Le Petit Bijou, Saint Remy De Provence

October 20, 2014

Le Petit Bijou, Provence, France Colin Poole, Vicki Archer, French Essence


Le Petit Bijou, our holiday rental home in Saint Rémy de Provence, has been up and running for a little over a year now.

I would have to say that of all the projects I have been involved in over the years this little jewel has given me the greatest pleasure.

It’s the sweetest little house in a part of the world that I love and it has been filled with the most generous and wonderful guests since the opening.

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Behind The Scenes

October 19, 2014

Behind The Scenes, vicki Archer, London

 

Behind the scenes has been rather unususal lately.

I am still living life out of a suitcase… two weeks has stretched to two months.

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Investment Dressing… The Strategy… And Angelina Jolie

October 17, 2014

Investment dressing… the strategy… Is there such a thing?

When I hear the words investment, dressing and strategy in the same phrase, I am intrigued.

Do we consider fashion an investment?

It’s a complicated question and one that I don’t completely have the answer to.


For some, fashion is important…  it is about passion and creativity…  a love… something to invest in.

For others the fashion world would never enter their radar… let alone be considered an investment.


st john, angelina jolie, nordstrom, vicki archer, investment dressing


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Weekend Plans

October 13, 2014

I had intended to write about something different today but sometimes weekend plans change.

 J. Crew has a big sale on for the holiday weekend in the US.

 I, ever hopeful, took myself off to one of their London stores to see if their generosity stretched across the ocean.

Not quite that far.


I did find a few pieces that I loved, tried them on… and thought of you.

In $’s and with 30% off I would be very tempted.

Truthfully, without the sale, I am in.


J Crew, Weekend Plans, Vicki Archer, French Essence


I am a fan on the knee length jacket over slim pants.

This double cloth collarless one in antique white or black looked fabulous over these grey cashmere pants.

The coat also looked perfect with the pixies and the maddies.

collarless coat //  cashmere pants  //  pixies  //  maddies


J Crew, Weekend Plans, Vicki Archer, French Essence


Then I fell in love with this pin striped topcoat.

I tried it on with the pin striped maddies  and the brogues that we talked about on Friday.

Great look.

A braver way to go is with a pair of silk floral three-quarter pants.

Pinstripes, florals and brogues… Seriously good.

pinstripes  // florals  //  brogues


Thought you might like to winter up this long weekend… xv

the code is weekendplans for 30% off


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Conceal and Cover Up

October 10, 2014

cover up, jamie beck, kevin burg, ann street studio, vicki archer, beauty


Conceal and cover up… it has to be done.

There are several products that really work and that are always on my dressing table.

Concealer, it’s a habit and one I could not live without.

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Linda Rodin: Manhattan Magpie

October 9, 2014

Linda Rodin, Monica Rich Kossan, Vicki Archer, French Essence

image monica rich kosann


We have talked about Linda Rodin before.

I admire her sense of style and the way she defies convention with her fabulous fashion sense.

Her approach to ageing is so refreshing and she has never been more in demand as a model.


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The Art Of The Compliment

October 7, 2014

The Art Of The Compliment, Vicki Archer, French Essence


The art of the compliment, along with the thank you, is something I believe in.

For the compliment is an art… in the giving and in the receiving.


The giving of a compliment is one of the greatest gifts… there is nothing more potent than making someone feel happy.

A compliment is what nurtures our self-confidence.

There is nothing that makes you feel brighter and stronger than an unsolicited compliment.

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The French Cadeau

October 6, 2014

Provence, The French Cadeau, Vicki Archer, French Essence


“Would you like some parsley?”

A strange sentence to start off the week… but a common enough one in Provence.

There is a custom in Provence that when you buy your fruit and vegetables, either at the market or in the village shop,  you will be offered a bunch of parsley at the checkout.

It’s given with a generous smile and the suggestion that it’s the ultimate prize.

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