Thursday, July 12, 2012

A French Vacation: Summer Accessories

A parasol perhaps? Not likely.
Let me see. Tell me if I'm wrong. These were the accessories that you thought would be perfect for your vacation in France this summer:

A pareo. Only if you wear it as a shawl -- over a cardigan.
Hmmm, sandals. Why not? If you team them with socks you should be fine.
Sunglasses. In my experience they make great headbands
 If you are planning a trip to France, remember to pack the following:

Scarves and plenty of them.

An Eric Bompard cardigan. This one looks cheery and won't seem depressing in the rain.
This one, from La City, is for me to wear with my black linen trousers and if there's a break in the showers a pair of black ballerinas.

You can buy one of these when you arrive.

But never mind, there is always the outside chance that you have other travel plans this year or you could re-route to Provence perhaps. In that case, I have a huge surprise for you, a cadeau really. It's so much fun that it will make you happy no matter where you spend your holidays.

As you know, every summer magazines, newspapers, the Web, etc. all tout “the best vacation reads.” Debuting tomorrow and for five weeks thereafter, you will be treated to your very own best of summer vacation read – written exclusively for us by an extraordinary writer and a wonderful friend.

Some of you may remember her from what was, in my opinion, one of the best blogs ever written, Mon Avis, Mes Amis. Unfortunately the operative word in that sentence is “was” – Elizabeth stopped writing her blog some time ago to the dismay of many of us groupies.

However, Elizabeth L. Smith is back and this time she is weaving a tale of romance and intrigue in Paris.

Please be here tomorrow and every Friday for the duration.

Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain.


Young at Heart said...

sounds planning to head to Greece myself, i need their sunshine and they need my money!!

Anonymous said...

i'm in greece ..
heaven on earth !
stay out of athens & you'll be fine !
if you must go to athens bring a gas mask & plenty of maalox ( for your face)
kalo taxidi !

The Daily Connoisseur said...

How exciting! What a wonderful idea... Do hope you're well and having a great summer dear Tish! X

Anonymous said...

Ooh, a serial! What a brilliant and fun idea. Can't wait, Tish. Hope you are bearing up all right; thinking of you this week.

xoxoxo --

BigLittleWolf said...

A lifetime ago, I was on a Greek island... so beautiful.

I'd take the South of France right about now - in a heartbeat!

Jules said...

It's raining as though it will never stop, the temperature is heading to freezing and as I huddle I count the hours to Friday!!!!

déjà pseu said...

Oh wonderful, I loved her blog! And I'd take on Paris right now even in the rain, but do hope you get some sunshine soon.

LPC said...

Elizabeth is an absolutely glorious writer. I am so happy we will be reading her prose again.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Oh how wonderful Tish.
I loved reading her blog and clever you to coax her back into the limelight.

carolyn bradford said...

Oh, I can't wait! So glad I read this post today! I for one loved the first few examples but you are so right about not needing them in Paris! Would love to have them in the South of France, though! Thanks for sharing this great news about the magazine! I will return tomorrow for sure! And it IS supposed to be raining here!

kathy peck said...

Never read her blog, but looking forward to her prose.
Wish I was in Greece like some of the others who commented are - it's been far too long.

kabayoz said...

Paris and Greece...too sad for me, but not anytime soon. Much sooner across the pond, at the cement jungles of Oahu and Kauai, land of pareo, sandals and big hats. Looking forward to reading Elizabeth's blog.

Splenderosa said...

Goodness, I cannot wait to read her posts, this will be wonderful. And, I'm laughing out loud at your images today. Pareo? Yes, they make great summer shawls, don't they?

Chicatanyage said...

We were lucky in the South of France with temperatures well into the 30s so was able to use all my summer accessories for their designated usages. There seems to be a dividing line through the middle of France weather wise. Now back in rainy London

Charlene said...

How exciting! I was a big fan of Mon Avis, Mes Amis so I look forward to this cadeau. Merci beaucoup!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

We are getting more rain this summer and we are so happy about it! It is not cool by any means, but at least it is rain and clouds! So much better than the long hot drought of last year. I love the little umbrella!!

webb said...

Love the pink sweater - more my style. Than the pareo, alas! Looking forward to our new adventure

Francesca Muir said...

Can't wait Tish - and thank you in advance! Great photos and great travel tips - wish I could make use of them at this moment but I can't. Staying in wet old Sydney - BUT it is warmer today.
Take care and have a wonderful weekend.
F x

youdresssanimpress said...

Oh la la, I like it! Tired of everything islandly exotic in summer.

Shybiker said...

It's sad Elizabeth stopped blogging. I grieve when my favorite bloggers do that. It seems like a death.

I've learned that blogging means different things to different people. I've pondered that subject on my blog.

Love what you're doing here.

tweedlibrarian said...

Hmmm... I'm going to have to completely rethink my packing list for my upcoming Paris trip. I'd been all ready for cute sandals and little linen dresses...but the shoes will have to change. Thanks for the reality check!

And I look forward to reading Elizabeth's story!

Anonymous said...

I was in Paris for 5 nights recently (June 28 - July 2) -- without any rain. The weather was sunny & partly cloudy. My silk-cotton-cashmere V-neck sweaters (menswear from Banana Republic) and my pashmina were great. A pair of opaque tights made skirts more comfortable in the evenings.

Paris came at the end of 5 weeks traveling in Italy & France. I took 2 skirts, 1 pair of straight leg jeans and a plain, short sleeve silk dress. I wish I had taken my denim pencil skirt, too.

Saw lots of coloured jeans (including red) on men and women. Striped Breton tees and scarves were also common.


Tish Jett said...

Typos happen.

Merci for the shout out. It's extremely difficult to self-edit and I'm the one who made the error/typo.

Carla said...

I just came back from Argentina and I´m telling you: sunglasses are mandatory. I mean, there are many places where you will need them: if you go to the South of the country, you get to see the glaciers, a place where everything is white and you need the glasses in order to be able to keep your eyes open. The same happens in the North if you go to the salt lake in Jujuy. Salt, as you may know, is white, so you will not be able to take a picture if you don´t have your sunglasses on. Then, the place to rest your eyes is the city. There are buildings everywhere (in one of those I had the apartment rental in Buenos Aires) so the shadow is wherever you need it!

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