Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cannes - part two

The Croisette offers more than just immaculate beaches, beautiful hotels and glamorous shops. When we walked over to the nearby Port Pierre Canto to catch the boat shuttle to the Sainte-Marguerite island for a celebration lunch, we passed by the 'Jardin de la Roseraie' (Rose garden), where a strikingly beautiful coral flower tree broke the neat line of palm trees, as if a precious bead had been placed in the middle of a string of pearls.



Ex-Libris' cashmere GM in a triangular fold



The breathtaking St Marguerite island



and the purpose of our island trip.. lunch at the  'La Guérite'



The atmosphere in the 'La Guérite' is relaxed and stylish...Robinson Crusoe chic!  The driftwood tables are planted straight into the sand, lounge chairs with striped cushions invite you to relax, and tables are set with crisp white napkins. The staff are friendly and warm, and they make sure that your visit to La Guérite will make a fun and memorable day. The cuisine is simple fresh Mediterranean, and a bit more expensive than town.. but because of the exceptional setting and atmosphere it is so well worth it. After lunch, you can spend the afternoon on the complimentary sunloungers, while taking in the amazing view over the bay of Cannes and the Golf of Juan.











The restaurant's shuttle, waiting to take us back to Cannes




This is another tunic which has been a great summer wardrobe staple for years. I love how easily it adapts to a variety of occasions, and from day to night. For a daytime look I paired it with a casual Picotin in sanguine and added a MaiTai Collection howlite statement necklace in orange for a little bit of extra summer chic.


For an evening look, the bag gets replaced by a pochette, and the ecru trousers by a black pair.


Capsule printed silk tunic with beige trousers (day) and black trousers (night)
Accessories: Hermes 'Kelly Dog' bracelet in black, Picotin 22 in sanguine (day) and Kelly Pochette in black croc (night). MaiTai Collection Summer statement necklace in orange (available here)
Shoes: Oran sandals (day) and black wedge sandals (night)



While assembling the pictures for this post, I looked at Cannes photos from previous years and found one from 25 years ago, taken on the Corniche above Cannes en route to my 28th birthday celebration lunch. Back then I loved wearing sunglasses, accessories and scarves as much as I do today. Only that my jewelry was mainly gold, and I wore mostly dresses and heels!


My precious pochette travelled safely in the new MaiTai Collection Kelly Pochette protective case and liner (available here)



Au revoir beautiful Cannes, until next time!


Restaurant 'La Guérite', Île Sainte-Marguerite, 06400 Cannes,
Tel: +33 4 9343 4930 www.laguerite.fr


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56 comments:

  1. Wow! That picture of you in the roadster,MT, is drop dead gorgeous! Just stunning,truly, and must be quite life affirming to look back and see how little has changed! I hope your DH has this photo framed! If not, he should<3
    They would have to shake me off of that island at dusk because I would not want to leave! It is oh so beautiful there. What a wonderful way to celebrate your special day!
    Congrats to you on your fab pochette! Love the liner and case,too!
    Chin chin darling to memories made, T xx
    P.S. Lest I offend someone with a song, I will hum this tune to myself;)

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    1. Ok, seriously darling MT, you need to change all of your avatar pics etc. to that most romantic of pics in the roadster. Seriously! Mwahs, T xx

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    2. I agree, dearest Trudye! You're absolutely right! Mwahs, Manuela

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    3. Aww, darling Trudy, your wonderful comment absolutely made my day. Thank you so much! Biggest mwahs xx

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  2. Dearest MT, Re: The 25 yr. old photo...You're a dead ringer for Grace Kelly! More, more! I'm certain we'd all live to see more of the evolution of your style. Please dig up more photos!! Missing all here, and hope to be able to add my "two cents" more often. Bisou, Bisou!

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    1. In total agreement with haverfordgal regarding more photos of your younger days, please! Emily :-)

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    2. So lovely to see you, dearest haverfordgal, you very missed! Thank you also for the sweet compliments. Bon Dimanche!

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  3. P.S. When will the Long Gemstone Gris Necklace be available again?

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    1. They're available right now! http://maitaicollection.com/collections/pendant-tassel-necklaces

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  4. OMG you're a ringer for Grace Kelly in that old photo. Is that an MG? I love this post, everything looks so idyllic and luxurious. Perfect for a Swans getaway. Whoever doesn't have a DH already will surely find romance in such a place (she said, wistfully). Thanks once again for letting us share in your trip. Oh BTW, you described the coral flower tree so lyrically, dear Jerrine must look to her "best writer" crown!
    Much aloha,
    Fifi

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    1. Oh dearest Fifi, one bright plume moment doesn't come close to Jerrine's effortless pen prowess! Hope you find yourself in Cannes one day, and that romance is just around the corner (whereever that corner might be!)

