If I’m honest, I’m not really sure know where to start with my time at the Cannes Film Festival this year, it was such a wonderful whirlwind of a weekend from start to finish, I almost felt as if I was in a movie myself, a rom com meets cool European film, set in the Cote d’Azur where a group of friends have the time of their lives and appreciate every second. Now there’s a film I should write!

Cannes was a gorgeous, gloriously sunny, hilariously funny, thought-provoking and utterly glamorous girly weekend away which made me feel so incredibly alive, rejuvenated and pretty much 21 all over again, with its infectious energy and buzz, pristine riviera, bright lights, dark theatres and red carpets.

Fever London

Most of all, being around great friends I’ve known for years, who truly get me that I could party with until the early hours (something rare these days), all wrapped up in this almost magical atmosphere meant I had the time of my life.

There really is nowhere quite like Cannes.

To give you a little background, as well as being a professional blogger, I’m also a multi- award winning filmmaker having made critically acclaimed short films, TV drama, documentaries, music videos and commercials that have screened on British, American, French and Greek TV, and at film festivals all over the world.

This was my 4th time at the most famous of festivals – and probably the most fun yet!

I know the South of France well as I’ve been lucky enough to holiday there since I was a kid so Antibes, Grasse, St Tropez and of course Cannes, feel familiar stomping grounds for me. I know the backstreets, best restaurants and now, thanks to having kids, the greatest toy shops in town too!

Dazzlingly sunny, not far from home (a 2 hour flight), if only I could make the Cote d’Azur home for half the year (a girl can dream right?!).

Seriously though, I love merging my blogging and film worlds and Cannes is the perfect place for that.  I had some exciting meetings about some upcoming digital and film projects I’m featuring in as well as meetings about a TV comedy I have in development with well known TV company DLT Entertainment.

I attended the festival with my publicist and great friend, Hayley of Abbot Kinney Ltd and one of my best mates in the whole world, renowned casting director, Nicci Topping of Topps Casting. These girls sure know how to party and we had a wild time together!

Cannes Film Festival

We stayed in a fabulously chic apartment (thank to Nicci for arranging) close to the Croisette, which is where all the action takes place, although admittedly we barely had chance to enjoy it as we were too busy running in heels to screenings, eating fine French food (hello fillet steak and beef carpaccio) and hopping from party to party! Flipping hard life huh!

With such a crazy Cannes schedule, we had several ‘pit stops’ at my favourite cafe in Cannes, the ‘Armani Caffe’ for a quick caffeine fix (or in my case a ‘de-caff fix’) most days.

Fortunately, the designer name doesn’t mean designer price tags and you can enjoy a frothy coffee for around the €3 mark. Good huh?!

armani cafe cannes

And sweet treats for my girls only, as I was being good on my sugar-free paleo diet. Champagne doesn’t count does it?!

armani cafe

It was pretty easy to stay healthy there though, with delicious food aplenty, as the bistros, on and off the Croisette, never disappoint.


Here are some French food porn highlights for you all.

I can safely say that this beef carpaccio is one of the tastiest I’ve ever had! So lean and light with a mountain of peppery rocket and parmesan shavings to add some bite.

beef carpacio

Hayley opted for a classic starter of Mozzarella, beef tomatoes and rocket in a basil pesto. This bistro, we later found, was rather obsessed with rocket…

mozzarella salad

My main course was fillet steak (cooked to perfection) with a balsamic reduction, rocket and parmesan (again) with a side of seasonal vegetables. Medium rare, it was tender, the reduction tangy and if I wasn’t wearing such a fitted dress, I would have finished it all!

steak with balsamic reduction

Despite the fine restaurants in Cannes, I couldn’t resist a lunchtime picnic on the beach on the Sunday so headed to my favourite French supermarket Monoprix to pick up a feast. How lush does the fresh fruit and veg look? Olives, cold meats, seafood salad and various cheeses were enjoyed that day!

Monoprix supermarket

As we walked around the streets it seemed I was either confused with someone else or I have a lot of French Honest Mum readers 😉 as I was stopped numerous times and asked for photos while there, starting as soon as we hopped of the plane at Nice Airport. Now I know how Jennifer Aniston must feel 😉

vicki photo

…Funnily enough a random French passerby also rushed towards me on the Croisette shouting, ‘Le sac, le sac’ before motioning she wanted a picture with my Brisbane Nova Harley bag.

Nova Harley

Talk about it being a show stopper hey!

