Summer travels are always so much fun because the weather is beautiful and people are generally more carefree. We decided to go to France this summer and we started our trip off in Provence. The South of France is a lot to take in. My suggestion is to make some decisions by doing your research before you get on the plane. We only had enough time to see a few places during our week in the South of Provence and we didn’t get to see everything. Here is how we did it.
We flew from Los Angeles into Paris and took the train from the Charles De Gaulle airport to Avignon. We took a direct flight for 10.5 hours from LAX on Air Tahiti Nui and then took the TGV train from the airport to Avignon France. From there we rented a car with Hertz rental car company and drove 1 hour to Gordes and started our vacation from there. We stayed with my husband’s cousin for a few days who lives in the town of Gordes and they gave us advice on places to drive to and see. Since Gordes is located in the Vaucluse region in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azurregion in southeastern France, we explored areas that were located an hour or less around Gordes.
We really loved the town of Gordes. It had a bustling historical town center that had 2 bakeries, shops, and the luxury hotel La Bastide de Gordes which had an amazing Sunday brunch. We walked around the cobblestone streets and tried croissants and baguettes from both bakeries.
The buffet at the La Bastide de Gordes was 65 Euros per person and it including unlimited champagne. The buffet included oysters, muscles, cheese, meats, breads, baked goods, and desserts. We only tried about 20% of what they had available at the buffet and it was all delicious. The view of the valley from the outdoor seating was breathtaking.
In case you have not seen these, I am in love with the Birkenstock candy colored jelly sandals for summer. Just as comfortable as their cousins, these jelly sandals are $34.95 and come in all their popular styles in a range of candy colors from pink, yellow, white to navy. You cannot just own 1 pair this summer, you will want a few pairs. This way you don’t have to wear your Birkenstocks to the beach or to the pool, take these instead because they will dry quickly and are meant to get wet. Which one will you choose?
To complete your street style look this summer, think about adding a pair of star sneakers to your shoe collection that won’t cost you $700. I found a pair that is very similar to the Saint Laurent pair minus the Saint Laurent logo that is worth checking out. It has the same look and weight as the Saint Laurent sneakers and are a bit more comfortable too. Thinking about touring Europe this summer, these can be your go to sneakers. Get these Mercer Edit sneakers for $199.95.
We all love a great Chanel jacket and if you can invest the $ into a great looking Chanel tweed jacket, it is worth it. To shop more Chanel jackets that have been pre owned go to the Real Real and shop now. But if you have seen all these bloggers wearing their Chanel like jackets recently, they are definitely not wearing Chanel $3,000 jackets and are picking up Chanel like tweed jackets on different sites. Here are some of my favorites I found recently that are worth trying out since the prices are so low. Why not right? Let me know what you think after you receive them.
The tweed jacket above is such a classic Chanel like look for $26. Get it here now.
Tweed white dress with black bow at the neck that is very classic Chanel is only $24 here.
A herringbone blazer with trim around the lapels is classic Chanel as well for $15 here.
Or go very feminine with this tweed suiting material and get a pink skirt set that is pretty and Chanel like all at the same time here at Storets.com.
If you are traveling this summer and want to make sure you have the perfect bag for every outfit, look no further than the Chanel wallet on a chain. Not only will you securely have your wallet in front of you at all times and attached to your body, but you will look stylish during the day while touring all the museums and sights.
At night, this bag does double duty as only a Chanel bag can do and you can use the same bag and dress it up with some heels and a dress and go straight to dinner. This versatile bag has come back into stock recently in Chanel boutiques in its classic burgundy interior, gold chain, and gold hardware with caviar leather. I love this particular wallet on a chain from Chanel because it is quite scratch resistant and has the back pocket like the classic bags. You will never have to worry that you look outdated with this little wallet bag for $2,100.
If you want to save a little, check out The Real Real to see this Chanel Wallet on a Chain in black patent leather. Vestiare Collective has a Chanel boy bag wallet on a chain in a red color that is both eye catching and practical. Whichever one you choose you cannot go wrong. A wallet on a chain is the perfect travel bag for any time of the year and you will find yourself using it way beyond your vacation.
If you are considering other brands – check out the Saint Laurent wallet on a chain with gold hardware. It is costs a little less than the Chanel wallet on a chain, but delivers big in the looks department with the grained leather and gold hardware and the roomy interior and ample credit card slots for $1,275.
This Chanel like white dress with a black bow is still my favorite dress. For $24 you really cannot beat a great looking dress like this. If you need a dress for work or a dress for a weekend date, this dress will fit the bill. Get the dress here now.
Every celebrity and blogger has suddenly been seen with a pair of these Alexandre Birman nude bow sandals so I thought I should tell you about them. These are the softest and most feminine pretty sandals for summer and you will want to wear them with everything since the nude sandals are super leg elongating. You may have seen them on Reese Witherspoon and Olivia Palermo lately. Get them at Bergdorfgoodman.com now.
If you have not read the interview Gwyneth Paltrow did with Netaporter.com read it now. She talks about her divorce from Chris Martin, growing Goop, and her life in general.
Shop all the looks from Gwyneth Paltrow’s photoshoot here including the yellow bikini and sweater seen here. Also, while you are looking around – don’t forget about the big Netaporter.com 50% off sale going on right now.
I was looking for the perfect top and skirt that would look like a dress together and I recently found the set at Iro Paris. I like the fact that when the set is paired together you look like you are wearing a dress, separately you can pair the top with a pair of white jeans or black pants and change the look entirely. The skirt can be made to look very casual if you paired it with a white crew neck short sleeve tee with a pair of white sneakers.
We spent our Sunday at the Museum of Ice Cream and it did not disappoint. As soon as you arrive into the Museum of Ice Cream you are greeted with a beautiful pink entrance where you are immediately given a Dove dark chocolate. From there you are lead into a very Instagram friendly pink room with pink telephones that give you directions on the rest of your visit. After the photos with the pink telephones, you enter a room with pink wall paintings and a room full of pink palm tree with cone shaped trunks. In this room you get to have salted caramel ice cream from Salt & Straw.
From that room you enter a room with pink and yellow bunches of bananas hanging from the ceiling an a scratch and sniff banana wall and a banana swing. This room is so much fun you will want to stay there. However, you will need and want to enter the next room which is filled with mint plants that they used to make the mochi mint chocolate chip ice cream. The guide tells you about how they infused the dirt with chocolate so that the mint leaves are also infused with a chocolate flavor before they make the mint ice cream. Everyone gets a half a mochi to sample. It is incredible.
Next, you enter a room where there are giant gummy bear statues and you get a handful of gummy bears to snack on and then you enter a room with charcoal infused cookie dough and sculptures of black ice cream on cones on the wall. Next you enter the sprinkles pool made out of plastic and you are allowed to swim in it without your shoes. It is probably one of the best rooms in the whole museum. From there you exit into a room with an ice cream sandwich swing and are given pink buttermilk pancakes with vanilla ice cream inside. The experience was amazing and I would go again if I could get tickets again. I highly recommend the Museum of Ice Cream.