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  5. Your picture in the sport cart with glasses and scarf reminds mine..... Time goes so quick! I did not remember haviing seen your H black croq pocket ? Is it new? Anyway your are still and for evee a splendid woman.
    Amities

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    1. Happy belated Birthday MaiTai!Ilove your blog and I love this post because your gorgous picture in car coincides with my request - i would love to see your ways to use Hermes scarfs as headbands and turbans

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    2. So true, dearest Monica, time flies! Happy you like Ms Mini Kelly. She's been (a much loved) part of the family for a couple of years <3

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    3. Thank you Advena! I've never worn turbans (looks ridiculous on me) and since I no longer drive a convertible, I don't wear headscarves either :)

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  6. stunning caftan, looks awesome with the necklace x

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    1. Thank you, dearest FF. Have a happy Sunday! xx

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  7. Dearest MaiTai, I am a real petrol head and seeing an AC Cobra always makes my heart beat a little faster! You must have made an incredibly chic and stylish entrance to your party - Wow!
    Jo x

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    1. Yes!!! The Cobra is a Star! Wonder if MT held onto that beauty?

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    2. What other accessory does a girl need, when you've got that gorgeous car?

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    3. Yes! All one needs is a hamper filled with some bubbly!

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    4. Fifi, the only other accessory I can think of is a gorgeous man, and of course MT has one of those, too!

      Bubbly is always a good idea, as well.

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    5. Happy you enjoyed the pic, many thanks, dear Jo! The car belonged to my then BF. Bubbly is still flowing though!

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  8. Well, yesterday afternoon's comment seems to have been gobbled up and is floating around somewhere in cyberspace, but, I simply echoed everyone else's sentiments regarding the Grace K. twin. That picture looked like it was taken right out of "To Catch a Thief!"

    And, yes, I'd love to see a picture of you outside of that chic little sports car, too. I'm just betting that we probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference between then and now, though.

    Congratulations on the very lux and luscious KP. The new case and liner set is inspired. Makes me want to go out and buy a KP!

    Thank you for a most wonderful visit to Cannes. I'm so looking forward to our next trip, wherever that may be.

    Jerrine

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    1. It really does look like a pic from To Catch A Thief, Jerrine! I doubt we would see little difference between then and now,too! xx

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    2. Aww dearest Jerrine, so sorry for the gobbled up comment... how I hate it when it happens! Only that it probably takes me ten times longer to re-write it than it does you ;) Saw 'To catch a thief' the other night, don't you love the driving scenes! Much love and have a fabulous Sunday xx

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  9. What a wonderful post -- firing on all cylinders here! (And, like keen-eyed Monica, I'm curious about the pochette -- do tell!)

    xoxo, Azalie

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    1. You made me laugh, dear Azalie, very good analogy! The pochette is my little jewel, I've had her for two years <3

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  10. Dearest MaiTai, Happy belated birthday! You look stunning, as always. I can't believe the photo of you in the car was from 25 years ago. It looked like it was taken just yesterday! - AngelaB

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    1. Thank you, dearest Angela! Can't believe it's been that long either. Re yesterday, I wish!

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  11. As usual I have written wrong. I wanted to say : you were, you are, and will be for ever a BEAUTIFUL lady!
    Amities

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    1. You are so sweet and kind, thank you!

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  12. Dearest Mai Tai,
    When I earlier today took a break from work and checked FB, I couldn't believe my eyes and had to look a couple of times extra.
    What was Grace Kelly doing there?
    You, my friend, look just like her driving the along the coast towards Monte Carlo.
    You look stunningly beautiful and I must say this is probably my favourite picture of all. <3
    Wow!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing it with us <3
    The whole post is a dream: your beautiful pochette, the peaceful beach, your stunning tunic...

    I could go on and on...
    Have a lovely evening, my Dear. Love, Manuela xx

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    1. My exact sentiments, too, dearest Manuela! WOW and fav pic<3 I had to give it more than one glance as well! Stunning! Happy evening, T xx

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    2. My comment comes too late to say anything new that hasn't been said before - so I just agree with dear Manuela and Trudye and Jerrine and all the other swans! I'm not sure if I will ever have so much style and graciousness in my life as you, dear MaiTai, had already 25 years ago - this leaves me speechless...
      I'm in awe. Have a most wonderful weekend,
      Katja

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    3. I know I won't, Katja. Those days have long passed me by, but there is hope for you!

