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7.11.08

New and Old

Whilst strolling along the Champs Elysees and looking for a public toilet(which I have learnt are virtually non existent in this fair city) I came across this divine home wares store. I felt like packing the entire shop up and fed ex-ing it back to Melbourne there and then.

So you know, even when looking for a toilet I manage to find a little bit of luxury hidden away!

Then it was onto one of Europe's largest flea markets, the Marche aux Puces de St Quen. I don't think anything could have prepared this- row after row of antiques, furniture, chandeliers, clothing, textiles, jewellery, art work. Pick and era- Art Deco? Imagine and entire dining suit with a matching lounge suit and lamp shades thrown in. Rococo anyone? Think marble statues, brocade drapes, gilt frames. 1950s retro?80s kitsch? EVERYTHING.
Antique and vintage shopping Mecca.
In the end it was quite overwhelming, so I settled on a some lovely Victorian collars to be worn over shirts, see the picture below. If you come to Paris and you love any thing to do with interior decoration, design, furniture or textiles it is definitely worthy of your time and I dare say money.
See that rack of clothing? Doesn't look like much but the entire rack is vintage Chanel.....yup, just another day in a Parisian flea market.....
I also bought this lovely little cocktail ring back in St Germain.
Detail from H&M scarf.
One of a few vintage collars I bought at the market.


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39 comments:

Dotti said...

Goodness, this is a true paradise...

Lavender said...

magnifique. what a wonderful market.

diamondsinchampagne said...

Omg sooo many things I want to say about this post.
Firstly your jacket is divine.
The homewares store, literally my mouth fell open.
I am sure there were so many gems at the flea market. Love the ring!
I especially love the collar, I have an obsession with them as of late

Clara Cupcakes said...

I also have an obsession with vintage collars ever since ever since spying this outfit.

http://ambugaton.blogspot.com/2008/04/rest-of-brunch-outfit.html

It looks like you're having an amazing time. I'm jealous! Hopefully I'll be in Paris for a few days next year!

On Track said...

Oh my gosh you are surely the epitome of class and style and seeing you in the home of class (aka. paris) you make me want to go shopping for vintage pieces and antique jewellery

LOVELY photos as always my love :)

Rano said...

Oh my God! I never been in Paris, but the Flea Market is very cute!

Fashion Tidbits said...

oh my! how much were the pieces of Chanel hanging on those racks? were they pretty cheap?

Miss Urbanita said...

Love your coat with those brooch! Amazing furniture. I´m looking for online furniture stores. I´m moving next month. Kisses.

Alexandra said...

Oooh those public toilets are like an endangered species in Paris! It took me 3 hours to find one, which was at the Louvre.
I love the cocktail ring!

Annie said...

Omg.
Just wow. You've fuelled my lust for visitng France even more :)
loving the chic lights, antiques and yummy treasures
x.

Songy said...

I did go to that market and it was so so cold. Gosh.. I couldn't buy anything and now I deeply regret it.

Those pieces are so wonderful, LM.

MISS GLITZY said...

Don't know why I don't think more often to the flea market while I live so near... Thanks for reminding it to me. Cheers! And finally I took the blue and black boots!

Penny said...

do you have the exact address of the flea market? i would love to pop over to paris one weekend and go! x

Maxie said...

beautiful stufff!

mothersvea said...

wow that fleamarket seems like a quite nice place...

Siljesfashion said...

Oh my!!!!! Looks like you had an amazing time. I agree, the flea markets are amazing. And that rack of Chanel....Wish I was there!! Have a great weekend!

Kira Fashion said...

it is fantistic!! So great things to see!!!
amazing!

a kiss girl!

lisa said...

LOVVVE the trench, such a great staple!!
xoxo from las vegas

madeleinemiranda said...

Oh! Oh! Oh! How I envy you! I want to go shopping in Paris tooooo!

Bisous!

Mademoiselle M.

Miss Karen said...

Wowee! What an incredible store! And your little treasures are postively divine.

And I can't comment here without saying how super stylish you look either ;D

a cat of impossible colour said...

SO envious! Gorgeous collar.

Lady Smaggle said...

Are they earrings pinned to your jacket??? How very Diana Vreeland of you! And that collar is divine. What a fabulous find!

K.Line said...

How do you manage to lead this glamour life of holidays that go on forever, Lady M?! Soooooo envious.

enc said...

Everything looks so incredible, I don't know how you stand it!

Songy said...

I recommended your blog to streetstyl.es.. hopefully they will consider you. :)

heartofpearl♥ said...

wow PARADISE. i want a chandelier as my room light! i cant get over your brooches they are stunning and love your expression you look like you're really enjoying yourself!x

-h of candid cool said...

i love chandeliers!
and beautiful coat you have on, i like the gold pieces you have dangling from the collars

styledigger said...

I was in Paris this summer and I really love it! Unfortunately, I didn't have time to visit any of those amazing flea markets...

Miss_Red said...

Oh that market looks amazing, I'm sure I could spend a small fortune there! Especially considering the vintage Chanel coats.
I love your ring, so glamorous but simple at the same time-very chic.

angelaseeangelablog said...

-dreamily- Oh that is flea market heaven...

Rachael said...

Oh, how beautiful! I'm supposed to be studying, but you've made me so excited about Paris (I'm going next year). You have exquisite taste, I love everything.

susie_bubble said...

That black collar is beautiful...really unique with the woven detailing...

Imelda Matt said...

I love those collars and snap on finding the furniture store - the maids should get cleaning!

Imelda Matt said...

btw - when are you back?

PorcelainBlonde said...

You can see Paris agrees with you, you always look fantastic but here you're positively glowing!

Where to start with so much goodness?! The rack of vintage Chanel, the divine collars, the homewares and the ring...all divine :)

emma said...

i love those gold things, they're like earring for your coat!

Miss_Corrine said...

Ah, SO fabulous! Glad to see you're having a wonderful time LM, and looking as exquisite as always! :)

Sal said...

What a spectacular playground of vintage goodies! And looks like you nabbed a few choice picks ... can't wait to see that amazing collar in action.

A dreamer said...

I LOVE the collar!
Oh the a rack of chanel- gosh, french flea markets are amazing.