Packing for the French Riviera

With the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in full swing, I’ve been thinking how downright chic the people who live and vacation in the French Riviera always are. There is one individual though that immediately comes to mind when I think about fashion in the region and that is Monaco’s princess, Grace Kelly. She was the embodiment of Riviera-chic and when I was planning what items to pack for the south of France last summer I kept thinking about Princess Grace in all her glamour in the 1955 film To Catch a Thief. It’s hard to forget the scene of her in that yellow swimsuit and white sunglasses on the beach of Hotel Carlton in Cannes!

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Many of the items I packed for the French Riviera are included in today’s Riviera-style packing list, while others I recently discovered and would be on my list of items to take if I was going back this year.

Channel Monaco’s princess in a gorgeous hat like this and these white rimmed Chanel sunglasses. I took this striped bikini top and bottom set that I purchased from ASOS. Stripes are a must in The Riviera so be sure to pack a dress like this. I swear half of what I packed for Europe was navy and white! I recently came across these neutral lace-up sandals and this clutch that just scream Riviera-chic. Don’t forget to pack your favourite French perfume. I love this fragrance. And a packing list for the French Riviera would not be complete without some bling. How stunning are these Kenneth Jay Lane earrings?!

French Riviera packing list

1. Hat: Revolve – sold out (similar here & here & here) | 2. Sunglasses: Nordstrom | 3. Dress: ASOS – sold out (similar here & here) | 4. Earrings: The Outnet | 5. Perfume: Chanel  | 6. Bikini: top & bottom (love the purple top & bottom too)  | 7. Outfit Set: Goodnight Macaroon | Fringed Top: ASOS – sold out (similar here) | Clutch: Nordstrom | Sandals: Shopbop

By the Sea in Portovenere

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Welcome to my fifth installment of Travel Tuesday. Today I am continuing to share photos of day five of my Contiki Mediterranean Highlights tour.

After a quick stop in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower we headed north to the Province of La Spezia. The province is best known for the Cinque Terre (“five lands”), the five seaside villages in the cliffs along the rugged portion of the Italian Riviera. The towns are accessible by boat or train.

In order for us to get to the Cinque Terre, we were dropped off in one of the neighbouring towns called Portovenere. As we got off the bus and began walking down the path to the water, I remember thinking how special this place was. Though not technically in the Cinque Terre, the town is equally stunning and offers similar striking sea views. Portovenere is just plain beautiful!

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The last two photos I took from the ferry as we pulled out of the harbour and sailed towards the Cinque Terre. Next week in part six of Travel Tuesday I’ll be sharing photos of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.



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