I've been quietly collecting maxi dresses over the last couple of years as they're just so versatile and easy to wear. I could have readily packed them all but luggage allowance dictated I could only take one (darn those airline restrictions!). For some inexplicable reason, Tall Brown Fox was reticent, nay even territorial about allowing me to intrude into his luggage allowance! Ah well, on this occasion, fortunately, I didn't have to draw lots to decide on which one to take.
We celebrated my mum-in-law's birthday when we were there. She had long wanted to visit a couple of special villages; Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Saint Paul de Vence. Both are reknown for their galleries and artistic connections. Marc Chagall, the Russian-French artist lived in Saint Paul for almost 20 years, from 1966 until his death in 1985 and is buried in the village's cemetery. If you're ever in Nice, while away an hour or two in the Chagall museum there. You won't regret it.
Vivid blues are colours that constantly recur in his work, so I felt I was honouring the spirit of Chagall in my outfit.
I have to be careful with citrus colours as they don't compliment my skin tone. However, soft oranges, corals and peaches are fine, especially if the colour is balanced out by others, as with this dress. The coral is the canvas for the cobalt blue, turquoise, black and ivory to dance upon.
I adore the fact that although the pattern is floral, it's not a 'twee' floral. The flowers are BIG and bold. They want to be noticed. They hang, swing and swirl around each other like exotic dancers, creating a feeling of movement. With the high waistband, the material drapes and falls beautifully, making it so comfortable to stroll around in, I feel like I'm gliding.
Did you know moonstone (my ring) is associated with new beginnings and good fortune? Seemed appropriate to wear on a birthday.
The bolero comes from another dress but the blues match so well, it's as it they were a two piece. Did you spot the 3 dainty buttons on the sleeve? Ahhh, I'm not just giving you a wry turn of the head, you see. I give you detail.
Temperatures in the South of France in May are pleasantly warm rather than scorching - thank goodness - but you still have to be careful about burning. The bolero protected my shoulders from the sun, without making me feel hot and grumpy.
And you wouldn't want to see me hot and grumpy. It ain't pretty.
I happily admit to loathing wearing suncream. Of course, I do wear it. I'm not rash, my dears! With my celtic genes, there's no escaping the dreaded greasing of skin, but I avoid it where possible.
As the two villages were about an hour's drive away, it meant we'd be out all day and well into the night, only returning chez nous after the evening's birthday meal.
Wearing an outfit that's both comfortable for daytime sight-seeing, yet is 'dress-y' enough for a celebration meal in a smart restaurant can be challenging but that's where this maxi dress came up trumps. All I had to do was swap the bolero for a wrap, the shoes for latticed wedges!
With the amount of walking we were going to do, footwear had to be pratical first, pretty second. Hill top villages and cobbled streets may sound romantic but coupled with steep steps, they aren't forgiving. For the sightseeing, I wore my trusted cream Skechers. I can walk miles in these whilst they feel as soft as slippers.
And yes, my feet did look gorgeous.
Don't worry, I didn't turn into Cinderella and leave one shoe behind at the ball. By the time we got home, long after midnight had chimed, bellies groaning under the weight of delicious French cuisine and champagne, it was all I could do to take a photograph of one wedge against the pattern of the dress.
What? You wanted one of me wearing them WITH the dress?
I reiterate, there was alot of cuisine and ... 'hic', champagne...
Skechers slip on trainers
New Look Turquoise Wedges
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