Friday, May 3, 2013

Ooh la la!

I’m sorry this one is later that scheduled. A lot happened, so I won’t bore you with the details. Here are the highlights:

Since my last post I went to Chartres and Brussels, and I saw some pretty awesome fashion!

First off, I was able to do everything I wanted to do in Brussels. I ate mussels, chocolate, waffles and frites; I saw the Manneken Pis and the Jacques Brel Center; and most importantly, I went into a lace store.

Belgium is very well known for its lace makers, so I had to find some lace while I was there. I went into a very nice lace store and found this Battenberg lace collar. When I get home, I fully intend on attaching it to a wool sheath dress.

Later, I set out to find Mamie, one of the stores mentioned in Parisian Chic. The owner of Mamie has a passion for all things vintage, especially from the 40’s and 50’s. She has a set of regular customers, and she occasionally costumes a play or film. The store is lined with everything from accessories and doodads for your house to clothing for women, men and children.

Mamie Vintage—73 Rue de Rochechouart, 75009 Paris

Mamie has anything and everything you could want in a vintage store.

I was able to walk away with this hand-made, silk dress that makes me feel like I can dance the Charleston in it. It fit me perfectly, and the owner said it was waiting for me. I do concur.

€60 dress. It's a little boxy, but it comes to life when I put it on.
Another argument to always try stuff on before you buy or don't buy.

I went back to the Champs-Élysées today in order to go and look at Petit Bateau, but I found Naf Naf instead.

I went away with a few things, but the crown jewel was a quilted leather jacket.

Besides going into shops, I saw some pretty great things in Paris like a stunning, post-impressionist portrait of Madame Coco Chanel by Marie Laurencin at the Orangerie.

The mother of modern fashion.
À bientôt!

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