What The Cannes Film Fest Really Looks Like: A Photo Diary

Every year, we live out our secret fantasy in our head: We're whisked away and taken on a fantasy trip to Cannes for the legendary film festival. We can think of nothing better than seeing the beautiful beaches of the South of France, attending film events along with the most gorgeous Hollywood stars and strolling down the Promenade de la Croisette.
While this scenario stays tucked away in our minds, Nikki Erwin, handbag designer for the L.A.-based Donatienne, was lucky enough to live out our fantasy vacation with her good jewelry-designer friend, Jennifer Meyer (a.k.a. Tobey Maguire's wife).
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Thankfully, Erwin was kind enough to share her amazing trip with us. Click on through to experience her Cannes adventures via the best picture diary. Ever.
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"Such a gorgeous view! At this point, I couldn’t wait to get off of the plane and start exploring."

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"The Great Gatsby premiere day! So many accessories to choose from...Jennifer Meyer, Melinda Maria, Vintage YSL, Vintage Chanel..."

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"My very own invitation from Mr. Gatsby..."

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"...and you guys thought only Nick Carraway has ever received a written invitation!"

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"Here I am arriving at The Great Gatsby premiere, trying to stay dry in the rain! Hello, Grand Théâtre Lumière."

Earrings and Dress: Vintage YSL Bag: Donatienne Brit clutch fall '13, available for pre-order at Donatienne; Melinda Maria and Jennifer Meyer bangles.

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"My man, Chuck, and I at the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival! There’s a possibility we put on our 3-D shades prematurely..."

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"Mr. Gatsby opens the festival in person alongside the 2013 jury."

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"When in Cannes, go to Gotha! I got to see Tyga perform here...I think he looked at me."

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"Enjoying hot chocolate outside of Hotel du Cap. This background was too much!"

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"We went to Hotel de Charme Majestic Barrière to see more red-carpet appearances. The girls from The Bling Ring are super gorg."

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"Jen and I taking it all in before we have to say au revoir."

Photo: Courtesy of Nikki Erwin
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