France

France Travel Diary Part 2

Hi Ladies! Happy day before the 4th! 

I thought I'd jump right in from where we left off in my France Travel Diary Part 1 where I discussed my time in Cluny and Theoule Sur Mer, so if you haven't read it yet and want a little insight, hop to!

From Theoule Sur Mer in Cannes, we decided to take our time driving to Eze which is about an hour- hour and a half drive to the East. We wanted to take the long way to get a really good idea about the small towns on the way that we didn't spend time in.  We drove through Cannes, Nice, and Antibes and my favorite by far was Antibes. The old part of the city was quaint, charming, and old, which of course, I am a sucker for. Fun fact: I was a History major in college at UCLA and love learning about European  countries!

Old Town Antibes is definitely a place I would love to see more of next time I go to France. I would recommend visiting Antibes for lunch and day time excursions while having a hotel similar to Tiara Yaktsa due to its somewhat remote location and breathtaking views. This part of the city is what you would expect when you think of cute French villages by the water. Colorful and lively with lots of charm due to the historic buildings and streets. 

From Antibes, we ventured to our final French destination, Eze, a famous Medieval village high above the sea overlooking the gorgeous Cote d'Azur! It truly was magical. We stayed at Chèvre d'Or, really the only place I would ever stay in Eze due to its wow factor (that I doubt could be beat elsewhere). The hotel is built into the walls of the village with its pool, bar, grounds, and restaurant accessible only to hotel or restaurant guests. It legitimately was a one of a kind experience that I hope to share with my husband Chay as it is the most romantic hotel!  

This is the gorgeous reception area built within the walls of the village

This is the gorgeous reception area built within the walls of the village

Our view from the outdoor bar and cafe where we had our welcome drinks! Sparkling Rose:)

Our view from the outdoor bar and cafe where we had our welcome drinks! Sparkling Rose:)

The entrance to the restaurant seen from where we were sitting sipping rose. Everything is perfection here!

The entrance to the restaurant seen from where we were sitting sipping rose. Everything is perfection here!

After drinks, we went to our room to change, and then explore the property on our way to the pool. I was giddy and felt like a kid in a candy shop. I was just so taken aback by how stunning and ornate everything was, not to mention meticulously preserved. You have to go! I don't care how, sell a kidney, it's worth it!

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Very excited as you can see here haha. I think this was the best photo where I wasn't flashing the camera, but despite my subdued look, I'm dying on the inside.

Very excited as you can see here haha. I think this was the best photo where I wasn't flashing the camera, but despite my subdued look, I'm dying on the inside.

The greenery and ornate touches everywhere you turn make this hotel a masterpiece!

The greenery and ornate touches everywhere you turn make this hotel a masterpiece!

Views views views!

Views views views!

The hotel property terraces down as far as the eye can see, its incredible!

The hotel property terraces down as far as the eye can see, its incredible!

The gorgeous Italian inspired pool area. I felt like royalty taking a dip!

The gorgeous Italian inspired pool area. I felt like royalty taking a dip!

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After a very relaxing day pool side soaking up the sun and views, we had the hotel make reservations for us in Monaco, which is only a 15 minute drive East.

Things I would suggest:

1. Research places in advance for dinner if you want to venture outside of the hotel. We took a so-so recommendation and didn't mind too much but wish we would have researched ourselves.

2. The hotel restaurant, La Chèvre d'Or is a famous 2 Michelin star restaurant, so if you're a foodie, go! Its pricey but it's a resounding fabulous place to spend at least one night.

3. The hotel is so fabulous, I would try to spend as much time there as possible to get some r and r (if you are only spending a couple days here). Venture to nearby Saint Jean Cap Ferrat or Monaco for brunch, but definitely soak in the beauty while you're paying for it!

4. The village is TINY, so maybe set aside a couple hours to see it and walk the small passage ways but you won't need much longer than that. Sneakers or comfy sandals would be best for this.

5. Monaco was cool but totally not a place I'd spend too much time seeing as I'm not a billionaire or love to gamble. However, it is a sight to see and I would suggest a meal or half day there. I love everything about the French Riviera so wanted to see as much as possible and suggest the same to anyone coming here, as long as it doesn't take away from the quality time you could be having getting to know the areas you most want to spend time in.

More on my trip to come, so keep your eyes peeled for a post on my time at Ashford Castle in Ireland.. Let me know if you have any other recommendations and places to stay, Id love to know!

xo!! Kim

Matiko in Theoule Sur Mer, France

Check out my collaboration with a shoe brand I've loved for over ten years, Matiko. I wore their gorgeous and fun slides and sandals throughout my trip in the South of France.

