Postcard From Provence…
15 June 2014 | VA Notes Provence

Postcard From Provence…

  Another postcard from Provence. I may have mentioned… a million times… that there is something magical in the air in Provence. An elixir, that I wish I could bottle and send to all of you.   A combination of the light, of soft sounds and scents… the rustle of the wind, the running of

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Summer Shades… Sheen Supreme Lipstick
14 June 2014 | VA Notes Beauty

Summer Shades… Sheen Supreme Lipstick

Wandering through the market this week, my eyes were filled with the delicious shades of summer… of peach, of cherry, of strawberry and of melon. Delicate hues, tone on tone… Glorious tints that lit up my day. Strange to be inspired by the fruit in the market place… but that’s what happens sometimes.   They left me thinking

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Travelling To Provence… The Market
12 June 2014 | VA Notes Provence

Travelling To Provence… The Market

Travelling to Provence… the market is a must. Sometimes when you are so accustomed to something… it is easy to take it for granted. I forget at times how wonderful the Provencal market is. Markets are one of the distinguishing features of Provence… and even though sometimes I think to myself, enough is enough… It never is.

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Travelling To Provence, How To Pack For The Summer
11 June 2014 | VA Notes Lifestyle

Travelling To Provence, How To Pack For The Summer

  Travelling to Provence and wondering how to pack for the summer? I spend half my time here and yet I still get it completely wrong sometimes.   I forget after a long, cold and oftentimes dreary winter, how hot, hot, hot Provence can be. Even now in early June. Yesterday was one of those

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Lazy Holiday Monday
26 May 2014 | VA Notes Fashion

Lazy Holiday Monday

  The rain pours down and taps on my windowpane, reminding me that there is no hurry to jump out of bed today. It’s a long weekend, here, there and everywhere… and I am indulging in the luxury. If you are lucky enough to be in the US and feel like a little summer indulgence…

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French Riviera White
18 April 2014 | VA Notes Lifestyle

French Riviera White

If Cannes is all about the sea then it is also about the architecture.  All white… with a faded glory… much had seen better days. Some had been renovated for the influx of wealthy tourists that hug the Cote d’ Azur in the summer months. Others retained their faded charm… relishing their age, embracing their

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Cannes… Blue As Far As The Eye Can See
17 April 2014 | VA Notes Lifestyle

Cannes… Blue As Far As The Eye Can See

Sunday afternoon in Cannes. Misty and blue… for miles and miles. The pace was relaxed, almost soporific on La Croisette, the heart and hub of Cannes. The quiet before the storm of glamorous and famous for film and TV festivals.   There is something about the Mediterranean. And as much as I revel in the

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Aix-En-Provence… The Sun Is Shining… Come Out To Play
14 April 2014 | VA Notes Fashion

Aix-En-Provence… The Sun Is Shining… Come Out To Play

Aix-en-Provence is one of the prettiest towns in Provence… bigger than a village and smaller than a city with an ambience that always pleases. I often describe Aix as a baby Paris… Aix feels like that to me. Aix-en-Provence is full of gorgeous people… shopping at the market, soaking up the sun and chatting over

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Provence, Play Misty For Me
8 April 2014 | VA Notes Provence

Provence, Play Misty For Me

Home… right before the rain… no filter… no tricks… nature’s photoshop. There is a mistiness hanging over our farm in Provence this morning. The light is perfect in one of the million different ways it can be here. I have been absent too long from this beautiful place… and returning to the abundance of spring is

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Springtime In Provence
20 March 2014 | VA Notes Lifestyle

Springtime In Provence

Springtime in Provence is heavenly… there is no other word for it… Blossoms make me feel so happy… the promise of a new season, an awakening… There is nothing quite like these magnificent blooms.   This morning I was reading one of my favourite blogs… Manon 21… Manon has a beautiful home very close by

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Europe I Missed You
27 January 2014 | VA Notes Provence

Europe I Missed You

Are you still there? I’m home… back in drizzly, cold old London for a moment… Through my jet lag fog… heavy limbs and sluggish brain… I realise that I missed this funny old city and it’s peccadilloes more than I could ever imagine. I miss France too… but for me, emotionally they are one and

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2013… Every Picture Tells A Story
5 January 2014 | VA Notes Lifestyle

2013… Every Picture Tells A Story

I enjoy looking back… I love reminiscing. Reminders of what has passed triggers memories and sets in place an unintentional wish list for the future. It’s surprising how much we can accomplish in 365 days, how much we can see and discover… how much we learn. Wishes for 2014? Apart from the most important… health,

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Merry, Merry Christmas… From Provence
29 December 2013 | VA Notes Lifestyle

Merry, Merry Christmas… From Provence

2013 nearly done… Can you believe it? French Essence turned five, Le Petit Bijou welcomed it’s first guests and together we walked the streets of Paris and London… with a whole lot of chat in between. I often wonder how it is that “we” can keep on talking… How can there be so much to

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