      Best,
      Jerrine

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    4. Darling Manuela, I think I will save your beautiful words for a rainy day (and those of all the other kind swans). Thank you so much for the sweet and kind compliments, and have a wonderful Sunday! xxx

      Dearest Katja, Trudye and Jerrine.. the same goes to you, you all made my day (and those in years to come!) Have a wonderful weekend, darling swans xxx

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  13. Dear MaiTai, I'm really speechless... You look so fabulous in that old photo! You seem to be rised from a Hollywood-film. Looking at the licence number of your wonderful car I wonder, if we lived for years in the same town (Düsseldorf)? How sad, that I never met you at that time...
    Thank you for sharing the memory as well as the new adventures, which are georgeous as well. I love your views of the world very much!
    Best wishes Claudia

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    1. Liebe Claudia, well spotted! Wish we would have met each other then. So happy you enjoy the travelogues, hopefully there will be one about Düsseldorf one day.. Alles Liebe und einen schönen Sonntag!

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  14. Dear MaiTai,
    This is my favorite post --- the picture of you 25 years ago is wonderful. What wonderful memories to cherish. Grace Kelly with a little James Bond, so chic, glamorous and cool. Thank you for sharing these beautiful memories. Xx Barb

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    1. Thank you, dearest Barb, so happy you liked the post (and old pic!) Have a wonderful Sunday x

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  15. I'm so crazy for that picture of you in the vintage car. I mean, wow! It belongs in a magazine or framed on wall. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing it with us. I'm not able to travel much at the moment so thank you for these posts, which always feel like a little vacation! xx

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    1. Thanks so much for the lovely comment, dear Jill! I was so happy to have found the pic, pre-digital things are not so easy to find! xx

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  16. Mai Tai...as you know, I a long-time admirer and Hermes aficionado, but the Kelly-look in the roadster leaves me breathless. Do a reprise, please!!

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    1. Hello dear John, long time no see! Happy you liked the pic, many thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Dear MaiTai,
    so much is already said from all this wonderful ladies, but I have to say thank you as well. Thank you for sharing this post and all this fabulous photos with us.
    And specially the pic from you in the roadster is really breathtaking.
    I also thought its Grace Kelly in the film with Cary Grant in „über den Dächern von Nizza“.
    But its you! How pretty and elegant you are. This pic could also be current taken while your journey to Cannes.
    No difference to 25 years ago. Wow! I think it would be
    great if you still have this car. I love oldtimer like this one.
    And your new purse "Kelly Pochette" is divine. I fall in love with this purse - never saw this Kelly before.
    I hope you show us some more pictures about your new purse how it looks and how you use it. All the best Gabriele

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    1. Dear Gabriele, oh how I wish too I still had the car, but it wasn't even mine in the first place! So happy you like the picture and the Kelly Pochette, she's my precious little one <3 Now that she's had her debut I will definitely show her more often. Thanks so much for the lovely comment and compliments, and have a most beautiful Sunday. Liebe Grüsse!

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  18. Just curious about your career path before you became a mother and a wife, i.e. what line of work you were in, and also, did you continue to work after becoming a mother? It's so difficult these days to balance the two!

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    1. I worked as a producer in advertising before our son was born, and then became a full time mum. I started to blog and develop my collection once he started school, and now I am busier than ever before!

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  19. Love the day to night idea!! Thank you.

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  20. :-) What a fantastic picture of you in that lovely Cobra a couple of years ago, dear MaiTai! You know what a passion I have for vintage cars.
    I'm also a big fan of your black, orange and violet tunic - is it still available?
    Thanks for all the holiday memories - makes me want to pack my bags straight away.
    Have a very HAPPY week :-)

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    1. Thanks so much for the lovely comment, dear HappyFace! The tunic is from a couple of years ago by Etro (2014). Hope you can track one down, wishing you the best of luck! Cannes feels a long time ago now, looking at the pics again makes me want to pack my bags too.. Have a happy Sunday!

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  21. Beautiful! The gorgeous tunic with that amazing necklace. Perfection! I wish I could carry off such a look but alas I am not tall enough! You look so chic.

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    1. Many thanks for the kind compliments, dear Nest Girl. I love tunics, they are so great for summer. You can find them in so many different lenghts and shapes.. hope you come across a perfect one!

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    1. Thanks so much! Those were the times.. long time ago :)

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