Doug and I just returned from a soul-stirring ten day vacation in France. Our trip started with a two day stay in Paris where we resided in an old romantic flat in the heart of St.Germain. We then ventured off to the French Riviera, also known as ​Côte d’Azur. Our airbnb was located in the city of Nice, about a 5 minute walk from the infamous cobalt blue sea. We also took a few day trips to surrounding villages such as Cannes, St. Tropez, Eze, Monaco and Monte Carlo. It was truly a magical adventure!

I love to travel and I love to shop. So for me, preparing my outfits for this trip was both exciting and fun. You may not know this about me, but I’m a huge fan of consignment shopping. Not only because I feel like I’m doing my part to be environmentally responsible, but also because I love designer fashion and the thrill of the hunt.

After sharing a few photos of our trip on my personal Instagram account @jennieontheblock_1 a couple of friends requested I spill the details on my fashion finds and beauty products so I decided to put together this blog post and share my “french style diary” with you. I hope you enjoy it and maybe find some inspiration for your next trip!

First, let me tell you about my favorite places to shop consignment on-line. My most recent obsession is Tradsey. They sell authentic, designer fashion for less. And, the best part is you can list your own items and share them with someone who will treasure them just as much as you do. Voila, cash back to buy more! 😉 I also enjoy using The RealReal and PoshMark.

My local favorite is Fantasia in Old Saybrook, CT. I used to do serious damage at 2ndTimeAround in NYC but they recently closed their doors (wahhhhh!) now that online shopping has taken demand. If I’m not shopping second hand, I’m likely looking for a deal at Off Saks (their online selection is WAY better!) or shopping locally at one of my favorite neighborhood shops like Bella Perlina, The Dressing Room or Khaki & Black, because let’s be honest, shopping small is important too!

On a lovely stroll one afternoon in Nice, I stumbled upon a very unassuming second hand shop (Pomme Glamour). In fact, if the lady with the puffy lips floating in front of me didn’t stop to gaze in the windows, I might have even passed by without looking twice. Luckily, she caught my attention and I decided to walk in. Not only did I walk in, I walked out with the ultimate consignment score! Authentic, navy-blue, patent-leather Chanel flats, size 6 1⁄2 in excellent condition. WHAT?!! I immediately imagined a chic, Parisian woman walking endless miles up and down Champs Elysees and knew I had to have them! (part of the experience is imagining stories of previous owners–it’s so fun, hehe!).



I kept my beauty regime simple on this trip. After all, the modern French woman knows how to swing the “effortless chic” look like no other. Perhaps it’s that “je ne sais quoi” attitude. Either way, I needed to master that perfectly imperfect look, so I decided to embrace mussed up hair

and minimal makeup. I carried Coola Cucumber SPF, translucent powder and two red lipsticks, RMS “content” & NARS “annabella:, which became my best fashion accessory. Dewy skin (thanks to french skincare staples: Vichy mask & Caudalie face mist), my red statement lip and dab of “frivole” Fragonard parfum (purchased from the factory in Eze) completed my everyday look. In the evening I wiped the day off with either a Kaia Naturals or BioSecure wipe, cleansed with Suntegrity Cleansing Oil (coming soon to JF) and applied PawPaw multi-purpose balm around my eyes and on my lips and slapped CV skinlabs calming lotion all-over.
Beauty: Jennie Fresa  

RMS Lip color in BELOVED– my best accessory on this trip!  It’s the perfect French Girl Red!

French Beauty Finds

Parfum from Fragonard 

I picked up the book, “Cooking for Picasso” by Camille Aubray at RJ Julia Bookstore in Madison prior to our departure- a tale of love, food and family involving a makeup artist (present day) and her chef grandmother who lived in the French Riviera (in 1936). Um, yes, please!! The only problem was, with days so busy sightseeing and beach days packed with fascinating people-watching, I barely got through half of the book. Something to look forward to before summer’s end, I guess.

Strapless one piece: Victoria’s Secret  Black tote: Target COOLA sun care​ ; Swim wrap & hat: Glass Onion Boutique on Block Island; Book: Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubrey

Now back to the wardrobe, below you’ll see a gallery of my looks and a credit reel for my threads. I would be remiss in not crediting my patient husband, Doug, for his efforts in photo journaling. It was a team effort and a lot of fun to document– for me anyway, lol. In all seriousness, some photos took some time in terms of art-direction (plenty of photo shoot experience coming into play there) and some shots were completely candid but it was all worth it, because I will cherish these photos and the memories forever.

Even though I appreciate good style, I’m no fashion expert. For me, it’s about self-expression and having fun. That said, I do want to note a few staples that you might notice reappear in my looks. No matter where you’re traveling to, here are my top 10 “must-haves” for stylish and practical packing:

1.) Trench Coat, Denim or Motto Jacket
2.) Black Heels, Flats & Sneakers
3.) A Crossbody Bag, Tote & Clutch
4.) White Tee & White Button Down Blouse
5.) 2 Dresses, 1 pair of Jeans, 1 Skirt and/or Shorts

6.) 1 Scarf and/or Cardigan
7.) Swimsuit & Coverup
8.) 2 pair of Sunglasses & Jewelry
9.) Black Tank Top
10.) Panama Hat

Navy dress: Bella Perlina ​; Sneakers: Adidas;Trench:Comptoir des Contonniers;Sunglasses: Prada   Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Red silk blouse: Wes Gordon  ; Boyfriend jeans: Just Black;Nude heels: Steve Madden ​; Clutch: Cynthia Rowling

White Dress: Tracy Reese; Denim Jacket: Free People; Shoes: Nude Restricted sandals   Cross body purse: Coach

Bag: Black leather Baggu pouch; Blouse & Pants: Scotch and Soda NYC ​Black heels: Steve Madden

Aquinnah Jewelry

Sunglasses: Linda Farrow x The Row; Black Tank Top: The Dressing Room ; Cargo shorts: APC ; Nude flip-flops: ESPIRIT ; Purse: Chloé Marci Mini cross body

Asymmetrical Blue dress: Camilla & Marc White tee: J. Crew ; Choker: Aquinnah; Sneakers: Adidas; Hat: Tommy Bahama (from Mad Hatter on Block Island);Blue paisley scarf: Unknown; Bangle: Unknown; Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Sunglasses: Diff Eyewear ; Doug’s sunglasses: Rayban
High-rise jeans: GAP ; White blouse:Benetton   Clogs: Isabelle Marant ​; Bag: Chloé Marci Mini
White Blouse: Benetton; Pleated skirt: ZARA  ; Black Quilted Chanel bag: Fantasia ; Black heels: Steve Madden

Turkish Towel; One piece red swimsuit: Laundry

Navy button down dress: Catherine Melandrino ​ ; Black tote: Target ; Nude flip-flops: Espirit
Chanel & Croissants {what’s better than that?!} =)

Gaucho pant romper: Renamed ; Waist bag: Michael Kors ; Brown gladiator sandals: Anthropology ; Hat: Tommy Bahama
I hope you enjoyed reading my post. Let me know your thoughts or if you have any specific Q’s about my french-girl beauty and fashion sense– I would love to hear your feedback! Until my next trip…..
Bisou Bisou,

More consignment finds: Sonia Rykiel cardigan and Karen Millen culottes – amaze!!