditte subsequently bought her house “La Madrague sur la route des Canebiers à Saint-Tropez en 1958.” Thus she contributed to making this little known village an international legend.

Top row: Multi strand // Coral & turquoise // Wrap stud bracelet //
Middle row: Double wrap leather stud // multi strand red/bronze // Mahala set of 5
Bottom row: gold/bead bracelet // Beads & tassels set of 7 // semi precious stone beaded black/gold

When I am here in France I love to visit the market in St. Tropez April 2017 and January 2017 It is a treasure trove of hippie scarves, kaftans and ………..

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Silk chiffon top and versatile trousers

If you are looking for an outfit that packs like a dream, can be worn multitude ways and looks chic and elegant I have found one. There is nothing like the feeling of soft chiffon floating in the wind. Although these photographs were taken by Hammersmith Bridge, near where I live in South West London, they are evocative of blue skies, long summer days on the beach or sipping cocktails on a balmy summer evening. The beautiful silk chiffon pop on top I am wearing is by HopefashionUK. It depicts an aqua sea, warm sand and palm trees. How much more summery can you get. I have teamed it with their foundation roll top wide trouser in navy. I will be talking more about the versatility of this piece and how well it travels later in the post.

How I created different looks with these two pieces.

Silk chiffon printed top and navy trousers

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