What to wear at the Côte d’Azur

What to wear at the C ôte d'AzurHere we finally go, my holiday pictures. As I said, we “had” to go on holiday as our parquet floor got sanded and varnished, meaning: not entering the living room for 4 days. Why not turn this hitch into an opportunity and go to the south of France for 6 days? Which left me with the question: what to wear at the Côte d’Azur? I know what you are thinking: “Gosh, is that your “problem”? Must be hard to bare”… Yes, I agree, we are lucky bastards. 

As that part of the world has high temperatures and is rather chic (I thought), I was looking through my closet for things that were a) thin / lightweight / cool (as in not hot) and b) a bit elegant. In that order. Starting with the shoes, the most difficult part. I should have asked myself What to wear at the Côte d’Azur on my feet? As I get blisters wearing shoes with bare feet. Always and everywhere. Even the softest shoes give me blisters in the end. Only shoes made of cloth instead of leather don’t give me this problem.

Elegant means high heels for me. I know this isn’t true and I know many outfits with low heels which are drop dead gorgeous and elegant. But I haven’t mastered this yet. Dress/skirt and heels = elegant with me.

Below: close-up of the dress shown above to let you see it is a blue and white stripe. Not easy to see in all photos, especially not if you are looking at this post on your smartphone. These photos were taken in Nice.

The dress is by Bellamy Gallery and cost € 68.-. I have told you about this brand many times before: sustainable, no child labour or anyting like that, transparant, comfortable and very affordable. You got to love them. I think the dress was meant for less bustier women but I got the girls in there.

What to wear at the C ôte d'Azur

Below: the beaches in this area are often pebble beaches. I hate sand, but I am certainly not going to lie on rocks.


Below: as it happened we only laid on comfortable beds at the swimming pool of our hotel. From 15.00 to 17.30. Not too hot and not too bad for our skin. Actually the result of our laziness. The spot at the beach we knew from years before had gone and we didn’t explore where to go now and where to park. Laziness.

what to wear at the Côte d'Azur

Below: another view of our hotel terrace (breakfast, lunch, drinks, dinner area)

Below: the hotel is in Cagnes sûr Mer, up in “Haut” (the word says it: high) Cocagne. Name of the hotel is Sandton Hotel Domaine Cocagne

We often went to this hotel years ago when it didn’t have any stars and was simpler. We got to know the lovely owners. After they sold it, we couldn’t find the same cosiness and laughter as before and stopped going. No idea why we went back this time. Sentimental reasons? Easy? Sunshine? Comfort? I don’t know. It is a lovely place to be, nothing wrong with the place. Just not for us. My best time spent is always with friends and my best pastime is laughter. Both of which we got plenty of in the old days. And not anymore now it has gone chic. Never mind, other people will adore this hotel. Let me show you some of the views near this fab hotel (as it ís fab).

Cagnes sûr Mer (near Nice)

Cagnes sûr Mer (near Nice)

Below: see the sea? Top left.

Cagnes sûr Mer (near Nice)

Below: the first day we arrived, we re-acquainted ourselves with Nice. And got some outfit shots. Where is my smile? See? I need to laugh when my photo is taken. Otherwise I look like a miserable so and so.

What to wear at the C ôte d'Azur

Below: these shoes are soft as butter. Got them in Turin last year, heavily reduced (TG). So far, they haven’t given me any blisters. The bag is by Furla and years old. I like it a lot (present from husband) but it has a cream shoulder strap. And hot, sweaty hands do not go well with light coloured leather. The strap is now a bit tattered, while the bag is still fine. Anybody with a clever idea how to save this bag?

What to wear at the C ôte d'Azur

Below: Ron took photos of me walking and the wind started blowing…. Remember the wind is not my friend?? It reveiled I have a tummy. Not too bad, but still. And it reveiled that I need a longer underskirt.

What to wear at the C ôte d'Azur

Below: when that wind really got hold of my hair, my face clearly expresses my discontent. There goes elegant…

What to wear at the C ôte d'Azur

Below: as we walked to a restaurant, we saw this lady taping a piece of cardboard to her trolley. That puzzled me. Ron thinks she would pin her music on there and play.


Below: dinner at a lovely restaurant underneath this pergola.

What to wear at the C ôte d'Azur

Below: as we walked back the sun was setting, giving Ron a chance to make some lovely photos. Watch the moon top left and the statue on the pole..


Below: taken from the right angle, the moon balanced on the statue’s head


Below: I thought this would be good light for another outfit shot (I most bore the hell out of him)

What to wear at the C ôte d'Azur

Below: we also went to Nice on our last day. Haven’t got many good photos of that. These shots of children playing with the water on that very hot day (30-33 degrees C) are adorable.


