On a recent trip to Grimaud I had a wonderful morning rummaging round the market in St. Tropez. It is one of my favorite pastimes as it is full of the most wonderful eccentric objects as well as bargain priced clothes, accessories and jewellery alongside delicious local produce.  It is always pot luck as you never know what you are going to find, although over time you get to know where the best stalls hang out and get an eye for some of the good stuff as opposed to the overpriced rubbish.  I find that there is more chance of picking up a bargain in the winter as opposed to the summer when there are more visitors around.  This certainly proved true this January as the markets were very quiet due to the weather in the South of France had been unusually rainy and dreary (the locals blamed “les anglais” for having brought this dire weather with them!). The bronze statue below certainly caught my husband’s eye and after much deliberation, and negotiating over the price it became ours. The delicate glass chandeliers glistened in the faint sunlight and beckoned me towards them and just before the stall packed up for the day a mutually acceptable deal was struck. The two styles are so diametrically opposed that I never dreamed that they would end up happily cohabiting together on the consul in our flat, but they did and I think the chandeliers look particularly appealing at night with their candles which throw a soft light onto “Brigitte”, how could we not call her that as she was created by a French artist in the 1950s.

The original bronze statue as seen in St. Tropez market
The Chandeliers in St Tropez market
The two objects united to form a stunning ensemble
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If he won’t listen to you get a friend and image consultant to help your man choose his new wardrobe. Men just don’t seem to like shopping, certainly mine doesn’t.  It is all or nothing he can go months and months and wear his clothes until the fabric is nearly wearing out.  However with a bit of persuasion and expert advice a metamorphosis can be achieved.  During a recent trip to St. Tropez we managed to persuade him into Celio menswear, a great shop for men, especially at this time of year as there is a 3 for 2 offer. We even got him to try on some colour, his default choice is usually black and more black.

Would love to hear your comments on how you dress your man or does he prefer to do his own thing and choose his own clothes.

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September is a wonderful time to be in St Tropez, the skies are still blue, the temperature is warm but not too humid, the crowds have mostly gone and there is plenty of time and space to discover unexplored treasures in the back streets and browse round the markets.  Discovered a great vintage treasure trove just behind Place de Lice, if you have the energy to rummage you can find some genuine designer items.
Vintage designer dresses

Still on the same vintage theme.  A friend bought two fantastic genuine designer bags in the Bricante last Sunday in very good condition and she is an expert at bargaining and getting a good price.
Ingrid inspecting a designer bag
The latest style in vintage
Blanc Bleu. A great shop for beautiful soft linens and cottons
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Have just spent the last few day staying with a friend in Bedfordshire just relaxing chilling out and catching up while our husbands went fishing.  Below are pictures of her Japanese style garden where believe it or not we managed to eat breakfast outside in the sunshine, just before the torrential rain started. It is quite small yet beautifully designed and very Zen like.  It is amazing how your surroundings can have such a profound effect on the psyche.

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A beautiful wedding held recently at the majestic old church in the Village of Grimaud. Everything about the occasion was sophisticated elegant and chic. Let us know what you think.

THE BRIDE AND GROOM – BRIDESMAIDS IN A DELICATE “NUDE” SHADE
GUESTS ARRIVING – MAXI DRESSES AND ONE PASTEL COLOURED MISSONI
A DELICATE SHADE OF SILVER GREY – VERY ELEGANT
TWO VERY CHIC PARISIAN LADIES
MY FRIEND DEE ON THE RIGHT LOOKING ELEGANT
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