Summer travel can be fun and exhausting. It is hard to predict weather and what you should pack if you are going to more than one city in a big country. This summer we went from the South of France to Paris and we had to pack for 100 plus temperatures in the dry areas of Gordes, Arles, Lourmarin, and Lacoste, while also packing for the coastal areas like Saint Tropez and then for rainy cooler temperatures in Paris.
Since we did not want to bring too much clothing with us, we had to bring very versatile pieces that would work for a range of temperatures and climates. One of my favorite types of pieces to pack are jumpsuits. I am so grateful jumpsuits have come back into fashion because you don’t have to think too much about how a jumpsuit looks when paired with a pair of earrings or shoes. You can dress a jumpsuit up or down and you don’t have to think about whether the bottom matches the top or not.
I own several different types of jumpsuits because of their versatility. Some jumpsuits you can dress up like you would a dress and some you can wear with sneakers. The one in the photo above packs really easily and doesn’t wrinkle so I wore in several different temperatures in France without any issues. I also dressed up the all black number with a bright pom pom necklace to keep it looking interesting.
We took the most magical bike tour through the Palace of Versaille grounds when we were in France. We met our tour guide in Paris at the train station and took a 1 hour train ride to Versailles. From there we picked up a picnic at the local Farmer’s Market and rode our bikes through the Palace grounds.
When I was in Paris, I brought along my favorite Ulla Johnson pieces to wear on my trip. They were versatile and perfect for the 75 degree weather in the city. I always looked well dress weather I was going to the Louvre or to a cafe for lunch or out to dinner. Ulla Johnson never disappointed. One of my favorite Ulla Johnson dresses is now on sale. The original price was $437 and it is now on sale for $305.90 at 30% off. Get the Ulla Johnson dress now before it is gone.
My favorite Valentino Star Studded Pumps are now on sale for $558 from the original price of $1,395. That is about 60% off. If you have been thinking about these shoes, think no longer, they can now be yours.
I love all the floral straps and floral bags that are out this season. When I was in New York City in April, the Coach store on 5th Avenue had the coolest display of the Coach floral bags. One of the bags that caught my eye was this floral saddle bag. I have always been a fan of the saddle bag and this one with the perfect length crossbody strap in the cream color is perfect for summer into early fall. The bag is now on sale for $385 from $550. Now is the time to get it and wear it all summer long. Get the Coach bag at Saks.com now during there big sale.
Every time Nordstrom has their Anniversary sale, I always look to see if there is anything I need for fall because they put the items on sale that will go back to regular price after the sale for the fall season. This sale is when you buy the investment pieces you normally would not buy until they go on sale. So why wait until the season is over when you can get everything on sale now before the season even starts right?
Here are my picks:
Gucci gradient lens black sunglasses for $293.90 and the price will go back up after the sale to $440.
Rag & Bone Fringe cap toe booties on sale for $329.90 and the price will go back up to $495 when the sale is over.
Rag & Bone wesley dark suede ankle boots on sale for $349.90 and the price goes back up to $525 when the sale is over.
Tory Burch adeline logo boots on sale at Nordstrom for $299.90 and will go back up to $498 when the sale is over.
AG The Legging Raw Hem Skinny Jeans are on sale for $149.90 and will go back up to $225 when the sale is over.
Missoni zigzag scarf on sale for $139.90 from $212 when the Nordstrom sale is over.
In Arles, France we hit a heatwave and were luckily prepared with many cute off the shoulder jumpsuits like this one. We needed a cute outfit we would be comfortable in while touring for at least 6 hours a day and this Splendid black jumpsuit did the trick. The material is 95% rayon and 5% lycra and kept my daughter cool throughout the day. We walked through the town of Arles from the Coliseum to the Amphitheater to lunch at the Nord Pinus Hotel pop up restaurant and she kept cool throughout the day.
Splendid black jumpsuit now 30% off for $95.99 at Zappos.com
While we were in the South of France, we got the chance to wear all of our lightest dresses. It was so hot that every day was about figuring out which piece would keep us coolest. One of my daughter’s favorite piece was an off the shoulder gingham dress that was fashionable and light. She wore it with her Pop and Suki custom camera bag along with her keds and we toured all Lacoste, France in the intense heat with no issues.
Gingham dress above available for $14 at Shein.com
My favorite Gucci sunglasses for this season have got to be these beautiful oversized circular black frames that harkens back to the 60’s classic modern styling of Jackie Onassis. Think mod prints and a silk scarf on your head with a great black top and white pants. All you need is a boat in Antibes and you are all set.
One of the most amazing places we visited while in Saint Tropez in the South of France was Club 55. This legendary restaurant with beach chairs on the beach is like a fancy Paradise Cove restaurant and beach in Malibu, California. If you have never been to the South of France, Club 55 is one of those restaurants on the beach where you can pay to rent a chair to hang out on for the day and order food. Club 55 has been around since the 1950’s and celebrities are known to frequent the restaurant in the summer. On the day we were there the paparazzi camped out in front of our chairs to wait for Gwyneth Paltrow to come off her boat from Cannes.
Other shopping suggestions this July 4th weekend: One of my favorite white beach cover ups is an off the shoulder eyelet version for $68 and can be found at Nordstrom. Another one I love from Nordstrom is a washed denim blue fringe off the shoulder dress also for $68. And if you are looking for a great looking red dress, get this one by Charles Henry for $88.
We loved everything about Club 55 from the food to the gift shop. It was a great way to spend the day in Saint Tropez. Of course we ordered their Le Club 55 rose at lunch along with their classic crudite platter and artichokes.
They also have one of the best gift shops I have seen in any beach area. Their shop had totes, dresses, hats, swimsuits, sunscreen, and everything in between. We bought a few things from the shop of course.
Another shot of the shop at Club 55 along with their outdoor bar which serves smoothies and alcoholic beverages all day long.