Below: the little boy is so cute.


Below: swimming lessons !


Below: one last postcard to say goodbye for this week.



No Fear of Fashion

Linking up with Patti of Not Dead Yet, who is hosting Visible Monday. And she wears a gorgeous black dress.

Also linking up with Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb, hosting I will wear what I want. She is showing beachwear in Cornwall.







  1. 3 July 2017 / 00:54

    A perfect look for the Cote D’Azur. Crisp fresh looking dress and great shoes. Love the photos.

    • Greetje
      3 July 2017 / 03:37

      I wore flat shoes most of the time, but for a couple of hours in the evening in Nice…. OK heels. They are so soft.

  2. 3 July 2017 / 02:32

    Well I will not look that elegant while in Provence….leave it to you, Greetje!

    • Greetje
      3 July 2017 / 03:37

      Wasn’t that elegant all the time Anne. Besides it is pretty easy for 6 days only. And on flat shoes most of the time.

  3. Marianne
    3 July 2017 / 02:56

    I think the photo of you not smiling makes you look like a woman of mystery Greetje, not a miserable so and so.

    • Greetje
      3 July 2017 / 03:36

      Oh GREAT, I always wanted to be a woman of mystery. Thanks. You made my day.

  4. 3 July 2017 / 03:07

    I always enjoy seeing photos of the old city I lived in. It has changed so much since I lived there. Overall I think it has improved greatly.

    It is weird to think that Robert ever left his home town and came to Alberta, Canada! Ha ha!

    Brilliant shot of the moon balancing on the statues head! Robert explained those statues to me but I forget now what they represent. Oh yeah! Continents. Funny enough they were designed by a Spanish artist.

    Place Massena is a great place to take photos. Have you ever visited the Roman ruins there? They are quite amazing.

    You were probably among the best dressed there. I was woefully disappointed with the lack of stylish women the last time I was there.

    You look very chic.

    I could never do heels on their cobblestone streets. That is just an accident waiting to happen.


    • Greetje
      3 July 2017 / 03:41

      Never been to the Roman ruins. Did that in Rome though. And you are right, I was among the best dressed women in this simple throw on dress. I was disappointed as well. But I have to say that a lot of the streets at the beginning of Place Massena were very touristy and not much fun. We needed a guide with inside knowledge. Shops were boring as well.
      In the street where we walked there were no cobblestones. Only in the old city (which I did on flat shoes; I am no fool).

  5. 3 July 2017 / 03:34

    Yes, whenever my kitchen floor starts to look scummy, I announce, “Let’s go to France!” Hahaha. What an excellent holiday. It’s too bad that the old places are gone but you’ll find new ones with the laughs you miss. You have so many great photos here, at dinner, in the wind (which I really like) and sitting on the post. You were probably one of the best-dressed people there. And Ron’s moon shot is spectacular. It looks like a fantastic holiday. I’m glad you had a chance to get away.

    • Greetje
      3 July 2017 / 03:44

      It does sound terribly blasé, doesn’t it? “Our floor got varnished so we went to the Côte d’Azur”haha. It wasn’t as chic as it sounds. The hotel was a good deal, the flight didn’t cost much and we kept dinners simple. Also the previous owners, which we met twice this holiday treated us both times with dinner. Once at their home and once at the hotel (the latter very sneakily, as we wanted to pay). Lovely people. And not only because of the dinners haha.

  6. 2 July 2017 / 21:32

    Hi Greetje,
    I suddenly have this urge to have my floor done too. Brilliant excuse for a short trip to the south of France. You look totally ‘oh la la’ and ‘très chique’ in that lovely dress. I just love the way you combine the beautiful photos your husband takes with your highly entertaining writing. You always make me smile while enjoying great outfits and photos at the same time. Thanks!

    • Greetje
      2 July 2017 / 21:59

      This is why I do it. Because I want to entertain. I love making people smile or laugh. So your comment lets me go to bed being very content. Thanks.

  7. Wendy
    2 July 2017 / 23:37

    I agree, I always enjoy your posts ….. entertaining photos and stories. Thank you for sharing!

    • Greetje
      3 July 2017 / 05:54

      No, I should thank you for taking the time to give me this nice compliment. Making a blogpost is my hobby which I really enjoy.

