Wearing Stripes On Our Day Trip To Cannes

cannes, france, cannes film festival, cote d'azur, french riviera, mediterranean sea, stripes, summer travel, spring style

Hey there, lovelies!

While we were in Nice, we decided to take a quick 30-minute train ride a little further south and west to Cannes. If you are a pop culture lover, you may have heard of the Cannes Film Festival, which is held here every year in May. This year’s festival actually began yesterday! It’s a star-studded event and really wakes up this otherwise sleepy beach town [well, except in the summer … then it’s a party town] that is along the French Riviera. Victoria and I were really torn as to whether we should go here or another neighboring city like Antibes, Monte Carlo [which is in another country, a tiny one, called Monaco] or even a small village called Eze, that many recommended. But, because I read People Magazine and Us Weekly on the reg and I’ve seen pictures from the Cannes Film Festival every year … I was like, I have to go and check it out!

To be honest, it wasn’t really all that impressive to me. It reminds me of a smaller, less impressive Miami or hoity-toity coastal town with lots of yachts floating around. We walked around, along the water, and through the shops. We saw Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, etc. etc. etc. After that, we were like ‘okay … it’s not really something you wouldn’t see in any other large European city … what else?’ We ventured down to a restaurant on the beach that looked adorable and decided to have some lunch. It was called Annex Beach, which was delicious. I got the gnocchi and Victoria got the beef tartare. We were told that this place and the next beach stop we made, Baoli, were both pretty crazy at night. They’re all restaurants and night clubs so when the summer hits, there’s loud music and dance parties all night. The server at Baoli who serves us our ‘sun downer’ cocktails said he’s served Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Wiz Khalifa, Ben Stiller, and many other celebrities since he’s worked there. I thought that was pretty cool … that I could literally be sitting where Brad Pitt has sat, or looked out at the same view, but I was surely not impressed by my glass of wine enough to be happy about my 25 Euro bill. Ha!

Anyway, it was a cool little half a day trip. I wish I would looked up WHERE the festival takes place. We didn’t even think about it until we were going to get our train tickets to head back! Oh well … next time! I still have lots of the French Riviera I want to see so I hope to be back one day! 😉

This outfit was perfect for this particular day. I know it might not be what y’all are looking for at this moment because summer is on it’s way but it’s full of some good basics to stock up on now like this striped top and utility jacket. I’m wearing an XXS in the utility jacket and it fits perfect. Go one size down from your normal size and it should fit you fine, as well! And, as you can probably tell from a lot of my photos … this hat is THE BEST hat ever! Hah! I wore it so much on my trip and it will definitely be going on my next one with me!

Tomorrow, my hope is that I’ll have a French Riviera packing guide up for y’all! This area is the playground for the world’s richest of the rich so my aim will be to incorporate some great pieces that will help you look the part without feeling like you’re wallet has to REALLY take a hit to achieve it 😉 It’ll be a good mix of stuff for everyone! [I say I hope because I have an afternoon FULL of appointments tomorrow that I needed to get done before I go. I also need to get the pups to their dog sitter as well as pack and I told my friend we would do a dinner catch-up sesh before I leave … so fingers crossed! We will see! Just being honest with y’all!] Have an amazing day! We’re almost to the weekend! Thanks for stopping by! xo.





27 thoughts on “Wearing Stripes On Our Day Trip To Cannes

  1. I love this post! I was thinking you went to Venice on your recent trip to Europe. If so, will you be posting a guide to Venice?


    1. AlysonHaley says:

      Hi Kara! Yes, I will in the next few weeks. I’m currently back in Italy for a friends wedding and then some exploring with some friends / family so I will get back to the travel diaries when I return. The packing guide for the French Riviera will be up tomorrow, though! xo.

  2. Ashley Baca says:

    I love this outfit! The neutral colors are so beautiful. I love love love the shoes but can’t see myself spending that much on shoes for myself (I’m a teacher, have 3 kids and one on the way- I always feel guilty spending too much on myself). Do you know of any similar shoes for less?

  3. Rachel says:

    So obsessed with this look for a casual day of exploring!! So pretty, per usual!

    Rachel / http://www.helloher.co

  4. Annie says:

    How do you like the Tory Burch Colorblock Espadrilles comfort wise? They look so cute with those white jeans, I am thinking I may need to make the splurge. Would love to see how you dress them up with other outfits!

    1. AlysonHaley says:

      Oh, sorry! Forgot to talk comfort … I find them to be comfortable! They are easy slip on shoes!

