Thursday, 12 April 2012

à collioure

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Isn't Collioure (or Cotlliure) one of the prettiest seaside towns you've ever seen? With its Medieval buildings, the intense, paradise blue of the sea and sky embracing the town from above and below, the sunshine and the blustery wind... Summer is 100% my favourite season of the year, and although it wasn't exactly summery (note the appearing and disappearing cardigan) it was so lovely to be by the seaside in the sunshine.

The town was crowded, but after an infuriating time parking (luckily our rental car was a Smart, so we took the space no one else could fit into, woohoo) we managed to avoid most of the tourists by keeping out of the restaurants; instead we ate quiche and ice-cream on the beach, and wandered up to a cliffside lookout, where we perched on some deserted steps overlooking the panorama.

I'm wearing a dress from the 70s that was made by Albert's mom! And if anyone's wondering, the orangey smoke in the third picture is from a simulated rescue mission they were conducting in the bay (you can see the helicopter in another shot...)

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photos by Albert and I

dress: vintage, cardigan: absolutely ancient, belt and purse: vintage via my mom, shoes: Steve Madden via ebay, sunglasses: TKMaxx
*I got this entire outfit for free minus the shoes and sunglasses!

34 comments:

anna @ studentfab.blogspot.com said...

Wow its beautiful! Love the pictures
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Despina T. said...

amazing photos!i just adore ur orange dress.what a great pattern.

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow it is sooo beautiful!!! JEALOUS!!! And I love that dress, Albert's mom did an awesome job! :D And woohoo for getting almost the whole outfit free ;) Mine was like that today, ha ha
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Monique said...

Emily, what a great trip you guys took! The weather looks like those days when your okay if in the sun but chilly otherwise...these photos are gorgeous and that dress what a lovely gift---those smart cars are pretty amazing.

The Braided Bandit said...

This is one of the most beautiful towns (and blog posts for that matter) that I have ever laid eyes upon! Your vintage dress looks perfect against the blue backdrop of the sea. After your last post, which I happened to just read, I was like I cannot wait to see this seaside town! This is for sure now on my "must travel to one day" list.
Ahhh-mazing!

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

I can't believe you are in paradise and I am at a desk. Not fair!

It looks so relaxing and gorgeous. You alo look fab.

Keep having fun.

x

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@The Braided Bandit: Good! I really do recommend the whole region!

@Miss Porkchop: Actually, I'm in bed, and holidays are sadly a thing of the past. Working in six hours, ouch.

Ashley said...

GORGEOUS!!

More and more I'm realizing I like quite a few pieces from the 70s. Who woulda thunk?

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Ashley: Yeah, I've never much cared for the overall 70s aesthetic, but individual pieces can be well-made and easy-to-wear.

Preziosa said...

You are so cute and love your pics!

Emily Peebles said...

What a beautiful place! Your red dress contrasts so nicely with the blue of the water and sky. I think eating by the beach sounds infinitely better than eating at a tourist-filled restaurant!

Laura said...

Gorgeous vintage red-orange dress? Cozy cardigan? Braided belt? Oxfords? Check, check, check, check. Yep, I love this outfit. How fun that you know this history behind that dress - I love it when that happens! That town is ridiculously picturesque, and basically, I just love this post from top to bottom.

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Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

Thank you for my vicarious vacation! Beautiful pictures and your dress reminds me of one I wore in the 70's when I was oh-so-young, kind of like you! Enjoy!!!

Norbyah said...

i am just going to live vicariously through your pictures. the pictures are stunning. i love the orange dress....it's so gorgeous. and i love the picture with you at the water's edge and the helicopter in the distance. the colors are fab.
xo
n

Terri said...

This is a perfect seaside dress. And gorgeous photos.

Amelia said...

i got to visit there for a day when i studied abroad in barcelona. fell in love with the place too. we actually sat right where you are near the water drinking wine and eating pizza. heaven :) ps. this dress is darling

Arianne said...

At first I thought, 'Dang, Emily got that Madewell dress!' then, upon reading that it was an inherited piece, I realized that was even better. It looks fresh and lovely on you. And boy, do I want to go to the seaside now.

A from A + B in the Sea

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Amelia: wow, wine is the one thing that would make it even better I think!

Maite said...

Ese vestido es una delizadeza, cuidalo bien, de los 70!! es unico!!

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Make the World a Prettier Place said...

Collioure! I haven't heard this name in a while. Thanks for bringing back wonderful memories.

- Marie
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Sierra said...

Wow, this is so lovely! That dress is amazing, I can't believe it's 40-some years old! Your beautiful photos are not doing much to help curb my restlessness, haha.

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caitlin said...

just. wow. gorgeous town, gorgeous dress, gorgeous day. this is why i miss traveling...

Laura Go said...

This is just PERFECT. Collioure is beautiful, and so are you! That dress is magnificent.

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Amber said...

my goodness, this place is gorgeous. I would love to live in a little town like that although I dont think I could really deal with all the tourists. That dress looks great on you. The color really pops.

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

A Medieval town by the sea. Oh, yes. It's not just pretty, it's extraordinary. And eating quiche and ice cream on the beach! I'll never be able to eat quiche again without feeling a subtle pang ;)

I know you love white dresses come summertime, but I think this frock could rival that. It just screams Emily's Summer Adventures!

Emily said...

@Emily: true! And orange dresses are less of a problem when the ice cream starts melting...

Maria Elyse said...

These photos are so lovely and make me ache for summertime. I love that that dress was made by Albert's mom! So cool. It looks beautiful on you!

xo
Maria Elyse

Valerie Enríquez said...

Such a beautiful little town. I love towns with medieval history, it's so fascinating! The sea is just so blue over there x

out of order said...

that is a darling dress, it's so amazing that your man's mom made it! I live in California seaside town and I wish we had cool old stone buildings <3

Meghan
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Laura (White Winters) said...

That town looks like a wonderful place to visit! I am very jealous of the sunshine!

Laura
whitewinters.blogspot.com.au

dusanabotswana said...

Looks like a medditeranean paradise & a lovely day! & way to go avoiding the tourists and surely overpriced tourists restaurants! I can't tel you the times Jonny and I bought quiche and ice cream (sometimes a whole carton at once... "it was the cheapest") from little grocery stores during our Spain travels. Albert's mom did an amzing job on that dress too!
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Lynn said...

Just came across your blog and wanted to tell you how great it is! I love your clothes and your sense of style!

Lynn

PS -- Added you to my blog list so I don't lose you!

Anastasia from Natbeesfashion said...

Amazing pictures!!!Love the blue of the sky and the sea :)
xo

Aliya said...

Your blog has the most amazing pictures! And I am head over heels in love with that dress of yours! Following you:)

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