Riviera-Chic? How Do I Get It?

Jul 22, 2015

Having lived in the Med for nearly 15 years and holidayed
in the places associated with Riviera-chic, I though I would
write about what I think constitutes Riviera-chic.

I am by no means a "fashionista", this is merely
my view of  a style and an era I absolutely love;
it's also where the idea for my boutique originated i.e
"bringing a little Riviera-chic to a woman's day".

Of course the famous Club 55 that epitomises everything that is Riviera-chic
and where my parents first took me when I was about 5 years old :-)

Apart from the Riviera being another playground for the rich and famous
(please note my family didn't fall into either category ;-)
the Riviera also has an "unwritten uniform" that dates back to the 1930's and 
comprises a mix of nautical and Parisian chic.

Here are some of my must-haves even today!!!

i) The Little White Dress

Main pic: Lily Pullitzer Resort Collection
Top Right: Jackie O
Bottom Right: Natalie Wood deciding which spot she is going to take ;-)

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ii) Stripes
Where out love of Breton stripes for the Summer all began!!!
Main Image: Riviera 1930's
Bottom Right: Bridgit Bardot

iii) The Straw Hat
Ladies on the Riviera always have the traditional straw hat

iv) Straw Holdall/Basket

Oh yes!!! Don't we all love carrying one of this in the summer
pretending we are channeling our Bridget Bardot?
It never looks quite as chic when I carry one ;-)

Basket Bottom Right: Aspiga

v) Big Shades

vi) Cigarette Pants/cropped pants
Left Image: Grace Kelly (1950's)

vii) Naughty in Nautical
Left Image: Sophia Loren

One of my favourite images from that era.

So is this your style?
Are you more boho-chic than Riviera-chic?
Which elements of Riviera-chic do you adopt
for your summer look?

As always I love to read your views 


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What Do You Recommend?

Jul 16, 2015

OK, so Summer seems to be the time when we 
lose ourselves in our books. 

For some it's the only time they
really get to indulge in reading.

For others like me, I constantly have my head in a new
book; my Husband is often saying there's not enough room
for both him and my books (but he knows better than to make me choose;-)

Actually the new cottage  I have just bought in the English 
 countryside has a gorgeous summer house in the garden, 
and that is going to be my reading nook. 
It was either "man-cave" or reading nook.
Guess which one won? ;-)

But here's the thing. I tend to only read non-fiction.

Here's what I am reading at the moment-both 
of which I highly recommend

This book it truly terrifying to read especially as it is written by one
of the most prominent Neurologists who watched both his parents
suffer with Alzhiemers. As degenerative brain diseases are one of
my biggest fears (perhaps more than the big C) this book shook
me to my core. Am I following the recommendations? You bet!!!

Has anyone else read this?
What were your thoughts?

I can sit for hours flicking through cookbooks.
I LOVE cooking and so this is a great way for me to relax.
This is a new book I am loving as I explore Middle Eastern

OK, but here's the thing.  In the Summer I do like to indulge
in some fiction and take my foot of the gas a little with the "heavy
stuff" ;-) But I'm a little stuck at what to read.

So I'm reaching out to my lovely friends here and asking,
"what fiction books would you recommend to me?"

I need a book that grabs you from the first few chapters (I'm sure
I have ADD). If I have to read 300 pages to gather what the book is about
I would have probably given up by page 200!!!

I'm open to any recommendations.
My fav genre's are: Psychological thrillers, stories about travel, 
friendship.................anything BUT chic-lit or sloppy romance.
I don't mind some romance if it's got a good meaty story behind it.

So let me have it.
Tell me your faves



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Jun 18, 2015

OK so we're  now in polo season, one of 
my favourite summer events (even though I have
never ridden a horse in my life). However, my Husband
is Spanish and comes from a  family who breed the
famous and gorgeous Andalucian Spanish horses. So I guess
I have become "horsey" through marriage ;-)

I thought I would do a post on my do's and don't
for polo attire. These are just my thoughts and by no
means will resonate with everyone (so
please don't take offence if I list a "don't" that is
actually your favourite look ;-)  but here we go.

Princess Charlotte of Monaco aka Charlotte Casiraghi

*keep polo attire smart and casual. Remember you
are not at the races or a summer wedding, but you still
want to look pulled together as this is usually quite a 
snazzy summer event. Remember this is a great networking/
social event, so you don't want to roll up looking as though
you are a stable hand ;-)

* my favourite colour to wear to polo events is to stick to white.
My favourite summer colour that always looks just fab against
the fab green of the polo lawn, and always makes you look fresh.

