Sunday, November 10, 2013

Autumn market - Capsule wardrobe #112

As in most parts of France, all villages in our area hold weekly markets with mainly local produce. None of them fall on the same day, so that one could buy groceries at the market every day of the week. If we've missed our local on Saturdays, or if it has been raining, we sometimes catch up on the Sunday market in the next village down the road.








It was mild enough to sit outside, and we got some baguette, cheese, salami and olives from the market stalls, and had them with a glass of wine at the café. Everyone else was doing the same thing, and it is such a nice custom in France that café owners welcome their guests to share the market fare at their tables.


Capsule wardrobe pieces: black sweater, grey/brown trousers and fawn coat
Shoes: dark brown cowboy boots
Accessories: Hermès 'Brides de Gala' 90 carré, clic H enamel bangle in marron glacé and ebene Birkin
Scarf tying method: Fold your scarf in the basic bias, and wind once around your neck. Secure the ends with a Grande scarf ring in the basic slide, or make a double knot instead.




Savon de Marseille ~ a soap based on olive oil, made in the Marseille area








Monsieur was adamant to be included in the next shot, energetically presenting his breads!


Roasted châtaigne (chestnuts), a symbol of winter and a reminder of the festive season ahead




Plane trees are the last to change color and shed their leaves.. on a day like this, winter still seems a long way away...



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32 comments:

  1. Mai Tai, your blog is so enjoyable, always something new to learn and the photography is very well done. I love the browns of your BDG so fallish.

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  2. Oh, the market posts are always my favorites! Thank you for bringing them back! Weekend farmer's markets have taken hold here in H town with most of the really good, organic goods being sold out by early morn! No offerings of wine or chance to picnic...dang! Whole Foods will have to do with it's wine and beer bar;-) Love,love, love your outfit here. The fawn coat and cowboy boots are da bomb,pretty one! Again, thank you for this treat and peak into your everyday life<3 You do relaxed elegance better than ANYONE I have ever seen! Have a super week, T xx

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  3. What a gorgeous post, with my favourite colours, my dearest MaiTai. The roasted chestnuts bring back some nostalgic memories from home...I can almost smell them...
    It is indeed a nice custom to be able to sit and enjoy the products bought at the market. I like markets very much myself.
    You look so beautiful, my dear friend! I love your coat. Its golden colour is fabulous on you. Big friendship hug, Manuela

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  4. love these photos and wish I could wander down to a French market...

    so hard to find chestnuts here!

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  5. Thanks sooo much for posting the market photos - I like them very much, all this variety of food, shapes, colours and smells which come together with all of them. This post has everything: clothes, food, happiness.
    Also like a photo with the Birkin - grateful and relaxed to learn there is one person more putting the bag on the floor :)..:)
    Like a coat very much (Gerard Darel?). I simply like just everything in this post :)
    Hugs, Lea

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  6. Dear Mai Tai,

    I absolutely ADORE your coat!!!

    The big leather pockets reminds ne a lot of another of your capsule wardrobe pieces.. the Gerard Darel black dress!!!

    Fall looks astoning beautiful in Provence... thanks again for sahring with us your bliss moments.

    Regards from Barcelona

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  7. Dear MaiTai,

    Love this post...makes me yearn to be in France enjoying the open markets. How special to be able to enjoy all the goodies you purchase over a nice glass of wine or prosecco! Life couldn't get any better :-)
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead.
    Simone x

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    1. P.S. Love your camel coat, you look so beautiful and relaxed :-).
      Simone x

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  8. Looks like you had a splendid day! Food looks delicious and your style is impeccable as always, dear MaiTai.
    Have a very HAPPY week :-)

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  9. WHY !! is everything that is good so high in calories.... WHY ???
    Thanks for sharing dear MaiTai,
    Veronica

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  10. Hi! Admire your style and your talent to see the beauty around.

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  11. Adore this post....every one of my senses is totally alive!! Love your chic ensemble..my favorite colors and of course the sights and sounds and smells are heavenly. Beautiful beautiful post!

