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Marlene Lee  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง based fashion & lifestyle photographer and consultant. ๐Ÿ“ฎ : thepurseaddict@gmail.com ๐Ÿ“ท : http://www.chocolatecookiesandcandies.com/


Ahh.....Portofino. The once tiny fishing village is now the playground of the rich and famous . It's a place where oversized yachts the size of several commercial buildings moor, a 4 minute taxi ride costs โ‚ฌ30 and the average store has a designer name. So excuse me for a minute while I have several mini heart attacks over the price tags.

2017 seemed to have flown by so quickly and autumn is here again. I've done a lot of traveling in the past 12 months. I'm actually pleased to spend sometime in Winchester, catching up with friends for coffee and going for long walks again. @starbucksuk Caramel Pecan Latte is available for a limited time. Have I mentioned how much I adore caramel?


It just occurred to me that I've spent so much ยฃยฃยฃ on pretty heels but spend most of my life in far FAR cheaper sneakers and flats. Have you ever wondered why heels are so ridiculously expensive these days?? Very random thought which tends to occur after I get a shot of caffeine in my blood stream.

Whenever one thinks of luxury stores, you envision personalised and exceptional service. I've had fantastic and the odd downright poor service. What I've been noticing over the years was the kind of abuse these sales associates have to deal with both local and foreign customers on a daily basis.
I've seen tantrums by grown men because they couldn't jump the queue, belittling the staff when they couldn't get what they want and treating the staff like their personal slaves. Oh, let's not forget the common "do you know who I am?" (This is when I ๐Ÿ™„) I can't imagine working in retail these days even at the luxury end. I'd love to hear your experience.

My reaction to seeing a Christmas shop in September- ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ™ˆ. So here's a photo of summer in South of France a month ago. Yes, less than 30 days ago.

We're heading back to another beautiful Italian town to shoot @loisavery's beautiful cashmere scarves from their new Autumn/Winter collection. Here's @jo_prado holding the aptly named "Prosecco" scarf.

Ever tried to explain to your dad who lived through Second World War and had to adjust to the fastest technological advancement in the shortest period of time what is:
1. contouring (that looks like war paint)
2. duck face (is she trying to grow a beak?)
3. Louis Vuitton monogram bag (why should I pay so much for someone else's initials?) #IGiveUp #nevermind

Never ask your husband if you're skinnier or a skincare product worked a miracle. He will lie though his teeth to save his own ass ๐Ÿ‘ BUT an Asian mother will always tell the true. Without fail. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Possibly the scariest ๐Ÿ˜ฑ shop in the whole of Provence. Zoom in and you'll see what I mean. โ˜ ๏ธ Well ok, I purposely darkened the zombified/ghostly versions of famous paintings. #cosImAscaredyCat

Memories of warm summer evenings in Nice. On a different note, you know those comfortable exercise attire that you wear over your lower torso? There are so many ways of calling it that even native English speakers find it confusing. Joggers, jogging bottoms, sweat pants, track pants, sweats..... I have to type in variations of all the above words if I'm shopping online for them.

Now that I'm back in the UK, I've just realized that I rarely see anyone carrying a coffee around in South of France. Instead, I see plenty with a baguette ๐Ÿฅ–. The security guard at a museum I visited didn't bat an eyelid when he checked my bag and found a ๐Ÿฅ– in it.

Have you noticed the sheer joy on the moms' faces this week and the look of dread on ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ the teachers' as swarms of locusts, I mean our beloved kids descend upon the school gates?
And if you're a parent AND a teacher.......well. What can I say? A double whammy. May The Force be with you. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป Amen.

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