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Vive Brive!

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Blue, White and Red!

ShinyThoughts is going French today and just in time to celebrate Bastille Day on 14th! I’m half French so dressing up stereotypically as a little girl in my blues, whites and reds doesn’t feel quite so gimmicky! I wore this back when I was visiting Brive-la-Gaillarde in the Corrèze region of France, a market town with character, great food and a historic and literary reputation. I did actually fit in fairly well, as Brive was gearing itself up for the big rugby match of the year. There were flags flying all around the town stating ‘Vive Brive!’ and packed out cafes made the whole place feel buzzing.

It’s the biggest town in the region and sits right near the airport so if you’re looking for a safe bet area to stay in, this is it. Between 21st July and 2nd August, Brive will be grooving along to the sounds of Vanessa Paradis and other stars of the region on a make-shift beach music festival in Brive. There’s also loads of live music events, with tunes spilling from the cafes throughout the summer months so there really is a reason to say ‘Vive Brive!’

I’ll be showing you the throngs of the lively market in my next post but if you’re intrigued by what the region has to offer, take a look at my guide to La Corrèze for the adventurous!


What I Wore in Brive:

Top – Joules / Skirt – Fashion Union (similar) / Trainers – Converse / Bag – Brit-Stitch / Socks – ASOS (similar) / Scarf – ASOS (similar) / Glasses – Max & Co. / Tote bag – Alphabet bags


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sporty tennis skirt and converse trainers

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5 Things to do in Brive:

1 – Visit the peculiar Chez Francis cafe. Ogle the amazing cartoons and words scribbled on the family run restaurant walls by famous French writers and journos past and present.

2 – Wander the little streets and pop into Mémé Gâteaux, the cutest children’s’ shop with buy-me stationery.

3 – Visit the Brive book fair on the first weekend in November for a celebration of the biggest names in literature.

4 – Find out how to make local delicacies at the Denoix Master Distiller and the Lamy Chocolate Factory.

5 – Just out of town are the Jardins de Colette, a contemporary flower park representing the regions of France where the author lived. Check out the butterfly shaped maze!


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  • Katie July 17, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Hi ! You look so parisian 🙂 Love this outfit, especially your shoes! wowowowow 🙂

  • Laura July 15, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Aww, that stripy top is so cute! 🙂

    Laura / Middle of Adventure

  • heather July 15, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    I adore this whole look! it’s so perfectly Parisian! I also love the bright blue skirt. Also these photos are beautiful…makes me want to travel over seas!


  • Tessa / Bramble & Thorn July 12, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    This is such a cute look, so great for spending time in France!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • Matthew Pike July 12, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    You don’t look gimmicky at all. This seems like a really helpful post for anyone heading that way.

    Buckets & Spades