  8. 2 July 2017 / 23:57

    I think I’ll have to redo my floors so that I have an excuse to go on vacation… 😉 I know, I know the joke is getting a bit old… 🙂 But in all seriousness, my floors truly do need to be redone…

    I always enjoy when you take us along on some of your adventures. That’s a great dress! I can absolutely see that you were one of the best dressed. I remember being disappointed by the way people dressed when I visited Nice many, many years ago.

    • Greetje
      3 July 2017 / 05:57

      I had the same when I went to Rome. I expected to see all the women in dresses and on high heels, but they had all come to their senses and walked on flats, wearing trousers. I saw three women in Rome on high heels walking the cobblestones… not a pretty sight. Thanks for the sweet compliments Andrea.

  9. Linda Henderson
    3 July 2017 / 03:39

    Thank you for sharing your trip to the Riviera. I enjoyed the photos and your priceless comments. Ever since my childhood viewing of “To Catch a Thief” I have imagined a lovely trip to Nice. Some day!

    • Greetje
      3 July 2017 / 06:00

      I think you might want to go to Italy when you take that trip. Tourism has spoiled a lot. Italy knows more spots still less spoiled. Thank you for the compliments. Much obliged.

    • Greetje
      3 July 2017 / 06:09

      These heels are high but for a couple of hours when it was not that hot, I am fine. The rest of the holiday I was on flats with the exception of a few dinners, when I didn’t have to walk too far. Thank you for the compliments.

  10. Marilee Gramith
    3 July 2017 / 04:54

    Is there anything more fresh and “French” than a blue and white stripe??? This little knit dress is great and the fact that it blew in the wind and revealed some lovely curves and a bit more of those shapely legs…? TRES’ CHIC!!
    Like Melanie, I like your little scrunched up nose photo as well. That Ron liked it enough to snap a shot of you just then, is perhaps the most telling fact! Whatever brings out the “real” is a good thing!
    It must have been cool to be the best dressed woman on the Cote D’Azur!!! Your Ron got some beautiful photos, You’ve had a lovely trip to an exotic place and a pretty refinished floor to welcome you home. Yahoo!!!!

    • Greetje
      3 July 2017 / 06:05

      The dress isn’t knit, it is like T-shirt stuff. Normally I don’t even try on a dress like that, knowing it shows lumps and bumps. This dress was not, so it came home with me.
      Ron was just taking a few shots, one after another, as I walked up. So it is not that he enjoyed my crunched-up face, more that he just pressed the button haha. It was a nice break and we have indeed a pretty floor again.

  11. josep-maria
    3 July 2017 / 08:43

    I love your dress, so delicate and simple at the same time. I like to see you dressed in these clothes, you are frankly fine. And, as always, some nice and funny photos. You really are unique! In the foreground you are very beautiful.

    • Greetje
      3 July 2017 / 21:14

      Thank you Josep-Maria. During my blogging years I have learned that I am really a jeans girl at heart. But I do love “dressing up as a lady” as well. Fortunately I can do both. I didn’t quite understand your sentence “In the foreground you are very beautiful”. As it is clearly a compliment I like to understand what you mean (big grin). Can you explane?

      • josep-maria
        4 July 2017 / 07:56

        My dear Greetje, I love being able to explain myself better. In your post there is a photo with a close-up of you. What I wanted to say is that, in that photo, you look really nice and beautiful. Obviously it is a compliment, but it is felt and with my heart. And, of course, with no intention of disturbing.

        • Greetje
          4 July 2017 / 08:50

          I know you mean well Josep-Maria. As I knew from the beginning (July 2012!). Thank you for this compliment. Really, blogging is so good for your self-confidence.. (LOL)

  12. 3 July 2017 / 09:22

    Lovely elegant dress! Ideal for a stay in France! I hope your floor is ready now??

    • Greetje
      3 July 2017 / 21:16

      The floor is ready but one little piece which is very stubborn. But we are on it. No big deal.
      It is a dress which you can roll up in your suitcase and it comes out crease free (almost). And you can wash it in the washing machine, hang to dry and no ironing. Perfect. For € 60,-.

  13. 3 July 2017 / 16:20

    I think this is the best idea ever, Greetje! Remodeling equals vacation!!
    But we are not that smart, so we are living in the dust and fun (I say that sarcastically!)

    • Greetje
      3 July 2017 / 21:18

      Well, it is holiday time anyway. The floorman needed 4 days and we went for 6 days. I think your remodeling is much more extensive and then it is hard to “run away”.

  14. 3 July 2017 / 18:13

    I love Nice but I think I prefer visiting it slightly off season. The old part is fascinating. I know how hot it was as I am only 1 1/2 hours away 20 mins up in the hills from St. Tropez. St. Tropez has a much more hippie laid back vibe so I don’t need to dress up much. Just linens and kaftans with ethnic accessories and always flat shoes as our village has cobbled streets! The scenery is gorgeous.

