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Let’s go shopping in Nice!

As I mentioned in my post about the Monaco yacht show,my actual stay on the French Riviera has been in Nice, of which I captured  some amazing impressions I would like to share with you. It has been a short stay and it’s purpose merely relaxation, so no wonder at all on one of the four days I embarked on a little shopping tour, since Nice is known to be a shopper’s paradise offering the most popular and exquisite brands, not only from France of course.

Wether you want to shop high street fashion or mainstream like Zara or H&M or more exclusively like Chanel and Louis Vuitton, you won’t be left disappointed when taking a tour through the center of Nice, where you’d quickly find whatever you are craving for. Bistros and larger shops or chains, including  Sephora, The Galleries Lafayette and a Virgin megastore are located on the Rue Jean Medecin dubbed the Champs Elysee of Nice. The more exquisite shops like Chanel, Sonia Rykiel, Armani or Bally, as well as Louis Vuitton are located on a street with the appealing name Avenue du Paradis – doing a little side trip to this street truly is an enchanting experience.

Remarkable has been the architecture as well, the smaller villas, which yet are extremely opulent, deriving from the Belle Époque.  The beach is a pebble beach, although I’m a great fan of the sea, I refrained from it this time, as I prefer sandy beaches, besides it wasn’t exactly mid-summer anymore, but more the end of it. Pebble beaches may not be everyone’s cup of tea, yet the view and the fresh air were amazing. On the French Riviera you’d see palm trees all around, to me the ultimate eye candy, since I have a strong affinity for everything tropical or Caribbean, I would love to – some day – spend some more time there, not just for a brief holiday…

As for the food, which I don’t have a picture for you unfortunately, you may be able to imagine, it is a lot of seafood, alongside red meat, which is a major food ingredient in French cuisine – think beef tartare or a whole variety of steaks. I decided to go back to Veg – it means back to Vegetarian, which I have been strictly, happily, healthily for three years before, and when I moved back home from London, I changed my eating habits and now feel I want to go back to it again. I will talk about the why and how later – however, Nice wouldn’t exactly be a vegetarian’s paradise, since people with a veggie lifestyle are always on the look out for healthy, light and organic food – which probably is harder to find there.
We are embarking on the place Massena – from where we are getting to all the magical little streets  with mentioned boutiques, as well as the main shopping mile – let’s go!

On this day I was wearing a flared jacquard dress by Reiss, which I also have been wearing at London Fashion Week with a different styling. I talked about it in my last post, how I love the trend of sculptured dresses and bell skirts as it makes my sportive body frame appear more feminine. I definitely decided to be more femnine in my way of dressing in the future, especially this autumn/winter.  Why the change? I can’t really say, I think it’s a sentiment, for me a new way of expressing my new found  joye de vivre…

Eos dress by Reiss
Burberry sunglasses (found similar square frame glasses here)

I’ve treated myself to a Louis Vuitton iPad case, it doesn’t necessarily take big things to put a smile on my face.

So what will brighten up your day? Is it traveling? Shopping? Or maybe just the warm hug  and smile of some one important to you…Drop me a line, I can’t wait to hear!

xox, the Flamboyante

Reiss UK

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