Peaches & Cream: Embroidery Anglaise with Denim

White Jeans

The second day of our French sojourn fell on a Sunday and Sundays in France are just as lazy as they are in the UK.  After a respectable lie-in we went ‘en familie’ (inlaws & TallBrownFox) for a mid morning visit to the beautiful village of Cotignac.  It was another warm, bright day; a ‘peaches and cream’ day.  Time to don the peach embroidery anglaise top and white jeans I bought pre holiday. 

I’m wearing one extra item that I didn’t leave the house with… But more of that later…

When these photos were taken it was heading for midday.  Although the bright sunlight was wonderful for boosting my Vitamin D levels, it wasn’t so good for capturing detail in photographs.  Colours can look washed out in such bright light, so I took some more
when we returned chez nous.

I did take the denim jacket with me in the car when we went out originally but it wasn’t needed.  It stayed in the car and missed out on the fun of Cotignac.  Sorry denim jacket, next time, I promise.

I’m really pleased with the white jeans.  Normally I buy my skinny jeans from Dorothy Perkins Petite as I find their Eden Jeggings are such a good fit on me but these BHS Petite ones have also come up trumps. They finish a tad higher on the ankle than the Dorothy Perkins ones but all the better to show off my white sandals, my dear.

Wearing block colours, can sometimes look flat but the embroidery anglaise top, the texture of the straw bag and jewellery, give the outfit some depth.

Now, dear reader, remember when I said earlier I was wearing one extra item that I didn’t originally leave the house wearing? Do you think it was the necklace or the bracelet?  Place your bets, folks!


If you bet necklace, you’d have won. I bought it that morning in the village.  I snapped it up for a mere 9.00. If you ever find yourself visiting Cotignac, pop into Déli-Cat on the Cours Gambetta (the main high street).  It’s an over-flowing treasure trove of jewellery, hats, bags and object d’art.

I was drawn to the soft shades of the colours – brown, amber, turquoise and ivory.  And the different shapes and sizes of the beads also attracted my eye.  

Plus the length of the necklace meant I could play around with different ways of wearing it.

Beaded Necklace

Excuse the bare toes nails.  I hadn’t got round to dabbing some colour on them! 

White Sandals White Jeans

But I give you a better shot of the block heel of the sandals to take your mind off it.

I’m pleased and relieved in equal measure that block heels are in the shops right now.  I’ve never got on with completely flat sandals.  They don’t support the arches of my feet enough.  These are so comfortable to wear and I like the sleek, simple design.

White Sandals and Jeans

I want an olive tree behind me everytime I have my photo taken!

Denim Jacket with White Jeans

Denim Jacket Denim Jacket is currently available from Dorothy Perkins Petite.  I managed to nab it when they had one of their 25% offers on, but even full price it’s a great buy.

Embroidery Anglaise T-shirt is Peacocks, available in blue too.  Currently reduced.

White Denim Jegging are Bhs Petite, currently on offer.

White Low Block Heel Sandals are New Look.  They come in 5 other colours.

Karen Jones Bag from ebay


Now every mid-morning stroll requires refreshment.  And what better way to refresh than indulging in some Glace Artisanales.  A mind boggling choice of 35 flavours!  Much ruminating went on before I decided upon ‘deux boules’: Chocolat et Pistache (Pistachio).  TallBrownFox was more adventurous, plumping for Menthe Choc et Figue & Miel (Fig & Honey), the last one at the very bottom of the board!

What would have been your choice?

Ice Cream Sign

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  1. June 18, 2015 / 9:25 am

    You look adorable! I love your color combos.

  2. June 19, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    The whole outfit is very pretty and practical. Not an easy feat to achieve.

    I LOVE the shoes. I also have high arches and cannot wear flats of any kind. They look great.

    Also brilliant score on the necklace! Very unique.

    Sounds like a wonderful day.


    • June 19, 2015 / 8:09 pm

      Well, I do try to pair up my p's – pretty and practical so I'm glad you think I hit the mark!

      I'm the opposite end of the arch spectrum – mine are low – equally bad for flats! If only we were Goldilocks and somewhere in the middle.

    • June 22, 2015 / 9:41 pm

      Thanks Johanna. I loved it so much I bought it in the blue and apple green too! If it works…

  3. June 24, 2015 / 10:40 pm

    They always have so many flavours in French towns! I have a very similar picture of a menu in Bergerac x

    • June 25, 2015 / 3:59 pm

      Sometimes too many as it makes if difficult to decide! I could very easily have chosen about 9 or 10 flavours!

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