As you know if you are a regular reader of this blog about twice a year we make the journey by car from London to the South of France. The overall driving time is approximately 12 hours. As my now slightly creaky bones get very stiff sitting a a car for this amount of time I insist on an overnight stopover, ideally in a nice Chateau hotel as depicted here.
This involves having a very small capsule travelling wardrobe. I insist on being comfortable for the journey so this involves having a pair of easy black trousers, layers and a warm wrap, I find classic coats a a bit bulky when sitting in a car for a length of time.
Above are the basics and I have done a couple of permutations. You can create your own versions; for example the sweater over the dress, the T shirt under the dress for warmth, the cape over the dress etc.
1.Grey sweater from a selection here //2. Black dress Jaeger here // 3. Bobble hat here // 4. Vintage Saint Laurent blanket coat here // 5. M Missoni red pashmina here // 6. Layering Tee here // 7. Black trousers here // 8. Black cabin suitcase here // 9. Black ankle boots here // 10. Black court shoes here
Black bag in evening photo here // Gold necklace here // Gold earrings here
I found a good selection of cashmere sweaters at Yoox here. Many discounted. Alternatively at John Lewis here
An afternoon sitting by the fire with a hot cup of tea, a soft cushion, a warm cashmere sweater, a pair of stylish pyjama bottoms, a cosy pair of slippers and a good book. What could be more enjoyable especially as the skies here in London are currently very grey.
If you love all things Parisian and are a fan of Ines de la Fressange “Letter from Paris” by Thérèse, is a great fun read. Thérèse’s book is a brilliant examination of how a mature woman can learn to follow her heart and create the life of her dreams. Set in Paris, London and New York and with frequent references to fashion and the fashion world. It is both entertaining and at the same time invites us to explore how we could also have the courage to change our lives and maybe even put pen to paper and write a novel of our own. Follow the main character India’s roller coaster ride as she follows her instincts and engages in the adventure of her life.
It reminds me of what my old teacher used to say “If you have the courage to live the life you are meant to be living doors will open for you that would not open for anybody else.”
At this time of year my skin can feel really dry and parched. I swim once a week and the chlorine makes things even worse.
A good hydrating mask really helps and the current one I am using is La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Masque, a soothing weekly treatment. If I am having a lazy Sunday at home I tend to keep the masque on all day with maybe a touch of tinted moisturiser on top to add some colour.
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One of the joys of spending time in our apartment in France has been the warm welcome we have received from our neighbours and the delightful and interesting friends we have made over the last five years.
Today it is my great pleasure to introduce you to Monique, who has not only become a friend but has also agreed to contribute to these pages. I am sure you will agree with me, when you read her bio, that this is a great honour. I am sure she will enlighten us on french fashion, culture and lifestyle in the months to come.
Monique Amaudry-Jordan, a former journalist with leading US and French magazines, including Women’s Wear Daily in Paris. Monique has also worked as a PR/Media executive with organizations in New York, Washington D.C., London and Paris. Amaudry-Jordan taught public relations at the American University of Paris, and holds a diploma in literary translation from the University of London in Paris.
While serving as president of WICE, a well-regarded Anglophone cultural and educational organization, she was impressed by the association’s “flagship program,” the Paris Writers Workshop. This is her third year as director of the Paris Writers Workshop, now in its 24th year.
We have also made some animal friends on our many walks in the french countryside.
Our feral friends. They live quite near our apartment and we feed them left overs. The village of Grimaud is so full of cats that its nickname is “Grimeoow.”
The scarf I am wearing is from Zara last year, it is a bit pot luck with Zara you just have to pop and see what they have got as they sell out really quickly. My jeans are my usual NYDJ straight leg and trainers by New Balance.
I have sourced some similar below both for my US and UK readers.