Sunday, May 19, 2019


I hope everyone's enjoying a wonderful May and the explosion of blossoms and flowers that come with it. Ours has been partly summery and warm, but we've also had some cold wet windy days. My birthday fell on one of those, so we made up for it with a quick trip to Cannes a couple of days later where we had a lovely lunch on the beach to celebrate.

Magical dusk at the Baie of Cannes, when the Mediterranean sea turns into soft pastels framed by the foothills of the l'Esterel Mountains.

My new CSGM Sous l'Egide de Mars and Kelly Double Tour bracelet in Rose Sekura. Wearing the shawl in a cowboy knot, ends secured in a criss-cross knot. Mini bag: Wallet on Chain by Chanel (perfect for city trips and any other occasion when you want to keep your cards and cash extra safe)

Kelly Double Tour bracelet in Rose Sakura with a Guerlain KissKiss LoveLove lipstick in 570 Coral and a Dior Addict Lip Glow color reviver balm in 210 Holo Pink.

Sous l'Egide de Mars in the basic bias fold which brings out the soft pink, purple and cream colors in the center of the scarf.

Spring make-up additions: Chanel Les Beiges Compact Powder 20, Guerlain Météroides Compact Medium, Guerlain KissKiss as above, Rouge G De Guerlain matte 01 and Dior Addict Lip Glow as above.

I am often asked about my lipstick, and the secret lies in mixing and matching. I use lip liner for definition, but make sure to fill the lips completely to avoid a 'lip-lined' look. My favorite liner pencils are Bois de Rose and Brun Tendre by Mavala. You can match your lipstick to your liner, or experiment by using different color combinations to achieve more depth, and to fine tune the end result to your outfit or scarf.

Cent Plis de Miao in a Waterfall knot.

Chaînes et Gourmettes 70 carré in a criss-cross bow knot. Hermes Chaîne d'Ancre printed enamel bracelet and Farandole necklace.

Chaînes et Gourmettes as above, this time into a Twist wrap. Hermes printed Elephant enamel bracelet and Farandole necklace

Lunch at the Long Beach Club in Cannes

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  1. Beautiful May impressions. Thank you for the nature photos. May to me is almost overwhelming in its beauty, abundance and growth. It is befitting that it is your birthday month and I want to wish you a very happy belated birthday. Half across the world, the weather has been similar, very warm, then cool and rainy around the "Eisheiligen". I just came in from the garden - the roses are about to bloom and there are some critters eating around on the new buds. The photo of the iris with the wild oats is so pretty. Thank you for sharing your make-up and lipstick tips as well and I am excited to learn the new knot.
    Herzliche Gruesse,

    1. Thank you very much for the lovely good wishes, dearest Tanja! So touched by your remark about the wild oats and irises, what a beautiful bouquet they'd make! Enjoy your roses and hope the weather stays summery, mild and beautiful. Ganz liebe Grüsse und eine schöne Woche!

  2. :-) Happy belated Birthday, dear MaiTai!
    All the very best to you - health and happiness and may all your dreams come true!
    It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time. I wouldn't mind a couple of days by the beach in the sun either.
    Your H shawl is stunning - just my kind of colors.
    Looking forward to the new knot "how to".
    Have a very HAPPY week,
    Claudia :-)

    1. Thanks so much dear Claudia for the kind good wishes! Happy you like the new shawl.. I am having fun discovering your colors! Hope summery weather will be with you soon and have a wonderful spring!

  3. Dearest Tai,

    oh, the beauty of May! I love the pictures and the pink accents - there must be something in the air as I have been, for the first time in my life, on the pink "kick" recently. Blush pink, shocking pick.... what is not to love!

    So happy to see that you spent time in Cannes, your birthday outings have been so very inspiring.

    All the best to you and your family, may May bring you abundance of health, creativity and beauty. You look stunning and happy!

    with kindest regards,


    1. Dearest Aneta, - high five on our pink kick! Isn't it fun to dwell into a new color, and who knew they'd be so many shades of it! My recent H&M sweater feels almost like a neutral by now..
      So fun to share, and thanks so much also for the good wishes.
      Hope you have a wonderful and happy remaining May!