    • Greetje
      3 July 2017 / 21:21

      I know St. Tropez. Been there a few times. This time we were lazy and didn’t get passed Cannes. We did go to Antibes and St Paul de Vence. And I wore flat shoes all the time (as you will see next week). Only wore the high heels these few hours in Nice (I avoided cobblestones) and when we went for dinner (by car).

  15. 3 July 2017 / 20:56

    What a nice place. The photos are fun. I feel the same way you do about heels.

    • Greetje
      3 July 2017 / 21:22

      High heels do change your posture and make you feel feminine, don’t they? But murder on your feet and back.

  16. 3 July 2017 / 21:09

    “The South of France” has always sounded to rich for my blood! You are lucky bastards 😉 Beautiful views, a lovely pool, looks like a very nice holiday. I laughed at your comment that your dress may have been made for someone with a smaller chest but you managed to “get the girls in there”. You looked very chic, even when the wind was blowing at you.

    • Greetje
      3 July 2017 / 21:29

      We live in Europe. Everything is only (at the most) 2 hours flying away. It is the insane waiting hours at Schiphol which makes these trips less nice. But if those are my problems, I shouldn’t be complaining, right? I know we are lucky bastards. I have always chosen a path that led to “money”. From when I was young, I knew I wanted a comfortable life and I always chose things like jobs which ensured me of a reasonable salary. When I was seventeen and contemplating “shall I go to drama school and become an actress?”, the answer to myself was: “no, as that will lead to a highly uncomfortable life. Such choices have consequences, but I never regretted it. And of course I was also lucky. Lucky with my parents, with my education, with my jobs, with my husband. Come to think of it, I must have a fairy looking after me.

  17. 3 July 2017 / 22:23

    You did pull off the elegant and cool, Greetje. Love that pic of the moon on the statue too. Now you can go enjoy those newly polished floors, and fully rested. xox


    • Greetje
      4 July 2017 / 08:51

      Thanks Patti. It was lovely and relaxing.

  18. 3 July 2017 / 23:17

    Thank you for the great holiday tour. Your hotel looked fab and yet it’s always strange to go back when things have changed. I too, am amazed at the lack of chic French women around. You do look the height of elegance though which just goes to show how the simple understated dress can take you anywhere. Loving crazy hair shots, pulling faces and underwear malfunctions – all goes to prove that you’re as human as the rest of us!

    Anna x

    • Greetje
      4 July 2017 / 08:52

      Oh I am sooooo human hahaha. Of course I am. I love to show the world something else but perfect pictures too.

  19. 3 July 2017 / 23:55

    Well Miss Greetje, if this isn’t the absolute PERFECT dress for where you were, then I don’t know what is! What gorgeous photos (and as usual, what legs you have got, dammit!).

    I love that moon on the head of the statue photo. xx

    • Greetje
      4 July 2017 / 08:55

      I always knew my legs were my best feature, but I am appreciating them more and more. This dress is also handy as you can roll it up for your suitcase, it arrives with hardly any creases (or none) and you can throw it in the washing machine, hang it to dry, finished. No ironing.

  20. 4 July 2017 / 00:06

    You chose the perfect dress Greetje. Super chic and comfortable! Lovely to get a glimpse into your holiday.

    • Greetje
      4 July 2017 / 08:57

      My holiday wasn’t very eventful. Not like yours, but very relaxing.

  21. 4 July 2017 / 21:52

    I absolutely love the dress and outfit in general – the bright lipstick just makes it all look effortlessly glam. Oh and the sunshine helps I am sure – Glasgow is cold and rainy, even in Scotland, July is NOT meant to be like this

    • Greetje
      5 July 2017 / 06:34

      I have been to Scotland in July. And in Glasgow. I used to have a Scottish boyfriend. The combination of rain, cold feet in summer shoes and going to the pub for lunch, caused me to investigate every toilet in Scotland….. But when the sun does come out to play, it is such a glorious part of the world.

  22. Trish
    5 July 2017 / 09:55

    You say you are a jeans girl at heart – but you do a good job hiding it. What a very useful and chic outfit for your South of France break. Weirdly, I think we were there at the same time, but for us the villages round Avignon, not the coast. It was super hot, and my old English body could only just cope, so I hid in a shady garden a lot of the time. I love the idea though of dressing up, in styles which look attractive and also cope with the heat. Not something I have to do much of in the UK! I think we Northern Europeans love the idea of ‘hot chic’ – I would adore being able to wear hot weather clothes throughout the summer! Bliss! Thanks for all the lovely photos. The ones with the little boy are sweet. The statues too – I thought they might be Anthony Gormley ones, but can’t find anything about them.

