Printemps & Chanel
Just the other day I took a fleeting trip to beautiful Paris, as I had been invited to see the reveal of the Chanel windows at the department store, Printemps. I had no idea what a big deal the reveal of the Christmas windows were in Paris, but there were people crowded into the road to see what Mr. Karl Lagerfeld had come up with, and not to mention, the man himself! Of course, he showed up fashionably late, with muse Vanesa Paradis on his arm, and looked exactly as I’d expect him to- sunglasses ‘n all!
As you’ll see from my pictures, I didn’t manage get the best view, so my travel buddy Shini and I took off into the beautiful store to do a wee bit of shopping (what better thing to buy in Paris than a new bottle of Coco Mademoiselle?) before making our way to one of the many Laduree stores inside Printemps. Bloggers plus the crème de la crème of macaroons! We were in heaven!
Firstly, I’ll explain the one-shoe situation, which I’ll admit, looks a little odd out of context. With the amount of walking around, or standing (thanks Karl..!) we were doing, heels all day just wasn’t a viable option, so like the classy gal I am, I was switching between my heels and flats in the strangest of places, much to Shini’s amusement.
Anyway, the windows! Walking along the eleven windows was akin to taking a mini trip around the world, each of them themed to a different country. I was particularly fond of the russian ballerinas, pirouetting and stretching, and of course, the miniature Karls, snapping away with their mini cameras, hanging from the Eiffel Tower. I know the Christmas windows in Selfridges are usually a sight to behold, but these were equally as impressive and well worth a look if you happen to be popping to Paris anytime soon.
What does one wear in the presence of Karl Lagerfeld? My new Nadinoo dress, of course. I’m not sure I saw anyone else in Paris wearing yellow tights (they are much more of a mustard than in the picture!) so I was feeling rather unique. I paired Fleur’s Wild Storm dress with a pair of suede mary janes from Clarks. We snapped these on the rooftop of Printemps, the sparkling Eiffel Tower in the background, in the company of some of my favourite French bloggers, Alix, Elodie & Louise.
I realise this is bit of a mix’n'match post, but I edited my photos down to about 50 and really struggled from there! We had such a long, varied day, and I just wanted to share as much of it as possible with you! It didn’t end there either as Shini and I decided to go on a bit of a midnight wander around Paris, cameras in hand. So, stay tuned for part deux! x
Back By Popular Demand
Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration. Perhaps 2 people max asked if I was going to compile a ‘back to school’ post again this year, but I didn’t take much encouraging, seeing as this will be the last year that I actually go “back to school”!! I’ve been happily nestling under the warm, safe wing of education for the past 17 years *gulp* and next year I won’t have the same silly excuse to buy a new pencil case or lunch box. Bit scary, eh?
I think all of my above picks are worth buying if you’re not heading back to school too. You don’t really need a new hat..it doesn’t hold any educational value or anything, but it’s pretty, and that’s what we like ; )
1. A French & English Confectioners leather backpack has been on my wishlist fooooreverrrr. How amazing would this be to carry your books in? Going back to school has always been an excuse for a new, roomy, hard-wearing bag. Whilst I haven’t got my mitts on this one, I had another bag for my birthday that is going to be perfect to lug my laptop around uni.
2. This Topshop Purse features the sweetest map of London, just the right thing to carry your dinner money in (the first of many tedious links to going to school!)
3. If you’re anything like me, writing lists is almost like a pastime. Even when I’ve only got the housework to do, I’ll go to the trouble of writing down “Breakfast. Shower.” As if I needed to be reminded! So imagine how hectic it gets when I’ve got uni work to contend with! These sticky notes from Modcloth would be the perfect solution to my note-making needs.
4. If you’re at uni (good luck to those of you just starting!), halls can be pretty glum-looking, so spruce them up with a print. I recommend Krisatomic – I love her 50′s Girl print!
5. Miscellaneous notebooks to write miscellaneous notes in! These, naturally, are by O-Check!
6. My dream diary is back again for another year! I maaaay have preordered the Frankie 2012 Diary as soon as I heard about it, too. I don’t need to explain why this is on the list, do I?!
7. Not strictly necessary, but I’m a hat girl, so it’s on the list any way! This one is from New Look.
8. I told myself that this autumn I’m going to wear more jumpers to avoid wandering around uni in my impractical coat all the time. I don’t really have any! And whilst this one is probably a wee bit too expensive, the colour is perfect!
9. I’m not one of those girls that goes to university in heels just because I do a fashion degree, no siree. A comfy pair of flats need no explanation!
Another part of my “action-packed” weekend was to travel back to my hometown with two of my best blogger friends, Lucy of Snippets of Shiny Thoughts and Kristabel of I Want You To Know (and Miguel, of course!). It just happened to coincide with the Giant Flea Market that comes to town every few months, so had to take them along to ogle some old stuff. I posted a little video when I went last year, and it was equally as impressive this time – even if the rain had meant there weren’t as many stalls outside.
Miguel wasn’t as enthusiastic about the rows upon rows of old trinkets and furniture, but as it went, was the only one that came out with anything – postcards of London during WWII for a project. Us girls spent our time deciding how our houses would look if only we had a blank canvas and a few bob in our pocket, as well as using it as a bit of a photography lesson for Kristabel who had brought along her new camera.
I could spend so much money there if I had anywhere left to clutter up – the furniture is just amazing with great prices to match. Definitely worth a visit if you’re on the lookout for some “new” old furniture, from old church pews to school lockers and deck chairs.
As for the outfit – I just threw on an old Topshop dress with my vintage leather jacket and bowler hat that I knew I wanted to take back with me (that’s how light I was traveling!). And of course, a pair of comfy shoes..sadly another pair that have run their course, but it’s okay, it was my birthday yesterday and I got some brand new ones to replace them with, but more on that soon ; ) x