  4. Dear Mai Tai, 10 years ago you wrote "it's just that I don't feel 'me' wearing it" speaking about pink. Happy to see that 10 years later you have finally admitted that you look fabulous in pink !!! Thanks for this beautiful post. Kind regards, Marie-Noelle

    1. You have a very good memory, dear Marie-Noelle! When I wrote this post, I remembered too declaring ten years ago that pink wasn't for me. Lesson learned: things change, and never say never! Trying to think of something I would now 'never'consider. High heels? Deep red lipstick. You never know! Amitiés

  5. Dearest Tai,
    pink beauty all around! A very happy colour and so lovely when accompanied by soft blush roses or similarly bright hibiscus. May really is the best birthday month flower wise! Happy to see you did go on a little birthday trip- even in Cannes the pink theme was present! I really enjoy your outfit inspirations, and the new waterfall knot looks very sophisticated and chic. Can’t wait for the how-to...Your new shawl is amazing- it’s so much more attractive on you then it was in the shop. That calls for reconsideration!
    After the dry summer last year nature is making up for it with double the amount of rain, all in a few days. Our reward is lush green...
    Best wishes for the new year of life,

    1. Thank you for the lovely comment and good wishes, dearest Katja! There couldn't be a lovelier backdrop for pink summer flowers than lush green.. now if it could only rain at night and be sunny during the day! So happy you like my new shawl and the pleated waterfall knot, more to come on both. Have a lovely week and blowing some blush rose petals to you xx

  6. A new knot! A new knot! A new knot! It's a present to us, even though it was your birthday and I hope it was a lovely one. The new looks are smashing and I'm off to research your lip products as I am always on the hunt for just the perfect product. Thanks as always for lovely pictures and divine inspiration!

    1. Dearest Greta, I'm so thrilled... A new comment! A new comment! Seriously, I'm overjoyed that the comment section seems to be working again, what a wonderful belated birthday present this is! I very much missed chatting here with you lovely ladies. Hope all is well and that you are enjoying a happy spring!

  7. Dear MaiTai,
    even if May is already drawing to a close, I wish you all the best for your birthday afterwards. The new scarf is really beautiful and suits you very well. Now I am also looking forward to learning a new knot! Your photos are always an incredible inspiration and an enrichment. Thank you very much for that!
    Best wishes Claudia

    1. Dear Claudia, - thank so much for the lovely good wishes! So happy you enjoyed the post and that you like my new shawl too. Thank you very much for sharing and have a wonderful remaining May!

  8. So pretty in pink, darling Tai! Your new shawl is fabulous on you!
    Just goes to prove, never say never! Lucky you you have found yourself “in the pink “! So far, no such luck for me , but you do inspire to keep searching!
    So happy you were able to motor down to Cannes for a birthday celebration! How nice of them to be in lock step with you with the pink theme!
    Can’t wait to see what else inspires you! Being open to change is what makes life so very interesting!
    Mwahs, T xx

    1. I'm 'tickled pink, darling Trudye, thanks so much for your lovely words! So very true about the importance of being open to changes.. how dull life would be without surprises! Chin chin with a glass of rosé bubbly, I'm sure it's a pink you love too! Biggest mwahs xx

  9. Dearest Mai Tai,

    Loving pink as I do, your post is so beautiful and inspiring to me. You always choose such pretty pictures to your blog.
    Congratulations on your new shawl. I love it as I love your new H bracelet in my kind of pink ��
    I’m very happy that you celebrated your birthday in enchanting Cannes. What a wonderful vue you had from its Baie.
    Looking forward, as Trudye, to see ‘what else inspires you’.
    Big hug and kisses, Manuela xx

  10. Chère Mai Tai,
    J'adore particulièrement ce dernier post. Autant les photos de la nature que celles des associations vêtements / accessoires sont magnifiques.
    Un peu de soleil dans nos journées froides et humides, merci et beau dimanche !

  11. Chère Mai Tai,
    Comme j'ai oublié de signer mon précédent message, j'en profite pour en écrire encore un autre. J'ai déroulé ces belles photos à maintes reprises entre hier et aujourd'hui pour compenser la pluie que nous avons depuis hier en Gruyère !

    En me réjouissant d'ores et déjà pour les prochaines, bien à Vous