*keep accessories to a minimum

Leopard ring here
Branch Ring here

* flowing dresses also look fab at the polo, but nothing
too glitzy (you are not at a wedding ;-)
Dress: DVF
Rings: here

* stay away from stiletto's, you will look ridiculous wobbling
around on the lawn as your heels get stuck. I would go with
wedges and flats.  During polo "divot stamping" is done where 
the audience are invited to stomp back the mounds of lawn torn up 
by the horses; it's also a time to walk around and socialise (the 
best part for me).
So why not look glamorous doing it?

Shoes: Jimmy Shoo metallic wedges
Chloé suede wedges
Tory Burch cork sandals

Dress: Oscar de la Renta
Rings: here

I think this look would work really well also.


* DON'T do lots of bling. Accessorise freely but keep away from the stacking bangles-
you don't want the clanking of your bangles to drown out the thunder
of the hooves ;-)

*DON'T do the big fancy fancy hat. This is a dressy event, but 
it's not Ascot or the Kentucky Derby

*DON'T do psychedelic or sparkly. This
is polo not a pool party in Ibiza

That's it Lovelies.
Would love to know if you enjoy polo.
If not, what is your favourite summer event?

As always I love hearing from you

Colorful India

Jun 12, 2015

Gorgeous colors, enchanting details, and rich traditions are a
 few of the things you’re likely to find in Indian
inspired pieces.  I am certainly intrigued by this culture and 
love immersing myself in the artistry found in everything 
from saris, Indian jewellery  and much much  more.

purple, summer accessories, India, Indian colors

This gorgeous deep  purple  looks great to adorn an
all white ensemble; it just adds a punch for the summer ;-)

colours, Manish Arora, India
Manish Arora

summer accessories, fuchsia, René Caovilla, summer,

White Dress: Manish Arora
Pink Sandals: Reneé Caovilla

I LOVE this iPad cover by Manish Arora

Giambattista Valli, earrings, garnets, red, colours, India

Dress: Giambattista Valli

Marchessa, cuffs, summer jewellery, orange, colours, India, diamonds

Dress: Marchessa
MARIELLA cuff with diamonds

Have you been to India? Is it a place you would like to visit?

Do you embrace bold colours in summer or do you stick with

Do you stick to the same "menu" or are you adventurous?

As always I love to hear from you.

Don't Forget The Details Darling!!!!

Jun 6, 2015


AMARIS: Available here

Chanel, details

ARIANNA: Available here

Vera Wang

Manish Arora

RAVEN: Available here

Stephane Rolland

Do you agree luxury is in the detail or that
details make the design?
As always I love to hear your thoughts.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend of 
luxury + details



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Sparkling in Cannes

May 21, 2015

OK, so Cannes is back.
You've seen all the dresses (the good, the bad
and the ugly) but here are some of the
sparkles that swept down the
red carpet.

Cannes 2015, red carpet jewelry, jewellery, Chopard, diamonds, turquoise
Spanish actress Blanca Suarez wearing Chopard's
Red Carpet Collection; chandelier earrings with rubellite,
turquoise, diamonds and tsavorites

Cannes 2015, Natalie Portman, de Grisogono, diamonds earrings
Natalie Portman wearing de Grisogono

Naomi Watts, Bvlgari, Cannes2015
Naomi Watts wearing Bvlgari

Cannes 2015, Julianne Moore, Emeralds, daimonds
Julianne Moore wearing pear-shaped emerald earrings set
with white diamonds by Chopard

The gorgeous Bar Refaeli wearing some whopping ivory and
brown diamond chandelier earrings by de Grisogono

Now I know this is a post principally about
the sparkles at Cannes. However, I wanted to post the dress
I thought stood out more than any other. There were
a lot of black and white dresses, a lot of lace etc.
But I thought the dress worn below by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
was "architecturally" gorgeous.

The dress was designed by Ralph & Russo.
I thought it was stunning.
What do you think?

Kim Kardashian please take note!

What do you think of Cheryl's dress?
Who stood out for you, more than any other?
Which woman do feel always looks sexiest
because of the comfortable way her clothes
fit/look; she always looks effortless?

As always, I love to hear your thoughts


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