Hi ladies!

This is my second post of many recapping and posting on my two week trip to Europe that started in the wine region of France. We then made our way south to Cannes, where we stayed in a gorgeous seaside village, Theoule Sur Mer, perched up on a hill overlooking the French Riviera. We got so lucky with our hotel picks, and I will share why and what I loved and could do without  in Friday's post. For today however, I wanted to share about Matiko shoes, a brand I have loved since college for their fun and trendy shoes, specifically sandals. that are well made and so comfortable! I was loving these swedish blue suede slides. I wore them a ton throughout the trip. So easy to slip on and go, and they looked chic and minimalist which was perfect for France.

I only collaborate and wear pieces  from brands I truly love and was so happy to receive shoes from Matiko. They are based in Los Angeles and family run which I love. You may recognize them since they sell their gorgeous leather shoes on some of my favorite sites such as Shopbop. I was so thrilled to collaborate with them because I have been wearing a pair of their sandals since 2006 when I bought my first pair in college. They still look great, 11 years later! I love them still. 

I threw on these tie up sandals to head to dinner and love how they are casual but have a little heel to make any look a bit more special. They are so comfortable and the suede is so soft! 

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I also loved these fun fringe slides and wore them to the pool and the beach everyday. I got so many compliments on them and they really made even the most basic look seem so festive and fun. I try harder with my style on vacation because it just feels so good to me to be in a beautiful place and look pulled together and fashionable. I always say that looking good and putting a little effort in makes all the difference in how you feel, and that is reason enough for me! So much of the time when I'm not running errands, at a casting, or shooting for the blog or work, I am at home editing or working on my computer for the blog. So, getting pulled together everyday multiple times was so fun and made me feel human again! It always amazes me how a cute outfit and a little makeup can make all the difference in how I carry myself and how I feel.

Thank you Matiko for the beautiful shoes, I love them! Click on the items below to purchase or see other great pairs. 

XO! Kim

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Roxanne Assoulin on Holiday X Cluny, France

Check out how I wore my Roxanne Assoulin jewelry on my trip to France, with insights, recommendations, and mini travel guide coming soon!

Hello everyone! I just got back from my trip and had the best time in Cluny France, the South of France, Ireland and Paris! It was the trip of a lifetime and I felt so lucky to be able to see such beautiful places with my sister and get to experience so many wonderful moments together. My sister had a work trip in France and I have been wanting to take as many opportunities to travel as possible since my hubby has seen so much and has little time now to get away with work. So, I decided to be adventurous and meet her! I'm so glad I did. I have seen places that I will visit again and again, and also understood more of places that I feel are overrated and not all they are cracked up to be. I'll share that soon!

In this post, I wanted to share about this jewelry brand I am absolutely obsessed with, Roxanne Assoulin. It is my spirit accessory animal. It's pure fun and I love a brand that can be chic and stylish and not take themselves so seriously while at the same time being great quality. The chokers I am wearing are all hand enameled and heavy duty. I love to stack them and create a really unique and funky look. These chokers make any outfit! I wore them throughout my trip and got so many compliments. 

Here I am in Pouilly Fuisse, after wine tasting!

After wine tasting, we headed back to Cluny, a little village that is so quintessential French with cute little apartments and buildings, all in different pastel colors. I am so in love with Europe because of the history and gorgeous character everywhere you look. The dreamy backdrop made for a perfect place to shoot for the blog and showcase this unique and awesome brand. LOVE.

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The village here is so old and picturesque, I loved walking around before dinner and checking out the small streets and courtyards. It's definitely a slow paced town with little excitement, but that's the glory of it all. The simple life is appealing and was definitely a nice respite from the long travel day and busyness of Los Angeles where everyone is trying to "make it". There is so much pressure to be something, and be busy, all the time. It was refreshing to come here and see people sit for hours, not check their phones, and be immersed in good conversation with friends. I am guilty of getting caught up in the hustle and desire to be more "successful", so found this to be a magical place to start my trip.

I loved wearing my Roxanne Assoulin pieces throughout my trip, they made every outfit feel special and unique. Check out the pieces below and click on them if you want to purchase, I definitely want to add to my new collection. Im obsessed with it all! 

More posts coming over the next couple weeks about my looks throughout the trip as well as a sort of travel diary and guide. Missed you guys! 

XO, Kim

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