.Almost too excited to say it, but I’m on my way to Europe in about 48 hours!! I will be away a couple of weeks but hope to post and perhaps even ‘tweet’ from there (my sons will be so proud of me… well, actually one will be, and one will be mortified :)) Needless to say, my trusty little Leica will be in my pocket. I’ve been frantically packing, repacking, trying things on, sorting through accessories, downsizing toiletries, etc. etc. Not that I need much (cough cough) but nothing like a trip across the pond to inspire a Spring closet cleanse. One of the places I’ll be going is Cannes, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to post the homage to Breton Stripes I’ve been compiling. My initial inspiration took root a few months ago, when I ordered the adorable pair of striped Uggs you’ll see further below. I was about to post when Mr. Ugg emailed to say they were sold out. Life goes on. Then about 10 days ago I received another email saying they were back in stock- Happiness! Finally, my Breton striped beauties arrived. Wrong size. I called back- all sold out for the second time! With rather pathetic determination I slid my striped boats boots back on again and reevaluated in several mirrors to see if the clown shoe effect was just a single mirror fluke- no such luck…so back they’ve gone. If anyone wants a pair in size 9, call quickly and you might get mine. (note; they run BIG- I’m an 8, these fit like a 10)
Hepburn and Tracey
Classic Breton stripe long sleeve T-shirt by Petit Bateau
Sarah and Gerald Murphy
Breton stripes and the whole Cote D’Azur vibe always brings to mind the book “Everybody Was So Young“; the biography written by Amanda Vaill about Sarah and Gerald Murphy. Good Summer read!
Espadrilles (lost the credit)
One of my most favourite books of photographs of the South of France; Lartique’s Riviera
(available on Amazon)
Oh how I adore this perfume and all the great old memories it brings back- such a classic! It made me feel like a real grown up. A languid day in the sun, a nice refreshing shower, a white linen dress and a spritz of “Rive Gauche”= a perfect recipe!
Rive Gauche also now comes in a lighter version, which I have not tried
Love! Even though cuffs don’t suit me (Skelator wrists) but in my summer fashion fantasy I have arms like Iman.
A large scale photo of old beach chairs I bought my husband for Christmas
Natasha Poly-French Vogue
What my husband probably wishes I bought him.
The Murphys and friends.
THE Uggs 🙁
Slim Paley Photo
LifeBird on Duty
John Singer Sargent
Brando strolling the Croisette
Oh man…now THAT’S some Breton stripes!
PS. I’m trying this; Packing 10 days worth of clothes into carry on NY Times article
And on that note, I better go unpack, repack and pack again…I’ll be up all night if you want to chat 🙂