Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The One Where I Go to Paris

Here I am writing from Paris. I feel like Hemingway sans the part about being a genius. Whatever that means…

So far for my first few days I’ve gotten to see a lot of Paris. I’ve been to the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, the Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay and a ton of other places. I still have a lot left to see.

But as this is a fashion blog, I will focus on the lovely fashion I’m seeing in Paris. The Parisians dress just like Ines de la Fressange said they would. They love simplicity, cohesion, tailoring and scarves. Lots and lots of scarves.

By the way, I made a great choice to try to dress as the Parisians do. This time around in Paris (this being my third time) more people have mistaken my for a French person, and it’ll take them a longer time to realize that I’m not a native, so they’ll actually talk to me in French. I’ve gotten some good practice speaking to people.

With no further ado, here are some of the highlights from my fashion tour:

On my first full day in Paris I found Petit Bateau, a store that was recommended to me in Parisian Chic. They had adorable children’s clothing and some grown-up clothes as well.

I saw some seriously stylin’ kids wearing these raincoats at the Grand Palais. I would’ve bought them, but I don’t know enough people with children. This makes me incredibly sad.
Nevertheless, I do have a friend who is having a baby, so I bought this little dress and doll for her. I thought it looked iconically French.

The next day I was stoked to find the Diptique store in the Latin Quarter. They make my favorite perfume, and I was a little sad that I couldn’t take it with me, so I bought the perfume in a solid compact.

34 Boulevard Saint Germain

The day after that adventure, I had some great finds.

First up, I found Maje and Sandro. They have another sister store named Ba&sh, but I couldn’t find it. Maje and Sandro are very high-end stores, each with a different customer profile. (I found the following three stores at the same place, around 49 Rue Vieille du Temple).

Maje is romantic and girly in a simplistic way.

Sandro, on the other hand, is very rock and/or roll.

Sandro Femme
Sandro Homme
The girl at the shop insisted that I get this dress. :)
This blouse has little slits in the seams to you can layer a cute shirt underneath.

Next to both of those, there was a great boutique called Zadig et Voltaire, after the book and the philosopher. It’s another high-end store that is very bohemian-hippie chic. It looked very Parisian.

Lastly, before I headed off to the Musée d’Orsay today, I spotted one of my favorite stores in Paris, Muji. It is a Japanese store that caters to the needs of people who travel. They had some great clothing there, including these collapsible clothes, which I had to buy because they were hilarious.

First my collapsible t-shirt:

Next, my collapsible scarf:

They also had a dress, but a girl can only have so much shrink-wrapped clothing.

I was also able to find myself a watch. Minimalistic, well-designed Japanese victory.

À toute à l’heure!

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