Last week I travelled the French Riviera coast for the first time. I spent much of my time in awe at the perfect colour of the sea (I already granted you a glimpse on my instagram account here and here). I always assumed those brilliant turquoise and azure marine tints to be the result of too much Photoshopping but I know better now! I guess one sometimes needs to absorb things in person to ascertain their existence. I did notice some variations between different beaches on the Cote d’Azur though and the one that showed off the most vibrant sea colour (an effervescent cyan tint) was no doubt Nice.
We went for a walk along the coastline on the Promenade des Anglais where we let our hair flow freely – please excuse its state by the time these pictures were taken. Note to self: the wind is the perfect hoax to conceal a good or a bad hair day.
We stopped for a tea break at Le Relais (the bar of the Belle Epoque style Negresco hotel (TripAdvisor)), a paean to deep-rooted French sophistication. The hotel is said to be the only one in France that employs a full time curator for its large collection art and antiques distributed all over the hotel. And indeed, distinguished 17th and 18th century VIPs glanced down on us with stern faces while we enjoyed a “trilogie de douceurs” with our teas – as they once must have glanced down on renowned artists such as Picasso, Dali, Matisse and Chagall and on a love-struck Richard Burton who (presumably) forgot a jewellery case with a fabulous emerald necklace purchased for Elisabeth Taylor on a bar stool.
That day in Nice, I carried my lovely new August handbag which I’ve been wearing so much lately. I’ve always been drawn to brands that merge cutting-edge fashion with social responsibility and August is one of them. The company invests in education in Los Angeles by donating a backpack to a child in need for every bag sold and commits to local and ethical craftsmanship for the production of its bags and accessories. The brand has a strong focus on travel as each bag is inspired by one of the founders’ own adventures during a year-long journey around the world. I just love how versatile my bag has proved on my holiday at the French Riviera: it’s perfectly practical to carry around all day long for exploring sights and culture but at the same time it does not compromise style for comfort: it fits in seamlessly in more formal settings as well (like the Negresco bar – which has dress code requirements). My bag is currently sold out, but you can check out the rest of August’s fall collection sporting lovely snakeskin, felt and haircalf accents here.
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