Bonjour from Nice

Thursday 22 August 2013
hummingbird bakery red velvet

Thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes I've received here, Facebook and Instagram. I've officially left my 30s behind. Despite my trepidation about joining the 40s club, the clock didn't stop ticking, the sun rose and set as it has for centuries and the jelly belly I've developed from over-eating hasn't disappeared on its own. Bummer. A huge thank you to my friends, Noel and Amy who surprised me with a Hummingbird Bakery red velvet cake and made me blow out the candles too. I haven't celebrated my birthday in years so words can't described how touched I am by their thoughtful gesture.


We went out for a stroll along the Promenade des Anglaise to catch the sunset. Every tourist and resident in Nice is nicely tanned and brown with the exception of 3 Asians (that's Lil L, hubby and I) who're slathered in SPF 10000 and wore large hats that covered our faces. Such typical Asian behavior. On the other hand, it's a luxury to not change my clothes 3 times a day depending on where the wind blows. I wore my t-shirt and shorts in the middle of the night and I didn't turn into a popsicle.


Food and more food. Or should I say dessert and more dessert. I was in denial all day after seeing a photo of me taken by the hubby (take a look at the next photo below). He and I will need another talk about how to take "proper" (aka thin) photos of me. There were way too many bits that jiggled especially when I run. Or walk.

Christys' hat, Chanel sunnies, Karen Walker for Uniqlo t-shirt, Uniqlo shorts, Sam Edelman Trina sandals, Hermes Collier de Chien bracelet, Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 35 and Hermes Cape Cod watch.

Ahh...yes. The photo. Or as Lil L always says, there's your fake grin again. Honesty is totally over-rated. Thank goodness for Amy who presented me with this Karen Walker for Uniqlo t-shirt. I under-packed and this was the perfect gift for me especially in Nice. The Sam Edelman Trina sandals are one of my best buys ever. My feet ache in flat shoes after several hours but these have low chunky heels along with a nice plush cushioned sole that made 8 hours walking a breeze. I am, trying to be a badass by wearing a massive cuff with extreme hardware. All I can say is, the Hermes Collier de Chien doubles as a self defence tool. Those sharp metal bits are licensed to kill.


  1. Happy birthday Marlene! You've finally hit the big 4-0 and like you say, the world just keeps on going doesn't it?

    And I have to say your hubs has done a sterling job with the photos - not fat at all!!! You should see some of mine that my Grumps takes - oh yes - I remember now, I deleted them!

    I don't doubt you're having a great time ... and still looking effortlessly stylish. Even maybe a little badass :o)

  2. Wishing you a very happy belated birthday Marlene!!! Sounds like you enjoyed your special day and hope you have an awesome time with the family in Nice. Great pictures and looking forward to seeing more! :)


  3. Wishing you a happy belated birthday! - I Ying

  4. Sounds as though you are having such a lovely time - and as soon as I saw that tee I thought, KW x Uniqlo? Haha, looks perfect for the weather there. Happy Birthday beautiful xx

  5. Happy Birthday my dear sister! Looking very good:)

    I have that Uniqlo blouse too!

  6. Happy birthday..... It's not that bad this forty business. After I said prints scare me a little to you, I really like your printed top..... Subdued...and very nice. Those Sam edelman sandals are going to be purchased by myself next have sold them to me. Have a lovely holiday.... X

  7. Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had a good one. Firstly, red velvet from the Hummingbird is the best cake everrrrr, how lucky are you?! And secondly, congrats on owning 40! It's the new 30! ;) I went to Nice last year and it was so gorgeous. We stayed at a hotel on the Promenade des Anglaise and it was lovely. Really nice place to spend your birthday. :)

  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Wahoo, can't wait to join your club next month.
    I love your style and the photos are just amazing .. can't wait to see where you are next and what you're taking photos of!

    39 still

  9. Happy birthday Marlene! You are definitely still a spring chicken with all your vibrancy and fun-loving personality! We hope you have an amazing holiday. You really deserve it. That cake looks devine! Have a piece for me.

    x Mandi

  10. Marlene a very Happy Birthday to you! Everything sounds like it was perfect and that cake looks AMAZING! Wonderful photos as always :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

  11. Hi Marlene, happy birthday again, I'm so happy to see that you had such a wonderful time. I am sorry that I made you a week older the other day on IG but I thought it was your birthday. I think you had the perfect b-day, I want a red velvet cake from the Hummingbird bakery for my 40th birthday too and a trip to the south of France would be more than lovely Plus, I wish that I will look as young as you when I leave my 30s (coming up in a few years)... You look so fresh and happy :) congrats again my dear xx

  12. Happy birthday Marlene! Looks like you're really enjoying yourself in Nice!

  13. I hope you had an amazing birthday!! And seriously.. you don't look 40 at all, I was shocked when I read that!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  14. Happy Birthday Marlene - we are of the same vintage, a truly wonderful year full of non-40 looking women :)

    Love that you went to Nice for your birthday too...tho envious that you've had better weather! Enjoy the rest of your break and do some shopping! x

  15. Joyeux Anniversaire, Marlene! How perfect to celebrate your 40th in France! Hope you and your family are having a lovely vacation.

  16. Happy, happy birthday! And many, many happy returns. And may I just say, that I can only wish to look as 'not thin' as you! (seriously ... you don't think you look slim?? As you'd say yourself, pffft!!)

  17. That Karen Walker for Uniqlo shirt is too cute! Darn, I just skimmed over the section yesterday and wish I had taken a closer look! Uniqlo collaborations are the best! You look fabulous and I think it looks like a thin picture too!

    It looks like you had a delicious birthday and I wish you many more delicious days!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  18. Happy birthday Marlene - wishing you all the health and happiness in the world :)

    P.S. Pray tell - that thing in a cup, is that tiramisu? Now that looks like something you inhale rather than bother with a spoon etc :)


    1. I was pretty shocked to say the least when they brought out the tiramisu in a glass. I was expecting a big slice! The hubby said it was delicious and that's a high compliment considering that he doesn't have a sweet tooth.

  19. A very happy (very) belated birthday! And pfft...You look fantastic :)

  20. Happy Belated Birthday Marlene! I can't think of a better place to spend a birthday. Hope your family had a wonderful time.



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