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  12. What is in the second picture? White truffles? There is no price tag! I can smell the atmosphere! :-)

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  13. This post sings to me! First, you look tres chic in that gooorgeous coat. I agree that it reminds me of the GD dress from an earlier post. Second, the market images are truly a feast for the eyes..(wishing they could be a feast for the stomach, as well )
    The savon Marseilles can be found in abundance in my home, just lovely! I also find that they're fantastic for treating stains on clothes prior to washing.
    So...I've created a Google account just for posting here. Formerly Barbara A, but now haverfordgal.
    Have an outstanding week!

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  14. Loving all the beautiful pics and your superchic outfit is the perfect cherry on top! Harmonious, but not too matchy matchy - making it look absolutely effortless; an attitude/talent I still hope to improve myself. :-)

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  15. I adore this blog, and I found it so accidentally via You Tube! You've opened up a whole new world for me as I can actually wear my beautiful scarves now--you've taught me how. Just this morning, I was juggling my phone and my scarf in front of the mirror so I could follow your instructions! Thank you for your assistance!

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    1. A warm welcome to you, dear Greta. Happy knotting!

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  16. Yes the Provence or around markets are my favourites joys when we are there, this atmosphere is indescriptible and all the smellings... Once more you are superb dear Mai Tai but I have to admit that I have never been there so elegant.... And I dont dare to take my H bags. Anyway I love this fantastic coat and the glass of red wine with a piece of cheese etc!! In our sad weather, cold or rainy I dream to be with you sat down in this market . I imagine everything as I was there with your beautiful pictures.
    Amities
    Monica

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  17. Rose wine!! I thing I said red wine...... What is the trade of this marvellous coat?
    If you want to tell us.
    Monica

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    1. The choice (in the quiz) was red or white... I nearly answered 'a mix of both' ;-)

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  18. The market posts are one of my favorites as well. How I miss them so. Your lunch and weather were ideal for such a beautiful fall day. Lucky, you, dear. Love the coat, too, dearest MT. The leather trim is killer.

    Warm orange hugs, dear.
    CS

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  19. In the first picture of the breads, on the lower front shelf (the flat heart-shaped breads), what are those called again? I've forgotten.

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    1. Thank you dear Monica for having answered the question already! They are made from sweet puff pastry, and sometimes also called Palmiers.

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  20. May be you are speaking aboutt The Coeur de France which are sweet.
    Monica

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  21. There is something about you (or your type) that is eternally youthful because I swear that if some other woman of the same age wears exactly what you wear, the effect would be not be as flattering! :-) Good on you!

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  22. Thanks so much for the warm and lovely comments and compliments dear ladies, so happy you enjoyed coming along to our market <3 It's been a very hectic and busy week, so please forgive me for not answering individually. For those who asked about the coat, I bought it last winter in a small boutique in Montpellier. It looks très 'Gerard Darel' to me too, but it does not not have a label (apart from the shop's own label, which is 'Stephan's'). Hope you are having a wonderful rest of the week, and a fabullous weekend ahead xx

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  23. I discovered your blog recently and I absolutely adore it: I own some Hermes scarves and now I know how to wear them in different ways! thanks! I will go to Paris over the weekend for my birthday celebrations, I have made some reservations at a couple of restaurants for dinner, but I was wondering if you would have any special suggestion? Merci beacoup!

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  24. Have a most wonderful time in Paris, and a fabulous birthday! Not knowing your preferences, which area you are staying or your budget makes it difficult to make a suggestions, but if you could be more specific, I'd be happy to help. It would also be useful if you'd let me know which restaurants you already booked.

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  25. We are staying in the Shangri-La in l'Avenue d'Iéna, but we are flexible and like to move around the city. I like classic, simple, traditional frech food, more brasserie style (I am not a big fan of Haute Cuisine) and so far I have booked Benoit and Chez Georges... Thanks a lot!

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  26. What a perfect autumn post, dearest MaiTai. Such a beautiful glimpse of open markets - and what lovely custom to be able to linger and enjoy the wonderful market finds. You, my dear MaiTai, as always leave me utterly speechless. Lots of love with big autumn hugs xxx

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