    • Greetje
      5 July 2017 / 14:11

      We have been in Avignon too in earlier years. Beautiful town, lovely area. Isle sûr la Sorge was another love although very touristy now.
      I actually prefer temperatures between 20 and 24 degrees Celcius. Hotter than that, rather not.
      The statues…. Suzanne Carillo said they are about continents, designed by a Spanish artist.

      • Trish
        5 July 2017 / 20:01

        I agree, Greetje…20-25C are my range of temperature. Have been since I was a teen and went on my first ‘hot weather’ holiday! I don’t like frying, or going lobster pink. But I do like the odd excursion into floaty cotton clothes. Just for a few weeks. With plenty of shade and greenery.

  23. 5 July 2017 / 18:51

    A week in the Cote d’Azur and then find the restyled parquet floor ready at home…that sounds very clever!
    Nizza is not too far from Turin and I have been there several times. It’s a very nice city. I am sure that you spent pleasant days there.
    Perfect dress for your holiday. It fits you. Great silhouette, with or without wind!!

    I remember when you bought those sandals in Turin…

    • Greetje
      5 July 2017 / 20:30

      Well Dan, I wouldn’t mind going back to that store as these shoes are really sooooo good. No blisters. I can walk on them for hours. Who would have thought!! They were heavily reduced (lucky me), but whatever their original price was, it is worth it.

  24. 7 July 2017 / 19:40

    You are a funny lady Greetje! Yes, a trip to Nice for a house project- I would have done the same, but perhaps not to Côte d’Azur. I adore the region and your photos there. The shot I love most is the one under the pergola and the one in the perfect light , where the tiles match your lovely striped dress.

    I like the wind blown effect, had you not grimaced it would have been so pretty, as it is , it is a good shot .
    I also do not like the rocky beach, or the sandy beach, only a view of the beach.. and would have ended up in those comfy chairs by the pool as well!!

    Perhaps a silk scarf tied around the handle, that would protect the handle from further discoloration, and could be a chic look. Hérmes is well known for that trick! And this would give you a good reason to go hunting for silk scarves.

    Another engaging post my dear! You look very chic, well done!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      8 July 2017 / 18:22

      I love your idea of the scarf. But… I would have to wrap the whole handle (about 10 to 20 inch) to cover the tattered area. Which is something quite different from tieing a scarf with a knot around the handle. I think it will look as if I want to hide something which would be exactly the case but I don’t anyone to know haha.
      I will look for pictures with scarves around handles.

      • 8 July 2017 / 20:51

        Hermes does that, amd it looks nice. I willl google some photos too, I think it would be a great look, and I know you have the scarves..🤔🙋😃💌
        Xx, Elle

  25. 8 July 2017 / 21:01

    I sent you a photo of a Hermes bag with an Hermes twilly scarf, it is petty .lmk if you do not get the image .
    Xo 😘

    • Greetje
      9 July 2017 / 07:59

      Thankselle. I also found a tutorial on YouTube. I will have to find a solution for the fact that my handle springs from the bag and is not attached to the bag with rings. I have a few tricks up my sleeve. To be continued 😘.

  26. 24 July 2017 / 07:02

    Doing some catch up reading Greetje. I’ve said this before, but will say it again…I love taking my sweet time reading your posts. They are always newsy and interesting and full of wonderful photography. I’ve had a busy couple of weeks and now is a perfect time to immerse myself in The Cote D-Azur and The Netherlands as well.

    As far as dressing for the south of France….blue and white sounds perfect in my book! You look effortlessly chic in your dress and neutral toned heels!

    And the poolside locale calls my name as I read! Looks heavenly!

    • Greetje
      24 July 2017 / 15:44

      Yes, it was a 4 star hotel, so not bad haha. Lovely that you are reading all my posts you missed.

  27. 22 August 2017 / 07:37

    I love this dress on you.

    Don’t you just hate it when the wind makes your tummy visible!? I must say that your tummy looks very decent here. Mine looks huge when the wind does that trick on me.

    I’m with you, in finding heels under a dress the summum of elegance. And I think we are right in that.

    Again, beautiful pictures.

    • Greetje
      23 August 2017 / 07:14

      Great minds think alike dear. My tummy came out pretty reasonable in these wind pictures. It was before dinner….

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