    2. AlysonHaley says:

      I wore them a lot on this trip so look back through my Instagram for some other outfits and there are likely more to come from this trip that haven’t hit the blog yet, so stay tuned for those! xo.

  5. I’ve always wanted to visit Cannes! Gorgeous photographs, I love your outfit!

    I hope you’ve had a lovely Thursday,

  6. It looks gorgeous there! I can see though why you say you weren’t impressed. If I didn’t know where you were, I would have guessed the photos were in Miami or LA. I still think it’s pretty though! I love that outfit. Don’t worry about it not being “appropriate” to show right now because we are heading into summer. Up until 2 days ago..I was still wearing winter clothes here on Long Island!! That outfit would be perfect for me with this crazy weather we are having. Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. AlysonHaley says:

      Yeah, that’s exactly what I told Victoria! It has a LA / Miami vibe but .. different. It’s a little party, be-scene kind of place. Beautiful but yeah … not unique, really. And, yeah! I’ve heard y’alls weather has been crazy this year! And then yesterday it was like 90! Insane! haha

  7. Bethany says:

    Looks gorgeous! Love the outfit. I’ve been considering the Tory Burch Espadrille Flats…would you say they are really comfortable when lots of walking is involved? Also, do you think the quality of them would last? Thanks so much!

    1. AlysonHaley says:

      They’re fine for walking. I find them to be comfortable. If you don’t like the feel of espadrille under your foot then you won’t like it. It’s not a cushion-y feeling but I like them. They’re easy to slip on and off, stylish and don’t give me blisters! Winners in my book! 😉

  8. Colleen says:

    My sister and I are headed to the French Riviera in a few weeks and are trying to decide whether we should visit Cannes or Monte Carlo…you just helped make the decision for us!! Cannes looks beautiful, but it is good to know there isn’t a whole lot going on there! So Monte Carlo it is! We can’t wait for your packing guide!!!!

    1. AlysonHaley says:

      Yes, I mean … it was fine but, if you don’t have much time, I would say skip it and do one of the other local cities. I’ve kind of heard the same thing about Monte Carlo, to be honest. The only people that make it look glamorous and worth going to is bloggers who work with major designer brands like Dior, Chopard and the like. The average traveler isn’t going to have that kind of experience haha, myself included! I would recommend either Eze or Antibes. xo. AND … I’m going to try real hard to get that packing guide out by Monday. The last two days prepping for this trip was a little cray cray haha and I just couldn’t make it happen! Sorry love! xo.

  9. Judy says:

    Great blog. You did miss a beauty. EZE is a must see! Next time.

    1. AlysonHaley says:

      We literally walked around for 10 minutes in Cannes, both looked at each other and were like …. we made the wrong choice, hahaha! We made mention of it during our trip many times how we wish we had a redo in Nice on that day! Hah, oh well … next time! More of a reason to go back! So much to see in that area … I really wanted to go to the Matisse Museum because #dork. I love his artwork 🙂

  10. PJ says:

    Loving the Nice Portion of your posts. I am going to Nice in September for 2 days before heading to the Provence Region. So would you suggest not doing a little day trip to Cannes? Debating on just staying in Nice, or venturing out.


    1. AlysonHaley says:

      If I could do it over again, I would have gone to Antibes or Eze. Look them both up on Pinterest and see which one you think is more beautiful and go from there! 🙂 Provence that time of year is supposed to be beautiful! It’s on my bucket list during lavender season! My mom went and loved it! Have fun! xo.

  11. Heather says:

    It looks beautiful there! I am loving all of these travel posts. I love traveling but have a regular desk job so I do not get to do it as often as I would like so I am living vicariously through you! I have a question about the hat… does it fit on the bigger side? It looks just a tad big so was wondering? Thanks!

    1. AlysonHaley says:

      Yes, it is a little big. I’m wearing a Small. I typically wear it a little further back on my head to help make it look like it fits better 🙂

  12. Caitlin says:

    Love your outfit, especially those jeans! And your photos look incredible, it looks like such an amazing place to visit!
    xo caitlin

    1. AlysonHaley says:

      Thanks, Caitlin! xo.

  13. I think this might be my favorite outfit yet!! I neeeed this shirt! Can’t wait for the French Riviera packing guide 🙂 I had a co-worker take a cruise through the French Riviera and it looked absolutely amazing.


  14. Jon Hart says:

    Great Blog! The photo looks great!

    1. AlysonHaley says:

      Thank you!

  15. Marta says:

    The photos look very beautiful and that top looks really pretty as well.

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