Postcards from Paris with Chico’s
As many of you know, visiting Paris never gets old. Even though I lived in the City of Light for three months last summer, this most recent trip was still exciting and action packed. The fact that is was Paris Fashion Week meant there was a palpable electricity in the air and everywhere we went we saw chic editors, street style stars, and fashion bloggers. Here’s a little recap of my trip.
Within an hour of arriving, we saw fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia strolling through Saint Germain with her boyfriend while wearing a chic and colorful ensemble.
One of the first places I couldn’t wait to revisit in Paris was Buly 1803 founded by Victoire de Taillac and Ramdane Touhami. I love their scented soaps, candles, matches, and beauty products.
Café de Flore is the best place for people watching on Boulevard Saint Germain and we took full advantage of it on a bright sunny day. We started with coffee and tea and stayed for lunch and were sunburned by the end of our meal. My Chico’s Tones of Blue Clutch looked right at home at the cafe too.
On Saturday, I took my friends to the Marche aux Puces de Vanves. It’s a great alternative to the larger flea maket at Clingancourt and offers a lot of smaller packable items instead of large pieces of furniture. I picked up a few works of art and some Sevres porcelain boxes that I can’t wait to display in my apartment.
It was 70 degrees in Paris on Sunday so my friends and I took a long walk along the Seine to enjoy the great weather. Walking in Paris is one of my favorite activities.
I Instagram this little neighborhood grocery store every time I visit Paris. It’s where I always pick up my Coca Light and Evian and I was lucky enough to be staying close by this trip.
My Chico’s bracelets, necklace, and ring look great in the Astier de Villatte dish I bought along with their signature blank notebooks. As much as I love my iPhone 6, I will never give up writing things down by hand.
I don’t think anyone does flowers as well as the French as witnessed by the bouquets we were sent last week. I love passing this particular florist on rue des Saint Peres every time I’m in Paris too.
They don’t call Paris the City of Light for nothing. I especially love the setting sun looks when it hits the buildings of the Louvre. It’s magical.
I couldn’t resist photographing my black booties from Chico’s on the black and stone tile floor in the kitchen of our Haven in Paris rental apartment. Staying in an apartment is a great way to feel like a local in Paris.
For as long as I can remember, the Palais Royal has been under renovation with construction scaffolding marring the view. It finally came down recently and I couldn’t wait to photograph the chic black and white columns, les Colonnes de Buren.
Speaking of black and white, my black and white striped Chico’s jacket looked right at home in our rental apartment too.
I was sad last summer when the Musée Picassso didn’t open in June as scheduled so it was at the top of my must visit list this trip.
Even though we now have two Ladurée locations in New York now, there is nothing I love more than to visit the Laduree tea salons in Paris. I especially love the rue Bonaparte location that used to house the office and shop of decorator Madeleine Castaing.
Car spotting in Paris is one of my favorite pastimes. You never know what you’ll see including this old Triumph but the old Citroën models are my favorite.
I love visiting the Hotel Costes and on this trip my friends and I had a long leisurely lunch among the chic fashion week crowd. I love the scent of the hotel so much I even bought the room spray so my apartment can smell as sexy now.
Taxis are sometimes hard to come by in Paris. We had pretty good luck this trip but we also relied heavily on Uber. I highly recommend downloading the app before your next trip if you haven’t already. It’s a life saver.
No matter how many times you’ve seen the Eiffel Tower, it really never gets old. My friends and I walked over to the 7th arrondissement one night at dusk to catch the light show as it was turned on for the night.
All in all, I had a great time on this fashion week trip to Paris. We walked a lot, shopped a lot, ate a lot, and had a whole lot of fun. À bientôt Paris!