Tuesday, April 22, 2014

France {last summer}

I've posted about our stay at Chateau d'Esclimont when we visited Versailles, and here are some from the rest of our time in France.  We didn't stay in Paris at all - we were in the Dordogne region with family, where we spent half a day in the very charming town of Brantome and also toured some prehistoric cave paintings at Grotte de Villars.  We had a rental car and took a drive down to Bordeaux to spend one night, stopping to see just a little bit of St Andre de Cubzac and Limoges along the way.  We found driving and directions to be very easy here and did not run into any of the issues as we did in Italy (if you've followed my blog for awhile, you may have already seen this video…. what a mess that was.)

Here are some snapshots from France:


Grotte de Villars:

(no photos inside the cave but the tour was amazing and well worth the time to see the blue horse and all the beautiful formations)



a kir peche at Cafe Napolean 3

loved these chairs

a quick stop in Limoges for some plates:

I always like to visit grocery stores when we travel.  From France, I brought home some mustard and salt and one bottle of wine.  They have such great selections of mustard, salt and wine.

Denmark photos up next.


Saturday, April 12, 2014


We are on the road again and my attempts to post with pictures  to Blogger have not worked out so well.   If you follow me on Instagram @seaandtea I am posting some Hawaii pics and I'll sort out the European travel posts and shopping updates shortly when we return!



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Zara Sparkly Crystal Bead Necklace

Zara Sparkly Crystal Bead Necklace Ref. 1856/240

Before I get back to the travel posts, I have some snapshots of this great necklace that I was happy to be able to order online when it came back in stock.

If you google Duchess of Cambridge and Zara necklace, you can find some shots of the Duchess wearing this one not too long ago.  It sold out pretty quickly but then appeared under women's accessories though it was not available.  I filled in my email to be notified when available and did receive an email that it was back in stock - though when I tried to order it wouldn't work.  I tried later on in the day and it went through, and the necklace arrived via FedEx pretty quickly.  There are also some images online of Princess Beatrice and Mary Berry wearing this same necklace.

I don't see it online anymore, but I do like the looks of the Necklace with Metallic Flowers for a similar feel.  There are some other very pretty statement necklaces available too.

It seems very glam but I've already been able to incorporate it into my more casual wardrobe a couple of times.  Here are some close-up pics, and how I've worn it so far:

 the back

brown herringbone jacket (Gap, couple years ago), cashmere shell
Essie "Fifth Avenue" nail polish

Zara plaid jacket (last year), plain white shirt


Friday, December 6, 2013

France {Chateau d'Esclimont}

my eight year old at Chateau d'Esclimont this past summer

On our last trip to France with the children we were only in Paris.  This time, we just travelled through.  We were with family in the southwest of France, then spent one night in Bordeaux, and two nights outside of Versailles to see the palace.  For the Versailles part of the trip, I found a castle-hotel online (a little over 30 minutes away) that looked interesting.  It turned out to be one of the most memorable, magical places we've stayed: Chateau d'Esclimont.

We had two rooms in one of the outer buildings next to the castle, where we had dinner one of the evenings.

Not long after we returned home, I read that Phillipe Cousteau, Jr had his wedding ceremony at the chateau in September.  My daughter had just been working on a project about Jacques Cousteau in 5th grade and we had made a detour on our way to Bordeaux in order to visit his birthplace, St. Andre de Cubzac.  It was fun to find out that his grandson was married at this place where we stayed shortly thereafter.

Here are some photos:

our rooms

dinner outside

the mosquitos were pesky, so they moved us indoors

walking back to our rooms after dinner

Turns out my son's new wand from Harry Potter in Leavesden works well at castles.

black swan by the moat

Upon entering the town of St Andre de Cubzac is this statue of a leaping dolphin holding Jacques Cousteau's red watch cap:

I'll post a few pictures from Versailles and Bordeaux before moving on to Denmark, where we spent most of our time.  Also, a few shopping/OOTD posts.  Have been doing quite a bit of shopping with all these sales.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Target Gray + New Boots (+ dessert)

I'm slipping in one quick post on Target shopping again before I work on my France recap.  My new Cole Haan Air Cara boots arrived from Nordstrom the other day so of course I've been thinking about how I will wear them... I decided I wanted some gray tights to wear with them with black skirts and a navy sweater dress I have -- so made a trip to Target and ended up with a little more gray.  I love gray with camel, gray with navy, gray with yellow, gray with orange.  I don't really think of myself as wearing a lot of gray but it looks like I may be this season.

Here are my purchases and some snapshots of the Air Caras:

Mossimo tunic sweater in Gray, Mossimo sweater leggings in Grey, and Merona opaque tights

Cole Haan Air Cara in Chestnut

Also, my husband and children made some chocolate mousse the other night for dessert when we had some friends over.  I love the presentation in martini glasses with raspberry and mint leaf garnish (idea from family in Denmark this summer).  The glasses looked so pretty lined up I had to take some pictures:


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Some London Shopping {& an app}

I set aside our last full day in London for this.  Had a fantastic time.  From the pictures I took, it looks like we spent the whole day at the food hall at Selfridges... which I must say is amazing.  We did also make it to Liberty and I have a few snapshots from that.  Also visited Jigsaw, Jack Wills, Penhaligon's, Partridges, a couple of Zaras and Next.  Most of our purchases were back-to-school clothes for the children, but I did also find some pretty Pip Studio porcelain and a few things from Cath Kidston at Selfridges.

I ate one of those slices of the Carry On Caramel Cheesecake.

My children each chose a Lola's cupcake.

"perfect pies for picnics"

pretty chocolate boxes at Selfridges

still looking at food at Selfridges

Liberty of London

flowers outside Liberty

strawberry elderberry Bellini at Liberty Cafe 

back home with coffee in my new Pip Studio Lovebirds mug

I found the Citymapper London app to be very useful for directions.  I planned routes and took screenshots to use as we were out as I didn't find wifi that often.  I like how the app let me know our walk along Oxford Street used up .4 macarons in calories (at the bottom of the second screen shot below).  Not even close to covering my morning snack, but a start.

France up next.