Côte d’Azur Part I


Are you still planning your vacation this year? If yes, the French Riviera is a hot destination to consider, with the average temperature above 85F (29C) in September. Beautiful marinas, deep azure blue of the Mediterranean waters, rich history, picturesque beaches, vivid colors and architecture of old towns are what have been attracting tourists from all over the world. Monaco, Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Saint-Tropez are only a few resorts on the Mediterranean coastline called in French- Côte d’Azur.

However, if you already used all your vacation days or France is too far away to start planning the trip this year, you can always take a plunge into the turquoise waters of your pool and enjoy the rest of the summer under the luxurious blue sky of your place.

And, that’s what I do!


For my azure indulgence at the pool, I picked the Kate Spade Pool Party clutch. Pure summer fun! Deep blue water print and the whimsical ladder clasp that dips down into the washing waves make this clutch a conversation starter at any pool or beach party. I totally adore the imaginative, playful design, sleek leather quality and striking hardware details. It just calls: “take me to the pool”!

So I did.


I also grabbed my Victoria’s Secret Forever Sexy Twist Bandeau in bright marine, together with a matching hipster bottom. The unusual twist on that strapless top (removable straps included) definitely attracts attention and the gold tone bars with a Victoria’s Secret logo on the bottom add a glamorous factor to this sensational swimwear. I would swear the bars flatter the silhouette! But, what truly seduced me in this bikini was the color. Amazing azure- the Mediterranean wave, the sky on a summer day, cool pool waters, the purse and… my hot Ray-Ban Aviator Flash sunglasses- iconic style and teardrop shape combined with gold matte frame and these incredibly blue flash lenses that are truly mirror-like.


“Mirror, mirror, my dear mirror…tell me what is the most beautiful purse!”


These reflective lenses absorb a lot of light reducing glare. Perfect for diving into some good piece of literature under the clear summer sky! “Mrs. Hemingway” by Naomi Wood will transport you to Antibes on the Côte d’Azur where the day starts with a dive into the crystal clear sea waters and it ends with a splash at the sunset. Meet irresistible Ernest, his wife Hadley and his mistress Fife who soon becomes Mrs. Hemingway herself. Later on, you get to know Martha and Mary, two last wives of the legendary writer. Through the eyes of each of them, you see the emerging silhouette of Hemingway, the man they all loved, the man who broke their hearts and slowly crashed his own. At the end, you may wonder which Mrs. Hemingway was a “true” one and what makes a woman stay with a man like Hemingway? Engrossing read that will take you away to vacation in the southern France and bring you back to where you are with a light breeze in your hair, grains of sand between your toes and desire to immerse yourself into the azure waters again.

Just like that!


I took a plunge into the turquoise waters of the pool wearing my Ann Taylor Peacock cord necklace, earrings (similar) and a bracelet (similar). A stunning gold tone set with marbleized turquoise-like stones and sparkling crystals. I love the contrasting rope element that adds that nautical twist to this sophisticated necklace. The evocative marble appearance draws attention and pairs beautifully with the blue water print of the clutch. The ring (H&M, similar) also features a patterned turquoise-like stone in an intricate gold tone setting. The other bracelet (souvenir from vacation at the Baltic Sea, similar) is all made with real, irregular shaped turquoises.

My jewelry, bikini, sunglasses and the purse join together for the azure celebration of fun, sun and happy summer days so whatever part of the world you happen to be right now, embrace it and enjoy it!

À bientôt!


  1. I just scrolled through Côte d’Azur Part I and couldn’t wait to write to say HOW MUCH I loved the gorgeous photos! Wow! You will have all the men drooling! I also smiled broadly when I saw you in the kids’ pool with the title of Côte d’Azur. Brilliant Renata! And kudos to Dave. Your best post so far (and that’s saying a LOT) IMO. Now I have to go back and read all of it.


  2. You are right the color of that suit is soooo cool! And love the clutch, how clever. The book sounds like a fun read. And love the photos too, good job!!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC


  3. Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! I truly enjoyed reading it, you could be a great author.I will always bookmark your blog and will often come back in the future.
    I want to encourage that you continue your great posts, have a nice morning!


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