Even strolling around the streets is every cinephile’s dream! The atmosphere in Cannes is electrifying. My kids cannot wait for the Peanuts Movie to come out at the end of the year and seeing this installation over there, nor can I!

peanuts movie

Argh, picture-perfect blue skies and the hustle and bustle of Cannes as deals are made, stars signed, and films enjoyed.



journalists in Cannes

huge pellegrino bottle

Majestik Hotel


Cannes by night is equally enchanting…

croisette at cannes


The Grand Hotel

palm tree

man in cannes

Even the toilets are glam in Cannes – I j’adore the mosaic wall and flooring here. Fabulous!


…And of course, there’s no shortage of A-listers at the Cannes Film Festival. In fact, LA and London must have been devoid of celebs as everyone heads to the Cotes d’Azur for these 2 weeks in May.

Always the star spotters, we saw the beautiful Sienna Miller aka the queen of ‘boho-chic’ who is one of the judges at this year’s festival, as well as rapper Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, who was at the Amy Winehouse film screening party, where he was rumoured to have struck a romance with girl of the moment, Zoe Kravtiz.

We witnessed quite a lot of celeb gossip in action but I’ll leave that to bloggers like Perez!

…Thanks Joules for my stunning Cannes-worthy floppy hat and Fever London for the pink day dress.

hayley and vicki

Cannes 2015
Selfies were banned on the red carpet, but we snuck one in when security weren’t looking. Such rebels hey! Next we’ll be wearing flats…

red carpet selfie

Cannes is of course first and foremost about the films and we were lucky to attend some incredible film screenings, as well as catching a midnight flick on the beach.

late night film at the cannes film festival

little black dress

I can highly recommend the new moving documentary on the late Amy Winehouse. It’s one of the most moving films I’ve ever seen on a star lost too soon.

This touching portrait follows the artistic triumph and devastating personal troubles of Amy. Using unseen footage and unreleased tracks, the documentary tells her story through her own words – heartbreaking yet ‘can’t look away’ fascinating. It will make you cry and cry.

We also saw Carol, which was met with great acclaim following its debut at the festival and is a strong contender for the prestigious Palme d’Or award.

Set in New York during the 1950s, it follows Rooney Mara’s character, a department-store clerk, who dreams of a better life and falls for an older, married woman played by Cate Blanchett.

Both women give the performances of their lives, so much so, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were both up for an Oscar nomination in 2016 too. Mesmerising. Go see it when it’s out.

We also attended the market screening of The Rise of the Krays, two of my friends Kevin Leslie and Simon Cotton are the leads in it (so funny that as soon as we arrived in London we opened the Evening Standard to see them in it too) and my friend Nicci cast the film.

Here they are having a laugh with our suitcases on arrival!


…An authentic, gritty film with outstanding performances, this is the first of 2 parts and will be released in cinemas later in the summer.

rise of the krays

And here we are at the film’s party overlooking the sweet, deep sea. We were blessed with scorching temperatures so happily got our vitamin sea fix while out there but were slightly horrified to be met with hailstones in Yorkshire on our return!

Below Nicci poses with dashing ‘stars to watch’ Kevin and Simon.

rise of the krays team

vicki, nicci and hayley
We spent our evenings attending some fabulous parties and enjoying cocktails in the hotels there, The Grand and The Majestik are two of the most popular hang outs at the festival and are the ideal setting to catch up with film friends.

For myself, Cannes is a bit like a school reunion and a chance to hang out with old colleagues and make new acquaintances.

At Cannes soirees it must be said, the glamour stakes are off the Richter scale. Everyone is styled up to the max – hey even the paparazzi wear tux’s – but despite what you might presume, the parties themselves are rarely pretentious.

Everyone is there to let their hair down, enjoy the moment and simply celebrate their films.


…Our favourite party was by the French TV station France Télévisions – which is the equivalent of our beloved BBC.

Overlooking the beach, it was a super cool location for a party with the added bonus of champagne on tap (ooh la la) and the coolest Parisian DJs who played old school 90’s R ‘n’ B all night long. My jaw physically hurt from laughing and we danced until 4am.

french tv party

For the party I wore this glamorous 1940’s style figure hugging Julia V Neck Pencil Dress (£69.99) that I was kindly gifted by Fever London.

Bright colours were big hit with the A-listers on the red carpet this year so I’m glad my outfit was bang on ‘Cannes’ trend (you can read my round-up of all the Cannes fashion trends over on my style blog, Mummy’s Got Style).
I paired it with my sparkly heels and this gorgeous vintage YSL gold necklace that I picked up years ago from a vintage shop in Paris.

Towards the end of the night, a little bit tipsy (OK a lot) we headed to the gif machine there and had some fun!



…At the more professional scale of photography (!) I had a quick pro-shoot with a French photographer (hey Momo!) for the Jacques Vert‘s summer campaign in a gifted dress that made me feel a million dollars.

