chic and stylish guide to uzes, france

Away from the hustle and bustle of the South of France’s sunny cost line you will find Uzès.  A historic town  located in Le Gard, a geographical Department in the South of France.  Uzes is an enchanting hilly old town which is entirely pedestrian.  We recently had the pleasure of spending a few days in this charming region and we had a great time.  The town wasn’t always as chic and charming as it is today.  Fifty years ago Uzès was a sad forgotten town with dilapidated and ruined homes until the French government took matters in their own hands and took the town under a major restoration.   Uzes has recently been designated a historic town.  In the center of tow is Place aux Herbes, a square featuring a big fountain, outdoor cafes and cute little shops.  Almost every building in Uzes is of Renaissance architecture made of limestone.

A Chic and Stylish Guide to Uzes, France. Map

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There is one common fashion denominator in street style these days and that is everything that comes in plaid, flannel, tartan, tweed… you name it.  I wouldn’t call it a trend as some do because plaid or tartan is one of the most iconic, recognizable prints there is today.  If not ask the Scottish men… Tartan has been so embedded in the Scottish culture that they may as well start blaming all those who label it a trend of cultural appropriation.  Comes Autumn and this emblematic print is one of  the first things that comes to mind.   Below, a few pieces to get you started…

 fashion roundup of plaid

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Stephen Sills Hi Low Farm Kitchen

Stephen Sills Hi Low farm kitchen strikes the right balance between minimalist and transitional.  His kitchen is located in Bedford, New York.  After an extensive renovation that included an addition in his Farm Hi-Low, yes I believe that’s the name, the kitchen is the place where everyone visiting ends up.  “I love kitchens but it’s very contradicting, because I normally don’t like anything utilitarian”  Sills says.  Sills has had the estate for a long time but he only took on the addition and renovation project last year… The kitchen is as stylish as it is functional with no need for excess with a mixture of raw and sleek with the raw side found in the limestone floors, raw-cypress islands and distressed terra-cotta tiles.  The sleek opposite side is in the matte stainless steel cabinetry, white quartz counter top and simple few accessories.  Humble natural materials mingle with man made polished ones… “No matter how many people are here,” Sills adds, “everyone wants to pile into the kitchen”.

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When you see or hear the name Oprah attached to something, you know the end result will be far from simple.  Furthermore if it has something to do with beauty and serenity, inner beauty and natural growth.  Unsurprisingly Oprah Winfrey’s Rose Garden is worth keeping on an inspirational board for all the valid reasons as you can corroborate by looking at these images below.  Rose parterres, gravel pathways, topiaries, and a metal arbor where Oprah usually goes to get in sync with nature.  She declares “Sometimes I stand under the arbor, close my eyes, and allow myself to take in as much as I can: I hear birds splashing in the fountain and literally smell the roses. This garden makes me present.”  One of the many effects Gardens can have on people, which I wrote about in this post.

Oprah winfrey's rose garden

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There is nothing easier in the dressing department than a pair of pants and a sweater… It’s a no-brainer as it doesn’t require any level of imagination nor creativity… It sounds appealing doesn’t it..?  I admire a very well layered attire but often we just want to keep it simple and low maintenance.  After all, we can always add some sparkle to make a simple pant and sweater match interesting.. Like what sort of sparkle you ask.. well anything from a belt, a necklace, big earrings, or a pair of beautiful boots… This roundup of Sweater Weather offers chic options from very affordable to more expensive ones.

Burberry wool and cashmere sweater

Wool and Cashmere Sweater

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