And when you’re feeling like a million dollars, where better to head than the Cannes Marina!



If only I actually had a million dollars so I could get my mitts on one of those super yachts!

jacques vert dress

This embellished lace layered purple dress is such a beauty isn’t it?

Purple is a colour I rarely wear, but I love how striking it is, with the sumptuous embellished detail and layers of lace: perfect for the festival.

…Well and truly partied out, we spent our final morning exploring the enchanting backstreets of Cannes, which are peppered with unique boutiques and exquisite Riviera architecture.

And here we are at brunch


nicci topping

Goat’s cheese omelette time. Tasty.

goat cheese omelette

I even stumbled across this charming wooden toy shop full of hand crafted toys so stopped to pick up personalised presents for Oliver and Alexander.

toy shop in cannes

WOW! What an amazing, fun, carefree, wild weekend away, I was a little sad to leave before the end of the festival, but so excited to be reunited with my gorgeous little family back home.

I savoured every sparkly minute. That place is a hyper reality, it really makes you feel energised. The vibe there is utterly and overwhelmingly contagious, and I returned refreshed, excited about future creative projects locked down over there, and in great need of kisses from my three ‘boys’.

Agh Cannes, I love you. Now hurry up May 2016!


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179 Responses

  1. Urban Mumble

    When did you go paleo? I scrolled down all the way until page 9 to find a post about that but couldn’t find one. Have you written about your paleo experience? I’d love to read about it! I quit sugar (almost completely) a few years ago and temporarily (I hope) quit dairy to see if that would cure my acne prone skin. All the blemishes are disappearing now. It’s been a few months and I can’t believe it. I’m hoping I’ll be able to gradually reintroduce some dairy in my diet. What changes have you noticed since going paleo?

    • honestmum

      Hey hun, I’ve been low carb for a while and sort of have created my own version of low carb/paleo so I still eat fruit and Greek yoghurt but I really limit sugar bar a tiny bit of honey and maple syrup and feel so much better, so glad you feel it works for you too. I have PCOS so low carb really is the best way to eat for my body x

  2. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    Champagne definitely doesn’t count, sweetie!! Seriously, if you don’t take me next year, I’m no longer going to be your friend… (o;

    What an amazing weekend, as ever. The locations, the frocks, the company, the weather, the cuisine, the glitz, the celeb! Friggin’ fantastic!

    I’m really interested in watching Rise of the Krays, and will definitely be pitching that to Ian for our next film night!

    That purple dress was seriously stunning and Vicki, those yachts… I love yachts. Drool.

    What an amazing weekend – so happy for you that you’ve got to go four years running. xxx

    • honestmum

      Hehe thanks darling, it was awesome, you should come, imagine the fun we’d have, get your dancing heels ready! x

  3. Polly Mixtures

    There are no words. I am SO jealous! It looks like you had a blast! Well deserved, you work hard so it’s only right that you play hard too! #brilliantblogposts

  4. Alice

    Love your dresses! The Luxe Layers one and the purple lace one are just gorgeous!

  5. Joann Woolley

    It looks like you had an amazing time! I’d love to attend amazing events someday… a girl can dream! I love that you balance out being a film maker and blogger – no wonder your writing is so rich! Look forward to reading about your next adventure in May 2016.

  6. Ami (mymummyspam)

    Oh my goodness!! you look stunning in this pictures and it looks like you had the most amazing time!! I will just sit here and pretend that I am not in the least bit jealous… 🙂

  7. Mike Smith | Sunshine Dad

    Wow! What an amazing weekend. I almost feel like I got to be there too as I read along. The Winehouse documentary sounds like a must see. I’ll keep my eye out for it. So sad the world lost her. Amazing talent. Great pictures too! Thanks for hosting again. 🙂 #BrilliantBlogPosts

  8. Steph

    You’re one of the most glamorous people I’ve ever met, it doesn’t surprise me that people were stopping you for photos! Cannes looks amazing. And now Jamaica…JAMAICA?! That’s insane! Can’t wait to see your pics!! Hope you have a wonderful time with your boys xx

    • honestmum

      You are too lovely Steph, thank you so much. Cannes was such a gorgeous girly weekend and we honestly had the family holiday of our lives in Jamaica, feeling so, so grateful x

  9. Penny @onepennytourist

    Wow, like…wow! What an wonderful adventure you had. I’m exhausted just reading it, LOL.

    Looks like you had oodles of fun ‘networking’ and I love watching movies on the beach so I bet in those surroundings it was great. I’d probably blub watching the Amy Winehouse one too – such a premature end to life, so sad.

    Thanks for giving us all a peek into another world 🙂

  10. Tami

    Awesome shoes you are wearing with the red dress! Looks like must have had an incredible experience in Cannes!

  11. Astrid

    Wow, I am so glad you had such a wonderufl time at Cannes! It sounds so buzzy and glamorous. Not right for me, although it’s so totally amazing that you, being a filmmaker by profession, could spend time there.

    • honestmum

      Thanks love it there both as a blogger and a filmmaker, realise not for all though, my husband never wants to attend with me 🙂

  12. Adrian

    I can’t imagine ever having a weekend like this. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into another world! #BrilliantBlogPosts

  13. A Cornish Mum

    Sounds like you had an amazing time, beautiful photos and a big wow to all your outfits as always! Oh how I would love to raid your wardrobe 😉

    Stevie xx

  14. Catherine @ Not Dressed As Lamb

    Vicki I’m exhausted just reading about your Cannes trip!!!!!!!! What an amazing time you had – the weather, the parties, the food, the dressing up… just fabulous. You looked a million dollars, talk about blending in!! ;))

    Catherine x

  15. Jane

    Wow what a very glam time you had! Looks like so much fun. I hope you got to have a dip in the ocean too. Another great year in the pipeline for you… Janex

  16. Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy

    Oh Vicki!! Just beautiful. It’s like another world to me. I just feel like I’m flicking through Hello magazine. Your figure looks absolutely stunning in that Peacock Blue Dress. I love all your outfits, but you look like you have the teeniest waist in that. I know I will cry if I watch the Amy documentary. I loved her voice, I loved seeing her sing live, she just has such a beautiful way with her ad libs and riffs. She really was a vocal genius. Sadly missed in my world. This is somewhere I have to visit soon. Maybe next year? xxx #brilliantblogposts

    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, you must visit Cannes, such a special place and so amazing you got to watch Amy sing live, so tragic she died so young. We really had a wonderful weekend, seems like so long ago now so fab to reflect on the blog and have this post to remember it by. You made me laugh about Hello magazine, thank you xxx

  17. Tim

    What a fantastic long weekend! I’m not a bit jealous … I’m a LOT jealous! 🙂

  18. Pen

    It looks like you had an amazing time and your dresses are gorgeous. We are all very jealous. xx

  19. morna

    It looks amazing. I love how glam you look even when being photographed in a toilet! It seems like another world to rainy old Edinburgh! #brilliantblogposts

  20. Christine - Yogaberry

    wow so glamorous!! I love Cannes and have been to the luxury travel market (not as quite as glamorous as the film festival) and I think I had that beef carpaccio for lunch and dinner on most days! Followed by a seafood platter 😉 I love that purple dress by the way – you look stunning! x

    • honestmum

      Thanks so much darling, I managed a bit of yoga too in the morning, forgot to mention that! Helped with the sore head! Wow your food sounded magnificent too, seriously love the South of France x

  21. Silly Mummy

    Very glamorous! I would actually love to find a rocket obsessed bistro – can’t get enough rocket! & affordable frothy coffee! Not that I am all about the food or anything…Sounds like you had a great time.

  22. Sian

    What a super fun time! I love reading about your glamorous life!

  23. Caroline

    What an amazing weekend and love the choice of photos you used to emphasis your adventure. I will definitely look out for those films you mentioned:)

    • honestmum

      Thanks Caroline, it was so hard choosing them and I’ve saved a few for over on my style blog too which will go live tomorrow x

  24. Ali

    oh how the other half live, LOL! it so fab to see behind the scenes and great you manage to maintain your close friendships whilst being so busy. I could drool over the food photos all day. I’m so glad I’m reading this on a sunny day so I can’t get too much sun envy. Have a brilliant holiday x

    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, it was great to catch up with fab friends and we had an absolute ball. The food, as always was divine. Yay for sun here, not stayed in Yorkshire today 🙁 x

  25. Nardia

    Oh, I am soooo jealous! It’s so far away from me here in Australia that I can’t even imagine being so close to the action. The pics are fabulous and your purple lace dress is divine!

    • honestmum

      Thanks so much Nardia, I love that this blog has so many Australian readers so thank you. I checked Google analytics and you guys are my 3rd biggest audience. Really want to make a trip. It really was a lot of fun x

  26. Isabella @ Fairies & Pirates

    Wow! Just wow! You have such a glamorous and diverse life, it’s always so interesting to read your posts! I loved all the dresses, and especially all your shoes! And the food looks to die for. Very pleased you had such a lovely time, and it’s great if you can enjoy something like this with good friends!
    I haven’t been to Cannes since I was a child, but you made it very appealing. Must put it on my holiday wishlist again. x #brilliantblogposts

    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, the very best thing about it all was being with amazing friends, they made it amazing. You must visit again xx


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